Where Have I Been? | Moving To London & Full Time Work

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Excuse the long post title, and excuse the severe lack of posts recently. As you may have guessed from the title, I've taken a massive leap and moved to London to start a new full time job in the field that I want to work in indefinitely. Pretty insane when I phrase it like that!

I grew up in London so it's always been a second home to me but the sparkle definitely hasn't worn off. Yes it's expensive, yes you're constantly dirty, yes it turns your snot black (I thought this was a myth, it's not...), but it's also an incredible place to live. There's so much to do and see, I'm constantly busy, something which has done wonders for my sleeping pattern and I'm so excited to watch my city change with the seasons and be smothered with Christmas spirit.

The only downside to this is that I've been so busy recently with moving and adapting to my new routine that I've not been able to take care of my child (aka this blog). On top of that, my laptop decided to throw a tantrum and die on me so I can only blog on my boyfriends laptop when he doesn't need it. I'm hoping these issues will be sorted within the next couple of months as I have a ton of posts queued that I'm itching to post so keep an eye out!

As I've been adjusting to life in the big city I've learnt a few tips that have helped me maximise my time here and enjoy it even more. It's difficult to relax in a place where everything is so full on all 24/7 but it also makes it even better to explore as there's always something for you. I've put together a few of my favourite tips below, whether you're a London veteran, a newbie, or even just here for a couple of days, there'll hopefully be something you can take away from it.

  • Never go in to Central on a weekend, you will die. I repeat. You. Will. Die. #deathbytourist?
  • Don't be afraid to venture in to the unknown. Go to places you haven't heard of, explore your city. Chances are, you'll come across some absolutely beautiful places that you never even knew existed.
  • Make the most of London's green spaces. For such a busy city, going somewhere like Hyde Park or Hampstead Heath is a dream as it makes you feel like you've been placed back in the countryside.
  • Do nothing. Yup, you heard me right. Living in a main city is exhausting. There's no shame in simply relaxing at home or at a coffee shop, chances are you'll need it.
  • Don't get het up over public transport. It's inevitable that your tube line will have delays or your bus wont turn up. Don't let it stress you out, it happens, and it will keep happening!
  • Experiment with your food. London is a great place to eat out, there's every type of cuisine imaginable so make the most of that. Go to food markets, try something you've always wanted to try but haven't got around to, have dessert for dinner, go crazy.
  • Be a tourist. We have some incredible museums here, famous ones and some that are less well known. Go to the Art Galleries, go look at the Dinosaur skeletons, admire the giant Blue Whale, cry over all the beautiful ballgowns in the V&A. There's no shame in doing the 'touristy stuff' and you'll definitely regret it if you don't.
  • Go out! Go to the theatre/ballet/a gig, there are hundreds to choose from and if you do a bit of searching you'll be able to find cheaper tickets if you don't want to spend too much. If shows aren't your thing and you'd rather go and party, websites like Design My Night are full of recommendations, from beautiful 1920s themed clubs to posh Champagne bars, there's no question that you'll find somewhere that calls your name.
Hopefully this post has cleared a few things up about where I've disappeared to. I'm still here, still crazy about blogging, still being consumed by post ideas, I've just been unable to make it all happen yet. I'm loving my 'new life' and have been feeling a lot better recently so hopefully things are going to continue getting better for me! Fingers crossed anyway. I'm still yet to make any friends outside of work so if any of you are also from London and fancy hanging out, of course let me know and we can do some fun things (be my friend plz I'm starting to annoy my boyfriend by hanging out with him the entire time).

Holiday | What's In My Makeup Bag

Tuesday, 23 June 2015


Following on from my last post in my Holiday Series, What's In My Wash Bag, I thought I'd do one showing the makeup I'll be taking with me. This will be pretty similar to what I keep in my everyday make up bag, but with a few more products that could be useful for a night out such as a good highlighter or classic red lipstick.
Although I love everything about makeup, buying it, putting it on, how it makes me feel, I've actually been pretty lazy recently and have just stuck to minimal foundation and mascara. This has made me even more excited to go away as I have an excuse to experiment with what I do and go a bit fancier than I have been recently. Nothing too over the top though, just back to my usual everyday cat eye and 90s inspired nude lip.


