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4 July 2014

What's In My Travel Toiletry Bag

  So some of you who have been reading my blog posts may have noticed that I am going travelling around Europe for a month, well that trip is now only 10 days away! I thought I would do a series of posts aimed at my trip in terms of what I'm taking with me.

I thought the perfect first post would be to share with you what I am taking with me toiletry wise, a  month is a long time and toiletries are possibly the heaviest items you take away with you.


This is all I'm taking with me skincare wise, don't fret though! The first place we are visiting on our trip is Paris, it is famous for it's excellent skincare lines and therefore I have already pre-written a list of skincare items I am wanting to pick up. I thought it would be better to just take the bare essentials and then I can purchase some products I have been wanting to try whilst I am away.

So what am I taking?

-Face wipes:
perfect for taking off the bulk of your make-up before cleansing, good for cleaning hands or freshening up. They are excellent multi-use items and therefore they made it into my toiletry bag.

- St Ives Apricot Scrub:
I am bringing the mini travel version of this scrub, I don't use exfoliators often as my skin is quite sensitive, however, with the different weather we are likely to experience I know my skin will go dry and flaky in places. This scrub is the perfect solution to any problem skin patches.

- Simple Moisturiser:
This is another travel sized bottle and is perfect for popping on your face morning and night just to give your skin a boost. I love simple as it is a kind to skin company and doesn't contain anything harsh that could irritate my skin.

Hair care

Again I am taking the bare essentials with me, it is difficult to take numerous hair products when you are travelling on a budget like we will be. Hostels tend to have shared bathroom facilities and therefore hair masks are a nono, it will be 10 minute showers only for me.

I am taking:

-Tresemme 24 hour body shampoo and conditioner:
I love Tresemme as their shampoo and conditioners are so hydrating for the hair, as you can see these bottles are both miniatures. I thought shampoo and conditioner are easy to get a hold of and therefore buying large bottles was just unnecessary.

- Batiste Dry shampoo:
I am obsessed with Batiste dry shampoo, I go through bottle after bottle. With me having quite fine hair I try and avoid washing it every day and therefore on the days were my hair looks greasy this is the perfect solution. It doesn't leave your hair looking grey or powdery and smells delicious. Perfect for those mornings when we don't want to spend time queuing for the showers.

- Insette extra hold hairspray:
Forget all these fandangled new volumising, shine-giving hairsprays and stick to a golden oldy, Insette. Although it does have the old hairspray smell it does an amazing job in holding the hair in place and flattening any stray fly away hairs.


So the little bits and bobs that fall into a category of their own, but are equally as essential as the rest:

- Natural Collection shower gel:
Fruity, body wash- essential for every trip you take in order to keep clean and smelling lovely. What more can I say.

- Sure deodorant:
Another vital essential in terms of keeping clean and fresh is deodorant, I take it everywhere and this mini version is great to pop into your bag so that you smell fresh all day long.

-Colgate toothpaste:
Dental care is important, especially when you will be indulging all those sweet pastries hehe!

- Wash cloth:
For cleansing and removing make-up in the evening or having a wash in the morning. Multi-purpose too which is always a bonus!

Also some items that aren't photographed but will be in my toiletry bag:

-Nail file

Hope you have found this useful, especially if you are going away this summer maybe on holiday, to a festival or on a trip like me!

Are you going away this summer?

1 July 2014

New In - MAC Lipsticks

impassioned- MAC Amplified Lipstick
Girl about town- MAC Amplified Lipstick
Impassioned applied to the lips
Girl about town applied to the lips

On a recent shopping trip I decided to pop into MAC and treat myself to some new lipstick, yes just the one..Well the intention was there but I fell in love with both of these colours.

Impassioned is a bold orange toned pink and looks lovely on the lips. The amplified formula means that the colour is completely opaque and that the texture is very creamy and hydrating.

Girl about town is more of a blue toned pink, it is also an amplified lipstick so again the colour is opaque and the application is creamy. The bonus to a blue toned pink lipstick is that it makes your teeth appear whiter!

If you have read my blog for a while now you will already be no stranger to the fact that I love a good bright coloured lip, and that some of my favourite shades to wear are reds and pinks. I think that they flatter my skin tone and are also universally wearable colours.

If you are looking to invest in a good bright lipstick then I would definitely recommend a trip to your nearest MAC store, the lipsticks are my favourites. They retail for around £15.00 which is on the pricier side, however, I do think they are worth the bit extra as they apply so nicely to the lips and the colour range and formulas are exceptional.

