Bedside Beauty

Happy Sunday, loves!

I’m so happy it’s the weekend – Matt and I are having a cosy Sunday today and I can’t tell you how excited I am! We’re just going to potter around and go out for Sunday lunch, which is exactly what we need after a busy week. This is the kind of post I love to read – very personal, cosy, homey and good for anyone who likes to have a nosy into people’s private lives… let’s be honest, we all do. I hope you enjoy!

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My bedside table matches my built-in wardrobes and vanity table that I picked when I was 15, and as much as it’s not exactly cute or chic like all the ones you see on the Instagram Explore page, it does the job. I try to make it look somewhat pretty (although looking at these photos it might be mistaken for cluttered – oops!) and I like to keep it as tidy as possible as it’s somewhere I’m in and out of all the time. The top drawer is mainly filled with anything I might need close by late at night/early in the morning. The bottom drawer is actually Matt’s for all his small bits and bobs like toiletries and underwear – we’re together almost every night so there’s no point in him having to bring his stuff back and forth all the time! We also keep all the good stuff (eg chocolate and sweets) in this drawer – it’s not a secret most people keeps snacks in their bedside table… we’re guilty!

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I love these photos Matthew and I took when we went to Gino’s My Restaurant in Harrogate for my birthday back in May. I picked up the photo frame from George Home; I feel like Asda’s homeware range has grown so much over the past few years and they bring out really lovely pieces. 99% of the time I’m falling asleep with the real deal snuggled up next to me, but on the odd occasion my babe isn’t here I love to see his cute little face before I go to sleep! (He’s also in the photos on my phone backgrounds so this probably makes no sense). There’s a wristband on the corner of the frame from the Ed Sheeran concert we went to in May; one of my favourite nights of the year. I talked about this in lots of detail in my May monthly recap post – Matt unfortunately lost his band! I got my lamp from HomeSense at TK Maxx, it’s pretty old now and I’ve been looking for a new one for ages but just can’t find one I love. Matt bought me the Me To You bear for Valentine’s Day to go with my present and I love it – I’ve had a weird little obsession with Me To You since I can remember, everything is just so adorable.

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Bath & Body Works candles are my favourite as they have such a strong scent, and last a really long time. I jumped the gun (what’s new?) and picked up some Autumn scents early; this one is delicious! I have bought this scent the past few years and I have to admit I bloody love it. Matt normally isn’t a fan of the sickly sweet scents I go for, but he likes this one… not that he had much choice! I’m yet to burn it as I feel like that maybe is a little too eager – but I really can’t wait to. 

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I always have my current book sitting on my bedside table, right now I’m reading The Distance by Zoe Folbigg. This is her second book; I loved her first so much and I’m so excited to read more of this as I’m only a few chapters in. It’s actually very rare I’ll read in bed as Matt and I always watch a show before we go to sleep and then spend our time one-on-one together, but for some reason I always keep my book on my bedside table. I actually read the most in the bath – it’s so therapeutic! 

I really bloody love lip balms, and I have so many favourites I’d be here forever talking about them. Before I go to sleep I religiously apply either Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, or Aquaphor lip repair. My lips have been getting so chapped recently, I think this is probably because of the colder weather, so these have been a godsend. They are very thick in texture and feel so luxurious to apply; they sink in and leave my lips feeling hydrated and soft. The best thing about both of these products is they aren’t sticky; so I can give Matt all the kisses and cuddles after (you can bet I do, too!) and he doesn’t whinge about the product being transferred – win, win! Eight Hour Cream is generally such a good multi use product, and one every beauty fanatic needs in their collection. I also keep another Aquaphor lip repair in my bag at all times, it’s become a necessity over the past few months. 

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I was given this little trinket tray from Zoella’s lifestyle range as a present, and it’s so cute and handy! It’s pink, white and gold – of course I was going to love it. I usually take off my jewellery pretty much the second I walk through the door, and it goes straight in here. Pictured is my beloved Pandora bracelet and one of my Missoma necklaces; this one has a small lightning bolt charm. It was an extremely generous birthday gift from my lovely coworkers, it’s one of my favourite necklaces! 

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I am a huge fan of anything Kate Spade, and their mugs and travel cups are all perfect! I love this one; it’s the perfect shade of millennial pink and the quote is so cute. I don’t actually drink coffee, but I often have a chai tea or a regular old English Breakfast on my bedside table when I’m in the house. If not, I can guarantee there’ll be a can of Diet Coke there. Matt and I also litter my bedside table with water bottles – without fail, every night, we each take a bottle of water to bed, yet very rarely even touch them. I’m pretty sure we’ve been putting the same bottles in and out of the fridge for weeks at this point!

I tend to keep skincare essentials and a few extras in my drawer, basically anything I might need to grab in a pinch! I really try to keep things neat and organised. I’m currently mid clear out of all my skincare/makeup and working out where to put what – so this might change a little over the next few weeks. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I live between my house and my boyfriends so I have duplicates of most of my products for ease, and anything else I’ll just transport between the two houses. I am however the most forgetful person I know, so doing that means I’m often without my favourite products as I can guarantee I’ll leave them at the wrong house. This obviously will not be an issue when we buy our home so I’m trying to look on the positive side, and remember this is just temporary! 

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Please do not judge me, but yes, there are face wipes in this drawer. Almost daily I’ll remove my makeup with a cleansing balm pre bath/shower, but some nights we fall into bed so late (or I just can’t be bothered!) and I do grab a makeup wipe. I make sure to double cleanse the morning after, whilst praying to the skin Gods for forgiveness (and then just hope for the best). For real though, Simple are my favourite brand as their wipes are actually wet and remove makeup pretty well – some face wipes make me cringe because you may as well be using a dry tissue! 

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My new number one skincare product has to be The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Overnight Oil-In-Serum which I have recently become a little bit obsessed with. I have a post going up in the next few weeks talking about this in more detail so be sure to come back and find out more! I also have a mini Sunday Riley serum which I really want to try out; unfortunately I had a really bad reaction to a new moisturiser so I’m trying to stay away from trying new products until it clears up.

I have a mini of my favourite night moisturiser, the Clinique Moisture Surge, for the kind of nights mentioned above. I also have a mini Ole Henrikson night moisturiser in here to try – I always try miniature products before putting them in with my travel minis as I don’t want to have a bad reaction whilst on a trip; my skin is so sensitive. I of course have a Glossier balm dot com lying around in here; it’s one of my favourite products and I really do have them dotted everywhere. I keep bobby pins and an Invisibobble; the only kind of hair tie I use; to hand, as they are a necessity! I always have my hair tied back for bed, either in a low ponytail or a high messy bun, and I would be so irritated if I couldn’t find a hair tie. (So would Matthew!)

I keep my Geranium and Walnut hand cream from Jo Malone in here as well for when I really want to feel pampered before going to sleep; I got this as a gift from my mam and dad. It smells so beautiful and feels luxurious, like every product from Jo Malone. Other little bits I keep close by include my Bath & Body Works pillow mist, a mini Soap & Glory righteous butter and a spare pair of contact lenses. 

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In the back of the drawer I have the next book I’m planning to read; Make Or Break by Catherine Bennetto. This had really good reviews on Amazon so I’m very excited about it! Tucked in the middle are mine and Matthew’s passports, for safe keeping. I am somehow the trusted one in our relationship that is in charge of all these kind of things – so I definitely don’t want to lose them! I also keep the supply of my pill (Cerelle) in here as it’s something else I obviously can’t misplace. For some reason I have one of my Missoma jewellery boxes in here, I’m not quite sure why. My dad used to work in Japan for years and years and he brought back so many presents from his trips. One random thing was a purple satin tag that that was blessed at a temple to bring the recipient good luck and good fortune, and I’ve kept it by my bed ever since he gave it to me. 

