Day to Night makeup - Girlglobalising

I’ve become a bit of a pro at packing light on the beauty and makeup front when travelling. Decanting all my products into travel size containers and only taking what I know I’m going to use. They all just about fit in the airport liquids bag, because I hardly ever book hold luggage.

I’ve spoken about my travel beauty edit before, but for my recent trip to Amsterdam I took a couple of different products with me and they worked very well for a simple day to night makeup look. Since we took it quite easy on this trip, often heading back to the hotel for a little rest in the late afternoon/early evening, for once I was able to make full use of the day to night makeup options I had brought with me.

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First up is the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue – still such a favourite of mine and the Seventeen Wow Skin concealer that I have been trying out recently. I have to say it’s not as good as the Bare Minerals bareSkin Serum concealer but for a fraction of the price it does the job nicely.

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An old favourite has made it’s way back into my makeup bag – the Topshop bronzer in Mohawk. The perfect shade for my pale skin. I actually thought they had discontinued this as I haven’t seen it for so long and quite frankly I don’t know how I’ve gone so long without it. Another oldie is the Collection Speedy cream blusher, a lovely pink shade perfect for spring days.

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And finally for the face is the Topshop Glow Pot in Polish. I’ve been trying this out recently and really loving the effect. It’s just enough for daytime and doesn’t make me look like a disco ball.

Eye’s and brows are as simple as ever. Just a bit of the Rimmel brow gel to set them in place, a curl of the lashes and a bit of the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara. I took a long time to try this out but I can report it’s as good as everyone claims.

Lips for the day are a simple combination of the Maybelline lip liner in Sweet Pink and a bit of Vaseline on top.

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Now for the day to night part

To transition this look into nighttime is just as simple as the day really. I like to add a bit more concealer, just to touch up under my eyes and anywhere else that it’s needed. Then go a bit crazy with the highlighter, adding a bit more to my cheek bones, in the corners of my eyes, tiny bit down my nose and cupids bow.

Day to night makeup - Girlglobalising

Next up, as I don’t like to take too many products away with me, I double up my bronzer as an eyeshadow, adding just a light wash to my eyelids and really blending it out. Plus a bit more mascara for good measure. For the evening I add a bit of Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes. Good for the evening but very smudgy when you try to wear it all day.

Finally a red lip to really set it apart from the daytime. I like to go straight in with my Rimmel Kate Moss in 107, and then touch up around the edges with my lip liner. I think this works a bit better for me, rather than the other way round. The colours don’t quite match but they’ll do on this occasion.

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So there it is, a typically simple day to night makeup look that can be taken anywhere with you.

Travel Beauty - Girlglobalising

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There was a time when my travel makeup bag was basically my whole collection of beauty products stuffed into a bulging bag. To me travel beauty was about covering every single base that might crop up while you were away. Everyday makeup, eyeshadow palettes, a multitude of lipsticks and various other products that I don’t normal pick up on an everyday basis.

Since travelling on a more regular basis with Dom, booking cheap flights and opting for hand luggage only it has meant I’ve had to drastically look at what beauty products I’m packing and what ones I will actually use. There’s only so much you can squeeze into your airport liquids bag! I’ve streamlined my packing process so much so that while we were in New York a few weeks ago I managed to pack a very light travel beauty bag, despite actually having hold luggage for once.

I thought I’d share those items with you, for all those minimal beauty lovers out there (and for those short on space).

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It looks like all my travel beauty products can be neatly grouped into groups of two. First up is base and holding fast in my top favourites are the Bare Minerals tinted hydrating gel base and bareskin serum concealer. Still working well for me, so much so I’ve stopped the constant hunt for a suitable foundation.

Next up is my first Charlotte Tilbury purchase – the Instant Look in a Palette palette. Since the price of Charlotte Tilbury is a little (a lot) more than I usually pay for makeup, I thought I would go big or go home on this occasion. I have to admit it’s not the palette I thought I was buying. Having seen the Natural version make it’s way around all my favourite bloggers, when I saw a version on John Lewis complete with a miniature mascara I thought I’d hit the jackpot. What I was actually buying was the Seductive version. Still quite light and bright but not quite as natural.

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It’s perfect to pack in your travel beauty bag as it really minimises the amount of products you’re taking away with you. I use the blush and eyeshadow pretty much every day and I imagine I’ll be using the bronzer a lot in the summer too. The only thing I’m not too keen on is the highlighter, which doesn’t seem all that pigmented or show up that well on my pale skin. It does make a great substitute eyeshadow though.

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The two most boring products of my travel beauty bag and ones that I’ve mentioned countless time before. The tinted brow gel from Rimmel that always serves me well, although is very much on it’s last legs now. And the Smashbox X-rated mascara that gives really great everyday lashes, or can be layered up for a more dramatic effect.

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And finally the lips. As you know I’m not one for piles of makeup on a daily basis so normally I’m quite happy to make do with a very natural lipstick or a lipbalm for the daytime. This Clinique lip balm and scrub pot gives a nice little sheen to the lips, and if I’m after something with a bit more oomph for the evening I’m still very attached to the Kat Von D liquid lipstick in Lolita II.

So there you have it, my very minimal travel beauty bag. The key thing here is to find items that are compact and multipurpose, like the Chalotte Tilbury palette, and also to embrace the natural look while you’re away. And remember, the less you take away with you, the more you can pick up to bring back with you (duty free and Sephora, hello there…).

Make sure you’re following me on Instagram as things get a lot more Christmassy around here, and on Bloglovin as I’ll hopefully be able to get some festive posts up before the holidays.


Autumnal makeup - Girlglobalising

Autumn arrived rather suddenly, didn’t it? It seems one day I left for work and was suddenly hurrying along the road in an effort to get out of the cold quicker, stopping to pick up a warming coffee on the way. The drop in temperature and changing of the leaves has left me completely unprepared and I’m left staring at my rather sorry looking knitwear collection that’s definitely not going to last me through the winter.

Although I may not have the layers prepared, I have switched around and picked up a few makeup items that I feel are lending themselves to a slightly (and I mean very slightly) more autumnal look I have going on at the moment.

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After months of swapping around with various bases I finally relented and bought the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue with the hope that it will help with the textural issues I’m having at the moment. It’s not actually a foundation, but more of a BB cream (although it’s not marketed as that either) and it doesn’t have as much coverage as my previous bases have done. But it smooths out my skin adds a nice healthy glow and, best of all, it doesn’t sit in any dry patches or flake away throughout the day. In fact I think it’s adding moisture which is just perfect with winter fast approaching.

Along with the Complexion Rescue I’ve also been trying out the Bare Minerals Bare Skin Concealer. This is much more liquid-y than most others I’ve tried before, but as I’ve found out with the base, it’s also a pretty good fit for my dry skin type. It takes a bit more blending as it spreads quite far, but a little goes a long way. I think I’ve found a new favourite with this one.

Autumnal blush - Girlglobalising

For blush I’ve tried to have a swap around so I’m not using the pinkest and shimmeriest of blushes that are best saved for summer. Instead I’ve got out my H&M blush in Brown Sugar that’s a nice muted pink for this time of year. Another item that’s worked it’s way into my everyday routine is the Collection Speedy Blush. Most people tend to get the cream blushes out in spring/summer, but what with my new found moisture and glow from the Complexion Rescue, I have been loving adding this to my cheeks to compliment the dewy-ness.

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And finally the lip choices I’ve been making recently. A new favourite is the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid lipstick which I’ve already mentioned before, but I’m still using it all the time and Lolita II is a great colour for Autumn. Another lip item is my MAC lipstick in the colour Cosmo, which I’ve also spoken about before. I may have mentioned this in the summer, but I’m also finding it a great colour for everyday in autumn. I’m yet to wear the liquid lipstick during the day at work, so Cosmo is filling the void very nicely.

