Wednesday, 29 November 2017

It's Christmas in Disneyland Paris - Part One, Disneyland Park

Disneyland Paris Christmas parade
 As you've almost certainly seen if you follow me on Instagram (and if you're not, I'm over here!) I recently went to Disneyland Paris for a couple of days!


Saturday, 25 November 2017

Where To Include in Your West Coast USA Trip

It's been just over a year now since I returned from my second west coast road trip, and I decided it was probably about time to sum it all up.

As such here - in no particular order - are my recommendations of the 10 places that you should DEFINITELY try to include if you're going to be taking a visit to the west coast USA!

001. Zion National Park
Beautiful Zion, my absolute favourite of all the national parks I've visited. It's interesting, it offers amazing views, and you'll see the most vibrant and beautiful colours and scenes. It's a lovely place to explore and offers so many great hikes, whether you'd like to conquer the infamous Angel's Landing or something a little more laid back. Here's some photos from my trip! (The above photo is one from Zion too!)

002. Las Vegas
Before I visited myself I really didn't expect to find myself saying this, but EVERYONE likes Vegas. Everyone. This is a city in which there is truly something for everybody to enjoy, whether you want to go gambling, see a show, eat way too much food in the buffets, go shopping, or just have a walk down the strip. Plan to spend a little longer than you think you'll need here if it's your first trip, and you'll probably still find yourself adding ideas for next time. Here's a little bit on my visit!

003. Bodie
Have you ever been to a ghost town? If you haven't, this one is absolutely the place to start. Bodie is a maintained abandoned town that you should DEFINITELY visit, especially if you'd like to take some really cool photos. My photos from this stop are some of my favourites, and it's so fascinating to visit. Definitely pay for the little info pack as it will add a lot to your experience! Take a look at my trip here.

004. Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree is easily my second favourite of the national parks - and probably the one that I feel is the most overlooked. For some reason, people just don't seem to come to this park. It's an odd one to explore as it's not as well labelled as many of the others and you'll find yourself driving around and just stumbling upon something interesting - but I loved it there! It's quiet, you'll have plenty of time by yourself taking good photos without lots of other people around. Take a look at my trip here!

005. Disneyland Park
Obviously, I'm going to tell you that you need to head over to the original Disneyland! It's only a small park and is nothing compared to the monster that is Orlando - but it's got a lot of charm of it's own and is definitely worth spending a day or two in. I would recommend visiting both of the parks here, but if you're short on time then you can skip California Adventure for now.

006. Scottsdale
Scottsdale was one of our favourite cities that we visited. It has such a charm about it, and lots to take a look at and explore. It's also nice to visit as I don't think you need to spend a particularly long time here to feel like you've seen a lot. However, be prepared for the fact that it is SO hideously hot! Here's a look at my trip.

007. San Diego
I went to San Diego with fairly low expectations. We'd been looking for ideas of things to do there and nothing was really jumping out at us. However, ultimately we didn't really need it to - it's a lovely and calm place to just walk around and explore, and the beaches are SO nice.

008. San Francisco
What do I need to say about San Francisco that you don't already know? San Francisco, home of hilarious sea lions, beautiful and colourful houses, and more avocado based brunches than you ever could have dreamed of! Really, the only issue with San Francisco is that it's bloody expensive, so be prepared to dip into the savings a bit if you're stopping off here - but really, if you're in California, this is a stop that it would be unreasonable to miss! Take a look at my post in it here.

009. Morro Bay
Morro Bay is a bit of an odd one to include in a way, as it's not one that many people seem to visit. But it's such a lovely place to go! It's small and quiet, but I think it has a lot to offer if you'd like to take a little relaxing stop off after all the bustle of the big cities. Plus, it has some absolutely amazing restaurants, especially if you like fish! Take a look at my post on it here.

010. Monument Valley
I went to Monument Valley expecting to be disappointed, but that absolutely was not the case. What a fascinating place! As well as all the incredible structures and views, there's so much to learn there. Plan extra time so you can take the time to really take in all the information! Here's a bit on my trip.

Where would you recommend people go on a west coast trip?

