My Travel Makeup Bag


travel-makeup-bag-summer-holiday-travelling-charlotte-tilbury-bronzer-sun-beautyI like to have options when it comes to makeup and I am regularly changing up my everyday makeup. However when it comes to travelling, I like to keep things convenient and easy. I wish I could transport my makeup collection easily without the hassle but sadly that’s not the case. When it comes to travelling, I have to downsize for obvious reasons in that I only have a certain amount of space to travel with. Call me weird but I also get a little nervous travelling with beauty products in case they break or get damaged since some products are packaged to be a little more fragile. How materialistic eh! So anyway I thought I would share my convenient travel easy products that I will be using away from home.

In terms of base, I have gave myself two options. The BareMinerals Complexion Rescue and the Topshop BB cream will be my bases of choice this Summer with both offering decent coverage yet a lightweight formula. They also both offer a soft dewy look too especially the BareMinerals offering. To perfect my complexion, I’ve also got my go-to concealer of the moment from NYX which is decent enough at covering any blemishes. Also, to add a little light under my eyes, I have the Mac Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost which has also been my go to for brightening my under eyes. I’m not the biggest powder lover but I have the Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot in case I need to mattify my skin and set my makeup in place.

In give my skin a little more warmth, I am also loving the Soap and Glory Wonderbronze to add a nice bit of bronze-y glow to my complexion. In terms of blush, I have two options. The Clinique Cheek Pop in Melon Pop is a great pick for Summer to add a nice coral-y flush to the cheeks! I also have my trusty Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Lavish Mauve if I am going for a more neutral look. To finish off, the Topshop Glow Stick in Play up is perfect for adding more glow to the skin and is also super easy to travel with in a convenient crayon style packaging.

In terms of eyes, I am going simple with brows and mascara. My Benefit Gimme Brow is on its last legs however it is super easy to travel with and I am all about the natural look when on holiday. I also have a miniature of the Benefit They’re Real, my go-to mascara and who doesn’t love a little beauty mini for travelling! In terms of eyeshadow, I am going for the minimal approach. The BareMinerals Colour Extravaganza Convertible Eyeshadow Palette (longest name ever) is perfect for travelling as it has a pop-out trio palette so I have selected three shades from that to take away. I am also going to add in some Makeup Geek shadows (not pictured) to give myself a little more choice! Lastly, I have not included lip products in this as I will be doing a seperate post and I have a lot! However I do want to mention the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfecting Base which is my go-to lip balm for under lipstick which I just couldn’t go without!

What beauty products do you take when travelling?

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Monthly Round-up: July


July Monthly RoundupIt’s time for another monthly roundup, oh how fast time goes! It feels like just yesterday I was rambling on about going on holiday and now I am back home to the miserable weather! Anyway this month was pretty full on and a lot busier in comparison to my laid back month of June (catch up here). So luckily I do have a few things to mention from what I got up to this month!

So obviously as I have already stated (a million times) I went off on holiday this month. You may have noticed my slight absence this month on the blog and from my related travel posts (you can them check out here and here). Of course during that time I was spending my days lying in the sunshine enjoying the heat that has been pretty non-existent in the UK. I went to the South of Spain which was just so lovely! The weather was incredible and definitely some of the highest temperatures I’ve ever experienced abroad so the sun cream and ice cream appeared quite a few times! So overall I had a fab time and also got a little spendy at duty free but I’ll probably dish the deeds on that one later!

As well as having a fab time in the sunshine a couple of other exciting things happened back home. Firstly, I got a job! If you are unaware basically I am a full time uni student at the moment so most of my time is spent in education but for the longest time now I was looking for a part time job and I finally got one. I obviously don’t have a lot of hours but just having the feeling of being able to earn my own money is so satisfying. It is just a basic retail job but I have been enjoying it so far and I’ve been working alongside some lovely people too!

Also, just last week I passed my driving theory test. Yay! I am not sure if I had mentioned about driving on my blog before but for a year now I’ve been learning to drive and I only just got to taking my theory test. I am super happy to get it out the way and now look to taking my actual driving test which is super scary but so exciting! I just can’t wait til I can legally drive and not have to get the train to work! So that was my exciting month, now here’s to August… my birthday month 🙂

Catch up on July posts: Thee Charlotte Tilbury splurge, Mac Mehr lipstick, Vanilla Cupcake recipe and the Summer Nail Edit.

How did you spend July?

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Vacation Diary 2014: Portugal


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We are reaching mid August now (already!? I know where does time go!!) and sadly our long Summer nights will be ending soon however I did have some splendid moments this summer and I hope you did too! Well this summer I took a trip to the sunny Algarve in Portugal which is located at the very south coast of Portugal and I thought I would share some of my memories here 🙂

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As I stated before Algarve is at the south coast of Portugal therefore promising a lot of beautiful sunny beaches and it definitely stayed true to its promise. There were a variety of beaches particularly in Albufeira (where I was and a very popular tourist destination) and the beaches were well equipped with plenty of sun-loungers and beach side bars and cafes looking onto the incredible view.

