Lovebox with Carmex & Skinny Dip

So have you heard that Carmex & Skinny Dip are collaborating? I know what you're thinking, and when the bombshell dropped I was pretty excited too. 

I have been using Carmex lipbalms ever since I can remember. It's the type of handbag essential that my Mum always kept hold of when I was younger. When I use Carmex lipbalms I always get a tingling sensation which makes me know that it's really working and going to make a difference to my lips. 

As for Skinny Dip ... Well the real question is, who doesn't have a one of their phone cases? Every girl I meet has one of their accessories in some way, shape or form and I'm literally obsessing over their new Carmex Collection. 

Over the weekend I was invited to go along to Lovebox to celebrate the launch of the Carmex X Skinny Dip collaboration. For those of you who may not have heard about Lovebox before, it's a festival based in East London.

We met up with the Carmex team, were given our wristbands and then headed into the festival. Oh and there's a personal joke with these wristbands which I wanted to share with you. We were given VIP Premium passes which apart from the artists friends and family, it's pretty much the best wristband you can get. It entitled us to have free drinks, one snack and one main meal throughout the day. When me and my friend Emma found this out, we pretty much wanted to brag about the whole thing and tell everyone we had these wristbands haha. Hence the caption on one of my IG photo 'VIP Premium don't ya know' ;) 

We sat down in the bar and opened up our goodie bags together. From Carmex we had a lipbalm pot with a printed cherry lid which was very cute and from Skinny Dip we had a phone case. What else could we wish for? The phone case was covered in glittered lollipops and cherries. Click the links if you would love a lipbalm and phone case like mine. 

I just want to say a huge thank you to Carmex & Skinny Dip for an amazing day out! I had so much fun and it made me realise how much I've missed going to festivals!

Lots of Love

Robyn xxx

Product Details
Phone Case
Lip Balm
Sequin Dress (20% off PLT using code 'EO4UTCQ1')
Beige Biker Boots (20% off PLT using code 'EO4UTCQ1')

An Invitation to Pretty Little Thing's Showroom

Last week I met up with my BF Emma for a little bit of retail therapy in London. We had a few bits to do whilst we were there and we broke it up with a few little strolls around Oxford Street. Not forgetting Bond Street where the insane flower display is just chillin' outside Fenwicks. 

I was slightly late getting into London due to the central line having a series of signal failures and I hate being late for things! I actually tend to leave my house half an hour early when getting the train anywhere just because you can never rely on these kind of things. Plus, I'd much rather spend half an hour walking around or going through my phone than panicking about being late. On this occasion, I was panicking! 

Anyways, we finally made it to Selfridges and had our henna tattoos done. I'm going through a phase at the moment where I'm obsessed with these and my hand lit feels naked without one. So we went to Pavan Henna and got inked lol. Emma also had one done on her leg which looked unreal btw. 

We then went onto see the girls at Pretty Little Thing and to pick out an outfit or two for Lovebox this weekend. Btw who's going?!?! I feel like Lovebox has been the festival this summer which everyone's talking about. Like, everyone's going?! I went Lovebox for the first time about 2/3 years ago and it was amazing! I loved every second of it and am so excited to be going on the Friday & Saturday.


So anyway, we picked out our outfits and I can't wait to share them with you! Make sure you keep up to date over on my IG Story and profile for outfit deets! 

Oh and don't forget to use my 20% off discount code for Pretty Little Thing: EO4UTCQ1 

Lots of love

Robyn xxx

A Day At The Races

So I'm off to Sundown Park Races this Friday with Closet London & I've got to say, I can't wait for a girls day out! The event is being hosted by The Jockey Club and I can't wait to share my experience of it with you across my Instagram on the day.

I've only ever been to two horse racing events. One when I was a lot younger and The Royal Ascot last year. So the first one I went to, well to be honest, I can't say I remember where it was. All I remember was hanging around the paddock watching all of the horses walking and preparing for the races ahead of them.

I started horse riding when I was about 5 so horses was pretty much my life until I hit senior school and became more interested in wanting the 'teenage social life'. I do regret that decision and would love to get back to horse riding if I could but it's probably one of the most expensive hobbies I could of been interested in haha. 

Last year I went to The Royal Ascot with work and had such a laugh! I think I must have bet about £3, lost it all and that was my gambling addiction over lol. I definitely prefer the social sides of the races more so that the actual betting ...

