16 February 2018

The 13-Hour Flight Beauty Routine

The 13-Hour Flight Beauty Routine
Greetings from San Diego! It took me a total of 13 hours to get here - most of that was up in the air, which is an extremely long time. I did have to connect, which meant getting off a plane, walking through an airport, sitting in the lounge, and then getting on another plane. Which breaks up the journey but also means that my skin would be freaking out if I hadn’t done my usual in-flight beauty regime.

Getting my face on
My pre-flight make-up is kept simple so that it's prepped and ready to go for the inevitable sheet mask assault I’m going to unleash after boarding my flight. As I had a layover in Seattle, I did want to look a little decent for the next flight, so after giving my face a deep cleanse and moisturise before heading to the airport, I slapped on the it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in light and the Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk - easy to apply and remove whilst travelling. 
The 13-Hour Flight Beauty Routine
Up in the air
Once I boarded the plane and settled in for the first, and longest part of my journey, I took off my make-up with my Bioderma micellar cleansing water and applied some Glossier Priming Moisturiser. After a couple of hours into my flight, I whipped out the Instant Renewal Concentrate sheet mask by Kiehl’s, which I picked up in duty-free before my flight to hydrate my skin. This is something I have never worn before on a flight, but no one seemed phased by me wearing one whilst watching films - the air stewardess even asked where it was from, as she could see how glowing my skin looked after I’d taken it off. I left it on until it started to dry out, and then I locked everything in with the Glossier Super Bounce Serum, which I reapplied whenever my skin started to feel dry. 

Another product I always take with me, is the Resurrection rinse-free hand wash by Aesop. It’s the poshest of hand sanitisers I’ve ever owned, and makes flying that little more luxurious!

Layover ready
As my plane started its descent into Seattle, I applied my Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, some Glossier Priming Moisturiser and Stretch Concealer, leaving me feeling refreshed and ready to take on the airport layover. As it happens, this is a great way to look and feel when you end up getting lost in Seattle airport and panicking you’re going to miss your connecting flight. Unfortunately, there is no sort of beauty product to help with that situation, but looking good was fine. 
The 13-Hour Flight Beauty Routine
For my 3-hour flight from Seattle to San Diego, I slapped on some more Moisturiser, and an eye mask and let them do one last flight hydration task whilst I read my way through the magazines I picked up in Seattle. Then, it was time to slap on some it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in light (the travel size is the best invention ever!) and Glossier Cloud Paint and get ready to disembark the plane as I’d FINALLY made in to San Diego!
The 13-Hour Flight Beauty Routine
A little hotel room pamper
Whilst it may seem I went a bit crazy with my skincare routine throughout my flight, I wasn’t finished yet. After checking in to the hotel, and going for a quick explore it was time to order room service and have a pamper session in my room before hitting the sack for an early night. I always wash my hair after a long flight, and then double cleanse, followed by a Nip + Fab face mask and a long soak in the tub. 

I then whacked on a Spacemask - these bad boys help you sleep like a baby - they are self-heating, relieving tiredness and eye strain, and they actually work!  

That's it! Seem crazy, but it keeps you amused when you're not watching in-flight films!

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13 February 2018

Pre Long-Haul Flight Prep: The body & Skincare Edition

Pre Long-Haul Flight Prep: The body & Skincare Edition
I’m off to San Diego tomorrow, and whilst I’ve nearly finished packing, I’m also prepping my body for the journey. 

Flying is one of the most dehydrating things you can do to your body. So preparing yourself for a long-haul flight isn’t just about what to take in your carry-on (although, more on that in another post soon) it’s about giving your body that little extra TLC than you normally do. 

As a frequent flyer, and more so this year, I’m pretty hot on keeping my skin hydrated when flying, but it’s also good to be preventative ahead of your flight — Who knew preparing yourself for your long flight wasn’t just about packing?! Although it does mean you have a little more time in-flight to catch up on some films (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, FTW).

