Thursday, 5 November 2015

IT'S A CLINIQUE THING...



Monday, 12 October 2015

LIVING IN MANCHESTER / THE CITY

MANCHESTER


The Great Northern Warehouse Square

I moved to Manchester mid September, and so far I love living here.
It's such a vibrant city with so much to offer and so much to do, it's good for many things such as the night life, shopping, restaurants and quirky cafes, but the reason I love it so much is the hidden parts that not many people brag about, the little areas to go and just sit and chill. The pure entertainment you get from the 'unique' people that live here and the long walks you can take and discover somewhere new each time.
I explored my new city and took some snaps along the way..



Thursday, 24 September 2015

TRAVELLING EUROPE / MILAN EDITION

MILAN

The Duomo / Piazza Del Duomo / Milan
After obsessing over my time in Florence it was time to continue our adventure on to Milan.
On arrival in Milan's central station we took a tube to the area in which our Airbnb was closest to.. little did we know we would be walking with our heavy rucksacks on our backs for almost 2 hours, we may have got a little lost..

When finding our Airbnb apartment we were greeted by the owner and we were pleasantly surprised, his place was beautiful and very, very spacious. Not to mention the Juliet balcony..
We dropped off our things, had a quick freshen up and then it was time to explore Milan!
We caught a short 15 minute bus ride into the city centre and certain aspects of it immediately reminded me of London, it's very commercial but also has traditional Italian beauty at the same time.
On our day of arrival we didn't have too much time to explore, so we went to the main square in Milan; Piazza Del Duomo and also had a nice dinner in the square. 

The following morning we decided to have an early start and head in to the city to explore as much as we could, we also purchased tickets to allow us access to visit inside The duomo and also climb on to the top of the roof to get a full city view, and believe me it was amazing. I'd recommend to anyone visiting Milan to get a ticket to allow access on to the roof, the architectural detail is breath-taking and not to mention the view.




All photos taken from the roof of the Duomo rooftop

As you can see from my photographs the views are unbelievable, and the spiked shards on the roof of the Duomo are architectural heaven.

Later on that day we visited Parco Sempione / A famous park situated in the heart of Milan, not far from the city. A chance to escape the hustle & bustle of the centre of Milan, it was beautiful and nice to sit back and relax in the scorching Milan sunshine.

 Arc de Triopmhe / Parco Sempione / Milan

View of the Arc de Triopmhe from across the lake

After a beautiful afternoon spent in the Park we took one last visit  to the main square of Milan (Piazza Del Duomo) to take it all in before catching a train to Lake Como the following morning.

Piazza Del Duomo


SO, the next morning consisted of a quick train journey to Lake Como for a day trip, the most beautiful place in Italy in my opinion. We spent the day hopping on and off boats exploring the different islands surrounding The Lake and taking a look round Como itself, the next few photographs consist of me sitting on swings with a picture perfect view and photos across the beautiful Lake Como.







My time in Milan was a phenomenal three days and one of my favourite places to visit on my interrail journey.
Lake Como is a special place and the perfect place for a relaxing holiday, I cannot wait to go back and can imagine myself spending weeks and weeks at a time over there (and never wanting to come home).

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Thursday, 3 September 2015

TRAVELLING EUROPE / FLORENCE EDITION

FLORENCE

After our time in Rome it was time to continue or interrail journey, the next stop was Florence, Italy.
The train took around 3 hours so it went by pretty quick.
When arriving in Florence, the beauty of the city immediately hits you, and in my opinion it holds that 'stereotypical Italian' aesthetic. Narrow cobbled streets with independent shops, cafes and traditional Italian restaurants fill the city.

We arrived at our beautiful Airbnb apartment, with high ceilings painted beautifully and the view from our high windows of the Florence Duomo (Florence Cathedral), we knew we was in the perfect spot! Just one minute walk away from Duomo Square (Piazza Del Duomo), a vibrant area which attracts A LOT of tourists.

After dropping our stuff we immediately headed back to the train station to catch the next train to Pisa, to see the Leaning Tower.



Monday, 24 August 2015

NEW PRODUCTS / TRIED AND TESTED

THIS WEEKS DELIVERIES

So, this is a break from blogging about my travels to write about some new products I got in the mail this week, warning: things got a little spendy.
These products include some from Charlotte Tilbury, MAC, Kiehl's and more.



I bought all this online at Debenhams and may have spent a little TOO much, oh well, they were worth it!
I tested each product for a couple of days to see how I got on with them, heres how it went.

MAC - Soar Lip Liner - The main reason for buying all these products through the Debenhams website was because Soar Lip Liner is sold out almost everywhere else. After the whole hype surrounding this product I had to get it. Its a deep yet muted mauvey pink that applies matte on the lip, I love it and it goes with Mac 'peach blossom' perfectly, especially when applied just in the centre of the lip. Which leads onto my next review..
Price : £12.50


MAC - Peach Blossom (creamsheen) - I don't LOVE this lipstick when applied by itself, but I do on top of a couple of lip liners such as subculture, nice 'n' spicy and soar. I'm also not a huge fan of the creamsheen lipsticks, purely because they don't suit me as much as the matte, but to solve this just add a small amount of translucent powder to your lips to mattify them, thats when I think this lipstick looks best.
Price : £15.50

MAC - Mineralize Charged Water - Moisture Eye Cream - I am obsessed with this eye cream. It applies thick which I love and sinks in to the skin fast, so I know its working. In just a week it's made my under-eyes appear a lot brighter. I can't recommend this product enough.
Price : £24.50


Too faced - Better than Sex Mascara - Instant length comes to mind when reviewing this product, one coat added unbelievable length and made my eyelashes dramatic. This mascara also adds a LOT of volume. Its simple, the more coats you add the more drama, however I think two coats is just enough.. clumpy lashes aren't a good look on me.
Price : £19


