Personalise your own Benefit Hoola bronzer

Personalised Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Benefit Hoola Days Haul Makeup Beauty

A few months ago all of my favourite beauty bloggers seemed to have their own personalised Hoola bronzer from Benefit, and I - being that person that likes everything and anything trending - so badly wanted to get my own. Then, just a few days ago a magical parcel came from the guys and gals at Benefit themselves, filled with some summer essentials (ie. jelly beans and an inflatable palm tree) and none other than the exact same bronzer with my name on it. Better yet? This time around, Benefit have actually made it possible for you guys to get your own. It's pretty much the most perfect matte bronzer around (as I'm sure you all know by now), and suits just about anyone, so if you're stuck for gift ideas - or you know, if you just want to get your name on a piece of makeup - I'd say go for it. Hell, why stick to just a name? 'A sexy babe's Hoola' sounds pretty good to me. Hmm, ideas.

Would you get your own personalised bronzer!?

Personalised Benefit Hoola Bronzer (£28.50) *
Benefit Ultra Plush Hoola Lip Gloss (£14.50) *
Benefit Dream Screen (RRP £25) *

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How I grow my hair

How do I grow my hair long
How do I grow my hair long
How do I grow my hair long

My last post ended somewhere along the lines of talking about my greasy hair, so it's only natural (or is it?!) that I transition into a blog post about the stuff on my head. I've had quite a few questions in the past regarding how my hair seems to have gone from semi-long to stupidly long in what seems to be no time, so I've decided to post a little bit about my hair history and what I do to keep it growing!

For starters, I'm naturally just a really hairy person. I mean, have you seen my eyebrows? They're monsters. Everyone in my family has a good head of hair, so I guess a lot of this does just boil down to my hair-growing-genes. Thanks ma.

That being said, there are always ways to encourage healthy hair growth. I've been a qualified hairdresser for years now (yes, really) so I've always had the luxury of being able to do my hair myself, but one of the best things anyone can do is get their hair cut regularly. For me, I generally trim a few millimetres off of the ends of my hair every month, just to keep it fresh. Obviously you can do this yourself (if you have a steady hand) but it's obviously much better - and potentially safer - if you go to a salon.

Next is the art of head massage. Ever wondered why hairdressers massage your hair when they wash it? It's actually to stimulate the scalp and bring blood to the surface - ultimately making hair grow (although it's by no means an instant thing). I like to give my head a lil rub whenever I'm shampooing and conditioning - it's kind of ridiculously relaxing too!

Obviously eating and drinking right can help, but since we're in the festive season I'm hardly going to pretend that I eat kale and drink 5000 litres of water each day. Instead, I'm just going to go ahead and talk about something a bit more superficial: hair products. 

I'm the sort of person that lets their hair air dry, but sometimes I will have to put a dryer or some straighteners to my mop in a real hair-mergency. Whenever I'm using styling tools I always make sure I coat my hair in moisturising oils and some form of heat defense to, you know, defend it from heat, and when second day hair comes around I'll be skipping the convential hair wash and going staight for the can of dry shampoo. Why? To ensure I'm not stripping my hair of its natural oils and - more importantly - because I'm far too lazy to wait for my hair to try every day.

Any more questions? Leave em below!

Heat defence spray from Montibel-lo
Texture spray from SHOW Beauty
Hair spray from id Hair Elements
Blow dryer from Tresemme
Urban Anti-dotes range from Bed Head

Benefit #Cheek2Cheek Tag

Benefit Cheek2cheek tag

Anyone that follows my Youtube channel (shameless plug here) will have already seen the video relating to this tag, but I thought I'd pop it up on ye old blog for the whole world to see. I received the Majorette blush as a gift from Benefit and in return I've decided to do the #cheek2cheek tag that's been circulating around the internet for a little while. The blush itself is a serious beaut, and I've been wearing it pretty much every day since it hopped onto my desk. To hear me ramble on a little more about how great it is, check out the full-length video - for a plain and simple tag, keep on readin'!

1. How do you apply Majorette? 

I tend to apply it with my Zoeva Cream Cheek brush or one of my buffing brushes for a little extra coverage. If I want something super-sheer I'll either tap it over the top of my cheeks with my fingers or smudge it in with a Beauty Blender. Boom!

2. What Box O'Powder do you wear Majorette with? 

I'm forever wearing my Hoola bronzer - it goes perfect with just about every makeup look I can come up with. I like to lightly contour my cheek bones and add a touch of Majorette to lift my face that little more.

3. What's your top tip for beautiful cheeks? 

100% make sure your base is perfect before you go in with any colour! If you have any blemishes that aren't properly concealed before hand or any dry patches that you haven't moisturised properly you'll find that no matter what blush you use - low end or high - nothing will sit right!

4. What's your cheekiest nail colour? 

I'm so boring when it comes to nail polishes - how ever one of my favourite bright shades is Sally Hansen's Man-go Team!

5. What's the cheekiest thing you've done? 

I'm forever that person stealing snacks from secret stashes. In fact, I've just now gone through an entire share-bag of Haribo that was originally intended for Haloween Trick or Treaters. Guess I'll have to buy a new bag..

6. Who's the cheekiest person you know? 

I struggled a little with this question - it'd have to be my cats!

7. Who's cheeks would you peak at if you could? 

I've thought about this a little more, and I really think I'd like to check out Daniel Craig's bum - you know, just to see if it's as great as the rest of him. Scientific purposes etc etc.

8. What cheeky movie character do you most like? 

Gollum from Lord of the Rings! 

9. Have you ever rubbed cheeks with a celebrity? 

A few! I actually met Alexa Chung a few years ago and I was so star struck I didn't know what to say. Because I was so silent she thought I was foreign or something! Smooth Steph, smooth.

10. Your favourite cheeky song? (Basically a guilty pleasure)

Absolutely anything by Jamiroquai! I'm so obsessed with Blondie and Bjork though too, but I have no shame in that.

11. Who do you 'Pass the Baton to' (TAG)?

Absolutely everyone and anyone that comes across this tag! Make sure you link me to it so I can see your answers too.

Majorette Booster Blush from Benefit
Check out my tag video here