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    13 MUST HAVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS FOR SUMMER

    Summer is finally here and whilst it feels as though we have been waiting forever and a day for some sun, we have still somehow found ourselves a little, well, unprepared. After all, when have we ever had 20 degrees in May... in the UK?!

    The unexpected heatwave has got us slightly giddy for our summer hols away, lounging around the pool, sunning ourselves on the beach, sipping on cocktails, ahh bliss. Now depending on whether you are flying off or staying put (with these kind of temperatures, we dont blame you!), you need to get your summer essentials sorted now. With so many beauty products launching on what seems like a daily basis, its hard to not give in and stick to buying only what we truly need. Although that new eyeshadow does look beautiful, unfortunately we have got a holiday to pay for! Instead we are stripping it back to the basics for Summer 18. Limiting ourselves to only spending money on our top 13 summer essentials, our holy grails if you like. Best of all, they all fit in our suitcase!

    WARNING: Unless you couldn't tell by looking at the products above, everything is coconut scented.. so if you aren't a fan, unfortunately you're in the wrong place.

    Firstly we have to talk about our must-have summer fragrance, Estee Lauder's Bronze Goddess, if you aren't like 99% of the female population and run to get this every summer, you are seriously missing out. To us, when we give this a spritz on ourselves we are immediately transcended into summer mode.

    Same goes for Hawaiian tropic's tanning oil, are you even on holiday if you aren't slathered in this? A gorgeous coconut scented dry oil that doesn't leave you feeling sticky and gives your body a gorgeous sheen on the beach.

    Of course you have to stay protected with SPF, because we are just looking for a summer glow, not premature aging! Our favourite facial SPF has got to be the one from the lovely French pharmacy brand, La Roche-Posay, lightweight, non-sticky and doesn't clog our pores, perfect.

    Clinque's moisture surge face spray has got to be the most satisfying refreshment when your skin feels hot and dehydrated from the heat. This is most definitely a permanent fixture in our beach bags, it is also amazing if left in the fridge overnight. 

    Of course our Body Shop coconut body butter has got to come on holiday with us! Whilst not directly marketed as an aftersun it does an amazing job of cooling us down and moisturising our skin after a long day at the beach. Again, the fridge is the best place to put it, cause who needs food in there anyway?

    Lastly for the body is a Shimmering Body Oil, there is so many new to the market this year, obvious one being Fenty's body lava and ther is so many more gorgeous ones to choose from. Our favourite however has got to the Nuxe one, a beautiful dry oil that sinks in super quickly and isn't too sparkly or glittery.

    For our makeup on holiday and throughout the summer we love to keep it simple. On holiday it is the bare minimum, it is far too hot and too gorgeous outside to be wasting time getting ready. Instead we get our eyebrows and lashes done before hand so the only thing we have to worry about is skin and lips. We love to take sheet masks with us on our travels as they are super convenient and a lovely pick-me-up. They are more than necessary after a long flight and are perfect to pop on after a long day at the beach before getting ready to go out for the evening.

    As we said its all about the skin on holiday and the Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzer buffs in beautifully as a bronzer and a little contour with minimal effort. Becca have also released a travel sized highlighter duo aptly named 'Lit from within kit' which contains their best-selling Backlight Priming Filter and Shimmering Skin Perfector Highlighter in Opal. Again, super easy to throw on for a gorgeous effortless glow.

    Lastly for makeup we love a bold lip, and this year it is all about orange lipstick! Pair with tanned glowy skin, bold brows and a minimal eye and you're good to go looking like a goddess. Other than that it would be a simple clear gloss.

    Now for the all important hair products that most of us used to forget. After too many damage control trips to the hairdresser after our holidays, we have finally learnt our lesson. Phillip Kingley's Sun Shield is perfect to spritz all over for UV protection, better still it protects your hair from all the chlorine and salt water, and did we mention it also nourishes and smoothes hair helping to control frizz? Yes... we think you need it too.

