Make up that I actually bothered using on holiday

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Hi guys,
Hope you’re having a lovely summer and you get to see places that you wanted to see.
As you probably already know, as I cannot seem to shut up about it, I have recently been fortunate enough to visit Greece, or more specifically, Rhodes. It was an amazing experience which you can read about in my previous blog post.
Now, trust me when I say that I am rubbish at packing. My boyfriend tells me off constantly for taking things that I will not be using and although I argue back, most of the time he is right. As much as I can’t imagine my life without make up in everyday life, on holiday, I barely ever use anything despite packing a full make up bag. So today, I thought I would share with you some of the make up that I actually bothered using in the hot weather (unless we were going to the beach… then no make up it was. No one likes panda eyes, do they?).
  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown – £15.50 – I have no eyebrows. No, that is a lie. I do have eyebrows. Just not much of them. My hair is naturally very dark (it’s ombred now, so the roots are) but somehow, my eyebrows just decided not to match the hair on my head and are considerably lighter. That is why I need to fill in my eyebrows, otherwise, I look awkward. Well, I think only I think that. Because I had my eyebrows tinted before I left, I didn’t need that much of a filling, as I would usually go for the pomade, but the Brow Wiz was amazing for just filling in the tiny parts that needed to be coloured. 
  2. MAC Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage – £21.50 – Why would you wear a primer without wearing a foundation, you may ask? Well, this primer gives the loveliest glow. As much as I tend to want to stay matte back in England due to struggling with an oily t-zone, on holiday I am all about the glow. This just makes my skin appear smooth, healthy and glowing without having to apply the heavy foundation.
  3. Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer – £5.49 – Despite not wanting to have full coverage on my face, the late nights spent drinking cocktails in bars, were really showing on my face. This concealer is amazing at covering the dark circles under your tired eyes. I applied it just there and lightly patted it in with the tips of my fingers (who can be bothered to wet their Beauty Blender?!). Instantly, my face would look so much more awake and ready to face the day of walking, sunlight and sightseeing.
  4. Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks in Pink Cloud – £1.99 – I don’t tend to use much bronzer on holiday because, let’s face it, you are probably hoping to catch at least a little bit of sun on your face to not have to do that. However, I still like to use a blusher to give my face a little bit of a healthier look (remember the cocktails?). These blushers are amazing. They are so affordable, have some lovely shades and the packaging is so small and easy to fit into any make up bag. Of course, due to the price, it does not last you all day, however it has impressed me a lot more than some of the higher end blushers I have used. If you ever have 2 quid to spend and are round Boots, give them a go.
  5. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – £8.99 – I realise that I probably should have gone for something waterproof as although you’re not swimming when sightseeing, you still sweat. However, I did not notice any residue under my eyes after a whole day of wearing it. A lot of people rave about this mascara, for all good reasons. It is affordable, coats your lashes nicely and does not clump. I quite like it, however, suffering with short eyelashes, I’m yet to find my dream mascara.
  6. NYX Butter Gloss in Angel Food Cake – £5.50 – I have talked about these glosses before. I absolutely love them. They have an amazing colour selection, are affordable and look great on the lips. On holiday, I don’t tend to use much lipstick, unless I’m going out for dinners in the evening, but throughout daytime, I love a nice, subtle glow on my lips. This lipgloss gives me just that. You have to try it. This colour is particularly a lovely nude and is also great to combine with a nude lipstick of your choice.
What are your holiday essentials? Let me know. I hope you enjoyed!

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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.
Julia xProcessed with VSCO with hb1 preset

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

 

Things I love about Spain

Hi, hope you’re all doing well.

Ever since I was a little girl my dream was to live in Spain (It still is, actually!). I was always curious of their culture, language, architecture. Something about the country just struck me.

I do have to admit I have managed to fulfil my childhood dreams quite effectively; ever since that time I have undertook the learning of the language and visited the place twice, so, go me! My dream of living there won’t be achievable for at least the next two years due to my studies but I’m not going to give up hope as anything is possible if you really want it. And I really do. Here are some reasons why:

The weather

On the contrary to most people living in the United Kingdom, I love high temperatures and the sun. We don’t get to experience a lot of these in UK, but I do find that when we do, I am a much more motivated and positive human being. Costa del Sol, which is where I spent most of my holidays in Spain, enjoys an average of 300 sunny days per year. I don’t think it could get any better than that. The beach culture thrives, the night life thrives and it is all I ever need in life.

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The people

Let me set this straight; I am in no way an expert on Spanish people and their culture and if anything in this offends anyone, then I apologise.  But I do have to put this out there: I love the Spaniards. I love their laid back attitude (what is the point in rushing?!) which has probably derived from the local climate. I love their siesta and how literally everyone comes out late in the evening for a nice meal at a restaurant. I don’t think that would ever be possible in England, especially on a week day,  not only because it is usually freezing cold, but also due to the fact that most people have to wake up for work the next day.

I love how family orientated they are and how social life plays a massive role in their existence. Because, what is the pleasure if you just work, work, work and work?

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The food

Lets not joke; this is probably the most important bit for me. Whenever we go on any holidays we take it upon ourselves to try the local cuisine and never end up eating at the hotel but rather exploring the tiny cafes and family-run restaurants.

