On 8th February 2015, I published my first ever blog post. I’m surprised I’m still here typing away, actually. I thought I’d of given up a long time ago and whilst I’ve had a few long breaks throughout due to life stresses or writer’s block, I’ve always come back and realised how much I enjoy doing this. But best of all, whenever I go on these breaks, you all still stick around. I never lose one follower and I know it’s not all about the numbers, but I appreciate it so much. It’s so nice to know people actually want to read what I write, so thank you!

This past year, I’ve had some fab opportunities come my way. I’ve worked with some fabulous brands, my favourite being NYX & Debenhams for this post. It was my first major ‘blogger mail’ and I was so over the moon when the email landed in my inbox. I don’t do this for the freebies and I have no intention of making this my career (although if the opportunity arose, I would definitely consider it! But that’s way off yet.) but receiving that parcel made me realise how far I’ve come. I even got invited to my first blogger event in Feb of last year. Unfortunately, I couldn’t go due to work but it looked amazing.

Blogging nowadays is such a huge thing. I can’t believe how much it’s helped me. My confidence has grown, it’s enabled me to improve on so many skills and it’s become an important addition on my CV (if you haven’t added your blog to yours yet, I definitely recommend it!). Whenever I go for interviews, I always get comments on how great my blog is and that just makes me so happy, especially as they’ve taken the time to have a little read before interviewing me!

This year, I hope to get to attend some blogger events and I’d love to make some blogger friends too. (If you live in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk etc. say hello in the comments? 🙈)

OK, I’m rambling on a bit now. Let’s get to the fun part.. to say thank you, I’m holding a little giveaway for one of you to win all of this:

  • Glossier Cloud Paint Duo in Beam (my fave!) & Dusk.
  • Makeup Revolution Dazzling Lights Collection containing some gorgeous highlighters – Skin Kiss in Champagne and 3 mini liquid highlighters in Mermaid’s Scales, Dragon’s Blood & Pixie Dust.
  • NYX Pore Filler & Shine Killer.
  • NYX Liquid Suede in Downtown Beauty.
  • NYX Lip Lingerie in Exotic.
  • Benefit They’re Real Double The Lip in Lusty Rose.
  • … and I may even throw in a little surprise!

Enter here (please read the terms and conditions below too!): 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and Conditions:

This giveaway will end on 8th March 2018 at 23.59pm. UK entrants only. One winner will be drawn at random and I will contact the winner using the email address provided by 10th March. The winner will have 14 days to respond, if the winner does not respond within this time, another winner will be chosen. There are three mandatory entries which must be completed, if you do not complete these, your entries will not be counted. If you’re under 16, please ask for your parent/guardians permission before entering. Best of luck!

Laura xo

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The Must Have Scents For Summer.

When I was a teenager, So…? Fragrances were the go to brand for scents. I remember being obsessed with the Kiss Me body spray. Anyone else? I feel like every girl probably was at some point. Fast forward 10 or so years (omg, I’m old), So…? have made a bit of a comeback with their lovely range of Body Mists that come in various, gorgeous fragrances that have quickly become my go to scents this summer.

Over the past couple of months, my Instagram feed has been jam packed with stunning flat lays featuring these mists. The first thing that caught my eye was the pretty, fun, summery packaging and eventually, I couldn’t resist so I ended up heading to Superdrug to pick a few up. I currently have 4 scents –

White Petals – My absolute favourite, I adore floral scents. This mist contains delicate notes of bergamot, freesia and water lily. It’s pretty dreamy!

Vanilla Milkshake – I find this the perfect summer scent! It smells exactly like Vanilla milk shake, yummy! It features notes of sweet vanilla and a mix of peach and plum.

Floriental – Again, I love my floral scents so this was a must have. This mist features a fruity mix of pear, apple and mandarin and also, freesia and violet.

Fruity – A gorgeous fresh scent featuring zingy notes of mandarin and a blend of peachy notes.

What I love most about these is how handy they are. You can pop one in your handbag for touch ups throughout the day to make sure you continue to smell gorgeous or if you’re headed to a festival soon they’re the perfect fragrances to pack and therefore you won’t have to worry about losing your favourite, expensive perfume! These body mists are available in 14 different scents and they are currently half price at Boots. Buy here.

Have you tried these body mists?

Laura x
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Janina Ultra White Teeth Whitening Range

When I was 18, I finally got braces after years of hating my smile, covering my mouth in every single photo and generally so self-conscious of how I looked. When they came off two years later, I was finally a confident smiler. Now more than ever, I take pride in the appearance of my teeth and try to take the best care of them. When I was asked to review the Janina Ultra White Teeth Whitening Range for National Smile Month (15th May-15th June), I couldn’t say no. Read on to find out how I got on!

