Summer Essentials!

What time is it? It’s summer time! (Yes, that was a High School Musical reference). It’s been so incredibly hot here in the UK the past few days and I’ve acquired quite a few essentials to get me through this time as I’m a massive lover of cold weather. This blog post is basically about all the things I think you absolutely NEED.

1. Banana Milkshake

This might sound simple and random but honestly, this is the best thing ever. I use soya milk and Nesquik Banana Powder to create mine. It takes 5 seconds to do and tastes incredible. Throw some ice cubes in and you’re good to go! My favourite thing this summer!

2. Snickers Ice Cream

Oh. My. Gosh. I had forgotten how amazingly perfect Snickers Ice Cream is. I could eat about 10 of them per day (I try not to though haha). Also, for those who might be interested, the ice cream version of Snickers doesn’t contain egg. My boyfriend doesn’t eat egg products, so he for one is more than happy about this ice cream. The best snack for this summer hands down!

3. Dresses!

I’ve never been one to wear dresses but these hot days have completely converted me. My favourite ones are from New Look, so if you’re on the look out for a new summer dress then check it out. I pair mine with white Converse and it’s honestly the comfiest outfit ever!

4. Yellow Nail Polish

Yellow is my favourite colour, so of course it makes me happy to wear yellow nail polish. But honestly, what other colour represents summer better than yellow? I recently bought this nail polish by Barry M and it has quickly become my favourite. I can wear a dull coloured outfit with just this nail polish and it just brightens up the whole look!

Let me know what your summer essentials are – I’d love to discover some more staples!

Be kind, be humble.

– Helina x

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Summer Essentials!

I Won The #TheBloggersHub Giveaway!

Hey, everyone! I hope you’re doing super well! This week I wanted to tell you a little bit about blogging, giveaways and show you the giveaway prizes I won!

There are so many amazing blogging communities on Twitter, that support bloggers, connect them to brands as well as to other bloggers. It is a lovely help system for bloggers who are just starting out as getting noticed can be very hard in this huge expanding world of blogging. My favourites are: The Bloggers Hub, Bloggers Who Brunch and Blogging Gals. I mainly use the support system of #TheBloggersHub. I recently hosted a Twitter Chat on their page where I talked to lots and lots of amazing bloggers around the world and it was truly an amazing experience. Twitter chats usually happen a few days a week for one hour so make sure you get involved if you’re a beginner blogger as it really helps!

So now that you know a little bit more about the help system of new bloggers, I’d also like to talk about GIVEAWAYS! These accounts often collaborate with brands to get them out to bloggers. I recently won a giveaway hosted by The Bloggers Hub who collaborated with Leighton Denny Nails. I was given so many amazing nail polishes and other products and I think this is a great way to find out about new products as well as get some freebies! As a student, who doesn’t love free stuff, right? So let me tell you a little bit about what I got.

Skincare / Hair care: 

1. Josh Wood Radiant Shine Hair Treatment Oil

The most fancy hair product I’ve ever owned. I mean it comes with a pipette! I’ve used this a couple of times after washing my hair and it makes it super silky and smooth. So far so good! Not entirely sure if it is worth the price as the Garnier Ultimate Blends does the same job for me with much less money.

2. Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm 

This is a weird one for me as I haven’t used any product like this before. I tested it on dry hair and it did make the ends of my hair less frizzy, which is pretty cool! Still need to try this one out a bit more though to see if it is worth the price.

3. Neal’s Yard Bee Lovely Hand Cream

Now this one is definitely worth the price. The best hand cream I have ever used and I will continue to use this forever haha! The scent is SO amazing, it smells so luxurious and I just do not have the words to explain it. The reason why I like it so much is that it absorbs into my skin SO fast so it doesn’t leave me with sticky hands after using it. The best part is that it completely fixed my skin where I had burnt myself with a straightener! It is so good!

4. REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream 

I use this every day now before applying my make-up and so far it’s very lovely! Doesn’t leave my skin greasy and it hasn’t broken me out! So far I’m loving it!

5. Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

I had never used a cleansing balm before so this is kind of a strange concept for me. I’ve tried it out a couple of times now and it’s really lovely. Definitely leaves my skin fresh and clean and it’s super easy to use as well. I probably wouldn’t replace it with my Simple skincare products as they are much cheaper but it is very nice to try it out! If you’re more of a designer brand kinda person, this might be the one for you!

6. Skyn Icelandic Relief Eye Cream

I’ve used this every day since I got it and I love it! I use this before going to bed and it absorbs to my skin instantly. It kind of feels like applying water on my skin as it’s not your usual eye cream. I always wake up refreshed and without those horrible bags under the eyes haha!

Nails by Leighton Denny: 

  1. Red: Viva La Diva
  2. Orange Metallic: Let Your Hair Down
  3. Dark Purple: Raspberry Affair
  4. Pink: Peach Lemonade
  5. Clear: Crystal Finish 

– Helina x

I Won The #TheBloggersHub Giveaway!