What’s in my travel skincare bag – then v now

A year ago, before I packed my suitcase and went on a weekend away to Brighton, I wrote a post about what travel skincare I was taking with me on my trip. Well now I’m doing the exact same thing for another trip down to the seaside this weekend. So I thought I’d look back at what I was taking last year and if things have changed or stayed the same or if there was something I used that I wouldn’t touch now.

Makeup Remover | Garnier Micellar Water v Garnier Micellar Water and Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover

Snap! I’ve used this product on and off (but to be fair more on than off) for the last five years. It dissolves base makeup like no other and is just the pick me up I need when I’m feeling a little bit sorry for myself (AKA hungover). The only problem is that it’s not fab at taking off my eye makeup, which is where the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover comes in. It means that I can take off the tonnes glitter I put on my eyes on Saturday night a lot easier.

Cleanser | Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser Sample v Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser Mini

As you can see this, is the same. Although I’ve upgraded to an actual pot of the product instead of just using the sample. This isn’t the cleanser I use on the daily (I’m using the Saturday Skin Rise and Shine Cleanser) but I am still a big fan and it does the job.

Eye Cream | Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream v Clarins Eye Contour Gel

The Body Shop Eye Cream is one that I used for a long time. It’s not bad but I’ve used some better ones since. I’m currently using the Saturday Skin Eye Cream (which I do like) but it’s in such a big bulky tub that it would take up a fair bit of room so I’m taking the Clarins Eye Gel. I REALLY love this one. I’ve used up a few applications of this mini during my Paris trip last year and it’s the most hydrating eye cream I’ve used. So watch this space as I will probably purchase a full size soon.

Serum | The Ordinary Rose Serum v Pixi Rose Caviar Essence

Last year I put a little bit of the serum I was using (The Ordinary Rose Serum) into a mini serum container to take with me. I can’t say I’m a fan of this product anymore. It’s a bit too greasy and didn’t sink in properly into the skin. Unlike the serum I’m using at the minute which is beautiful. It’s like water and gives my skin a big hit of hydration. It’s what my skin needs right now as it’s really dehydrated and sinks into the skin in no time.

Lip Balm | Glossier Coconut Balm Dot Com v Glossier Mango Balm Dot Com

As you can tell, I love a balm dot com. So much so that the one I’m taking on this year’s trip is the new mango scent. They’re easy to wear and moisturising – big fan.

Moisturiser | The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream v Nuxe Nuxellent

With both of these products it’s a case of ‘use up what you got in your beauty advent calendar’. The Body Shop one is a hit with me though. A really straight forward, hydrating moisturiser that doesn’t get greasy or feel like on your face. If you’re in the market for a no frills bronzer then I definitely recommend this. Now, with this Nuxe product I think it’s a moisturiser but I’m not 100%. But because I’m taking the Pixi serum, if I don’t like it it doesn’t matter that much because I’m still get the hydration boost I need.

Extras

Pixi Glow Tonic | I love this product and don’t ever want to be without it so I’ve decanted (is that the right word?) it to bring with me. Fab!

I’m not taking a hand cream this time. I do use one every night (The Body Shop Shea one) but it’s not a necessity and I can do without it for a few days.

What’s your favourite travel skincare product?

My favourite restaurants from the last 12 months

Today is my birthday! To celebrate turning 24 I thought I’d look back on some of the best places I’ve been to eat over the past 12 months. I love eating out, it’s one of my favourite things to do, and so I thought I’d put together my top picks from last year which could be helpful if you ever find yourself in these areas looking for somewhere to go!

A stand out highlight of last year was my trip to Roots in York. Probably the best meal I’ve eaten in my entire life, no exaggeration. The food was incredible, the vibe of the place was amazing and I had the best time. I went with my mum and dad back in November for lunch because I’m obsessed with Tommy Banks (and because we’ve heard very good things). It was fab. Amazing food, which is all small sharing plates, in a chilled out atmosphere. We decided to go for ten plates and they just brought the food out that was ready. Everything was so good it was hard to pick a favourite but I loved the beetroot cooked in beef fat, lamb bao buns and the apple cake.

Location: York

Perfect for you if: You love top quality dining and are willing to pay the prices but enjoy more of a chilled out vibe.

