I feel like all I write about on my blog these days is skincare routines… Well, Global Warming means I cannot be writing about makeup, or else I’ll sweat or melt it off… Oooh! I might do a Lush bathbomb haul soon. I cannot wait to introduce (or re-introduce) you to my current favourites!

Anyway, back to skincare!

skincare routine

Step one: Cleanse

Back to the Liz Earle’s Hot Cloth Cleanse and Polish (not the nationality, although – who’s to say Liz Earle is not actually Polish, apart from Wiki). I’m still using this because I’ve honestly never seen my face so clean and smooth.

skincare routine

Step two: Toner

Back to Kiehl’s I go… Their Blue Herbal toner is EVERYTHING if you have spots. It Sahara Deserts them.

skincare routine

Step three: Moisturiser

Again, fellow spot-havers unite, and surround yourselves around Kiehl’s Blemish Control Treatment Facial Moisturiser (which co-incidentally is the full name of my next child, because it’s THAT long and sounds royal). This one is the only moisturiser that works for my breakouts.

skincare routine

Sunblock?:

Get your phone and unblock that sun… Use Bare Minerals’ Tinted Moisturiser to give you that tinted glow, packed with SPF 30 – which I’ll be turning (like those chairs on The Voice) in two years from this October! (Keep that date in your diary, it’s a month/long public holiday for all who read this blog)

Thanks for reading the stuff I come out with and sticking around. You’re true non-electrical but very virtual fans.

This tinted moisturiser gives great coverage too! It’s kinda like foundation, but not.

Get Ready with 'mii

Good morning!

Welcome to my second post of the day. Why not get ready with me?

Morning: I start my day by opening my eyelids. I then pray and meditate. That’s paramount. I start and end my day that way.

I then wash my face with Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish, brush my teeth, and shower. I’ll then apply my Liz Earle toner and moisturizer

In the event that I have to wear makeup, here’s the routine for that…

Face:

Avant Pro Perfecting Collagen Primer

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation

Bourjois Concealer

NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette

NYX Ombre Blush

NYX Highlighter Born to Glow

Wunder2 PERFECT SELFIE Finishing Powder

MAC Rose Finishing Spray

Eyes:

DIOR ADDICT It-Lash

Maybelline Eyeliner – Master Kajal

Lips:

EOS – Lip Balm

Perfume:

Charlotte Tilbury Dream

I always wear perfume but don’t always apply make-up.

In Global Incineration temperatures, I tend to go make-up free…However, when I have spots on my face, I tend to wear Bare Minerals’ tinted moisturizer.

 

crystal fancrystal fan

Guys. This weather’s been a bit more than Global Warming, hasn’t it? Crystal fan.

I mean, on Thursday, I thought we were dealing with a case of National Incineration, not even Global Warming – with temperatures reaching a stratospheric 39 Celsius, 102 Fahrenheit.

If you’re reading this, chances are, you too survived this heatwave. Yay!

Better to be far from each other and still living, than far from each other and dead, is the saying. ❤️

Back to the electric fan, I bought it from Amazon, it costs £18.99.

I’m so lucky it exists because it keeps me cool and makes me look like one of those clever people on the trains.

I used to see people fanning themselves with compact and portable fans every day on #TfL as I sat (one day a year) and/or stood (the rest of the days a year) there roasting between people’s sweaty armpits.

So, things had to change… I bought one and turns out, mine’s philosophical too! Beat that, fellow commuters!

The Crystal Fan has three speeds: slow breeze, medium breeze, and a fast breeze. I’m extreme, so I love the fast breeze.

Note: it has an internal battery, so you’ll need to connect it to a USB port to power it up once the battery empties.

Final thoughts? It does the job, it gets a thumbs up from ‘mii!

If you’d like one for yourself – they come in a range of colours, click here.

Xoxo

Word on the street is you’re thinking of starting a blog…

Don’t worry though, because as daunting as it may seem, I’m here to help!

Topic

Choose a topic to blog about. The more niche your topic, the easier it is for you to get noticed among the noise. I know what you’re thinking, “it’s easy to say, but hard to do! There’s too many options.” Yeah, you’re right – there is, but are you passionate about ALL those options? Can you write/talk/learn all day about each option? Exactly. Choose one.

Yes, my blog is pretty broad in topic – ‘lifestyle’, covering bits of everything, which is why I’m telling you not to. Fact is, no matter how awesome the content is, it’ll get lost in the pool of others.

Title

Choose a title that stands out and that’s easy to remember. You could choose a play-on-words, if you’re that way inclined… Don’t be afraid to show some flair!

Tone of voice

Speaking of ‘flair’, choose a writing style and stick to it. Now, my blog is nowhere near the best in the game, but I think it stands out like a sore thumb because it’s a no-filter blog that’s as whacky as I am. It shows in my writing.

Be yourself. Be unique.

Established bloggers love to tell us how they got to where they are. Their tips are great, don’t get me wrong, but no-one likes a copy. The fact is: it worked for them because they were the first to do it… You have to do the same. Think outside the ‘blog’ where posts are concerned. Get there first!

Research

Research is a key part of blogging. You can check keywords to see which is most popular, and this will help you kickstart the whole SEO thing. The more niche your keywords, the higher your blog will rank on Google. I’ll do another post on this soon, which should explain further.

What’s the best Keyword tool? Google Keyword Search / AdWords.

Promotion

SEO is just one part of having a successful blog… The rest comes from social-media promotion. Join Facebook and LinkedIn groups, follow and tweet relevant profiles, asking to share your content.

Collaboration

When I first started, I collaborated with other bloggers – this was a way of boosting my profile and the readership of my blog. Collaborating with fellow bloggers is important. It helps you help each other.

Run Giveaways

Run a giveaway on social media. Get people to RT a post and follow your social-medias, and choose a RT/follower at random. I have never tried this, but I know from others that it works.

Lastly, if you’re looking for backlinks to boost your SEO, comment below. I’ve gotchu covered.

Hello, hello!

Guess who’s back? Back again? Real’s back, tell your friends! 🎵

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.