29 Dec 2019

Fatima Writes Turns 4 And A Round Up Of 2019



I can't believe this month marks a whole 4 years of blogging on Fatima Writes!

It's been a crazy journey so far! I've had the most amazing opportunities like working with Jack Wills, Panasonic, Hammersons and so much more. The whole blogging experience so far has been great for opportunities like these but also for my confidence, writing skills, photography and even friendships. It's also a great space to call my own - I love spending time tapping away at my laptop, thinking of new blog post ideas, taking pictures and putting together posts.

To anyone who is thinking about starting a blog, I highly recommend it. Even if it is just for yourself. My blog started as a hobby and it is now such a huge part of my life, I can't see myself without it!



As well as blogging bringing me great opportunities this year and the past few years, 2019 has been full of a lot of blessings and great things. From celebrating our first wedding anniversary, turning 23 and getting a kitten, this year has been filled with so much love, joy and happiness. This time of the year always makes me feel nostalgic and is also a time where I think about what I'm thankful for. I feel incredibly lucky to be around a loving and supportive circle of family and friends. I'm especially grateful for my husband - he's been through every up and down with me and continues to love me no matter what.

I've been lucky enough to find my dream job this year too! I've been through 3 different positions (I know, it's a lot) and have finally settled into a position where I am happy and doing what I love. I feel really luck to be there and super excited to see where my career takes me.



Skincare and beauty has been a huge part of my life this year! I've been battling with eczema for a few years now and I've finally learnt to accept it. Embracing my 'bad skin' has made me a much more confident person and it's made me who I am today. I've been learning a lot about me and my skin this year and it's been a wonderful journey. It's made me realise how passionate I am about skincare and how I can help others through my findings and learnings through my blog.

This year has also bought me the chance to set up my own small home business. Fatima Makes is a modern calligraphy and wedding post box business servicing Leicester. I'm just getting started but I'm hoping to work on more products and services for 2020 so please do get in touch if you are interested in post boxes, prints or even workshops.



So we've talked about the past and the present, but what about the future? I'm hoping to put more into my blog, as per usual, as well as my career, side business and anything else life throws at me. I've got a few plans for 2020 but only a couple of them are set in stone so far. You can keep up to date with me and what I'm up to over on Instagram (@fatimawrites_) and my blog.

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Wishing you a happy and prosperous new year! 
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15 Dec 2019

My Quick & Fuss-Free Makeup Routine | Dry and Eczema Prone Skin



As you know, most days I don't bother with make up. I feel like it is not a necessity for me anymore but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy a day where I do decide to glam up a bit! My no make up days started to become a regular thing when my eczema flared up really badly on my face but I've found tips and certain products that help my skin look healthy and glowy again despite it feeling the opposite.

So here are the products I use if I am going for that look and it normally takes me all of 5 minutes in the morning - bonus!



First things first is skincare. Applying a super hydrating base is super important as make up can dry your skin out.




Next up for me is concealer. I ditch the foundation on most occasions as it feels far too cakey for me on a daily basis. My current choice of concealer is the Revlon Colourstay Concealer in light medium and I just apply a little bit under my eyes, on my nose, around my mouth and a little dot on my forehead. Using the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, I quickly buff that into my skin.



I then add a quick dusting of powder, just to mattify my skin a little as it can look a bit too dewy and borderline greasy at times! I use different powders on different days but on this occasion I picked up the NYX HD Powder in Translucent.



After that I move onto adding some colour into my skin. Having eczema means that my skin often looks dull and lifeless so I think adding a touch of bronzer and blusher just makes the skin look fresh and alive again. My go-to bronzers and blushers are always from the Makeup Revolution palettes. These are so handy to have around!

I then take a fluffy eyeshadow brush (my brushes are from Spectrum) and pop a wash of bronzer on the lids. It's the quickest and easiest way of adding some definition to your look without doing anything fancy.



Mascara has always been once of my favourite parts of makeup so I go ahead and add lashings of mascara to my lashes. The L'oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara is a-ma-zing at lengthening and holding a curl.



To finish off the look, I pop a neutral lip colour on. One of my all time favourites is the GOSH lipstick in Cinnamon. The brand is super underrated and this shade is a beautiful creamy, pinky nude shade that always looks good.



