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The Sunday Cuppa

http://sweetsweetjamaica.com/?pte=opzioni-binarie-azioni Happy Friday my little lovelies. It’s the first weekend in August and despite a gloomy forecast of rain, I’m hoping to make August really positive and full of change. I’ve started a series over on my YouTube channel called #TeaDiaries where I sit down with a cuppa and talk about different topics, often very personal, and share my stories of life, family, relationships, health and all the things we go through in life. This week I talked all about why I lost all body confidence and how social media has had an impact on how we compare ourselves and see ourselves.

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http://statusme.com/wp-json/oembed/1.0/embed?url=' My YouTube channel started out as a very chatty channel, and over the years it’s changed which inevitable happens when you buy snazzy cameras and editing programmes, so I wanted to get a little bit of where I started back. I’ve been notoriously bad at updating my blog because my videos get so much of my love and attention, so I’m going to start the Sunday Cuppa over on my blog. Each Sunday, I’m going to try to post something new on here, talking all about what I’ve been up to this week, newness I’m loving and any heart to heart topics I feel I want to talk about.

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So this week I went to Paris. Dave and I spent 24 hours in the city of love to celebrate our engagement and start wedding planning. It was a little overwhelming when we got home after getting engaged so we put talks on hold for a while to just enjoy being together. This week we’ve made some really exciting decisions, so I’m going to be posting a video in a week or so about future plans and also the most incredible trip and where we stayed and what we did. Foodie lovers you won’t want to miss that video!

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order Priligy no prescription in Visalia California We’ve also spent a lot of time in the garden growing my new tea garden (yes I’m growing all my own teas now!) and making the final touches to our new home. It’s been so nice taking pictures of the house coming along so we can document it. I’ve been photobombing so many of my photos with the Ribena Doodle Your World App. You might have seen a few go up on my Instagram. If you get addicted to filters or new things for your pictures then you’ll love this. I’ve seen a few go up of pineapples chasing people but I can’t get Bee to stay still for long enough! It’s really fun and once you start you won’t be able to stop!

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http://makingmemories.co.uk/?hiuio=cose-autopzionibinarie And newness this week that I’ve been loving – The gorgeous Grace Victory bought out a book called No Filter. She’s one of the most down to earth bloggers I have ever met so I’m really excited to read this and the difficult obstacles she’s overcome in her life.

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Oh and Zoella bought out her new ‘Jelly and Gelato‘ range of bath and body products, gelato themed, they smell absolutely amazing I can’t wait to try them and have a pamper session, I loved the last range so much!

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Happy Friday guys and let me know what topics you’d like me to talk about next week.

*This post has been supported by Ribena but all thoughts and doodles are my own.

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TUTORIAL: Festival Hairstyles

It’s that time of year again. The sun comes out and our instagram feed fills up with beautiful outfits and festival hairstyles. I was lucky enough to go to Coachella this year in America and got so much inspiration for summer hair so I wanted to write a post about it.

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I’ve always been a bit afraid of trying new hairstyles because I have tried to follow a few tutorials and they never end up looking as they should do! So I wanted to create 3 styles that are really easy to do, but still look really good! The first thing that you’ll need to do is make sure you wash your hair with a decent shampoo and conditioner that is going to keep your hair nice and clean for a few days and isn’t going to leave it too heavy to style. So I’d recommend using the Pantene Pro V Expert Collection Hydra Intensify Shampoo and Conditioner. I have really damaged, coloured hair so this little duo is amazing at making everything feel much better again! My hair felt so soft after using this but unlike some of the other collections I’ve used like this it didn’t make my hair feel heavy which makes it impossible to style!

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So onto the first look which is great if you have long hair. Scrape your hair to one side and make a really chunky plait whilst lifting it up. Flip the plait over one side and grip it in place. Then find a hair tie or wired band to lock it in place and finish your outfit.


