16 Jun 2012

Benefit Bad Gal Lash

Benefit BAD Gal Lash - RRP £16.50
I'd been after this mascara for a long time and after trying the free tester that came with Glamour I decided it was time to buy! I usually go for really cheap mascaras - Collection 2000 Big Fake Lash being a firm favourite - but after realising I had a £3 off voucher for any mascara in Boots via the points card offers and also having a double points voucher I decided it was probably worth it: and it was!
This mascara seems to be a bit of a favourite in the blogging world and it has rightly earned it's place there. It gives fantastic length and volume and isn't too clumpy at all. In comparison to some other high street mascaras it isn't actually that expensive for a slightly more high end product and will probably last quite a while, so it was an 'investment purchase'. Like the 17 BB Cream this is another product that I would definitely recommend if you're after a good mascara. In the past I've used a variety of mascaras and this is definitely one of the better ones.

14 Jun 2012

Berlin - Part 2

In the morning on my second day in Berlin my dad and I visited the town of Potsdam. Potsdam is located just outside of Berlin and is easily accessed via S-Bahn. This little town is home to some fantastic pieces of history: the church where Hitler was sworn in to power is located here, as well as the Agent's Bridge which is where captured spies were exchanged and it was also home to the Russian spies during the Cold War. Above all, Potsdam is famous for it's beautiful palaces. The picture above was taken at the breathtaking Sansoucci Palace. Sansoucci is located in a massive park and is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palaces and outbuildings at Sansoucci are absolutely mind blowing due to their sheer extravagance, even the greenhouse (Die Orangerie) is bigger than our Buckingham Palace. In Sansoucci park you will find a treasure trove of beautiful buildings, gardens and water features. Even the station at Potsdam is great compared to train stations here, however that is mostly due to the fact that I had an absolutely delicious pizza for only 4 euros...

After returning to our hotel for a quick rest we decided to head towards Checkpoint Charlie which was just a short stroll from our hotel. As expected it was absolutely swamped with tourists! It's a fantastic place to visit as you can see sections of the wall displayed around the street, however it was slightly ruined by how commercialised it now is. Behind the Checkpoint Haus itself there just happens to be a massive McDonald's surrounded by very tourist-y shops. Still, there is a lot of history to that area and it's definitely a place to see.
When we left Checkpoint Charlie we headed towards Unter Den Linden, one of the main streets in Berlin. This street was full of incredibly impressive buildings - mostly embassies - and leads up to die Berliner Dom (a magnificent church), TV Tower and Alexanderplatz which is one of the main shopping areas where my dad and I did a tiny bit of shopping. This day involved a lot of walking so after getting a crepe from the station my dad and I returned to the hotel for an early night.

Denim jacket - Tommy Hilfiger via charity shop
Top & skirt - Primark
This top is another version of the top I wore here that I picked up for only a pound! I also got this maxi skirt in burgundy and navy, however it is polyester and I had some serious static issues; especially when I put some tights on as it got cooler.

12 Jun 2012

17 Blemish Balm

17 BB Blemish Balm - Boots £6.99 
I bought this as my first move in to the world of blemish balm's. I'd been reading lots about these products for a long time and was always looking out for one that could be right for me! After reading on LLYMLRS that the 17 version of this now cult product was decent for a drug-store brand I decided I'd give it a go. I got the lightest shade which I feel can be a tiny bit dark for me but I think that might just be because my foundations a tad too light for my slight tan, however I'm pretty impressed with this product. It gives a light - medium coverage and blends well to give a lovely even base. It's perfect for the days when I want to wear lighter makeup as on a good day I feel it can be a substitute for my foundation as well as just a base.
This is the only BB cream I've actually tried as I read numerous reviews before buying, but from my researching I've learnt that the MUA cream isn't great, neither is Garnier, but the Maybelline equivalent seems to be decent. Obviously other people may think differently and I'm not in the best position to compare brands, but I would seriously recommend this product if you're looking for a cheaper high street cream instead of more expensive high end product.

