Lifestyle // My Beauty PR Summer Internship Experience + Tips

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                                                                                                             Hey lovelies,
It's been ages since I last sat down and wrote a proper post. Over the summer I interned for PR agency CCD PR in Soho, London. I can honestly say I by far had one of the best summers EVER!! They specialise in natural beauty, health, fitness, food and drink. I interned for the beauty team alongside my two colleagues Amber and Amanda, who were incredible to work with. I just wanted to write this post as firstly a way of looking backing on a really great experience and also a bit of a look into what I got up to during my internship, for anyone who might be considering an internship or specifically a Beauty PR one.

How did you get your internship?
I was coming to the end of my second year at university and knew that I really wanted to gain some form of experience in PR, considering next summer I should *hopefully* be in a real adult job after completing my third and final year of university. I finished my second year of university last May and started looking around for internships at the start of that month. I managed to come across an ad on Indeed for a beauty intern at CCD PR, I then sent over an email with my CV and had an interview with the beauty director and a colleague the following week. 

I was only meant to be interning for two weeks but was kindly asked if I'd like to stay on until I started university again in September.

Was your internship paid or unpaid?
Mine was a travel expenses paid internship, which was great because London travel really adds up. The majority of the internships that I came across were either travel expenses paid or a weekly pay. There has been a lot of talk for quite some time now on banning unpaid internships that last over a month, which I highly agree with. Some people may be able to afford to intern without getting some form of pay, but for a lot of people and myself especially, If I wasn't able to get my travel paid for then I definitely wouldn't have been able to intern for as long as I did. 

What did a typical week look like?
Every week was so exciting, I can genuinely say there wasn't a single day where I was bored. Each morning would start off with checking to see if any of the beauty team clients had any coverage for the day in different publications. Then other day to day tasks could vary from writing blog posts for clients, sending out samples to bloggers and journalists, picking up supplies, updating the Instagram, writing communications, liaising with bloggers and so much more. It was so nice to be in Central London too, I really made the most of the beautiful summer evenings after work and met up with friends I hadn't seen for months and also finally got to meet up with the lovely Roxii after literally speaking for years. 

What did you wear?
The dress code in the office was really chilled. So I mostly chose to wear skirts and dresses because it was absolutely scorching HOT. I really felt like I was channeling my inner Carrie Bradshaw. There was a really big mirror as soon as you stepped into the building and every morning, I was no stranger to taking a selfie or 10...

Do you have any tips on how to land an internship?
I would firstly say that the best sites I would recommend for finding internships would be Indeed, Internwise, Brighter Box and Fashion Workie, along with searching on Twitter or brands websites. New internships are advertised daily, so just keep on the lookout. It's also such a good idea to link to any of your personal work that your chosen internship might enjoy having a read of. When I applied for my internship I mentioned my blog when I applied and went for my interview. It was great to talk about my blog and how I thought it could benefit me in my internship role.

I had such a wonderful time interning and I am so thankful to everyone at CCD PR for making my internship so enjoyable and for all the giggles!



Lifestyle // Winter Night In - Essentials*

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Hey lovelies,
Well, my favourite season is finally upon us. There is nothing I love more than the lead up to Christmas and all the cosy little nights in. I wanted to write this post and give you guys some recommendations and inspiration if any of you are stuck on what to do for nights in.

- Netflix 
I think I have near enough watched everything on Netflix, no joke. I just finished watching season 2 of Stranger Things the other week and am living for the weekly episodes of Riverdale (highly recommend) recently I have loved getting super cosy up in my room when my sister or boyfriend have been over, with a warm hot chocolate in one hand and my 10th snack of the day in the other (LOL, I wish I could say I was kidding) along with the super cool multicoloured lamp gifted by my bae and some speakers to make the experience even better. If you too want to make your Netflix binge watching experience even better, than I recommend checking out some of the Panasonic Wireless Speakers* to help with just that.

- Meal 
I have really fallen back in love with cooking over the past few weeks after moving back to uni. After getting together with my boyfriend over the summer and him probably thinking that my diet really does only consist of chicken nuggets (partly true) and no cooking, it's been nice showing him what I can actually whip up in the kitchen. One meal that we have both recently been obsessed with is our own take on Nando's chicken thighs, peri salted chips and garlic bread. It's a cheaper alternative and taste even better knowing that we made it.

-  Christmas Prep 
Did I already say how freakin' excited I am for Christmas?? sorry to mention the fact that I actually have a BOYFRIEND again.. (another human actually thinks I'm beautiful and wants to spend his time with me shock...) but his birthday is a few days before Christmas, so I have been having the time of my life sorting out what to get him for both occasions.. He is in for a real treat! with it being so cold outside, it's nice to just be inside and start planning for Christmas! 