I keep two kinds of Ibuprofen in my drawer as I have arthritis and always need it to hand; my knees are worst affected by it and *warning: long, boring story* it seems to be getting worse. Over the past few months I’ve cried with pain during the middle of the night as it’s gotten so bad. It’s weird as it doesn’t actually wake me up; I wake Matt up (worst girlfriend ever) by crying then he wakes me up to help stop the pain. Luckily, my wonderful boyfriend knows exactly how to stretch/massage my leg to make it feel better and the pain subsides, but I’ve actually lost count of how many times it’s happened. Matt is so understanding which I’m so grateful for, but if anyone has any tips or tricks for dealing with arthritis pain, please share your knowledge with me!

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I’d love to know what you thought of this post – hopefully it was interesting for you, maybe it even made you want to reorganise your space? I’d love to know if you have any bedside beauty essentials I’m missing? 

Thank you so much for reading, I’m now so ready to dive into here!

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-G x

 

Weekend Trip Packing Tips

Hi, loves!

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One of the best trips to plan in my opinion, is a weekend trip! They can be pretty inexpensive if you plan them right, you get to see a large part of a new place in a short space of time and you have lots of travel options – I can guarantee there is a great place to visit one hour from you or ten hours from you! Matt and I have been very lucky to already have gone on so many weekend trips – from staycations to country breaks to city trips – and we have so many more we’d like to plan in. My tips are (as always) pretty personal, and centre around couples weekends away as that is what we like to do, however there is something for everyone in this post. I really have learned to love packing for short trips, and I’d love to share with you how I do it…

Packing for a weekend can be pretty stressful, especially if, like me, you are a serious over-packer! The weather (especially if this is a UK trip) is likely to change throughout a two/three day period, you need to have space to bring back any purchases and you also want to have options! I have started to look at packing for one or two nights away as a challenge to do a mini capsule wardrobe – I love the idea of having a capsule wardrobe IRL but honestly, I could never do it. Matt and I always take individual suitcases but generally share on toiletries like shampoo, shower gel, etc. 

I would really recommend in the weeks, especially the days, leading up to your trip you Tip #1 check the weather. The last thing you want is to be caught out without shorts when it’s boiling hot or an umbrella when it’s pouring rain every day. I am pretty sure if you look at a weather app every half an hour it will show a different forecast for the same place, but it is a good rough indication of what the weather will be like. To be honest, if you’re going anywhere in the UK, it’s probably always a good idea to bring an umbrella and a pac-a-mac. Note to self: buy a pac-a-mac. 

The kind of accomodation you book for your trip is completely dependant on what kind of trip you’re planning. Tip #2 book a hotel/air bnb that suits your needs for that specific trip. If Matt and I are going away for a romantic weekend or a staycation we are looking for something a little more luxurious as we’re likely to spend a little more time in the room. We really love Hotel du Vin hotels and have been fortunate enough to stay in several locations already. These hotels can be a lot more expensive, but we definitely feel that we pay for the quality here. When we’re exploring somewhere further from home or our schedule is jam-packed, a standard hotel will generally do the trick – and by saving money on your hotel you have more to spend during your trip!

One of the most exciting things about taking a romantic trip away with my boyfriend is planning what we’re going to do in the build up before we go. Tip #3 have at least an idea of things you’d both like to do, and options that fit with whatever weather you may face. Matt and I scour Trip Advisor and Instagram location tags a lot for ideas, as well as a good few Google searches. I love to find blogs/vlogs of people visiting cities as you can get a little inside knowledge before you get there. For one of his stocking fillers last Christmas, I bought Matt this book, and we’ve took lots of inspiration from here too – hopefully one day we can work our way through the whole book! It’s also often cheaper to book tickets for any museums/tours etc you’d like to do online before you go, and it saves time queuing when you arrive.

Tip #4 Make a packing list! One thing I cannot stress enough is the importance of writing down everything you need, then the actual packing process is already much easier. I love lists in general; I am such a planner and routine-based person that lists just help to get all the thoughts out of my head and I can then focus on the task at hand. I tend to make a packing list around a week before my trip, then I can add/remove items from it as and when required. For our last break to Belfast, Matt’s mam and I packed his bag literally a few hours before we left for the airport (he’s spoilt), and it’s so much harder to think on the spot of everything you’ll need. 

Obviously the essentials are going to be your clothes, shoes, toiletries and the important miscellaneous items – eg your phone charger! Tip #5 Do not forget your phone charger, or you will spend the first two hours of the trip on a wild goose chase for an Apple shop. Been there, done that. I’d highly recommend investing in a portable charger too, as long days out, excessive Google map usage and lots of photo taking (got to get them Insta’s, am I right?) is more than likely going to leave you with a dead battery. 

Your luggage situation depends on a) the length of your trip, b) the method of travel and c) how much can you (and/or your wonderful amazing boyfriend) physically carry? Enjoy this picture of Matthew hoisting our suitcases up 1000* steps on our first city trip together last September (it was to Edinburgh; one of our favourite cities to visit and somewhere we are hoping to go back to very soon). 

*possibly a slight exaggeration

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For real though, the amount of luggage you take with you is actually very important. Larger luggage bags/suitcases means more room to take crap you probably don’t need, and also means more to drag in/out of the car/plane/bus/taxi/spaceship. Tip #6 for any trip up to three nights/four days; one small cabin sized suitcase each, and a large tote bag is all you need. I have been guilty of taking all but the kitchen sink with me for one night, but seriously packing too many items is just unnecessary and I can guarantee you won’t use them anyway!

I always use a backpack or large tote bag as hand luggage on short haul flights as you can fit in all the necessities (Tip #7 a spare pair of pants is always a necessity!) but they’re not too big that you start sticking in items you really don’t need. You can check out my essentials – and non-essentials – for a flight in this post! Matt also tends to take a backpack if we are flying, or if we are driving/getting the train he’ll put anything he needs in my bag. Girlfriend perks, eh?!

I’d highly recommend Tip #8 packing a small cross body bag (the one linked in this post is my go-to!) and a canvas tote bag in your luggage as these two items can come in incredibly handy. I tend to use my cross body bag day and night on short trips; it goes with any outfit and it’s hands free (let’s be honest, I need my hands to be free for 1: holding Matthew’s hand, and 2: eating any and all of the delicious baked goods we find on our travels). Never has a sentence summed me up more. Canvas bags are great because they can double as a beach bag, a gym bag or a bag to put dirty clothes/shoes in for coming home, as well as many other things! Tip #9 is one I’m sure you’re all aware of: roll, don’t fold! Rolling your clothes means you can fit so much more in, and it’s also really good for ensuring your clothes stay as wrinkle-free as possible.

A sneaky Tip #10 would be if your hotel doesn’t have an iron (or you just can’t be bothered) ‘ironing’ your clothes with your straighteners works a treat! I’ve also hung dresses up in the bathroom after a hot shower which helps to let the wrinkles drop out – both effective methods and both very quick. Matt and I always tend to Tip #11 wear the bulkiest of our items to travel in, although if our journey time is any more than three hours I couldn’t wear jeans! I like to be comfy at all times and will opt for leggings. (Side note: people who sit around the house in jeans genuinely baffle me – how do you do this?!) Tip #12 is no matter the weather, take. a. scarf. They double up as a blanket or a pillow, they’re fashionable, they’ll keep you warm – and they always can jazz up an outfit! In the Autumn/Winter months I’d take a big ol’ thick scarf but in the Spring/Summer a thin one will do. I’d never travel without a scarf, to be honest. 

