Sunday, 16 October 2016

The Body Shop Piñita Colada Shower Gel Review

Hey guys!
So I know it's no longer summer, and The Body Shop Piñita Colada Range came out months ago, but I thought I'd review it anyway.
Piña Colada is one of my favourite cocktails - so you can imagine my delight when I heard that The Body Shop was going to release a Piñita Colada range. The combination of pineapple and coconut is simply irresistible, and I'm always impressed with The Body Shop's products, so I knew this range was going to be good.
The collection includes a shower gel, body sorbet, body scrub, and body butter, which cost between £5 and £15 each. While some bath and shower products cost as little as £1, I'd have to say that this collection is very reasonably priced. When I visited The Body Shop, I managed to purchase two bottles of the Piñita Colada Shower Gel for just under £5 - even better!

The Body Shop Pinita Colada Shower Gel
I love the packaging of the shower gel. It comes in a 250ml bottle which is really pretty and summery, as well as colourful. The shower gel itself smells fruity and refreshing, and I definitely get hints of pineapple and coconut. As it is a gel, this product does have a fairly thick consistency, and it is a bit difficult to squeeze it out of the bottle. However, this is a good thing, since it means that I won't use it up so quickly! The shower gel is also hydrating and soothing - perfect for after swimming in the sea!

The Body Shop Pinita Colada Shower Gel
According to The Body Shop's American website, the Piñita Colada range will enable you to "transport yourself to the tropics" - there is no denying that the shower gel achieves this. I immediately feel like I'm in Spain whenever I use it.
If you love pineapple and coconut, and are missing the sun, I'd recommend you pop to your local branch of The Body Shop and stock up on the Piñita Colada range. As it is limited edition, this range won't be available much longer - you don't want to miss out!

Have you tried the Piñita Colada range? Let me know your thoughts!

Hasta luego!


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Tune Tuesday: Favourite Collaborations

Hey guys!
I don't know about you, but I love it when my favourite singers / bands join together to produce a song. They create tunes so catchy that I will still listen to them several years later! My favourite collaborations, or duets, tend to be in the Pop genre, but I also love a number of RnB, Dance, Musical and Rock collaborations. I won't include any Musical collabs in this post as I wrote about musicals last week. So here are my absolute favourite collaborations:
1. Dilemma - Nelly & Kelly Rowland
I have been in love with this song since forever! It is so catchy and I just can't get enough of it!
2. No Air - Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown

Jordin Sparks is incredible! Where has she been hiding recently?!
3. Love the Way You Lie - Eminem & Rihanna
One of Rihanna's best songs!
4. Empire State of Mind - Jay Z & Alicia Keys
5. American Boy - Estelle & Kanye West
Such an addictive song!
6. Crazy in Love - Beyoncé & Jay Z
This is a classic! Love Beyoncé's earlier songs!
7. Numb / Encore - Linkin Park & Jay Z
8. Hate That I Love You - Rihanna & Ne-Yo
9. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira & Wyclef Jean

Whenever I hear this song I want to get up and dance!
10. Titanium - David Guetta & Sia
I think this was the first time I heard Sia in a song but I didn't really notice her music until 4/5 years later.
11. Beautiful Liar - Beyoncé & Shakira
This was released 7 years ago! :O
12. Lady Marmalade - Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya & Pink
Love love LOVE this version of Lady Marmalade!
13. Stuck With Each Other - Shontelle & Akon
14. Can't Hold Us Down - Lil' Kim & Christina Aguilera
15. Stay the Night - Zedd & Hayley Williams
Anything with Hayley Williams is a definite yes from me!
16. Airplanes - B.O.B & Hayley Williams
17. Price Tag - Jessie J & B.O.B
18. Apologize - OneRepublic & Timbaland
19. Clarity - Zedd & Foxes
Foxes is so underrated!
20. Rather Be - Clean Bandit & Jess Glyne
This is another song that I can listen to over and over again. It was released two years ago, and I have played it at least 100 times since!
21. Irresistible - Demi Lovato & Fall Out Boy
Demi Lovato is one of my favourite singers, and I love Fall Out Boy too! I'm listening to 'Irresistible' while writing this post actually!
22. We Are Young - Fun & Janelle Monae
I'm sure everyone loves this collab!
Of course there are plenty more, but those are all the main ones! What are your favourite collaborations?

Hasta luego!

Friday, 7 October 2016

Blogs I Love #2

Hey guys!
How has your week been? I've been doing my internship at Student and Graduate Publishing, applying to jobs, and hitting the gym. On Monday I went to my third blogger event - Gremlins 2 was being shown at the London Warner Brother's Studio so I went along as I hadn't seen the film before. It was very silly, but Gizmo is the cutest! I also went to see Miranda Hart perform at the London Palladium last night. Miranda is so so so hilarious, and she was joined by Mel Giedroyc from the Great British Bake Off. Miranda's dog, who is so so so adorable, also made an appearance! I did try to take a photo but I was sitting at a bit of a weird angle so it didn't really come out as well as I'd expected! So here's a pic of Miranda and her dog Peggy taken from The Times:

 On to today's post...

