Tenerife 2017

At the start of April I went to Tenerife for a week and I thought it would be nice to share with you a bit about my trip. Let me know if you’ve been to Tenerife and what you thought, let me know where you’re travelling to this year and I hop you enjoy this post.


I had been to Tenerife before in October of 2015 and to be quite honest, I really didn’t like it at all. For this reason I wasn’t really looking forward to going but I actually really enjoyed it this time – it was a completely different experience. I went to Los Cristianos which is a large town in the South West of the island. In the town there are a lot of hotels but there are also a lot of flats where locals live which I prefer as oppose to a tourist resort. The beaches were nice too but it was far too cold to swim in the sea in April (it didn’t stop a lot of people though!). The temperatures were between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius during the day which was nice. It also felt really safe and secure in the area which was really good. I will definitely go back there as it was such a nice holiday.


Love Sarah x

What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag? – Tenerife

As you may know, I recently got back from Tenerife and I thought it would be quite nice to share with you what was in my travel makeup bag. I really enjoy reading this type of post as I find them really helpful for discovering new products and for travelling too. I also enjoy writing them so I thought it would be worth doing. I thought it would be a good idea to go through each product, tell you about it, why it’s in there etc. just so you know whether you’ll like them or not. I also tried to take a small amount of products as I was taking hand luggage only. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this and let me know if you’ve tried any of these makeup products.

The Makeup Bag – I’m taking my Ted Baker Katient Small Bow Makeup Bag which fits everything minus the eyeshadow palette and the cream contour kit. It’s the pale pink one with the grey bow which is such good quality and definitely worth the price.

The Summer Bronzer – So, the first thing is the L’Oréal Glam Bronze Bronzing Powder in ‘Caribbean Sun.’ This is my favourite bronzer for bronzing the face and obviously on holiday I want to look as bronze as possible. It has a very, very slight shimmer to it which is lovely for Summer and it’s also the perfect shade for my skin.

The Stunning Highlighter – Next I have one of my all time favourite products, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Moonstone.’ You’ve probably heard everyone talking about these highlighters and it’s for a good reason (see my full review here). It is the most finely milled highlighter ever and this shade is perfect. It’s great for adding a natural glow to the skin which is what I want on holiday and in Summer.

The Waterproof Liquid Liner – I don’t wear liquid liner a lot but I need to take it in case I want to put some on. My favourites are from L’Oréal as they are easy to apply and don’t smudge or transfer and the one I’m taking is the L’Oréal Super Liner Black Lacquer Waterproof as it is waterproof perfect for humidity and hot weather.

The Lightweight Concealer – I love lightweight and natural concealers and my favourite is the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in ‘Ivory.’ It gives a medium coverage and a radiant finish which I personally love and is great in warmer weather.

The Perfect Powder – As I have oily skin and the weather is hotter which will make it even more oily, powder is 100% necessary. My all time favourite is the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in ‘Transparent’ which sets my makeup into place all day and it is just as great as any high end powder.

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The Best Brow Kit – The brow product which I use all the time and have done for a year is the L’Oréal Brow Artist Genius Kit in ‘Light/Medium’ which has a powder and a wax. I can do natural brows for when I have no other makeup on and I can do full brows for when I’m wearing a full face. I couldn’t go a day without this.

The Contour Shade – For contour I actually use the Benefit Hoola Bronzer. It is the perfect shade for my paler skin (however, I am excited for the lighter version in May!, it’s matte and it’s so natural… I just love it! (read my full review here) It has khaki undertones but it’s also great for bronzing up the face too.

The Smudge Proof Mascara – My favourite mascara ever is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in ‘Black’. It is volumising, lengthening and even though it’s not waterproof it’s completely smudge proof. If you are looking for a waterproof mascara, the waterproof version of this is so waterproof you won’t be able to get it off.

