What’s In My Travel Wash Bag?

As you’re reading this, I’m on holiday (I’ll share where I am in the next post when I’m home – just in case!) and this is the first of the five travel posts you’ll be seeing from me over the next few weeks. I thought for the first one I’d share with you what’s in my travel wash bag, probably something you don’t see too often. I just find this kind of thing really helpful for when I’m travelling to make sure I’m packing all of the right things and also just because I like to see what other people like to use and travel with. I’m not going to include every single thing in my wash bag because we all know I’ll be taking a toothbrush and I’m sure you don’t want to know what toothbrush I have! I really hope you enjoy this and let me know if you’re going anywhere soon.

  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Dry Touch SPF50+, £16.50 – It is extremely important to protect your skin from the sun and it’s also extremely important to have a different SPF particularly for your face. I actually did a post last Summer talking about the importance of sun protection. I am quite pale and burn quite easily so using a high SPF is very important for me.
  • Soltan Kids Hypoallergenic Suncare Lotion SPF50+, £9 – For the rest of my body I also got an SPF 50. I have a kids one just because it’s harder to find very high SPFs that aren’t for kids. It’s also hypoallergenic and very water resistant which is helpful.
  • Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Fair to Medium Skin Body Lotion, £7.79 – I am definitely not going to get a tan as I’m using such high SPFs so I’m taking a gradual fake tan. I really like this tan a lot as it gives such a pretty, natural and sun kissed glow.
  • Mitchum Advanced Women Powder Fresh Deodorant, £2.99 – I needed to take a deodorant with me and this was just the first one I saw.
  • Chanel No5 Eau De Toilette Handbag Size, £75.50 – This is one of my favourite perfumes ever and it is a 20ml bottle in the handbag/travel friendly black plastic packaging.
  • Yes To Cucumbers 30 Soothing Hypoallergenic Facial Wipes, £3.99 – I needed to bring some face wipes with me and to me, a face wipe is a face wipe, they’re all the same. These were just the first ones I saw.
  • St. Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub, £4.19 – This is the face scrub I’ve brought with me. I’m currently just trying it out and I’m quite happy with it so far. It contains salicylic acid which I personally find really benefits my skin. I’ll give you my full opinions soon.
  • Foreo Luna Mini Skincare Device, £85 – This is the skincare device that I use. I love it and I could not last a day without it therefore it just had to come with me. It deeply cleanses my skin yet it’s so gentle.

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  • Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Mini, £1.99 – This is my favourite micellar water and I always travel with the mini version. It just gets all of the makeup off of my face so quickly and it’s so travel friendly.
  • Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Gel, £5.99 – This is the product which has just totally changed my skin (see how in my review!) so I had to bring it on holiday with me. It is also supposed to be amazing for sunburn so if by chance I do get sunburnt, then this should help.
  • E45 Cream, £2.35 – This is what I use as my night time moisturiser so I obviously had to bring it with me.
  • Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Balm with Coconut & Pear, £3.69 – Burt’s Bees do my favourite lip balms ever. This is the one that I’m currently using and I always need to have a lip balm with me.
  • Piz Buin in Sun Lipstick SPF30, £5 – I also need a lip balm for wearing during the day with an SPF in it and this was the highest one I could find. A lot of SPF lip balms feel horrible on the lips but this is really nice.
  • L’Oréal Elvive Fibrology Air Shampoo, £2.89 – This is one of my favourite shampoos and it makes sense to share a shampoo with my Mum and we both really like this one.
  • L’Oréal Elvive Fibrology Air Conditioner, £2.89 – Again, this is a really nice conditioner which I really like. As the word ‘air’ would suggest, it’s really lightweight which is great.
  • Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, £5.99 – My nails are awful at the minute to the point where I can’t even paint them so I’m using this to try and help them as it has all natural ingredients.

Love Sarah x

2016 Beauty Favorites – Hair Care, Nails & Fragrance

This is going to be the third and final part of my 2016 beauty favorites. I’ve already covered the categories of makeup in part 1 and then skin care and body care in part 2. In this part I’ll be talking about my favorite hair care, nail products and fragrance. I’m going to talk about each of the products quite in depth so you can see if you’d like any of the products. I really hope you enjoy this and let me know what some of your favorite products have been.