A while ago I did a post dedicated to 6 blogs I love. Well, since I've been reading many other blogs recently, I thought I'd add some more to the list.
For me, reading blogs is one of the best things about being a blogger. It's a great way of connecting with likeminded people, and finding out about new things, whether that's a restaurant, book, TV show, or travel destination. During my two and a half (ish) years of (officially) blogging, I have discovered hundreds of blogs, and certain ones stand out more than the rest. I have written about these below, so you can check them out if you wish.

I first discovered Kayleigh's lovely blog about a year ago, and it's quickly become one of my favourites. Kayleigh's blog is so relatable and well-thought-out. It's clear that she puts a lot of effort into creating every post. I love Kayleigh's post about The Alchemist, a cocktail bar in Leeds. Don't the cocktails look amazing?! I definitely need to stop by it if I'm ever in Leeds. If you're thinking about joining Tinder but unsure whether it'll work or not, why not check out Kayleigh's success story?
 Rhianna is a lifestyle blogger from Leeds. She blogs about a whole range of things, including food, beauty and fashion. Rhianna describes her blog as "a place where you [can] come and feel like you're talking to a friend." I can definitely agree with that. Check out Rhianna's post about the 7 ways we are all like Bridget Jones.
Absolutely Lucy is one of the best blogs to turn to if you're looking for travel inspiration. Lucy lived in Australia for a while and has recently come back from a trip around Europe (and she's now back in Australia for another year or so!). She visited Santorini, Amsterdam and Slovenia (which, by the way, looks absolutely stunning), to name just a few. Lucy seems like a genuinely nice person and this shows through her posts.
I fell in love with Jordan's blog the moment I set eyes on it. I adore her outfit posts, particularly her Fields of Purple and The Pastel Parisian ones. She always seems to look so amazing, no matter what she's wearing! The pictures on this blog are so clear and colourful - Jordan must spend ages editing them. If you love afternoon tea, it's worth checking out Jordan's The Tea Files.

Another blogger I love is Imii, a.k.a. Nettle and Blackberry. I've only started reading her blog the last few weeks but I enjoy her restaurant reviews (I need to visit Cutter and Squidge!) and posts about Paris - I'm so jealous that she got to live there for 10 months! If you love Nettle and Blackberry as much as I do, you should check out Imii's Instagram.

Last but not least is Simply Alexandra. This blog is a little different to the others on this list in that it is written by an American blogger - the rest are all British. Simply Alexandra is a great place for finding out about new books, discovering new music and looking at beautiful photos of America.
 What are your favourite blogs? Let me know in the comments - I'm always on the lookout for new blogs!
Hasta luego!

Sunday, 2 October 2016

The Versatile Blogger Award

 Hi guys!
I was recently nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Kelly at Velvet and Vibranium and finally found the time to write up my own post. I had planned to publish this post on Friday but I was busy helping out at the UK University Search University Fair so I didn't really have time!
So how does this award work?
Well, firstly, you need to thank the person who nominated you (so thanks, Kelly!). Then you need to share 7 random facts about yourself and nominate 10 other bloggers.
7 Facts About Me
1. My mum is Australian and my dad is Irish. Unfortunately, I have been to neither country (even though Ireland is right next to England!).
2. When I was in Primary School, I collected bouncy balls. I still have a box of them in one of my drawers!
3. I've never read Harry Potter, which is crazy, since I am a total bookworm! I have, however, watched all the films!
4. I have two Burman cats called Tabitha and Tallulah.
Absolute cuties!
5. I LOVE photography! I even have a photography page, which you can check out here.
6. I can (kinda) speak Spanish.
7. This isn't my first blog. I had a Piczo one when I was in Year 7 (10 years ago!) - but it no longer exists! I also have a book blog, which I started last year.

And the nominees are....

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Tune Tuesday: My Favourite Soundtrack Songs

Hey guys!

As my Tune Tuesday posts tend to be about recent songs, I thought I'd do something a bit different this week. I recently created a Spotify playlist dedicated to my favourite songs from childhood films and musicals, so it seemed like a good idea to share them with you.
1. Defying Gravity (from 'Wicked')
2. Popular (from 'Wicked')
3. My Favourite Things (from 'The Sound Of Music')
4. So Long, Farewell (from 'The Sound Of Music')
5. Sixteen Going On Seventeen (from 'The Sound Of Music')
6. Let It Go (from 'Frozen')
7. Memory (from 'Cats')
8. I See the Light (from 'Tangled')
9. This Is Me (from 'Camp Rock')
10. Greased Lightnin' (from 'Grease')
11. Summer Nights (from 'Grease')
12. We Go Together (from 'Grease')
13. Hopelessly Devoted to You (from 'Grease')
14. Once Upon a December (from 'Anastasia')
15. What Dreams Are Made Of (from 'Lizzie McGuire: The Movie')
16. Part Of Your World (from 'The Little Mermaid')
17. Colors Of the Wind (from 'Pocahontas')
18. A Whole New World (from 'Aladdin')
19. Once Upon a Dream (from 'Sleeping Beauty')
20. Over the Rainbow (from 'The Wizard Of Oz')
Yes, I know I included 'Let It Go'. I loved it at first, and then it got a bit annoying since it was played so much, but I do love Idina Menzel's voice, and Demi Lovato's version is incredible too! I've loved the songs I've included from 'The Sound Of Music', 'Grease', 'The Little Mermaid', ' The Wizard Of Oz', 'Pocahontas' and 'Aladdin' since I was like 5! I can pretty much recite the lyrics to all of these songs, particularly 'Over the Rainbow', 'Once Upon a Dream' and 'Hopelessly Devoted to You'.

