Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Long haul flight prep - tick. Ready for another weekly vlog? This week my friends and I started our new year's resolution and Anna and I prep for Beauty Chat Live! Enjoy! 

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Tomorrow I'm off to Florida for a few days and I am SO excited. I can't wait for Rich to experience Disney for the first time and I can't lie, purchasing some Minnie Mouse ears is high on my priority list (as well as hunting down the nearest Sephora, of course). The excitement levels are high but as usual with travelling comes anxiety... I-hate-flying.

I find it quite helpful though to plan out my packing list quite early on, so I thought I'd run through some of my long-haul flight essentials that help make the whole experience a lot easier to deal with. 

On an aeroplane is about the only place I use  face wipes because they are completely fuss free. I don't take my makeup off on flights under 6 hours but if it's longer or over night then I don't like to sit with foundation or SPF on my skin. Face wipes are quite drying though so I usually like to take something moisturising with to layer onto my skin throughout the flight. I once got a Sarah Chapman travel sized overnight facial oil in a set and this comes in so handy on a flight. The oil is super moisturising and I actually prefer it to a cream. My hands get really dry on a plane too so I always like to keep a travel sized hand cream with me to apply throughout the flight. To some of you, this all might seem a bit crazy but aside from it helping my skin it's something nice to do to distract me from being on a plane and I love the routine. 

I get seriously bored on long flights and I try really hard not to look at my watch! I usually take my laptop with me either to watch films on or to do some work (although I find my brain goes a bit crazy in the air and blog posts never make any sense once read back). Magazines are essential for take off, I never read them but flicking through the pages is a great distraction for me. My fully charged phone (with music on) and noise cancelling headphones are always packed, as well as a headphone splitter for watching films with Rich (or Anna usually). Depending on the holiday I sometimes take a book but I don't think there will be much time for reading on this trip! 

I'm already nervous about feeling nervous - that's not good. But there are a few things that I know will help me so I always keep them near by. I'm never sure if travel sickness pills actually work or it's all in my mind, but the act of taking them help me prep for a flight 20 mins before. Chewing gum helps me feel fresh when I'm feeling sick as does water and grapes (random I know!). I also like having nice smelly things around to distract from the smell of plane food, the This Works Stress Less Rollerball is perfect for rolling on my wrists and behind my ears. 

Comfort is incredibly important to me when travelling, despite how awful I may look. Never jeans, always something stretchy and a loose baggy jumper is a good idea when the aircon is on high! I wear flight socks on long-haul flights so I like to take some thick cosy socks to wear on top of them. A huge scarf is handy too because it'll keep you warm and act as a pillow! 

So when I'm quietly freaking out inside pre-flight at least I know that I've got everything I need in my oversized handbag. Being organised definitely helps me with my nerves! Do you have any long-haul flight essentials? Please share if you do! 

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Monday, 26 January 2015


As I'm sure you're all aware by now, I'm a huge fan of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushers. I like the powders but I LOVE the blushers. Milani in the states does some great baked highlighter/blush hybrids but it's been difficult to find an affordable alternative here in the UK. 

The new Max Factor Creme Puff Blushers come in six shades and are only £8.99 compared to Hourglass' £28 price tag. They work in a similar way, baked with multi-tonal pigments to illuminate and liven up the skin. There are a few shades that really are Hourglass dupes but also some other nice shades that work for darker skin tones too. I really like the small puff packaging, it's simple, lightweight and does the job. 

These sort of blushers are really easy to wear and blend onto your cheekbones and the subtle highlight that swirls through means that wearing this alone without an extra highlight works really well and helps lift the whole makeup look. 

These will be popping up in stores this month and I just know they're going to go down really well. Max Factor, you did good... 

Lovely Pink - Fair
Nude Mauve - Fair/Medium
Seductive Pink - Fair/Medium
Lavish Mauve - Fair/Medium
Alluring Rose - Fair/Medium
Gorgeous Berries - Dark 

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Sunday, 25 January 2015

It's been a while since I gave you a tour of my makeup collection. Not much has changed but I've really defined it into two sections - daily makeup and 'spare' makeup. I'm happy with my storage and layout for now although these things always change as my priorities change. 

Watch the to video to find out how I store everything and have a talk through all the makeup I have. I hope you enjoy have a nosey round! 
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On 29th January Model's Own are launching their liquid metal colour chrome collection. They'll be £4.99 each and available in 10 shades. 

I'm not usually one for metallic nails and the majority of these shades are not for me, but I tried out the gold and I kind of love it... You only need one coat of polish for that liquid metal effect and it really does feel like you're painting your nails with liquid gold. 

I was really impressed with the quality of these polishes and if you like metallic nails, these will be right up your street. 

Are you a fan of the liquid metal nail look? 
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