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. Thursday, 24 January 2019 .
Before the clock has struck midnight on New Years Eve I always have multiple travel plans for the new year. I like to plan ahead, particularly where travel is concerned. Some people might consider it to be wishing your life away but I just always love to have something to look forward to. Watching a trip edge closer on a countdown app just gives me such a buzz! However, unusually for me, this year I don't have anywhere near as many trips planned as I'd like! I usually try to go on one longer trip each year but at the moment I only have shorter trips planned, and hopefully I'll be adding a few more to this list as the year goes on! This is everything I currently have planned for 2019:

Morocco

My first trip of the year is approaching fast; I'm off to Morocco on February 2nd with Plan My Gap Year. For anyone who doesn't know, I work for them creating video content so will be spending a few days with them in Rabat filming the projects they offer out there. After that I'm thinking of heading to Fez for a couple of days then finish my trip with a few days in Marrakech. I'm hoping to do some kind of day trip into the desert or perhaps the Atlas mountains. Right now, I have no clue. I'm just going to wing it really! 

Orlando, Florida

This is a trip that I've wanted to do for YEARS! I went to Florida with my family when I was about 13 but my mum decided against doing Disney because of how expensive it was. But i'm a massive Disney fan and one of the things on my bucket list is to visit every Disney park in the World. So when my lovely friend Georgia Marie suggested a trip to Florida I couldn't have screamed any louder if I tried. We're heading out there in March to go to Playlist Live, Universal and Disney. This trip has cost me a small fortune but I don't even care. It'll be worth it! 

Rome, Italy

I spent just under a month in Italy back in the summer of 2016 and loved every minute of it. Rome is by far one of my favourite cities, particularly because i'm a big history nerd and love everything to do with the Romans. So when my boyfriend suggested a short city break after he finishes his final placement I jumped at the chance. He's never been before so i'm excited to show him around and take him to my favourite spots. I also really want to try and sort out a day trip to visit Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii as that was a total highlight of my last trip. Plus who wouldn't jump at the chance to eat all the incredible pizza, pasta and gelato possible?! 

Surprise Destination

This isn't meant to be a surprise for you guys so much as it is for my boyfriend. I wanted to take him somewhere on an adventure to celebrate him graduating university. However, as he sees all of my content, I can't tell you guys without spoiling the surprise for him. We're heading off for 4 days in July, so if you want to be one of the first to know where we go I'd suggest following me on Instagram, as I'm always posting Instagram stories. I'll likely vlog and blog about the trip, but that will all go live after I'm home! 

Northern Italy

Another trip to Italy! This is very unlike me, it's quite unusual for me to go back to the same place twice, let alone twice in the same year! This time however I'll be visiting a different region of the country; Emilia Romagna which is a bit further North than Rome. We're heading there because my boyfriend is taking part in the Ironman race in September and then of course they'll be a bit of time for exploring too. I'm hoping to squeeze in a trip to Verona as it's somewhere I wanted to visit when I was in Italy in 2016 but just couldn't manage to squeeze it into the schedule as there was a lot I wanted to see in a fairly short amount of time! 

European Winter Break 

I've been on a winter break for the last two years and loved both of them! In 2017 I went to Berlin and in 2018 I went to Oslo. I'd never really been on a cold trip before, I usually I much prefer to chase the sunshine! But I've found a new found love for European Christmas markets and cold weather. I've no idea where I want to go yet, that's something I'll think about a bit closer to the time. I just know that I want to go on another little city break in December of 2019.

So I currently have adventures planned for February, March, June, July, September and December. I wonder if I'll be adding anymore to that as the year progresses!

Where will you be travelling to in 2019? Let me know in the comments! 

