Pack with me: long-haul flight edition

I’m so excited to be writing the words I’m going to New York! I’m mega excited for this trip as it will be only my second time visiting the US and, unlike last time, my boyfriend is coming with me. We’ve never been for a holiday like this together, but we have everything planned out – I’ve been reading guidebooks like there’s no tomorrow. We’re going for a week (I’m there for work AND play), which means I have a packing list as long as my arm and in today’s post I’m going to talk about packing my carry-on for the flight.

I have only done two long-haul flights (to and from Chicago last year) so I’m very new to the business. I have watched so many packing videos and read loads of blog posts to try and hone my packing list: especially loved this video from The Anna Edit as well as this one from Fleur de Force. Having done my research, I think I’m suitably prepared for all eventualities! I’m only taking a back pack so I can’t pack too much or I won’t be able to carry it…

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Entertainment

The flight to New York is around eight hours so I have packed a couple of different things to keep me entertained. I’ll take my laptop, notepad, and pen in case inspiration strikes and I want to do some work or plan blog posts. I’m a big reader and I get through books very very fast so I have packed my kindle (full up with lots of novels) but also my guidebook in case I want to do a bit more planning. I’ll have my phone with me, loaded up with podcasts (I love The Guilty Feminst, Ctrl Alt Delete, and No Such Thing as a Fish), which will be great for the plane but also for hanging about in airports and trainstations. Another essential is a sleep mask, I find it difficult to get some shut-eye on flights without one of these bad boys.

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Beauty and Body

I’m very happy to travel makeup free so I’m not packing any. I might slick on some mascara in the morning and maybe some eyebrow gel, but nothing on the face.  Instead, I am focussed on skincare. Actually, one of my favourite ways to pass the time in the airport is to slather as many ludicrously expensive creams and serums on my face in duty free as possible! Having very dry and dehydrated skin, I have packed a moisturiser for every body part. Most of these are samples that I have got from BirchBoxes, making them the perfect size for my carry on.

20180303_144609297_iOSFor the face: Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse moisturiser (which is nice and light but still moisturising) and the Simple Hydrating Booster

 

For the hands: L’Occitan Shea Handcream

For the body: Body Shop Argan Oil Body Lotion

For the eyes: Polaar IcyMagic Instant Eye Contour Energiser

For the lips: Dr Paw Paw Multipurpose Soothing Balm

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To keep myself feeling fresh I also have a mini Mitchum deoderant, toothpaste, and antibacterial handgel. I also have a teeny tiny sample of the English Laundry scent to spray just before we land.

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Other

There are a couple of other bits and pieces that will go into my rucksack: a pair of thick socks to keep my toes warm, a scarf (blanket/pillow in one!), a pack of tissues, painkillers, and assorted chargers/adapters.

Calling all experienced flyers – is there anything I’ve missed? Send me your long-haul flight essentials.

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My travel makeup

As I write, I am sat at my parents’ dining table with the dog circling round my feet. I am dogsitting for five days whilst my mum and dad are on a trip. Whilst I’m technically away from home, I’m back at the house I lived in from 13 to 18 so I didn’t need to bring much with me, just some books and things to amuse myself whilst the dog naps.

Although I’m spending much of this time in wellies, tramping around muddy fields, and playing fetch, I did bring some make-up bits with me so I thought I’d share what’s in my travel makeup bag. The products I brought are by no means my favourites, but items that suit this low maintenance trip. I didn’t realise until I unpacked my makeup bag that so many of my products are from Maybelline and, for the price, most are awesome.

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Base products

I brought my new Maybelline Dream Cushion foundation (in ivory) which I spoke about in my recent beauty haul. I love this foundation, especially when applied using a beauty blender – I love this Eco Tools one – for a light but flawless finish. Then I have my trusty Maybelline The Eraser Eye (in light) and my Rimmel Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder (in transparent) to set everything in place. I don’t really go in for bronzer or contour but I have a Manna Kadar Beauty blusher (in Fantasy) that is a wonderful plum shade, which is perfect for winter. 20180224_132043496_iOSBrows, Eyes, and Lips

 

 

I have rather unruly brows; however, I really hate spending time on them. I packed the Maybelline Brow Drama clear gel. This product isn’t amazing, the gel does not keep my brows in place all day so I’ll be investing in something a little more heavy duty soon. Please send recommendations! I also brought a Meech and Mia pencil (in 21), just in case I get invited anywhere and want to look more put together.