And that's my quick, easy and eczema-friendly routine that makes me look glowy and fresh! What are the highlights of your make up routine? 
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8 Dec 2019

Currently Loving: The Ordinary



I've noticed recently that I've been having a love affair with quite a few products from The Ordinary lately and figured it had been a while since I've shared my latest portfolio of potions by them on my blog.



The Ordinary is known for their key ingredients and targeted products but especially loved for their affordable and inexpensive price range. There seems to be a misconception that the more you invest in skincare, the more it will benefit you but that isn't the case with this brand and many others available on the market now. I'm aware that Revolution also offer similar skincare products to that of The Ordinary as well as The Inkey List (which I can see becoming a huge competitor brand to The Ordinary), which has more recently become available via Boots

Anyway, I'd share some of my current favourites from The Ordinary 


Multi-Peptide Serum | £15.75

This is one of the newer products in my stash and it is aimed at improving hair density. All you need to do is apply a few drops to your roots and lengths, message it in thoroughly and it promises thicker, fuller and healthier hair.

The serum is concentrated with caffeine, natural extracts and peptides, making it a great product for those trying to grow their hair or improve it's condition. I naturally have thick hair but recently I feel like my hair isn't as strong as I'd like it to be as it is breaking, so I've been using this to revive my locks and make them strong and healthy again.



Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 | £5.90

This is one of the most popular products in the range and the one I feel like most people know of or have tried. It is a serum or pre-moisturiser step that absorbs seamlessly into the skin to provide intense moisture and hydration, leaving it plumper.

'Acid' can sound scary but this formula is gentle enough for daily use and it encourages people to use it once in the morning and once in the evening for maximum results. It's oil-free, so those with oily skin can use it to keep their skin nourished, but that also means it isn't greasy or heavy on the skin at all.


100% Plant Derived Squalane | £5.50

I have used this oil for a few years now and swear by it. It helped my skin come back from a really irritated time just before my wedding and ever since then, I have always had a bottle and a back up in my collection. I feel like it is a dark horse and a hidden gem within The Ordinary range as no one else seems to talk about it!

Squalane is naturally found in the skin and is known for its hydration properties. It prevents the loss of hydration that can cause dull skin so by using plant derived squalane on the skin, it can help add moisture back in and keep it that way. I always describe this as a non-greasy oil, meaning it is suitable for the all skin types and can be used day or night.

I use this after I've applied the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 as it helps absorb the product into the skin - they are like a dream team! The Squalane can also be used in the hair as a hydration booster, but I've not tried that yet!



Argireline Solution 10% | £5.50

This is also a new addition to my skincare collection and it is probably one of my favourites already. I've used it for a couple of months now and it is a product that lessens appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by repeated facial expressions and prevents them - which is great.

I think this is a great alternative to retinol as it has similar benefits without the ingredient, which can be quite strong. I've previously used the 0.2% Retinol in Squalane and the Argireline is much more gentler on younger skin. I would recommend the retinol for mature skin and this product for younger skin but for those concerned about expression lines (like me and my forehead wrinkles).



What are your favourite The Ordinary products? I'd love to try more!
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1 Dec 2019

Five Money-Saving Tips For The New Homeowner



Congratulations if you’ve just moved into your new home or are about to – you’ve reached one of the most exciting milestones in your life! Honestly the moment we got the keys for our first home was up there with the day of our wedding and when the Mr proposed to me. It’s a time in your life when you are in your own little happy bubble of joy.

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24 Nov 2019

Lip Colour & Lip Care Products I'm Loving At The Moment


I fell out of love with make up over the summer and only really wore it when I was attending a special occasion, which was great for my skin and gave it a good breather, but it’s been a while! So I’ve been getting back into dabbling into my make-up bag and looking around in the beauty aisles and discovered some new (to me) lip products that I wanted to share on the blog today.  


I’ve always been intrigued by the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets but never tried it so I finally caved and purchased this one in the shade no 32. It is a beautiful nude shade and with the formula being lip gloss like, it is easy to wear on a daily basis and top up throughout the day. It’s not a high maintenance lip colour that require a mirror or lip liner so it is perfect to carry around in your handbag or leave at your office desk.

For moisturising, I decided to pick up the Dr Paw Paw Multipurpose Balm. I’m not going to lie, I love Vaseline and I think it works great but I just wanted something that was a bit more hygenic for use in public or at work. I hate how you have to stick your finger in the Vaseline pot but with this product in a handy tube, it’s easy to use wherever you are. It also has the additional benefit of being multipurpose!


