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5 Top Beauty Hacks For Festival Camping

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I’ve just booked my tickets for We R Festival this May (whoop!)  I try and go every year (if I’m not on a jolly) and plan to do the whole camping V fest weekender later this year!  Now usually I would opt for glamping over camping any day of the week as I do appreciate a bit of comfort!  But camping is fun and in my opinion far more sociable. Especially in the evenings when the festival shuts down.

Now I ALWAYS like to travel light and am known for my scrupulous packing skills (back pat)!  Whether I’m staying overnight at the boyfies or going away for a fortnight, I can fit a week’s worth of holiday clothes into a carry on no problemo.

As packing light is hardwired into my DNA, I thought I’d share some beauty tips on how to take less but still remain festival chic this summer when camping.

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6 Tips To Stop Your Over The Knee Boots From Slouching

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Editors Note: ¬†This post has was updated on 9th February 2017 with my review on the product Boot Stay as promised in the original edition ūüôā

Now that winter is around the corner its time to dust off the over the knee boots and knee high boots that you locked away right before summer! ¬†Now I love slouchy boots and the effortless cute way they finish off an outfit, however, over the knee boots that slouch,¬†(especially when it’s just one boot)¬†¬†has always been a bugbear of mine. ¬†I think it makes an outfit (especially a dress) look untidy. Continue reading…

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4 Effective Ways to Use Milk of Magnesia To Combat Oily Skin

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Oily skin has been a bugbear of mine ever since I was a teenager as I talked about in my previous post 5 Holy Grail Skin Products for Oily Skin.
I breakout very easily and would have to touch up my make up to de-shine several times a day.  After trying hundreds of products and potions (few which DO work as set out in my previous blog post ) I’ve finally discovered an inexpensive gem that most people have laying around the home; Milk of Magnesia!

Here are some of the many uses of this magical product which works very well for oily skin, blackheads, acne and everything else that comes with it!

 

The Star Product ~ Milk of Magnesia

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Milk of Magnesia is traditionally used as an antacid and liquid saline laxative. When taken orally it works by drawing water out of the colon. ¬†Although that sounds a bit urgh(!) ¬†It’s a wonder lotion for mattifying oily skin. ¬†It helps to prevent pores from producing excess oil, and creates the illusion of smaller pores. ¬†Milk of Magnesia is also helpful in preventing spots as it contains Zinc which kills bacteria, making it healing for any existing spots you may have. ¬†It’s priced reasonably and can be picked up from Boots or online here for under ¬£10.00 for 355ml which will last you a good while!

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Cliveden House ~ My Weekend At This Cosy English Winter Retreat

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Crisp Air, Red Wine, Roaring Fireplaces ~ Cliveden House is Like a Big Hug

As soon as the car tyres crunched¬†into¬†the driveway gravel leading up to to¬†the grounds of Cliveden House, I felt¬†butterflies in my tummy! ¬†I knew I was in for something truly special and I wasn’t wrong. Cliveden House is set in the beautiful English countryside in Berkshire and is surrounded by 376 acres of stunning National Trust listed gardens. ¬†The surroundings of Cliveden House are like something from a fairytale. ¬†The views over the River Thames and onsite parklands are incredible. ¬†It’s no wonder this is one of the finest luxury hotels in the UK. Continue reading…

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5 Ways to Take Charge of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

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So, the clocks went back last weekend which means darker shorter days ahead “Boooooo!” ¬†I am definitely a sunshine girl at heart which is one of the reasons why I travel so much I think. ¬†I always find that my mood changes this time of year and I know for sure its down to the early sunsets and becoming pitch black by 4pm (Hi December around the corner!)

It can be a bit depressing, especially when working from home like myself. ¬†As soon as it begins to get dark, my body instructs¬†me to down tools, days over when in actual fact it’s only 3:30pm!

I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I definitely have a mild case of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). ¬†SAD is a form of seasonal depression¬†that is¬†brought on by the change in the weather and season. ¬†Most people experience SAD in winter time.

It happens to many of us this time of year, particularly in winter. ¬†After trialling some¬†of my own personal methods,¬†I’ve set out 5 effective ways to combat SAD:

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Sir Henry’s Bar & Restaurant ~ Beware of Children & Ducks

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Aveley’s Sir Henry’s is Sir Tasty

When I moved to Essex from London not so long ago, it took some time getting to know where to go for good food, drinks with a decent beer garden at the back! (#priorities).

I am a sucker for fine dining and getting all dolled up to go to a nice restaurant followed by a lounge bar or club blah blah… but sometimes I just fancy catching up with friends over a glass of wine (or three)¬†at a¬†nice¬†but simple establishment¬†that serves great homely food and has a nice atmosphere. ¬†Cue Sir Henry’s! Continue reading…

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Speedboats: Top 7 Tips To Avoid Stepping Aboard A Glamourpuss & Stepping Off A Sourpuss!

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Travelling by speedboat is most of the time good fun! ¬†Its thrilling, exciting and exhilarating. ¬†But in my experience, those words could only be used to describe smaller speedboats that you hire yourself on holiday, or perhaps¬†as¬†part of a tour that you may have organised. ¬†The speedboat journey’s I’m referring to here are private transfers on which you are¬†sat for no less than an hour and half – pedal to the metal,¬†covering around 100 miles at 90mph!

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Holiday Blues!

I’ve been back from Sicily six days and even now the holiday blues¬†are hard to completely shake off. ¬†What a beautiful place. ¬†Full of culture, history, charm, incredible architecture and of course great food and wine ūüėČ

We spent ten days there hopping around which is the best way in my opinion. We managed to squeeze in six spots including two of the Aeolian islands, a stunning hidden gem which for some reason only few people know about. ¬†I share my experience in Sicily here in this post if you’d like to read more ~ Sicilian Adventure

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