Starting with a fresh base, I'll be using The Body Shops All-In-One Instablur Primer to smooth out my skin and help reduce the appearance of any pores. I decided to take this with me rather than Benefit's The Porefessional as it's in smaller packaging and I've not really had a chance to try it properly so this will be the perfect opportunity to take it on a test run and see what I think.
My primer will be followed by the Healthy Mix Foundation from Bourjois. I normally struggle with liquid foundations as I have quite dry skin and no matter how much I exfoliate or moisturise beforehand, it always seems to show up my dry patches (any tips on how to deal with this?!). Despite that, this foundation from Bourjois has become an absolute lifesaver for me. I wont lie, it still leaves me with dry patches but they're virtually invisible compared to before and on top of that it's also a pretty perfect match for my skin tone! Can I mention it also smells amazing? It has a gorgeous fruity smell that I can't get enough of and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, although the fragrance may not be for everyone.
To set my foundation I'm taking Rimmel's Stay Matte Pressed Powder. It's a perfect everyday powder and really helps to keep my foundation in place or take away any unwanted shine, I also use it lightly over lipstick to create the matte effect that I'm so crazy about right now.

For concealing I'm taking NYX's Concealer in the lightest shade as I find it's brilliant at concealing any dark circles under my eyes whilst brightening and giving a natural looking highlight at the same time.
To contour, the Taupe blush from NYX is my new best friend. I purchased this after seeing a lot of people recommend it as a perfect contour shade for pale skin as it has cool undertones to it and is a subtle enough colour to provide a natural looking contour to your face.
If I want to add touch of colour to my cheeks I have another blush from NYX, Dusty Rose, that's my current go to choice. It looks fairly strong in the pan but is lovely, light and soft when applied. It's also easy to build up so if I do want a deeper tint I can always layer it until I get the desired shade.
To blend Taupe and Dusty Rose I have a blush from Rimmel in Bronze. It's a mix of the two colours but with a slight shimmer to it so really helps to merge the two together whilst adding a touch of sparkle if you're after something fancier.
Finally, to highlight my cheekbones and any other areas I'm just using my standard MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter in Iridescent Gold. I'm currently preferring gold or white toned highlighting over peach/pink as I think it creates a much cleaner look for the Summer and goes better with the bronzed look that's so popular in the hotter months. 



I'm not taking too much in the eye department, well... only three eyeshadow palettes, three eye pencils, a felt tip liner and a mascara, but who's counting? I'll start off by explaining the three palettes.
Two are by one of my all time favourite brands, Makeup Revolution, and the third is by Sleek. Iconic 2, Iconic 3, and the I Divine Au Naturel palette. Iconic 3 has a lot of pink or lighter brown shades which is what I'll be wearing during the day time, but Iconic 2 and Au Naturel have all the colours needed for the perfect night time smokey eye (you can also tell I desperately need a new version of Au Naturel which I may pick up when I do my last minute holiday shopping).
Two NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils will also be accompanying me, Milk and Black Bean. These are absolutely brilliant as they're so creamy, blendable, and super pigmented! Milk is a popular choice for lining the waterline but I also like to use it as a base for my eyeshadow and a put a smidge of it blended out to highlight my brow bone. Black Bean is one of the best black liners I've come across. You only need one swipe for an opaque colour and as above, it's insanely blendable and dark which makes it perfect for if you want a full on smokey eye look. I'm also bringing along my Model Co eye liner that I got in an issue of Glamour. I love this eyeliner right now as it's so pigmented, soft and long lasting though I'm unsure if I'll repurchase it as it's about £12 more than I'd usually spend on a plain old kohl liner!
To create a suitable base for my eyeshadow and liner I'm going to use a standard Eye Primer from MUA. I like this as it keeps my eyeshadow in place and is also slightly tinted so evens out the colour of my bare eyelid, making a cleaner base and therefore more vibrant eyeshadow.
For my usual eyeliner flick I'm using the Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner by Collection. I am crazy about this product, I recommend it to everyone I know and haven't used anything else for a few years now as fulfils every liner need I have and only £2.99! If you haven't tried this yet, go out and get it, it'll change your eyeliner game for good.
To finish it all off I have Bourjois' 2 Step Volumizer Mascara, this is one of those mascaras that comes with one wand but has two different uses or steps. It works by pulling the wand through a thicker wand stem (I am terrible at explaining this) which removes any excess mascara allowing you to have volumized but clump free lashes, Step 1. Step 2 uses the two wands together (one inside the other to create a thicker wand) and means you don't remove any excess by pulling it through. This gives you thick lashes, a look that I love and I was surprised by how well this mascara really worked. I love how my lashes look with this as I hate wearing falsies but like quite a dramatic lash to accentuate my eyes and this does the job brilliantly.


