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Saturday, 20 August 2016

I'm Going To South West Four Festival!

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well and you are having an amazing weekend so far. I thought today I would finally update you on something I have been working on the last few weeks. I am excited to reveal that I have teamed up with SOLETRADER and South West Four Festival!

When an opportunity arose for me to attend South West Four (SW4) over the August bank holiday weekend I literally jumped at the chance. Even though summer is almost over I don’t want it to end! I work full time outside of my blog which means I don’t have as much free time on my hands, however, it doesn’t mean I still can’t have the time of my life – you just need to find that balance! If you are a regular reader of my blog (or if your new, hello!) then you will know that I primarily write about beauty, fashion and lifestyle topics, however, something you might not know about me is that I also love to travel, explore new places and try new things. I’ll put my hands up and say that this is my first time attending SW4, however, I am super excited to be sharing this experience with my blog and readers. The festival itself has been running for 12 years and they welcome only the best of the best world DJs and live electronic acts.

I’ve been to a few raves this year already but I can’t wait to see what SW4 has in store. They are welcoming even more talent than ever before and unveiling a colossal 10,000 capacity indoor main stage, the biggest ever indoor structure in Clapham Common (where the festival is held). This year is set to outshine previous years, especially with the biggest headliners in South West Four history including; Rudimental, Dizzee Rascal, DJ Ez, Cirez D, The Chemical Brothers and more. You can see the full line-up here.

I’ve been to a few weekend festivals in the past, however, I’ll only be attending one of the two days next weekend. So, to get us festival ready I thought I would share some of my top one-day only festival essentials! 

1. Cute outfit // 2. Sunglasses // 3. Waterproof Mac // 4. Wellies // 5. Portable Phone Charger //
6. Hand Sanitiser // 7.  Dry Shampoo // 8. Body spray // 9. Makeup setting spray // 10. Sweet treats (keep those energy levels up haha) // 11. Comfortable bag / ruck sack // 12. Water bottle

This will be my first time attending SW4 and I will be snap vlogging my entire day so make sure you stop by @SophiaMeola to see all behind the scenes. If you have attended before please leave any tips and advice in the comments section, as I would love to hear them.

Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me on my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and I make sure to read every single comment…they really make my day! Make sure you check back soon for my post SW4 roundup including a look book ft. SOLETRADER!

Weekend tickets are now sold out but you can still get hold of Saturday and Sunday individual tickets. You can view ticket details here.

Lots of Love

* A collaboration with SOLETRADER & South West Four Festival

Saturday, 23 July 2016

New Launches To The Lee Stafford Coco Loco Coconut Range

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well and you are having a wonderful sunny Saturday so far! I thought today I would write up a hair related post as it's been a little while since my last one. When these new Lee Stafford 'Coco Loco' launches landed on my doorstep I was extremely intrigued to give them a try as I have been obsessed with coconut recently and ultimately I love trying new products on my hair. I have been a huge fan of Lee Stafford's Flexible Hold Hairspray since I first tried it back in 2013 and I can confirm that these are just as incredible! This collection is one of Lee Stafford's latest and he recently added a handful of new products to the lineup - two of them being the Coconut Dry Shampoo* and Coconut Hairspray* (two of my most used and most loved product types). The whole range is inspired by everything coconut and I have been loco for it! Not only am I really enjoying the summer esque coconut scent but each product really has made a different to my hair routine. I couldn't wait to share my thoughts with you all!

Coconut Oil has become such a key trend throughout the beauty industry and there are so many incredible benefits to using it. If you follow me on snapchat (@SophiaMeola) then you would know that I am a huge fan of coconut oil hair masks, so trying out a hair range which incorporates coconut oil into the formulation really grasped my attention. Coconut oil can be used for so many different benefits, whether it's for your hair, skin, nails or used in cooking there is so much potential. Never-the-less, this range has offered some unbeatable nourishing properties and I have been using the Dry Shampoo and Hairspray ever since they landed on my doorstep. There are a total of 10 products within this range including, Shampoo and Conditioner, Coconut Mask, Light Serum Spray, Coconut Balm, Coconut Spritz, Blow and Go Genius Lotion, Mouse, Dry Shampoo and Hairspray.

First up we have the Coco Loco Coconut Dry Shampoo* (£3.33) which has now become one of my top five favourite dry shampoo products. When your hair is feeling a little worse for wear, call in the Coconut Cavalry! The Coco Loco Dry Shampoo contains a delicate powder that is gentle on the scalp yet extremely absorbent to help combat oily roots. As well as using dry shampoo on oily roots, I also enjoy using dry shampoo on freshly washed hair (when my hair is so clean that it clings to my face and it won't behave haha) as well as on second-day and sometimes third-day hair too (shhh). This product helps add the perfect amount of volume whilst combating oil without making your hair feel crunchy, powdery or like you need to wash it all over again. I have super long and thick hair so finding a product like this that helps add that volume I need is incredible. One thing I would note with this product is you really have to give it a good shake before use to ensure everything inside the packaging is distributed evenly, however, other than that you are good to go. This is the perfect product for big, fresh and gorgeous hair that smells deliciously coconutty.