Monday, 13 November 2017

The Ciate Snow Globe Nail Polish Collection

I change my nail polish up waaaay too often as a result of finally being allowed to wear the stuff after a good five years of restrictions, and as such I've had to really limit myself as to how much I can buy each month to stop myself from going overboard. And normally, that limit is pretty harsh - one bottle a month is my absolute maximum! However, when I saw Ciate's pretty Christmas launch, I decided that I could make a little bit of an exception this month.

 The collection features six mini nail polishes - three of which are exclusives - as well as a cute little pink glittery nail file.

  It wouldn't be a very useful nail polish post if I didn't go through and show you what each one looked like, so let's take a look at each one individually! Before I get started though, apologies for the terrible lighting in these - my camera was dying while I was taking these so I didn't realise quite how badly the light was coming out, oops.

 First up, we have Goal Digger. This is one of the colours I was the most excited about as I've seen plenty of swatches of this beautiful colour and so was feeling very optimistic about it.

And here it is on! This is an absolutely lovely colour. I'm not actually entirely sure what colour I would describe it as - from the name you'd assume gold, but I never feel that that's quite right. It's shimmery and very pretty and versatile, and after trying all of them on is the very first one I decided to wear out. I love it!

 Next up we have Main Attraction. I wasn't sure on this one based on the bottle - out of all of the polishes, this is probably the one that I was initially the least interested in.

 However, I was wrong! This is a really pretty shade, and actually the one that I'm wearing right now. The colour comes out a little more purple than you'd expect based on the bottle but is again a very lovely and wearable colour and works fantastically as an autumn shade.

 Spoiler alert - this is my first disappointment! This is Bright Lights, and is actually the main reason I decided to purchase this set. The promotional photos of this all make it look like an amazing, beautiful mix of colours, however in reality what you get is...

 Yeah. Not quite how the photos make it seem. The promos for this just didn't make it obvious it's really just an overlay, and if they had done I probably honestly wouldn't have actually bought this set. I don't wear polishes like this, as even after just doing this one nail it took so long to get all the specs off my hand!

 Next up we have Big City. I wasn't sure on how I'd feel about this shade as it is VERY dark, which isn't normally my thing.

 However, on, this colour is much nicer than I had first anticipated. It's a nice purple shade with some glitter to it, rather than the black that it looks in the bottle. It's an interesting shade and I actually really like how it looks and how it catches the light. It still is very dark though, and I reluctantly took it off before going to work as I'm not quite sure that this is one I can get away with!

 Next up we have Cookies & Cream. This is another of the shades that I didn't have much interest in, as I thought it just looked a bit bland.

 However - I was again wrong! This IS a plain shade, but that doesn't make it a bad one. The name suits it perfectly, and it's a lovely little shade. By the way, I feel the need to defend myself here - it DEFINITELY didn't look that badly applied in person, I don't know what on earth has happened here!

 Our final shade is Antique Brooch, and this was another disappointment to me. The bottle just looked so INTERESTING, but I found the actual colour just doesn't seem to work that well. The polish in the photo has three layers on, and I still didn't think it looked any good. The sequiny bits don't complement the colour very well and it just looks odd together - but in an accidental way, like you made a bad mixture and then couldn't be bothered to take it off rather than something that looks deliberate.

Here's a size comparison between the mini pots and the full size pots, if you're interested!

Overall, I have mixed reviews of this set. I have to be honest and say I'm a little disappointed in it, as the shades I was most interested in just didn't work out the way I'd wanted them to. However, the polishes still apply very well (I find the brush in these mini ones is a bit rubbish though) and are very long lasting - mine average six days with no chips at all, and even then they may last longer but I want a change of colour! Overall I do still feel that it was worth the price, as the colours that I DO like would have cost more to purchase individually than the whole set did, but I do feel a little disappointed as a whole. They are still great quality and I'll continue to buy Ciate products, but next time I think I'll stick to my one colour policy!

The set costs £25 and is available from M&S, here!

Friday, 10 November 2017

Hotel Chocolat's Chocolate Tasting Club Review

I was recently sent this delicious Classic box from Hotel Chocolat's Tasting Club, and I thought it was about time I told you all about it!
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