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Enjoying a cocktail by the beach 🙂

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The food was fabulous and most places were pretty good value. There was two places in particular which I just loved. O Poeta (above) was located in the main strip of Albufeira and was absolutely delicious!! The restaurant specialized in Tex Mex food (my fave!) serving the likes of tacos, burritos and quesadillas. It was well worth the money and left me incredibly full afterwards, as well as being well entertained by a Mexican singer it was great. I also visited an amazing sushi restaurant named Fuji which has to be my favorite sushi experience ever and I love my sushi! The service, presentation and the quality of the food was very much on top!

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We all do love a bit of sightseeing when we are on vacation and there is no better way to do it than an open top tourist bus which allowed me to view many great places and see so many amazing features to the beautiful Algarve such as the many interesting roundabouts (above).

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How awesome are these sand sculptures!

Overall Algarve in Portugal was fantastic, great value food, cheap and fun night outs, sunny and beautiful (most of the time) weather, lovely people and just a lovely place. I would definitely be up for another trip!

Summer Tunes 2014


Summer is all about the feel-good factor and positivity and one thing that can make us happy is music. Whether you are planning a beach party, BBQ or just having sometime to yourself we all need a bit of music to get us in the mood. Below are some hits that I will be playing all summer long and I suggest you do too!

This song is a necessary for all summer playlists, The title of the song suggests it all really..  DJ Calvin Harris has added his vocals to new track Summer which is perfect for any summer party and is definitely got the feel-good factor.

This song by Sigma is a remix of a sample used in Bound 2 by Kanye West and this has to be one of my favorite tunes at the moment. I am not much of a Kayne fan so Bound 2 does not really appeal to me however the intro is pretty good and UK group Sigma jumped on that bandwagon and created a remix of the ‘good bit’ and I must say in my opinion its far superior to Bound 2 and works a lot better.  This is worth a listen!

And Calvin Harris has also been busy on this song too, he wrote and produced I will never let you down for girlfriend Rita Ora and its a catchy number perfect for summer.. and oh how I am loving the pink trench coat!

And last but not least is the very talented singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran who is back with his first single of his new album ‘multiply’ which is fab btw! Sing is quite different for Ed with a Justin Timberlake-esque style to it which is down to Pharrell who produced the track however it still has Ed written all over it and its incredibly catchy!

 

 

Pick of the Month:June 2014


This months pick of the month is this cute Lace top sundress from Topshop. The sun is finally out and trips to the beach are a must and this cute mint coloured sundress is a perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. The dress is available from Topshop at a cool price of £30/$60 and is perfect to be worn for summer trips to the beach or summer nights out. So will this sundress be making an appearance in your travel suitcase this summer?

Topshop £30 or $60Credit to Topshop for image.

Summer Wardrobe: Swimwear


The weather continues to get warmer and warmer this summer and it is always important to have the appropriate clothing while out in the sun. The first essential of the Summer Wardrobe is of course swim-wear which is extremely popular for going to the pool on holiday or even down the beach. Below I have listed a variety of different bikinis and one-piece swim-wear items mixing between high-street and designer that I believe are perfect for this summer. What is your favorite piece ? Bikini or One-piece ?

River IslandASOS – River Island

Top £15.00/$25.46

Bottom £10.00/$16.97

WildfoxASOS – Wildfox

Top £70.00/$118.79

Bottom £62.00/$105.21

ASOSASOS

Top £9.00/$15.27

Bottom £6.00/$10.18

TopshopTopshop

 £36.00/$72.00

Net a PorterNet a Porter – Norma Kamali

£300/$350

Net a Porter Miu MiuNet a Porter – Miu Miu

£145/$245

Credit to ASOS.com, Topshop and Net-a-Porter for images.

Summer Recipe: Eton Mess


Wimbledon tennis tournament in London has just started and one thing its famous for is its typically British strawberries and cream. If you are planning on watching the games this week and next or maybe just fancy something sweet for the summer sun then this recipe is perfect for you. As well as strawberries and cream, Eton Mess combines this with meringue to create a irresistible quick dessert.

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Ingredients (for 4)

450g strawberries chopped

300ml double cream

4 meringue nests

Instructions (15 mins)

Chop 100g of the strawberries and press through a fine sieve using the back of a wooden spoon, to make a smooth purée. Set aside.

Quarter or roughly chop the rest of the strawberries. Whip the cream in a large bowl to soft peaks. Break the meringue nests into small pieces then gently and lightly fold into the cream with the chopped strawberries.

Divide between 4 small bowls and serve each one drizzled with the strawberry purée.

Credit to Realfood.Tesco