The night before
I do my normal cleansing routine, followed by the Origins Retexturizing Mask. Whilst this is on, I apply an eye mask and leave both of them on for around 20 minutes to do their thing, before removing them with warm water and a flannel 

I then slap on some Glossier Super Bounce serum, followed by my Clinique Pep-Start Hydrorush moisturiser. I leave these on, and just apply a little more before climbing into bed. 
Pre Long-Haul Flight Prep: The body & Skincare Edition
Scrub a dub dub
Post-shower and shave, I slap on a load of products that I tend to only use when I’m having a pamper sesh at home - I’m talking body scrubs (Rituals The Ritual Of Sakura) and your favourite smelling body wash, followed by moisturiser - I use Glossier’s Body Hero Duo. They smell divine AND seem to do some sort of beauty witchcraft to your body (in a good way).

Luscious Locks
My hair has a life of its own - it has taken me 32 years to realise that, so when it comes to flying, I give it a good wash, and slap on a conditioning hair mask. My hair then stays in a bun on the day of my flight, with occasional shakeouts and reapplication.

That’s it - it may seem like a hassle the night before, but your body and skin will love you for it. 

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11 February 2018

Valentines Day Gift Guide

With Valentine's day only days away, I thought I'd get my Valentines gift guide ready for you all. 

Whether you are looking to treat someone special in your life or just treat yourself, here are a few ideas to get you going.

Valentines Day Gift Guide
Valentines Day Gift Guide
Anya Hindmarch Bag (one can dream!)

7 February 2018

Cin Cin, Hove

Cin Cin, Hove
They launched their first Italian Bar and kitchen in the backstreets of the North Laines in 2016, and little over a year later, one of my favourite restaurants in Brighton, Cin Cin have opened their second restaurant just along the road in Hove.

Cin Cin Hove is a very welcome addition — it’s the Italian restaurant the neighborhood has been needing for a LONG time. It has stuck to the same formula as their Brighton site, with an open kitchen and counter seating setup but is bigger, with around 35 covers and a private dining area for groups.
Cin Cin, Hove
The menu has similarities to their Brighton site with small plates, home-made pasta and antipasti still on the menu, but with the addition of the ‘secondi’ section, featuring three dishes which are designed to be the main course of your meal - a real game changer. 

Another new addition to their Hove site, is the preparation kitchen based downstairs in the restaurant, giving Head Chef Jamie Halsall and his team the chance to create more dishes and prepare things that can take a lot of time and space for both the Brighton and Hove sites.

Perfect for lunch or diner (or both!) you'll be welcomed by David and his team and sat overlooking the kitchen area and bar.
Cin Cin, Hove
Kick things off with a board of antipasti, featuring a selection of Italian salumi and cheeses - the perfect snack whilst you make the all important decisions on what to order next.
Cin Cin, Hove
 Nduja & polenta crochette, parsley mayonnaise - light and fluffy with a little kick.
Cin Cin, Hove
Cin Cin, Hove
 Next up, my all time favourite - Burrata with Beetroot and Basil
Cin Cin, Hove
Cin Cin, Hove
Eating our way through the menu, we couldn't forget to have one of their home-made pasta dishes -  Cin Cin's take on Spaghetti carbonara, with smoked eel and confit egg yolk.
Cin Cin, Hove
Aside from the laid-back atmosphere and wonderful staff, being able to sit back and watch the chefs cook up dish after dish of delicious Italian food is one of my favourite things to do.
Cin Cin, Hove
Cin Cin, Hove
From their Charcoal Robata grill - Sussex pork, creamy polenta, smoked king cabbage

Gorgeous flavours, with crackling that had us fighting over it. 

If that doesn't get you dribbling all over your keyboard, and booking a space, then I'm sure this will
Cin Cin, Hove

Oh yes, you heard right! 

A modern, softer take on an Italian classic, substituting marsala with coffee-flavoured stout and salted caramel.

See you at the pass!

Cin Cin Hove
60 Western Road

Book: 01273 726 047

Open Tues-Sat for lunch (12:30pm - 3:30pm) and Dinner (6pm - 11pm)

5 February 2018

Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser

Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser review
The Eve Lom Cleanser has been a favorite of mine for a couple of years now, and definitely kicked off my skincare obsession. I’ve gone through a fair few skincare products and still love trying new ones out, but my skin is super sensitive at times and this cleanser just works for me, and has become a part of my daily skincare routine.

