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My Holiday Make-up Bag!


It is finally the summer... Well in terms of school now that it is the summer holidays everyone is going away. Therefore I thought that I would show you what I take in my make-up bag when I go away. I normally go to hot countries with lots of sunshine so rarely end up wearing foundation but I still wear mascara etc. My Make-up bag is from the Zoella Beauty range in superdrug! I love these make-up bags because they are the perfect size and they are wipe clean on the outside for any make-up spillages!
One thing that is always in my make-up bag is the current nail varnish I am wearing. In the summer I swap between Essie'Watermelon', Essie 'Sunday Fun day' and BarryM Gelly Hi shine 'Pomegranate'. At the minute it is 'Pomegranate'. I love this collection that BarryM do because it looks as though it is done very professionally once dried, however it was done by me! The colour is a red with subtle pink through it. I always take my nail varnish away with me because it can either chip in the pool or the sun, so just for touch ups.
A necessity I take everywhere no matter what but especially on holiday or public transport is hand sanitizer. This is because I become a bit of a germ freak and because I have a habit of biting my nails this means I’m not digesting any bacteria (tmi I’m so sorry). The one I’m currently using is the Bath and Body Works Fresh Sparkling Snow PocketBac. I find these super handy as they fit in everything! This scent is now longer available to purchase due to it being a Christmas special, but they have many others!
Another necessity to take is a make-up remover obviously. However I really love the Estee Lauder Take it Away Make-up removerLotion. I find this is super easy to use and moisturisers your skin at the same time! I like this as well because it fits nicely in my make-up bag as well as being the only moisturiser lotion to take off benefit they're real mascara!! I hate having to buy the matching remover to the mascara so I love when I find one just as good!
Furthermore another item that is always in my make-up bag is a moisturiser. Normally I would take my eczema cream, however I have recently been using a new cream that has cleared it all up yippee!!(Blog post soon all about it!!) Anyway my moisturiser is currently the travel size of Bath and Body works Oahu Coconut Sunset Aloe Gel Lotion ( I couldn't find the gel on the website but this is the link to the normal body cream). I prefer for my hands/body to use a gel lotion because it not only helps with dry skin but also burnt skin. It really soothes the skin creating a cooling effect. This Aloe Gel Lotion was sent to me by my best friend who lives in America Chloe ( she is very beautiful, so I recommend you go follow her ;)
Underneath any makeup I wear a primer. My primer is the same as I’ve always used and it is my love. This is the Benefit ThePore-fessional. This in the image is the travel size and that’s because it is much easier to take on holiday with you so I like to buy this size.

Like I mentioned above, I hardly wear foundation on holiday however, for the first day or two I do. I will wear the Estee LauderDouble Wear Light foundation in intensity 0.5. This foundation is like concrete. Once I have it on and powdered it doesn't move. It lasts until I wash it off at the end of the day! The Double Wear light is an easily buildable coverage. I normally day to day build it up a lot however only wear a thin coating on holiday just to have an even skin tone and to cover any smaller blemishes.
If on holiday I don’t wear foundation I normally apply a CC cream. I love the Clinique version of this. It is very longwearing and the shade matches my skin very well when I become a bit darker. This also has a buildable coverage.
To go with my foundation I always take a powder. I try to take a translucent powder because this means that even when I am tanned I can just apply some of this to reduce any shiny patches. The powder I find works the best at doing this is the Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder in 004Sandstorm. 

One thing that I believe everyone should take with them when in the sun is a lip balm. I love the E.O.S Lip balms because you don't have to dip in your finger and then be left with it all sticky when you are done. They are super easy to transport and last a long time. This is 'Summer Fruits' which I would have to say is my second favourite behind mint. However it is nice in the summer because it is a subtle smell. 

 I am very partial to wear liquid eyeliner. I love to create make-up looks all the time with liquid liner, yet I’m not brave enough to ever go out wearing it. However once I have a tan for some reason I also gain a lot of confidence which clearly, was never there before. I like to use the Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner. Now this really does what it says on the bottle. The nib is so fine I can create the thinnest or thickest wing simply by moving up the nib line. 

