It may only just be the end of January but I am already day dreaming of holiday time and where I want to spend it! I love to travel and sometimes what with work and education I can only escape for the weekend so I thought I would put together my top 5 weekend away holiday destinations!
I go to Blakeney every summer for a week but I have also popped up for a few days here and there. It’s around a 3-4 hour car journey so not too bad at all and it means when I need an escape from the big city I can tootle off to a cute little village and just chill out! There is so much to do in Blakeney and it’s surrounding areas that it’s not only a good couples retreat but also great for families. If you are looking for long walks, good food and gorgeous countryside this is the place for you.
Where to eat: The Wiveton Bell|The Moorings|The Dunn Cow.
Where to visit: Africa Alive|Banham Zoo|Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary|Holkham Beach|Blickling Hall|Felbrigg Hall.
Other things to do: Seal Watching Trips|Long Walks|Cozy Nights In.
Brussels is somewhere to go if you want a city that is a little quirky! I spent a day here with my sister but would have happily spent a weekend. It’s full of fun things to do for all the family and is easy to get around either by foot or metro. I love the fact I can just hop on a eurostar and be in a totally different city which has some of the best chocolate in the world and some good coffee as well. Perfect for anyone who wants to soak in the culture or for someone wanting to do some shopping.
Where to eat: Anywhere in le grand place.
Where to visit: The Chocolate Museum|The Cathedral|The Toy Museum.
Other things to do: Shopping|Generally soak up the atmosphere.
I have only been to Venice twice but they were two of the greatest weekends of my life. I have been with my family and enjoyed the cultural beauty of the city and then with a friend and seen more of the night life. Venice is the perfect city and everyone should go once in their life. Everyone says it’s over priced but I have done it on a very low budget and it’s just as beautiful. I can’t really describe in words how beautiful and magical it is as a city and there is so much to do and see that a weekend might not be enough!
Where to eat: Santo Stefano|Pizza vendor on the street|Most ice cream places.
Where to visit: The Islands-Burano, Murano, Torchello,The Isle of the Dead|Take a gondola ride|St Marks.
Other things to do: Get a coffee and sit in St Marks Square|Square hop and walk the entire city|Shopping.
Disneyland is known as my second home and I have been quite a few times with each experience just being better each time. This is perfect for families looking to get away for a few days but trust me this is not a relaxing holiday but full of fun and you will leave with some great memories. Need I really say more about Disneyland. It’s only a train journey or plane ride away and is so magical and fun for all ages- trust me even the adults enjoy it. I have never done more than a weekend at Disney because I find it’s the perfect length of time!
Where to eat: The Golden Nugget|Hotel Cheyenne Restaurant|Planet Hollywood.
Where to visit: Everywhere but my favourite places are Fantasy Land, Frontier Land and Disney Studios.
Other things to do: Watch the parades|Meet characters|Soak up the atmosphere.
Paris the city of love. I have never been there with a boyfriend but I have been with people I love and it’s just such an awesome city. It’s a really cultural place with lots to see and do! The food is fantastic and I would highly recommend grabbing something from a street vendor as the food is just as good as that in a restaurant. Again Paris is only a train ride away and I feel I should pop over there more often! If you are not into the cultural side of it then there is also amazing shopping to be done.
Where to eat: I’ve never had a bad meal in Paris.
Where to visit: The Eiffel Tower|Notre Dame|Montmartre|The Louvre.
Other things to do: Grab lunch from a street vendor and eat it looking at the Louvre Pyramid.
Have you been to any of the places I mentioned?
Any suggestions for where I should go next?
Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO
Buying foundation can be almost as bad as buying jeans and we all know how bad that can be. So I came up with a few little tips and tricks that I like to use when buying foundation especially if it’s your first time!
First off why do we wear foundation?
Foundation is pretty much there to even out your skin tone and texture; to make your skin look natural but better, so no orange faces!
Where can I buy foundation?
There are two types of foundation high end which is normally bought off a counter or high street (drug store) which you buy off a shelf. The plus to buying a high end foundation is that there is an expert on hand to match you to your colour and generally help you out however high street foundation is cheaper and there are also some really great ones out there. So pick where you want to buy it and head over there.
What do I look for when buying foundation?
If you are going for a high street option then there a few things you need to think about – if you go to a counter someone else will think of about them for you. First up is what type of skin do you have because some foundations do not agree with certain skin types. I’ve done a rough guideline but it’s all personal so I wouldn’t take my word as law.
For example my skin is normal to dry so I can wear a large amount of the foundations on the market but I tend to stick to tinted moisturisers and liquid foundation but I don’t really go near powder foundations as they can stick to the dry patches.
Then you need to think about what undertone you have which can be a little baffling to begin with but the simple way to work it out is to look at your veins. If your veins are green then you have a warm undertone (yellow) and if your veins are blue you have a cool undertone (pink) Sometime they can be a bit of both which means you are neutral (each foundation you buy will be different) Anyone who is warm toned will have an easy time buying high street brands as they cater more for yellow undertones.
