What’s in My Travel Makeup Bag?

Travel Makeup

So tomorrow morning I will be getting up stupidly early for a Saturday, hopping in my friend’s car and heading on a girls trip up to Scotland. I will be posting a little travel diary once I’m back as well as a travel toiletries next week, but I thought I would start with the simplest my travel makeup bag.

I just want to start with the bag, which is a personalised bag from Not on The High Street. It’s a hand size that helps me not over pack but still fits plenty in and I love the aesthetic of it.

Travel Makeup - Personalised War Paint Makeup Bag

The focus of the products chosen is products I love, multipurpose and ones that are reliable. It’s always the golden rule for myself when travelling is wherever possible never take a new product, take ones you know that work and you are comfortable using so you have no mishaps when you only have a small collection of products to use.

Travel Makeup Face

For my base for this trip I am using the L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24-Hour Matte Foundation in 10 Porcelain, with a high matte long lasting coverage I know I can use this for a day look or for a fuller on night on the town look. Also with the plastic tube is more practical for travel than the glass ones as it won’t break and it’s not bulky. To Finish up my base fully I have my old faithful collection productions in the form of the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1 Fair and Collection Primed & Ready Invisible Setting Powder. The final item for my face is the Sleek Face Form Pallet in Fair, an unsurprising favourite just simply due to the fact it is 3 products in one and I can just use it all week with very little fuss.

Travel Makeup Random

For my eyeshadow, I am using two of my smaller go to pallets with every day subtle to dramatics covered in the No 7 Mini Eye Pallet and cute shimmer shades with the Fleur De Force Quad Eyeshadow in 020 Lunar Rose. Although both nude tones I feel as though I have a nice range of colours with these two as well as a range of looks going for the eyeshadow eyeliner look I have everything I need in this compact form. To finish of my eyes I am taking my only newer product as I had no choice using the L’Oreal Paris Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara, however I have used it a few times and I am enjoying it. A full review will be sure to come later. To complete my look, I cannot forget the brows and my fast favourite item in my makeup draw the Freedom Duo Brow Powder in Medium Brown could not have been left at home.

Travel Makeup Eyes

I haven’t included lip products or brushes, as I will literally pick lip products as I finish my packing and mix it with whatever currently in my bag, as I have been feeling bold recently and my lip products have been travelling everywhere with me. Still be sure to keep your eyes peeled over on Instagram for photos of my trip and the odd selfie or two.

Gwen

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Review: Collection Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Cream in Blackberry

Collection Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Cream in 6 Blackberry

So, after my discussion on Friday about falling in love with makeup again, it only seems right to meet the product that inspired me to play with and enjoy makeup again the Collection Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Cream in the shade Blackberry, something fitting as it turns into Autumn. Per the Collection Website the Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Cream is a “Moisturising liquid lip cream, leaves a matter velvet finish on the lips without drying them.” Not a huge claim or promise but it retails for a mere £2.99, from Boots, Superdrug and even your local supermarket so how does this shape up.

Collection Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Cream in Blackberry

Let just start with the colour isn’t it just stunning, a beautiful well blackberry purple perfect for the autumn winter months when you want to embrace the berry lips in a fun way. I know purple is not necessarily a standard for my pale skin tone but I wanted something fun and slightly different really. Basically, I love the shade on and off the lips and I wonder why I never tried it before.

Unfortunately pass the beautiful colour I have to say my feelings are fairly mixed. For application, it’s not too difficult but can be a little patchy so you need to work a little bit to ensure its not streaky. The formula dries and sets quickly though so you can get on with your life fairly quickly, it’s not a liquid lipstick that stays tacky for hours.

The collection lip cream makes no promises to be long lasting, although I always feels as though long lasting comes in line with having a lip cream. This is definitely not long lasting by 10am on a work day it was patchy and completely gone from the middle, causing me to reapply, this was without a coffee or a drink on a hectic morning with nothing comping into contact with it. For the first reapplication, it goes over the top fine but after that you really need to take it off, start again and make sure my lips are clean and dry. Which has proven to be a pain, and after a morning of keeping up with my lipstick which you must with such a bold colour my lips were dry and uncomfortable.

