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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Summer Skincare Update:


Legs:
Although exfoliation is key to any skincare routine, it is really time to scrub down this summer. Exfoliation helps you get a closer shave, it leaves your skin feeling and looking soft and also if your a fan of self tanning, it also helps it apply more evenly. Say goodbye to dead skin cells by choosing a gentle exfoliator and don’t over do it, twice a week will do the job. I love Soap & Glory’s Sugar Crush Body Scrub, but you can always opt for a home made scrub by mixing brown sugar with a little bit of olive oil - its just as effective! And don’t forget to apply your favourite moisturiser daily after jumping out the shower, as when your skin is moist your products will soak in much faster, I’m currently loving The Body Shop’s Coconut Body Butter

Schedule Treatments:
Book a brow wax, bikini wax, manicure, pedicure, haircut and facial. All of these treatments can also be done at home. Would you like to see some DIY skincare? 

Foot Care:
As the sun makes its return so do your sandals! So make sure they are ready to see the sun by preparing them with a good pedicure, whether that be at home or at a salon. Remove all dead skin cells from the bottom of your feet, by soaking them for 10 minutes in a bath, or bowl of warm water with a quarter cup of milk... yes you read that right, the lactic acid in the milk loosens dead skin. Then use a pumice stone to remove all the dead skin. I also like to use Soap & Glory’s Heel Genius Foot Mask, followed by my 360 foot file. Don’t forget to give your nails a cut down and shape and then follow up with your favourite nail polish and foot moisturiser and voilĂ  your feet are ready! 

SPF:
We should all be using SPF all year round, but as the suns UVA and UVB rays grow stronger now really is the time to invest in a decent SPF. If you are worried about breaking out with the use of an SPF opt for an oil free SPF - there are no excuses. I’m currently loving Soap & Glory’s Make Yourself Youthful Sunshield (SPF 50) which is currently on offer at Boots. You'll be thankful when you are 30 and still look 20! 

Lighten Up:
Pick a light weight moisturiser (or two, one for your face and one for your body) that won’t leave you all greasy but will still give you enough hydration. I recommend Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturiser and Superdrug’s Naturally Radiant Face Balm. If you dont want to switch moisturisers you can always try mixing in a little rosewater (that always works a treat!). It is also an added bonus if your moisturiser has an SPF. On the note of spray products, opting for a spray toner is always a good shout come summer.

Luscious Locks:
The summer sun, the sea and chlorine can really dry out your hair, make your ends brittle and fade your hair colour! So get a trim, opt for a hydrating shampoo and conditioner and wear a hat. Simple.  Recently I have been loving running Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Hair Healer Leave In Conditioner (currently £3.99!) through my hair once I have come out of the shower. You can read my full review on this product here


What are your summer skincare essentials? 
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Sunday, 27 July 2014

The Weekend Post #1: Top 10 Beauty Blogs

Many of my evenings are spent on the net, scrolling through my subscription box on youTube and trawling through the endless amount of blog posts on my Bloglovn’ feed. I love a good beauty post and youTube video, in fact I would pick the net over TV any day! I think we can all agree the internet is saturated with beauty blogs, some of which are quite fabulous! So this weekend I want to share with you my current top 10 beauty blogs... 

Jenny Purr: Jenny has been writing her blog for just over a year and she has done extremely well. Her posts are well thought out and her photography is on point. From beauty, to how to create creative content, Jenny’s daily posts are a must read for me. Jenny also takes the time to reply to her comments which I find is really lovely. 

Miss Makeup Magpie: Gemma’s blog is the place to go for honest beauty product reviews. I like the fact that Gemma doesn’t just review the most popular products, but actually reviews products which either, I have heard very little about, or never heard of before. Gemma is a pale-skinned beauty obsessive and recently she campaigned for Makeup Revolution to create paler bronzers and her campaign was successful and they have confirmed that they will be developing a range of bronzers for those with paler skin tones - how cool is that?! 

A Little Pop Of Coral: Jo who is originally from the UK has just moved to NYC and I have been loving her posts. I’ve been very envious of the new products she has purchased since moving out there. Jo’s posts are clear, easy to read and honest. We actually have very similar tastes in products! So it’s interesting to see what Jo thinks of them too. 

Couture Girl: Kayleigh set up Couture Girl back in 2011 and I have been a dedicated reader since 2012. Couture Girl is a girly blog, full of pretty pictures and fab reviews and OOTD posts. Kayleigh writes the best haul posts and has also written about more serious subjects, such as bullying and anxiety. Credit where it’s due, Kayleigh has done a great job with her blog and it's Kayleigh’s blog  that gave me inspiration to start my own last year and I can’t thank her enough for that. 

Vivianna Does Makeup: Ah Vivianna! Where to start?! I’m a massive fan of both Vivianna’s blog and youTube channel. Vivianna’s blog is the place to go for fun, creative and quirky posts and her weekly vlogs are always a good watch and they never fail to make me giggle. Vivianna has been blogging for years and she oozes success but is still so down to earth, taking the time to chat over twitter and answer any questions. I can’t fault her blog it is by far one of my favourites. 

The Sunday Girl: For all the latest beauty updates, news and releases The Sunday Girl is where it is at! The Scottish blogger is to blame for my never ending beauty wish list. I can’t go a day without checking her daily beauty reports. 

