What My Travel Makeup Bag Should Have Been

Okay, so here’s the thing. I like makeup (clearly) and I tend to slightly over pack when I’m going literally anywhere. This occurred when I went to the UK with my dad and I may have brought a bit too much makeup. What I didn’t consider, was that there would be one bathroom, so basically I was always getting ready second and because I was on vacation I didn’t  want to take a long time getting ready because I wanted to be out exploring.

from left to right clockwise: FAB Tinted moistuirzer, The body shop mint mattifying setting spray, Colourpop Lunch Money, Soap and Glory Wonderbronze, Hourglass ambient Lighting Edit, Becca Champagne pop, Joe Fresh Lip balm, Revlon Youth FX concealer

So my original makeup bag was very…maximal if you will and I’m here to tell you I used none of it. So what did I use you may be asking? I wore the First Aid Beauty tinted moisturizer every single day. I found this to be the right amount of dew and the right amount of tint for the hot weather. I also used a concealer, the Revlon one pretty much and didn’t really set anything unless I really needed to which I used my Hourglass palette for. 

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When I bought the Soap and Glory wonderbronze bronzer on our first day we were exploring Oxford street I used it every day because it gave a wonderful glow to my already existing tan. As for a highlight I did alternate between two, my Colourpop and Becca champagne pop. As for blush I didn’t tend to use any accept the two from my Hourglass ambient lighting palette. For lips, I wore the Joe Fresh Mango lip balm.

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It was also hotter than I was anticipating so I found that these products actually worked quite well in the heat. I used my Body Shop Matte setting spray which actually really held everything together, but I’m not sure how much I actually enjoy this because it does kind of irritate my skin upon application.

I am so guilty of over packing makeup now a days, I just like having so many options but in reality when your on vacation it’s likely you won’t be wearing much makeup! I think my thing was that I was gonna be super stylish like all the London gals but alas it was just too hot to wear a lot of makeup!   

What category or item do you always over pack?


Things I liked and Did in July

Wait? It is already August? How did this happen? It’s bonkers! I did some fun stuff in July and discovered a few products, a few old favourites were brought back to the fore front and of course I went on an amazing trip with my dad to the UK!

My first thing that I did was go to the UK with my dad. We went to London and Aberdeen. It was amazing! Of course we had the four hottest days in London but nonetheless it was beautiful. We took the tube like true londoners and explored Oxford Street, saw the Tower of London, took a boat tour to Greenwich and just a lot of walking around and seeing the sites. We also went to Aberdeen which is BEAUTIFUL a hidden gem of Scotland (maybe not so hidden but its great). We did a boat tour, saw dolphins, saw the university which was amazing, unfortunately we didn’t know this but we were there on a holiday so the library wasn’t open! Then we experienced the pubs that are randomly in old churches and castles. We also visited Stirling castle which was beautiful. The stone was beautifully crafted and everything was super short so perfect for me.I wish we had more time to explore both places but alas we will go back eventually!

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Okay now for the makeup. First a cheek product. Becca Champagne pop. Ya’ll, why did I not ever have this before? Maybe because the bulk of my highlighter collection is drugstore I just never forayed into the high end world of highlighters and I think I may be converted. It is a beautiful champagne colour that isn’t too dark for my skin (right now since I have tan from England, who knew) so I’m interested to see how it looks on my skin in the winter, maybe all the more reason to get the lighter shade moonstone? 

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I wanted to give a shout out to the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette and the Maybelline Rooftop bronzes city mini palette. I have been reaching for these two when I’m going for a bolder look and have been loving a specific combination of shadows. The matte shade in the sweet peach Puree all over the lid, then with the shade Luscious tapped on top. Then, to make it even more glittery and grand, I have been dabbing the Maybelline Rooftop bronzes the fourth shade from the left at the top and scattered in the middle. It creates a beautiful and bronzy which is my favourite kind of look.

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I have also been loving my lavender scented things. I bought the Bite Agave Lip mask in Lavender and also have been loving using my Lavender essential oil from Therawell. Yes, to many lavender is an old lady scent but I just can’t get enough of it. The lip mask is pretty good so far, I wear it at night or when I exercise or go running and it’s really been helping my lips feel soft and hydrated. I also love wearing the essential oil either as a perfume or before bed because it’s just such a relaxing scent

What did you enjoy this month?!

 


Skincare items

Blune Day 25: Travel Skincare

For today’s post I want to do a what’s in my skincare bag for travelling as well as a few other less glamorous items that I like to bring with my skincare stuff because it fits into the bag.