As well as this I like to alternate to a simple black eye pencil. The eye pencil I use it the Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12HRWear, Waterproof in the shade 01 Black Lace. The black is very matte with a smooth application. I find this pencil easily glides on, yet never leaves.

When going on holiday I like to take 2 different lipsticks as well as a lip gloss. This is because I like to alternate depending on what I’m wearing or what kind of make-up look I have chosen to wear. I take my Mac Cremsheen lipstick in the shade Hot Gossip as well as the Estee LauderPure colour in the shade 26 Nectarine. These colours are very different from each other. One is a subtle pink, the other being bright red! The lip gloss is also by Estee Lauder in the shade 11 Passion Fruit, which is a gorgeous Pink shimmer. (Both the Estee Lauder products where free gifts with a purchase so they cannot be purchased.)

One necessity that I wear everyday no matter what is mascara. Now the mascara I take everywhere with me I have raved about in previous blog posts so I won’t write too much here but it is the BenefitThey’re Real. This mascara has been my favourite since it came out and still is. The only problem I have with it is the fact it’s so hard to take off!!
With me everywhere I go I take my favourite palette. The Urban Decay Naked 2 Pal is my all-time go to palette because it has all the necessity colours. I love Tease and Half-baked, and they both go amazingly together. (I did a review of the palette and you can check that out here!)
As well as make-up you obviously need utensils (not a whisk and spoon!). I always take eyelash curlers with me because they help to open up my eyes, because my eyes are a darker colour. My eyelash curlers are from The Body Shop UK and are amazing. I absolutely adore the colour of them.

Finally of course take make-up brushes. I own a lot of the Real Techniques brushes. Here in the photo is the Powder brush and the Buffing brush (Which come in the core collection). These two brushes are extreme essentials to me because the Buffing brush is for my foundation or bb cream! However my all-time favourite brush is the Powder brush because it is so big and soft. It applies my powder so smoothly and doesn’t create much fall out, as in the product doesn’t fall off.
I hope you have enjoyed this longer blog post and that you aren’t asleep by the end of it. Have a lovely summer!



Ahava Essential Day Moisturiser review*


Today’s blog post is a review of the Ahava Time To Hydrate Essential Day Moisturizer for normal to dry skin. My skin is always changing depending on the weather. In warmer months I have very dry skin and my eczema comes out all over my body, yet in winter it is very oily.
Ahava sell their products on the website eBay. The stores page is easy to navigate around and view all their products, often having discount offers/sales. Upon placing my order for this product it came a lot faster than I had originally anticipated. It took around a week to arrive which I was rather pleased with, especially as it is from a different country and postage was free! The product came inside the postage box, then bubble wrapped followed by the products box. This helped to prevent any damage in shipping which I find is always so efficient!
The packaging of the product I believe is beautiful. I love the brown with the cream colour that has a yellow tinge through it. The smell however I think is the most astounding. I was trying to think of words to describe the exquisite smell, yet it is impossible. All I can do is tell you it is such a satisfying scent.
The company makes all their products with minerals that are found in the Dead Sea, these are created through the combination of: water, mud, plants and salt.
 I have researched into this on many occasions to find out more and to expand my knowledge further. The Dead Sea minerals are very good for your skin because of the ingredients that are found inside. Many of the ingredients commonly found I had heard of before. This is because they were chemicals used in my science lessons at school. I researched into all of this because I found it ever so interesting, so if you like science knowledge go and have a read because it is very fascinating what the chemicals can also do apart from the experiments done at school.
The cream itself soothes your skin due to the anti-inflammatory properties which can calm and relax the muscles in your face. This is great right before you apply your make-up because your skin feels smooth, ready for easy application. I find that the cream rubs in straight away and doesn’t leave any white marks for example like sudocrem.
Ahava have their own page on eBay which you can find here.
Many other products currently have a discount code on them, or offers if you spend a certain amount of money so go check it out!

Afternoon Tea at the Runneymede on Thames!



So today I went for Afternoon tea to celebrate Mya's Birthday. This was a late birthday treat bought for her by Cayetana and myself. We took Mya to the Runneymede on Thames.  

