beauty

Sunday Pamper

One of my favourite things to do on a Sunday morning is to take time to look after both my skin and my hair. This is essential for me to do before another busy week begins. By allowing my hair and skin time to renew itself before a busy monday, my week always starts off on a bright note. Scroll down for the products which I used today.

What products do you use to pamper?


 

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Travel

Places I will be visiting this year

Good Morning babes’ (or evening depending on where some of you are.)

2019 for me is going to be defined by three events.

  1. I’m turning 21 this year (I am so old yet so young).
  2.  In September I’ll be entering the final year of my Bachelor degree (I really don’t want to leave college, I adore it so much.)
  3.  I’m traveling a lot this year.

I can’t wait to turn twenty-one. I hated the decade that was the ages of ten to nineteen. I felt awkward and out of place in my life. When I turned twenty last year, I felt like I had been reborn. I was suddenly confident and outgoing in ways which I had never been capable of. One of my co-workers once told me that being an extravert is part of becoming an adult, and I guess he was right. My sister is coming home for my twenty-first too, which makes the event even more exciting for me!!!

In one way, I can’t wait to graduate college and in another way I want to spend another four years doing my degree. In college I have really discovered myself and I have made friends who I can say confidently say will be my friends for life. I have discovered interests in college which I never thought I would have and I have felt inspired throughout my college career. However I feel tired with my degree. I love one of my majors (politics) but the other I struggle to love (history). Yet I am already planning my masters to start straight after my graduation (have to keep my gpa up this year lol).

Ever since I was thirteen and I visited London for the first time, I’ve had the desire to constantly explore the world. I love the feeling of awe of being in another country and enjoying the culture, the history, and the cuisine of course. Unfortunately I come from a family where travel has never been the priority (my parents love to travel too but it’s expensive). I feel this is a universal concept for many people. Now that I work part time, I try to budget (badly) my money towards travel and experiences. Memories are more value to me than money. Next year, I probably won’t be traveling much so I’m trying to get the travel bug out of my system.

Read on below for the beautiful places which I’ll be visiting and see my reasons why i chose these places.

Disclaimer: I own none of these photos.

Bucharest: 

The first place which I will be visiting in the next couple of months will be the capital of Romania, Bucharest. I’m actually going with one of the societies which I am a part of in my University. Some of my closest friends are going as well and the members of the society are all so friendly, that I’m super excited to visit this city. Known as the Paris of the East, this city looks super beautiful, and I’ve never been to Romania before. My group is staying in the old town, and as a history student, I am super excited to visit all the museums and learn about the history of Romania from the prospective of Romanians themselves. I know very little about Bucharest so I’m going in to learn a lot about the city.

 

Edinburgh:

The next city I will be visiting after Bucharest will be Edinburgh. I will be traveling there in late April as an early birthday gift from my mother for my twenty-first birthday. For this city, I will be traveling with my mother, which I am looking forward to as we’ve never gone anywhere just the two of us. As one of five, and the middle child, time alone with my mother is always a sacred thing to have. We have so many plans of what we want to do over the three days we’ll be staying in Edinburgh. In general, Edinburgh looks so beautiful and I can’t wait to stare at all the architecture (especially since some of it inspired Harry Potter spots.). We are definitely planning to visit the Edinburgh castle and probably the old vaults, and the old town. We’re both pretty easy going so we’re probably take our time visiting and enjoying this city.

 

Oslo:

I will be visiting Oslo as one of my summer travels. My best friend is from Norway and I can’t process the thought of not seeing her everyday during the summer so I decided to visit her for two weeks. This is going to be my longest trip in 2019. I’m currently trying to learn a little bit of Norwegian (I know everyone in Norway can probably speak English better than I can, I just think it’s polite to be able speak a bit of a country’s language when visiting it). I know have many plans of what I will be seeing in Norway. My friend lives twenty minutes from the city centre, by the sea, so swimming and visiting the city will probably be two of main things I’ll do. I definitely am relying on my friend to steer me away from the touristy things and instead show me a more authentic side of Norway, I.E. how the locals spend their time and where the locals like to eat.