Make sure you look out for us on Friday and keep up to date on my Instagram throughout the day. 

Love Robyn xxx

The Perfect Way to Protect Coloured Hair

Since I was about 11/12 years old I’ve been getting my hair highlighted and occasionally I made those school girl errors by dying it an awful block colour all over. I bet you couldn’t imagine me with black hair? Well yes, that did happen once and I must say, it wasn’t the smartest move I made.

I started off getting my hair highlighted on the odd occasion to dry my hair out a bit. My hair was originally quite oily so my Mum allowed me to have the odd highlights put in. Ever since then, I’ve always had highlights. Whether it be half a head or a full head, it just became part of my hair ritual.

You have to be careful when highlighting or colouring your hair, especially if you’re using bleach. Not only does it damage your hair if you do it too often, it also makes your hair look dry & unhealthy. I love having soft and shiny hair so I sometimes use special hair shine spray once I’ve finished styling it.

So here’s the secret on how to protect coloured hair … Regis have invented a colour protector called ‘Smart Bond’. In a nutshell, the formula helps to protect your hair bonds inside and out when you’re having it coloured. The Smart Bond treatment is mixed in with your hair dye and is applied along with the desired colour. So it’s no different to your usual routine and doesn’t take any longer.

I decided to take the leap and dye my hair grey all over. I’m not going to lie, sitting in the salon chair hearing that it will consist of a scalp bleach did have me worrying a bit. However, it’s something that I’ve wanted to try for a while so I just went with it.

The hairdresser applied the Smart Bond treatment and went ahead with my colour. To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of the grey hair colour on me. I’ve always been a true blonde so I didn’t really think it was me. Now that the tint has washed out and faded, I’m back to being bright blonde and I love my hair colour now. But you know, sometimes you just have to try these things.

Regis hair salon also have home treatments for you to use after your salon appointment. They have conditioners which help keep your hair strong and healthy. Using the Smart Bond certainly makes a difference to coloured hair. It’s very affordable and reassured me when knowing I was having my hair coloured yet again. For the sake of a few more pounds, I would rather know that my hair will remain in good condition after the appointment.

Now that I’ve had my hair coloured a few times in the past couple of months, I feel more incline to protect my hair now more than ever. To keep up with the Smart Bond treatment, I’ve also been using a hair mask which helps to nourish and condition my hair. I often apply this overnight or even throughout the whole day depending on what my plans are.

If you book in for an appointment with Regis hair salon then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me and let me know your thoughts on their new treatment :)

Lots of love,

Robyn xxx

Being Inside a Volcano

Today was pretty extraordinary for me and Sam as we went exploring inside a volcano. Just your average Sunday right?

Me & Sam are currently away on holiday in Lanzarote (home to many volcanos). The deal was, if I went with Sam to watch him play golf, he would come and do something that I wanted to do. We thought that was pretty fair. So I wanted to explore and venture around a volcano. 

For my GCSE's at school I took Geography as I'm so intrigued by the world we live in and how certain land features have been formed. As you can probably guess, my favourite topic in Geography was landforms and natural disasters. I'm so fascinated by things like that so going to visit a volcano was unquestionable from my point of view. 

Going to Parque Nacional De Timanfaya was in the diary for our holiday however we didn't realise we would have been doing it today and so spontaneously. Our day started by going to a market in Teguise. On the way home we thought we'd only 'pass by' the volcanos and mountains to see what the views were like. Little did we know we would be parking up to go on a coach around the highest peaks and literally scaring ourselves to death!

We drove up to a main gate where we purchased two tickets for the tour. Sam then carried on driving up the side of the mountain to reach the meeting point and restaurant (at the time I thought this was the scariest part). We then boarded the coach and set off down one of the mountains. So far so good. The coach continued to drive up and down around winding roads occasionally stopping for us to take some photos. As Sam had the window seat, he kept pointing out to me how close we were to the side of the cliff ... I don't know how far down it was but it was a huge drop!! In the end I think he was scaring himself so he stopped showing me haha. 

We were getting higher and higher to the point where I was questioning how on earth is this man driving a coach of 20+ people up such a steep hill?! By this point, me and Sam were pretty scared. The coach driver then pulled over and stopped for us to have a look inside one of the craters. We were honestly speechless and amazed at how this has formed on earth. Inside the crater was red & orange stones and rocks. It's unbelievable to think we were inside something that was once a red hot danger zone!