During another November trip, this time to Paris with my friends, we went to Frenchie. Super cool vibes, it felt like the worst kept secret as the place was small and intimate but packed with people. We didn’t book and had to wait about an hour for a seat but with a bottle of wine and space at the bar it wasn’t a problem. The menu was small and kind of had a sharing plate vibe but we all went for our own thing. I had the squid ink ravioli and it was amazing. So tasty. I also had the tarte tatin which was delicious! I would totally recommend giving this a go but maybe book, it was rammed on a random Tuesday in November so strikes me that it’s busy all the time.

Location: Rue du Nil, Paris

Perfect for you if: You want something a bit special that isn’t too pricey. Also if you need a picture for Instagram.
Just down the road from where I live, the Sun Inn at Rastrick does cracking food at a great price. Think ‘pub food’ but ten times better and two for one fish and chip Fridays. Dream! They also do two for one gins on a Saturday, so I mean you really can’t go wrong with this place.

Location: Rastrick, West Yorkshire

Perfect for you if: You don’t want to cook on a Friday night or need somewhere to chill out on a Saturday afternoon.

Potentially the most instagramable place I’ve ever stepped foot in, Red Roaster was subject to a very hungover visit when I was with my friend in Brighton. The fact that we were both feeling a little worse for wear after a major prosecco session didn’t ruin the visit though. Such an amazing breakfast was had. I went for the waffle with bacon egg and apple washed down with a latte and it was glorious. The different food options here were pretty special and interesting and I have to say I would like to go back and try some of their lunch options – especially when I’m feeling a little perkier than I did the last time.

Location: Brighton

Perfect for you if: You want breakfast with a twist or to take advantage of the marble tables and amazing lighting for your instagram.

Trips to see friends seem to constantly produce new restaurant favourites! An amazing meal that left us all full to the brim was had at Farmshop. Located in Bicester Village, I think it’s in associaton with Soho ____ (am I a real blogger yet?) and has a lot of hearty meals on offer like burgers, pies. mac and cheese, etc. We all went for chorizo and smoked mozzarella croquettes to start (sensational) and that was followed by a delish chicken burger. I’d love to go back and sample the desserts but those croquettes have definitely stuck around in my memory.

Location: Bicester Village, Oxfordshire

Perfect for you if: You want to live out your YouTuber life with a smaller price tag and delicious food.

Last but not least is where I went for my birthday meal this year, and somewhere which is probably going to become a new favourite. Eric’s Resturant in Lindley (wonderful West Yorkshire again) has everything you want and more. I’d class it as British food that’s fancy but not lacking in the portion size department. We went for the early dining menu and there was a nice selection on offer at a good price. I had chorizo gnocci (creamy goodness in a bowl), tasty pork with dauphinoise potatoes and pecan piece (HEAVEN).Not only is it great for an evening meal but there are also a number of events like afternoon tea and brunch to sink your teeth into. We went to a brunch at the end of December which was fab. Anywhere with pancakes gets two thumbs up in my book!

Location: Lindley, West Yorkshire

Perfect for you if: You’re celebrating something and you want to try somewhere a bit special that won’t totally break the bank.

What to do and where to go on a weekend in York

York has to be one of my favourite places to visit. It’s bustling with visitors but you can also find yourself away from people on quiet cobbled streets. After a recent visit which confirmed my love for the city, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite places in the form of an ‘everything you need to know for a great weekend in York’ guide. 

Things to do

There’s so much to do in York that it’s pretty much impossible to do it all in a dozen trips never mind just one. But between museums, landmarks and pretty walks it’s quite easy to pick and choose a few things to during your trip. Here are a few options, stuff that costs money and also some freebies.

The Castle Museum is a great place to start when it comes to museums. There’s so much to see but it makes for a great morning. The museum takes you through York’s history and even has a recreation of a Victorian street which is seriously cute. If you end up going in December then you will get to see it all dressed up for Christmas, a real treat!

Chocolate lovers should really think about visiting York’s Chocolate Story. A bit of a Cadbury World vibe, this tour takes you through the city’s sweet history and at the end you can enjoy some delicious chocolate. What’s not to love?!

