So July is well underway and so is holiday season which only means one thing; BEACH TIME!

I, for one, loooooove the beach. I love getting a tan and relaxing in the sun with an ice cold cocktail and forgetting about the world for a bit. For most, it’s also time to show off your amazing beachwear and coverups that you’ve been saving for such an occasion (please tell me I’m not the only one who has a garden bikini and beach bikinis?). So this post is going to be all about what you’ll find in my beach bag, that I absolutely will not consider going out with, if I’m off to the beach for a day of sun and fun.

First and foremost; suncream. I will admit, I’m not one to wear suncream on my body, but I do wear it on certain areas that are more prone to burning or damage. I have a lot of tattoos on my body, and since they’re black, they retain heat which can end up being quite painful, plus, the sun actually bleaches tattoos and makes them fade faster. My face is also a problem area. I have quite sensitive skin so if I don’t wear protection, I burn rather badly which results in unsightly peeling. My favourite suncream this summer season is Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration in Factor 50 – I don’t mess about!

Next, we have sunglasses. I end up taking two pairs out with me. I have a prescription pair as I am a glasses wearer, but I also have a more glam pair that I much prefer to wear. When I’m lying down and sunbathing, I wear sunglasses – I know what you’re thinking, panda eyes!, but I don’t worry about those, primarily because of the high factor on my face, and secondly because they’re easily fixable with makeup should they appear. So, when I’m on the beach in my best bikini, I also wear my best sunglasses. I managed to snatch up a gorgeous pink and gold pair in a 60’s style from a local market and they’ll definitely be in my beach bag.

For a bit of entertainment, I always take out my kindle and a set of headphones. I love reading, but I have trouble getting into a comfortable position on a sun lounger to read, I find the only way I’m truly comfortable is to lie on my front which means no tanning time for the tummy. My easy fix for that is to buy audiobooks. They’re a fantastic alternative and taking a kindle or any other tablet is much lighter than hauling around a book or three. Often, I find hours passing without my notice when I’m listening to my audiobooks. They’re soothing and you can still listen to all your favourite titles.

Finally, though it may seem obvious, flip flops. Personally, as much as I love a day at the beach, I don’t like taking the beach home with me in my shoes. Wearing flip flops is so much easier because you can kick them off and slip them on quickly, they protect your feet from the hot sand when walking around and you can shake the sand off them completely at the end of the day before you leave.

So here’s a quick recap for you:


So next time the weather is positively beachy, get your best swimwear out and pack your essentials and get down there. You can find a great selection of swimwear over at Adore Me who also have a range of plus size options if you haven’t already got your beach gear yet!

Sparkle On! – Ellie .xx

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#MOTD & #OOTD- Out For Lunch!

Hi there!

So today I went out to lunch with my mum and one of our long time family friends and since the weather was so dull, I decided to brighten things up a bit with a pop of colour and a sprinkle of glitter.

After doing the festival look on Tuesday and falling in love with the ombre lip, I decided to try it out and wear it about today. So I went for a bright, candy pink lipstick and used white cream makeup to form the ombre. The colour went great with my outfit which was made up of pastel colours and whites!

The sprinkle of glitter came in on my eyeliner. I went through my makeup bag and found some black glitter eyeliner that I think I got in a set for Christmas or a birthday. It’s not a named brand but the quality is brilliant.

For my outfit, I kept it relatively simple. I wore a lemon blouse from Primark and some white dungarees from H&M. To finish off my colourful look, I wore pastel coloured Kickers that you can see pictured above. They’re brand new and so cute! I’ll leave a link down below if you want to check them out.

So here’s my message for the day; don’t let the weather dictate what colours you can wear! If it’s dreary, don’t stick to dark colours, brighten your day and maybe someone else’s with a pop of colour either on your eyes or lips.

Sparkle on! – Ellie .xx

All my makeup products are listed below:

Barry M Flawless Original Primer
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in Shade 03
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light-Warm
Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit
The Colour Experts Blush Palette in Pink Moods
Primark Take a Brow Kit
Matalan G Eyeshadow in 3008
Technic Electric Beauty Eyeshadow Palette
Maybelline master precise Liquid Eyeliner
Matalan G Black Glitter Liquid Eyeliner
MUA Intense Colour Eyeliner in Snow White
Lacura Beauty Doll Eyes Mascara
Maybelline Lipstick in 902
Barry M Shimmering Body Creme

Pastel Bow Brogue Kickers