I'm lucky that I have great natural brows (they're the only part of my face that I will ever be confident about so excuse the cockiness!) and can get away with leaving them as they are but I personally like the look of filled in brows as it just makes me look that little bit more polished. I was originally going to take my Sleek Brow Kit but I've recently found that the reddish tint in it is slightly annoying as I have naturally dark brows and it doesn't match now that I'm back to having black hair. With this in mind I decided to treat myself to NYX's Eyebrow Gel when I did a huge NYX haul as I've heard brilliant things about it and I'm definitely impressed. I went for the shade Espresso as it's a dark brown that's quite similar to my natural brow colour and you only need the tiniest amount so it's well worth it!
To set the brows I'm just using a Natural Collection Clear Mascara as it was cheap and it does an excellent job at really keeping my brows in place although you don't really need it with the NYX Brow Gel as it's extremely long lasting on its own but I have quite thick brows so I like to use it to make sure they stay smooth and don't get overly bushy throughout the day.



As you may have heard me mention in older posts, I never really used to wear much lipstick, or any at all. Since I treated myself to a few NYX ones however, I've developed an extremely unhealthy addiction to various lipsticks and liners. I've even been wearing deep berry colours out of the house, a thought that used to terrify me. With my new found lipstick freedom I've decided to go all out for Paris and I'm taking a few different shades with me. 
For every day wear I'm taking my two all time favourite nude shades, the NYX Matte Lipsticks in Euro Trash and Whipped Caviar. These are absolutely gorgeous colours and go with virtually any makeup look you could think of. I'll be teaming them with two NYX Slim Lip Pencils, Natural and Mauve. Natural is a great 'my lips but better' shade or could be used to turn your lips into a good base colour for something darker, whereas Mauve is still a fairly natural colour but a slight purple (well duh, mauve?) tint to it.
Moving on from my everyday lipsticks, I'm taking two lip creams which aren't as natural as Whipped Caviar and Eurotrash but still very wearable everyday pinks. The first is NYX's Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm. It's a soft, natural peachy pink that applies beautifully and lasts even through eating and drinking. The second is the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in shade 07. It has a matte finish, similar to the NYX Lip Cream but is a darker pink, perfect for if you want to glam up your look without it being too over the top for everyday wear.
Finally, on to the darker colours. I'm taking three of these and a lipliner to help them stay longer as I'll mostly be wearing them when we go out to eat in the evenings. First up I have Diva by MAC, I chose this along with Twig and a few eye shadows when I got a MAC voucher for my birthday but it's the only one I haven't used yet. I see it raved about so much and when I swatch it I really do love the colour, I'll just have to see how it fares on my lips. It's a deep browny red with a slight berry undertone which is what I wanted as I find that orangey reds just don't suit me at all. Similar to this is my next choice, a £1 offering by Makeup Revolution in a shade called Reckless. It's pretty much an identical colour just slightly redder with a glossier finish. I thought this would be great to bring along just to layer on top of Diva or for quick touch ups when I'm out and about.
The final pick is a Topshop Lip Bullet. I'd been after one of  these for a while and when I saw my friend, Emma, wearing Get Me Bodied I knew I had to have it. It's more purple than the other two but still slightly red which is good as I'm not ready to try a full purple lipstick yet! I also got a Collection Lip Definer in Damsonto go with it as the two colours are nearly identical. Being able to prep my lips with it before applying Get Me Bodied makes it last even better as I find that if I wear it on its own it starts to wear off quicker in the middle of my lips, not a great look!

Tools, Brushes & Storage

To round up this ridiculously long post I'll quickly talk you through what tools and makeup brushes I'll be taking, and what I'll be keeping everything in. 
I'm taking 11 brushes with me, a mix of my Real Techniques ones and some from a set that I purchased off eBay and absolutely love. For my face I'm taking a buffing brush as I prefer how my foundation looks when applied with it, contour brush, a small powder brush which I'll use to apply my Stay Matte powder where needed, my flat concealer brush, a tiny brush that I'll use to clean up areas like my lip line or above/below my eyebrows, and finally a fan brush that I find brilliant for applying highlighter. 
The other brushes I'm taking are all for my eye area, a spooly and another bristle brush that I use to comb out my brows, a flat eyeshadow brush, a rounded eyeshadow brush, a blending brush and finally my small angled brush that I use to do my eyebrows. This may sound like a lot of brushes to take but since I started using brushes I can't stand applying any makeup with my fingers (other than primer) so I figured it's best to have too many and end up with spares/backups. 
In terms of 'tools' I'll just be using my standard H&M metallic pink Eyelash Curler, a small pair of nail scissors as they're always handy to have on you, a Philips nose hair trimmer which I use on places like my mono brow or upper lip hair (I'm half Arabic, I have to okay), an eyeliner sharpener and whatever tweezers I'm currently using to keep on top of any stray hairs that may appear.
I also picked up two new makeup bags from Primark as they were only £3 each and have a brilliant summery feel to them. I got two as I prefer to store my brushes, tools and palettes separate to my loose makeup just to keep everything clean and allow for any extra items I may buy out there