If you want to have a cheeky look in York Minster then you can do so without paying but I would really recommend buying tickets to walk round the place and especially go up the tower. Not only is it a really interesting, historic building but the views from the top of the tower are really great.

If you’ve spent enough money on fun activities and delicious food (more on that later) there are still plenty of things to do that don’t cost a penny. The walls that surround York are great for a little wander around. You can spot a few sights along the way and it looks like quite a scenic walk.

If you need a picture for your Instagram then The Shambles is where you should go. An old street in the centre, it has everything you want in a cute cobbled street. The main draw are the overhanging buildings that are pretty gravity defying. A must see! 

You may have to pay to go to the Yorkshire Museum but it’s free to have a wander around the gardens. I had a fleeting visit as we walked through post-amazing meal and what I saw of it was very nice and it would make a lovely little walk.

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Places to eat

There are so many food options in York it’s actually excessive but it means that there are plenty of places for whatever you fancy. Now I haven’t been to all these places but after researching some solid options ahead of my recent trip, these are the top dogs in my eyes and restaurants I’d like to go to.

Roots: The best meal I’ve ever had. Literally. It’s basically delicious sharing plates of unusual ingredients that are just amazing. It’s been set up by Tommy Banks of Great British Menu fame and is an experience that won’t disappoint. For example, we had a piece of beetroot cooked in beef fat which tasted like a delicious piece of beef. There was also a perfect little apple cake. For £55 each you get 10 plates, this includes your bread and two desserts, and for a restaurant with an amazing experience I don’t think that’s bad at all.

La Vecchia Scuola: Totally delicious. There are so many Italian places to eat in York that it took us a while to decide on one but after trawling TripAdvisor we settled on this one. Extensive menu in a really cute setting it was a lovely way to start our trip. I would 100% go back. A couple of the other restaurants we looked at were Gusto and D’Vine.

The York Roast Co: A Yorkshire pudding wrap is 100% on my bucket list and after following them on Twitter, I am desperate to give this place a go. It didn’t slot into the schedule this time but hopefully my next trip will feature some gravy goodness.

Bettys: An absolute staple of any York trip, Bettys is literally life. An actual institution, it’s a must visit. An olde worlde tearoom with cakes, pastries, soups, sandwiches and more. When you go (not it, when), try one of the rostis. There are a few different types but all seriously delicious. Cake-wise, the vanilla slice is always an amazing option.

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Where to stay

Because York is so close to where I live (about an hour by car), I’ve only stayed over a couple of times. But there are plenty of options for where to make your bed on an evening. I definitely recommend going for somewhere in the centre. Sounds obvious I know but if you can get a place within walking distance of York centre then you’re winning because the shops, restaurants and things to do are all very close to each other. There are a few hotels which are good, like the Park Inn by Radisson, but there are also some amazing Air Bnbs to choose from. During our latest trip we stayed in a cottage by York Minster and it was in the perfect place. So I’d recommend having a look around because you will find a total gem!

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Other things to note

Now when we went, filming for upcoming BBC drama Gentleman Jack (which I’m seriously looking forward to because part of it was filmed near where I live) was happening outside York Minster. I can’t promise that this will be occurring if you plan to visit but if you spot any then definitely take a peek because it was really interesting and exciting to watch!

If you’re looking to bag a few bargains then York Designer Outlet is where you should head. There are so many shops and a lot of them tend to do cracking discounts if you bulk buy. Places you can visit are Yankee Candle, the Body Shop, Cadbury and there are loads more.

A whistle stop tour of Brighton’s food offerings

Recently I went on a weekend trip to Brighton and had such a good time! I saw the sights, was forced into watching Stranger Things (great decision) and ate some tasty food! I thought it might be quite nice to share some of the delicious things Brighton had to offer – and there was plenty to choose from. Disclaimer: This is just a quick run down of where we went over one afternoon (and the next morning), other than that I’m probably the worst person to give Brighton food suggestions but I just thought it might be nice to share where we went.

