OUR CURRENT HAIR CARE ROUTINE | LUCYANDLYDIA

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As summer is set to leave us very soon, we are doing everything to hold on to anything summer related! These products here are our favourite summer hair products, the ones we've been loving in our current hair care routine! We love products that scream 'Summer In A Bottle' and remind us of beach holidays, these products from Palmer's fulfil all our summer holiday needs! You may know Palmer's products from their well known Cocoa Butter range, but let us introduce you to their Coconut Oil Formula hair products! Let us talk through our favourites!

The first step is shampooing your hair, and our favourite shampoo is the award winning Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo! We love how it leaves our hair feeling so smooth and shiny, and contains Coconut Oil and Keratin so it's so nourishing! Coconut Oil is known for repairing dry and damaged hair which is in need of deep hydration! As it contains Vitamin E, it also helps with protecting and conditioning our dry ends. This shampoo makes my hair feel so thick and voluminous! What we both love about this shampoo is the scent, the coconut scent is so exotic and it really gets us into the holiday spirit! Coconut is one of our favourite scents ever, and with the added benefits of Coconut Oil for our hair, it's definitely ticking all the boxes when it comes to our favourite hair care ranges!







To achieve really silky shiny hair, we both love using the Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Repairing Conditioner! Again, it's formulated with the Coconut Oil and Keratin which really helps smooth our hair and really does help tame frizz. Lucy finds that this conditioner really helps with taming her hair as she does find it can get quite frizzy when using certain products, but this conditioner makes her hair so much more manageable! We also both love it because it makes our hair really easy to manage when combing. Our hair can get quite tangly, but this conditioner is amazing for detangling our hair! We have found the ends and lengths of our hair looking so much healthier!

Leave In Conditoner's are our new favourite thing, and something that we both are definitely taking with us when we go on holiday to Egypt in September! The Palmer's Coconut Formula Strengthening Leave-In Conditioner is such an easy product to use because it's such a lightweight spray that doesn't leave our hair feeling greasy, which is something that we both have been really worried about with leave in conditioners in the past. We spray the product through our towel dry hair and then comb the ends which helps coat the hair with the product! You can also use this product throughout the day to manage your hair style too, as it really helps to control frizz. This will be the perfect product to take with us to the beach when we are on holiday, as we always find that our hair feels really dry and tangly at the beach. This product is going to help so much with reducing split ends!



As a treat, we love to occasionally use a deep conditioning mask as a weekly intensive treatment. The Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack Mask is amazing for giving our hair the TLC that it deserves, especially when it's feeling really damaged and dehydrated! This little pack is perfect for travelling too, as it comes in a little sachet, but it also would be perfect to take with you to girly pamper evening sleepovers with your friends! The mask also contains silk proteins that help restore and smooth the hair, and it leaves our hair feeling so smooth and healthy! We were both so amazed at the condition and smoothness this product left our hair feeling!

As Palmers are celebrating their 175th anniversary this year, they are running a competition for a chance to win some really amazing prizes! Whether it's a summer holiday destination, a childhood memory, a smell that remind you of home, Palmer's want to know your #PalmersFeeling! All you need to do is upload a photo or video on Palmer's Facebook page here, or you can also enter the competition by uploading your photos/videos on Twitter and Instagram using #PalmersFeeling and @PalmersUK! The lucky prize winner will have a choice between a magical holiday to Sardinia, a relaxing weekend break or a personal shopping experience! Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Haircare Range is available to purchase from Sainsbury, Sally, Superdrug, Amazon and Feel Unique!

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PALMER'S Coconut Oil Formula Strengthening Leave-In Conditioner

THE COMPETITION :
Send in your photo's and videos telling Palmer's your #PalmersFeeling!
Click here to enter the competition on their Facebook page!

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(This is a paid for advertorial. As always, all opinions are our own!)

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PRETTY LITTLE LIARS CUPCAKES | LUCYANDLYDIA

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As you guys all know, we love the TV show 'Pretty Little Liars' and as it was the mid season finale and the big 'A' reveal, we decided to make some Pretty Little Liars themed cupcakes as a little treat while we watched the finale! So many of you have been asking for the recipe so I have decided to write a little blog post and share with you some of our pictures! We watched the finale with Gabby, as she is also equally obsessed with the show as we are! If you guys love Pretty Little Liars as much as we do, we actually filmed our live reactions to the finale on Gabby's channel, while we were eating lots of these cupcakes! Click here to see our reaction's on Gabby's channel! It's hilarious! We thought that it would be a good idea to write down the recipe for you guys if you would like to recreate these cupcakes for your own Pretty Little Liars themed sleepovers! Let us know in the comments what you thought of the 'A' reveal!




