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Onto the second look which is great for all hair lengths and is probably one of my favourites. First of all you need to make sure the top of your hairs and the lengths are nice and smooth and are going to style well. I’ve picked the Pantene Pro V Expert Collection Velvet creme infusion which is one of my go-to styling products of the moment. It smooths everything down and gets rid of flyaway hairs but doesn’t leave my hair looking greasy. Once that’s applied, find a pretty hair band and place it over your head but don’t tuck it under your hair. Then taking sections of about 1 inch, twirl the hair round and tuck it through the band at the back. Repeat this all the way around your head until all the hair is up. This look needs a bit of maintenance as you go through the day in terms of putting a few bits back in if it falls out but it looks so beautiful!

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Finally onto the third look which is really good for all hair lengths and is vintage inspired! Take a section of hair from the front of your head and use your fingers to create a roll of hair that finishes at the front of your face to one side. Pin it in place and then take some hairspray to set it. I’ve chosen my Nioxin 3D Styling NioSpray Strong Hold. I’ve raved about Nioxin treatments for years in terms of thickening and helping to grow my hair, so I was so excited when they announced they were bringing out a styling range. This hairspray thickens your hair so it looks full of volume, and it doesn’t feel sticky when you spray it in. I’m on my third can in just a few months! You can either leave the hair like this or find an accessory to place around your head or to the side. I’m obsessed with flowers for festivals so I’ve chosen these.

Hair is only one part of the look for a festival so make sure you check out my festival product essentials video over on the Beauty Recommended YouTube channel which talks through a few products that will make sure you’re looking good but aren’t having to pack your whole makeup collection! Make sure you subscribe here to the Beauty Recommended channel too so you don’t miss any of my videos! I can’t wait to see all your summer and festival photos too. Make sure you tag me on twitter and instagram and i’ll be retweeting anyone who recreates these hairstyles! Love Becky x

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NEW Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40

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Bobbi Brown has released the most gorgeous skin serum foundation and me along with some of you guys got to be a few of the first ones to get our hands on it. Make sure you read right until the end because I’m doing a really exciting giveaway for you all.

I’ve been a huge fan of Bobbi ever since I was growing up. I remember when I was little watching my mum use the beautiful black packaged products and saving up as soon as I was old enough to buy some of their makeup brushes. I’ve raved for the past few years about their hero corrector and shimmer block, so when I got the opportunity to meet some of you around the new launch I was so excited.

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This was my makeup for my meetup in London last week and I want to talk about some of my favourite products from the range that they used. First of all my skin was prepped and primed. I have heard just about every blogger and beyond rave about Bobbi’s skincare, particularly the eye cream, so I was desperate to try it and see how it worked out for me and my combination skin!!

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First up the Intensive Skin Supplement which smells beautifully of grape and felt quite soft and smooth when it went on. The Hydrating Gel Cream has to be one of my favourite products. The tropical grass extract smell is amazing and it just felt so light when it went on, but still gave me the moisture I really need on the numerous dry patches I seem to be getting. I actually think the £38.50 price tag is pretty cheap compared to others on the market that are really similar. Finally, the hydrating eye cream that every raves about. It’s packed with aloe vera which I’ve always found works really well to get rid of any blemishes, and it absorbs really quickly so it doesn’t leave your concealer runny.

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Onto makeup and my base was the new Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40. It’s designed to be a blend between a serum and foundation so you get all the benefits of a serum with things like lychee and mushroom extract but also get the coverage of a foundation. I was really impressed with how good it was at correcting my skin which has been blotchy and red recently. It’s a medium coverage which you can build up if you want and comes in 16 different shades. It’s designed for normal to dry skin and is so lovely and moisturising, so I added a powder to take any unwanted shine away. I’m so excited for you guys to try this, it’s exclusive to John Lewis nationwide but you can get it online from BobbiBrown.co.uk from 2nd April.

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To finish the look we used the Bobbi Brown Corrector and Concealer to get rid of any dark circles and then give a flawless finish, these are my favourite products out of the whole collection I’ve used so many pots up over the last few years. The staying power is really good and they don’t crease up, I think it’s safe to say this is my favourite concealer I own. Then we used one of the new brightening bricks. They are a bronzer, highlighter and blusher in one and I think will probably sell just as fast as the original shimmer bricks that everyone loved. On my lips we chose the Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in pale pink which doubles up as a cream blush too. I think this might be a little too bight for me when it comes to using it as a blush as I stick to nudes but for the lips it was just perfect.