 

I think it’s a shame how poor this venture turned out, I had high hopes for the Collection Lip Cream and thought it would be a great alternative option for lip creams but it turned out not to be so. I love the colour, and I’m glad I tried it but I think for now if you want a Matte Lip Cream I would just go for the NXY line which I have love all 3 shades I have purchased in the past. Keep your eyes peeled as I will be trying out a Rimmel London Matte Lip Cream in the coming weeks, which I am excited to try. Let me know what matte lip products you love in the comments and if you want to see more reviews for matte lip colours check out my reviews for the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in 08 San Paulo, 19 Cannes and 20 Copenhagen.

Gwen

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Falling In Love With Makeup Again

It seems like every year I get myself into a funk with makeup, especially in the summer I just never can be bothered and I felt my slump lasting longer. Something recently pushed me to try again and I fell in love with makeup again.
If you’ve followed my blog for a while you make have read some of my lipstick diaries post, where I’d made an active push to move out of my comfort zone and try something I had always wanted to. 2016 was the year I tried and became comfortable with lipstick (check out by lipstick diaries part one, two and three), Autumn 2017 was when I pushed the bat out and tried something completely different. On a whim while shopping one day I picked up the Collection Velvet Kiss Lip Cream in Blackberry, I wanted to try something completely different but without thinking about it properly, and for a few weeks at home the lip colour sat there. I suppose at some point I had wondered why I had purchased such a bold colour, especially as someone who still doesn’t wear a lot of lipstick I just thought I’d made a stupid mistake. It was to out there, too extreme for my comfort zone.

 

Then one Sunday night I decided to play with makeup as see if I could make this lip colour work, or at least feel comfortable in such a bold choice. For the first time in a long time, I opened my makeup draw and thought and played and tried something new, something different. I think it is the point of putting on makeup for nothing more than to have a go, and doing something different I wasn’t putting on my makeup for work or to go out for plans it was just an experiment and I ended up absolutely loving everything the whole look, purple lips included. From there the rest was history, I even took the step and wore the purple to work which was a huge confidence boost with every one loving it. So day by day I am doing something different, something bold and really embracing the lipstick trend this autumn into winter.
It may have just been a small on a whim purchase but I am glad I took the risk and tried something new, to all the more makeup looks, building my confidence and being more daring.

Gwen

Review: Soap & Glory What a Peeling Purifying De-Clog Mask

Soap & Glory What a Peeling Purifying De-Clog Mask

Who doesn’t want unclogged pores and clear skin? Which is why on a whim I picked up the recently launched Soap & Glory What a Peeling Purifying De-Clog Mask. Let’s not faff around and get into.

Within the pack you get two pods and a spatula for application, so with each pod as a single use from one purchase you either get two uses or can use the mask on a pamper night with a friend. The two pods are a great way to get multiple uses out of the product especially as a peel off which can start to ball up with exposure to air, it also helps break down at the cost at £2.00 per mask it lines up with what you can expect to

According to the Soap & Glory website the mask promises to: “Just like you, this peel-off mask is totally hard pore. Liquid gel transforms into the lift-off paper strip to smooth, purify and remove all gunk and junk (including blackheads) in one go – it’s so a-peeling! Our multi-tasking mask is power-packed with 10 amazing ingredients including: Kaolin and Bentontie Fine Clay Powders to help absorb excess oil; White Willow Bark to help oil skin; Vitamin C to boost tired Complexions; and scented with exotic tropical fruit.”

“OOO its pink!” the only thought that came into my head as I peeled back the foil of my first pod to try the item for the first time. I don’t know what I was expecting but I wasn’t expecting the brightness of the pink but I love it anyway and it makes it a bit more fun, not quite The Crème Shop level of fun no Pandas, Racoons or Penguins here but you don’t get the same luxury of these possibilities with a peel off mask.

