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Think Pink for October – Breast Cancer Awareness.

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As most of you will know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Promoting awareness of the initiative is very important to me and I am sure it is really important to women all over Ireland.

I lost my closest friend to cancer last year. She was a vibrant young woman, only in her forties who had everything to live for, until this horrible disease took her away. The incidence of breast cancer has risen by 33% in the past ten years and every single day in Ireland, seven women are diagnosed with breast cancer. While survival rates are certainly improving, there’s still a lot more we can do and a lot more than can be achieved. It is vital that we check our breasts regularly and discuss any changes with your doctor immediately.

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, some of my favourite brands are donating a percentage of their proceeds to various breast cancer charities to aid research and development. One of these companies is Estée Lauder, who are the driving force behind the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. The BCA campaign began in 1992 and was launched with the creation of the Pink Ribbon, the universal symbol for breast health. The BCA Campaign is active in over 70 countries and has raised over $65 million and wants to raise $6 million this year worldwide.

Here’s some facts:

  • Breast cancer now represents one in four of all cancers in women worldwide.
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide and is increasing particularly in developing countries where the majority of cases are diagnosed in late stages.
  • An estimated 1.8 million new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed worldwide in 2013. One in 18 women around theworld, between birth and age 79, developed breast cancer in 2013.

So this month ‘Think Pink’ and make sure to support this worthy cause. Let’s fight breast cancer together!

 

For more information or to make a donation, you can visit cancer.ie, mariekeating.ie or breastcancerireland.com.

 

Sarah

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My Top Ten beauty buys when travelling.

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So I’m not a beauty expert but I have been on many plane journeys and had many sun holidays, so I think I know a good travel product when I see one! Here are my top ten beauty buys when travelling. I hope you find them helpful when shopping for your summer holidays!

 

On the plane:

Lip Balm

Flying dries out your skin and for me, my lips and hands are the first place to feel it. I love Elizabeth Arden’s eight hour intensive lip balm. It hydrates better than any others I have tried. You can pick it up in Boots, in duty free, or on most airplanes, for about €20.

My favourite beauty buys when travelling

Hand cream

It doesn’t take long before my hands start to go really dry on an airplane. I have actually bought hand cream on board when I realised it was in my checked luggage, for me it’s a must have! I guess most hand creams will help with dryness but my favourite is L’Occitane Shea butter. You can get it in The Loop before you fly, in a handy 30ml travel size, for only €6.80.

My favourite beauty buys when travelling

Mac prep and prime fix spray

This is a godsend on long flights. If like me, you don’t want to take off your make up and do the whole cleansing routine mid flight! You can spray this over your make up for an instant refreshing feel.  You can buy a 100 ml size at the Loop for €17.85

My favourite beauty buys when travelling

 

Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Liquid Lip Potion

I love these travelling, well actually I love them anytime! Unlike a lip gloss that gets stuck to your hair when you try to snooze on a plane, these are matt when dry. Of course, they also last much longer and than lip gloss too. I love the travel exclusive set, you can get three glosses for €55 in The Loop or buy a single one for €20. My favourite is wicked sweet 💋

My favourite beauty buys when travelling

 

At the beach:

 

Clinique sun creams

I only got these recently and I must say I love them! This Summer essential kit includes a face cream ( spf 30) , a body cream (spf 30) and a delicious aftersun rescue balm 💛 all in a nice bright yellow waterproof wash bag. And you can buy them in duty free for €30, before you fly!

My favourite beauty buys when travelling

Piz Buin sun spray

This is my other ‘must have’ for the beach. I know I should use nothing less than factor 20…. but for the last few days when the legs are still white and you need a glow – try Piz buin’s tan and protect sun spray. It is available in factor 30, 15 and 6, in all boots stores.My favourite beauty buys when travelling

 

Cucumber wipes

I use these all the time on holidays, they are so refreshing! Particularly after a day at the beach or if I come home late at night, and am too lazy to take off my make up properly! At €1.25 for 25 wipes, I can afford to use them whenever I want!

My favourite beauty buys when travelling

Hair:

 

Kérastase Lait Richesse treatment &  VO5 Give me texture oomph powder.

To repair your hair from sun exposure, there is nothing better than Kérastase Lait Richesse . It can be used daily and since I started using it my hair always feels soft and shiny on holidays. No more dry holiday hair! My favourite on the go hair product is VO5 give me texture oomph powder. You can buy a small travel size bottle in Boots for €5.99 . Its great for your handbag and ideal for a long plane journey. A small dusting in our hair gives you that much needed ‘oomph’ after travelling.

My favourite beauty buys when travelling

 

 

Bed time:

 

Estée Lauder advanced night repair serum.

I don’t leave home without my Estée Lauder advanced night repair serum. I actually use this all the time now but find it particularly effective on holidays to combat excessive sun exposure, or dry skin. It’s not cheap at €116 but I think it’s the best!