First, face cleaning mechanisms. So I am bringing quite a few bits of skincare with me. I found this adorable mini Garnier micellar water and am bring two reusable cotton rounds for that. As well as I am bringing this little Soy Fresh Face cleanser which I got in a Christmas set from my mom, and I have used this once before and remember it being very gentle. I know its a bit of a gamble to not bring my regular cleanser but I still haven’t found one I love so I thought I would dabble in this and use it abroad. I am also bringing the rest of my decanted Burt’s Bees Willow Bark face exfoliator.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, Garnier Micellar water, Mini Caudalie Brightening essence, Caudalie Vinosource moisturizer

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Hydration: I brought quite a few moisturizing products with me. I decanted my Garnier 3 in 1 rose water moisturizer because it is extremely hydrating and  airplanes can do a number on your skin. I’m also bringing this cute Caudalie Vinosource moisturizing sorbet that I got as a point perk. I also have the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate which I have used a few times before and really liked. I’m mostly bringing it because its travel size and can also act as a primer. Then as my essence/serum I have the cutest mini of the Caudalie Brightening Essence  which I got as a point perk and its so cute and mini. I’m excited to have got this because I wasn’t planning on bringing my large one since its glass and I didn’t want it to break.

Hand sanitizer, Fresh Face Cleanser, Embryolisse

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I am also bringing a body wash, but its a bar soap so I didn’t photo that one. Then I’m bringing my decanted Live Clean Daily Care Shampoo.

This isn’t really skincare but since I’m bringing this on my carry on, but I have the essential medicines. Gravol, Benadryl, Imodium, and Oval. Yes not the most glamourous carry on items but you just never know when your going to be in a pickle when it comes to travel.

Bringing hydration is key when on an airplane because for some reason they really suck the moisture out of your skin.

What is your go to travel/carry on skincare?


Blune Day 24: Travel clothing

Next week I’m going to the homeland and the other London. I have never been to the either place so I’m excited to experience the culture, the food and the beautiful scenery. I thought since I recently did my travel makeup bag, this would be a fun a little series for travelling. London is a notoriously fashionable place so I want to somewhat fit in with the people.

I am taking a few pairs of jeans and a few pairs of pants. One black pair of pants and one green, and then two pairs of jeans, a mom style and a the black Jamie Skinny jeans. These go perfectly with the blouses I’m bringing including a polka dot one, a floral one and a basic white t shirt.

I am also bringing my Blundstones for Aberdeen since its a bit cooler there and of course my pink Vans for the day to day. I also need to get a pair of black plain slip on shoes so alas I shall attain some before I leave. I wanted to throw in a pair of fancyish shoes just in case we somehow go somewhere for dinner that may require such shoes.

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A lot of my style inspiration comes from Estee Lalonde who is a Canadian living in London, which basically means I want to be her and I stalked her instagram for a bit of inspiration. I love the idea of a basic look then I use my makeup as an accessory – mostly a poppin highlight. I think that these outfits are both comfortable for touring but (hopefully) fashionable. I also of course am brining a rain jacket because it gets quite rainy in London and Aberdeen so I thought it best to bring one. I also threw in a cardigan just in case I wanted one.

What are you go to travel pieces of clothing? Stay tuned for a carry on travel post!


Blune Day 22: Travel makeup bag

Travel makeup is possibly one of my favourite things in the world. I am however a beauty lover and blogger so I’m not going to lie I’m a bit extra and bring a few extra things then the average girl probably brings. I am going to the UK in a few weeks and am really excited to see London and Aberdeen for the first time.

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Cheek products are something that I have such an affinity to. I am bring a few things, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette which is just a beautiful palette. It’s buildable and I took it with me last time I went to Europe and it felt right. I also am bringing three highlighters…I know its a lot…but girls gotta have options. I am bringing my new love Becca Champagne pop, I am so excited to have this because it’s beautiful and wears so beautifully throughout the day. I am also bringing the Honey Bronzing Dome in the highlight shade which I love and is a great cream product to have. I am also bringing Colourpop lunch money because it is in my year long project pan and if I was a normal person I would just bring this but alas I’m not. I am making good progress on this so I’m excited to get more use. I am only bringing one matte bronzer, the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer I am rediscovering this and I like it because it’s not too dark and is super easy to use.

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For eyeshadow, even though I religiously only wear one eyeshadow on the daily I am bringing two palettes (did I mention I know its slightly extra but alas). I am bringing the soft glam because possibly I might want to glam it up. I also am bringing the Joe Fresh Neutrals palette because well, we all know its my new love and it’s really easy to use.

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For the base I’m bringing the First Aid Beauty Tinted Moisturizer because I really like it so far and it makes your skin look really fresh. I am also bringing my Nudestix concealer (it’s almost done woo) and the NYX dark circle corrector that is also almost done. For a powder I’m not going to mess with a translucent powder so I’m taking the Burts Bees Pressed Powder.

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I am bringing a few lippies and I feel like this could change but I am partial to a nice pink lip because that’s my game. I am bringing my trustee Burt’s Bees lipstick glossy lip crayon in santorini sunrise and my Joe Fresh Cushion matte lipstick, the Elf gotta glow lip tint and the 100% Pure lip caramel in truffle. I also might throw in the soft matte lip cream from NYX in Stockholm because its the UK which I feel warrants a caramel nude. Yes that was very listy, and I know its a lot of products but I want to have options. I feel like people in England are fashionable and I want to fit in slightly.

