Monday, 12 October 2015

Travel: Walt Disney World, Florida - Part One

Last week, I returned from the most magical trip of my life. I've spent the past three weeks in Orlando, Florida mostly hanging out with Minnie and Mickey in Walt Disney World. I actually decided to vlog the trip which you can see part one here. Over the next couple of weeks, I'm going to be sharing my adventures from my first trip to the happiest place on earth! A little warning that this post is pretty long as there is a lot to include and also this will also make you want to book a trip!
Day One - Arriving in Orlando & Exploring Downtown Disney
After a nine hour flight from Manchester, we arrived in Orlando International Airport around 3pm local time. We flew with Virgin Airlines which was bought as a package on the Walt Disney Website and the flight was really pleasant and I got to watch Pitch Perfect 2 and Inside Out so that made me happy! 
As we were staying on Disney property, we were booked onto the Disney's Magical Express which took us straight to our resort; Art of Animation. Once we had settled in our Little Mermaid room (more on the resort in a separate post!) we decided to go to Downtown Disney (now known as Disney Springs) to grab some food and have a wander. Downtown Disney was so much bigger than I expected and so many amazing Disney stores, especially World of Disney which is the largest Disney store in the world. For dinner, we went to a place called Splitsville which is actually a bowling alley but we ate in the sports bar area. The food was lovely and my Mum said her pulled pork burger was one of the best on the whole holiday and it wasn't too expensive either! 
Day Two - Magic Kingdom 
After waking up quite early due to jetlag, we decided to go to Magic Kingdom for the Welcome Show which they have all the characters arrive on the steam train to open the park with a chosen family and a few fireworks. As we arrived at the opening it wasn't horrendously busy so we headed to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train which we had heard is the most popular ride there and only had to wait about 15 minutes. It's a brilliant ride and I would recommend getting there early or getting a Fast Pass for it to avoid 60min+ ques. We spent the rest of the day going on rides such as Space Mountain (which wasn't quite as good as Paris) and Thunder Mountain.
For lunch, we had reservations for Be Our Guest which I was so excited about as I love Beauty & The Beast. I wasn't disappointed, we ordered The Grey Stuff and sat in the Ballroom - It was truly amazing. I wish we had gone a second time as It really was that good!
Our first day in Magic Kingdom wouldn't be complete without seeing The Electrical Parade, Celebrate The Magic & Wishes. I think we ended up seeing them all again another five times over the holiday but they are all just fantastic shows and Wishes always was just phenomenal!
Day Three - Animal Kingdom
On day three we visited Animal Kingdom and the day started off on the Kilimanjaro Safari, whilst it was a brilliant experience we didn't really see many animals! I discovered my new favourite ride in Animal Kingdom; Expedition Everest, We ended up riding six times! Finding Nemo: The Musical and The Festival of Lion King were both amazing shows and I couldn't believe how big these productions were! For lunch, we ate at Restaurantosaurus which was a decent quick service place. After lunch, we went on a ride called Dinosaur, which terrified me and I'm scarred from it. I wasn't a fan at all.
In the evening we went back to Downtown Disney as I had made reservations at The Rainforest Cafe. That restaurant is worth the visit just to experience the jungle atmosphere! The food was lovely and so was the service. The Rainforest Cafe is inside a volcano which erupts every so often and when we was leaving the restaurant we managed to catch the spectacle! 
Day Four - Shopping & Mickey's Backyard BBQ
Originally we had planned to visit Epcot on this day but the weather was torrential raining so we decided to grab an Uber to the International Premium Outlet. I'm planning on doing a haul video to show what I picked up but the outlet had some great bargains! You can find shops such as Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Nike, Victoria's Secret and more. We then went on to Florida Mall and I basically bought 99% of Sephora - Oops! 
In the evening we had booked to go to Mickey's Backyard BBQ at Fort Wilderness. It was around $60 each and included a buffet and all drinks including beer and wine. For me, I wasn't too fussed about the food and enjoyed the entertainment of Mickey & Friends meeting everyone and dancing. I actually got to dance with Mickey which was a highlight of the whole holiday!
To get back to our resort from Fort Wilderness we had to go on a boat to Magic Kingdom then transfer onto a bus. Luckily we caught Wishes Fireworks when we arrived at Magic Kingdom and watched from the top of Main Street. It was a lovely end to the evening!

Well Done if you've made it to the end of this mammouth post! Part Two will be coming in a couple of days and don't forget to Subscribe to my YouTube channel for my next vlog!



