This week, Badoo is inviting you to have a great Sunday with free cocktails, salty snacks and singles as spicy as Eva Mendes as they rekindle your romantic bones with Will Smith, Mr Love himself, in Hitch at their #NoDateNight event at Rooftop Film Club at the Bussey Building in Peckham.

It’s for singles on Sunday 6th August and it’s FREE.

So, singletons out there – come on! Summer’s nearly over and it’s time to find someone to cuddle up with on those long winter nights.

I’m going, too. The boy I’m going with is definitely NOT my boyfriend! He’s errr…my PA?

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I do love my job, but I’m not ashamed to say that I live for the weekend. I also bloody love a GIF. Is it pronounced GIF or JIF? GIF…yeah, I thought so.

Here’s my standard week in GIF format.

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY 

SATURDAY

SUNDAY MORNING

SUNDAY NIGHT

Literal life, yo.

I joined the gym recently after years of avoiding it and thinking that hopping around the living room doing YouTube workouts was enough. I just turned 26 – and my naturally fairly lean body is starting to betray my horrendous habits of basically living off carbs and wine. It was time.

Truth be told, I was super nervous about going to the gym! I thought everyone would know that I was a total fitness n00b (which I am) and that I don’t know what I’m doing (which I don’t). My impending mid-late twenties pushed me over the edge though, and I signed up. And went. That was pretty much the hardest part – everything else just kind of gets normal after a while.

Here are my first impressions and tips on first joining the gym. I would really recommend it. I honestly thought I’d hate it and scoffed at people who work out on a hangover, or go to gym on a Saturday. I am now one of those people!

Choosing your outfit
Ooh honey, gone are the days of polyester shorts and P.E. pumps. It’s practically a fashion show at my gym. I thought long and hard about whether my lycra shorts I usually wear for pole were too much. Nope! I never thought I’d be one of those people who care about bloody activewear for fuck’s sake, but I’m finding I’m perusing Sweaty Betty and Lululemon more than Boohoo and Missguided at the moment! Although, wear whatever the hell you want. You’re there to impress yourself, not others.

What the fuck does that do?
Literally no idea what half the stuff does in the gym. There’s about 1,000 buttons to press, things to clip to other things, and who knew there was about 40 different types of weight shapes? Not me. Get yourself on a quick induction programme to be told how to use the equipment effectively (and safely!). Save yourself from being this woman.

Who are all these people?
Amongst the normals, i.e. me, there are some people there who are the equivalent to spotting a zebra in Ealing Broadway. Gym lore! I’ve heard about these types and was so pleased to find out they do actually exist!

Muscle Man – he looks like the ‘after’ photo for a protein supplement, with inSANE body-builder muscles that only he, and the girls on Love Island actually find attractive. He’s probably on Tinder.

Lipstick Lauren – oh man this girl! Her clothes say gym, but her face says nightclub. Often seen doing bicep curls with a cute weight, one hand on hip and facing a mirror, you know that her Insta is going to be full of ‘#sweaty’ sports bra pictures 2.5 seconds after leaving.

Grunty McGrunterson – we get it. You’re working hard. Like Maria Sharapova on the tennis court, Grunty makes himself heard with every rep. People looking over just makes him grunt louder. He also throws his weights on the floor afterwards and doesn’t put them back. Naughty.

Texter – a close relative of Lipstick Lauren, she spends an hour on the treadmill walking at 2.5mph. It’s too hard to navigate the touchscreen once your heart rate goes up.

Nude party fun
Lots of naked people about! Usually ones of your sex, but still. Get used to it ma man.

It’s harder than it looks…but it feels great
The first thing I was told on joining was to ‘make sure you push yourself every time’. So I have been. It’s not fun or pretty and I’ve definitely been on the verge of fainting after asking a girl if I could have a copy of this sick abs/cardio workout she was doing. Wish I hadn’t. But I’m glad I did. I never believed that you could feel good after – but for some reason you do. Sometimes there’s nothing more I’d like than to watch shit on telly and eat pizza in the warm, rather than dragging myself to the gym and running my ass off for 45 minutes. But DO IT. It’s win-win. Honestly, you feel so much better, and you get a better ass.

As you all know, we’ve been to Thailand recently. I’m heading to Turkey in August and Will and I are going to squeeze in another adventure in September for his birthday. I’ve been browsing websites for the best deal and have found an amazing one on Holiday Gems. A week in Tenerife with bed and breakfast for £230 anyone? Yes thanks.

Before you go though, you’ll need a few essentials to get you through. I was lucky enough to be able to go on a shopping spree to sort my life out before hitting the beach. Here’s what I can’t be without when I’m heading on my holidays.

