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!

Monday, 6 January 2014

Ciaté Mini Paint Palette

Hello lovelies,

Let me start by wishing you all a very Happy New Year! I've fallen off the radar a bit, I've got exams coming up and I flew home for Christmas, so I've been super super busy with my friends and family. I thought about doing a Christmas Goodies post but my main gift was money and I had to leave lots of bits and pieces at home, but I did bring with me the Ciaté Mini Paint Palette.

This gorgeous little Mini Paint Palette set contains 8 of Ciaté's bestselling shades in mini form picked by Charlotte, the creator of Ciaté. I adore the Ciaté brand anyway, they're very innovative and always bringing out something new, so receiving this was a great surprise as I missed out on their advent calender! I just find the packaging so adorable and unique, the little bows are just the cutest and I'm in for anything that's just a little bit different. 

Although I haven't tried any of the mini's yet, I have used polishes from the brand before. The handles are easy to hold and not too fiddly that you make a mess and I find the polish always has a longlasting finish taking ages to chip. 

The shades include:
Spending Spree - a duo chrome with a lustrous finish
Power Dressing - a rich, dark blue
Mistress - a classic red
Dangerous Affair - a burgundy
Amazing Gracie - a soft, silky pink
Heirloom - a subtle purple with a pop of gold
Antique Brooch - a ruby with a golden glow
Looking Glass- a holographic silver with a rainbow pop

This kit has everything that a nail polish addict could want, it balances nudes with statement brights ans shimmers. These are the perfect size to pop in my hand luggage when travelling about. This set is lovely and the perfect gift! 

The Ciaté Mini Paint Palette is available from John Lewis for £25.00

Have you tried any of the Ciaté polishes?

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas!

Hello lovelies, 

Just a little note to say Merry Christmas! Hope you're all having a wonderful day filled with happiness and lots of scrummy food! 


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