Tuesday, 29 July 2014

What's in my beach bag

I am currently taking a break from packing my suitcase as on Sunday I will be heading of to sunny Zante for the week to celebrate my cousins wedding. Whilst deciding what to take with me I stumbled across my beach bag and decided to share with you what I will be taking to the beach.


What's in my beach bag

I am very lucky to only live 5 minutes away from some beautiful beaches and so during the summer I like to spend my days down at the beach, whether I am down at the local beach or on foreign sands I always pack the same things in my beach bag.

First up is the beach bag, I like to take a large canvas tote with me like this one, it has strong rope handles as well as 2 internal zips for holding valuables such as your phone and purse. The whole bag is also fastened with one long zip across the top ensuring everything is kept inside.

I always take a beach towel with me to sit on and if I decide to venture into the sea it means I have something to dry myself off with. You can get beach towels in loads of different designs such as this ikat one from M&S or this gorgeous floral one from Debenhams.

Another essential is a cover up, whether it be a dress or a kaftan I like to take some form of cover up to wear over my bikini. This is especially useful if you wish to pop into a nearby shop or if you begin to get a bit chilly! This adorable boho kaftan is from toast.

You can't forget flip flops! When you have sandy feet, the last thing you want to do is put on some shoes because sand goes everywhere and will stay in your shoes for ages, flip flops are easy to slip on and off, and the best thing is they are super cheap, this cute stripe pair is just £3!

Sunglasses are a must, not only do they prevent you from squinting during your entire beach visit, they are also great for keeping your hair out of your face converting into a make-do hairband. I have really been loving my brown tortoise shell pair like these ones from New Look.

Possibly the most important thing to take down to the beach, especially when the sun is out, is sun cream. I tend to go for the Garnier Ambre Solaire factor 15/20. I find that the sun leaves my lips feeling really dry so I always bring a lip balm with me, this Baby Lips one also has SPF 20 protection!

You will need something to keep you occupied, my favourite thing to take to the beach is a book, currently I am reading Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, I also bring down a couple magazines, normally Seventeen magazine and Company Magazine! And, if you don't feel like reading, an iPod is always a good choice!

I have really oily skin so when it gets hot I can't go anywhere without blotting paper, I tend to use the Boots own brand oil absorbing sheets. Deodrant is also a must, I really love this dove one which smells like pomegrante and lemon.

With the combination of wind, sea and humidity my hair goes crazy. I always take my tangle teezer to the beach because not only is it small enough to fit in my bag but it is also my favourite brush, combing through wet or dry hair and getting rid of the biggest tangles without any pain. I also have to bring bobby pins everywhere with me and these elastic hair bands are great for chucking hair into a ponytail without damaging it, they are also super cute!

Finally, I like to take a big bottle of water, chewing gum and some snacks, sweets like skittles are always a winner!

What are your beach bag essentials, leave a comment below!




Friday, 25 July 2014

Review // Lush Million Dollar Moisturiser

With the sun finally showing it's face in Britain sun cream is a must in my morning routine, I try to wear sun cream everyday as it is a great anti-ageing product (it's never too early to start!) as well as protecting the skin from the suns rays. My main problem with sun cream is that it is designed mainly for the body and can feel really heavy on the face, that's where this miracle product comes in. When I was at the Lush blogger event a few weeks ago (you can read about that here) we were all shown the new sun care range and kindly given a product to try out, as soon as I heard about the 'Million Dollar Moisturiser' I knew that I had to try it!
Lush's Million Dollar Moisturiser combines soothing and hydrating products with the protection of an SPF 30 sun cream creating a product which leaves skin feeling silky smooth. I have recently been substituting my regular facial moisturiser for this as it not only protects the skin but also makes it look brighter and healthier as it contains Lush's 'Feeling Younger' skin tint which is designed to reflect light, leaving skin with a gorgeous sun kissed shimmer.
MDM contains honey for moisturising, Shea butter for hydrating and sesame oil for sun protection. These ingredients have been blended with essential oils including lavender, rosewood and evening primrose creating the most amazing scent, I honestly cannot stop smelling this product. As always, this it is suitable for vegetarians and none of the ingredients or the product have been tested on animals, and the pot has been made from 100% recycled plastics!
The only downside to the moisturiser is that it is £32.50 which I think is a bit pricey, however only a small amount is needed so the 45g pot will last for a long time and it is definitly one of the best moisturisers I have used. Also, this is really a product you will only need to buy once a year if you live somewhere like England where the sun only comes out for a few months.
// This product was given to me by Lush for review however all opinions are 100% my own //