. Tuesday, 15 January 2019 .
I wrote one of these posts last year and loved the experience of doing so; reminiscing on my adventures is one of my favourite things to do (besides going on new adventures!) 2018 wasn't the best year for travel I've ever had, but I still managed to visit four new countries. 2018 was a pretty crazy year for me; I was the most stressed I have ever been, worked 7 days a week for 3 months straight, finished my degree, moved to a new city on the other side of the country and started my graduate job. Despite all that, I somehow managed to squeeze in trips to Sri Lanka, The Maldives, Wales and Oslo.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka was an incredible trip for me on so many levels. It was my first time back in Asia since my first ever solo backpacking trip in 2014. I also gained some work experience whilst out there as I was participating in a mental health programme and finally it was my first time working with a company for a large-scale project. I joined Plan My Gap Year's Mental Health and Psychology programme as part of my final elective programme in order to complete my Mental Health Nursing degree. I was also working with PMGY whilst out there, creating video content for their social media platforms. Sri Lanka as a country is not somewhere that had ever really crossed my mind before this trip, however it has quickly become one of my favourite countries and definitely somewhere I would return to - which is rare for me as I usually like to keep going to new places. If you want to know more about my time in Sri Lanka, I've written a blog post summarising everything!

The Maldives

The Maldives isn't somewhere that I thought i'd visit in a million years. In my head it was this incredibly luxurious place that only the rich and famous could afford to visit. In reality, it's a lot more affordable than you'd think if you know how to do it right. I stayed on a local island called Maafushi, which is much cheaper than staying on one of the private resort islands. It was every bit as beautiful as you would expect the Maldives would be. Unfortunately I was there during rainy season and it rained a lot of the time I was there, but that has just made me more determined to go back! I went as a long weekend through PMGY as it is one of the weekend trips they offer if you're volunteering in Sri Lanka. I cannot describe how incredible The Maldives are. I've never been much of a beach person, but I genuinely didn't want to leave.

Wales

Wales is actually somewhere that I've wanted to visit for quite a while! I've mentioned previously that I want to have visited all of the UK and Ireland before embarking on a round the world trip in a couple of years time, so I was keen to get started with Wales now that I live a bit closer to it. This was mine and my boyfriend's first adventure away together so that made it even more special. We only went for a couple of days but we managed to climb to the top of Snowdon and zip-wired through some underground caves. I won't insert a picture of us at the top of Snowdon in this blog post as it was so ridiculously wet and windy up there we both look like messes!

Oslo, Norway

This was a trip that I actually booked pretty spontaneously back in August. I knew I wanted to go somewhere in December after having an incredible time in Berlin last year, so jumped onto the Skyscanner everywhere feature and booked myself the cheapest flights I could find for some random dates in December. So off to Oslo it was! In hindsight maybe it wasn't my brightest idea because I very quickly learnt that although the flights were cheap, everything else in Norway is VERY expensive! It also wasn't the easiest place to visit in the winter thanks to the low temperatures (it got down to -16 with wind chill while I was there!) as well as the lack of day light that meant most places were only open 10/11am-3/4pm. However I loved every minute of my time there, despite it not being somewhere that I probably would have thought to visit had it not been for the cheap flights. A definite highlight for me was the Viking Ship Museum - they have one of the best preserved Viking ships in the World and the history nerd in me was unbelievably excited by it all!


So i've now visited a grand total of 8% of our great planet and 24% of Europe - I can't wait to see what the rest of the world has in store for me!

Where did you travel to in 2018?

. Saturday, 3 November 2018 .
This post has kindly been sponsored by Panasonic - a leader in beauty products UK - however, as always, this has not impacted upon the opinions expressed in this blog post. Please note, this blog post features affiliate links, so I will make a small commission if you purchase through my link. It doesn't cost you anything extra and it really helps me out, so if you do decide to purchase due to my recommendation I would really appreciate you doing so through my links!

With Christmas fast approaching (apologises to anyone who is still in denial about this) I've started to think about what I might like to find under the Christmas tree. So I thought I'd share that with you guys in case you're stuck for ideas of what to ask for or gift for a loved one!


