Friday, 28 September 2012

September & Winter Favourites!

A new type of post to grace my blog today; my September (and winter) beauty favourites!

I love these kind of reviews on other peoples blogs, so I figured it was about time I got round to doing one myself! I mainly like them because you can genuinely tell what people have been using & loving, so its great to maybe discover new items you've never used before!

As the colder weather has been setting in, I've noticed I've changed a couple of bits in my 'most used' makeup bag - also some of my body & hair care too. So here are 12 items I've been loving this month!

Body Shop Cheek Colour - 01

This blusher gives the most perfect 'frost bitten pink' colour of all the blushers I own (see above!). I'd recommend it for paler skins as the colour is very fair but buildable and (in my opinion!) a very nice, subtle winter shade. I tend to back away from bronzers & shimmers in my blush while the cold weather is here so this is ideal!

Collection 2000; Lasting Perfection Concealer - 02

For just over £4 I can't get enough of the Collection 2000 concealer. It does what it says on the tin - you can't go wrong. I'd buy this again in a heart beat!

Ginvera BB Cream

I've added the Ginvera BB Cream in here as I know people tend to go 'matte' as far as foundation is concerned when autumn/winter arrives - I, however, stick to sheer tints. My skin can become quite dry and the last thing I really want is a matte foundation showing up flaws. This BB cream hydrates my skin and covers up blemishes, so this is what I'll be opting for. (review here)

iD Bare Minerals; Mineral Veil - Translucent

The Bare Minerals Mineral Veil is something, I'll admit, I found at the bottom of my drawer one day. As soon as I used it - I wondered what I'd been doing all this time! This is a nice alternative to MACs Mineralize Skinfinish; it absorbs any grease, smooths out perfections & (I personally think) makes my makeup last longer. Perfect for winter when you're battling the wind & rain!

Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser

Liz Earle is a brand I have heard of for years, but only in the past few months have I used their skincare products. I can't tell you how impressed I am with this moisturiser, it is genuinely the best I have ever used. I have combination skin - so to have something that moisturises dry parts and balances out oily patches is genius. I love it!

MAC Satin Lipstick - Faux

This MAC lipstick is quite old now, but it something I've been reaching for more & more. It is a 'better than your lip-colour' type of lipstick - with slight purple & berry tones. It goes on lovely & smooth, almost feeling moisturising at the same time! A very pretty, subtle shade for the winter months.

Maybelline The Falsies Mascara - Black Drama

This has been one of my main purchases this month. I'd heard a lot of rave reviews about The Falsies and figured for £8 I would try it too - as its generally cheaper than most I would buy. I have to agree with the great reviews, it is a very good mascara! I wouldn't say its the best ever but I do like it!

Models Own Eyeliner - White

Perfect for making your eyes look wider and giving your eyes a softer look - I never thought I'd like white eyeliner as much as I do this one, and for just £4 it was a steal.

Palmers Coconut Body Butter

Palmers have been around for years, as a cruelty free company I admire their brand & ethics. I ordered this in September as I suffer from very dry skin on my body so I needed something thick & moisturising to slap on it! This is just that. Its cheap, but excellent quality. I think this may even beat Body Shops Body Butters - its that good!

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

As well as a dry body, I also have dry hair (hurrah) - I need intense hair masques to combat the years of bleach & dying it. I received a sample of this when I got my hair done at Vidal Sassoon Manchester and loved it instantly. It helps your hairs elasticity, preventing split ends & makes it nice and frizz free. My hair has never been in such good condition - all thanks to this.

Stila - Living the Life in Laguna Eyeshadow Palette

I bought this palette during the summer, but I wasn't convinced it was for me. However having used it again & again I love the colours for winter. It contains very subtle (but very pigmented) pinks & purples with a nice brown to create a different smoky eye to your blacks and browns. And its always nice to add a swipe of colour to your face in this dull weather!

Victor & Rolf - Flowerbomb.

And, finally. Viktor & Rolfs Flowerbomb. Whats not to love about this scent? I've been using (and loving) my Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia perfume which I bought for my birthday but I feel like this is a more 'winter-y' scent. It is still very floral (obviously) with hints of rose, jasmine & orchid however to me, combined, it is quite heavy & musky - which I like when the air gets colder!
And there you have it. I'm sorry it was long! Turns out I haven't really 'reviewed' a lot of things I like this month so I felt I should explain why they're there!

What have you been loving this month!?


Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Venice [On A Point & Shoot]

A day after arriving home from Spain, I set off to Croatia.

En Route to Outlook Festival, me & my friend stayed in Venice for the night before taking a coach to the festival. Using HostelWorld we found Venice BB Venezia  - and I couldn't be happier that that is where we decided to stay.

We arrived in Venice around 7pm & it was getting dark, but that didn't take away from the beauty of the city. I was so pleasantly surprised. I've never been to Italy before, although I had always wanted to, and Venice lived up to all expectations.

The B&B was essentially the main highlight of our stay (and thats saying something, Venice was amazing in itself!). Alessandro and his very cute dog Gina (above) were super accommodating. The bedroom was lovely and homely, the kitchen was quirky and full of trinkets, everything was spotless and I couldn't have loved it more!

