July Favourites

July Faves

I cannot believe how quick this year is going? How is it August already! July has been a really good month starting with a holiday in Cornwall and ending with me starting my first graduate level job it is completely insane. So I am back with my favourites for this month as I found some new loves and rediscovered some others.


july faves ft body shop, bareminerals, sleek and pixi

Beauty Favourites

I’ve been loving face makeup lately and really started putting effort into a full look again, so after taking it travelling and falling in love with using it properly I’m loving my Sleek Face Form Palette in Light. I love Sleek products and this is a great do it all product and I have more effort into contouring it at the moment, the only thing I don’t always use is the blush which leads me into my next favourite. I love my bareMinerals make up and this month I have especially being loving my bareMinerals Blush Luminary Blush in Sunwashed Berry. This is more of a rosy blush than I usually go for as I opt for more of a coral toned pink but I’m loving the change. It’s such a long lasting and light weight blush and I cannot imagine I will stop losing this anytime soon.

I love pink toned neutrals, with my favourite palette being my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette but to conserve space when I went away I took the Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Plum Quartz and I haven’t stopped using it since. Filled with pink and plum shades it is right up my street, for a simple low key look I’ll just use the lightest shades but you can easily build up a variety of looks.

Although I love my TRESemme Shampoo and Conditioner every so often I get a really dried out scalp (TMI maybe), my sister when she gets it uses medicated shampoo which smells awful. I instead use The Body Shop Banana Shampoo and Conditioner and it works really well, I’ve written a full review for it here. So my dry scalp is going and I have beautiful banana smelling hair, very summery.

Finally a nice summery scent from Elizabeth Arden in Sunflowers, I got a bunch of travel sizes last summer as I wasn’t as keen on this initially but this spring summer I have really fallen in love with it. A little goes a long way with this one and it lasts all day which is ideal really. So I just put a little dot on my wrists and behind my ears then I am set for the day which is great really.


Non-Beauty Favourites

I rarely do non-beauty favourites as I don’t always have enough to say in this regard but this month there are one or two things that I have really being loving.

 tour de franc july favourite

My TV favourite this month has been the Tour De France, which ran pretty much the entire month from the 4th right through to the 26th and I wanted it live most days for the first two weeks before starting my new job. This year has been amazing with the closest competition for years with the biggest names in cycling, plus an amazing effort made by the British cyclists. With Froomes historic win and amazing performances for all 10 British cyclist with a record 8 finishing it’s been a good year and hopefully we can move away from any negativity.  As the final day rolled round I opened a bottle of wine and ordered a take away thoroughly enjoying the whole thing.

 

 So I got my car this month and for my first solo drive I grabbed a CD which just happened to be Twin Atlantic The Great Divide. I saw them finally last November and putting this it just brought all the amazingness back, I haven’t bothered to take it out of my car yet I just happily drive along listening to this great album.


So what have your guy being loving this month? I love reading favourites which means I absolutely love this time of the month as it helps you really discover new products as if they are someone’s favourites it’s a great recommendation.

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Getting the Help You Need: Mental Health

On Tuesday I posted about my personal struggle with anxiety and I thought I would do a quick follow up post for if you are struggling with any mental health problems or someone you know is I thought I would give some advice. Unfortunately I am only aware of helplines and options in the UK but hopefully the options are similar where ever you are and if you know of the options available where you are please let me know below so we can share the knowledge and help people get whatever you need.

It is a shame that there is often still a stigma attached to mental disorders, so it can sometimes be hard to talk about these things with family and friends. If you can it is useful to share your troubles with those close to you but I know it can be hard to broach these subjects but know you can get help elsewhere.

I am by no means and expert in anything here, so let me know if some of the information is wrong but I have tried to thoroughly research everything for this post. I am speaking mainly from personal experience, we all have our own experiences with mental health but I want to try and help others if I can so hopefully this may be useful to some one.


Helplines

There are a number of helplines available to everyone often with Freephone numbers, and now in the UK these are free from both landlines and mobile phones, where you can speak to someone in complete confidence that knows how to help you. There are special helplines for all sorts of disorders, from OCD, panic attacks and emotional issues associated with abuse, which you can see the full list here.

One of  the best helplines though is the Samaritans, although unfortunately I don’t think it is a Freephone number at this point. The main benefit of the Samaritans is that it is a 24 hour a day phone line so you can get the help when you need it. To find out more about the Samaritans check out their website here, and if you need help call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90.