Hair Care

  • Bleach London Silver Shampoo & Conditioner, £5 each – I always use silver shampoos and conditioners which tone blonde, platinum and grey hair and take away brassy/golden tones. I use all different silver shampoos and conditioners, I like to mix them up a bit but if I had to only use one it would be this one. It is the strongest one I have found and it gives me brighter hair which is great as my hair is quite dull. It also helps me keep my perfect ashy blonde colour which I do naturally have but I like my hair to be as ashy as possible. The shampoo lathers really well which is really important for me and the conditioner is a great thick consistency. These last me for about five months and I wash my hair about twice a week.
  • L’Oréal Elivive Extraordinary Clay Re-Balancing Shampoo & Conditioner, £3.50 each – This shampoo and conditioner are especially for oily roots and dry end which is exactly what I have so I thought I’d give this a try. I’m not sure exactly how it works but it contains three refined clays which must somehow do something to purify the roots and hydrated the ends. It says it keeps the scalp purified for 72 hours and usually these claims are false but I actually agree with it. I’d recommend anyone with oily roots and dry end to try this as it honestly works. A 400ml bottle would probably last me about nine months but I share it with my Mum so we go through it a bit quicker.
  • Batiste Dry Shampoo Original – Clean & Classic, £4.99 – Dry shampoo has been a huge part of my hair routine for years, like about seven years, and I honestly could not live without it. There are obviously so many different formulations and scents of this specific dry shampoo but I find that the original one works best for me. I find that it is a lot more powdery so it absorbs any oil and it volumises my hair so much. So even if you just want something to volumise your hair, try this. It keeps my hair clean for so long, I can go up to a week without washing my hair. I love this so much.
  • Boots Bendy Rollers, £5 – If you don’t know what bendy rollers are, google it so you have a clue what I’m talking about it. I love having wavy/curly hair so much but having to use a curling iron all the time is time consuming and it obviously damages your hair a lot overtime. I put four of these into my hair (you get eight in a pack) at night which takes a few minutes and sleep with them in which can be slightly uncomfortable but it doesn’t bother me too much. In the morning I take them out and my hair is nicer than it would be if I had used a curling iron. I have very soft hair so curls usually drop out but if I just use a bit of hairspray they last all day. These are amazing as it takes so much less time and they are completely heatless.

Nails

  • Nails Inc Multivitamin Nail Polish in ‘Queensbury,’ £14.50 – I bought this nail polish as it is the most gorgeous colour. It’s a pale pink colour but it’s not too pink (if that makes any sense – it doesn’t, sorry!) and it’s just my perfect colour. Nails Inc nail polishes are the best quality for the price and they are probably one of my favorite nail brands ever. The nail polish just applies so well and so smoothly and even for this paler colour you only need two coats or three if you want it to be really opaque. Even if this isn’t the shade for you they have so many different shades which you might like. If you want to see my top 5 neutral nail varnishes click here.

  • Nails Inc The Optic Collection in ‘Optic Wave,’ £14.50 – This was a limited edition colour which I don’t believe you can get anymore so I’m sorry but I love it so much so I just had to include it. They will also have many similar shades in their permanent line. Anyway, this is a mint green shade and mint green is one of my favorite colours. The formula is amazing as all Nails Inc formulas are and it is my go to shade especially in the Spring/Summer.
  • Ciate Paint Pots in ‘Golden Sands,’ £12 – I love Ciate nail polishes so much and they are amazing quality and just apply so well. This colour is very natural and I would describe it as a pale/medium nude brown. It is one of those colours which is just perfect for any occasion as it is so neutral and it isn’t too much. It could also be worn in any season so when it’s inbetween seasons and I’m nt sure what colour to wear I’ll just wear this. It would also suit almost anyone, it’s perfect.

  • Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in ‘Grapefruit,’ £3.99 – This is a bit of a price difference from the other two but for the price it is honestly amazing. I’d actually say that I like this formula of nail varnish as much as the others, maybe it’s slightly less long lasting but that’s not really an issue. As the name would suggest, it is a shiny formula which looks really nice on the nails. The colour is a bright pink that isn’t too blue toned which I love. It is the perfect Summer colour which I live in for the whole season. If you want to see my top 5 pink nail varnishes click here.
  • Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in ‘Blueberry,’ £3.99 – I think the fact that I’m mentioning another of these shows how much I really do love this formula of nail polish. This is one of my favorite nail varnish shades of all time. It is a medium blue colour and it is the prettiest shade ever especially for Spring/Summer as it is kind of a pastel colour but a but a bit darker. Whenever I wear this I get so many compliments and everyone asks me what it is. I just love this and it’s such a unique shade.