My favourite beauty buys when travelling

 

I hope you enjoyed my top ten beauty buys when travelling. Have you any favourites? I would love to hear from you, please comment in the box below.

 

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Sarah

 

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Top Ten Travel Tips For Long Flights

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Travelling long-haul for the first time? Arrive in style by following my top ten travel tips for long flights.

 

Sitting on the runway in Dublin airport waiting for our flight to take off, I couldn’t help but notice some nervous passengers in front of me. They asked the air hostess if they could get off the plane first, they only had ninety minutes before their connecting flight to Bangkok took off from Heathrow’s Terminal 5. I was in a similar situation but was quietly confident I would make it. That is until the captain announced that they had to circle for about fifteen minutes before landing. I found myself wishing I had booked the earlier flight….

1. Choose your flights wisely.

If you can, fly direct, particularly to the USA. You can go through immigration in Ireland before you leave which is such a massive bonus. Customs queues in the States can be up to two hours long which believe me seems like eternity after a long flight. You will also not have to worry about being delayed and missing connections, and of course obviously the journey time will be shorter. If you have to take two or more flights, check the overall journey time. You might save €100 by going with a particular airline but the flying time could be ten hours longer than the alternative. You will end up spending that and more in airports and purchasing snacks on board.

 The Travel Expert's top ten travel tips for long flights

 

2. Don’t buy separate tickets.

If you are not flying direct, make sure you purchase one ticket from your origin to your destination., i.e don’t purchase a Dublin – London ticket and a separate London – Bangkok ticket. By purchasing one ‘through’ ticket, the airline will be obliged to put you on the next available flight should you miss your connection.

 

3. Give yourself enough connecting time.

So this might sound obvious but sometimes minimum connecting times are just that – minimum. If your flight is delayed even 15 minutes, the terminal bus pulls off just as you arrive, and you have a 15 minutes wait for the next one, that could be the difference between getting your flight or not. And if you are like me and get there in time (just about) your luggage may not…

Top ten travel tips for long flights by The Travel Expert

 

4. Pick good seats!

Checkout seatguru.com which shows detailed seat maps for all aircrafts. If travelling with kids, it can be more practical to get two seats together, one in front of the other, rather than four across the middle of the plane. A window seat can be handy to rest your head against while sleeping, also you won’t be woken by people wanting to get past you to use the bathroom. Contrary to popular belief exit seats are not always the best seats, they can be drafty and right sometimes beside the toilets, so it can be difficult to sleep. You will see first hand reviews from customers on seatguru similar to what you see on tripadvisor – but for seats instead of accommodation.

The Travel Expert's top ten travel tips for long flights

 

5. Make use of the large baggage allowance.

When travelling long-haul, most airlines will allow you a 23 kg checked bag – use it. Try to avoid large, heavy cabin bags if you have connecting flights. You need as much space at your feet for a long flight and dragging cabin bags on to buses or trains when changing terminals, is not pleasant!

 

 

6. Check in online.

Where possible check in online for ALL legs of your journey. Most airlines will let you do this 24 hours before departure. This will save you queuing for boarding passes and valuable time.

 The Travel Expert's top ten travel tips for long flights

 

7. Think food, bring snacks and pre book meals.

If you don’t fancy the usual chicken korma or similar on your flight – bring plenty of snacks with you. If travelling with kids pre book kids meals in advance, vegetarian options can also be a good choice for adults. You can usually pre book meals in the ‘manage booking’ section of the airlines website.

 

8. Look after yourself.

Long flights can be tiring on your body and drying on your skin. Drink plenty of water and use good moisturisers, my personal favourites are Estée Lauder’s advanced night repair and their travel exclusive pack can easily be picked up at duty free before you fly. During the flight I like M.A.C.’s fix spray which can be sprayed over your make-up to hydrate your skin as you fly. It also comes in 30ml size for €10, so ideal for your hand bag. Make sure to buy a travel size hand cream and vaseline for your lips, trust me these are essential!

 

The Travel Expert's top ten tips for long flights

9. Bring supplies.

Phones, tablets, books, games – bring anything that you can think of to pass the time. Most planes have power sockets now so bring your charger with you so when you arrive at your destination, you can still use your phone. Think about how best you sleep, if you need aids like sleeping tablets, neck cushions, eye masks, ear plugs  – bring them. A Verbatim MEDIA SHARE is invaluable if travelling with kids. It creates it’s own wifi network so kids can watch movies on their tablets or phones anywhere, even on a plane.  It is also really compact so much easier to carry than a portable DVD player and lots of DVDs.

 

10. Join the airlines frequent flyer club.

Just because this is your first long-haul flight – it hopefully wont be your last. And those miles clock up very quickly!

 

Have you any to add to my list? I would love to hear from you, just comment in the box below 🙂

 

Safe travels.

 

Sarah

 

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