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Lush Plymouth Blogger Event

As a huge Lush fan, I was so excited to receive an invitation to Lush Plymouth's first ever blogger event. The aim of the night was to educate us on the brand and some of their best selling products as well as introduce us to their new sun care range.We were welcomed by the lovely Lush team and offered the most amazing Elderflower drinks and tasty nibbles, complete with delicious chocolates courtesy of Hotel Chocolat.
After getting to know more about the other bloggers and the team of Lushies, Adam, the Plymouth manager, gave us a run down of the night which was to include a tour of the store, product demonstrations and a chance to make our own bath ballistic (I was definitley most excited about that).
Adam then introduced us to the brand and their beliefs. Lush was founded in 1995 with the first store opening in Poole, England, it now has over 800 stores in 51 countries around the world. The brand is famous for its wide range of handmade products that are all 100% vegetarian. My favourite thing about Lush is that they are completely against animal testing and campaign for animal rights. Their signature product is the bath ballistic bath bomb however they sell everything from shampoo to toothy tabs to eyeliner.
The first product we were introduced to was 'Buffy' an in shower scrub-in-a-bar which will leave your skin feeling and smelling amazing! The ground rice, almonds and aduki beans exfoliate whilst Cocoa and Shea butter moisturise, and the blend of essential oils including lavender and lemon help to calm and refresh whilst providing an amazing scent. Buffy is a must for anybody with dry skin, it so easy to use, just rub the bar on wet skin and you will feel the difference immediately.
Next up was the part we had all been waiting for, we had the opportunity to make our own bath ballistic! As we got to take this one home, I won't write too much about it here but instead will dedicate a seperate post to this product along with a review.
We then went on to look at a new product, the African Paradise Body Conditioner, inspired by the ingredients and scents of Africa this body conditioner is packed full of nourishing ingredients including soothing aloe vera, softening shea butter and skin brightening mango juice. Again, this conditioner also contains many essential oils which we got to try out, my favourite was the geranium oil which smelt amazing. This body conditioner is designed to be applied in the shower and then rinsed off leaving skin feeling soft and hydrated.
The next part of our tour was probably Adams favourite, as we looked at the Stepping Stone foot scrub, he was the kind volunteer to be demonstrated on. We were also kindly given our own stepping stone foot scrub so there will be a post up about that too!
Finally, we were introduced to the new sun care range. First up was 'The Sunblock' this innovative product serves as a solid in-shower sun protection, you simply run the bar over damp skin, rinse off and pat dry leaving your whole body with 30 SPF protection. Each bar is enough for 3 full body uses and is made with ingredients such as cocoa butter, sesame oil and calamine powder.
Didn't realise how blurry this one was oops!
If you are after a lighter product with slightly lower protection, 'Sesame Suntan Lotion' is the one for you, this SPF 10 lotion is made with sesame oil and walnut leaf extract which helps you to tan by increasing the skins melanin production.
And last but not least, my favourite product 'Million Dollar Moisturiser' which combines 30 SPF protection with shea butter, honey and lavender oil to create a gorgeous healthy glow to the skin.
I want to thank the lovely Lushies from the Plymouth store for creating and running this event, it was such a wonderful night and it was great to create a Community of local bloggers. I was so lucky to be given my handmade Bath Ballistic, a Stepping Stone and a pot of Million Dollar Moisturiser which I cannot wait to use and will be reviewing all three products very soon. You can see more pictures from the night and find all the other lovely bloggers over at Lush Plymouth's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Video // PLL Tag with LittleEllieMae

You may know that my best friend Ellie has her own YouTube channel, LittleEllieMae, where she posts amazing fashion, beauty and lifestyle videos, so if you aren't already subscribed to her you should go and do that now!
Anyway, Ellie recently asked me to film a collab with her and we decided that the PLL tag would be perfect considering we are both obsessed with the show. I had so much fun filming with Ellie and hopefully we can do it again soon!
Check out the video below!
We tagged everybody to do this, so if you give it a shot we would love to watch!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Tuesday Top 10; Summer Reading List

