I’ve been keeping a fairly sizeable secret under my hat, one that I have been working on for quite a few months and have had trouble quite believing it was really happening, but I can finally reveal that I have teamed up with Roccabox to create a one off beauty box.
In case you have yet to become familiarised with Roccabox, let me quickly break down the concept: yes it is a monthly subscription box, full of beauty products but what sets this aside is that each month Roccabox teams up with a social influencer and allows them to curate the contents. Past editions include Jessica Harris of Twenty6Style blog and Lauren from Sassy in the City, and I’m all but sure there will be more exciting collaborations to come.
So what is inside The Sunday Girl x Roccabox? I’m glad you asked!
As it is July, I wanted to pick products that would travel easily should you be jetting off somewhere in the coming weeks but I also wanted tried and true staples, that you would want to reach for time and time again. I also want to add that all five brands and products featured within the The Sunday Girl x Roccabox are cruelty free.
First up is Soap & Glory The Rushshower Scent-Sational Dry Shampoo – a non-brainer for me, it smells incredible (the original pink scent), refreshes the hair instantly making light work of oily roots and is compact enough to fit into even the smallest of bags.
Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil – It is no secret that I adore Burt’s Bees as a brand and one of my favourite products of theirs is the Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil. It is super gentle thanks to a blend of Coconut and Argan Oil and yet it removes even the most stubborn of mascara and heavy foundation.
Balance Me Congested Skin Serum – as someone with blemish prone skin, I swear by this light, silky and non-drying serum to gently encourage blemishes to heal a little quicker. I also like to use it all over my face when flying as I find it prevents my skin from breaking out due to stress or other factors.
Ellis Faas Concealer – it covers, it conceals, it brightens and it feels simply fantastic on the skin, every make-up bag needs an Ellis Faas Concealer – especially if sleep is nothing but a distant memory.
Evolve Organic Beauty Radiant Glow – I predict big things for Evolve Organic Beauty but if I could suggest one product to try it would be their Radiant Glow Mask: a blend of raw cacao powder and clay combine to gently refine and polish the skin for a healthy, soft-to-the-touch skin.
Lastly we have MOA The Green Balm – an apply all over (expect from the eyes) nourishing balm that heals, soothes and softens. I swear by it for dry, cracked lips and often mix a little with my favourite lipstick to create my own custom lip balm.
You can purchase The Sunday Girl x Roccabox via Roccabox for £10 (plus £3.95 p&p) via Roccabox – link.
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Who would’ve thought six months ago that I’d be changing up my Netflix obsession for something a little bit retro and a whole lot more informative? I resisted podcasts for the longest time, assuming they were some complex geeky thing that only people on the Big Bang Theory and my fiance listened to on his journey to work; I thought podcasts were all about Ted Talks and intellectual debates about the state of the economy, but boy I was wrong. It was actually Kirsty from Labels For Lunch who encouraged me to make the leap into this new world (she’s always updating me on her fave shows,) and I’m so glad she did – because I’m officially obsessed. Unsurprisingly the obsession started with Serial and the story of a man possibly wrongly convicted of the murder of his high school girlfriend; as someone who spends her life watching murder documentaries and reading bloody novels of suspense, it was the perfect introduction and the way to get me thoroughly immersed from the offset. I found myself listening the episode after episode while I worked out in the gym, actually looking forward to my next session so I could find out what happened next, and when the last episode came to a close I was onto the next: Someone Knows Something. After I binge-listened to the story of Sheryl Sheppard’s disappearance, I needed a new hit; it was like a drug that I couldn’t get enough of. I finally understood why everyone was going loopy for podcasts and was at the front of the queue for the next installment of something that was the audio equivalent of a page-turner.
Since I got my Hepburn MK II VQ radio podcasts have become such a huge part of my daily life, as it allows me to play them via Bluetooth as I work, take a bath, wash up or lie with my eyes closed on the bed. My fiance laughed at me for the first couple of weeks as I carried it around with me from room to room like it was my beatbox and I was living in the Bronx! But I was so fascinated with this infinite library of audio stories that provided a release from the online or television based world I was living, that I just couldn’t put it down. I’ve become so immersed in the world of podcasting that I even launched my own, Made Online, and have been thoroughly enjoying this new challenge and being part of a new digital world. If you’re intrigued but don’t know how to get started, let me break it down for you and share the secrets of podcasting… You won’t look back.
WHAT ACTUALLY *IS* A PODCAST?
Essentially they’re audio shows, all pinned together by a specific topic or through telling a story over a number of weeks. Most podcasts upload a new episode weekly, not unlike Netflix, so you can subscribe via the iTunes or Google Play store to get them direct to your phone as soon as they’re released. It sounds complicated, but it’s just an audio telly programme without the restrictions of a schedule!
