Travel Tuesday: Rome

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Rome has been one of my all time favourite places to visit and was the first non-english speaking country I visited alone.  I visited last Christmas for three days and stayed at a lovely hotel aptly named Hotel Romae.  The hotel is a short walk to Termini (the train station) and where I was able to catch the hop on- hop off bus which goes around the whole city and all of the tourist destinations.  For my first bus ride I stayed on for the trip to see the city, then I decided which places I wanted to get off at and explore.  Rome is a beautiful city where the remains of the ancient city stand beside the modern buildings.  One of these such structures is the Colosseum, which is a huge looming arena in the middle of the city.  I spent an entire day exploring the Colosseum and did an audio tour.  Construction of the Colosseum originally began in 72 AD but wasn’t completed until 80 AD.  The Colosseum was home to battles between Gladiators and wild animals for public viewing, the Gladiators were usually slaves or prisoners of war or criminals and all the fights were to the death.

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Travel Tuesday: Buckingham Palace

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Buckingham Palace is a place which I, like many others most commonly identify with being British, it is one of the images – along with Big Ben – we see the most.  In late 2011 I finally decided to go for a day trip to the Palace and go inside.  It was an amazing trip, I was able to see Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress  (which was beautiful) and the Throne room.

Buckingham Palace has been the official residence of the British sovereigns since 1837 and was Queen Victoria’s home.  The Palace is made up of 775 room and is the headquarters for the Royal Family.

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Travel Tuesday: Dublin, Ireland

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I love to travel, it has to be one of my all time favourite things.  Discovering new places with rich history, learning about new cultures and walking around buildings which have withstood the ravages of time and imagining what life must have been like for those who lived in them, I personally can’t think of anything more exciting.

I have always wanted to visit Ireland so when I went on holiday to Dublin, it was very exciting.  Here are some photos of two of the places in Dublin I visited, Dublin Castle and the Guinness factory.  Dublin Castle is a beautiful building and the Guinness factory provides a wonderful tour of the factory where the famous beverage was first created.

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Review: Lush Angels On Bare Skin

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Angels on Bare Skin is a solid cleanser for gentle skin by Lush.  When I say a ‘solid cleanser’, that means you take a pea sized piece of the cleanser and mix it with a small amount of water to make a paste and then apply to skin.  The cleanser is inspired by a medieval recipe with rose and lavender and it looks and smells a little medieval to be honest but don’t let the smell/appearance put you off.

Once mixed with water the cleanser has small granules to gently exfoliate the skin.  As someone who has perpetually sensitive skin as well as combination skin, I was unsure how my skin would react to this cleanser but just after a few washes my skin felt softer, less agitated and had none of the tightness other cleansers had caused.

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While the cleanser looks a little scary in the pot, it really does do everything it says on the pot.  Another perk is that a little of the cleanser goes a long way.

Review: Lush’s Honey Trap Lipbalm

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Recently, I toddled into my local Lush store for the very first time and purchased a few delicious smelling goodies.  One of those goodies was a Lush lip balm called Honey Trap which comes in a cute little silver tin.  Lip balm are quite possibly one item I buy on a very frequent basis.  I don’t have overly dry lips but I tend to lick my lips a lot if I don’t have a balm on hand and this really dries my lips out.   I usually apply lip balm as part of my nightly routine so that everything including my lips are well moisturised.

Honey Trap is a delicious smelling balm which is made up of white chocolate and honey.  For me it is super moisturising and lasts a good while before I re-apply and I tend to re-apply frequently but I haven’t even made a dent in the amount of product in the tin so this leads me to believe that the balm will last me for a while.

Ultimately, would I repurchase this particular lip balm?  Definitely, this to me seems to be one of the better lip balms on the market which actually does its job.  I highly recommend this balm.

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Travel Tuesday: Brighton Beach

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I love to travel, it has to be one of my all time favourite things.  Discovering new places with rich history, learning about new cultures and walking around buildings which have withstood the ravages of time and imagining what life must have been like for those who lived in them, I personally can’t think of anything more exciting.

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While I was in the UK I visited Brighton Beach because I wanted to see what a British day at the seaside was like.  Brighton is a lovely seaside city with a pier which offers great views of the beach and other attractions.  It was a lovely day by the seaside.

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Retro Looks: Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn was the epitome of style: classy, elegant and never too showy.  Her style was classic and never really goes out of style and is easy to emulate today.  It’s easy to update her classic look of the structured white shirt paired with basic black trousers, an update can be made and the outfit made slightly more modern and edgy by switching out the capri trousers for black shorts and adding Audrey’s staple ballet flats or even heels.

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