One of my favourite parts about summer is having a load of free time to just sit back and read a really good book. During the school year I am so busy with school work that I will end up starting loads of books but never manage to finish any of them, so my aim for this summer was to start on my reading list (I don't know about you, but whenever I finish one book on my list I add another 3 and so my 'to read' pile just keeps getting bigger and bigger). So far I have managed to read 6 books in my 4 weeks of summer and I hope to read a ton more before school starts again in September.
First up are 5 books that I have already read:
1) The Fault in Our Stars // John Green - the film adaptation has been recently topping the box office charts around the world so you have probably heard of this book - and if not, where have you been? Following the heartwarming love story of two cancer patients, TFIOS is possibly my favourite book, written by the hilarious John Green, this New York Times Best Seller is guaranteed to have you in tears both from laughter and sorrow.
2) Divergent // Veronica Roth - I first heard about this series from my friend Helen who read the books a while back, I really wanted to read the books before the film came out but unfortunatley I ran out of time. I saw the film at the cinema a few months ago and when I got home I headed straight to Amazon to order the books. Whilst I was on holiday I finally managed to read the first and second book and I have just started the third. The dystopian series is set in Chicago in a society divided by 5 virtue-based factions, this trilogy is jam packed with action and once I started reading I could not put it down.
3) Pretty Little Liars // Sara Shepard - If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know I kind of have a PLL obsession so this summer I finally decided to start reading the books. Helen, got me the first book for Christmas so I took that on holiday with me and I really enjoyed it. The books and the TV series follow the same basic story line however many things have been changed for the show and so it is exciting reading the book and getting a different take on the story. I have only read the first two books of the recently confirmed 16 in the series and I hope to get through a few more before the Summer ends.
4) The Perks of Being a Wallflower // Stephen Chbosky - This coming of age book turned film is a must read. At first glance it appears to be another high school outsider turn popular guy story however this novel is so much more. Written in a series of letters from the perspective of high schooler Charlie, this is one of the most beautiful books I have read and the rare epistolary form of the novel makes it so much more relatable and personal as you feel Charlie is talking directly to you, it is a book that every teenager should read.
5) 13 Reasons Why // Jay Asher - You will definitley want to read this book before it is set to be turned into a film very soon. The story is told through a set of cassettes found on his doorstep by Clay Jensen. The cassettes belong to Hannah Baker, a girl who committed suicide 2 weeks before, and is sent around to everyone who played a part in her wanting to end her own life. To find out how he fits into the puzzle, Clay must listen to the tapes. I really love how this book is layed out and the story that is told is heart-wrenchingly beautiful.
These next 5 books I want to read before I go back to school:
6) The Carrie Diaries // Candace Bushnell - After watching (and loving) the TV series I really want to read the book series it is based on. This coming of age story serves as the prequel to the popular Sex and the City series following a young Carrie Bradshaw and friends through High School.
7) The Spectacular Now // Tim Tharp - I really loved the movie adaptation of The Spectacular Now and so hopefully I will equally enjoy the book, however, after reading some reviews the book may not live up to my expectations, the only way I will find out is by reading it so I am definitley going to give it a try this summer.
8) Paper Towns // John Green - I have heard so much about this book and after the recent confirmation of a movie I definitley want to read it sooner rather than later. Written by John Green, author of TFIOS, I have high expectations for this film and cannot wait to read it.
9) Eleanor & Park // Rainbow Rowell - I have seen this book on Pinterest a lot and it appears to be quite popular with the American audience as I haven't seen it in England yet, but I am definitley going to give it a shot. The rights have also recently been picked up DreamWorks Studios and a film is in the making so I am sure we will be hearing big things from this book very soon!
10) We Were Liars // E.Lockhart - This book is currently a New York Times Bestseller and from all the reviews I have read it is a must read. From a quick glance, it appears to be very similar to Pretty Little Liars, with the main theme revolving around secrets and lies. The thing that excites me most about this book is the ending, which many book reviews say 'if anyone asks you how it ends, just lie' this idea just makes me want to read it even more, and so I am hoping to give it a try as soon as possible.
If you are still looking for more books to read this summer, here is more of my reading list:
-Fangirl // Rainbow Rowell
-If I stay // Gayle Forman
- Anna and the French Kiss // Stephanie Perkins
-Before I Die // Jenny Downham
-The Book Thief // Markus Zusak
What is on your reading list. Leave a comment below!

Friday, 11 July 2014

Social Media; Where to find me!

The top thing on my To-Do List for this summer was to sort out my social media and after a few weeks I have finally managed to get everything up and running. I am going to be posting more regularly on all of my social media accounts so make sure you are following me for updates and exclusive giveaways!

Twitter- @BeccaHeppolette

Instagram- @BeccaHeppolette

Pinterest- Becca Heppolette

Bloglovin- Becca-Jane

Facebook- Becca-Jane

Also, if you are already following me you will know I attended a Lush blogger event last night so there will be a post going up about that soon!

If there are any other sites you think I should join leave a comment below along with your username and I will try to follow you!



Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Tuesday Top 10; Movies

I had my friends, Ellie and Helen, over last night for a movie night after recently purchasing Sky Movies for the summer, we managed to watch quite a few good movies and a couple of strange ones so I decided I would share with you my top 10 movies.

