I love spring and summer, it’s my absolute favourite!

But with spring and summer comes hay fever and I hate hay fever.

Hay fever is a relatively new thing to me (often starting in childhood or teenage years) but I now get all the symptoms – sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and everything else that comes with hay fever. However, I recently went to a Benadryl event and picked up some great tips, which I wanted to share.

Hay fever varies throughout the year depending on what flowers/plans/trees are in season, what pollen is floating through the air and what each individual is allergic to, which is why some people get it all year round. Hay fever affects at least 13 million people in the UK. The good news for me though is that it often gets better as you get older, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

So since you’re probably here for some tips:
1. Stay indoors – maybe a little obvious and often not possible but if your hay fever is really bad staying indoors does help
2. Wear wraparound sunglasses – they can really help create a barrier between your eyes and the pollen
3. Change your clothes & shower once indoors to remove any pollen you’re carrying
4. Take Benadryl® Allergy Relief tablets which offer fast and effective allergy relief
5. Use make-up to conceal your allergy face


So on to a few make-up tips to help hide your hay fever symptoms – borrowed from Jo Freeman which I have been putting into play lots recently:

  • Use a colour corrector – I’ve been opting for the It Cosmetics CC Cream to help correct any redness around the nose, under the eyes and to even out the overall look of the skin, but you could use a more area specific one like the Max Factor Colour Correcting Sticks.
  • Keep the eye area looking fresh but defined with just a touch of waterproof mascara. My eyes are often puffy and start to stream throughout the day so I like to go light on the eye makeup, add some concealer and a touch of Eyeko Waterproof Mascara.
  • Contour lightly to add definition to the face and reduce the look of a puffy face. I love a bit of contour everyday but it’s extra important on puffy face days. My favourite is the Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze and Glow. I then finish it with a touch of highlighter.
  • Opt for a bold lip to draw attention away from hay fever symptoms and instead to your pretty pout. I love this tip and it’s one I follow whether I am suffering from hay fever or am just really tired – it’s a great one!

To see all these tips in action check out the video below.

Would love to hear your tips for hay fever season in the comments.

*Huge thanks to Benadryl for partnering with me for this post. For more information on fast-acting allergy relief, visit www.benadryl.co.uk.
Benadryl Allergy Relief contains acrivastine. Always read the label.





Spain has to be my go-to location for a quick summer break; flights are affordable and short- plus the sun is almost shining- what’s not to like?!

So when Jess (from Cocoa Chelsea) and I decided we needed a little bit of sunshine, that’s exactly where we headed!

We stayed at the Kempinski Bahia Hotel in Estepona, Malaga, a beautiful 5-star hotel right on the southern coast of Spain. Our room was perfect; terrace, living room, huge wardrobe area, bath tub, shower and most importantly, a beautiful view over the sea. It did have a glass bathroom door, meaning one of us had to sit in the living room the whole time as the other one showered but, we worked around it and it’d be okay if you were going with your partner.

We were only there four days but it would be a great room to spend 10 days in, it was so homely but yet a large room and the hotel is the perfect place to relax. It’s also pretty well priced for a 5-star hotel with prices starting at £178 a night. Although, I would recommend asking for a more modern room if you like the look of my photos as some are more traditionally European.

All rooms come with breakfast which Jess and I had everyday. There’s a good variety of hot and cold food, as well as an omelette station and a children’s breakfast area with the cutest cakes. I went for eggs everyday as I do back home but the juices were great and I did have a cheeky cake or two as I simply couldn’t resist!

The hotel has a great gym and spa, although I didn’t quite make it to the gym (but did take a yoga class!). I definitely made it to the spa. They have some great treatments but nothing will ever beat a full body massage for me! I also had the Bastien Gonzalez Pedicure which was a great intensive pedi (but no polish).The reason I was there was basically to top up my tan so naturally the pool area was very important to me. It was super quiet, clean and didn’t feel even a little crowded which is great if you just want to relax! However, if you want to glam up your day there is also a Moet & Chandon Pool (Pool by Moet) at the hotel, where you can sip champagne whilst relaxing on a sun bed.
Since I don’t like to stay in a hotel for too long we did check out the Puro Beach club, Malaga, which is a short walk along the beach and I’d highly recommend doing so. We spent a lovely day there, it wasn’t too party-ish on the day we went and there was a really great vibe. It isn’t too expensive for a beach club and far less intimidating and more chilled than most beach clubs. We also booked another full body massage (massively spoilt!), drank cocktails and had the most amazing sushi for lunch! I actually think this was my favourite day, the pool is beautiful as it everything else.

