Probably like every other beauty obsessed girl out there, when I went on holiday I packed a full makeup bag of al the bright coloured lipsticks, a couple of different highlighters, crazy eyeshadow colours – you name it, I probably packed it.

But when it actually comes down to doing your makeup whilst on holiday- we go super minimal.

I went to Koh Samui in Thailand on holiday, and omg I had not felt humidity like it, so minimal makeup in the hot evenings were a must.

So without me babbling on any further, here is what I actually wore.

Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream

I still don’t feel 100% comfortable with my skin all bare, so I had to use something as a base. I decided to try this Body Shop all-in-one BB cream for the first try. I love BB creams whilst on holiday as they are so light and airy on your skin, and don’t clog your pores up. This is like magic, the colour of the products comes out white and as you blend it into your skin, it adapts to your very won skin tone. Amazing right? It also hydrates your skin for 24 hours (which is perfect for humid Thailand!) and illuminates and even old your skin tone. Magic in a bottle!

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Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

Highlight. I took numerous different products with me, but for this holiday I kept grabbing my Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in the shade Pink Quartz. I love this little beauty. This product gives you the perfect glow and bronze all in one swipe of the brush. I wore this every single evening on holiday, as my aim is to be super glowy, and this baby does exactly that. With the different shades in one brick, you get the pink tones, icy tones, and bronze tones all in one. Amazing!

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Kylie Cosmetics Metal Gloss

Again, I took million and one different lip products, from mattes to glosses to lip balms. But I actually went for one lip products the whole holiday which was from Kylie Cosmetics. It’s one of her Metal Glosses in the shade Heir. I have loved this product for so long now, it’s like a gold but has a metal effect which kind of looks like a shimmer/foil effect? It is in a golden champagne colour, so it’s perfect for evening wear. I just feel this product matched the slowly look I was going for in the evenings.

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Zoeva Rose Golden Palette

My Zoeva eyeshadow palette was the only palette I decided to take with me, this palette has the most perfect shades for a holiday. Most of the shades are shimmery but there are golden tones, rose gold tones, and also darker shades too. It’s just gorgeous. Most nights I just used one shimmer colour all over my lid, but the shades changed each night. The colours are perfect to help you have that super glowy, highlighted look. This is by far one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes ever and I really recommend it!

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I would normally use my Mac waterproof mascara swell, but on this occasion to stop all possibility of having major panda eyes in the heat, I went and got eyelash extensions. These were really natural and didn’t look like fake lashes at all, it just meant I didn’t need to top up with mascara, which was lush!

So there you have it, that’s the makeup that I actually wore on my holiday. Why can’t I have a holiday face all the time?! *holiday blues*

Love always, G x

 

 

I am not a massively confident driver, so I never really drive any further than about 2 hours away. I love driving, just not places that I am not very familiar with.

My grandma lives in Stoke On Trent, which from my house, is about a 4 hour drive as I live down South. As I was driving, I wanted to make sure my car was fully prepared for the journey.

Mt first tip for preparing your car for a long journey is to check your tyres. I am lucky with my car that the computer built in will flash up on my screen telling me when my tyre pressure is low and to stop carefully and fill it up.
If this isn’t the case with your car, you should definitely check your tyres regularly. You can find your tyre pressure information either in your hand book, or on the inside of your door once you open it (This is where mine is!) It will then guide you which number you need to set the tyre pressure machine on to pump them up. You need to make sure this is 100% right otherwise you won’t fill them up enough, and may have to stop and add more on your journey, or if you fill them up to much – pop! No-one wants that.

That is probably my biggest tip with preparing for a long journey, your tyres are the main piece of your car which enable you to get from A to B.

Of course one of the most obvious tips is to make sure you have enough fuel. I personally hate stopping on the way for petrol, I like to fill up before hand and not fill up again unless I really have too.

And of course, for a long journey you can’t forget to stock up on drinks and sweets!

Whilst we were in Stoke, we didn’t drive around too much, just to the shops and back really so we didn’t over run the car, as we were only up for the weekend.