1) The Perks of Being a Wallflower; I first watched this film at a friends house before reading the book and even though I really enjoyed it, I found the storyline a bit confusing. However, after reading the novel and understanding the storyline this film is now one of my favourites. It is an extraordinary film which is relatable on so many levels and the casting is absolutley perfect.

2) Footloose; My mum had recommended this film to be for quite a while before I finally decided to watch it, however I couldn't find the original version on Netflix and so decided to watch the 2011 version with Miles Teller(who I love). It is such a feel good film with amazing music and dancing, however I am definitley going to watch the original as I have heard many times it is much better.

3) 10 Things I Hate About You; This film always seems to be on those 'must see teen movies' lists that are floating around on the internet so I decided to give it a go last month. Based on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, this film takes place in an Ameican high school and has many of the teen movie cliches, however I really enjoyed it despite how cheesy it may have been.

4) Crazy,Stupid,Love; I really liked this film and it is definitley one of the best romantic comedies I have seen. It follows the story of a husband who is trying to re-discover his manhood with a new friend from the bar after his wife asks for a divorce. It is so funny and the stories are very cleverly linked together, also it stars Ryan Gosling so it's bound to be good!

5) Camp Takota; Staring Youtubers Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart and Hannah Hart this is possibly the funniest film I have ever watched, I was crying with laughter throughout mainly due to the amazing puns that were made. When I first heard they were making a film I was quite worried about what it would be like however it did not disappoint.

6) The Spectacular Now; I watched this film because it starred two of my favourite actors, Shailene Woodly and Mikes Teller. When I first read the synopsis I was expecting it to be just a typical boy meets girl movie which gives an unrealistic representation of high school however it was the complete opposite. The Spectacular Now is a very mature, honest and realistic coming of age film which makes it so much more relatable and because it is quite unique to see such a true film it makes it a thousand times better.

7) Cinderlla Story; The Hilary Duff Cinderella story has always been one of my favourite movies for as long as I can remember. The modern twist on the tale of Cinderella never fails to disappoint as I am also a fan of the Selena Gomez (Another Cinderella Story) and Lucy Hale (A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song) versions aswell.

8) The Huger Games; I'm a huge fan of the Hunger Games book trilogy and the films are just as good, I'm not really an action film person however the story line is so gripping and the casting is perfect. I can not wait for the Mockingjay films to come out
9) High School Musical; My childhood obsession was High School Musical and I still love it now, although it may be cheesy, it is a feel good favourite of mine and I still watch HSM 2 at the beginning of every summer. Every time I watch it, it takes me back to when I was sat in my East High School cheerleader costume with my Mum in my old house watching Disney Channels countdown to the premier of HSM2. I lived in my cheerleader costume and wish I had kept it to pass down to my niece who is now getting into the films herself.
10) The Princess Diaries; I love The Princess Diaries, I remember reading the books when I was younger and it was one of the first DVDs I ever got. They are such fun films which are great to watch with friends or family and everytime I watch it I want to try matress surfing and dart painting!

I have also really enjoyed Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars however I decided to stick to films that are out on DVD but I would definitley recommend watching them!

What's your favourite film?




Saturday, 5 July 2014

Prom 2014!

Prom season is always one of my favourite times of the year and this year was extra special as it was finally my turn to go! My schools prom was held on Thursday at a beautiful hotel on Dartmoor with the most amazing gardens which was perfect for all of our photos. It was so nice to get dressed up and spend time with my friends and everybody looked gorgeous.

I bought my dream dress a few months ago from Etsy (the shop is unfortunatley now closed) and it was custom made so fit like a charm. I paired the dress with a nude bag from Accessorize (sold out), a pair of Next nude wedges and accessorised with my Pandora, a silver necklace and pearl earrings.

I had my hair done at my local hairdressers, I wanted to have my hair down but off my face and so she came up with this beautiful look. As part of their prom deals I received free Shellac nails and after much debate between going for a blue to match my dress or a nude to match my shoes I decided to go for a classic French tip. I had planned on doing my own make-up and took a trip to boots after my holiday to get some new foundation as I had moved up 3 foundation shades, when I got to the No7 concession for my foundation match I was informed that they offer a free makeover service which turned out to be better for me as I am heading back on holiday in a few weeks and the foundation would be wasted. Blu-Ann at the No7 counter did an amazing job on my make-up. I opted for neutral brown eyes with raspberry lips and pink cheeks.

I went to Ellie's house before hand where we took some pre-prom photos, her grandad was then took us to the Prom in his beautiful car. It was such a wonderful night and I loved seeing everybody dressed up. Although the music wasn't amazing I still had a great time with my friends and the food was delicious. There was also a photo booth which added to the fun. Here are some more pictures from the night!


Have you had your prom yet, I would love to hear all about it, leave me a comment below!