Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Disneyland Paris June 2017


'All it takes it faith and trust...'



On the list of things that have a hold on my heart, Disney holds the top spot and it always has.
It's something that just runs through my veins.
I was lucky enough to visit Disneyland and Disneyworld many times while I was a child but I haven't been to Disney (or in fact left the country at all) since I was 7.

But good things come to those who wait and in June of this year, myself and my boyfriend headed to Disneyland Paris for 5 days during the 25th Anniversary celebrations and had the most magical time.

We stayed in Hotel Cheyenne which has recently been refurbished and is beautiful. Toy Story themed rooms in a western themed village make every day just that little bit more magical and there are perfect Disney details everywhere. I would absolutely recommend staying here; it's one of the more affordable Disney hotels and is only a 15 minute walk from the park (less if you use the free shuttle!)





Because it was the 25th Anniversary, there was so much extra magic everywhere - such the Anniversary show which happened every afternoon with so many characters and photo opportunities like you wouldn't believe... I mean, look at them all posing!
We watched this a couple of times because it was lovely and the songs were so catchy.

The characters also had their own special 25th Anniversary outfits which were blue and silver (the colour scheme of the celebrations) and so gorgeous and matched the decorations dotted around the park.

Which leads me on to perhaps the best part of the week.
On the very first day I bought myself some anniversary ears and headed to meet Donald Duck.
He was the only character I met on this trip because it was 36 degrees most of the time and standing still for that long was impossible but for my favourite duck, the 45 minute wait in the sun was so worth it.


I'm pretty sure we fell in love and he tried to fight my boyfriend and honestly, I'm not sure who I wanted to win!?
Character experiences like this are exactly what I remember as a child and it set the whole trip up perfectly.
How cute does he look in his jacket?!


It was so magical that even the sky matched the colours of Sleeping Beauty's castle every evening as the sun started to set.


We paid to watch Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show with Mickey and Friends on one of the evenings and it was so much better than I'd thought it would be.
It was very dark in the arena so taking photos was difficult and this is all I managed before the show started.


But I'd definitely recommend watching it if you can!
Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip and Dale with Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley, cowboys and indians, audience interaction and lots of great food and drink made for a great evening.
We were in the green team and of course we kept the straw hats when we left and mine is sitting proudly on a shelf in my room to remind me that I'm a Disney Cowgirl at heart...


And of course, the parade.


I remember the parades always being my favourite thing when I was young and it just made me feel like I was 7 again.
The giant dragon is new this year as far as I know and it was incredible.
There were lost boys running down the road scaring Captain Hook with Peter Pan close behind (Peter Pan is my absolute favourite person ever) and Steampunk Mickey and friends... and obviously so much more.


It was the best 5 days and I'd absolutely recommend visiting this year during the 25th Anniversary celebrations if you can.
I'm so glad I got to experience it.
And obviously I picked up a bunch of Disney souvenirs while I was there so my entire existence is surrounded by Disney more so than it was before.
Can you tell I'm still living on the Disney high?

I'll always love you, Disneyland Paris.
Until next time.


Speak to you all soon,

Kirsten 
xxx










Tuesday, 22 August 2017

I'm back!



So, it's been almost exactly two years since I last posted here.

I have no idea how it's been that long or where the last two years have gone but oh boy, things have changed and so much has happened and I am ready to come back.

You know people always say that they go through things and at the end they feel like a completely different person? 
I was the kind of person who always looked at that and thought 'Oh come on, how can you feel like a whole different person? How?!' but this period of my life has changed me and I'm now one of the people who says that I'm a completely different person and I totally get it.

In the last 12 months alone, I've been through more than I can even begin to look back on.

I moved house.
Then I moved again.
Then I moved home to Cornwall.
And then I moved back to London.
And then I  moved again.

I left my job and then rejoined it 6 months later because I missed it.

I came out of a 6 year relationship and lost family members within months of each other and I broke and put myself back together again; something which I didn't know I could do.

I faced loss;real loss, head on for the first time in my 23 years of life and it hurt like hell and I survived it.

I battled with depression and anxiety and while I'm winning right now, I know that this is a fight I may well be in for the rest of my life. 

It's been hard. 

I've hurt more than I knew it was possible to.
But through all of it I realised that I'm strong.
 I've always admired the women in my family for being strong and independent and always thought that I couldn't live up to how amazing they are but I can and I do and I am proud.

I've found myself, as cliche as that sounds. 

And I'm back. Different. But back.