INGREDIENTS TO MAKE 12 CUPCAKES :
115g (4oz) Butter
115g (4oz) Caster Sugar
115g (4oz) Self-Raising Flour
1tsp Baking Powder
2 Large Eggs
Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Icing
Betty Crocker Butter Cream Icing
Fizzy Strawberry Laces
Black Cake Wrappers
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 and line each hollow of your cake tin with the black cake wrappers. The black ones are perfect as they are very 'Pretty Little Liars' themed! Then place the butter, caster sugar, self-raising flour and the baking powder in a large bowl. Add your two eggs and use an electric whisk or big wooden spoon to mix these ingredients all together. Make sure these are really mixed together! Cake mixture is the best part of making cakes!

Then put your cake mixture into your black cake wrappers. These ingredients will make 12 cupcakes. Put your cupcakes in the oven and bake these for 15-20 minutes. Make sure you set a timer so you don't forget about them in the oven! Maybe don't put us much baking powder in as we did, our cupcakes turned out to be more like big muffins! Bake for 15-20 minutes and once they are well risen, get them out and leave them to cool down before icing them.

Then it's time to decorate your cupcakes! You can decorate these however you wish! You can of course make your own cake icing but we are obsessed with this cake icing from Betty Crocker! The chocolate icing tastes heavenly! We decorated our cupcakes with the icing and then cut the fizzy strawberry laces to create 'A' shapes on top! We love how simple but also how amazing these cupcakes look for your own Pretty Little Liars themed sleepovers!















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FAVOURITE SUMMER NAILS FROM BARRY M | LUCYANDLYDIA

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Barry M are always my favourites when it comes to nails, and their latest summer collection is definitely my favourite range that they have launched! These are the nail polishes that I have been wearing all summer, we are both obsessed with how amazing they make our nails look! Their latest 'Sunset' nail launch delivers a gel-like finish to the nails, without having to go to a nail salon and without the need of a UV lamp! The range has 8 summery polishes which includes the special gel top coat, making them the perfect nails!

Once again, the nail polishes have a flat top applicator brush, which applies exactly the right amount of polish and also makes painting short nails so much easier to paint! The formula of the polishes are also really quick drying, perfect for if you are painting your nails on holiday! With two coats, these sunset nail polishes look really opaque and give a really professional finish. Finishing them off with the top coat makes them look salon professional! I found that the polish lasted such a long time on my nails, especially finishing them off with the 'Daylight Curling' top coat. My two favourites from the range have to be the turquoise blue 'Way You Make Me Teal' (which I actually have on my toes right now) which is the perfect sea blue colour! I also am obsessed with the bright fuchsia pink polish 'I've Been Pinkin' nail polish, which looks amazing with the curling top coat over the top. This has been the only colour that I've painted my nails this summer! You can purchase the 'Sunset' collection from Superdrug!

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OCEAN CLUB MARBELLA | LUCYANDLYDIA

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As we were in Marbella, we thought it was only right to spend a day at the Ocean Club Marbella. Ocean Club Marbella is the original beach club in Marbella, and is known as one of 'Europe's Chic Favourites!' It is all set around a big swimming pool with huge mattress sun beds which overlook the pool and the beach of Puerto Banus! It was so lovely to spend the day here relaxing and enjoying the sun, sipping on cold refreshments and having a relaxing summer playlist played by the DJs in the background! It definitely felt like luxury spending the day here! We decided to come here on our last day of our Marbella girly holiday, and it was the perfect way to end!


We both decided that we would wear our favourite bikini's on our last day, so Lydia went for her River Island Black Floral Bikini and wore this with the matching shorts! The shorts are high waisted so they are really flattering and they add something extra to your swimwear. It almost looked like she was wearing a co-ordinate piece! She then finished off her look with her Ray-Ban Clubmaster Black Sunglasses and a big black hat, two very important summer essentials! We actually filmed a Ocean Club 'Get Ready With Us' on our channel and this was definitely one of our favourite videos we filmed on holiday showing our favourite swimwear and beach accessories!

I also wore my favourite River Island Yellow Floral Print Bikini and my Primark Black Floral Crochet Shift Dress. Mirrored sunglasses are my summer holiday essential and I love these ones from Tiger! We also made sure we packed some of our essentials with us, including our Tangle Teezer, iPhone, Go Pro Hero3+ Silver Edition Camcorder and also not forgetting, the most important thing which is sun cream! We had the best day at the beach club with our Mum and older sister Courtney! Leave us a comment below telling us your beach essentials!