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Here is a very simple idea of what I would pack for a two night/three day city break:

  • Crossbody bag with all my handbag essentials eg purse, phone etc
  • 1 x coat/jacket (weather dependent)
  • 1 x hoodie/sweatshirt       
  • 1 x scarf
  • 1 x blue high waisted jeans (or possibly shorts)
  • 1 x black high waisted jeans 
  • 1 x comfy trousers 
  • 1 x black leggings – ideally Lululemon or Under Armour as they’re so comfy
  • 4 x t-shirts – it’s nice to have a little bit of an option, and they’re so small they squeeze in easily
  • 1 x shirt/blouse for the evening 
  • 1 x dress for dinner and drinks                  
  • 1 x pair of black heels that go with said dress and jeans
  • 1 x comfy shoes – either Vans or Converse
  • 1 x swimsuit – if you’re planning on going in a pool/hot tub, one is enough!
  • Underwear – and don’t forget socks! Also, been there and done that
  • Toiletries and makeup bag (remember if you’re flying all liquids/creams/gels must be under 100ml and packed in a small clear bag)
  • Comfy clothes/pj’s – I only will pack pj’s if the hotel we are staying at doesn’t have robes as I like to get ready in something comfy and still be warm
  • The miscellaneous: medication, straighteners, hair brush, chargers, laptop/iPad, sunglasses, umbrella etc

Toiletries are a category you can really save space on. Your 100 step skincare routine does not need to be included – you’ll be fine for a few days with just the basics. For me I find that my cleanser, moisturiser, eye cream and serum are more than enough. Tip #13 take mini sizes of everything you possibly can! Feel Unique do minis of a lot of products which is much better than hauling along your full sized everything. Save up any sample sizes you get, buy minis on offer in Boots/Asda etc, buy the Christmas limited edition mini sets of your favourite brands and take any samples you don’t use from hotel stays. Matt and I do stay at Hotel du Vin hotels often – I know we are very lucky to do so – and they always have tons of toiletries in the room, more than we’d need for a week! Their brand of choice is Ren; one of my favourites, and we always take what we don’t use whilst we’re there.

Also, if you’re staying somewhere like Hotel du Vin with a bath in the room (I highly recommend – taking a nice hot bath together is the ultimate start to a couples weekend) don’t forget bubble bath! Also a gift idea for your partner would be the Molton Brown minis set – I got Matthew one of these also as part of his stocking fillers last year and it’s come in so handy.

One thing I cannot stress enough is you need to Tip #14 leave some space in your suitcase. You will more than likely do some shopping, whether that’s souvenirs from your trip, some new clothes or as many of the fancy Haribo you can find (why is all the Haribo you can’t buy in the UK so much nicer?!) you’ll be thankful you didn’t bring that extra pair of trousers or the ski jacket just incase. To be honest, even if you don’t go shopping, there is some weird thing that happens when you’re packing your case to come home – everything seems to double in size and things that fitted perfectly fine before don’t seem to fit in the same space. 

Something I would highly recommend squeezing into your luggage, especially if you’re heading for a romantic weekend away, is a bottle of bubbly. Slightly frivolous, but #Tip 15 take champagne with you! Most hotel rooms have champagne flutes anyway (or you can request them), but why pay the ridiculous prices in the hotel?! When Matt and I are heading for a romantic weekend, eg booking a nicer hotel with a roll top bath, it’s a must-have for us. Priorities.

A bubble bath + champagne + my boyfriend = the happiest you’ll ever see me!

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I’m sure there’s loads more important things to remember when it comes to packing but those are definitely some of the most important from my experience. I hope you’ve found at least some of this post helpful and I’d love know if you have any tips for me?!

Where are you planning to go on your next trip?

Thanks so much for reading!

-G x

Self Care: How I Unwind

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Hi, loves!

I think unwinding from a long day, a bad day, or even a good day is SO important. There are so many ways we can unwind and relax, but it’s not something we always take the time to do. I made a promise to myself at the start of this year that I was going to do more things for me (hence finally creating my blog) and self care has definitely become a priority for me.

To me, self care is looking after yourself and reflecting on your own wants and needs, then nurturing those to make you feel relaxed and, in turn, happier. Of course, there’s a lot more to this than whacking on a face mask and thinking your life is grand, but it’s a start, right?! We’re all so busy in the world of work, spending time with family and friends, running errands etc, I think it’s nice to just take time out for yourself. Of course this can be activities you do alone or with other people – lots of my downtime involves my boyfriend, and that makes me so happy! I’m so grateful for all the time we spend together; we love just relaxing and enjoying being together. I don’t necessarily have any advice or tips, I’d just like to share with you all the different ways I like to unwind. I do however hope this may give you some inspiration and remind you of how important taking time for yourself can be.

Pamper Nights

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One of my favourite things to do in life is to take a bath. I really enjoy treating myself to a Lush bath especially – my favourite bath products are The Comforter bubble bar, Avobath bath bomb and, most recently, the Turtle jelly bomb! I think it’s also nice to take a little time during or after your bath to pamper yourself. I really love using face masks and often rope Matt into it too, I promise he enjoys it! I usually buy ones from Simple or Garnier, typically whatever is on offer in Boots. They feel so good on the skin and there’s something about using a face mask that just makes you feel like your life is together, right?! I also like to take the time to go through my skincare routine fully, and use a nice body butter – this one is my current favourite, it really smells like a spa! 

Reading

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I like to read in the bath on a day-to-day basis, but this is especially good for me if I’m feeling a little worn out or tired. I say this because I can really escape into a good book and even if it’s just temporarily, I can forget whatever is going on around me. It’s so nice to lose yourself in a story, and as much as I love Netflix, I really enjoy reading a book. I recently read The Note by Zoe Folbigg and really enjoyed it; it’s a cheesy love story with a few funny turns, based on a real life story. I also just finished Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton and that was such a good read! She talks through her life – all the ups and downs – and it’s a really insightful, interesting perspective on how we live our lives, and how past experiences shape you into the person you are. If you’re not into books (who isn’t?) magazines are a great alternative. I love Cosmopolitan magazine and have bought it every month since I was a teenager. I also like to catch up on blogs when I have downtime, but not in the bath! I never take my phone/laptop in bath with me as it’s the only time I’m fully disconnected from technology. 

Quality Time With My Boyfriend

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Being with Matt is just the best part of any day for me! If I’m having a bad day he’s the only person that can make me feel better in an instant, and I never take for granted all the time we spend together. He’s so good at making any situation positive, one of the things I admire most about him. Quality time can mean all kinds of things, but on a daily basis this is usually things like cooking and eating dinner together, snuggling up to watch a show or a movie, going to Costco (it’s literally our happy place) etc. Basically, we like to spend as much time together as we can, and we really like to make the most of it. This is definitely self care for me as nurturing our relationship is so important – spending time with my best friend is such a good feeling, and there’s nobody I’d rather be with! Cheesy but true; being curled up in his arms makes the world seem a much better place. 

Make A Beauty Appointment

Similarly to having a pamper night at home, it’s so lovely to make an appointment to go into a salon and, if you can’t get an appointment quickly, you then have that to look forward to. Whether your pick-me-up pamper of choice is a new hairstyle, a manicure or LVL lashes (my next treat to myself, I think!) it’s nice to just spend some time getting pampered professionally. I had an appointment booked to get my nails done today and I felt ten times better leaving the salon. I wasn’t really in a great mood after a long day, but there’s something about having fresh gels that just makes me feel so good! I love the look of them, they last so much longer than regular nail polish; and it’s a nice little treat every 2-3 weeks that I can look forward to. I also find it very calming and relaxing, I could have probably fell asleep today.