I apologise about the length of this post, it's probably the longest one I've written but if you actually managed to make it through the whole thing then well done! I hope this has given you an idea of what you may need to take on your holiday, or probably skip half the items I included and make it into a "How Not To Over Pack Your Makeup" guide! I'm planning on hitting Sephora while I'm in Paris so if you have any recommendations for me, leave them below and I'll definitely have a look while I'm there.

Review | MAC Satin Lipstick in Twig

Friday, 19 June 2015

MAC Twig

I received a MAC gift card for my 21st and after much deliberation over what to get I chose their Satin Lipstick in the shade Twig along with a few other items. I decided to pick Twig because it swatched as a beautiful browny pink, and despite the fact that it's a satin finish it wasn't overly shiny which I liked as I tend to prefer a matte look on my lips.

Unfortunately I found that the colour didn't translate as well onto the lips as it did when I swatched it, it's a lot paler and pinker on my lips and I honestly prefer the swatched shade, but it's still a perfect colour nonetheless, one that could work for every occasion whether it be a wedding or just a normal day at work. I'd consider it one of those 'My Lips But Better' shades that every girl needs as a staple in her makeup bag.

The formula is creamy and applies easily as you'd expect from a MAC lipstick, although though it's a satin finish it lasts well even without using lip liner underneath. The only other fault it has is that it does start to slightly dry out my lips after a few hours, but that's nothing that a quick swipe of lip balm can't fix. On the plus side it also has the trademark MAC smell to it, a soft vanilla that's oh so sweet and makes applying lipstick even more enjoyable.


Despite the issue with the swatched colour being different on my lips, I really love this colour. I do tend to find that MAC lipsticks are a little out of my price range but this is well worth the investment as it's a great every day nude that I can see myself getting lots of wear out of. Do you have this lipstick yourself? What other nude lipsticks do MAC do that you love, I'm debating trying out Mehr or Velvet Teddy next but I'm worried they might be too similar to the shades I already have. Maybe I should branch out and go for something brighter! 

Outfit Inspiration | Little Black Dress

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

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Following on from my recent Outfit Inspiration post, Everyday Parisian Chic, I've decided to do a second one showing an outfit perfect for a night out in Paris and themed around the classic Little Black Dress.

I've been loving bardot necklines recently, shoulders are such an underrated part of your body and enable you to bare some skin without worrying about just how much is on show. I went for this dress mainly because of the bardot neckline but also for the flattering skater style. I was initially debating getting this in white but decided to go for black as it's such a classic colour and means I don't have to worry about getting it dirty (I have a love for messy foods, the food then ends up all over my clothes).

I also went for a plain black clutch and heeled sandals as they're extremely versatile and can be reused to a variety of other occasions. The heels are also a good choice as they're high enough to be suitable to dress up an outfit, but not too high that you couldn't walk in them or have them be too much for a simple dinner. 

Breaking away from the black theme I wanted to accessorise with rose gold and white jewellery. I'm currently really into rose gold, white, and gold in general. I've gone from being someone who always said I'd only wear silver jewellery to having a range of different colours and styles. I've also been obsessing over simple geometric styled jewellery such as this plain rectangle bar necklace. It's a great twist on a classic pendant style necklace and can be worn with any kind of outfit.

Finally, for makeup I want to keep it quite simple. A classic smokey eye paired with a peachy pink lip to keep you looking girly but mature. This is the theme I had going for this outfit as sometimes I want to feel like a 'grown up' but also keep a more youthful aspect to my appearance, something which can be translated well through makeup by just going a little lighter with your colours. 


What do you think of this outfit? I prefer the more everyday one as I'm a casual kind of girl but it's always nice to have an excuse to dress up and make more of an effort than I usually would!


Lush Review | Golden Slumbers Bath Bomb

Friday, 12 June 2015

This is a bath bomb that I've seen very mixed reviews on, I believe it usually comes in a Lush Spa Gift Set but since the opening of the Oxford Street store it's had a slight revamp and is now available as an exclusive product in any of the Spa stores. Reviews pre-revamp were slightly unimpressed, yet reviews of the new product are definitely a lot more favourable, something that I agree with.

