My Top 10 Hand Luggage Essentials

It’s that time of year where many go on their holidays and I am one of the few that loves packing a suitcase, and getting my hand luggage ready well ahead of time in order to have a stress free trip.

I have finally managed to take a minimalist attitude and pack only the necessities, here are my top 10 on-board luggage items (in no particular order)

  1. Face Wipes: Antibacterial, baby wipes or cosmetic wipes whichever you prefer they are a handy item for keeping refreshed during and after your flight.
  2.  iPod/iPad: I love downloading films onto my iPad for those long flights to keep me entertained. Some flights can be noisy so I love popping my headphones in and listening to some chilled music that I can nod off to.
  3. Book:You can’t go wrong with a good book! I have to travel with at least 2 books to keep me entertained and help calm my travel anxiety.
  4. Moisturiser: My skin tends to dry out when flying so I always carry a little bottle  of face cream to keep my hands and face hydrated. Just make sure it’s 50ml or under!
  5. Notebook and pen: I carry a notebook and pen everywhere I go to doodle and write lists or general ramblings. Inspiration can come at any time so I always like to have something to hand.
  6. Scarf: Planes can get cold, so I always pack an over sized scarf to keep me warm or to use as a pillow.
  7. Camera: I always take my SLR camera on board as I don’t like leaving it in my suitcase. It also means I can take a few snaps around the airport whilst waiting for my flight. Alongside this I take Jamie’s gopro, it is the perfect travel camera for catching those action shots and underwater moments.
  8. Deodorant/Lip balm/Hair ties: Take a little beauty bag onto your flight and fill it with a few essentials. My extremely thick, long wavy hair is always getting in the way so I love to have a few different hairbands tucked away or on my wrist. Lip balm prevents dry cracked lips on long-haul flights and if you want to feel a bit more glamorous when stepping into arrivals then take a little nude lipstick. Deodorant is an obvious one, planes are sweaty places so I always take a small spray or roll on.
  9. Bottle of water: Stay hydrated by purchasing a bottle water at the airport. Even if you want to have a nightcap while on board, taking a bottle or water will prevent dehydration. Sometimes I take vitamin C tablets or rehydralyte with me so if i’m feeling  a little nauseous or under the weather I can pop one of these into my water.
  10. Snacks: If you are like me and get a little peckish during a flight then pack a few snacks. I like to take a cereal bar, a small packet of crisps and then either some biscuits or a small pack of sweets to get a quick sugar boost.

 

 

What are your travel essential? Leave a comment below!

Thanks

Gee

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Mini Beauty Haul

L’Oreal Clay Mask

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The L’Oreal masks is available in three varieties  (detox, purity and glow) and I decided to get the detox mask  just because it contains Charcoal.After using it I was so surprised at the immediate results. All blackheads, dirt, dead skin cells and other impurities were removed straight away. It left my skin looking healthy, fresh and super clean.I’m very excited to try the other masks.

E.L.F Rose Gold Liquid

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After receiving an email informing me of the free UK postage I had to have a look at the ELF website. I stumbled upon this amazing rose gold liquid eye-shadow and when it arrived I just fell in love with it! It’s super pigmented and easy to apply, you do have to use an eye-shadow primer first and then a similar colour eye-shadow after just to set the liquid. The ELF products are really good value for money and this liquid eye-shadow also comes in two other shades including copper!

Smashbox Contour Kit and Photo Finish Primer

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After receiving these goodies from the boots review panel I binned my old and nearly finished contour palette and got stuck in with this one. The kit contains everything you need  including a small step by step guide, a small angled brush and three powders; a contour powder, bronzer and highlighter. It is so easy to use and the pigmented powders blend really well. It gives you a glowing radiant look that is natural and defined. A palette apparently favoured by Kim Kardashian the Smashbox contour kit is, in my opinion a definite a must have.