The beach club is in Laguna Village which is also a great place for lunch/dinner if you don’t want to eat at the hotel but also just want a short walk.




Most of the nights, Jess and I had dinner at the restaurants and the food is great, there isn’t a huge selection but we tried two of the restaurants. We had an amazing steak and beautiful wine at Alminar Wine & Steak House but my favourite was probably La Cabana Del Mar, we got to eat by the sea and the food was amazing! We really wanted to explore the town of Estepona so headed in at dusk for a little walk and some paella for dinner. We did walk but it’s a long walk. I’d recommend opting for a cab which is what we done on the way home as it’s under 10 Euros and a really short drive. It’s a really traditionally Spanish town, with friendly locals, adorable roads and delicious food. We had dinner there in a local restaurant and the paella was exactly what I wanted!
Overall, it was the perfect mini break and I’d highly recommend it if you don’t want to go too far and just want to relax in a beautiful hotel.

A huge thanks to Kempinski Bahia for having us and for spoiling us over the four days!

Check out the Kempinski Bahia website here and the Puro Beach Club here it’s the perfect getaway if you still don’t have summer plans.


I’ve been back from Madeira almost two weeks now and I’m already missing it.

It was my fifth time there, as Michael has family on the island but I think I was starting to take it for granted;  however this time round I explored it with new eyes and fell in love all over again. I’ll do an in-depth guide soon but for now, I want to share my lovely afternoon at the Reid’s Palace for afternoon tea.

Michael had been paragliding in the early afternoon and after getting a little sunburnt watching him, we headed across the island to Funchal. I’d spotted Reid’s Palace before as it’s a beautiful pink building and seeing as I love an afternoon tea, it was the perfect opportunity to visit.

Reid’s Palace is so unlike most of the other hotels on the island, it has quite a British feel so it, which I actually love, especially as it’s very much a luxury hotel. Back to the afternoon tea. Although I love afternoon tea, this was actually Michael’s first and it was a spectacular first. Afternoon tea is served on the most beautiful terrace, with an amazing sea view- unlike any other afternoon tea I have ever experienced. The tea list was extensive – which was convenient as Michael hates tea- I’ll admit he added a stupid amount of sugar but actually enjoyed the tea (or at least the sugar.)

The standard afternoon tea comes with (as you would expect) delicious sandwiches, scones and cakes, all sourced locally. It was the perfect amount of luxury: a good classic afternoon tea, in a beautiful location but nothing too showy.

The waiters were all very friendly and we may have taken them up on their offer to refill a few of the sandwiches and scones – they were just that good!
Probably one of my favourite afternoon teas ever; the setting really made it a wonderful experience.
After an hour of enjoying the view and the delicious food, we were lucky enough to be given a tour of the hotel. My favourite part was the hall which housed all the photos and history of the hotel – I didn’t photograph it but it you ever visit, I would highly recommend spending half-an-hour exploring. It was amazing to see all the iconic figures that have stayed at the hotel over the years and how the hotel has developed- the hotel is 125 years old and with the incredible history to prove it.

We explored the suites, inspired by both England and Portugal, the outdoor area, the spa and the sea area, where visitors use to dock when visiting the hotel when it first opened. If you’re ever in Madeira I can’t recommend Reid’s Palace enough; I haven’t stayed the night but I would imagine it’s a dream. If it’s a little out of your price range then I would recommend at least popping in for afternoon tea. It’s pretty affordable, especially compared to London prices.

I’ll be back soon for another serving of tea.

ps. If you are visiting in the summer months, remember men have to wear long trousers for the afternoon tea, Michael went wearing smart shorts and had to return to the car where he luckily had a pair of trousers or the hotel would have had to lend him a pair.




