First of just wanted to say how excited and proud I am to reach 50k page views on my blog so thank you to everyone who has ever read any of my posts. Let's celebrate with a GIVEAWAY! I'm giving away loads of my absolute FAVE products on my Instagram. Here you can find the prize in full as well as details of the comp below.

I say girls holiday because usually they’re holidays where you wanna look fire. But any holiday really, or any summer occasion at that. These are my absolute favourite products I’ve been using these past few months while I’ve been away. AND you can win them all and get your glow on.

You all know I'm a die hard Bondi Sands fan xx

Bondi Sands Ultra Dark – If you haven’t tried Bondi Sands Tan then I’m gonna throw you in at the deep end and recommend the ultra dark. It’s a really nice colour and honestly you’ll never use another tan again after you smell this.

Bondi Sands Tan Eraser - This is gonna save you from patchiness and scrubbing until you have one layer of skin left. I've reviewed this previously on my blog so you can read more about it here.

St Tropez Gradual Tan – I’m not usually one for gradual tan because I feel like it’s a bit pointless but this one is hands down the best one I've ever tried. It's really buildable so you can get a lovely colour from it - literally when this comes out the bottle it looks like melted chocolate and if you’re getting a natural tan it makes you really nice and golden. I tried St Tropez tanning foam and I wasn’t actually that impressed, a bit green? Dunno maybe just me. But out of all the St Tropez products I've tried this really stands out

Golden Goddess Oil – You will cover yourself in this stuff honestly it’s soo beaut. If you've never tried it then just go out and get yourself some, I got all my friends hooked on this. I love to put this on my collar bones, shoulders and shins on nights out as well. Really makes your tan looks stunning and comes out so glow in pictures. 

Sleek Highlighting Palettes in Solstice and Cleopatra's Kiss - So if you haven't guess theres a slight theme to this giveaway which is sparkly/glittery.
These palettes are more than enough for a holiday, apply liberally everywhere. If you've tried these then I'm sure you'll agree with me when I say they are SO GOOD and come out so nice.

Ardell Wispies – My favourite eyelashes. That is all there is to say really. And this pack should last you a while - I usually wear each pair 3-5 times since I have a good eyelash glue. Which brings me on to:

No.7 Eyelash Glue – This was recommended to me by a friend – thanks gemma! – and literally it’s so worth the investment. It’ll last ages and it’s just so much better than those crappy little ones you get free with lashes. And its hypo allergenic or whatever that means so no stinging.

Diamante Choker - This is the one from Accessorize I wore in my latest OOTD post. I've put this on here since its so glam but so wearable - perfect for holidays and girly evenings and nights out.

Diamante Hoop Earrings - also from Accessorize are these medium sized hoops. Hoop earrings are a go-to for me and I think if you're gonna take a pair on holiday with you it should be these.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso - A bit of holiday reading for when you're lying by the pool. I really enjoyed reading this, as well as watching the series on Netflix. Perfect for anyone who likes fashion, girl power and/or needing some motivation. 

Good luck everybody! xxx

The deets and T&Cs:
How to enter: follow instructions on this Instagram post (follow @mabelgoulden, like, comment and tag another user on competition post). Users can enter as many times as they like. Competition open until midnight on Saturday 29th July 2017.
Who is eligible: Anybody in the UK - competition for UK residents only. Entrants must be 13 years old or over.
The winner will be announced The winner will be chosen at random. The winner will be notified by DM on Instagram. Winner will have 72 hours to respond and claim before a new winner is chosen.
The prize: Prize listed in this blog post. Prize will be sent to winner in the post.
Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions. I shall have the right, at my sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions, such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage.
I also reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of my control.

1. Having to explain to your extended family what a lifestyle blogger does and why it's actually a valid thing to spend your time on

And they don't really get it but they often tell you "why don't you blog about _____ " 
And then having to hit them back with the awkward "Errrr yeah well I run a beauty blog but I guess I could throw a few knitting patterns in, I'll think about it! Thanks" 


2. The most common response to telling people you're a blogger being "so do you just like get free stuff all the time????"

3. Trying to change something on your HTML


4. When your friends ask if they can win your giveaway because they're your friend 

No but seriously no, sorry 🙅🏼🤷🏼‍♀️

5. Having friends around the country(/globe!) who you've never met irl but you support like they're you're sisters

 💖 #girlpower

6. You can spot an account with fake followers a mile away. 23k followers but less than 50 likes??


7. You low-key party on your own every time you hit any kind of milestone on any form of social media.

8. When people don't realise how much time, effort , planning and hard work goes into your posts 

9. You have your photo editing process down - it's easy!! It only takes 3 separate apps and 17 simple steps 

10. You're obsessed with natural lighting and lowkey cringe when people take their pics inside and they're all yellow 

11. The only people that understand the struggle with the Instagram algorithm are other bloggers so you bitch about it with them on twitter.

12. When beef goes down in the blogger world and non-bloggers don't understand what you're on about.

13. And you say you hate drama but you're enjoying it and posting response blog posts like

14. When your friend said they'd take photo's for you and you have to ask "Can you just take a few more?" seven times.

Sorry not sorry xxx

PS This post is a celebration of hitting 50k page views!! Soooo excited thank you so much xx

If you read all of the things I'm feeling right now in this blog post, you may have picked up on some key colours I love this summer. I covered orange in another post, the next on the list is this stunning violet colour which is everywhere you look right now. Purple has been a colour I don't wear much of until very recently, it's a tricky one to get right. I kinda feel like Violet could be the new millennial pink? Just as cute.

On Tuesday, you may have seen my snapchat takeover for Ego (their snap name is Egoofficial) where I wore this outfit, went down to London for the day and had the best afternoon at Peggy Porschen's and watching The Girls musical. But onto the outfit:

Stars of the show gotta be my latest addition to the slider collection are these "Dream" sliders in Violet from Ego. They are a satin knot style, great for a glam but sporty outfit and in this colour they're super girly too, so very me. 

I went full on matchy matchy, with this T-shirt dress from Pretty Little Thing, also available at Asos. To break it up a lil bit I wore this satin cropped jacket - from misguided but unfortunately sold out now. Worn here around my waist just to lessen the purple overdose (slightly).

I'm honestly so in love with this new little rucksack from Accessorize - I paired it with this bag charm as well which I think makes it look less schoolgirl and way more designer-esque. Mini backpacks are just so cute I want one in every colour! 

Sucker for a choker ya know! This one is Accessorize - super super glam and sparkly BUT went for it in a daytime outfit because why not and I love it. 

Lets all just appreciate this beautiful pic of Peggy Porchsen's Cupcakery that Beth took? It was so pretty I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a chic insta pic - marble table tops and everything lol 

Thanks for reading as always! If you don't already please give me a follow on IG/Twitter: @mabelgoulden 💖

Lovely photographs all thanks to Beth Stevens😘

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A recent graduate of the Fashion Retail Academy London, based in York.