 

Lisbon:

For our family holiday this year (first family holiday in years) I am traveling to Lisbon with my parents and two little sisters. I love going away with my family. In general, I love to spend time with my family so I can’t wait to experience this city. Something I am really looking forward to is the heat of Portugal. I love visiting hot countries like Spain and France, so I know that I’m gonna bask in the rays of the sun in Lisbon. We’re going for five nights so we’re going to get a lot of things done. One of the days we plan to leave the city and travel to one of the coasts beaches, which is one of the reasons we chose to visit Lisbon. We wanted to visit a city which was by the sea as we wanted a combination of sea and city. Lisbon is another city which has an intriguing history which both my dad and myself will be interested in.

 

Cologne:

One of the last trips that I have planned is to Cologne. One of my very close friends has been accepted to do her Erasmus in Cologne, starting in October 2019. It was without question that I’m going to visit her many times over the next year, so while I don’t have flights booked, I know that I’ll be aiming to visit this German town two or three times over the next twelve months.

Well that is the current list of the places which I will be visiting this year. Where will you be visiting this year? Leave me a comment and let me know!!!


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beauty, makeup, nakedbasics, urbandecay

Naked Basics

The best matte eyeshadow palette ever!!

A couple of days ago, I posted a makeup post about a back to school natural look.  In the post, I featured the Naked Basic Palette. I decided that it would be nice to post about it separately.  The Naked Basic palette contains six of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows. Five of them are matte, while only one of them is a shimmer/ satin based shade.  I find that this palette is amazing for a  simple but gorgeous look and the shades could suit anyone.

The first three shades did not show up well on my pale skin…

The packaging itself is very secure. I’ve had this product for nearly two years and I use it daily. Not once has this product opened when it was in my handbag.  The eyeshadows themselves are very longlasting and are great for girls like myself who prefer matte eyeshadows over satin eyeshadows.  A lot of the larger naked palettes, have a lot of satin, shimmery colours which are very pretty, but not very practical for everyday wear.  In the picture here, you can see how the first three colours are very light and great for a good base.

From left to right; Venus, Foxy, WOS, Naked 2, Faint, and Crave

The eyeshadows themsleves leave a smooth finish and are not at all chalky like some matte eyeshadows can be. There are six shades, as seen in the picture above, and each of them are very unique. From left to right, they are; Venus, Foxy, W.O.S, Naked 2, Faint and Crave. I use venus to highlight, foxy as my base , naked 2 in my crease and Faint on my brows. I find that Crave can also be used as powder eyeliner. The eyeshadows are very easy to blend and can be blended by a brush or by fingers. One of the best things about this palette is that you can go subtle with it or you can build it up darker.

Venus, Foxy and WOS close up

The palette itself is suitable for both cool and warm skin tones which I find amazing. It makes amazing looks on both my best friend and me, even though I have a cool skin tone, while her’s would be warm.  Basically, the moral of this story, is that anyone can look amazing with this palette. It’s small but sturdy and great to bring travelling since it doesn’t take up too much space.

Naked 2, Faint and Crave close up

Over all, I think this is a brilliant palette and is well worth the money. I would give this product a ten out of ten.

Where to buy:

America: Here

Ireland and the Uk: Here

beauty, beautyblogger, blogger, other

Looking for Blogs to follow

 

Hey Friends,

Recently I’ve noticed that the number of active bloggers who I follow on wordpress has decreased significantly. One of my favourite parts of this website is reading and engaging with posts which other bloggers post.

So, naturally, I am looking for new blogs to fall in love with and read.

I’m open to following any bloggers on here, however, I am particularly interested in beauty blogs, cooking blogs, fashion blogs, general lifestyle blogs, and, travel blogs. If you run one of those, and I don’t follow you yet, please comment on this post letting me know what you like to write about and leave your url so I can give your blog a follow.

Please leave your blog urls in the comments for me!!

Love C!


 

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beauty, mac, makeup

Capture my Woo

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Mac is a brand that most people have heard of due to it being so popular at the moment. Famous for being a long-lasting brand, Mac is seen as professional and of great quality. The question many people have in mind is whether Mac is as good as its top buyers claim it is. As a person who has never used Mac before, I decided to check out their lipsticks – which all of my friends adore – and find out for myself if these lipsticks were worth the money that many people spend on them. I was both excited and nervous to get the lipsticks as for some reason I’ve always been a little scared to go into Mac for reasons that I don’t know.  When I went to the Mac stand, I was very impressed by the customer service. The staff were friendly and very willing to help me find the perfect lipsticks for me. After hearing some stories of bad customer service at Mac online, I was very much relieved to say the least.

