Things to do in the summer holidays

Things to do in the summer holidays

The summer holidays are fab, especially when you get to year 11 and onwards because you get months off. However, you can quickly run out of ideas for things to do and become bored – which is still better than being at school/college/uni, but I’ve put together a list of fun things to do in the sun! I don’t actually get a summer holiday this year as I’m working full time, so I’m going to live my summer through this blog post instead – be sure to let me know what you’ve got up to so far this summer!

Breakfast dates

On a warm sunny day, I love getting up early – something I don’t usually do – and going out to get breakfast. You can go with friends, family or just go alone and sit and read a book. I personally love a McDonald’s breakfast – you can’t beat those snack wraps with some pancakes. It’s just nice to get up early and make the most of the sunshine and it’s a nice alternative to going out with friends for pizza or burgers etc.

Going for a bike ride

I feel like nobody ever goes for bike rides anymore, or at least not round where I live, and I used to absolutely love riding my bike. It’s a way to do some exercise and it’s fun at the same time. Why not bike it with a friend or two to a local park and get some ice creams or coffees? Make it an all day thing and do an all round trip around your town and play tourist for the day.

Cafe crawl

Just like a bar crawl, but for cake and coffee. Go around your town and visit loads of cafes and sample all the coffees. Again, this is something you could do with friends or alone – take your best mate and spend the day gossiping or take your laptop and do that summer homework you’ve been avoiding.

Movie marathons

Get your friend(s) round for a Harry Potter marathon or a Star Wars marathon – whatever takes your fancy. Go shopping together and buy a trolley full of your favourite unhealthy snacks and set up your living room to be all cosy with fairy lights and blankets. Or if it’s a beautiful sunny day, why not set up a tent in the garden and watch films on your laptop?

Go to your nearest beach

Why not pick a nice day and catch a train to your nearest beach? Or drive if you’re lucky enough to be that close to a beach. You could even go for a breakfast date first and then go to the beach for the day. If you’re older and drive, take the opportunity for a road trip. Put together a summer playlist on Spotify and go on a road trip.

Take a trip to Ikea

Going to Ikea is like going to Disney World for me, it’s never a quick trip and you can turn it into a full day event and treat yourself to meatballs and everything. Even if you’ve not got any money to spend, use the displays for inspiration – I love just getting ideas from homeware shops. Take your best friend and push them round in the trolley for the full experience.

Get creative

Do a little google search and find some fun creative things to do. Set yourself up outside with some music and make something spectacular in the sunshine. Or if it’s a typical rainy English day, put your favourite film on and get making while watching.

Go camping

You don’t have to go far, you could always just camp in your back garden. Have an all-nighter with your best friend and watch your favourite shows until the sun starts to rise.

Make yourself a reading list

One thing I always do in the summer is make myself a reading list and a reading goal. Make the most of those long warm summer evenings and sit outside working your way through your reading list.

Have a cocktail making night with friends

If you’re a bit older, why not buy yourself a cocktail kit and get together with friends for the evening and make your own cocktails? It’s great buying fancy cocktails in bars but it’s so much more fun to make them yourself! Experiment and discover a new combination.

Get volunteering

Why not do some volunteer work with some friends? You can have fun, do a good deed and add something to your CV all at the same time. Admittedly, I’ve never done this, but I wish I had and I’d like to in the future. Why not start small and do the gardening at your Nan’s or re-decorate for her? Offer to cut your elderly neighbour’s lawn or wash their car?

Re-decorate your room

I absolutely love decorating, I’d re-decorate my room every six months if I had the money and my parents would let me. In 2015 I saved up some money and spent my first week of summer re-decorating and I loved it. If you haven’t got much money, why not just give the walls some fresh paint or have a move around? You could just hang up some tapestry and paint your drawers a different colour. Make a memory board (I have a post on how to make one here) or buy some cheap prints of quotes and make a display on your wall with them.

Go to a theme park

I know quite a lot of schools in the UK have an end-of-year trip to Alton Towers, Drayton Manor, Thorpe Park etc, but if you weren’t lucky enough to go, why not make your own summer trip? Get together with your friends and either blackmail a parent to take you or catch a train or bus to your nearest theme park for the day. If you’re not a huge lover of rides, you could go to a safari park or a water park?

Go swimming

If it’s a nice sunny day, find your nearest outdoor pool or go to a water park. Alternatively, most swimming pools do fun sessions where they get huge obstacle courses out during the summer – take some friends or maybe even go with your siblings and battle it out on the floats.