The second product I had the opportunity to try was the Coco Loco Coconut Hairspray* (£3.99) and we all know how hairspray is such a staple product in any hair routine. This deliciously coconutty hairspray creates natural long-lasting hold whilst leaving hair soft to the touch and flexible for styling. This hairspray has been formulated with silk proteins and UV absorbers to ensure hair is conditioned and has maximum protection for the brightest sunlight - we have to keep our hair protected from the sun too! I use hairspray pretty much daily to ensure my hair is looking it's best (well, hoping it is haha) all day and everyday. Just like dry shampoo I love using hairspray to give my hair that added volume it needs which I sometimes lose due to my hairs length and thickness. I usually flip my hair upside down, spray the hairspray, shake my roots and flip my hair back to create some va va voom volume haha. The great thing about this hairspray is it has an incredible hold with long lasting effects but without that crunchy texture or stiffness that some hairsprays cause. I would say it has a similar formulation to the Flexible Hold Hairspray just with the added bonus of coconut! What more could you need?!

Overall, I am incredibly impressed with both of these products and I think the new Lee Stafford Coco Loco range is going to become a new favourite. The packaging on each product is super cute with the pink hues and with both products coming in under £4 I think they are a complete bargain. If you would like to give this new Lee Stafford range a try you can take a peek at the full lineup on Boots.com.

I hope you all enjoyed today's post and taking a closer look at these fabulous new products! Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me on my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and I make sure to read every single comment…they really make my day!

What are your thoughts on the Lee Stafford Coco Loco Coconut range? Would you give any of the products a try?

Lots of Love

*PR Sample

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Glossybox | July 2016

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well and are having a wonderful weekend so far. I have been backwards and forwards the last few weeks with being out the country on a few occasions, work commitments and overall daily life but I am excited to be back and I have so much to share with you all. If things are a little quiet over on my blog you can always follow my daily snap vlogs over on Snapchat (@SophiaMeola) as I'm always posting behind the scenes snaps and rambling on about something or other haha. I took to Twitter not too long ago and create a poll to see what you all wanted to see on the blog next and you all chose July's Glossybox! I have been a fan of Glossybox for as long as I can remember and I always light up with joy when a new one lands on my doorstep each month!

It's official, summer has finally arrived and Glossybox is celebrating with an edit of seaside inspired beauty products. The 'Life's a Beach' July Glossybox features an exclusive 'glow-giving' juice recipe from Wendy Rowe's new book, Eat Beautiful, as well as a collection of SPF beauty products, waterproof wonders, tanning treats and tools that will take you from beach to chic in seconds!

Utan and Tone Nourishing Night Creme | £12.50

As life gets busier, our beauty routines are getting easier with innovative products that work while you sleep. This clever concoction combines all your needs from a night cream (think hydrating hyaluronic acid, a cocktail of vitamins and potent anti-oxidants to help skin repair) with the golden colour you'd expect from a gradual tan. Plus, it won't stain your pillow (bonus!) and the odourless formula means you won't wake up to a biscuity-tan smell in the morning. This is a completely new brand to me but I can tell I am going to enjoy using this product more and trying out other products from the line already!

Soft & Gentle Hair Minimising Anti Perspirant | £2.99

As well as keeping you fresh in the heat, this anti-perspirant from Soft & Gentle works double duty by helping combat unwanted underarm hair. It contains a hair growth minimiser called Keliosoft, a natural plant molecule that reduces the protein that stimulates hair growth. The result? Pesky underarm hairs become thinner and grow at a slower rate, leaving skin smoother after just eight weeks. Simply use this product like a normal anti-perspirant, however, be careful not to apply to any sore or broken skin. Soft & Gentle have been a brand that I have know for quite some time so it is great to see them take the next step and create this innovative product.

Hawaiian Tropic Island Berry Lip Gloss | £6.99

Hawaiian Tropic is a brand I have known of for quite some time now and I swear by their After Sun Creme is Island Mango - it nourishes the skin amazingly and smells good enough to eat! Be warned: the tropical scent of this lip gloss instantly transports you to a tropical paradise! While the non-stick formula provides 12-hour moisturisation, advanced UVA and UVB protection means this is all you need to perfect, and more importantly, protect lips from the sun's rays - which is why it comes with the Skin Cancer Foundation's recommendation! The shade looks quite intense in the tube, however, once applied it does become a lot sheerer - it just adds that perfect amount of colour to enhance your natural look.

Hairon De-tangle Brush | £6.99

This ergonomically designed brush fits into the palm of your hand (and in your handbag!) to carefully detangle wet hair without snagging and tugging which in turn causes damage. It is also great when taming natural hair or extensions that need a gentle touch. I just love the pastel blue / turquoise shade as it screams summer and it is the perfect size for a girl like me who is always on the go! It is also slightly cheaper than the Original Tangle Teazer, so if you wanted to give a different brand a try then this is the perfect alternative for you.

