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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

The Best Fake Tans - Top Tanning Products

the top fake tans
As warmer weather approaches, I thought it was about time I wrote an updated guide to my current favourite fake tans. See this as your guide to the best fake tans available at the moment. Fake tan has come a long way in recent years, no longer is it ‘fake’ but actually, the fake tanning industry seems to have gone more natural, more effortlessly bronzed and luckily, we have waved goodbye to smelly biscuit tans and tans that ruin our bedsheets. With so many epic fake tans on the market that don’t stain our clothes, don’t stain our bedsheets and don’t make us smell like gone off biscuits, well, why would we ever go back? I’ve had my fair few fake tan disasters, from looking like an actual orange to looking dirty, oh and those days when my tan turned green. I’ve pretty much spent my youth trialling fake tans so I feel like I’ve finally nailed down some of the best fake tans. Let’s discuss my current favourites for a glow. If I’m not talking about hair care or skincare, it’ll always be fake tan… 

Monday, 26 March 2018

What To Do In Barcelona: Huge Barcelona Travel Guide; The Best Tapas In Barcelona

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Hello hello! After the success of my New York Travel Guide recently, I thought I’d do the same, but this time, for Barcelona. I’ve visited Barcelona a fair few times now and it almost feels like home. I started by reading this Barcelona guide and now, find myself always researching the best places in Barcelona so thought I'd write my own guide. I find myself wandering around the streets and remembering places, recognising the best routes to take and asking locals for the best food recommendations. Barcelona is somewhere I’d happily live. When I was at University, I wish I did my year abroad there but sadly the location wasn’t offered to my course. Barcelona is hands down one of my favourite places in the whole entire world, I’ve travelled far and wide and always come back to Barcelona. Let’s talk about where to eat in Barcelona, what to do in Barcelona and the best of Barcelona…

Friday, 23 March 2018

Kandolhu Maldives - Where To Stay In The Maldives? Full Hotel Review, Luxury Maldives Overwater Villa

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Kandolhu Maldives has a really special place in my heart. I'm just sorry this review has taken me so long to write but I wanted to give it my all. I get asked about the best place to stay in the Maldives on a weekly basis, so as well as the Instagram posts and the videos from my trips, I wanted to do a full blog post review of my stay at Kandolhu Maldives. This was my second time at Kandolhu (read my first review of my stay at Kandolhu here) and I have to tell you, it truly is my happy place. Let's talk about why you need to stay at Kandolhu Maldives.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Best Beauty Products For Glowy + Highlighted Skin This Spring

spring flatlay
Hello hello, so today I thought I'd write a blog post about my top beauty products for a mega glow this spring - yup, I just used the phrase 'mega glow'... I get so excited every season when I see new beauty products launching, whether it's autumn, spring, summer or winter. I'm on board with all seasons and fully embrace them. I guess that's what happens when you're a beauty lover, you fall for it all. So today I thought it would be good to talk about getting that glow this spring. Let's talk top glow and highlighting products. 

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Easy, Healthy Ginger Fig and Oat Biscuits Recipe

healthy easy cookie recipe

Hey guys, so after so many of you read my easy, healthy banana bread recipe I thought it was about time I wrote down my healthy biscuits/cookie recipe. You can watch us making the banana bread recipe at 15 mins on my recent vlog here too if you missed it. I have lots more of these healthy recipes coming so just tweet me or drop me a comment/message on Instagram me @emshelx if you want more recipes and definitely tag me in your photos too when you bake them.  I've always loved cake and cookies, basically, give me all the sugar but I'm the kinda girl who will sit and eat a multipack of biscuits followed by a full pack of Oreos after spoon feeding myself Nutella. I have no cut-off point so that's why I try to ensure I always have healthy snacks in the house. If you've read any of my fitness posts you'll know I'm all about balance, so yeah, cookies are okay but everything in moderation. I strongly believe in having healthy stuff ready to grab in my house. I crave sugar more than a normal person should but with these in the house, at least I'm grabbing goodness. So, get ready, come bake some healthy, easy, dairy free (+ vegan-friendly if you leave the honey out) delicious cookies with me. 

Monday, 12 March 2018

The Best Spring Skincare and Bodycare Products

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Oh hello hello, she's back with a new beauty post. Today I wanted to talk about spring skincare, one of the things I'm often asked on my Instagram live streams (emshelx) is about my favourite skincare, it's something I could talk about for hours. I am a complete sucker for skincare, I always have been and I don't think that will ever change. I am constantly on the lookout for new products and I do mix up my skincare quite often, whether it's based on how my skin feels or as a seasonal change, I'm always up for trying new skincare products, the skincare buff inside me loves it. I obviously have hero products that I will forever love (read my top beauty products of 2017 post for those ones). Today I thought it would be nice to talk about a few new in, spring skincare and body care products I'm loving. My skin gets dry, irritated and a little dull with the change from winter to spring, one day it's mild and the next day it's snowing and my skin really reflects the change in weather. I'm all about dewy, radiant and fresh skin so these are the products I'm currently loving for exactly that. 

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Patting Ourselves On The Back, Self-Love

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I've got better at ensuring I'm following positive people who motivate me, inspire me and make scrolling through my social feeds a total joy. I got to a stage where I felt anxious refreshing social media because it can be quite a negative, passive aggressive and indirect place. As an over-thinker, it isn't good for my mind some days. I completely understand that often, social media doesn't portray real life, it's a highlights reel and it's no-one has a perfect, happy life all the time. Therefore, moaning is completely allowed, the odd rant here and there, sometimes we just have a bad day, or, something annoys us. I was once told to 'never be negative on social media' and as much as I'm trying to follow positive people (for my own mind), I do think it's quite damaging to pretend everything is okay all the time, we all struggle and we are all fighting battles people may know nothing about.  It's all about being able to put it into perspective later down the line. When a family friend died, I struggled with this for quite some time. If anyone was moaning or, if I was moaning, I'd break down and feel insane guilt for well, moaning. I'd tell myself 'they'd do anything to be here, in this situation' but I realised that we can't beat ourselves up with guilt. Sometimes, we just have a bad day. No-one is perfect. So yeh, I'm guilty of having a Twitter rant on the odd occasion and so are many others. Today, I thought I'd write a blog post all about why we shouldn't be afraid to pat ourselves on the back and why some self-lovin is very important plus, my tips to embrace self-love. 

Friday, 2 March 2018

How To Be A Blogger: Blogging / Social Media Influencer Tips, Tricks

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So you want to be a blogger? The last time I wrote a ‘blogger tips’ post was years ago... I’m lucky enough to get tens of emails a week asking for blogging tips (thank you guys for trusting me and asking for my tips/guidance) and I usually direct everyone to my older blogging tips blog post, after all, it covers the basics of starting a blog and getting it out there (linked above if you missed it). However, I got a private message on Instagram this week (@emshelx) asking for more of an updated blog post for new bloggers/wannabe bloggers etc. So, I thought, it's only right to actually give you guys more updated advice. I thought I’d write up a blog post with some things I’ve learnt along the way, tips and tricks if you’re a blogger, or want to be a blogger, or if you're interested in how it works and a general chat about what it takes to be a blogger/blogging in general, plus talk about my equipment and more. So you want to be a blogger? Let’s go. Read my most updated top social media influencer tips and tricks blog post. 


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