One of the things I love about the product, is the ritualistic way it’s meant to be used - massaging onto dry skin, letting it sit on the face for a bit and then take off with a hot, damp muslin cloth. It leaves your skin so soft, and if your skin is anything like mine (as dry as the Sahara desert) then it will make your face feel soooo good and pampered.
Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser review
But, let’s get a little real though - everyday can’t be a spa day at home. I have a pretty busy life, and sometimes it can feel like a real task to even take my makeup off at the end of the day (that’s even if I bother to wear any), or getting out of bed 10 minutes earlier before work to go through the cleansing process can be a painful decision to make. Eve Lom took that feedback from their customers and launched their new Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser, which I picked up at the end of last year, and I have been trying out for the last couple of months.
Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser review
The science bit
The Eve Lom gel Balm Cleanser has been clinically proven to moisturise skin for up to 12 hours after use. When applied, it works in two stages. One: Melting away makeup and impurities, Two: cleanses to enhance skin with intensely moisturising and hydrating active ingredients.

Clove oil (antiseptic) 
Eucalyptus oil (banish toxins and purify the skin) 
Egyptian chamomile oil (energising and moisturising)
Shea butter (moisturising) 
Grapeseed oil (regulate oil production)
Argan oil (to soothe and nourish)

Key Benefits:
Antiseptic properties for healing and purification
Clove, chamomile, argan and olive oils soothe, hydrate and protect
Lecithin provides emulsifying effect
Deeply moisturising cleanser

The Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser has all the best things about the original cleansing balm, but comes in a pump action tube (instead of the pot) dispensing a lightweight gel balm to gently cleanse and hydrate the skin. It’s a lot more convenient for those who are always on the go. 

31 January 2018

24 Hours in...Stockholm

Stockholm City Guide
Stockholm was the second part of our honeymoon, and has always been on my travel to-do list, and as I’m married to someone who doesn’t exactly like lying on a beach, it was the perfect city to hang out in. Armed with the Wallpaper Guide (I highly recommend these travel guides) and our trainers, we set off ready to explore, and so this is my next post in my travel series, 24 hours in…Stockholm City Guide
If you are looking for a chic and cool hotel you should definitely stay at the Miss Clara (read my review on it here). It’s Scandi-minimalist bedrooms will have you getting your instagram on as soon as you enter. The hotel also has a bar and restaurant where all the locals seem to hang out amongst the hotel guests. 

Miss Clara by Nobis, Sveavägen 48, 111 34 Stockholm, Sweden; missclarahotel.com

Stockholm City Guide
There are so many good places to eat, and as we were only there for a day and a half, our list doesn’t really do the city much justice! For breakfast we ate at the hotel (you would if there was a waffle maker with waffles on tap). For lunch, we went to Phil’s Burgers, a small chain with branches dotted about over the city. It got mentioned a fair few times to me on Twitter when I asked people for recommendations, and I have to say it was pretty darn tasty - the fries were some of the best I’ve had and come with the most tastiest of sauces. 

Phil’s Burger, Drottninggatan 79, 111 60 Stockholm, Sweden; www.philsburger.se

Dinner-wise, on our first night we decided to stay in and order room service. I know what you’re thinking but the pizzeria next to our hotel was booked up and they happened to be connected to the hotel and offered room service, which is a genius idea! The pizza was amazing and I would definitely recommend paying them a visit if you’re in the city. 

Giro, Sveavägen 46, 111 34 Stockholm, Sweden; www.giropizzeria.com

On our last night, we decided to ‘push the boat out’ and have dinner at Sturehof. A stockholm institution having been around for 120 years. The menu is Swedish/French with a focus on fish and seafood so this is the place to get your herring on. I’m a huge fan of Swedish food, so we had a few plates to share, including their ‘handful of prawns’ which as you can see, was more than a handful. 

Sturehof, Sturegallerian, Stureplan 2, 114 35 Stockholm, Sweden; www.sturehof.com
Stockholm City Guide
Stockholm City Guide
There is SO much to do and see in Stockholm, so make sure you bring comfy shoes! When we first arrived, we headed to Gamla Stan (old town) which was so beautiful to walk around and look at the old buildings and streets, some of which date back to the 13th century. It’s easy to get lost on the island as the maze of streets are so fun to explore. 

