Look Fantastic Beauty Box - May

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So, I just woke up. Oops. Last night I was up until around 4am attempting to power through all of my work for the next few weeks, and you know what? Today I'll be doing the exact same thing. I wish I had something exciting to update you all with, but unfortunately all my life revolves around right now is University coursework, working and blogging. Hey, that sounds like a good idea for one of my next posts. How to juggle a full time job, University and blogging. What do you think? Seriously, I'll do anything to distract me from this pile of work.

Anyway! I received this box from LookFantastic a little while ago, and since I've finally gotten around to using a few of the products I thought I may as well pop up a quick SPOILER ALERT (!!) and review whilst you can still get your hands on it. And, you know, anything to distract me from this essay.

The LookFantastic beauty box is probably my favourite out of all the other subscription boxes on the market right now. I feel like - as someone who leans more to skincare-y type things than colourful makeup - it's more suited to things I'd actually go out and buy, as opposed to eyeshadow quads and neon coloured liners that I'd never really get much use out of. They cost £15 including postage and packing (which is pretty good if you ask me) but you can also buy different subscription plans depending on how long you wanna treat yourself for. Forever pls.

This month's box is probably my favourite so far, quite possibly due to the big bottle of TanWorx fake tan by Monu Skincare (worth £10) and the sample pot of the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm (worth £4.60). And that ridiculously cute bottle of the NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil (worth £4.20). And don't even get me started on that Christophe Robin Regenerating Hair Mask (worth £10). Okay okay, I pretty much love everything in this freakin' box.

The May box also comes with a set of pre-glued Eylure false lashes (worth £5.25) and a sample of the Erno Laszlo Transphuse Night Serum (worth £11.51). I'm pretty much up to my eye balls in serums right now, but hey, a girl can never have too much skincare, right? As for the lashes..if you haven't already noticed by now I'm a bit of a hairy-faced kinda gal. Let me re-phrase that. I basically have long eyelashes anyway. Either way, sometimes it's fun to experiment with different types of beauty bits, and considering that these are already pre-glued I'd imagine they're fairly fool proof. Failing that, I'll just glue them to Ollie in his sleep and/or give them away to a friend.

Forty of the May boxes also contain a god Curve worth £110. I'm not one of the lucky forty, so obviously I'm all jealous and stuff if you are. But yeah, I guess that's pretty cool too. Boys and gals that also pre-order the June box will receive a sample of the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask - AKA that mask that pretty much every beauty blogger in the world raves about. Can I has?

What do you think of this month's box?

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100 blog post ideas to help kick that creative block

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In the blogging world there can be days when one minute you're full to the brim with blog post ideas, and the next you've got complete writers block. I've only ever seen a few blog posts like this for the fashion and beauty world, so I've decided to jot down some ideas over the past few weeks to help you lovely lot out - and maybe kick my own ass into gear. Get your copy and paste on!

 

1. Five things to be happy about
2. Favourite blogs of the month
3. Facts about yourself
4. Outfit of the day
5. Makeup collection
6. A competition/giveaway
7. Blogging advice
8. Fashion wish list
9. Exercise tips
10. Fashion/beauty haul
11. Book review
12. Favourite Instagram accounts
13. 'How to style' outfit posts
14. Product reviews
15. Room tour
16. Host a guest post
17. What's in your bag
18. Photography tips
19. Facts about yourself
20. What's on your phone
21. Host a Q+A
22. Favourite podcasts
23. An interview with a blogger
24. Interior inspiration
25. A news story
26. Products worth the hype
27. A DIY / how to
28. Healthy snack recipe
29. Pay-day shopping picks
30. A fashion show review
31. A story about yourself
32. A list post (kinda like this!)
33. A rant (it feels good!)
34. Your favourite beauty products
35. A list of your dreams and goals
36. A tag post (TMI tag, etc)
37. A post on your friend/partners style
38. Your every day makeup routine
39. College/University advice
40. A before and after post
41. An Instagram roundup
42. A 30 day challenge
43. A review of a place
45. A controversial opinion
46. Your hair history
47. A 'get the look' style post
48. What's in your makeup bag
49. Monthly favourites
50. Details of your home
51. Your food diary
52. An empty products review
53. Your handbag collection
54. The reason you started blogging
55. A makeup tutorial
56. Share some positivity
57. Ask your readers a question
58. Places to visit where you live
59. Your favourite apps
60. A 'day in the life' style post
61. Offer a service
62. A list of life hacks
63. Must-have items
64. Empty product reviews
65. Share your work space
66. Round up your outfits this month
67. Style inspiration post
68. How you stay organised
69. A movie review
70. Favourite street style looks
71. A birthday/anniversary post
72. Share your favourite blog posts
73. A get ready with me post
74. 5 things you couldn't live without
75. Job interview tips
76. Behind the scenes photos
77. A brand focus
78. An event you've been to
79. Your opinion on a trend
80. Save Vs splurge
81. How to de-stress
82. An open letter to someone
83. A 'who wore it best?' post
84. How to gain followers on Instagram
85. How to start Youtube channel
86. What blogging has taught you
87. Blogger bloopers (I dare you)
89. Your shoe collection
90. Affordable homeware ideas
91. Your experience at school
92. How to promote your blog
93. An eBay wishlist
94. Face of the day
95. Ways on how to procrastinate
96. Blogging dos and don'ts
97. Beauty hacks
98. How to get motivated
99. Things to do when you're sad
100. Your five year plan

 

Let me know if you have any blog post ideas!?

