Thursday, 1 September 2016

Travel Beauty Products Actually Worth Buying


There's always something that gets me about travel sized beauty products. They're ten times smaller than the usual-sized product and so blooming cute. I always find myself browsing the travel-sized beauty aisle in Boots, whether I've got a holiday or not but there's always something that stops me from actually buying it. Do I have enough room to actually bring the full size I've already got at home and save some cash? Will it be cheaper to just decant it into a smaller bottle? Usually one of these options is better - but when you do want to treat yourself to some minis that can actually save you some space (and they're just incredibly visually pleasing and super super cute) these are the one's I'd recommend...

For your hair 

Hair product minis are something I both love and hate. Usually I'm travelling with someone who I can usually just share a full size product with, so generally I'd opt for those but when I headed to Bilbao this summer I brought along two minis to not only give me an option of which to choose, but I knew my boyfriend would have a preferance over one of them too. I'm obsessed with the Davines haircare range. If you want to give your hair a treat, pick up some of their products and behold you'll notice the difference instantly. I knew I was going to be camping on holiday and knew I'd need a treat when I got the chance to shower so Davines had to be included in my summer holiday beauty stash. I brougnt along the Davines Momo Shampoo & Conditoner Mini's* and after a day in the sun, washing my hair with these felt like such a treat. They are incredibly hydrating and leave my hair feeling super soft. The same can be said for the ogX Coconut Water Shampoo and Conditioner Mini's*. Again this is a favourite haircare brand of mine and actually my boyfriends especially. I know he loves this brand so I had to pack these too. These are incredibly hydrating but leave my hair feeling super lightweight at the same time which can often be a product for hair hydrators. 

For your skin

Skincare mini's can be incredibly expensive, but honestly, I think it can be worth it. Using the skincare I normally use is super important to me as I find my skin can play up when I'm away. Sometimes it can react to the sun or just the change of location and having my skincare can save this. I have decanted my skincare into smaller pots but generally I don't find this to work too well for me as usually its super messy and just a bit annoying. Especially for things like spray toners and cleansing oils. Unfortunately smaller sizes aren't always available, so it can be worth looking around and seeing what other brands do smaller sizes well (and also work for you skincare wise). I love the Liz Earle minis, my favourite Garnier Micellar Water now comes in a smaller travel size too and the Dermalogica travel products* also come highly recommended. 

If you're more of a skincare gadget kinda guy or gal and you don't really fancy lugging your Clarasonic on the plane, then I'd recommend giving the Foreo Luna Go* a try for a luxurious deep daily cleanse or if you're looking for a more budget friendly option, the Oh! K Cleansing Pad* is a great alternative. 

For the body

Hair removal is key for me when I'm going away but I hate nothing more than a razor sticking out in my wash bag, with the cover often falling off. My saviour for this is the Gilette Venus Snap Razor*. It's super small but still perfectly easy to use and has a handy travel case meaning it won't move about in the same way in your bag leaving you with any nasty cuts from not realising it was out in the open. It's affordable, and it has been my go-to ever since it came into my life. The best hair-removal space saver I've come across so far.

When it comes to going away and body products I love love love taking something that is a little more luxurious that I would usually use, or something I truly know and love (knowing that it will be perfect for my daily pamper). This summer, my go-to has been the Therapie Travel Kit*. Including a body wash, himalayan detox bath salts, a bath infusion and a skin serum, this set is well worth spending the cash on. If you're looking for another little extra then I'd really recommend picking up the Therapie Restore Aura Spray Mini*. A spritz of this is perfect for when you're feeling a little run down or if you just want an added extra in your relaxing pamper routine - or when you've just stepped off the plane (with a bit of jet lag).

What are your go-to beauty minis?

Lorna x
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Monday, 15 August 2016

The Best After Sun Products Out There


Heading to the heat? Protecting your skin from the sun is key when heading on holiday (I have written up my favourite SPFs here, so go and get protected) but what do you do afterwards, when perhaps your skins a bit burnt or you just want to lock in the tan and make sure it sticks around? 

There are so many different aftersuns out there, some are better than others, so if you've got your eye on something, give it a go, you never know, you might find a new favourite. 

Like I mentioned in my SPF feature, I really think it's important to use a different product that's targeted specifically for your facial skin to that that is made for your body. I wouldn't slather my usual body butter on my face, so unless I'm desparate, I'm not going to do that after being in the sun afterwards. My top pick for a facial aftersun is the Institut Esthederm After Sun Repair*, £36. It hydratesand soothes the skin post-sun exposure while making sure it is optimised for tanning the next day. If you're a little burnt, this will sort you right out as it will calm it down and intensify the tan that's coming through. It has anti-aging properties and works to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles that may be on the skin while still working as an aftersun to protect and restructure. It feels extremely luxurious, and I can see myself stocking up for summers to come. A new skincare favourite for sure! 