Upon being seated we were given a selection of herbal teas, I choose the Green Tea, which was complimentary refillable throughout the experience. Because I’m a green tea addict I ended up drinking 5 cups... oops!

Then came the best bit… FOOOD! The bottom layer consisted of finger sandwiches filled with: Ham and Mustard, Cucumber and Cream Cheese, Salmon and Cream Cheese and finally Egg and Cress. My personal favourite was the Egg and Cress sandwich however both the other girls liked the salmon sandwiches the best. Some of the sandwiches where made with white bread, the others being wholemeal. I much prefer wholemeal bread; however being a day where you can stuff your face with cake and no one cares why not just eat the white bread.

After devouring the sandwiches we moved onto the second tier. This was sugar galore. I firstly tucked into two shortbread biscuits that were sandwiched together with cream. As well as this upon the outside was jam shaped into a pear. This biscuit literally melted into the mouth and went all gooey which in my books is a 5/5! The cupcake seemed ever so ordinary yet when I took a bite, lemon curd oozed everywhere! This matched the bright yellow icing with dried citrus fruit pieces sprinkled over. Also on this tier was a medium sized Éclair, filled with clotted cream and a large helping of custard. Over the top was drizzled chocolate adding an extra kick. Finally was my favourite of the tier, Fruit cake. Fruit cake always reminds me of my grandma at Christmas because she makes the world’s best cake! This one wasn’t nearly as good as hers, yet still was amazing, filled with glace cherries and fruit.

On the final top tier was the scones (pronounced either like gone or cone depends who you are! I’m a gone girl at heart.) Upon my scone I dolloped endless amounts of clotted cream (as if I hadn’t had enough throughout the day already!) followed by strawberry jam. Scones are one of my favourite treats because they remind me of my childhood when I used to go to John Lewis with my mother and we would eat cheese scones for a mid-morning snack.
After my voracious appetite was gone, we were served with a cool drink of sparkling elderflower and mint. This wasn’t to my taste buds liking… I absolutely adore elderflower however I felt the mint took away the exquisite taste.

I shall do a post later this week talking about the make-up that I wore through a get ready with me post, however I will let you know now that my dress is from New Look. I purchased the dress last June for my Step-Fathers 50th birthday meal, so they probably don’t sell this anymore, sorry!

I hope you have enjoyed this post; the girls mentioned above are linked below:

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Cayetana’s Blog post of the day:

<3 Review!*


So this weeks blog post is a review for the website The website sells jewellery for all sorts of piercings; this consists of ear piercing, belly buttons, nose and many more. I was sent 3 different pairs of earrings to trial over two weeks and I can honestly say they are some of the comfiest earrings I’ve ever worn? They haven’t made my ears feel irritated or itchy at all while wearing them. All three pairs of earrings below are only £1.99 each! They also come with free delivery which is one thing I love about shopping online!

Clear (diamond looking) Heart earrings.
The first set of earrings that I was gifted were the clear diamond looking hearts. These earrings look very sophisticated because they are simple yet look very expensive. The one thing that I love about these earrings is how simple they are. You can easily mix it up if you have a second piercing on your ear lobe with a pop of colour, which I have done. The earrings also have quite a tight back. I find this is beneficial because I sleep and shower with my earrings in so they don't come out! However this was a struggle for me over the last couple of weeks having fractured one of my wrists!

Purple Dice earrings
My second pair of earrings are the Purple Dice earrings. I think these are such a vibrant colour when wearing them, even though they have a glassy effect. I think they make your ears stand out and be quite noticeable even though they aren't large. I also like that if you turn the earring on your ear then you can have different numbers showing. I mixed this with the white dice below and had a different colour on each ear because this mixed it up a bit. Also like the heart earrings they have a tight back which I love.

White Dice
The white dice are my final earrings. These are a solid off-white colour which is very simple and mono mixed with the black dots. I found that the white where quite boring on their own and they look obviously like normal dice. However on my ear where I have two pierces on the lobe I mixed it with one white and one purple. The earrings, without sounding weird, sit comfortably in my ears and they don't feel itchy after a while like some earrings can.
Thank you for reading this post, I have loved working with the so thank you to them as well!

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