Sunday, 31 May 2015

Life | Slam Dunk

So now that we're almost into June festival season is officially starting in the UK! For some people it started last week weekend for Radio 1's Big Weekend, but for others (including me) it started with Slam Dunk Festival, can you class it as a festival? Well it's called one, so I'm gonna...

So for the next few Friday's there won't be any Friday Firsts, instead it will be my mini series called Festival Fridays! The idea of Festival Friday's will be to provide realistic advice and tips about festivals and everything that goes with them. That's enough about the idea of Festival Fridays, let's talk Slam Dunk!

So I attended the Slam Dunk Festival on the Saturday in Leeds, which was the first day of the festival. Slam Dunk is a festival that I've wanted to attend since I was younger, it has always been full of my favourite bands. This year was no different, there weren't as many bands that I wanted to see this year as previous years but there were still some that I couldn't wait to see, not to mention You Me At Six and Taking Back Sunday (mainly for nostalgia reasons!)

It was just one of the best days and perfect for an outdoor festival; the sun was shining, Millennium Square was absolutely packed and the atmosphere was just perfect.

The night was just as incredible. The atmosphere continued to grow and the crowd was one of the best crowds that I have ever been in; everyone was looking out for each other, but equally everyone was just having the time of their lives and you could just feel the energy from every single person.

Unfortunately we didn't make the most of the afterparty like we should have done, but by this point me and Ryan has just had enough and our legs couldn't take anymore.

Sunday I woke up with my legs feeling numb and no voice, so I think overall it's safe to say that Slam Dunk was a pretty insane day, and I'll definitely be going again. Why I haven't done this sooner I'm not quite sure!

Did you go to any of the Slam Dunk Festival Days? Are you going to a festival this year? Let me know below!

Friday, 22 May 2015

Friday First | Pink Grapefruit Body Mist

Another Body Shop product, but it's a first for me. Today I'm reviewing a fragrance! Well, a body mist.. But we can still call it a fragrance can't we?

You'll have seen me talk about the Vanilla Brulee mist that I own from The Body Shop, but I wanted more of a Spring and Summer fragrance and when I saw that The Body Shop did a pink grapefruit body mist I practically jumped on at the chance to grab it.

It smells exactly how you'd expect it to smell. I know that pink grapefruit is something that you either love or hate, for me it's a definitely love. When I initially sprayed this it was a little overpowering, the pink grapefruit smell instantly hits you. So I was a little worried about if it would be too overpowering when I was wearing it.

The first few days of me wearing this I was very light handed when I was applying this, however I soon realised that it was as overpowering as I was worried about. When wearing this the scent seems to wear evenly and it's actually incredible subtle.

For me it's the perfect Spring and Summer scent and when I catch a small hint of this throughout the day it picks me right up. If pink grapefruit is a scent that you I enjoy, I'd highly recommend this body mist! The only down side I have to this product is the bottle, it's not a bottle that I throw into my bag daily because I'm so scared of it breaking.

Will I continue to use the Pink Grapefruit Body Mist? Oh definitely, I'm wearing this on a daily basis and a little goes such a long way so I think it's going to last me for a very long time.
Would I repurchase the Pink Grapefruit Body Mist? I definitely will. Again, I don't think I'll be needing to repurchase it anytime soon, but it's a scent I'm loving.
Would I recommend the Pink Grapefruit Body Mist? For people who love the smell of pink grapefruit I definitely would, for me it's the perfect scent for Spring and Summer.
Overall score out of 5? A strong 4. It's the scent I'm grabbing on a daily basis right now, it's subtle enough for daily wear but it's such an incredible smell.

Have you ever tried The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Body Mist? Have you ever tried any other body mists from The Body Shop? Would you ever try this product? Do you already use a similar product? Let me know below!

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Beauty | Skin Saviours

I feel that the theme on my blog this week is skin care, completely unintended I swear! But today I'm here to talk about, and sing the praises of, the products that have absolutely saved my skin. Admittedly I don't have the best skin in the world; I'm only human, I have oily skin and my skin reacts awfully when it's that time of the month shall we say. It's taken me a long time to find products that work for my skin, but finally I seem to have cracked it!

Face Washes
I use two face washes, depending on how my skin is. I use my Clean & Clear Exfoliating Daily Wash on the days where my skin is behaving and it quite calm, and then I use my Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Daily Scrub on the days where I need a little bit extra on the days where my skin is just not cooperating. I've spoke about my Avon Care 3-in-1 Cleansing Lotion enough times on this blog and everyone knows just how much I love it, it adds that little bit of moisture back into my skin whilst it's still damp.