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To finish on the eyes we used the Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in karat to prime the lids and give a really nice base, followed with a mix of their gorgeous eyeshadows. I’ve included ‘wheat’ and ‘grey’ in this post which can also double up as powders to fill in your brows.

So now to the exciting part! I’m going to be giving away one of the grey eye shadows and the gorgeous lip and cheek pot. All you have to do is comment below and tell me which product from the range is your favourite. It was so lovely to get to meet some of you, and I really hope i’ll be able to do it again soon and meet even more of you! Becky x

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 £39 available here

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Faking it: Bondi Sands Tan

It’s that time of year again, it’s getting warmer and all I can think about is getting out the summer clothes and hopefully having a bit of a (fake) tan to go with them! I’ve dabbled over the years with pretty much everything out there so I was really excited when I heard a new one was coming to the UK.

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Bondi Sands is already huge over in Australia. It was created by a couple of Aussies and getting straight to the point….you’re not going to smell like biscuits! One of my pet hates about tan is the fusty smell and this one has finally bucked the trend. It’s coconut scented so literally smells like cocoa butter. When I walk into my sisters room as she’s been using it I’m always asking her what body butter she’s got on and it’s this.

The tan comes in both a lotion and a foam, so whatever texture you prefer they’ve got it covered. They also come in two shades, light/medium and dark. I usually use darker tans but the colour on the lighter one is enough for me at the moment. Come summer or nights out i’ll be reaching for the dark more and more. It’s really easy to apply, I had a few patches that needed blending but I get that with all tans. You need to leave it on for about 6 hours and then wash it off. I tend to do this overnight and sleep in dark clothes so it doesn’t ruin the sheets.

This has fast become one of my new favourite tans, and at £14.99 it compares really well with the high end ones that I think it rivals.

The Bondi Sands range is available in Superdrug or online here.

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Aurelia Skincare: Review

Make way for a new skincare favourite, how have I only just found out about this range? I was in Liberty in London a few weeks ago having afternoon tea and bumped into a lovely girl who watches my YouTube channel. I love it when I can have a good chat about all things makeup and she recommended a brand that they sell in store there called Aurelia. I’ve got to be honest I’d never heard of it before, but that’s what made it even more exciting, I love finding new things that I’ve never tried.

I’m pretty fussy when it comes to skincare. I have combination skin after having pained years of having acne so I know what I like, what I don’t, and I tend to stick to it! The packaging of this range started to win me over as soon as I saw it. It’s what I call ‘tidy packaging’ – clean and fuss free but looks like it’s a high quality product.

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My hero product of the range has to be the Miracle Cleanser. It’s picked up quite a few beauty awards and I can see why. The first thing that hits you is the smell. I am obsessed with Eucalyptus so to have it in a cleanser is just divine. It’s a really strong aromatic smell which I have to say I’m a big fan of. It’s also packed with Chamomile, Rosemary and Bergamot, basically smell senses heaven! You rub the cream cleanser onto dry skin and then it comes with a muslin cloth that you soak in warm water before melting all your makeup off. If you’re a fan of the Soap and Glory hot cloth cleanser then you will LOVE this but it comes with the higher price tag of £34. Well worth it in my opinion. My skin felt so soft and hydrated after using it and my skin has really cleared up too. Plus you can buy extra muslin cloths so you have a fresh one for each day of the week.

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Next up is the Refine and Polish Miracle Balm. This one has really divided me so i’l start with the positives. It smells the same as the cleanser and has pretty much the same plant ingredients so the aroma is gorgeous. It’s a beautiful scrub which turns into a mask if left on as it’s filled with peptides and oils, and then you just rinse it off with water. When I first put it on I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, it’s a waxy/balm texture and usually that freaks me out as I’m so scared of breaking out, but as I’ve learnt over the years, oil actually balances out oil so I have to force myself past that initial reaction! It’s really soft in terms of a scrub which I love and felt so nice when it was on, almost a warming feeling. All the horrible dry skin I get had gone after using it, and it’s become my staple scrub/mask in my bathroom. When I left it on as a mask, I genuinely think my skin has never really felt this soft. The downside is the price. At £57 this is definitely going to have to be more of a treat scrub for me, it’s definitely one of my new favourite scrubs but the price tag means I will be savouring this to last the year!