HOW DO I LISTEN TO A PODCAST?
The easiest way is via your phone; both Apple and Android have their own podcast apps and stores, all of which are linked to the iTunes store (where most shows upload their content to.) You can search within the app for inspiration, what’s new or simply by key word – when you find something you like you can stream, download or subscribe to get the whole lot on your device to listen at your own convenience. Can’t figure it out? Most podcasts have a website where you can listen to the episodes too.
WHY ARE PODCASTS SO HOT RIGHT NOW?
They provide an easy and on-the-go approach to new information; you can binge on them while you’re on your commute, connect them to your car’s speaker system to listen as you drive, play them direct from your mobile, stream them via your computer or hook them up to a radio like the Hepburn. It’s a refreshing alternative to the repetitive radio! They’re also a great way to digest stories, inspiration or information – they cover everything from comedy and business, to parenting, mental health, celebrity culture, criminal justice and so much more.
WHAT’S YOUR PODCAST ABOUT?
I launched my own podcast about six weeks ago, simply called ‘Made Online’. It shares inspirational stories from those that have made their career, brand, business or life changing moment online – whether that’s being discovered, making connections, finding a skillset or launching a business. Right now there are five episodes (plus a teaser of my own story) from five amazing women who have used the internet to their own advantage; the feedback has been incredible and I can’t wait to share the next five in the series.
DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER FAVE PODCASTS?
So many! But a great starting place is Serial: it’ll really get you immersed and wanting to listen to the next episode straight away, which is why it’s probably the biggest and most well known out there. (It was the original ‘Making A Murderer’ if you enjoyed that concept.) The second season of Someone Knows Something still gets me thinking, while Reply All is a hilariously random show about all the facets of the internet that helps long journeys fly by. Hashtag Authentic is great for bloggers and creatives, while How I Built This provides inspiration and insight into business an brands. For something to make you giggle try This Paranormal Life: they cover everything from aliens and Big Foot to the Lost City Of Atlantis and whether the Loch Ness Monster was actually killed in the 1940s.
So there you have it – all you need to know about podcasting, so there’s no excuse not to start downloading and subscribing this weekend!
If you’re already a podcast addict, do you have any other shows you think I need to listen to?
Discover my podcast ‘Made Online’ in the iTunes store here, or listen on the website here. New episodes every Wednesday, straight to your phone if you subscribe!
You can get the Hepburn MK II VQ radio online in a multitude of colours for £129.99; it’s also available in department stores and I’ve even seen some in TK Maxx!
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The older I become, the more precious I am about my hair; I have learnt along the way that as great as hair masks and other deep conditioning treatments may be, nutrition aka what you put inside your body is as important – if not more – for your overall hair health. You can line your shower with every lotion and potion but dry, brittle and generally unmanageable hair could be down to your diet.
It goes without saying that I am no expert on hair nor nutrition but having had my fair share of hair disasters in the past and as someone not exactly renowned for their healthy attitude to food, I was and am the perfect candidate to trial the Love Hair Supplements by award winning Hair Dresser Alexander Turnbull – who better to trust with your hair than someone with years of experience and accolades? You can read more about Alexander’s career here should you wish – link.
As the name Love Hair Supplements suggests, this is a daily dietary supplement that will of course work best in conjunction with a healthy diet and plenty of water, this is not a cure all nor is it intended to be; rather the Love Hair Supplements help supply the nutrients needed to help promote and aid strong, healthy hair that may grow a little quicker than usual (thanks to Biotin B7). This might be an odd thing to state but it may be helpful none the less – the capsules are fairly small and in my experience easy to swallow, they don’t have any after taste and although for best results you do need to take three a day, so far I can’t say I have found this to be a problem.
For any vitamin based supplement to garner best results you do have to take a product like Love Hair Supplements as directed for at least three months, however you will more than likely notice a change in your hair with as little as four weeks. As someone with exceptionally dry hair that is coarse and frizzy, not to mention prone to excessive fall out, I was surprised to notice that after no less than 2 weeks my hair (especially the sections that have never been bleached) are softer to the touch and not as static which is more than promising. I will of course continue with the Love Hair Supplements over the next few months and report back but if you want to read more about other users experiences over on Amazon, some have even reported a boost in volume, especially in regards to hair loss.
I’ll post an update with my progress in a few weeks but you can read more views and purchase the Love Hair Supplements here – link.
This is a sponsored feature, all opinions are my own and in the case of supplements not to be confused with professional health care advice and of course consult your doctor before consuming any food supplement or vitamin.