Make Future Plans

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One thing I really like to do, even more so when I’m needing a little ‘pick me up’, is look towards good things coming in the future. Whether that’s what’s for dinner tonight, plans for the upcoming weekend or planning our next trip, it’s nice to have something to look forward to. Matt and I are heading to Belfast this weekend so since we booked I’ve spent a little time researching that and finding things to do that aren’t the typical tourist stuff. Don’t get me wrong, we absolutely will be doing the typical tourist stuff, but it’s nice to see things off the beaten track too, right? Although we haven’t got anything booked yet, we’re really hoping to plan a city break to Madrid for September, any tips or recommendations would be much appreciated! 

Go For A Drive

One of my favourite things to do to clear my head is to go for a drive. If I don’t have much time but still want to go for a drive I’ll go the long way home from work, or take a little detour and drive around my town instead of heading straight home. I don’t have any specific places I like to go to, I just really enjoy driving around and not really focusing on anything but the road. Ten minutes in one direction from where I live is the beach, and ten minutes in the other is the countryside; so there’s lovely views wherever I end up. Side note: I am really not the best driver but I tell everyone I drive better when I’m by myself… (anyone else?!)

Retail Therapy

I am the biggest advocate of the whole treat yo’self trend! Depending on where I am (and how far away pay-day is!) this could vary dramatically; sometimes an impulse treat might just be a treat for after dinner that night (I highly recommend M&S’ New York vanilla cheesecake – it’s Matt and I’s favourite!). If I’m waiting a little too impatiently for payday, I often browse my favourite shops online. (Topshop, Zara, & Other Stories, Brandy Melville and Feel Unique tend to be my go-to’s)! Sometimes just browsing is enough to lift my spirits and make me feel calm and relaxed. I am also a big fan of buying myself flowers, and I have no shame in saying that! I like to buy my mam and Matt’s mam flowers (it’s just so nice to receive them, isn’t it?) so why not buy them for myself? I’d personally recommend Aldi’s flowers over any other supermarket – they last so well and they always have so much choice. 

Call/See My Friends/Family

As you may have seen from my Friendships post, I have been having a hard time with friendships recently. That being said, a text or a call to my closest friends can really make a world of difference to my day! Whether you discuss each others’ days’, talk nonsense or just have a good ol’ catchup, it can be a very freeing feeling to chat with your girls. I don’t know about you, but it’s not very often my friends are available at short notice – we all have such busy lives it’s more than understandable – but if you can meet face to face for a bite to eat or a quick drink, that’s even better. My mam and Matt’s mam are always my fave ladies to turn to, they’re angels and always know what to say.

Tidy The Space Around Me

One of the best things I can do to make myself feel better is to spend ‘X’ amount of time cleaning and tidying. If my room or my car is a mess, my head feels equally as messy and I can’t think straight. Sometimes even the thought of doing this seems overwhelming and I feel like I don’t have the energy, so I’ll set a timer on my phone for a specific amount of time – how long depends on how much I need to clean/tidy. I’ll then try to get everything done within that timeframe, I’m kind of competitive so see this as a challenge against myself, LOL! Whilst cleaning and tidying I tend to listen to Spotify or catch up on vlogs, so my mind is doubly occupied, and I’m also being productive. I also apply this same theory at work – if my desk is overly cluttered (it usually is) I take 5 minutes to clear away everything I don’t need, reorganise paperwork etc, then I can start again with a fresh head.

Sleep

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We all know an early night is one of the best little treats, as you always feel much more prepared to take on the day after a good sleep. Matt and I have early nights on an embarrasingly regular basis – but we’re often up early for work so it’s nice to get an extra hour or two of sleep when we can. We always talk about our life when we’re ‘grey and old’ but we’re pretty much there, LOL. My favourite thing is to cuddle into him and just enjoy that nonsense talk before we finally fall asleep – you know when you’re not even making much sense but you’re just aware of each other’s presence? I feel so grateful every night he cuddles in (well, let’s be real, I’m spooning him 99% of the time) and it’s seriously the best feeling in the world. 

Catch Up On My Favourite TV Show

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Catching up on my favourite shows is a very good way to 1: occupy my time and 2: cheer me up. My guilty pleasure TV show is 100% Coronation Street (to be fair, Matt’s dad always watches it and I got hooked… I totally blame him for this one). Shows like Friends, Gilmore Girls, KUWTK, Gossip Girl etc are my favourites to re-watch, even though I’ve seen every episode a ridiculous amount of times. I love typical British comedy sitcoms; things like The Inbetweeners, Gavin & Stacey, Friday Night Dinner and Fresh Meat are right up my street. Matt and I are watching Fresh Meat from the beginning as he’d never seen it, and I seriously forgot how funny it was – we love Jack Whitehall’s character in it especially! Once we’ve finished Fresh Meat we’ll have to start a new series – any recommendations would be appreciated!? We recently watched Peaky Blinders and Narcos and loved them both, and we’re so excited for the new series’ starting soon. We both said we wish we could watch Narcos again from the beginning not knowing the storyline. The dialogue is mostly in Spanish, so it’s heavily subtitled, but it’s SUCH a good watch – we loved every minute! 

Well, that’s it! If you relate to any of the above I’d love to know! How do you spend your time unwinding and relaxing? Also, if you have any other tips or recommendations I’d love to hear them?

-G x

 

My High End Beauty Favourites

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Hi, loves!

Today I’m sharing my all time favourite high-end beauty products with you and a little history on some of my purchases – it just makes it a little more personal, right?

Disclaimer: in this post I’ve classed anything that’s not ‘drugstore’ as high-end.

I really enjoy buying high-end beauty products and went through a stage a few years ago of buying way too many. Over the past year or so I’ve cut down on my spending massively – Matt and I are saving for our house after all (🤩❤️) – and now I usually only buy the things I know I like! I do however occasionally treat myself to new products or raved about items – usually things featured within the blogging/YouTube community (damn you, Monthly Favourites posts/videos)! 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light

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My favourite foundation of all time! I have the shade Ecru (I just repurchased and I used to buy the shade 1.0 – I think they have just switched to the same shade range as the regular Double Wear. I’m currently mixing the two as I still have a little bit of a ‘tan’ from Kos!). I genuinely think this is the best formula in a foundation I’ve ever used. I wore the regular Estee Lauder Double Wear for years before this and never thought I’d switch, but I feel like that is too heavy/cakey and often made me breakout. Estee Lauder Double Wear Light wears really well on the skin; it has a medium level of coverage but can definitely be built up to full. I like that my freckles are still visible through this, yet it covers redness and acne scars without a problem. I find the rest of my makeup sits well on top of this foundation and it lasts all day, even in this crazy heat!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

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Okay let’s be honest – I am terrible at doing my eyebrows! I always have been and I always will be, I’ve come to accept that so you should too. That being said, one of my desert island must-have beauty products would hands down be my eyebrow pencil. I use the shade Medium Brown which is a little darker than the colour of my hair, but fills in my eyebrows in the most natural way. I love how thin this pencil is – it makes it so easy to create hair-like strokes, and it definitely lasts all day. The spoolie is equally as good! I have tried several eyebrow pencils at different price points and again, I just feel like nothing compares to this one. Side note: I over-plucked my eyebrows to the extreme when I was younger (I’m never going to forgive my 13-year-old self for that)! I really want to get HD brows but I’m not sure how I feel about it, if anyone has any tips or recommendations based on their experience with HD brows please let me know!

