May Update


Hey friends, the blogging vibes have come my way and I’m once again trying to get into the habits of a good blogger, student, person, and human in general.

May is a big month for me because I have seven exams!!! I’m also turning the big 21 at the end of May too (after my exams thankfully). 

Seeing as it is the first day of May, I thought it be nice to have a chat and talk about where I am in life, and what my goals are for the future (no just goals for May, but in general). I read somewhere that writing down goals makes you 40% more likely to actually succeed in said goals. While I’m sure that stat referred to physically writing goals down on paper, I felt it could work electronically as well.

My blog

First of all, it’s probably best to talk about my plans as a blogger, seeing as anyone who will bother to read this post will most likely be someone else who also has a blog.

One of the main things with this blog, is that I am planning in the future to take my blog to the next level. I feel like I am currently at a stalemate.

I don’t spend enough time on this blog yet I feel regretful that I didn’t research other servers when first setting up this blog.

For this reason, I often struggle to write on this blog as I feel I might be better off starting from scratch elsewhere. Yet I feel as if I should be writing. I also don’t want to jump the gun and invest in a paid plan on another site when I may never have any guarantee of being able to commit to such a plan.

University

I guess the next stalemate in my life would be my education.

For anyone who doesn’t know, I am currently doing an undergrad in Politics and History, which I adore. I love both of my subjects and I have a year left in my actual degree before I graduate. However I have one question in particular which has been haunting me for the past few months, which everyone I know has been asking me (friends and family included).

“Are you doing a masters?”

I have no clue about that question.

What masters would I even do if I decide to do a masters?

As said above, I love my subjects, but, I question the necessity of further education in either area. It could be a bad investment. The majority of students in my areas tend to join the civil service where a masters is not currently a requirement (nor is a undergrad degree, although I’m sure both would look nice on a CV.).

It is to my opinion that I need to both work and travel, before I decide whether or not a masters is actually the right decision for me. Masters in my speciality in Ireland can cost up to ten grand per year which is money I do not have (like most students who work before they can pay for their masters).

I also feel like I need a break from education. I am burnt out. I need to foster my brain in other areas.

My Summer plans

The next topic which I think I should be my summer plans…

This summer like all of my summers since I was 17, I shall be working fulltime for 40 hours a week. I love working. I am a hard worker and I love my job as I get to learn practical skills which will look good on my CV (I run the Saturday shift currently at my job).

Last year I learnt how to use realex for lapsed payments and how to set up direct debits which I think will boast my skill set (could benefit the blog in the future). I would love to learn more about the business side of my company this summer. I also can’t wait to get closer to the other employees.

I also plan a lot of self-improvement this year. I will buying a flyfit gym membership this summer as I hope to get more active so that in forty years, I have prevented health problems my parents have. I also am currently attempting to learn Irish so that is fun.

 


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Travel Guide Dublin: Top Instagramable Spots

Recently, a realisation hit me. I love writing posts about the countries I travel to, yet, I’ve somehow never posted about the city I love and live in. Dublin. I’ve decided that I might try writing a few posts. After all, it would be mad to not rave and rant about where I’m from.

I live in Dublin which is a bustling city, full of many beautiful places – both well known and hidden. One thing which people love when they go on holidays is to take photos which are worthy for their social media platforms. Dublin, like any city, has many gorgeous places which are great for posting photos online. Read on to see where I go to get some nice photos.

  1. Killiney Hill

 

I have to admit I am biased when it comes to Killiney Hill as I grew up near this area so I spent a lot of my childhood climbing the hill. Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of hiking up this hill will know that the steep hill is well worth the hike as the view is amazing. (Not a friendly spot for anyone with mobility issues as it is a very steep walk.)

The hill is 153 metres high and has one obelisk. From the top of the hill there are many amazing sights to be seen – Dublin to the northwest, the Irish sea and the mountains of Wales to the east and southeast, Bray head and Wicklow to the South.

When walking around this hill, there is an area which is full of Granite which was used to build the Victorian Piers in the nearby town of Dun Laoghaire (Dun Leary is the pronunciation). This hill has a wide range of history too for any history lovers – Prince Albert donated it to the public in memory of Queen Victoria’s jubilee.

There is a lovely tea room at the entrance of the hill which sell ice cream, cakes, and tea. The tea rooms also give water to any dogs which may be walked in the area. For anyone bringing kids along, there is a great playground.

Killiney Hill
The view from the Obelisk at Killiney Hill, Dublin

2. Trinity College Dublin

Trinity has some of the prettiest architecture in Dublin which I hate to admit as I attend the rival university of Trinity.

