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Travel // Why Everyone Should Solo Travel

Travelling the world is a very exciting experience but when you try and make plans with a group then this can make the whole thing that bit more difficult. After all, you have to make sure that everyone is free on the same day and that everyone is up for the activities that are present as well. If you find yourself a chance to travel alone then this may not appeal to you at first, but if you think about it, there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of this. Bucket List Moments Have you ever wanted to do something so bad, only to be let down because nobody else wants to do it with you? Maybe you have always wanted to go to the Grand Canyon or maybe you have been interested in Hajj packages but you have never found someone to go with. Either way, you should always take advantage of chances like this because it may be the only chance you’ll ever get to go and live your dream. You’re …

Travel // 4 Great Spa Destinations to Visit This Year

Winter takes a lot out of us. The days are dark, our immune system is stretched to its limits, and we want to make changes to our lifestyle to stay more active and healthier. There’s no better way of embarking on a journey of transformation than visiting a spa resort or a remote retreat for a few nights. If you feel like your mind and body need a bit of TLC, check out the below destinations for a great relaxing spa break. Bath, UK The traditional spa town is full of culture and great quality boutique hotels. Whether you are looking for quiet nights and long walks, or want to take on yoga, try some of the best treatments for rejuvenating, this is the place to be. You will love the narrow streets of Bath and the small shops, as well as the designer boutiques in the city center. You can book a tour, visit the gardens and parks, and learn more about the city’s history retracing the steps of Jane Austen. Queretaro, Mexico If …

Beauty // April Cath Kidston x Birchbox Review

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed my monthly Birchbox subscription, but as a long-time fan of Cath Kidston I couldn’t not mention this one…. As usual the box include x5 beauty products – Cath Kidston hand cream Model Co Baked Highlighter BB Crean Shaving Cream Brow Gel For me, the two stand-out products from this month’s Birchbox are the Baked Highlighter and the Cath Kidston hand cream. The hand cream makes a new addition to my desk at work as it smells so lovely when applied throughout the day!

Life // Blogging, Earning Money and Saving For a House Deposit

Today’s post is slightly different to usual but about a topic I wanted chat about. Earning money from blogging and sponsored posts. I’m lucky enough to get contacted by brands and PR/SEO agencies alike, wanting to work with me and my blog. A hugely flattering request and one I always consider carefully. Making money from my blog will always be a perk and whilst I don’t accept every offer that lands in my inbox, over the coming months you may notice a rise in sponsored posts. In a bid to remain truthful and in full-control over the content I feature on Ruth Writes, this is because we’re in the process of looking to buy our own home and the money earned from blogging is all going into the deposit savings pot. Saving for a house deposit, alongside currently renting feels like an upward struggle. It’s hard and whilst I get that my life on Instagram looks like it’s all liquid lunches and drinks, the majority of it is for reviews to showcase to you guys. …

Lifestyle // Being a Bad Friend and How To Fix It

Over the past few years, I turned into a real homebody. I find joy in having fresh flowers on my windowsill, spending a Saturday morning cleaning every corner of the house, to try and encourage spring to hurry up and I love to meal plan. Sometimes I worry if I’ve become boring. I’m massively aware that I don’t see or check in with my friends as often as I should and for that I get the guilt. The guilt that I’m a bad friend and should be around more. It doesn’t always have to be going out for drinks or food. Especially as we’re all trying to build up the savings pot for one thing or another…houses, weddings, babies. Sometimes, just catching up with friends, over a pot of tea and having a good gossip and heart-to-heart is all it takes. Especially as I spend so much time preening my home. Why not invite my closest pals over to enjoy it and sit on the newly-hoovered sofa. I mean, it won’t be free from dog …

Life // Is It Embarrassing to Rent in Your 30’s?