Another lip care product I’m loving is actually a DIY homemade lip scrub. If you remember this post including uses of the Body Shop 100% Shea Butter, it includes the recipe for this. It’s a great natural exfoliator and keeps my lips flake free.



I was given this cute mini of the Clinique Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry and as well as it being the perfect hand bag size, it is a great shade that adds a subtle pop of colour to the lips. This one is also easy to apply and doesn’t require a mirror or lip liner.

I also have a mini of the Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer in Plum Pop, which is essentially a creamy lightweight lipstick. The colour is very appropriate for this season and is a lovely pinky purple shade, which I can see being very wearable on many skin tones. 



What are your current lip favourites?
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20 Nov 2019

100 Blog Post Ideas For The 'Little Bit Of Everything' Blogger



I often find myself going through phases of lacking inspiration and motivation for my blog. Coming up with fresh new ideas is hard sometimes. I've listed 100 (yes a whole one hundred!) blog post ideas for the blogger who is like me and writes about a bit of everything. I hope these inspire and motivate you for your blog!

  1. Why you started blogging
  2. What you love/hate about blogging
  3. Blogging tips
  4. Photography tips
  5. Finding your blogging voice
  6. Planning for your blog
  7. Social media tips for bloggers
  8. Blogging process
  9. Favourite blogs
  10. How to start a blog
  11. A guide to affiliate programmes
  12. Tips and advice for a sponsored blog post 
  13. X years of blogging
  14. Where you've travelled to
  15. Bucket list
  16. Travel guide
  17. Staycation
  18. A day trip to...
  19. Travel guide to your hometown
  20. How to plan the ultimate holiday
  21. Travel essentials
  22. Finding holidays on a budget
  23. Saving money for travelling
  24. Travel beauty
  25. Travel skincare
  26. Packing tips
  27. Packing for a weekend away
  28. Everyday beauty essentials (makeup, skincare or haircare)
  29. Current beauty favourites
  30. What your everyday face is worth
  31. Favourite makeup palettes
  32. Beauty wish list
  33. Hairstyles for short / medium / long hair
  34. Foundations for dry/oily/combination skin
  35. Hits and misses
  36. Product review (hyped up or new launch)
  37. Fragrance collection
  38. Subscription box review
  39. How to clean your makeup brushes
  40. Makeup brush collection
  41. Makeup storage and collection
  42. Evening skincare routine
  43. Morning skincare routine
  44. Budget beauty tips
  45. High-end beauty favourites
  46. Spotlight on a brand
  47. Your style story
  48. Trying out a trend
  49. 3 ways to style (i.e.: converse, grey tee, black jeans)
  50. Favourite accessories
  51. Wardrobe tour
  52. What's in my bag
  53. Shoe collection
  54. Special occasion outfit (i.e.: wedding, birthday, party)
  55. Recent purchases haul
  56. Saving money on fashion
  57. Capsule wardrobe
  58. Workwear inspiration 
  59. Finding your personal style
  60. Style look book
  61. Summer style
  62. Seasonal wardrobe essentials
  63. How to save on style
  64. Favourite jewellery pieces
  65. Styling your jewellery
  66. How to get organised
  67. Productivity tips
  68. Body confidence
  69. Self-care tips
  70. Motivation advice
  71. University/college advice
  72. About your job
  73. How to save money
  74. Wish list
  75. Interior moodboard
  76. How to style a shelf
  77. A peek inside your home
  78. Organising your wardrobe
  79. A look at your beauty set up
  80. Home renovation talk through
  81. Desk tour
  82. A letter to your younger self
  83. DIY (Instagram DIYS, homeware, beauty)
  84. Favourite TV shows/movies/books
  85. Film review
  86. A day in the life
  87. Dessert recipe
  88. Food recipe
  89. Drinks recipe
  90. Advice for hosting a dinner party
  91. Book review
  92. How to plan a birthday party/ wedding/ baby shower
  93. A gift guide
  94. Goals for the month/year
  95. Reviewing a monthly box (beauty, food, fashion etc)
  96. A beginners guide to...
  97. Talk about a significant life experience
  98. Birthday blog post
  99. How to have a work life balance
  100. Your own 100 blog post ideas

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17 Nov 2019

Easy Ramen Recipe | Veg & Non-Veg



Anyone who knows me is well aware that I am a lover of noodles… any form of noodle dish is my go-to! One of my favourite recipes I enjoy making time and time again is my ramen recipe. It is one of those dishes that works for all the family and is great all year round. I also think it fills you up the perfect amount and leaves you feeling full but without feeling heavy and like you need a nap.