For the eyes, I have the Maybelline Colour Tattoo (in On & On Bronze), which I absolutely love. You can apply it with your fingers and bam! – your eyeshadow is done. It stays in place and doesn’t crease, it is perfect for a quick make-up look. Then I have an Essence Volume Stylist mascara for my lashes, which does flake a little bit, but for £3 you cannot complain!

I didn’t pack a lipstick with me for this trip. I’m not planning on heading out much, and sticking on lippie seemed a bit over the top for dog walks! I packed a Body Shop lipbalm in passionberry, it is a pretty deep pink colour and gives a lovely gloss to the lips.

What are you favourite products for quick makeup? Send me your recommendations!

 

Saturday in Haworth, Yorkshire

Despite having been born in Yorkshire and having lived here for 21 of my 27 years, I still love exploring the county. Although there are still lots of places that I haven’t been to yet, I like re-visiting some old favourites; hence, this week’s trip to Haworth, West Yorkshire. If you are interested in Victorian literature, then chances are that you’d heard of this place: it is the town in which the Brontë sisters lived and wrote their novels. The last time I visited this place (according to my mum), it was in 1992 and I cried because I was scared of the steam trains! This time there were no tears in sight, it was a lovely day trip.

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First we stopped off for lunch at the Haworth Old Hall (it was quite busy so book in advance). It is a beautiful seventeenth-century building and the period features make this place cozy and special. The menu was good pub food: I had the burger and chunky chips, my boyfriend had beetroot and squash wellington, and we shared some halloumi fries. I washed this all down with a pint of cider whilst we chatted about our favourite Victorian books (and least favourite, I’m looking at you The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman!).

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Then it was off to the Brontë Parsonage museum! The entrance fee was £8.50 but this gives you unlimited access for a year! I didn’t take any pictures in the parsonage itself, but it was such a pretty buiding. It was so interesting to see where the sisters wrote, look at their letters and childhood drawings. I learnt so much, they led such interesting, but sadly short, lives.

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We had a little look around Haworth, the gardens, churches, and even saw some very fancy chickens strutting around. It would have been nice to stay for a cuppa and a scone in one of the cafés or look round the heritage railway station, but it was getting late. Haworth is such a pretty town and set in some beautiful countryside less than an hour’s drive from Leeds. A perfect spot for the Brontë enthusiast (you can definitely the inspiration for Heathcliff’s moody wanderings on the moors), but interesting for anyone wanting a day trip to somewhere with some fascinating history. Highly recommend!

Please let me know if you have any suggestions for fun day trips out!

 

 

 

 

Beauty Haul

It isn’t often that I had down to my local Superdrug and buy lots of beauty bits. I tend to be quite minimalist with my purchases because I don’t have a big budget, but when I do shop, I really enjoy trying new brands and products. So yesterday I headed to the shops, with the intention of only buying a lipbalm – as you can see from the picture, I didn’t even get a lipbalm! – but I did pick up some new skincare and makeup. I haven’t tried out all of this stuff yet, so keep your eye out for my beauty favourites posts to see if they make it into the big leagues.

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Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation & Colour Tattoo 24h

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Last night I went out for a friend’s birthday and was able to give these a bit of a test out. With foundation, I have been using Bourjois’ Healthy Mix for ages so I was ready to try something new – and it was buy any two products for £12. I hadn’t tried a cushion foundation before but, as I have very dry and dehydrated skin, I was interested to test out something quite dewy. I applied the Maybelline Dream Cushion (ivory) it using a RealTechniques expert face brush and I absolutely loved it. The colour match was perfect and it left my skin looking even and didn’t cling to any dry areas. I love that it has SPF 20 and that it is a little more portable than my usual foundation. I’m excited to keep trying it out and see how longwearing it is.

