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TOP BEAUTY PRODUCTS OF 2017

I have had so many beauty favourites in the past year that I just had to share them with you. I feel like 2017 was the year I really started to take notice of how important skincare is if you want to get the best finish on your makeup and turning 25 last year made me really conscious that I needed to start looking after my skin better. One of my main goals for 2018 is to find my holy grail skincare routine and stick to it, which we all know is a lot easier said than done.
In regards to make up, in 2017, I have been a real 'stick to what you know' kind of gal, which I don't really want to do in 2018. Again, I want to find new products as I am a little bored with the ones I have already, but the make up I have been using has been so good that I haven't been searching for new products for a reason. 
So, grab a cuppa and get stuck into my top beauty products of 2017 and I have even linked you to them so you can get your hands on them too.





NIP + FAB HYDRATE DRAGONS BLOOD FIX PLUMPING SERUM, SUPERDRUG £19.95
This serum has been my favourite product full stop in 2017. I absolutely love this serum, it does everything it promises and more. Forget primer, put this under your makeup and you will see the difference. I used this twice daily, once before my makeup and once before bed, my skin was constantly hydrated, moisturised and plump.


BENEFIT READY, SET, BROW! SETTING GEL, JOHN LEWIS £20.00
I always thought setting brow gels were a bit of a fad, to be honest, and that I didn't really need one, but that was until I tried this Benefit setting gel and oh my, my brows are never done without it. The invisible gel sets your brows without making them look dried out or leaving a layer of clear paste over your brows. The brush is really precise and well shaped too so you can really get a great finish.

L'OREAL MATTE LIP PAINT IN 210 DEAD LIPS, £6.99
This has been my go-to matte lipstick this year, and the colour 'dead lips' is just the best everyday shade from the school run to cocktails with friends, this shade has seen me through this year. 

URBAN DECAY TROUBLE MAKER MASCARA, JOHN LEWIS £19.50
I finally got my hands on this mascara in December but it has 1 million percent been the best mascara I have used this year. I don't use it for my bottom lashes because it is a heavy duty mascara and isn't right for a bottom lash finish. For the top lashes though this mascara is the best when you're in a rush which is me 90% of the time. This mascara will wake your eyes up on a Monday morning.

In 2017 Hoola became my holy grail bronzer, my sister bought me a Benefit gift set for my birthday in May and I have been in love ever since. If you love the bronze Kardashian contour, this bronzer is your best friend.

MORPHE 35OM EYESHADOW PALETTE, CULT BEAUTY £23.00
My go-to eyeshadow palette of 2017 was the Morphe 35OM by a mile, the range of shades is unbelievable. The amount of high-quality eyeshadows you get in this palette for around £25 is absolutely amazing and so affordable.

SLEEK SOLSTICE HIGHLIGHTING PALETTE, BOOTS £9.99
My highlighter of the year has to be the sleek solstice palette. Not only is a really affordable highlighting palette, I have never received so many compliments with any other highlighter that I have worn.

VASELINE INTENSIVE CARE COCOA RADIANT MOISTURISER 400ML, BOOTS £5.99
I go through so many bottles of this stuff because it really is the best affordable moisturiser out there, in my opinion. I suffer from a skin condition called Keratosis Pilaris and if you have this you will know that it's a nightmare especially when it flares up. This moisturiser really reduces the amount of redness and flare-ups on my skin and leaves my skin feeling so soft.

TRESEMME EXPERT SELECTION SPLIT END REMEDY
This product has been my hair saviour the past year and always makes my hair feel amazing. I use this just before I blow-dry my hair after a shower on the ends of my hair, you only need to use one pump for great results, so it lasts ages too. This product has been discontinued on the high street but you may be able to find it on Amazon and other independent retailers.


What was your favourite beauty product of 2017? Leave me a comment below or come say hello on social media!





5 APPS THAT WILL ASSIST YOUR GOALS & RESOLUTIONS IN 2018

Happy New Year! If you're anything like me you've got the cliche resolutions ready, and you're more than determined than eve, and since it is 2018, conveniently. app assistance is a great way to achieve your goals. From drinking more water to becoming more financially stable - there's an app for that.
Today's post is all about my top eight apps that will help you achieve your hopes and dreams for 2018, or just get you to drink more water, either way, positive steps.



#1 HEAD SPACE - GUIDED MEDITATION
After I gave birth to Harper, almost 5 years ago now, I have suffered with anxiety. It can be triggered by so many different things & sometimes the things that could cause my anxiety one day could be the complete opposite to the triggers on the next. It held me back for a long time and although, I am a million miles from where I was four years ago, I would say anxiety is something I deal with almost every other day. I have downloaded this meditation app called Head Space after reading the rave reviews on App Store. The initial meditation and mindfulness 'basics' are free to use, however if you find them useful you can pay for a subscription that allows you access to hundreds of different meditations from anxiety to focusing to sleep therapy. 

#2 MY WATER BALANCE - DAILY DRINK TRACKER

I suck at staying hydrated and I am hoping this app will change that. My water balance calculates your recommended water intake based on personal assessment and includes water, tea, coffee and many more. The app gives you fun awards when you achieve milestones and new achievements. It also sends notifications to your phone to remind you to drink. You can connect the app with apple health too, so you can use it along with your everyday apple health tracking. 