Vichy Dermablend 3D Foundation

As someone who doesn’t wear foundation I wasn’t fussed about this product when it arrived. However after using it I was shocked with how much it reduced my pores. Perfect for oily and combination skin this foundation has SPF 25 and is hypoallergenic. It contains salicylic acid and when applied leaves your skin with a smooth and velvety finish. A small amount gives excellent coverage and the formula is light and doesn’t feel heavy or thick on the skin.

Have you used any of these products? What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below.

Thanks

Gee

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“Why am I yellow?”

After a long weekend of binge drinking, eating takeaways and not sleeping much its to safe to say I wasn’t feeling my best. However I didn’t expect to wake up on a Monday morning with unbearable stomach cramps and yellow eyes and skin. It didn’t take long until I was at the doctors having blood tests to find out why I was looking like a Simpsons character.

The jaundice faded but I was diagnosed with a minor condition called Gilbert’s Syndrome.

Gilbert’s syndrome is when the yellow substance found naturally in the blood (Bilirubin) increases and starts to build up. It is a genetic disorder that’s hereditary and according to UK statistics around 1 in 20 people have Gilbert’s.

It took me a while to understand what it was, and accept the changes that I had to make to my diet in order to avoid this short period of jaundice and fatigue. There are a few symptoms of Gilbert’s including nausea, dizziness, IBS, brain fog, and fatigue. Although Gilbert’s is not a medicated condition it helps to know what triggers you may have and how you can prevent feeling unwell.

I took the steps to cut out alcohol, fatty and oily foods (only sticking to the good fats) and anything made with MSG. My doctor recommended the Paleo diet, and although I had heard from other GS sufferers it worked well, unfortunately after my 3 month trial it made me feel worse.

It’s been a year and a half since my diagnosis and I feel healthier than I have ever felt before. Of course I treat myself to the occasional chicken kebab and my diet isn’t too strict but all the little things I have changed have paid off.

GS doesn’t pose a risk to health and doesn’t cause complications, yes there are some medications I now can’t take but overall GS hasn’t restricted my life whatsoever.

My message to other GS sufferers is look at changing your diet, take care of your body and you will feel fine. Just because you get diagnosed or labelled as something it doesn’t mean that you can’t carry on living your life, and there is plenty of other illnesses in the world that are far worse than a having a few days of jaundice and fatigue.

To anyone else that may think they have GS, go and get tested and then find out what triggers your symptoms so you can change it.

I’m happy my body reacted the way it did otherwise nothing would have changed and I would living an unhealthy lifestyle.

Thanks for reading, leave a comment below and tell me all about health issues you may face and how you cope with them.

Gee

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Dusty Girls Mineral Foundation Review

Recently I was lucky enough to be sent a Kabuki brush and a pot of natural mineral foundation from the company Dusty Girls

The Dusty Girls make-up range is part of an Australian company named MooGoo. Moogoo has an entire range of gentle products that are made with natural ingredients and all are chemical free.

Our Mineral Foundation Powders are lightweight and filler free, which means you can get a natural coverage without the chemicals

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Now I’ve always been interested in mineral powers and foundations and have previously tried them and found that they sometimes leave uneven coverage. However the good thing about mineral foundations is that they are lightweight, natural and aren’t prone to clogging pores.

The Dusty Girls foundation comes in little blue pot in a gorgeous blue colour and it is nice to see a company have no waste packaging and not over-pack their products. The cute  outer card sleeve packaging has a few little quotes on and instructions. Another key feature of this packaging is that the pot has a plastic lid type cover that you can twist and turn to stop the product from falling out.

I love love love the Kabuki brush! Soft bristles not made of animal hair and a perfect size to fit in any makeup bag!

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I got the shade in medium and it was perfect for my skin tone, this company has a selection of 7 shades and the Fair and Medium shades are also available with pinks and gold undertones.  The light shimmer in this foundation finishes off any day look and it is perfect for anyone looking for a natural, light coverage. I recommend moisturising first then using a concealer to cover any blemishes and finally using a kabuki brush to lightly blend in the foundation to avoid excess.