I bought two lipsticks and one lip liner while I was there. I got a satin lipstick called Captive and a retro matte lipstick called Ruby Woo. Captive was a lipstick which I had never heard of before but Ruby Woo was one of the many red lipsticks I had researched before I visited the store. I also bought a lip liner to go with Ruby Woo called Cherry. Below I have reviewed the two lipsticks separately.

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Ruby Woo

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To say the least, this lipstick is beautiful and the best red lipstick I have used. Since it is a matte lipstick it leaves a very flawless finish and has easy application. The color itself is very bright red as you can see in the pictures below. I wore this out one night with my friends and even though I ate while at a restaurant, the lipstick lasted for the night. I was amazed at the end of the night when I had to wipe it off. I find that for me, this lipstick is too vibrant for daytime use but is perfect for wearing when out at night.

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One of the many pros of this lipstick is that it could suit anyone and after all, there’s nothing better than a bold, red lipstick to spice up your life. While many people who have used this lipstick note that their lips are often dried out by this matte lipstick, I have yet to notice this happening to me, even though I have very dry lips. Everyone is different when it comes to lipstick though so if you have dry lips, make sure you sample this lipstick before buying it.

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Although the color is described as being a cold based, blue under-toned red lipstick, I have found that the lipstick is more neutral rather than being either too cool based or too warm based which makes it one of the reasons why it could easily suit anyone which is a huge advantage with this lipstick. The blue under tone of the lipstick is something that really makes me love it. A lot of lipsticks are orange under toned which tend to make my teeth look yellow but this one makes them appear whiter, which I adore and this is one of the main reasons why I bought this lipstick in the first place.

The colour itself is a bold, vibrant red that is very eye-catching. It’s one of the prettiest reds I have ever used and this lipstick was worth the money and a great buy overall.

Captive:

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The second lipstick that I bought is called captive which I love. I had never really seen myself as the type of girl who would be able to pull off purple lipstick but much to my surprise, I found that I love how it looks!  I would describe the colour of the lipstick itself as being a lovely plum colour. It wouldn’t be a “in your face” type of purple which I had been afraid it would be since I often associate purple lipstick with being  very dark. I love dark lipsticks but they can often be too much of a contrast to my pale skin.  Even though the lipstick looks very dark purple – which made me very sceptical of it – it turned out a much lighter colour in the end. 

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Unlike Ruby Woo, this lipstick is a satin set lipstick and is very easy to apply. It slides on lips like silk against silk. Surprisingly enough, I find that this lipstick is perfect for both night-time and day time wear which I love since I was a bit disappointed that Ruby Woo wasn’t the same. This lipstick is long wearing but it does not last as long as Ruby Woo which would be due to it not being matte. The texture is creamy and it does not dry out my lips no matter how long I wear it for. One coat of this lipstick is enough for a flawless finish to set you on your way.

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Conclusion:

I would recommend that it’s a wise idea to try these lipsticks on your lips before you actually purchase them. I tried both of them on before I even thought about buying them and absolutely fell in love with the two. I’d give both of these a rating of 4/5 and I plan to buy more Mac products in the future.  The prices the two lipsticks were twenty euro each and I bought them at a shop called Brown Thomas where the Mac stand was.

Readers in America can buy Ruby Woo from Mac itself for $17. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/13854/310/Products/Makeup/Lips/Lipstick/Lipstick#/shade/Ruby_Woo

Captive is the same price. While Ruby Woo has a lip pencil in the same shade, Captive does not. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/13854/310/Products/Makeup/Lips/Lipstick/Lipstick#/shade/Captive

The lip pencil that I got, Cherry is $16.50                             http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/13852/340/Products/Makeup/Lips/Lip-Pencil/Lip-Pencil#/shade/Cherry

beauty, foundation

Diorskin Forever Foundation

I tend to have a rocky history when it comes to foundations. I have quite dry skin and it seems that no matter what I do, foundations never sit right on my T-zone. Either they stick onto the dry patches I never knew I had or the foundation goes all oily after an hour of wear – despite the fact that I don’t have oily skin. These features of my skin I have learnt over time to combat but certain foundations make it worse than ever. This means that I’m very cautious when buying a new foundation- I never want to spend money on something which will make my skin look bad.

