A Day in the Life


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Ever wondered what I get up to at the weekends? Well, wonder no more as today I bring you A Day in the Life. Follow me around for the day and find out exactly what I get up to (let's be honest, it's mostly eating).

Life has been pretty kind to me lately, and weekends always seem to be full of doing nice things with nice people, eating nice food and going nice places. Of course, some Saturdays mostly involve Netflix and trying to persuade myself to step away from the Just Eat App, but the best Saturdays are ones like this.

You can view the full video over on my Youtube channel, and don't forget to subscribe while you're there!

What did you get up to this Saturday?

Gillian x

Review: No7 High Shine Lip Crayon in Tropical Beach


No7 High Shine Lip Crayon in Tropical Beach · £9

It has been quite a while since I last did a makeup review, hasn't it? I don't really buy much new makeup any more as I know what I like and what works, so I tend to just stick with what I've already got. But recently, I thought I'd lost one of my favourite lip crayons (Bourjois Peach on the Beach Lip Crayon, fyi) so hot-footed it to Boots to find a replacement. I hadn't heard anything about the No7 High Shine Lip Crayons, but they were on offer and I liked the Tropical Beach colour so thought I'd give them a go.

Turns out, I hadn't lost my Bourjois crayon (it was swimming around in the lining of one of my bags along with about five or six other lipsticks) but I think I prefer my new No7 one anyway. It has earned a permanent place in my daily makeup bag and it's what I reach for most mornings. If you conjured up a "no fuss, easy, pretty, wearable summer lip" in your head, I can almost guarantee this is what you'd come up with. Although it looks quite bright in the crayon, once applied it's a very subtle peachy-pink which is the perfect "nude lip" for those of us too pale to actually wear nude lips. The colour is buildable, to a certain extent, so if you want it brighter then just whack a little more on.

As the name suggests, the finish does have a shine to it but I'd say it was more balmy rather than glossy, meaning it's perfect for fuss-free daily wear. The fact it comes in a crayon is great too as you don't even need a mirror to apply it. It's kind of a tinted lip balm but better, as you do actually get pretty good colour payoff from it and the colour sticks around for a couple of hours before you need to reapply.

I think these have been around for a couple of years now, but I haven't heard many people talking about them. I guess they're not the sort of lip product you would get excited about straight away - the packaging is boring, the name doesn't stand out, it doesn't have cult status - but they're certainly worth a swatch. I've had this for two or three months now and it has been well loved (as you can probably tell from the rubbed-off lettering on the side of the pencil and the less-than-sharp tip), pretty much never leaving my handbag. If you're looking for an everyday lip colour you can depend on, the good ol' No7 High Shine crayons are for you.

Have you tried these lip crayons yet?

Gillian x

Summer Essentials: Beauty, Fashion, Life


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It's summer time! (Apparently). In between the occasional thunderstorm and heavy downpour, there have been quite a few warm, sunny days recently so it's time to crack out those summer essentials once again. Here are a few of my top picks for beauty, fashion and general life.

I'm not usually much of a fake tanner because I am laazzzzyyyy, but every summer I decide to give it another go in order to look a little less vampire-like. My current favourite tan is by Cocoa Brown, who kindly sent me their 1 Hour Tan* and Tough Stuff Body Scrub* recently. I was a little alarmed when I opened the parcel and saw the word "DARK" on the bottle, but I needn't have worried as this actually gave a very subtle, natural looking tan. With this tan, you apply it and leave it on for between 1 to 3 hours, then rinse it off in the shower and it will continue to develop slightly after this, leaving you with tanned skin for up to a week. 2 hours of developing time is plenty for me to get a noticeable tan that still looks natural, but with this you can easily adjust it depending on how dark you want to go. I'd especially recommend Cocoa Brown if, like me, you're not a pro-tanner; it smells nice, is easy to use, looks good with super pale skintones and it fades evenly so you don't look ridiculous and patchy. I really love the exfoliator too, it's one of the best I've used and is a bit of a bargain too!

There's nothing worse than feeling hot and sticky with a full face of makeup on, so I like to make sure I have some of Jurlique's Rosewater Balancing Mist on hand during the summer months. I use it before I put my makeup on to perk up and hydrate my skin for the day, and then I also use it throughout the day to give my skin a little refreshing spritz. The formula is very light so it doesn't disturb your makeup, it just cools you down and tones your skin.

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You can't get through a summer without donning a pair of sunglasses at least once or twice, and in my opinion you can't go wrong with a pair of Raybans. Iconic for a very good reason, the Wayfarer frames are a classic shape which suits just about everyone and instantly makes you look a little bit cooler than you actually are. This black pair pretty much never leave my handbag during the summer months.

Another summer must-have is a good pair of sandals that will see you through numerous days out. I love my Lotta from Stockholm Highwood Clogs which are ideal for slinging on with a summer dress or a pair of jeans. Unlike flimsy Primark sandals, these will last you for plenty more summers to come! They're really comfy too so (as long as you're not doing looooads of walking) they're great for everyday wear.

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Now, I'm sure you all know by now that I love a good cocktail. And when it's hot outside there's nothing better than a tipple of the frozen variety to cool you down. Parrot Bay* recently sent me a little goody bag full of their frozen cocktail pouches which you shove in your freezer, wait a few hours until they're frozen and then squeeze into a glass for instant frozen margaritas (or daiquiris or pina coladas or mojitos or caipirinhas... yum!). Making cocktails at home can be a bit of a palaver, but the Parrot Bay pouches are so easy to use and taste great too. Their fruity spirit drinks are lovely too, perfect for making some summer punch or cocktails for a barbecue!

And finally, it wouldn't be summer without some good books. I love reading but never seem to make enough time for it during "normal life", but when it comes to the holidays I race through as many books as I can. One of my favourite summery reads is Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) which is part memoir, part story and part general musings on life. It's just as funny as you'd expect (if you're familiar with Mindy already, if not go watch The Office and The Mindy Project!) and is such a quick and easy read, perfect for a lazy day in the park or by the pool.

What are your summer essentials?

Gillian x