The college was founded in 1592 making it the oldest university in Ireland. Not only does this college have some beautiful architecture, it also is the current home of the book of Kells (there is an entry fee to this but to enter the campus grounds is free and open to the general public.) The library is also a must see part of the university. Notable alumni of this university includes Oscar Wilde!

This college is handy for tourists as it is located in the very centre of Dublin City Centre and is the third top thing to do in Dublin according to Trip Advisor.

Trinity
Trinity is the second best place to take photos

3. Howth

The next most instagramable spot on my list is the small coastal town called Howth. This area contains a 15th century castle (Howth Castle), some 19th century Mortello Towers (not the exact one which James Joyce describes but fairly similar), and, a clifftop trail which has some beautiful views which are perfect for posting on the Instagram.

If you have time, visit the island there which is called Ireland’s Eye which is a fifteen minute boat ride from the mainland.

Looking for something to eat? Great, Howth is known for its restaurants and a walk along its pier will introduce you to many amazing restaurants such as the Abbey Tavern where there is live music in the evening. For people who like seafood, Howth is full of restaurants such as the Brass Monkey which is known for their amazing seafood tapas.

Howth best spot in dublin
A sunset seen at Howth, Dublin. This is one of the best instagramable spots in Dublin

4. The Ha’penny Bridge

When in Dublin, both tourists and locals alike will often stop on this bridge to get a selfie. Why? The bridge has a great view of Dublin and on sunny days makes a great picture. This bridge – which is officially called the Liffey Bridge- was built as a pedestrian bridge in 1816 in order to allow pedestrians to cross over the river Liffey which divides Dublin into two sections.

The bridge is affectionally known as the Ha’penny bridge when in the early 1900s, the toll price was raised  to a penny and a half. Luckily, there no longer is a toll for pedestrians crossing the bridge making it a free spot to take a fantastic photo.

Ha'Penny
The Ha’penny bridge on a sunny day in Dublin

5. Temple Bar

Now before I actually write anything about this location, here is a disclaimer, I am recommending this spot for taking photos, not for eating or drinking. Temple Bar is beautiful. From the buildings to the quirky shops to the graffiti.

However, this part of Dublin’s city centre is known locally as a tourist trap. The food and drink often tends to be far more expensive than other areas of the close by city – I often hear tourists complaining about the price of the drinks here, I would recommend Harcourt street or pubs around O’Connell street for better night outs.

However, when it comes to taking a beautiful photo -which will look great on the ‘gram-, I would 100% recommend Temple Bar. As mentioned before there is lovely street art – one of my favourites is a hotel which has some of James Joyce’s characters painted onto the walls – to the cobbled streets, there’s a certain vibe to Temple Bar which is transferred to photos of it.

Temple Bar also has one of the most famous pubs in Dublin which of course is called The Temple Bar (pictured below). This part of Dublin has a very interesting history and contains a huge whiskey collection with 450 bottles of rare whiskey from all over the world.

Temple Bar
The Temple Bar in Dublin

Well that is it for this post!

The above five are my favourite spots for a great photo to post on my Instagram. What areas in your city would you view as the best places to take a lovely Instagram shot? If you’re from Dublin, let me know where you go to take photos/ to feel like a tourist at home!!

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(Disclaimer – A lot of my photos of these areas contain pictures of my nephews who are minors. For that reason I used stock photos for this post and I claim no right over those photos.)

 

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Bucharest Trip

Recently I was lucky enough to travel to Bucharest, Romania with some friends from Uni!!

Although this blog is very much a Beauty oriented blog, I do like to post about my travel experience every now and again.

I plan to write a couple of posts in relation to Bucharest such as the following; Tips and advice, Things to do, What to eat, etc!! My next trip will be Edinburgh next month so I will have plenty of posts up before then.

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How to Plan a city break on a Budget

Happy Friday, friends!!

As a student, money isn’t something that I have a lot of at the moment. Traveling for me is something that can I can only do if I budget really well.

Wanting an inexpensive trip is something that I can imagine many people like the idea of. Some people of course can afford to pay for pricier flights and pricier accomdation. This guide however is for anyone who is in need of a cheap holiday asap!!!

Step 1: Pick Your Budget

How to travel on a budget

Being based in Europe, I have to keep all of my trips within the European Continent as I can’t afford to fly any further than that. For any followers not from Europe, I would imagine neighbouring states or countries would probably be the cheapest time to fly abroad.

Before you can pick where you want to go, check what your budget it for each part of your trip. For Europe, I try to pay no more than €50 for return flights. Hostels and hotels tend to vary in price based on where I’m going. Once you have decided where you want to go, next you have to find out when it the cheapest time of the year for that particular place. My favourite time to travel is in May and September. I tend to find that the prices are not at peak yet, the weather is warm but not too hot, and, it probably isn’t tourist season.