Let me know in the comments what your plans are for the summer, or what you’ve already got up to – I’m always looking for new inspo. Also let me know whether you like to do any of these things! Thanks so much for reading and look out for a little Rosegal.com clothes haul going up on my blog tomorrow evening. Make sure you pop your email in the subscribe section to the right to be the first to know when I put up a new post!

Teeth Whitening – products that really work

Teeth Whitening – products that really work

I’ve recently been on a bit of a mission to get my teeth looking really white. But teeth whitening at the dentist is bloody expensive – I believe it’s around £400-£600 in the UK, which is a lot. So, over the past few months I’ve tried a few affordable products that are available in England and tested them out so you guys can skip straight to the ones that really work.

However, I’ll just say that – I wouldn’t describe my teeth as particularly stained or discoloured, so how the products worked on my teeth might be different to yours.

Blanx white shock tooth paste

It recommends on the box that this tooth paste is used twice a day for four weeks – which I did. The paste supposedly reacts to light and brightens teeth when exposed to light. It is non-abrasive and contains no bleach. After using the toothpaste for three weeks, I did have a couple of people tell me that my teeth were looking pretty white and although they weren’t white-white, they looked pretty stain free after using Blanx white shock.

The toothpaste cost me £5, which is a pretty average price in the way out whitening toothpastes, so I felt pretty neutral about the price really. I used the toothpaste with my regular toothbrush. Although the paste seemed to lighten my teeth, I never felt like my mouth was very fresh and and clean like I would with a regular tooth paste. It seemed to whiten them a little though, although it definitely wasn’t a ‘white shock’. I’d say that for the price, the tooth paste is definitely worth a try – especially if you’ve got quite stained teeth.

Colgate max white expert white toothbrush and whitening pen

I was kind of hesitant to try this brush and pen as it cost £10.50 which seems like a lot for what it is, especially as I wasn’t convinced that the toothbrush would do anything special. In hindsight, I feel like the toothbrush probably was a good brush as it has ‘polishing bristles’ and ‘stain removers’, which are basically little bits of rubber that feel really weird against your teeth. However, I will say that when I’d brushed my teeth with the brush they felt exceptionally clean and smooth – kind of like they do when you’ve been to the dentist and had a good clean.

The pen itself is kind of a weird concept as you put the gel on and then don’t rinse it off. So the first few times I used it I kind of just awkwardly walked around for half an hour smiling, not sure when to close my mouth and let it wash off in my mouth. I also was unsure about swallowing it, but it must be safe for them to tell you specifically not to wash it off right? It does contain hydrogen peroxide though, but only contains 0.1%. Although, I guess that’s also a good sign that it can’t have any harsh chemicals in that are ruining your teeth, on the bright side.

I’d say after I’d use the pen for about a week I could definitely see a difference. My teeth looked shinier and brighter and they constantly felt super smooth and clean. I feel like this made a difference. I used them for the recommended three weeks and by the end I’d definitely say there was a noticeable difference – definitely not the bright white on the models in the advert though, but I knew that wouldn’t happen. I feel like the difference the Colgate brush and pen made were more noticeable than the Blanx White Shock toothpaste. The only down side is that when the gel is on your teeth, they feel awfully furry and unclean – but I reckon the furriness is worth it.

Pearl Drops instant natural white toothpaste

The Pearl Drops toothpaste is actually meant to be £7 – which is really expensive for a toothpaste – but I managed to get it from B&M Bargains for £1.99 so figured I may as well try it for that price. The toothpaste promises “instantly whiter teeth after just one week’, and after using it for four weeks, I would say my teeth looked really clean and had that kind of sparkle to them that you get after a good five minutes of scrubbing, flossing and mouth washing. However, I don’t think it did anything for the colour of my teeth.

Similar to the Blanx toothpaste, it didn’t leave my mouth feeling minty fresh like regular toothpastes do, but my teeth did feel pretty clean. If you can get it from B&M like I did, I’d say it’s worth trying. However, I don’t think I’d pay the full £7 for it – I just don’t think it’s worth that.

Overall, if I was going to purchase any of these again, it’d definitely be the Colgate brush and pen. It was the only product that I noticed a significant difference with, and although it was the most expensive out of the three products, you do get a toothbrush out of it.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any products that you think really worked so that I can give them a go! Also let me know if you try any of these or already have, I’d love to know what you think of them.