Diorskin Forever Foundation bottle

This is why I was hesitant when trying out the Diorskin Forever Foundation. I was actually gifted this by aunt when she bought a shade too dark for herself. Now, the foundation is actually too dark for my everyday makeup so I would wear this Foundation exclusively when going out. I have to say, I absolutely adore this foundation and it is by far the best I’ve ever worn. Read on for the properties of this foundation.

Description:

Dior’s ultimate skin-perfecting 16-hour foundation that delivers medium coverage and leaves a natural-looking luminous matte finish.  Available in 24 shades for all skin types.

The description of this foundation is definitely true, it’s a very long foundation with a natural yet matte look. The only thing is that the foundation doesn’t have a good range of colour options. Even out of the twenty-four shades available, the range is best for pale toned women. Even the palest shade is too dark for my skin tone.

Dior- A limited range of colours

Makeup Finish:

Diorskin Forever Foundation is formulated to give a perfect, flawless complexion to help minimize the appearance of pores, control shine and blur imperfections for a luminous velvety matte finish that lasts all day.

This comfortable liquid foundation melts into the skin and protects with SPF 35 broad spectrum.

Application Tips:

Start with a clean, moisturized face.

Step 1: Get your skin makeup ready and extend the wear of your foundation with Diorskin Forever and Ever wear makeup primer

Step 2: Apply Diorskin Forever Foundation with a brush, makeup sponge or fingertips

Step 3:  Set complexion with Diorskin Forever & Ever Control Loose Powder by evenly applying the powder over the entire face with a kabuki brush to perfect and set the foundation.

Formula:

Diorskin Forever Foundation helps control shine and deliver perfect complexion correction with a combination of mattifying and blurring powders. It veils the skin in a flexible, comfortable formula that holds the foundation in place all day. Like a stretchy mesh built into the formula, it sets the texture and pigments, leaving skin looking flawless and feeling comfortable.

Diorskin Forever Foundation is also formulated with skincare technologies that help to improve the look of pores and refine the skin’s texture over time.

Diorskin Forever Foundation is a 2017 Allure Best of Beauty Winner

My Review:

Overall I love this foundation. I don’t usually go for matte finish Foundations due to my dry skin but this one is perfect for my skin. It leaves my skin with a great finish without making it look terrible, which is always important when going out. The long wearing nature of the foundation is also amazing as I tend to enjoy going out at 7pm and still having a flawless face at 3am. It blurs imperfections and covers my pores brilliantly like no other foundation ever has before. It is very easy to blend into my skin as well. I have never had any problems with this foundation as it’s a great product.

The coverage is medium but can be built up to full coverage if that is the finish which you’d be interested in. This foundation is very expensive at €50.50 but I tend to find it is very worth it and I’m currently thinking about repurchasing it again as I have recently run out of it. It is non-greasy and looks amazing on all skin types. I had my bottle of Diorskin for around a year before I ran out of it so it definitely lasts a long time.

You can buy this foundation Here for €50.50.

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Lifestyle, Other, other

Healthy Pizza Recipe

Like a lot of people, I love pizza. But I also like to eat as healthy as I possibly can. Today for lunch I decided to make a healthy version of pizza in an attempt to see if I could eat my favourite dish without going crazy. Read on to see how I did.

The Ingredients

  • 1Tsp olive oil.
  • 1tbsp Tomato Purée
  • 1 Large wrap
  • 1 Large Tomato
  • 1 egg.

Now this dish isn’t vegan friendly due to the egg but it could be if an alternative food source is used. I also did not use any cheese in this recipe. It’s a very handy dish as it only has five ingredients and is quick to make.

The Method:

  • First of all, I preheated my oven to 180C/336F.
  • I then spread the olive oil onto the wrap evenly. Then I placed my wrap into the oven for 3 minutes approximately to heat up the wrap.
  • While my wrap was cooking, I chopped my tomato into large pieces before mixing some tomato purée into it. (If you’d prefer to chop the tomato finely you can, I was just far too lazy.)
  • I take the wrap out of the oven and spread the tomato mix all over it, although I make sure no big chunks are left in the middle of the wrap.
  • I then cracked my egg on top of the tomato.
  • I then place the wrap back into the oven and allow it to cook for ten minutes. (Alternatively you can leave it in the oven until the egg itself is set.)
  • Voila. Quick and simple, my pizza is ready!!
Healthy Pizza
Healthy Pizza

My Thoughts:

Now I know that the above picture is not the most well taken or aesthetically pleasing piece of photography. I’m not a great decorator so food I make tend to taste better than how they look. I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed eating this pizza. I usually don’t like foods where tomato is the dominant taste but this time I felt like it was a nice meal. However without the egg, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed the food as much as I did. I will definitely be making this dish again as it took 20 altogether to make which is perfect in my busy everyday life. I do personally prefer a dominos pizza but when trying to be healthy, I can’t really complain!!