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

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I have worn Benefit Hoola bronzer since I was in high school; I must have repurchased so many over the years but nothing beats it! Even though I am fair-skinned, this never looks muddy or unblended. I use this product to ‘brontour’ – I think I just made this up… basically I don’t contour nor do I bronze my face; I just do something in the middle? I realise I sound like a five-year old playing with their mam’s makeup but I swear it works for me! I’m currently using a little mini I got in a gift set this past Christmas, as when my last full-sized one ran out I had no need to purchase the big one just yet. We’re never going to get that house if I spend all my money on makeup, right?!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Kristen

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This is just the most beautiful rosy nude lip gloss you ever did see! I love everything about this – the packaging, the wand, the colour, the consistency! This is my go-to lip gloss, it is a little sticky but not in a hair-stuck-to-your-face-all-day kinda way. It can’t be that bad because Matt kisses me without a fuss when I’m wearing it 🙂 I’d really like to try a few more colours from this lip gloss range in the future. I feel like ABH is such a raved about brand, but where I live there are no counters around to have a browse through, and honestly I don’t like buying beauty products online if I haven’t already tested them in store. Swatches online often look nothing like the product IRL – what a struggle!

MAC Blush in Peachykeen

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My first high-end makeup products were from MAC, and I always will have a soft spot for the brand. Until I was around 19 pretty much my whole makeup collection consisted of MAC products – I’d dash straight there when I’d been paid and spend my weeks wages on a little goody bag of MAC treats. *A goody bag with the WORST designed handle in the world – why have they still not changed this!?* I have always loved MAC’s blushes the most – my favourite being Peachykeen. It is, as the name would suggest, a peach toned blush and gives the perfect wash of colour. It has the finest run of glitter sparkles through it – not in a disco ball way, it just gives a healthy glow – perfect for the Summer weather. I think this works perfectly on my fair-light skin, and never gives a ‘muddy’ look when blended with contour/highlighter.

Beauty Blender

In this case, the original is the best! Now, don’t get me wrong I really do like the Real Techniques sponge (*spoiler* as you will see in a drugstore favourites coming very soon!) but it’s just not the same as using a beauty blender. I use mine for foundation, concealer and, for a special occasion like date night, to bake under my eyes. Baking was life changing when I first learned about it, but honestly who can be bothered to do that every day?! Not me, that’s for sure. As I said in my skin care routine post – I’d much rather have an extra 20 minutes of cuddles in bed than spend ages on my makeup! I especially love when they’re all pink and new – after one use they look really gross, even once cleaned.  I unfortunately don’t have a photo of this as trying to take a photo of a recently used beauty blender and make it look somewhat pretty is beyond my (already very limited) photography/editing skills!

Glossier Boy Brow in Brown

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Glossier is without a doubt the ‘it’ brand of the year among millenials, and it’s only going to get bigger! I just said I don’t like to buy makeup online if I haven’t tried it in store, but this brand is where that thought process goes out of the window. I love Glossier. I love the concept of the brand, I love the design of the products, I love every product I’ve tried, and, most of all, I love Emily Weiss – CEO and founder of the brand. (I will talk about her and what she has achieved more in a post coming soon, all about women who inspire me!) Boy Brow was the first product I purchased from Glossier, and boy am I glad I did. This stuff is magic – it blows any other eyebrow setting gel I’ve ever tried out of the water! My eyebrows are very sparse, and this clings to the few hairs that are there to make my eyebrows look full and much better than they do normally! 

*I’m thinking about doing a post all about Glossier – my thoughts on the brand, products I love, hits and misses – please let me know if this something you’d be interested in!*

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla/Custard

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My one true makeup love. This product is the definition of ‘an oldie but a goodie’ to me. It is just everything I need from a concealer. I usually use this on redness (around my nose), on any blemishes – but I never would use the wand on the blemish – and to cover the few acne scars/hyperpigmentation I have left on my cheeks/jaw. This works perfectly with my Estee Lauder Double Wear Light, or by itself if I’m having a minimal makeup day. I keep one of these in my bag at all times, even though I would never apply on top of powder… it makes no sense but it’s true, ha!

MUFE lip liner in 14C

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This lip liner is a god-send! It works perfectly with the aforementioned ABH lipgloss in Kristen, or my other favourite lip product, Chanel lipstick in Mademoiselle. It is a beautiful ‘your lips but better’ colour (albeit slightly darker and more rosy-toned), and applies so well. I tend to use this more for nighttime makeup as to be honest, my daytime makeup is very simple, quick and easy. I do tend to slightly over line my lips for an evening look as I think it makes my makeup just look a little more pouty and put together. Regardless, this helps the lasting power of my lipglosses/lipsticks a lot – and it also ensures when I’m eating/drinking it’s more likely to stay in place!

Chanel lipstick in Mademoiselle

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My favourite lipstick ever! This is also a beautiful ‘your lips but better’ shade, and goes perfectly with the MUFE 14C lip liner. It wears perfectly well without it; this has such good staying power – and to be fair, for the price so it should! This formula is my favourite of all the Chanel lipsticks, it’s creamy and never sticks to any dry patches.  Story time with Gills: The first time I ever bought this lipstick was in 2014 – I had passed my probation period at work and was so excited. I remember walking into Boots in the Metro Centre and heading for the Chanel counter thinking I deserved a treat (how funny)! Although this is ridiculously expensive, I have since repurchased this shade a few times and I’ll probably buy it forever, I just love it. (Tip: buying expensive lipsticks with your saved up Boots points is not at all painful!)

Lancome La Vie Est Belle

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This is my number one perfume (well, I also have a huge love for Jo Malone – Peony and Blush Suede but I just talked about that in a recent post). I have worn La Vie Est Belle for years now and people often tell me it’s my scent, as in if they smell it they think of me, which is pretty cute! It is a very sweet, vanilla/fruity scent – it’s definitely feminine and girly and the smell just makes me happy. I wear this both day and night; I think the scent works perfectly for both. I really love the bottle, it looks so pretty sitting on my vanity table. (Matt’s mam is always telling me their house smells of this perfume – oops!)

I’d love to know your favourite high-end products, or if you’ve been inspired to pick up a new item or two for your makeup bag (…apologies in advance, if so). There will be a post coming in the next few weeks all about my favourite drug-store products!

Thank you so much for reading!

-G x

 

Kos With My Love

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Welcome back, loves!

As I’m sure you’ll know by now, if you’ve read my last few posts or follow me on Instagram, at the end of June, Matt and I went on our first holiday together to Kos. 

We spent the whole week just relaxing; playing in the pool, eating all of the food, drinking cocktails and just enjoying being together. We totally lost sense of what time or even which day it was and that was one of the best things – we were so chilled out!

We fell into our little routine of how our days were spent and it was just perfect. Matt has been so busy with work it was lovely to see him unwind and relax. We got to really enjoy our quality time – something I’m so grateful for. We’re very good at making quality time a priority in our relationship on a day-to-day basis – we’re together pretty much every night of the week and are always doing fun things – but sometimes by the time we’re home from work and had dinner together, it’s time to go to sleep before we know it. In Kos there was no rushing about, and that was a dream! The weather was great, if I’m being honest it was sometimes too hot, but we had 13 huge pools to choose from for a dip, so we could definitely cope with that! 

As the World Cup was on during our holiday we spent part of most nights watching the games, which was so fun. Matt is a huge football fan and I actually really enjoy it too. There were people staying at our hotel of all different nationalities so that made it even more exciting! Our favourite member of staff at the hotel (Sarah – she was so sweet!) worked at the bar right next to where the World Cup was showing, so we had to go see her! 