Speak to you all soon,

Kirsten
xx


Sunday, 30 August 2015

Lush 'Damaged' Hot Oil Treatment | Review


I am always on the look out for products to help keep my hair in good condition.
I don't get it cut even nearly as much as I should so I try and keep it as healthy as I can in every other way (I know, it's not the same but shhhhh!)

Treatments, masks and leave in conditioners are important in my hair care routine and so when I saw this from Lush a few weeks back, I picked it up without a second thought.

This is one of their new hot oil treatments which were launched with the Oxford Street store.
I picked up 'Damaged' which has vanilla and avocado oil and is supposed to really nourish dry, damaged hair.

There are 3 different varieties available; Tangled, Kinky and Damaged which are all catered towards different hair types and needs so there's something for everyone.
 
These are a similar concept to those hot chocolate on a spoon things which you melt in hot water and stir with the spoon. An all in one job sort of thing.
I thought this was a really good idea because it saves on packaging and space and is generally just more eco-friendly I'd say!

To whip this up, you just need a mug or a container and some hot water.
The instructions suggest adding a little water at a time and when I made mine it took about half a mug to get it to the consistency that I wanted which was like whipped cream.

I have very, very long hair so I used all of it in one go and it was just about enough to coat it all in a nice thick layer but if you have shorter hair then you could maybe cut it in half and save half for another treatment.
Or, the lady who I spoke to in the store suggested that you could leave it in the fridge once it's all mixed up for about a week if you don't use it all in one go.

You apply this to dry hair before shampoo and leave for 20 minutes although I always leave treatments for as long as possible so I had a bath, chucked my hair into a top knot and left it in for about 45 minutes to really work into the hair.
I did find that when I came to wash it out it had hardened a bit but as soon as I got the water and shampoo in there it was fine and it washed out so easily.

Sweet niblets and mother of all things holy, THIS STUFF LEFT MY HAIR FEELING LIKE FREAKING SILK.
It's so manageable and sleek and just feels and looks healthier after only one use.


They are priced at £6.50 which for a one use product for me is a little pricey, but if you have less hair than me which most people do then you can definitely get more than one use out of these, making them a bit more economical.
That being said, I would absolutely buy this again because my hair has never felt this soft and beautiful.

Some great news to end the post with...
These are now available in all Lush store, not exclusively the Oxford Street store anymore so they are super easy to get your hands on and I would definitely recommend picking one up.

What's your favourite hair treatment?
Have you tried any of the Lush hot oil treatments?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x


Saturday, 15 August 2015

Book Corner: Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan


Sometimes you just need a book which is lighthearted and feel-good and Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe is exactly that.

After my last book review of Me Before You by Jo-Jo Moyes I decided to move onto something a little more easy-going which wasn't going to affect my life forever; if you haven't read my review on that then you can read it here.

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe is a story about a woman named Issy whose one passion in life is baking.
I immediately connected with the idea of this as I myself have a deep love for baking and an obsession with cupcakes and I hope to one day open up a baking business myself!

This is just a really lovely read. The characters are easy to connect with and the story is easy to follow and there are real-lifey moments which you can really relate to which is nice.
I really, really loved the emphasis on the close bond between Issy and her grandfather, making this a heartwarming story which just filled me with joy during every conversation between them.

What I really, really loved about this though is that each chapter starts off with one of Issy's recipes which are written is though they've been passed down and it's just lovely. They're also quite good recipes too so I want to give them a go!

I love the way that Colgan writes, also. It's just so easy to read and you don't have to put too much thought into it which was particularly great for someone like me who picked this up to relax before going to sleep after work.


And, I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover and all that Jazz but just look at it.
It looks beautiful standing on my bookshelf and even the tiny details on the pages are just so beautifully executed that it's one of the most beautiful books I own.

I'd definitely recommend giving this a go if you're looking for an easy read which will make you smile but not take over your life in any way.

Have you read any of Jenny Colgan's books?
What's your favourite?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Lush Oxford Street Exclusives | Intergalactic Bath Ballistic



I had planned to do a Lush Oxford Street haul of all of the amazing things that I picked up a few weeks ago but I thought it might be nice instead to do individual posts for each of the items and make a little series out of it!

First up is probably the best bath ballistic Lush have ever created in my opinion; Intergalactic.

This bright blue bath bomb contains peppermint oil, cedarwood oil, grapefruit oil and popping candy and let's be honest, any bath bomb which has popping candy in it is a winner.

In it's bomb form I couldn't really identify any of the main scents individually, to me it just smells really fresh and light.

As soon as you drop this into your bath, swirls of bright blue shoot out through the water and very quickly you are left with incredible, deep blue bath water. It's stunning. 


