Current Favourites. ♥

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Hey lovelies, I adore reading these types of post, and last time I discussed my Current Favourites with you all, you all really enjoyed it, so I thought it was about time I shared my new, and updated Current Favourite beauty, home, fashion and lifestyle items with you all.♥

♥ Oliver Bonas 'Little Things' Trinket Dish - £11 - available here 
If you read my pretty, Rose Gold Homeware Haul, (you can read that here), you'll know I'm obsessed with all things girly, and rose gold homeware at the moment and I made my first Oliver Bonas order recently. I literally wanted to buy every, single item and spend my life savings on their homeware. It's just all, SO pretty. I picked up this cute little trinket dish that is marble, pink and rose gold (omg beauty blogger heaven right?!) it was only £11 and it sits so prettily on my dressing table, I just can't stop admiring it!   

♥ Oliver Bonas Saskia the Cat Ring Holder - £9.50 - available here
I also picked up the adorable, Saskia the Cat Ring Holder which is honestly SO CUTE. I'm actually so much more of a dog person, but the pink, rose gold and white girly detailing had me swooning as soon as I spotted this little beauty. You will probably see it appear in so many of my Instagram and blog photographs as it's become my new favourite blog prop! I can't deal with the cuteness, oh and it makes a pretty good ring holder too! 

♥ Revlon Highlighting Palette 'Rose Glow'* - £9.99 - available here 
Do you peep my new favourite blog props in the background? Told you I'm obsessed! Anyway, onto one of my next current favourites and that is a stunning Revlon Highlighting Palette in 'Rose Glow' - how cute is the name though? This little beauty is a blush and a highlight rolled into one and it is SO perfect for Summer! Upon first use I instantly fell in love with this beautiful palette. It is a dream to apply as it so lightweight, and silky soft to use on your skin. The pigmentation is fantastic, I'm wearing the blush in this selfie on my Instagram page, and you can see after just one application, it has really lovely results. With just one swirl of this onto the apples of my cheeks, I'm instantly given an even, radiant, healthy, summery, golden, rosy glow and I just can't get enough of using this! For just £9.99 it is so affordable too! I really recommend it if you're looking for a new blush/highlighter for Summer.

♥ Yankee Candle - Summer Scoop - £11.99 - available here
Yes, it may be Summer but I'm still a sucker for a good, old lit candle. I adore having new scents and fragrances in my home and with warmer weather obviously brings a variety of new candle scents! One I'm really loving at the moment is the Yankee Candle Summer Scoop candle, not only is it pink (winner), but it is such a gorgeous, summery scent. It reminds me of strawberry ice cream, and is such a sweet scent to have in your home on a hot summers day! It's a very fruity and sweet scent, but that is right up my street. If you haven't tried this one before, it's honestly lush. 


♥ Revlon Nail Enamel x Michelle Keegan Nail Polishes - (from left to right) Passionate*, Pink Nude*  Revlon Red* - £6.49 each - similar shades available here.  

I've been alternating between these three stunning Revlon Enamel nail polishes over the past month and I'm in love with wearing them. I've always been a huge fan of Revlon nail polish, the quality is amazing, they have a wide variety of colours and they last for so long without chipping! This cute selection of polishes were picked out by Michelle Keegan (who is a major babe!) as her favourites, and I have to agree the shades had me falling in love! They're a dream to apply, and boast of a silk protein shield, that makes applying the polishes feel luxurious, smoothing out uneven streaks, brush marks or bubbles. These shades are so complimenting, pigmented and glossy! The brighter shades Passionate and Revlon Red, only need 1-2 coats for full, even coverage and the Pink Nude shade needs 2, as expected with a lighter shade. I can only compare the results after application, as similar to that of a gel manicure, with shine and glossiness out of this world. Best of all these nail polishes can last up to 10 days!!!! And they're not kidding, with the lovely Revlon Top and Base Coat, the nail polishes have always lasted me at least 8 days, without chipping! *squeals, and runs to buy every shade in existence*. If you want chip free, gel like nail polish, you have to try these!

♥ Paige Toon - The Last Piece of My Heart Book - £2.99 - available here
I'm really enjoying reading at the moment. Whether it's coming home and chilling in the garden, in the sunshine, listening to music, with a good book in hand, or just before bed as part of my new evening routine, I'm just LOVING reading. I often go through phases of enjoying reading, but I'll always be a little book worm at heart. Nothing pleases me more than getting lost into a good book! I'm currently reading the lovely Paige Toon's new release which is called 'The Last Piece of My Heart' I haven't finished it yet, so no spoilers, pretty please! But I'm really enjoying it so far. I always fall in love with Paige's books, and often finish them within a few days, because they're that good! Every time Paige releases a book, I buy it. She is one of my all time favourite authors, I often read her books on holiday too, as she's a real chick lit author, with page turning storylines, and plots. If you haven't read her stuff before, you're seriously missing out! I totally recommend her novels, they're all amazing, so I don't recommend any in particular as I love them all so much! Just read her stuff, and thank me later. 
♥ Miss Selfridge Pink Scallop Sliders - £18 - available here 
If you read my blog often, or you stalk my Instagram (which you can follow here, btw) you'll know I purchased the red pair of these scallop sliders a while back, and was obsessed with them. So when I noticed that Miss Selfridge had released a bright pink pair, I had to have them ASAP. They're so pretty and comfy to wear, I love the scallop detailing. They add a splash of girliness and colour to any outfit. I'm obsessed! 
 ♥ Bondi Sands Liquid Gold - Self Tanning Dry Oil - £14.99 - available here
I couldn't write this post without mentioning yet another product from my new favourite fake tan brand - Bondi Sands. I'm a relatively new Bondi Sands fan, I tried their Dark Tanning Foam (which is the best fake tan I've ever used, full review here) way back in March and I've been hooked ever since. I cannot wait to try their new Tan Eraser, which sounds amazing! Let me know if you'd like a full review of that. Anywho, I tried the Liquid Gold Self Tanning Dry Oil around a month and a half ago to see what all the fuss was about, and I love it. It's the perfect, quick, simple, no fuss tanner, that doesn't require you to wash off the tan, after you've applied, 6 hours later. 

