How To Pack For A Weekend Break

How To Pack For A Weekend Break

When it comes to packing for a weekend break, no matter how many times you write a list, start packing 3 days before and make many mental notes, you always end up forgetting something important. Whether you are heading off for a weekend in the country or jetting away for a city break trying to remember the contents of your beauty collection can be a nightmare. So, we’re here to help! We’ve worked out a failsafe packing list that will make sure you not neglecting your beauty regime for those days away.

1. SPF
Now I’m not going to bang on about how important SPF is because you already know, right?! If not, we have written many articles about it here and here. When you’re travelling and walking round all day you need to make sure you have a great long-lasting SPF that will see you through. The Piz Buin 1 Day Long Lotion is perfect as it gives you up to 6 hours of protection, it’s also 100ml so you can take it in your hand luggage! It’s also handy to have a SPF for your face that you can just keep in your hand bag for top ups, the Ambre Solaire Dry Mist works over makeup too, so you can mist away throughout the day!

2. Moisturiser
Moisturiser is essential for your skincare regime so don’t neglect it just because you’re away from home. Particularly if you’re flying, the air con on flights literally sucks any hydration out of your skin. Apply a thick layer of a super hydrating moisturiser or a night cream (they tend to be thicker in consistency) for throughout your flight. We love the Elemis Hydra-Nourish Night Cream.

3. Face Wash and Deodorant
You may be tempted to just stick to face wipes when you go away for the weekend, but they won’t do your skin any favours. Make sure you pack a good cleanser as well to keep your skin clear, clean and fresh. The REN Clean Skincare Rosa Centifolia 3-in-1 Cleansing Water is perfect for travelling as it acts as a toner and micellar water too! And deodorant just goes without saying…

4. Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is a must for refreshing dirty or greasy hair during your break. You can pick up lots of travel sized bottles that won’t take up too much room in your hand luggage. The Charles Worthington Style Setter Dry Shampoo adds plenty of volume and texture too!

5. Travel Size Perfume
You don’t want to be lugging around your big bottle of perfume on a trip (or be in danger of losing or breaking an expensive bottle!). So, pack a small hand bag sized version of your favourite scent. 30ml bottles are perfect for hand luggage or why not try a Pacifica Solid Perfume for layering on, our favourite is the Tahitian Gardenia.

6. Self-Tan
If you like to have a bit of colour when you’re away then fake tan is a must. We all know how a genuine tan is damaging to the skin, so you’ll need a bit of something extra to give you that glow. A gradual tanner is a great option as it can double up as your body lotion too! The St Tropez Gradual Tan Body Lotion gives a gorgeous bronze colour.

7. On The Go Palettes
Trying to streamline your makeup collection can be no mean feat. When you’re heading away for a couple of nights having a couple of handy palettes will help you keep everything in one place. The Marco By Design Complete Palette contains eyeshadows, highlighters, face powder and eyebrow products so you just need to remember your brushes!

8. Hand Sanitiser
Having a hand gel or sanitiser in your handbag is always handy but when you head away on a city break they are an essential. Particularly when spending a lot of time in public places/ eating gelato by the bucket load! They’re usually super small so don’t take up hardly any precious space. Try the Anatomicals Hand Sanitiser, it’s a germ killing machine!

If you need some inspiration for amazing city breaks then check out our blog from last week… Top 8 Must See City Breaks!

What Are The Best Vitamins and Supplements For Your Skin

What Are The Best Vitamins and Supplements For Your Skin

We all know the importance of a good skincare routine – what we put on our skin to help it stay soft, blemish free and moisturised is very important. But, some of us underestimate the importance of skincare from the inside out – vitamins and supplements for the skin.

You can have the best skincare routine with the most expensive products, but if you are lacking in certain vitamins or minerals, you could be just as prone to skin breakouts as those who don’t wash their face at night. The right kinds of vitamins and supplements can help with dry skin, healthy collagen development, managing breakouts and more.

There are a variety of different skin vitamins and supplements on the market, so we’ve taken a look at five vitamins and minerals that can make a real difference to your skin.

1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a vital vitamin all healthy bodies need. It protects your cells, helps with wound healing and helps to maintain healthy skin.

Vitamin C is an essential part of the skins defence system, where it acts as an antioxidant to strengthen the skin’s barriers. It also helps with sun-damage and can have anti-ageing benefits.

So if you’re looking for soft, blemish free, healthy skin, you may benefit from using Vitamin C infused skincare products, such as Avalon Organics Intense Vitamin C Oil-Free Moisturiser for a day to day moisturiser, or Skin Republic Brightening Vitamin C Face Mask for a more intensive treatment.

