Transatlantic Inflight Essentials...

Hello again!

I've taken an unintentional month and a half off from blogging. I don't know why, life just sometimes gets in the way and I've been chasing a promotion at work this last month, getting caught up in the busy hustle and bustle of running a restaurant during the summer holidays and most of all getting thoroughly excited for my holiday to the Caribbean in 3 days time. I can't believe it's come round so fast, counting down from 100 days only seems like it was five minutes ago and all of sudden I'm rushing around and praying my Very order arrives tomorrow or else it'll be far too late to take nice new dresses on holiday...!

Talking of holidays, I wanted to post today to show you what I've been planning to take on the plane with me. According to my TimeHop exactly two years ago today I was in Covent Garden having cocktails with my boy getting ready to fly to Florida and preparing my inflight beauty kit, and today is no different. As I'm not one for mega beauty regimes inflight, I'm normally more interested in getting cosy with a novel or a crossword, I've decided to bring a larger amount of products with me just in case the worst happens and I am without my toiletries (this year we're flying British Airways and we all know what happens to a lot of BA luggage!).

For my everyday essentials I'm taking two hair ties from Primark (you can guarantee one might snap!), a small packet of Kleenex tissues, some ear plugs, my toothbrush and mini toothpaste, and a Parisian inspired PocketBac hand sanitiser from Bath and Body Works. These are definite must haves on board the plane for me, especially the PocketBac for dealing with germs in the recycled cabin air!

I've decided to have a little skin pampering session in the sky too. As you'll be well aware by now, I have very dry skin and Origins moisturisers and products have always worked wonders for me so I'll be popping the GinZing eye cream and day moisturiser in my bag, as well as a hefty travel sized version of the Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask which I absolutely adore.

I don't actually have much in the way of makeup as I am not really planning on wearing anything heavy. My face base for the entire trip will be the Garnier Ambre Solaire BB Cream in factor 30, and I also have the L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara (not pictured) which I am yet to try so I'm hoping for good things!

Finally I have a mini Factor 30 Hawaiian Tropic SPF to pop in my inflight essentials for pre landing application, I don't want to walk off the plane and burn straightaway as I have done before on holiday so I'm being extra safe from the beginning. It's also rather handy to have a mini suncream incase my luggage is lost and I have some to see me through for a couple of days, or even to pop this in my handbag for a day trip out on the sea.

Not an exhaustive kit by all means, but I'm trying to pack light for this vacation and I think I'm doing well so far!

What do you take with you on the plane?
Do you have an inflight regime?


Review | Barry M Hi-Shine Gelly Nail Paint in 'Sugar Apple'

I've been on the hunt for the perfect 'tiffany blue' nail polish to see me into the summer for a while now and I honestly think I've found it. Let me introduce you to a Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in the colour Sugar Apple, isn't she a beauty?! I actually do not own many nail polishes due to working full time in a restaurant where painted nails are a no-no, so any chance I can to paint my nails means that I want the colour to be special, reflect my mood and stand out on my fingers. Sugar Apple is one such colour, it's invited people to start up conversation with me, received the nod of approval from J and makes me smile when I catch a glimpse of it on my fingers. 

The polish itself is not as 'hi-shine' as I would have expected from a bottle claiming to be such. It's not matte by any means, I just think it's not got that supercharge glossy finish I'd want to expect when it completely dries on the nail. It makes up for this in colour however, it's as close to my treasured Tiffany & Co jewellery boxes as I could hope to get and for that reason alone I am totally enamoured with this nail paint. The easy application and the fact that it only took two coats to give such an excellent colour pay off has really impressed me too. Sugar Apple is an incredibly affordable way to jump right into summer with it's lovely little price tag (I bought mine from Superdrug for £3.99) and I'd highly recommend this colour and brand!

Are you a fan of Sugar Apple?
What's your favourite summer nail polish hue?


Shaking Off My Cabin Fever: What I've Been Loving Lately

Things haven't been going so smooth for me lately as I have been house bound with a nasty toe injury, a twisted ankle due to a fall and some incredibly sore wisdom teeth. I don't seem to get a little bit ill, like not with your average cold or a nasty bruise here and there, but I get ill in style and my whole body suffers. Not nice at all! I haven't been able to go to work either, so my cabin fever has got the better of me, and it doesn't help that the sun has been shining non-stop through my living room window!
I thought I'd try and pull myself out of my reclusive rut today and share with you some things that I have been loving lately…

Due to being off work I've had some extra time to myself to just sit and have long baths until the water turns cold and the bubbles melt. I've used up a number of lush bath bombs which have turned my water beautiful colours, burned half of my Bath and Body Works Peach Macaron candle that I got from eBay and been loving my Minnie Mouse body puff that came from Poundland of all places! It's been so blissful to just sit, soak my toe, and think. I do need to place a Lush order now though!