Of course, there are so many other songs I could've included on here, such as those from 'The Lion King', 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Mary Poppins', some of my favourite Disney movies. I definitely need to sit down and rewatch these films and musicals!
What are your favourite songs from musicals and Disney films?
Hasta luego!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

18 Blog Post Ideas For Lifestyle Bloggers

Hey guys!

How are you today? Today I am going to share some blog post ideas that are suitable for lifestyle bloggers. 

Trying to think of something to write is a challenging process. You sit down at your desk, because you've scheduled a writing session, but nothing comes into your head. As bloggers, writer's block is pretty much unavoidable. It affects all of us at some point. It's definitely happened to me on a few occasions, especially during the last year when I've been really busy with my dissertation and applying to jobs and haven't had much time to blog.

A way to overcome writer's block is to read other people's blogs for inspiration. Several blogs have a post dedicated to ideas for what to write about, and I have included one of my own. I hope these are useful for when you find yourself in a bit of a blogging slump!

1. Playlists - I love playlists. They are a great way of finding new music. Why not share a list of your favourite songs?

2. Throwback Thursday - This is basically a post dedicated to something that happened in the past, such as a holiday, or an event, or even a band you loved as a kid.

3. OOTD - A.K.A. 'Outfit Of The Day'. Simply upload a photo of the outfit you're wearing and include a little info about where you bought your clothes from.

4. Reviews - This could be for a favourite beauty product, a book, a film, etc. Make sure they are honest and don't just ramble.

5. 10 Things You Didn't Know About Me - This type of post is great for creating a connection with your readers as it enables them to find out more about you.

6. What I Love About My Home City - I recently did a post called 'What I Love About London', which is the city I grew up in (and live in now).

7. Recipes - Made something delicious recently? Write a post about it!

8. Haul - A haul is basically a shopping spree whereby you share the products you bought on your blog (or vlog). Beauty Hauls tend to go down well.

9. Wishlists - Ideal for Christmas and will mean that you don't actually have to go out and buy anything.

10. Gift Guides - These are also popular around Christmas, when people need inspiration for presents to get for their loved ones.

11. Bucket List - What are the top 5 countries you want to visit?

12. Favourite Blogs - Are there any blogs you really enjoy reading? Why not share them on your own blog?

13. Photo Diaries - If you don't feel like writing, why not upload photos from a recent event or holiday instead?

14. Advice - Examples include ways to save money at uni, how to cope with a mental illness, or changing schools.

15. Tags / Award - For example, The Liebster Award or The Netflix Tag. These are particularly good for newer bloggers, who are just starting out.

16. Host a Giveaway - A great way to boost traffic to your blog is to host a giveaway. Most bloggers use Rafflecopter for this.

17. Tutorial or How-to - Are you super talented at something like photography? Share your top tips in a blog post.

18. Guest Post - If you're really struggling with post ideas, you could always get another blogger to write something for your blog?
What ideas would you add to this list?
Hasta luego!

Friday, 23 September 2016

Christmas Blogger Gift Swap

Christmas blogger gift swap
Hey guys!
So I know it's a bit early to be thinking about Christmas (I mean, it's not even Halloween yet!), but after the lovely Viola at A Piece of Viola announced that she was going to do another Christmas Blogger Gift Swap, I knew I had to get involved!

Viola created the Christmas Blogger Gift Swap in order to increase interaction between bloggers around this time of year. You are randomly paired up with another blogger and then have to exchange gifts. You both agree on a budget so that it won't break the bank! It sounds like such a fun idea and I'm so glad I heard about it!

So how do you get involved?

Getting involved in the Christmas Blogger Gift Swap is simple. Although you do have to be based in the UK, there is no limit to how big or small your blog is. Firstly, fill in the Google form. Then, once Viola has confirmed that you can participate, write a post about the swap. Just make sure you complete the form by 1st November! Oh, and spread the word by using the hashtag #apovgiftswap!
If you want to find out more, feel free to email Viola at and follow her at @violahelen_ on Twitter.
Have you ever participated in something like this before? Let me know in the comments!
Hasta luego!