Beauty Essentials for £10 and Under: Summer Edition

Summer has apparently arrived, and whilst in the UK it seems more like September, those travelling abroad will hopefully experience a better time weather-wise.
For those of you who don’t know, I have just returned from a month long trip around South East Asia, and so have listed bellow my favourite summer beauty essentials that are £10 and under!
Just click on the links to find the product online.

1. Sun Cream and After Sun – Soltan Family Pack (£10)
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Let’s start this off with the most important items for a holiday in the sun. Sun cream is a must, but can be ridiculously expensive. The Soltan Family Pack is perfect because it contains factor 15, 30 and 50+ as well as an after sun. I can’t stress enough the need for aftersun, it works amazingly well for burns, but also is an excellent moisturiser that locks in your tan.
If you happen to be going anywhere that is prone to mosquitos, I would 100% recommend buying the Soltan Aftersun with Insect Repellent for just £4. If you remember to put it on after a day in the sun, you’ll be sure to be protected from the insects come sunset.

2. Moisturiser – Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion (£3.75)
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I will always be a die hard fan of Palmer’s moisturiser, not just because it literally smells amazing, but also because it is simply the best at keeping your skin well hydrated. On holiday I would put this on just before going to sleep, but since returning home I have used it every morning after I shower. So far, my tan is still going strong, and I have yet to see any peeling skin during the three weeks that I have been home.

3. Make-Up Remover/Cleanser – Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (£2)
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I had seen this advertised for so long, and didn’t know if it was going to be any good. But then a make-up artist I was working with used it to remove my make-up during a shoot. It was hands down the best make-up remover/cleanser I had ever used. I bought a small bottle (250ml) for my holiday and found it took off all my make-up, especially waterproof mascara, so easily. I’ve been told that it is especially good for those with sensitive skin, because it can take off all traces of make-up whilst still being gentle on the skin. The most amazing thing about the cleansing water is that it doesn’t need washing off, as it literally feels like water, so there is no oily, creamy feeling left on the skin after use.

4. Primer – Rimmel Match Perfection Fix & Perfect Primer (£6.99)
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On holiday, I tend to avoid foundation because I find that the dirt from sweat and the make-up combined is just a recipe for disaster. However, I do use primer to even out my skin without completely clogging my pores. Now, I must admit, my all time favourite primer is the Giorgio Armani Light Master Make Up Primer, but it is a tad pricey for this list, at £37.00 a bottle. But, I have used the Rimmel Match Perfection Fix & Perfect Primer for a while now, and the thick serum glides over the skin smoothly, and I find a little goes a long way. It can be used without foundation, but when using foundation, it controls excess oil and reduces the need to top up.

5. Lips – Revlon Colour Burst Matte Balm (£7.99)
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With the matte lips craze at the moment, this balm is the best for the summer sun. Matte lipsticks tend to dry out your lips, but the Revlon Colour Burst is surprisingly hydrating. The creamy formula changes in opacicity depending how many layers you apply, with my favourite summer colour being a pale orange, called Mischievous (not pictured above).

6. Nail Polish – L’Or‎éal Paris Color Riche A L’Huile (£4.99)
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I am very fussy about my nail polish, and I hate polishes that either chip instantly, or take hours to dry. I found this polish from L’Or‎éal did neither, and the best part was that the polish had the iconic L’Or‎éal scent, which can be found in their lipsticks, that lasts on your nails for days. My favourite colour is pictured above, Café De Nuit, but I also have it in a blue/grey called Noir Oxyde which is just as lovely, but less summery.

7. Mascara – Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara in Black (£7.99)
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If its waterproof mascara you’re after, look no further. This mascara from Maybelline is very waterproof, which is perfect if you want to have defined lashes on the beach. However, it is a lot more difficult to remove, so I would avoid using make-up remover wipes when you have this on, but instead go for a cream or the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. Like with the primer, my actual fav waterproof is slightly more expensive, and that is Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara, but costs an eye-watering (see what I did there) £21.00 which means I rarely treat myself to it.