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Royally Good Birchbox review

Birchbox Royally Good April 2015
Birchbox Royally Good April 2015

Mail generally gets me really excited - like, even the junk mail - so you can only imagine my joy when the April Birchbox came flying through my letter box. And when I found out that this month's edition included not five, but six beauty products? Gurl (..or boy), don't even get me started.

Now, I don't tend to follow the royal family all that much (both literally and metaprhoically) but it turns out that Kate Middleton is due to pop with baby number two any day now, which is exactly what Birchbox is celebrating this month by putting some of their favourite products on a pedestal. And they are..

Laura Mercier Eye Pencil in Violet (£18.00)

If there's one brand that will tempt me to try coloured liner, it's probably going to be Laura Mercier. I've loved the black liner for years, so I know for a fact that this baby is going to be just as good - the fact that it's a mini size as well means it's perfect for on the go. I've heard violet liner can make brown eyes pop too. Oh the temptation!

Lola Barcelona Nail Polish in Garcia (£7.50)

Granted, I've never tried a nail polish from Lola Barcelona (who are apparently exclusive to Birchbox) but - and it may just be my excitement for summer talking - but this pinky coral colour looks like it would be perfect for my tanned tootsies. If they ever do get tanned, that is.

Percy & Reed London No Oil Oil (£14.00)

Ahh, oils. The one word in haircare that get I can actually get excited about - even if they're not actually an oil, as Percy and Reed seem to claim. As with everything else from the brand, this baby smells amazing, and I'm way too excited to get it in my mop.

Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash (£19.50)

Give something a dual purpose, and I'm all ears. This Bliss face wash  not only smells good enough to eat (although I wouldn't recommend it) but it also does a damn good job at giving me squeaky clean skin. It also helps to get rid of dead skin cells. Score.

Korres Bergamot Pear Showergel (£8.00)

I already have so many of these Korres travel minis floating around my stash, but I still get excited every time a new scent pops up. Shower gel? It's pretty much all the same to me, just so long as it smells good. And this one? It so does.

Inner Me Energise Me (£10.00)

I don't always trust health supplements that come with beauty boxes, but I'm a huge. huge fan of Inner Me products. If these little pills actually give me energy, then you can expect a big thumbs up from me! PS. The packaging's pretty too.

Will you be picking up this month's box?

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My top five self-tanners that fake it good

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So here's the thing. I'm one of those super cautious people that like to OD on the SPF at any given chance, which means sun beds are a no go and - I don't know about you guys - but getting my bits out in front of strangers just for the sake of a spray on tan isn't my idea of a good time. That being said, I do love a little bit of a glow - and that's why I turn to the fake stuff.

I've done the leg work in finding five of the best self-tanners on the market right now - in my humble opinion of course - ranging from budget to blow-out. There should be something for just about everyone here, but if not, feel free to leave your recommendations below!

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse (£7.99) *

I recently came across the Cocoa Brown brand (what a mouthful) after watching so many of my favourite Youtubers rave about the stuff. Just as I suspected, it was completely worth the hype. Why? Because it creates the most natural looking, streak free tan in just one hour. I like to leave it for two to three hours depending on how dark I want to go / depending on how impatient I'm feeling that day!

Shiseido Daily Bronze Moisturising Emulsion (£32.00) *

The Shiseido emulsion is the priciest of the bunch, but for me I feel like it's a bit of a two-bird-one-stone sort of jobby. The one downside to tanning for me (despite the brown bed sheets) is how dry some products can make my legs if I use them often enough. This little guy packs a ton of moisture whilst also adding a gradual glow. I like to use it in between my 'hardcore tanners' to keep help with longevity.

He-Shi Express Liquid Tan (£20.00) *

This is a cult favourite of mine that I've mentioned far too many times in my Youtube videos. It's a super thin, water like product that takes a little getting used to at first, but once you've mastered the art of application it really is a dream come true. Did I just say that about a tan? Oh dear. Either way, it's pretty much fool proof and looks even better the next day!

St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Lotion Face (£22.00) *

Obviously St Tropez was going to crop up somewhere in this little hall of fame, but instead of going for their usual classics I've decided to go for something a little more face-based. I don't know about you lot, but whenever I apply fake tan to my cheeks (of the facial variety) I always end up with a few pesky break outs. After discovering this little beauty (that comes with a pump!!) I've never had any issues at all.

St Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse (£4.99) 

This may not be the best tan in the whole wide world, but it's probably the best that I've found for the price. With most budget tans, they can often look good at first, then wear into a patchy, mouldy biscuit mess. Sound familiar? This lightweight foam is super easy to apply and gives a nice natural tint to the skin without looking over done. Be sure to moisturise those elbows and knees before using this, to make for a patch-free finish.
 

What are your favourite tanning products?
 

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Personalise your own Benefit Hoola bronzer

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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) *