Budapest | Hungary

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Budapest is a place I've wanted to visit for a little while now and so when one of my friends suggested we go for a long weekend, I jumped at the chance. Last weekend, three of us flew out to Budapest for two nights and having never visited Hungary before, I was excited to see what it had to offer.

We had an early flight which meant we had the whole afternoon in Budapest. After settling into our beautiful Airbnb that my friend Emily booked, we set off to explore Budapest. We visited Heroes Square which is an iconic square commemorating Hungary's history and then went in search of some Christmas markets. Once we found some, we drank mulled wine, ate traditional Hungarian pastries and explored all the little stalls. We then walked down to the Chain Bridge to admire Buda and all the beautiful buildings on the other side of the river, lit up at night. After taking about 1,000,000 photos of the stunning view, we wandered back to our apartment, via St Stephen's Basilica, before going out for dinner and drinks.

As we didn't have long in the city, we opted to do a walking tour to try and gain as much knowledge and see as much of Budapest as we possibly could. We had a very animated tour guide who gave us a great tour, visiting the iconic sights of Budapest which included St Stephen's Basilica, walking across the Chain Bridge over the Danube river, walking up to the top of Castle Hill on the Buda side and admiring the view of Pest from the top. From that view, you can see the Parliament building which I was really astounded by, it's absolutely stunning. The tour was completed at St Mathias Church which is such a beautiful church. After the tour, we walked back over to Pest, had some lunch and then walked down to get a closer look of  Parliament which involved taking many photos of the stunning building. Afterwards, we walked along the river and then went for a drink at the Szimpla bar which is a really cool bar in converted ruins and has loads of quirky rooms. We then walked back towards our apartment and went for dinner before getting an early night.

This was our last day in Budapest and we only had the morning before we had to fly home so we decided to visit the famous thermal baths. We went to the Sz├ęcheny baths which are one of the most famous in Budapest, it was quite an experience and after a bit of confusion over the entrance to the baths, we finally got in. We went outside first of all, which was very chilly in just a bikini! However, once in the bath, it was so lovely and relaxing. We tried a couple of the other outdoor baths before venturing inside to see what those baths had to offer. I must admit, I was really disappointed with the indoor baths, some didn't smell too good and others had soooo much dirt floating in them, that I couldn't bring myself to get in and soak in it! We decided to finish off our time at the baths in the outdoor ones as these were our favourite. Once we were fully relaxed, we returned to the apartment before packing to fly back home.

I had such a lovely time in Budapest, it's definitely one of my favourite cities, I wish we had longer there, but I would love to go back one day to explore other parts of the city. I really can't recommend it enough for a weekend break, it's so beautiful!

My Everyday Work Make Up

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

I often get asked how I do my make up for work and how long it takes etc so I thought I'd share my everyday work make up routine. I've got it down to a fine art, so whilst it looks like a lot, it only takes me about 10-15 minutes in the morning. 

I start by applying this as my base. I try to stay away from foundation during the week and opt for a BB cream instead as I think it's lighter on my skin and not as heavy as a foundation for an everyday look. 

I then apply this under my eyes and onto any red areas and blemishes to help cover them up. 

Next, I set the BB cream and concealer with this powder, sweeping it all over my face with a large powder brush.  

I don't apply too much bronzer for work, but as I'm quite pale, I like to add a bit of colour to my cheekbones and across my forehead.

I very finely sweep this across the top of my cheek bone with a fan brush, it's definitely a step I could skip, but I love a bit of highlight! 

I love this blusher, it's quite a subtle peachy pink so is perfect for an everyday blusher.

I've only recently started wearing this for work as I only used to wear it at weekends / nights out, but have recently decided to add it into my everyday routine to help hold my eye shadow in place all day.

Although I have most of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes, I prefer not to use them for work, so use this perfect dupe for the Naked 2 palette  it's very pigmented given it's low price and even though it's not those most long lasting product, with the primer, it does stay in place all day. I vary which shades I use, but tend to use a lighter shade across my lid and then a darker shade in my outer corner and through the crease.

I love this eye liner and I'm always raving about it, it's so easy to apply so it makes it super quick and easy for everyday. 

This mascara is perfect for everyday as it's quite cheap and leaves my lashes volumised and lengthened without being too much for work. 

I use an angled brushed and this eye shadow to help shape my brows and fill them in, it's super quick and easy for an everyday look. 

I just use a lip balm for work as I'd feel too 'made up' with a lipstick and like to keep my lips hydrated in the air conditioned office and this one from Nuxe is perfect for keeping your lips moisturised

So that's my complete everyday make up look that I use for work. As I said, it sounds like a lot, but it really isn't and it barely takes me anytime at all. What make up do you use for everyday?

Boots Essentials Cucumber Facial Scrub | Review

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

I recently received the Boots Essentials Cucumber Facial Scrub as a free gift from an O2 priority code and as someone who never turns down free stuff, I was keen to give it a try, plus you can never have too much Skincare right? 

I was a bit skeptical about it as I don't know how effective Boots Essentials products are. As with all their range, it comes in very simple packaging which does look a little 'cheap'. The product itself is quite a harsh scrub to what I'm used to, so I did feel like I was scratching the skin off my face, which I guess is essentially the case, but I was worried I'd be left with a really red blotchy face. That, luckily, wasn't the case! 

