When you travel are you a chuck-it-all-in-and-go kinda gal or someone who needs lists?
I am a total list kinda chick. There will always be a handful of items you’ll inevitably forget when you pack for any type of trip. So I make a list in advance to try and prevent the (almost) inevitable! The hotel might have a hairdryer… but it might not/ almost certainly won’t have your favourite cleanser!
I’m off to Berlin tomorrow and today I’m going to share with you my personal LIST.
- Suitcase (in my case a little one as it’s a carry on #studentbudget)
- Electronics: Phone, Kindle, Camera etc.
- Chargers for the above (we’ve all been there!)
- Travel adapters.
- £££- currency and debit cards.
- Travel Insurance (for just incase!)
- Sun glasses.
- Playing cards.
- Mac Lipsticks: Kinda Sexy (the nude-y colour) and Creme Shene On Hold (more red in tone). Kinda Sexy was the first MAC lipstick I got and I have recently fallen back in love with it- it’s the perfect nude, and On Hold is a subtle colour pop.
- Highlight: Goddess of Love, Triple Baked Highlighter. I love all things Makeup Revolution, especially their powders, this highlight is super pigmented and shimmery.
- Eyeliner: Collection Fine Stroke Eyeliner. I very rarely switch up my eyeliner, but my other one was running out to the point it was barely visible, so I tried a new one and it’s really good!
- Bare Minerals: Bronzer, Warmth All Over Face Colour. I have been using this for literally YEARS, it may look little, but it lasts a really long time. It’s a super natural bronzed look.
- Foundation: Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hrs. Foundations have been a real nightmare for. I have naturally oily skin and so after a few hours my foundation tends to look cake-y and as if I’m super sweaty (always a great look!). I have tried loads of different foundations and this is the best to date. It’s light on the skin, has SPF 20 and I don’t look like an oily mess by 10 AM in the morning! Highly recommend to anyone with combination to oily skin!
- Eyebrow pencil: Maybelline New York: Browsation. This is my favourite product to do my brows, I have quite fair hair, so I get the lightest shade! It comes with a sponge and a little pencil on either end. It makes my brows quick and easy to do in the morning.
- Mascara: Benfit Roller Lash. I LOVE Benefit cosmetics, it’s a little bit more pricey, but so worth it. I have always had quite short and straight eyelashes so I need all the lift and length I can get!
- Blusher: Benefit Galifornia. Love, love, love the coral-ly undertones.
- Nail varnish: Maybelline New York Down Town Red. Red nail varnish is something I always revert back to, not matter how adventurous I try to be!
Skincare and Hygiene
Time spent travelling, in the sea, in the snow- you name it- can have a serious effect on your hair and skin. So I like to make sure I cover all bases and pack the essentials.
- Clarifying Lotion: Clinique: I love this (as you can see by how much is left!) it is a little more pricey, but worth every penny.
- Eye Cream: Botanics Radiant Youth Hydrating Eye Cream: This nourishing eye cream helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark circles for a more illuminated under-eye appearance. I use it every night before bed and I have noticed how much more moisturised that area of my face feels.
- Day Cream: Botanics Radiant Youth Protecting Day Cream: This helps to keep skin looking younger with added UV protection. I put this on about 5 minutes before I do my makeup, so that it soaks in and gives me a moisturised, but not sticky, base to apply my makeup to.
- Night Cream: Botanics Radiant Youth Replenishing Night Cream: keeps my face fresh, hydrated and also acts as an anti-aging cream (and I am a firm believer that you are never too young to start using these!)
Smelling good and feeling good is a MUST for city breaks!
- Fake Tan: Build Me Up Gradual Tan Lotion (Superdrug own brand!): I searched for ages for a tan that was easy to apply… but also cheap (again, hello student budget!) and this tan is super cheap, about £3-£4 and was just as good as the Dove one I had been using.
- Perfume: Because It’s You, Emporio Armani: my all time favourite scent.
- Lip Balm: Body Shop Lip Butter: smells fabby and keeps my lips moisturised. I always make sure to take a lip balm on holiday, there is nothing worse that cracked or sore lips!
There is always a worry that packing miniature bath products won’t be enough for your holiday. However, from my experience packing miniature, such as shampoos etc, are not just a great way to free up some space, but are also enough for a week away (even if you’re using them twice a day!)
- Deodorant: Sanex: Sanex is my go-to.
- Shampoo: Pantene.
- Conditioner: Dove.
- Toothpaste: Oral B.
So there you have it, I hope you find this post helpful- wherever you are going in the world!
Recently, I have been in a bit of a funk.
There is so much to be said for being happy. I can complain as much as the next girl, but there is nothing better than being content. Sometimes I find it really hard to be positive and it can feel like things just go wrong- All. The. Time. With University strikes, my third and final year coming to an end and what feels like mountains of work- I’ve just been feeling a little bit naff. But like I said, this is just a funk. A temporary blip to look back on and think ‘thank goodness- I made it’.
So today I wrote a list of 15 things that make me happy. Despite all the crappiness.
- Right now, I am sat at my desk, with a coffee. For which I am eternally grateful. It is the fuel in my engine and the source of my procaffeinating.
- My friends. I have just got back from a trip to Reading to see my cousin, Jess, and I realised just how much I love her. Friends end up being rocks without knowing it sometimes. My little group chat was buzzing away today, and I was reminded of how much I love our little conversations.
- Living so close to Leamington Spa Parade. I didn’t really consider Leamington Spa in my choosing of Warwick as my University of choice but it turns out it was a pretty good shout considering that its littered with coffee shops (literally every other shop). I am grateful for these coffee shops providing my flat-mate, Hannah, and I with the opportunity to escape from the flat and drink coffee (and inevitably window shop).
