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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~ Makeup / Travel ~
Micellar Cleansing Water ( baby version)
Mitchum 48 Hour shower fresh deodorant
Mini Toothpaste and Brush
L’Oreal True Match Foundation
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Kiko Blush and Highlighter Chubby Stick
Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner
L’Oreal Flutter Mascara
Sephora super moisturising lip balm
Kiko Purple Eyeliner
Kiko Orange Lipstick
Bourjois 3d effect lip-gloss
I really enjoy packing for a trip away 1) because I love organisation and 2) if I’m going to a new city or on a holiday it’s really exciting!
What I tend to do is lay out my clothes onto my bed and start to plan outfits so that once I’ve arrived at my destination I’m not standing in a pile of clothes trying to match together an outfit and instead I can get ready quickly. This also helps me from over packing.
I try to go through in my head everything I wear from morning to night so I don’t forget PJ’s and socks ( which often I do) If your wanting to take something that is bulky like a jumper or hoodie that is struggling to fit in your case, wear it for travelling.
The flight I’m getting tomorrow to London doesn’t allow me to bring a handbag on board *cries* so I need to make sure that beauty products and makeup can fit in my case once I’ve been through security. But I’ll follow up this post with a what’s in my travel makeup bag
Make a list of bits and pieces you plan to take the morning or evening that you are leaving for the airport for things such as toothbrushes and makeup brushes
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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
I’ve never owned an Urban Decay Naked palette before never mind the whole trio. For me it always seemed quite pricey just for an eye shadow palette and I knew that very rarely would I use all of the shades. However, I’ve found the Urban Decay palette that is perfect for me not to mention a good bit cheaper!
The Urban Decay Naked Basics palette is a thin travel friendly eye shadow palette that has, as the name would suggest, holds all the perfect starter shades you could want for an everyday basic look. The shades range from lightest to darkest
Venus :- Foxy :- W.O.S :- Naked :- Faint :- Crave
All the shades have a buttery long lasting consistency as you would expect for Urban Decay. Venus is the perfect highlight shade and Crave on the other end of the scale is a charcoal black that could be used as eyeliner. The palette in my opinion is great as its shades are perfect for the daytime but can be built up to a smoky eye for the evening. Its slim light packaging is great for throwing in your handbag for on the go.
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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.