5 Years Blogging: Win a Monin Coffee Syrup Set

monin coffee syrup set competition giveaway

This September marks 5 whole years since I started blogging. Five Years!! To say a massive thank you to all my amazing readers, each week throughout September I will be running lots of competitions with some fabulous prizes.

Today’s prize is a new Speciality Monin Coffee Syrup Gift Set, now available at Tesco (rrp £6.95).

monin coffee syrup set competition giveaway

If you don’t know already, I love my hot drinks but I am now firmly in the coffee lover camp and I like to mix up my flavours using a lot either with flavoured coffee’s or syrups.

The Monin Speciality Coffee set is the perfect gift – or a treat for yourself! The set contains five 50cl bottles of Monin’s most popular flavoured syrups, so that’s plenty of choice to make those favourite drinks.

It comes with an enclosed recipe card providing inspiration for coffees, mochas and hot chocolates with a dash of delicious Monin Gingerbread, Hazelnut, Vanilla, Caramel or Chocolate Cookie syrup. The pack even includes two limited edition coffee stencils to personalise favourite drinks with cocoa powder, cinnamon or sprinkles – let your imagination run wild!

How to Enter

To be in with a chance to win this competition

Answer this question:
How many different flavours of coffee syrup are in the Monin Coffee Syrup set?

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Terms and Conditions

The competition is open to UK entrants only aged 18 and over, one entry per person.

A winner will be chosen from all valid entries using random.org.

Competition closes 9pm Monday 8th September.

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Summer Beauty Tips: No Melt Make-up

Summer Beauty Tips: No melt make-up

I have oily to combination skin. In the winter I find it hard to keep my skin hydrated and in the summer I find it impossible to keep any sort of make-up in place. Summer is my make-up nemesis meaning more often than not, only a few hours after putting my face on in the morning, I’m a sweaty mess. And let’s talk about the shine! Some days I reflect like a mirror. A sulky, sweaty mirror. Nice.

Suffice to say I’ve tried a fair few products to mattify and prolong my make-up. For those who share my skin woes (oily and combination) or for those of you who find that the summer months cause your make-up to slide south, here are some of my favourite tips for how to stop your make-up from melting and how to beat the heat.

Use gel based skincare:

Gel based products sink into the skin leaving less shine than cream or oil based products. Some moisturisers are designed to leave the skin with a matte appearance.

Try a primer:

Face Primers
Mattifying primers are a real investment as a dual purpose primer helps to keep your make-up in place and cut down on shine. Eyelid primers stop your eyeshadow creasing and can keep them in place for hours.

Elf Eyelid Primers

Think longwear:

Longwear make-up products
Products that state they last for a long time, for example colorsports 24 hours eye liner or Estee Lauder double wear stay in place foundation, are designed to cling to your skin and outlast other brands. Wearing a waterproof mascara will stop any smudges from happening but prepare to use an appropriate eye make-up remover such as Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish or Micellar Water because once your mascara’s on it’s unlikely to budge!

Try an all-in-one:

BB Creams Garnier and Ginvera

BB Creams (Blemish Balms) are my new favourite thing. They offer up a multitude of different remedies for every skin type ranging from moisturisation, sun protection, coverage for uneven skin tone and can mattify your skin making it look flawless if you choose the right one.

Shift that shine:

Face Blotting Paper
Use blotting sheets to remove the excess shine before applying foundation. Don’t scrimp on moisturiser either, your skin gets thirsty in the summer sun so use a gel based moisturiser (see above) with an SPF for extra protection. Afterwards use a pressed powder, applied with a sponge, rather than a brush, to set your make-up and make it last longer.

MAC Blot Powder

Fix your face:

Setting Sprays
Setting sprays are a relatively new concept. I’ve been using Mac’s Fix+ for around six years but the idea is now more widespread, hitting both the highstreet and online brands. Elf’s mist and set spray is similar and an affordable option for those on a budget.

Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products before – have they worked for you?

Do you have any tips for no melt make-up? And what are your favourite summer beauty products?

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How to Create Your Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

How to Create Your Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

Next week I’m jetting off on a last minute holiday (we are leaving things completely by chance this year, very unlike me!) but I’ve already planned my holiday wardrobe thanks to a clever capsule wardrobe list I devised last year. I’m a planner by nature and prefer things in life to be organised down to the last detail so if you’re like me and like things organised or you’re just looking for some holiday outfit inspiration, here’s my take on how to create your holiday capsule wardrobe.

