Sunday, 30 July 2017

How To Do Hand Luggage Only

Hand Luggage Only Packing

Having arrived home from NYC last weekend (expect LOTS of New York content in the upcoming weeks/months), I have quite a bit of advice and tips to share from my trip and I thought I'd start with one that many might be contemplating over the Summer months; flying hand luggage only.

For many airlines hand luggage is the only free option when it comes to taking a bag or case with you and for others you'll receive up to 23kg checked luggage allowance in addition to this.

I might do a separate blog post on why to do hand luggage only but until then, here's how to do hand luggage only;

Packing Hand Luggage Only

Keep rollin'

I know there are two camps when it comes to packing and storing clothes but I'm definitely in the rolling one. My Mum taught me to roll my clothes from an early age so it's the only method that I've ever known. I find that it really stops items getting creased and is a super speedy way to pack. Surely I can't be the only one who takes about four attempts to fold something properly, despite always wanting to work at Gap when I was younger. Hehe.

Use packing cubes

You will have already seen me rave about these ingenious little cubes of fabric if you read my Why Packing Cubes Are A Game Changer post. Simply put, without these I wouldn't have been able to do hand luggage only. If you take one thing from this blog post or that one; try out packing cubes! I can't recommend them enough!

Hand Luggage Only Tips

Use every inch of space

This might sound like common sense but there really are so many little spaces and nooks where you can cram in some more items or store basics such as pants and socks. Spaces you might forget to utilise are the areas around the handles (hopefully that makes sense, basically where the handles take up space inside; around them) and inside handbags or shoes that you're taking. I took one little cross body bag with me from Accessorize (see similar) which I've made sure to cram full of little things that would otherwise just be floating around in my case such as travel adapters, medication, reusable bags, etc.

Plan out each outfit

I like to lay out each outfit, complete with shoes and accessories, to properly see what I really need to take with me. You might prefer trying each outfit on and taking a snap of it on your phone or doing a little runway through your house, which is what I did and as a result, you'll know exactly what you need. It stopped me from taking an ill fitting skirt and about four different top options to go with it and a jumpsuit that was too warm to wear even around my house, nonetheless in NYC in the middle of Summer.

Be realistic and ruthless with what you pack

This is what'll stop you from over-packing or just giving in and taking checked luggage. Be really ruthless! Don't take 'what if' outfits, shoes or accessories, especially if you have a general idea of what you're going to be doing when you're away. Don't take your gym gear just in case you use the hotel gym! Don't take three pairs of heels just in case you go somewhere fancy! Don't take five bras for a five day trip! You get the gist.

Charlotte Tilbury The Gift Of Red Carpet Skin

Invest in luxury travel sized beauty products

If you travel pretty often and don't fancy decanting all your favourite and pricier beauty bits, such as skincare and foundation, invest in some travel sized options. This Gift of Red Carpet Skin travel kit from Charlotte Tilbury is so worth the money. It's also a great way to try out many of the products for a fraction of the price. I've already used the Goddess Skin Clay Mask from this set and as a result, purchased the full size. It truly is win win.

Take advantage of your carry on personal item

In my opinion, the only way to do hand luggage only, whereby you take all of your clothes, shoes, beauty and tech in one carry on size case, is to properly make good use of your carry on personal item. If you saw my What To Take In Your Hand Luggage Personal Item post you'll know exactly what I took in mine, this time but you really will save crucial space by carrying all your airport and flight essentials on your body.

Have you ever attempted hand luggage only? If so, how successful were you? Were you able to bring back gifts and souvenirs as well? And would you ever think of doing hand luggage only? Or would it very much be location dependent?


Friday, 28 July 2017

The Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Naked Heat Palette

Are you the kind of person who always says to themselves 'I don't really need another eyeshadow palette' only to continue adding to your collection? Well, that's my exact situation and I have to say, I've done pretty good to avoid adding too many in the past year or so, even if I now own the complete Urban Decay Naked collection of palettes, minus the Basics but still.

And there's a reason why I've never parted with them; they're just too good. If I'm looking for a pigmented, soft, buttery shadow, I immediately grab one of my Naked palettes. More often than not it's the Naked 3 that I gravitate towards most out of all my eyeshadow palettes. So when I saw that Urban Decay would be releasing the Naked Heat palette I was conflicted. The angel perched on one of my shoulders was telling me that I already had more eyeshadows than any one individual could ever possibly need or use and that I could put the money towards saving for my next holiday, for example. The devil, on the other hand, was telling me to heat things up.