Arriving in Brighton after just a sausage sandwich and a latte on the train I was ready for something tasty, preferably with a sea view. And that’s just what I got! Now because I’m an idiot I have no idea what the place is called where we ended up but you could see the pier from it. Anyway we sat by the beach with a latte and some of the best chips and garlic aioli that have ever passed my lips. Think of the most garlic-y thing there very was, times it by ten and that’s how much garlic was in the dip – it was amazing! Crispy hot chips and creamy sauce sat looking out to the sea in the sunshine, what more could you ask for!

We then fancied some ice cream and after a bit of a Google we made our way to Boho Gelato. It was the end of the day so flavours were a bit limited but still delish. I went for Nutella and vegan vanilla brownie and it was super tasty, especially the Nutella. I mean what’s better than hitting a giant lump of chocolate-y goodness! Perfect way to round off a seaside afternoon.

Day two on the Brighton food adventure started with a bang. Two words; Red Roaster. It’s literally the thing of Instagram dreams and not only does it look super pretty but the food is also seriously delicious! We went for breakfast after a prosecco fuelled late night in a jacuzzi (long story) so heads and stomachs were a little tender but we were ready for a tasty brunch. I went for a latte and a herb waffle with bacon jam, a fried egg and bits of apple. Oh my god it was amazing. You know when you eat something and it just sings – this was one of those moments. What’s not to love about bacon, apple and a whole load of waffle?! I’d love to go back as well for lunch to test out some of the other things on the menu. I was 100% recommend this, it was sensash.

As I said, just a quick little run down of where I went on my tiny travels!

What’s in my travel skincare bag?

As you read this I’ll be living it up in Brighton on a little weekend trip for my friends birthday and to say I’m excited is an understatement – I’m literally bursting! I wanted to see if I could streamline my packing for this trip, especially makeup and skincare-wise, not for any particular reason just because I tend to overpack. A Glossier much seemed like the perfect size, big enough but also quite thin. The bag is pretty much filled with my usual skincare routine but with some cute minis thrown in, so here is what I’m taking skincare-wise on my mini break to Brighton.


I constantly need Micellar Water in my life and these little Garnier ones are the best for when you’re out and about. You don’t even really need to get this for the product inside (although this is my favourite Micellar Water) but the bottle is great, relatively flat and there’s no fear of a massive explosion all over your bag. Also, cotton pads, because I’m sorry but toilet paper and kitchen roll are not the same. For when I need to really cleanse my face during this weekend (say on Sunday morning when I feel like absolute death) then I have this sample size of the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser to use. It’s my favourite product for a second cleanse and although it isn’t very good at removing makeup, once I’ve gone over my face with the micellar water it really gets in and cleans out any gunk left on my face and leaves it feeling a little bit happier. It seems like quite a decent sample and I might even get two uses out of it (woo I know how to live life!).


At the minute my skincare routine is very much ‘get in all the moisture to stop the skin shriveling up like a little raisin’ but this isn’t very travel friendly. Enter the Look Fantastic Advent Calendar I had last year. Possibly the best purchase I’ve ever made it’s provided me with new favourites and, most importantly, minis. After using up the serum that you got in the run up to Christmas (which I loved but was SO EXPENSIVE) I can now use the bottle for my serum of choice when I’m out on my travels. The one I’m using at the minute is The Ordinary 100% Plant Derived Squalane (see my early thoughts on it here). I’m so glad that I can still keep up my current skincare routine without it taking up half the room in my bag.

This mini of the Body Shop Vitamin E moisturiser is something I’ve trying to use up. Again an advent calendar present it’s quite similar to my current moisturiser (the Body Shop Drops of Youth) and I’ve used it before so I know my skin likes it. It just saves me taking a massive pot or trying to scrape the product I’m using into a tiny tub, everyone’s a winner! 

Three things that I already use that are the perfect travel sizes are my Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream, the Coconut Glossier Balm Dotcom and my Body Shop Coconut Hand Cream. Three great products that I’m glad can come with me without taking up much space. Also my toothbrush and toothpaste will be coming with me – nothing special but very essential (get me, such a poet).

What’s your cutest mini?