I’ll admit that I’m not really a huge fan of monthly beauty boxes: they get a little repetitive and not that exciting, but I was so impressed when the new Spring Tili Beauty Box by QVC came in! Since it is only seasonal, it seems to be a little more substantial with some great QVC brands, which I don’t regularly see in other beauty boxes.

Available online at QVCUK.com, this beauty box includes some of my favourite cult brands in very generous travel sizes. For £20 you get a carefully curated edit of skincare, makeup, nails, haircare, bath & body products which makes this box a must-have if you will be travelling at all this spring/summer.

Let’s delve deeper into the box….

Exclusive to QVC, there is the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer 75ml in Coconut Breeze: a pre-shampoo treatment that super conditions hair whilst adding shine & bounce. This Coconut Breeze edition is an exotic coconut scent which really remind me of holiday and which I’ll be packing on my next beach adventure.

There are two makeup offerings: the Mally Shadow Stick in Smoky Quartz and Dolly 10 Lip Velvet in Material Girl. Both brands are available on QVC but I actually haven’t ever tried anything from Dolly 10 before. I always get excited to try new brands and am really impressed by the Lip Velvet; I love the nudey colour, it has a mousse-like texture, which leaves the lips matte but still comfortable and not too harsh. I’ve tried a few things from Mally before and always been very impressed, this Shadow Stick is no different and it has already made it into my makeup bag.

If skincare is more your thing then this box won’t disappoint as there are some must-have cult classics. There is a 15ml Pixi Glow Tonic; an exfoliating toner that helps perfect skin tone and texture as well as the This Works In Transit Camera Close Up – one of my favourite multi-purpose products: it’s a mask, moisturizer and primer all-in-one. Finally for skincare, there is a small Decleor Smoothing Oil Serum in Mandarin – which is a super serum that draws on Mandarin Essential Oil’s abilities to protect cells from Radical Damage; cleanses and detoxifies – as well as the Elemis Gentle Foaming Facial Wash to remove pollutants and impurities from the skin whilst maintaining the skins natural oils.

Everyone always needs bath and shower gels and there are two offerings in this box: a 50ml Molton Brown one and an Australian Body Care Tea Tree Oil Skin Wash.

To add a final splash of colour to your spring, there is the much-loved Essie Mint Candy Apple, the perfect crème mint shade.

Overall, I think this is an impressive box for any beauty junkie and I wasn’t disappointed in a single product – which has gotten particularly rare in beauty boxes. Since receiving this box, I have found myself reaching for its contents on a daily basis.

The Tili Beauty box by QVC is available here

*This is a sponsored post.

The weather in London has suddenly gotten a lot colder, it was -1 this morning, far colder than I’d like and far colder than my skin would like. The change of season and the cold always send my skin into a mini panic but I have been replying on three products to get me through.
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For days when I want something that will remove my makeup and not irritate my skin further, I have been relying on Olay 2-in-1 Hydration Balancing and Purifying Cleansing Refreshing Facewash. It’s not the fanciest, most luxurious cleanser but it’s a great one to have on hand for days when you need a no-fuss cleanser that won’t dry out the skin. I love the smell of this cleanser, it’s weirdly comforting and it’s the perfect affordable cleanser for any of you double cleansers.

Totally different end of the price spectrum but I have been using the Le Metier de Beaute Ultimate Hydrator. Quick disclaimer, it is expensive. I was sent this and there is no way I could afford this product but it is good and I have been using it every single day for the last three weeks. It’s a great booster over moisturiser to ensure skin is well hydrated, I’ve been using it morning and night and am starting to see a real improvement.
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But my saving grace has truly been the Trilogy Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil, it’s one of my all time favourite oils and it always saves the day (or my skin). I’ve been reaching for it both morning and night, I’m more generous with it in the evening and use it sparingly during the day but my skin seems to love it and nothing hydrates my skin more. If you’re struggling with dry/dehydrate skin than I can’t recommend this oil more, it really helps keep my skin balanced and affordable.

What are your favourite autumn/winter skincare additions?