The Matte Foundation – I’m currently trying out the Bourjois Air Mat Foundation in ‘Rose Ivory’ which I will do a full review on soon. It is a matte foundation and it keeps my oily skin shine free for a number of hours.  It’s important in hot weather for me to wear a matte foundation or it wouldn’t be on my face after half an hour.

The Perfect Palette – The Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette is my go to eyeshadow palette as it has some stunning pink shades, an array of brown shades, a matte white and also a black. The quality of these is very good, the packaging is very sturdy so it’s perfect for travelling and there is also a good mirror which is great.

The Matte Eye Primer – I think eyeshadow primer is such a necessary step as it keeps my eyeshadow on for so much longer without fading, smudging or creasing. My favourite is the Urban Decay Eden Eyeshadow Primer Potion as it’s completely matte so works with ever look.

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The Contour Kit – I don’t often use my Sleek Cream Contour Kit in ‘Medium’ as it’s too dark for me usually and I find contouring with powder easier. However I thought it would be perfect now as it has darker shades and I’m going to be fake tanning, I can use it to darken my foundation and it also has a large mirror which I’ll use for doing my makeup.

The Nude Lip – My current favourite nude lipstick is MAC Satin Lipstick in ‘Viva Glam II’ as it is a medium nude shade with a bit of pink in it. It has a satin finish so it’s comfortable on the lips yet it is very opaque and long lasting.

The Liquid Lipstick – I wanted to take a liquid lipstick and a true nude shade with no undertone so I’m taking my NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Abu Dhabi.’ It is a medium nude with no undertones and it is so comfortable on the lips you can barely feel it.

The Bright Lip – As I already had two nudes I thought I would take a bright lip as they look great with a tan. I decided on the Stila Color Balm Lipstick in ‘Avery’ as it’s a stunning coral pink shade and it has the nicest lip balm like formula yet is so opaque and long lasting.

The Versatile Lip Liner – As I’m taking three quite different lip options I wanted to take a lip liner that works well with all of them. I chose the Model Co Illusion Lip Liner as its a ‘your lips but better’ shade and it seems to work with anything.

Love Sarah x

My Hand Luggage Essentials

So, I just got back from the Canary Island of Tenerife. I’ll be telling you all about it in a week or two but today I want to share my hand luggage essentials. I did one of these posts last July and I just read it back and I don’t like it at all hence why I haven’t linked it for you to see; therefore I felt the need to do another one. In the posts title it says ‘travel outfit’ and I didn’t even refer to it in the post so thanks to the 12 bloggers who actually liked it! I won’t be mentioning my passport etc. because my Dad deals with all of that. Also I’m doing this in a list form so it’ll be more helpful for people using it to pack their hand luggage. I really hope you enjoy this post and let me know what your hand luggage essentials are.