One evening we went into Kardamena and had a little wander through the town – little being the word as there really isn’t much there! It was a cute, quaint little area and very picturesque. Matt finally got to try a Mythos on this night which he was very excited about; he loved it! I really wish I had taken more photos of Kardamena but I wasn’t feeling great – unfortunately I was unwell on and off for three days of the holiday. (I never get ill so this happening whilst on holiday was the worst luck EVER)! Nevertheless it didn’t ruin anything – you can lay on a sun lounger no matter how you feel, right?! Also, if I don’t sing his praises enough, Matt was an absolute gem and looked after me so well. Have I mentioned how much I bloody love him?!

I really miss our laid-back routine and spending all of our time together so much, although I fully appreciated it when we were there and enjoyed every second! I also really miss eating feta cheese every day (LOL), I don’t know how but it truly tastes better in Greece! 

I am so grateful to my wonderful boyfriend for making Kos the best holiday! We love travelling together and exploring new places; I am so excited for all our future trips holidays to come. We are really hoping to go to the Caribbean next year, Cuba is very high on his list and Punta Cana is very high on mine… so we’ll probably be heading to Cuba! Making memories of any kind with him is my favourite thing in the world, and exploring the world together is just a bonus ❤️ (side note: we’re heading to Belfast at the end of this month and hoping to squeeze in a city break in Madrid later this year… any tips/recommendations would be so helpful and appreciated)!

I’d love to share some of our holiday photos with you!

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Flying over Europe
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Our first day, heading for breakfast
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The beautiful view from our balcony
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Atlantica Porto Bello Royal, Kos
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Our first night. He is so handsome!!
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One of the 13 (!) pools
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My favourite person
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I love you, Matthew x
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My boy
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This little church/chapel was so cute
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We loved the breakfasts
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…and the cocktails (Aperol Spritz & a Cuba Libre)
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The hotel entrance
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Matthew read Howard Webb’s book and LOVED it!
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*ignore the frizzy hair* – these little pj’s from Primark were such a good buy! I only wore them whilst getting ready on the balcony but they’re so cute
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I find this so funny… sums us right up because he always waits for me to get ready, then when I am he’s never done his hair! Good job he’s cute hehe
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The most handsome man I ever did see
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Little bit obsessed with this jumpsuit
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Dang baby hairs
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His kisses are everything 😍
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My heart!!!
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Every day we loved watching the planes coming in/taking off – the planes flew so low sometimes you could pretty much see the passengers inside!
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View from breakfast
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…yes I’m five (it tasted SO good and I wish you could get these in the UK)
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Cocktails on a cloudy morning. Matt’s favourite of the trip was Cuba Libre, and mine was Blue Lagoon – it tasted like ice lollies!
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Pink and blue sky
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View from the beach restaurant (this day was so cloudy but so hot!)
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I mean… 😍
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He’s just the cutest thing I ever did see
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Feel so lucky and blessed to have woken up to this view every day, with my favourite person
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Dinner with a view
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Our favourite little spot right outside our apartment – every time we walked past (several times a day) we commented on how beautiful it was
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Bright buildings and even brighter flowers (Matt tried to convince me that part of  a plant down here was a huge tarantula!)
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Pool snack
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Thank you Matthew, my personal photographer
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I love palm trees
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It should have been coming home ☹️
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My handsome man 😍 oh my gosh I love him
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My best friend. My boyfriend. My love x
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Dinner views at sunset
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Balcony views
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When we went to breakfast on our first day and seen this view from the lobby we were in awe! (We arrived really late at night so everything was dark)
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Cute little street in Kardamena
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Our view for 7 days whilst lazing about on a sun lounger
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Lunch by the beach
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The sunsets were so beautiful
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As it was so hazy out to sea, throughout the week it seemed like more and more islands appeared in the distance
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Pre dinner drinks on the balcony – Matt was so excited to have another Mythos and well, I just love a strawberry and lime cider!
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Dinner date with the love of my life ❤️
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I miss this view SO much
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But nothing compares to THIS view! I love you Matthew ❤️
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My favourite hand to hold. Yes we got matching bracelets because we are cute, okay?
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Just another beautiful sunset from the terrace
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Sat in the lobby waiting to be picked up on our last night… the dusky sunsets were just so perfect
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Snuggling into him on the plane home (check out those tan lines!) he cuddled me in and made sure I was comfy to go to sleep… seriously, how did I ever get so lucky!?

-G x

Holiday Favourites

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Hi, loves!

As you may have seen from my two previous posts, I have just been on holiday with my lovely boyfriend, Matthew. We had the most amazing time, I feel so grateful and blessed, I don’t quite have the words to express how much! Next Thursday I’ll be sharing a some personal photographs and a little round up of our time in Kos, however this post is all related to fashion and beauty – hooray!

*Apologies some of these photos are a little naff – I reviewed them in bright sunshine, oops! Note to self: must work harder*

Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede

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This is my favourite perfume of all time (along with La Vie Est Belle by Lancome), I just love it. This bottle is extra special as Matthew bought it for me. I love to wear this perfume in Spring/Summer especially! As the name suggests it is a floral scent; it’s light and feminine and I always get compliments when I wear it. This perfume already reminds me of my boyfriend for various reasons, however now it will always remind me of our first holiday in Kos which makes me very happy!

Clinique Take The Day Off

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I already raved about this cleanser in my skincare routine, but I truly love this product! As I mentioned in that post, I have been reaching for this every night, so I had to take it on holiday. I only wore makeup in the evenings, and even then I wore very little, but taking it off with this this kept my skin feeling soft, smooth and clean. The smell is very typical of Clinique; it’s like having a little facial every night before bed. If you haven’t tried this I’d highly recommend, even more so if you’re popping through duty free any time soon (VAT free prices are a little easier to justify, right?) 

Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder

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My favourite setting powder of all time! I used to think the Laura Mercier loose powder everyone raves about was the best thing since sliced bread, but after trying out the Kat Von D powder I am totally sold on it. The only downside is the packaging is a little bulky (although when I was putting all of the links into this post I came across a travel size powder – genius!) The size of the packaging didn’t really matter however; I knew I had to take this on holiday as it would keep my makeup from sliding off my face! The powder is very fine and never looks cakey on the skin. Even in 30 degree heat and very high humidity, this really did lock my makeup in place all night. I see what you did there, Kat!

Nivea After Sun

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This is the best after sun of all time in my opinion, it’s the only one I’ve found to really work and calm down any redness from sunburn. Pro tip: keep your after sun in the fridge throughout your holiday, then when you apply it post-shower you feel so refreshed! Matt and I used this every night before we went for our evening meal and it worked a treat – the smell is heavenly, it’s just like a holiday in a bottle! Even though we shared this bottle (and definitely applied liberally) we still had loads left at the end of the holiday, so I’d definitely recommend grabbing the bigger size if you’re heading on holiday any time soon. Or, if you’ve been out and about in your back garden – this little heatwave is glorious!

Revolution Concealer

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Around a week before we went on holiday, I popped into Superdrug and browsed the Revolution counter. This and *spoiler* the lipstick I talk about below, were the only products I picked up and I already can’t wait to browse the rest of the collection! The price point is amazing – this was only four pounds! FOUR! I picked up the shade C3 which is perfect for the light tan I got in Kos – I’m super fair skinned and don’t usually tan at all, so having a little bit of a tan feels amazing! The coverage is great and comparable to my old faithful, the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. I have been using this on a hyperpigmentation spot I have and any other blemishes/redness; I always apply my foundation very lightly during the summer so rely on my concealer for a little extra coverage. I was so impressed with this concealer I’ve already ordered a few more online! 

