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

Monthly Recap: June

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I genuinely can’t believe it’s July, this month has flown by! June was the best month of the year so far and I’m so excited to tell you all about it!

Ed Sheeran Divide Tour

The concert was a very sweet, thoughtful gift from Matt for my birthday and I had been looking forward to it SO much! After practically skipping out of work at 2.30pm to get ready for the night it’s safe to say I had very high hopes! Matt and I headed into town and met all our friends at the pub. Typical Geordies.

We had a few drinks and set off to the concert. As we arrived at St. James’ Park, Jamie Lawson was already mid-set; we only heard his last four songs but he was really good! We spent a while taking photos (obviously), then found our spot for the evening right in the middle of the pitch. Matt was more excited that he was standing on the pitch at his team’s stadium than he was for the concert!

Two of my lovely friends, Meg and Eilish, somehow spotted Matt in the madness of the crowd and joined us for the night; we had the best time dancing and laughing and ‘singing’ (shouting) together. I absolutely adore these two and it was so nice to spend the night with them too! Anne-Marie was Ed’s second support act and she was amazing; I only knew a few songs of hers but that didn’t stop me from singing and dancing like I was a number one fan girl. *cringe!* As soon as Ed came on the venue seemed suddenly 10 x more full; the crowd was SO loud and the atmosphere was amazing. Remember, I had very high expectations and I honestly didn’t realise quite how amazing he would be. His voice is exactly the same as it is in a recording studio; he is so talented and I am so thankful I got to see him live! A couple also got engaged right infront of us which was so sweet. 

I was a little bit nervous about the idea of the concert because I sometimes feel a little nervous or anxious being surrounded by people with no easy exit but everything was fine! Pushing through the crowd was actually quite funny; I was on a constant repeat of “Sorry, excuse me, sorry, can I just? Excuse me, I’m so sorry, excuse me” – I have never felt so British!

It was one of the best nights of my life and I still can’t believe I got to see Ed live! Listening to him on Spotify will never be the same.

Achievements

June was a good month all round for Matt and I. Matt achieved his biggest career goal yet; he was promoted to Store Manager! Keeping the news a secret from everyone bar our families for a whole week was so tough – I can’t help it, I want to shout from the rooftops about all his successes and let the world know how great he is! Matt has been working towards this for a long time and I can’t explain how happy I am he’s got there. He is the most hardworking person I know, and is so deserving of his success. I’m his number one fan and SO proud of him. Congratulations baby, I love you (and I can’t wait to pop the champagne!)

It was also the month I started my blog! My first post went live on June 10th and I am SO happy I took the plunge to do something I’ve always wanted to do. As my post went live, Matt and I went out for Sunday lunch (what’s new?) and spent the evening with his parents. I didn’t check my phone for hours – I was so shocked just in the first day to see how many people had viewed my posts! I am also very much overwhelmed by how many sweet comments I’ve received, from people I know and people I don’t. Matt and my close friends have been so supportive it truly means the world. Writing my blog is so much fun, and it’s become an outlet I didn’t quite know I needed (as you may have seen from my previous post!) Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you lovely people who are enjoying my blog, and I hope you like the content coming in July. 

Kos

This is going to be pretty brief seeing as my next post (and several more throughout this month) will be all about Kos! Matt and I are currently, at the time of writing this, on our first sunny holiday together and it is amazing. Spending all of our time together, literally 24/7 is the best thing ever. Waking up every morning to a beautiful view (it’s quite picturesque outside too ;)) and enjoying our days lazing about in the sun, eating all of the food and drinking all of the cocktails is just perfect. I’d suggest you head on over to my Instagram @gilllianfinnx for a peak at what we’ve been up to this past week. Spoiler: not a whole lot!

Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to know the highlights of your month?

-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

Monthly Recap: May

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Inspired by Anna, from The Anna Edit, I decided to pick out a few things from each month that were personal highlights, in one form or another, and tell you about them in probably too much detail. Remember in my ‘Fifty Facts About Me’ when I said I rambled on telling stories? It’ll be like you were there!

*I’d recommend you settle down with a cuppa, it’s a long one!*

Harrogate

In May I celebrated my 24th birthday in the best possible way; it involved a roll top bath, a bottle of champagne and my lovely boyfriend, Matt. What’s not to love?

Matt and I spent the first part of the morning opening presents, talking about our plans for the next few days and having a good ol’ giggle. We spent an hour or so with my parents (more presents, yay!) and set off for Harrogate. Matt always drives because he gets ‘car sick’ if he’s the passenger… I think he’s just scared of my driving!