Urban Decay Heat Palette

It went on pre-sale; I resisted. I went to Sephora, where they had a few of the palettes sitting there ready to go to their new homes weeks before the official UK release date and I think we can see what happened. After swatching several of the shades there was no way that it wasn't coming home with me. Why is it that holiday money, even when the exchange rate is almost non-existent, just doesn't feel like real money? I added it to my basket, along with quite a few other items, which I'll go on to show you in a Sephora haul in a few weeks time and the rest is history.

Urban Decay Heat Palette Swatches

I tried several times to take what I would like to refer to as 'pretty' swatches for today's blog post and ultimately failed each and every time, which was more than a little frustrating. I just felt like my swatches weren't doing the palette any justice once photographed. And I have to say, I'm going to blame my ultra pale skin and visible veins for that but I wanted to show you how it swatches in today's review so here's how it looks on three different skin tones and I think you have to agree, it looks incredible on all three. And that's not something you can say about every eyeshadow palette.

I love a good shimmer and these are some of the most pigmented shimmer shadows that I've tried.
If you own and love the Naked 3 palette, which as I said above, is the most used in my collection, I have a feeling you'll love Naked Heat! My favourite shades, so far, have to be Scorched, He Devil and Ember. And as much as I love the shades right now, I can't wait to adorn my eyes with all things Naked Heat in Autumn. Doesn't it just make you think of crisp Autumnal leaves, pumpkins and darker nights?

Urban Decay Naked Heat

The Urban Decay Naked Heat palette is now officially available from Urban Decay counters at DebenhamsJohn LewisSelfridges and the like and on Feel Unique, who currently still have it in stock. But I have a feeling that it will surely sell out so if you want to try it now, I'd definitely recommend buying sooner rather than later if you don't want to wait on a restock. Or if you're from the US or spending your own holiday money, at Sephora and Ulta.

What do you think of the Naked Heat palette? Will you be buying it? Or do you already own it? And are you an eyeshadow palette collector, a bit like I am?

Swatch Image Credit (Allure)


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Shopping At The Glossier Showroom

Glossier Showroom

Despite a pretty jam packed itinerary, one that I'll be sharing on here soon, there was one place I just had to visit more than once, as you might have already seen on my Instagram and that was the Glossier showroom. Anyone with even the slightest interest in beauty or skincare will have undoubtedly heard of the relatively new beauty brand on the block. The brainchild of Into The Gloss founder and CEO Emily Weiss, Glossier has quickly gained cult status and the great news is that they have just announced that they will be shipping internationally, starting with Canada, with the UK to follow later this year.

And since Glossier only currently have one store or showroom should I say, I thought that I would share the shopping experience with you on here, especially as I enjoyed it that much that I made sure to revisit.

So here's what it was like to visit the Glossier showroom in NYC;

Glossier Shop

With Google Maps and my phone in tow, I made my way to Nolita (North of Little Italy) and quickly spotted the Glossier signage outside. New York is definitely one of those cities where you discover so many hidden gems and restaurants/shops as you wander around. It was there that I then took the lift, or elevator as they call it in the US, to the penthouse where the showroom is housed.

It really is a beauty bloggers and Instagram fans dream location. Everything from the millennial pink accenting to the beautiful bunting and marble and mineral decor worked so well for the bright and airy space. I honestly could have spent hours photographing each and every area of the showroom.

Glossier balm dotcom Review

The one product that I had at the top of my list had to be the Balm Dotcom so I was ecstatic to try out all the different flavours out. I inevitably opted for three for myself as they have a deal where you can get 3 for $30 instead of being $12 each so that was a nice saving. I also brought back another three for family and friends.

Which ones do you think I went for?

Glossier Cloud Paint Review

Something that US beauty stores such as Sephora, NYX and Glossier do so well, which we don't do here in the UK, is to allow you to really try out the makeup and skincare. I really appreciate being able to actually swatch a lip colour or concealer, for example, on my lips/face instead of having to swatch it on the back of my hand.

I tried out quite a few of the makeup items but sadly the Stretch Concealer, which I was really excited to try out, was just a little bit too dark for my paler than pale skin. I also got a little bit overwhelmed when it came to the Generation G Lipsticks and at one point had the intention of buying four of them but with a bag full of NYX lip butters, soft matte lip creams and lip oil back at my hotel I ultimately decided against it. I guess it gives me something to return to NYC for at some stage. Hehe.

Glossier Review

Unlike traditional beauty stores and departments, in Glossier you let one of their advisers clad in millennial pink overalls know what you'd like to order and they fill out a little order form for you to take to the till. They then go and put together your order and bring it out in one of their trademark clear plastic bags.

