Sunday, 21 January 2018

Copenhagen at Christmas

Long time no blog post! I had a pretty hectic Christmas and, as a result, my blog suffered. However, I'm back now and I'm hoping to get into a routine of posting weekly again. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year - seems a bit late to be saying that still! Anyway, over Christmas I visited Copenhagen with my boyfriend for three nights and it's one of my favourite places that I've ever been, so I thought that I would share with you what I got up to whilst I was there. Prepare for a lot of photos...

Where to stay:
We stayed at Wakeup Copenhagen in Borgergade, which was centrally located and meant that we could walk everywhere. The hotel was relatively inexpensive and boasted a cool design, as well as spotlessly clean facilities. The room included: air conditioning, free wifi, TV, desk, and there was the option to have breakfast in the restaurant but we decided not to do this. Wakeup Copenhagen is perfect if you don't want to splurge on accommodation but also still want to be in a good location (it took about ten minutes to walk to Nyhavn).

Where to visit:
Copenhagen has plenty of things to do - even just walking through the streets is enjoyable. We came across Christiansborg Palace whilst we were on our way to Christiania. The Palace has a tower, which is free to go up, and gives amazing views across Copenhagen. You can also buy tickets to access other areas of Christiansborg Palace but we didn't do this. Freetown Christiania is very different to the rest of Copenhagen - it's an old military base which was taken over by hippies in the 1970s. The neighbourhood is green and car-free and features colourful homemade houses. It's definitely worth a visit if you want to experience a different side to Copenhagen. The Design Museum was only a ten minute walk from our hotel and featured fascinating exhibitions - some were permanent whilst others were only temporary. My favourite exhibition was 'I am black velvet', which displayed some of the haute couture designs by Erik Mortensen for Balmain (this exhibition is there until 18th March 2018). Rosenborg Castle was also quite near to our hotel and it wasn't too expensive to visit. There's plenty of things to see in the Castle and it's situated in a park, which would be a nice place to relax in Spring/Summer. Whenever I think of Copenhagen I think of the colourful houses that line the canal in Nyhavn. It's worth a stroll down the canal just to see the picturesque houses and there's also a bridge which contains love locks, so maybe you can add your own lock to it. Finally, Tivoli Gardens was my favourite place that we visited. It was the most festive place in Copenhagen! There were loads of Christmas trees, fake snow and sparkly lights. Also, Tivoli had a really nice food area, which wasn't too pricey and had loads of different options. Tivoli has an amusement park (it's the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world), so it's still worth a visit even when it's not decked out with Christmas decorations.

Where to eat:
Meyers Bageri was just around the corner from our hotel and their kanelsnegle (aka cinnamon roll) came highly recommended - it did not disappoint! They sell a selection of delicious pastries and at a reasonable price - you should definitely go here if you're near by. For lunch, the Faetter Faetter Toast Bar in the Norrebro area serve amazing toasties. These are quite expensive for the size of them and you need two or three for a sufficiently sized lunch. However, if you don't mind spending a bit extra on lunch one day, then this is definitely worth a visit. We didn't eat dinner at any restaurants whilst we were in Copenhagen because they're all quite expensive. Instead, we went to Copenhagen Street Food on Paper Island, which was so much cheaper than the restaurants and the food was delicious! Unfortunately, Copenhagen Street Food closed down a few days after we left but there's a new food market opening in May 2018, which will hopefully be just as good.

This is probably the longest blog post I've ever wrote - I just had so much to share with you! Hopefully, you'll love Copenhagen as much as I do if you visit. Are you going away anywhere this year?

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Free Apps Every Blogger Needs

Many bloggers rely on their phones when it comes to promoting their blog and connecting with new bloggers. Therefore, I have composed a list of all the essential apps you need to make running your blog a little bit easier.

Bloglovin': This is my favourite app to keep up-to-date with blogs that I love. It hosts pretty much every blogging site so you can find all of your favourite blogs in one place. There's also the option to follow people and their blogs so you never miss a post!

Pinterest: I love using Pinterest for makeup ideas and inspiration for blog photos. It's also great if you're going travelling and want to look up the best places to get some snaps for Instagram.

Followers+: This is great for tracking who's followed and unfollowed you, as well as who's not following you back. Ever since Instagram changed their algorithm, I've found it really difficult to grow my followers but this app has a handy graph which shows your follower growth.

GeotagMyPic: Sometimes when I take a photo on my camera and then upload it to Instagram I can't put a location on the photo. However, this app lets you tag a location to your photo before uploading it to Instagram, enabling the location feature to work on Instagram.

Lively: I don't use this app very often since it's for transforming live photos on iPhones into videos or capturing a frame from the live photo. However, this is useful if you want to upload a video instead of a photo.

Layout: Again, I don't use this very often but it's great if you want to create a collage of a few images. This app was brought out by Instagram so I find that it works better when uploading collages to Instagram than other collaging apps do.

Buffer: This app is great for scheduling tweets, for example, if you want to promote a blog post but are busy at the time you want to publish it to Twitter. You can also 'rebuffer' tweets so you can post the same tweet multiple times instead of writing it out again.