8. Detangler – L’Or‎éal Kids Sweet Pear Tangle Tamer (£2.10)
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Now, I know what you’re thinking, ‘this is for kids!’, but trust me on this. I have incredibly curly, knotty hair that tangles every time it gets wet, so whenever I go to the beach, I bring a tangle teezer and this Tangle Tamer from L’Or‎éal. It is the best product I have found that truly gets rid of all the knots and leaves my wet hair perfectly smooth, not to mention the amazing pear scent!

9. Salt Spray – Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion Spray (£9.50)
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Yes you can get natural beachy hair at the beach (duh), but let’s be honest, after a sweaty day in the sun, you tend to wash your hair and then bye-bye beachy waves. This Bumble and Bumble salt-in-oil spray creates sea tossed waves instantly, and is perfect for when you want clean hair in the evening! I am a huge fan of all things Bumble and Bumble, but they do tend to be quite expensive, so opt for the travel sizes to see what suits you before investing in the full size bottles.

10. Dry Shampoo – Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL Volume (£6.49)
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When you can’t be bothered to wash your hair, or it’s been recently dyed and you don’t want to shampoo it constantly, this dry shampoo is what you need. I was recently gifted this product and had strong reservations towards its ‘XXL Volume’ claim. I love Batiste’s dry shampoos, and this one lives up to their reputation, and it actually does increase volume. I have naturally flat hair, and I was amazed that it actually increased the volume of my dull, limp hair. I would advise to use it sparingly though, as it does leave a rough texture, so too much can make hair feel straw-like.

 

So there you have it, my 10 Best Buys from Boots for £10 and Under. Sorry to have teased you and added some more expensive products along the line, but sometimes you can splash out if you’ve saved elsewhere.

Hope you all enjoy the summer, whether it is here in the UK, or abroad. For more from me, follow me on instagram and twitter: @thelondonfoxx, and add me on snapchat: naomiharris1

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Please note: This post is not sponsored by Boots or any of the brands mentioned above. All opinions are my own. All images are taken from Boot’s website, and prices may vary from those stated online compared to in stores.

Bangkok – The Start of a Three Week Adventure

My boyfriend and I are travelling around South East Asia for the next three weeks, and I plan to write quite a few blog posts about it as I go. However, there is a definite possibility that the trip is so beautiful and incredible that I don’t spend any time in the hotel writing at all!

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Bag: ASOS
Phone Case: Richmond & Finch
Shoes: Converse
Books: Penguin Classics – Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby 

We arrived in Bangkok on June 17th in the evening, and left on the morning of the 19th, which means we had one full day in this vibrant, busy, and beautiful city.

Getting to Bangkok: for the whopping 12 hour flight, we chose to fly with EVA Air, which neither of us had flown with previously. As a novice travel blogger, I have yet to be given free first class tickets to my chosen destination (#thedream). EVA air was our best option at only around £450 return each, which was one of the lowest fares we could find. Having never flown with this airline, I was excepting the worst, so as not to be too disappointed if we had broken TVs, small seats, and little leg room. However, I genuinely believe that this was one of the best long haul flights in economy that I have ever experienced (having lived in Hong Kong and Japan, I am used to the never-ending 12 hours in a tin can in the sky). The seats were much wider than other airlines, and the leg room was more than enough for myself, as well as my 6′ 2″ boyfriend. The food was slightly better than standard airplane food, however the cabin crew service was truly excellent and I am very happy to know that at the end of the trip, we will be returning home with EVA air.

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Hotel: Millennium Hilton Bangkok – The Beach  (don’t know why the image is blurry!)

Staying in Bangkok: We stayed in the beautiful Millennium Hilton Bangkok, which is situated on the western bank of the Chao Phraya River. For only 3 Baht (less than 1p!), a boat takes you across to the other river bank, where the city truly comes alive. The hotel is incredibly luxurious, and although it is one of the more expensive hotels we are staying in, it really doesn’t break the bank at around £90 a night, which we are splitting between us at £45 each. The room is very spacious with incredible views across the river.  The bathroom has an enormous stand alone shower as well as a bath and a large sink top (perfect for allllll my products). But where this hotel truly shines is its rooftop pool. The Beach, as it is named, boasts incredible views across the river, with a huge choice of seats either on the sand (yes sand!), in individual cabanas, or in the pool itself. It really is one of the most stunning hotels I have ever stayed in, and it is a shame we are only there for two nights, but I feel that this hotel well and truly lived up to it’s Hilton name.

