My Favourite Florida Buys

20 September 2015

I had originally planned to split my holiday purchases out in to three haul posts (Disney World, Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Sephora), but there was so much stuff that it all felt a little bit overwhelming. Instead, I've opted to share my favourite selections from all three categories.

I have to start with the obvious one, my Chip mug. I'd seen this little guy all over the internet and heard rumours about how he was only available in one specific location and in limited supply, so on our first night in Disney I power marched us to said shop for my first Disney buy. There were plenty of him and we saw him all over the place (Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Downtown Disney), so if you're off to Orlando soon I'm sure that you'll have no trouble buying one. I amazed myself by making this my only mug purchase of the holiday, but I absolutely love him.
My actual first buy of my Orlando adventure was my Gryffindor lanyard from Universal Studios. As we spent the first three nights of the holiday at the Hard Rock Hotel we had the on-site benefit of Front of the Line passes for most rides, so to save me from constantly digging around in my backpack for this pass, I bought a lanyard to wear it round my neck. I'll definitely pack this for future trips. I also treated myself to a Gryffindor pin to go on the lanyard, because you can never have too much house pride (Pottermore might've sorted me in to Ravenclaw...). On the subject of pins, I grabbed one at Disney featuring one of my favourite rides, Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid. The third and final Harry Potter item that I've chosen to showcase here is my Time Turner necklace. I ummed and ahh'd a lot about buying this, but in the end I'm so glad that I did. It was pricey, but it's so delicate and well crafted.
I surprised myself by buying a lot more makeup than I'd originally intended to on this trip.  I couldn't say no to the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, which is a truly beautiful highlighter. I've started wearing my brows a little darker than normal, so I treated myself to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Ash Brown. Sneaking in to the top photo is the Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer, which I have in the palest shade for under eye cover-up. The bath salts were a Downtown Disney purchase from Basin. We went in to this shop on our last morning, and if it had been any earlier in the trip then I probably would've bought the whole shop, as everything smelt divine. My last two beauty items featured are both lipsticks: MAC's iconic Whirl liner in lippy form (need I say more?) and the Buxom Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Sinful Cinnamon. This is another Kylie Jenner-esque shade, plus the lid clicks on magnetically, so what's not to love?
My final few favourite purchases are - of course - all Disney related. The two dreamy vinyls feature the soundtracks to Beauty and the Beast and the Little Mermaid, aka two of the best Disney soundtracks ever in my opinion. I'm so excited to listen to both of the records, and I adore the artwork. The back of each vinyl is also beautifully illustrated (featuring Beast and Ursula respectively). The beautiful Sleeping Beauty notebook pictured above actually flips over to reveal Cinderella on the other side, and I've started using this, along with my Minnie Mouse pen, to keep a rather therapeutic daily journal. My other book purchase (shown below) is titled "Fairest of All", and tells the story of Snow White but from the Evil Queen's perspective. I'm hoping that this will be similar to Once Upon A Time, which is my favourite show. 
Lastly, there was so much amazing artwork available to buy in Disney, I could've spent days looking at it all. Unfortunately I didn't have an unlimited budget, so I opted for two of my favourite illustrations in post card form, which I'll frame. The Mermaid Lagoon artwork is by Liana Hee, ad I believe that it's also on display in some of the Polynesian Resort rooms. The Jasmine image (entitled Rajah Dreams) is by the artist Jeremiah Ketner. Kenner is also the mastermind behind my favourite purchase of the whole holiday, the beautiful Tangled print, titled Message From Home. It captures the scene perfectly, and I can't wait to hang this up.

What's In My Florida Beauty Bag

6 September 2015

Aside from the obvious (SPF, a conditioner to combat the humidity etc), there are a few items that I like to pack in my beauty bag when travelling to the United States. Here are my essential contents.

Base wise, I always purchase a tube of my trusty Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Matifying Fluid if I'm travelling somewhere hot. Not only does this leave my skin feeling hydrated, my makeup sits on it beautifully and I'm fairly sure that by being matte, it extends the longevity of my foundation. Regardless of if you're visiting a warmer climate, if you struggle with oily skin I'd recommend giving this a go. I'm also packing two newly discovered base essentials of mine, the Make Up For Ever Hydrating Primer and Mist & Fix Setting Spray. I find that when paired together, these help my foundation to stay in place really well throughout the day, so fingers crossed they work as well in Florida.

In terms of makeup I'm hoping to keep things as simple as possible (the less I put on my face, the less there is to slide off in the heat!), but I'll be taking my beloved MAC Whirl Lip Liner with me for a pop of colour. I'm a little bit wary that lipsticks might melt in the heat, but this liner will last me through even the messiest of meals.

In the 'doesn't fit in to a category' category there are two essentials. The first is a medium sized Wet Brush. I honestly can't brush my hair with anything else these days, so I bought this slightly smaller version to take on my travels with me. This Wet Brush works just as well as the full sized, and I'd definitely recommend it for taming your locks. The last item is one that I wouldn't leave home without, an anti-bacterial hand gel. There will be lots of opportunities to pick up germs (railings, doors etc) in theme parks visited by thousands of people every day, plus lots of sticky ice-cream eating, so I like to have a pocketbac in my bag at all times. I'll be stocking up on some more of these in Bath & Body Works.