For body, if I'm looking to cool down, I'll either opt for the Ladival DNA Repair After Sun Gel*, £7 or the Bioderma Photoderm Apres Soleil Refreshing After Sun Milk*, £11.10 as they are both super light and refreshing on the skin. They sink in quickly while leaving my skin incredibly well hydrated, and ready for the evening ahead. There's nothing worse than having a hydrator that doesn't sink in and that leaves a residue, and these definitely don't do that

If you're more of a body oil kinda gal (or guy) and are on a budget, the Solait After Sun Dry Oil for Body and Face*, £3.99 is perfect to give a go. It's soothing and nourishing and helps to releave any tightness on the skin from the sun exposure that day. I love the glow this product gives! 

If you're looking for something a little more intense, the Dermalogica After Sun Repair*, £30.20 is incredubly soothing and hydrating. It works to repair any damage from exposure to any UV rays and will cool any sunburn and reduce any discomfort you may be in. It contains no artificial fragrance or colour, so I'd recommend this one if you've got sensitive skin! 

Hair is something I have to admint I always forget about when it comes to protecting and hydrating after being in the sun. I wash my hair every day if I'm on holiday as being in the sun, it just feels as though it needs it. The ogx Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner*, £6.99 quenches dry and damaged hair (and trust me, you'll need it after a day in the sun). It hydrates and leaves your hair feeling super soft. It contains green algae which is a natural antixidant that helps to protect hair strands against UV radiation and heat damage, so will work to protect your hair the next day too. 

What are your go-to after sun beauty products?  

Lorna x
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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Beauty Essentials For Great Summer Legs



With the next heatwave (supposedly) just on our doorsteps, I'm putting a few products into practice to get my legs ready an to transport me to feeling as though I'm someone a little further and a little more exotic. 

The Aveda Beautifying Radiance Polish*, £36 is an incredible body scrub. Not only do I use this on my legs, but all over in fact. This scrub feels like a treat. The scrub is fine, but abrasive enough to notice the difference and the scent reminds me of a spa. It's super uplifting and if I need a pamper and a mood lift, this is my go-to. 

Afterwards, moisturiser is key to getting the perfect finish. I'm obsessed with The Body Shop's Pinita Colada range as it just smells like holiday. I'd far rather be on a beach somewhere far far away sipping on Pina Colada, but I'm not so this will have to do. If I'm looking for added hydration, The Body Shop's Pinita Colada Body Butter is what I would usually opt for. It's the same formula as the rest of The Body Shop's Body Butter*, £14, and truly just as great. It hydrates, leaves my legs looking and feeling great - oh, and the scent... It's delcious. Sometimes though, if its a little on the hotter side, I really don't feel like slathering on a thick body cream all over my body. That's where The Body Shop's Pinita Colada Body Sorbet*, £8 comes into play. This is an incredibly cooling and soothing body lotion that cools you down, hydrates your skin and leaves it smelling incredible. If you want an extra bit of cooling action - pop this in the fridge - it blew my mind the first time I did this! Perfect for hot weather hydration. 

Go on, give your legs a bit of a pamper - or just your whole body, you will really notice the difference with these new favourites. 

Lorna x
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Friday, 12 August 2016

What Beauty Products Should I Pack For A Festival?



Working out what to take to a festival, beauty-wise can be a blooming nightmare. Picture this, Glastonbury 2015 and me stuffing all of the beauty products I could ever need (for about 10 times longer than I'd actually be there) into the biggest wash bag you've ever seen (and in every spare space in the bag I packed). Long story short, I over packed and after heading to a couple of festivals since, I've narrowed down the products that you actually should think of bringing along. 

Keeping Clean

Keeping clean is a necessity, you're going to be camping for several days so it'll be worse than your usual day-to-day life. Some festivals have showers readily available. I went to Bilbao BBK festival this year and you could play €1 for the use of a regularly cleaned bathroom with toilets and showers. This was a dream as camping in hot and sticky weather made it a necessity. However if you're not so lucky, and you're at a festival a little more like Glastonbury then face wipes will become your new best friend. You'll need a few packs. In fact, this is something I think I'll forever overpack - but just imagine not having enough with you? As you'll be using a tonne each time, it can be worth just picking up some more affordable ones. My go-to for budget face wipes are the Superdrug Cleansing Facial Wipes*, £0.99. You get a lot in the pack and they're under a pound. You can't go wrong! If you're after something a little more specific from a better skincare brand then I'd recommend looking into the Burts Bees White Tea Facial Wipes, £5.99 the Dermalogica Precleanse Wipes*, £14.75 or the DHC Make Off Sheet*, £7.95. They are all great and a little better suited if you were to use it on your facial skin than the Superdrug ones.  

If you're still concious of your skin, the REN Anti Pollution Mist*, £24 is great for keeping your skin in tiptop condition all festival long - this was a saviour for my city break festival in Bilbao. It's refreshing, and great for post-cleansing if you don't want to just stick to face wipes (but great for it if you do too). I love bringing along minis of my favourites, like the Garnier Micellar Water, £1.99 and the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, £6. Now it's not always possible to use them in the best way possible - I definitely never can get the hot water I'd prefer to wash my face with, but the product still works pretty well and is great for rescuing your skin in any meltdown.