Matt had booked us a beautiful room at Hotel du Vin in Harrogate – our favourite hotel chain and one I can HIGHLY recommend. This was the best suite we’ve ever had! I love the feel of every Hotel du Vin we’ve stayed in; they are all based in old buildings, with a rustic but modern feel and beautifully laid out. Matt and I love a good bath and Hotel du Vin baths do not disappoint! The highlights of our room were definitely the roll top bath, his and hers sinks (the dream!), a huge TV and the biggest L shaped sofa I’ve ever seen. 

We spent our afternoon exploring the town and drinking cocktails. Harrogate is the most beautiful British town I’ve been to; it is so clean and there are flowers everywhere you look. We also visited Betty’s Tea Rooms and picked up two huge fondant fancies – it’s not a birthday without cake, right? That night we ate at Gino’s My Restaurant; we love steak and this was cooked perfectly. The restaurant was lovely – the atmosphere was very cosy and relaxed, and service was great; one of the most important things about a restaurant in my opinion. After our meal we ventured up to the terrace to finish our bottle of wine and found there was a free-to-use photo booth, nice touch Gino! We enjoyed our night so much we are already planning to visit Gino’s My Restaurant in Manchester!

We spent the rest of the night drinking wine and enjoying each others company – I had the best birthday and am so thankful to Matt for everything he does. The next morning we were nursing slightly sore heads, so went for a wander around Harrogate in the sun. We walked through Valley Gardens; they are immaculate! There are brightly coloured flowers in every direction, a little stream running through the park and a small cafe right in the centre. On our way home we stopped by York Designer Outlet; which is sentimental to us as it’s one of the places we visited on our first date :). It was so lovely being back and although there wasn’t a great selection, we did start our holiday shopping!

Breakfast Date

Going for breakfast is one of my most favourite things to do. On a typical day I don’t even eat breakfast (naughty, I know) however there is something weirdly exciting about going out for breakfast.

Jessy, my dearest friend, and I met for pancakes… the dreamiest of breakfast foods. Catching up with her was a fun start to my weekend; face to face catch ups are always so much better than talking over the phone or Whatsapp’ing silly memes to keep in touch. 

We spent a little while after browsing the shops (and talking Jess into buying things she didn’t need – a talent if I do say so myself). I have known Jess for six years now and she has always been a little ray of sunshine in my life and everyone else’s! Due to work/life commitments we don’t get to see each other half as much as we’d like to, so breakfast (and shopping) dates are a great way to fit each other in. Life gets so busy and days turn into weeks (and sometimes months) so quickly, I think we all need to make time for a catch up more often. Lesson learned!

Bank Holiday Weekends

May is THE month for bank holidays. One at the start and one at the end means that in the 9am to 5pm working world you only have three full work weeks during the month. The joy of a four-day work week and a three-day weekend is something that I can only describe as bliss.

My first bank holiday weekend consisted of a little bit of shopping, date night at Babucho’s with Matt (again, highly recommend) and a night out in Newcastle with our friends. My new-found love of Edinburgh raspberry gin and lemonade was put to the test this night; turns out if you stick to one drink all night you really don’t get a hangover! Sunday was hot and sunny so we took a trip to the beach for fish and chips; to find out that the beach was actually really windy and freezing – oops! We spent the rest of the day relaxing in the garden where it was much wamer, then spent the evening with Matt’s parents. I love those kind of homey/cosy nights! Monday then consisted of relaxing in the sun, ice cream and a lot of cuddles – I couldnt think of anything better!

My second bank holiday was a little more relaxed and it was perfect. Matt and I enjoyed a cosy night in watching Friday Night Dinner; our latest Netflix obsession. I watched the series years ago as they were released but I forgot just how funny it was! Saturday was all about relaxing and shopping (slightly addicted, what can I say?) We spent Sunday night celebrating our friends birthday and had so much fun. Matt and I had the luxury of a lie in – a VERY rare occurrence for us – on Monday. We had a lovely afternoon accidentally crashing my godparents’ BBQ; it was so nice to see them and the food was great! We then visited my grandma at the hospital and headed home for a cosy night in. A trip to Asda en route home to find a Heineken keg led to Matt posting a (dreadful) photo of me – I included it below for the LOL’s!

Hope you enjoyed this little look into my life; June is already such a fun month I can’t wait to do this all over again. Thank you so much for reading!

-G x