Daily Care
Once I've washed my face in the morning I then go in with three products to get me through the day. I start with my Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Blemish Stick that I've also spoke about before just to focus on my blemish areas. My moisturiser of choice is the Garnier Skin Naturals Moisture Match Shine Be Gone Mattifying Fresh Cream to add moisture back into my skin, keep it moisturised throughout the day and to help control my shine. To then hope control my shine even more throughout the day I then go in with my Boots Skin Clear Oil Free Mattifying Lotion.

Night Care
When it comes to removing my entire face of makeup from the day I first reach for my Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water to remove most of my makeup, I then reach for The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, which I spoke about on Friday, to remove whatever is left over. I then go back in with my blemish stick from boots and I then give my skin a final deep clean for the night using my Clearasil Superfruits Refreshing Pads that I actually learnt about from Sian over at littlewhitedoe.

On the days where I want to pamper my skin and also give my skin a little bit more I reach for the Honey & Oat 3 in 1 Scrub Mask from The Body Shop. Although I have predominately oily skin I also have patches of dry skin and this masks not only makes my skin feel pampered and soft, but it also helps out with the dry patches.

For me exfoliation is a key part to skin care and it really has helped my skin more than I could ever imagine. The one item at the top of my skin care wish list is the Magnitone Lucid. I absolutely love the idea that it is suitable for use on a daily basis and it can be used with existing products so you don't also have to buy specific products. Skin can also be over exfoliated and the auto-stop function sounds like my absolute dream with this product. Now, if someone could tell Santa that I want this product I would be eternally grateful.

Let me know what products you absolutely swear by for your skin! Let me know what is on your skincare wish list!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Friday First | The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

The Body Shop is a guilty pleasure of mine, especially when they send me a voucher.. It's a very dangerous email for me to receive!

So I picked up a few things but I grabbed the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter as it's something that I have been lusting over for what feels like forever, but I'm also aware that it has been blogged about to death.

I was slightly sceptical about this product, purely because the idea of rubbing a product onto my dry face seems completely alien to me, especially when I'm using it to remove my makeup. But oh did this product prove me wrong! This cleansing butter can quite easily remove an entire day of makeup and it doesn't matter it I've had a very minimal face or my full face with eyeliner and everything, I no longer wake up with panda eyes even when I think I've removed everything. My face feels clean after using this, feels baby soft and most importantly it doesn't feel irritated and neither do my eyes.

The scent of camomile is a very subtle and 'barely' there scent. It isn't enough to irritate your skin, but for me it's the perfect scent for a cleansing product, I love it. The product simply melts in my hands as soon as I rub it between my fingers and it feels incredible rubbing it into the skin, it took me a couple of uses to get used to it, but now it's one of my favourite parts of my routine.

I wasn't too sure about this product when I first used it because my skin broke out horrendously and I couldn't work out if this was due to a new product or if it was hormonal, I've since concluded it was hormonal but when you first introduce a new product you can't be too careful!

Will I continue to use The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter? I'll definitely be using up this tin of it. It's become my favourite part of my skincare routine, and it's oddly satisfying feeling your makeup just melt away.
Would I repurchase The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter? I'm not sure, I'm going to see how long this tin lasts me. I don't think £12 is the cheapest, and there are a few cheaper but similar products I want to try. But The Body Shop always have amazing sales or discount codes so I think I will eventually repurchase one!
Would I recommend The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter? I would. I love how my skin feels after using this product and I love how easily it removes all of my makeup.
Overall score out of 5? A strong 4. Like I said above, there are a few cheaper and similar products that I want to try, but I am absolutely loving this product.

Have you ever tried The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter? Would you ever try this product? Do you already use a similar product? Let me know below!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Beauty | Spring In Your Step

The weather is finally getting warmer, and I don't know about you but I tend to switch a few things up to get myself ready for Spring and Summer!

Let's start with the obvious from the above picture my footwear changes. With the weather getting warmer I can now bring out my dolly shoes and my sandals which I always look forward too! Both of the pairs pictured I picked up from Primark last year, and there are so many in Primark this year that I want.

I don't get to paint my nails as much as I want to, but that doesn't stop me painting my toes. Now we're into Spring I tend to now reach for more pastel colours or brighter colours. The four colours that scream Spring to me currently are Rimmel London 60 Seconds Super Shine by Rita Ora in Bestival Blue, Barry M Gelly High Shine Nail Paint in Guava and Papaya and Avon Gel Finish in Lavender Sky.

I don't really change much with my makeup, I don't wear a lot of colour so I can't change my eyeshadow or anything like that. But what I can do is when I get a chance is switch up my lip colours. The two I always reach for in this weather are my Rimmel Kate Matte Lipstick in 110 and my Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Elusive.