Djurgärden island is home to most of the museums in the city. It’s also home to the Botanical Gardens which are worth the walk around. The views were beautiful and even though it rained the whole time we were there, it would be my top pick of places to have a wander around.
Stockholm City Guide
Stockholm City Guide
Stockholm City Guide
Stockholm City Guide
Stockholm City Guide
Stockholm City Guide

If you’re into going for some drinks I recommend starting with cocktails at The Nobis Hotel. It's a little swanky, but it does a great Espresso Martini and is brilliant for people watching. 

29 January 2018

Nars Wanted Palette

Nars Wanted Palette review
The rose gold obsession still seems to be going strong, with Nars being the latest to jump on the shiny bandwagon with their new NARSissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette

After seeing this pop up on their Instagram feed back in November, I’ve been waiting for launch day (January 15th) for what feels like forever. The only thing is, I’m not a huge wearer of eyeshadow, especially bold shades. However, I’ve been wanting to try something new that’s a little out of my neutral eyeshadow comfort zone and well, this totally ticks all the boxes. 
Nars Wanted Palette review
 In the past, I’ve been fairly partial to an eyeshadow palette (I mean, who hasn’t owned the Urban Decay Naked Palette!) they’re great for traveling, and they give you more choice to play around with. This Wanted Eyeshadow Palette from Nars features 12 gorgeous eyeshadow shades with matte, satin and shimmery metallic finishes, in a range of pinks, nudes and rose golds and, not only does the palette include brand-new shades, NARS have also thrown in a brand-new eyeshadow formula containing Vitamin E and pomegranate seed oil. Giving a soft, buttery application without the patchiness.

The shades are totally out of my comfort zone, but after a little play with the palette in Space NK on my lunch break, there are more than a few that I’ve already worn since purchasing it. Just FYI, the metallic/satin are extremely pigmented and a little goes a looong way with them, which I learnt when I realised my hands were covered in glitter and looked like a Christmas decoration. NOT a good look! 
Nars Wanted Palette review
Now the price is the biggest killer, coming in at £55 (thank god for Space NK vouchers!) so that may make you think twice about purchasing but I can honestly say if you love eyeshadow, or don’t have these shades in your collection then you won’t feel any purchase regret.

24 January 2018

Malibu Kitchen at The Ned, London

Malibu Kitchen at The Ned, London
You’ve probably heard of The Ned already. Based in the City, the building was once occupied by Midland Bank, but is now London’s newest hotel, member’s club and event space from the guys at Soho House.

There are no fewer than nine restaurants within the property, plus a couple of bars, 252 bedrooms, a spa, member’s club, rooftop pool and six private event spaces.

We opted for one of the restaurants to celebrate a birthday back at the end of Summer. Arriving into the vast, open spaced banking hall the place was packed for a Tuesday evening. Most of the restaurants are based around the banking hall, with a central music stage which was home to a live jazz band on the evening we visited. After spending nearly 10 minutes trying to find the restaurant we were having dinner in (this place has no signage whatsoever - a little too cool for that) we finally found it tucked away in the right-hand corner, separated from the hustle and bustle of suits and stilettos.

Malibu Kitchen offers dishes that are health-minded and in several instances vegan, raw and gluten-free. This may not sound that great for some, but the restaurant and food are great, and there is a burger on the menu for the carnivores.

The plates are small, so we ordered a few and shared, plus our own main dish - which worked out well given that there’s plenty to choose from on the menu.Malibu Kitchen at The Ned, London Rolls with raw vegetables, nuts and sauce to dip.Malibu Kitchen at The Ned, London Courgette ribbons, basil pesto, pine nuts. 
Plantain crisps and shrimp saladMalibu Kitchen at The Ned, London Sea bream taco, panko, green papaya, pico de galloMalibu Kitchen at The Ned, London Ahi tuna poke, avocado, sesame, jalapeno, brown jasmine rice
Curly kale, red pecan nuts, apple, radish, sprouts, ginger, miso Malibu Kitchen at The Ned, London
Elderberry pavlova, grapefruit curd, raspberry, pomegranate
Malibu Kitchen at The Ned, London
The dishes were full of flavour, and delicious. We went for a little explore after and couldn't believe how big the space is. I want to go back and stay for the weekend, however I may need to sell an organ or two to pay for it as it's not exactly within my budget! 

