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Hand Luggage Beauty

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I feel like I really got it right with my carry-on make-up bag on our recent trip to the States. My skin suffers on a longer flight and rather than spend the first few days of my holiday battling with parched skin, I decided to try a few in-flight treatments that meant I landed feeling fresh and ready to go.

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I used my Birchbox clear plastic bag as it meant I could see everything, it was small (so I couldn’t overpack!) and it met the airport security requirements.

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First up, handcare. I always carry a little bottle of anti-bacterial hand gel and the scented ones from Bath and Body Works are my favourite. To give a little moisture, I am currently loving this Subtle Violet hand cream from L’Occitane.

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In terms of skincare, I didn’t bring any sort of cleanser as we had an early morning flight and I wasn’t wearing any foundation or base product. During the flight, I applied several layers of REN’s Instant Firming Beauty Shot, a great little serum and I had a few blemishes, so used Balance Me’s Congested Skin Serum too. This Vitamin E Face Mist from the Body Shop is a must-have holiday product for me as it is amazing at administering a cooling, refreshing blast in the heat and I like to spritz my face after a few hours on the plane when the air starts to feel a bit stale. I also popped in a travel-sized bottle of Benefit’s Dream Screen so I had some SPF to hand when we landed in the sunshine.

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Finally, some lip products. I applied the Body Shop Lip Butter constantly and brought two lip options for when we landed – a L’Oreal nude lip and a Bourjois statement lip depending on how I felt.

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Latest Purchases #84 – Summer Sales

It’s almost the summer holidays! This is a funny time of year as I try to cram the last few things into the end of term (prom tomorrow!) and start to get ready for our American adventure, plus a weekend in London with friends on the cards…busy but good busy!

I have been picking up a few bits and bobs in various sales over the past few weeks and thought I would bundle all of the items together into a blog post.

First up, Forever 21. We don’t have one of these in Bath but we popped into a store in the Trafford Centre and I came out with one of the least summery offerings available; a pair of chunky boots!

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Despite not really needing them at the moment, I couldn’t leave these gold-plated beauties on the shelf. I love the colour (not brown or black like my other boots), the gold hardware and the straps across the front. They also have cut-out side panels which I really like and means I can start wearing them as soon as summer is on its way out as they aren’t solely winter boots.

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Whilst I was in Forever 21, I also picked up a basic black cardigan, these pretty gold and white earrings and this cute polka dot makeup bag which I will probably take with me to America.

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I needed a few boring bits from Primark recently but I defy anyone to pop in there and not pick up something new! I spotted this dark grey tshirt with an embellished neckline and bought it a few sizes bigger than my normal size as I wanted a looser fit.

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Next an ebay impulse purchase after I decided I wanted something embroidered in my wardrobe! I found this navy dress and really like the coral pink of the flowers. This is a loose, flowing smock-style dress which looks good with bare legs or over leggings.

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I also bought this shirt from H&M on a whim but have worn it loads already. I like the print and I also really like the fact that the hem is slightly longer at the back.

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ASOS did their usual thing of tempting me with some sale emails so I caved in and bought a few items; a pair of black, slim-leg trousers for work, some funky patterned trousers and a white top from Mango that I meant to photograph but is still sitting on my ironing pile!

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A duo next from TKMaxx and Superdrug which work perfectly together. I had wanted a new powder brush for a while so thought ‘why not try out a new powder too?’ This ecotools brush is my first from the brand but is soooooo soft! It’s quite chunky so maybe not great for travelling but it is lovely to use and is perfect for applying powder or bronzer evenly across the face. The Bourgois Healthy Balance Powder is a blogger’s favourite and I can see why.

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Finally, I popped into Accesorize and picked up some earrings. Both the orange and lime green pairs remind me of something you could pick up in a Mexican market and feel very summery.

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However, my favourite purchase was this gorgeous ear cuff which just about fits my tiny ears!

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Right, I’m off to binge on the new series of Veep! x

Latest Purchases #69 – A little bit of Bourjois

In between getting my hair highlighted and meeting Ian for lunch a few weeks ago, I found myself with some time to spare so I wandered over to Boots to see what was new on the make-up stands.

I was after a new foundation and planning on splurging on a bottle of Chanel Vitalumière when I decided to pick up a bottle of Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation instead. Better than half the price of Chanel’s offering and with rave reviews, I was hoping this would help me on my quest for the perfect dewy base.

Along with the foundation, I also saw the Happy Light Base Serum Lumière and thought the two would be the perfect pairing.

Not one to miss a bargain, there was on offer on for a free lip product too so I picked up one of the Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks in Olé Flamingo; a bright raspberry pink.

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Having used these three products for the last few weeks, here are my musings on them:

The Foundation

I really like this foundation!

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To give this a proper trial, I first wore this foundation alone, without any base product or primer. I was pleased to see that this looked great on its own and had that dewy finish I was looking for. This offers medium coverage but it is buildable. I applied this with my Real Techniques buffing brush for a flawless, radiant finish. Also, this formula smelled amazing and comes in a nice bottle with a handy pump which allows you to control the output.

The Primer

Another great little purchase!

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This primer takes the Healthy Mix Foundation to another level and together they form my ‘Dewy Skin Dream Team’! Whilst the foundation did look fine on its own, when paired with the Happy Light Base Serum Lumière, it gave my skin a ‘glow from within’ as well as giving the foundation a bit more staying power. The formula is quite gel-like but is not sticky and despite being a peachy-pink colour in the tube, it dries to a smooth, golden shimmer whilst feeling quite hydrating.

The Lipstick

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I was torn between which shade to buy but opted for a bright pink shade to rock a bold lip. The formula is the real winner here. It has the most amazing staying power and will not budge even after eating and drinking. This is also its only downside – it can be a bit of a mission to remove this and I have had to resort to my heavy-duty eye makeup remover to help out! This formula dries to a matte finish so you do need to have ‘good lips’ as a matte product can be quite unforgiving. I’m not sure what the ‘velvet’ in the name refers to but I am definitely converted to these Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks.

Overall, a very successful mini-haul. It reminded me of what a great brand Bourjois are and why you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a really great foundation! x