Exploring Edinburgh | The most amazing afternoon tea

Just look at this. Pictures speak louder than words so here it is – afternoon tea at The Signet Library in  The Colonnades in Edinburgh.
*scroll to the bottom to see my thoughts*

This was one of the best afternoon teas I’ve ever had, seriously stunning. Even starting with the setting, you’re sat in a library under a very high ceiling surrounded by stacks and stacks of books. It’s really cool. The table was like a mirror and pretty much everything else was also reflective and looked really sleek. There were loads of different teas and coffees to choose from so whatever floats your boat, they have something for you! I went for earl grey and it was goooood.
We started with an amuse bouche of parsnip soup, a nice surprise and really tasty. Then it was onto the main event. I don’t want to go into too much detail so I’ll give you the highlights. The mini game pie was to die for, just a bite of delicious pastry goodness and the mini fish burger (I should stop saying mini because let’s face it everything is mini) was very tasty. The bizarre star of the savoury section was the red pepper cheesecake…yeah, that’s right. It sounds really weird but it worked, buttery base with a red pepper filling and a crispy pepper bit on top. Might be one to recreate at home! 
Scones were delicious – one criticism was that we could have done with a bit more clotted cream and jam but I’m sure we could have asked for more. I’m usually a little let down when it comes to puddings on afternoon teas because 1. in general there’s a lot of cake and 2. I’m too stuffed from the savoury section to even think about anything else. But well-thought out selection of mini pastries was amazing. Again, the highlights were the treacle tart, like a sticky bonfire toffee in pastry and the gin and apple jelly, a nice way to end off the meal. I was also a big fan of the pumpkin spiced macaroon. I’m normally not the biggest macaroon fan but this was filled with white chocolate and it was so tasty I could have had about 17 (obviously not right then and there – I was literally stuffed to burst).
There’s a general theme with my Edinburgh posts of “if you’re ever in Edinburgh you need to visit insert name of establishment here” but I really mean it with this one. Such a great experience, I wouldn’t hesitate about going back!
Where else shall I try for afternoon tea?

Exploring Edinburgh | Food

When we went to Edinburgh we were greeted with so many options for places to eat. It was like a foodie haven and I was totally ready for it. As with finding places to visit, there was a lot of research on trip advisor, top ten lists and word of mouth before we had a list of places we wanted to try out. We didn’t over do it with eating out but we managed to sample some amazing places! I’m going to split them into meals and hopefully give you a few ideas of where to eat should you find yourself in the Scottish capital.

Brunch
Why not start with the best pancakes I’ve ever eaten. Ever. 
I’m a huge pancake fan, they’re my thing at the moment and I was determined to find an amazing brunch spot for one of the days. There were plenty to choose from (like seriously so many) but we settled on Loudons . With so much delicious sounding to choose from in a light and airy atmosphere this place was insane. It was a little bit pricy (just under £10 for pancakes) but the portion sizes are huge and really sets you up for the day. I went for the American Style pancakes with bacon, baked banana and topped with syrup and cocoa powder and an earl grey tea. There was plenty of sauce which was delicious and sweet, the banana was tasty and the actual pancakes were pillowy and soft. Also the bacon was crispy which I’m all about.

I wouldn’t even hesitate in going back here again, it was to die for. I truly memorable experience.

Tea (dinner/evening meal)
This meal was both amazing and bizarre. I think my mum and dad heard about Locanda De Gusti from a friend so off we went one night. Two buses and a short walk later we were stood in front of this small space filled to the brim with people in what I’d describe yas someone’s lounge. But in this random room on a random street was a totally delicious and memorable meal. An Italian restaurant with no pizza in sight it’s definitely an experience but one that’s worth having. I went for a seafood starter with mussels, scallops, prawns, squid and probably other things that I’m forgotten. Cooked to perfection it came with a chunk of bread to mop up the juices – not going to lie I was totally sold on the starter for the bread alone. As it was such a meaty starter I went for simple ravioli for main. The buttery was nice and buttery (duh) and the ravioli was delicious. Simple but not boring, and I’m usually someone who gets bored of pasta dishes if they are a little same-y. I was totally stuffed but I also really wanted a pudding so I went for a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a shot of espresso. It was just like coffee ice cream and it was the perfect way to end an amazing meal.
Please, if you’re wanting something a little bit different with delicious food then pay Locanda De Gusti a visit, you won’t regret it.