It's a really interesting product. It's oil based, and is incredibly easy to use, you simply spritz out the oil formula, onto your tanning mitt and apply in circular motions until you reach your desired level of tanned goddess. It dries almost instantly, and develops in just 2-3 hours, so you are given much quicker results than the Dark Tanning Foam from the Bondi Sands range. However, what makes me love the Dark Tanning Foam just that little bit more, is the fact that it gives darker results, and lasts that little bit longer. I've been enjoying using this to keep my Dark Tanning Foam application, topped up, if that makes sense, so I tan weekly using my favourite Bondi Sands Dark Tanning Foam, which lasts until the following week, but to keep me looking super tanned and bronzed, and to make my tan last up to 2 weeks, I simply spritz this in areas that need a little bit of love, and tan and I'm good to go. I really like the coconut scent, it doesn't smell biscuity and it's the perfect tanning product to use alongside my Bondi Sands Dark Tanning Foam, as it's so simple and fuss free to use. Using this alongside my lovely Bondi Sands Dark Tanning Foam, allows me to have tanned, bronzed skin for up to two weeks before it starts to fade naturally. It's an amazing brand, if you haven't tried their products, YOU NEED TO. NOW! 


So that is my Current Favourites!
I hope you've enjoyed todays post! 
I'd love to hear what your Current Favourite TV Shows, Beauty/Make Up Products, Clothing, Skincare, Nail Polish, Homeware, whatever you love and adore at the moment...please let me know in the comments! I love hearing everybody's favourites! 

Have a good day!
Sharna 
xo





5 Make Up Bits I've Been Loving Lately. ♥

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

I don't know about you, but I've been really into experimenting a little bit more with my make up lately! I've been trying my best to use more of the lovely make up products that I've already got in my ever growing collection, rather than going out and spending money on make up that I don't need, and have a dupe of at home. Since 'Shopping My Stash', and really appreciating my make up collection, I've fallen in love recently with some old favourites, and some new make up products, that I just had to share with you all, because they're all pretty amazing...♥


♥ Essence Volume Stylist Curl & Hold 18 Hour Mascara* - £3 - available here 

Ok, so let's talk about this amazing new mascara that I've been obsessed with using lately. I ran out of my favourite Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara, and decided to give this little beauty a try recently and I was so blown away! For just £3, this mascara needs to be in every, single one of your make up bags!!! It boasts of incredible lash curl, and up to 18 hours of lasting volume.


The wand is a fully loaded paddle brush, with long bristles on one side, and shorter ones on the opposite side. It keeps my lashes separated, and coats the mascara evenly, with no fuss, or problems and gives them that all important curl I've been lusting over. The formula is great, boasting of micro styling waxes that give extra hold, volume and curl. The texture of the mascara is creamy and wet and it coats the lashes perfectly giving you a dark, black, bold finish that really does last all, day long! It is a buildable mascara that you can keep applying to reach your desired finish, although I'd only recommend applying two coats of this onto your lashes, before it starts to look a tad clumpy. Personally, I find one coat enough to curl, enhance, volumise and lengthen my lashes and I don't feel the need to apply two coats, unless I'm going out in the evening, where I prefer a more dramatic look. I find that this mascara doesn't start to come off throughout the day, it says in place really nicely, and doesn't flake. It's survived the long 12 hour shifts at work, which is witchcraft, as even some high end mascaras don't do that well for me. I'm so impressed with it, and for just £3, I think I've found a really lovely, affordable mascara!
 
♥ Benefit Galifornia Blush - £24.50 - available here  
♥ Full review here 

I fell in love with this beautiful blush way back in Spring, but after trialling a few new blushes, and falling back in love with my beloved NARS Orgasm blush, I kinda, sorta forgot about this one and it slipped back into my make up drawer. After having a make up clear out, I spotted this little beauty, and fell back in love with the girly, 70's boho chic, inspired,  bright packaging! And once I caught a whiff of the swoon worthy, fruity and vanilla scent, I was hooked. Pigmentation is amazing, with just one swirl of this over the apples of your cheeks, you're given full, natural coverage, but if you prefer a brighter Coral look, this lovely stuff is buildable too, so you can reach your desired level of golden goddess! As with most Benefit products, the blush stays in place all day long, and I simply cannot fault it! I'm so glad I rediscovered this beauty, just in time for the gorgeous, summery weather as this little blush is basically Summer in a box, it gives me a healthy, golden, summery glow and makes me look and feel lovely! Benefit - you guys are amazing. Can we just take a moment to appreciate this blush?!


♥ Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Color in 'Pink Cloud*' and 'Tropical*' - £7.99 - available here

If you haven't tried these stunning Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Colors - you're seriously, seriously missing out! They're fast becoming my favourite lip products of all time, and I literally want to buy all 15 different shades, like...now. I mentioned the shade 'Tropical' in my Top 5 Summer Lipsticks blog post, a couple of weeks ago. I've been reaching for these lovely lip colours so much recently! The formula is super hydrating, and a dream to apply to your lips because of the creamy, smooth, soft, gel texture. It boasts of an ultra hydrating formula with hyaluronic acid! 


 ♥ Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Color 'Tropical' - £7.99 - available here 

Tropical (shown above) is a stunning, vibrant, and very bright, pink shade, with purple undertones! It screams all things Summer, and looks so lovely paired with a crisp white t-shirt, lots of bronzer and a good tan! It feels so comfortable and dreamy to wear on hot, summery days! Despite the amazing, hydrating formula, the lipstick is also seriously pigmented, see swatches below for that all important proof.

 ♥ Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Color 'Pink Cloud' - £7.99 - available here 

The same goes for 'Pink Cloud' which is a pretty, natural rosy pink shade with complimenting bubblegum pink undertones. Although slightly more on the sheer side, 'Pink Cloud' is still amazingly pigmented and again is really lovely and comfortable to wear on the lips.

The lip colours smooth into my lips like a dream and the lasting power is insane! You'd think that because of the hydrating, smooth and moisturizing qualities of the formula, that the longevity of the lipstick would be lacking, but don't be fooled, these gorgeous lip colours leave a gorgeous, semi matte stain on your lips for at least 3-4 hours before having to reapply! The finish is beautiful, it's very similar to that of the MAC Cremesheen formula lipsticks, with a glossy finish, that gradually dries into a semi-matte look.

I adore that you can see the shade of the lip colour on the lipstick tubing - it's a really lovely touch! The precision tip also makes application a dream, it's fuss free and top ups on the go are even easier!