    When it comes to styling our hair after washing it before we head out, we are not the type of women to stand there for an hour blasting the pathetic hotel hair dryer on our already dry hair. Instead we have two go to hair styles, first one being to throw a bit of Redken's beach envy volume spray in our hair, to help us achieve the perfect beach waves after letting our hair air-dry. Alternatively we slather our hair in a gorgeous coconut smelling hair mask (whether it specifies 'leave-in' or not) to help repair and sooth, as well as control frizz and simply slick it back into a chic low bun. This gorgeous Coco&Eve hair mask also comes with pretty compact tangle teezer, perfect for your travels.

    There you have it, 13 must-have products for your summer holidays, that we simply can't live without. Let us know in the comments below some of your favourites that we have missed from our list!

    MEGHAN MARKLE WEDDING DRESS INSPIRATION

    The royal wedding is almost upon us, and we are beside ourselves with excitement in anticipation to see Meghan's dress! Which designer will she have chosen, but also possibly more importantly, what style will she have chosen? There have been rumours (more than likely made up) but still, that there will be lace sleeves... however surely that would be too similar to Kate's gorgeous masterpiece. Instead we have fantasied what she we will be wearing this upcoming Saturday, which will be a somewhat smaller affair than Will and Kate's wedding and therefore she could afford to go a bit more unconventional.

    Meghan has stated previously that she likes something subtly romantic and something a little more simple, however it is a royal wedding after all, so lace could be the go to. We absolutely adore the boat/off-shoulder necklines on these dresses and think it would look stunning and modest if she did a half sleeve like the first image. Also how beautiful is the ruffle lace train on the second image?! This could be the ultimate showstopper for the soon to be royal.

    If these gorgeous cascading tiered tulle skirts aren't 'subtely romantic' we dont know what is. Obviously we highly doubt Meghan would go strapless with so much skin on show however paired with a simple modest upper this dress could be beautifully simple. It also provides enough detail/attention for it to warrant a royal bride, overall a perfect compromise between Meghan's personal style and the occasion.

    A gorgeous open back could be a perfect nod to Meghan's glamorous Hollywood past whilst still remaining modest enough for British royalty. Paired with sheer full length sleeves as shown in the second image and a stunning double lace train as shown in the first image and Meghan's dress would be truly breathtaking.

    Lastly we would love love love to see Meghan step out in a stunningly simple extravagant sized gown. Unfortunately we think these dresses may be a little too simple in design for a royal gown but Meghan would look beautiful in any of them. The third dress would be gorgeous on her and fit her personal style perfectly, however it is possibly not the best match to the occasion. The first dress however, which does actually feature a plunging V back would be beautiful for both Meghan and the royal occasion.

    We would love to know which royal wedding dress style you think Meghan is most likely to wear for her wedding to Prince Harry this Saturday? Let us know in the comments below! Also we would love to know your guess as to who you think the wedding dress designer is going to be!

    MET GALA 2018 FAVOURITES

    The annual Met Gala has come round once again, with a brand new theme, brand new dresses and brand new looks for us to channel our inner Tyra Banks with, aka judge with scrutiny...

    Now, whilst we love a gal that can stick to the theme and look beautiful whilst doing so, (they are the true winners!). Some of the ladies in attendance clearly just dont want to partake, (which there seemed to be a few of this year... *cough* Kylie! *cough* Kendall). However we will not be disqualifying any ladies from our favourites if they looked fabulous. That being said we are going to run you through our favourite dresses, makeup and hair. FYI the theme for 2018 was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. 

    DRESSES

    These ladies are serving us all the soft pretty princess vibes and we are loving it. Sort of rapunzel, meets galactic... meets catholic? Our favourites have got to be Winnie, who looks a vision in all white, keeping it simple and beautiful and Hailey who has wowed us once again this year with her pastels, (admittedly, we aren't really seeing Catholic Imagination though!).