A final option which is if you need care, is you can call NHS direct. This is great for a number of medical issues if it isn’t urgent in which case call 999. It is also really important if you have already been treated and are suffering from a relapse of symptoms. You can call NHS direct by simply calling 111, it couldn’t be simpler. They can also link you up with local services or suggest what action you may need to take.


Speak to your GP

Often one of the best things to do is speak to your GP about your issues and they can help you make the first step to getting better. With most problems you can choose between medicines or therapy/counselling, medicines are often the quick fix but therapy in my opinion is better for the long run. Okay I view therapy as best as if fixes the route of the problem but you need to be open to it and for some people medicine is the best option. Just take the time to see your GP and discuss your problems, making the most important first step in your road to recovery. It is a long road but the sooner you start the sooner you can start to make the changers to your life.


Take it One Step at a Time

Just remember to take everything one step at a time, and only do stuff when you are ready to. You are in charge of your own recovery, so take your time and take it one day at a time, it’s also okay to go back a step, it happens but it doesn’t matter as you need to do it to get better. Unfortunately there is no quick fix to a mental health issue but there is help out there, and it will get better.

It is important to listen to the advice from the mental health professional and voice your opinions. If you have an open and honest discussion, and take small steps every day you can be in control of your own recovery.


Do Small Things to Help Yourself

There are loads of little self-help things out there but that isn’t exactly what I am talking about here its doing the little things to make you feel better. Do the things that make you happy, take a relaxing bath or push yourself to do something you really want to do. Or discover what works to help you.

For example I when I used to panic I used to write a little reminder to myself to breathe on my wrist, although you can also get temporary tattoos. I also know people who use a beaded necklace to help them concentrate on their breathing. If you are really struggling just take a day at home where you just stay at home and do the things you enjoy, either on your own or with someone close to you, just do what you want and eat what you want and spend some time focusing on you. Sure it’s all just the small things, but these can make such a difference when you are trying to cope.


Useful links

I just thought I would finish this off with a few useful websites and links in addition to the ones I gave earlier.

  • The NHS’s mental health main page, with general advice articles as well as links to information on specific disorders including anxiety, bipolar disorder and the different types of treatments available on the NHS. So it is a good place to start, check it out here.
  • Mind is a great charity, on their website you can find advice, information on a lot of disorders ect. Mind is a great cause and they’ve been doing a lot of work on trying to eliminate the stigma associated to mental health issues. You can check out their amazing website here.
  • The Mental Health Foundation also offers more information and help for anyone who needs it which you can check out here.

I hope this is useful for some of you, I think sharing this information is important and could end up saving someone. Like I said before I’m not sure the protocol in other countries so if you do let me know in the comments below.

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Dealing with Anxiety

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This is a post I’ve wanted to make for a while but have not always had the confidence to make for a number of reasons. I think sometimes I feel as though anxiety disorders have become somewhat of a trend and everyone seems to have one, or maybe more people are willing to talk about it which is great. I’d also like to state now there is a difference between anxiety disorder and general anxiety, we all suffer from anxiety from time to time, it keeps us on our toes and it’s perfectly human. Meanwhile anxiety disorders can be completely debilitating and can prevent you from doing the things you love. For some there are certain triggers for panic attacks, the unfamiliar, crowded places or public transport, while for others it can hit at random. Often there is nothing you can do it and panic attacks can be scary, some even having similar symptoms to a heart attack, feeling dizzy and faint there is a lot more too them than meets the eye and obviously every ones disorder is different.

I have had underlying symptoms of an anxiety disorder since the age of 5 often struggling with unexpected situations but the disorder really presented itself and its strong hold ages 8 through 10. It sort of happened suddenly and took hold immediately, suffering regular panic attacks from when I woke up at about 7 am right through to lunch time and then they’d start again from about 5pm until I fell asleep. Every day for about 18months. This is where my awful snacking habits came from because for nearly 2 years the only time I could really manage to eat anything would be an hour slot between 3 to 4 in the afternoon and it’s a snack thing that hits me even know. It was completely debilitating and there was nothing that could be done about it, I was trapped in a cycle. I honestly cannot imagine what it was like for my parents. At one point my mum even thought that I might have to be home schooled and worried about me completing my education.

