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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

5 Of My Favourite Perfumes Right Now

7 Of My Favourite Perfumes Right Now


I'm not sure if I'm the only one, but I have a lot of perfume. It's not been something that I was aware of until I really looked at how many bottles I had standing on my shelf, but I just seem to accumulate them! This is mainly due to people buying them for me as gifts, winning them in competitions and through samples. But am I complaining?! Definitely not. 

The one thing I love about owning so many bottles of perfume is that I can choose a scent to fit my specific mood that day. I can flit from floral to musky, daytime to evening, powerful to light without having to stick to one scent! There are a few that I always enjoy wearing that bit more than some of the others I own, so here are my favourite perfumes I'm reaching for right now. 

Just to give you a heads up, I'm not an expert in perfume, so I've tried to describe each perfume in the best way I can. 


7 Of My Favourite Perfumes Right Now

ACCESSORIZE LOVE LILY*


Can we just start with how cute the packaging of this it? It's very young and fresh, and matches the scent inside perfectly! 

With notes of orange, vanilla, raspberry, and jasmine, Love Lily is fun and playful, and as it settles into my skin the citrus notes really came out. This is a particular favourite of my boyfriend's, and the first time I wore it we kept commenting on how lovely the scent was! 

7 Of My Favourite Perfumes Right Now


MONSOON ROSE GOLD*


Like the Accessorize perfume, Monsoon is killing it with the packaging! The white cardboard packaging looks so Scandi, so I'll definitely be keeping it! 

This scent has some lovely rich tones but it's light enough to wear during the day. Every now and again, I get little hints of florals and citrus which keeps me loving this perfume throughout the whole day. 

7 Of My Favourite Perfumes Right Now


CALVIN KLEIN EUPHORIA


Since receiving this for my 16th birthday, I have been wearing this perfume NON STOP. I can definitely call it my signature scent, and one I will be repurchasing for many years to come! 

It's the perfect day to night scent, as it's light enough to wear in the daytime while having deep tones to carry me through into the evening. This is a beautiful mix of pomegranate, orchid, and blossom, with a slight woody undertone, and I always find it lasts all day, only needing to reapply if I've been up and about all day and I'm carrying on into the evening. 

7 Of My Favourite Perfumes Right Now

ISSEY MIYAKE PLEATS PLEASE


I had never heard of Issey Miyake before until I tried this, and now I'm so glad I have. This light, fresh scent is my companion through spring and summer, and sometimes during the colder months when I fancy something light. 

This scent features wild rose and neroli blossom, with a touch of pink pepper and white musk as the base notes. And let's talk about the bottle for a sec- distorted glass that's shaped almost like a scrunched up piece of paper with an ornate flower on the lid. 

7 Of My Favourite Perfumes Right Now

THIERRY MUGLER ALIEN EAU EXTRAORDINAIRE*


Lastly, my most worn evening fragrance by far. I was lucky enough to get my hands on this when it first came out in 2014 and if you want to see for yourself how much I've loved Thierry Mugler perfumes over the years you can take a look at this post, and also this one. 

Bergamont mixes with citrus to create an addictive scent that I just can't get enough of! Plus I always adore the Mugler bottles, and this one just oozes art-deco Gatsby. 

My perfume collection is always ever-growing, so if any of you have any Christmassy scents that you adore, I'd love to hear them! It's just over a month until the big day, so it's definitely not too early to be getting that Christmas present list sorted...

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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Bioderma Is Saving My Skin This Autumn - Here's How!

Bioderma Is Saving My Skin This Autumn - Here's How!

Bioderma Is Saving My Skin This Autumn - Here's How!


If you've been here a while, you may know that I'm a big lover of Bioderma. Ever since it cleared up an eczema outbreak around my eyes, I have been in love with their products! The micellar water has become a firm favourite in my everyday skincare routine for removing my makeup and is always a repeat buy. 

Due to the insane amount of cleansers in my beauty cupboard I haven't had a chance to try out their foaming cleanser- until now. 

When I started trying this, I was fighting another bout of eczema around my eyes and had stripped back the number of products I was using. I needed something that wouldn't flare my eyes back up to the puffy red things they had been previously. Luckily I had the cleanser from their Sensibio range to hand, and it went down a treat!

It doesn't really foam up as much as other foam cleansers I've used in the past, but what foam it does make really sinks into the skin, and removes all my makeup without stripping my skin. It's very soothing which felt lovely on my dry irritated skin, and after I had washed the cleanser off it felt so unbelievably smooth and plump!

Long term, I am really excited about discovering this cleanser. My skin does not get on at all with autumn, which is a shame as I personally love crisp morning walks and the golden leaves (whoever says they don't like autumn is seriously kidding themselves)! Now I've got this cleanser in my skincare dream team, I feel one step closer to conquering my skin in the colder months.

Do any of you have any hero products that you reach for when your skin is having a hard time? I would love to hear if you have any (especially for dry sensitive skin) as I'm always on the lookout for new ones to try.