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Last but not least, the day and night moisturisers. Both of them have a whipped texture, I usually prefer moisturisers a little silkier but these felt nice and soft and not too heavy. The day one smells of Jasmine and Tubersose and the night of Lavender and Rose, only slightly though so if you’re not overly fussed on scent then you’d be fine with these. They don’t knock my all time favourite moisturisers (Elemis marine cream)  off the top spot, but they do come pretty close.

Aurelia skincare available at Liberty in London or online here.

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Changing the Nail Polish Game – Nails Inc

I’ve been meaning to write this post for sometime now, partly because of my obsessive love with nail polishes, and partly because I was totally unaware that Nails Inc had had a bit of a facelift! I’ve always been a huge fan of their polishes for quality and colour range, but now they’ve stepped up a notch, and I’m totally head over heels in love with their new (ish) packaging.

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The Autumn/Winter collection is simply gorgeous. They’ve introduced new colours, new formulas, and most noticeably they’ve introduced more square, slick, stylish bottles for some of the collections with so much more wow factor to them. First of all don’t make the mistake I made, lift the top to find the twist top, I was left slightly confused at first when I couldn’t open it (silly me!). The brushes themselves are gorgeous – nice and thick to hold plenty of product which is why I’ve always loved how these polishes go on.

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The gel polishes are slightly thicker and give a plumping effect with a bit of shine, these are my favourite. Two that I’ve fallen in love with are New Oxford Street (a gorgeous deep purple) and Uptown (a pinky nude). At £15 they aren’t the cheapest but will last so much longer than my fave drugstore ones.

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There are also Nailkale polishes which are formulated with kale packed with vitamins and said to hydrate and nourish. Whichever range you choose, I swear by these polishes for the zero chip factor.

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A few more bits that I want to rave about. The first is the kensington caviar base coat which is really thick and comes out slightly pink. It’s the best base coat I have because it completely stops the nails from going yellow. Also, they’ve added a gorgeous top top which basically turns the nail finish into a gel. And when you’re ready to take the polish off, they’ve introduced a super easy polish remover pot. I usually hate these, mainly because they don’t work! This one took me by surprise, after a few swirls around the polish comes off. I am hooked, it’s so much easier than using a pad and remover and easy to take if you’re away.

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Have you tried the range? What’s your favourite colour? Becky x

The Nails Inc collection is available on Feel Unique here.

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GLAMGLOW Face Mask – Worth The Hype?

The cult-fave GLAMGLOW youthmud face mask is something that’s been on my list to try and review for longer than I can remember. It’s probably the most talked about mask and I really wanted to know if it was worth the hype. The £25 price tag for a fairly small jar (15ml) has always stopped me from buying it on a whim, but I finally caved!

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It claims to be a 10-minute facial in a jar, which is a tag line that had me hooked because I’m looking for a quick fix in face masks. On top of that, it’s supposed to help clear up problem skin which is something that’s been an issue for me lately. Lots of you know that I suffered with bad acne for years, I actually had to go on roaccutane to clear it up but I still get the odd breakout when I’m tired or stressed.

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First of all the packaging is gorgeous. I’m a sucker for packaging and this one ticks all the right boxes, the pot itself looks so cute in my bathroom. The mask is pretty easy to apply. When it dries it tightens and a few of the bits tend to flake off. It’s packed full of things like clay, minerals, green tea, cucumber and lavender – pretty much everything I turn to when I’m having a bad skin day! Plus it’s paraben-free with no artificial colours or fragrances which I really try to look for now.

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So is it worth the hype? Well, I have to admit, yes it is. My skin cleared up after using this twice so on the spot front, it did the trick. It definitely reduced redness for me too, it’s supposed to brighten skin as well and my skin did look less tired. Just having a look now I’ve actually found it on sale, a larger pot (50ml) for £35 on Zest Beauty. I’ve wasted so much money on face masks that don’t work, so if you want one that gets to the point, I think I’ve just found it. What’s your favourite mask? Becky x

Glamglow youthmud face mask £25 available here

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January Beauty Favourites

You know it, it’s my favourite time of the month, Jan beauty faves time! There are so many things I’ve been lining up to try as we went into 2015, and so many of my old favourites that I’ve fallen back in love with.

