Wedding season is here and in full swing! The time of year where sun-loving couples tie the knot and jet off in search of even more sunny weather on their honeymoons. With your wedding being one of the most important and exciting days of your life, you plan everything down to the last detail. The main factor for many brides is looking the part. Is your dress perfect? Will your hair and makeup last all day and evening? Will you feel comfortable all day long? It makes sense to consider these things and to look after yourself. After all, you’ll be the centre of attention for a whole day. 

When it comes to being on trend when walking down the aisle, there’s a lot to think about. You can’t have a perfect wedding dress without flawless hair and makeup, and you definitely need the right inspiration. Think about icons like Meghan Markle and Pippa Middleton; despite being naturally beautiful women, they’re always on trend, and even more so on their wedding days! But how do they do it? The trick is to know yourselves and your body, and what you can do to highlight all your best bits for maximum impact.  

Let’s start with the obvious. The showstopper – your wedding dress! 

This year’s trends seem to be all about the sparkle. Wedding dresses with a glittery feel are in, and when accompanied by those shimmering nails and eyelids, heads will be sure to turn. Two-piece wedding dresses have also made an appearance, ensuring the beautiful brides of the world can feel comfortable and glamorous all in one, and comfortable in their own skin. 

Now, each woman deserves to look and feel her best, but how can you ensure you keep to this year’s trends as well as bearing in mind your body shape? There is a solution! Having the right dress alterations for your dress or suit can keep you feeling comfortable and confident in your own skin, as well as being as fashionable as they come. It’s best to leave your amendments until as late as possible so you get the best possible fit, but make sure you give your chosen tailor enough time to alter your outfit before the big day. 

So, you’ve planned your outfit and any amendments to it well in advance. What else do you need to focus on? Surprisingly, wedding hairstyle trends for this Summer are in abundance and are simply beautiful. No matter your hair length or colour, you can find a simple style to complement your dress. 

A top trend this year is the ‘perfectly imperfect’ do. From loose, textured updos to chic, low buns, you can give your hair a natural yet luxurious impression. For brides with longer hair, a neat, natural look can be applied with big, plump ponytails, complete with a bit of sparkle or ribbon matched with your chosen bridal outfit.  

When planning your makeup options for your big day, some people prefer to go as natural as possible, whereas others want to make a striking impact. However, recent Royal Weddings have proved that bigger is not always better, and a natural style (freckles and all) can be just as beautiful. Highlighting facial features such as eyes and eyebrows can do all the work, so you don’t have to compromise on the quality of your makeup as the night goes on. 

A bride doesn’t just have to rely on her appearance to wow the crowd, and these days, it’s getting more and more popular to have a wedding theme. This summer’s trends range from the enchanted and magical forest wedding to the rustic and metallic theme. Creating a stunning environment is crucial to setting the scene and getting both you and your visitors in the wedding spirit. Matching your theme to your dress and overall look can be a beautiful touch. 

You’ve heard the saying ‘less is more’, and this seems to apply to beauty trends this year. With soft colours and natural hair and makeup styles, it makes us appreciate our inner beauties and force us to flaunt these confidently. 

It’s never too early to fill your brain with what’s hot in the world of weddings. If you’re planning to get married one day, or you’re recently engaged and looking for a little inspiration, it makes sense to get ahead and see what the upcoming trends are each year. Starting a Pinterest board or following your favourite wedding brands around the web and on social media can give you a plethora of ideas to play around with. Hopefully, you’ll be able to create the ultimate wedding experience for you and your significant other! 

Do you have any tips for summer brides?

With the countdown to the wedding in full swing, I’ve been looking at different ways to make sure I’m feeling my most confident on the big day. I’ve never been 100% happy with my smile and rarely show my teeth on camera. It’s something that’s stemmed from being younger, but something that I’ve always wanted to do something about but never had the time or money.

Instead of going to the dentist (I’d rather use my well-earned cash elsewhere…) or purchasing a teeth whitening kit online that might leave me wishing I’d never bothered, I started to look into natural ways to whiten them, and today I thought I would share them in case anyone out there is the same as me.

Banana Peel

Before you run off to your nearest Cosmetic Dentists, there are ways to whiten your teeth in a more natural way. One of the most surprising but effective ways to whiten your teeth is to use a banana peel.

The inside of banana peels are full of vitamins and minerals which are great for our teeth and offer whitening properties to them. If you eat a banana, keep the skin and rub it over your teeth for 5 minutes. Leave it for a further 5 minutes and then wash it off. Do this a few times a week for a whiter smile.


Hydrogen peroxide

You might be a little scared at the thought of putting hydrogen peroxide in your mouth, but it is actually a great antibacterial which keeps the mouth free of germs.

You can make a mouthwash out of half water and half hydrogen peroxide, swill for 1 minute in your mouth and rinse.  It keeps your breath fresh, prevents tartar build up and lightly bleaches the teeth too – perfect! 

Coconut Oil 

Oil pulling is an ancient method of keeping our mouths clean and is a method which is incredibly effective for keeping bad bacteria out of the mouth, whitening teeth and keeping them strong.