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I have a love-hate relationship with shaving. I love my skin feeling soft and smooth but hate the effort of shaving. Particularly during the winter months when my skin is pretty dry, shaving really does feel like a chore. Epilation is something I've always thought about braving because the results last longer than shaving, however the thought of it has always made me wince a little. I love that this Epilator from Panasonic has a 'normal' and 'soft' mode so I can introduce myself to epilating in a more gentle manner. It also comes with 6 different attachments so it can be used all over your body. Another plus is that it can be used dry or wet, meaning I don't have to waste water by removing hair in the shower. It has a flexible pivoting head so its always in contact with the skin and 48 tweezers to remove every last hair.
I've seen some great reviews for this product so hopefully i'll get to try it out this festive season!



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If you watch my YouTube channel, you'll probably know that I'm OBSESSED with Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk lipstick. The only slight downside to it is that it's a matte finish. Most of the time I love this, but in the Winter my lips are just too dry to be wearing a matte lip colour. However CT has recently released their iconic shade in a superstar lips formula, which is a lipstick with a glossy finish. I'm desperate to pick this up so I can wear my perfect nude all year round, but it's currently out of stock so I just need to keep my hopes up that it will come back into stock before Christmas!



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The Benefit Roller Lash is a cult favourite and there's a good reason for it! I missed the initial hype under the false pretence that no mascara was good enough to justify its £21.50 price tag, but boy was I wrong! I've worn it every single day since I purchased it and the thought of it running out is just too much to bare quite frankly. Christmas seems like the perfect excuse to treat myself to something that I want and know i'll get loads of use out of, but don't necessarily want to pay the price tag. Plus there's quite often a few Benefit gift sets available around Christmas, so it might be worth keeping your eye out for a gift set. It's a great way to save money, restock a favourite and maybe try out some other Benefit products that you haven't tried before.





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I absolutely love the overall aesthetic of Ted Baker's brand but I've never tried anything from their beauty range. So when I came across this little set whilst hunting online for gifts for others it went straight on my Christmas list! The set is made up of an eyeliner, two eyeshadow crayons, a highlighting crayon, a mascara and an eyeshadow palette. I love the rose gold look of this set and it comes in a gorgeous box so makes for a perfect gift! Plus it's the perfect little set to throw in your bag for a weekend away when you want to create a beautiful makeup look.


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I very rarely wear nail polish, simply because I rarely have the patience to paint them and wait for it to dry! Nothing frustrates me more than smudging my nails because I've been too impatient. However one of my favourite nail brands is Essie - if I do paint my nails it's quite often with one of their colours. This little set is a perfect Christmas gift with a mix of a festive pop of red with two more wearable, everyday shades. I rarely finish a nail varnish so these smaller pots are perfect for me. And if you can't paint your nails during the festive period, then when can you?!





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My final pick that I wanted to share with you is something I've actually very recently picked up! But it's just so beautiful I had to share it with you guys anyway because if you don't already own it and you love Nude/Pink eyeshadows then you NEED this palette in your life. This is the New Nude eyeshadow palette from Huda Beauty. The palette contains ten matte shades, four reflective shades, two pressed glitters, one pressed pearl shade and a concealer base. If you want to see my first impression of this beauty you can check it out here.


Thank you so much to Panasonic for sponsoring this blog post. What is top of your Christmas list this year? I'd love to know!