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Hotel: Millennium Hilton Bangkok – The Beach 

Exploring Bangkok: As we had just one day in Bangkok, there was only so much we could fit in. The city has extreme mixes of opulence from the temples and lavish shopping malls, set side-by-side with dilapidated houses and stalls. We walked for a large part of the day, but occasionally grabbed a taxi (hailed with the palm down to be polite) which are so unbelievably cheap you wonder why anyone would ever get an Uber here.
We woke up really early so we could see the temples to avoid crowds. However, we instantly fell into what we now know is a huge tourist trap! We were told the temple wouldn’t be opened to tourists for another two hours because it was a national holiday and people were praying…(turned out none of this information was correct). The man then tried to sell us a two hour tuk tuk tour around the city, which we declined, but we did leave the temples to go shopping for an hour or so (which was the plan for the later half of the day anyway). After doing some shopping in Siam Paragon, we grabbed a coffee from Starbucks and soon learnt we had been ‘had’ by a common ploy to get tourists to pay up for tuk tuk tours… Feeling like mugs, we grabbed a taxi back to the temples which were now bursting with tourists. It was pretty frustrating, but at the end of the day, we had only switched up the order our itinerary, and hadn’t paid the man for his ‘help’.

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Above: One of Wat Phra Kaew’s beautiful Pagodas.

The first temple we went to was Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) which is the most sacred temple in Thailand. The Buddha is carved from a single piece of jade, and is thought to have arrived in Bangkok in the 18th Century having originated in Chiang Rai in the 15th Century (…thanks Wikipedia). There are a number of individual buildings and temples situated within the walls of the Grand Palace, embellished with hundreds of thousands of tiny mosaic tiles in predominantly greens, blues, reds, and golds. There was not a single building or statue that had not been given the utmost attention, and it was truly jaw dropping walking around.

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Above: Part of the Grand Palace at Wat Phra Kaew

There are some rules that tourists must be aware of. Men can not wear shorts, nor can women wear short skirts (must be bellow the knee), and shoulders must be covered. However, there is a service to rent appropriate clothes inside the gates, for just a 200 Baht deposit. Before entering the temples, you must remove your shoes, and once inside, you must be respectful, quite and some will not allow photography.
Once I had taken around 1 million photos on my phone, camera and disposable, we exited and walked about 10 minutes to Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), which, as the name implies, holds a 46 metre long Buddha laying down, looking pretty chilled. Though much smaller than the Grand Palace, Wat Pho also has a number of beautiful shrines, halls, and temples.

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AboveWat Pho – the 46m Reclining Buddha (obviously quite tricky to get an image of the whole Buddha) 

Next: as I write this I am currently in Koh Samui, sitting in a beautiful suite in a stunning hotel. The next feature about my South East Asia travels will be up in a couple of days. In the meantime, follow my on instagram and twitter for daily updates: @thelondonfoxx, and snapchat for somewhat hourly updates: naomiharris1

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Skinfood Review

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From Left to Right: Exfoliating Scrub, Cleans All and Mud Masque

I have started this new skincare regime recently, and wanted to tell you about what I’ve been using and what I think about it!
I have been using a number of Skinfood products from New Zealand for a little while now, and I genuinely can already see improvements to my skin.

Every other day, I start by using the Exfoliating Scrub, with walnut shell, cucumber extract, manuka honey, aloe vera, sweet almond and lime. You simply massage onto moist skin using your fingers and rinse it off with water. This removes dead skin cells, and leaves your skin feeling refreshed.
Afterwards, I use the Cleans All cleanser, which again contains manuka honey, as well as kiwi and limeflower extracts, sunflower oil and aloe vera. I tend to use this both morning and night because it leaves my skin feeling really revitalised by removing any dirt and oils.
Finally I use the Certified Organic Coco + Nut Oil, which just needs 2-3 drops after cleaning, to the face, neck and/or body, morning or night. It’s a really great, light-weight moisturiser, that helps to repair and hydrate your skin.
About once a week I use the Mud Masque, which contains Rotorua Mud, found in the volcanic muds of New Zealand, jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, spirulina and lavender oil. I found that after even one use, my pores looked smaller, and my skin felt really soft.
Finally, after showering, I have been using the Body Butter, which has manuka honey, coconut, avocado and macadamia nut oils, mango and cocoa butter. I find it works straight away, and relieves and hydrates the skin.