Coconut oil isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it can be a great way to cleanse your mouth in the morning or evening. Simply place a tablespoon of oil into your mouth and swill it around for 20 minutes before rinsing. If you can do this every day you will see a big difference in your oral health.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Like any other vinegar, apple cider vinegar is acidic and ca, therefore,e be a great tool for getting rid of muck in your mouth. Apple cider vinegar is full of enzymes, probiotics and other ingredients which can kill of germs and keep our teeth super clean everyday.

It is especially useful in helping teeth which have been affected by coffee stains. By swilling this in your mouth for 5 minutes every morning you will help keep your teeth white and your mouth healthy.

Baking soda

As we already know, baking soda is a miracle substance which is often used in cleaning hacks because it is amazing and ridding surfaces orphans stains. Other teeth are no different here and a paste made from baking powder and water can be the perfect natural toothpaste to use every single day.

It will clean your teeth, keep them white and prevent plaque building up too.

I hope this post has been helpful if you are after a more natural way to whiten your teeth. If you have any more ways, the please let me know in the comments!

xx

I wouldn’t necessarily class myself as a beauty blogger (in fact, far from it) but skincare and makeup are two areas that I am hugely into, especially as my skin gets older and changes more regularly.

A couple of Christmases ago, my mum bought me a serum from The Abnormal Beauty Company which I used for a couple of months but never repurchased. I enjoyed using it and it definitely made my skin feel more supple, but it wasn’t a brand I was too familiar with, so I went back to my old trusty favourites.

Last year I saw that there were a lot of beauty vloggers talking about a similar product from Deciem. It took me a couple of months (how embarrassing) to realise that these were the same company and I started reading more into their products.

In November, I was shopping in Covent Garden when I noticed the shop and went in to have a little peruse of what was on offer. I ended up purchasing the Caffeine Solution, which I had heard good things about for dark under-eye circles (which is something I definitely suffer from) and started using it the next day.

At first, I was expecting more of a gel consistency, but this is definitely more of a liquid that you use a pipette to get onto your fingers. I use it under my eyes, on the corners and go over the lid with it too. It’s an orange colour, but it dries completely clear – it does take a minute or two to seep all the way into the skin, so in that time I usually do something else like brush my teeth or get dressed before coming back to do my makeup.

One of the things I find with thicker eye creams is that its hard to put foundation and concealer over the top, but as this one is a more liquid formulation, makeup goes on absolutely fine so I can’t fault it at all.

As I was really enjoying using the caffeine solution, I started to look into their other products and saw that people were raving about the hyaluronic acid with B5. As I had used one of the Deciem serums before, I was keen to try another one as my skin was getting drier and drier without this step in my routine.

I chose this one because it didn’t have a hefty price tag which other high-end beauty brands do (a very reasonable £5.90) and started using it straight away after it arrived. Like the caffeine solution, this one also uses a pipette for the product and its a slightly thicker solution: I use about 2-3 drops after I’ve cleaned and moisturised.

The first time I used it, my skin absolutely drank it up, and has loved it ever since – it just shows how dehydrated it was. I use it in the morning and at night before my moisturiser and when I wake up my skin is much smoother than before.

If you’re in the market for some new skincare recommendations then I would suggest given Deciem products a try. They have a whole range of things to try for different skin ailments for oily to dry and combination.

Have you tried any of the Deciem products? What was your favourite? 

xx

However much this does sound like the title of a dissertation, it is something that has been on my mind for a while. For the last few weeks, I have been inundated with adverts on my social media channels with celebrities endorsing products, that I will guarantee, they have never used.

Trackback 10 years ago… Celebrities were all over the place advertising drinks, cars, perfumes, haircare, makeup – the lot. They were used to maximise the impact of a marketing campaign and build brand awareness amongst consumers with their recognisability. But fast forward to the present, and these well-known endorsements are few and far between.

Back in the day, when we saw a face that we knew advertising a brand, the teenager in us would associate the familiarity with trust, and with that, we would more than likely purchase the product – easy for big brands to make a sale to susceptible youngsters who want nothing more than to fit in with the masses.

But now, with the more and more brands that there are out there, the harder it is for companies to get into our heads and influence our buying habits, even if they do use a celebrity to try and sway us.

Around eight years ago, something amazing happened to the way that we would purchase items for the foreseeable future – something that was so disruptive for brands, and something none of them knew how to jump on as it was happening – the YouTuber, Blogger hybrid, was born.

YouTube had been around for many years before this, but it was only in about 2009 when girls from all over the world started showing their ever-growing audiences what they had purchased – and the haul video as we know it, was born.

This was such a new way for consumers to see what clothes and makeup looked like on actual, real-life girls and not 6-foot tall, size 4, airbrushed-to-the-max supermodels. All of a sudden, the fashion and beauty industry had to take these new ‘influencers’ into account and try and get them on their side to promote their products.

At first, a lot of these new YouTubers were happy to accept clothes and makeup for free in exchange for an honest review on their channels, but as the industry got bigger and bigger, a lot of them realised that they could make a living by doing this full-time.