The pack comes with a spatula which is a great idea but I just didn’t seem to get in with it as it is simply too small, making the application longer, more messy and fiddly. In the end I just chucked it and went for the back to basics option of using by hands to apply and I think it just provided a more through and even application of the mask. The mask itself has a thick gloopy textured which weirdly reminded me of PVA, like back in the primary school days where you’d cover your hands in PVA, wait for it to dry and peel it off, ah simpler times.

The thicker texture does mean you can really feel it on your face but it doesn’t bother me too much and it makes you feel like you are doing something good for your skin. After application, you are meant to apply and leave it for 25 minutes by this point it should be fully dry and you can peel off the mask in one go. I must admit it took a lot of will power for me to wait the 25 minutes, as I tend to peel off these types of masks in small sections as each part dries but I wanted to give the mask a proper go. After about 10 or 15 minutes, the masks started to peel around my mouth as it had full dry and as I was talking drinking although it didn’t touch the mask itself it did mean the mask once dry started to peel away from the mouth making it slightly uncomfortable but I persevered. After about 20 minutes the mask had mostly dried, and started to feel tight, letting me know it was almost ready. After 25/30 minutes there was a small patch that hadn’t quite dried, which I think is where I may have accidently applied it that but thicker but the mask was tight and the loosening section around my mouth and nose had started to get pretty uncomfortable so I just had to take it off. To my amazement the mask did in fact peel off all in one, with the exception of the small still non-set area which I had to remove separately.

Soap & Glory What a Peeling Peel Of Mask Pot

Examining the mask afterwards, you can tell that its pulled something out of the skin and my face felt so much clearer. I really enjoyed using this mask and loved using the second pod two as my skin has been slightly problematic the past two weeks, and I feel like this has really helped with the improvement of it. I always wonder sometimes with the Soap and Glory skincare, but these masks definitely feel work it. The pack of two pods is £4.00 from the likes of Boots, making it £2.00 for mask which in reality is a really affordable price especially for a single use mask that really works. Also, if you are apprehensive Boots regularly has offers on Soap & Glory so wait for something that works for you. I’m even tempted to pack a pod with me when I go away later in the year so I can keep on top of my skin while travelling.

Have you tried any of the new Soap & Glory masks, let me know in the comments as I am curious to try more.

Gwen

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September Collective Haul

I’m back everyone! Did you miss me? Probably not but regardless I’m back after having to take some time out to look after my mum, we are getting there and I am now going to start getting back into blogging. So, I am easing myself in with a little collective haul.

Primark: I love a bit of Primark, also purchasing a pair of heels which is not showcased here. I haven’t purchased any Primark clothes recently as I am trying to show restraint not buying what I don’t need. At the end of October me and my friend are having a week away staying in a variety of Air Bnb and hotels, so I picked up a pair of Love to Lounge Grey Footlets (£3.00) for when I want to be comfortable but don’t necessarily want to walk around bare foot like I would do at home. They are super handy and pack small, so seem like a no brainer and I can wear them when I get home, these also have structural integrity so shouldn’t slip off my feet all the time like the fluffy Primark ones tend to do. Also for the trip I picked up some PS Micellar Cleansing Water (£0.90), I’ve previously used the full size version and it’s not a bad product saving room in my bag. If you want to see my review of the PS Micellar Water you can check it out here

September Collective Haul - Collection Velvet Kiss

ASDA: After thinking about it for a little while, something took hold of me and I felt like I needed to own a purple lipstick. So I went for the affordable route just in case it wasn’t my colour or my thing, and I also wanted to try something different with the Collection Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Cream in Blackberry (£2.98). Fingers crossed this goes well as I am apprehensive about such a dark/bold colour. (Not Photographed, opss)

September Collective Haul - Superdrug Makeup

Superdrug: Seems like everywhere was doing 3 for 2 on makeup in September but I prefer the flexibility offered with Superdrug as it offers it across all makeup brands. So I took advantage of the offer and picked up some bits I actually needed for once. First and most important was the Collection Primed and Ready Invisible Setting Powder in 01 (£3.99 free), which is fast becoming my favourite powder for setting my makeup and using as a base it keeps my skin looking flawless. Just before going shopping I just had to throw out of my mascaras, I can never resist trying something different and I felt like trying a new L’Oreal Paris mascara so on a whim I picked up the L’Oreal Paris Miss Baby Roll Mega Volume Mascara in Black (£7.99). The third item I picked up was the Barry M It’s a Brow Thing Shape and Define Brow Powder in Medium (£4.99), I just felt like trying something different for my brows so keep your eyes peeled letting you know how I got on.