10 Kabuki Brush Set - Believe it or not, I bought this set for £5 off an eBay seller who sells them frequently, if I'm being honest I wasn't expecting much from a £5 brush set but they are insane. They have good quality for such low price and the curved foundation brush is a life saver. If you would like the link leave a comment below the post.
Price : £5


Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm - Shade 'Hibiscus' - Burt's Bees is an amazing brand that offers fully natural products, and thats why I love it. This tinted lip balm is also perfect, the shade 'Hibiscus' leaves a light tint of of a deep bitten red shade and is also very moisturising.
Price : £6

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue - Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream - This product very much does have a gel cream formula and applies very smoothly, I like how creamy it is as it blends in to the skin seamlessly and leaves no harsh lines, it almost looks like you aren't wearing a tinted cream at all. I always opt for a tinted moisturiser as I hate wearing foundation, so if you're in the same boat then this product is awesome, its light and doesn't feel as though you have anything thick on your skin.
Price : £20.80

Kiehl's - Clearly Corrective White - Skin Brightening Exfoliator - Kiehl's are hands down my favourite skin care brand and for now, they always will be. This exfoliator isn't too harsh on the skin and doesn't cause any redness, it leaves the skin leaving soft when washing the exfoliator off and once dried your skin feels sooo clean. I'd say this product is brightening, I love the effect it leaves on my skin after use, and I then pair it up with my Kiehl's ultra facial moisturizer afterwards. 
Price : £25.50


Charlotte Tilbury / Norman Parkinson Collection - Filmstar Bronze & Glow (Face sculpt and highlight) - Although this product is expensive, I think that it's so worth it. The bronze shade is the perfect shade to contour with and I think it will suit so many different skin tones. The cream based formula allows it to blend in easily using fingers and/or a brush and it creates a natural sun kissed shadow on the face. As for the highlight, it's a golden shimmer and when caught in the light it is beauuuuuuutiful. Must have product and the packaging is unreal (As you can see).
Price : £55
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Thursday, 20 August 2015

TRAVELLING EUROPE / ROME EDITION

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ROME

The second stop on our month-long interrail journey was the beautiful city of Rome! Most famously known for its iconic monuments, which by the way, definitely live up to expectations.
We travelled via plane from Malta to Rome which is a quick easy flight of around 1 hour 30 minutes. 
When arriving at the airport in Rome we then took an underground to Rome's central station, which was situated around 15 minutes away from our Airbnb accommodation (although the walk did seem much longer carrying a huge rucksack in 34degree heat).
On our arrival at our accommodation we quickly realised that although our small one bedroom city apartment may have been quirky and lovely, it did not have air conditioning (big problem).
We decided to drop our bags off and head out for the entire day and evening around the city of Rome, our first stop being The Colosseum.



Monday, 17 August 2015

TRAVELLING EUROPE / MALTA EDITION

MALTA

The first stop on our interrail list of 12, was Malta, an island which lies virtually in the centre of the Mediterranean 93km away from Sicily and 288km north of Africa. It is famous for some of its beautiful beaches and amazing scenery and is situated in the same region as Gozo and Comino, which you can get a short boat trip to visit. The capital of Malta is 'Valetta' which is easily accessible, we reached it via bus from St. Paul's Bay.

St. Paul's Bay, Malta.

TRAVELLING EUROPE / INTRODUCTION

EUROPE '15

Sometime around November of last year I decided that during the upcoming summer of 2015, I would travel, although I had not yet decided on where or how long for.
After discussing places I dreamt of visiting to my boyfriend we decided we would spend a month interrailing around Europe. Shortly after deciding this we began looking at places we would visit and places we would stay, our list of places to visit began to grow and grow until we finally narrowed it down to 12 amazing places.
My boyfriend then bought my interrail ticket as a birthday present to me in May, which was a complete surprise as I was more than ready to buy it myself.

For most of our accommodation bookings we used a website called AirBnb, a simple website that allows you to stay in apartments/houses around the world that belong to someone else that you can rent for a set amount of time, in our case only two or three nights in each place as we were constantly travelling.
In other cases we stayed in hotels in places such as Venice, Budapest, Prague, Berlin and Paris. 

After carefully narrowing down our list to 12 exciting places to visit the final list came down to (in order).. 
Malta
Rome
Florence
Milan
Venice
Bled 
Vienna
Budapest
Prague
Berlin
Munich
Paris


Sunday, 8 March 2015


AMSTERDAM GUIDE 
Seventeenth Century Canal Ring.

I took a short trip mid February to the beautiful city of Amsterdam, coincidently flying out from Manchester Airport on Valentines Day with my boyfriend Marshall, and oh what a wonderful trip it was.
Everything about Amsterdam is what I adore in a city, it was vibrant, cultural, picture-esque and definitely interesting to say the least. A short flight with the duration just under an hour I couldn't say no to a city break.


I wanted to discover hidden gems in the city and not just see the notorious tourist attractions, although some of them are a must.

Our hotel of choice for our three night stay was citizenM Amsterdam,
an abstract hotel situated outside of the hustle&bustle of the city, with a tram stop just outside to head into the central areas.
Not only our hotel easy to find with its own check-in check-out simplistic self service but our room was insane due to the size of the bed.. XL King Size with the "softest and fluffiest pillows" (a quote taken from their website), it made the end of our day enjoyable knowing we was hopping into luxury at night!
Not to mention the iPad that each room in the hotel came with, allowing you to control almost anything from the tap of a button, such as.. electronic blinds closing on your command, tv controls and mood lighting. All very exciting..
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