I'll hold my hands up and say that it isn't super healthy but it can definitely be chopped and changed so the recipe is more stripped down and healthy. I just like how adaptable the recipe is, it can be veggie or non-veg and can be served with a variety of sides – Chinese-style chips, spring rolls, prawn toast or prawn crackers. Anyway, here is the recipe so you can recreate it too.


Serves | 2 people

Prep time | 15 mins

Cook time | 30 mins

Ingredients:

For the ramen:
2 noodle nests
1 vegetable stock cube, diluted in some water.
Carrots, chopped
Mangetout, chopped
Baby corn, sliced in half
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, grated
Salt and pepper, to taste
Fresh ginger, grated (just less than 1 inch)

To garnish:
Sesame seeds, toasted
Spring onions, chopped
Coriander, chopped
Chilli powder and flakes, as needed
Boiled eggs, sliced

Optional extras // chicken, prawns or tofu. 


Method:

1. Prep your veg, chop the ginger and garlic and boil eggs.

2. In a large pan add 1 tbsp of oil followed by the garlic and ginger and let them brown slightly.

3. Then add the soy sauce and stock water. I measure the water by the bowls I'd be eating in, so add 1 for each person and a little extra as the water evaporates.

4. After a few minutes add the veggies so they can boil through. If I was adding meat, I'd cook it separately and add it in at this point too.



5. Season with salt, pepper and chilli powder as needed.

6. When the veg is almost done pop the noodle nests in so they can boil too.



7. When complete, dish up in a bowl with some soup and noodles and top with toasted sesame seeds, spring onions, coriander, sliced boiled egg and chilli flakes. It is now ready to serve!


Enjoy and do let me know how you get on! 


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10 Nov 2019

Skincare Products That Have Helped My Eczema



I’ve been meaning to write this post up for a good couple of months now but if I’m being honest, I feel like I could write a post like this every 6 months or so. The reason being is that a) these products only helped me they might not help you, b) they sometimes only work for a short amount of time and c) I’m constantly trying new products so I can keep sharing what works, even if it is for a few weeks.

So with all that in mind, I wanted to share a few products that have helped with my eczema recently because I feel like these are really worth trying if you suffer with eczema like me. I unfortunately get flare ups on my face, neck, arms and hands - areas that are often exposed as they can’t be hidden! I am quite conscious about it but I also know I just have to get on with life and work with what I’ve got that day.


I was sent the Diprobase Itch Relief Cream* and Diprobase Daily Moisturising Cream* and I’m so glad I was because I wasn’t aware they had new targeted skincare products in their range. I’ve tried a few of their products before, as they were recommended by my GP, but hadn’t come across these.

I found that the Itch Relief Cream* is best for use on my face and neck. It isn’t too thick or sticky so I could use it in the morning as well as the evening and it didn’t smell funky – which I thought it would because it is more of a medicated cream. I found that this help reduce redness and flakiness on inflamed areas and it soothed my skin during flare ups. It claims to calm the skin within just 30 minutes of applying it and the packaging states it can be used on babies too but only for the short term (doctor’s advice is recommended).

The Daily Moisturising Cream* does exactly what it says on the tin. It provides hydration when needed and is perfect for day-to-day use. I used this all over my body rather than on my face, but I believe it can be used for both. Its best results are not during flare ups so avoid using when your skin isn’t feeling so great. The cream is also gentle for us on babies.


I’ve heard a lot about the Weleda Skin Food so I thought I’d finally cave in and give it a go… and I’m so happy that I did because this has got to be the product that has helped out the most with the eczema on my face. This product is a natural multipurpose balm that includes ingredients such as chamomile and calendula, which hydrates the skin. Apparently, one is sold every 23 seconds… proves how good it is!

I can only describe the products texture as Vaseline-like so it is quite thick and sticky so bear that in mind when you choose to apply it. I tend to apply it first thing in the morning so it can soak in before I head to work.