. Saturday, 13 October 2018 .
What with it being October, it only seemed natural that Glossybox went with a Halloween theme. Glossies randomly receive either the 'trick' or 'treat' box and I got the 'trick' one! If you aren't familiar with Glossybox it's basically a beauty subscription service; you pay £10 a month and receive 5 beauty items. I have always loved beauty subscription services because it's like getting a present from yourself each month! I've tried a few different ones before but had never really looked into Glossybox before so thought i'd give it a try. This post is not sponsored and I bought the box with my own money, I just wanted to share with you what I got in my box this month. I actually managed to hold off opening my box for a couple of days until I was able to take the photos for this post - so i'm pretty impressed with myself! This edition of Glossybox is actually entirely cruelty-free and contains 4 full=size products which is definitely a winner! So i'm going to stop rambling now and just show you what I got inside!
1. Illamasqua lipstick in the shade "Energy" RRP £20
Now this lipstick is definitely in-keeping with the halloween theme in this gorgeous vibrant purple shade. It's a semi-matte which is very on trend and perfect for these colder months when lips tend to be drier so you usually want to avoid very matte lips. Illamasua is a brand i've never tried before, which is another reason why I love beauty subscription services - they really broaden your horizons in terms of the brands you use. I love the formula of this lipstick; its creamy and pigmented but looks matte on the lips. I will definitely be seeking out other Illamasaqua shades to try as they seem like great lipsticks. However, my only issue with this choice of shade is that I am highly unlikely to get much use out of it, and I imagine most people would agree with me. While it's a very bold colour and fits the Halloween theme perfectly, it does seem like a little bit of a waste of a product considering I would only really wear it once for a Halloween party perhaps. I cannot deny that it's a great lipstick, but I just would have preferred it to be a shade that more people would be able to wear more often.
2. Sleek Eyeshadow Palette in "Au Natural" RRP £8.99
Sleek is a brand that i'm very familiar with and love many of their products. Their eye shadows definitively aren't the best i've ever tried, but for the price point I do think they're a really great product. This palette is perfect for the new season with warm, autumnal hues and a combination of matte and shimmer shades. It also has a huge mirror inside which is always a winner for me as it makes makeup on the go a lot easier. I especially love the reddish-brown shimmer in the bottom left corner - it's literally my perfect autumnal shade!
3. This Works "In Transit Camera Close-Up" RRP £17
I'll be honest, I don't really understand what this product is. It describes itself as a 'mask, moisturiser and primer all in one' which just doesn't make any sense to me! It's the only product from this box that I haven't had chance to try since opening my box. I can see from the ingredients that it contains several different types of oils and I just don't think that's going to work well at all with my oily skin. This is the only item inside this month's box which isn't full-size, however the full-size product is only 40ml so at 20ml, the sample is a pretty decent size. I think i'm going to give this to a friend with a different skin type who might be able to make better use out of this product.
4. Luna Cosmetics Loose Translucent Powder RRP £17
Luna is a brand i'd never even heard of before receiving this product, but i'm definitely going to be checking out their other makeup after trying this! This very much reminds me of my Laura Mercier translucent powder which is a massive compliment because I love that stuff! It's small size and the addition of a powder puff to keep the product inside makes it perfect to travel with too. It's great for mattifying the skin, keeping makeup in place and hiding pores.
5. Luxe Bronze & Sculpt Contour Kit by MUA RRP £5
Makeup Academy is a brand I'm aware of but have never actually tried any of their products. While it's nice to try some more expensive brands occasionally, I also love discovering new drugstore brands so my bank balance doesn't cry if I love the product and decide to repurchase! I have never found a drugstore bronzer that I loved until discovering this one. I've always stayed true to my holy grail Benefit Hoola. But let's be honest, it's quite pricey! Plus the box it comes in is fairly fragile so I get nervous chucking it in my makeup bag for on the go. This little compact actually contains two shades; the top one (shown in the photo) is a shimmery shade perfect for highlighting and adding a touch of colour if you're super pale like me. Then the shade underneath is a darker shade for contouring and sculpting your face. I'll admit, i'm not great at this! But the powder blends beautifully into the skin so it makes it easier if, like me, contouring is not your friend.
Have you ever tried a beauty subscription box? If so, what's your favourite one?

If you want to give Glossybox a try for yourself, feel free to sign up through my referral link. You'll get 20% off your box and I get store credit - so it's a win-win situation!



. Wednesday, 3 October 2018 .
Autumn is my favourite time of year when it comes to fashion. I love the colours, I love being cosy, I love it all. Despite not really be able to afford it at the moment (moving house is expensive!) I decided to have a look through the new in section on ASOS and share with you my favourite picks.

Links to all the items mentioned can be found beneath the photos. Please note, the links in this post are affiliate links. This means I'll make a small commission if you purchase through my links. It doesn't cost you anything extra and it really helps me out, so if you do decide to purchase due to my recommendation I would really appreciate you doing so through my links!

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I absolutely LOVE mustard yellow, quite frankly I wear it all year round but I especially love it in the Autumn. I'm also a big fan of chunky knits so this jumper is basically the stuff of dreams for me. I like to wear oversized jumpers like this tucked into skinny jeans with a statement belt. I already own a couple of mustard jumpers but there's always room for more, right? Plus at £20, I think it's a great price.













