How Do You Wear A Hat?

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Genuine question! I have no idea! I’ve bought a huge number of hats in my 30 years and the last style that I really identified with was the ‘Blossom’ style turned up hat of the 90s. If only they’d make a come back I’d be in my ELEMENT but unfortunately I’m stuck with ‘cool’ hats I have no idea how to wear but am DETERMINED to make work!


My recent hair extensions are part of the reason, I want to protect the bonds from the New York heat when we visit later this week but seriously.. any tips? Are there videos dedicated to this subject? Why haven’t I looked that up??

In other news I have been LIVING in this outfit.. these shorts are the most comfortable item of clothing I own, they’re high waisted and a size too big.. the first I’ve felt confident wearing anywhere other than on holiday. So much love do I have for these shorts that I’ve ordered another pair (in white) which I’m sure I’ll also be sharing shortly. The shirt was a total bargain from Primark and is insanely soft, if you can still find it in store I would highly recommend you pick it up.. along with several others that I left behind and have been unable to track down since.. you only regret the things you didn’t buy!!

Summer Nails / Pink Edit

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Following on from last months Summer nail post that covered the cooler colours that have been gracing my talons in these ‘warmer months’ today I’m sharing the pinks and peachy selection..clockwise..

China Glaze Shell-o

I didn’t love this when it first arrived, it was outshone by its super opaque,bold neon brothers in the Sensational collection but since my discovery of sheer colours earlier this year I am totally digging this as a transitional polish. It’s translucent and kind of jelly-like on the nails so if you usually go for a more neutral mani this might just be perfect pink for you!

Revlon Fuchsia Fever

I’m sure I mentioned this in the previous post but SERIOUSLY.. the original Revlon nail polish formula is the most long wearing I’ve ever tried! Fuchsia Fever is pretty basic as pink polish goes but the formula totally sells it.. and if you’re building a capsule collection you’re going to NEED a bright pink!


China Glaze Sun Of A Peach

This is one of those aforementioned sensational shades that initially blew Shell-o out of the water and I have to say, even now.. it I HAD to choose, it wins. The swatch picture really doesn’t do it justice, it’s the ultimate tan enhancing colour.. it’s in the running for my summer holiday mani.. I only have a couple of days to decide!!

Essie Lounge Lover 

this one snuck in to my favourites.. I thought it was a bit blah in the bottle but much the same as with Shell-o it’s a great midway colour between neutral and bright. Really flattering and a staple go-to colour if I really can’t choose or worry that my nail might clash with my outfit.. *spoiler* I NEVER worry about this.

So that concludes my Summer polish round up.. just in time to start thinking about Autumn.. 😉

Travel Makeup / New York Summer Edit

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I packed my travel makeup in advance so I could film etc .. the usual bloggery stuff but I’ve made a few edits since the video went up last week so if you saw it THIS is the definitive selection! It’s tough to narrow down beauty stuff on any trip but especially in Summer.. I have no idea how hot it might really be/where we might go/how much makeup I might actually want to wear so I’ve tried to keep it to a minimum while leaving myself with a few options..


Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream – A light base that I’ll apply over my La Roche-Posay Athelios XL tinted SPF. I’m taking both my Brush Works Multitasking brush and a new beauty sponge from Boots with me to apply.. I like the brush for foundation but the sponge is perfect for concealer. Speaking of which MAC Pro Longwear made that cut.. again quite light but higher coverage than the CC cream and blendable enough to work as my entire base if needs be. My MAC Blotting Powder is coming with me because it’s my touch up powder of choice and I don’t want to take one in my bag and another for setting my makeup in the morning. My two blush options are NARS Powder Blush in Sex Appeal.. a really easy colour to wear and great if I’m feeling a more matte finish and Josie Maran’s Watercolour Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise. It’s a recent favourite, like a tinted cheek balm it’s super fast to apply and is pretty much summer in a pot. A sheer wash of colour that looks totally effortless.


Lip products were where I found it impossible to edit but I have done so since the video (for those who saw it) and am now taking 2 lipsticks with corresponding lip liners, Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk with MAC Faux and Rimmel Lip Liner in Pure with NARS Audacious Lipstick in Natalie. Alongside those I’m taking a Tint’n’Pout lip oil from George at Asda and anticipating several purchases while I’m over there ;). Eyes are simple as I do so little day to day, Maybelline Lash Sensational was the obvious mascara choice, I picked up a new Schwing liquid liner from The Balm and threw in an H&M liner in Terroir (deep brown) to wear with the Colour Essence Mousse in Dauphine Truffle in case I want to do something more than just a cat eye one evening.. but chances are I won’t.  With all these pencils I needed a sharpener of course and finally I have my Clinique Super Fine Liner for brows in Soft Brown and Benefit Gimme Brow which draws the makeup portion of the bag to a close.


The toiletries half was easier as I have half of the bag packed year round and topped up as and when we come back from various trips and overnight stays so it’s not a major chore to find all the miniatures I need whenever we travel. The only things I couldn’t track down this time were my shampoo and conditioner (RedKen Beach Envy Volume) and my beloved Pureology Colour Fanatic treatment spray.. I was lucky enough to have them sent to me via a PR contact but I’d highly recommend the regular sizes of these.. my favourites of the moment! I’m sharing some bits with Lee and show more of his stuff in the video but I have Nivea Men Cool Kick deodorant partly for this reason and partly because I generally hate womens deodorants. Fold up toothbrush and mini toothpaste are essentials but the Orajel (a US product) has become one in recent years.. nothing worse than toothache on holiday and this stuff will numb your entire mouth!! Speaking of ailments I have a horrendously sore back at the moment (I’ve been to a physio and I’m concerned it’s only been made worse) so along with a bag full of pain killers I’m also taking Nurofen Max Strength Pain Relief Gel for that.

Skincare-wise I’m taking the Balance Me balm cleanser, Fresh Black Tea Eye Cream, this mini Lancome Night cream that I’m sure I couldn’t afford but received a sample of and is LUXURY in a tiny jar and Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturiser which is great for daytime hydration as it’s not too heavy. I’m also taking a few masks, the Glam Glow pods for my under eyes, the Masque Bar Eye Puffiness Minimising Patches and a Clear Improvement pod mask from Origins. I’ve got a couple more skin treats in my hand luggage which I’ll share later and am tempted to throw in some sheet masks but I figure I’ll more than likely pick some up while I’m over there anyway. Lastly I have a Burts Bees lip balm my Rapidbrow treatment a miniature Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir and a RAZOR!


Although I feel like I’ve packed pretty light (remember, I get some kind of beauty packing handicap for being a blogger) it still seems like a lot of stuff.. I know I’ve packed twice this in the past though so I’m letting it slide. I’m also packaging regular SPF for the family in our main case but if you can think of anything I’m missing I still have time to edit this before doing the final case check on Wednesday.. eek! Not long now!!

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