It’s been a while since I’ve written a ‘from the heart’ blog post around here. Without sounding too ‘Dear Diary’ this is one of those topics that I think about often, cos it’s my life. And as we all know, Instagram is the devil for making us feel like we’re not where everyone else in life is up to. Oh and comparison is the thief of joy. I’m nearly 30. Two months away, in fact. And the bf is just one month away. We rent a house. Well, we’re on our second rented property and soon to be third, as our landlord is selling. TBC as no one’s made an offer and we’re saving for a rental deposit. We’ve started viewing houses and whilst we can’t really afford to be picky, some have been less than ideal…. So, is it embarrassing to still be renting, a million miles away from the property ladder and nowhere near a house deposit in the bank? In my relationship, we differ. He wishes we were further along. I think …

Beauty // Superdrug B Clay Face masks

I’m sure we’ve all spotted the hype around face masks and clay masks in particular over the last 12 months ago. Whilst the variety of green and grey masks have intrigued me, I’ve been yet to try them. Until the B Beautiful team from Superdrug got in touch… The B range is available in Superdrug and stocks make up, skincare and men’s grooming products. I also didn’t know until reading up on the brand that it’s vegan, cruelty free and targeted the skin care products at different ages so you can shop and experience the brand at any age, from your 20s to your 60s and your using the right products that you need to look after your skin. The most popular masks on the market have to be L’oreal. But, I didn’t fancy splashing out on something I didn’t know would work for my skin. The B Beautiful masks are designed to – Purify The skin Provide hydration Get rid of toxins The small sample size masks good enough for about 3 masks per …

Beauty // Lola Make Up Red Lipstick Review

If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack, Coco Chanel I am such a red lipstick girl. It doesn’t matter whether I’ve been blonde, a redhead or a brunette. A red lipstick is the classic colour that you bring out for all the right occasions – date night, job interviews, Christmas parties. It’s fun, playful, sexy and shows you’re not afraid to play with colour. And whilst I’ve worked my way through the different reds – girls, we all remember purchasing our first Ruby Woo for MAC, snapping up on the Rimmel Kate Moss shades and then over the years, I’m sure we all retreat to our tried and tested. Well, I thought I had mine. Until Lola Make Up turned up on the doorstep and switched up the game. Matte red? Tick. Long-lasting? Tick. Comfortable to wear? Tick. Enter, the game changer. This is the first piece I’ve tried from Lola Make Up. Up until now, they’re a brand I’ve spotted on Instagram and shown some virtual love too, but I was yet to …

Beauty // 5 Ways to Restore Damaged Hair, Skin and Nails

The winter weather and short days can leave you feeling sluggish, and often your hair, skin and nails will begin to suffer. Some simple tips and tricks will have you looking and feeling your best again in no time at all – carry on reading to find out more! Stay hydrated We’ve all heard how important it is to drink water, but we often don’t end up doing it. Make sure to get your 8 glasses a day, and swap out fizzy drinks or sugary beverages for a glass of water. You’ll notice a difference in how you feel in no time! To make it more interesting, try flavouring your water with cucumber or apple slices, or even citrus fruits. Eat healthy fats Healthy fats are essential for health, and can give your hair and skin a helping hand too. Omega 3 fatty acids not only contribute to normal brain function and a healthy heart, but more and more research points to the anti-inflammatory properties of Omega 3. This may benefit both skin and joints. …

Men’s Lifestyle // Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

Ok, so the 14th February is fast approaching and I’ll admit, I’ve always been one of those girls who think it’s a date designed for gals. Flowers, chocolates and a cheesy AF card as easy to buy for a girl, but shopping for a guy? Whole. New. Ball Game. I’m lucky enough to have a bf who’s all about equality…which means he’s expecting a new XBox game on V Day and a variety of other gifts, like it’s Christmas Day. Which, I’m kind of not about. Enter, Gifts Online 4 U. A website, designed to make shopping your Valentine (or Galentine) that much easier. All without having to brave The Shops. Perf. So what should you buy your guy for V Day, that says ‘I love you bae’ without being too cringe and resulting in #boydonegood on Insta come February 14th… Gift Ideas Aftershave. Easy, necessary and with loads to choose from, it’s not something you can go too wrong with. Over the years I’ve splashed out on super expensive bottles of the smelly stuff that …