2. Vitamin E

Vitamin E, which is usually applied as an oil, is an amazing penetrative treatment that soothes and softens your skin. It can help to shield it against harsh environments, and is a natural and gentle moisturiser for those suffering from very dry or damaged skin.

Check out Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Body Oil with Vitamin E or Nature’s Answer Vitamin E Liquid Supplement to help your skin improve and protect it from harsh environmental issues.

3. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is amazing for skin cells growth and repair. It can help to destroy free radicals which are known to speed up ageing and can give your skin a ‘summer glow’ as it’s usually absorbed via sunlight. Vitamin D supplements are a great alternative for those who burn easily and choose to avoid direct sunlight but still want their skin to glow.

If the sun doesn’t agree with you but you still want to reap the benefits Vitamin D can offer, try Nature’s Answer Vitamin D3 Drops.

4. Zinc Supplements

Zinc is found in cells throughout your body and is used to fight off bacteria and viruses, so can help those who suffer from acne. It speeds up recovery, reduces inflammation, and can help with the production of new cells.

If you know you’re prone to breakouts or suffer from acne, try zinc supplements to help reduce your blemishes and help clear your skin.

5. Collagen Supplements

Collagen supplements have a variety of different health benefits as collagen has many important functions in your body, such as providing your skin with structure and strengthening your bones. It’s basically an all-round miracle worker when it comes to skin, helping with reducing the signs of wrinkles by increasing elasticity and hydrating dry skin.

If you want to fight the signs of time, you should add collagen products to your beauty routine. Products like L’Ocean Caviar Collagen Boosting Facial Serum and will help you achieve softer, smoother, younger-looking skin.

6. Omega-3 Supplements

Omega-3 supplements don’t just help with brain function and prevent heart disease – they also regulate oil production, boost hydration, help prevent acne and even delay the signs of ageing! They are an amazing all-round supplement and can work wonders for your skin.

Check out Barlean’s Fish Omega Swirl Strawberry Banana to help improve the look and feel of your skin while looking after your brain and heart as well.

If you’re looking for more ways to improve the look and feel of your skin, you first need to understand what type of skin you have. Then, you can plan your skincare routine accordingly and pick the right vitamins and minerals for your needs.

Top 8 Must See City Breaks

Top 8 Must See City Breaks

If you love exploring new cities and can’t decide where to go next, these 8 destinations may just inspire you to grab your passport and best friend, pack a travel bag, and book that last-minute city break you have been planning forever. We’ve teamed up with Thomas Cook to give you some last minute inspiration, see next week’s blog post for tips on packing for a weekend break!

Amsterdam

Amsterdam city breaks have become the go-to weekend getaway, and for good reason. This city is packed with culture, from bike rides through the tulip filled streets, to museums of every kind. Here are the top 5 things to experience in Amsterdam:

1. Visit Bloemenmarkt – The world’s only floating flower market, and the perfect place to pick up some Dutch souvenirs (clogs galore) or a wooden tulip if you don’t fancy the chances of trying to get the real flower back home
2. Anne Frank House – Is a visit to Amsterdam complete without visiting this iconic historical site? Arguably not. This isn’t your typical museum, however, being the actual house in which the Frank family were in hiding for over two years, and where Ann Frank’s famous diary was written. Remember to buy a ticket before you go as they’re not currently sold on the door.
3. Foodhallen – Located in the cultural complex, De Hallen, Foodhallen is a chic indoor food market, serving up your typical Dutch street food and beverages
4. Fancy a shopping trip? Head down to Kalverstraat, Amsterdam’s busiest shopping street
5. Local events – Amsterdam is a vibrant city with loads going on, so make sure you do your research to find out what events will be on whilst you’re there.


New York

Ah, the city that never sleeps. If you want to go on a city break, New York is the ultimate destination. The city will leave you awestruck with enough culture, food and lights to brighten up even the cloudiest of days. These are the top 5 things to experience if you do decide to cross the Atlantic:

1. Grand Central Station – This one (undoubtedly enormous) building alone is packed full of history and culture. Over 750,000 people travel through the station every day. It’s also littered with hidden passageways and secret facts. Try to spot the dark patch on the ceiling (hint: next to the Cancer crab claw) left as an indication of how dirty the ceiling was before they cleaned it in 1998.
2. Landmarks – Of course, go visit the Statue of Liberty and Central Park, grabbing a bagel on the way. If you are a big Disney fan, try and find the Alice and Wonderland statue located East Side at 75th Street.
3. Museums – Make sure you swing by one of New York’s incredible museums. The MET is a must-see if not for the iconic Gossip Girl steps alone.. The roof garden there provides a stunning view of the city, so if it’s a clear day it’s definitely worth a visit.
4. Eat everything – When it comes to food, New York has it all. From bagels and donuts to pizza in Little Italy. Eat until you can’t eat anymore. (And then eat a little bit more).
5. Hit the shops – There is no better city to go shopping in than New York. For the arty shops head to the High Line. The views are incredible and independent shops can be found in the Chelsea Market just below. If arty isn’t your style, there is of course Times Square, all of Soho, Bloomingdales – the list goes on.

