Cream Of The Crop | Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

I’ll try to keep things short and sweet, but forewarning you, this may be a lengthy love letter. Now I don’t know about you, but during the winter months I very rarely use skincare past my collarbone (awful, I know), but June saw a major heatwave with blistering sunshine and in short, my legs weren’t ready to see the light of day. Introducing Sol de Janeiro's Brazilian Bum Bum Cream the body cream that’s inspired by the Brazilian’s favourite feature - their derrières and currently residing in every beauty editors bathroom cabinets. I can’t remember the last time a body cream caused such a stir. I was skeptical at first, as a pert derrière doesn’t come cheap, priced from £18 for 75ml. But(t) I couldn’t wait to try it and revive my limbs. 


Quick Summer Body Beauty Fixes

The temperature has been rising over the last couple of weeks, as has my fear of showing some skin. I can no longer wear jeans to cover up my pasty *cough* hairy legs and hide my feet in my favourite pair of Forever 21 boots. We’ve all been there, dashing to the shops to buy a new maxi dress and a razor to replace the blunt blades collecting dust in our cupboards. But when a heatwave arrives announced we can be hard pushed to fix our body woes fast. So today I’ve rounded up a few summer beauty must-haves to help fix them fast. 

Sol De Janerio Brazilian Bum Bum Cream £18 - £44
I’m a slacker when it comes to moisturising my bod on the regular, so slathering on a sticky layer of moisturiser on a 28 degree day is not the one. But once again I succumbed to the hype and purchased Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. Packaged in a bright tangerine and white tub the cream recommend for your derrière can be used all over. It’s formulated with caffine-rich Guarana to stimulate circulation, lift and tighten and Capuacu Butter, Acai, and Coconut Oil deeply nourish and soften the skin. Sounds good right? Well it smells bloody good too and the scent lasts all day. So much so it had me thrusting my arm under my mums nose all day “Mum how good does this smell?”. Not to mention is soaks in super-fast, leaving my skin softer and healthier looking with its subtle shimmer. And yes, my butt does kinda look firmer. Wishful thinking maybe, but it’s doing something! The one thing that might sway you is the price tag, but if it encourages me to moisturise you can’t put a price on that!

Skinny Tan Express Mousse 1 Hour Tan £27.99*
Skinny Tan Express Mousse 1 Hour Tan is one of the newest self-tanners on the scene and another product in this line-up that smells delicious. I applied the mousse for the first time last week to give my current sun kissed skin a boost. It has a good guide colour, but it didn’t blend as seamlessly as other tanners I’ve tried, so I recommend prepping your skin first with a light moisturiser. After a couple of hours I showered and the end result was faultless with no streaks in sight. And for the first time EVER I didn’t smell like a walking bottle of fake tan the following day and I even had a colleague ask “have you been on holiday”. In short there’s a whole lotta fake tans on the market, but this is a product you need to know about. 

Scholl Pedi Velvet Smooth Electronic Pedicure Foot File £39.99*
What’s happening under our socks isn’t always a pretty sight. So when I swapped my boots for sandals and sat crossed-legged on the tube baring my cracked skin and chipped toe nails for all to see, I swiftly excited the tube ran to Boots and purchased a roller refill for my Scholl Pedi Velvet Smooth Electronic Pedicure Foot File. This device is a life saviour and always makes a triumphant return during the summer months. It blasts away hard skin in minutes softening things up quickly. The battery operated device is easy to use, just gently rotate the file over dead skin and poof (literally) see the dead skin disappear. 

Gillette Satin Care Violet Swirl of Olay £1.97
Confession time: I’ve shaved my legs more time in the last 3 weeks than I have in the last 3 months. Just like washing my makeup brushes, shaving my legs is hard work. But one product that’s been making this tedious task a little easier is Gillette Satin Care Violet Swirl of Olay. Shaving cream is pretty basic, but this stuff is worth the extra few pounds. It lathers well, smells good, no irritation (cuts are less likely) and the end result is seriously smooth fuzz free pins. So next time you pop out to pick up a razor, I recommend you pop this in your basket too! 

What beauty products do you recommend for a quick fix?