On another note, I'd recommend picking up a pack of the Femfresh Pocket Wipes, £1.69 to keep your ahem, downstairs fresh all festival long. They usually have some fun designed packets that add to the festival spirit too

Keep a hand sanitiser on you at ALL times. You'll need this after you see the state of the loos. I mean I know everyone says they're bad, but once you see them... Oh boy. You'll be slathering the stuff on like you've never done before. I always chop and change with the hand bac I use, but this time I've been using the Superdrug Strawberry Antibacterial Hand Gel*, £1.25. It's a bargain, it smells delicious and it works a treat. Bring a mini hand cream along too, I always find my hands feeling super dry at festivals (probably from the excessive antibac gel I'm using) so a hand cream is a must-have. The Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Therapy Hand Cream*, £6 was my go-to this year for urgent hand hydration. 

After you've had a wipe down and got dressed. You're going to want to give yourself an extra spritz with a little something something (or just a fragrance, who knows) to make sure you're smelling your very best. I usually take a tonne of the impulse sprays with me but honestly I'm not too much of a fan of the scents. This year I opted for the Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed Body Mist*, £15 as it smells blooming incredible. It's a super refreshing and fruity scent, perfect for giving you a postive fragrance boost in the morning (and throughout the day, cause you know, festivals)

Makeup

One of the best things about a festival is the fun you can have with your makeup. You can wear things that you may want to give a go but may have never been brave enough to wear in day-to-day life and it's so much fun (you know I just mean glitter, all day every day, everywhere). Colour is one. Glitter of course is another. And if you go wrong, you don't really have to worry about it too much (though the DHC Olive Virgin Oil Cotton Swabs*, £5.50 are perfect for this - and they're individually wrapped so perfect for travelling with). 

My go-to festival glitter is always from Topshop. They have the most beautiful range of glitter, and I always find myself going back to pick up another shade pre-festival. It's easy to apply, just dab on some of their glitter glue and pop the glitter on top. And your festival makeup look instantly looks a billion times better. A glitter liner also works incredibly. Check out our team reviews of the glitter liners we at Get The Gloss gave ago for the best. If that's not enough, I also really recommend giving Glitter Lips*, £12.50 a go. Maybe leave this one for day-wear but after you've finished your dinner, pop back to your tent and slap some of this on. It looks INCREDIBLE. 

Glitter aside, the days at a festival are long and you need your makeup to last. You don't want to be having to head back to your tent in the middle of the day because your liner isn't quite on your eye anymore and is in fact half way down your cheek. The Clarins Waterproof Cream Eyeshadows*, £18 were my absolute favourite for this. I love a smokey eye, no matter how subtle it may be and these are a god send. They can be worn on their own or can be used as a base for something a little more intense. If you want your mascara to last a little longer (and not to be rinsed off in the pouring ran - Glastonbury, I'm looking at you) then the Clarins Double Fix Mascara*, £20 is a god send - it can also double up as a clear brow gel to keep your brows in place too. 

Saving space is an essential, and if you've got a multi-use palette in your stash then I'd recommend popping that one in your bag. I've fallen in love with the Clarins Summer Bronzing and Blush Compact*, £30 since bringing it with me to Glastonbury. I'm usually a total bronzer-phobe but after welcoming this into my life it has changed everything. The compact not only looks beautiful, but what's inside is just as incredible two. It features 3 bronzer shades including a gorgeous shimmer shade and one beautiful peachy blush shade too. When used together the shades look incredible and I've been using this all summer long too - so that's just a bonus. 

Hair 

I feel like dry shampoo goes without saying. I used to love the John Frieda Volume Dry Shampoo but it's since been discontinued leaving me with a hole in my heart for a new favourite dry shampoo to be welcomed into my life. Currently I'm loving the Colab Dry Shampoo, £3.49. It is the best I've tried lately and is the one I'm forever packing in my festival bag, but it's just not quite as good as the other so I'm still on the hunt for a new favourite. 

You'll want to tie your hair back when it gets a bit too much (or a bit too dirty) and I love using something fun and colourful for this while at a festival. The Oh! K Ribbon Hair Ties*, £5 are super cute, and they don't leave any horrible dents in your hair. The Oh! K Spiral Hair Ties*, £6 are also great if you're an invisibobble fan. They are super pretty flecks of glitter inside and I'm obsessed. 

Adding colour to your hair is also a super fun thing to do. I've got blonde ends which makes adding a hint of colour a lot easier and this year I've been obsessed with the Pixi Lott Paint Hair Colour Chalks* £4.99 and the Pixi Lott Paint Hair Hi-Light Pens*, £2.99. If you're after something a little quicker then I'd recommend the Superdrug coloured hair sprays. My favourite is the Superdrug Coloured Hair Spray in Purple*, £2.99. 

Adding a little something fun into your usual beauty routine is what it's all about. If you want to cover your face in glitter, do it. If you want to add that colour into your eye look that you've been dying to try, do it. A festival is fun and so should your beauty (just make sure you don't pack too much. You'll regret it once you're carrying your incredibly heavy bag on the way there)

What are your festival beauty essentials? 

Lorna x
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