    Now these beautiful ladies managed to looked sensational whilst remaining within the realms of the theme. With tons of embellishments and brocade in stunning jewel toned gowns, all these ladies looked like queens, albeit Amber looks like a bit of an evil one, but that just makes us love her look even more.

    Golden goddess visions were all over this years met gala. We think Rosie's look perfectly encapsulates the theme of Catholic Imagination, and she looks stunning doing so. We are also loving Kim K's randomly placed crosses thrown into her obvious cleopatra look, hey, we did say we like someone who tries to fit the theme!

    MAKEUP

    Now we know Bella is a supermodel, but still, this skin is worth celebrating. A stunning, super simple, glowy look with gorgeous gold liner as the statement, love. Of course Kim K did another iconic look, are we ready for the million and one tutorials about to be uploaded onto youtube? As we stated with the dress, very cleopatra, and is that a hint of green we see under the eyes?! Lastly, Lily's makeup was a most definitely a favourite this year, glossy and light with crystal tears that were truly stunning.

    HAIR

    I mean, c'mon, these were the obvious choices for hair favourites... Jasmine's braid couldn't be any more beautiful if it tried. Roses, ribbons and chain all intertwined with her gorgeous blonde hair and we are officially in love. And whilst everyone else can't stop obsessing over her date, we can't obsessing over Hailey's pink bob! Jen Atkin really outdid herself with this one, a gorgeous tousled wave in this stunning pastel pink colour, perfectly finished with a flower jewelled crown, wow! Lastly, Amber's hair was dipped in gold... dipped. in. gold. do we need to say anything more?

    We are aware the more avant garde looks are not our taste and so never make it to our favourites, so let us know in the comments below who your favourites were this year...

    SPRING OUTFITS YOU'LL WANT TO COPY NOW

    Can we officially say we are fed up with Spring's indecisiveness? Last week it was reportedly going to be snowing, this week we are having the hottest May bank holiday ever! (Not that we are complaining about that). We want summer sun all the time now, especially as it is looking to be gloriously hot this year...

    However in the meantime we may need a jacket or a couple extra layers to throw on for when the temperatures drop in the evening time. You know, when we are in denial that we are actually in fact cold, in our cute shorts and cami.

    So here is our current outfit inspirations and the trends we are loving for Spring and Summer 2018.

    We are loving these super soft easy neutral looks, and can we discuss how obsessed we are with trousers? A soft flowy pair of trousers with a simple plain top and you're good to go, looking like a fab fashionista? Now, that sounds like our kind of outfit!

    Can we take a moment for the denim vibes... we are loving this for our casual everyday. Forget your plain classic skinnies, this year it is all about the mom fit, the distressed details and the baggy oversized jackets. Also, we never thought we would say this, but we are currently living for a double denim look!

    Florals for spring? We think not. 2018 is all about the leopards, the polka dots and the stripes. If you're feeling brave you can also easily mix between the 3, just be sure to keep the stripes and polka dots black and white in that case, for a more cohesive polished look.

    Brights are back in a big way for spring 2018, and a fun pop of colour could surely inspire the weather to be a brighter also. We are absolutely in love with Hailey Baldwin's full orange look, but a simple bright top with denim looks equally beautiful. Inject as much or as little as you like, but our philosophy on this one has got to be, go big or go home.

    Now that you are inspired and have plenty of outfit ideas circulating, what is your favourite of the spring 2018 trends? Let us know in the comments below xx

    TIPS FOR A BETTER NIGHTS SLEEP

    It's no secret we love our slippers and nightwear, our beds and of course, our sleep! So naturally, sleep awareness week is something we want to address and celebrate! Best of all we get to do that from the comfort of our beds, without being judged, which makes us immensely happy. 