Once you know your undertone and skin type it’s time to jump onto the internet and do some research. I have only ever bought one foundation without researching it and it was a disaster so I would definitely recommend looking on blogs etc for a few hints. Then pop off to the shops and get swatching. There is quite a big dispute about where to swatch foundation; your hand, your face, your neck etc. I normally go with no foundation on and do a little swatch on my face as that’s where foundation is going to go but again it’s all down to personal preference.
I hope this was helpful to anyone who is new to buying foundation and good luck if you have any questions make sure to pop them in the comments box below or hit me up on Twitter @kittykatelc
Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO
Every person and their dog is using lip crayons and I finally got my hands on the original Clinique Chubby Stick. So I thought I would see how all my other lip crayons compare to the original i’m not talking about colours but more formulation. Now I haven’t tried every lip crayon under the sun because you have to draw a line somewhere but here are the ones that I use.
The original lip crayon; it is super moisturising and stays that way and it has great colour pay off. As a brand Clinique doesn’t scent there products so I can’t comment on that but the colour range is just perfect with something for every skin tone and I can’t wait to get my hands on some more!
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balmstain in Love Sick- £7.99
I view the Revlon ones as the original high street version and the blogging world pretty much blew up over these babies! The colour range is a good mix of brights and neutrals and the ones I own have a great colour payoff and they last for a very long time on the lips without smudging. These are also moisturising when they first go on but unlike the Clinique they don’t stay that way due to the lip stain they contain. I like scented lip products and these have a great peppermint smell to them.
MUA Power Pout in Justify- £3.00
This range only has a small colour range and the colours are not true to the packaging or what you see in the bullet. I popped this on my lips and although it is moisturising it was not an orange colour at all but more of a pink shade so that’s a bit of a downside! It also has a peppermint scent although not as strong as the Revlon one.
Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Bashful-£8.00
If I had to pick one that was the closest to the Clinique chubby stick then it would be these. Although the colour range isn’t huge the formulation is super similar and it keeps you lips moisturised for a really long time and the pigmentation is fabulous. The reason I have crowned these the sleekest is because I love the packaging it’s just so simple and sleek but with that Soap&Glory twist. This has a more vanilla scent to it which I really like!
Beauty UK Posh Pout in Would I lilac to you – £2.99
I got this is a Glossybox and it’s not something I would re-purchase. It has a small colour range, doesn’t moisturise as much as the others and doesn’t have the colour pay off I would have hoped. Obviously this is a budget buy but I would recommend the MUA one over this.
Obviously there are lots on the market so if you have any suggestions let me know. The original Clinique is by far the best but I would say the Soap&Glory and Revlon ones are the best dupes!
Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO
Sleek Ultra Mattes V2 Darks– £7.99
Sleek Palettes what can I say I love them and they are by far the best palettes on the high street! I don’t normally buy matte eye shadow I am very much a glitter girl so when I purchased this it was actually to start working out some bruise and battered looks for theatre tutorials I am planning however these colours just look amazing on the eyes!
First off yes I love the packaging the mirror is fabulous great for travelling, second the shadow names I am a sucker for eye shadow names and it’s only the later Sleek Palettes that have the names. Aside from the aesthetics of the products the pigmentation is amazing- there will be some fall out but it wipes away easily before you do any concealing. The wear-ability of these is great even without a primer underneath and the colour range is fabulous I can get day time neutral looks and then switch it up to a smokey eye or a bit of colour pop for the evenings. I prefer darker colours on my eyes however if you prefer lighter mattes there is a Sleek Ultra Mattes V1 which is much brighter.
If you are a high street girl like myself I would definitely check out all Sleek products but especially there eye shadow palettes.
Are you a matte or a shimmer kind of person?
Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO
Powder Trip by Soap&Glory – RRP £20.00. I purchased in Boots 1/2 price sale for £10.00
I’m not sure if this is a seasonal product or not. I managed to snap one up in the boots sale but it is still on the S&G Website for full price. However I would still recommend you purchase all these products anyway- as you can buy them in singular pots. As always with Soap&Glory the packaging is gorgeous and I just love the embossing on the actual make up- although sadly that fades when you start to use it!
Glow All Out Face Powder, Love at First Blush, Solar Powder.
The Glow All Out Face Powder is a very subtle highlight which just adds a lovely lift to your whole face, it’s not overly pigmented which I prefer but if you like something a little more in your face then this isn’t for you! Love at First Blush is just beautiful I also love the peach version- Peach Party, the different colours in the blush just add a whole other dimension to your cheeks however it is super shimmery so again it depends what you prefer. Solar Powder; I am a bronzer whore I love to contour and warm up my face and this little bronzing duo is fabulous. I use both colours on my cheeks but you could just pick one half depending on your skin tone. The lighter side also acts as a highlighter!
The pigmentation, wear-ability and blend-ability is just fabulous the colours suit all skin tones and just look so gorgeous on your skin. If you can get your hands on the trio you will save quite a bit of money however I would definitely spend out the £11.00 for each individual one!
Have you tried any of these products?
Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO