Holiday Essentials

 

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetWith summer fully gracing us with its presence, a lot of people are getting ready for their holidays. Whether you are going abroad or staying in the country, I wanted to share with you what I can’t live without on holiday. Hope you enjoy!
  1. A hat – I suffer from health anxiety. And how is this anything to do with hats? Well, when you suffer from health anxiety every little symptom turns into a massive deal. When on holiday, I am paranoid about suffering from heat stroke due to being exposed in the sun for too long. Keeping a hat on, allows me to protect my head and so, ease my anxiety. You should really wear it, even if you don’t suffer with anxiety though. Heat stroke is a real thing!
  2. Appropriate clothing – I love a relaxing holiday, (which is why a bikini is a necessity!)  but I can’t stay at the beach or by the pool for too long. I’m the kind of person who loves exploring new places, often by foot. A bikini, loose, cotton clothing and comfortable shoes (usually my trusty Birkenstocks) I literally live in on holidays.
  3. SPF and Aftersun – I mean.. do I have to explain this one? I burn. Badly. After a day on the beach, I look like a lobster. And that is with SPF. SPF 50 is therefore necessary for me, especially around the face and shoulders area. I usually use a 20 for the rest of my body and try to reapply every time I get out of the sea, even though the brands claim to be water resistant. I mean.. you can never be too safe, right? Aftersun (I’m screaming Love Island reference) is also a must to help your skin heal after being exposed to the sun. In the picture, there are my trusty Nivea ones which I have used ever since I was little. On the other hand though, my boyfriend rarely ever uses SPF and never suffers. Where is the justice?
  4. Backpack – Pretty much similar to number 2. As stated already, I love exploring and trips when on holiday. Backpacks make carrying a load just that little bit more comfortable. When in hot places, you definitely need a bottle of water, or even a spare pair of sunglasses. Instead of hurting your shoulder by carrying a massive beach bag, backpacks are there to save you.
  5. Hair products – When you’re out on the beach or going for a skiing holiday, your hair will suffer. Whether it’s the intense heat, cold, sea salt or the sun. My hair is half bleached which means it’s prone to get dry anyway. Having a hair oil such as the Morrocan one, allows you to moisturise any of these dry strands whenever you feel the need to without weighing your beachy locks down.
  6. A camera – Sorry, it’s not in the picture. I was taking the photo with it! I always have a camera with me when on holiday or even during any weekends away or even just the occasional one day trips to new places. I love to document my life and look back at the memories at later stages. I am still to print all of my photographs out. I have a few albums from when I was a child and absolutely love looking through them as they bring back a lot of nostalgia. I think it’s a shame that the habit of printing out photographs has been lost in the digital era of cameras. Definitely a goal for this year!

My trip to Rhodes – Part 1 – About Rhodes

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I went on holiday, whooo! Going on holiday would probably be my favourite thing in the world. I love discovering new places, foods and meeting new people. This recent trip has inspired us (my boyfriend and I) to hopefully, in two years’ time save enough money to go travelling for a year. I have never been the one to consider this; I get easily anxious and value stability as it often calms me down.
But this trip was… different. It was my first holiday without parents (I know, I’m 21… but money doesn’t grow on trees!) and maybe that’s what made it so special for us. We were free. We saw places. We met people whom I will actually keep in touch with. We fell in love with travelling. So, keep your fingers crossed for me. I hope this isn’t just the holiday blues speaking through me.
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I loved Rhodes. We stayed in the capital, Rhodes Town, more specifically in the centre of the Old Town. It was incredibly romantic. The atmosphere of the surroundings and our hotel was everything we could have wished for. We stayed in a place called Kristina’s Rooms. Now, we are not at all the all-inclusive-holiday-by-the-pool kind of people. We honestly just need a hotel to sleep in, have a shower in and occasionally use the wi-fi. This hotel gave us all that with great style. The rooms were very comfortable, nicely decorated and cool (in the temperature sense! You need it in Rhodes). Each room had a little outside seating area that allowed you to chill and relax in the shade on the days when it was just that little bit too hot. Nothing more we could have asked for and would definitely recommend. We booked our hotel and flights through Expedia and for 11 nights, payed around £800 for both of us, which was a pretty good deal.
The hotel was also very well situated. As we have travelled by plane, we needed something that was close to all of the attractions and the public transport. Situated in the Old Town, the hotel allowed us to explore these areas as well as being within walking distance to the beach and the New Town where all of the more modern shops and bars are.
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Rhodes Town has a lot to offer. If you’re a historical junkie then it is a place for you. You can visit the museums, castles and ancient building such as the remains of the Temple of Apollo or the old stadium. To be honest, walking anywhere in the Old Town would be exciting for you. If you’re more of a nightlife lover then you will not be disappointed by what Rhodes has to offer either. The many clubs and bars of the New Town (Old Town also!) are surely to keep you entertained for days with many offering deals and discounts for tourists (I will do a post on where to eat and drink in Rhodes Town soon, so stay tuned if you’re interested!). If you’re into nature and architecture, the views are breathtaking. Adrenaline junkie? Why not try the scuba-diving experiences? (a post on that coming soon too!)
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If you’re currently looking for a place to go on holiday, I would definitely recommend Rhodes. I do have to say, it is quite a touristy place, but saying that, it does have an authentic feel. You do have to be careful of any scams, like bar owners convincing you to come and drink a beer and ending up bringing you the biggest one you have ever saw and asking you to pay €16 for one. Usually, the best places don’t require people convincing you to have a seat. The Greeks (well, at least the ones that we have met!) were all lovely people and came forward as very intelligent and open-minded. Except for a certain few Greeks, who were more open about their appreciation for the opposite sex! 🙂
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Have you ever been to Rhodes? Are there any places you would love to visit in the future? I know I surely have a list! I look forward to hearing from all of you.
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Oily dehydrated skin… what?!

