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STARPOWA gummies are taking the ‘influencer’ world by storm!

Literally everyone who has access to a Holland & Barrett, and blogs/vlogs about the latest beauty/lifestyle trends is talking about it…

What is it?

It’s a supplement that maintains optimum health of hair, nails and skin.

According to reviews, those who took a two months supply noticed their skin was left glowing, their nails grew stronger and hair felt more hydrated, healthy and hair length increased by 2 inches!

Are they overselling it..?

My verdict:

First of all, I was really happy to hear that H&B were offering it on a ‘Buy One Get One Half Price’ which made getting a two months supply of the stuff easier than if there was no offer at all. Simply because, when we go to get something we’ve never tried before, it’s always good to get just one. However, if there’s an offer on, where you’re saving money for getting two, why not!? Especially if you’ve read that it takes up to that long to start seeing results.

Price?

Worth it for two but expensive on its own, with each one coming in at £39.99.

Results?

The fact that it’s a vitamin for hair, nails and skin (and it’s a gummy) is the thing that sold it for me. The main reason I hardly ever take supplements is that I’d have to take so many different ones if I want to maintain good hair, skin and nails. This does it all.

Skin? It glowed. This, I’m sure of.

Then again, we’re at the peak of summer – could it be sweat? Probably. Having said that, my skin glowed even post-shower and towel dry… I’m adamant it’s STARPOWA.

Nails? Nailed it. I’ve always been blessed with nails that grow relatively quickly… But, with all the Shellac that I apply, they are quite brittle once the gel comes off. I did, however, notice that STARPOWA made them stronger.

Hair? My hair felt glossier for sure! To be honest with you, I haven’t noticed a change in hair length, simply because I’ve recently bleached the ends – which meant I had to cut most of it off.

Of course, once it’s cut, it hasn’t grown so… I’ll have to wait til’ it grows longer again before I can comment on that claim.

In order to give STARPOWA a fair trial, I’ll update you all in a month’s time. Check back then, or before, to see other posts!

Flavour? Strawberry. Nice. They’re quite soggy and soft, though.

Do I think you should give it a go?

It won’t hurt to give STARPOWA a try. Also, they’re gummies so… You can’t go wrong!

Aren’t a fan of gummies? You can get them in tablets and liquid form.

Today, London experienced the hottest day of the year so far… Temperatures soared, reaching a whopping 39 degrees Celsius in parts! Which, if you think about it, is long awaited (if you ask literally anyone in the UK).

All the rain that has fallen in recent weeks was a far cry from the previous year’s scorcher. But, luckily, Mother Nature’s making up for it now… That’s all that matters, right?

This post aims to help you conjure up some ideas for things to do in the sun, next time it puts its hat on and shows its face! ☀️

Barbie Queue

Standard. If you have a garden, invite your friends and gather your family for a great summer get-together. Oh, and I have a few playlist suggestions to get you in the mood.

Beach

Beach, each. Let’s go get away! 🎵

You’ll be surprised at how many beaches there are, not far away from London…

Margate

I’d describe Margate (in Essex) as the place where Hannah Montana would’ve been set if she was English and lived here. It’s just got that kind of vibe, in my opinion.

Bournemouth

My favourite. Sand and great views. It’s hard to believe you’re still in England…

No, this beach isn’t close to London, but it’s worth a 2-hour trip.

Brighton

A Rocky (Balboa) beach. Cockles in-between your toes, swag. It’s just one hour away by train.

Also, the pier is to live for, tho!

Southend

Sun, sea and sand (in Essex). What’s not to love?

Cornwall

Let’s venture even further out from London… Head down to the coast in Cornwall. It makes for a great staycation.

Did I mention that there are five beaches there to choose from?

Attend a Festival

I mean, Glastonbury’s just gone but there are a list of festivals that have yet to commence. Try to get last-minute tickets to one of those, and have a great time!

Attend an Event

If festivals aren’t your thing, the UK prides itself on being a diverse place that has something for everyone. Check out this list of things to do!

Staycation

Book a hotel in a part of the UK you’ve never been before.

Travel – but without the hassle of boarding flights.