Nouvelle Daily: The online destination for everything beauty, travel, tech, style, home and recipes related!  Nouvelle daily is an online magazine that was set up last year by Kate at Gh0stParties. The site isn’t written by just one individual, it’s actually written by a handful of writers and they are often looking for contributors. I really enjoy the variation of content and find every post enjoyable, easy and fun to read. And I must add the photography is great! 

Em Talks: Another blog that I have been reading from the get go. Recently I have been loving Em’s content more than ever, her holiday snaps, fitness updates and outfit of the day posts have been great reads. It’s no surprise that she has won numerous awards. 

Life Of A Trainee Journalist: When I joined the blogging community last year, I stumbled upon Nicole’s blog 'Life Of A Trainee Journalist'. As a journalism student (now graduate) myself. I was instantly drawn to Nicole’s Blog. Nicole is an ambitious student who has recently been on many a work experience ventures (Star & Heat Magazine) and her blog really does give an insight into ‘a life of a trainee journalist’! She also writes the odd beauty review and recently has been sharing some yummy recipes. Nicole has featured here on British Beauty Addict, you can read her guest post here

Caroline Hirons: If you have any skincare woes Caroline’s blog is the place to go. Full of informative, correct and reliable information about skincare and skincare products! Posts about acne, spots, skincare routines, toners, cleansers the list goes on! Caroline has been working in the industry for 17 years and I thank her for answering all my skincare questions. 

What blogs are you currently loving? 
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Friday, 25 July 2014

Beauty Product Empties #1


With beauty products taking up a vast amount of my storage space, I have found it extremely satisfying and rather detoxifying to finish up a handful of beauty products! I have been trying to make my way through my beauty stash and use up the products I already own, before going out and buying something else (as I will admit, I probably have enough body butter, shower gel and face masks for myself, sally, dolly, polly and molly!). So today I have a beauty product empties post for you! And now I can finally chuck away all of the above and start collecting what is effectively my rubbish all over again, for my next empties post! 

1. MUA Pro Base Fixing Mist £5.00
I ran out of my much loved MAC Fix+ and thought I would give MUA’s version a go and I wasn’t disappointed. I must say that in terms of keeping your makeup in place this spray does pretty well, it defiantly gives MAC a run for its money. It doesn’t break the bank and didn’t dry out my skin. Word of caution though, if you use too much, your makeup will run off your face and go patchy. 1-2 sprays is plenty! I’m undecided whether to buy this one again or return to a MAC counter! 

2. Mitchum Advanced Women Powder Fresh 48hr Protection Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant £2.99 
I get through cans and cans of deodorant and I must say I’m not a loyal brand user and buy whatever is on offer! And this time round I opted for Mitchum Advanced Women Powder Fresh 48hr Protection Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant and I must say I the brand I had heard so much about didn’t live up to my expectations! As an anti-perspirant it did the trick, but as a deodorant I’m not so sure! I’m not a smelly individual, but this deodorant smelt funky. I have since switched to something else! 

3. Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash £6.50
The sugar crush range from Soap & Glory smells simply divine. I’m obsessed with the body butter and now obsessed with the body wash! This body wash has the most intoxicating citrus scent! It can be used in the shower and bath. You only need a couple of pumps and it is so moisturising. I was a little sad when this bottle ran out. And I will certainly be running back to Boots to pick up another!

4. Superfacialist Tea Flower Pore Purifying Clay Mask £8.99
This quick fix clay mask has been featured a handful of times here on British Beauty Addict. Undoubtedly the best clay mask on the hughstreet! Highly recommend. Read the full review here.

5. Rituals Fortune Scrub £7.00
Is it just me or are magazines upping their game when it comes to ‘freebies’? This cream scrub came free in a magazine a few months back and it went straight into my bathroom. The gentle exfoliant smells a little zesty, but isn’t in the same league as Soap & Glory’s Sugar Crush range, it is more subtle and you could say a little more luxurious. I enjoyed using the scrub and would consider buying it, however I have a few others I need to make my way through first!

6. Superdrug Deep Action 2in1 Detoxifying Cream Wash & Mask £2.59
Another product that has worked wonders for my skin. It didn’t take me long to head back out to the shops and repurchase this bargain of a face wash! Read the full review here.

Do you collect your empties? 

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Advertise On British Beauty Addict // August


Today I have something a little different, I’m talking ads. As I have now finished University (graduating tomorrow!), I will be accepting advertising again here on British Beauty Addict! I’m now taking adverts for the month of August. Below you will find a breakdown of the cost and what is included.

For £4.00 you get the following:

  • A 219×126 pixel ad in the sidebar for one month, running from the 1st, till the last day of the calendar month.
  • Two group #FF on Twitter in the month of August.
  • 100 word (max) advert about you/your blog accompanied by your blog header, to go under my ‘Meet My Advertisers’ post.
There are only 10 of these spaces available for the month of August and advertising spaces come on a first come, first serve basis. Please be aware that payment is taken via PayPal. 

If you are interested in advertising here on my blog, please do not hesitate to contact me at: emily.knott92@gmail.com 

Thank you! 
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(Disclaimer: I retain the right to decline advertising offers that I don't feel are fitting with the content of my blog.)