September Collective Haul - Fluke

Waterstones: I have brought a book in ages, physical or digital, as I was re-reading what I had but I was having a spendy day and just felt like it really. Fluke by Joseph Mazur (£9.99) has been on my list for a while as I prefer those smart thinking books. So next month I’m going to stop looking at my screen before bed and start reading more.

I also picked up a yoga matt, some cute heels and fun headphones all of which I’d used before getting round to photographing as I just seem to excited to use the items and they aren’t the easiest to store before photographing. I’ll get back into the swing of photography and writing soon but it’s been a busy month and I will be trying to get back into the swing of things throughout October, I have a lot planned so hopefully I can get over the hump and get back into creating posts I love.

Gwen

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August Primark Haul

It’s been a slightly spendy month, or picking up all sorts or little bits. If you wish to see the random bits I picked up this month, then you can check out my collective haul here but now is all the bits I picked up in Primark over two trips.

Primark Take One: I find Primark is one of those stores where you can find everything you want one trip and absolutely nothing the next time, so this trip into my one in town I just picked up some basics. Starting with some of my usual Primark goodies, I love the PS Cotton Pads (£0.50 each) which I use to remove my makeup daily, highly affordable and a great production. I’ve always used these before posting but I’m tempted to pick up another set as they are so cute, and look stunning so don’t hesitate to pick up some PS Almond Nails in Silk Gray (£1.00). How cure is this Mini Tin Candle in Pink Fizz (£2.00), and it smells delicious basically I have no will power. Finally, a repurchase as my last pair were dying, I wear the Slipper Shoes (£4.00) pretty much daily so I pick up a pair every few months or so.

Primark Take Two: Still feeling uninspired by the clothes but needing to stock up on the basics, I managed to do a small amount of damage on my second trick to Primark this month. Okay this first item is not a basic or an essential, but I cannot resist Pusheen, I brought the other Pusheen PJ leggings for my mother a bit back and when I saw the Pusheen PJ Leggings (£8.00) in the alternative design I knew I had to have them for myself.

Back to the basics, I’m a girl that lives in leggings but a few of my pairs are dying on me due to over wear but I need to wait until winter for some of the thick legging to come back into store. I saw these Zip Ponte Leggings (£8.00), which are slightly closer to a tregging so I might be able to get away with them for work, added bonus they are so damn comfy. I also picked up these slightly different looking Regular Space Dye Leggings (£8.00), which are slightly closer to a jogger than a legging. I haven’t worn joggers since my pre-teens but with the skinny leg and slouchy look being acceptable, I thought why not. I also picked up the essential Black Long Line Cami (£3.00) and Navy Stretch Vest (£2.50) as my previous ones are getting old and starting to get holes in them.

Final item for the Primark haul is rather unexciting Body Puff White (£1.00), but I couldn’t remember the last time I changed my poof so it was clearly time to pick up a new one.

Have you brought anything from Primark recently? Let me know what your winners are and what I should keep an eye out for.

Gwen

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August Collective Haul

It’s that time again, let see some of the junk I spent my money on in August. No hesitation let’s get into this.

Bells Shoes: If you haven’t heard of Bell Shoes I seriously recommend checking them out, they offer a great range of name brand shoes at great discounts and offers. I’ve been looking at them for a while and finally brought myself of the Joules Rockingham Wellies in Black Bau Bloom (£34.95 £19.95), cute and 100% practical I think these will get some serious use in the autumn months.

