30 Countries before 30

31 May 2015

I have said it before and I will say it again, I love to travel. I have therefore decided to do the '30 countries before the age of 30' challenge. I don't want to make it all about the numbers, but more about the experiences, so if I don't hit 30 countries by 30 I will not be disappointed, it is just my aim. To count as a visit I have to have spent an entire day there, and not just passing through the airport.

I am currently at 14 countries, so I have a long way to go, but hopefully this will increase by the end of the year. It just so happens that today I am going to Prague, Czech Republic, so that will take me up to 15 countries.

United States of America

Have you set yourself a 30 before 30 challenge? If so, let me know what it involves!

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New from Nails Inc : Luxe Boho Portobello Crescent

28 May 2015

This month Nails Inc released its latest collection; Luxe Boho. These special effects nail polishes combine various coloured confetti, creating a flower burst look on the nail, a great alternative to glitter. Portobello Crescent is a combination of peach, hot pink and grass green confetti, which is perfect for spring summer. It can be worn alone, with 2 or 3 coats, or combined with a coloured base coat. The confetti distributes very nicely and can be built up to opacity very easily. The new packaging gives it a nice luxurious feel and is definitely a step up from their old packagaing.

The Luxe Boho ranges costs £15 and comes in two other colours, Primrose Hill Walk, a blend of white, purple, lilac and nude and Notting Hill Lane, a combination of hot pink, deep purple and nude.

What do you think of confetti polish?

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MAC Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Bloom On

26 May 2015

MAC Bloom on is from the Office Hours collection that was released back in 2012, and now a part fo the permanent collection. The Office Hours range is meant for office wear, and so the colours are very natural. MAC Bloom on is a light burnt rose with a matte finish. Its texture is silky, but also very powdery causing slight fall out. It does apply very sheer, so you must use a primer and build up the colour, because of this I find it doesn't last the 8 hours as promised. I mostly use this in the crease of my eye to help blend darker colours, or as an all over wash of colour.

This is my first MAC Pro Longwear Eye Shadow and I have to say I have mixed feelings. Although Bloom on is a pretty colour, it is extremley sheer and is it really worth £17 when a drugstore product would work just as well? You do get 3.4g rather than the usual 1.5g in MACs standard eye shadow, but I can't help but think this money would be better spent elsewhere.

Have you had any disappointing MAC products?

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Amsterdam; Our Airbnb Apartment

23 May 2015

For our accomdation in Amsterdam we decided to go though Airbnb. This wasn't actually our original plan, but due to it being a bank holiday weekend many hotels were fully booked, so we turned to Airbnb and Claires apartment, and boy was it a good choice. It was our first time using Airbnb, and Claire made it so easy.

The apartment is located in the Jordaan neighbourhood, which is full of trendy bars, restaurants and cafes. It was the perfect location for us, we were within walking distance of all the tourist attracts, and there was a supermarket and pharmacy nearby. It was very easy to get to from Amsterdam central station and the tram stopped just down the road.

The apartment was just beautiful. The white washed floors are a bloggers dream, and the tall windows meant the apartment was nice and bright. I didn't get any photos of the bedroom, but it was also just as nice as the rest of the apartment. It had everything we needed, including wifi, and we were very sad to leave.

For the 3 of us it worked out great value and it was so nice to have that extra space that you don't get in hotels. I will be writing a post about using Airbnb for the first time, including some tips so do watch out for that.

Have you used Airbnb before? If so, what did you think?

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Amsterdam Day 3 & 4

21 May 2015

Unfortunately on day 3 I woke up with really bad stomach cramps and so I stayed in the apartment whilst the girls went out and shopped. Not wanting to stay in the apartment all day the girls came back and we went to join the queue for Anne Franks house. You can prebuy tickets, but this must be done months in advance, therefore we queued for around an hour and a half but it was well worth the wait. It is all very surreal seeing the book case that hid the stair case and the annex they hid in,  They also have the original diary on show, it is all very moving.

That night we went to a Greek restuarant called Mitsos, where we had a lovely meal and chatted to the locals. We then headed back to the apartment and relaxed and watched some movies. I was still in quite a bit of pain so it was nice to have a night in.

The next day was our last day and we headed to a local market recommended by our Airbnb owner. It was absolutely manic but a great little spot. Our flight was due to leave early afternoon so we had to make our way back to the apartment and to the airport. I can safetly say I will be back, I absolutely loved the relaxed atmosphere and the stunning houses. Do visit if you can!

Click here to see Day 1 and Day 2.

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Amsterdam Day 2

19 May 2015

After a late night on Friday we woke up on Saturday feeling a little worse for wear, but we had a four hour bike ride to look forward to. We arrived a little late to Mikes Bikes, where they were having their induction, and before we knew it we were on our way out of the city. We had a pit stop by one of the famous windmills, then made our way to a cheese farm to be shown how Gouda cheese and Hollands famous shoes are made. We continued around the countryside, taking in the lovely views, eventually making our way back to the city. This was a highlight of our trip in Amsterdam and I would thoroughly recommend Mikes Bikes, our tour guide was very informative and also very entertaining.