Fragrance

  • Chanel No5 Eau De Toilette Purse Spray, £75.50 – My Gran very kindly got me this at the started of this year. No5 is a very grown up scent but it’s such a lovely scent and I think it could be worn by almost anyone of any age. It is also a purse spray so it comes with that and two extra refills (they are 20ml each) so it is perfect for travelling with and for just throwing in my handbag without worrying about it breaking. I just love this scent so much and I use it very sparingly as it is so expensive.
  • Vera Wang Lovestruck Eau De Parfum, £50 – I got this last Christmas from my parents and I love this scent so much. It says it contains pink guava, mandarin, tuberose and lotus blossom but to me it’s surprisingly not as floral as that makes it sound. I really like this scent and I’d say it’s perfect for teenagers and young adults as it is quite grown up but still really girly. It’s something I’ll have to put on my birthday list as it’s almost finished.

Love Sarah x

Christmas Day GRWM

Yesterday it was Christmas Day – I had the best Christmas and I really hope all of you did too. I thought today I would do a Christmas Day GRWM including hair, makeup, outfit. I hope you enjoy this and let me know what your favorite part of Christmas Day was. 

After a quick shower I used some Soap & Glory Righteous Body Butter to maintain my Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Light/Medium Tan. I then moved on to my morning skincare routine which is very basic. I like to wash and exfoliate my skin with my Garnier Pure Active Anti-Blackhea Deep Pore Wash to make sure my makeup applies well. I then moisturise my skin using my E45 Cream but I’m looking for a new moisturiser so leave your recommendations please. 

Now moving on to hair. From the night before I had put in my Boots Bendy Rollers. For my hair, I only used 4 which left me with the perfect curls. If you curl your hair alot like me, then these are perfect as they don’t damage your hair. After brushing them through I made sure that I sprayed my hair with some L’Oreal Elvive Satin Normal Strength Hairspray to ensure that they lasted all day as my hair is quite sleek and curls tend to drop out quickly. 

I then did my makeup. I feel like I’m constantly going over my foundation routine so if you’re interested, click HERE to see it. After all of that, I did my eyebrows using the L’Oreal Brow Artist Genius Kit in ‘Light/Medium’ using the wax to define the arch and powder to fill them in (to see my full eyebrow routine, click HERE). I then contoured using the Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Kit in ‘Medium’ and bronzed my face with the L’Oreal Glam Bronze Bronzing Powder in ‘Caribbean Sun.’ I then added some highlighter using the MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter in ‘Pink Shimmer’ (please let me know of any good highlighters – I’m stuck on what one to get!). 

I primed my eyes with the Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion and the shade ‘Nooner’ from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I used my contour shade in the crease and then applied the shade ‘Liar’ from the same palette on the eyelid. I used the shade ‘Factory’ under the eye and smudged the shade ‘Blackheart’ along the upper lash line. I added some of the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in ‘Black’ to my eyelashes – it’s my favorite mascara.
I prepped my lips for lipstick with the Burt’s Bees Original Lip Balm and then lined them with the Model Co Illusion Lip Liner. For lipstick, I decided to go with a mauve/nude shade with a hint of pink so I used MAC Satin Lipstick in ‘Viva Glam II.’ 

I wore my Moss Copenhagen Silver Sparkle Skirt which is perfect for the festive season. With that I wore my H&M Black Crop Top which is really plain and simple so it was perfect to pair with the skirt. I had on a pair of black tights as it’s freezing which were either from Primark or Calvin Klein. I just wore my Topshop Keeper Leather Chelsea Boots which are just really easy to wear with anything. The perfume I used was Chanel No5. 

Love Sarah x

The Ride Or Die Makeup Tag

I’m doing the ride or die makeup tag which was created by Jaclyn Hill. I loved watching her showing her all time favorite products and I’ve enjoyed everyone elses take on the tag too. I have added in a couple of categories and taken out a couple and I think all of you should do this tag too!

Foundation
My favorite foundation would probably have to be Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in ‘Light Porcelain.’ It offers a light to medium buildable, natural coverage and the shade is great. It is also only £8.99 so it is really affordable.

Concealer
I like different concealers for different things but if I could only have one it would be Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in ‘Fair.’ This is full coverage, can cover anything and the 4 shades they have are great. I can’t get over the fact it’s only £4.19.

Face powder 
This was the easiest one, it would deffinetly be Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in ‘Transparent’ and it’s only £3.99. It comes in 6 shades and gives a matte finish. It keeps your makeup in place all day and I love it.

Contour
My favorite cotour product is my Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Kit in ‘Medium’ which has a matte contour shade and a matte highlight shade. They are pigmented, blend so easily and the result is so natural.