The morning after a night of wandering around, eating pizza and ice-cream (claro!), we were woken up to freshly made bruschetta, followed by bread brought straight from the bakery - we left wishing we had more time to spend there.

In just 12 hours I had fallen in love with the place!

As we were heading essentially to a festival, naturally I didn't take my DSLR with me (something which I regret badly!) so, unfortunately, these images are taken with a fairly bad point and shoot. I'm no camera snob, I know there are some excellent compact cameras out there - just unfortunate that this wasn't one of them! Live & learn I guess!

Venice will definitely be somewhere I revisit when I have longer to truly explore it and that B&B will 100% be where I stay.

Ps. it didn't smell, contrary to popular belief. Leeds smells worse after the weekend!
Hope you like the pictures! Have you ever been to Venice? 


featured image from Robin G via Facebook

Monday, 17 September 2012

I Heart Seville!

This title will come as NO surprise to many, I'm sure.

I can never explain enough, or in words that are up to par, how much I love this place.

Known as the capital of the South of Spain, Seville never disappoints. It is always beautiful, always breathtaking and, as a general rule, always hot. There's so much gorgeous architecture to feast your eyes on & around every corner you will see something incredible.

...If you haven't been, then please do yourself a favour and get yourself on the next flight!

Towards the end of our stay in Malaga we drove two hours west to Seville. It was quiet as it was a Sunday and midday temperature [read: sweltering]. We had a wander around the main shopping streets, passing by the Cathedral, Plaza de Toros, Torre del Oro AND the Plaza de Espana - I was being serious when I said everywhere you turn there is something amazing.

We stopped at one of my all time favourite restaurants; Robles Laredo to have some tapas and cake. They do amazing individual desserts there - again, if you pass it, get one! I'd been craving gazpacho - and I know you can make this at home, but its never really quite as good.

With our stomachs full we plodded around, paid a visit to one of the most gorgeous looking five star hotels in the city centre & then made our way back to the car.

It really was quite a flying visit, but one I'm pleased we made.

My love for this city will always remain and it is somewhere I couldn't recommend enough if I tried.


Thursday, 13 September 2012

Fuente Del Sol : Antequera

I don't know really what I can say about this place that the photos don't already...

As part of our trip to Malaga we headed out of the city and up, literally, into the mountains to one of the most gorgeous hotels I've ever stayed in - in my life.

Fuente Del Sol ["Source of the Sun"] in Anterquera.

This time round we just went for the day, but the day I moved to Spain and bought a one way ticket (weird feeling) this is where we stayed until I moved into my flat in Estepa. It is unbelievably remote, peaceful, beautiful & so quiet all you can hear is the water trickling in the fountain.

The day we went during our trip it did quite literally feel like 'the source of the sun' - it is so hot up there. So we headed inside for a nice meal and some down time. The food isn't the be all & end all, but the surroundings and restaurant decor more than make up for it.

On the way back down we were stopped by a huge heard of goats crossing. Not something you see everyday!

If you're in Malaga and have a car handy, I would definitely recommend popping up to this hotel, even if it's just the see the magnificent views. You won't regret it.

And there you have it. Antequera in a nut-shell! 

Hope you like the photos! xo

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Selwo, Smooy & Sunshine in Málaga

Hola! Finally had time to sit down, go through my holiday snaps & get round to uploading them here on Wordpress!

So! August 20th - 27th  we stayed at the Vincci Posada del Patio, in the centre of Malaga (a hotel that I would recommend in a heartbeat!) for a week of cocktails, sunshine and relaxing...

And we pretty much did just that!

We wandered the small streets, sunbathed by the pool, ate tapas to my hearts content, drank tinto con limón like it was going out of style, visited the market, went to Selwo Park (in the end, we decided we weren't too keen), drove to Antequera & Sevilla - posts to come! Ate 'smooy' aka frozen yoghurt followed by more wandering...

All in all loveliness!

Malaga is a beautiful city, and surprisingly not as touristy as many would think. I love that it isn't overly busy and has that urban/beach thing going on.  After many visits and it being my go to city whilst on my Year Abroad - I pretty much know it like the back of my hand!

I'll let the pictures do the talking but overall I had an amazing time :)

Tickling a baby goat was probably one of the highlights of Selwo Park! (easily pleased - and from that picture you can probably tell why this isn't a fashion blog!)

Anyway, more pictures to come of Antequera & Sevilla plus some stories of Venice and Croatia. It's been busy! So keep your eyes peeled if you're interested amigos :)
Hope you enjoyed the photos & hope you're having a nice week so far!


Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Honey, I'm Home!

Phew! What a whirlwind couple of weeks it has been!

Malaga, Venice & Pula have all been visited; but I'm so pleased to be home and settled again. Oh, and of course happy to see the hoglet!

I have a lot of pictures & stories to share but I also similarly have a lot of organising and laundry to do too! (living la vida, I know). So as soon as I've caught up on reality, I'll be sure to get back in my blogging routine!

I hope you're all well! Tell me something you've been up to? What have I missed?!

Blog soon! xo

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