5 Reasons To Love Your Body

5 Reasons To Love Your Body
I know from my own experience body positivity isn’t as simple as saying “You should just love your body!” It’s not an easy problem to solve. Personally I’ve struggled between loving and loathing my body for as long as I can remember. Bouts of anxiety trigger binge eating, which sees my body balloon several dress sizes leaving me feeling terribly insecure and frumpy. And yes, my body has broken down and failed me. In the last year I’ve suffered from more episodes of tonsillitis than Breaking Bad and have had a tonsillectomy and appendectomy. Ailments aside, it’s easy to forget all the amazing things about our bodies that make us beautiful. And blanket statements this post is not. It’s more a reminder to love the skin I'm in and become more accepting of myself.  

Living in a media-saturated world body shape is a never-ending debate. For years I believed the ‘perfect body’ was to be seriously slender with porcelain skin; like the girls who graced the front pages of my favourite glossy mags. These images and expectations were a constant pervasive taint in my teens. But in reality they were neither realistic, or healthy. Not many woman fit into that description, but even those who do are still exposed to body shaming. I’ve seen images of what I used to perceive as the ‘perfect body’ slammed with an onslaught of negative body image comments like “Anorexic”, “You’re too skinny”, “Ew your collar bone”. Body shaming in all forms is inexcusable. Even the likes of Kylie Jenner masterfully edits her photos to get that ‘perfect selfie’. But perfection is an elusive thing. Cellulite is reality, scars, wobbly bottoms, hip dips, stretch marks are a reality, spots, flat chests and big chests are reality. Don’t let the dogma trap you. Society can kiss my fat ass!

My boyfriend has always said, “It really doesn't matter what anyone thinks.” And he’s right (in this instance). When it comes to my life, the opinion of others should matter very little, but in the past I’ve become hung up on other people’s opinions. Sure comments made by family and close friends shouldn’t be disregarded, but off hand comments made by strangers? Fuck ‘em. Unpleasant things people say often stem from their own insecurities, or jealousy. And one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself is to cut off the people who make you feel crap about who you are. Your opinion is King. Be true to yourself, as the only way to make yourself feel better is to change your opinion of you. What do you want? What's important to you? How do you get there? 

We take for granted the wonderful things our bodies do. I could reel off a long list, but as an example, did you know our heart beats 115,200 times a day – amazing, huh? I used to be so darn critical of my own body; it’s true when they say we’re our own worst enemy. Growing up I had the chest of a ten-year-old and although I’ve blossomed since, I’ve become grateful for my not-so-big-bust when I tie up my trainers and head out for a run. I don’t have a thigh gap, or a tiny waist. But so what? I can squat like there’s no tomorrow and run for miles all thanks to my thunder thighs. Yes, I would love to have someone else’s long legs and feminine fingers, but I can recognize the beauty of someone else's body and appreciate it, while also loving what I’ve got.

Worrying is simply a waste of time and hating your body is exhausting. A few years back I became more aware of my body than ever before and how I held a little more weight than my friends. I didn’t feel pretty or desirable and seeing myself naked was unsettling. I spent 2 years attempting to ‘fix’ my body. I was constantly wrapped up calorie counting, weighing myself, exercising and reading ‘how-to’ guides. I don’t regret this period of my life, as I now understand my body a little better. But I missed out on trips, backed out of dinner plans and spent an obsessive amount of time dissecting my body. Although I lost 3.5 stone it didn’t necessarily make me feel more comfortable and happy and I realised loving my body wasn’t just physical, it was mental. Sure I still get caught up in the areas I’d like to improve, but I don’t need the added stress in my life. I need to learn to love my body now and get out there and live my life. Heck, I want to eat a Five Guys without spending the following 48HRS in complete desolation on the tightness of my waistband!

I’m still on the path towards loving my body but I truly believe caring for yourself is one of the most important things you can do. I work out and I love it. It makes me feel good, energetic, confident and more comfortable with my forever-changing body. I think most people underestimate just how liberating liking yourself can be, but I feel stronger, both physically and mentally. Having a positive attitude attracts positive attitudes and you may be setting an example for someone else without even realising it. So it won’t just be your saving grace, it could be someone else’s too. We may be submerged among slender women in glossy mags, but we’re also surrounded by freakin’ empowering women from fictional Mrs Potss, Tiana and Elsa, to bloggers Georgina GroganLaura Ferry and YouTubers Brogan Tate, Jordan Bone, Zoe Sugg, xAmeliax and Rosanna Pierce

What's one thing you love about your body?
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