Dare I say it, summer has FINALLY arrived in the UK. It may have taken a while and Autumn may be around the corner, but whilst it's here in full swing it'd be rude not to enjoy it to the fullest and make most out of your summer wardrobe. Short skirts, swishy dresses and ripped denim shorts? YAS PLS.

Sadly, I wasn't born a bronze goddess and am cursed blessed with ghostly pale legs that don't tan instead... And whilst I'm all for embracing what your mama gave ya, I'm not against a little help from the fake tanning gods either. I'm far from mastering the perfect fake tan method, however it makes it just a bit easier and the result just a bit better when I exfoliate the night before to ensure a smoother and less-patchy application. (Also, who needs dead skin cells...)

So I've got a little confession to make... I've been sitting on this post for MONTHS. 2017 is in full swing and it's been a mad one so far. I was hospitalised & on bedrest for the most of January and haven't stopped or had a moment to rest and recharge since I've been back up and running. I guess that's just part of getting older and perhaps living in a city that never seems to sleep. I've not had time or energy to change much in my routine, so these are some beauty bits I've either rediscovered or newly purchased that I've been using – on an almost daily basis – during the first half of 2017.

I. LOVE. GIN. There I said it. My friend Steph introduced me to gin about 2 years ago and I've never looked back since.

Going to a French pharmacy is the best and worst of both worlds: you're being greeted by shelves and shelves of (affordable) beauty products, yet the vast amount of different brands, product types and quality is rather overwhelming. Trust me, I've been there. So to save you breaking into a cold sweat in-store or spending hours skimming through dozens of articles claiming they've got the shortlist for ‘cult French products you need to try’, I've narrowed down a list with some of my personal faves for the ultimate starter guide. Get a cuppa and a biscuit, because it's loooooong.

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