So last Saturday I headed to London for the weekend and flew back Monday night. From Glasgow to London is possibly the quickest flight ever, we actually spent more time circling the hold at Gatwick than we did in the flight itself. Funnily enough I had never been to London before so naturally I wanted to see the sights and do all the tourist stuff but with only one weekend it was a race against time. We stayed in the Pimlico Area which was really handy for Victoria.
I power walked through the streets and up and down the tube stations jumping from all the different tube lines to make sure that I crammed as much as possible into my weekend. I visited Buckingham Palace *and the Queen was in residence*, posed in a photo booth in Topshop Oxford St, made a visit to the massive Lush, munched down a Shake Shack on Saturday night in Covent Garden, mosed around Victoria and Victoria Station, saw Big Ben at Westminster, jumped off the tube at Tower Bridge and went to the Emirates Experience flight simulator with my brother in Greenwich AND visited the Imperial War Museum ALL IN 1 WEEKEND
I’ve left London with many memories ( and a lighter bank balance) but I truly loved my weekend there. Next time I’m aiming for visiting Leister Square, Notting hill and Primrose hill as well as many other areas of London such as Shoreditch.
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Kiko is such a lovely makeup shop and I’m so glad to discover that they sell online. The products are budget friendly but they are of great quality. Recently when in Italy I picked a few things up so here is my Kiko Haul. Each of the products mentioned will be linked below.
I’ve already written a blog post solely on the Velvet Matte Lipstick in 609 here so If you’d like to read about how amazing this orange Kendall Jenner Estee Lauder style lipstick is head over to that post. The link to the lipstick is here
The Universal Fit Foundation is a foundation that I’ve wanted to get my hands on for a long time. Unfortunately I am too pale for even the lightest shade Kiko have to offer which is a shame but I’m sure I can mix it with a lighter foundation. Packaging wise is great because its a tube and its easy to travel with and you can get all the product out unlike a glass bottle foundation. Its a decent coverage and lasts a good while. The link to the foundation is here.
I bought 2 for the Kiko Smart eye pencils which are dirt cheap but fantastic quality. They are really buttery and don’t pull on the eyelid when you apply them. I bought shade 813 which is a turquoise colour and shade 806 which is a light purple. You can buy them here.
The next product is possibly my favourite purchase. Long Lasting Eye shadow Stick in 06 which is a dupe if there ever was one for the By Terry Ombre Blackstar for a fraction of the price. Easy to use on the go as the eye shadow is in stick form and all that is required is a swipe of it over the eyelids and blended out for a lovely bronze eye. They have many different shades check them out here.
Unfortunately the blush and highlighter I bought was in a sale and no longer seems to be available but I’m sure that Kiko must do something similar. It is a chubby stick which on one side is blush and the other a highlighter. Simple to use and 2 products in one genius.
Finally, the nail polishes from Kiko again are really cheap and last long hardly chipping. They have an abundance of colours but I decided to pick out a purple colour in the shade 338. Check out the nail polishes here.
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I really do have some of the main traits of a Virgo one being that I thrive organising myself and planning. I think my family and friends could vouch that I really love planning, and sometimes I’m the one making all the plans. But what’s more fun to plan than a city break?
I’m by no way a ‘professional planner’ but I do consider myself someone in the know cause I’ve helped organise quite a few trips, dinners etc.
Firstly for a trip print out/ buy anything that will be useful i.e. maps/ tube maps / language guides etc. anything that is going to make life easy once you arrive at your destination.
Secondly, for accommodation search sites such as Trivago and Trip Advisor to find the hotel/hostel/apartment that’s in your budget located at a central location that is easy to get to. Looking at the reviews of hotels is really useful in finding out what others thought of the place where you are thinking of making your base for the trip.
Plan out your budget. How much flights/ buses/ tubes/ trains are places you want to visit in the city, places where you are going to eat and general spending money.
I find writing a list of everything I want to do is useful as its realistic and surfing the web is great at figuring out how much things cost, e.g. museums, cafes, monuments.
Create a schedule. it doesn’t have to be exact but it means that the days you have in the city you are going to wont be wasted and you’ll be able to cram in everything you want to do and not leave disappointed.
Plan what you are going to wear the night before. It saves you wasting time in the morning and means that you can make the most of the full day ahead.
Have a back up plan. Especially if your travelling alone like interailing etc. so that if you become ill or something is stolen you have emergency money and a contingency plan.
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I’ll do a follow up post soon on what I take on a city break
There’s nothing worse than that feeling when your sitting on the plane planning on reading that book or doing your makeup only to realise that its in the hold of the plane.
I’m a typical Virgo by nature that I enjoy organising myself and when better a time than when going on holiday. You want to have the best flight you can have and enjoy it whilst keeping yourself occupied so I want to share the ‘essentials’ or what I think you should have in your hand luggage for a flight.
1) A decent sized bag. You don’t want a tiny little bag that has everything crushed up inside it. I got this bag in the Accessorize sale and it was a perfect size for laptop and everything else.
2) Passport ( just a little useful for getting you out the country yanno)
3) Skincare/ Makeup. Flying really plays havoc on my skin so I like to moisturise my face whilst on board and apply makeup for landing. I’d say a travel sized moisturiser and whatever makeup and brushes you want to take. Lip balm also to stop your lips from chapping.
4) Water and Food. Bought once your past airport security
5) Entertainment. I like to bring with me a book and a Sudoku book but recently I’ve got into adult colouring books so I brought my Paris colouring book with me too. Head phones and phone are perfect for cancelling out noise
6) Clothing. Always good to bring sunglasses if your heading into a sunny destination or a scarf if your going somewhere colder. A scarf can double up as a blanket which is good for a cold flight
7) Money. For my Euro’s I brought with me a small purse from Primark which was nice and small to throw in my bag and was also rather cute.