Bronzer 
I think L’Oreal bronzers are amazing and I love L’Oreal Glam Bronzing Powder in ‘Caribbean Sun.’ The shade is perfect for me (I use the 3rd of 9) and it is matte but has shimmer through it so it looks so natural.

Blusher
I don’t wear blusher that often but when I do, I always reach for Collection Blush in ‘Bashful’ which is only a couple of pounds. It looks so natural and pretty.

Highlighter
I haven’t tried a crazy amount of highlighters but I love MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter in ‘Pink Shimmer’ which is so pigmented and long lasting especially for the price of £3.

Mascara
I have tried so many mascaras and I really like alot of them, but I always find myself going back to Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara ‘Intense Black’ which gives amazing volume and length.

Eyeshadow Palette
I do love eyeshadow palettes and I have quite a few but my go to palette is my Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette which contains the perfect shades for me. They are so long lasting and blend effortlessly.

Eyeliner
I have a few highend liners but the Rimmel Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Pencil in ‘Jet Black’ is my favorite. It is pigmented, blendable and it doesn’t smudge easily. 

Liquid eyeliner
I’m very specific when it comes to liquid liner and I love all L’Oreal ones. My favorite would be L’Oreal Super Liner Black Laquer Waterproof as it lasts and is easy to apply.

Lipstick
This was so hard but a great everyday lipstick for me is MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in ‘Creme Cup’ as the formula and colour are amazing!

Liquid lipstick
I’d have to go for NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Abu Dhabi’ as it is so comfortable to wear yet it lasts all day. The colour is also the perfect nude.

Lipgloss
Eventhough I only recently discoverd N07 BB Lips Beauty Balm in ‘Ballerina’ it has already become my favorite. I just love the creamy formula and they pretty colour.

Eye primer
Eyep primer makes all the difference when it comes to keeping your eyeshadow on all day and I love Urban Decay Anti Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion as it does just that.

Lip liner
I absolutley love Model Co Illusion Lip Liner which is one colour suits all and it makes your lips look slightly fuller yet natural.

Perfume
I think my favorite would have to be a classic, Chanel No5 Eau De Toilette as it is perfect for any occassion.

Eyebrows
I love doing my eyebrows and I’ve tried alot but my favorite product would be L’Oreal Brow Artist Genius Kit in ‘Light/Medium’ as it’s a great colour for me and the powder and wax are amazing.

Love Sarah x

Autumn/Fall Makeup Must Haves

I’m going to be sharing with you what some of my Autumn makeup must haves are. Generally the lips get less pink, the eye colours get warmer and I love black liquid eye liner. Let me know what some of your Autumnal makeup must haves are.

​Face:
I think it’s the shimmer and the not too Summery looking bronze colour that makes Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in ‘Pink Glow’ one of my go to products through out Autumn. And I also feel like Autumn is the most appropriate season for blusher, and I love Collection Blush in ‘Bashful’ because of it’s dusky rose pink colour.

Eyes:
As I said, I love black liquid liner kn the Autumn and my favorite has to be L’Oreal Super Liner Black Laquer Waterproof because it is so easy to use. I also love adding a bit of colour sometimes with my AVON Glimmerstick Diamonds Eye Liner in ‘Emerald Glow’ which is so easy to blend if you want. I love the colours in the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (‘Factory’ & ‘Mugshot’ specifically); it’s my go to. In addition to that, the Stila In The Moment Palette (‘Wonder’ & ‘Whim’ are especially Autumnal) are perfect. 

Lips:
A colour I’ve not worn in ages because of it’s not so Summery vibe is Clinique Colour Pop Lipstick in ‘Nude Pop’ however it’s great for Autumn. One I’ve been waiting for Autumn to get use out of is NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Abu Dhabi’ and I’m excited to be using MAC Matte Lipstick in ‘Honeylove’ more often. My only non-nude lip product (sorry!) is Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in ‘Raplumzel’ which is a beautiful purple. And lastly my new and probably all time favorite gloss, No7 BB Lips Beauty Balm in ‘Ballerina.’

Nails
Barry M Hi-Shine Gelly Nail Paint in ‘Chai’ is one of my favorite greys. I also can’t wait to start wearing reds again and two of my favorites are Revlon Nail Enamel in ‘Revlon Red,’ which is a classic red, and also Revlon Nail Enamel in ‘Raven Red’ which is slightly darker and more purple in tone. I also love Ciaté Paint Pots in ‘Gold Digga’ for a gold metalic and for something more natural I love Ciaté Paint Pots in ‘Golden Sands.’