Blank Canvas F20 Flat Brush | £11.95

I am a huge fan of buffing style face brushes and they have been my go to for applying foundation for as long as I can remember (apart from when I am using my beauty blender). The short, dense synthetic fibres make this brush ideal for applying liquid, cream or powder makeup - the perfect multi-tasking brush! Blank Canvas is a brand I have never personally tried before but I have heard so much about them throughout the beauty community. The brush itself is beautifully designed and I love the gold accents and pink contrasts!

I hope you all enjoyed taking a peek inside this month's Glossybox. Overall, this month's box has been one of my favourites and I was so pleased to see 5 full-size products in the box itself. I love how you have everything you need to get summer ready and I don't think there was one product that I was disappointed with. In total this months box works out around £34.43 and for a £12.95* (including p&p) you are definitely getting your money's worth. After diving into this month's box I am now super excited to see what Glossbox have in store for us next month. It is their 5th Birthday and they have been working on a special collaboration! I have seen a sneak peek and I think you are all going to LOVE it so keep your eyes peeled!

Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me on my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and I make sure to read every single comment…they really make my day!

If you would like to try out a Glossybox for yourself you can use the code SOPHIAJULY30 and receive an exclusive 30% discount off your first box!

Lots of Love

*PR Sample
* Glossybox offer ends 31st July 2016. Enjoy 30% off your first Glossybox only. Offer valid with all UK subscription plans. Limited availability, single use code. Full terms and conditions apply at the http://www.glossybox.co.uk/beauty checkout

Sunday, 26 June 2016

New In // Too Faced Hangover Primer

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well and you are having a wonderful weekend so far. I am enjoying a wonderful lazy Sunday with Tea on tap and my little Yorkshire Terrier Bella by my side. I've had a wonderful morning snap vlogging (@SophiaMeola) and blogging, which will shortly be followed by some baking! I am feeling super chirpy today so I thought I would grab my laptop and get back into blogging mode! I thought today I would share with you a beauty product that I have been head over heels in love with ever since I purchased it around a month or so ago. It was part of a huge pre-holiday haul that I forgot to share with you all but I will slowly make my way through as I have some reviews coming your way and also some snaps for Instagram (@SophiaMeola).

Too Faced have grown to become one of my favourite beauty brands and I still remember the day I purchased my first ever Too Faced product. I am pretty sure this was my Too Faced Leopard Love Perfection Complexion Kit and I have an old school review on my blog that you can see here. There is just something so special about their product range and I love that they are so quirky and fun with some pretty spectacular product names. When I heard that Too Faced were releasing a brand new Hangover Primer I was instantly intrigued to know more. I have seen countless bloggers and vloggers using it and giving it such rave reviews and flash forward a few months and I finally decided to bite the bullet and give it a try for myself. I am a huge fan of primers because ultimately they have so many benefits. I enjoy using them alone and also under makeup to ensure my makeup lasts longer, looks smoother or adds that matte or dewy look that I am after.

The Too Faced Hangover Primer has been designed to cure your skin after long days of work and late nights of play. This is a revolutionary makeup primer which is infused with coconut water, probiotics and skin revivers that work together to boost skin's radiance, promote elasticity and help hydrate whilst locking down makeup for a fresher, longer and more flawless wear. Too Faced harnessed the science of hydration to create a creamy, penetrating primer that acts like an energy drink for the skin by replenishing moisture levels - it's basically skincare too! When I used this primer for the first time I was honestly blown away because it did everything it said it was going to do and I felt so content using it, as if it had instantly lifted my mood. The formulation feels incredible and the coconut scent instantly whisks you away to a tropical destination. Like I mentioned earlier, I love using primers alone and with makeup and you can do the same with the Too Faced Hangover Primer also. It can be worn alone for a dewy, healthy looking finish or under bronzers, foundations and powders to help you create the perfect base.

Now, let's take a closer look at the packaging. The design of this primer is super cute and I adore the white and pink hues and gold accents used - it looks so Instagram and Pinterest worthy! The functionality of the packaging is also amazing as it comes with a handy dandy pump which makes distribution and application of the product so much easier and mess free. The primer itself costs £27 and can be purchased from most department stores online and in-store. £27 is on the pricey side for a primer, however, I am 100% willing to spend that kind of money on a product that I know is going to work with my skin and ultimately make my makeup look good which makes me feel good haha.

Overall, I am completely in love with this primer and I have already added it to my next beauty wish list to ensure I have some backups in my makeup collection. You literally receive all the priming benefits you love while looking like you have received eight hours of sleep and drank your duly dose of H20 - sounds pretty spectacular to me.

Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me on my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and I make sure to read every single comment...they really make my day!

Lots of Love
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