Do you have a favourite MAC lipstick?

29 June 2014

The Sunday Post

This weekend has been full of celebrations, I have been to two 21st birthdays, an engagement party and tonight I'm off to a house warming party! I'm telling you it has been all go, and my liver currently hates me after playing drinking games..woops! The celebrations kicked off as they meant to go on with some delicious cocktails and some good company.

I thought I would share a snippet of my weekend, most pictures were horrendous, these select few made the cut!

I'm trying to be a better blogger however with a full time job, social life, birthday and upcoming trip I have found it really difficult to take the time to blog. This actually really upsets me as I love blogging but unfortunately other things in my life require a tad more attention. I do however have a few planned posts in the works surrounding my trip around Europe and I can't wait to share them with you.

Sorry for such a short post, my week was boring in comparison to my hectic weekend! Hopefully the pictures make up for it.

Hope you've all had a good weekend

28 June 2014

Quinoderm Acne Treatment | A Review

Today I wanted to talk about the subject of Acne. Now by no means do I suffer from extreme acne, however, I do receive a monthly dose of hormonal acne. It affects my face, chest and back. I try not to let it get me down as it is just one of those things, however in summer it does make me feel a little blue as I get very self conscious about wearing vest tops.

A friend of mine works in a pharmacy and she recommended I try Quinoderm as it had worked well for her. I thought that I may as well give it a try and so I picked it up from my local Pharmacy for a mere £2.45. I didn't really hold any expectations about it as I have never tried any form of spot or acne treatment, I usually just let it take its course knowing that it will improve eventually.

The tube is 25g and contains the ingredients, benzyl peroxide and potassium hydroxyquinoline sulphate. Benzyl Peroxide is known to have 3 main actions; it kills bacteria, reduces inflammation and helps to unblock pores. This means it is an effective spot/acne treatment. Potassium hydroxyquinoline sulphate is another antifungal and antibacterial agent, giving Quinoderm a double acne fighting action.

Now due to the strength of the treatment it does dry out the skin a lot so if you already suffer from dry skin I would look into getting a good moisturiser if you are thinking about giving this product a try. From personal experience the cream has worked really well and after just one week of use I have already noticed a massive difference in the appearance of my skin, even the small under the skin blemishes have almost vanished! When it is first applied it does give a burning sensation, which is very unusual, however, it has not marked or burnt my skin so it must just be the benzyl peroxide getting to work. I applied it to the affected areas in the evening, showered in the morning and applied a huge helping of moisturiser. This has been an effective way of using the cream as my skin doesn't feel dry at all and the blemishes are definitely improving.

If you are considering using Quinoderm as an acne or spot treatment I would advise speaking to your GP first or the Pharmacist, especially if you have very sensitive skin. It is always best to seek the opinion of an expert as you don't want to cause your skin any damage. The bottle also recommends doing a patch test prior to full use as this will enable you to establish whether the cream is going to suit your particular skin type or not.

Overall, this product has really impressed me and is now going to be part of my regular skin care regime. Not for everyday use but definitely when the hormonal outbreak dawns on me!

Have you tried any acne/spot treatments?


22 June 2014

The Sunday Post

So some of you may have noticed I have been a bit MIA on my blog this week, I normally aim to post at least 3 times a week. I try to aim for 1 beauty, 1 fashion and 1 lifestyle post, which in fairness can be quite hard! However this week it has been especially difficult as I have been unwell with a mystery pain, and even after a doctors appointment at 11.20pm on Saturday night I am still none the wiser to what the cause can be. Despite this I was not going to let my weekend go to waste, a few paracetemol later and I was ready to face the day.

I will warn you now, this is a picture heavy post, a picture tells 1000 words, this could be a trilogy!

Saturday evening we went out for my Fiancé's mum's Birthday to a little country pub. We tucked in to a delicious meal and had a few drinks.

Then despite my little night time adventure to the out of hours doctor, I was still up and at them Sunday morning for a 6 mile walk around Lady Bower Dam, which is an hour and a half drive from me. The views are stunning! Definitely a photographers dream. I got a little snap happy so here is the view from my eyes/lens.

After walking our legs off for 3 hours in the sun we stopped for a picnic and a cheeky ice cream. The perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday. I'm now sat catching up on reading blog posts and watching youtube videos. Once again sorry for the lateness of this post!

Hope you've had a good week!