Home Sense 'Skys the Limit' Notebook

Home Sense: I don’t always buy a lot from Home Sense but it is a shop I love to go to, but don’t always buy anything. I love the stationary section, which is where I found the most beautiful “THE SKIES THE LIMIT” Notebook (£4.99), I already know what I want to use if for and its going to look beautiful on my desk.

Boots Part One: I have no idea why I decided to pick up the Soap & Glory What a Peeling Purifying De-Clog Mask (£4.00), but I did. I think I wanted to try out some new masks, and this seemed like a good opportunity. I am looking to create a review shortly.

Superdrug: Another collective haul and another appearance of the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer (£4.99 £2.39), I’ll never do my makeup without it as such a core item and I made sure to pick it up on offer.

Boots Part Two: Although we all know the benefits of a proper skin care routine, if we are honest sometimes we just cannot be bothered with the effort and want a quick and easy option. With a voucher in hand I picked up the No 7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes (£5.00 £2.00), normally I find £7 a bit steep for wipes but one of the women from work gave me a voucher and £2.00 for a pack brings it in line with other wipes I may potentially purchase. Let’s see if these are worth the price tag.

What did you pick up this month? Let me know in the comments and I start to finally get around to unpacking the shopping bags and putting all of these items in their place. If you want more hauls, a Primark August Haul will be up next Friday, keep your eyes peeled.

Gwen

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Review: Bourjois Paris Aqua Blush in Berry Nice

Bourjois Paris 24 hr Aqua Blush in Beryr Nice

Time to dig back into my Latest in Beauty goodies, and pull out something to review. This time it’s the turn of the Bourjois Paris Aqua Blush in Berry Nice, a cream blush perfect for long lasting makeup or the summer months. Every summer I go through a phrase of only wearing cream blush, and I’m never quite sure why I never wear it the rest of the year. Although I do not feel as though I would have picked out the colour myself, as it is a little on the darker and deeper side for my skin tone, but I thought I could make it work and I wanted to test the formula out.

The blush comes in a small pump bottle, which is new for blush for me but I love the control it gives me. I managed to find a good balance in getting the right amount of blush out for application, especially as a darker/deeper shade a little goes a long way. The blush is a light liquid formula that with the use of fingers or a stippling blush, delicately blends into your foundation creating a subtle flushed look with nothing overly heavy.

Boujois Aqua Blush on Face

I was apprehensive at first on if I could make the colour work for me, as it isn’t a shade I would have picked up in the shop and it isn’t one you’d tend to pick for a fair skin tone. Yet I found myself loving the colour and look although I feel as though it may be best in autumn as I much prefer a coral shade at this time of year, it will get me to mix up my winter products and it’s a fun addition to my makeup collection.

Overall I think it’s a light workable formula and I am definitely tempted to try out a different shade, one more suited for my complection soon. What are your favourite cream blushes let me know in the comments.

Gwen

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Barry M Coconut Infusion Gel Nail Paint in Lemonade and Aloha

Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Paints

It feels a bit weird to post a review, almost 3 weeks after one of the items appeared in July favourites. However I promised a review, so here it is where I focus on the numerous aspects of these nail polishes opposed to the love of a yellow polish for the Tour De France.

Over the year I have owed many Barry M Nail Polishes from a variety of ranges and finishes, and it is my number one affordable brand as I have found it reliable and good quality over the years. The Coconut Infusion range launched last year, but no colours took my fancy at the time. The Barry M Coconut Infusion range is described on the Barry M website as: “Its unique, caring blend of Coconut Water and Coconut Oil gently hydrates and nourishes nails while delivering a beautifully smooth, gel-like glossy manicure. Enriched with anti-oxidizing properties, the strengthening benefits of patented Hexanal and Vitamins B & C, nails will be repaired and replenished, resulting in a brighter, healthier looking, long lasting finish. Its exclusive High Reflective Resin System offers lustrous shine, fluid coverage and amazing depth of colour.”