Then as the outer layer fizzes away it reveals streaks of yellow, white and bright pink which swirl through the blue and waves of shimmering gold flow through the water which make it look as though you really are floating in your own galaxy.







The popping candy in this really adds to the effect and I think that this is just as much about the visual as it is the scent.

When it's all dissolved and dispersed throughout the water, you can really pick up on the peppermint and the grapefruit which are both really uplifting and almost cooling on the skin once you've finished in the bath.
The gold particles also leave you with a beautiful shimmer which I love, but if you're not into glitter then it definitely won't be a bonus for you.
(It doesn't leave a mess in the bath though and washes away really easily for fuss free cleaning!)


Not only is this a really uplifting and soothing bath to soak in, I spent the whole time swishing my hands through the vividly blue water in amazement like a child. It's really an amazing experience, which is strange to say about a bath I suppose.

This is an exclusive product to the Lush store on Oxford street and retails at £3.50.
I think this is definitely the best bath bomb that I've ever used; from Lush or otherwise and I definitely recommend that you give it a try if you have access to the store.

Have you tried Intergalactic?

Keep an eye out for more of these posts coming soon!

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Chloé


Some people are destined to wear certain scents, I think.

For years and years, I've been on the hunt for mine.
I've smelled it on hundreds of people in this time but I've never been able to find out what it was until now.
It was perfect; sat by the Thames having a drink while the sun was low in the sky and the woman on the table next to ours sprit
zed herself with Chloé and my life changed forever.

I, like most others am absolutely useless at describing scents but this is described as having notes of rose, honey and lychee which just sounds absolutely beautiful, right?

And that's exactly what it is. It's stunning. It's sweet and soft and for lack of a more professional word, a really smooth, sexy scent. Does that make sense?

It's really, really feminine and dries down to a beautiful sweet floral scent. 
My boyfriend likes it too, which is always a plus.

Perfect for daytime, it's light and fresh but also strong enough to be worn in the evening without being a really in your face, heavy scent.
It wears really, really well too. It's one of those scents that you can put on in the morning and inevitably forget about it all day but get home in the evening and still get hints of it when you swish your hair and I can still smell it on jackets days after having worn it.

On top of all of that, the bottle is gorgeous!

It's a high end fragrance so it's not cheap, coming in at £61.50 for 50ml. But it's unlike anything I've come across and I would absolutely recommend going to give this a sniff if you haven't already.
It's one I'll be wearing for years to come.


What's your signature scent?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque | Review


Much to my own surprise, I never tried any of the Velvet Edition lip lacquers from Bourjois because mattes and velvets are my absolute love when it comes to lip products but when I saw these I was instantly drawn to them, although I usually steer well away from glossy, shiny lip products because I have a lot of hair - a problem shared by many of us.

I picked up Feeling Reddy which is a bright, orange toned red and Rose on the Rocks which is a dusty, neutral toned pink.

I quite like the mirrored top to the packaging to indicate that they have a glossy finish. I think this would be really helpful if you were to store all of your lip products together as you could easily identify them.

They have a really soft, cushiony doe-foot applicator which is pretty standard with liquid lip products but I do think that they pick up a lot of product which, especially with the red shade can be a little dangerous and make for a messy application unless you're really careful.



The swatches above are quite concentrated, but when on the lips the colour is a lot more sheer and less intense for both shades, which you can almost see around the outside of the swatches themselves, but there is definitely a great amount of colour pay off for something so glossy.

They apply really nicely and just glide across the lips but you do have to be careful not to over apply the product otherwise it'll get very, very messy.
The consistency is not sticky at all; it just feels wet almost like you're putting water on your lips rather than a lipstick. They're quite cooling aswell which is a strange sensation but it's not unpleasant.

They don't 'set' into place, due to the texture of them which means that the wear time isn't great but I do find that if I wear them over a lipliner or a lip pencil or even a matte lipstick then they seem to almost grip to that and the colour lasts for a lot longer than if just worn alone.

Rose on the Rocks is a staple everyday lip product for me now. It just adds something extra to a minimal make up look and I really like layering it over nude lip liners to give a little sheen to the lips.
Feeling Reddy is a bit more out there obviously but it's an amazing shade to wear, especially against my pale skin with a bold liner look and not much else going on on the face.
This, over a deep red lip liner is absolutely stunning.

These retail at £8.99 which for me I feel is a bit pricey but they are really lovely. The shade range isn't amazing and a lot of the shades seem a bit too similar to justify buying them all but I do really recommend picking up one or two because they have a beautiful finish.

Have you tried any of the Aqua Laques?
What's your favourite Bourjois lip product?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x