The Dusty Girls and Moogoo makeup range is designed for anyone with blemish prone skin and the natural ingredients mean less chemicals are being put onto your delicate skin!

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“Campaign Cake Face! Dusty Girls say no to cake face and yes to natural, healthy skin. Beauty is within but there’s no harm in highlighting our good features. Our number one beauty tip? Smile

Overall I highly recommend this foundation, the light formula means it is ideal for warm weather and I can’t wait to take it on holiday with me!


Have you ever used a mineral foundation powder before or used any of the products from Dusty Girls? Leave a comment below!

Thanks

Gee

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East Sussex National Hotel & Spa Review

Last weekend I took my mum to the East Sussex National Hotel & Spa for a relaxing spa day and birthday treat. I booked online through a company called Spa seekers which offers a range of spas to choose from in your area.

The hotel itself and the surrounding grounds are beautiful, and the Horstead Health Club is located on site next to the main hotel.

We were pleasantly greeted by friendly staff who assisted us in booking our spa treatment times and lunch. After being handed our robes, towels and slippers my mum and I made our way to the changing rooms and then into the spa.

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The spa facilities are excellent. Visitors have the choice of the large heated pool, a steam room and sauna, and a Jacuzzi. There is a selection of loungers, chairs and tables around the pool, and the choice of hot and cold complimentary drinks are available during your visit.

During our day visit I discovered there was a gym onsite at the health club and I was gutted I didn’t bring my gym clothes, however I certainly had an amazing time relaxing and napping around the pool.

The Horstead spa has nine treatment rooms and offers a range of treatments guaranteed to leave you feeling indulged and relaxed. The staff were helpful, attentive and made sure we were comfortable before allowing us to choose our massage and treatment oils.I decided to opt for a back,neck and shoulder massage and my mum had a facial, both treatments were tailored to our needs and specifications.

We shared a treatment room and the quiet ambiance and soft music left both of us nearly nodding off!

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Lunch was a delightful and delicious bento box filled with different sandwiches and cakes alongside a cream tea. As you can see I didn’t hold back and already tucked into a sandwich before snapping this pic!

I have visited a few spas in the Sussex area and overall I definitely think the facilities at the East Sussex National are some of the best, I highly recommend this spa if you are looking to escape the business of your everyday life and I can’t wait to go back and maybe even play a round of golf next time!


 

What spas have you visited? Leave a comment below.

Gee

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Adventures In Morocco

Its been a year since Jamie and I went to Morocco so here is my throwback post sharing our experience in Marrakesh

Marrakesh has two parts the old town (the medina) and the new town, we stayed in the Medina in a beautiful Riad we found on Air Bnb. Every morning we were greeted with a traditional Moroccan breakfast and our host would give us tips on surviving the souks and ideas of places we should visit.

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We visited Marrakesh during Ramadan a time considered to be low season, however it was the hottest time of the year, over 40 degrees and the souks were hot, crowded and humid. Getting lost in the mazes was both frustrating and tiring but walking through doorways and courtyards you could find yourself in a cool spot of shade being offered mint tea.

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The souks are the heart of the Medina and a must-see when you’re visiting the city. If you don’t plan on shopping for leather, tea or spices, the souks are still a crazy experience. There are motorbikes, people and cars trying to squeeze down the smallest alleyways and lots of cats! It is a unique atmosphere that heightens your sense; the smells of tea and donkeys, the sticky heat, and the loud motorbikes and stall owners shouting at nearby tourists.

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We decided to purchase a rug and we discovered that as well as haggling, Moroccans like to trade. So alongside a small amount of money we traded a pack of cigarettes and some sunglasses for a lovely berber rug. Both parties were extremely pleased with the trade, I even got a hug off the stall-owner because he was so grateful!