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university

How to be Organised In Uni

Today for my University series, I am talking about how to stay organised in University/College. This is my second official post in my University series!! My first post was about making friends in Uni and you can read it here!! I also posted a haul for Uni which you can read here!!

When going to University, being organised is essential for a good experience. From knowing where your seminars are to making sure that you get all your work done in time, my University series will focus on how to actually get organised. I tend to find that it’s very easy to get disorganised in Uni because of how busy life tends to get. One moment you’re enjoying the early days of college and the next, you have ten assignments due in the next week. Don’t fret, here are my tips for staying organised.

1. Get to the Library:

This first bit of advice is probably the most obvious tip of all. However, I’ve noticed that students tend to procrastinate when it comes to the library. For me, it is currently week two of my first semester and I’m already researching my essays which are due in week six/seven. Last year I found that I didn’t give myself enough time to write a good essay for my modules. Getting to the library early in the semester is also important because the good books can very quickly disappear.

2. Get a planner or a Planner app

My 2018 planner is essential to my everyday life. I quite literally schedule everything into it- from my classes to my social life to my blog posts to my workout plan- and it keeps me on the top of my game. My planner was a cheap one euro blue little A3 book from Dealz. While I think it’s an important buy, I think a cheap one does the same job as an expensive planner. I open my planner and my whole life is planned out for me. I don’t need to look at my phone to discover what class I have next.

3. Use the Syllabus. 

I know this may seem obvious, but many of friends think the module syllabus is useless. They go their lectures, so why would they need to keep the syllabus? I for one probably look at my module syllabi once a day or more. They’re an essential part of my learning schedule. They contain all the necessary information which I need to do well in my modules. From my lecture schedule to my assignment details, there is very important details that I would forget if I didn’t have my syllabus to remind me.

4. Make a list of your essays

This is something I’ve done this year. On a small piece of paper I’ve written out all of my due in assignments in the order they’re due with all the details like word count. It’s a messy little list but it allows me to be organised when I’m planning what books to get out of the library each week. I will often look at this list to make sure that I’m not forgetting anything important that I need to do.

5. Look after yourself:

The most important tip of all is to look after yourself. It’s very tempting to pull all-nighters and do a lot of study. However in the long run, getting very little sleep is not worth good grades. Getting good grades is not the most important thing – happiness is. Even when I have a big essay or test, losing sleep is one of the few things which I’m not willing to give up. I know myself too well – I’ll be miserable without sleep and sloppy. Eating well and putting your mental health is also very important. If your feeling stressed, talk to your tutors, friends or family.

Does anyone else know of any tips for staying organised while in Uni? Let me know, I could use them!! Thank you for reading!!

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Lifestyle, Travel

Autumn Travel Destinations

With the colder weather starting to kick in, I find myself craving a holiday. Truth be told, I haven’t been away in over a year. With college starting to get busy, I probably won’t get to go away again until the new year at the earliest. However this doesn’t mean that I can’t make a travel dream list. For this list, I’ll be looking at European travel ideas. I will be straying away from the top capitals such as Paris or Rome as I want to experience a new place. I will be looking at the most underrated travel destinations in Europe that I would love to visit soon.

Lyon:

The first city on my list is Lyon in France. Lyon is the capital city of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region. With over two thousand years of history, it’s a wonder that this city hasn’t pushed Paris out of the travel picture yet. With great historical attractions, there is also a busy nightlife in Lyon with a busy clubbing scene. Lyon is also the home of a great University.

Some of the attractions of Lyon range from the Musée des Confluences to the Opera de Lyon to the Cathédrale St-Jean-Baptiste. The Musées des Confluences especially interests me due to its ‘Origins’ exhibition which centres around the origins of our planet. Another exhibition which really interests me is the ‘Societies’ exhibition which focuses on how humans are organised and how we interact. The Opéra de Lyon was built in 1831 but modernised in 1993 by architect Jean Nouvel. From underground concerts to family friendly shows, this is fantastic for the whole family.

With over 3000 restaurants and over 150 hotels, Lyon is the perfect travel destination.