Of course you much make sure as the driver you get lots of rest, and never drive when you’re feeling over tired. If you start to feel sleepy, always pull over at a service stop, have a little break. After all- You’re better off late then dead on time.

My little mini did so well on it’s run up to Stoke. We stopped off once, but my car was fine, I didn’t need to check the tyres and I didn’t need to fill it up with fuel. Instead, me and my boyfriend decided we need filling up with a bite to eat. You have to make sure you are prepared yourself too for the journey.

We made it safe and sound to my grandmas, and we had a lovely weekend catching up and going out for a lovely meal. I don’t see my grandma too often as she lives quite far away, so I really cherish it when I go up to see her.

For the journey home, we of course did the same routine as before we left.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to check your tyres. You don’t want to be stuck on the motorway waiting for the AA to turn up!

You can purchase some really good quality and cheap tyres at Point S which I highly recommend. 

How do you prepare your car for a long journey?

Love always, G x

If you follow me on social media, I am sure that you know by now that we have a new little family member! And if you aren’t following me on social media – we have a new puppy!

Whilst it’s all very exciting – I didn’t realise how much time having a puppy would take up and how tiring it is. I’m not moaning one bit as I love our puppy and now I don’t know what I would do without her. But if you’ve never had a dog before, or a puppy, here are a few tips you need to keep in mind when thinking of getting one.

They are just a baby. Puppies are babies. I know you’re thinking, yeah I know, duh! But having a puppy is basically like having a little baby to look after. You have to remember they aren’t big or strong yet, so be gentle. They will make mistakes, be patient with them, they’re learning.

Chewing. Our little baby is teething at the moment, so she wants to chew everything. By everything, I mean even your hands, feet, hair, furniture, wires, shoes, clothing – basically everything but their own toys! But this is just a stage they go through, it won’t be forever. So make sure you tie your hair up and wear some old clothes you don’t mind getting a hole or two in.

Sleeping. As I said before, they are just a baby, so they get very warn out very quickly. A quick burst of energy for half an hour, then about an hour or more sleeping. You’ll find that while they are sleeping, this is when you can get most of your little jobs done.

Crying. If they don’t like something, if you leave them, if you say no – they will cry. And they will probably cry a lot. I know with my puppy I feel so awful leaving her to cry but you have to be mean to be nice. You’re teaching them that you will come back, that they can’t have everything they want. It’s a learning step. It feels horrible leave them, but you have too.

Toilet training. Ahh we all love toilet training don’t we? Don’t tell your puppy off for going to the toilet inside, just make sure if they have done it inside take them outside straight away. And when they do go to the toilet outside, you have to praise them a lot, let them know they’ve done a good job, then eventually they will learn that outside the toilet. 

Your voice. Puppies love the sound of their owners voice, so make sure you talk to them, praise them when needed and just have fun with them. Don’t be scared to make a fool out of yourself, they love you!

Have fun. One of the most important things you have to remember while their a puppy, is to have fun. They really won’t be that little for very long so you really have to make the most of it while you can. They will be your best companion. 

Do you have any pets?

Love always, G x

Who loves steak?! Me too. I had always heard of Miller and Carter but never actually ventured in for some reason, that all changed when myself and my boyfriend took a trip to Southend for the day, we literally had the best day ever just playing around and being big kids.

 

While we were there, we decided to head to Miller and Carter at Langdon Hills which wasn’t too far away. When we walked up to the front door, it felt so warm and cosy as there is a little outside area outside the front for with tables, umbrellas and even fairy lights in the trees. Fairy lights are a winner right?!
As soon as we headed inside, I was totally blown away. It looks really fancy, (it even had a dress code plaque when you enter!) Luckily we were dressed for the occasion. We were greeted very friendly, given a buzzer for our table and headed to the bar while we waited.

The bar was set out lovely, with quite  big seating area to wait in while you’re waiting for your table. As Ryan was driving, he had a raspberry lemonade, which he said was the best he has ever had! And I decided to go ahead and try one of their Mango Mimosa cocktails.