The two colours I picked up were the beautiful pastel yellow shade, Lemonade, as well as the fun vibrant pink of Aloha, capturing once again the fun and lovely names that often come with Barry M (I’m a sucker for a polish with a good name). So how did these colours shape up:

Lemonade: Can we take a second to appreciate how bright and summery this shade feels? I never used to be sold on a yellow polish, but I am now convinced it is the ultimate summer shade. The shade is lovely to apply, although I found the first layer can look a touch streaky, after coat two or three the colour and application is seamless and has a high gloss even finish. I was also so impressed with the lasting power of this polish, often lasting 4-5 days without touch ups which is long lasting for me.

Aloha: Contrasting to Lemonade, Aloha is a vibrant pink which although is summery I feel it is a shade which can be pulled off all year round. The Aloha has a slightly more pigmented, which is often the case with the darker/richer shades and you can get away with wearing one coat if you required. For the best results, I found two coats worked best for a high gloss and pristine condition. Unfortunately, I found the lasting power with this, only lasting 1-2 days before having to reapply which is a shame especially after such good experiences with the lemonade.

Overall, I’m generally impressed by the two nail polishes I have, and would definitely recommend trying out the range if there is something you want. The formulas are slightly variable in terms of longevity but the finish is high quality, the colours are beautiful and it’s nice to apply so weigh up what you want out of a product.

Gwen

Review: Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Ice Cube

Anne Semonin Dark Circle Reducer

On Tuesday I shared with you the contents of the Latest in Beauty French Box, and I promised some reviews for the items inside. I must say out of all of the products the Anna Semonin Eye Express Radiance Ice Cube has to be the one that instantly peaked my interest and without hesitation was the first item I tried out of all the amazing goodies.

According to the packaging the Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Eye Cube is described as: “For an instantly brilliant eye contour area! Formulated with marine spring water rich in trace elements and mineral salts with a proven action on skin firmness and hydration. Specifically developed for the delicate eye area, the Eye Express Radiance Ice Cubes contain Ginkgo biloba for stimulating micro-circulation, gourd extract for instantly soothing tired, stressed eyes, hyaluronic acid for plumping up fine lines and wrinkles and bioflavonoid for visibly improving under eye circles. Plus the extract of Tephrosia purpurea, an innovative botanical neurocosmetic ingredient, stimulates the release of beta-endorphins, generating a sensation of skin relaxation and wellbeing.

It is recommend to use the ice cube in the morning, to brighten and lift your under eyes before the day starts. Which although is a perfect idea in principle, remember to fish out the radiance ice cube from the freezer first thing in the morning is not necessarily the easiest thing to remember. Eventually yesterday morning while I was waiting for the kettle to boil for my morning cup of coffee, I actually remembered to get it out and that I had planned for this review to go up today. Perfect timing really, so I rescued the little pod out of the freezer and from a life amongst garlic bread and salmon fillets to wake my face up that morning.

I have to say the little bag is perfect size wise, and its delicate and soft meaning you don’t mind rubbing over your face especially the more delicate area around your eyes. I felt a little bit silly at first rubbing this ice cube in a bag under and around each eye and down the side of my nose, as directed. After a while I felt like I could see my eyes looked less sunken and tired but as it was 6am I forgot to take photos so I have no idea. The actual treatment is cooling and refreshing, really waking you up first thing and it feels like such an indulgent treat really.

I doubt I’d use it regularly but it felt nice as a treatment every so often, it also didn’t change makeup application and I used the same amount of product so it’s not a miracle worker but it does feel nice. It feels a little bit wasteful after 5 minutes of rubbing it all over my face, half of it was still left in the bag and unfortunately, I had to throw it as it cannot be hygienic or practical to refreeze it. So, if I’d have paid for it I would definitely would have found it to be very wasteful.

The Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Ice Cube can be purchased from retailers such as Cult Beauty and retails for £45 for 6 pods, approximately £7.50 per pod. Personally, I feel like it is overpriced but it is luxurious and even if I’m not convinced by it I loved trying it out.

Gwen

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