Thursday, 8 October 2015

Beauty: Top Picks for Advent Calendars

Over the past couple of years, Beauty Advent Calendars have become seriously popular. I've been browsing online and there are so many options this year. Even though It's only just October and Christmas is a fair few weeks ago, many of the calendars are been launched very soon and tend to sell out quickly! I've picked out some of my favourite calendars which have caught my eye. 
1. No7 25 Days of Beauty Wonders, £38.00 - The No7 Calendar includes an array of skincare, beauty and bath products. There's even some eyelash curlers! It's not bad for the price tag of £38 as it's worth £148 and includes six full-size products. The Calendar is available from the 28th October, but you can sign up to a waiting list here!
2. Look Fantastic Advent Calendar, £70.00 - The Look Fantastic calendar is filled with luxury goodies worth £250 and is available from the 1st November, but you can pre-order here.
3. L'Occataine Advent Calendar, £39.00 - The L'Occataine Calendar includes 24 mini products and is available from the 21st October. 
4. Make-Up Revolution Advent Calendar at Superdrug, £45.00 - I was really excited about the Make-Up Revolution Advent Calendar but the price tag is slightly offputting for a budget brand. The Calendar does include exclusive full-size products and if you are a Make-Up Revolution superfan, there is an ultra Beauty Chest for £85 here.
5. Benefit Party Poppers, £34.50 - Benefit has released a calendar filled with 12 miniatures of all your favourite products from They're Real to Whatt's Up! The set is worth around £80 and is available on the 15th October here exclusively at Debenhams.
6. Charlotte Tilbury Book of Makeup Magic, £150.00 - This advent calendar is just beautiful and includes 12 beauty treats. This calendar is available from Selfridge's and Brown Thomas, although I'm not sure when it's being released, but you can join a waiting list here
7. The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendar, £60.00 - The Body Shop's Calendar includes 24 beauty surprises worth nearly £100 and is available online right now!
8. Tanya Burr Deck the Hauls 12 Days of Christmas at Superdrug, £15.00 - I was pretty excited to see this in the Superdrug Christmas Catalogue and at such a budget friendly price. This calendar includes lip glosses, eyelashes, nail polish and more! I need to get my hands on this one!

Which Calendars caught your eye? Do you fancy a Beauty Calendar or will you stick with chocolates?!


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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Beauty: September Favourites

I wasn't so sure about doing a September favourites as I spent most of the time in America, but there has been a couple of products that have caught my eye and stood out for me. I did pick up a fair few items from Sephora and Ulta whilst I was in the states and I'm pretty sure a couple of them will be popping up in next month's favourites.
I obviously had a limited amount of makeup with me, but I took a few samples and tried them out. I really loved the Malin+Goetz lip moisturizer which I got in a little tester kit free with ELLE magazine. This product is unbelievably moisturizing and was brilliant when my lips got dry in the heat.
In this month's Elle magazine (another Elle freebie) you get an Orly Colour Blast Nail Polish. As I'm a subscriber, I didn't have choice in which shade I am given but I am so happy I got 'Neon Grape'. It's such a gorgeous purple shade and I am so obsessed with it. The magazine only just came out so you can still pick it up and get a free Orly polish - There are three or four other shades to choose from too!
As soon as I heard Fleur De Force had collaborated with Eylure on an eyelashes collection, I knew I had to try them out and decided to get the Fleur Loves Lashes. Only in the past six months have I started to wear lashes more often but I'm no expert and really like easy to apply lashes and these are super easy and look fab! I love that they are 3/4 length because I always end up chopping wider ones and I've had no problems with them falling off and I wore them in the Floridian heat!
My last favourite is Dior's Rouge Couture Colour lipstick in shade 359 Miss. I originally bought this for my graduation as a little treat. It's a lovely rosy pink shade, nothing too shocking but a lovely colour. The lipstick is also really moisturising and lasted really well throughout the day. 
What products have you been loving this month?



Monday, 5 October 2015

Fashion: Autumn Faux Fur

Last month, I did a little shopping in Leeds and ended up buying this gorgeous Faux Fur Gilet from Zara, I am seriously obsessed with it and it's a brilliant addition to my wardrobe for Autumn/Winter. Since It's now October, I'm so excited about being able to wrap up in big jumpers and Faux Fur.
For me, I absolutely adore accessorizing outfits - This might have something to do with my Handbag and Shoes addiction. This handbag is from Oasis at House Of Fraser and I thought it would be the perfect flight handbag and have got some lovely Tote bags in at the moment here. I am also loving my new shoes from Daniel Footwear. When they first arrived, I sat in my pj's on the sofa wearing them all day and all night! 
Top - Primark (Similar)
I know a lot of people have just started university and I recently teamed up with Curry's to create a little guide on the electrical necessities for uni. As a Fashion Business Student, I wouldn't be anywhere without my laptop (especially for blogging), Programmes such as Photoshop and InDesign were absolutely necessary for me. If you want to find out more tips you can find the whole guide here!
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