Long Haul Flight Essentials

Long Haul Flight Essentials

If you follow me on Twitter (and you totally should! - @hazelnutmusings) you'll know that I've been super excited about going to Mexico next week. I used to hate flying a few years ago but the more I've done it the less it scares me now. Actually I quite like having a long flight as it means I can catch up on some me time. Here are some of the things I'm taking to keep me entertained on a 10 hour flight.


I love my kindle. I got the third gen when it came out and it's still going strong now. I love that I can take several books with me on holiday without actually carrying several heavy books - it's so convenient. I especially like this for any really big books, like Outlander (one of my favourites) as after a while they make my hands and wrist hurt

5 things: Life

It's been a pretty crazy time for me at the moment and blogging has taken a bit of a back seat. Everything seems to have come around at once and I seem to be juggling quite a bit, so I thought it would be good to let you guys know what I've been up to in the form of a 5 things post.

1. I recently went to Alcudia with three of my closest girlfriends and I had an amazing time. We managed to get a really good deal at the start of the year and the date finally arrived last week. We had lots of cocktails, beach time and of course laughs and it was bliss. It was so relaxing and nice not to have to worry about anything. However I've only been back a week and I already feel busy again because ....

2. We go to Mexico in 2 weeks! Anthony and I said that we were going to have a small holiday this year, due to

Ere Perez Volumising Waterproof Mascara

Ere Perez Volumising Waterproof Mascara

I came across the Ere Perez Volumising Waterproof Mascara whilst looking for a natural, cruelty free mascara. Apparently a natural mascara that's volumising and lengthening is pretty hard to find. Most of the mascaras that I saw were for a more natural look, which isn't the look I tend to go for with my lashes. After looking at a lot of ingredient lists I found this one that, although it has dimethicone in it, has clean ingredients and had really good reviews too.

The first mascara I had delivered to me was really dry and it was hard to get the product on to my lashes. I emailed Love Lula and they sent me another one out, which was much better. Most mascaras start out really wet and then dry down over a couple of weeks, but this one actually started out drier than others. I also found that it doesn't actually dry down any further - it stays at that consistency until it runs out. This means I can apply more

A Weekend in London - Harry Potter & The Cursed Child Play

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Our weekend in London was a while a go now (over 2 months ago to be more exact) but I still wanted to share it with you guys nevertheless. Over 18 months ago Anthony booked tickets for us to go and watch Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre. I'm a massive Harry Potter fan in case you didn't know (fun fact: Anthony actually proposed in the Great Hall at the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour!) and when the tickets came out Anthony spent 2 hours in the queue to book tickets for us. I wasn't in too much of a rush to see it so we decided to book it well in advance and make a weekend of it. We go to London quite a lot on day trips but had never stayed before and now was the perfect opportunity. Grab a cuppa cause this is gonna be a long one!

We got the train down on Friday morning, after rush hour and arrived early afternoon at Euston. Our hotel was the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel in Leicester Square and it was the perfect location for the weekend. We

The Body Shop Superfood Face Masks

I've seen so many people raving about these masks lately that I just had to look into them for myself. My skin has been a little bit problematic lately and I'd been neglecting my face masks for a while, even though I know they do wonders for my skin I just couldn't be bothered, so I thought what better way to get back into them than by investing in some new ones.

The Body Shop's new masks seemed exactly what I needed to revive my skin and after doing a bit of research I found that all of the new masks are formulated without parabens, parafins, silicones or mineral oils, which was a pleasant surprise. I know that The Body Shop's products aren't natural products but with these new masks it seems that they are trying to cut out some of the chemicals in their products, which is definitely something I can get behind. All of the masks are 100% vegetarian and three of them are even 100% Vegan (Himalayan Charcoal,

Botanicals Organic Sanitiser

Botanicals Organic Sanitiser

Whenever I go on holiday I always like to take a hand sanitiser with me and in case you didn't know already I'm off to Spain with some girl friends next month and then Mexico in June with Anthony, his sis and her hubby, so I've been looking for a cruelty free version to take with me - and preferably a natural one too. I used to use Soap & Glory's Hand Maid but since they're cruelty free status is questionable I've not been buying from them anymore. Therefore it was perfect timing when an email popped into my inbox asking if I would like to try Botanicals' new Organic Sanitiser * - yes please!