The scent of the Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Colors remind me of all things Summer, they're fruity, and sweet, with a mango and vanilla fragrance! Honestly, if you only try one product recommendation from me this month, it has to be these beauties! You'll love them, they combine the pigmentation and colour pay off a lipstick, with the comfort, application and hydration of a lipgloss/balm! Major key alert! *DJ Khaled voice*


Swatches from top to bottom: 
Pink Cloud & Tropical 
♥ 

                   ♥  Soap & Glory Archery Brow Tint & Precision Pencil - £10 - available here 

Ok so I think I've found my holy grail eyebrow product. Hands down, the best I've tried for a really long time and the award goes to Soap & Glory's Archery Brow Tint & Precision Pencil. I'm sure most of you guys would have tried this over the years, but this is a fairly new product in my collection, now that I've fell in love with it, I'm not sure any other eyebrow product will ever compare to it!! It contains Vitamin E, Aloe Vera and Chamomile extract to help nourish and protect the skin, I mean who doesn't love to condition their brows? Duh? It's also available in two different shades: Love Is Blonde (for blondes) and Brownie Points (for brunettes), although despite being a blonde, I actually use the shade Brownie Points as I prefer it! Such a rebel right?


The product is a double ended pencil, on one end is a feathery ended tint, and on the other end is a defined crayon. The felt tip tint provides the qualities of an eyebrow tint, allowing you to use light, fine strokes to fill in any gaps in your brows, whereas the pencil end can be used to sketch out those fleeky brows and define them.

The product is so simple and easy to use, I can't get enough of it. The results are even better and are incredibly natural and long lasting. If I apply this in my morning, no matter the temperature, whether I'm in a pool, or even if I've had a shower, my brows aren't going anywhere...this product is THAT good. If you haven't tried this, and you want your brows to look amazing all day long, you need to give it a go!

♥ Swatches from left to right: Soap & Glory's Archery Brow Tint & Precision Pencil. 
Pencil vs Tint 

I hope you've enjoyed todays post lovelies and that you've found something new that you would also really like to try! 

Which product do you like the sound of the most? What are your current favourite make up products?
Have a lovely day!
Sharna
xo


5 Summer Road Trip Essentials. ♥

Saturday, 15 July 2017


One thing that I adore about Summer is going on a good old Road Trip, when the sun is shining. My fiancé and I try our best to go on a summery, road trip, to a destination we've never been before, every, single summer. There's just something so exciting about jumping in your car, and just driving some place new! It doesn't matter where you're going, near or far, road trips are always a good idea! Today I thought I'd share my Summer Road Trip Essentials with you all, to give you a bit of inspiration if you're planning on going on a little road trip this summer!

♥ A Good Playlist - this goes without saying really. Nothing screams Summer Road Trip more than a good playlist right? Having music that you love playing in the background as you're driving, with the windows rolled down, is just THE BEST. Some of my favourite songs that are added onto my Summer Road Trip Playlist at the moment are - Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts, Justin Bieber - Despacito   Drake- Signs, DJ Khaled ft Justin Bieber - I'm the One  :) What are your current favourite Summer songs?


♥ Sunglasses - what would any car journey be without your favourite pair of shades? I make any excuse to purchase a new pair of sunglasses, so of course a Summer Road Trip is the perfect excuse to convince my fiance I need another pair! I love my Rose Gold sunglasses from New Look, they were so affordable yet SO pretty!

♥ Snacks - what would a road trip be, without your favourite snacks in hand (not whilst driving obviously!) I mean, I adore food and you'll often find me snacking on all sorts of goodies including my current favourite Drumstick Squashies *heart faced emoji*, and can you ever beat Kinder chocolate? I don't think so. So it absolutely makes sense to keep yourself refreshed with your favourite summery drink, and summery snacks whilst on a Summer Road Trip!

♥ Beauty Essentials - I thought I'd include a few of my favourite beauty essentials that I take on a road trip with me, especially for long journeys. I never go far without a few of my beauty must haves!


- So... Body Mists - As soon as I saw these beauties released a few months ago, I knew I had to give them a try myself. My favourite fragrance has to be the Vanilla fragrance, as it's such a sweet, summery scent. So... fragrances are just so nostalgic to me, and remind me of my teenage years. The reason I love taking a body mist with me on a road trip, is because they're so refreshing, and they instantly leave you with the most loveliest scent on warm, summery days! For just £3.99 from Boots, they're a bargain! However they're also often offer for £2, here ... winner!


- The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist - This is a recent purchase of mine, but it's become an absolute staple in my skincare collection. I never knew how refreshing a face mist could feel on a hot, summery day but oh my goodness...I've been missing out! This face mist instantly refreshes my skin, boosts hydration (which is SO needed on a warm day!) and it sets my make up so nicely! It's suitable for all skin types and includes skin loving ingredients including Rose Water, and Vitamin E. As soon as you spritz this gorgeous stuff onto your face, you're instantly given a hydration boost, without any mess or fuss. This is the perfect companion, for clear, hydrated skin on your Summer Road Trip. It is available here for £10 from The Body Shop.


- Benefit Benebalm Lip Balm - This little beauty has been a favourite in my make up bag for years. It's actually a product I reach for daily, because it's so lightweight and wearable. The rose tint, screams all things Summer, it provides the perfect boost of colour whilst adding hydration and moisture to the lips with it's mango butter ingredients. It's also really long lasting, and even if you want to wear just a little bit of make up, this lip tint makes the world of difference! It's on the pricey side at £15.50, however a tube of this lasts me months and it's such good value for money as I use it daily! It is available here


 - I like to take my beloved Simple Facial Wipes, yep call the beauty blogger police, but there's nothing that can cleanse your skin quick enough, without mess or fuss, correct make up mistakes, and leave your skin feeling refreshed on a long journey than good old facial wipes. As long as you don't use them too often, I don't see anything wrong with them, they do the job well in my opinion! They're fairly reasonably priced too at just £3, however they're often on offer in supermarkets like Tesco for just £1.50

♥ Check your car - As lovely as it is to go on a Summer Road trip, and just get in the car and go, it's so important that you make sure your car is safe to use and well prepared for any journey ahead. Warmer weather can really take its toll on your car, damaging both the car and tyres through overheating. Some of the things that I like to do to ensure my car is safe before heading out is:

- Make sure my tyres are free from puncture/wear and tear
- Ensure that my car has enough water
- Ensure that engine oil is fresh
- Check tyre pressure on all tyres, including the spare tyre
- Make sure that all of my lights are working properly
- Check my air con is working correctly!
- Check wiper blades for wear and tear
- Top up my coolant if it's low

These are just some of the basic things that you can do to ensure that your car is well prepared for long journeys in the warm weather. Ensuring that you carry out car checks regularly also helps to prolong your cars life. If you're unsure about how to carry out any of these checks, you could always ask a friend or relative for some help, or check our your local garage for some support. I know it can be quite worrying to go into your local car garage and ask for advice, especially if they charge hefty fees. However if you're local to Dundee, and looking for cheap tyres or affordable car service, I recommend a visit to Fife Autocentre. You can find their website here.