Gothenburg:

Gothenburg is situated on the Göta älv river on the west Coast of Sweden. With Dutch style canals and boulevards like the Avenlyn (main thoroughfare) which is lined with many cafes and shops, this seaport town is a perfect alternative to Stockholm. One particular feature which really catches my attention is the fountain of Poseidon by Swedish sculptor Carl Milles. This fountain is found in the public square Götaplatsen which is the cultural hub of the city. I have a huge love of Greek Mythology so I would really like to see this fountain in person.

Gothenburg is also home to the Gothenburg museum of Art which contains a collection of nordic paintings from the 19th century. The Gothenburg Botanical Garden shelters over 15,000 plant species!! For anyone with kids, there is an amusement park called Liseberg nearby (and they have a Halloween theme in October and a Christmas theme from November onwards!!) Another thing I would like to do in Gothenburg is to try some seafood at the Feskekôrka which is a fish market hall.

Porto:

My next travel destination is perfect for anyone who loves wine. Porto in Portugal is the home of Port wine and is a coastal city in the northwest of the country. Like Lyon, Porto’s history dates back to the Roman times and is a romantic port city with a rich history and culture.

Some places in Porto which I would like to visit range from the Clérigos Tower to the fishing port Matosinhos. The Clérigos tower is the baroque bell tower which belongs to the Clérigos Church. Taking a walk along Matosinhos, tourists should expect a wide range of seafood restaurants including grilled sardines available as streetfood. The Ribeira District also interests me as its the oldest district of the city which is filled with old houses and cobbled streets giving a feeling that one has travelled back in time. I would definitely be interested in doing some Port tasting tours while traveling to Porto.

The Porto travel guide recommends that to see everything in Porto, a person would need two days. This shows me that Porto is an excellent travel destination for a weekend trip.

Ljubljana:

Ljubljana is Slovenia’s capital city and is the largest city in the country. Known for it’s University population, it’s no wonder that this city has made my list. With great green spaces- including the beautiful Tivoli Park- this city is definitely a must see destination.

The curving Ljubljanica River, lined in outdoor cafes, divides the city’s old town from its commercial hub. Ljubljana has many museums, including the National Museum of Slovenia, displaying historic exhibitions, and the Museum of Modern Art, home to 20th-century Slovene paintings and sculptures.

Ljubljana hosts many distinctive structures by native 20th-century architect Jože Plečnik, including the iconic Tromostovje (Triple Bridge) over the river. Many notable sites are near the Tromostovje. These include the Prešernov Trg (central square), with art nouveau buildings and a turn-of-the-century statue of the plaza’s namesake poet, France Prešeren. Nearby, the baroque domed cathedral has twin towers. Moving south, Plečnik’s palazzo-style National and University Library features Roman archaeological remnants at its base. The hilltop Ljubljana Castle, a medieval fortress, is connected to old town by a funicular. (The destinations of Ljubljana as described by Google)

Probably the thing that interests me the most about this city is the Ljubljana castle. This was originally a medieval fortress and is thought to have been constructed in the 11th century before being rebuilt in the 12th century. This castle carries centuries of history and as a history major, I love old castles. The ramparts of the castle are said to give some of the best views of Ljubljana itself. The castle houses an exhibition on Slovenian history and contains historical rooms such as the Chapel of St George. A quirky fact about this castle houses a nightclub and two restaurants. The tours available are at a very reasonable price of €10 per adult!!

What travel Destinations do you want to visit? Have you been to any of the areas that I want to go to? Let me know!!

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beauty, beautyblogger, hair, review

Garnier Haul!!!

It seems that every time I walk into a store, I leave with new hair products. It’s like I say to myself “Yeah sure, I bought a new shampoo last week, but this one has coconut in it, and shampoo rotations are good for the hair.” I just can’t help it, all the colourful bottles seem to lure me in, all of them silently calling me over. The only thing is, I find hair products often to be quite disappointing. John Frieda? He could not master my frizzy mane. OXY? Yeah no, their shampoo also did little to smooth out my hair. However there are certain brands that I would take a bullet for.

Garnier.

Garnier Ultimate Blends

I love Garnier. Their hair care range is so extensive that the Ultimate Blends range has twelve different ranges within it!