#3 MONEY BOX - SAVE & INVEST

I am absolutely awful at saving money, in fact, I don't save and my mum nags me about it all the time - 'Rebekka, you need to be saving money for a rainy day or emergencies!'. But of course every time I try to save there's always something or some sale on somewhere, so no rainy day savings for me. 
I've downloaded this app in hope it will help me in the most subtle way ever and by the end of 2018 I might have a little nest egg tucked away. 
Moneybox rounds up your everyday purchases to the next pound, so if you buy a coffee for £3.50, it will round the purchase up to £4 and save the 50 pence. Another feature money box has is the ability to invest your everyday savings into stocks and shares which could see your saving double and even triple in front of your eyes. Investing, can offer higher returns than current or savings accounts over the long term. Moneybox has combined their app with investing experts to ensure your money is looked after and allows investment beginners to have a better understanding of projected risk and returns. 

#4 SLEEP CYCLE 

Sleep is SO important and something we all probably take for granted more than we should. 88% of us will suffer with some kind of sleeping problems at least once in our lifetime. Sleep deprivation can cause so many issues physically and is connected to a lot of mental health illnesses. 
Sleep Cycle is an app that analyses your sleep and wake you in the lightest sleep phase. The built in microphone on your smartphone is used to analyse movement and the app ignores sounds like fans or snoring. It requires you to keep your device face down on a bed side surface to allow the app to work it's magic and analyse your sleep. You can also tap the surface next to your smartphone twice to activate snooze mode when the subtle alarm goes off instead of having to open up your phone to select snooze mode.


#5 CLEAR SCORE - CREDIT SCORE MANAGEMENT

One of my biggest goals for 2018 is to get my credit score looking healthier. I have been using clear score on desktop for about a year now and unlike a lot of other credit management services, Clear Score is absolutely free. The best thing about Clear Score is that you can set yourself targets to work towards and the service gives you free advice for credit building success. 


I hope you have enjoyed this post and I hope you all have a successful, productive, happy and healthy 2018. Feel free to share with me your favourite apps in the comments below, I am always on the look out for new ways to be productive etc.



8 THINGS WE ALL REALLY WANT THIS CHRISTMAS

Christmas is not long away now and I have seen so many gift guides, so I thought I had better join in on the fun, well kind of. Instead of your traditional wishlist full of perfumes and palettes, I am going to be listing a whole guide to things we all want, that money can't buy. It goes without saying at least one chocolate orange and handfuls of pigs in blankets have to make an appearance this Christmas, but Christmas is for making wishes come true right? So if at least half of these could come true, I will be a very happy Christmas elf this year...




#1 A LIE IN
I mean, if you're not a parent or a workaholic you probably get one of these at least once a week, however, considering I haven't had a lie in for around 5 years now, I think it had to be at the top of my list. If you have a children this will no doubt be one of the best things money can't buy this Christmas, imagine 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep... if only.

#2 DONALD TRUMP TO LEAVE THE WHITE HOUSE & PLANET EARTH IN GENERAL
2017 has seen Donald Trump go from strength to strength to earn ultimate dickhead of our generation and I don't think anybody who is sane would disagree with that. I think we've all had a moment this year of disgust at his actions, words and just general existence and prayed that we could just strap him to a firework and send him into orbit. 

#3 INSTAGRAM TO STOP BEING AWFUL
If you work in the social media or influence industry, there's no doubt Instagram has been the bane of your profession this year. Bad engagement, shadow banning and general dis-functionality of the platform has sent everyone from bloggers to social media managers into despair. So what would be well nice for Christmas is Instagram allowing our glorious content the recognition it deserves.

#4 NO ARGUMENTS ON CHRISTMAS DAY
I don't know if it's because I am from a long line of firey women, or this happens in most households, but Christmas Day always seems to bring out the opinions and debates from family members, mostly ones that cause an argument after 6 glasses of wine and 400 after eights. Wouldn't it be lovely to manage a Christmas with peace and Pictionary. 

#5 SNOW
There has been one Christmas in my 25 years of existence that I remember it snowing on Christmas day, I was six and it was magical. It's the Christmas dream right? Everyone wants picturesque snow on Christmas day, and if you don't you're a Grinch. 

#6 FOR EVERYONE TO AGREE ON A FILM TO WATCH 

There's nothing worse on Christmas Day than wanting to watch Ratatouille but your mum wants to watch some 1950's Christmas Carol remake, and your nephew wants to watch Avengers. How nice would it be if we could agree on a film to watch on Christmas Day? Seriously wishful thinking.

#7 NO HANGOVERS
Nothing worse than taking it too far, as I always do, over Christmas and waking up with a horrific hangover. What I would really like for Christmas is the ability to drink three bottles of Prosecco without a headache the next day.  

#8 BEING SURROUNDED BY LOVED ONES OVER CHRISTMAS
Christmas is a time to share with your nearest and dearest, something that some people don't get the luxury of. We can really take for granted the people who are most important to us and although you should show them you care and appreciate them at all times, Christmas is a perfect time to make up for lost time. 

I hope you have enjoyed this post, what are you hoping for this Christmas? Leave me a comment below OR find me on social media!