Golden Slumbers is an ideal treat to pamper yourself with before bed, it's scented with lavender and chamomile and really helps to lull you into the perfect mood to to crawl between your sheets and sleep for hours. The new revamp features glitter throughout the entire product which is released in waves when dropped in your bath. The effect was magical, slightly metallic, and also reminded me of looking up at the milky way. It turned the water a pure gold colour which combined with the glitter made me feel as though I was bathing in pure gold, extremely luxurious!

The only con I have to this bath bomb was that it did leave a ton of glitter residue in the bath when the water had drained although it didn't leave as much on your body as Lush's more glittery bombs usually tend to do. This would make it ideal for someone who wants a glittery bath bomb without feeling like Edward Cullen and his sparkly Vampire skin afterwards.


Overall I was really pleased with Golden Slumbers. For someone who has difficulty sleeping it helped to relax me and I actually had a decent nights sleep after using this. The scent and colour it turned the water were both extremely impressive and I'll definitely be repurchasing this when I visit the Oxford Street store.

Outfit Inspiration | Everyday Parisian Chic

Sunday, 7 June 2015

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As I'm off to Paris in a few days I thought I'd do a little inspiration post showing one of the outfits I'm planning to recreate when I'm over there. I wanted to have a stereotypical 'French' outfit, because you can't go to Paris and not wear monochrome stripes with a beautiful red lip right? 
I already have the over sized t shirt from H&M that I've featured in this and I'm in love with it. It's so soft and can be worn over jeans, leggings, skirts, shorts, or even as a dress if you're a bit shorter than me (I'm 5ft 7 and can just about get away with it but wear a pair of H&M legging shorts underneath just in case). I also have the Joni jeans, although mine have the ripped knees. These are a staple that I'd recommend for every wardrobe, they're as comfy as wearing leggings but with the support of jeans and the high waist means all your rolls or lumpy bits are safely tucked away and slimmed down!

For shoes I'll be taking a pair similar to the H&M ones I've put on this list. As it's going to be hot but we'll be doing a lot of exploring, I want a comfortable pair of flats/sandals that will allow my feet to breathe but not leave me with sore toes. I'm also taking a floppy sun hat similar to this River Island one, I picked it up from Primark last year and this will actually be the first time I'll have worn it out so I'm excited to see how I can play around and style my hair underneath. I didn't include a bag on this list but I managed to find a small black cross body bag from Primark that's the perfect size to fit my camera, phone and any other essentials in, plus it was only £6.

I'm also taking my prescription sunglasses with me as I'm going to be doing a lot of sightseeing, I want to be able to see what I'm looking at from a distance without having to squint. They're pretty similar to the ones I've shown here but they were Specsavers own make. As for accessorising, I'm still loving gold jewellery. Anything chunky or simple immediately catches my eye and I'll be taking a small but substantial range of rings, bracelets and necklaces to keep me well prepared.

Last but not least, I'm going to be keeping my makeup fairly minimal but want to try out a classic red lip. I'll be taking MAC's Diva lipstick with me as I got it with a voucher I was given for my birthday but haven't actually worn it yet, shocking I know.I also plan on doing my nails a similar vampy red which will go brilliantly with all the black and white I'll be wearing when I'm away.


So what do you think of this outfit? Is it something you'd wear yourself or do you prefer to dress up rather than down? I am taking mainly skirts and dresses with me as it's going to be hot but it's always good to have a simple outfit like this even if it's just for travelling or chilling out in.

Holiday | What's In My Wash Bag?

Thursday, 4 June 2015

I'm finally heading off to Paris in the middle of June after years of being in love with a city that I'd never visited. As I've not been away properly for a few years I thought I'd try and do a mini holiday series showing what I'm taking with me! This first post will focus on what I'll be taking in my wash bag and the general every day beauty items I'll be using that aren't makeup related. I've probably way over packed for five days but my reasoning is that it's better to take more than I need than to take less and have to spend my money picking up things I already have at home, right?


To keep all my products nicely separated and organised I'm taking a few different bags to keep them in. They're all ones that I've had in my room for a while so I can't remember where they're from, but Superdrug, Boots and Primark all have brilliant travel bags in at the moment!