How to Create Your Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

Holiday Wardrobe Tips:

Decide on a colour theme with a maximum of three colours (plus black and white) – this makes it easier to mix and match pieces to create many different outfits. Last year for holiday my colour theme was coral, black and mint whereas this year I’m keeping things simple by choosing classic monochrome pieces and adding in some bright accessories of purple, orange and pink.

Add bright accessories to change up your look. Take scarves and jewellery on vacation in an assortment of colours and styles – they take up much less space in your suitcase than extra clothes and can drastically alter a basic look, easily taking you from day to night in an instant.

Wear a lightweight scarf on the plane – If you’re going abroad this is a staple – I wear one to the airport so that I can snuggle into it if it gets a bit chilly on the flight. Once on holiday it doubles up in the daytime as a sarong or a cover up if it gets too hot and then in the evening it can be worn as a shawl to cover up cold shoulders or to disguise wobbly arms! I also wear a scarf as a belt to change up a plain pair of shorts and lastly I like to use it on my sun lounger – you know that bit where the towel’s not quite long enough to reach to the end – which keeps my feet covered when sunbathing on my front so I don’t get burnt feet.

Buy pieces with a dual purpose such as mix and match bikinis. The beauty of having mix and match bikinis is that you can mix and match them to create four different bikini looks, plus you can wear the bikini tops in the daytime (if you’re daring enough) styled as bandeau or crop tops. If you’re not so daring, try high waisted versions of bikinis or opt for tankinis – it looks like a swimsuit but is in fact separate pieces – and they’re much more versatile than a one-piece. Reversible and tan-through bikinis and tankinis are available too!

What to wear on the flight or when travelling:

The main concern here is comfort but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t stay stylish too.
I like to wear harem or palazzo pants with a basic tee, which are both super comfy and easy to wear. A jacket of some kind is essential because I get so cold on the plane and might be needed for when I get back (Dear UK, why are you so rainy?!) and as noted above, a cotton scarf to keep the chill of my neck. Also I like to wear a scarf to add some interest to an otherwise basic outfit but it all depends on what you feel most comfortable in. As an alternative you could try a statement necklace which is bang on trend.

Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

1. White Crop Top Bloomingdales UK
2. Harem Pants Forever21
3. Print Fringe Kimono Miss Selfridge or 4. Crop Denim Jacket French Connection
5. Madison Espadrilles Kurt Geiger
6. Oversized scarf (can also be worn as a sarong) Select

What to pack:

24 Piece Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

  1. A Large Beach Bag - H&M
  2. A satchel or day bag (doubles up as your travel bag and hand luggage) I like this one from F&F at Tesco and it’s great value at only £16
  3. Sunglasses - Lavish Alice
  4. A Hat - French Connection
  5. Lightweight Scarf or sarong x2 – Select
  6. Scarf/sarong –  NotOntheHighStreet
  7. 2 Mix and Match Bikinis or Tankinis - Reversible Bikini – Forever21
  8. Long Line Bikini - Lipsy
  9. Denim shorts – Forever21
  10. A Maxi Skirt - Oasis
  11. A Maxi dress - Forever21
  12. A Day dress or playsuit – Quiz
  13. An Evening dress or jumpsuit – Coast
  14. 1 pair flipflops – I’m totally in love with my Reefs but I’ve got a soft spot for Ruby & Ed flip flops because they’re so comfy. I have a pair in nearly every colour!
  15. 1 pairs of sandals or espadrilles – T-bar Sandals – Aftershock London
  16. Espadrilles – Kurt Geiger
  17. 1 pair of heels Mango
  18. Palazzo or harem pants such as these harem pants that double as a playsuit
  19. 3 vests or t-shirts – Bloomingdales UK
  20. Brightly coloured shorts or skort – Miss Selfridge
  21. Statement jewellery – H&M
  22. Kimono or cover up – Miss Selfridge
  23. A beach cover up that doubles as a day dress - Embellished Kaftan
  24. Denim Jacket – French Connection

A total of 26 pieces like these will give you more than enough outfits for travelling, day time outfits and evening outfits for at least 7 days (but more like 10-14 if you plan wisely!) Lastly, don’t forget your travel documents, medications, money, passport, sun lotion and a good summer book.

Enjoy your holidays!

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