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Category: Travelling

Summer Holiday 2016 Skin Care Plans!

Holiday 2016 Skin Care Packing


This year my boyfriend and myself have been very diligent and have booked our summer holiday a whole 5 months in advance! A shocker since I am uncharacteristically laid back when it comes to booking holidays- a self confessed avid booker! Anyway what I CANNOT leave to the last minute is planning my skincare. With luggage space at a premium I am loathed to have to scale down my usual over packing of primers, cleansers and moisturisers. However I have whittled it down to my must-have cannot leave the country without skin care. We are going to Chania, Crete which is Greek island so the weather is bound to be sunny and glorious. I am looking forward to a holiday which is both relaxing and educating. I have always wanted to visit an island city where its architectural remains highlight the different periods of rule. And what better way to learn history than to see it in person.

The current weather situation is a cloudy and rainy 4 degrees Celsius. Bring on the heat!!


Neals Yard Facial Wipes £5.50


These are a must have for me as perfect for refreshing after a long day in the sun. I would pack the facial mist however it is in a glass bottle and would be a breakage hazard! These are perfect for the plane and I will be throwing these in my beach bag!

NY Wipes


Sun Lotion/SPF


Ultra Sun Extreme (top) £20 Lip Balm (bottom) £6 and Face (middle) £20


I have to say skimping on sun lotion is not something I am okay with. Investing in a high quality long lasting SPF is going to protect from both short term and long term damage from the sun. Anti-aging starts from a good SPF!

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Liz Earle Travel Set £25


I am a Liz Earle advocate and have been for many years. Cleanse and Polish has transformed my skin. I also continue my skincare routine when going away as my skin does not take too kindly to change. The soothing Chamomile and Cocoa Butter will help with any of the after effects of the warmer climate.



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What are your skin care must-haves? Have you ever visited Crete?


Emily x


Surprise Loccitane Gift

There is nothing quite like being gifted a beauty product. My best friend turned up to my door today to hand back a DVD (Friends with Kids, great film) and also gave me this L’occitane Verbena Discovery Kit ! Totally what I need after a stressful few weeks of non stop revising and panicking over this exam! The Verbena line at L’occitane is definitely a fragrance for some people. As soon as your lift the top off a bottle you are hit with a wonderful sherbet and lemon scent. Perfect for summer and I will be using this the morning of my exam to kick start my day. Thank you to my wonderful friend for always being there and remembering my absolute love affair with L’occitane!

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Weekend Away Travel Packing

Now I don’t know about you but packing your bags to go away for a few days can either be super easy or the most difficult thing. Picking between make up products, skin care products is like trying to chose your favourite child- well not that bad but you get my drift. But here are my choices and I think I’ve chosen wisely, let me know if I’ve missed anything major!

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Bluewater Haul

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So a few weeks ago I took a trip to Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent and picked up a few things.

Recently, I have been so impressed with my skills of not falling to impulse purchases and so all of these products I fully planned to buy before hand.

I also had my first experience in a Space. NK store which I loved! My new favourite beauty store hands down! The staff were super friendly and I felt really at ease. It sounds silly but I often feel out of my depth in some big department stores where the counters almost appear to laugh at your inexperience with their brand. But I loved Space N.K for being open and inviting! Big thumbs up!

Anyway, I picked up my cult favourite Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish with the skin tonic along with a travel kit for summer! I took out the two mini sizes of the moisturiser and the brightening mask for myself as I probably wont be using them as much when I travel. However, I will be purchasing the full size of the mask as I love it. After a few uses I can see a difference in the clarity and tone of my skin. I picked these beauties up from John Lewis.


My first NARS purchase also happened on this trip in Space N.K and I am so happy it was a bronzer. I have been meaning to purchase my first bronzer for so long but never had the guts too. I have very pale skin so I always thought bronzers weren’t for me. Anyway, this beauty did set me back £26 but it is great for really warming up my skin tone without being muddy or orange. If you are in the market for your first or a new bronzer I would definitely consider it. There are some great drugstore alternatives which I will write a blog post on as soon as I get my hands on them.

The Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation was also on my list to purchase. At £9.99 I think it is a great buy for anyone who loves a dewy, healthy finish to their skin. My only problem with this product is that it is a tad too dark for my skin. I love the consistency and how it looks and the coverage is great and lasts a good amount of time. I will definitely be repurchasing this but in the lightest shade.

The Perfect Budget Weekend Away Pamper- from Boots!


So I have just returned from a relaxing weekend away in Leicester which was much needed due to a stressful week at university. Meetings, presentations and a general hectic schedule left my body aching and in need of a pamper. Of course as a student I do not really have the funds to go for a spa day or the know- how of what to get done so I decided to do some pamper shopping of my own. Before I checked into my hotel I found a local Boots store and went in with a £10 budget to buy some mini goods which I could use in the evening before bed. I over spent by £2.79 but I think it was well worth it. Considering if I purchased all of these products in their full size form would have set me back £36.25 I think it was a bargain!I was pleasantly surprised at what I found and the value of it too! So lets jump in to what I bought!