I am lucky I had a supportive family, and a dedicated doctor and school who sought for me to get help initially externally and then internally where I saw councillors not only from the school but had a specialist come in to see me. I am very fortunate that my parents and others chose this type of therapy for me, it took time but I learnt skills that have been useful coping even now and if I was medicated I would still be on them now, medication is often a permanent solution and it is not always as effective. The cause was never fully established but the most important thing was that I was getting better. Studying psychology later in life and finding more about the treatment options I’m glad I had CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), allowing me without realising to shape my own recovery and learn techniques I subconsciously use to help me cope.

I’ve had on off episodes throughout my life and always come out the other end, there is always another end. Nothing lasts forever and you can get better. My current issue is extended periods of time on public transport if I have to do it on my own for example visiting my boyfriend in Cornwall which is something that prompted me to write this post. I felt anxious all the way to the train station, I got on the train and had a huge panic attack but I stayed, I wanted to see my boyfriend so I had to stay on the train. Then we had the whole carry on which just exasperated my problem, if you haven’t see it I have an entire post written on it here. I am not like most people I choose to do the things that make me panic, sure its horrible but if I didn’t do it I’d be worse the time after or just never do it. I want to get the message out that is that YOU CAN DO THIS. I know often hearing it doesn’t help, every time I get on a train and panic my boyfriends texts me saying ‘You’ll be fine, you’ve done it countless times before’. I know it doesn’t always help buy you just have to keep telling yourself to breathe and tell yourself that you can do this nothing will happen. You will panic and it may be horrible, but don’t let it take over your life. I mentioned before my mum worried about me completing my education, well I have not only did I do my GCSE’s and A-levels, this summer I am Graduating with Upper Second Class Honours in Economics BA(hons). I am proof you can get out the other side. You will struggle from time to time, you’re human and natural but there is another side, it will get better. We also all have our setbacks but don’t let them hold you back from what you want to do.

So if you or someone you know suffers let them know there is another side and it will get better. Seek help and talk to others there is no point suffering in silence, therapy works if you have access to it and if not speak to your doctor about counselling. We are lucky with charities like MIND and more people willing to talk about it that many disorders have much less of stigma attached to it and there are way more options now.

Thank you to anyone who has stuck out to read this I know its long but it is something that I have wanted to say for ages but haven’t had the confidence to do so.

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Work ware Haul

workware haul ft next and primark

I started my job on the 20th and over the last few weekends I picked up some work wear and just thought I’d share some of the items I brought.


workware from NEXT

Next

My first port of call was Next, which I had been in during the week to try on clothes and establish what size I was in each thing before the sale at the weekend so I could be in and out if I wanted to be. I arrived at my next at just gone 7am and the car park was rammed but luckily staff were efficient and the shop was well organised and running smoothly. I unfortunately couldn’t pick up everything that I wanted to but I managed to pick up 3 items I wanted.

First up is the simple black tailored dress which has a subtle but nice touch of neck detail, weirdly a lot of the smarter clothes I own for interviews etc. are navy and I feel as though you cannot really go wrong with a black dress which is about  knee length. So essentially comfy and ideal for work. I also brought a coral dress just to inject a little bit of colour into my wardrobe and it is summer after all. It is so well made and is something a little different for me so will be fairly refreshing.

The final thing I picked up was a nice little black blazer, which was a bargain at half price. Also I love a black blazer for all sorts of occasions from work to creating a cute smart causal look, it’s a strong basic which I feel as though every girl should have in her wardrobe and once again this is something I was lacking with only navy counterparts. I still didn’t manage to pick up everything but I picked up 3 great quality products for only £58.00 which really isn’t bad going.


workware from primark

Primark

I also popped into Primark, mainly for some basics such as a pair of flats and some tights. I then managed to find some really nice bits for work in there too which is a total win win situation.

First I actually picked up the two items which were the entire reason why I went in, first up a suede pair of flats. Simple which can work with a multitude of outfits and I can wear them to work, I would prefer to wear heels my I have muscle problems so have to limit my time spent in heels. I also picked up a new pair of tights, this time getting some body shaping ones for no logic other than the fact these were one of the only nude pairs that were available. Why is there a lack of nude tights in the summer?

I simply fell in love with the cranberry peplum top, which is coming out more pink toned here, is beautiful great for both nights out and for work depending on what you pair it with. So is a great asset and I’ve lost the recite but I can tell you it was relatively inexpensive, it will also look great paired with a statement necklace I just need to get one that goes with this top. Then I picked up two pairs of trousers which I can wear at work and will probably do for casual wear too I will have to wait and see really.