Barcelona

Barcelona has to be one of the most photogenic cities you can visit. With its beautiful and varied architecture , the city makes the perfect backdrop for all your holiday snaps. If there is any place that screams art and culture it’s Barcelona. The city is basically known for the artwork of Gaudi, which can of course be found all over the city. Here are some top tips on how to spend your time in Barcelona:

1. Take the bus – Barcelona is one of the few cities where going on an open top bus tour is actually worth doing. It makes for easy transport, and with so many sights to see this is one way to make sure you don’t miss anything out.
2. Sagrada Familia – Have you even been to Barcelona if you don’t go to the Sagrada Familia? It is a must. The ever-changing building has stained glass windows which reflect a rainbow of light through the church. Just stunning.
3. Check out the markets – Las Ramblas is a must. Head to the markets, where you’ll find a mixture of fresh local produce, fruit juices and souvenirs for memories of your Catalonian travels.
4. Head to the park – A trip to Barcelona wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Park Güell, where Gaudí turned his hand to landscape gardening. The parc gets an estimated 4 million visitors a year, so make sure to book in advance to save disappointment.

Warsaw

Visiting Warsaw is a great opportunity to see a combination of both modern and historical sites within one charming city. One minute you’ll be looking up at a magnificent skyscraper and the next you’ll be wandering around the colourful Old Town. Here are the top 5 things to discover in Warsaw:

1. Take a cruise – Why not take to the water and enjoy a cruise down the Vistula River, a perfect way to see a panorama of both the Old Town and Powiśle district.
2. Discover local art – Located in the very centre of Warsaw, the Museum of Modern Art offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy both Polish and foreign contemporary art.
3. Sample local delicacies – Trying the local cuisine is one of the best parts of a city break. Head down to Restauracja Polska Różana to experience a modern take on traditional Polish cuisine.
4. Shop around – Fancy treating yourself during your stay? Plac Unii City Shopping is one of Warsaw’s newest shopping malls, just don’t forget the Sunday trading ban!

Lisbon

If you like to stroll around in the sunshine, then Lisbon is the city break for you. Lisbon gets more sun than most places in Europe, meaning you may not have to put those cute summery tops away just yet! Here are the top 5 things to experience in Lisbon:

1. Ride a cable car – Running along the edge of the Tagus River, these are best way to view Lisbon, offering amazing views across the city.
2. Local landmarks – If you want to feel like a princess, pay a visit to Belem Tower and Jerónimos Monastery. Both packed full of culture.
3. See Sintra – If you get the chance, and want to be thrown right into a fairy-tale for the day, go visit Sintra. The town may be small, but it’s so amazing that UNESCO decided to make it a world heritage site back in 1995. Full of castles and incredible gardens – it really is beyond words.
4. What’s on? – Much like Amsterdam, Lisbon always has something going on, so check before you go. Bairro Alto is packed with tiny bars and clubs perfect for a spontaneous night out on the town.
5. Pastel de whatta? – You can’t go to Lisbon and not try pastel de nata. Head to Pastéis de Belém if you can, they began making the famous egg tarts in 1837 and the recipe remains exactly the same to this day. Apparently, they sell over 20,000 a day!!

Rome

The Eternal City that is loved worldwide for its Rome-antic feeling everywhere you go. The city is not just for couples though, it makes for a great city break whether travelling solo or with friends. Here are a few things to do, when in Rome:

1. Carb-crash – Forget the diet, forget the no carbs. Rome is the place where pizza and ice cream is a must have – no excuses.
2. Trevi Fountain – Don’t forget to bring your coin to make a wish! The famous fountain is Italy’s largest, and stands at 85 feet high and 65 feet across. Lots of room for all those wishes. Fun fact: the municipality of Rome collects the coins from the Trevi Fountain every day to prevent them from being stolen, which are then used to help the poor.
3. Rome Colosseum – There are places you can’t not visit when you go to a city and for Rome, the Colosseum is definitely one of them. Make sure you pick up a ticket in advance to beat the queues.
4. Shop, shop, shop – Italy has got to be one of the most fashionable places in the world. If you fancy a wander around the shops, head down to Via Condotti and take a break on the Spanish Steps.
5. Experience a festival – If you go to Rome between September and November, the RomaEuropa Festival will be on. The ultimate cultural hub, the festival blurs the lines between performance, music, dance and art