Afternoon tea
Two words: the best. Stay tuned for next week’s post when I’ll go into more detail. Trust me it’ll be worth the wait!

What is your favourite thing to eat for brunch?

Exploring Edinburgh | Sights

 Are you ready for some Edinburgh posts!?!

I spent four days in the Scottish capital with the parents a couple of weeks ago and I want to share where we went, what we did, all of the things we ate so sit down, get a cup of tea (or glass of prosecco, whatever beverage you fancy) and here’s part one: the sights.
Note: I’ll link the TripAdvisor pages for everything I mention, then it makes it easier if you want to take a look yourself!

Before we arrived in Edinburgh we did a little bit of research on popular places to go and I picked up a Lonely Planet guide to the city which proved to be really useful. So with the list of places we fancied going there were a few which we needed to book and by the time we were on the train heading up there we had a loose schedule of where we were going and a list of places that we could go to fill in any gaps. It worked really well and we managed to fill our day without sitting clueless about where to go next.

Attractions – Things that cost dollar (or scottish pounds)
The first place we visited was Real Mary King’s Close. It’s an underground history tour that goes through street that’s sort of buried underground. It’s a strange reason why it’s there and to be honest I’m still not 100% sure why but it was really good. The tour lasted about an hour/ hour and a half so not massively long and it was so interesting that time just flew by! The Royal Yacht Britannia is a great way to spend half a day. Based out in Leith (half an hour tops on the bus from the centre) it’s the ship that the Queen and the Royal Family used to go on holiday, go on state visits, etc and it’s basically a floating museum. It’s really interesting, you get something that looks like a phone and it talks to you as you walk round giving you information about where you are on the ship. It’s good because you get to go at your own pace. Also, if you’re a child like me, there are sometimes like cuddly creatures to spot walking round and at the end you can guess how many there were and get a badge. We did this with corgis and it was literally the highlight of the trip…seriously. There’s a car onboard to in case you need a quick scone stop mid trip. Now the final ‘attraction’ is Edinburgh Gin and I’m not joking when I say you have to go here, it’s not an option. For £25 it’s an hour and a half (I’m pretty sure anyway) and you have a chat about the history of gin, tour of how they make it and at the end you and the rest of your group get to taste some gins and get a bit merry, what’s not to love?! You also get 10% off in the shop and a small bottle of your favourite gin included in the price. Amazing, I totally recommend it!
Freebies – Places that are free (obviously)
If you go to Edinburgh and end up with a few hours to kill, go to the National Museum of Scotland.  It’s free and has so much to see and do inside that it’s just a good shout. I’d say it was like a standard ‘big’ museum – very similar to the likes of London’s Science Museum with interesting facts and interactive games. You may need to kick a couple of kids off some of the games but it’s fine, they’ll get over it.
Sights – Places to go and things to see outside
One of the places we wanted to slot in somewhere throughout the trip was Arthurs Seat. It’s a 251m high hill/cliff that looks out over the city. It took us about an hour to go up and down so not too long. Now, here’s a word of warning. Everyone we passed was wearing giant coats, scarves and walking boots, you know, sensible attire for walking up rocky paths. I was wearing black culottes, a polo neck jumper with no coat (because I’m hard) and my loafers with not form of suitable sock (I’d just like to point out that we were going for afternoon tea straight after, hence the unsuitable walking outfit). Although there was no need for a giant arctic coat and hat like some of the walkers were wearing, more suitable footwear would have been a better choice and may have saved my feet a fair few blisters. A fun thing to do that’s not such an intense walking experience if have a wander round Greyfriars Kirkyard. It’s where Greyfriars Bobby is buried (if you don’t know the story look it up, it’s possibly the cutest thing you will ever read) and also it’s where JK Rowling got some of her character names for Harry Potter.
Any more Edinburgh places suggestions? Loved it so much I’ll probably be taking a trip back!

Travel minis to make your heart melt

I’m going to sound like every blogger on the internet when I say I love minis. Not only do they look really cute and dinky but they drastically reduce the weight of my suitcase.

I’m going to start with one of the cutest things I’ll be taking away with me, the Gillette Venus Snap Portable Razor. It’s a normal sized razor head on a short stubby handle and comes in a small plastic case. Whoever invented this is a serious genius because it just makes so much sense. It’s just as good to use as a normal razor but is 10 times cuter!