♥ So that's it my Top 5 Summer Road Trip Essentials! I hope you've found this post helpful. If you take one thing from it, please do check your car before heading out and make sure it's safe to use and well prepared for the warm, long journey ahead - it's really important! :) What are your Summer Road Trip Essentials? Are you planning a Road Trip this Summer? 

Have a good day!
Sharna
xo

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L'oreal Pure Clay Detox and Glow Face Masks Review ♥

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

♥ L'oreal Pure Clay 'Glow' Mask - £7.99 - available here
♥ L'oreal Pure Clay 'Detox' Mask - £7.99 - available here 

After seeing these two masks floating around the beauty bloggersphere and being given rave reviews, for sometime, I thought it was time for me to give them a go myself. I finally caved into the hype a few months ago, and I've been obsessed with using these gorgeous masks ever since. I purchase the L'oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask and L'oreal Pure Clay Glow Mask while they were both on offer in Boots. I've always been a great fan of clay masks, as clay is such a skin loving ingredient and can work wonders for your skin, so I was keen to see if these L'oreal Masks would make their mark! These masks are a complete bargain, as usually clay based masks can be on the pricey side. However you can snap these beauties up for as little as £7.99 in Boots, although they're often on offer, for £5.99 or under the 3 for 2 offer on skincare, so keep your eyes out for a bargain! Today I just had to share them with you, and reveal why they've become real staples in my skincare collection...


Ok so first things first, one thing I love about these masks is the packaging. For a high street brand, the packaging appears quite luxurious, in a heavy, thick glass jar. It looks so much more expsensive than it actually is. The masks are also a really lovely size at 50ml and the jars are really simple and easy enough to scoop out the right amount of product that you need.  

There is no particular, overpowering scent to the masks. The best way I can describe the scents is fresh. There are definitely no harsh, skin irritating scents in these beauties and my sensitive skin didn't react badly to them, which is always a winner! However, I have quite a high tolerance to product scents, and I have read reviews of people complaining that the scent of the clay masks is too strong for them, but in my opinion, you can barely smell any scent at all. 

With both masks, a little really does go a long way, so use sparingly and you'll find that the cute, glass jars will last you ages! 

Best of all, I haven't had any post-mask break outs! Something I sadly find far too often, when trialling and using face masks is that they are too rich and heavy for my skin, and they cause me to purge and break out rather badly! Luckily, I haven't had any break outs as a result of using these lovely masks, which is always great!

Anyway, now onto the individual mask reviews...

♥ L'oreal Pure Clay 'Glow' Mask - £7.99 - available here

This little beauty contains three pure clays, and is combined with the skin loving red algae extract which is known for it's brightening affects on the skin! It aims to transform dull, dry skin, as well as refine pores, and give a radiant, illuminating glow. 

Best of all, this mask works as a face mask and facial exfoliator rolled into one, because of it's creamy, beaded texture. It contains small beads, that help to exfoliate the skin without causing dryness, tightness or irritation. 

I simply apply this to cleansed skin, before moisturising, and leave on for approx 5-10 minutes. You can really feel the Glow Mask working it's wonders on your skin as you're applying. The beaded texture exfoliates, banishing dead skin cells, for a brighter look, and makes you feel pampered and refreshed. Once applied for 5-10 minutes, I simply rinse away the mask with warm water, although it's hardened there is no fuss rinsing the mask away, it simply melts away once warm water has been applied.

The results are amazing! Upon first application I noticed a big difference in my skin, not only was it incredibly soft and smooth, but it was glowing! I adore how radiant my skin looks after using this mask, over time I have noticed that my skin is brighter, smoother and just has an all round healthy glow. I'm so, so impressed! If you haven't tried the Glow Mask but you want to feel pampered, and your skin to look radiant and glowing from within - you need to try this! 


♥ L'oreal Pure Clay 'Detox' Mask - £7.99 - available here 

The L'oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask is made up of three skin loving clays that have been combined with the beauty blogger face mask favourite: charcoal! Charcoal masks are the talk of the beauty bloggersphere at the moment, they're hugely popular, and I can understand why! This little mask is fantastic! It aims to draw out excess Sebum, and absorb impurities, which is great if you suffer with breakouts as this mask tries to prevent the main culprit of spots! It is also rich in minerals, and aims to smooth out imperfections, and blemishes, before making your complexion clearer. 

The texture of the Clay Detox Mask is gorgeous, it's really creamy and smooth. It applies to your skin like a dream and simply glides onto the skin, with little effort required. The creamy texture of the mask aims to detoxify the skins surface, drawing out impurities and cleansing the pores without drying out the skin. I definitely agree - I was a little apprehensive upon first use, as I've used many Charcoal mask that can be drying, and cause dry, flaky skin or irritation, but thankfully, L'oreal have made a real winner with this Charcoal mask, it's not drying in the slightest, and does the job of detoxing your skin, perfectly!

I simply apply this to cleansed skin, before moisturising, and leave on for approx 5-10 minutes. You can really feel the Detox mask working on your skin as you allow it to set and harden. Almost instantly you can feel a tingly sensation of your pores being deeply cleansed, and impurities being drawn out of your skin. It feels amazing! Once applied for 5-10 minutes, I simply rinse away the mask with warm water, although it's hardened there is no fuss rinsing the mask away, it simply melts away like a dream, once warm water has been applied to the mask. 

I am so impressed with the results of using the Detox Mask! Upon first application, I felt so refreshed, and I noticed a huge difference in how my skin look and felt. Not only was it silky soft, but it looked really pure and clear! Over time, it has definitely made my skin appear more luminous, and it has allowed my skin to breathe. I've also noticed a difference in the amount of hormonal spots I've been getting, since I used this mask. They're kept to a minimum, and whenever I use this gorgeous mask, it takes care of my break out problems in just one use. It's the perfect treat for your skin - you have to try it! 

♥ L'oreal Pure Clay 'Glow' Mask - £7.99 - available here
♥ L'oreal Pure Clay 'Detox' Mask - £7.99 - available here 


Overall, I'm really impressed with these two high street beauties! Not only are they really affordable at just £7.99 each, they actually work SO well on my skin, giving me the results I want time after time. I cannot fault them. If you haven't tried these gorgeous L'oreal Face Masks...you NEED TO. 


What is your favourite face mask? Will you be using the L'oreal Clay face masks soon? 