We all know by now that I love Botanicals - they are a great cruelty free company with some amazing products, so my hopes were pretty high for this. It's 100% natural and is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin. Botanicals Organic Sanitiser uses organic alcohol, derived from sugar beet, organic lavender and tea tree

Dr Botanicals Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil Review & discount code

Dr Botanicals Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil Review

In honour of Earth Day on the 22nd April, Dr Botanicals are spreading the word and encouraging people to use greener skincare. When they got in touch with me and asked if I would like to try their Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil * I of course jumped at the chance.

Dr Botanicals believe in using natural and ethically sourced ingredients in their products. All of their products are paraben free and free from any harmful preservatives. The Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil has only 15 ingredients including Blackcurrant Seed Oil to nourish and strengthen the skin, Sea Minerals that mimic skin compositions to improve the vitality of the skin and Wild Plum which has healing properties and includes antioxidants to help fight ageing signs. This is their greenest product to date and it's preservative free and contains no water, making it a self-preserving product. It's also suitable for Vegans, which is always good to hear.

Budget Natural Beauty Products With Benecos

Benecos Make Up

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to receive an email from the lovely team at Benecos offering to send me a few of their products to try out. Benecos is a natural beauty brand that uses plant oils and waxes that mimic skin lipids to support the natural regulation process of the skin. They don't use any of the following ingredients in their products: silicones, parabens, mineral oil of synthetic ingredients - so you can use their products knowing that you're being kind to your skin too.

I was very generously sent the Nail Polish in Blue Sky*, Eyeshadow in Apricot Glow* and the Natural Bronzing Duo - Ibiza nights*. All of these are great shades for me, as I like a natural look on my face and I love to have bright nails for summer. The first thing I noticed was that the packaging is amazing! It's simple looking in a clear plastic case, so that you can see the products, but the quality is some of the best I've ever seen. The thick cases are so

Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eye Palette

Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eye Palette

My eyes can be a little sensitive sometimes and there are some products that irritate them. A while ago I was looking for a natural/organic palette that I could use all the time that would also be kind to my eyes.  The Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eye Palette ticked all the right boxes for me and I've never looked back. I've had this palette for a while now (probably not far off a year!) so I thought it was time to share a review with you.

Lily Lolo is a brand that caught my attention for their emphasis on mineral make up. Over 10 years ago Vikki, the founder of Lily Lolo, started mixing her own mineral make up at home and that's where it all began. You'll never find harmful ingredients like parabens, phthalates, synthetic perfumes or dyes in their products as they only use ingredients that are kind to the skin. They're also cruelty free of course.

LoveLula Haul

Love Lula Haul

LoveLula is an online beauty shop that stock natural and cruelty free products. As I'm trying to use more natural products it's a perfect one stop shop for me. I still like to check the cruelty free status of brands before I buy just to double check, but you're pretty safe ordering from here. I was after some new bits and pieces for our trip to London this weekend and PHB Ethical Beauty was all 30% off, so I couldn't resist placing an order.

Grenade Carb Killa Protein Bar

Grenade Carb Killa Protein Bar Review

Anthony and I bought some Grenade Carb Killa Bars last month as a little treat to ourselves - there was an offer on so we thought why not try them out. I'd heard good things about them and we're looking for something that we can have that is convenient and good for you too.

We bought the Cookies & Cream flavour and let me tell you now, they're amazing. They taste exactly like a cookies & cream chocolate bar and don't have that artificial/chemical flavour that some bars have. They are a really generous size and I find that I struggle to eat it in one sitting, as it fills me up so much - Anthony does't have this problem and wolfs them down in 2 seconds! I like to grab one of these for after my Saturday session at the gym, as it's convenient for me to take with me to have as a breakfast snack afterwards and it keeps me full until lunchtime.

Winter Morning Skincare Routine

Winter Morning Skincare Routine

I always switch up my skincare with the changing seasons as my skin has different needs throughout the year. With this in mind I've added a couple of new products to my routine so I thought I'd share what I'm currently using/loving with you. Since adding in some more natural skincare my skin has never looked better - I've only had a couple of pimples and even those have been small and not lasted very long.