Hopefully you find this guide useful! Do you have any apps to help with blogging?

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Festive Makeup Look

I always use the festive season as an excuse to wear glitter on my eyelids and a bold red on my lips. Therefore, I thought that I would share how I created this look with you - I also might film a YouTube tutorial of it and post it to my channel.

Firstly, I always use Benefit's The POREfessional Primer and, whilst I'm waiting for this to sink in, I use my eyelash curler. Then I apply the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation - I have quite oily skin and this foundation doesn't go greasy on me half way through the night! To add a bit of colour, I use the Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer, applying it in a '3' shape from the top of my head then along my cheekbones and down my jawline. My go-to highlighter for the festive season is The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer, which adds a beautiful shimmer to my cheek bones, brow bones and down my nose. Before applying eyeshadow, I use Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer - this ensures that my eyeshadow doesn't budge all night. I fill my eyebrows in whilst waiting for the Primer to dry and I always use Benefit's Gimme Brow. All of the eyeshadows I use are from the Naked 1 palette; I apply 'Virgin' right in the corners of my eyes, followed by 'Half Baked' across the main part of my eyelids and then 'Smog' in the outer corners of my eyes and along the crease. To get my eyes looking extra sparkly I applied more of 'Half Baked' once I'd done the rest of my makeup. I then use the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (my all-time favourite mascara!). Although, sometimes I might opt for fake lashes instead and my favourites are the Ardell Demi Wispies. Finally, for my lips I outlined them using MAC's Dark Out Lip Pencil and filled them in with MAC's Sin Lipstick.

I'm loving creating different makeup looks at the moment so I might post some more festive looks before Christmas. What are your go-to festive makeup products?

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Best Black Friday Deals

Black Friday never used to be very big in the UK but over the last couple of years a lot more brands have jumped on the bandwagon. It's not even the big day yet and I'm already getting flooded with emails about deals which have already started so I thought that I would share with you some of the best deals that I've come across.


Beauty Bay: They're offering up to 30% off everything.

Boots: There's a range of savings across their products, with many products having more than 50% off.

Feelunique: They're offering 15% off with the code: SHINE and 20% off selected fragrances.

Lookfantastic: You can get 20% off your order with the code: LFCW20


ASOS: There's 20% off everything with the code: WIN20

Missguided: They've got 50% off everything with the code: CYBER50

Nasty Gal: This is fast becoming one of my favourite places to shop and they're currently offering 30% off everything with the code: LETSGO

PrettyLittleThing: There's up to 50% off everything.

River Island: You can get 20% off when you spend £75 or more.


Office: They're offering 20% off and free UK delivery with the code: SHINE 

Public Desire: You can save 30% on everything with the code: 30CYBER

SCHUH: There's up to 40% off everything and £1 next day delivery.

There are plenty more deals around and lots of companies are changing the deals each day so you need to act quick! Hopefully you can find some great stuff (I know my bank account is going to take a hit!). Let me know if you come across any other deals.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

VLOG: Visiting Paris

Here's the final vlog from my Summer travels (I'm well aware it's nearly Christmas - I need to up my editing game!). It features clips from my trip to Paris, which included a visit to Disneyland! Leave me a comment if you have a YouTube channel so I can check it out.

Also, I made a few changes to my blog design earlier in the week so let me know what you think of it. Those social media icons took me ages to do!

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Benefit Hello San FrancisGLOW!

For my birthday (which was over a month ago now I've just been very bad at blogging recently - sorry!), I received the Benefit Hello San FrancisGLOW! highlighter kit from a friend. If you're as obsessed with highlighter as I am then this is perfect for you! It contains a mini Dandelion Shy Beam, a mini Dandelion Twinkle, a mini High Beam, a full-size Watt's Up! and a mini Powder Brush.

Considering the amount of makeup I buy, I had actually never tried a Benefit highlighter before. My favourite is High Beam, which is a gorgeous pink liquid highlighter that's perfect for applying over makeup and gives a radiant glow. Dandelion Twinkle is a paler pink than High Beam and is a powder rather than a liquid. This is great for strobing or it can also be applied all over the face - but I haven't tried this yet. Watt's Up! is a subtle rose-gold cream highlighter which is perfect for everyday use because it's not 'too glowy' - if that's even possible! Dandelion Shy Beam is a pink matte-radiance liquid highlighter, something that I've never used before, and Benefit say that you can wear this alone or with makeup. This isn't as sparkly as the other highlighters in the kit so it probably won't get as much use from me because I'm all for sparkles! The kit also comes with a guide on how to apply each highlighter which is really helpful.

This would make a great Christmas present for someone or if you want to try a few of Benefit's highlighters before buying the full-size version. Do you use any of these highlighters?

Monday, 6 November 2017

VLOG: Visiting Venice

Here's my third and final video from my trip around Italy over Summer. Venice is one of my favourite places and I would highly recommend going if you get the chance. Hope you enjoy it and if you have a YouTube channel then let me know so I can check it out!