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May favourites

May favourites

This month I’ve been loving a lot of things so it’s been really difficult to narrow it down. First up would definitely have to be Sainsbury’s new marble/rose gold stationery range. If you follow my Instagram you may have seen my story where I was going on about wanting to buy every single thing – and this was no word of a lie. They had so so many pretty notebooks and we all know I am a major notebook hauder. However, I managed to limit myself to just three items (although I will definitely be going back for more after pay day) and I picked up this marble design ‘Things to do’ clipboard, these glittery tapes and this rose gold pen pot which I am using to hold my growing collection of beauty blenders!

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I’ve also really been loving bralettes this month. As the weather has finally got its shit together in England and got warm, I’ve been loving wearing bralettes as they are so comfy. I bought the white one from Tesco this week and I’m just obsessed! These are my favourite three right now, from the plain black is from Topshop and the rose embroidered one is from Primark. You can find my Primark bralette and lots of other purchases from Primar, New Look, H&M etc, in my Huge Holiday Haul post!

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I’ve also been enjoying reading Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I’m only about a third of the way through, but so far I’m enjoying it. I started this book about this time two years ago but so hooked on I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson that I never ended up finishing it. The book is your typical good girl meets bad boy kind of book, but I’m a sucker for that kind of thing in the summer. The book is often compared to the likes of Twilight and Fifty Shades, so if you enjoyed any of those you’ll probably enjoy Beautiful Disaster.

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I decided last week to invest in a selfie ring light. I originally bought the light to use for blog posts, as my bedroom is north facing and so doesn’t get a lot of sun light, taking blog pictures isn’t always easy. Therefore, I thought the light would just brighten up flat lays that little bit – and it does. You may have seen me raving about the light on my Instagram story, because I was just so impressed with how bright and useful the tiny thing is. It was just £5 on Amazon, which I think is great! It also definitely makes a big difference to selfies. So often I go to take picture of a make-up look for Instagram or a blog post and it never looks half decent, but the light really works its magic – I’d definitely recommend.

I finally managed to find a pair of loafers I like on Boohoo a couple of weeks ago, and for the last half of May they are pretty much all I’ve worn. I managed to grab them in a sale for just £15 and although I’ll admit they definitely aren’t the shoes you want to go for a hike in (I spent the day walking around the NEC in Birmingham in them and came back with some lovely blisters) they’re ideal for just going to work in or going out for a meal in. You can find them here if you fancy a look.

Finally, while the weather has been nice the past couple of weeks, I’ve been living in my NYX soft matte lip cream in the shade Athens. It’s a really summery-pinky shade and although it isn’t what I usually go for, I’m loving it.

What have you been loving this May? Let me know in the comments below!

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Favourite five lipsticks

Favourite five lipsticks

You may already be aware from my blog that I am a real lipstick lover. You don’t even want to know how many I have. I thought I’d do a ‘favourite five’ for my many many lipsticks. Why not let me know in the comments what your favourite five are? Are any of yours the same as mine?

First up would have to be my Tanya Burr lipstick in the shade pink cocoa. I really love how creamy and moisturising this lipstick feels and at the same time is really long lasting. Not to mention the colour which is just as gorgeous as the packaging.

 

Would I really be a beauty blogger if MAC Velvet Teddy wasn’t in my top five? It has got to come in a close second. Again, it feels really moisturising and the colour is just that kind of shade that I have ten different variations of because I love it so much.

Next up is my Revolution lipstick in the shade chauffeur, which isn’t that different to Velvet Teddy to be honest, just a little pinker. The reason it makes my top five is mainly because it smells like vanilla, which is amazing. Again, the packaging is really pretty too, it’s a pretty rose gold.

My final two of my five favourites are both NYX products. I know that strictly speaking, the NYX soft matte lip creams aren’t lipsticks but I love this lip cream so much I couldn’t not include it. When I ordered the shade Athens I was expecting it to be a lot more nude-like, but it is actually quite a bright pink – a shade I don’t usually go for. However, I’ve ended up really liking it and it easily lasts all day.

Finally, I’ve had my NYX Euro Trash matte lipstick for ages now and it is still a firm favourite. NYX products are all such good value – they’re high quality products and high street prices. This lipstick is a real autumnal lipstick in a dark nude-y pink but I love it so much that I just wear it throughout summer anyway. I’m pretty sure this lipstick was only a fiver, which is a bargain considering it is definitely as good as any MAC lipstick I’ve ever tried.

Make sure you let me know what your favourite lipsticks/lip products are as I’m always on the look out for more to add to my ever-growing collection. Thanks for reading and keep an eye out for a room-tour kind of post tomorrow. In the meantime why not be friends with me over on my social media? Check out my accounts here.

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