We only waited for a few minutes when our buzzer went off and we were taken to out table. We had a cute little table right next to the window. Perfect as I love to people watch! Our waiter, was incredible. I cannot tell you how lovely and helpful he was.

As soon as I saw nachos on the menu for starters, my life was made! Nachos are my favourite starter ever. And my goodness they were amazing.

I feel like nachos are normally doritos covered in melted cheese, but these were something else. They were homemade crisps, with a real cheese sauce, and of course all the toppings! It was really amazing and I am not ashamed to say I ate it all. 

Next up was the main course. I was really impressed to see as it was a steakhouse, on the bottom of the menu there was a diagram of a cow, and which part of the cow the different steaks came from. (Sorry non meat eaters!) My boyfriend found this really interesting as he loves steak but has never seen so many varieties of it.

There was also a menu for how well you’d like your steak, and the different causes you could have with it. who knew there was so much choice?!

Ryan went for this medium well sirloin steak. He honestly said it was the best steak he has ever eaten, and he has eaten a lot of steaks. It was definitely a winner for him!

I then decided to have their version of ‘hunters chicken’ basically a chicken breast, with melted cheese, BBQ sauce and pancetta sprinkled on the top. This was served with sweet potato fries and friend onion. I personally don’t like onion so I didn’t actually try that, but the meal itself was one of the best I have had also.

Then for dessert, oh my. I had what was called the chocolate orange. I had no idea what it really was, but it was the most expensive dessert on the menu so I just decided to go for it!

This was the chocolate orange. It is basically a big ball of chocolate, with a caramel & peanut butter goo in the middle, and orange sorbet. Oh my goodness, it was so sweet and rich I couldn’t finish it all, Ryan had some too and even he couldn’t eat all of what I left over! Saying that, it was super yummy, definitely for one with a massive sweet tooth.

Ryan decided to have the warm chocolate brownie, which is what he always goes for as a dessert. You can tell were chocolate lovers right?

I didn’t try the brownie, but he said it was absolutely delicious!

We really had such a lovely evening at Miller and Carter, and we will definitely be heading back. One had just recently opened where we live so we will be checking that out next!

If you love steak and a bit of fine dining, this is definitely your kind of place!

You can check out their website here: Miller and Carter Langdon Hills

Also their social media here: Facebook, Instagram.

Have you ever been to a Miller and Carter? What did you think?

Love always, G x

If you have been visiting my blog more recently, you will know that I am in love with PIXI Beauty. You may also know that my favourite range of theirs in the PIXI Glow range. So this little trio I have here, is perfect.

The PIXI glow range is perfect if you have dull skin that needs brightening, hydrating and to make you look more awake and even look like you have caught the sun a little bit. These products are the one for you!

The first step for that super glowy and healthy skin look is to use the Glow Mud Cleanser. This helps exfoliate and remove dead skin cells to reveal a more radiant and healthy skin.

The next step, is to tone. This is probably my favourite product to use ever on my skin, I have been using it for a good couple of years now and I am always re-purchasing it. The Glow Tonic. This is my favourite skincare product, I think ever. Now that is a big statement to make! It just makes me skin feel so smooth and fresh, and in the morning I can see a difference, my pores feel and look smaller and my skin is so much softer, there is also that little hint of a glow too.
If you’re travelling a lot, an alternative of this is the Glow Tonic To-GoThese are all ready made up pads which are socked in the original PIXI Glow Tonic formula, so there is no need to take any liquid, and you’re all ready to go. If you don’t like the idea of the pads and want to take the original bottle away with you, they also do a travel sized bottle which s also super helpful. So there is no excuse for you not to take your glow tonics away with you!

I think I love PIXI so much because I know they are not tested on animals. This is bit must and I have really been focusing on what make-up and beauty brands I am using as I want to make sure what I am wearing was not tested on animals, and I know with PIXI I am safe.

Have you tried the Glow range before, what do you think of it?

Love always, G x