Have a fab day!
Sharna
xo







My Top 5 Summer Lip Colours. ♥

Sunday, 9 July 2017


A few months back, I decided to share my Top 5 Spring Lipstick shades (you can read that here, if you missed it) and you lovelies really seemed to enjoy it, so today I thought I'd share my Top 5 Summer Lip Colours with you guys. I'm a sucker for a bright, Summer lip shade, these lip colours featured today, are the ones that I've found myself reaching for constantly recently, to compliment my tan. (Fake one, of course?) and ones that I've been teaming up with lots of highlight and bronzer! They're basically Summer in a lip product! I've included a variety of shades, mostly high street brands, as well as my lovely little MAC 'Coral Bliss', which is one of my all time favourite shades. Hopefully there is something everyone will love - natural pinks, bright pinks, light corals, and brighter corals. I hope you love the summery shades just as much as I do, I've included close up shots of the shades, with mini reviews and swatches at the very end of the post! Do let me know which is your favourite!

From left to right: 
♥ Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color 'Devotion'* - £8.99 - available here 
♥ MAC 'Coral Bliss' - £16.50 - available here 
♥ L'oreal Color Riche 'Pink Passion' - £6.99 - available here
♥ Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color 'Devotion' - £8.99 - available here 
♥ L'oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Pink Range - Eva's Delicate Rose - £3.91 (oh my goodness! Bargain!) - available here
♥ Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Colour 'Tropical' - £7.99 - available here 

♥ Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color 'Devotion'* - £8.99 - available here 

I have fallen in love with the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colors recently! They're such amazing lip products, and the selection of shades are stunning! One of my favourites is the shade 'Devotion' which is a beautiful, matte, natural, pink shade. It's got mauve undertones, and is the perfect, pink Summer lip colour, if you want to maintain a natural look. I've been reaching for this beauty so much as it adds a touch of bright, Summer colour to any outfit and really compliments my skin tone. I really like the formula because it perfectly combines the colour and pigmentation of a lipstick, with the hydrating and lightweight feel of a lipgloss. The Ultra HD Matte Lip Colors are incredibly smooth and such a dream to apply. You cannot feel the lip product sitting on your lips, and Devotion is so comfortable and lovely to wear. 

Pigmentation is out of this world, with just one swipe over your lips, you are left with bold, pigmented, gorgeous colour. No need for two coats. At first, you will notice that the colour looks quite glossy, however, don't be fooled, this glossy finish disappears after around 5-10 seconds of drying and you are left with a beautifully semi-matte/matte finish.  

It does transfer slightly, but rather than banishing the entire lip product after transferring, it leaves a lovely stain of colour on your lips that is really pigmented so you don't feel the need to keep reapplying the product. If I do tend to reapply it's after 3-4 hours, or even more. I'm really impressed with the lasting power and the lovely stain it leaves on your lips. I'm in love with this shade, it's honestly so perfect for Summer, and again is an excellent pink alternative, if you prefer more natural pinks, over the brighter ones for Summer. Best of all, the fruity, Vanilla scent reminds me of Summery days! 

♥ Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Colour 'Tropical'* - £7.99 - available here 

If you're looking for a make up product to rave about this Summer, get yourself one of these beauties. The Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Colours are INSANE. Honestly, hands down, one of the best lip product formulas, I've ever tried! The formula is super hydrating, and a dream to apply to your lips because of the creamy, smooth, soft, gel texture. It boasts of an ultra hydrating formula with hyaluronic acid. 

There are 15 different shades available, but I'm in love with the shade Tropical, which is a stunning, vibrant, and very bright, pink shade, with purple undertones! You'll see from the swatches it's probably the brightest of the lip products today and despite the amazing, hydrating formula, the lipstick is amazingly pigmented. It glides like a dream onto my lips, and the lasting power is honestly witchcraft!!! You'd think that because of the hydrating, smooth and moisturizing qualities of the formula, that the longevity of the lipstick would be lacking, but no...Revlon have done it again, you can expect this shade to leave a gorgeous, semi matte stain on your lips for at least 3-4 hours before having to reapply! The finish is gorgeous, it's somewhere in between glossy and matte, leaning slightly more on the glossy side, without looking super shiny, it's a really complimenting finish!

The sleek design is really cute, I love that you can see the lip colour on the glossy packaging and the precision tip makes applying top ups on the go, fuss free and easy!

Revlon forever have me falling in love with the scent of their products. I am constantly having a whiff of the scent of this lipstick before I apply, it smells so fruity, and sweet, with a mango and vanilla fragrance! If you love a bright lip, this one is for you! 

♥ L'oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Pink Range - Eva's Delicate Rose - £3.91 (oh my goodness! Bargain!) - available here

This little beauty is such a gorgeous shade, and it compliments a tan so nicely. I love pairing it with a cute simple, summery outfit, and it looks gorgeous in contrast to a crisp white top, with a swirl of your favourite bronzer, onto the apples of your cheeks! The shade is a stunning, bold, rich, medium, pink created specifically for skin tones and hair colours similar to that of Eva Longoria, one of the L'oreal make up ambassadors. Although, I don't have lovely naturally, tanned skin like Eva, I'm pretty pale with blonde hair, and I feel like this still suits me, so don't worry too much if you haven't got a similar skin tone/hair colour to Eva, as I'm sure it will still look amazing on you! 

This is definitely more of a darker and more natural pink in comparison to other pinks I've featured in today's post, so I definitely recommend this if you're wanting to wear a lovely, pink shade during the warm Summer months, without wearing something too bright. The colour simply enhances your natural lip colour, whilst adding a lovely, little splash of pink. You don't have to worry about lip liner, or application as the lipstick is fuss free and really easy to use. Even without a mirror, you simply swipe one coat of this dreamy, pigmented stuff across your lips and you're good to go.

I love to apply this lipstick as the formula is so velvety, and soft on your lips. It's fairly long lasting, with top ups only needed every 3-4 hours. A pink stain is left behind on your lips once dried, even after eating or drinking. Perfect for summery days, with lots of delicious snacks and tasty refreshments! The finish you're left with is stunning, it's a matte finish, that adds a gorgeous, natural pop of pink to your lips. 

Sadly this little beaut is limited edition, and is no longer sold in Highstreet stores such as Boots or Superdrug, but I have managed to find it being sold on Amazon for the bargain price of £3.91, so if you're interested, I would totally recommend this little beauty!

♥ L'oreal Color Riche 'Pink Passion' - £6.99 - available here.  