When one is house bound one needs essential treats. These treats have come to me in the form of Sanpellegrino Limonata lemonade and Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Mix-Ups, I honestly cannot get enough of these treats. Cadbury have got it absolutely spot on with their new mix-ups, I can't speak for the Maynards flavour, but the mix-ups than contain miniature Oreos are divine!

My one beauty treat that I can show you is a new Burt's Bees lip balm in their coconut and pear flavour. I've not worn a speck of makeup (apart from this!) for a good 5 days now and it is everything I could want in a nourishing lip product and more. The smell is heavenly, mmm….

This is another little bag of treats which must be quite new to Tesco, Milkshake flavour doughnuts. I actually did an audible squeal when I saw these because I am a massive milkshake fan and these mini doughnuts are so cute. They come in banana, chocolate and strawberry flavour and taste (almost) like the real thing. They're only £1.00 for 15 too which is an absolute steal in my opinion.

Finally, my Mama came to visit me recently and brought a friend who has a car (a luxury I cannot afford at the moment *sadface*) and he took me to Asda which is usually a 50 minute walk and a £6 taxi home. I'd been wanting to find the new Muller Light Coconut with a hint of lime flavoured yoghurt and my Tesco didn't seem to want to sell them, but I found them in Asda. I brought home a bucket load of fruit and some of the coconut yoghurts, which constitutes a good haul in my mind. Yum!

What have you been loving lately?


Recipe| Healthy Porridge Oats Magic Pancakes

As most of you know I'm following the Slimming World plan in a bid to get myself back on track physically and mentally. I'm always up for finding new ideas for SW friendly meals so that I don't get bored and hunt out rubbish to eat, and this morning I woke up with a massive craving for pancakes, and so pancakes I did make!
I think they came out rather well, they were delicious, fluffy and have so far kept me filled right up until lunch - I think these will fast become one of our favourite breakfast meals. I managed to make eight smaller pancakes with my mixture and so J and I had four each with some blueberries and bananas - yummy!
To make these delicious syn free, flour free, milk free, and sugar free pancakes you will need:

35g plain porridge oats
1 Mullerlight yoghurt (I vote vanilla, vanilla with choc sprinkles, or toffee flavours)
2 x medium eggs
Fruit (any of your choice to top).
Fry light.

1. Mix oats and muller light together and leave in the fridge overnight, or for around an hour or two. This will give the oats some time to soak up the yoghurt and leave you with a thick porridge consistency.
2. Once you're happy with the consistency of your oats remove them from the fridge and crack and whisk two whole eggs and the sweetener (however much you'd like, I like my pancakes more on the sweet side so I added about 6 tea spoons to the bowl) to make a runny oaty consistency.
3. Spray some fry light in a non-stick frying pan and pre heat it on the stove.
4. I used a ladle at this stage to try and make my pancakes all the same shape and size, but you can use what ever you'd like to spoon some mixture out and pop it into the heated pan.
5. Flip the pancake over to let it cook on the other side once the edges start to look cooked. I'd say let each side cook for about 2-3 minutes.
6. Repeat until you've used all of your mixture.
7. Stack the pancakes and top them with any fresh fruit that you enjoy, or even a small drizzle or maple syrup or honey.
8. Devour and enjoy!

What do you think of this recipe?
What's your favourite pancake topping?


Make-Up & Skincare For A Weekend Away

If you follow me on Instagram (@louisekwilliams) then you might have seen me upload some pics of my recent weekend trip to Bristol. J's Aunt and Uncle live in a gorgeous little village just outside of Bristol city centre in a beautiful house with an equally beautiful kitchen. It was't a long trip, just two nights and three days, but it's been ages since I've had to 'pack' to go anywhere so I thought I'd put together a little post about the products I took with me in my skincare / makeup bag.
The bag itself is from Victoria's Secret and I bought it when shopping in London for my birthday back in March. It came in a pack of three, with this larger sized one housing a much smaller plastic material pouch and then a sequinned pouch in a medium size. I absolutely adore this set and know that Victoria's Secret do similar in other patterns if you ever happened to be near buy and fancied purchasing one!

I originally toyed with the idea of putting all my skincare in one bag and makeup in another but found that this fit everything in one, both handy and space saving! I'm not sure if I want to combine the two again if I go away (i.e for my hol to St Lucia in September) but for a quick weekend away it didn't really matter to me that everything was all jumbled up.
I took a pretty good selection of makeup and brushes with me for the weekend because space allowed. I brought along my Real Techniques powder, blush and dual fibre contour brushes, along with a little pinkTopshop foundation brush. I adore Real Techniques brushes and have just seen that some teeny tiny travel sized brushes have been brought out - I'm definitely buying those in time for September! In terms of base, I brought my Origins Make A Difference + moisturiser to pop underneath YSL's Youth Liberator foundation and my Nars radiant creamy concealer. Over those I put my Bourjois Java Rice Powder, and experimented with a new bronzer, Maybelline Dream Sun (in blonde, which I am not, but I was afraid of having a heavy bronze on my pale skin!) and a new illuminating powder from L'Oreal in Rose Boudoir.