So yes that a quick haul as to what I purchased for work, more to come soon probably.

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P.S. Love Matte Long Lasting Lipstick Review

P.S Love matte lipstick

So all the way back in February/March I picked up loads of Primark P.S. Love Goodies, which I gave all of the a miniature review (which you can read here). However at the time I couldn’t find any of the lipsticks, but I went in the other day and saw this and simply could not resist despite being like so many others in my collection.

So I picked up the P.S Love Matte Long Lasting Lipstick in Whisper, which is beautiful muted pink so is a perfect lip colour for any occasion. The main think I notice straight way was that despite being called a matte lipstick it has these small flecks of glitter in it which seems a really weird but thankfully this does not show when you put it on. It applies really smoothly and is highly pigmented although it is a tiny bit on the dry side, which can be common with matte lipsticks especially at this price point. Saying that it is not at all drying on the lips, so is actually very comfortable to wear (initially).

P.S Love Matte Lipstick in whisper

Lip

Although the formula goes on nice if definately dries your lip out the longer you wear it so balm up is my advice. I lasts very well and although it fades I feel as though it fades evenly meaning you don’t need to worry about touch up as it leaves a leaves a sort of stain. I have to say I like this lipstick I like the colour but even two weeks after my initial purchase I am finding that I am not reaching for it at all instead choosing my rimmel lipsticks ect. So although these are nice and cheap, I’d say if you want the cheaper end of lipsticks opt for MUA or Make Up Revolution at only £1.00 (so 50p cheaper) you get a much nicer product or even move up to the Rimmel lipsticks, regardless I don’t think I would rebuy it. Yes its nice, but there is better out there in the drugstore so I wouldn’t bother.

Have you tried the P.S. Love Matte lipsticks and if so what do you think? What are your favourite drugstore matte lipsticks?

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

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Life Update: New Job

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So just a small life update today to let you guys know that as of yesterday I have started a new job, it is only temporary for now but its nice starting life in a proper graduate job. I hate sitting around doing nothing so the opportunity to earn some money, buy a car and gain relevant experience, I’m just relieved that in less than 6 weeks I have managed to find work.

I’m just getting the hang of it at the moment, getting to know my role and the other people in the office and I’m enjoying being back in a working environment although its very different from when I’ve worked in retail previously. I am still looking at other work because with this only being a 3 month job I will need something in the long run but for now I can be a lot more picky which is refreshing. I’m also still looking to relocate and me and my boyfriend can find jobs together, get a little flat ect but these will all come with time.

With the new job I may have a lot less time on my hands but I am hoping that I will still be able to keep to my current blog schedule. It just may be a little bit messy for a little bit until I get into my routine but I have a load of ideas and pieces that I am currently working on so I am sure I will be able to schedule something. I’ve also been hitting up the summer sales for work attire, its great to have an excuse to go shopping and be able to buy somewhat of a new wardrobe, so I may haul it if I get the chance.

What has been happening in your lives? Anything new and exciting in your lives, or are you planning on going away somewhere nice this summer.

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Fruit and Nut Flapjack

fruit and nut flapjack

Who doesn’t love a tasty treat, sure these aren’t exactly healthy but are great to enjoy at home or grab for breakfast if you are like me and suck at the breakfast thing. Now I do these with dried fruit and nuts in them but if you don’t like them change them up for what you enjoy or simply remove them from the recipe all together. This makes a fair amount, it works just as well halved as this has how the recipe I based this on was just gage it for our own needs.


Ingredients:

Flapjack Ingredients

You will need:

  • 250g Brown Sugar
  • 500g of Porridge Oats (you don’t need anything special, I just used the Morrisons Savers Oats for this)
  • 250g Butter (or Margarine)
  • 5/6 tbspn of Golden Syrup (this can vary on personal preference due to taste but it helps it stick together)
  • Selection of dried fruit and nut (Today I’m using walnuts, chopped nuts and rasins but you can use whatever you want peanuts, dried cranberries basically whatever you have and whatever you like)

Flapjack steps 1 to 3

1. Add all of your ingredients except the dried fruits and nuts to the food processor, I like to add mine in layers so the different ingredients are mixed throughout.

