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!

 

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!

What I think about blogging

It is a Sunday evening. I’ve had my dinner, I’ve got a glass of red, and I’m thinking about blogging.

I started blogging in May as I was looking for a hobby that didn’t require any money and that I could do from the comfort of my living room. But, to be honest, I haven’t enjoyed it as much as I thought I would.

It goes through peaks and troughs: sometimes I am at every Twitter chat in existence and I read lots of other blogs but I’m currently in a bit of a slump. I’m feeling similar with YouTube – I subscribe to a lot of channels and I used to really love catching up with videos but, more and more, I’m finding myself to be frustrated or bored with the content. This is partly because I have a very strict budget so can’t buy many clothes or new beauty items so huge hauls aren’t interesting to me and I end up thinking ‘Who needs this much stuff?!‘.

With my own blog, well I don’t think I have much to say. I never found ‘my niche’. I’d really like to write more about my PhD and life as a researcher but I know that isn’t interesting to everyone. Plus readers who are within the academy tend to want to put a blog to a name and I use a pseudonym. So I feel a bit lost and it is making me not want to write.

Going to the Bloggers Blog Awards was such a good experience. I loved meeting other bloggers and everyone was so friendly, yet it didn’t leave me inspired, more frustrated with my lack of committment to my blog.

What does this mean for the Lisabeth Westwood blog? I’m not sure yet but I’m not ready to quit. I guess just watch this space.

My Day at the Bloggers Blog Awards

So my first blogger event was the Bloggers Blog Award on Saturday 1st October!

I was very nervous as I wasn’t going with anybody and I had never met a blogger in real life before but it was SUCH a good day. The awards were organised by Hayley at Tea Party Beauty and she did an amazing job! Everything ran so well and was a lot of fun so props to Hayley!

The day started off in a very relaxed way. I read a book and had a coffee in bed until it was time to get ready. I wore a Zara tartan dress and my favourite black leather boots from Office: it was nice to get dressed up for a change! My weekends tend to be more of stay at home, make loads of food, and watch TV kind of days so I was so excited to be out and about.

The awards took place in Canal Mills in Leeds so it was super convenient for me. I felt a little bit guilty because some people had come from hundreds of miles away and I had just popped in a taxi. The venue was really cool and there was tons of space, and they seem to do lots of different events there so I’ll definitely check it out again.

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When I got there, we had a couple of hours to grab some drinks and mingle. That was the bit I was the most nervous about as I had to just go up and chat to strangers but everyone was so nice! I met loads of amazing bloggers who were so interesting, wrote really cool blogs, and lots of them were there by themselves too so we ended up making little groups. As I write under a pseudonym, it was quite weird to have to introduce myself by my blog and real name! I met lots of really friendly and welcoming people but big thanks to Arash, Amy, and Becky for chatting to me when I was all alone!

The awards themselves were great: well done to all the people who were nominated and those who won! I took the opportunity to shove a cupcake in my face without anyone seeing me – it was lemony and delicious. I managed to not get buttercream on my nose or cake in my hair: winning at life.cupcake-wine

After the awards were over, it was time to do some more chatting and then draw the raffle. I didn’t win anything and there were so many good prizes 😦 I’m so envious of the person that won the Urban Decay lipstick case, I would have never had to buy a lipstick again!

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The event came to an end and a bunch of us went to the Belgrave Music Hall for burgers and a beer. I had such a great day and evening – it was totally non-scary and I will definitely be heading to some more bloggers events in the future and next year’s awards!