I adore this striking, bright pink shade so much! It's one that will forever be a Summer favourite of mine, because it just screams all things Summer to me. I team it with lots of bronzer and highlight, and it's become my go to Summer lipstick. The shade itself, is a very, vibrant, bright, pink with coral and pastel undertones. Despite the brightness, it's honestly so wearable, and it would enhance and compliment most skin tones. 

The texture is out of this world, it's so buttery and creamy. I'm in love with how it simply smooths into my lips and glides on like a dream. The finish is undeniably gorgeous, very glossy, and glam but it dries into a gorgeous semi-matte look. Lasting power is anywhere between 2-3 hours before needing a top up, which I think is great for such a lovely, hydrating formula.

I've always been a huge fan of L'oreal Lipsticks (I actually prefer them to MAC...call the beauty blogger police) because they're such great quality, they're affordable, they have an amazing variety of shade choices, and they last so long! What's not to love? My favourite collection has to be the Color Riche Collection, because the formula is just honestly out of this world and Pink Passion is no exception. The formula combines luxurious colour, with lovely, long lasting colour and hydration. The packaging is also really cute, and looks quite classy! I really do recommend this one, if you love bright, pink, lip shades!

♥ MAC 'Coral Bliss' - £16.50 - available here 

I actually wear this gorgeous lipstick during both Spring and Summer, because it's one of those MAC lipsticks that I'll forever repurchase and constantly find myself reaching for, so I couldn't write this post without featuring it. 'Coral Bliss' is the perfect peachy, pink coral shade that isn't too overpowering or bright. It suits my pale skin and blonde hair perfectly as it doesn't stand out like a sore thumb, on my lips, but instead enhances my complexion, and adds a touch of coral without being too light and washing me out! I think this is one of the shades where you've got to swatch it against your own skin first, to see if it will suit you as it's such a unique shade, that will look different, on different people. However, do give it a go, because it's honestly stunning and such a lovely Coral shade.

The best way to describe the shade would be, a gorgeous light coral, that has just the right amount of coral in it, without looking overly orange or pink. It's simply a coral! The cremesheen formula makes it lush to apply the lipstick, and pigmentation is just what you'd expect from a MAC Lipstick = amazing! With just one application, you have the perfect amount of colour, and you're good to go. I adore the soft, hydrating feel of the Cremesheen formulas, and they'll forever be my favourite range from MAC.

Lasting power is anywhere between 2-3 hours, it's probably the least long lasting out of the shades mentioned today, but it's truly stunning and such a gorgeous shade to wear in the warmer months which makes it all the worthwhile. 

Swatches from top to bottom:
♥ L'oreal Color Riche 'Pink Passion' - £6.99 - available here
♥ Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color 'Devotion' - £8.99 - available here 
♥ MAC 'Coral Bliss' - £16.50 - available here 
♥ L'oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Pink Range - Eva's Delicate Rose - £3.91 (oh my goodness! Bargain!) - available here
♥ Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Colour 'Tropical' - £7.99 - available here 


I hope you've enjoyed todays post, and that you've spotted a Summer lipstick that you love!
Do let me know in the comments which shade mentioned today, is your favourite and if you'll be purchasing any!

What lipstick are you reaching for the most at the moment?

Have a lovely day!
Sharna
xo




My Top 10 Skincare Tips for Getting Clear Skin. ♥

Wednesday, 5 July 2017


As many of you who have been reading my blog for a while will know, I have suffered with problematic skin and acne, on and off since being a teenager. Although nowadays, I've finally managed to get my skin to the point, where it is pretty much clear. Annoyingly, I still get the odd, pesky, hormonal break out here and there, but for the most part, I've been able to keep my acne under control myself. It's taken me years to find a solution for my acne, and break out issues, but I've finally found a skincare routine that works for me, and that I stick to consistently, as well as  a few tips and tricks that I've learned along the way to keep my skin clear and blemish free. Today I thought I'd share 10 of my favourite tips and tricks for getting clear skin!


♥ 1. Drink that water girl - I always aim for 2 litres a day. Get yourself a cute water bottle like this Kate Spade one I've been lusting over. I think drinking enough water speaks for itself really. There are so many health benefits to drinking more water, why wouldn't you want to be drinking it?

♥ 2. Only cleanse twice a day - I don't believe in double cleansing, or cleansing more than twice a day, call the beauty blogger police and skincare experts! But trust me, everybody's skin is SO different. It's impossible for us beauty bloggers, even the ones that seem to know SO much about skincare, to know what your skin looks like, so unless you're going to a dermatologist who recommends personal tips and advice, take skincare tips like double cleansing, anti-ageing, using serums/oils etc with caution. Especially if you're young, your skin doesn't need high end, expensive products, nor a double cleanse! But more so, if you suffer from acne. Simple, straightforward skincare is the way forward. One of the worst things I did for my skin in the early days when I was suffering from acne, was reading far too much information on how to cure my acne, one of these tips was to double cleanse twice, or three times daily. It not only aggravated my skin, but actually caused more break outs, because it was drying my skin out. My favourite cleanser is the Cetaphil Cleanser, as it's so calming on my skin, it does the job of cleansing perfectly, without causing further break outs, or irritation. Best of all, it's super affordable! I use it morning and night to keep my skin clear.

♥ Cetaphil Cleanser - £8.99 

♥ 3. Moisturise often - don't starve your skin of moisture. Not matter how oily you think it is, even oily skin types need moisture. Dry, thirsty skin can actually cause more acne/break outs. It's all about balance. Just remember after cleansing your skin, you need to apply a moisturiser, every time. I always aim to apply a moisturiser within 5 minutes of cleansing, to lock in moisture. My current favourite moisturiser, and one that I always go back to is: The Body Shop's Vitamin E Day Cream. (Read full review here)

           ♥ The Body Shop's Vitamin E Day Cream £14 & The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream £13

♥ 4. Don't buy overhyped skincare products - Adding to what I mentioned previously, when I suffered from acne as a teenager, I would research the best products to use to get clear skin, and banish my acne. Often expensive, unnecessary products would appear in articles online. Little did I know, these sorts of articles preyed on young people like me, and it was an advertising tool to sell more expensive products. Did those products banish my acne overnight as promised? No, of course not. So many products are hyped up these days, especially when it comes to skincare. Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish anyone? Yep, this broke me out SO BADLY. Yet everywhere online, it's sold and reviewed as a miracle product. I see it all the time. I really do believe in not giving into the hype, especially when it comes to skincare. Yes, some products are pretty amazing, but it's all about trial and error when it comes to your skin. Everybody's skin is so unique and different, just because a £60 cleanser works for a top skincare blogger, it may not work for you.