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I have wanted a pair of Dr Marten boots for as long as I can remember, specifically a pair in the cherry red colour so autumn seems like the perfect time to pick them up! The only thing i'm not keen about with these ones is the super chunky sole. Personally at 5"9 I don't really feel like I need any extra height. They are also quite pricy at £165 but I see Dr Martens as an investment piece and know they will last me for years! It's my birthday in a few weeks so i'm tempted to treat myself to them as a birthday present, but will keep hunting around a bit longer until I find the perfect pair.










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I desperately wanted a teddy coat last year but just never got round to purchasing one. I left it too late and then all ones I liked were sold out. There are so many different multi-coloured versions of these coats out there now in all different styles but my personal preference is a more simple design in the classic light brown colour. It has a quilted lining which is going to keep you warm as the temperature drops, and it has real pockets which we all know is a winner!  Plus because its from New Look, it's a pretty decent price point compared to the ones from Topshop and Zara.








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We've already established that i'm a big fan of mustard, and i'm also a fan of tartan print at this time of year so as soon as I spotted this mustard tartan print dress I knew it had to be mine. I love how the model is wearing it with a roll neck underneath, it would also looks great paired with some tights and boots so can still be worn as the temperature drops. Plus it's an absolute bargain at £15.99. Despite this blog post being a wish list, I think it's safe to say that this will be in my basket before long!










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I've already mentioned my love for tartan but this gorgeous red and navy pair of trousers basically just screams Autumn/Winter to me! They're from Warehouse and are a little pricer than I'd usually like to pay for such a statement piece at £42, but I could imagine myself styling these in so many different ways. I know Primark are also selling similar trousers at the moment if you want to get the same look for a lower price point.
I would style these with a grey thin knit roll neck, or a black chunky knit jumper. Perhaps even with a t-shirt tucked in and an oversized cardigan too. Essentially what i'm trying to tell you is that there are so many ways to wear these trousers!





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I am a big fan of pinafore dresses, I actually think I already own three! But of course they're all totally different and therefore it would be acceptable to own another one - right? This rust colour is just perfect for Autumn! It would also work really well as a transitional piece; while the weather is still milder you could get away with wearing it with a thin knit roll neck underneath and perhaps even bare legs. Then when the temperatures start to drop pair it with some thick tights and a chunky knit to make sure you stay warm! It also has that all important button feature which has been a massive trend recently and one that I have definitely embraced.







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I realise that T-shirts aren't exactly the most autumnal thing you can get, but when I saw the colour combination of this one it just had to go on my wish list! If you watch my hauls on YouTube you'll already know that I'm a big fan of yellow/mustard. Mix this with the rust, black and white stripes and you've got this gorgeous Pinkie t-shirt. It's also an absolute steal at £7.99! This piece might not work as well when temperatures really start to drop but in the mean time it would look great tucked into some high waisted jeans with a chunky cardigan or denim jacket over the top.









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As i'm sure we all know, chunky knits are just essential at this time of year. It's easy to slip into the habit of wearing lots of very similar jumpers though. I love how different this one is with vertical ribbing across the body of the jumper and bobble textured sleeves. It is a bit pricer at £46 from River Island but I definitely think its worth it for such a unique piece. Plus i've owned a few RI jumpers before and they've always lasted really well so I definitely don't mind paying that little bit extra for good quality.  I also (surprisingly) don't own any grey jumpers! I think this is because I usually go for my classic 'autumnal' colours so I'm definitely in need of a staple like this in my wardrobe.







https://go.magik.ly/ml/fund/ 


I never used to be a fan of green, but over the last couple of Autumns it has really grown on me. This coat basically resembles a duvet and I think that's why i'm drawn to it - who doesn't want to feel like they're wearing a duvet when they're leaving their house on a winter morning wishing they were still in bed?! It's £60 which I personally don't think is a bad price for what looks like a great coat.


Which of these pieces is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!