I may have been just a little over the moon at the fact my order came with Glossier stickers and their brilliant little pink pouches. I totally blame Anna from The Anna Edit for getting me so excited.

Glossier Shop NYC

And even though I'd got caught in several rainshowers (sans umbrella and waterproof jacket) walking across the Brooklyn Bridge earlier that day, had scraped my hair up into a messy bun and didn't have a bit of makeup on, I certainly appreciated the sentiment and Insta opportunity.

I have to say, the experience of visiting and shopping in the Glossier showroom certainly lived up to the hype for me. I've just started using my purchases so I will be sure to let you know if they live up to the hype as well. Let me know if you'd like to see a haul straight away or if you'd like me to test the products out first and then do a review. Or, of course, I could do both.

Shop my favourites:

Would you love to visit the Glossier showroom? Are you excited for the brand to ship to the UK? If so, what would you like to try? And would you like to see what I bought from Glossier?


Sunday, 23 July 2017

Exploring Brooklyn With Bodyform

DUMBO Brooklyn Photo Spot

Today marks the first of my New York blog posts, of which there will be many as I literally took thousands of photographs and picked up so many handy tips and tricks whilst travelling across the city. From the tourist spots to the outer boroughs and beyond, I've got plenty of content planned for the next couple of months and today I'm taking you to Brooklyn.

Before I left, I had been asked to #ChallengeBodyform by putting their new Daily Fresh Liners* to the test and I thought that there was no better time to try them out than in New York. Thankfully I didn't have my period when I was away but I was going to be spending 11 nights in a hot and humid city where I wouldn't be doing laundry. Taking hand luggage only meant I couldn't bring about 50 pairs of pants with me so the Daily Fresh Liners really did come in handy when it came to feeling fresh, clean and comfortable even after 8+ hours out during the day and another number of hours out in the evening. 

View of Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge

Like I did most days, I packed my bag with the essentials (as seen on Insta) and made my journey by Subway. I took the Subway straight to City Hall, which is the nearest Subway station to the start of the Brooklyn Bridge on the Manhattan side. I then proceeded to walk across the bridge, stopping every couple of hundred metres to snap away and take in the sights. If I was to do it again, I would definitely walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan as the views of the city were truly unreal. But I had planned to visit the infamous DUMBO, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Jane's Carousel after walking across to Brooklyn this time, which is why I went that way.

DUMBO Brooklyn

As I walked closer and closer to DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bride Overpass for short) I could see quite a gathering of people, all attempting to get that perfect shot. There was even a professional photoshoot going on where I think they were modelling scarves of all things, on a sticky and humid day in NYC. To see the iconic shot, one that I've been pinning to my Welcome To New York Pinterest board for years, was so surreal. 

Exploring Brooklyn Travel Guide Blog

Brooklyn Bridge Park was absolutely breathtaking too and it was really nice to get a bit of a breeze from being that close to the water. Sadly Jane's Carousel was shut when I arrived, which was just around 11:30am, much to my dismay and the dismay of many an unhappy kid pounding on the glass facade but taking some time out from the hustle and bustle of the city was really nice.

I spent a good number of hours exploring Brooklyn that morning, even though I barely scratched the surface. If and when I do go back to New York, I'll definitely be spending several nights in Brooklyn instead of spending my entire stay in Manhattan. 

Best free things to do in New York NYC Brooklyn Bridge

After lunch at Shake Shack, which was clearly that good that I forgot to photograph it (the one thing I didn't take 101 photos of on my travels was food, mainly because of how ravenous I was each time I sat down for something), I hopped back on the Subway and back into the city where I then proceeded to spend the afternoon shopping, mainly at Glossier but more on that at a later date. It wasn't until about 4pm that I returned back to my hotel to put my feet up for an hour or two. And despite being very sweaty (I was basically covered in a whole body sweat for the majority of my holiday thanks to the heat and humidity of a New York Summer) and having rather tired legs and feet, I still felt fresh and clean down below thanks to the liners. It meant that I didn't need to worry about having a shower before embarking on another adventure or heading out for food that night and it definitely saved me having to change my underwear several times a day, which I did feel was necessary on days that I didn't use the liners. The fact that they took up no space at all in my hand luggage or handbag made me even happier, especially when my cabin bag was practically bursting at the seams already. 

I went on to wear the liners for the duration of my trip and it really did help to prolong the pieces that I'd brought with me without having to wash whilst I was away. You can also #ChallengeBodyform to be in with the chance of winning a £250 shopping voucher, simply by leaving a review on their site.

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge

So there's the first of my New York blog posts. Let me know what you'd like to hear about most when it comes to my trip. I've got blog posts in the works on things such as how I managed not to get lost on the Subway once (this was my one big fear before visiting). what it was like to travel solo and what I managed to cram into my stay. I'll be writing about all of these topics and more over the course of the year but if there's something in particular that you'd like to see or hear more about, be sure to let me know.

Have you ever visited Brooklyn? If not, is it somewhere that has always been on your 'to-do' list? What would you like to hear about next, New York-wise? And have you ever tried Bodyform's liners?

Written in collaboration with Bodyform


Sunday, 16 July 2017

Mon Guerlain

Mon Guerlain Review

A couple of weeks ago I was invited along to an event at St Enoch Centre where we were treated to an evening of all things Summer fashion and beauty. It was a brilliant night and you will have seen me share some snippets from it over on my Instagram stories (I'm @ellistuesday on there just in case you aren't already following). It was there that I was finally introduced to Guerlain. I don't know why but I'd never tried anything from the brand prior to this. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that I viewed it as being a little out of my budget or too sophisticated for me but their latest release, Mon Guerlain, goes to prove my previous misconceptions completely wrong.

Angelina Jolie, the face of the new fragrance, was instrumental in making this new release more affordable and therefore something that more of us could enjoy and you don't need me to explain why this is a good thing. Priced at £45 for 30ml, Mon Guerlain* is priced in a range I'm familiar with.

We were told a little bit about the brand and the fragrance notes before having it misted across our wrists and when the word lavender was mentioned I wasn't sure that it would be for me at all. For some reason or another I've never really liked the smell of lavender as it instantly reminds me of my older relatives for all the wrong reasons. But I can confidently report that it doesn't smell anything like that obvious lavender scent, one that I assume many of us may have an issue with. Mon Guerlian is fresh yet fragrant, if that makes sense. It also has notes of vanilla and sandalwood, which are some of my favourites when it comes to perfume and it just smells so beautiful! As I always say when I review fragrances and perfume, I urge you to pay your local fragrance counter a visit to truly experience this scent for yourself. I have a feeling you won't regret it! It also makes a great gift idea for women of all ages, which certainly helps when it comes to birthdays and anniversaries throughout the year.

Guerlain Mon Guerlain Review

I was also very kindly given the Mon Guerlain body lotion* to try and using it in tandem with the perfume really layers the fragrance. I honestly can't get over how sophisticated yet easy to wear this scent is.

I think I might need to indulge in a little more Guerlain, as a result of being as impressed with Mon Guerlain, in both it's guises, as I have been. Maybe something from their Terracotta Summer collection...

Have you tried anything from Guerlain before? If so, what have you tried? Do you like the sound of Mon Guerlian? And what do you think of Angelina Jolie being the face of the new fragrance?


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Benefit's New Boi-ing Concealer Collection

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer Collection Review

When it comes to doing my makeup there is one product that I can't live without and it has to be concealer. Whether I'm covering up my dark under eye circles or a blemish that's popped up from nowhere, concealer is a key piece of kit for me. So when I heard that Benefit were adding to their concealer range I was really excited to see what kinds of consistency they would be bringing to the table. To then find out that they were completely re branding their existing concealer products had me even more intrigued.

So here is the brand new Benefit Boi-ing concealer collection;

The original Fake Up concealer and Erase Paste have now joined the Boi-ing family, as has a brand new product; an airbrush concealer. And there really is a concealer for every issue and individual and also a nice range of shades.

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer Collection 2017

Let's start with the brand new product, the Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer*. This is a medium coverage waterproof concealer ideal for blurring away imperfections that leaves you with a real airbrush finish, as the name would denote. It's also lightweight feeling on the skin, which I really like and lasted the whole day on me when I applied it.

Then we have the Boi-ing Brightening Concealer*. This does what it says on the tin or should I say box. This has more of a colour correcting kind of formula and is of a fuller coverage. If you've got dull, tired areas or under eyes, this is for you.

Next there's the namesake for this entire collection; the Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer*. This is the fullest of coverage when it comes to the collection and really is heavy duty. If you've got something that you want seriously covered, whether it's discoluration, really dark circles or pronounced blemishes, then this is the concealer for you. It's also really creamy and workable which I think is important for such a coverage and lasts for a significant period of time.

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer Hydrating

Finally we have the Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer*. This is perfect for dry or dehydrated skin and is the sheerest when it comes to coverage. What I love about it is the fact that it doesn't look crusty or cakey, like many other concealers can and that's something that can be said of the entire Boi-ing concealer collection, which is what I want from my concealer(s). This has really improved the looks of dryness directly under my eyes and leaves the skin feeling hydrated which is quite the sensation, especially when you suffer from dehydrated skin.