OTHER BIODERMA PRODUCTS I LOVE

Sensibio H2O Make-up Removing Micelle Solution 
Sébium H2O Purifying Cleansing Micelle Solution
Sébium Purifying Cleansing Foaming Gel
Photoderm BRONZ Spray SPF 30

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Planning a 5-Month Backpacking Trip

Planning a 5-Month Backpacking Trip
Being a Hobbit for a day at Hobbiton in New Zealand


I started planning for my 5-month backpacking trip around New Zealand and South East Asia a year ago. It's still so strange to think that I've been and come back- the time has just flown by as it always does. There was so much build-up and planning beforehand that it crept up on us and after we had booked the flights to New Zealand, the few months before we went were a complete blur! Now if you're planning a trip longer than 5 months then you may want to give yourself a bit longer than 6 months before you leave, but this is essentially the main process we went through to go from deciding to go traveling to sitting on a plane.



WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO?

If you want to just book the first ticket out of the country and wing it then go for it! But for those organisational freaks among us (I see you), you need to have some idea of where you want to go. Now, this sounds easier than you may think- if you've got enough funds and time to travel the world then what are you still doing here?! Go explore! If, however, you have a set budget or time limit then do a bit of research for places that fit with these two. You may decide to do what we did and hit a certain continent in one go, or you could just focus on a couple of countries. You could easily spend the same amount of time in Australia than you do in South East Asia so it's just down to what places you want to explore. 

You will find if you want to visit multiple countries that travel between each of them is pretty straightforward and you'll have plenty of options of transport. Whatever you decide, remember not to keep it set in stone. There will be certain events that will happen while you are out there that could make you change course. This could be that you are starting to run out of money and either need to cut your trip short or think about going to a country to work to fund the rest of your travels. This could also be the wonderful thing of meeting fellow travellers along the way and deciding to travel somewhere together! Don't push opportunities like this away as being spontaneous with your travel can really make your trip that bit more special. 



WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET?

Something you can't ignore or run away from is the money situation. You either need to save up before heading off or fund your travels by working as you go. But it doesn't just end there as you can't just throw cash around when you're travelling. Working out how much you're going to be spending in each country and on what is super useful to help make your money stretch! I found Backpacker Banter and Lonely Planet's survival guide really useful as they give a rough estimate of what costs are like for spending a month in different countries. 

Work out how much you'll be spending each day for each of these categories: accommodation, food and drink, transport, activities and miscellaneous things like visas or big trips. Then from that daily budget add up how much you'll be spending for the time you're in that country. You then have a budget! To keep track of the budgets for each country I used the app Trail Wallet to keep an eye on what I was actually spending each day. At the end of your trip in that country, you can see how much you spent in each category to see whether you blew the budget or not. 

Remember, it's okay if you blow the budget a bit if you had fun doing it! Don't just use your money to get wasted (at least not all the time) as alcohol is a huge drain when travelling because of the tax in some countries- I'm looking at you Malaysia! We justified spending large chunks of money on big trips and attractions such Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Universal Studios in Singapore and Maerim Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand as those were things we really wanted to do.



HOW LONG WILL YOU TRAVEL FOR?

Nine times out of ten, this is determined by commitments like work or your money situation. We've already established your budget, so let's focus on time. You may find that you are limited to the number of holiday days your job allows, in which case you're probably not looking at doing 5 months like we did! We were thinking of travelling for much longer, but I was being a bridesmaid at my friend's wedding so that capped our time at 5 months. 

Working for my mum and acting means that I was lucky in the respect that I could go back to my job when I returned home. But for others, the only other option is to quit their job and go for as long as they can! If this is the case, have a look at the places you want to go and a rough amount of time you want to spend in each place to see everything you want to. You could start off looking at 6 months, and then if you feel like you want to go for longer, then maybe try a year! 

One thing to remember like I said previously is that you should try to be spontaneous with this. Don't plan where you'll be down to the week otherwise you won't get the most out of your trip! If you like a place, stay longer. If you don't, move on to the next. Once you've reached your last country, you can start to think about booking a plane back home. 



WHAT ROUTE WILL YOU TAKE?

This is where things start to get fun. This is the time where you can start planning what country you'll go to, when! If you have no clue where to start, a simple Google search will turn up lots of itineraries that will suit you. One thing to consider when you're planning this is what the weather will be like in each place. We found that it was better doing New Zealand in February as it was the end of their summer, and then we managed to only skim the monsoon season in Asia. 

Another tip that I found super useful was starring all the places I wanted to go to on Google Maps. Then, when it came to creating a route through each country, I was visually able to see a route. This also made it easy when looking for places to stay as we could make sure we were nearby the attractions we wanted to visit.



WHAT EXTRAS DO YOU NEED TO THINK ABOUT?