♥  5. You are what you eat - Now believe me, I love chocolate, ice cream, Dominos Pizza, Mcdonalds and all the bad, junk food, just as much as the next girl, but it's important to consider the effect that eating so badly can have on your skin! I'm not saying quit your weekly takeaway, or don't have a little treat here and there but it's all about balance. Some skin loving foods I really enjoy are - fish, veg including carrots, broccoli leafy greens, and fruit including banana, blueberries, apples, and kiwi, etc. Basically most things that have some kind of life. Try to incorporate some of these lovely, tasty, good foods into your daily diet, and your skin will thank you for it. Pinterest is a great way of finding skin loving snacks and foods, so I would totally recommend that if you're stuck on what sorts of foods to eat.


♥  6. Stick to a really, simple skincare routine - there's no need for expensive treatments and products. Often if you have problematic skin, if you use a variety of different products, this will cause further breakouts. You need a good, consistent routine to beat spots. I'm talking from experience. I literally rotate a handful of products and stick with them. As a beauty blogger, I'm often sent lovely samples of skincare to try, but I'll only try it, if I feel it won't irritate my skin or cause breakouts. Mixing up your skincare is one of the worst things you can do, to trigger a break out. My favourite skincare products at the moment, for clear, acne free skin are: Anything from The Body Shop's Vitamin E Range (it's an amazing, affordable range, and it makes my skin look and feel amazing!), Cetaphil Cleanser, and L'oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Mask. Like I said I use this products religiously, and rarely try any others.

♥ 7. Take your vitamins - Not only is eating right important, to ensure you benefit from the clear skin loving nutrients, a good way to ensure you get every single vitamin you need is to take vitamin supplements. You can find many skin loving vitamin supplements in your local Wilkos and Boots, for really cheap prices too. Just make sure you check with your Doctor that the supplements are suitable for you.

♥ 8. Take your make up off, every. single. night - Duh? This is a really obvious one, but it still shocks me how many of my friends don't remove their make up before going to sleep? Are you ok Hun? It only takes 5 minutes to look after your skin, and remove your make up each night, so instead of spending that 5 minutes scrolling through Instagram, do something you'll thank yourself for in a 30 years time, and remove that make up, cleanse, and moisturise. If your face isn't properly cleansed, your skin will appear dull,  and you'll clog up your pores = more breakouts.


♥ 9. Get your beauty sleep - Overnight your skin works wonders all by itself, it renews, rebalances and restores! Sleep is basically food for your skin, there's a reason it's called beauty sleep guys! If you don't get enough sleep, it will show in your skin, not only will it look dull, tired, and dry, but it can also worsen skin conditions, including acne. Try to get at least 7-8 hours sleep a night, and your skin will thank you for it, it will be glowing, clear and youthful.


♥ 10. There are no quick fixes - or magic skincare products that will give you clear skin, and it certainly doesn't happen overnight. It's an all round effort, of taking every singe one of these tips, and trying your best to stick to them. Just remember everybody is unique, and their skin is different, what works for Zoella, might not work for you, take skincare advice with a pinch of salt, use it to help you find the right skincare routine for you, but don't feel that you have to follow it religiously.


I hope you've enjoyed today's post and that you've found some of my tips helpful.
What are you top tips for getting clear skin?
Sharna
xo


The Ultimate Holiday Clothing Essentials Guide for Under £30 ♥

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

I'm so envious of so many of you lovelies going away over the next month or two, to sunnier, hotter destinations. I went to Ibiza way back in April, but I've still got to wait until the end of August to go back on my travels again! That of course doesn't stop me from lusting over and purchasing lots of pretty holiday wear, of course! I always buy way too many pretty holiday clothes, and I never end up wearing all of them...but who cares?! Shopping for an upcoming holiday is so much fun! I've got you covered today with hundreds of different holiday essentials from beachwear, swimwear, beach bags, sandals, towels, hats, sunglasses, and even inflatable floats, etc. Best of all, every item featured is a complete bargain, and they're all under £30. I've tried to include a variety of things I love, so hopefully you'll find something you love too! Girl I got you. ♥ Sorry in advance to your bank balance...


♥ Beach Bags ♥ 

♥ Floats and Inflatable Drink Holders ♥



Easy Ways to Get a Good Nights Sleep. ♥

Wednesday, 21 June 2017


Ahh sleep. It's one of my favourite things ever. I love to sleep! Having a good nights sleep has been proven to be really important: it helps maintain weight, it improves your performance, and your ability to pay attention and remember new information. It also lowers stress, and improves your mood. I'm honestly like Cruella De Vil (Remember her?) if I don't get enough sleep, I turn into a mess, and I just cannot function properly!

So with that in mind, you'll understand why my sleeping pattern has been driving me somewhat crazy over the past few months. Whether it's the hot, summer evenings, or because it's so light outside, as soon as it's time for bed, I've been really struggling to get to sleep, and stay asleep. What's worse is I've been feeling exhausted all day long but when it's time for me to actually get that sleep I've been craving all day, I've been really restless and unable to get to sleep! After driving myself mad, and doing some research online, a while back, I've found some really good tips that have helped me to fall into the land of nod, that little bit quicker and get myself into a good sleeping routine, so I thought I'd share my top tips with you guys, as it's been working really well for me.

♥ 1. Get into a good routine - Everyone loves a good routine, and I'm no exception. I've been training myself and my body to know that when I do certain activities in my routine, that it's nearly time for bed. For example, I'll brush my teeth, carry out my skincare routine, and then sit in bed for half an hour, without the TV on, without scrolling through Instagram (that has been so hard) and just read a book instead. I've been doing this every, single night where possible and trying my best to stick to my routine! This has been great, because it's preparing my body and my mind for what is coming next: sleep time! I've also been trying my best to stick to the routine of going to bed at the same time, every evening! That can be quite hard if you've got a busy schedule, but it really does help!

♥ 2. Go to bed by 10.30pm (or aim to get at least 7, preferably 8 hours sleep per night)- this follows on nicely from my last point. Like I said, I've been trying to go to sleep at the same time most nights and stick to my routine, even if it's the weekend. That way my body knows what's coming next, and anticipates sleeping. It sounds crazy, but it really does work! Try it for yourself, and you won't want to stop your routine. Your body will know it's time for bed, and you get to sleep faster, and stay asleep so much longer! Another thing is to try your best to get 7-8 hours sleep each night, no more than that. Too much sleep can make you restless, and cause difficulty with falling asleep each night. I also cannot function on any less than 7 hours sleep, although everybody is different and you know your body best, so do what is best for you! Sleep is important, look after yourself, and listen to your body when it says you're tired.