I recommend Devon or Dorset.

Parks

Whether you’re into theme parks or nature parks, get yourself into a park.

Holland Park

AmsterDAMN! You don’t need to get a plane for this…

Primrose Hill

The view of London. My favourite. I love nothing more than going here on a Saturday morning.

Hampstead Heath

Perfection. You can even swim in these ponds.

Kew Gardens

Flowers to the left of me, trees to the right, here I am… Stuck in the middle of Kew! 🎵

The obvious choices would be Hyde, St James or Regent’s Park, right? Wrong.

Zoo

Need I say more? London Zoo. Animals. Giraffes. Thanks. Please. Sorry.

(Other zoos are available)

Safari

Longleat Safari Park has been voted the best Safari Park in the UK. Obviously, it’s no ‘Lion King’, or Kenya, but… Longleat. It’s worth the trek.

Top Tips: for surviving the summer:

1) Sunscreen – wear it. If you’re lazy, just spray it on. No excuses.

2) Stay hydrated – goes without saying, this one. Water in your system, swag. Bottled!

3) Antihistamines – take them to avoid the worsening of pollen allergies. FOMO sucks.

5) Be sun smart – don’t spend too much time in it. You could end up suffering from heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

6) Wear your sunglasses – protect your eyes from the UV rays when outdoors.

7) Stay in the shade – it’ll cool you and your pets down.

8) Buy a fan or air conditioner – y’all know I love a Dyson… Well, they don’t just stock hoovers! Cue: AC!

My house is the place to be, because: vacuumed floors and air-con. Cool!

Best part/s about the Dyson AC:

A) it doesn’t have a tube that you need to stick out of the window to drain the water out.

2) it doubles up as a heater, meaning it’s got you covered in the winter months too. #WINNING

This weekend, I found some photos of sleepovers I was part of/hosted growing up… It got me thinking, “why do those memories stop?” Surely, as adults, we need those girly nights in more than we did when we were pubescent teenagers?

The purpose of this post is to encourage you (ladies) and you girlfriends to get together for a night, recreating the magic. I’ll be sharing my ideas of a great sleepover perfect for those post-teenage years.

Masks

I love nothing more than applying a mask and settling down to watch something on the sofa with a mocktail in hand. This is one of life’s simplest pleasures.

Although I prefer to buy mine, you can try making your own with your girlfriends and applying them on each other. It’ll feel so good!

To be honest, this is something we did on sleepovers in our teen years, well – I did anyway.

Makeovers

Here’s another thing I used to do at sleepovers growing up, but believe should be continued into adulthood.

Ask your girlfriends to bring their makeup/hair kits along and then try out each others’ products on one another, trying out different looks.

Cocktail Making

This is definitely something you shouldn’t have done as a teen (unless you were 16 or over).

This is fun, you can create cocktails based on your favourite colours, flavours etc.

Movies

A girly night in is never complete without a boxset/movie binge.

Have Everyone Wear a Oneise

If it isn’t my favourite attire, ever. Onesies. I live in jumpsuits most days, and those are the outdoors’ answer to a onesie.

Your sleepover can even be themed, for instance – spirit animals. This’ll mean everyone will come dressed in an animal onesie that represents their spirit. Mine would obviously be a sloth.

Play Board Games / Mad-Libs

This is the perfect excuse for me to get Jenga out, to whoop everybody’s asses. Other board games available. If Mad-Libs is your thing, there’s an app available.

Piñata

Prepare a piñata with some goodies in and get together to smash it up.

Music

Bring the party inside to your house, with an intimate selection of your favourite tracks growing up.

Can’t beat a Slumber Party playlist, so give one a listen, or – better still – make your own! You and your girls can create a playlist on Spotify to play on the night.

Get those hairbrushes at the ready, because there’s going to be treated to some serious vo-cals! 🎶

Build a Fort

My favourite one of all! Bring together your entire collection of pillows (I sleep with four), blankets and duvets and get building, laughing and enjoying. The snugger, the better.

Yes, a lot of these were things we used to do as teenagers, but it’s important t not lose the memories and the zest for life.

playlists

Yes, Summer is all about festivals and parties, but they are all about the playlists!

