A London Weekend

We’re back from a wonderful weekend spent in the big smoke, aka London. It was an awesome trip, with lots of food, shopping and generally taking time out away from home to enjoy the time together. We stayed in a hotel super close to King’s Cross St. Pancras station, which was perfect, as we were within 1o minutes of everywhere we wanted to visit. We walked the busy streets of the city, enjoying all the Christmas spirit that was in the air, taking in Oxford Street and Regent Street, and having some really good meals. It’s always a drag to come back to the real world once this kind of weekend is over, but it also makes me pretty excited for the next trip we’ll take soon.

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I Love English Villages

I love to get out and about, visiting the quaint little villages that the countryside has to offer. Usually, we don’t go too far, just a short daytrip, but it’s nice to take some time out and get to take advantage of a free weekend and a tank full of petrol. This little daytrip was actually for a purpose, as we were putting down a deposit on our wedding venue, but it was a great excuse to see a couple of the towns and villages that surround our chosen location. These places really are stunning, and are full to the brim with cafes, shops and pubs, all waiting to be visited. It was also nice to spend some time with my boy and my parents, as it is rare for us to spend time as a foursome, so that was a huge bonus, as was the delicious lunch we enjoyed! There are still lots of people who need to visit the venue with us – my boy’s parents, my sisters and my boy’s siblings – but there is lots of time for that over the coming 18 months, so I’m excited for everyone to see it and really appreciate how beautiful it is! This wedding stuff is turning out to be pretty fun!

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^^We even saw a place called Lucy’s Tearoom on our travels – it’s just a shame I’m not the one running this place, I think I’d be pretty good at it!^^

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Photo Credit: Lucy

Wanderlust: Mykonos

Now that summer has come to an end and vacation season is over, I’m finding myself missing the blue waters and warm sunshine of Greece. I’ve been to a few Greek islands over the years and have fallen in love with each of them in turn. My favourite so far has been Kefalonia and I’ve been lucky enough to visit three times, but one that I am now eager to visit is Mykonos.

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“Mykonos is Greece’s designer island. With boutique hotels, luxury villas and label-laden shops, it’s the country’s answer to St-Tropez. Its list of A-list visitors starts with Jackie Onassis in the Sixties and moves on to P-Diddy in the Noughties. But the LA faithful happily share their space with the island-hopping backpacking crowd.
After all, it’s not as if resources are short on Mykonos. For starters, the island is belted with beaches. While the jet-set can’t get enough of the watersports and cocktail bars at Paradise and Super Paradise, those after something a bit quieter head to the coves at Elia and Kato Livadi. There are plenty of sunloungers on both beaches, plus a handful of tavernas at each. The headland surrounding Elia is great for walking, as well.” – Thomson Holidays

Hana’s Vacation Photos – La Palma

I, like Lucy, have recently been on vacation so I also thought I’d share a few of my snaps with you. I didn’t take quite as many as Lucy so I’ve managed to squeeze mine into one post. I was lucky enough to visit the unspoiled island of La Palma, and as you can see from the photos, the scenery was absolutely breath-taking. It’s one of those destinations that hasn’t been completely taken over by tourism, so if you’re looking for a relaxing holiday with a bit of sight-seeing thrown in, then this is the place for you.

My New Hair and Beauty Buys

New Hair & Beauty Buys

Once or twice a year I usually change up a bit of my hair and beauty routine to incorporate a new product or two that I’ve heard about and want to give a try. I’ll often do it at the extremes of the seasons, when I feel like I need to take a bit more care with what I’m using, which would be summer and winter. So, this year, before I went on vacation, I decided it was time to save a little cash up and spend a little more on a couple of things which would improve my routine while I was away. Here are the products I went for, and how I feel about them now that I’ve been using them for a little while.

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Aveda Brilliant Damage Control Spray

What they say: The foundation for any hair style, use this spray as a pre-styling tool to protect your hair from the hazards of combing, heat styling, and sun damage.