Malibu Kitchen @ The Ned
27 Poultry, London

17 January 2018

Miss Clara by Nobis, Stockholm

Miss Clara Stockholm
The Miss Clara Hotel was our accommodation for the second leg of our honeymoon last year. The younger sister of Stockholm’s very luxurious Nobis Hotel is one of the city’s most treasured Art Nouveau buildings. It was a former private girl’s school - the hotel is actually named after the headmistress, and many of the original features remain.

Located in the center of Stockholm, within walking distance of most major tourist sites - including the Royal Palace and Gamla Stan (Old Town). Plus there's plenty of bars and restaurants in the area should you want to eat out instead of at the hotel.
Miss Clara Stockholm
The bedrooms are true Scandi-minimilist-chic - think parquet wooden floors, white walls, marble bathrooms, and many materials used in the rooms have come from all over Sweden - the wood the beds are made from is from Gothenburg. 

If you love interior design, then this hotel will be right up your street. I found myself geeking out at some of the designs in our room - for example, at the end of the bed is a framework of a seat, which is actually fully functional and surprisingly comfortable to lean against whilst reading. The window space has been designed for storage purposes, housing the fridge and mini bar, as well as having two seating areas atop.
Miss Clara Stockholm
Each bathroom has been kitted out with toiletries by the gorgeous brand, BYREDO and has the fluffiest of dressing gowns for you to snuggle up in. 
Miss Clara Stockholm
Miss Clara Stockholm
We were in Stockholm for two nights and although we didn't spend to much time at the hotel, we did spend our first night curled up under blankets on the window seats in the bedroom, watching the world go by on the streets below whilst eating room service pizza, delivered from the pizzeria next door to the hotel. 

The Miss Clara has a restaurant and bar, which proved to be very popular on the weekend evenings we stayed there. Breakfast is served in the restaurant each morning, and had a great selection of food ready to set you up for the day, including a waffle maker and all the toppings you could think of.

Fluffy bathrobes, BYREDO toiletries, window seats and delicious pizza delivered to your room, and a waffle maker in the morning- this hotel was made for me in mind!

Sveavägen 48, Box 1616
111 34 Stockholm

Phone: +46 (0)8 - 440 67 10

10 January 2018

My Travel Bucket List 2018

2018 Travel Bucket List
Travelling the world is one of my absolute favourite things to do, and ever since I started travelling with work, I have serious wanderlust! There are so many place to explore and experience in the world, and I’ve tried to set myself the goal of visiting some of them this year.

Today, I want to share with you the 5 places that are currently top of my travel bucket list …

Grand Canyon
I’ll always remember a friend of mine visiting the Grand Canyon a few years back, and showing me their photos from the trip. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to go and explore the area maybe even swinging by Vegas for 24 hours of fun! 

I haven’t had a beach holiday for a very long time, and Croatia has been tempting me with its beautiful beaches and gorgeous weather so I’m hoping to get over and explore its beautiful islands and mainland cities.

New York is one of my favourite cities in the world, having visited a couple of times before, I am desperate to head back this year, and this time I want to explore the places I’ve not yet got a chance to see, such as Williamsburg. I’ve always stayed in Manhattan and I’m quite keen to stay across the river on my next visit, which is handy as it just so happens that one of my favourite hotels, The Hoxton are opening their first US one in that area, so I now have a very good excuse.

This is a recent addition to my list. After visiting Madrid with work, I was reminded how amazing the food and atmosphere is and, when I’ve mentioned this to people they’ve recommended I visit Lisbon as it’s got the same style as Madrid but way better. I’m hoping to see if they’re right this year! 

This country has been on my list for a few years now - my husband has been a couple of times with work, and has said he’d love to go back and explore. So, hopefully we’ll get around to doing just that in 2018.  

What’s on your bucket list? Have you visited or done any of my travel plans, i’d love to hear your experience and make sure you give me some tips for things to see and do?

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