  • Glasses – I can’t see long distance without my glasses so these are an essential for me. Getting lost in an airport and not being able to see is my worst nightmare so I have to make sure I have these with me at all times.
  • Sunglasses – My eyes are so sensitive to light and if the sun is quite bright then I’ll just start crying (it happens quite a lot!). Having sunglasses to put on once I arrive is really important as is having them for on the plane as both of my flights were during the day. My sunglasses of choice were New Look Black Metal Double Bar Sunglasses.
  • Ibuprofen – If you are on a plane and you have a headache or something, you want to be able to do something about it, so having ibuprofen or your preferred pain medication with you is essential.
  • A healthy snack – You can obviously buy snacks on the plane but I prefer to go into Boots or Superdrug before I board the plane to buy some healthy snacks. I like to buy a sandwich, a fruit pot and a couple of Nakd Bars. On the plane I do buy those crisps in the little box – they are the only crisps in the whole world that I like.
  • A magazine – One of my favourite things to do on the plane is to read a magazine so I always make sure I have one with me. One of my favourite magazines is Glamour.
  • A book – I sometimes like to read a book on the plane and the one I took was Make Up by Michelle Phan because I read it a few years ago and I really loved it (I would highly recommend it to all of you!).
  • Chewing gum – I don’t normally chew chewing gum but on a flight it’s very important. It makes my ears not hurt as much and it is also great if you want to freshen your breath as I don’t personally want to clean my teeth in a toilet on a plane.
  • Water – It is so important to keep yourself hydrated on flights so having a large bottle of water is just an essential. I’d recommend water over anything else as it will hydrate your skin which will get definitely get dried out.
  • Deodorant – It’s important to have this to freshen up a bit and the one I took was the Mitchum Mini Deodorant.
  • Moisturiser – On flights my skin gets dried out quite badly and a lot of other peoples skin does too. I always like to have my moisturiser on hand and the one I have is the E45 Cream which is great as it’s measured in grams so I could bring an extra liquid product with me.
  • Lip balm – I have a lip balm on hand at all times because I can’t stand having dry lips. I can’t imagine having to sit through a flight with dry lips. Burt’s Bees lip balms are the best and the one I’m currently using is the Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Balm with Coconut & Pear.
  • Underwear – In case your luggage in the hold goes missing or arrives at your destination after you, it’s good to have a spare pair of underwear.
  • Socks – I like to take my shoes of on the plane or I can’t get comfy so I like to bring a pair of socks that I can put on for the flight and then put in the bin straight after because the floor of a plane is not clean.
  • Earphones – It’s good to have some earphones in case you want to listen to music or watch something. I just have the Apple EarPods.
  • Jumper – It can get so cold on the plane so I always like to have a jumper with me to put on whenever. I took a one from Hollister which I can’t find the link to.
  • Scarf – For the same reason as having a jumper, I like to take a large scarf. They look fashionable and they can double as a blanket.
  • Micellar Water – On a flight my skin can feel really dirty so I like to be able to remove it with some Garnier Micellar Water.
  • Cuticle Cream – I always like to have some cuticle cream for my nails and even though it’s a bit unnecessary, I thought I’d include it as I took it with me. My favourite one is the Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.

Love Sarah x

Fashion Haul – March ’17

Recently I’ve bought quite a lot of new clothes. Some of it is just general things that I needed and some of it is for Spring/Summer and my holiday that I’m going on soon. I thought I’d share a few of the bits that I’ve been buying as I always like too see what fashion pieces people like so I thought some of you might too and I’ve not done a fashion haul in ages. Anyway, I really hope you enjoy this and please let me know of anywhere that has nice Summer clothes – everywhere still has Winter clothes and I’m in need of more Summer pieces!

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Shoes, £45
I bought these because I needed them. Worst reason for buying something – I did not need them, I wanted them. I got them in a UK 7 which is not my size but they didn’t have my size in stock so now I have pair of shoes that don’t fit me…

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H&M Black & White Short T-Shirt, £6.99
I just bought this because it looked quite cute and I convinced myself that I definitely need more tops and I definitely need more black tops because it’s definitely acceptable to have 50 black tops. I got this in an XS which fits well.

Topshop Moto Black Joni Jeans, £36
I needed a new pair of black jeans as I’d had my other pair for three years and eventually the zip broke. Topshop jeans are the best jeans ever, they are so comfy and I’d recommend them to anyone. I got the size W26L32 which fit perfectly.

Dorothy Black High Shine Trim Parka Coat, £55
Even though it’s not even Winter anymore and I won’t need to wear this for much longer (I say that, I live in the UK, I could wear this all year round) I just wanted a new coat. I got it in a UK 8 which is a good fit for a jacket.

ASOS Seersucker Stripe Beach Crop Top Co-ord Blue/White, £16
This is something that I bought for my holiday and for Summer. It’s meant to be worn at the beach over a bikini top but it’s definitely nice enough to be worn off the beach too. I got it in a UK 6 which fits well. I’ve had to link the petite version of this as the one I got seems to be completely out of stock.

Abercrombie & Fitch Black Cross Back Cami, £16
I got this because I really like wearing things like this in Spring and Summer and I thought it might be similar to my favorite one from Topshop. It’s not but I really like it and the back is really nice. I got this in the size XS and it fits perfectly but I’d rather it was oversized.