For my eyes I took along my favourite L'Oreal superliner, Maybelline's Master Kajal khol pencil and Benefit's They're Real mascara for a super simple winged eyeliner look. On my brows I wore Soap & Glory's Brow Archery pencil in Brownie Points and finished off my face with MAC's mineralize blush in Dainty.

I also popped a selection of lip products in my makeup bag as I never like to only take one in case I don't fancy wearing it - anyone else feel the same? I did take my Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick in 101, a Chanel Glossimer in 148 and a new Topshop Lip Paint in Reminisce (which I am absolutely loving!). J's aunt also bought my a Lanolips lip balm which I am currently trying out.

The other bits and pieces you can see above are my current go to fragrance, Armani Si, some cotton pads, two nose pore strips that we never actually got round to using, a Bath & Body works pocket bac hand sanitiser, a Butter London nail polish in Toff (another gift from J's Aunt), a Bath and Body Works Coconut & Lime mini body lotion and the most ingenious travel invention for cotton buds that I bought in Walmart in Florida a year and a bit ago.

And finally, here's what I took skincare and haircare wise, from left: Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser (not mine, but I borrowed some from J's Aunt because I actually forgot to bring a cleanser of any kind!), Avene Eau Thermale Spring Water mist, Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, Milk_Shake leave in conditioning mousse, Benefit It's Potent eye cream, Bumble & Bumble Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner, an Oral B 3D white sample sized toothpase, Dove Pomegranate deodorant, Caudalie cleansing water and a Balance Me body wash from a recent Glossybox.

I love using travel sized products, and had such fun picking out what I wanted to bring with me in my makeup/skincare bag. It's got me in a such a holiday mood...only 111 days until St Lucia...!

What do you take with you for a weekend or a mini break away?


If I Were A Rich Girl...

When I was in Bristol this weekend just gone it was inevitable that I'd end up in Cabot's Circus, circling the beauty hall of House of Fraser for exciting products I'd yet to discover, and also meandering up to Park Street to comb though the shelves of the stand alone Space NK that sits on the corner of the street.
While I did manage to come home with a few goodies (what girl wouldn't!) I came away with a longer wish list. I love Bristol for shopping, it has all the big name brands I love, and more. So what's on my wish list now?

  1. First up is Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, a product that I actually managed to use as I found a small sample in J's Aunty's shower. It was such a lovely little cleanser, the microbeads weren't overly harsh and it left my skin feeling so soft and lovely. I'm definitely after the full sized product now!
  2. Next is something else I tried, Jo Malone's Peony & Blush Suede Cologne. Harvey Nichols in Cabot's Circus boasts a rather large Jo Malone concession, and, having never tried the brand before I went in for a sniff. Before I knew it I was being treated to a consultation about fragrance combining and having the most luxurious body creme applied by the sales consultant. This fragrance really stood out to me as it's floral, and I don't have any floral fragrances - yummy!
  3. I spied this new L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Tanning Elixir in the sun aisle of Tesco yesterday and looked at it with wonder. I've been partial to a bit of self tan over the years and this one promises to gradually bring out the tan over two weeks, I'd love to try this one. And it comes in a glass bottle, how fancy.
  4. I'm currently searching to the right kind of face base to take to St Lucia with me in September, I want it to have a good SPF and not be drying on my skin, two factors that Origins A Perfect World BB Cream has. I've always has good results with Origins products with all that I've used so far so I have high hopes for this one. 
  5. Again another product I tried because J's Aunty has it, Bobbi Brown's Face Base. It's a luxurious moisturiser primer and felt incredible on my skin. I can't say I noticed a visible difference in the longevity of my makeup as I only tried a little bit once so I'd love to give this a go properly. 
  6. Clinique's Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Moisturiser (wow, what a long name!) was mentioned by Zoella in one of her recent videos as her go to product to take onboard a long haul flight. As a girl with really dry skin i'm constantly on the lookout for new moisturisers to combat my dry patches and this one sounds really promising, desperate to get my hands on this! 
  7. My finally thing on my wish list is this gorgeous Rosa Mundi candle by Diptyque. I recently finished my Baies mini candle and found myself rationing it towards the end as I loved it so much. I had a quick sniff of this in Space NK and instantly fell in love, it smells divine. 
So that's my current wish list, seen anything that takes your fancy?
What's on your list?