Thursday, 24 July 2014

GIVEAWAY: Benefit They're Real Mascara

Hello lovelies,

Now I've been blogging on and off for the past year, and I just wanted to say a huge thank you to each one of you who has followed me, commented on a post or chatted to me on Twitter. I never thought I would have one follower so to have over one hundred is a huge amount for me!

I wanted to give a little something back and if I could buy each and every one of you a little gift then believe me I would, but unfortunately I am just a poor student who has spent the last six weeks living the high life and now only has a few beans left.

I picked the They're Real Mascara to giveaway as it's one of my favourite products from Benefit and for anyone who hasn't tried it, it deservedly receives its rave reviews.

A few rules
The Giveaway is UK only (sorry!)
It will be open for 14 days
You MUST follow me on Bloglovin' to enter
For extra entries see below

Good luck!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Magazine Freebies #5

Hello lovelies,

I know it's drawing an end to another month but there's just enough time left to pick up a few magazines and our favorite type of product, a free one!

Harper's Bazaar: £4.20 - Choice from 4 L'Occitaine fragrances (7.5ml worth around £5.00)
Marie Claire: £2.50 - Choice between a Balance Me Luxury Face Cream (15ml worth £15.00) or Cleansing Balm (40ml woth £10.00)
Instyle: £3.90 - Neal's Yard Remedies Geranium and Orange Hand Cream (50ml worth £10.00)
Red: £4.00 - Rodial Superfood Lip Balm (10ml worth £19.00)
Elle: £4.00 - Malin & Goetz travel set including Grapefruit Facial Cleanser (10ml), Vitamin E Moisturiser (10ml) and a Lip Moisturiser (5ml) worth approximately £9.00
Cosmopolitan: £3.70 - Choice between a CID Lip & Cheek Tint (Plum Cordial, Strawberry Souffle or Rose Tint) or Mascara worth £15.00 each
Glamour: £2.00 - Choice between 4 Clinique products, Chubby Stick in either Strawberry or Woppin' Watermelon (3g), High Impact Mascara (3.5ml) or Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion + (15ml)

I really need to pick up Marie Claire next time I'm out and about, I've read such great reviews of the cleansing balm and at £2.50 for the magazine and the balm, I've not lost anything if it doesn't suit me.

Which magazines have you picked up this month?

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Travel / Tips for Packing Light

Hello lovelies,

So as you read this, I'm currently in the midst of a washing/packing nightmare, I just got back from Nice, Cannes and Monaco, and I'm off to Porto on Friday. Porto is a little treat to myself and a friend, I've been living in french student accommodation for the last 9 months which isn't exactly the Ritz, so we've booked ourselves into two five star hotels and will be living the high life on a student budget. I made the complete and utter error of overpacking for Nice, and it was a bit of a nightmare as I had to plead in broken french to get my bag onto the plane. Today I thought I would share with you a few tips that I've picked up on my quest to travelling light!

Outfit Plan
Take into account what type of holiday you're going on and what you usually like to do on holiday. For example, when I went to Rome, I knew I'd be going to the Vatican and that I needed something long to wear to cover up, so I took a maxi dress and a cardigan. I also like to briefly research the area and have a look at what the weather may be like a week or so before I go away, so I can plan what to wear. If I know I'm going to be doing a lot of walking I prefer to wear converses over flip flops! 

About a week before I go away, I start to plan outfits and make sure everything is washed . A good idea is to plan clothes and accessories that work with different outfits, I go with pieces that can be layered, I always throw in a light striped jumper that goes with short, jeans and over a maxi dress in the evening if it gets chilly. I also find it useful to lay out the outfits that I'm going to wear, this is a great way to make sure you're not just throwing clothes into your case that you might not wear. 

With all the rules and regulations surrounding the size of products that you're allowed to take in hand luggage, no one wants to be lugging around bottles that are big enough for 3 months, let alone 3 days. If you go out and buy travel sized products, they add up to a tidy sum, so I tend to always depot products into travel containers. Lots of places sell these containers, Boots, Superdrug and Wilkinsons to name a few. Primark do a great selection, they do a set of different sized pots and bottles for just £1!

I picked up a little set from Hema (a mini french Ikea that sells everything) and is perfect for depotting creams and lotions into to save taking lots of bottles. I like to take different bases, if it's sunny I tend to go for something light and then choose a foundation for the evening. It means you can take more options without losing valuable packing space.

You know all those little sachets that you get out of magazines or are handed every time you visit a beauty counter and then end up at the bottom of a draw somewhere... well keep hold of them! They might not give you a true picture of what a product is really like but come in handy when trying to fit all your toiletries in a small zip lock bag. I tend to get a couple of applications out of one shampoo sachet which is perfect for a weekend away. 

If you have any other tips for holiday packing I would love to hear them!


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