Travelling: Five Product Face

You know those days on holiday when you don’t want a full face of make up, because A) you’re on holiday and you want a day off from your routine, and, B) everyone else seems to be wearing no make up, and you’d be the odd one out.

When travelling, space in your bag and time are two very important factors, so being happy with a shorter and more compact routine is essential if you’re planning a trip this summer. No one wants to be charged for extra KG at the airport (for those extra 3 eyeshadows palettes you just had to bring) or spending half the morning putting their face on while everyone else is topping up their tans.

I have combined a low-down of 5 products that I can’t live without whilst travelling, because, if you’re anything like me, going out with a completely bare face isn’t an option.
I wish I had that confidence though, so if you do, I salute you!

Let’s get started with products to make you look and feel gooooood!

Concealer
Use your favourite concealer for those pesky undereye bags, dark circles and spots… It’ll brighten your whole face without look caked on. My current favourite is the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla.
Make sure you blend it out with your finger so there are no lines or patches.

Brows
Moving on, I can’t go anywhere without my brows on. You may have the perfect brows and not even need this step, but after I over-plucked as a young teen, I’m on just getting them back to any sort of normalisation. Now, I’m not saying go full on thick brow, but I like to put in my arch, and fill in where it’s a bit patchy. I feel more confident and sometimes you just need that extra boost. I am currently using Soap and Glory’s Brow Pencil and Wand which is a great product, very similar to ABH Brow Wiz.

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Blush
Since we’re playing it down with the concealer, I do like to add a hint of colour to my cheeks. A light dusting to the apples of my cheeks gives that rosy glow which is perfect for this time of year, especially whilst holidaying. I love to use Incandescent Electra by Hourglass for this look, or sometimes the convertible lip/cheek tint by Stila.

Eyes
If I had the choice of shadows, eyeliners and mascaras I could be here all day, but since we’re keeping it simple I definitely have to choose mascara as the eye product I couldn’t live without on holiday. I have been using for a long time Maybelline Sensational Lash (lilac packaging). I have my dad to thank for my naturally long lashes and so two coats of this stuff gives my lashes volume and curl.

Lips
I have many lipsticks. My collections expands week on week. It may be a problem!
When I’m wearing a simple make up look on holiday, or any other time, I don’t mind going for a slightly different lip colour. In this case I’ve used NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in the shade FTLS 07 which is brighter than usually go for. I figure stepping outside my comfort zone can only be a good thing, so if you normally go for pinky colours, maybe try a brown toned lippy, or even red! You never know, you might love it!

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So, this completes my simple holiday make up look using 5 products. I hope you liked my suggestions 🙂

What can’t you live without on holiday? Do you have any recommendations for me?

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Travelling: My Palette Essentials

I’ve had the pleasure and the privilege of travelling around the UK in recent weeks, so this means a quick turn around of washing, unpacking and repacking my make up/skin care etc.

We all know that travelling with palettes, be it eyeshadow or blushes or something else, saves space whilst at the same time giving you options for make up looks.

I have found myself reaching for the same palettes on my different travels, so wanted to share with you what I love to take on holiday with me!

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Stila Eyes are the Window to the Soul Palette
This beautiful palette is from the Eyes are the Window series. It incorporates some lovely base shades Heart and Individual and also my two favourite shimmery shades, Kitten and Bubbly – they are great to finish off any look. I’ve taken this palette to Scotland, Wales and back to England with me, it’s well travelled and a definite keeper.
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I will admit that I do pop a few of my Colourpop single eyeshadows in my bag too, because they’re just too pretty to leave behind!!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
The ambient lighting range is just beautiful, there is no denying it. The 3 blushes in the palette are Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra and Mood Exposure.
It means I can create a more summery look by using one of the first two or go more natural with Mood Exposure. For such a small palette I can create different looks which is ideal!
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If I had a bigger bag, I would bring more palettes… but then I probably wouldn’t be able to lift my bag!

What do you swear by for your holidays? Do you have any recommendations for me?

Eyeshadow Revolution: Colourpop

I’ve been trying to choose a favourite and I just can’t. I love them all!
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Colourpop eyeshadows are affordable long lasting shadows in a variety of different colours and finishes. They are somewhere in between a mousse and a cream, probably more on the mousse side which make them a dream to apply and they stay put all day. They work well with other shadows and can be used alone or to finish off a look. So versatile!

They’re an American brand who don’t yet ship to the UK however you can pick them up in the UK from Depop (from a seller named India Golding – @indiagolding) for the sum of £9 each, although if you buy more than one she may offer them at a reduced price. This is way better than paying customs and import fees yourself!

I have Wattles, La La, Nillionaire and Kathleen Lights and this is just the beginning, I can’t wait to add to my collection.
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What should I try next? Have you tried any of these, what did you think?

