Sunday, 22 March 2015

18 things you learn whilst interrailing | Travel

Last summer I went interrailing with my best friend and my cousin Emma (who I'm sure you've already seen pop up in my travel posts) and recently as Spring is rolling in, I've been reminiscing over our adventures and jotting down all our memories and things we learnt along the way, so I thought I'd pop down 18 things that we learnt whilst interrailing in a blog post to share our adventures with you guys and give you some inspiration to book your own ticket!
  1. Vending machines are like some sort of ritual. 5 countries in and you may find that your eins' and your une's get mixed up and you say thank you in about 7 different languages before you finally get it right and yet still managing to mispronounce eeeeverything. And so, the humble vending machine will come to your rescue saving you from any human interaction whatsoever. I know it's not exactly in the spirit of travelling and meeting people- but still, when your hanging out your bum and just need some energy to keep you going its a god send. (thank you London for bringing these into our lives all those years ago). 
  2. You are not as fit as you think. Believe me. After hiking up to the top of every tower and hill to get that panoramic shot of the whole city that you simply cannot leave without, you begin to realise that your body mass is a lot heavier than you previously thought. Consequently, every time you see a stunning 30 degree steep hill- you begin the internal battle, the carnal urge to get that perfect photo that is, simply, the only thing in the world to capture the amazing time you're having here, and then the fact that once you're at the top, your legs will be screaming at you, face bright red and dripping in, yes, more sweat.
  3. Lace knickers are made by the devil and Sudocrem was sent by God as an apology for letting these awful inventions exist.
  4. You will want to propose to Dr Scholl and his plasters.
  5. Whether you think it will or not, the amazing novelty of 'omg I'm in this incredible country' will die off once you're about 7 cities in and all you want is a lay in and a big plate of your mums cooking. (Of course this feeling will only last until you step out of the hostel and then the whole 'omg we made it to Rome, it's so beautiful omg omg omg' feeling kicks in)
  6. You will have a more roller-coaster relationship with your backpack than with most guys you've dated.
  7. Putting wet clothes into your dry bag is a bad idea, a bad bad idea. I smelt like a wet dog for about 2 weeks. Mmm-mm fresh.
  8. You will never experience that 'I have nothing to wear' feeling that you do back home, because, well, you really do have nothing to wear.
  9. Food is incredible.
  10. Everyone outside of London is incredibly nice and genuinely does want to help, not just shout at people.
  11. Italians will treat you like family.
  12. If you go travelling with someone else, you will definitely become so in sync that you both simultaneously start hunting for cocktails and jazz bars without even communicating with one another. You will also instantly recognise 'the bitch face' formed from lack of sleep, too much alcohol and pure exhaustion.
  13. It's always polite to even attempt to speak the countries language, even if it means French slips out when you're attempting German - it's the thought that counts.
  14. Did I mention, food is incredible.
  15. Having clean clothes is the happiest feeling you could ever have, of course, next to lazing about on a beach in Cannes, eyeing up tall, dark, chiselled men from behind your sunglasses. I mean come on- can life get much better?
  16. You will never complain about train times in London ever again, in Europe everything is running late, yes even in Germany (3 hours late for our connection in Warsaw.. Fab..)
  17. Last minute hotel bookings are aaaaaaaah-mazing, they can grab you beautiful rooms for even less than a hostel would cost (get in)
  18. Travelling is actually a lot cheaper than you think it might be, what with England being ridiculously expensive, you will find things such as food and accommodation surprisingly cheap (especially in Spain, wine is actually cheaper than water, is this heaven? I think so)
Check out Emma & her lovely housemates blog over here for a bit of indulgence in the form of cocktails and yummy cake recipes (oh yes, my guilty pleasure.)
Catch you later my little chickadees.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

My New Make Up Bag & Essentials | Beauty

I've been running a bit empty on the make up front so decided to grab some bits from Boots the other day and my eye caught this super cute Ted Baker make up bag reduced to £3.50 (bargain!). So naturally I grabbed it and a bunch of goodies to fill it with!
So £40 later and I decided to do a blog post on my make up essentials, the bits I'm restocking and some new additions to my make up bag.

I'm so excited about this primer, when it comes to primer I swear by Porefessional but I have heard such good things about this little gem so I decided to give it a whirl. So far a few days in, I'm loving it, I really wanted that summer glow and this is definitely achieving it! I am finding my make up isn't staying as well and for as long as it does normally though.

So whilst I was perusing L'Oreal's lumi magique range buying my primer I saw this concealer in the corner of my eye, since I have used up all my YSL Touche Eclat I thought instead of forking out £20 I'd try out some high street alternatives and see how I got on with them. I loved the packaging on this, it reminded me of my YSL love, but it was also rose gold, so yay. I have to say though after a few days of using this I'm not actually overly impressed with it, the coverage is a bit thin and it doesn't illuminate at all, just blends into the background really (maybe because I'm so pale). I don't think I'll be picking this up again but I'm keen to find a high street dupe so let me know if you may know of one!

I use this powder aaaaaall the time, I love the coverage and although I know it's not for everyone, but it's just so quick and easy I will always have one close to hand when the dreaded acne makes a reappearance. Unfortunately there isn't actually a shade of this that's pale enough for me, but I get the palest one I can and then have to consequently fake tan to be the same colour as my face.

Another foundation that I live by. Between this and my Bourjois Healthy Mix I won't touch another foundation. My Healthy Mix foundation is great for lighter days but as a sufferer of occasional, dreaded, shameful acne I always need a foundation that can offer me a lot more coverage and boy does this foundation do that- but surprisingly feels so lightweight and doesn't get that cakey look we all avoid! The thing I love the most about this foundation is that after a particularly messy night out when I forget to grab a face wipe I don't wake up with a breakout and a week of punishment from my skin. 

I love these Maybelline cream shadows just as a base to start working my shadow on. I hadn't yet got these colours into my collection which is shocking as I love a bronze smokey eye. So I picked these bad boys up and I can't wait to play around with the pink one and see what kind of look can be achieved.

My favourite lip liner ever. I mean ever. And this combined with my cheeky purchase below have made for my favourite lip combo. This is the nude shade and the colouring is spot on for my skin tone. I will always have one.. Or 5 of these creeping about in my lip pot.

I finally bought it, this lipstick has featured in two of my wishlists now and I finally found it in stock. Happy days! I love it, I practically haven't taken it off of my lips. I would recommend this highly to anyone, I am definitely going to go and pick it up in every colour.

See you lovelies in my next post.
               - Ams xo

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

March's Wishlist | Shoes+Beauty

March's wishlist is here yaaaaaaay. This month I'm mainly lusting after beauty products and shoes (surprise surprise) mainly due to the fact that I have already spent a large chunk of my pay cheque on clothes within two days of being paid (woops).

My beauty list is all from the high street this month, it's my feeble attempt at saving some money and I really am just loving Boots and Superdrug at the moment.

Maybelline Color Drama Lipstick | River Island Make up Bag | Loreal Mineral Foundation | Compact Tangle Teezer | Bourjois Java Rice Powder | Real Techniques Beauty Blender | Rimmel Wonderfull Mascara | Revolution Eyeshadow Pallette | LOreal Lumi Magique Primer  | Lush Twilight Bath Bomb | Loreal Lumi Magique Concealer | Real Techniques Bold Metal Collection

Aaaaaaand woila! My favourite part- the shoes.

Cut Out Boots | Light up Trainers | White Caged Heels | Laser Cut Tan Heels | Blue Mesh Insert Heels | Black Converse | Black Mesh Heels

Short and sweet wishlist this month, I'm feeling the pinch! Plus with my recent shoe haul and some planned trips and nights out, I am needing to watch the pennies. However I'm feeling that April's wishlist is going to be absolutely bursting with clothes for SS15- it's so close yet so far.

Catch you guys later 

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