My Little Short-Haul Flight Beauty Bag

Hello All!

Hope everyone had a lovely and chocolate-y Easter! One of my top bargain tips is to get your Easter chocolate and eggs AFTER Easter Sunday, so right now, as everything’s now on OFFER ūüėČ so if you haven’t had an egg yet now’s the time to treat yourselves!

I’ve had a great weekend away in York at my church’s annual Easter camp, we’re a tiny little church but we’ve loads of branches scattered about UK so we all gather together once a year and it’s great to see everyone and really take time to touch base with God out of our daily hectic schedule. But, honesty, church camps are not the most relaxing things in terms of physical rest! There’s so much going on: constant concerts, catching up with friends you saw a year before (having some really deep conversations, I love how people are so willing to open up) and there’s also lots of sports activity areas as well. I’m a bit of an introvert so it all gets a bit much and by the end of it I just want another holiday! Lol. So the boyfriend and I are in Amsterdam for the next 3 days, yay. What a difference huh!


Considering the amount of time I spend on a plane, I really don’t do enough travel posts, so am making use of free wifi at Amsterdam Schipol airport (gotta love free wifi overseas! It’s so useful at an airport especially).

So for this trip I really wanted to keep it light, we’re travelling budget so we don’t have a check in baggage, so all liquids we carry have to be under 100ml and in our hand carry. These aren’t all the liquids I brought with me, just what I like handy on a plane.

1) Tissues – something I try to always have on me, either that or wet wipes.

2) Hand Sanitiser – ditto as above, this Bodyshop Grapefruit one I got in the sale I posted about before, gotta love the zesty scent!

3) Concealer – 17’s Phroarr Paint, a great budget concealer that’s high coverage and has a handy little mirror in it, I always keep it in my handbag for that reason. I don’t wear makeup on the flight (it’s dry enough as it is on flights) but I might put on some concealer and at most a slick of lip tint before it lands). Full review of this to come soon if I’m good!

4) Lip Balm – another I always have on me (how boring is this turning out to be??) this is a Dr Organic one from the latest BBB box, it has argan oil, avocado and spf, so moisturising and great for day time. Also smells like marzipan, very tempting.

5) Oil Blotters – I keep those on me usually as well as I’ve quite an oily complexion, I tend to use these to blot and freshen up just before I leave the plane. These are some Clean and Clear ones but I do find that both cheap and pricey brands work equally well when it comes to blotters.

6) Sweets/Gum – I don’t usually have these on me but more for the boyfriend when we’re flying I try to have either or both, it really helps the ears ‘pop’ when the plane is ascending or descending. These are Fisherman’s Friend Citrus, very menthol and fresh! Great as a breath mint too.

7) The Bag – from Paperchase, I love it it’s beautiful, received it from a friend a few years back now (she’d put some pretty makeup items in it so it was a sort of package) and while I’m sure it’s meant to be a pencil case I’ve used it as a makeup pouch, a jewellery holder, random items purse etc etc. only downside is that it is made of cloth so could stain easily.

Well that’s it! I do tend to have more face and hair mask/treatment bits and bobs if I’m on a long haul flight but for short hour or three flights this is pretty much what’s on my handy makeup and beauty bag. Obviously I also have things like my passport, earphones, phone and portable charger with me. Although you know what, both my boyfriend and I forgot a travel adapter this time!!! It’s going to be a test of seeing how long our portable chargers can last us and how much we can stay off our phones… Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise?

Let me know what you usually carry on your flights! =)



Free Ghost Eclipse with September Issue of Marie Claire

Hey Everyone!

A quick mag freebie for you to kick off the weekend =) I tend to round these all up in a bumper post but this month’s magazine freebies are surprisingly sparse!¬†¬†I wonder who decides when freebies get released?? Hmmm.

The main freebie of this month I think would have to be the free handbag sized bottle of the Ghost Eclipse fragrance included in every issue of Marie Claire September (in stores now!).


I tried this scent when some samples were being given out a while back and I have to say that I think all the rave reviews about it aren’t wrong, I love it. It’s described as having¬†Bergamot, Lemon, Mandarin, Apple, Peach, Freesia, Lotus Flower, Rose, Amber and musk all in it but in simple terms – it’s fruit, floral (but not overwhelmingly so) and just summer-fun!

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July 2014 Magazine Freebies August Issues – Part 1 Skincare

Hello Everyone!

I know it’s Monday but I felt instead of Monday Munchies I should get these mag freebies out there asap so you have more time to look out for something you want in the shops =)

So, this month is another bumper crop of mag freebies, hence the separation into 2 posts! If you’ve missed it, I also did a separate post for the by-far most popular mag freebie for this month, which is Glamour magazine’s Clinique freebies.

This post is all about the skincare mag freebies this month, so if skincare isn’t your thing you can skip this post and wait for the next one, which will have make-up and miscellaneous things (like a free razor and free perfume). Otherwise, if skincare is your thing, stick around for freebies ranging from hand-cream to cleanser, featuring brands like Neal’s Yard, Balance Me and Rodial!

As always, just flagging up that these are the August issues of magazines and hence out in July (I will never, ever understand this). These will be out for at least another three weeks and when I last checked everything’s was in good stock but if you see something you really like pop into the shops for one asap just in case.


Elle August 2014 with Malin + Goetz freebie

Elle August 2014 with Malin + Goetz freebie

Usual Mag Price: £3.60


Malin + Goetz Skincare Trio: lip moisturiser (5ml, usually £10 for 10ml), Vitamin E face moisturiser (10ml, usually £36 for 118ml) and Grapefruit face cleanser (10ml, usually £25 for 236ml). Total is worth an estimated £9.
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Clinique Freebie with Glamour Mag out July (August 2014 edition)

Hello All!

Apologies on the slowness of releasing news on this freebie! I mentioned it the other day but was kind of reluctant to post full details because I didn’t have details of product sizes so I wanted to look at them in-store, otherwise I can’t really accurately calculate what the full value would be (and then I don’t know if it’s really ‘worth it’!).

So anyway, this mag freebie gets a post all on its own because the hype surrounding it has been¬†crazy. It’s popping up on lots of beauty blogs, even the non-budget related ones, and even more than that it’s been pretty hard to get hold of even in-store, it’s practically sold out everywhere. I’m not sure how I feel about it because in lots of stores I’ve seen the freebies torn out and the magazine left on the stand =O I can’t believe it! It would’ve only cost ¬£2, who would steal a magazine freebie and risk getting caught¬†over ¬£2?!?!

Glamour mag clinique 2014

August 2014 Issue of Glamour with Clinique Freebies

Usually I’d do a bumper post of all the mag freebies with prices of mag and price estimates of the freebies listed as well as personal thoughts/review of the products but not any product pics/swatches as I don’t get all the mag freebies out there, but I felt this particular one warranted it’s own post and seeing as I managed to nag a couple of the freebies, you¬†get a more indepth look at the freebies this time! Don’t worry though, that’ bumper post is coming up because there are a¬†lot¬†of freebies this month, the rest just aren’t flying off the shelves as crazily as the Glamour one is… =P

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Review – Eyeko Skinny Liner

Happy Almost-Friday Everyone!

So, for those of you who kept up with the magazine freebies for June, you’ll know that June had an amazing freebie with Glamour mag (only ¬£2 at Tesco!) which was the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliners in your choice or Black or Navy, rrp ¬£12. I decided I’d review them and let you know how I’ve been getting on with them the past couple weeks and if you like what you read, the Glamour mag is still on sale for a few more days until the next issue is out on Monday 7th July, so you still have a chance!

Eyeko Liner Glamour Mag

July Glamour 2014 Freebie

I must admit I didn’t read the magazine at all… if any of you did buy it though it’s worth a flip through, not to read it, but because there’s a couple other nifty sachet samples in there! ūüėČ It feels like I’m getting extra presents! But anyway, in the above picture you have my lovely little mini-Eyeko haul courtesy of Glamour mag. So, on with the review!

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