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Holiday Essentials Part One

A: I’ve been busy packing my things for a trip that my boyfriend and I are taking and I thought I’d share with you my essentials. We have an old Volkswagen camper van (called Jeremy) and although I love him dearly, he doesn’t provide us with a lot of space – so I really have to pack methodically. I’ve split them into two – my everyday essentials and my make up essentials, so here are my everyday must haves for a camping trip!


So firstly, dry shampoo is an obvious one. I have a lot of hair which is far too much hassle to wash everyday – even when I’m not camping! So as long as I have a can of this, I know I’ll be good for a few days.

Hairspray is another hair essential for me. On those days where it’s getting close to needing a wash, I can plait it or put it up and hairspray always gives me lots of fullness and body to help disguise three day old hair. I haven’t tried this particular one before, to be honest I bought it because it was a nice medium sized can. I didn’t want one of the massive cans, but the tiny ones will probably be good for one use for my hair! But I’ll be reporting back on this TRESemme one as soon as possible!

The Dove Summer Glow lotion is a new one for me, and I bought it on a bit of a whim. I’m incredibly pale, my legs in particular. So I thought id give this a go to try and disguise my whiteness because if the weather is remotely warm I will have to brave getting my legs out – and I hoping this will help!

The Wash & Go 2 in 1 Shampoo and Confitioner is a bit of a cheat but to be totally honest with you I love this product. My hair really doesn’t need a lot of conditioning and I won’t have the luxury of hair dryers or straighteners so I went for this shampoo. It does exactly what it says on the label with no faffing or unnecessary extras – which is so much better for my hair than shampoos and conditioners with argan oils or additives or serums.  

Lastly, the good old Garnier Micellar Water. One of my favourite products and it’s super hassle free to use – exactly what you need whilst camping. 

For deodorant, I’m taking one I can rely on; Mitchums Advanced Roll On. We are going to be doing a lot of cycling and fingers crossed it’s going to be warm so I definitely need a good deodorant!

The Lush Sea Spray is always a holiday essential for me, where I’m camping in the UK or jetting of to somewhere warm and sunny. It gives my hair a lovely beachy look, and it smells amazing too!

Ultrabland is always in my going away bag too. It’s the best thing for removing the make up and dirt off your face, plus it calms my skin if I have any crazy breakouts.

Make up wipes should never be used I know! But when you’re a bit tipsy from wine and all you want to do is crawl into your sleeping bag – surely a make up wipe is better than not removing your make up at all?! For emergencies only!

And lastly, this super handy toothbrush holder to keep away any bacteria. Obviously I’ll be packing my toothbrush and toothpaste too – but I will definitely need to use them before I leave at the weekend!

What’re your holiday essentials? Would love to know, whether it’s for camping, backpacking or a relaxing beach get away! #twolittleowls

Minimal Make Up for camping; a four product FOTD!

A: I went camping this weekend, and thankfully I was going through a couple of good skin days so I didn’t feel the need to faff about with too much make up so I thought I’d take some photos and show you the finished look! 

  

For the base, I used Instablur from The Body Shop – which is amazing for blurring pores and providing a long lasting base. I then used Rimmel’s Radiance BB cream in very light which I reviewed here if you fancy knowing more about it. After a quick coat of mascara and using some matte brown shadow in my brows and setting them with my Brow Drama I had a finished look. My hair looked only a little crazy because I had plaited it the night before so it had lots of volume and just needed a good brush through in the morning. I was really happy with this look, it didn’t need any upkeep during the day but still lasted.

What are your minimal make up tips? #twolittleowls

A Beautiful Glamping Weekend

C & A: As some of you lovely followers may know, we had a little holiday this weekend which has been planned for a while and coincided with Chloe’s birthday. We are pretty lucky that our boyfriends are pretty much as bezzie as we are so the four of us like to go on an annual camping trip, along with our friend Spen.

Last year we visited the lovely Amber’s Bell Tents in Norfolk, and wrote up a review here. We had such a good time last year that we tried to book again but Amber has been super busy with bookings, and deservedly so because her bell tents and the surroundings are beautiful (there’s a link to Amber’s website on our review if you’re interested in booking!).

Because we live close to Norfolk and we love it so much, we decided to head to a similar area and after a bit of googling we found the perfect place.

Norfolk Glamping and Yurt Holidays have two sites, one based at Yaxham Waters with traditional mongolian yurts and a train carriage, and the other in Filby with bell tents and tipis. We decided to head to the Yaxham based site because it’s a little closer to us and there’s two fishing lakes on site – perfect to keep the boys occupied for the whole weekend. Plus, none of us had stayed in a yurt before and the pictures on the site looked amazing.