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I know most people start wearing bronze-y eyeshadows and berry lips in autumn but I’m very much a simple makeup kind of gal, so these pieces have been working very nicely recently. What do you swap out and in to your makeup bag for the colder months? Let me know what I’m missing from my collection.

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Hair Inspiration - Girlglobalising

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I’m a bit of a floozy when it comes to my hair. My school years were spent with it going up and down in length, with a fringe, growing out a fringe, and that awful period where my side parting was styled so that it hung directly in front of the right side of my face. I had to peer around it all the time and would eventually get so tired of doing this that I pretty much lived in a ponytail.

The end of school wasn’t so bad, when I focused on growing it as long as I could manage. At least I could count on it being nice and shiny and it good condition.

When I got to university and with the addition of a student loan in my bank account I headed to the hairdressers to have a whole head of colour put in. After a few failed box dyes I finally realised that if I wanted to change the colour from dark brown I would just have to pay to have it done professionally. And so I became a redhead. I say redhead but it was more of a copper-y/orange-y red that I absolutely loved.

I like to think of this time as the glory years. I spent about two years having glorious long orange hair until I finished university and unemployment arrived. I attempted the upkeep of dyed red hair myself and quickly realised that it’s just not the same as the professionals.

In the end I left it to grow out and become a frizzy mess. That’s when I chopped it off to a short bob and so my floozy phase began again. As with most things as you get older, I realise now what a good thing I’ve got going on. I am very lucky to have hair that has bounced back to it’s previous good condition and I’m more than happy to keep it that way. I am however, a little over the short hair. I’m in that awkward stage of not short and not long, when you have to just persevere with the growing of it.

I hope you like my little inspiration board, it’s giving me the will to carry on through the awkward stage and hope that it won’t take to long. This has been a rather dramatic end to a post that is simply about having medium length hair…

As always you can follow me on Instagram and on Bloglovin and I’ll be back with a new post soon.


I’ve been going through a phase recently where I’m not that fussed about anything in my wardrobe or makeup collection. I wake up in the morning and stare at my clothes blankly, before choosing a pair of jeans and some kind of t-shirt. Really pushing the boat out. And the same goes for my make up – I’ve been reaching for the same five or six products every day and it’s a very low key look. The beauty of this kind of pared back super simple makeup is that it takes no time at all and is completely fuss free! Let me walk you through it.

True match foundation

Essence Concealer

I’m still loving the L’oreal True Match Foundation as it’s such a great formula and colour match for me. I dab it on with my beauty blender, or if I can’t be bothered to even do that I just swipe at my face with a brush. I’ve been using this Essence concealer for a while now, having bought it at a time while I was desperately waiting for payday and needed a cheap replacement. It’s probably not the best coverage but it gives a bit of brightness to the eye bags. And finally I swipe on a bit of the Collection Speedy blush, which sits really nicely on the foundation and gives a little flush of colour that’s not too much. The whole process takes a few minutes in total.

Tanya Burr eyebrows

L'oreal mascara

Brows and lashes are equally as quick. I tend to just use the L’oreal Brow Artist Plumper on my brows. I’ve included the Tanya Burr brow kit here mainly because I use it for the mirror and only occasionally add a bit of powder through them too. And after giving my lashes a good curl, I run some of the L’oreal False Lash Sculpt to give a LOT amount of volume with just one coat.

Clinique Nude Pop

I’ve added the Clinique Nude Pop lipstick in here as a bit of an after thought really, as I’ve pretty much been going for lip balm and nothing else. But if I were to put a lipstick on, it would be this – dare I say it – ‘your lips but better’ colour.

I now realise this is a very L’oreal heavy post! I promise that’s just a coincidence and it’s not in any way sponsored content. It’s been quite nice to scale back my morning routine to something so quick and fuss free. I know I posted about my new spring makeup additions recently and don’t get me wrong I have been making full use of them. But I have also felt a little uninspired recently and in those moments I think it’s good to go back to basics.

If you’re after a bit more daily content you can follow me on Instagram and I’m also over on Bloglovin so you can keep up with any new posts. Let me know what you basic makeup picks are and what else I could add to my stash!