Friday, 28 August 2015

My Travel Beauty Regime

My daily beauty regime has taken years to perfect. I have tried and tested every well known brand, every new lotion and every secret potion. But when it comes to travelling why not just keep things simple. Clarins has been one of my favourite beauty brand since I was a young girl. My grandmother introduced it to me when I was a teenager and I have been hooked ever since. 

This travel essential bag is perfect for your holidays. Small, easy to transport bottles and all the absolute essentials to ensure you skin feels nourished and pampered on your holidays. 

I couldn't find my exact travel set on the market although this is a very similar option. Alternatively you can buy the products separately and make your own essential package. 

If like me your a fan of eye heavy eye makeup, you need yourself a good eye makeup remover. I love this product as it isn't heavily scented so very soothing and cooling on the eye. It is also great at what it does and even removes unwanted eyelash glue. Use cotton pads to rub in circular motions.

This cleanser is great at removing pollution from the skin and leaves your face feeling fresh and alive. Apply a generous amount to cotton pads and glide over face, don't forget the neck. 

This is a must have product if you are going on a sunshine trip. Sun dries out my skin and leaves it feeling leathery and damaged. This is a great product of injecting lots of essential vitamins to bring your skin back to life. Apply a small amount to your finger tips and pat onto the face.

These are two fantastic nourishing bases to apply everyday. The cream is great to apply on dry skin to give a really quench of moisture. The Beauty Flash Balm is fantastic to apply before makeup as it is light and brightens the skin like a primer.

This eye contour balm wasn't part of my travel set however I think its always good to invest in a good eye product. Eyes are the most sensitive part of the face and most prone to wrinkles and fine lines. This balm is soothing, lightweight and gives of a nice dewy finish. Apply by gently patting under the eyes.

To finish of my beauty regime I apply lashings of lip balm. This tube is great as its easy to apply and can double up as a clear gloss. Its fantastic for cracked, sun dried lips and the perfect finish to a good ol pampering.

So there you have it my travel beauty regime. Check back on Monday for my weekly fashion post. 

Big kisses 


Monday, 24 August 2015

Exploring Montelupone, Le Marche, Italy

A few years ago my parents brought a derelict farm house, in a small rural village called Montelupone. Close to where my grandparents where born and family still live. This year was the first time I visited the house and the area and I completely fell in love with the charm. 

The house itself is so far from finished. With overgrown bushes taking over the building, missing windows and holes in walls. But they have visions that in a couple of years it will become the most beautiful holiday home for our family.

I can understand why they snapped the property up though, because the village looks like something from a movie set. Cobbled streets, stunning tumbling hill views and quaint Italian houses. 

Whilst shooting we bumped into the local tailor who worked out of his garage. He told us he has been doing the same job for 60 years and uses all the same traditions. Had to take a photo to show you, Italy is the country that never looses its charm. 


Monday, 17 August 2015

Monday: Beauty

One of my most treasured holidays is my annual trip to Le Marche, Italy. Birthplace to my grandparents and home to many more family members. I have spent endless summers riding the waves, cycling around the piazzas and eating spaghetti until my stomach hurts.

When I visit I spend my days on the beach, tucked into a book and spend my evenings dining at our favorite family restaurants. No partying, no big, bouncy blow dry’s and very minimal makeup.

So before I packed I decided to invest in some new lightweight holiday makeup and came across ‘Natural Collection.’ I had read about the brand in magazines and at £1.99 per product it seemed the obvious choice to trial. So I spent just under £26 on a whole new makeup bag consisting of thirteen products (not bad going, considering some brands charge this per product.) So here is my guide to a bargain, summer, and fruitful makeup bag.

‘Tinted Moisturiser’ is a great alternative to foundation on your summer holidays. I always find my skin clears up in the sun, so I have less blemishes and my face comes alive with freckles. So why cover all that up with a thick foundation? This tinted moisturiser blends seamlessly giving sheer coverage and a natural glow. Apply using fingers or a fiber brush in circular rotations.

If like me you are a fan of a matt complexion, a great staple piece for your makeup bag is this ‘Warm Pressed Powder. ‘ Summer heat usually creates shine but this helps reduce ‘oily face syndrome’ and helps set your makeup to last longer throughout the day. Apply using a powder brush by dabbing lightly onto the skin. Don’t rub too hard, as this will remove your base.

Whilst I am usually a massive fan of contouring, ‘Blushed Cheeks’ are a great look for a youthful, natural, sun kissed look. Apply lightly using a powder brush on your cheekbones and upper cheek for a flush of rosy colour.

When it comes to eye shadows I prefer earthy tones, nude, browns, khakis and purples. I try to stay neutral on the eye so I can have more fun with colour on my lips. These are three great shades of shadow that I found from ‘Natural Collection.’ A glittered gold ‘Asteroid’ for an under eye shadow to make the blue in my eye POP, a soft purple ‘Heather’ for inside my socket and blended on my lid. Along with a true nude ‘Willow’ to apply on the brow bone. Apply these with a flat definer brush and blending brushes for a light, smoky eye.

Unfortunately I wasn’t blessed with the biggest eyes, so I have to be really careful when applying eyeliner. Whilst it is great for framing your eyes, if like me you have small eyes only apply in the corners to avoid making your eyes disappear.

Like every girl out there I am a massive champion of long lashes. Whilst I have tried every fake eyelash out there when it comes to holidays, its nice to give your eyelashes a little rest. Good mascara can help you achieve great results and this ‘Water Guard’ waterproof mascara really did add fullness and length without giving a caked on look.

Like most girls, I would love fuller more framed lips. This is when lip liner becomes your best friend. Shape your lips and build more size using a great pencil. I loved this ‘Ruby Rose’ shade to compliment the ‘Rose Bud’ moisture shine lipstick. Or use the pencil to completely color in your lips for a Matt finish.

My skin and lips become very dry on holiday, so I ensure I use thick creams, soothing lip balms and moisture lipsticks. Whilst I love a matt lip color they do often make my lips crack and with the added pressure of the sun I try to avoid these on holiday. I loved these two shades ‘Rose Bud,’ and ‘Crimson’ that gave very long lasting great colour.

Fantastic handbags essential are lip-glosses. They add instant glamour and are great for applying on the go. These where my favorite shades for this summer from Natural Collection, also they have a really great fruity flavor (like your first every lip balms.) A soft pink ‘Sherbet Fizz,’ and a barley there nude ‘Barley Sugar.’

So there you have it a bargain, summer, ample makeup bag for under £26. All available to buy exclusively at Boots.

Make sure you check back on Monday where I will be blogging fashion.

Big Kisses

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