Step 2: Book your flights and book a hotel

Cheap airline hacks

Whenever I’m booking a hostel or a hotel, I always make sure to book one that doesn’t require prepayment and which allows free cancellation. This will mean that I won’t have to worry about the payment just yet. Booking.com is a great website for finding great hotel prices and is the website I use most. Other options include Airbnb or couch sharing if you’re brave enough. My tip when booking a hotel is to check where in the city it is based, and, what the public transport system is like. If the city has a reliable and cost effective system, it may be worth it to commute around. Check if your airport has a train station. Some airports don’t have a trainstation which may mean you will have to pay for a coach or transfer. This can quickly add up for families who are traveling.

When it comes to flights I tend to buy them as far in advance as possible. I also try to travel only on week days. The cheapest time to book flights is three months before you plan to fly. The most expensive time is two weeks beforehand. One of the things which allows me to have cheap flights is to be flexible with my dates.

To summarise

  • Fly on Weekdays – Tuesday being the cheapest
  • Be Flexible with your dates
  • Book within Three months of your trip.
  • Travel in offpeak times – you can save up to 15%!!!
  • Know when the school season is in the country.
  • Make your the airport has a train station to city centre to avoid paying extra fees.
  • Check if your hotel has free wifi – a lot of hotels do and this is a cost which can be avoided.

Step 3: Find out what free things there are

Cheap but fun travel destinations

Every city has tourist attractions which are worth paying money towards. However, there are many things which are free to do. I also enjoy finding out what the locals like to do as I believe that sometimes visiting non-tourist attractions is much more of an adventure. People traveling with children can find so many free attractions too.

Step 4: Food

cuisine when traveling

One of the easiest ways to overspend and go out of budget when traveling is when buying food. I tend to budget how much I am willing to spend and see how much I have left for eating. One of the main things I do if find out what places have the best quality food and avoid overpriced restuarants. I also look to stay in hotels which have a communal kitchen so that I can make my own food.

I tend to eat at lunch time when traveling – the menu is cheaper and a big meal will fill me so I don’t have to buy dinner. When drinking, I buy local wines and beer because they are cheaper. I often try to avoid the main tourist areas when eating as these are more expensive.

Step 5: Buy A Travel or City Pass

Public Transport when Traveling

In some cities, it is well worth buying a travel pass. In Berlin, I bought a daily travel pass which made life so much easier since Berlin is such a big city. Some cities won’t need such a thing. If you are traveling with young children, it’s always a good idea to see what age it’s free until (many cities in Europe under 3’s are free). If traveling to a city which speaks a different language, check how to buy your tickets and how to validate them. The last thing any tourist on a budget needs is to have to pay a fine.

Step 6: Find out what you are entitled to

Many countries have free entry to certain tourists spots if over 65, under 25, or, a student. Students may get discounted transport prices. Rules apply differently in different cities so read up on what applies for different people.

And most importantly… Have fun!!!

Well these were my tips on planning a holiday on a budget. What ways do you save money when going on holidays?


 

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L’Oreal True Match Foundation

One of the most important things when it comes to wearing makeup, is having a perfect foundation. When wearing a good foundation, I often feel like I am ready to take on the world.

However, I tend to find it hard to actually find a foundation which will make my skin look amazing and I am sure many people who wear makeup feel the same way as me.

One of the foundations which I apply when I want a perfect base is the L’Oreal True Match foundation. I am Irish and I am as extremely pale as the media makes us out to be. Many foundations which come in my extreme pale tend to either be expensive or don’t work with my skin.

L’Oreal True Match Foundation

Not this baby!!

I often struggle with finding a foundation which actually works with my skin while not going too expensive. I have combination skin, meaning that parts of my skin tend to be quite oily while other parts are quite dry. My nose tends to be the main culprit when it comes to my foundation look bad – no matter what skincare or beauty product I’ve been recommended, none have managed to tame my nose. My nose tends to seem both oily and dry. It’ll either appear very shiny and the foundation will separate, or it will appear so dry that all my pore, little lines, and bumps will be aggressively noticeable. This is what some would define as a first world problem.

Let’s get onto the review shall we?

Description of the Foundation by the Brand:

Product details
L’Oreal’s #1 foundation is now available in 28 shades and matches 98% of UK skintones. L’Oreal’s velvety formula matches your skin’s unique tone and texture, for a true to skin finish: flawless, blendable, and never fake.
L’Oreal’s 28 shades range from warm to neutral to cool undertones, to ensure your foundation is right for you. Whilst your skin tone is visible on the surface and can alter through the seasons, your skin undertones are determined at a deeper level, they are part of your skin and never change. Each complexion has its own undertone: pink (cool), neutral or golden (warm), so you can now find a match that’s true to you.
To celebrate the 28 shades of True Match, L’Oreal Paris has launched the #YoursTruly True Match campaign, to share the diversity behind our 28 shades of True Match. Discover 28 influential individuals revealing their 28 stories, and get ready to write yours.