2. Turn on the food processor and mix until all of the ingredients are fully mixed and it starts to resemble a proper mixture, you may occasionally need to stop and mix up the ingredients properly. Just try not to over mix it as you’d like to keep the oats mostly intact.

3. When mixed place the mixture into a large bowl with the remaining fruit and nut, mix by hand. This can take a little bit of work but just keep going until the ingredients are mixed in thoroughly and are semi evenly spread.

Flapjack steps 4 and 5

4. Put the mixture into a greased baking tray, I use a square cake tin. Spread out and use the back of the spoon and make sure its even. Bake in the oven at 180°C for around 20 minutes or until it is golden brown.

5. When its golden brown remove from the oven, take a spatula and run along the edges so it doesn’t stick. Then leave to cool before removing from the tin.

fruit & nut flapjack

Slice up the flapjack and enjoy. Flapjack can last up to a week in an airtight container, but we all know it won’t last that long anyway.

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Cross Country Travel

travel cross country

So I’ve been travelling a bit recently and I thought I’d share my train adventures with you guys, I have to say it’s been eventful.

2nd July: Northampton to Plymouth

So I was travelling to Plymouth to visit my boyfriend in Cornwall and have a nice kind of semi holiday, In order to get from where I live near Northampton to Plymouth I go via Birmingham as it takes a similar length of time as going through London but it is way less hassle as in Birmingham you simply swap platforms. Anyway I get on the train in Northampton and next thing I know there is an announcement saying everyone will have to exit the train in Rugby and get on the alternative arrangements due to an incident further up the line (just my luck).

Body on the track, no trains are going direct to Birmingham New Street! Everyone is obviously panicked we all have places to be and connections to make but thankfully I managed to get on a different train fairly quickly that was heading to Birmingham New Street via Stanford and Wolverhampton yeah quite a detour. Luckily the weather was warm but not dreadful like previously. Anyway everyone squished onto this train and hoped to make it to wherever they were heading. We eventually got into Birmingham an hour and a half later than expected and I’d just missed my original train.

birmingham to plymouth

So I had 50 minutes to wait until the next train, so decided to treat myself to a Starbucks in which I got a vanilla latte which hardly and vanilla in it (first world problems). Next thing I know my train to Plymouth was getting more and more delayed, just my luck really, maybe I was never meant to go to Plymouth. I have never being so relieved to get on a train in my life and luckily it was quiet so I was able to get on with some blog writing, with the accompaniment of my itunes.

The train from Birmingham to Plymouth is often a beautiful line taking you through beautiful country side, by areas such as the Malverns and part of the cost. Rolling hills and picturesque villages (that probably aren’t so picturesque due to the train going by them). Unfortunately the weather was poor but I will try and insert some pictures if it does improve. This is sometimes the best thing about the train, you get to see countryside you wouldn’t see if you went by car.

Dawlish

Luckily by the time I’d reached Devon the weather was looking up and I got to enjoy my favourite stretch of cost, between Exeter and Dawlish, a beautiful stretch of railway. Just enjoying the sea and the coastline, I love the seaside and it was a lovely site after so long on the train. There was only one downside, the train was getting later and later with all the problems throughout the day I arrived in Plymouth almost 2 hours later than I initially was meant too. I was just so relieved to see my boyfriend and catch the bus back to his to start a nice relaxing week.

 

9th July: Bude Day Trip

Neither of us have a car, so travel is limited to public transport luckily from his home town we can get a direct bus to Bude. I haven’t been since I was little about 10/11 when my family went there on holiday and he hadn’t been in a long number of years and with the weather forecast saying it was meant to be warm and sunny we had nothing to lose.

Due to poor organisation we hadn’t realised the buses were so infrequent meaning we didn’t catch the bus over until 1pm, but when you get on the bus you forget about all of it sitting up stair and enjoy all of the beautiful views. I love the Cornish country side and when you finally catch that glimpse of the sea again you can barely contain yourself.

plymouth & bude

We enjoyed a lovely relaxed and touristy day in Bude. Eating pasties, paddling in the sea, walking on the headlands, admiring the view and eating delicious ice cream. It was such a lovely day and it’s nice to do things like this as a couple, something out of the ordinary. It made us think about the future and holidaying together in years to come, its odd how a trip to the seaside really makes you think about the future. All in all it was a perfect day.