♥ 3. Get your bedroom right - I find it easiest to get to sleep when the room is at a fairly cool temperature, and there is no light exposure in the room. Again, every body is different, so it's about getting to know your body and preferences. I know so many people that can't fall asleep without background noise, like the TV, but I can't sleep with the TV on, so do what's best for you here, if you like your bedroom warmer, do it! I'm no sleep expert, I'm simply sharing what has been working for me lately. I also love to light a soothing candle, so that the room has a lovely, relaxing and calming scent. Also, just a little FYI,  if you don't like the cold side of the pillow at night when you turn it over, we can't be friends.

♥ 4. Switch off from social media - Ahh this is a huge one! I totally recommend this tip to anybody that is struggling to get to sleep, and stay asleep. I am such a social media addict. I honestly have major FOMO if I can't scroll through Twitter or Instagram for over an hour. Yep, I'm that sad. Before I started working on my sleeping routine, I would get into bed, with every intention of going to sleep, yet stay awake for well over an hour, and way past my bed time...scrolling. Liking pictures. Wanderlusting, wishing I was on a sunny beach, with a cocktail in hand like those Insta famous beauties I follow...but no, I have work in the morning! My best advice here is, either keep your phone in a separate room, so that you can't be tempted to scroll, or just turn your phone onto airplane mode, that way you still have your alarm in the morning, but you aren't being disturbed by notifications etc. Honestly it will be the best thing you ever do, and your dark under eye circles will thank you for it. :)

♥ 5. Avoid eating three hours before bed time - When you eat before you go to bed, it works as a stimulant, that makes it difficult for you to fall asleep. Try to avoid, caffeine (obvious one) and sugar mostly. Personally, I'm trying to avoid most eating, three hours before bed, as I've noticed such a difference in how much quicker I'm able to fall asleep if I do this.



♥ 6. Avoid technology - again this one speaks for itself, and it's really easy once you force yourself to do it. I touched on this slightly above, in regards to switching off from social media. However, the real challenge is avoiding and switching off everything, from TV's, to laptops, to iPads. If it involves technology, girl turn it off. You'll honestly thank me for it in the long run! I find it such a distraction, to have the TV on in the background, even if it's comfortable viewing like Gilmore Girls, every time I close my eyes, I hear a bit of somebody talking and have to listen to the conversation or open my eyes to watch what is going on! Although some people find it easier to sleep with background noise, the light exposure is doing you no favours, as it's this light exposure that delays the production of Melatonin (the sleep hormone!) If you like background noise, why not listen to the radio quietly whilst going to sleep or some relaxing music? I promise, you'll find that your sleep quality improves and you'll fall to sleep so much faster!

♥ 7. Stop the weekly, weekend lie in - another thing I never knew affected my sleep was the weekly lay in, over the weekend. Who else works really hard all week long and looks forward to those extra hours in bed on a Saturday and Sunday? I used to, until recently when I realised it was really messing up my sleep pattern and routine and was actually making me feel so much more exhausted in the long run. Why don't you just get yourself into a lovely sleep routine, and then you'll never feel tired enough to want to lay in at the weekend? Your body will just naturally wake up, and you'll be able to have so much more weekend time! The early bird catches the worm and all that!

♥ 8. Stop hitting snooze - Oh and another thing, snoozing is for losing! I used to be that girl that would want an extra 10 minutes in bed each morning, whether I was running late for work or not, those extra 10 minutes sleep, were everything! It always used to make me feel so much more tired, continuously hitting snooze, but I'm getting extra sleep so I'll feel better later right? Wrong!!! In fact, when you hit snooze in the mornings, it allows your body to fall into a new sleep cycle, which you never get to finish! This causes you to feel more tired, and have annoying fatigue all day long. I used to be so guilty of this. But now I've stopped hitting snooze, I feel a lot more refreshed in the mornings, and so much less tired throughout the day, than I did before.


♥ 9. Pamper yourself before bed - I've been adding a good old, pampering sesh into my 'bed time routine' each evening, that way my body is anticipating 'sleep time' and I feel really good, and relaxed before I go to sleep. Whether it's relaxing in a good, old, LUSH bubble bath, with lots of my favourite bath products or simply taking the time to do my skincare routine, with a little face mask. Whatever you do, it will make you feel amazing and relaxed, which is the perfect frame of mind to be in, before falling to sleep!


♥ 10. Read instead of being on your phone - another alternative to spending lots of time on your phone, and something really lovely to add into your new bedtime routine is to read, for at least half an hour each evening before bed. I switch on a small reading lamp, get my room prepared for sleep, and relax in bed whilst reading a book. I find this activity so relaxing and calming and the loveliest way to end my day! It's also a great way of letting your body and mind know, that when you start to read in bed, it's almost time for sleep!

♥ 11. Exercise - I don't mean exercising before bed, because in fact that will give you an energy boost. However, I've been trying to exercise, even if it's just for 20 minutes, at some point throughout the day and it's been helping me get such a good nights sleep! I prefer to exercise in the mornings where possible, as it's such a great way to start the day, and it improves my sleep quality massively, giving me the energy boost I need for the day ahead, but making me more fatigued in the evenings and able to sleep continuously throughout the night! Some great exercises that help me to get a good nights sleep are: cycling, walking, yoga or generally just hitting the gym!

♥ 12.  If you can't get to sleep after 20 minutes don't stress - read, or jot down your thoughts - for me this is probably one of the most important tips of all. I really do struggle to get to sleep at times, and when I was starting my new routine, my sleeping pattern was all over the place. My best advice for you, if you can't get to sleep after 20 minutes is - DON'T STRESS. I used to lay in bed, getting irritated and restless because I can't sleep, and it would only make matters worse, causing me to get even less sleep than I'd hoped. Just remember if you can't sleep: don't worry, don't count sheep, sit up and read your favourite book, and if you've got lots on your mind, write down your thoughts in a journal, that way you can have a calm mind to fall asleep on.


I hope you've found this post helpful. I'm still not 100% perfect with my sleeping routine, but I'm trying and I think that's what counts. Even if you only work on 1 of these tips a week, or a month, go at your own pace and you'll soon see how easy it is to get a good nights sleep, and feel so much more refreshed after waking up each day! 

What are your top tips for getting a good nights sleep?
Sharna
xo

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