However, because of the uncertainty surrounding the blogging industry, a lot of brands didn’t see a future in this and continued to endorse their products with celebrities; but they soon realised that the average twenty-something is much more likely to buy a dress from a face they know and trust, who, at the end of the day, is a twenty-something themselves, telling them the honest ins and outs of a product.

Do you remember back in 2016, where Scott Disick pasted the instructions of what a brand wanted him to write into his Instagram caption? Or when Daley Blind broke the illusion that he actually liked and purchased his new Adidas shirt instead of being paid to advertise it? Brands are now just telling their endorsers what to write showing that the celebrity has no interest in the product whatsoever, as long as they are being paid to talk about it, which makes the blogging industry even more refreshing.

For the past few years since I have been a part of this industry myself (albeit, on a much smaller scale) I have noticed that Bloggers, YouTubers and Instagrammers all have so much more sway on what the 14-30 year-old market is buying because they are people just like you and me.

With the introduction of Instagram stories and the ability to add in links to the products you are wearing (the ‘swipe up’ links that you can only do if your following is more than 10,000) as well as YouTubers linking every product they are talking about in their videos in the description box, it is becoming even more accessible for us to purchase these items in a quick and timely manner – because as a generation, all we ever talk about is our lack of time – so anything that is made quick and easy for us, we love.

To me, celebrity endorsements have been dying out for years, as the evolution of consumer’s buying habits continues to change. We are no longer drawn to Pantene because Ellie Goulding has nice hair; we no longer want to buy L’Oreal because Penelope Cruz looks flawless, and we longer want to shop at Iceland because Kerry Katona told us how cheap it was – that one was a long-shot anyway.

As consumers, we are more likely now to make our own decisions, instead of being swayed by a face we know. We’re not stupid: We know the amount of choice there is out there, so we want to make an informed judgment instead of jumping on the bandwagon.

The honesty and relatability of the everyday girl talking about Topshop Joni jeans, the latest Naked palette and which foundation is the best for night’s out if much more appealing than air-brushed celebrities on our TV screens who have probably never picked up the product in their life.

Maybe I’m wrong; maybe one-day celebrity endorsements will make a comeback: But in my eyes, the new generation of influencers are becoming the celebrities that we recognise and trust, as they are more self-aware and care about the products they are reviewing, and it’s only a matter of time before we see social media taking over another part of the world.

xx

Well… It’s been quite a while since I spoke about anything beauty related, hasn’t it? That’s not to say I’m not still obsessed with skincare and makeup, but I’ve been focusing more on food, travel and lifestyle content, with a few beauty posts thrown in here and there for good measure.

Today I thought I would share some of my current favourites – the products I’m going back to time and time again. I’m 27 now and this year I have tried to heavily invest in more upmarket skincare products to slow down any signs of ageing (because apparently, I should have started worrying about that when I was 25… who knew?)

1. Liz Earle – Cleanse & Polish £14.50

This is one I mentioned on my Weekly Loves back in May, and since then I have been loving using it. I use about one pump and spread it evenly over my face and eyes. Not only does it smell really fresh, but the consistency isn’t too thick, which I’ve found with other cleansers. I leave it on for about 2-3 minutes and then take it off with a muslin cloth that I’ve run under warm water. I usually use a micellar water after this to make sure every last bit of makeup is off my skin.

2. Botanics Triple Age Renew Facial Oil – £11.49

I picked this up in the Market Street Boots store at the start of June and I’ve been using it every night after cleansing and toning. The one I have is slightly different to the one I’ve linked, but from the same range. I never used to be a fan of oils as my complexion can get quite oily itself, but I’ve found my skin absolutely loves this. Boots usually have offers on Botanics as it is their premium beauty brand so I would suggest having a look in store over shopping online.



3. Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask – £24

This is a product I only use 1-2 times a week after picking up at Hamburg airport back in December and I’m only about halfway through. This is quite a thick mask to leave on your skin overnight, but it does the trick at supplying a high level of moisture and it smells amazing. At first, I wasn’t too convinced by it but now when I use it, the next morning my skin feels so nourished and smooth.

4. Clinique All About Eyes – £27

This is a product I did a lot of research into when I noticed my under eye bags getting worse. I’m not a great sleeper, so, unfortunately, I have to spend quite a lot on under eye creams and concealers. I got this one for my birthday after it was highly regarded in Marie Claire and I love it so far. I’ve noticed my circles have slightly reduced, but the product itself is really nice to apply in the morning and before bed. The consistency is a sort of gel, but it absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy or sticky which I’ve found with some competitors.

5. Nivea Peach Shine Lip Balm – £1.95

This was a very spontaneous purchase after my lips seemed to be quite sunburnt one summer day and I love it. I have a handbag full of different kinds of lip balms but I keep going back to this one at the moment because it smells so fruity and has a slight coral tint to it if you’re not in the mood to wear lipstick.

I hope you enjoyed this slightly different post than usual!
What are you skincare favourites?

xx

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