Life // Forget Instagram, Don’t Neglect Your Blog

Lately, I’ve noticed lots of conversations focusing on the blogging industry and how it will continue to grow and expand in the coming month and looking at the long game; the coming years. For me, I’m very much immersed into this world; through my day job as a PR & Outreach Executive and as a blogger who’s been typing out words onto the internet for eight years now. So, what’s the future of blogging? Well, 10 years ago this wasn’t a career. Now, it is. Not only is it a full-time job for the creators and influencers who share engaging, funny, relevant content across a variety of platforms, but those of us on the other side. The in-house and agency-led outreach teams, who work with brands to pitch, create, navigate campaigns. Sourcing bloggers, negotiating gifting and payment and meeting deadlines are hard work. I, in particular, work within an SEO-led agency. So my outreach campaigns rely on backlinks, supporting the SEO value of any one of clients across our portfolio. So sadly, Instagram followers and …

Beauty // New Products & My Take on Bloggers Working with Brands

One of the ‘perks’ if you will of being a blogger is you have a valid reason to try new beauty brands and products regularly. On my Christmas list this year you could have put money on finding my favourite perfume brand, YSL Black Opium and ‘new make up’ as a standard request. I love sharing new products on my blog and searching on Pinterest for photo and flat lay inspo as I genuinely love this hobby of mine and sharing my thoughts with you all. There’s so much talk at the moment surrounding bloggers working with brands and how these relationships/collaborations should work and my humble opinion is bloggers and influencers should of course, be pitching to brands. I work as an outreach & PR executive within a digital marketing agency, which means I have a variety of brands on my client portfolio and run blogger outreach campaigns for the majority. As a third-party to brands, it’s our job to educate our clients on how partnerships with bloggers actually work. Payment is still seen …

Beauty // Four Fave Burgundy Make Up Products

I haven’t shared any new additions to my make up bag for a while, so here we go with a new beauty post of the products I’m loving at the moment. Burgundy is the perfect wintery shade and whilst we normally reserve it for December, I’m putting this handful of products to work well into the New Year too. Billion Dollar Brows First up I wanna talk about this dark blonde brow product from Billion Dollar Brow. I hadn’t heard of the product before they kindly got in touch, but I’m impressed. It has an easy to use applicator brush and it’s not too dark for my very light blonde brows, thank god. NYX Butter Gloss I’m such a fangirl over NYX lip products. The consistency, the variety of colours and the many collections just have me at hello. This lip gloss is from the Butter Gloss collection and oh my word, it does what it says on the tin. Easy to wear and long-lasting, this gloss is in a brown-nude shade and I love …

Beauty // January Birchbox x Ohh Deer Review

I’m back with another Birchbox review – this time it’s the January box in collaboration with Ohh Deer. I’ll admit, my views are mixed as my subscription rolls on… The Good Ok, so I adore design. It’s very kitsch and playful, which I love and I’ve spotted Ohh Deer designs on Instagram so it’s good to discover a little bit more about the brand. Out of the five products included, I’m a fan of the Paul & Joe foundation primer, the night cream and Lord & Berry cheek tint. I haven’t tried Paul & Joe as a brand before, so the box is the perfect introduction and I loved the cute bottle the primer came in. As I mentioned above, I was also pleasantly surprised to receive the Lord & Berry cheek tint. It’s the perfect peachy shade for Winter and as we transition into Spring. The Bad I don’t wear eyeliner so this piece of the box won’t really get used by myself. One to re-gift to friends or family! I also think in …

Fashion // Buying The Handbag Of My Dreams

Ok, so I’ve always been a handbag girl. Ever since I can remember, I’ve lusted after new bags and for years I was always working towards my next bag. Back when I was 16 and got my first job, I remember heading to Debenhams to the Fiorelli concession when I’ve saved up to treat myself to my first ‘proper’ handbag. It was black with fuchsia pink ties on the handles and it was love. So, fast forward 13 years and I back fangirling over Fiorelli bags once more… I’ve been on the hunt for a stylish backpack in soft leather that I can use for work and at the weekend. And over a month ago, I found the one. This red backpack is just a dream. Its super soft, a cute mini size whilst still being big enough to fit all my daily bits inside and I adore the chain detailing across the front. I spotted it back in November but at full price I couldn’t reason splashing out so kept checking back in the …