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Saturday, 28 May 2016

May In Instagram

1. May was kicked off with one of good friend's baby showers. We celebrated Rachel's pending bundle with prosecco, scones and plenty of giggles. 
2. We also celebrated Jess' 21st birthday with afternoon tea at the Beautiful Grand Cafe in South Western House. 
3. As much as May has been a fab month with friends it's also been very difficult. I've taken the time to relax, find myself again and read, while of course drinking coffee. 
4. Arran and I celebrated his 28th birthday with a birthday brunch, Game of Thrones and plenty of Pizza at The Stable. 
5. One Saturday was spent having a family gathering in the sunshine with Pimms, great food and of course cake. What's a party without cake?
6. My oldest friend Alice, took me to Marwell Zoo for a picnic and to see the Penguins. We spent the day spotting Leopards, playing in playgrounds and doing cartwheels through blossom in the sunshine. 
7. I went up to London to work on a special collaboration with Hawaiian Tropic. I spent the morning in the studio with them creating something incredible and I CANNOT wait to show you. 
8. I went to Spain for a few days with my boyfriend and our friends Alice and Tom. We spent the days lazing in the sun and the evenings eating incredible food. It went too quickly and I desperately need to book another trip soon.
9. This is possibly my favourite photo from Spain, the Mar Menor is beautiful and we spent many a lazy day walking along the sand and laying under the baking sun. 

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Friday, 27 May 2016

What's In My Holiday Makeup Bag?

Travelling with only hand luggage and a 10kg limit is hard for most people let alone for a make up hoarder like me. Trying to decide what I was packing in my make up bag proved difficult but after much umming and ahhing, I managed to pack up my essentials...phew. Summer make up to me means healthy, glowing skin plus a statement lip so I tried to pack with that in mind. 

My base of choice has been the Seventeen Stay Time foundation for some time now, it gives the most flawless finish and if it can last through a day at work followed by cocktails, I'm hoping it's going to last in high heat. I've also packed my trusty Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. For bronzed cheeks I've gone for The Balm's Bahama Mama and Jerome Alexander's Magic Minerals Bronzer* which comes with four coordinating matte shades for the face, eyes and lips. It triples up as a bronzer, highlighter and lip colour, you know I love multi-use products. Dew The Hoola is also coming with me as it's so easy to use for adding a glow or used for contour. For cheeks, I've packed Benefit's Posietint cheek stain and my faithful Chubby Highlighter by Clinique and Mary Lou Manizer from The Balm.

For my eyes it's Urban Decay as always. The UD Primer Potion should keep anything from slipping and I'm taking my Naked Basics as it has all the shades I need for either a subtle day or a smoked up evening look. I've been using lashes from Threads recently as they're handmade and have a flexible band making them super comfortable to wear, the feather weight technology also makes them light so it doesn't feel like I'm wearing my Be-Bop lashes*, they give a really natural look too. I'm packing Perversion and Subversion for mascara as used together they give me luscious looking lashes with lift, volume and no smudging or clumping which is exactly what I need when I'm in a hot country. Finally for brows is my Brow Box* from the Urban Decay and Gwen Stefani collection, it comes with two powders, a wax plus tweezers and brushes so I'll be ready for any brow emergencies. 

Lipsticks are my first true love so I couldn't not pack a few shades to keep me going during those balmy nights sipping cocktails. I always pack Pink Nouveau and So Chaud from MAC Cosmetics if I go away as they look incredible with a tan (here's hoping I tan). I've also just bought one of Smashbox's new lipsticks from the Be Legendary range in a matte formula of course. I have the shade Pinch Me which is a bright coral colour, it'll match my orangey coral nails perfectly. 

What are your holiday essentials? Have I gone a bit overboard?

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Thursday, 26 May 2016

My Beauty Travel Essentials

It wouldn't be a holiday without packing lots of essentials and by essentials I mean a mountain of beauty products I probably don't need and can buy out there. Anyway... with packing on my mind, I thought I'd share exactly what I'll be packing for my sunshine getaway to keep looking and feeling great. From hair to skin and sun protection, I've got it all and thanks to my handy travel bags from Kusshi, everything will be packed neatly and I'll know exactly where to find everything if and when I need it. 

Kusshi keeps all your products in place whether you're jetting off for a city break or spending a week on the beach. The Brush Organiser* has a pocket for just about everything so all your brushes and beauty blenders stay clean, bent free and intact. The pouch is removable so you can either carry your things in the clutch or pop it into the Make Up Pouch* which is so much bigger than it looks. I always get my make up and wash bags really messy because of foundation lids falling off or mascara getting on everything so with these bags being washable and stain resistant, it's kinda a blessing in disguise. If you're a frequent traveller then you need to invest in one of these lifesavers. 

As I said above, I've been filling my Kusshi bags with anything and everything. Sun protection is a must for me as I'm so milky white and burn after seconds, so I'm packing Hawaiian Tropic* as my sun protection of choice this year, it's light on the skin and smells incredible. The Hawaiian Tropic After Sun* and The Body Shop Soothing Aloe Gel will also come in handy for any burnt bits. I go everywhere with my Bee Good Raspberry & White Chocolate lip balm so to inject some summer vibes I'm packing the Lime Blossom & Honey* balm to keep my lips moisturised, protected and soft. 

Hair protection in the sun is just as important as skin protection and thanks to my Kerastase Soleil travel minis I should have lusciously protected locks. The Anti-Damage Shampoo* and Complete Care Cream* both smell like summer in a bottle too. I've also packed John Frieda Sea Waves sea salt spray for easy waves for cocktails in the evenings. Deodorant is Nivea Invisible with a spritz of Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt as I feel like it's such a beach holiday scent. 

I'm keeping skincare really simple with the Yes To Grapefruit Rejuvenating Facial Wipes which I won recently, followed by the Dior Gentle Cleansing Milk and Instant Eye Make Up Remover. I also have Espa's 24 Hour Replenishing Moisturiser, Eye Moisturiser and Optimal Skin ProSerum. Anything I need or I've forgotten I'll probably buy out there as I love a good mooch around Spanish supermarkets. 

What are your beauty essentials for travelling?

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