Fragrance:
I love Chanel No5 Eau De Toilette and to me it smells alot more appropriate for Autumn and Winter. Another favorite of mine is Vera Wang Lovestruck Eau De Parfum which is a little more day time appropriate and less strong than Chanel No5.

Love Sarah x

Beauty Products That I’ve Actually Used Up

Today I’m going to be sharing with you some of the beauty products that I’ve totally used up. I did a post on the makeup products I’ve used up and you all seemed to really like it so I thought I’d do a simmilar one covering a wider range of products. I hope you all enjoy!

One of my must have beauty items is Batiste Dry Shampoo Tropical, (£2.99 per 200ml). I have tried so many brands and this for me is by far the best one. It does go into darker hair quite light so it needs brushing through but in my blonde hair, the majority of the time I can’t see it. I must have used up more than 40 of these over the years and needless to say, I’m currently using one.

I think my signature scent is Chanel No5 Eau de Parfum Handbag Size, (£75.50 3 x 20ml). I’ve used one of the 20ml bottles up which I think has lasted me seven or eight months as the scent is strong. I’m not even going to try to describe the scent but it’s the kind of scent that would suit anyone. I’ve moved onto another bottle of this as I need this in my life!

I have used up a whole bottle of Tresemme Colour Thrive Illuminating Blonde Shampoo (£5.99 for 750ml) and the matching conditoner, Tresemme Colour Thrive Illumimating Blonde Conditioner (£5.99 for 750ml). Now that I think about it, these have lasted me over a year which is insane. The only thing is, for months now I’ve been looking for these everywhere and I think they’ve been discontinued. Let me know if they have been!

I’ve used up one of what I think is my favorite body butters ever. I love Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream (£10 for 300ml) because it’s so moisturising and hydrating on the skin. It has such as nice fresh citrus scent which is lovley. I’m currently using another bodu butter from Soap & Glory – their products in general are just amazing.

One of my must have skin care products is Boots Tea Tree & Which Hazel Cleansing & Toning Lotion (£3.59 for 150ml). It is perfect for oily/combination and acne prone skin as it helps clear up and prevent breakouts. I must have gone through at least 15 of these and I will continue to do so.

Love Sarah x

My School Bag Essentials

For many people, myself included, it is unfortunatly almost time to go back to school. I find blog posts and videos about school bag essentials really helpful, especially when I was first starting highschool. I did carry about every single thing every single person mentioned though, which is deffinetly unessesary! Here are my school bag essentials and I hope you enjoy!

I don’t bring alot of makeup to school as I only need to touch up a few things throughout the day. I use a small Jack Wills Makeup Bag which is the perfect size. Inside I like to keep my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in ‘Fair’ just incase I need to conceal any blemishes. I also have to have my Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in ‘Peach Glow’ and my Real Techniques Multi Task Brush so I can reapply powder to my face. I also bring whatever lip product I’m wearing that day with me. For example, today I’m wearing NYX Butter Gloss in ‘Fortune Cookie.’ 

I always must have a hair bobble with me incase I want to tie my hair back. I just use Boots Blonde Ponybands which are just normal hair bobbles. I also always have Boots Kirby Grips with me as I always need these. I like to have my Body Shop Hand Mirror with me because I like to be able to look at myself. I make sure I have tissues with me because they always come in handy for many different reasons.

I never really go to school without Dove Invisible Dry Deoderant because after you’ve done P.E it is an essential. And there is always someone else who needs it. I always have my Chanel No5 Handbag Size Perfume with me because it’s always nice to smell nice. I like to have a hand cream with me because I cannot stand the feeling of dry hands. One of my favorites is the Cath Kidston Rose Handcream. Simmilarly, I hate having dry lips so I always have Vaseline Original or Carmex Lip Balm with me.

I always have Extra White Chewing Gum with me and I always like to have big tub. I also like to have Polo Mints Sugar Free. A bottle of water is essential for me as I drink so much water in a day and it is important to stay hydrated. I make sure I never leave the house without a snack as I’m always hungry. They vary day to day but my favorite at the moment is a Bounce Energy Ball Cacao Orange Protein Burst which is gluten free and high in protein and fibre.

I also have my pencil case which is not a pencil case, it’s actually a Ted Baker Pink Bow Makeup Bag. Inside I just have black pens, pencils, rubbers, etc. I also have my WHSmith Black Planner. I personally find that planners are really helpful for remembering to do homework.

Love Sarah x