What’s In My Bag

Happy Sunday, loves!

I am very excited to share today’s post with you – I am so nosey and find these posts so interesting. ‘What’s in my bag’ videos are part of the reason I started to get into YouTube and the whole community originally – as lame as it sounds I loved watching them, and I still do! Years ago they were one of the most popular videos uploaded by the ‘big’ names in the YouTube world, and I wish they’d come back in popularity! Occasionally when someone gets an amazing new designer bag they will film/post about it but that’s not enough – I need more

So, I’d love to show you through what’s in my bag! This is typically my weekend or evening bag, although sometimes if I’m having a busy Sunday night I don’t end up changing back to a bigger bag and use this throughout the work week. At the time of writing this/taking the photos, it hadn’t been cleared out for almost two weeks…

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This bag is my favourite crossbody; it’s the Arla from Kate Spade New York and I adore it. It’s the perfect size for during the day or night out – or both! I can fit all my essentials in, plus some non-essentials as you will see. I can also squeeze Matt’s sunglasses case in here – does anyone else’s boyfriend manage to use your bag as theirs?! Good job he’s cute, eh!

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The most important thing in any girl’s bag – my purse! I bought this beautiful cardholder from YSL in September 2016 and I’ve used it every day since. I would love to pick up a new colour but I really can’t justify it when this one is still in perfect condition, and trust me I’ve not always been as careful as I should be with it! I do however love this colour – it’s a lovely taupe and the silver hardware is my favourite; even though my bag has gold accents, I am really a silver girl at heart. I can fit all the essential cards in here – my debit card, driving license, Costco card (the most important, right?!), Boots loyalty card and my M&S Sparks card. Yes, I am 24 going on 54… but those Sparks deals are worth it as Matt and I buy so much food from there!

My car keys are always in my bag as I drive every day. That being said, any time I go anywhere with Matt (which is most days) he tends to drive – he hates being a passenger! I have a little red Viva; she’s called Ruby and she’s super cute; I absolutely love my car. I’m due to upgrade in a few months and I’m genuinely considering getting another Viva, or maybe a new VW polo. All of my keyrings have a little story behind them and they’re pretty cute – they also make it much easier to find my keys in a bigger bag! The pink Katie Loxton was a gift from my mam and dad when I passed my driving test. The dolphin keyring up was something I picked up when Matt and I were in Kos – I really love dolphins, so much so that when I was little I used to want to be a dolphin trainer. I (was very lucky and) visited Florida too much as a kid so thought this was a normal job. Then my favourite keyring is the little rose gold elephant – Matt has a matching one in dark grey, they are ‘kissing elephants’ – I just thought they were too cute!

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The beauty bits, in summary;

  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla – my favourite!!
  • MAC Next to Nothing pressed powder – my favourite powder to get rid of any shine that appears throughout the day. Also great if, like me, you cry laugh all the time – your face will look good as new!
  • Tangle Teezer – a must-have for me! I wish this had an in-built handle but nothing smooths my hair like this does
  • Lip products – they’re my favourite! I used to carry at least five to ten lipsticks on a daily basis, but now I really don’t see the need
  • Lip balm and nail file – no explanation needed…
  • Lush Charity Pot – I like to carry a teeny little moisturiser with me just in case
  • ABH brow wiz – I don’t quite know why I take my eyebrow pencil but I’ve done it for years, and why fix something that’s not broken?!
  • MAC Turquatic rollerball – my favourite perfume to top up with throughout the day. It just smells so lovely and fresh, a perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up
  • Dior Blooming Bouquet rollerball – I wouldn’t usually carry two perfumes in my bag, but it is such a beautiful scent!

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Let’s not forget all the miscellaneous stuff;

  • A pen (this one is from the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin where Matt and I stayed in March, and it’s the best writer! Maybe I can convince him we need to go back just so I can pick up another…)
  • My pill and Nurofen – I have arthritis so Nurofen is a must-have
  • Too many bobby pins and a spare Invisibobble – if I don’t have one in my hair I always have one on my wrist too
  • Hand sanitizer – the granny in me needs a hand sanitizer in my bag at all times, and this comes in SO handy, Matt is always asking to use it!
  • Hand lotion – just as important as hand sanitizer… I love this one from Bath and Body Works especially, it smells so good and it’s not at all sticky
  • Chewing gum – I never have to buy gum as Matt buys the huge packs at Costco and always shares! He’s a cutie
  • Socks – Okay so I take my shoes off at work very often, and I really don’t like walking around in bare feet (obviously) so I keep a spare pair of socks in my bag just in case! I also have some in my drawer so these aren’t really required, but they’re cute – Matt bought them for me because I’m always stealing his socks, hah! (It didn’t work, I still steal his socks 🙂 )
  • Office keys – I really need to put these on a keyring 
  • My loyalty card for my nail salon – a necessity really
  • A tea bag – I took lots of these from our hotel room in Kos (owt for nowt, eh?) and this is one of my favourite flavours 
  • Boost bar – erm… LOL. If you know me you know I always carry an emergency chocolate bar, I’m not proud of it but it’s true!

Not pictured: my phone, which is an iPhone 7 Plus in black and I bloody love it! I thought I made a mistake getting the bigger size originally, but after a few days I was so glad I got the bigger version. I would usually have a portable phone charger in my bag too – this is the one I have and it works great – but Matthew currently has it!

I’d seriously like to know what items you have in your bag – yes, I’m so nosey! Hope you enjoyed this post, thankfully my bag wasn’t too messy this time, I just carry a lot of unnecessary stuff!

-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