Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What's in my travel make up bag

Whilst I'm not afraid to visit my local supermarket on a Sunday with a make up free face the same can not be said of travel when there's the impromptu flash of a camera possible at any moment. That said I like to keep things simple so it's easy to remove once I've boarded the plane and reapply when coming in to land - here's what I added to my inflight make up bag.

No 7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation link
I wouldn't usually bother with foundation for a flight but as I wanted to take my current fave on holiday with me I threw this into my make up bag. Whilst I usually apply this foundation with a brush I've discovered for a lighter base using the fingers works well

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer link
The concealer no beauty bloggers make up bag is without. Aside from it's brilliance I chose this as it's coming to it's end and could possibly find it's way into my holiday empties post

Chanel Les Beiges link
My holy grail product from Chanel that sets everything in place without caking and instantly makes me look alive.

Clarins Bronzing Duo link
There's no time for contouring during travel so instead I reunited myself with an old favourite, the Clarin's Bronzing Duo to add some colour to my face. Not a necessity but a pleasant addition nonetheless.

Chanel Creme Blush - Affinite link
This blush is both easy to apply with the fingers and my go to whenever I want a pop of colour on the cheeks

MAC Paint Pot - Painterly link
I didn't want to bother with eye shadow, brushes etc whilst travelling and I've been using Mac's Painterly as a base for some time now. I like the simplicity of this on the lid with some eyeliner and it's so easily applied with fingers.

Chanel Eyeliner - Ambre link
Chanel's black kohl was a must have for me years ago and I mistakenly brought in the brown and left it abandoned for years until recently when I prefer to wear something more subtle.

Maybelline BROWdrama link
The simple theme continues for brows with a product you can see reviewed in full here.

Barry M Gelly Lips - Capella link
Lip crayons are fantastic for travel and the Barry M Gelly Lips being one of the thinner this easily slipped into the make up bag for a pretty pink on my lips.

I didn't take any photos of the look whilst travelling but you can see it in action here when I gave it a test run when I popped out for dinner last weekend.

Not bad for avoiding scaring the immigration officials and everything above fitted neatly in the smaller of this clear make up bag set from Marks & Spencer which you can find here.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Two nights in San Francisco

The Cartwright Hotel, San Francisco link

San Francisco was the first stop on our three city American holiday and surprisingly the one everyone seemed most envious of when we discussed our plans - for us it was a welcome stop for two nights after a long 10 hour flight.

Our base for the two nights was The Cartwright Hotel with rooms which were small but clean and more than sufficient for a short stay. The lobby areas were pleasant with complimentary coffee, newspapers and printers for boarding passes and the like. The hotel staff were excellent providing swift check in, location maps and booking taxi's when requested.

After leaving our cases in the room we went for a walk to nearby Chinatown which was as you would expect; multiple shops and restaurants so we moved on to my favourite American restaurant Cheesecake Factory for a well deserved glass of wine and some dinner. Jetlag took hold so we headed back to our room and collapsed into bed ready for a day on the tourist trail to follow.

The next morning it was a bright and early start for our trip to Alcatraz which as you would expect deserves it's own post so stay turned for that later in the week. Once we had escaped Alcatraz we headed down to Fisherman's Wharf, enjoyed the brass band, sampled The Boudin Bakery's famous sourdough bowls filled with an amazing chilli (I know you're thinking it's scandalous to not try the Clam Chowder but I don't eat seafood) and made friends with the sealions.

Boudin Bakery, San Francisco link

Our dinner for the night had been booked at Harris Steakhouse after trawling numerous reviews on Tripadvisor and trying to find somewhere with good food and background music. Whilst enjoyable and very grown up we did have to send our steaks back as they were overcooked (the photo below is pre-return) which was a shame after a good start with martini's and french onion soup.

Harris Steakhouse, San Francisco link

Final mention goes to Lori's Diner, the quintessential 50's style American diner that is a must for me on any trip. Luckily Lori's Diner was a few doors from our hotel and we had 20% discount vouchers which enabled us to enjoy breakfast there both mornings for only a few dollars.

Lori's Diner, San Francisco link

French toast with a side of bacon

Denver omelette with hash browns and toast

So the question is, did I leave my heart in San Francisco? Sadly not. It was a great stopover on our trip, I thought Alcatraz was amazing and appreciate we didn't completely embrace the tourist activities but I didn't get the usual enthusiasm I have for other Cities on my travels, but am I pleased I went, most definitely.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette Review

Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette link

Following a successful experience with the Fergie collection from Wet n Wild (review here) I decided it was time to break the seal on another Wet n Wild palette, specifically the Comfort Zone.

This palette is amazing and I'm definitely going to buy every eyeshadow from Wet n Wild I can get my hands on when I'm in the US next week. As you will see from the swatches below all the shadows are heavily pigmented and you can create so many looks with them.

The left side is receiving more attention from me on a daily basis as the eyelid and crease shades create a lovely natural look and I've been forgoing my usual liners and instead using the definers colour to line my lid.

I have dabbled with the green shades although not as often as the more wearable browns but I do plan to take the palette away with me and think the green will be nice change when I'm on my holidays and feeling a little bolder.

For the bargain price of only a few dollars I think these are definitely major Mac contenders.

Please leave any other American drugstore recommendations for my trip as good as these eyeshadows.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Whats in my beach bag

As I get ready to jet off to San Francisco for 2 nights tonight I thought I'd post what I have packed in my beach bag for the Hawaiian leg of our trip when I hope to spend far too much time laying around the pool in bright sunshine.

Eau Thermal Avene Water Spray* link
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Face Protective Sun Lotion* link
Lotil Lip Balm* link

My Anya Hindmarch beach bag which I brought last year and finally have an opportunity to use are the famous Eau Thermal Avene Water Spray*. Last week I went for breakfast with Avene team and learned all about the famous thermal spring water from Avene and was lucky enough to come home with the water spray. Whilst it is a hard life sitting out in scorching sun for hours on end it can get a bit too much and I think a spritz from this water spray will be just thing. It's also a handy holiday addition as it can provide relief to sunburn and razor burn and the link so will certainly come in handy.

When the Hawaiian Tropic team heard I was heading for the beaches of Hawaiian they kindly sent some items from the range, first up the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Face Lotion*. I adore Hawaiian Tropic and the smell of their products is amazing but I've never used the products for the face before so I can't wait to try this.

I've covered products from Lotil on the blog before and Lotil Original Cream which I reviewed here will definitely be packed for any requirements and I can't wait to use the new Lotil Lip Balm*. Originally I had in mind that I would treat myself to my favourite Elizabeth Arden Lip Protectant in duty free for my trip but when I received the Lotil Lip Balm I was impressed with their similarities and knew that I would happily use this far cheaper alternative during my holiday especially thanks to it's added SPF 30. When I was in the market for a new lip balm a few months ago I couldn't believe some of the prices but at £1.18 for Lotil's version I think it's a winner.

I'll be back with reviews of all the beauty products when I return from holiday and have put them all through their paces.

No holiday is complete without a book to read from your sun lounger and when I saw that About the Girl by Lindsey Kelk was 'about a girl' running off to Hawaii I couldn't resist (notice a theme following!). I love Lindsey's I Heart series so I'm sure this will be just as enjoyable. 

Finally I have some more delicious smelling products from Hawaiian Tropic, a new bikini from good old Marks and Spencer and my new orange Haviana Slim flip-flops. I think I'm set for the beach now don't you?

Let me know what your beach essentials are and if you think I'm missing anything.
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