9 Jun 2012

Berlin - Part 1

So, I'm back from Berlin! It was an absolutely amazing experience, very humbling to be in a place with so much history. There was so much to do, I would love to go back again!
I was originally meant to arrive in Berlin in the small hours of Monday morning, however my flight was delayed so I didn't land until about half 12. (CET time) My flight was through Easyjet and was about £60 when booked 6-8 weeks in advance. We were meant to fly to the new Berlin Brandenburg airport as it was due to open the day we arrived but the opening was delayed by just under a year so we ended up flying to Berlin Schonefeld which is actually adjacent to the new airport.
My Dad had bought our Welkomkart in advance so we made a saving of around 5 euros, and I would seriously recommend getting one. For 5 days it would cost 26 euros if bought on arrival and it gives you access to all of Berlin's amazing public transport. We got the ticket that includes Potsdam - a small city on the outskirts of Berlin, home to the amazing Sansoucci Palaces and the Agents Bridge - which was a couple of euros extra. To get in to the city centre you need to get the train into the Hauptbanhof or Alexanderplatz where you can get even closer to your destination through the U-bahn (underground), bus or tram.
We stayed in the Titanic Comfort hotel in Spittelmarkt, it was a lovely hotel with all the facilities and super accessible. Breakfast however is a tad expensive but there is a great bakery just around the corner where you can get a decent breakfast for just two euros. Our hotel was in a great location, right next to an U-bahn station and really close to attractions such as Museum Island and Checkpoint Charlie.

After settling in to the hotel we (I) decided to head to the zoo. Berlin is home to two fantastic zoos, however I only went to the one at Zooligscher Garten. I'm a sucker for a cute animal and this place is full of them! At first it seems like most of the animals can simply roam free however that's not really the case, the majority of the closures are open but they have very large ditches dug around the outside. There's a fantastic amount of animals in this zoo and an amazing monkey house too! If I remember correctly it cost us 10 euros each to get in but I think you can also get a discount with the Welkomkart.

For dinner we headed to the Hard Rock Cafe on Kurfurstendamn (just along from the Uhlandstrasse U-bahn station) as it's a firm favourite in our family having been to the Edinburgh, Manchester and Amsterdam cafes previously. We were there about half 5/6 but luckily didn't have too long to wait as it seemed quite quiet, however not long after we'd got our table it definitely got busier. The service wasn't as good as it could be but we had come in at the time shifts change so that may be why - the food was great as always!

When our rumbling stomachs had been silenced we decided to head for the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate). It's quite easy to find the gate as you just need to head for the U-bahn station with the same name - I think it was on the U1 line - and the gate is the first thing you see as you head up the steps of the station. It wasn't anywhere near as busy as we expected and it's a fantastic thing to see! In the distance through the gate you can see a monument with a golden eagle on the top that we intended to walk to, however the road was shut off for some reason and it looked a lot further away than the map made it seem. That statue appears to sit right in the middle of Berlin's second zoo - Tiergarten - which looks like it's a fair bit bigger than the Zooligscher Gartens.

dress, cardigan and leggings - H&M
And this is what I wore for that exhausting day! I just wanted something comfy for travelling that could be adapted for changing weather and this was perfect. The dress is actually a lot brighter in real life and I thought it'd be a great way to incorporate the current neon trends in to my wardrobe without going full on highlighters!

This post took me a looooot longer than expected to write - and it was only the first day - but the two days after that were a bit more laid back and the fourth was mostly spent travelling home so hopefully they'll be a bit shorter and I'll manage to get them written up later! Meanwhile I'm off to buy Company mag and write up lessons for a jewellery class I'm going to be teaching soon - scary stuff.

1 Jun 2012

Love is a battlefield

Bandeau - Primark
Skirt - highstreetfashionshop.com
I'd previously bought one of these little tops in Primark but wasn't really sure if it was my style, but after wearing it to the beach on Sunday I realised it's fantastic! So comfy and perfect for summer - no tan lines. I intended to go in and buy more in the different patterns but I couldn't find them, until I popped in yesterday and saw them on the sale rack reduced to a pound! Me being me I grabbed five of them and I'm super happy I did, they work so well with most of my wardrobe.
Anyway this was just a quick post, I'm off out to TGI Friday's tonight to celebrate the end of exams with my friends! This may be one of my last posts before I go away, dependent on time and WiFi in our hotel, however I have two engagement parties tomorrow so I'll be super busy - but I do have a pretty new dress for them.

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