What are your go to travel products?


Things I liked and Did in May

May was such an interesting month. I turned 23, I got my degree awarded and I saw my wee Buttons this month. I discovered a few things makeup wise, got to see my bestie, and visit home.

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This month I have been loving podcasts, Full Coverage and Breaking Beauty are two of my personal favourites. Full Coverage is two British gals living in LA. Lindsey Kelk and Harriet Hadfield, they are hilarious and always have so many new products to discuss and also discuss real issues in beauty and consumerism! Breaking Beauty is two Canadian women who talk product and also talk with founders about how their companies came to be. Its inspiring and a great podcast for beauty lovers! 

I wanted to throw in a YouTuber favourite, Melissa Alatorre. She is an amazing makeup artist and I could watch her blend out an eyeshadow all day. It is so evident that she is passionate about her craft and I love that she really knows what she is doing. I have gained so many makeup tips from her that I do everyday.

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Ah, the Anastasia soft glam palette. Why is this so good? Dear me, I cannot get over the quality of these shadows. They are blendable, pigmented, beautifully and aesthetically pleasing to look at and perform. I never did get the Modern Renaissance (it is still on my palette wish list…cause that’s normal we all have one right) but when this one came out I knew it was right up my street. This is a great everyday palette, but you can do bolder looks and the shadows last all day. Big win!

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Colourpop supershock shadows. I have been enjoying these a lot, I’m doing an experiment currently so haven’t been dabbling as of late but at the beginning of the month these were my shiz.  Every time I wear them, particularly the shade Kathleenlights I get compliments. They have minimal creasage and are beautiful specimens of what drugstore priced makeup can be. You can’t find anything (in my opinion) comparable in any other affordable brand.

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Introducing Blune. I am so excited to introduce this fun challenge. If you aren’t (which how can you not know who she is) follow Estee Lalonde on her blog and YouTube you should!  She used to do Vlune back in the day on her vlog channel where she vlogged daily! I thought gee I should give myself a challenge to do that with blogging, hence the name Blune. I am only doing 27 days of content accounting for weekends and days I might be missing as well as not just posting content for the sake of content. I am so excited to do this and I think you will enjoy what I have planned!


What I Learned about Myself Travelling to Europe for the First Time

recently had the wonderful opportunity to go to Europe for 8 days. It was a whirlwind trip, full of amazing sights, being extremely tired, some good French fries and creating art in the Jardin du Luxembourg.

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Jardin Du Luxembourg

The thing about travelling long haul for the first time is you never know what to expect. I went with a tour group which was fantastic, because had I not I would not have gotten to experience art in Paris, to experience Versailles, or to experience the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. We also went to perfume museum in France where to say the least I was in heaven, we saw a pick pocketer get taken down outside of the Notre Dame and I got to experience the streets of Amsterdam (and by golly I loved it there, kind of want to move there now). This trip was by far an adventure, it was jam packed like the Amazing Race, from tulip gardens to Vimy Ridge to the extremely overpriced mall in Paris I feel as though I got a wonderful tourist experience that I signed up for.

I cannot describe how the vibe of countries change, Europe is a different place, there is no concept of time, all of the buildings are stunning and people are so fashionable. I think my favourite moment was seeing the women on their bikes in Amsterdam wearing their straight out of a magazine clothing and just riding along without a care in the world.

 

However, I wanted to tell you a few things I learned about myself during this trip.

I like to have a single room. Plain and simple. Nothing further needs to be stated.

I love touristy things but I also love free time. Versailles was amazing, tours are my jam, but I also like to wander. Since our trip was tightly planned (which I am a personal fan of) there wasn’t a whole ton of free time. However, one of my favourite places was Flanders, Belgium. We got some gelato, and I had some time to myself so I got to wander and go shopping, pick some makeup you cannot get here in the Canadas.

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I like Canadian plumbing. Not going to lie folks, we encountered some pretty sketchy washrooms. And I mean sketchy. Like the toilet seats aren’t big enough and their toilets also don’t fill up? And they smell odd, kind of like when you haven’t flushed your toilet in awhile but all the time.  This doesn’t speak for everywhere we went, but it was an interesting aspect of culture shock I didn’t think I would have. However, this was a small price to pay for such a wonderful adventure.

I want to travel more. Aye there’s the rub. I want to travel but travelling costs money? Okay, so here is what I learned. My bank account is almost empty, there are hidden costs in travelling so OVER BUDGET for things like food, drinks, bathrooms (be sure to have small change on you cause most public washrooms, at least in Paris, cost money to use). BUT despite my bank account being almost empty my heart couldn’t be more full. Its cheesy, but its true.

Amsterdam is a definitely a place I want to go back to. On my travel wish list is London, Scotland and Budapest! Hmmm perhaps the next trip 😉 Where do you want to travel next?