I hadn’t had a flare up in a while but when I did, it was one of the worst I’d ever had. I was recommended the Cera Ve range by a few different people so I went out and purchased the Moisturising Lotion. It is a really nice, lightweight cream that can be used on your face or body. I applied the lotion multiple times a day and it really helped soothe the skin as it was cooling on the skin. I really want to try more from the brand so if you have any other recommendations, do send them my way so I can try them!


And those are the products that helped with my eczema during its latest flare up. Do you have any recommendations?

*gifted products
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6 Nov 2019

Working The 9-5: How To Have A Work-Life Balance



Let’s be real, working a full-time job is hard work! We all like to have a life outside of the office and keep on top of other commitments like kids, a home or another business. Personally for me, I like to make time for the important things like family, friends, blogging and a few other hobbies. I find that it becomes really difficult to keep on top of everything, it’s always a couple of the things that remain on top whilst the other factors are slacking. Find yourself in the same situation? Here are some tips to help you have a better work life balance.
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3 Nov 2019

Hair Products That Help To Tame Frizz



The hair God’s have kindly blessed me with curly, frizzy, unruly (you get the drift) hair and now that my hair is longer, I have been on a mission to tame my crazy locks! In terms of shampoo and conditioner, I’m pretty set on my holy-grail Shea Moisture, although I have been dabbling into other products now and then to see if there is anything that can beat it... so far, nothing!
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20 Oct 2019

My Go-To Facial Oils For Dry, Dehydrated and Eczema-Prone Skin



Whenever I open my skincare cupboard and look at my collection of oils, serums and creams, I always find I’m reaching for certain products. In terms of facial oils, there are currently five different ones I’m rotating between, depending on what my skin is like that day.

My skin is pretty much always dry and dehydrated but sometimes my eczema flares up and I need something with more punch. I thought that by sharing what products work for my skin, it may help those struggling with the same skin challenges.



A few months back I noticed the Palmers Skin Therapy Oil on the shelves of my local Boots and I was intrigued to try it out. The oil contains key ingredients like retinol to target fine lines and vitamin C to brighten an uneven skin tone. I’m currently going through phases where my skin appears uneven because of my eczema patches so I was hoping this product would help overcome that issue as well as lock in some much needed moisture.

And that is exactly what the oil offers – hydration and a more even skin tone. I can’t comment on the fine lines element much as I’m only in my twenties but if you are looking for a product that targets ageing skin, I would definitely recommend this one! I must note that this is one of those typical greasy oils so definitely one to include in your evening routine.


This oil also contains vitamin A (retinol) and vitamin C but with the added addition of rose, it keeps the skin calm and less irritated. I’m not going to lie, I’ve never been a fan of rose in skincare mostly because I’m not too keen on the smell but also because I feel like it is associated with the older generation. However, I’ve become more open over the past year in terms of trying products with rose as it is meant to be a great ingredient to help with irritated and sensitive skin, both of which I sometimes struggle with due to my eczema.

Anyway, I like to use this product when my skin is feeling quite irritable. So I apply a few drops as part of my evening routine and pat it into my skin, rather than smearing it around. My skin is normally left with visible dry patches in the morning but this product eliminates that and leaves it feeling soft and supple. Another benefit of this product is that it isn’t a greasy oil and is very lightweight allowing it to melt into the skin easily.

Coconut Oil
For a natural option, I really enjoy using coconut oil as a treatment. Coconut oil can hydrate the skin for 24 hours and also contains vitamin A and vitamin E, both of which help with anti-ageing. So coconut oil is a great alternative for a product that will help improve skin elasticity and collagen production. It also benefits from being a multipurpose product which you can use on your face, body and hair.

I’ve banged on and on about this product on my blog because it actually works! A lot of you may have heard of the brand The Ordinary for offering targeted skincare at an affordable price. Their product range includes pure ingredients that are aimed at specific skin concerns. I found the 100% Plant Derived Squalane a few years ago when I was just discovering the brand and I have been using it ever since.

Squalane is naturally found in the skin and has powerful hydration properties. The Plant Derived Squalane is extracted from plants like sugar cane and is renowned for its antioxidant and moisturising benefits. I apply this on my skin after my serum as a boost of hydration and it always works great.



Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil | £34
I got a couple of samples of this oil and I've used it a few times now but so far so good! It not only smells amazing but it also hydrates the skin from within. You only need a few drops but a little goes a very long way.