From their hair masks to their hair oil, I have to call on my inner self control whenever I pass a garnier section in my local boots or Tesco. I recently bought three products from them in one go! It honestly really hard to even pick what Garnier hair range I wanted to purchase in the first place – they all smell amazing, leave my hair feeling and looking the bomb. They’re all so reasonably priced that it’s almost impossible to not buy every product which they offer. Thankfully the last time I bought a garnier haul, I was able to chose three products to buy. Wanting to treat my hair (which the summer heat has not treated well, at all!!!!), I bought a hair shower mask from their olive range, a hair oil from their argan and camellia range, and a hair balm from their argan and almond range. Picking was hard – I really wanted to also buy their oatmeal ranges heat protector cream, but, my inner self-control reasoned that buying four products was too much for one Tesco trip.

Olive Oil Hair Mask:

Mythic Olive hair mask Garnier

The first thing I want to say is that Garnier has a brilliant range of hair masks. I would buy all of them if seemed like a rational idea. However, buying more than one hair mask at any time seems a bit wasteful to me. I settled for the Mythical Olive range because of the properties it offered: for dry, brittle. The brittle part put me off a tiny bit as my hair may be dry, but it isn’t brittle. However, I love the mask.

“Intensely nourishes dried out hair without weighing it down.”

That definitely sounds like a property that I needed in a hair mask. This mask is fantastic, I leave it in my hair for five minutes before I condition, then I wash it out. It’s quick, it’s easy, and, it’s amazing. It retails at £4.99 pounds and is a bargain for the great care it gives to my hair. Another amazing thing about the garnier hair mask range is that they’re also available in sample sizes for £1, so it’s easy to test all them out to find one which suits you best!

My personal favourite hair mask is their 3 in 1 coconut mask. That mask however deserves a post of its own as it’s a 3 in 1.

The Olive mask is available for purchase here!

The Marvellous Glow Oil with Argan And Camellia Oils:

Probably the first thing to draw my eye to this oil was the fact that it offers UV protection! I always find it so easy to find products for my face with UV protection, however, finding cheap products with UV protection for hair is rare for me. This oil is a bit more expensive than the hair mask, however it’s worth the price. It has many purposes. I put some in my hair before washing to prepare my hair, and I use it after I condition on wet hair to lock in moisture. I apply it to my dry hair to liven up my hair on bad hair days. I personally don’t straighten my hair as I love my curls, but this miracle oil also offers up to 230 degrees heat protection!! As claimed by the brand, this oil adds a glowing shine to my dry hair even on its worst of days.

Camellia oils Garnier Ultimate blends

Some other things which I love about this product is that it doesn’t leave my hair greasy. I tend to find that a lot of oils leave my hair looking like I haven’t showered in days! Especially in the front of my hair. This is a feature of oils which makes me hesitate before I spend my money on them. Thankfully, this particular oil does not make my hair look greasy. I only have tried one other oil from garnier which is the coconut oil -also very good- so I can’t make a broad statement and say that all Garnier oils are like this. However this particular oil is amazing how it nourishes without leaving excess oil behind.

For anyone wanting silky, nourished hair, I would thoroughly recommend this fantastic oil. It is available for £9.99

Ultimate Blends Argan Richness Leave-in Taming Hair Cream:

I have thick, frizzy at times, curly hair. Things tends to get crazy on my between wash days. When going to work, I don’t tend to have time to shower in the morning as I have to commute using two buses. This means that I often shower at night, and, by the morning time, my hair tends to resemble a Lion’s mane. Now, I have nothing against lions, however, I don’t like it when my hair looks like one.

Argan Richness Garnier

It was for this reason that I picked up this particular hair product. The claim the bottle made that it could soften my hair while taming it, really perked my interest. This product has both Argan Oil and Almond cream in it. Paraban and silicone free with a bottle which can be recycled, this product is great. I really love leave in conditioners like this one. I tend to find that as someone with dry hair I often need more than just conditioner that I wash out. That is why this leave-in conditioner is so handy for me – it gives my hair the extra love and care that it desperately needs!

I used to have a lot of hair mousses which I recently swapped for creams like this one. While the hair mousses did great things for the appearance of my hair in the short run, leave in conditioners like the Garnier argan leave-in conditioner treat my hair better in both the short run and the long run. The cream tames my hair when I put it in but I’ve also noticed a general tamer appearance over the past few weeks that I’ve been using it. I will definitely be repurchasing it when I run out.

It is available here for £5.99!

Does anyone else like Garnier for hair products? Let me know!


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