The Janina Ultra White Teeth Whitening Range consists of 8 products and I was sent the Sensitive Toothpaste and Maxiwhite Whitening Strips to try. The range has a unique, clinically proven low-abrasive formula thanks to being free from hydrogen peroxide and contains the Whitening Patented Bromaine Complex, a combination of natural fruit enzymes such as pineapple and papaya providing us with the safest option for whiter teeth.

Janina Ultra White Sensitive Toothpaste* |
I’ve been using this twice daily since I received it and the difference it has made to my teeth is astonishing. I don’t think I’ll ever use another toothpaste again! It may be a little bit more expensive than my usual toothpaste but it’s worth it. Janina suggest using this twice daily for 3 minutes and for the best results avoid using mouthwash or water to rinse afterwards as this will allow the formulation to work even longer. I found this quite difficult at first as I’ve been using mouthwash religiously since the day I got my braces on 7 years ago but I’m now used to it! I have very sensitive teeth and I’ve also noticed it has reduced significantly since using this toothpaste.

Janina Maxiwhite Whitening Strips* |
I was so excited to use these as I’ve been wanting to try similar products for ages (such as the Crest 3D Whitening Strips). This is a 7-day system, to be used twice a day. However, I opted to use them over 14 days, once a day as this fitted in better with my routine. Each packet contains a mint-flavoured strip for the upper and lower teeth to be used on dry teeth for 30 minutes after brushing. I found the lower strip more of a pain to work with, it would constantly slip around and take a while to stick, whereas I never had any problems with the upper strip. Upon removal, it would leave a tacky film on the teeth which was the only downside to these strips, I couldn’t stand the feeling. However, a quick brush or rinse soon removed the gel to reveal a whiter smile. I wouldn’t say the results are amazing but my teeth are definitely a lot less yellow and brighter.

You can buy these products and the rest of the Ultra White Range here at Boots. I’m tempted to try the Whitening Trays next!

What are your favourite teeth whitening products?

Laura x
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*This post contains products sent to me for review purposes. All views are my own.

7 More Instagrams To Follow.

A few months ago, I shared 7 Instagram accounts that you should follow in 2017, you can read that here. Well, fast forward a few months, I thought I would share 7 more beautiful feeds that I consider to be some of my favourites. Some are new discoveries and some I’ve been following for a while and you may follow them already but if you don’t, what are you waiting for? Click that follow button, asap.

7 More Instagrams To Follow.

Francisca | FranciscaMayyy 

Francisca’s account is absolute goals! So so beautiful. I’ve not been following her for long and I don’t know why it took me so long to find her feed. Her feed has become one of my favourites very quickly and every image is just so beautifully shot. I just love those pink hues! I wish I could achieve something so beautiful as Francisca’s feed. Mine looks so dull in comparison!

7 More Instagrams To Follow.

Laura | LauraMillsMakeup

Another beautiful feed from makeup artist and fellow beauty blogger Laura… Not only does she have a fabulous name (ha!) but her feed is absolutely delightful. You might see a theme developing here.. Laura’s feed also has a gorgeous pink tone to it and I must admit these kind of feeds draw me in. What can I say? Pink is my favourite colour after all 🙂

7 More Instagrams To Follow.

Leanne | lpbeautyblog

Leanne’s blog is one of my favourites for detailed reviews on everything from makeup to skincare but her Instagram is also one of my favourites! I love how simple her theme is with just the products, marble/fluffy backgrounds and a few props featured.. nothing too fancy but still just as lovely, unique and they stand out remarkably, so you’ll always know a photo Leanne took which is something I try to aim for with mine (still trying!) and I think everyone else should too. It’s good to have photos that stand out from the rest and are easily recognisable. 🙌

7 More Instagrams To Follow.

Lynnsay | Sartorialscot

I’ve not long been following Lynnsay but her feed has quickly become a favourite! She posts everything from beauty to her gorgeous outfits to her amazing breakfasts in bed (which always makes me overly jealous). Another thing that makes me insanely jealous is her incredible wardrobe! This girl has got style and has made my clothing wish list even longer since I started following her!

7 More Instagrams To Follow.

Sally | sallyokelly

I have loved Sally’s blog for ages now and her Instagram too! I love how colourful her feed and photos are. Her flatlays aren’t your ‘typical’ blogger flatlay, they are so much more vibrant and just down right pretty. I also love her outfit photos and of course, ones of her adorable pup, Elsie. Again, her photo’s stand out from the rest. 👏

7 More Instagrams To Follow.

Jodie | jodiemelissaxo

Another favourite blog of mine is Jodie’s and of course, I love her Instagram too! Her feed is bloody beautiful and I get a lot of inspiration from it as I’m sure many others do too. Her photography is always on point. 👌  She’s definitely one to follow if you’re not already.

7 More Instagrams To Follow.

Caitlin | tt_mirror 

Back on the pink hues theme with Caitlin’s feed which I adore! Her photography is amazing and again, very unique and so aesthetically pleasing thanks to all her rose gold items like those amazing Eiffel Tower scissors 😍  Since discovering Caitlin’s feed, my beauty wishlist has grown and my bank account won’t too pleased about it soon enough..

Make sure to check out my previous post from January, 7 Instagram Accounts To Follow in 2017, for more dreamy feeds that I’m smitten with!

Which feeds are your favourites? I’m always looking for more to follow! If you want you can follow me here, but I can’t guarantee a feed as beautiful as the ones featured!

Laura x
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Competition: Win Two Tickets to Grand Designs Live!

Win Free Tickets to Grand Designs Live, CLC World Resorts

Are you a budding interior designer? Or just love all things home related like myself? Perhaps, maybe, you’re just a huge fan of the show, Grand Designs? Well, I’ve got just the competition for you today! I’ve partnered up with CLC World, a travel and holiday company to give one lucky reader and a friend two tickets to attend Grand Designs Live between the 29th April – 7th May at the ExCeL in London.

So what is Grand Designs Live? It’s based on the hugely popular Channel 4 TV Series and it features over 500 exhibitors in six different sections based on different parts of the home. It is set to be a great event and definitely one for all home interior lovers.

If you want to be in with the chance of winning these tickets, all you need to do is leave a comment below telling me why you’d love to win tickets to Grand Designs Live! Please also leave your Twitter handle or email (whichever you prefer) so I can contact you easily and quickly if you are chosen as the lucky winner. The competition ends on Monday, 17th April at 23.59pm.

If you’d like to find out more about CLC World, why not check out their Facebook page here.

  • Competition details form part of these terms and conditions.
  • Entry is open to residents of the UK except employees (and their families) of CLC World, its printers and agents, the suppliers of the prizes and any other companies associated with the competitions.
  • The entrant(s) must be aged 18 or over. Proof of identity and age may be required.
  • Use of a false name or address will result in disqualification.
  • The competition opens at 10.00 on the 10th April and ends at 23.59 on the 17th April. Entries that are incomplete, illegible, indecipherable, duplicated or which contain profanity will not be valid and deemed void.
  • To enter, applicants must state why they’d like to attend Grand Designs Live in London, by commenting on the competition post.
  • All entries must be made directly by the person entering the competition.
  • No responsibility can be accepted for entries lost, due to computer error in transit.
  • The prizes are as stated and comprises of two tickets for Grand Designs Live (valid between the 29th April – 7th May) to be awarded to one winner. The prize is not transferable to another individual and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.
  • Prizes are subject to availability and the prize suppliers’ terms and conditions.
  • Prizes will be posted to the winner within 48 hours of them providing their postage details.
  • The winner will be announced by myself on the 18th April.
  • Entrants must be prepared to be able to organise their own travel to Grand Designs Live on a date between the 29th April – 7th May , in the case that they are selected to win the competition.
  • The promoters reserve the right to amend or alter the terms of competitions at any time and reject entries from entrants not entering into the spirit of the competition.
  • In the event of a prize being unavailable, the promoter reserves the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.
  • The winner(s) agree(s) to the use of their name, photograph and disclosure of county of residence and will co-operate with any other reasonable requests by Blush and Bronze and/or CLC World, relating to any post-winning publicity.
  • Unless stated otherwise the winner(s) will be drawn at random from all correct entries received by the closing date stated within the promotional material (XX).
  • Reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winner(s). If the winner(s) cannot be reached within 24 hours of being notified of their win, or they are unable to comply with these terms and conditions, the Promoter reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant drawn at random, or in the event that the promotion is being judged, the Promoter reserves the right to offer the prize to the runner(s)-up selected by the same judges.
  • Confirmation of the prize will be made in writing/via online correspondence to the winner(s).
  • Failure to respond and/or provide an address for delivery, or failure to meet the eligibility requirements may result in forfeiture of the prize.
  • Where applicable, the decision of the judges is final based on the criteria set out in the promotion and no correspondence will be entered over this decision.
  • Competitions may be modified or withdrawn at any time

Good luck! xo

Laura x