Driving back to the restaurant, we passed fields and mountains covered in ash from the eruption. We often passed some caves and craters where you could see such fine detail of where the lava had be dripping.

When we got back to the restaurant, I literally wanted to thank this driver for getting us back safely. What an amazing yet extremely scary job he has! As well as taking photos, I also videoed the experience which will be part of my travel holiday vlog. All going to plan, I should have this live on my YouTube channel within the next two weeks. 

If you want to know a bit more about how Volcanos erupt then continue reading: 

Before I studied Geography for GCSE, I just thought that a volcano eruption was caused by some sort of lava explosion when in fact, it's all to do with what lies beneath the earth.

To keep it short and sweet, I've attached a photo for me to explain. Volcanos erupt when the plate beneath the ocean moves and disturbs the volcano. Parts of the oceans crust burns below to form magma. When the oceans plate moves, it causes magma to rise inside the volcano and explode. This is when the magma turns into lava.

I hope you enjoyed reading about our experience today. Don't forget to stay tuned to my YouTube channel to watch my travel vlog which will include footage from our adventure.

Lots of love

Robyn xxx

An Essential Product for Fake Tanners

Hey guys, 

Firstly, I just wanted to say that I've nearly had 100k views on my blog since it all began which is crazy! I would love if I could hit that number by the end of this week so please share my blog and posts with your friends and family and help me get there :)

Yesterday morning I went to breakfast with Bondi Sands & met the girls at Tower Hill, London. They have recently launched a new product called the 'Self Tan Remover'. Let me tell you know that it's going to be a game changer. The product is the worlds first self tan remover and I know it's only going to get better.

So girls, who enjoys exfoliating? Who enjoys scrubbing fake tan off in the shower when it starts to go patchy? Definitely not me! I avoid this chore at all costs. I met up with the girls from Bondi and told them how much I hated exfoliating to the point where the other day I just applied another layer of fake tan over my old one. Needless to say it didn't have the best effect. 

The 'Self Tan Remover' is basically a foam based moisturiser/cleanser which removes your tan for you in the shower. Amazing right? 

So here's how it works; 

1) You start by rubbing the foam all over your body or in some cases, the areas you have fake tanned
2) Leave it to settle into your skin for 5 minutes
3) Jump in the shower and watch your old & patchy fake tan come off
4) Re-apply your new fake tan & you're good to go

I tried out the product today and in all fairness, I think it's a step in the right direction. Considering it's the first type of self tan remover, it did a good job. I wouldn't say that my tan came off straight away, I still had to rub myself down slightly. However it did make the job a whole lot easier and I'll definitely be using it again!

Just to let you know, this doesn't just work for Bondi Sands fake tan. The company have tested it with various fake tan brands and it still had the same effect. If you have any questions or would love to find out more about the product, drop me a message on Twitter @BatesRobyn4

Lots of love, 

Robyn xxx

Product Details
Bondi Sands Self Tan Remover (Exclusively online at Bondi Sands & Boots)

A Bates Family Day Out & Flo's Ice-Cream

Hey strangers, I'm back!

I just want to apologise for being idle on my blog the past few weeks. I've gone through one of those stages where I just found myself falling out of my usual routine. It happens and we all go through it. Sometimes we need a break and we take time off from certain things in order to refresh our heads.

Anywayyyyyyy, talking about my day out. So on Monday my family went to a park not far from where we live just for the day. They were having a funfair, market and the usual bank holiday events you get. We took Flo as we knew she would love to spend the day with us walking around the park. Oh and she had an ice-cream, which, I think she's seeing this as a usual treat now when we take her anywhere. She absolutely loves plain vanilla ice-cream, you can see all of her emotions and hearts going around in her eyes haha.

My Dad and Ted went on an old ship which was moored up on the river for a look around. Me, my Mum and Flo decided to hold back and sit on the wall and with that, we spotted a sign which read; 'Dog Menu'. I got Flo to sit down in front of the sign to take a photo - All I was thinking was 'If only you knew what this read' haha. This is not the best photo she's ever taken bless her haha.

So that's what I spent my Bank Holiday Monday doing. What did you do for bank holiday? Let me know via my Twitter.

Lots of love, 

Robyn xxx

Fashion Photography & Distressed Sweats


One of the most amazing things about blogging, is getting the chance to meet new people who you never would of stumbled across otherwise. Blogging has brought so many new amazing people into my life which just reminds me why I started the whole adventure. 