As I'm only going for five days, I'll be decanting a few of the products into smaller travel bottles to save on space and weight in my luggage as we'll be going by plane. I picked up this small set of bottles from Primark for £1. I went for these as they worked out a lot cheaper than buying them individually from Superdrug or Boots and they also came with labels so you can remember what's in what bottle plus a handy clear bag which will be useful for keeping my flannel, toothbrush and medication in. I picked up two of these sets as they were dirt cheap and I'm fairly sure I'll use more than the three bottles in the first set. Better safe than sorry!


As it's going to be fairly warm when I'm there I want to keep my skin fresh and well moisturised so I can wear minimal foundation, but also not have to worry about what I am wearing rubbing off or just looking 'bad'. To keep my skin well prepped I'll be taking my usual Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Charcoal Facial Scrub from Boots and a travel size version of Simple's Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash. These are both products that I use regularly and work great for my skin as I didn't want to risk trying anything new in case I had a reaction whilst on holiday.

To cleanse and remove any leftover dirt or makeup I'm taking the Pure & Natural Cleansing Lotion from Nivea as it keeps my skin wonderfully soft and really removes any makeup that I have on. I'll then be following it with the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water to thoroughly clean out my pores and anything that may be left behind. I'm packing some trusty cotton wool pads to use with them but also a pack of Superdrug's Fragrance Free Baby Wipes as I find them useful for giving my face a quick swipe before and after cleansing.

Finally, for moisturising my face I'll be taking my Johnson's Baby Moisturising Cream. This is a product that I started using recently and my face has never felt softer. It also sinks in easily and isn't too thick which makes it an ideal base before priming and applying makeup. To ensure my lips stay chap-free for the perfect red Parisian lip, I'll be using Nivea's Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose, another favourite of mine as it isn't too greasy, thoroughly moisturises my lips and smells amazing.


I picked up the Original Source Pure Lime Shower Gel to keep me feeling energised as there's nothing that makes a shower more refreshing than a zesty citron smell. To further keep myself smelling fresh throughout the day I got a travel size version of Nivea Invisible Black & White Deodorant. I'll be pairing that with my usual roll-on and two more fragranced products, a Mango & Papaya Body Spritz (available in Primark) for the day, and of course my all time favourite Chanel Coco perfume for the evenings. 

For hair removal I'm packing a couple of my usual razors and Gillette's Satin Care shaving gel in Radiant Apricot (can you tell I enjoy smelling like a giant bowl of fruit?). I don't tend to use shaving gel as I prefer to soak in the bath before shaving, but as I won't really have too much time to do that when in Paris I thought I'd just pick up a gel to prevent shaving rash and make it that little bit easier.

On the rest of my body I'll be using a mini version of the St Ives Apricot Scrub to exfoliate, and Vaseline's Intensive Care Advanced Repair moisturiser as my suitcase consists of mainly dresses and skirts so I want to make sure my legs are prepared to be on show if I decide to ditch my standard black tights! I've also got a small bottle of Malibu SPF15 Suncream as I don't tan easily (thanks Arabic roots) but my tattoo collection has grown a lot and I need to start making sure I keep them well protected from the sun when I'm baring my skin.


I initially wasn't going to make too much effort with my hair, then I realised I'm going to Paris and want to look as chic as I possibly can. As I have sensitive skin I didn't want to invest in anything new in case of a bad reaction as I mentioned above, so I'm just sticking to my tried and tested favourites. 

To keep my hair clean I went for some Superdrug Extracts products as they were on offer at 3 for £3 which is a bargain. I'll be bringing the Refreshing Green Apple & Tea Tree Shampoo and teaming it with the Raspberry & Macadamia Conditioner. Both of these smell absolutely incredible and leave my hair feeling clean and extremely soft. 

As for styling, I picked up a small version of a TRESemmé Heat Protect Styling Spray and I'll be taking my got2b Dry Oil Mist and Texturizing Salt Spray as they're both really useful products and don't weigh too much. I'll also be taking a travel size hairspray that I have left over from when I last went away just in case I need to keep my hair in place or as a last resort makeup setting spray. I'm taking my straighteners and my curlers as it gives me more options for my hair and as I'm saving a lot of space by putting everything in to smaller bottles, I decided to wing it and take them both. Last but not least, my trusty Tangle Teezer will of course be coming too as it's the only thing that can get through my incredibly crazy hair without ripping it out or causing huge amounts of pain!


So what do you think about what I'll be taking in my wash bag? I can't shake the feeling that I've forgotten something but maybe that's just the norm before going away! Is there anything else you'd recommend me to take with me, or even any French beauty products to pick up when I'm there? Let me know in the comments!

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