I’m not a big eyeshadow wearer; however, I do like a bit of glitz when going out on an evening. I picked up the Colour Tattoo 24hr in On & On Bronze. It was very easy to apply and didn’t crease (something which I am looking for more now I’m getting older). The colour was really pretty, but you had to build it up to get more of an impact. I think it’d make a good base for eyeshadow so I might give that a try for my next date night.

Nip and Fab No Needle Fix Eye & Skin Republic Bubble Purifying and Charcoal Mask

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These masks looked really interesting, but I haven’t tried them out yet. I decided to give the Nip and Fab No Needle Fix Eye Mask a try because I am heading to New York in March and was thinking about taking eye masks for the plane. These were only a couple of quid (I can’t really afford the fancy ones) and I thought they might be a good choice. I do want to try them out first in case they are too messy/don’t do much. The Skin Republic Bubble Purifying and Charcoal Sheet Mask was actually a freebie as part of a multi-buy offer. I have seen people like Tati use bubble masks and I thought it might be a fun thing to try. Who knows, I might get hooked on them!

B Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz & Simple Water Boost Hydrating Booster

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Again, I’m thinking ahead to my long haul flights to and from New York. As I mentioned, I have very dry skin so it is important that I keep everything hydrated on the flight. I have actually used the B Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz before. It is one of those products that always seems to be on offer and I really liked using it before. It makes your skin feel all refreshed and hydrated so very good for travelling and these cold winter months. I had seen a few people talk about the new Simple Water Boost range so I picked this product up (it was on sale!). It is quite a small size so I thought it would be perfect to fit in my carry on.

Please let me know if you have any beauty recommendations!

A Weekend in Glasgow

Scotland is such an interesting country, but I’ve only really spent any time in Edinburgh and St Andrews so when I had an oppportunity to visit Glasgow, I took it! Glasgow is a really great city with some really beautiful architecture and an interesting history. I travelled there at the start of December for a research trip at the University, but I made sure that I had time to explore the area and do some sightseeing.

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Day One

I live in Leeds, so it was only a four hour train journey to Glasgow. I packed lots of books and snacks to keep myself amused and fed along the way. I arrived in Glasgow in the late-afternoon so I headed straight to my B&B. The Argyll Guest House is in the west end of Glasgow, only about a 15 minute walk from the university. It is the more affordable sister to the Argyll Hotel.  My room only cost £60 for two nights, including breakfast!

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The room was small, but it had a brand new ensuite (with bath! I made good use of that). I had only booked a single room and was happy to find that the room had a double bed, which was super comfy.

After checking in, I did a little work in my room before heading out to dinner at Number 16. This was a really cute restaurant (it is quite small so I’d advise booking in advance) with such friendly staff. They were only running a Christmas menu so I got a 3 course dinner for £32.

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To start, I had chicken liver parfait with savoury granola and cranberries. I decided to go traditional for my main course and ordered the turkey with all the trimmings – it was so good though, even the sprouts were delicious! I was already pretty full when the time came to order dessert, but I decided to go with the chocolate and brown butter ganache. It was beautiful and very rich so I felt like a lie down afterwards, but it was totally worth it.

Day Two

After having a big breakfast at my hotel (it was a standard continental with cooked options, nothing to write home about but still nice and filling), I headed to the university. It was a lovely, crisp morning. I was all wrapped up in a coat, scarf, and gloves and everything looked so pretty all covered in frost. The sun was just rising and was casting a beautiful light on the buildings (#nofilter).

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I walked through a really pretty little park and over a bridge to get to Glasgow University. It was so quiet, just a few dog walkers and parents taking their children to school. It was such a lovely way to start the day.Lisabeth Westwood frost glasgowLisabeth Westwood university glasgow statue

I spent the entire day in the library so I don’t have much to report. For dinner, I really wanted to try Ox and Finch, a restaurant that had an amazing menu of tapas (with a Scottish edge). They were fully booked (again, book way in advance) but they keep one table free for walk-ins. It was beautifully decorated with an open kitchen so you could see the chefs at work. A perfect place for a date! Lisabeth Westwood ox and finch glasgow

I had mozzerella, parma ham, with pear followed by butternut squash and merguez haggis, roasted carrots. I finished off with an amazing praline crémeux with ginger icecream that tasted just like a ferrero rocher! The best dinner I’d had for a very long time.