- I am loving eye liner at the moment. Feeling stressed can make me feel totally yuck. But I’ve found that putting on eyeliner every morning has really given me a boost. Essentially, I feel like crap, but at a glance, look somewhat put together!
- My boyfriend. He’s pretty damn awesome and puts up with a lot. He buys me pasta, shares my love of skittles, and watches Netflix with me. I’m grateful we’re both going through University together. His constant motivation I find both baffling and inspiring.
- My dissertation is getting better. I’m writing it. I’m starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel.
- The lady in Costa who forever showers me in compliments and I don’t think she quite realises how much it cheers me up. I want to get her a little gift before I leave University for being such a gem. She does the same to my friend Hannah too. Maybe that contributes to my visiting Costa quite so often!
- Brunch. The invention of it. I love it. I love Bills. If it’s pancakes or something remotely avocado, I’m good with it.
- Floaty trousers. I’ve been feeling somewhat potato-like recently. A little bit circular-like, and sort of ugly. It’s probably the snacks and lack of movement from my desk. But floaty trousers have been a God-send. They make me feel less podgy and a little bit stylish!
- James Blunt. Recently, I’ve been listening to him (and Nina Simone) non-stop.
- Having said that Taylor Swift has made the car journeys with Hannah one hell of a throw back to my teenage years. Which I love. There is something fantastic about singing at the top of your lungs in the car with one of your best friends.
- Colourful clothes. In these Dark Times (which I feel is a totally appropriately name for these Strike-ridden days/weeks/months) make me a lot chirpier. I feel more alive. Which sounds so dramatic.
- The weather. It’s much warmer since the snow melted (pfft surprising that!) and I like it. Sat on the train today, directly in the sun, made me desperately want to be on a beach holiday, with a pina colada in one hand and a crappy magazine in the other.
- Cornwall. I am off on a little adventure with my family (and my dogs) and I cannot wait. I’m excited to relax, play board games- and maybe even read a book!
- Netflix. Hannah and I have really got into all things murder mystery and CSI on Netflix recently- if you fancy something easy to watch and to cool down to in the evening I highly recommend the documentaries section on Netflix! We mostly natter and drink tea together, but I love it.
Have you ever woken up with a throbbing sensation on your face, wandered into the bathroom and discovered that Mount Vesuvius grew on your face over night? This is the plague of teenage years (and often years after- sorry girls!)
First things first- spots are normal! It’s natural to compare yourself to others, but make sure it’s to an attainable image. By this, I mean a lot of people, particularly celebrities, are airbrushed. Even then, there are apps that can help ‘normal’ people to airbrush themselves too.
I pulled together some celebrities that have suffered with their skin:
Miley Cyrus: someone who had to live her teenage years in the spotlight claimed that “I used to have really bad breakouts. My mom took me in to see a doctor and we sorted that out. But it made me really insecure.”
Lorde: she took to Twitter in 2014 to post an unedited picture of herself, that she contrasted with one that had been altered. She encouraged fans to embrace their imperfections. She even uploaded a picture of herself to show fans the acne cream she puts on before bed.
Victoria Beckham: has apparently struggles with skin for years. Apparently she was even nicknamed ‘spotty spice’ by some haters. She found a dermatologist and used his products to clear up her skin.
The point is: everyone struggles with blemishes, especially in your teenage years. It’s all about finding something that works best for your skin and sticking to it!
Here are some Home Remedies for you to try out!
- Thought one of the best home remedies by far. It’s an antibacterial, and it cleans and moisturises your skin. With this, it has a mild bleaching affect and prevents scarring.
- Method: put a drop of honey on the spot, leave it for an hour and wash it off!
- Any white toothpaste has anti-inflammatory qualities in it.
- It can even be used as a scrub, when mixed with salt, to remove black heads and clean your face.
- Oh and this is all Gigi Hadid uses soooo….
- Methods: My all time go-to if I’m caught out. If I haven’t got my full blown skin care regime with me, then toothpaste it is! You apply it and leave it to dry. I often leave it over night, the minty fresh smell doesn’t bother me, and I find it generally works better.
3) ICE. (ICE BABY)
- An anti-inflammatory, it fights inflammation and prevents swelling and pus when used on time. This is a great method to use if you have an event or photos in a few hours time- it makes it that bit less obvious and a lot easier to cover up!
- Method: hold/rub it on and around the spot.
4) BAKING SODA.
- If you fancy raiding your Mum’s baking cupboard, Baking Soda is surprisingly another anti-inflammatory. I use this (or toothpaste) over night.
- Method: simply mix it with water and quickly apply it to the spot, and the area surrounding it. It sets quickly though, so watch out for that! To wash it off later, use luke warm water and it will fall off in flake.
- This cleanses the pours and tightens the skin. It also feels great!
- Method: once you’ve taken your makeup off, but before cleansing, steam your face. This can simply be that you’ve run hot water in the sink and you lean over it for a few minutes. It will mean that the cleansing etc following this will be super effective.
6) LEMON JUICE.
- The acids in lemons keeps the skin dry and clean. Another perk is that it’s full of vitamin C helps to tighten your skin and acts as an anti-aging agent.
- Method: mix lemon juice and honey to keep your skin hydrated and the pimple dry. It also draws out the pus (woo!)
- Method: grating cucumber and putting it over the spot acts as an inflammatory.
- Needs must! If you eat lots of garlic it can prevent pimples in the first place. But, as another anti-bacterial, it can also be placed directly on the spot.
- Method: place it on the spot, for a few hours, or over night. To get rid of the garlic-y whiff you can simply rub some toothpaste over it.
Just remember people don’t remember when you had a spot- because people don’t do that! Even with Mount Vesuvius you are b-e-a-utiful!
Embrace those flaws!