We booked from Friday night for 3 nights and after a quick trip to Morrisions on Friday morning for essentials (cheese and wine), we were packed and ready to go with the Frozen soundtrack for company along the way – the boys went in their own car, I’m not sure they could’ve dealt with us being super excited and singing ‘Do You Wanna Build a Snowman’ for an hour.

Most importantly, we beat the boys to the campsite and when we arrived, Shane the super lovely owner showed us round. We unpacked the cars and got settled in, and went for a bimble around the site. There were even chickens and goats, along with the fishing lakes!

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The yurts are based in their own little camping area, and there’s also an area for caravans and tents – as well as the availabilty to hire lodges. We can highly recommend this for camping – whether you have a tent, caravan or are looking to hire a yurt or lodge, the site is lovely with a fully stocked farmshop, cafe, shower block and beautiful, peaceful views.

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Inside the yurts is a double bed (a real bed whilst camping, what more could you want?!), some cute armchairs and a sofa bed – as well as some lovely wooden cabinets full of plates, saucepans and anything else you many need.

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Super excited at having a proper bed for camping!

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There’s also a gas stove for brews in the morning and a woodburner too in case its a little chilly. Although there was no electricty, there were laterns hanging inside and a good supply of tealights which create such a lovely atmosphere and give off plenty of light. The fur rugs and cushions are lovely finishing touches and make the yurt feel super cosy. Outside the yurt is a hammock and a seating area, along with a fire pit, bbq and communal pizza oven – perfect for the evenings.

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Chloe with super cool camping hair…

On Chloe’s birthday, we had bacon sandwiches and Buck’s Fizz for breakfast, and whilst the boys went fishing, Chloe and I took a trip out to Swaffham. The weather was so sunny, and we checked out the local farmer’s market, an antiques market and the local charity shops – as well as having an essential break for ice-creams. We also went out for a lovely meal in the evening and managed to get a photo of us all!

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On Sunday, we ventured out to Dunston Hall Antiques fair (and we only got a little bit lost). The hall was beautiful and the grounds too, but we didn’t stay too long at the fair because it was all very expensive and posh – we like to have a good rummage around a car boot or an emporium. So we stopped off at a village pub on the way back to the campsite for a ploughman’s lunch, because we hadn’t had enough cheese already.

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Dunston Hall – a little too posh for us!

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Best Ploughmans Ever!

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Monday was the day to come home, the weekend went so quickly! Annie knew about an amazing antiques emporium that we could stop off at on the way home though, so it made the journey a little more exciting. The Emporium in Long Sutton is jam-packed with amazing goodies, and you can always guarantee finding some sort of gem hidden away for a bargain. If you know of an emporium in your local area and haven’t been, you need to go! You can normally find information about them on the internet quite easily (Antiques Atlas is a really good website for this!).

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Creepy room at the Emporium…

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Just chilling.

We had such a lovely time that we wanted to share our photos and experience with you. If you like this post, please let us know! We would love to know what your holiday plans are too, and if you can recommend any Glamping sites in the UK!

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Ambers Bell Tent Camping: A Review

C: After our home-decor wish-lists that we posted yesterday featuring Annie’s dream of owning a Bell Tent, we received a lot of positive feedback through Facebook about camping (our more accurately Glamping). So we thought we would share with you Ambers Bell Tent Camping where we both went last spring with some of our friends. 

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Unfortunately we did not get any photos of the tent we stayed in, so this photo is off Ambers Facebook page (she is very nice so I am sure she wont mind).

The Bell Tents are sited at Mannington Hall in Norfolk, which was absolutely beautiful. There were lovely walks to go on and the scenery was amazing. Each tent has proper beds which can accommodate 4 – 6 people (there was 5 of us and it wasn’t cramped!), cooking facilities, kitchen ware and a chest fridge so you don’t need to worry too much about packing as all these essentials are included. There are also toilets and showers a short 2 minute walk away so you don’t smell like you have been to Glasto for the weekend! 

As well as these essentials Amber includes tea lights and fairy lights as well as books and vintage blankets to add to the cuteness of the experience! Amber herself was very helpful and lovely, she came to meet us when we arrived to help us get settled in and check we had everything we needed. There was also information provided about a pub (30 minute walk away) where the food was AMAZING. A little bit pricey for my student budget but totally worth it! All in all, a perfect weekend away with friends, family or for a romantic get a way! We can’t wait to book again for this year!

So what do you guys think about Glamping?! If you fancy a look then please visit Ambers website for more information or to make a booking! #twolittleowlsblog

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