A few weeks back, I met up with a lovely student in London to shoot this outfit for my blog post. Her aim was to build up her portfolio so that one day she could be a full-time fashion photographer. We spent the morning shooting this look and in Starbucks doing a Q&A. Thank you for spending the morning with me, you know who you are x

Btw, I love Q&A's! Is that strange to love them so much? They really make me realise what people want to know about me and therefore, give me ideas on what YouTube videos and Blog Posts I can create. I forever want to be that girl who is down to earth and approachable. I love it when people get in contact with me, and after all, I love making new friends! So if you ever want a chat, then drop me a message via my Twitter @BatesRobyn4

Love Robyn xxx

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The Launch of Missguided Babe Power

Who’s excited for Missguided’s new fragrance?!

Last week I went to their event to celebrate the launch of Babe Power. I know, cool name right? Their packaging is just insane as well, I love the idea of having the drink bottle in my bag as my perfume. Also, to spray the fragrance, you have to press down the lid of the can that says 'press for good vibes'. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it! To be honest, Missguided always pull it out of the bag so what else would you expect ...

Okay, I’m not just saying it, but it smells unbelievable! It’s such an everyday smell which I love. I don’t know about you, but I have some expensive perfumes which I always try and save for special occasions. Because of this, I never end up wearing it as much as I thought I would. I feel as though I’ll be wearing Babe Power day in and day out now.

Babe Power will launch on the 26th April (Tomorrow!) In store and online so make sure you grab yours.

If you get your hands on one, let me know what you think of it over on my social pages :)

Love Robyn xxx

Why You Shouldn’t Compare Yourself to Others

Comparing your lifestyle, career and achievements to others is quite a common thing. To be honest, I feel like this mainly happens within a profession or workplace as it’s where you want to progress and be the best that you can. Truth of the matter is; you shouldn’t compare yourself to anyone as you are your own person and nobody can fault you for that.

The Best Bits
Through social media, you’ll only tend to see the best bits and highlights of what’s going on in people’s lives. Very rarely you’ll see people arguing or going through a rough patch. Which in all fairness, I feel like you should see this side of people as that’s what makes them real and down to earth. We all go through bad stages in our lives whether it’s for petty reasons or something personal and it’s okay to open up about those things. We’re all human and it’s amazing to support our friends and family if they need you there. I know I’ve moaned and cried about the smallest of things before, but that’s what makes me a typical 20 year old girl.

No One's Better Than Anyone
People should never believe that they're better than anyone else as everyone has the right to be treated equally. No one is ‘above’ anyone, no matter in what you do and this goes for where you work, who you know, who your friends are or how many followers you have. We all started off in the same place. On the other hand, you shouldn’t feel like you’re worse off because of any of those reasons. Take some time to appreciate everything you’ve worked for in life and how rewarding it felt when you achieved it all.

Set Your Own Goals
We're all different from one another. When you come to think of it, as Bloggers, we have our unique style, structure, goals and plans. Everyone of us is different and we can’t live in the shadow of other people. Set your own goals which you want to personally achieve as this may work for you, but not for someone else. My Mum had me saying ever since I was in primary school ‘be an individual’ and it’s true. Because you’re so unique and there’s no one else like you out there.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading through my blog post. Even whilst I was writing this, I felt like everything was put into perspective and I’m feeling really grateful for everything I have worked towards. Just remember to stay true to who you are and never beat yourself over things. Everything happens for a reason and what you put in is what you get out of life. Oh and one last thing, you’re doing great.

My Favourite Places to go in London

Considering I spend the majority of my time in London at the moment, I thought I’d share with you my favourite places that I love to go. To be honest, I love to walk in London and would rather do that than jump in a taxi or on the tube. Especially when the weathers nice, I love to discover new places and short cuts which I never knew existed. 
Icco Pizzaria
First on my list of course! I swear every time I meet new people, I have to fill them in on this insane pizzaria located just behind Oxford Street. I actually picked up an email last week which read ‘shall we meet in that pizza place you was talking about?’ Story of my life! If you’re in London, you have to stop by and grab a pizza. They literally start from about £3/£4 and are huge! If you go, please let me know as it will literally make my day! :)
Do you ever go somewhere and just feel so comfortable and relaxed? When I was 16, I started college in London’s Fashion Retail Academy located in Soho. I graduated when I was 18 and I can honestly say they were the best 2 years of my life. I would do absolutely anything to be back there right now. Me and the girls spent 2 years walking around Soho together doing assignments and group tasks so to me, it feels like my second home. If you’re not from this area, then Soho is located in Central London. Oxford Street, Tottenham Court Road and Goodge Street are all based in Soho.
The place where you just feel good vibes. Shoreditch is so cool & trendy! I actually love Shoreditch as there’s so many unique things to do. Box Park being one of them. The place is located above Shoreditch High Street Station where you’ll find shops, restaurants, bars and many other stalls. I feel like in Shoreditch, you can discover some really hidden places which you never knew existed.