How do you like to spend your Winter nights in?



Summer Wardrobe Tips for UK Men*

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The other day I was thinking about how tricky it is to put together the right summer wardrobe. When you live in the UK, you are never sure what the weather is going to do. As a result, you really need to be ready for pretty much everything. There is plenty of advice about how to put together a versatile and smart summer wardrobe for women, but not much advice on this subject for men. So,today, I have decided to feel the gap and come up with a few summer wardrobe tips that you can share with the men, and boys, in your life.

Capsule swim shorts 
For warmer days, a pair of capsule swim shorts, like the ones you can buy here, is perfect. The fact they are made from lightweight fabric means that they can easily be slipped on under a pair of jeans or joggers. When the morning has warmed up, the jeans or trousers can be removed to reveal the shorts underneath. Plus, of course, these shorts make great swimwearIn fact, if you are planning a holiday it is well worth getting your man, or boysto pack a couple of pairs of capsule swim shorts. Best of all, these versatile shorts do not take up much space in the case.

This year, chinos are very much back in style. They look good on practically any man. Now that you can buy them in a range of colours and cuts it is easy to find a style that works for practically every age group. A pair of classic five-pocket chinos is a particularly good addition to a man´s summer wardrobe. They are smart enough to be worn with a jacket for a meal in a nice a restaurant, but can just as easily be worn with a t-shirt as an alternative to jeans. The other nice thing about chinos is that they are traditionally made from 100% cotton, which allows the skin to breathe naturally. Something wearers really appreciate on the days the sun pops out from behind the clouds.

Polo shirts
Polo shirts are also traditionally made from cotton. The fact that the fabric is loose weave makes them especially comfortable to wear when it is hot. This year, men´s fashion designers have had a bit of fun with this classic. There are some really great polo shirts available, so there is no need to just wear a boring plain one. 

Long sleeved shirts
Given the fact that the UK weather is so changeable it really is wise to have a couple of long-sleeved garments on hand. A good quality denim shirt can easily be slipped on over a t-shirt and worn as an alternative to a jacket, which is great on a day whenthe weather is variable. There are plenty of nice-looking and affordable men´s denim shirts available in UK shops, right now.

hat or baseball cap
It is also worth wearing a hat. On a hot day, it keeps the sun off of the head, and if, (or should I say when)it rains stops the wearer´s hair from getting wet.

Where to get more ideas
If you have enjoyed this post, and are looking for men´s fashion tips to help your man to look as good as possible, try this article. It is all about putting together a stylish minimalist wardrobe for a man. Interestingly, a lot of the tips in the article apply equally to both sexes, so it is well worth browsing through.


Beauty // My Top 5 Spring Beauty Essentials

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Hey Lovelies, so we're officially in Spring here in the UK, the weather has actually been suprisngly quite nice and warm over the past few days (with a few rainy days of course). I feel like I've kind of perfected a good skincare and go-to makeup routine recently to go with the lovely weather. I wanted to share my current top 5 beauty essentials with you!                                                               

       NYX: Ulitmate Shadow Brights Palette -
NYX has fast become one of my favourite makeup brands. They just always seem to get it so right time and time again. It all started when I became obsessed with their lip lingerie liquid lipstick line and from then I just knew that they were a brand I'd keep purchasing from. This year I seem to have rekindled my love for eyeshadow and of course that meant having to purchase new eyeshadows to celebrate.

 I already own the warm neturals palette by NYX and I am so impressed with the way it applies and the lasting power, so I knew that I'd most likely have the same thoughts towards this one too. I am pleased to of course confirm this and am actually quite surprised at how often I reach for it. The colours are so vibrant, gorgeous and blend perfectly. It's actually easier than I first expected to be able to create not just night out makeup but everyday looks to.

Lypsyl: Lip Balms*-
I was kindly sent over some Lypsyl lip balms and have been testing them out over the past few weeks. I was sent a variety of the most gorgeous flavours, with my favourite being coconut and almond. The balms are all enriched with SPF15 and vitamin E and always leave my lips feeling really hydrated. This is the time of year where I have to pay close attention to my skin as if I don't treat it well, it'll get dry easily.

I wear so many liquid and matte lipsticks and they can really dry my lips out, which I know many others experience to. My top tip is always to apply a bit of lip balm underneath then go in with your lipstick as a hydrating lip balm like these ones prevent that from happening. They are such a small little product that is super easy to carry around.

KIKO: Hydra Pro Glow -
I feel like it took me forever to find a moisturiser that my skin actually agreed with. So many brands claim that their moisturisers are good for every skin type when in fact I feel like that's rarely ever true. I would say I have combination skin, it can be very dry and then around my nose and sometimes eyelids can be oily.