    Gone are the days when it was thought to be 'cool', to be so 'busy' that you had to stay up most of the night, drinking coffee, working relentlessly and wearing eye bags as though they were a badge of honor... Needless to say, we have never been classified as cool and we have never not indulged ourselves in, much needed and much wanted sleep. Instead the tables have turned, and now having a thorough self love pampering night routine is what we all aspire to.

    However what if you struggle to sleep? With the National Sleep Foundation campaigning the important of sleep for general wellbeing, both mentally and physically, for this year's 'Begin with sleep' campaign, now is the time to get our nightly routine and sleep pattern perfected.

    1. Turn off the tech! We know, we know, we all love our phones, our TVs and laptops, but the hour before we are ready to go to sleep is time to unwind without lights beaming in our faces.

    2. Melatonin, often referred to as the 'sleep hormone' is what signals to the brain that it is time to sleep, however it is drastically disrupted when we have any lights infiltrating our sleep environment. This problem is easily solved with a glamorous eye mask, that will ensure you are engulfed into complete darkness. P.S. a silky one will also help to keep all of your face and eye creams in place to soak in!

    3. Relaxing, unwinding and calming your mind are all important to get that deep sleep we desire. Taking a nice relaxing bath with epsom salts, that are scientifically proven to help your muscles relax also, is the perfect way to take a little time out and relax before bed.

    4. Warm yourself through into blissful cosiness with a hot drink before bed. It goes without saying, that this is a no caffeine zone, instead, have a lovely herbal tea such as chamomile or lavender to relax. If they aren't your thing, then we give you permission to have a warm milky cocoa, grandma style. There is also studies that support the concept of not drinking any caffeine after midday... good luck to us all with that one!

    5. Scent matters, so invest in a 'sleep spray'. Some are obviously fancier (*cough* more expensive!) than others, but even febreze do a great 'sleep serenity' range that includes lavender, jasmine and milk and honey scents. Lush also do an amazing body lotion that I am sure you are all probably familiar with, called 'sleepy' that is said to help you drift right off. 

    6. Do not take naps! I know that majority of us work a 9-5 so this is impossible to do during the day anyway, however I think we can all admit we are guilty of getting in straight from work and falling asleep on the couch... (we swear we aren't old!). And whilst these 'power naps' make us feel a bit more awake to get on with our other nightly duties such as dinner, showering, etc. that is because that tired feeling has been satisfied, making it that much more difficult to fall asleep properly come bedtime.

    7. Set the right temperature. I know a lot us love having the heating on full blast, however studies have shown that a cooler sleeping environment is actually much better for us. Ideally your bedroom should be around 18.5 degrees and you get warm and cosy through the use of blankets and duvets... hello hygge!

    8. Get yourself a good book. Immersing yourself in another world for 1-2 chapters is the perfect way to unwind right before you are about to fall asleep. It also helps you introduce ideas to your subconscious, making you much more likely to dream about something you want to dream about, as opposed to worrying about the stresses of normal life.

    9. Now that we have covered all the other senses, last but not least is sound. We love listening to some nice relaxing spa music, or raindrops on the window, who doesn't love that sound curled up all warm in bed? No one. However if you are someone who needs absolute silence, then earplugs should serve you well.

    10. Lastly try some sleeping techniques. There are tons all over the internet that you can research and give a go, however our favourite is simply get into a super comfortable position and stay very, very still, do not move. The hardest part of this is ignoring the little itches you get - your body is doing this to see if you react and move, therefore signalling that you're not asleep. Let you mind wander wherever it wants to, hopefully somewhere lovely, and after a while, you tend to drift right off without even noticing. If this is the part you struggle with, instead concentrate solely on your breathing, keeping it slow, until you fall asleep.

    Of course, having a good pair of pyjamas is also really important in your nightly routine so that you feel comfortable. Our new Pretty You bamboo nightwear collection is amazing for sleep, it is hypo-allergenic, temperature regulating and made from one of the softest fabrics in the world! You can shop the collection here > Nightwear.

    Let us know in the comments below some of your favourite things to do for a better nights sleep!