Whether you’re by the pool, or in a park, here are some Summer playlists to get you in the mood.

Oh, and before we start- happy belated Summer Solstice!

Spotify’s Summer Playlist 2019

This is packed with all of the hottest tracks of 2019 and the summer so far. It’s sure to turn any Summer party into a crowd pleaser, if your attendees are mainstream music listeners.

Summer Throwbacks

Here’s one for me. All the best Summer tracks, thrown back like a boomerang. I absolutely love the nostalgic vibes of this playlist.

Summer BBQ

This playlist is my favourite of the three. It includes some of my favourite tracks, basically – I will invite myself to any event that plays this.

What’s the best playlist that can be listened to in Summer, Spring, Autumn or Winter, needing to be celebrated all year round?

I don’t think it’s on Spotify yet but… Here.

Motown is unarguably the best genre of music, ever.

To conclude, no ‘Summer Playlists’ post would be complete without…

What’s my go-to Summer anthem that’s my all-time favourite?

This and/or this. Can’t choose, sorry.

Want to discover the best apps of iPhone (that might also be on Android)? Well, look no further than this post, but scroll further down it!

Social Media:

Snapchat

#SelfieDay was yesterday, but it’s every day thanks to Snapchat.

Instagram

The above, but without the dog ears. By filter, Instagram means Clarendon, Gingham, Moon and the like.

Twitter

Well, well, well… If it isn’t the most overused app on my phone. Yes, I tweet a lot.

What can I say? I love birds, and would do anything to sound like them. Tweet-twoo! 🦉

TikTok

I’ve heard it’s good, but not using it. It’s a video app, kinda like Vine (before it closed), but not, because it closed. If you use any social-media platforms from the above list, you’d have come across a TikTok video.

Why haven’t I included Facebook? Because it drains out our phones’ batteries.

Games

Homescapes

The Sims, but architecture only. Build a house, the best house. Enjoy.

Balanced Tower AR

Jenga, but better.

I’ve also been known to play Flow, Flappy Bird and Temple Run, I bossed all. I also love all word games including Word Cross.

Peak Brain Training

This is amazing if you want to keep your brain active and healthy. There are puzzles and quizzes to test and improve your memory, focus etc.

Anxiety

Calm

A great app for motivation. It has a lot of affirmations, and you’ll feel great after each use. This app has it all: guided meditations, mindfulness – also awesome at beating insomnia.

How To: Get Around In London

City Mapper

Yeah. If you’re in London and want to learn quick and simple transport routes that’ll get from A-B, download this. It promises to get you around easier and faster.

Music

Spotify

All your music and playlists in one place. The ‘Browse’ feature is pretty ace too because it’s categorised well. You’ll be sure to be introduced to new music. You can also follow musicians on there too, getting notified when they release new albums/music.

Shazam

You ever been out and a song comes on which you can’t for the life of you remember the name of? Well, not any more thanks to, Shazam. You’re welcome.

Getting Around by Car

Uber

Where would I/we be without this app? Probably flued up because of the germs on public transport. I/we cannot and have never been on a train without catching a cold. So, Uber is the way forward.

Also, when was the last time you sat down on your commute during rush hour? Exactly. Money well spent.

You can even use this abroad in most countries and cities.

Finance

Apple Pay (pre-loaded in most iPhones)

Speaking of money, this app will ask you to scan your credit card before recording its details, making its easier than ever for you to ‘make it rain’ while you’re out & about… Just be sure take an umbrella, even if you’ve forgotten your wallet at home!

Apple Wallet (pre-loaded in most iPhones)

I love this. You literally won’t need to carry your wallet again. Just keep everything there. Do you have a flight coming up? Store your eTicket there automatically, ready to scan at check-in.

Pennies – £3.99

Be your own accountant. This makes it easy to save and keep tabs on your spending.

Communication

WhatsApp/FaceTime/Skype

See and hear your loved ones while they’re away at no extra cost (FaceTime – if they too have an iPhone).

**In-app purchases (for most apps featured in this list) may apply.