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ONE DIRECTION 'BETWEEN US' LAUNCH | LUCYANDLYDIA

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Last month, we were lucky enough to enjoy afternoon tea and chat to the lovely One Direction boys about their latest fragrance launch 'Between Us!' The top secret event was held at the beautiful Sanderson Hotel in London and the room was set out as a afternoon tea party. The tables were set out beautifully with a spread of delicious treats. This included cakes, scones and of course, lots of tea! Bottles of their new fragrance were dotted around the tables so we could all have a smell, and we think it's lovely. The boys took some time out from touring 'On The Road Again' to have afternoon tea with us and told us the process of making 'Between Us.' It was such an exciting day!

















As always, One Direction are really involved in the process of making their fragrances. The four guys each have their own opinions on what smells and looks good when creating the fragrance, all bringing something different to the finished product. We also had the chance of seeing the first ever preview of the advert for the fragrance and its brilliant, and of course hilarious too! The 1D guys love to make us all laugh! You can see in the advert how each of them bring something completely different to the fragrance. It shows the boys going on a mission to find the ingredients for the fragrance! Harry starts with Hiking up the mountains for a freesia, Liam dives to the deepest ocean to get amber and Louis is seen in a space suit getting apricot. I love Niall's part in the advert where he uses his tears for his ingredient! Each of these things show the ingredients that went into making 'Between Us.'

DID YOU GUYS ENJOY FILMING THE ADVERT?
LIAM: It's so hard to walk around in flippers! It was a lot of fun. It was actually quite a good workout. 
WHO IS THE BEST AND WORST SMELLING MEMBER OF 1D?
NIALL: Everyone always says I smell good! But I don’t know because I can’t smell myself!

WHO IS THE GIRL THAT WEARS THIS FRAGRANCE?
NIALL: Emma Watson. You know, sophisticated! 
HARRY: Niall definitely smells the best.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SMELL? SOMETHING THAT REMINDS YOU OF YOUR CHILDHOOD?
LIAM: Islands of Adventure in Florida. I used to go there every Christmas. Whenever I walk into Jurassic Park, with the water, it's that smell! Sometimes I’ll be walking down the street and I’ll think ‘this smells like America!’ (We had a big long chat about Florida rides with Liam,  as you guys know, we love Florida and all the rides!)
THE DATES IN THE 'NIGHT CHANGES' VIDEO, ARE ANY BASED ON REAL EXPERIENCES?
HARRY: No! That would be unfortunate! It was a fun video though! My favourite video has to be 'What Makes You Beautiful' because we had no idea what we were doing.
DO YOU WEAR AFTERSHAVE?
HARRY: Yeah. Tom Ford. (Oooh lovely Harry!)
NIALL: I wear Hugo Boss.
WHO'S THE BIGGEST PRANKSTER ON TOUR?
NIALL: Louis. Louis is a messer. Recently he was on stage just throwing water at everyone. Harry always throws water at the crowd. We were in LA a little while ago and we rented this car. Louis covered my car in toilet paper!
WHAT'S YOUR BEST PRANK LOUIS?
LOUIS: It’s normally pretty standard! If someone falls asleep they get drawn on, food thrown on them!
DO YOU EVER WATCH BACK YOUR X FACTOR AUDITION?
LOUIS: Every now and then. It’s pretty funny and cringey.
WILL YOU BE PERFORMING ANY OF THE NEW MATERIAL ON THE UK TOUR?
LIAM: Possibly the new single! (This makes us so excited!)
The fragrance is their fourth launched fragrance, and I would say it is very different from their previous fragrances as this one is definitely more 'grown up and sophisticated' with a blend of 'delicate fruit and sensual floral notes and spicy undertones.' The fragrance definitely represents the band's growth over the last couple of years and not only does it look good, it also smells amazing! Isn't the bottle so glamorous! It's the perfect sophisticated bottle for my dressing table. Niall said that he could imagine Emma Watson or Natalie Portman wearing this fragrance, someone sophisticated! The bottle also represents this with its super sleek design and I love how it's finished off with a cute ribbon with the One Direction logo. Have you guys had a smell of their new fragrance? Let us know what you think in the comments! It was such a pleasure meeting One Direction and something we will never forget! We can't wait to see them at the 'On The Road Again' tour hear 'Drag Me Down' live! Check out our Instagram's to see our selfies with all the boys and make sure you follow us on there! The Links to our Instagram accounts are below!

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