Sunday, 25 September 2016

a night in citizenM shoreditch.

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having lived near london my whole life and in it for the last few years i haven't ever stayed in a hotel in the city, so the concept of a 'staycation' is a little foreign to me (especially when you have a pay london rent!) this all changed when i had my first staycation offered to me by the lovely lot at citizenM in their brand spanking new shoreditch hotel.
i jumped on the tube to liverpool street and a short walk later (stopping to take pictures of strangers houses along the way) i arrived, checked in and drive bombed head first into my huge bed. 
having messed around with all the light settings, which was mainly playing with the colour wheel... i ventured out into shoreditch for snacks and some dinner (which may have been  a nandos)
you might now think i went on to do some rock'n'roll adventuring, this is where you would be wrong. i sat in that comfy bed all night eating and watching films and that my friends is how you have a good time!
 having prised jay out the bed in the morning we packed up and headed down for breakfast (which runs to eleven am, this is something i am very into as most places run till nine thirty and who wants to get up that early on a sunday i ask?) 
we then proceeded to make the most of the buffet breakfast, although i remembered that being GF i can't eat half of the lovely things on offer but jay managed to do his best for the both of us. 
we then had a little snoop round the 'lounge' area and headed off for a sunday stroll round shoreditch. 

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*my stay was provided for review purposes however all views and love of big comfy beds are my own

Monday, 19 September 2016

five things i learnt when i went on a cruise.

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earlier in the year jay and i hopped on a cruise ship for a weekend to guernsey and i thought i would share some things i learnt from our trip

1 | explore as much as possible

we only had a day on the island and i'm sure this is the case when you go to more exotic places too. we booked an excursion (it was an accident but worked out for the best!) which was a driven tour round the island stopping at beautiful spots and our driver telling us funny stories and little facts. it also gave jay a chance to fly his drone round some beautiful secluded areas. 

2 | make the most of the onboard entertainment and facilities 

the ship we were on had movie nights, swimming pools, shows, cookery classes and so many other things. i wish we had more time to make use of the swimming pool and jaccuzzi as they were open air on the top deck of the ship with a beautiful view day or night.

3 | be mindful of little charges

you are charged a five pound tip per person to your room account everyday so that adds up over time, if you want to drink something thats not tea/coffee or water you will have to spend some money on drinks but they are around the same price as london but they do have to lug them all round the world!

4 | you will eat allot

you are given a three course meal every evening and a buffet breakfast and lunch, i can confirm you will not go hungry whilst onboard, we felt like all we did was eat! so the gym i mentioned earlier might be useful!

5 | its not full of old people

i mean there are a fair percentage of the 'older' generation however i noticed lots of young families and hen do's on our trip which might be because we were only going a few hours away but chatting to people i found out that people mainly go on the shorter cruises to see if they like it so they can book a longer more exotic one 

i would definitely recommend taking a cruise at some point as its a different way to experiance a holiday.
if you feel inspired to hop on a cruise ship anytime soon iglu have lots of cruises on offer and you can put my tips to use!
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*this post contains sponsored content however all views and lessons learnt are my own

Saturday, 17 September 2016

la roche posay effaclar duo [+] unifiant.

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i feel like i've made it pretty clear over my pretty few beauty related posts that my love for la roche posay products is pretty strong.
so when they released effaclar duo [+] unifiant, which is my favourite product for keeping spots at bay mixed with a tint a basically jumped at the chance of reviewing it!

effaclar duo [+] unifiant is great for when you want to have a 'no make up' kinda day as the coverage is very light but i also mix it with my normal foundation for a day to day look as i have a bit of redness i like to cover. 
if i find i feel a spot coming i like to use this on the area rather than concealer as i know its doing good for my skin rather than making the spot angrier. 
so if you're in the market for a light base that is working on reducing imperfections whist wearing it i highly recommend popping to your local boots and giving it a whirl! 

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*this sample was provided for review purposes however all views and la roche posay fan girling my own
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