The best beauty products for our recent heatwave 

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I don’t know about you guys but this heat is too much for me. I feel like I am slowly melting, my inner core is melting. Everything is melting. But one thing that doesn’t need to have a meltdown is your beauty routine.

Just recently I’ve been reviewing a lot of skincare products for ReallyRee, and coincidentally many of them have been natural products. I am fast becoming an advocate for nature. So the latest is Urban Veda and I just thought this purifying skin wash and polish will be perfect in this weather. The tee tree and mint makes them ultra refreshing, and they decongest the skin.

I also love the Hawaiian tropic dry oil, it really makes me feel like it helps accelerate the tanning process (although the spf deffo isn’t high enough for this weather, I tend to layer this with sun cream). It’s so important to remember to wear protection – just because we’re in England doesn’t mean we won’t burn. This oil is relative cheap and moisturising, plus it smells like coconut & guava!

Carmex has always been one of my faves when it comes to lipcare, I suffer from chapped lips and the hot weather can make this worse. Their lip balms are so affordable and seem to last forever. I don’t think I’ve ever finished a carmex pot?

Make sure if you wear any make up or lip balms that they also contain spf. Burned swollen lips will not be attractive.**(Not a cheap alternative to lip fillers)**

Happy tanning guys!

Primark mermaid glow highlighter – a cult product for £3.50 

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I urge you one and all to stop wasting your money on expensive highlighters! I know the struggle; they look so attractive and shiny, but this highlighter from Primark ticks all the boxes. It ensures that you look like a real life mermaid, if ever there was one! 

Full review 

Firstly, it is only £3.50, so not really a huge investment. The highlighter also comes in other colours, should you not prefer a shiny white mermaid metallic look. 

It is ultra pigmented! In comparison to my Urban Decay highlighter (I have the powder highlighter in ‘Sin’), I can’t say there is much difference in quality. The Primark highlighter has longevity, I have been wearing it for around two weeks now; and everyday it stays put for the entire day. I know this because on my way home from work, I happened to just catch my reflection in glass and my cheeks were shining to the high heavens. Of course I smiled to myself. 

The next time you visit Primark be sure to grab one of these – if there’s any left. Sure, the packaging is rather basic maybe compared to more expensive highlighters. But you know what, I like it. It’s simplistic and it does the job, pretty darn well may I add. 

[Perhaps not the best pic to show off the highlight, but it’s there glowing away if you look close enough] 
[…Andddd swatch 😍, you can really see the high pigmentation here] 

Summer 17 skincare essentials – L’Oréal fine flowers review 

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I really do love a good skincare product. Even though I’ve got tonnes of skincare stuff coming out of my ears, I still shamelessly end up buying more. When I saw L’Oréal’s new fine flowers range on special offer in Boots, I really had no choice but to buy the milk and gel cream wash. 

L’Oréal is such a unique brand in that their product design is always so effortlessly classy – but yet their prices are fair in comparison to what else is on the market. Despite their good pricing, the quality is never compromised. 

Fine Flowers Milk 400ml – The cleansing milk advices you to sweep it across your face morning and night, in order to cleanse and remove make up. However, I found the milk is so soft, that I often find myself using it as a moisturiser. It smells lush, and 400ml? You’d be mad not to invest – 400ml will probably last me the entire year! 

Fine Flowers Gel-cream Wash 150ml – Both products are marketed towards dry and sensitive skin, and they both are very delicate to the skin. The face wash is free from soap and alcohol, and promised to cleanse your face without drying it. And it does just that. 

Overall review: 

I’ll be totally honest, initially I bought these products because they were so pretty. I was thinking gosh, they will look great in some Instagram flat-lays 💅🏻 

However I’m so happy I did invest, they are both great value products that deliver excellent results. I’m particularly impressed with the milk; I have very temperamental skin which is often dry, sensitive AND greasy (my skin seems to be fighting itself from within, even though I’m 24 it has not calmed down). But this milk really soothes my skin, it’s an absolute essential for Summer ’17. 

I mean, who doesn’t want softer skin!? 

Five realistic and horrible truths all London commuters know

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  1. Spacial awareness is non- existent

If you have ever had the delight of travelling on the Northern line during rush hour, you will know all too well what a pleasure it is. In fact, any tube line which travels through central London within peak times is despicably bad. Strangers will inevitably touch you, you will have sweaty armpits in your face – your hair may even get caught in someone else’s zip. If you are commute on the tube you learn to accept the fact that personal space disappeared years ago, into the horizon.

  1. Feeling HOT, HOT, HOT

Whether it is 10 degrees outside, or -10 the tubes are permanent furnaces. It’s like venturing into a glasshouse at the height of summer. This can make outfit choices severely challenging; do I bring a coat for after hours, you ask yourself – but then if it doesn’t get colder I’m stuck holding my jacket like a pleb? My advice is to always carry a bottle of cold water, and a cardigan (just in case as British weather is very much bi-polar).

  1. It’s also ICE, ICE baby

Aside from being blunderingly hot in the summer months, the tube is also pleasingly cold during the colder months. I’m almost certain that air-con is on during winter, but somehow malfunctions during the warmer months? This theory is also applicable to London buses.

  1. Fight for your right

If you live / get on the tube anywhere near the middle or end of a line. There is no way you are sitting down, nope. You, my friend, are standing uncomfortably until you reach your destination. It is literally a case of survival of the fittest, London tubes take no prisoners. Furthermore, I have realised when standing, if you move towards the centre of the carriage, you are more likely to get a seat – as people get off gradually, you will be in a prime position to nab their seat. Thank me later.

  1. Strike….a pose?

There will be several strikes throughout the year, despite you paying through your nose for TFL; apparently their workers need more money? So, on these particular days you will struggle to get to work, actually you probably will not be able to get to work whatsoever. Good luck explaining this to your boss.

BUT, despite all of these unfortunate elements, we still continue to pay over the odds for it, we still get where we need to (and pretty fast too by the way).

The art of comparison: how Instagram is detrimental to female self-esteem 

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I’ve had severe ups and downs with Instagram. It’s both my favourite and worst social media app. Because on the outside, it’s aesthetically pleasing to scroll through people’s seemingly perfect lives, perfect selfies, perfect food and their perfect relationships. But we often forget, usually, a huge amount of effort has gone into constructing these images. It’s fake.

As females we all have days where we are insecure. And unfortunately with social media girls of younger and younger ages are aware of their looks – and feeling an innate pressure to be conventionally attractive. Adhering to false beauty standards portrayed on social media. Now Instagram, being a visually based app – and thriving off of a like for like and comment for comment culture can breed self esteem issues.

Of course, it’s not a new concept for the media to convey unattainable beauty standards. This has been the case for traditional media platforms for most of cultural history, however the online realm; and in particular Instagram has accelerated this. Let me tell you why.

The app itself is, of course, irresponsible for a high increase in young girls developing mental health issues plagued by body image or self esteem. It’s how the app is used, and the nature of the characteristics of the app. It’s so fast moving, that users often feel pressure to upload. They have followers and ‘Insta celebrities’ they aspire to be like – and therefore this often breeds a competitive nature. Or a feeling of inferiority.

The art of comparison is what is killing our young girls souls. Scrolling through pretentious images, constructed for social validation. Comparing yourself to images that are fake. Comparing your life, your goals, your face, your ass and your entirety to someone you’ve never even met.

Possibly one of the worst things you can do in the cut throat world of Instagram is to compare. You must must must always stay grounded, remembering that most of these images are socially constructed. And even if they aren’t, everyone progresses at their own pace in life. You are doing great and that’s all you need to watch.

Survival of the fittest.

Do we really need activity trackers / fitbits? 

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With life moving at an increasingly fast pace, as we are heavily consumed by a rapid online world and on demand services. Activity trackers are a great, convenient way to set fitness and health goals on the go. 

I think though, if we scratch beneath the surface there is something solemn about the fact that we now rely on technology in order to set goals. We pay, and download apps to remind ourselves to do basic things like drink water or walk. But technology is also innovative at making our lives easier, and as earlier mentioned with life beginning to move at such a rapid pace. This is the reality of our future. 

I was recently bought a Micheal Kors’ activity tracker (as pictured), it is a stunningly pretty bracelet with a neatly inserted battery (barely visible). It works via Bluetooth and an access app that you have to download. 


So what does it actually do? 

Because it’s on your wrist it tracks your steps, meaning you can set personal goals. (My personal best for the moment is 2,890 steps in one day which I’m told is despicable, most people aim to walk 10k steps a day??? #needtogetactive) 

It tells you how many miles you’ve walked per day, and how many calories you’ve burnt. No, that does not mean you can have an extra dessert per week. 

You can also set other health related goals, such as how many glasses of water you aim to drink per day – and how many hours of sleep you want to get at night. 

But I found myself asking, doesn’t our iPhone already do these things for us? Personally I don’t get the necessity to have 3 or 4 different apps which all have the same purpose. I guess though, because people have financially invested and be wearing it on their wrist; perhaps they are more likely to stick to their set goals? 

With the access app you can also control your phone, you can set it up through the control settings so that you can answer your phone with the tracker etc. Rather cool I must say, albeit just another function I couldn’t work out how to use as I’m tech thick. 

Overall review of Micheal Kors’ activity tracker; 

I found setting the tracker up rather user friendly, and relatively easy. Even for a techy no brainier useless blonde like myself. (I’m not going to admit that my mum had to insert the battery for me, that didn’t happen). 

All you really need to get started is the app, and your Bluetooth switched on. Yes those last 4 words burnt me too. That burnt bad, for anyone with an iPhone this is sacrilege. My battery life is probably about 2 hours so with Bluetooth switched on permanently, make that 20 minutes. However, the tracker still tracks your activity even with your Bluetooth off. You just need to switch it on to view your results via the app. Thank goodness. 

At the moment I am still finding my way on the app, I’m certain there are even more uses for the tracker which I am totally unaware of. Moreover, overall I would say that the tracker is a good investment. In particular the Micheal Kors’ / or fashion ones alike – they double up as a pretty bracelet / fashion accessesory. So it’s damn cool that they are also activity trackers. 

I think even if you only bought this item purely to wear as a bracelet it’s worth the money, the fact you are also able to control your phone and set personal goals is amazing. And it isn’t too expensive either. 

I’m sure every 20 something Londoner will be sporting one in the near future. 

Overall score – 8/10