Covent Garden
There’s always so much going on in Covent Garden including stand up performers, bars and shops. The place is heaving with people, especially at the weekend. It’s somewhere I would come a lot when I was younger with my family so it kind of brings back childhood memories. Close to Covent Garden is Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square which also have lots of things to do. They’re only short walks from each other so you can spend a few hours on one place before going onto the next.

O2 Arena, North Greenwich
When I was a teenager, I use to love going to concerts at the O2. I still do, but when I was 14 through to 18, I would be going every couple of months. Yet again I feel like this just brings back my childhood. The O2 has so many restaurants inside like you wouldn’t believe! Talk about being spoilt for choice. Sometimes it’s nice to go somewhere in London where it’s a bit more chilled out than central.

I don’t know what I’d do without London being as close as it is. I feel like there’s so much going on, literally like a world of it’s own. When you spend time walking around London, you’ll see that it’s not so big and you’re literally a couple of minutes in between each tube station. If you explore anywhere new in London, then drop me a tweet and let know all about it :)

Love Robyn xx

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5 Beauty Products You Need to Know About

With the competition between beauty products being as high as ever, how do we know what products are best and show great results? Well that’s where I’m here to help you on my favourite ones that work for me.

#01 MUA (Highlighting Powder)
So in the past year I’ve been experimenting with all different types of highlighters. I found that some are so pigmented and I didn’t feel like they were natural for everyday use. Last summer I went to an MUA event where they were launching their new MUA LUXE collection. Since then, I’ve never looked back and haven’t used any other highlighter. You literally use the smallest bit and it makes such a difference to your makeup giving you that little bit of ‘pop’. Shop the highlighter here.

#02 MUA (Liquid Highlighting Sponge)
I know I’m using MUA again but I believe so much in their LUXE collection. They also have a highlighting sponge whereby I literally dab my finger and apply it to my cheek bones. Once again, the smallest bit makes all the difference. What I love mostly about their products is when you’re in normal lighting, you hardly notice the product which makes it look so much more natural. Then as soon as you get a bit of light, you literally shine bright girl! Shop the highlighter here.

#03 Model Cosmetics One Hour Fake Tan Mousse
Now that we’re getting all these summer vibes, I’m loving the idea of wearing dresses and skirts so obv, I need to fake tan my legs before I go out. That’s where Model-Co come in with their One Hour Fake Tan Mousse. If you’re anything like me, then applying fake tan is literally a last minute thing where I’m left doing it a few hours before I walk out the door. So with this One Hour Fake tan, I’m able to apply it and leave to dry whilst I’m usually doing my hair or makeup. Shop the fake tan here.

#04 MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot
My favourite thing ever! You would not believe how much of a life changer this product is. I found that in college, I was applying my eyeshadow and by the end of the day, I had creases where I had been blinking all day. Well MAC literally changed my life around. Now I apply this as a primer for my eyes and leave it to dry and set. My eyeshadow now lasts all day long and I don’t have to worry about topping it up throughout the day. I come home and it looks exactly the same as it did when I left the house. Shop the longwear paint pot here.

#05 Carmex Lipbalms
I actually have a story about this … I was in work the other day and decided to just go through my makeup bag and see whether I had anything exciting in there. I sat there with my friend and emptied my lip balms one by one onto my desk. 7. 7 lip balms were in my bag, 5 of them being Carmex. How is that even possible? Haha, oh I wouldn’t be able to leave my house without a lip balm every day. Carmex are my favourite as they just smell sooooooo good. Shop the carmex lip balm here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my 5 top beauty products. I have so many more which I would also love to share with you at a later date. Don’t forget to get in contact with me via Twitter and let me know what your favourite are!

Love Robyn xxx

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