As the weather was so nice, we bought some ice cream and relaxed by the canal. We decided to go on an afternoon boat tour so headed towards the central station, where they all leave from. Unfortunately we had to queue for a while, but we managed to squeeze onto the back of the boat, out in the sunshine. As we were outside we couldn’t hear the commentary, but we didn’t mind too much as we could see all the sights and sit in the sun.

That night we were pretty tired, so we went home and had a glass of wine, relaxed for a bit and made our way to La Festa, a nice little Italian. It was very busy when we arrived, yet they were very friendly and accommodating and managed to squeeze us in. The food was lovely, the service was great and I even made a little friend in the restaurant cat.

To read what we got up to do day 1, see here.

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Amsterdam Day 1

17 May 2015

For the May bank holiday my friends and I decided to travel to Amsterdam for a long weekend. The flight from Heathrow was only 40 minutes (amazing!), so we got there in no time. Once we arrived we got the train to central station and jumped on a tram to our fabulous apartment.

After a quick freshen up we went for a walk around the canals, and booked a bike tour for Saturday morning. The canals really are so beautiful and as you may be able to tell, there are cyclists everywhere, so crossing the road you need to look out for trams, cars and cyclists!

We came across the famous floating flower market and saw lots of tulips; real tulips, wooden tulips and of course tulip bulbs. We also ventured into many of the cheese shops to sample the delights and found a fast food chain selling burgers in vending machines!

After a long day of exploring Amsterdam we headed back to the apartment to get changed. We went for dinner at Warie's Thai Food (a recommendation from our Airbnb owner) and out for a night on the town. After day 1 I was already in love with Amsterdam and was looking forward to our cycle in the countryside on day 2.

Read more about our second day in Amsterdam in my next post.

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The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Range; Body Sorbet & Bath Tea

15 May 2015

Last month The Body Shop released its newest range Fuji Green Tea.  Inspired by a Japanese Tea Ceremony, all the products contain antioxidant green tea leaves from the Mount Fuji area. Green Tea is known to be a great antioxidant but is also believed to help retain skin moisture - great for your body! The scent itself is very light and clean, with a herbal fruity aroma.

 Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea* & Bath Infuser* | £12.00 & £5.00

I was most excited by the Tea Strainer and Bath Salts and the idea of a new bath experience. The Bath Salts contain real green tea leaves, to help cleanse and destress the mind, and therefore it is recommended to use with the strainer otherwise your bath may get messy. There are no clear instructions on how much 'tea' to use so I filled half of the bottom pot, I then placed it in my bath and it began to infuse instantly. The scent is very calming, helping you to unwind and therefore leaving you feeling relaxed. The salt can be a little drying so I would recommend combining with the Sorbet. 

The Body Sorbet is my favouritre moisturiser at the moment. It is a very unique product; a cross between the body butter and body lotion that has a gel like texture. It has a very light formula and when applied it is very cooling and therefore very refreshing. It absorbs quickly into your skin, leaving your skin feeling very hydrated, and does not leave a residue. I can imagine this would be very nice to use in the summer months when it is hot and you are looking for something that cools your skin - you could even keep it in the fridge.

Have you tried anything from The Body Shop Green Tea Range?

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Hawaii Mini Collection by OPI; World Duty Travel Exclusive

12 May 2015

I am a big big fan of the OPI mini collections; I rarely finish a full sized nail polish so they are the perfect size, especially for travelling. This Spring OPI have released the Hawaii Collection and I am in love! In this collection you get Suzi Stops & Island Hops, a soft pastel pink. Thats Hula-rious! a beautiful pastel mint green. Go with the Lava Flow, a shimmery golden red. Aloha from OPI, a bright creamy coral. Lost my Bikini in Molokini, a vibrant purple and lastly, This Color's making Waves, a shimmery blue lagoon.

This particular collection is exclusive to World Duty Free (in most UK airports), and is great to take on your travels. At £16.35 it only works out at £2.73 per polish, which I think is great value. 

Which is your favourite colour?

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Instalife - April 2015

10 May 2015

A trip to Brighton | Sunset in Brighton | It's a hard life being a cat | Let's try oil pulling | Pretty Cherry Blossom | A cycle through Richmond Park

April was a good month for me. I travelled to Brighton for the Bank Holiday weekend, and fell in love with the place all over again. I went home to visit family and got to see this little cutie, who can always bring a smile to my face. Cocowhite finally had some coconut oil back in stock, so I decided to purchase some and see what the fuss is about. There was a lot of cherry blossom in bloom <3 and lastly, my boyfriend and I went to Richmond Park for the first time and hired some bikes.

What have you been up to in April?

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