The only downside was the bus back, this time a small single decker where a group of teens brought 3 big dogs on. Which although they seemed like nice dogs they climbed all over the seats and the owners had complete disregard for the other passengers. Also I am highly allergic to dogs to by the time we got off I was wheezy and could barely breathe. I think for comfort of all passengers and for the dogs too, dogs shouldn’t be on buses.

After a long day it was nice to be back, eating Chinese and watching the Tour de France highlights. A perfect end to a perfect day.

11th July: Plymouth to Northampton

I had a really early start to the day, catching a bus into Plymouth at 7:25am where you get on the bus and know it’s going to be a long day with the amount of travel I still had to go. I also hate saying goodbye to my boyfriend, with the long distance due to both being home it’s going to be a good month before we see each other again, so we are working hard on finding a job in the same place so we can begin our lives together.

the south coast

Luckily I managed to get a seat, due to 3 days of train strikes no one had managed to get anywhere for 3 days everyone is trying to travel on the same days as well as those who are making day trips. It is simply a nightmare travelling on trains when there’s been disruptions and I highly recommend avoiding it. I’m just glad that once again I managed to grab a window seat and got to enjoy all of the lovely views.

The journey home was fairly uneventful really, a simple change over at Birmingham and back to Northampton. I’m so relieved the train home was uneventful, it was such a long day and all I wanted was to get home and have a nap. Unfortunately I had some bits to do that afternoon and my bed was not coming to be anytime soon.

For now I am back home and with no travelling in sight unfortunately, hopefully I can be back with my boyfriend soon or be back on the road again soon. Any of you travelling somewhere exciting soon.

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What’s in my Travel Makeup Bag.

Whats in my travel makeup bag

So this week I’m down in Cornwall having a mini holiday at my boyfriends house and I thought I’d do one of these as I always think its interesting to see what items from a makeup collections people take with them. This time I have done miles better at keeping it stream line and compact than last year, which you can check out here. My idea when packing my makeup is multiple use products for a variety of looks to cover every occasion, it also helps thinking of what looks I need to cover which is everyday and date night. I’m also opting for the smaller sizes, for example my miniature Benefit Roller Lash is an ideal size.  I also pack in order of how I do my face to make sure I don’t miss anything.

L'oreal, sleek, rimmel and bareminerals

Starting with a base I am taking the sample size of my bareMinerals Prime Time Original Foundation Primer, which is my all time favourite foundation primer and is a silicon based primer it just leaves a perfect base. Then I have a few foundation options first up is my current favourite for a light summer base in the form of my Rimmel London 9-in-1 BB cream in Very Light, light and with spf 25 is perfect for summer. If I want something with more coverage and more traditional I am taking the L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in Rosy Ivory, this is a free sample that L’Oreal were giving away but as I’ve already used and loved this foundation this was perfect for travelling so I have kept this for travel. Then instead of taking my trust collection powder I have chosen my bareMinerals Original Foundation in N10 Fairly Light so I can add a dusting of powder of have another foundation option and cuts down on multiple products. I’m only taking to one concealer as there is no need to take more and I’m taking my current favourite the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory. Like I already mentioned I like to have multiple use, well okay this isn’t a multiple use product per-say but it’s compact with everything you need to do your face so I’m taking my Sleek Face Form Palette in Light. I adore this palette and the blush in this palette is definitely more of a summer blush with a shimmery undertone in it so this is definitely my ultimate summer blush.

benefit, pixi, nyx, urban decay, avon & collection

Moving onto the eye’s, this is definitely an area in which I need to cut back as I seem to want to pack all of my palettes as I am obsessed with eye makeup. I love eye shadow so in order to keep it perfect all day long I’ve packed my Urban Decay Primer Potion, this stuff is amazing you need so little and it lasts all day. This is something in which I buy the travel size as it lasts ages and is the same size and price as the Soap and Glory Equivalent but is so much better I never go a day without it. I have seriously considered taking my Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette as I love the pinky neutral shades however, I want to stick to my compact makeup bag so instead I am taking the Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Plum Quartz, for the perfect day or night look and I know it will do everything I need it to. For a more natural matte eye look I am taking my Avon True Colour Eyeshadow Duo in Warm Cashmere, a beautiful matte duo which is so handy to have. Finally for my ultimate and effortless lazy item is my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in 617 Iced Mocha, just to create a base colour or anything else its a beautiful and effortless colour. To finish it off I just have a black eyeliner in the form of Collection Intense Colour Kohl Pencil in 01 Black Magic which is one of my favourite eyeliner and for my mascara as mentioned above I have a mini Benefit Roller Lash Mascara a great Mascara and as its small its nice and handy.

ysl, rimmel & body shop

Finally I have the lips and I’ve managed to keep this down to only four items starting with my favourite lip moisturising product the Body Shop Mango Lip Butter super hydrating and it smells amazing. Once again I’m back to my two favourite Rimmel London Products which are beautiful paired together or in their own right the Rimmel London Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Line in 063 East End Snob and Rimmel London Kate Moss Long Lasting Lipstick in 08. The final is for if I want a small touch of colour and a nice sheen with the Yves Saint Laurant Volupte Sheer Candy in 01 Lush Coconut.

Then I’m taking a minimum amount of brushes just to cover all of my bases. At the time of writing I still have finished packing so I may sneak a few more items in but as it stands the bag is half full so I have room to play with. What makeup do you take when you’re travelling, what are your essential items.

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

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Prepping for Holiday

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Of course we all want to look our best while on holiday and I for one am no exception, of course as mentioned I’m only going to Cornwall but as my only holiday this summer. So this is how I make myself beautiful for holiday.

Smooth Legs ft body shop, laura ashley, gillette

Shave and moisturise:

For summer we all want silky smooth skin, especially having beautiful soft silky legs as what else feels that amazing. So to start with I will use and exfoliator such as The Body Shop Blueberry Body Scrub Gelee, which smells so good you could almost eat it. This just removes any dead skin and really sets you up ready for shaving. Then onto the shaving using plenty of Satin Care Pure and Delicate Shave Gel paired with my Gillette Simply Venus Razor in order to achieve a close shave. If I want to be more thorough like I do when going away I tend to do this I will shave

In the sink so nothing gets missed and then jump back in the shower, usually using this time to use a hair mask so it’s not wasted or pointless. In order to keep my skin smooth I’ll use a body butter after shaving, I will always try to use a body butter daily but if all else fails I will use it after shaving. At the moment I am using the sweet floral Laura Ashley Imperial Bloom Body Butter, which is a nice break from my usual fruity Body Shop Body Butters.

fake tan ft johnsons

Even out skin tone

The week before coming away Christ it reached 35C back home however, when the sun comes out I still wear jeans/leggings or more often than not maxi skirts. So My legs and chest tan easily even with a high factor sun block but my legs are super pale so in order to rectify this I cheat. I am awful at traditional fake tan so I tend to opt for a gradual moisturising tanner although this is best when moisturising before still, at the moment I am using the Johnson’s Holiday Skin Lightglow Body Lotion. It may take longer to get the tan but its subtle and looks a lot more natural as you have more control.

Hair ft TRESemme, Body shop & tangle teezer

Silky Smooth Hair

About once a month I will use a hair mask depending on my hair condition but before going on holiday I will use a hair mask without fail. I’ll start washing my hair as normal with my trusty TRESemme Salon Silk Shampoo, just to ensure all the dirt, grime and grease is all removed. I’ve tried other shampoos but nothing leaves my hair as fresh and clean as TRESemme. Then I will pop out the shower squeeze my hair out, brush it through with my Tangle Teezer and even towel a lot of the excess moisture out. I will then take a small amount of The Body Shop Rain Forest Moisture Hair Butter  (read my review for it here), a little goes a long way with this one and I work it on my hands before thoroughly running it through the mid to ends of my hair. After running through my hair I will clip my hair on to the top of my head to keep the conditioner off my back. I then leave it in for 25/20 minutes which is longer than it usually says but it is definitely worth it. During this time I will do something else such as shaving my legs or some face exfoliating, basically using the time effectively.

Pretty Nails:

I like to keep things simple with my nails just one simple and pretty colour for my time away so it isn’t a huge amount of effort. I am using one of my favourites for a while which is the Barry M Speed Quick Dry in Eat My Dust, this is a beautiful pastel blue and I am so in love with it. I have used this with both my hands and feet as I’m so in love with it, a quick drying but long lasting nail polish.

There are some other things I may do but haven’t done this time such as a face mask or some foot TLC it just varies as I don’t always have what I need to hand. So what do you guys do before going away? Do you take the time to prepare of do you just decide it doesn’t matter your on holiday?

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