For the past few months I have been combining a mix of Niveas 'Rich Nourshing Body Lotion' in 'dry to very dry skin' and this KIKO Hydra Pro Glow. I felt that personally this was too drying to just use by itself but when combined with my Nivea lotion, it's the perfect mix. My skin always feels so smooth and my face always has such a radiant little glow to it.

The Body Shop: Lightening Touch -
I have a post coming up soon on The Body Shop, I am honestly so impressed with a number of their products, including the Lightening Touch. I've never really been one for concealer or felt like I needed it. A few months back I found myself browing in The Body Shop, they had a current 3 for 2 offer on and as I'd never used their makeup before, I thought I'd test out products that I wouldn't usually go for, with one being the Lightening Touch.

I can't believe that I haven't had it in my life for longer. It's amazing at brightening under my eyes and giving my appearance a little pop on days when I feel like my skin looks pretty dull. A little by far goes along way which is what we all love to hear!

Lottie London: Lip Kit -
I really would like to test out a Kylie Jenner lip kit but if I am being honest, I'm just not here for the shipping prices and poential custom charge (Sorry KJ). So have been looking for cheaper alternatives. I've been into Topshop a few times and have seen that they've brought out their own range of lip kits which is really cool and I've seen Barry M and Revolutions ones in Superdrug. While I was also there the other week (just browsing as you do) I came across Lottie London's range, I much prefered there's as I felt like they had a better variety of shades for darker skin.

I decided to go for shade 'Slay All Day' which is a kind of 'your lips but better' brown shade. It's not too drying which I was really quite pleased with and I've been combining it with my brown 'Teddy' shade from NYX to create a nice brown ombre on my lips. Lottie London is a brand that I've always seen in Superdrug but never purchased from, I am so pleased that I decided to take a chance on this lip kit as it's definitely made me want to try out other products of theirs.

Have you tried any of these products? what is currently your go-to spring beauty essential?


Beauty // Review: NYX Liquid Suede

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Hey lovelies, Happy February! I am finally back with a new post. Life has been so busy recently with uni, work and actually having a social life.. shoutout to my friends for being friends with me! I can't lie, I've gone a bit splurge crazy recently, as if I don't have rent and a kitten to feed. So expect lots of beauty content over the next few weeks! I also just got a new lens for my camera which is the Canon 50mm f/1.8. It's taken a while to get used to but I think my attempt in this post is quite good. I've also been posting like crazy over on Instagram - come have a look? I'm @vanzthemachine.

NYX Liquid Suede - Boots £6.50

NYX has fast become one of my favourite high street makeup brands. The quality really is amazing for such cheap prices. I've previously reviewed their soft matte lip creams here and their lip lingerie lippies here. I am such a big fan of their lip lingerie line that I didn't think I'd find myself liking any of their other lipstick ranges just as much, but I've really fallen for their suede collection. There's such a big variety of colours in the range and perfect for every skin tone. Another thing I really like about the range is that a lot of the colours are quite vibrant from what you'd usually find. There are 24 different shades to choose from.

Out of the range I have four different shades which are Stone Fox, Brooklyn Thorn, Oh, Put It On and Vintage. Stone Fox is a deep grey with a blue undertone. I actually got it back in October for Halloween as I was dressed up as a zombie bunny (some would say otherwise, LOL) and I wanted a colour on my lips that would really stand out. It's such a unique colour and I really wish I had the confidence to wear it with more casual everyday outfits. I've already talked about Brooklyn Thorn in my previous post, as it was a work secret santa gift from my lovely gurl Morgan! it's a shade that I always find myself reaching for no matter the occasion. It's a browny colour with a bit of a purple undertone or if I pair it with a pink lip liner, it's more of a mink colour. 

On a recent trip to boots I picked up both Oh, Put It On and Vintage. Oh, Put It On is a really deep purple, it almost looks black in my swatch. I want to come out of my comfort zone a bit more with lipstick, so I am super excited to start wearing it. Finally, Vintage is a bit of pink, red and mauve all rolled into one. In store I didn't swatch it but thought it would be a typical red, but was really pleased as it was a lot different to how I expected, it's more lighter than I thought. It's such a gorgeous shade. Vintage and Brooklyn Thorn have to be my two favourites.

These are like your typical liquid lipsticks, liquidy upon applying then a nice matte finish. The lasting power is incredible and I find that I barely have to reapply even if I've had something to eat or drink. I still feel like NYX is really underrated in the UK, when their products are ones that people should be raving highly about. If you can, definitely get your hands on a shade or two.. I promise you won't regret it!

Have you tried any of the shades from the suede range or any other NYX products?