Day Three

I had finished all my work early, so I decided to spend the rest of my time in Glasgow doing some more touristy/cultural stuff. I started off by walking to Great Western Road, which has lots of cafés and cute shops. I stopped at this book shop and spent half an hour brousing the shelves. I came out with a couple of great second hand books for the train journey home.

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I was in need of some caffeine so I stopped by a vegetarian place, the V&V café. I had my first (and probably last) matcha latte, it just tasted too much like grass for my liking.

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I then finished off my trip with a few museum visits. First, I headed to the Hunterian museum on the University campus. It is housed in a really beautiful building, and had such a diverse collection – something for everyone! It had roman ruins, dinosaur and animal skeletons, and a really fascinating medical collection. I even saw a vial of Joseph Lister’s urine (gross, but kinda cool for those that did the History of Medicine GCSE module!).Lisabeth Westwood Hunter museumLisabeth Westwood Hunter museum

Last on my list was the Kelvingrove art gallery and museum. Like the Hunterian, this imposing building has wide range of items, but the art galleries are not to be missed. They have interesting impressionist collections, but my favourite was the selection of works by the Scottish colourists. Definitely worth a visit, and it is free!Lisabeth Westwood Kelvingrove museum glasgow

Once I had done a tour of the Kelvingrove, it was time to head back to Leeds. It was such a great mini-trip. I wish I had more time to explore the city centre more, I was definitely focussed on the west end of Glasgow. I hope to make another visit soon, perhaps on the way to the Highlands!

If anyone has any other recommendations, please let me know!

My 2018 Goals

We are three quarters the way through January, so you might be surprised to see a post about my 2018 goals and resolutions. However, I am trying very hard to stick with them this year and I thought putting them on here might help me keep going. You know – guilt me into sticking with it!

I have two sections to this: my goals and my resolutions. The goals are something that I can achieve and cross off the list, but the resolutions are an ongoing part of my year. In the past I have been pretty rubbish at keeping my resolutions. This year I tried hard to make them managable and achievable. I have even started a sort-of bullet journal to help me track my blog posts/workouts etc.

My Goals

  • Move in with my boyfriend (see my post here for more info!)
  • Publish a research paper (I’m doing a PhD and this is an important part of the process)
  • Finish my secret project. It is only secret because I use a pseudonym on here and writing this one out would tell you all my real name!

My Resolutions

  • Write a blog post (at least) once a week. I really am trying to get back into blogging!
  • Do yoga at least once a week. I used to be so into yoga (specifically Yoga with Adriene), but I barely did any in 2017.
  • Write for at least 2 hours a day, five days a week. I’m in the third year of my PhD now, and I definitely need to start cranking out the words so I better keep to this one!

Wish me luck!

 

I’m Moving!

I’m moving. Well, not actually until July but I’m moving! I have lived in my current house since September 2015 and I have really loved it here. It was the first time I had lived on my own, and in a proper house too. But, the time has come for me to move in with my boyfriend! I’m so excited!

So, why am I moving if I love it here so much? The main reason is actually a practical one. My PhD funding ends in August and I don’t have enough money to kept renting alone. However, it isn’t JUST because of money. I have been with my boyfriend for coming up three years and we have spent most of that living 200 miles from each other. It will be really good to be able to spend more time together, without having to spend hour on train or in the car to do so.

We have started looking online at places. It is still much too early, but it is fun to look and see what we can afford. We’ll be moving to a new town so we’re trying to do lots of research so we don’t end up somewhere horrible! This is another slightly scary aspect of this moving process is that I’m moving back down south and I’ll have to try and make new friends. God, I hate making friends as an adult! Anyone got any tips?

Anyway, I’m very excited! Is it too soon to start packing my things?