It's lightly fragranced with cucumber which is really refreshing on the skin, however, I found it quite difficult to wash all the beads off my face and when I went to moisturise afterwards I found I still had some of the beads left on my face. Having said that, it did leave my skin feeling really soft and smooth afterwards, especially after I'd applied a moisturiser.

Would I go out and buy this in the future? Probably not. Whilst at £1.50, it's a really cheap face scrub, it's just a little too harsh for me and I'd prefer to use a slightly softer one. 

Have you tried the Boots Essentials Facial Scrub? What are your thoughts? 

5 Things I'd Tell my Teenage Self

Sunday, 13 November 2016

As is the case for many, my teens were such an awkward time and I had so many ups and downs, but I've definitely come out stronger and am super proud of how far I've come, but if I could go back and share these pieces of advice with myself, I definitely would. 
1./Don't try to impress everyone 
I spent so much of my teen years trying to impress friends and wanting to be friends with everyone and be liked by everyone, when in reality, I'm only still close with a handful of those people and the rest were only friends because we were forced to hang out at school everyday. I wish I'd spent less time worrying and more time enjoying the friendships I had.

2./Don't over pluck your eyebrows
I'm sure for a lot of people this is the same, there was this phase where we all plucked our eyebrows to within an inch of their life - not a good look!! 

3./Don't let boys upset you
I remember spending so much of my teen years getting upset because of a boy, which in reality was probably after a 2 week relationship, but it was so important to me back then, yet we were so immature and didn't know what a relationship meant. If only I knew the true meaning of a relationship back then, I'm sure I wouldn't have spent as much time crying over boys!

4./Tone down the make up
When I look back at some of my old photos my make up was something else! Glittery eyeliner was a favourite at one point, what was I thinking? I know I also used to block my eye shadow, why did I think that was a good idea?! 

5./It all works out well in the end 
I used to stress so much about the future, whether I'd get good enough GCSE's for sixth form or if friendships had broken down, it was the worst thing in the world as I thought I'd end up with no friends, when reality it's all worked out well and I'm very happy with where I've come since I was a teenager.

What would you tell your teenage self? 

PS. Can we take a moment to appreciate how cringe I am in the above photo - apparently I thought wearing science goggles upside down was cool!

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara | Review

Sunday, 6 November 2016

The other week, I was very lucky to be one of the first 100 people into the new Charlotte Tilbury store in Westfield London (read all about it here) as a result, I was given a free mini Legendary Lashes mascara which I was super excited to try. Having never tried a mascara from Charlotte Tilbury before, I was really looking forward to finding out what it was like. 

1./Volume and length
Having mainly used mascaras with plastic applicators lately, I was intrigued to try this one as it's not plastic. As a result, I find that it applies the product really evenly without it being too 'clumpy', meaning that every lash is separated to give a fuller eye lash look as well as adding volume and length.

I haven't found this to be the longest lasting mascara in the world as it has left me with a bit of a black  fallout under my eye where the product has worn off, which I've found a little disappointing for such a premium product.

For me, the brush is a little too big, I find it really hard to get to the outer lashes without smearing mascara all over my face. I think this may be because I'm used to using quite small applicators which are very different to this one.

I really like the formulation of this mascara, it applies really easily and evenly to the lashes and the applicator helps apply it well.

As with all of Charlotte Tilbury's products, the packaging is super cute. It's a lovely rose gold mirrored packaging, with the name down one side which looks like it's been written in beautiful handwriting and then really cute winking eyes on the other side. I love it! 

I really wanted to LOVE this mascara and whilst I do really like it, I don't love it enough to purchase the full sized version. It's lovely to apply and does leave my lashes looking fuller, it just doesn't tick all the boxes for me, sadly.

October Favourites

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

How quickly did October go? Autumn is well and truly upon us and Halloween has been and gone. Not that I'm massively complaining, November means it's nearly my birthday and Christmas is also fast approaching! Before I get too excited by the thought of my birthday and Christmas, here's what I've been loving throughout October.
Now that Autumn is here, I'm loving the darker lipsticks and this has to be one of my favourites. I featured it in my Autumn Lipsticks post and also my Halloween post. It's the most gorgeous deep red lipstick and stays put all day, what's not to love?
Although I've had the D for Danger lipstick for a while now, I never had a lip liner that matched with it perfectly until this month. This one from MAC is the ideal shade for the D for Danger lipstick and helps prevent the lipstick from smudging, I love it!

I've had this lip balm before, but I ran out of it a few months ago and purchased the NUXE Reve de Miel Stick instead, but it just wasn't as nourishing and hydrating. Earlier this month, I was really pleased to get my hands on the lip balm again as it's the best lip balm I've ever tried. Plus, I got one of their limited editions ones so it comes with a pretty lid! 
With the colder weather comes dryer skin and often, my hands suffer the most, so I always make sure I have a hand cream in my bag. I'm loving this one from The Body Shop at the moment as it's really good at hydrating my hands, also it's the perfect size to carry around. 
Okay, this is a bit of a random one, but it's literally been my life saver this month! Everyone at work has been really ill with colds / fluey symptoms and I just do not have the time to be ill right now. I've been dosing up on this stuff every time I feel a bit sniffly and touch wood I've been able to steer clear of all the illnesses. I think they've re branded it since I last bought it, but I really can't recommend it enough!

What have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments below. 

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