I've been trying out a new cleanser over the past couple of weeks and so far, so good. The Antipodes Grace Gentle Cleanser is a cream cleanser that feels really smooth and gentle on the skin. It removes my make up really well without stripping my skin and leaves my skin feeling soft to the touch.

I then use The Body Shop's Vitamin E Hydrating Toner. I love this toner although it isn't as natural as what I would

How To Conceal Dark Circles

How To Conceal Dark Circles

We've had a lot going on over the last couple of months with social events and have a lot more coming up too. I love to go places and do different things, but it can mean having more late nights and early mornings than usual, which seems to be showing on my face come the morning. I've noticed that my dark circles under my eyes are becoming more prominent and I'm needing to use more than just foundation to cover them recently. I've found 2 products that do a great job in covering them and make me look ready for the day.

The first is Becca's Under Eye Brightening Corrector. I love this little pot and I use it every time I wear make up - I'm not exaggerating, it's an absolute staple in my routine. I apply this before foundation and the difference in my dark circles is already greatly reduced. It's a peach coloured cream that neutralises the blue tones of dark circles making your eyes appear brighter. It doesn't crease on me and stays on all day without needing a touch up. The

Red Lips with Living Nature

Living Nature Wild Fire Lipstick

Let me introduce you to this little beauty... Living Nature's Wild Fire Lipstick*. I've been wanting to try Living Nature's lipsticks for a while so when an email popped into my inbox offering to send me a lipstick to try I obviously jumped at the chance. I was sent Wild Fire which is a gorgeous red - I wear a lot of red lipsticks so this was a great colour for me and I've already worn it a ton of times, plus the packaging is just dreamy.

Living Nature is fast coming up in my list of favourite brands and I wish I'd tried their products sooner. They use only 100% natural ingredients with an emphasis on unique New Zealand botanicals like Active Manuka Honey - a skin healer, Harakeke Flax Gel - a super hydrator, Totarol - an anti-oxidant and antimicrobial and Manuka Oil - a skin protector. All of their packaging is recyclable to help protect the planet and they are cruelty free too of course. Their Wild Fire lipstick is packed with organic ingredients like beeswax, carnauba wax and coconut oil to

The Holiday Make Up Bag: Poland

Face Make Up Poland

I'm off on a few trips and holidays this year, so I thought I would do a little mini series of Holiday Make Up Bags throughout the year. My first trip of the year is Poland (I'll actually be over there by the time you're reading this!) and so this trip's make up bag will kick off the series. Luckily, we have a suitcase to put all of our toiletries, appliances, etc in, so I haven't had to streamline my stash too much, but I've still whittled it down to one of everything (or maybe 2!). We are sharing the suitcase between 4 of us, so I still need to be careful what I'm packing and how much it weighs and I've finally settled on the below pieces.


I received a sample of the Vapour Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfector with my order of The Nature of Beauty and

Ice Skating & Star Wars


So I'm a little late on posting this as I didn't get around to it before Christmas, but both of these events are still on so I thought it won't hurt to tell you about them. It will also be good to have this to look back on. This year I'm going to try my hardest to log more holidays/days out on this here blog, as it will be good to have a little diary of them. Hopefully, my Florida post will be up soon too even though that was 6 months ago now!

So at the end of November last year Anthony and I went to London for the day. I'd planned the whole day as a surprise for Anthony and it went off without a hitch, thank god! We got into London for 10.15am and headed

Welcome 2017

2017 Goals

I wasn't going to do one of these posts this year, but I thought it would mark the start of 2017 quite nicely and it will be good to have a record of what I'd like to achieve this year. I haven't really set myself any New Years Resolutions as such, but I do have certain things that I want to focus on more throughout the year.


At the end of last year, I got so busy in my social life that blogging took a bit of a back seat and I lost my love for it. However, now it's a new year and January is always a quiet month socially (although I do go to Poland in less than 2 weeks!), so I really want to try and make blogging more of a priority now. I've also had some great ideas for posts that I can't wait to share with you guys.