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ASOS Mix and Match Micro Triangle Bikini Top in Rib Mint, £9
I really like ASOS mix and match bikinis because you get to chose the exact style you want. I thought this bikini top because I thought it looked really cute. I do really like it and I got it in the size UK 6 and it fits perfectly.

ASOS Mix and Match Deep Band Brazilian Bikini Bottom in Rib Mint, £9
To match the bikini top I got this bikini bottom because it looked a bit different from normal bikini bottoms. I really like these and ASOS bikinis are really good quality. I got this in a UK 6 too and again, it fits well.

Love Sarah x

Majorca 2016 – OOTD’s & What I Did

Here’s what I wore each day and what I got up to in my 8 days in Cala D’Or.

DAY 1: Today I flew from the UK to Majorca. I did quite a bit of shopping and a haul will be up soon! We arrived at our hotel and explored the town which I immediatly fell in love with.

Top – Zara. Shorts – H&M. Lipstick – MAC ‘Faux.’

Day 2: Today we did some shopping in the center of town. I really liked my hair which I actually did very last minute.

Top – Zara. Shorts – H&M. Lipstick – MAC ‘Faux.’

Day 3: I had a super relaxing day which I spent the majority of sunbathing on the rooftop sun terrace.

Playsuit – Missi. Lipstick -MAC ‘Creme Cup.’

Day 4: Today was not a good day. All I did was get myself locked out of my appartment, have an unfriedly conversation with a Spanish woman who didn’t speak English and smashed my phone screen.

Top – H&M. Shorts- New Look. Lipstick – MAC ‘Honeylove.’

Day 5: I have no idea what happend today. I for some reason made no notes on it. But I do know that hate the neckline on that top!

Top – New Look. Shorts – H&M. Lipstick – Stila ‘Avery.’

Day 6: Today was the Euro finals and everyone seemed to be really happy. I’m saying this because I don’t have anything else to say.

Top – New Look. Shorts – H&M. Lipstick – MAC ‘Snob.’

Day 7: We went to Cala Esmerelda rather than Cala Gran today which was also beautiful.

Top – Primark. Shorts – H&M. Lipstick – MAC ‘Creme Cup.’

Day 8: Today we traveld home. It was not a good journey.

Top – Topshop. Leggings – H&M (before I was sick all over myself). Top – Superdry. Shorts – H&M (not even an outift just quickly thrown together).

Love Sarah x

Whats In My Makeup Bag? – Majorca

I’m still currently on the island of Majorca and I’m having the best time. Today I thought I’d share whats in my holiday makeup bag for a hot, sunny, Summer holiday. These are some of my favorite types of posts to write and also to read so I hope you enjoy!

My base is always hard to decide on and it is fair to say that I don’t need this many concealers, but I did try my best to narrow it down. For foundation I decided to take my Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation in ‘Light Porcelain’ which is one of my favorite and most reliable foundations. Concealers was hard for me… I have my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in ‘Fair’ which can literally cover anything. I decided I had to have my Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer in ‘Ivory’ for brightening the under eye, and I also chose to take my Maybelline Fit Me concealer in ’10’ which is a bit too dark for my skin so with a tan, it’ll look perfect. I’m also taking my favorite powder, Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in ‘transparent’ which sets my makeup perfectly into place all day.

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Next things are cheek prodcuts (what do you even call them?), like bronzer, blusher, etc… you know what I mean. First thing is my newest addition, my Sleek cream contour kit in ‘Medium’ which I’m currently really enjoying. Also for contour, I just have to take my Seventeen Define & Conquer contour kit in ‘Medium’ which is one of my favorite products. For bronzer I’m taking my favorite one, which is L’Oreal Glam Bronze bronzing powder in ‘Caribbean Sun’ which is the perfect colour on me. And lastly I’m taking my Studio blush & highlighter palette, not for the blushers (I probably won’t use them, I’m not a fan of blusher on me), but for the amazing pink toned highlighter which is so pigmented.