For reference I am shade 1 in each of the concealers, with this being the lightest shade.

And that's what makes up the collection. You'll find the entire Boi-ing range at your nearest Benefit counter as well as from all the usual retailers such as Feel Unique, Boots, Look Fantastic, Debenhams, House Of Fraser and Sephora launching this month. If you want to try out the whole collection, Benefit have an adorable little kit launching on the 15th of this month, called the Erase Case, which looks like it will be a fantastic deal, as Benefit's kits and collections always are.

What do you think of the new collection of concealers? What do you think of the Boi-ing rebrand? Have you tried any of Benefit's concealers before? And what is your favourite concealer of all-time?


Sunday, 2 July 2017

What To Take In Your Hand Luggage Personal Item

hand luggage essentials personal item

When it comes to planning what to take with you on holiday, it seems that many of us so often forget about the 'personal item'. This personal item is normally described as your everyday handbag, backpack, briefcase or laptop bag and the last couple of flights that I've been on have been with airlines, such as Virgin Atlantic, Delta and United, who allow this additional piece of hand luggage. It's always wise to double check whether or not you're allowed to bring this personal item as part of your allowance and if you are, this can be of great benefit.

So if you can take a personal item with you on your next trip, here are my tips when it comes to what to take in it;

The essentials

It goes without saying, the real essentials such as your passport, phone (it's well worth downloading the airline that you're travelling with's app), travel documents, boarding pass (either on paper or on your phone or if you're extra organised; both), credit cards and currency, need to be within reach at all times. And that's essentially how I think of my personal item in general. It houses everything that I need access to quickly and that I'll need throughout my flight. It also means that I don't need to lug down my carry on case from the overhead bin every time that I need a snack or want to read a magazine, which takes me onto what else I'll be bringing with me on my next flight.

Reading material

Despite being spoiled for choice when it comes to movies, TV shows and music on most flights these days, I like to have a couple of different options when it comes actual reading material, in case god forbid the TV isn't working or I run out of things to watch. I normally grab a couple of magazines from WH Smith at the airport before I board and bring along at least one book with me to read over the course of my holiday.

A reusable water bottle

Whether it's a fancy schmancy S'well water bottle like the one I featured in my how to make packing and travelling that bit easier blog post or a little foldable one like this one from Accessorize or this New Look one (also available on ASOS), don't end up having to buy an extortionately overpriced bottle (or bottles) of water once you pass through security. Just bring an empty bottle of your own and fill it up throughout the day (make sure to get it filled on the plane when the drinks cart comes around).

Cosy socks

Cosy socks are a bit of a necessity for me when flying. Not only do they keep my feet nice and warm when the temperature drops and it gets really chilly, like it always seems to do but it means that I can kick off my shoes and get comfy for the duration of the flight. You can pick up pairs like these from Primark for a couple of pounds too and I even keep this particular pair solely for flying in.

Your clear liquids bag

As you'll have to take this out of your bag for it to be scanned separately at security, I like to take my clear liquids bag in my personal item so I can take it out easily and quickly when I reach the scanners. To see exactly what's in my clear liquids bag, be sure to check out last week's blog post on just that.

A change of clothing

In the event that you're main checked bag goes missing or doesn't arrive with you at your final destination, having a change of clothing in your hand luggage will definitely soften the blow. Even if I don't take a full outfit in my personal item, particularly if I'm doing hand luggage only and all my clothes are in my cabin case, I now always take a change of underwear and sanitary products with me in my personal item. Getting your period mid-flight, out of the blue and scrambling to figure out what to do with no change of underwear or sanitary products will do that to you.

Snacks, snacks and more snacks

As someone who doesn't eat airline food, I load up on snacks for the plane journey ahead. You can go down the healthy route and pack some nuts and dried fruit or do what I do and treat yourself to some chocolate, crisps and sweets. Hello all things Haribo for me!

rose gold metallic tote bag paperchase

The personal item that I will be taking with me on my next trip is this rose gold metallic tote bag from Paperchase. It's a great size, allows for easy access to everything that I need and makes my usual airport outfit (leggings, a tee and a hoodie) look all the more put together.

So there you have it, that's what I take in my hand luggage personal item.

Do you take a personal item with you when you fly? If so, what do you have in yours? Do you take similar things in your hand luggage? And what do you think of what's in mine and my Paperchase rose gold tote?

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