One thing that takes up an unnecessarily large amount of space is micellar water. It’s big, it’s bulky, but I can’t live without it. So I’ve finally been organised and bought (or got my parents to buy because I’m too lazy) the mini Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. Although at the minute I’m using the micellar water from Simple, this one is just as good and will do a great job at taking off the makeup that doesn’t disappear after I’ve used my Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter – another great product to travel with.

The Body Shop are great for minis and thanks to my advent calendar at Christmas I’m pretty stocked up. I have the Rainforest Radiance Shampoo, Coconut Shower Gel and Pink Grapefruit Hand Cream. They all smell amazing and work really well, what more can you ask for! I also have minis of both of my moisturisers which I got in the advent calendar – talk about luck, Vitamin E Moisture Cream and Oils of Life Sleeping Cream. I’m going to use them both up and if I change moisturisers I’ll just wash out the pot and refill!

Something which I totally love is the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner. I don’t use it normally but it is just what my hair needs after it’s been battered with chlorine. I also like to take a mini Batiste Dry Shampoo just in case I don’t go for a swim so don’t need to wash my hair but want to refresh it a bit. my favourite scent is Tropical but Blush will do.

Other cute products I have in my bag are a Nivea Invisible Deodorant, Burts Bees Coconut and Pear Lip Balm, Soap and Glory Puffy Eye Attack Eye Cream and, of course, a toothbrush!

What’s your favourite product for summer?

What’s in my Travel Makeup Bag

It’s that time of year again, I’m going home for the weekend and I’ve set myself the challenge of streamlining my makeup bag as much as possible. I did the same thing last year (read about that here) and although I didn’t over pack I reckon that this time I’ve got it down to the bare essentials. So without further ado let’s get straight to it.

I’m taking my Makeup Forever Mattifying Primer because it is literally the best primer I’ve ever used. It goes on smoothly and I don’t know what I’m going to do when it runs out because I love it so much. The L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation is the best at staying on my face without bringing out the oil so that was the only choice really to be taking away this weekend. My Mac Pro Longwear Concealer is sadly coming to an end (*wipes away tear*) but while it’s still got a little life left in it I’ll be taking it home with me. Still don’t know if I’m going to repurchase it but it is one of my favourite concealers. Another concealer fave is the Maybelline Eraser Eye which is great for under the eye so I wouldn’t leave home without it. The Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder has fast become my favourite powder of all time. Lightweight on the skin but still having the power to block all of my disgusting oils, this is an absolute winner!

I’m LITERALLY obsessed with the Soap and Glory Brow Archery Brow Pencil in Hot Chocolate. I picked this up a few weeks ago and instantly fell in love with it. The pencil glides on so smoothly, making it really easy to apply and the colour is the perfect brown. Even through I have light blonde hair it doesn’t make them too dark so I look stupid. If you like a strong brow I definitely recommend it. I can’t go anywhere without my Mac Painterly Paint Pot as it’s the perfect base for any eyeshadow, and my life wouldn’t be complete if i was without my new favourite eye quad, the Fleur De Force Eye Quad in Cosmic Bronze. I can create my favourite eye look with this one palette and it’s nice and compact to travel with. My L’Oreal Superstar Superliner is coming with me, and although I love it it does need replacing. My life wouldn’t be complete without the Rimmel Kohl Kajal eyeliner in Jet Black and I’ll be taking my Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara. I really liked this one but it seems to have run out really quickly so if anyone has any mascara suggestions please let me know!

I’m in love with the new packaging for the Soap and Glory Solar Powder Bronzer. Not only is it more robust but it makes it so much better for travelling. I rarely use anything other than my Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy because it is such a gorgeous colour and formula. I’m not sure whether I like the Benefit Shy Beam Matte Highlighter but I’m taking it home anyway as something to use. Any highlighter recommendations would be much appreciated. I’m taking two lip options home, a nude and an autumn option, and if you’ve read my blog before you probably know what they are. The Clinique Pop in Melon Pop and Fleur De Force Lip Gloss in Starry Starry Night. Both great, nothing more to say.

I told you I streamlined it!