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Hi guys,
hope you’re having a lovely weekend. I certainly am… (except for the massive load of University work that is still waiting for me to complete it. But hey, nothing’s more important than a roast dinner at a pub on a Sunday, right?!)
Today, I wanted to talk to you about my skin. The one on my face.
Now, I have written (spoken?) about this subject a lot before and from what you can gather from my previous post,  my skin has always been very problematic. In the weekday mornings (and I do not know why there is a difference!) my skin is quite smooth and manageable, as at the weekend mornings it turns into a dry mess that makes applying foundation, without a dump beauty blender, pretty much impossible (is it the lay in? Please tell me it’s not the lay in…). No matter how my skin behaves in the mornings, by about 2pm you could literally be able to see your own reflection on my forehead. No, I am not exaggerating. The sebum build up on my forehead, nose and tops of my cheeks was something that has haunted me ever since my teenage years. I have always blamed it on having oily skin and kept using moisturises focused on this condition or… not use a moisturiser at all (I know, beauty addicts, it’s a sin!). It was only very recently that I have decided to get my skin checked by a skin expert (they probably have a specific name?) at a SPA we went to and I could not have been more wrong about my skin. I found out that my skin was classified as oily DEHYDRATED skin. At first I was like… is this even a thing? My poor, ignorant self has only ever heard of three skin types; oily, dry and combination, so this was a complete mystery. It turned out I had to thoroughly hydrate my skin in order to stop the excess sebum production, because apparently that’s what happens when your skin does not have enough moisture.
So… I have completely switched up my skincare routine in order to match the needs of my skin. Maybe, this will help someone out there. I use these products in the order shown, except for the last Aveda mask which I only put on overnight. These products are highly moisturising and nourishing which is apparently what my skin has been missing. I have noticed that with the right primer (hello, Benefit Porefessional!) my skin does not produce half of the oil is used to and has sorted itself out in the morning. I still get an occasional dry skin on my nose but I am yet to find a good exfoliator. Any ideas?
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Thayer Cucumber Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Alcohol-Free Toner – £16.00 – 355ml
Avene Soothing Moisture Mask – £11.50 – 50ml
La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Rich Cream – £17.00 – 50ml
La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum – £19.00 – 30ml

My favourite ways to relax

Hi guys,
I don’t know if you already know this, but I am a stress freak. I stress about pretty much anything; asking for help in shops, having to call someone. I even stress about the stress that I know is coming. Due to this, one of my resolutions this year was to learn how to relax. I found and experienced a lot of techniques and these I find to be the most satisfying. Enjoy!
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  1. Going outside – Recently we have been lucky enough to visit Poznan, Poland and stay in a lovely hotel and SPA – Hotelarnia. Despite the SPA being a very relaxing experience, what I enjoyed the most was the fact that the hotel was situated within a one minute walking distance to the local National Park which was beyond beautiful. It was so peaceful there, often not a person in sight. We sat down by the lake or on a forest glade and enjoyed the sound of… nothing! (well, maybe just the birds singing or frogs ribbiting). I think it is safe to say that I have not felt so relaxed in a long while.
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2. Spending time with your loved ones – Of course, not everyone has access to a National Park. Or even a normal park. What do I do when I am stuck at home and stressed out of my mind? I talk to my boyfriend, mum, friends. Nothing can cheer me up as much as they can and nothing else could talk me out of my worries as effectively. I honestly don’t know where they get their patience from, but I am forever thankful.
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3. Active rest – I do have to say I’ve been really good with working out this year. I have literally been doing it 5 times a week. Usually, this includes youtube videos which I have shared with you before, however, the hotel mentioned above offered rental of bikes. Now, I have not cycled in what seems like forever, so this was quite a challenge and I did end up with two quite nasty bruises on my legs. However, I can’t remember the last time I had that much fun! Being active makes me get rid of my worries and ‘shake them off’. I know that if I don’t work out when planned, it is going to be a bad day.
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4. Pamper night – I love a pamper night. Face masks, baths, candles… It doesn’t get any better than that. I like to put on some relaxing music or a favourite movie (Grease forever!), pop on a face mask (some of my favourites in the photo), lay in bed or a bath and just give myself some time with just me. I do the things I love and take time in enjoying them and experiencing the moment.
Those are my favourite ways to relax. What do you like to do when you’re feeling a bit stressed or under the weather? Let me know!
Julia x