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From Left to RightExfoliating Scrub, Body Butter, Cleans All, Organic Coco + Nut Oil, and Mud Masque

I think when you move to a new skincare regime, it really helps to use the products as and when specified, so you can get the full benefit from each product.
All in all, I would say that so far, I think these products are working well, and I definitely feel my skin is looking and feeling better.

I did a little research, and all the products contain ingredients that are sourced from sustainable suppliers (which is always good!), come in recyclable packaging, and also are approved by the Vegetarian Society.

And to finish off… I’ll leave you with a picture of little ol’ me using the Mud Masque – Enjoy your Saturday!

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Photo Includes: Skinfood’s Mud Masque

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Detox Water

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Bottle: DROPbottle
Detox Water: Fresh Mint Tea
Flowers: Gypsophila (Baby’s Breath)

Hey,

I just want to let you all know about my current obsession, Detox Water. I followed @detoxwater ‘s instagram account for a long time, and always thought their images looked so beautiful. And so I was so excited when I got my hands on a DROPbottle (@dropbottle instagram). Since then, I have been infusing my water with so many different fruits and herbs.
My favourite has to be oranges, pink grapefruit and red grapefruit. There are so many combinations, all of which have different health benefits!

Have a lovely Saturday, and for those in the UK, enjoy Mother’s Day tomorrow!

See more posts on my instagram: @thelondonfoxx

xx

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Bottle: DROPbottle
Detox Water: Orange, Pink Grapefruit & Red Grapefruit

Sunday 28th February – A Perfectly Ordinary Day

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Magazine: British Vogue
Shoes: Zara
Nail Polish: Dolce & Gabanna, Grey Pearl
Perfume: Bvlgari, Jasmin Noir

Today:…I have done nothing, and it has been magical. As some of you might know, I am in my final year of university, and tomorrow I have to hand in my dissertation. It is a whopping 10,000 word essay on criminality, handedness, lateralization and psychology…I would not recommend reading it. Nonetheless, I have been super keen and nerdy and finished early, which has meant that today, for the first time in months, I have been able to unashamedly do absolutely nothing with my day.

I woke up, and lazily dozed for hours before bothering to shower and face the world. I say I did nothing, but really I mean I did no work, because I did manage to haul myself to a family lunch and stuff myself silly. This afternoon was filled with reading vogue and painting my nails, and honestly it was one of the best days I’ve had. (I know how sad that sounds, but Uni has been crazy hectic lately). So I just wanted to share my completely boring, average day with you all, which for me was beautifully not busy and perfect in every way.

Hope you all had a lovely Sunday, and Monday wont be as bad because it is a leap day which I find more exciting than you can imagine.

Follow me on Instagram for daily updates: @thelondonfoxx

xx

 

Columbia Road Flower Market – Sunday Funday

Yesterday, my friends & I travelled to East London to the Columbia Road Flower Market (E2 7RG). This market is arguably one of the most well known flower markets in London, & having been I can see why. The market is situated just off Hackney Road & is surrounded by Victorian shops. Having opened in 1869, this well established Sunday market is blooming full of amazing flowers & plants!

The market is open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every Sunday, & hosts a variety of different plants. We went at 2:00 p.m. & the prices were unbeatable elsewhere. I bought a beautiful Moth Orchid for just £5, & bunches of ‘L.A. Dreamin’ & Mophead Hydrangeas for just £3 each. The L.A. Dreamin’ Hydrangeas are a beautiful mixture of purple, pink & blue flowers, & the Mophead have large white petals. Also if you want to release your inner Blair Waldorf, almost every stall sold an array of pink, white or red Peonies!

So next Sunday get on down to Columbia Road & enjoy the sweet scent of London’s best flowers!

xx

Me & My Lovely Bunches!
Me & My Lovely Bunches!
Hydrangea's (Back), Sweet Peas (Front Left), Crocuses (Front Right)
Hydrangea’s (Back), Sweet Peas (Front Left), Crocuses (Front Right)
Variety of Delphiniums
Variety of Delphiniums
Delphiniums and Peonies (Front)
Delphiniums and Peonies (Front)