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Champney’s Citrus Blush Mini Shower Gel (50ml) £2.50

I love, love, love this shower gel. I remember using it a few years back but couldn’t remember the name of it until I found it in Boots. A little goes a long way and it is just heavenly! I love anything citrus and this is the perfect example of a well balanced citrus shower gel, not too fruity or sweet this one is just right. Full Product £6.00.



Sanctuary Mini Spa Essentials Body Scrub (50ml) £2.50

This product has a nice zingy scent and works well as a daily body scrub, I wasn’t overly impressed but for £2.50 it worked better on my face as an exfoliator. This is great on the body to relieve stress and just generally smooths the skin. As a luxury product I thought it was well worth the purchase. Full product price is £5.50.




Champney’s Distant Shores Mini Body Butter (50ml) £2.50

This is a beautifully textured body butter with a really light and fruity scent. I love the size of the tub especially as I am not a huge fan of big thick moisturisers but this is perfect as I will probably use it up over the course of the month. I love how it sinks into the skin quickly and leaves your skin noticeably softened. Big thumbs up for this product. The full size version costs £10.


Sanctuary 5 minute Thermal Detox Mask (15ml) £3.00

This for me was my hero product of the haul. I wanted something completely different from any other mask I have ever tried and knowing the wonders of Charcoal I thought I would give it a go. It goes on warm and heats up on the skin which does feel odd at first but I promise you it does not burn. I left it on for the full five minutes whilst I sipped Rose wine in the bath and when I took it off I was amazed. It left my skin super soft and visibly clearer. I would definitely purchase this again but perhaps the full size version (£10.50) as the sachet was difficult to open.

hair mask

Natural Collection Samphire and Sea Minerals Hydrating Hair Mask (10ml) £1.00

This was my bargain of the lot, a hair mask for £1.00. I wanted to try something cheap and cheerful and I was not disappointed. Lovely texture but not too thick, smells devine! Great gift idea if you are on a budget or girls night in treat.


Simple Kind To Skin Facial Cleansing Wipes (7s) £1.29.

I do not recommend these as a luxury pampering product, I merely include them as they are what I purchased in the haul and I forgot to pack my cleanser (bad Emily). They worked well, but I do not use these on  a daily basis. Full size £3.25.

Travel Bag Haul

As it is summer I thought I would do a ‘what’s in my travel bag’ haul. I went out shopping to purchase a few extras which accompany some travel items I already know and love:

Batiste Dry Shampoo- I never use this as a substitute for shampooing but when I’m on the road and get a chance to step out of the car it’s always nice to spruce up my hair with this instead of hairspray which makes me hair even more greasy. I love Batiste and I love the floral scent of this one. Get it in the travel size and it will fit in any handbag or travel bag.

Boi-ing Concealer by Benefit- just before arriving at my destination I like to check my make-up and this just corrects any oil and smudges that may have occurred during the journey.

Liz Earle Skin Tonic- I put this in a small spritz bottle and it is the perfect way to refresh your skin on long journeys


TAG! What’s in my make-up bag?

I love tag’s and was inspired to do this one by a blog I follow Cleane, Tone and Weigh In (
whereby we take a peek into each others make up bags to see what secrets are kept inside. I love the idea of this as I am always curious to see what products people adore or swear by on a daily basis. So here we go:
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Lush Solid Shampoo Bar in Sceanik

I love love love this solid shampoo bar from Lush which is why this is a repurchase. It is quite quirky in its conception and when mentioning or recommending it to friends or family I always expect the usual reply, ‘Did you just say SOLID Shampoo BAR?’. I was sceptical at first but after watching and reading reviews I was confident enough to give it ago. I have never been a fan of Lush products in the past and their shops can be really over whelming both in terms of sight and smell, where to begin?

This particular shampoo bar is designed to give body as one of the key ingredients is salt and seaweed helps to keep hair soft. One of the best things about this product is that it leaves your hair feeling very clean and yet when you blow dry your hair you definitely still feel the benefits of using a formulated product. Also, as it is a solid bar and not a liquid it makes the perfect travel shampoo providing you purchase one of the metal tins too. I used this when travelling to France recently and had no problems with leakages.

However, here are the disadvantages which I am not sure if other people have experienced. I was advised to purchase a tin to stop the product from melting but when I was travelling with it I noticed that it had gone slimy and a blue like gel had emerged around the edge of the bar. This may be because there was a little water left in the tin after showering so I am going to be super careful with this one!