 

Outfit of the day – Zara top

Hi,
Since we are fast approaching spring, I thought a new, lovely spring outfit is a must. I am absolutely head over heels in love with this new Zara blouse. When I saw it in the shop I had to instantly go and get it. You will see that a lot of this post features Zara… coincidence? I think not!
Enjoy!

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(top – zara, trousers – missguided sold out, similar zara, leather jacket – zara, shoes – forever 21 sold out similar zara, watch – fossil)

Zara wishlist

Hi guys,
there are so many beautiful pieces in Zara at the moment that when I looked around the shop I just couldn’t resist making a blogpost about it.
They combine elements of every single Spring trend; looks designer but costs highstreet. What more would you need?
Here are my top picks:

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  1. Flat leather shoes with buckle – £49.99
  2. Off-the-shoulder cropped top – £5.99
  3. Skirt with metallic details – £25.99
  4. Floral embroidered dress – £59.99
  5. Off-the-shoulder striped blouse – £25.99
  6. City bag with wolf detail – £49.99
  7. Cropped sweater with ribbon details – £17.99
  8. Flowing frilled trousers – £29.99

 

Review Sunday: My Favourite Drugstore Foundation

Hi guys!
So, the weekend is already over. It went so quickly. I have an exam on Wednesday which is making me freak out a bit as I feel I haven’t done nearly enough revising for it. But hey, it will all be ok. It will all work out, right? I’ll have a banana in the morning and it will work like it did in Primary School, I’m sure! 😉
Anyway, beside the point.
Today, I am delighted to share with you a review of my favourite drugstore foundation. I bet you can already tell the outcomes of it! Off we go.

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Name: Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily skin
Brand: Revlon
Price: £12.99
Tested on animals: They claim not to, however, they do apparently sell their products in China where animal testing is required by law.
What I like about it:
  • The coverage of this is amazing. If you are one of the people that tend to end up with an occasional pimple or redness then this foundation will work wonders for you for the price. Of course it isn’t going to cover things such as moles or scars, however, if like me you prefer a heavier coverage than a simple BB cream this foundation is for you. It provides a nice coverage without looking fake and too heavy on the skin.
  • If you suffer from an oily t-zone or oiliness in general this foundation will keep you matter for longer. Because I suffer with oily dehydrated skin which is often the most difficult to deal with, my foundation will often rub off and become cakey throughout the course of the day. If used with a good powder and primer this foundation is the best at keeping me matte from all the foundation I have tried so far, especially the drugstore ones.
  • Great for lazy girls, like me! The foundation requires minimal touch ups throughout the day which is something that is alway a big plus for me.
  • There are a variety of colours and I feel like a lot of people will be able to find their shade. I am currently the shade Sand Beige, however, I change it up whenever I fake tan. The colours don’t look too orange on the face and provide a nice, natural finish.
  • Compared to other holy grail foundations this costs fraction of a price. I think you do get your value for money; my bottle usually lasts me a couple of months depending on whether I use it daily or not. Revlon recently came out with new packaging for the product and it now includes a pump which makes the foundation really easy to use and definitely less messy (has anyone used it when it didn’t have a pump? It was a nightmare!)
What I didn’t like:
  • If you struggle with dry patches as well as oiliness this foundation does tend to cling to the dry areas and not blend out as nicely. I tend to use it more on the days when my skin feels oilier than usual.
  • Due to the foundation being quite heavy and mattifying it does take a while to blend it out to look natural, especially when using a brush not a Beauty Blender. It can be annoying on morning when you’ve overslept.
Overall rating: 4.9/5. – Although my favourite, it is still not my perfect foundation. I am forever looking for something that will make my skin glow without it looking oily. Due to suffering with an oily t-zone, all of the products recommended to me are mattifying. I do however dream of being able to use a sheer foundation with a glow one day and be able to pull off that ‘strobing’ effect.