What are your favourite facial oils?
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29 Sep 2019

Love Beauty & Planet: Coconut Oil and Ylang Ylang Shampoo and Conditioner



A few months back I spotted the Love Beauty & Planet range popping up in my local Boots and I was intrigued as it was under the 'vegan' hair products shelf. I'm not a vegan but I assumed as the products were vegan, it is more natural than other named brands on the shelves. So I decided to purchase the coconut oil and ylang ylang shampoo and conditioner. It just so happens that this range is suitable for hair that needs repairing.



I tested out this product for a whole month and I still have quite a bit left in the bottle - which means a little does go a very long way! I like that the scent is subtle but slightly noticeable. The shampoo cleans my hair from the build up of product throughout the week and the conditioner leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth. It's also suitable for both men and women, in my opinion, as my brother-in-law seemed to love using it too.

The packaging is a great size for the shower or if you are travelling so I definitely think I'll purchase a couple more for when I travel next. The label on the bottle claims that the plastic is recycled, which is great! I don't know why all brands don't do this? It doesn't make a different to the look and feel of the product and is a great switch. 



The product is also vegan, as mentioned previously, as well as free from parabens, silicones and colourants making it gentle for your hair. My only niggle I have about this product is that it still contains sulfates - which is terrible for curly hair as it doesn't allow them to be as defined as they could be. 

Last but not least, the price of the product isn't cheap. I feel like the prices have actually gone higher since I bought it (or I purchased when it was on offer) and it is now £7 a bottle! This is comparative to the Shea Moisture range - which I love and feel that it has a few more benefits on the 'natural beauty' side of things. However, this range is a great option for everyday use if you have wavy or straight hair or if you don't really care what you use. If you have curly hair, I'd recommend Shea Moisture over this.

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22 Sep 2019

My Beauty Favourites From This Summer



I hate to admit it but summer is coming to an end here in the UK. On the plus side autumn is coming which means knits, cosy nights in and hues of orange! Excitement aside, today's post is all things summer beauty and I noticed that I've been reaching for the same products over the past few months. So I figured I'd share some of my beauty favourites from the summer on the blog today.



If you read this post, you'd know I'm trying out the Curly Girl Method. It's been going well, my hair gets better and better with each wash and sometimes it is crazy curly to the point I can't control it! I think it's just a case of finding the right products to help define the curls and keep them looking nice.

After I wash my hair I apply a gel or creme whilst it is still damp so the curls are defined. To help hold the curls I've been using the Shea Moisture Curl Gel Souffle. It's a great gel that isn't too sticky or tacky and doesn't make your hair go crispy. It also smells amazing and a little goes a very long way so this tub should last you a good while! I really like how Shea Moisture products are free from all the nasties like parabens and petroleum, which also helps with bringing back curls and keeping them healthy.



As you may know, my skin is always dry so to add some hydration the Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil is great. This oil makes my skin feel the benefits of an oil without having the greasy feel. It's lightweight formula makes it brilliant for mornings but I use this both day and night.

I like to pop a few drops on my palms and pat it into the skin - apparently this is the best way to apply oils as it maximises the benefits of the products and is most gentle for the skin. You can also add a few drops into your cream and apply it that way.



The Body Shop Skin Defence has been my go-to SPF for the past few summers and this year it was no different. I use this on my face and neck and it just does the job of your bog standard SPF but without the smell - something which I'm not particularly fond of! I haven't been on a summer holiday this year but our British summer wasn't too bad ey? I'll definitely be taking this on my trip later this year (follow me on my Instagram to stay tuned!)



I originally purchased this mask as a gift for my sister as she loves Kiehl's but after using it a couple of times, I knew I needed to get my own! The Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque is a (mouthful to say) fab mask for all skin types. It brightens the skins appearance by buffing away dead skin sells, making you look more radiant and less fatigued - something I definitely need!

I always say I struggle with a bright complexion because of my eczema and dry skin but this mask gives my skin a different type of glow that other masks don't. Highly recommend for both women and men looking for a great all-rounder mask.



I never have much to share about fragrances on my blog but I've talked briefly about this product before, which means it is great! The Body Shop Shea Eau De Toilette is a lovely scent that is really hard to describe! If you are after a scent that isn't overpowering, isn't floral and doesn't break the bank - this might be for you. Head to your local store and give it a whiff!



What products have you been loving this summer?
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