THE TAN

L’Oréal Sublime Bronze Self Tan Overnight Elixir – £9.99
Anyone who knows me knows that I am the WORST tanner in the world. No matter how long I lie in the sun (responsibly of course), wishing and hoping, I’ll still be the same hue of mayonnaise that I started out with. Super. So, what’s wrong with a little cheat sesh? This stuff goes on before you head to bed and develops overnight, leaving you with a lovely tan – which lasts up to two weeks. Sorted.

I wore this the weekend we went to Brighton and got SO many compliments as it looked natural.

THE SWIMSUIT

Black Mesh Insert Strappy Swimsuit – River Island – £30.99

THE FUN

Check out literally EVERYTHING in the New Look holiday shop. Here’s a few of my faves.

Yellow Pineapple Beach Blanket – £19.99

Beverage Boats (pack of 3) – £9.99

Pink Flamingo Inflatable Pool Float – £19.99

If you’ve got all the holiday gear but no idea, head over to Holiday Gems website to take advantage of a cheap holiday this summer. Alternatively, check out their Facebook and Twitter.

What are your holiday essentials?

I’ve been wearing make up for years. I was addicted to it as soon as I swept a tiny, sharpened-down Kohl eyeliner that was being passed between about five of us (yuck!) around my entire eye. Since then, it’s been a fun game of trial and error as I try to find the perfect products to suit me.

I’ve had some disasters in the past – bright green eyeshadow and heavy kohl, greasy, cheap foundation, bright pink blusher…! You can also see some products I regret buying here.

Luckily though, I’ve settled down and have honed my core products down to those that work for me.

I often get compliments on my make up, which is lovely. I’d like to share what I wear on a daily basis for those who are interested. Of course, these may not work for you, and they may not work for me forever. Who cares, it’s an excuse for another shopping trip!

Dior ‘Diorskin Forever’ foundation, shade 10, £35

I’ve tried hundreds of foundations. From drugstore to high-end, I’ve never been able to find the one that fits me best. This is the perfect foundation for me. Full coverage, but not cakey. Glides on lovely with a Beauty Blender and lasts all day. They’ve released a ‘Star’ foundation which I believe includes an illuminator. I’m going to get a sample and do a comparison blog of the two – stay tuned.

Max Factor Creme Puff power – Tempting Touch – £6.99

Love this stuff, it sets your foundation really well. Don’t go mad with it though, the shade I use still has some coverage in it so you don’t want to end up looking cakey. Use the translucent one if you don’t need any more coverage.

I also use the Max Factor Bronzing Power in shade Golden 2, £6.99. It’s a similar consistency to the pressed powder – creamy and goes on smoothly. It’s not too dark so you can start off lightly and build the colour up if needs be.

MUA Undress YourSkin highlighting powder in Iridescent Gold, £3.00

Ugh! Amazing! Everyone should use this. This cheap product beats all of the high end highlighters I’ve ever used. Sometimes I go a bit mad and it looks like I’ve got headlights on my face, but we’re all going for that look anyway, right? GET ONE.

Makeup Revolution New-trals vs Neutrals eyeshadow palette, £6.99

Another absolute winner from the high street. This eyeshadow palette is EVERYTHING. Just look at those colours. After years of wearing brown shimmer with a darker colour in the crease, this palette has made me way more adventurous. 10/10 would recommend to anyone.

L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Eyeliner Ultra Precision – black – £6.49

Incredible. I’ve used eyeliner on my top lashline since I was about 14 and have used countless eyeliners over the years. This is one of the best. The sponge-tip gives you a good amount of control, it’s super black – and most importantly, lasts all day. Winner.

Benefit Bad Gal Lash mascara – £18.50

This is a great mascara. The brush is massive and deposits just the right amount of product on your lashes without making them clumpy, which often happens with big brushes. It seems to last for ages too. I tried the Benefit ‘They’re Real’ mascara previously, which was okay – I didn’t rate the brush at ALL though. Too plasticky and I poked myself in the eye about 6,000 times. This one’s a stayer for now though.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Blondie – £16.50

I’m literally the WORST with lip products. Some of my friends are so bold and wear lovely bright lipsticks which suit them so much and I’m a bit jel. Unlike the rest of my make up, I’m not sure how to do lipstick well. I’ve also got rather thin lips (this may be subject to change though…stay tuned), and am paranoid I’ll get lipstick on my teeth or smear it about my face. I’m trying to be a bit more confident with it though. Until then, I’m a fan of a simple lip balm. For big nights, I’ll use this lovely lip gloss from Charlotte Tilbury. It’s not sticky or tacky, and it’s not too bright, but is noticeable – perfect for my nights out.

And that’s it! I love hearing about new products and would love to hear about your go-to pieces. Let me know!