I’ve been wearing this foundation for a year now and I love it. It’s one of the few foundations which work for my whole face. I tend to go for foundations that are medium coverage, which this one is. It covers the random bits of redness that I have without feeling too heavy on my skin.

How to use
1. Start with a well cleaned, toned and moisturised face. 2. Studio secrets primer to your face. Remember less is more. 3. Apply your True Match foundation to your face. Starting with the T-zone, and in a rolling motion work your way out.

Pro’s:

  • There are 28 different shades.
  • It’s easy to apply onto the face and has a silky texture
  • Has a fairly satin finish – I wouldn’t describe this foundation as being matte.
  • Sleek packaging

Con’s:

  • The foundation cost £14.99 which isn’t expensive for high end foundations but it fairly expensive for a drugstore brand.
  • May not have the best shade offerings for those who aren’t pale like myself.

Overall I adore this foundation and I actually have two bottles – one for summer and one for winter.

What do you think of this foundation? Have you tried it?


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TV Shows that I am currently Obsessed With

I adore watching Netflix just like any other person. I mean, who doesn’t?

This month, I decided to try and watch more netflix before my college life became too hectic. Below are some of the shows which I watched and loved this month.

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo:

Watching Marie Kondo help people clean up their houses, has really brought me great joy this past month. I didn’t expect to enjoy this show – I mean, it’s a show about tidying up and adopting a minimalist lifestyle, I didn’t expect to enjoy watching OTHER people do that.

Yet… I did.

To the point that I started to try out Marie’s folding technique!!

When people lead busy lives, their homes sometimes become cluttered with things piling up over time. In this series, renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo tries to help folks declutter their homes — and their lives. Whether she’s helping a harried couple with young children become more organized or showing a retired couple how to reclaim their space, Kondo assists her clients in clearing out the clutter and choosing joy in a series of inspiring home makeovers.

I started to watch this show one day when I was bored. I had seen a lot of tweets about the show beforehand, but I had never thought it would be a show which I would enjoy. I was very, very wrong. I especially love watching Marie Kondo fold clothes. It’s extremely satisfying.

Peakey Blinders:

One of my favourite fictional drama series which I am enjoying at the moment is the ever so famous, Peakey Blinders. Starring Ireland’s own Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby, the show follows the Shelby gang of Biringham also known as the Peakey Blinders.

Peaky blinders cast

Britain is a mixture of despair and hedonism in 1919 in the aftermath of the Great War. Returning soldiers, newly minted revolutions and criminal gangs are fighting for survival in a nation rocked by economic upheaval. One of the most powerful gangs of the time is the Peaky Blinders, run by returning war hero Thomas Shelby and his family. But Thomas has bigger ambitions than just running the streets. When a crate of guns goes missing, he recognizes an opportunity to advance in the world because crime may pay but legitimate business pays better. Trying to rid Britain of its crime is Inspector Chester Campbell, who arrives from Belfast to try to achieve that goal.

Peaky Blinders Main Star Cillian Murphy

From the catchy theme song to the 1920 themed decor to the well developed, there’s lots to love. I’m currently eagerly awaiting for the next season of the show, season five, after the last season left off on quite the ending.

Dirty John:

At the moment, I’m watching Dirty John with my parents. To call this show interesting is an understatement. It is shocking and deeply fascinating to the point that I can’t help but want to rewatch the whole show again. Even more terrifying is the fact that Dirty John is based on a true crime story about a sociopath – there’s also a podcast by the same name.

The Cast of Dirty John
Debra Newell has a perfect life — from the outside — she’s successful, beautiful and lives in Newport Beach, one of California’s most desirable coastal cities. The only thing missing from her life is love, so when she meets the charismatic, handsome and charming Dr. John Meehan, she is swept off her feet in a whirlwind romance. Her daughters, Terra and Veronic, set out to prove that he’s just a conman after they are displeased at the fast-tracked relationship and decide to investigate their mother’s new beau for themselves. As Debra gets drawn deeper into his lies, the psychological manipulation has consequences for the entire family.

True Crime Story Dirty John

With a Golden Globe nomination for best performance by an actress in a mini series or motion picture made for television, this true crime drama starring the amazing Connie Britton and Eric Bana, this show is well worth the watch for anyone looking for something new to watch.


 

That’s my current favourite TV shows at the minute. What shows are you currently watching? Let me know!!


 

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Looking for Blogs to follow

I’m looking for new blogs to follow!! Leave your Url in the comments

 

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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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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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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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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