For me Spring and Summer calls for lighter, clean fragrances and right now I'm more likely to reach for my Vanilla Brulee Body & Room Spray from The Body Shop, and currently I'm loving this Winter White candle from Glade, which sounds a bit strange but I find it such a clean scent it's perfect for Spring and it makes my room smell so fresh!

Again, I don't wear many accessories so I can't change too much, but instead of just having a normal bobble on my wrist you're more likely to find me with one of these pastel knot hair ties on my wrist from Prairie Charms. I've also swapped my bedding! I've always been someone who has specific bedding for Spring and Summer and other for Autumn and Winter, I picked up this Miami Geo bedding from Primark and it's perfect for Spring!

What do you do to get ready for Spring? What do you do to put that little Spring in your step? Let me know below!

Friday, 8 May 2015

Friday First | #TheStrangerOnTheBridge

This weeks Friday First is very different, it isn't a first impression for a product and it isn't really a first impression for a book or a film. Nope, this week I'm talking about a TV programme, well a documentary.

The Stranger On The Bridge was broadcast Monday night at 9pm, and was a documentary following the story of Jonny Benjamin and his campaign #FindMike. For those who don't know here is a little background story: in January 2008 Jonny stood on Waterloo Bridge in London, preparing to take his own life. A stranger walking across the bridge saw Jonny and talked him down from the edge. After this Jonny wanted to find the stranger and thank him, and with the support of Rethink Mental Illness the campaign #FindMike began.

That's all I'm going to tell you because for those who don't know about this or haven't watched this documentary, I don't want to spoil it and tell you what happens. Obviously being a mental health nurse this is a documentary I was bound to watch, but again I'm here to highlight the importance of mental health and just how important it is to talk about this.

For me this was a tearjerker, not just for me actually for many other people I know who have watched this. But for me I found it so moving that so many people within this documentary, obviously including Jonny himself, were talking so openly and so honestly about mental health. For me it offered a refreshing view into mental health. We hear so much about how we should be changing the stigma surrounding mental health, but there is still a huge taboo when it comes to talking about suicide. For me this documentary provided such an honest viewpoint into suicide, not only how it affects those left behind, but more for those who are actually in that frame of mind in that moment.

Most importantly I think it highlighted how just a small random act of kindness or just that one small conversation with a stranger could be the one thing that they need to just get them through their day. 

I don't want to say too much about this documentary because I think there is so much to learn from this documentary and I want as many people as possible to watch this. For me, if there is one thing I took from this documentary is that I am going to make even more of a conscious effort than normal to make sure I talk to at least one stranger every day.

Did you watch The Stranger On The Bridge? Is this something that you would watch? What do you think about this story?

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Life | Memories For A Lifetime

How incredible is Timehop? Yes that weird little app that tells you what you were doing on that day however many years ago.. I find it incredible because I didn't realise that four years ago I was on the trip of a lifetime, or in fact I'd probably just got back, but how has four years gone by so quickly?

That trip of a lifetime was when I was foretunate enough to be able to go to Auschwitz with sixth form, but we also travelled through Berlin, Germany before then going to Krakow, Poland.

I got the chance to not only visit some amazingly, humble places but I also got to see some amazing things. It is a trip that I will forever cherish and I have memories from that week that I will never forget. I couldn't put all of my pictures in this blog post, but I managed to pick my favourites from both Germany and Poland and I think I managed to capture what this week, four years ago, was all about.

1. A statue commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall outside of the Allied Forces Museum in Berlin 2.Tower A at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp in Germany 3. Remaining section of the Berlin Wall 4. Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin
5. The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin 6. The Reichstag Building in Berlin 6. The Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz where the Wannsee Conference took place 7. A watch tower at Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz

1. "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate at Auschwitz One 2. Memorial urn at Auschwitz One 3. Memorial wall at Auschwitz One 4. View from the watch tower at Auschwitz Birkenau
5. Another view from the watch tower at Auschwitz Birkenau 6. Buildings in Central Krakow 7. Buildings in Central Krakow 8. Buildings in Central Krakow

Friday, 1 May 2015

Life | Dear May

Dear May,

I actually feel a little lost writing to you because you're the first month that I have nothing planned and this is making me feel a little strange, I feel like I should have something planned for you.

You're the first full month of my management placement, so I'm feeling a little scared but excited at the same time, so I have everything crossed for that going well!

Of course the weather is getting better so I'm going to make sure that I just make the most of that, although that means I'll probably be sitting outside doing uni work.. As long as I'm out in the the sunshine!

This feels more like a note than a letter May, but I can't believe you're going to be my quietest month yet!

I'm sure you'll be just as fun!

Beka. xo