These Lip Combos

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As I only wore makeup for the evening, I didn’t really have much time to play around with different lip shades. Also, I’m a big fan of pinky-nude lips and feel like they go with every outfit/makeup look. Throughout the week, I wore the Charlotte Tilbury lip cheat in Pillow Talk (my favourite every day lip liner!) with either the Revolution lipstick in Chauffeur or the By Terry Baume de Rose lipgloss. The Revolution lipstick is so creamy and pigmented; it lasted on my lips throughout all the kisses I gave Matt (cute) and all the cocktails we consumed – this may be slightly down to the lip liner too! I really love the By Terry lipgloss, this was a last minute duty-free purchase (oops!) but I’m already planning to buy the full size when this runs out. For a lipgloss it definitely didn’t feel sticky on the lips and was comfortable to wear, top marks all round!

Fashion

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Okay, let’s be honest here, I have no idea how to pose in photos! I cringe at the thought of getting photos taken by myself (unless a Snapchat filter is involved). I also couldn’t do anything with my hair due to the humidity, and had forgotten extra bobby pins, hence the messy bun in every photo… *another lesson learnt for next time!* I’d like to say a big thank you to Matt who did his best to make me giggle and feel slightly more confident, but please bare with me until I feel a little more comfortable infront of the camera!

I wore a few outfits I loved this holiday but I thought I’d choose just three to share with you. This crop top and mom jean shorts (from Zara, sold out) combo felt very Greek chic, I just love the colours white and blue together. 

The jumpsuit is hands down my favourite outfit and I can’t wait to wear it again! Matt and I are heading to a family birthday party this weekend and I think I might have to wear this, it was so comfy and felt flattering – I’m not used to wearing anything flowy on my bottom half as I’m very much a leggings/skinny jeans girl, however this might be a game changer.

I was a big fan of the shorts I wore in the last outfit – they sat perfectly and although were a little big on the waist they felt roomy (thank goodness, because we were all inclusive…) and looked flattering. This stripe crop top (from Topshop, also sold out) was so adorable I couldn’t resist.

I wore the same sandals pretty much every night because they were so comfy and went with everything. I kept my jewellery throughout the week very simple – my Pandora bracelet and one or two Missoma necklaces was more than enough. It was so hot and, to be honest, I was so relaxed, enjoying my time with my boyfriend, the jewellery I was wearing was the very least of my concerns!

 I’d love to know any of your holiday favourites or must-haves? Thanks so much for reading!

-G x

What’s In My Carry On Bag

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Welcome back, loves!

On the day this post goes live (hallelujah for scheduled posts!) Matt and I are heading off to Kos, Greece on our first holiday together and I could not be more excited!

I have been lucky enough to go on lots of holidays abroad since I was one year old, yet flying still terrifies me. I can’t really explain why, other than that I feel a little bit ‘trapped’ and get overly worried about something going wrong during the flight or once I get to my destination. As a result of this, I do anything I can to make myself feel more comfortable and preparation is key. Matt and I went to Dublin for his birthday in March and I held (onto) his hand (for dear life) the entire flight. Oops!

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One thing I do like about the travelling experience is packing my bag. I would love to use a pretty beach bag for my carry on but they are just not big enough! Instead, I picked up this Vans x Lazy Oaf backpack and I bloody love it. Let’s just get this out of the way: if you’re looking for a clear, concise ‘just-the-necessities’ idea of what to pack in your carry on bag this is not the post for you – however if you fancy a little snoop at what I’ll be taking with me and maybe a giggle about how much I’m overpacking keep on reading…

The Essentials

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Yep, all the boring things people tend to overlook and leave behind. I know this all too well because one year on the way home from Florida my dad left all our of our passports in the villa; we then missed our first flight and connecting flights. From leaving the villa (the first time) to arriving home we travelled for almost 24 hours – good one, dad! To make sure I don’t follow in his forgetful footsteps, I have a little checklist *yawn* of everything I keep in my crossbody bag (sold out): our passports and copy of tickets, phone, phone charger with EU adaptor, portable charger, headphones, my card holder, coin purse (I generally only use my debit card in England – having to use cash abroad is always a bit of a nuisance!), powder, my favourite lipstick in Syrup, lip balm, a pen and my medication.

My Beauty Bag

I know it’s only liquids/gels/creams that must go in a clear bag but I find it’s much easier to keep everything together, and it keeps me from over packing too much. Once we get through security I’ll switch my essential bits in here over to my crossbody. I LOVE this bag I just picked up from Space NK – a recommendation from Lily Pebbles’ Instagram story – and as she said, it’s a great dupe for the Anya Hindmarch in-flight bag (one I’ve swooned over for years but could never justify purchasing!) 

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Since I can remember I have always packed my makeup in my hand luggage, it’s just not something I would want to get lost or broken. Have you seen how the baggage handlers throw your suitcases around?! For my base I have the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light – it doesn’t sit on the skin and is very breathable, my all time favourite foundation. To cover dark circles and any spots that may appear I packed my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. My Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara is the best for holding a curl and my must have eyebrow product is the Glossier Boy Brow. I have very sparse eyebrows and as I’m still too scared to get HD Brows – I really want to – this works a treat. I also packed my makeup brushes (not pictured) so I’m good to go!

As this is not a long haul flight I have kept my skincare items to a minimum. We fly late afternoon and don’t arrive until almost midnight, so I will more than likely take my makeup off before we land using my Yes to Cucumbers face wipes. I packed a mini of my favourite overnight moisturiser; the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense which will ensure my skin doesn’t feel horrible after being on a flight. Lip balm is my number one beauty product of all time, I packed two; Glossier Balm Dot Com in coconut, and Nivea Hydro Care – Matt will steal this too! 

I take my MAC Turquatic rollerball everywhere with me and a flight is no exception. It’s a light scent so is not offensive; planes are very small and while I’d like to smell good, I want to be considerate to those around me. My new night-time holiday scent, Commodity Gold is also packed in here! I love using sprays to refresh my skin; my favourite is the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. Hand sanitizer and hand cream are also a must-have for me – the ones I have are from Bath and Body Works. I somehow forgot about my contact lenses and eye drops – I quickly packed those!

The Miscellaneous 

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I always take a magazine and a book on flights because it’s one thing I can concentrate on if I feel a little nervous and need a distraction. I buy Cosmopolitan magazine every month and it’s been so hard to not read it yet! I love these sunglasses I picked up last week – they are my first pair from Quay and they definitely won’t be my last. I also packed my Tangle Teezer because I’m 99% sure my hair will end up in a bun on top of my head by the time we get on the plane!

If you read my Fifty Facts About Me post you will know I’m always cold! I take fluffy socks (not pictured) on every flight… definitely not the ~summer vibes~ I was going for but I’d rather be warm and comfy even if it means looking like a bit of a prat. I’ll also take a cosy jacket and more than likely steal Matt’s at some point too… perks of travelling with my boyfriend!

Snacks for the plane are so important. We’ll pick up something a little more substantial in the airport, but of course we had to take Percy Piglets – our favourite sweets! I have a terrible sweet tooth and will grab a chocolate bar in the airport too. (Here’s a little embarrassing secret for you: on a day-to-day basis I always have an emergency chocolate bar in my handbag just incase) so being stuck on a four hour flight without one sounds horrific! Not to be dramatic. Also, chewing gum is a necessity for both of us!

Backup Clothing Items

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Yes, you read that right. To add on to the whole scared-of-flying thing, I also have an irrational fear of the airline losing my bag and being stranded wearing I ♥ Kos t shirts and Matt’s swim shorts. So, to make me feel a little more at ease (fully aware this is crazy) I packed a spare day time outfit, a bikini, and a night time outfit. Oh and a spare pair of pants! Apparently I think if my case was to get lost it would be returned to me before breakfast the next day. It would, right? I promise this made sense to me before I wrote it.