What I think: I love this spray – I was using it first thing in the morning on vacation, when I was spending days out in the sunshine, to protect my hair from UV rays, and then again in the evening after I showered and was using a hairdryer or straightners. It definitely felt like it was protecting my strands in both of these situations and I’ve continued to use it at home before I use any heated appliances, to stop breakage and thermal damage. It’s not at all heavy and there is absolutely no residue left on my hair even after I spray really liberally. What I also love is the size of the bottle, I’ve been using it for about 3 weeks, and barely anything has gone, so I know it’ll last me a super long time. This would definitely be something I’d recommend to friends and family.

Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser Light

What they say: Light and gentle, this easily absorbed moisturising lotion is ideal for combination, oily or problem skin. This finely balanced blend of naturally active ingredients includes borage oil (a rich source of essential fatty acid GLA) and natural antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin E, to replace lost moisture and help protect your skin against dryness.

What I think: This is definitely one of my favourite new purchases for the summer – it is super light, completely absorbent and I’ve literally had no breakouts since I’ve started using it, even though I’d regularly been in conditions up to 30 degrees celcius. I also love that the ingredients are natural, as it means that I’m not packing lots of chemicals onto my face. I use it twice a day after the serum listed below and it doesn’t sit on my skin, clogging up my pores, the way I feel other moisturisers have done in the past. If you have combination or oily skin, this is a great choice for a light moisturiser, which will keep your skin soft and healthy.

No7 Protect & Perfect Serum

What they say: No7 Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum is irresistibly silky; it glides on instantly softening and soothing. Then, day by day, it perfects your skin’s surface, enlivening your complexion, helping to reduce the appearance of pores and smoothing lines and wrinkles in just 4 weeks.

What I think: This is an absolute dream to put on my skin, as it sinks in right away and feels absolutely gorgeous on my face. I can’t say I’ve noticed that it smooths out lines and wrinkles – I can’t say I have that many, really – but I definitely love using it and think it definitely makes my skin feel soft and smooth. Maybe after a couple more weeks I will notice its effects more, as I will definitely keep using it, but I haven’t quite noticed them just yet. It’s a little expensive, as are a lot of these kinds of products these days, but you only need a tiny amount, so it will probably still last a fair amount of time. I really look forward to continuing on with it.

Estee Lauder BB Cream

What they say: This lightweight BB Creme delivers: An instant, even-toned, healthy look; Powerful protection with our proven Super Anti-Oxidant Complex and SPF 35; High-performance, oil-free hydration for All Skintypes.

What I think: I have to say that I haven’t been super impressed with this product so far. I found the two shades available are definitely limiting, and I also think it doesn’t go particularly nicely onto the skin, as I find it quite thick, but I think maybe if I mix it with a lighter foundation that I already own, maybe that will loosen it up a little and make it more of an appropriate colour. I do think it’s great that it has SPF 35, as it means that I can wear it and know that my face is protected from the sun, but I’m just not completely sold on it. But, as with anything else, I will keep trying it and perhaps I’ll find ways that I like it, but in comparison to some of the other products I’ve found, it’s not quite as good.

Clinique Airbrush Concealer

What they say: Airbrush Concealer is a light reflecting makeup must-have. Not only does it hide shadows but it also illuminates and perfects your complexion and eye area. What are you waiting for? – get Airbrushed now!

What I think: I’m really enjoying using this concealer so far – it’s great for hiding the under-eye shadows that I’m prone to and stands up really well against other brands I’ve used before. It’s not too heavy, but covers well and it comes in pretty versatile shades, so I’m sure there’s one out there to suit everyone. The applicator brush is lovely to use and it really just does a great job of concealing any little imperfections, especially if you just want to wear the minimal amount of make-up, and want to just cover up small areas. I’ll definitely consider sticking with the same one when this one eventually runs out.

Vacation Photos: Part Two

So, part two of my vacation photos. Pretty much the same mix of stunning views, wonderful weather and delicious food and drink. That can’t be bad for two weeks, can it? And we even came back to lovely weather at home too, which makes a nice change from usual, when we return to cold, rainy conditions. Enjoy these dreamy, colourful photos from a dream vacation, which I’m finding it difficult to come back down to earth from.

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