Beauty & Hayfever

You know those days when you have time to enjoy putting your make up on and everything seems to be going so well. Even your winged liner is perfect. Then you step outside, the wind blows, your eyes itch and water, and you look like you’ve been sobbing your heart out for half an hour. Yeah, that.

Hayfever is something that affects so many people these days. It is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen. Do you know which type you have?

There are around 30 types of pollen that could cause your hay fever. The pollen that causes hay fever can come from a number of sources, including:

Grass – in the UK, about 9 out of 10 (90%) of people with hay fever are allergic to Timothy and Rye grass pollen

Trees – about 1 in 4 (25%) of people with hay fever in the UK are allergic to pollen from trees, including oak, ash, cedar and birch (people with an allergy to birch often also experience an allergic reaction to apples, peaches, plums and cherries because these types of fruit contain a similar protein to birch pollen)

Weeds – such as dock, mugwort and nettles; being allergic to weeds is less common and tends to occur during the autumn 

Different trees and plants produce their pollen at different times of the year. Depending on which type of pollen you’re allergic to, you may experience hay fever symptoms at different times.

Tree Pollen – late March to mid-May
Grass Pollen – mid-May to July
Weed Pollen – end of June to September

So, how can us beauty lovers fight the effects of hayfever?

1. Try not to itch your eyes.
It may seem a simple thing to say but we all touch our faces over 100 times a day introducing new bacteria. If your eyes are already sore, they’re not going to appreciate being prodded and poked.

2. Take an antihistamine every day
There are different types on tablets so speak to your doctor to make sure you’re on the most effective dose but make sure you take on every day to build up your immune system.

3. Waterproof your eyes
Try using a waterproof mascara and avoid excessive eyeshadow or liner. The less that can go wrong, the better! Also, set your under eye with powder so of your eyes do run, hopefully there won’t be an avalanche of foundation going with it!

4. Cooling Eye Masks
Before bed try using a cooling eye mask to reduce puffy eyes caused from your hayfever. Origins do a great one called ‘No Puffery Cooling Mask for Puffy Eyes’.

5. Eat Local Honey
Try to source some local honey and have a teaspoon a day. Not only does it taste amazing, it’ll also help you in the hayfever department.

6. Remember, you’re not the only one
There are more than 10million people in England who suffer with hayfever so don’t worry if you smudge your make up or need to sniff. Chances are you’ll get sympathy rather than a funny look!

I hope this has helped my fellow hayfever sufferers. We’ll get through it together!

Depop: The Lowdown

Depop. It will be the death of my bank balance.

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If you’re familiar with sites like eBay, you’re already halfway there.

In a nutshell Depop is a buying app for anything and everything from pottery to beauty products. It’s also a selling app for those unwanted dust collectors you haven’t got round to taking to the charity shop.

Buying
•Always check sellers feedback before jumping into the deep end – especially if you are buying branded items – Depop and other sites are notorious for fake goods.
•You can make your purchase through the app using you bank card, or through a link to PayPal. Using this option ensures that you are protected in case there are any issues with the product, delivery, or with the seller. Buying through the app does incur a charge for the seller, so sometimes they will ask you to pay through f&f. What does this mean? It’s using the ‘friends and family’ option directly through PayPal, sending the money using their email address. This avoids the charges from their end but means you won’t be covered if anything goes wrong.
•If you’re looking for something specific, use the search function or browse the categories. It is a great place for finding a gem, and I’ve bought so many things already!

Here are a few bargains I have picked up…

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Purchased from Depop for £40. RRP £85. Hardly worn

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Purchased from Depop, hardly used. £25

Selling
•You can sell pretty much anything at a price that you choose. Depop will take a cut of the profit so remember this when pricing up your products.
•It is so simple to do, just snap a few photographs, write a short description using keywords, set your price and postage and you are done!
•Do ensure that you are charging enough to cover your postage costs as remember small parcels are now £2.85 each within the UK!
•Try to take honest and clear photographs – if there is a fault – mention it! You might still get some interest, and its much better being upfront about it than dealing with the hassle and bad feedback afterwards!
•Once you’ve sold something make sure to post it as soon as you can to make sure your buyer gives you good feedback.
•Something to note is that Depop hold any money made for 14 days before you can ‘withdraw’ it from the app straight into your bank account – presumably this is incase there are any problems with the transaction!

There are rules for using Depop such as not selling used make up products, which is frequently ignored and violated by users. It depends what you are after, but sometimes you can pick up an amazing bargain!

If you’d like to follow me, and see what I’m selling, my username is @alishamaccy

Use discretion and common sense and you’ll be fine! Happy shopping.