Venice

Everything you’ve heard about Venice is true. Make it a city break to remember and soak up the breath-taking views of the canals, wandering around the little winding streets and sipping on heavenly cocktails. Here are a few tips on what to do in Venice:

1. A gondola ride – Expensive, true, but when in Venice, how can you not? It is also the best way to explore the city. Worth the spend.
2. Visit Saint Mark’s Basilica – Located in St Mark’s Square,the cathedral has been rebuilt several times, with each renovation getting increasingly more elaborate.
3. Eat glam – If you fancy a little bit of luxury during your visit, we suggest reserving a table at Ristorante Glam. Located on the Grand Canal in Santa Croce, the restaurant offers a traditional Venetian menu with a modern twist.
4. Check out the Rialto markets- Since the year 1097, locals have depended on the Rialto Markets for their daily fruit, vegetables and fish supplies. Head down early to experience the vendors in full swing, as most retailers close up by midday.
5. Boat to Burano – If you have more than a couple of days, why not take a day trip out to Burano Island. You’ll probably have seen photos of Burano’s colourful houses, which were traditionally painted in those bright hues so that returning fisherman could find them in the fog.

Paris

You only need to cross the English Channel to start your next city break in Paris. Around every corner and under every open archway is a new adventure waiting to be discovered. Here are just a few of the gems to discover in the city of love:

1. The Louvre – The world-famous museum has over 380,000 pieces, including the famous Mona Lisa portrait.
2. Local street art – Why not turn a short walk round the capital’s side streets into your own personal street art tour? Paris is ripe for artistic exploration, so head down streets including Rue Saint-Maur, Rue Oberkampf and Rue Germaine Tailleferre, but make sure you have your camera at the ready.
3. Traditional bistros – Just across the river from The Louvre you’ll find Au Petit Tonneau. This classic Parisian bistro has been open for over 80 years, and offers customers an authentic atmosphere to experience traditional French cuisine.
4. Pick yourself up a souvenir (or five) – Even if you’ve never visited before, you’ll have seen pictures of Galeries Lafayette’s famous glass dome roof. With over 3,500 brands, you’re sure to find something to spend those remaining Euros on.

For trips to Paris, Venice and more head to Thomas Cook to view all their latest city break offers.

Back To Uni Essentials!

Back To Uni Essentials!

Let’s face it, uni plays havoc on our lifestyles and our skin, thanks to late nights, be it through studying or partying hard, and long days. All this can leave you feeling a little stressed, both outside and in.

What to do? Pack your bag with a few essentials to get you through your semester. To help you out, we’ve collated our firm favourites perfect for any beauty-loving student. And let’s not forget, you get an extra 10% student discount off all products here at FD too, so you can get shopping guilt free.

Hair heroes

Need we say it, you’ll need a good shampoo and conditioner to keep that mane in top condition, especially if extra nights out mean more styling. But there are a few other fast fixes to help you maintain lovely locks.

If you’re rushing to a lecture early doors, and there’s no time for a long shower, freshen up with a good dry shampoo, like COLAB’s Volume Dry Shampoo London. And before you start going crazy with those heated styling tools, be sure to douse on some heat defence. We especially like Derma V10 Sexy Messy Hair Heat Defence Spray.

Makeup to wake up to

Bags under the eyes and a general look of fatigue isn’t what you had in mind for those uni photos, let alone seeing that in your reflection each morning. The good news is that you don’t need a whole bag of tricks to turn it around. A few well-chosen products will work wonders.

Make sure to get a high coverage concealer, like Rimmel’s fatigue-busting Match Perfection Concealer. For blemishes, we love Technic’s Tea Tree Oil Concealer with its added spot fighting action. A palette will go a long way to solving all your makeup look, day and night, and it will keep your case more compact. Check out Marco By Design’s Large Eyeshadow Palette for starters.

Go for glow

One of our favourite cheats for glowing skin is achieved with a primer. Add it after your moisturiser and under your foundation, BB cream or concealer, and youƒ??ll have a smoother, more luminous skin tone to work with.

Try something like W7’s Prime Magic Anti Fatigue Brightening Face Primer if your skin needs a bit of rebalancing too. To up your glow game even further, add a highlighter to your makeup kit and work it into the parts of your face where the light hits, after your foundation and concealer. Sleek Barekissed Illuminator is just one lovely product that will make you look sun-kissed and fresh.

Soothing skin treats

Rule number 1: always take your makeup off fully at the end of the day. Doing it properly with a cleanser, toner and moisturiser suitable for your skin type will help you care for your skin, even after long days and nights in full makeup. It’s also worth stocking up on some soothing skin products to help replenish and revive tired complexions. Derma V10’s Clay Mask Detoxifying Tube will help you rebalance. And for blemish-prone skin, opt for clever products like Dermalogica’s Clear Start Breakout Overnight Treatment.

Summer Smoothie Recipe

Summer Smoothie Recipe

There’s nothing better in the summer time that a fresh, fruity smoothie to give you a little bit of a pick-me-up. Especially in all the hot weather we’ve been having recently it can feel a bit much and a summer smoothie is the perfect way to pack in your 5 a day!

The combination of peach and pineapple is definitely a winner in our eyes and this smoothie we found on the gorgeous Madeleine Shaw’s website will definitely hit the spot!

Ingredients – makes one smoothie

1 peach
100g pineapple
300ml of coconut water
4 fresh mint leaves
1-2 medjool dates
4 ice cubes
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

Method

All you need to do is put the ingredients into a blend and whizz away! So simple, just make sure you blend until smooth for the perfect smoothie! Enjoy!

Wedding Makeup Looks

Wedding Makeup Looks

Wedding season is well and truly here! Check out makeup looks on somewhere like Pinterest and you’ll find billions (quite literally) of ideas to go at. That makes it the fastest way to both be inspired and feel totally overwhelmed. So, to give you a helping hand here’s our favourite wedding makeup looks for this year. Yes, they’re hot right now, but they’re also elegantly timeless, so with a few tweaks, you can adapt them to suit you.

Naturally beautiful

The natural look has been a winner at weddings since time began. Understated and chic, it’ll leave you looking fresh and glowing, and it will focus all attention on your gorgeous gown and accessories.

To give it a seriously up-to-date spin work on a dewy look for your skin. Start with a good primer, like Revlon’s Photoready Face Perfecting Primer to give your makeup staying power and your skin added luminosity. Use a sheer foundation on top like W7’s Sheer Foundation paired with a good, sheer concealer will give you that barely-there, flawless look.

From there, keep cheeks, lips and eyes minimalist and natural. Opt for warm, peachy tones for your cheeks, and shimmery neutrals like NYX Baked Eyeshadow in Lavish for your eyes. If you want to add a bit of definition to your lids, a soft brown eyeliner will work wonders, before adding a good sweep of mascara. Finally, a lip colour that closely matches your own will add definition to your pout.

Colour pop lips

A bold, red lip will always give you that ultimate wow-factor. To pull this look off with aplomb you’ll need to feel comfortable with a bright lip shade. Remember, on your big day feeling gorgeously ‘you’ is your top priority.

This look is simple to perfect with the right tools. Work on your base, with a good primer, foundation and concealer. Perfectly even skin is the secret to making your lip colour work even harder, and products like Calvin Klein’s CK One Mousse Concealer will help you do just that.

Keep eyes low key for maximum effect, using soft brown shadows and liners like Rimmel’s Special Eyes Precision Eye Liner in Rich Brown. And then onto your lips! Delectable, on-trend colours include Maybelline’s Superstay 14H Lipstick in Non-Stop Red, and Bourjois’ Colour Boost Lipstick in Red Sunrise.

Gorgeously glam

If you want to be a glamourous bride, a winged eyeliner look is just the thing. It’s a great way to emphasise pretty eyes and add a bit of edge to tried and tested wedding looks.

Keep it bang up-to-date by adding a strong, metallic eyeshadow colour, or go traditional and add the wings to a perfect, natural-looking base. First, make sure to even out your skin with a great foundation and concealer, along with a soft blush like the Maybelline Facestudio Blush in Rosewood. A good highlighter like the Sleek Barekissed Illuminator in Casablanca will boost that dewy-skin appeal too.

Now you’re ready for the wings! Use a good pencil in black to extend from the outer corner of your eye and trace the shape of the wing along your upper lid. We like products like Body Collection’s Retractable Eyeliner. Once you’re happy with the shape, colour in the wing and go back over it with a long-lasting liquid liner like L’Oreal’s Super Liner Ultra Precision Eyeliner in Black Gold. And don’t forget lashings of black mascara to finish the look.