Where do I start? From chorizo, paella, croquettes to churros and crema catalana, Spanish food never fails to hit my tastebuds with brilliance.

What has really left a big impact on me, was the food market in Barcelona; La Boqueria. From the outside, it may look like nothing much, but after seeing the what seems like endless maze of different food stands, you will be amazed. The variety, the passion and the drive that you can sense in this place is just indescribable.  If you’re there, you just have to visit.

As we’re at it, if you are ever near Palamos in Catalonia, please try eating in a restaurant Candela. Hands down the most delicious tapas I have ever tried. Can’t recommend this enough.

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Architecture

Spain is in no way architecturally similar to any other country I have ever visited. Paris being charmingly consistent with the architecture throughout the whole city is a lovely contrast to Barcelona, where next to each other you can find an old-fashioned townhouse and a modern tower block standing next to each other.

But on one side, you can experience the beautifully structured buildings designed by Gaudi,  to then just be able to drive for two hours to see the Greek-like architecture of Cadaques.

Although Barcelona has a special place in my heart, Cadaques has really done it for me. Out of all the places I have ever been to, this must be one of the most romantic and breathtaking. It is a place I would easily recommend to anyone, even when going on a honeymoon. Secretly, I hope to get married there someday.

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Although these I would consider to be the main bits that stick out to me about the country, there is so much more about Spain that I still don’t know and am willing to find out. There are so many places there, that I have yet to see and so many tastes I have yet to experience. I hope that my future allows me to do just that.

Lots of love,

Julia

PS. All of the photograph were taken by me.

Seaside

I love the seaside. Although I don’t live directly by the seasise, I have always been quite close and near it. Being a person with anxiety, the sea always manages to calm me down. Just sitting there, listening. And if you listen carefully, there is just so many stories that the sea has to tell.

I think the sea can be quite intimidating. It seems so immensely massive that it makes all of my anxieties feel the size of the pebbles on the beach. It makes me realise that perhaps, in this big, wild world, all of the things that I am worrying about may not really have that much importance. That they are just dark stories made up in my head and won’t take place; and if they do, so be it! It is not the end of the world; it is not like the sea will dry out, it is not like the waves will stop crashing to the shore. I will get through this and so will you. There are many other ways that I often use to calm myself down, but if I really feel like going to the seaside and can’t at the very moment I just listen to the sound of the sea online. There are a lot of videos and files out there for you. It may not be the same, but it’s something.

Just a thought; maybe the sea calming us down has something to do with us being in the womb surrounded by fluid? Apparently, when I was very little I cried a lot and my mum used to put the hairdryer on near me, because it is supposed to remind the baby of the sound of the fluid in the womb. Well. Now it sounds silly.

(Yay! My dirty sandals!) I also love the pebbles on the beach. Not only do they give amazing foot massages, but provide me entertainment for hours. I love looking for shells and pretty rocks that I could then put in jars and use as decoration in my room. (You also find lots of other gems, such as cigarettes, 1p’s, plastic…) Whenever I go with my family, we tend have a competition; who finds the best shell, wins. There isn’t really a price other than pure satisfaction, but in our family the feeling of beating everyone else is really enough.

Oh, the houses by the seaside. Don’t you just wish that you would wake up to the sound of the sea? And then open your curtains and the first thing you see it’s the sea? And then whenever you looked out the window, there it was, right in front of you? Oh yes, I wish.

I love you all,

P.S. And of course, you can’t forget that the best thing about the seaside is fish and chips!!!!

P.S. 2 The photos were taken in Hastings.

Paris

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Paris is considered one of the most romantic cities on Earth (well, maybe beside Venice which is the usual destination for the honeymooners). Unfortunately, when we got there it was far from romantic; Paris has greeted us with rain, fog and unusual chilliness. But how could this possibly put you off? Despite the runny noses and frozen toes we began exploring this architecturally stunning place.

What has caught my attention straight away was the way of the Parisians. It is almost as if they don’t notice that you’re there and don’t get me wrong, I do not mean it in a bad way. It gives the place authenticity and allows you to truly experience the place. The fact that they are all so well dressed is only a great bonus. The amount of times I turned my head following yet another completely unique outfit, I could not possibly count in my head.

Although we haven’t managed to take a decent photo of the Eiffel Tower (I know, foolish), the views from it were absolutely breathtaking. Despite my fear of heights, I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures. As I have already said before, the architecture is absolutely astonishing. All these apartaments with big windows gave me a Vogue-like feel and made me desparately want to live in one at some point in my life!

Since my boyfriend and I are so gooey and romantic we couldn’t possibly miss Pont des Arts. I think it is a lovely little gesture. Being realistic, I don’t think all the couples that hang their padlocks there remained together for the rest of their lives, but it is the thought that counts. Although I think the bridge has now collapsed (oops!) the symbol of our love still remains in this photo.

What I also find very important in my travels is food and yet again Paris has not dissapointed me on that one. I fell in love with the sweet tarts and my favourite macaroons. The cheese selection was incredible and we did end up eating it for our lunches quite a lot with some amazing chutney and a selection of regional meats. I am also a massive sea food fan, therefore I am not overly scared of trying anything that looks unappealing to the eye, however snails I have never tried before in my life. And although we did order them and I did try my best, their taste still remains a mystery to me.

Paris will forever remain one of my favourite places to go back to.

Love,