One of the main things I wanted to tell you guys about this January, if you hadn’t already seen some of them, I’m doing tea videos over on the DrinksTube YouTube channel! It’s literally a dream come true to be able to film tea all day long, and I’ve been making lots of recipes too for you to try. So make sure you head on over to the channel and subscribe here right now! If you don’t like tea, there are so many other drinks recipes, I hope you like it :)

Talking of tea, go grab a cuppa. I hope you enojy this favourites video, I’ve been trying out some new releases and OMG some makeup from Primark which has become my makeup staple and is so cheap!! Happy watching! Becky x

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Date Night / Valentines Day Makeup

Roses are red, violets are blue, and Valentines Day makeup has to feel, well, just you. OK so I’ve never been that good at poems but one thing I do believe is that men/women do really prefer the ‘less is more’ when it comes to what we put on our face. The truth of it is, Valentines Day you should just try to be yourself. For obvious reasons, lips are usually the main focus of the day! So I’ve created 3 different looks for your lips in hope that you’ll all find one that suits you!

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I announced last year that I was going to be doing some really exciting beauty videos over on a new channel called Beauty Recommended where every Friday me and some of my friends answer one of Britain’s biggest beauty questions. Before you recreate any of the looks below you need to make sure your lips are nice and smooth, free of any dry or chapped skin which is a huge problem for me! So I’ve filmed a video over on Beauty Recommended showing you how to do this, make sure you subscribe to their channel here and take a look at the video after you’ve read this post here.

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The first look I’ve created is for all of you red lipstick lovers out there. For me, this is a really traditional Valentines Day look. Deep red lips full of colour and plumpness. For this I’ve chosen the Max Factor Colour Elixir lipstick in Ruby Tuesday. This is probably one of the most stunning and striking reds I own, and doesn’t look too bright or cheap. I love the consistency of this lipstick, as soon as you apply it, it feels so soft. It’s actually packed with things to moisturise your lips – one of my pet hates with lipsticks is when it leaves your lips dry, this actually smells really nice too! You can pick it up from the drugstore for around £7.99.

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Next up, one for the bubbly pink types! This look is for those who love a bright lip and want to have a lot of fun with their makeup! I am absolutely head over heels in love with this look and think this is going to be a favourite for me over the summer! The Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick in vibrant pink is the most pigmented colour I think I own. You won’t get the stickiness of a gloss with this, so it’s far more low maintenance. It feels quite light too and it’s really really really easy to apply and top up. I am so in love with this I want to get the other shades now too!

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Finally, I’ve left my favourite look until last. The glossy nude, for those of us who want to go with the less is more look. Very natural, but with a little bit of plumpness and shine. I’m using a combination of the Max Factor Colour Elixir Lip Liner in Pink Petal and the Max Factor Colour Elixir Gloss in Pristine Nude These have been two staples in my makeup bag throughout the winter. The liner is really easy to use, I’m a big fan of this nude because it gives my lips a bit of natural definition and makes them look a little fuller. The gloss is definitely in my top 5 must have glosses, mainly for its staying power, the beautiful finish and the fact it smells so delicious!

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For the rest of your makeup, remember the fail safe tutorial – just be you. For me that’s keeping things quite simple. I’ve gone for a bronze sparkly eye look using my Max Factor Excess Shimmer eyeshadow in bronze and Benefit They’re Real liner and mascara, and my MAC blusher in gingerly. But play around with what you feel comfortable with, you’re date has fallen, or is falling in love with you for just being you. If they’re not then cancel your table booking and plan a night out with your girlie friends who love you for just the way you are!

Remember to check out my video over on Beauty Recommended here and subscribe. Whatever you’re doing this Valentines Day, whether you’re single, engaged, married or spending the day miles apart, remember the most important thing….“be you, because everyone else is taken”

Becky x

This post is sponsored by P&G for Beauty Recommended

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