I’m pretty sure I’ve got all bases covered (if I haven’t theres something seriously wrong), but I’d love to know if I’m missing any of your must-have in-flight products?!

-G x

My Skincare Routine

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Hi, loves!

As promised in my last post – here is my skincare routine!

I feel like the skincare industry is so very confusing – so many products, in my opinion, are very overpriced and honestly do not live up to the crazy claims they make. Unfortunately skincare really is trial and error – it has taken me a long time to find out which products work well for my skin. I have combination, acne-prone skin, and please keep in mind what works for me might not work as well for you, and vice versa. *One thing to make clear* I do not follow skincare ‘rules’. As I pretty much live between my house and my boyfriends, I have condensed my daily routine as much as possible… (less is more, people!)

Morning Routine

In the mornings I tend to keep things very simple. My getting-ready routine in general is pretty snappy. Don’t get me wrong, I like to look put together, but in all honesty I’d rather have an extra 20 minutes of cuddles in bed!

I used to wash my face twice per day, however I find that tends to dry out my skin and leave it feeling tight/uncomfortable. For the past year or so the only thing I use to cleanse my skin after waking up is micellar water – my favourites are Garnier and Simple. I wipe the micellar water over my face with a cotton pad (these are the my favourites) to remove any residue left behind from products I used the previous night. 

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Lip balm – the most essential skincare item for me! I am that girl that has lip balms everywhere – in my bag, in my car, on my bedside table, on Matt’s bedside table, at my desk! I feel uncomfortable when I don’t have lip balm on and as soon as I brush my teeth in the morning I feel like I need to re-apply right away. I have found that most lip balms I’ve tried work really well, however my favourites are Glossier Balm Dot Com, Nivea Hydro Lip and Dior Addict Lip Glow.

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Some mornings I spray my face with La Roche Posay Serozinc; this is not an ‘essential’ and something I often skip over. Two things I can’t ever skip over are eye cream and moisturiser. I used Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado (not pictured) for a long time but found I kept getting dry patches under my eyes. I’m now trying out two new eye creams from Clinique and Kate Somerville – I think I’m going to purchase the Clinique one as I really like it! My daytime moisturiser is Origins Ginzing Energy Boosting moisturiser. I find my makeup applies nicely over this, and it keeps my skin moisturised without making my face look greasy. It also smells divine!

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Evening Routine

As I generally have more time in the evenings, my routine is a little more relaxed and includes a few extra steps. 

Taking my makeup off is always my favourite part of the day (minus snuggling into Matt to go to sleep!) I have three favourite cleansers, and I tend to use them in rotation. However, recently I have been reaching for the Clinique Take The Day Off cleanser every night – I just repurchased for the third time which shows how much I love it! This removes my makeup so well, even waterproof mascara, and I love the smell! My other favourites are Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser and The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. Although I said I don’t follow skincare ‘rules’ I am a big fan of the double cleanse. I do try to use smaller amounts of product each time so I don’t use them up too quickly. If I’m feeling really tired (or lazy) I will take off my makeup with Simple or Yes to Cucumbers face wipes – this is a no judgement zone!

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After cleansing my skin, I apply lip balm (obviously!) and then alternate between my La Roche Posay Serozinc (pictured above) and Glossier Solution. Both of these products are aimed at helping oily, blemished skin and I think they are great! Solution has been a little bit of a miracle worker for me; I used to have noticeable acne scarring on my cheeks/forehead and since using this product they are barely visible. I love the applicator too, you just place a cotton pad over the top of the pump – no mess!

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I also alternate my serums between Glossier Super Pure and various serums from The Ordinary – my current favourite is EUK 1.34 0.1% which seems to really reduce redness in my skin. To be honest I know very little about serums or how they work, however after a lot of reading on www.theordinary.com and a little trial and error, I have found which products work best for me. Don’t let the scientific sounding names put you off – I love most of the products I’ve tried (and they’re SO inexpensive!)

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I use the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense moisturiser every night; it is recommended for ‘very dry to dry combination skin’ however I absolutely love it. My very first ‘high end’ makeup and skincare products were from Clinique and I feel like I’ll always have a soft spot for the brand. This sinks into the skin and makes it feel smooth and plump – in the best way. My mam also uses this moisturiser and swears by it!

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And there you have it, my minimal (as possible) skincare routines. I hope the above was helpful to you, and I’d love to hear about any products you’d recommend!

Thank you so much for reading, 

-G x

My Evening Routine

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Hi, loves!

I have watched morning routines/evening routines on YouTube for years now and I genuinely find them fascinating! I really love getting an insight into people’s lives; seeing what products people use, the order they do things in and taking a little inspiration of things I might want to incorporate into my life. Basically, I’m really bloody nosy!

My evenings vary from day-to-day but generally they follow a pretty similar pattern. Here’s a peek into my evening routine from this past Monday…

5PM : I finished work for the day and headed straight to M&S to pick up dinner. Matt and I love a two for £10 deal (and pretty much anything else from their food section) – it’s become a joke with our friends/family that we might be the ones keeping M&S Food Hall in business… how embarrassing!

6PM : As I stayed at Matt’s the night before I had to quickly unpack and re-pack for the following night; a perfect chance to catch up on Emma Hill‘s latest vlog. I love her SO much; her vlogs are my favourite! I had a little extra time so I decided to have a bath; on this particular night I used an Avobath bath bomb from Lush with a drop of Radox Acai Berry Scent & Clay bubble bath. I love to read in the bath; I am currently reading The Note by Zoe Folbigg. It is a funny, romantic, easy-to-read story based on a real life couple and cheesy as it is, I love it. Unfortunately it was hair washing night, such a chore! I eventually forced myself to get out of the bath and did my skincare routine *teaser: new post coming on Thursday*

7PM : As I definitely was in the bath way longer than I should have been (oops), I let my hair air dry a little while I changed our bed; I think everyone can agree there is nothing better than clean sheets after a long day at work. I tend to run my straighteners through my hair at night so it’s much easier and quicker to style in the morning. Matt finally arrived home from work ( 🙂 the best part of any day) and not a minute too soon – I was starving! We had one of our favourite meals; chicken pasta bake with garlic bread – not the most healthy of dinners but delish all the same.

8PM – 10.30PM : After we eat dinner, we tend to spend our nights catching up on our days, enjoying each others company and of course watching Netflix. How Millennial of us. Matt stopped to grab a pick’n’mix on his way home as we had planned to have a movie night. When we logged into Netflix however, we saw there was a new Netflix Original series called November 13: Attack On Paris. This is a three-part series – we only watched one on this night but it was incredibly sad; eye-witness stories surrounding a night of terror. One of the most heartbreaking stories was from a man who watched his wife die from her gunshot wounds; he also wrote a book which *note to self* I’d really like to order.

10:30PM – I always find that the time to go to bed comes round so quickly! Random fact: we always take a glass of water to bed with us but barely ever drink it. Does anyone else do that?! After we brushed our teeth, I applied Mario Badescu drying lotion on a pesky spot that appeared out of nowhere (yep, Matt is one lucky guy!) and used a little Glossier Balm Dot Com. By now we were more than ready to cuddle in and go to sleep. Side note: saying that reminds me of when Rachel & Ross from Friends are talking about being *cuddly sleepers* and Ross secretly really isn’t but hasn’t got the heart to tell her, let’s hope that’s not what Matt secretly thinks!

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I’ll let you guess who’s the little spoon… (hint: it’s not me)

Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to know what you get up to in your typical evening routine?

-G x