Unfortunately, it's not as simple as booking a flight and leaving. Before you go, you need to find out whether you need any vaccinations or visas for where you're going. You'll normally need vaccines for developing countries, and will need to buy malaria tablets to take with you. The NHS site fitfortravel and the gov.uk's foreign travel advice are two great sources of information about health risks and what medication you might need. Make sure you start getting your injections at least 6-8 weeks before you go to allow time between injections. I actually ended up getting my last hepatitis B injection out in New Zealand as my surgery messed up my injections, so make sure you get these done and out the way in plenty of time! 

When it comes to visas, there are a couple of options- you will either have to apply for an e-visa or send off your passport to the embassy of the country you're visiting. Or, you can just enter the country without doing a thing. Think I'm pulling your leg? Read on...

If you're from the UK or from other select countries, you are automatically given a free visa in some countries for a certain time period. Every country we visited apart from Cambodia gave us a free visa when we arrived, and this really helped the money situation!  A great place to check whether you need to pay for a visa or not is STA Travel. You can search for tourist or working visas and you can even apply for visas through them (though we did find their processing fees were sometimes a bit expensive, so do shop around on the country's official government website)!

If you do have to pay for a visa, you may be freaking out about applying for one. But believe me when I say this- it's honestly not that bad. Even when you're stood at the land border crossing and are told your visa is taking a while to process while your boyfriend has been let through...can you tell I'm talking from personal experience? If you would like, I would happily do a more detailed stand-alone post about applying for visas so do let me know if that's something you'd like to see! But for now here are some things to remember:

Most times you can apply for e-visas that will automatically apply to your passport when entering the country by plane and at some land crossings.

You can also pay for a visa on arrival, but make sure you have cash and a passport photo!

You can sometimes extend your visa while in the country.

Get your visa in plenty of time, otherwise, you'll be paying a hefty price for quicker processing times.

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Those are just some tips that helped us plan our 5-month backpacking trip! I hope this was helpful to you and if you want me to talk about anything in more detail, please do let me know! I learned so much on this trip and I am happy to share it with you all!


Gx


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Thursday, 31 August 2017

My Current Wardrobe Favourites

My Current Wardrobe Favourites

Now that I've got used to the good old British weather (she says begrudgingly) I've had to get used to living in jeans again. When you've been used to living in shorts or just a bikini, it feels pretty criminal to be hiding your legs away. But I've slowly been discovering old wardrobe favourites that I've forgotten about and pairing them with new favourites. There's nothing like having a shopping spree in your own wardrobe when you're broke!


THE BALLERINA NECKLACE


Firstly, let's start off with the star of the show- this little Ted Baker ballerina necklace. This was kindly sent to me and was my first piece of blogger mail since returning home yay! Those who've known me for a while will know that I've been dancing since I started walking. My mum teaches ballet so when I was younger I loved going to the ballet and couldn't wait to get my first pair of pointe shoes! This is a long necklace but I've looped it around my neck twice to get a layered necklace look, and the ballerina charm is just so adorable! The detail is amazing, from the moveable arms and legs to the little black net tutu. She even has little pointe shoes on her feet!! You can buy it from Jewellery4 here.

My Current Wardrobe Favourites

THE FLARE SLEEVE TOP


Next is this awesome mink flare sleeve top from New Look that I actually ended up taking with me travelling. It became my go-to evening top that I paired with black Levi shorts. It kept the mosquitos at bay while keeping me cool and looking great! I also found that the colour looked just as good when I had a tan than when I didn't, great for when you're travelling for a long period of time and trying to work your clothes as hard as possible. It also hasn't lost its shape too much after many hand washes and laundrette washes.

My Current Wardrobe Favourites

THE BLACK JEANS


I mean, who doesn't own a pair of classic skinny black jeans?! They are versatile, slimming and look good with pretty much everything! I decided to take a blue pair of jeans away with me as I knew black would have me sweating if the sun suddenly decided to heat things up in New Zealand. Since I've been back I've been practically living in these, and after wearing them so much they've still kept their shape and elasticity! Good old H&M.

My Current Wardrobe Favourites

THE FLORAL TRAINERS

And lastly, let's talk about these trainers! Mum very kindly bought them for me as a belated birthday present and I have since fallen completely in love with New Look trainers! They are so comfy and are a great alternative to Converse without the price tag. Also, the floral trend isn't going anywhere, so I know I'll be wearing these for a long time. But I'll let you into a little secret- these are from the kid's section! If you have a shoe size up to 6 (or more in some shops) you can get awesome shoes for less of the price as you don't pay tax on kids shoes and clothes. 

My Current Wardrobe Favourites

My Current Wardrobe Favourites

NEW LOOK MINK FLARE SLEEVE TOP
NEW LOOK TEENS FLORAL TRAINERS

photos by Lauren Evie

I cannot wait to get back to shopping again but in the mean time, these current wardrobe favourites will get me by. Let's just say my wishlist on ASOS is getting pretty full! Is there anything you're loving wearing at the moment? Also, I'm guessing a lot of you will be cracking out the jumpers as it's the first of September tomorrow, and that means AUTUMN! However much I love summer, I always get excited for this time of year to get back into my fave jumpers and add some more to my collection...

Gx


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