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Moving on to eyes, possibly the most exciting for me at the moment. Firstly, eyebrows, and I’ve chosen to take some reliable products, my Maybelline Master Shape brow pencil in ‘Dark Blonde’ and my L’Oreal Brow Artist Genius kit in ‘Light/Medium.’ I need a good eye primer and I’ve decided on the Urban Decay Eden eyeshadow primer which makes my eyeshadows last so much longer. Choosing the eyeshadows was a difficult disission but I went with my current obbsession, the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette which has the perfect array of shades for me. I’m taking my favorite pencil eyeliner, the Lancôme Le Crayon Kohl Noir and also my favorite liquid eyeliner, the L’Oreal Super Liner black laquer. You could say I’ve maybe overestimated how many mascaras I’ll need, but the first one I’m taking is my Rimmel Wonder’full mascara in ‘Extreme Black’ which I’ve been loving latley. I also decided on my Max Factor 2000 Calorie dramatic volume mascara in ‘Black’ which is one of my all time favorites. Another all time favorite of mine is the Maybelline Lash Sensational lash multiplying mascara intense black which I love lots.

One of my favorite parts is lips, and lately I’ve been trying out some amazing new products. I tried really hard to narrow it down, but as you’ll soon find out, I’ve not done very well. The first one I chose is an old favorite, my MAC Cremesheen lipstick in ‘Creme Cup,’ a gorgeous light blue toned pink. I also love my newest MAC lipstick which is MAC Satin lipstick in ‘Snob,’ which is a light/medium pink with purple undertones. I also had to take an easy option, my MAC Matte lipstick in ‘Honeylove.’ I also wanted to take a brighter more summery colour so I chose my Stila Color Balm lipstick in ‘Avery’ which feels like a lip balm, but is as pigmented as a lipstick. I wanted to take my two most recent purchases, my NYX Soft Matte lip cream in ‘Tokyo’ which I love loads, and also my NYX Butter Gloss in ‘Fortune Cookie.’ And lastly (you’ll be glad to know), I needed a lipliner so I chose one that would go with everything, my MUA Intense Colour lipliner in ‘Caramel Nougat.’

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Using the right tools to apply your makeup is super important so I’m taking my favorite makeup brushes with me. For my face makeup I took my Real Techniques powder brush, my Real Techniques multi task brush, my Real Techniques sculpting brush, my Real Techniques essential foundation brush, and my Bare Minerals foundation brush. For my eye makeup I took my Real Techniques domed shadow brush, my Revlon double ended smokey eye brush, and four Fearne Cotton eye brushes.

Love Sarah x

Travel Tips for Flying!

Just two days ago, I flew from Edinburgh – Palma de Mallorca which was only a short three hour flight. I have been on much longer international overnight flights, and these can be really stressful. If your an anxious flyer or traveller, I hope these four tips make the lead up to your flight, the flight itself, just the whole experience a little bit more enjoyable.

1. Before travelling have a look at the websites of the airports you will be travelling to; every international airport has a website. The websites tell you all about what you have to do at check in and security so that you know what will be expected and when the time comes it will be quick and stress free. Knowing what to do at security and about the guidelines  will make it an easier experience.

2. Read about your airline and all of the airlines rules and this will mean you know what you can and can’t bring with you. If you are taking handluggage only, this is especially important, and will mean that nothing is taken from you that you need.

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3. Wear comfortable and practical clothing which means that you are as comfortable on your flight as possible. Layering clothes is a good idea because you will be making the most of the space in your suitcase.

4. Carry essential things that you will need and also some things to keep boredeom to a minimum. I would recommend bringing books, magazines, some headphones. If your an anxious traveller/flyer bring things that relax you or to distract you as much as possible. If you have anxiety or you get a bit nervous, download the app Calm which will help you so much!

Love Sarah x