Navigating through the souks is tough challenge, it is easy to get lost in the labyrinth of concrete walls as you cannot depend on the Moroccan signposts, and locals who want to “help” (ask for money for awful directions that then lead you to the wrong place)

“Follow this road , turn left, head towards the alleyway then walk past the tourism shop and you will be greeted with a road, turn right and you will be in Jemaa el Fna square”  

It took hours to reach the main square,even with a map! You almost feel like a real-life Hansel and Gretal, wanting to leave trails of breadcrumbs behind you to avoid becoming totally disorientated.

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The Marjorelle gardens were made famous by Yves St Laurent and without a doubt was my favourite place in Marrakesh. Tranquil, peaceful and visually stunning these gardens are picturesque. The bright colours and surrounding cacti took my breath away.

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If you are going to Morocco it is definitely worth trekking up to the Atlas Mountains, we organised a car to take us and even though the trip was roughly two hours in the 40 degree heat, the Ouzoud falls are just stunning. We had the chance to go swimming in the pools, had lunch with the locals and even fed some monkeys! I think this was Jamie’s holiday highlight.

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Our last day was spent at a beautiful farmhouse just outside the towns not far from the airport. We relaxed by the pool, met this cute chocolate Labrador puppy and also had a private lunch (chicken tagine) in the olive gardens. The quiet poolside was a far cry from the craziness of the Medina and was definitely the best way to spend our last day.

Marrakesh is a beautiful place, the bright colours, the lush greenery and gardens that thriving in the souring heat. A truly fascinating place where you can find a tiny slice of peace in a Riad or courtyard among the craziness that is outside.

Things to do in Marrakesh:

  • Buy some tea, spices or leather handbags
  • Visit the Koutoubia Mosque, although it’s not open to those that are not Muslim, the building itself it magnificent.
  • Stay in a Riad,
  • Try Moroccan mint tea and eat a traditional tagine.
  • Visit Museum of Marrakech.
  • Visit the Atlas Mountains
  • There is plenty of temples and muesuems so you won’t be short of culture.
  • Go to a hammam and get scrubbed down
  • Go see an exhibition at the Maison de la Photographie.
  • Visit the Jardin Majorelle
  • Find a rooftop in the square to spot the storks

 

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been making less purchases and not shopping as much because frankly I don’t anything and I’ve been saving for future holidays/plans etc.

I popped into Primark last week and picked a few packs of up these copper wire hangers! Never thought hangers would bring me so much joy but they look so nice against my white wardrobe!

As Primark had a sale on, I got this flamingo top for £3! Such a bargain! I also needed some new nail clippers and tweezers and they happened to have both of these in copper and “oil spill” at only £1 and £2.

Of course I had to make a trip to LushLush and bought the Seanik shampoo bar (not pictured) this is my go to shampoo and I haven’t used anything different for about 8 months! It makes my hair look and feel clean, shiny and soft.

I’m a sucker for a bath oil and my favourite is the floating island, I decided to get something different try the you’ve been mangoed! Alongside this I bought the butterball bat bomb and the new modfather bubble bar.

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As a blogger I get to work alongside brands and get the chance to support each other. Coconut Lane is a small company that sell a wide selection of products from phone cases, to socks and notepads! I’ve been a coconut queen for a short while now and I have previously posted about them and their items.

Anyone who knows me knows I love Leonardo Dicaprio and when I saw these listed I knew I had to have them! They are so silly and fun. I also bought the “What would Beyonce do?” notebook.

If you want to order from Coconut Lane use the discount – georgiaknight20 to receive a 20% discount!

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My final purchase of recent weeks is this beautiful mustard yellow, Beatrix Kiddo inspired faux leather jacket from Zara. It was an absolute steal at £39.99 so much so that I had to buy one in black! I wear mostly neutral colours so this jacket is ideal for adding a pop of colour to my wardrobe.

Thanks for reading,


Gee

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