New York: Statue of Liberty and The Brooklyn Bridge

Friday 25 March 2016

As part of our trip in New York we went on a boat ride around the Statue of Liberty and Under the Brooklyn Bridge. We were originally going to get off at Ellis Island but thankfully we did not and that gave us extra time for other sights.

The boat ride was only 30 dollars and gave you a good view of the shoreline and the sights! We were very fortunate that on the day we went it was sunny and the sky was a clear blue!
I had expected the Statue of Liberty to be bigger than it was but overall it was one of those sights that if you're in New York you have to see.
We were stood at the side of the boat so had a fantastic view.

Sadly we did not stop at Ellis Island and visit the museum or go to the top of the Statue of Liberty, as we were only there for 5 days time was short and we wanted to see as much as we possibly could.

Have you ever seen the Statue of Liberty? What did you think?

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The Liebster Award

Thursday 24 March 2016

I have been nominated for the Liebster award by Olivia from Sunshine in a Dress if you're a fan of beauty, lifestyle or Disney then check her blog out here.

Liebster Award Rules:

  Mention the person who nominated you
Answer the eleven questions this person gave you
Come up with eleven questions yourself
Nominate eleven bloggers
Let them know about the nomination

1) Whose blog do you check every day?

The blogs I tend to gravitate towards are VVNightingaleRachelCoco, and The Londoner.

2) Have you ever been to Disneyland/World?

I have been to Disneyland in California. It was one of the highlights of my whole trip! I would recommend it to anyone you're never too old to go! You're also never to old to have pictures with the Disney Princess's. 

3) Best compliment you've ever received?

Someone once told me I was really gifted at writing fiction which was pretty darn nice.

4) What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?

Only one more day of work before a long weekend!

5) If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Ooh that's a tough one probably a curry of some sort - Maybe Chicken Korma, Chicken Tikka Masala or Chicken Byriani.

6) Your favourite word?

Dessert - that's always a good thing

7) What did you do for your latest birthday?

Went out drinking with friends.

8) What are you afraid of?

Wasps - I have a massive phobia!

9) Favourite joke?

What do you call a pig that does karate?
A pork chop!

10) Glass half-full or half-empty?

Glass half-full

11) What was the last movie you went to the cinema to see?

Allegiant - I still haven't seen Insurgent but Allegiant was really good!

My 11 Questions:
1) If you could have any superpower what would you choose and why?
2) If you could only use products from one makeup brand for the rest of your life which would you choose.
3) What was the last book you read?
4) What song are you currently obsessed with?
5) If you could have your life play out as a film- which film would you choose and why?
6) One thing that made you happy this week?
7) If you could have a free holiday anywhere in the world where would you choose?
8) Favourite animal?
9) What are your hobbies?
10) Christmas or Halloween?
11) Favourite Disney film?

The 11 Bloggers I'm nominating!


Make sure you check out their blogs!

Thanks for reading!

New York: Ground Zero

Sunday 13 March 2016

While in New York we also visited Ground Zero the site where the twin towers used to stand.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this and hadn't seen any photos of what the memorial looked like. When we got there I was stuck for words, they have made the site where the buildings used to be into one giant water feature with all the victims names carved around the edge.

The day we visited was sunny there wasn't a cloud in the sky, I was struck by how haunting the area felt. Something so serene in the hustle and bustle of the financial district.
It moved me to the point of near tears a feeling I will never forget! I certainly didn't expect to be as affected by the site as I was.
We took a few photos but overall just stared at the memorial, time felt like it had stopped in this one section of the district.

The memorial is such a strong symbol taking something that was such a tragic and horrific event and turning the area into something that is hauntingly beautiful. While at the same time making sure that what happened is not forgotten and that it is a tribute to all those innocent people who were taken far too soon.
It humbled me in a way I didn't expect and made me thankful for all the small things I take for granted.
I was about 8 when 9/11 happened and being so young did not grasp the enormity or reality of what had happened and this out everything into perspective for me.

Have any of you visited the memorial? How did it make you feel?

New York: The Natural History Museum

Saturday 12 March 2016

Another place we visited while in New York was the Natural History Museum. It automatically makes you think of the film Night at the Museum!
We walked to it through central park and the entrance is massive with dinosur skeletons on display. It all looked so grand and elegant and seemed to dwarf some of the museum's in England.
We tried to look at everything go through all the floors, see all the displays. The main attractions for me were the rooms dedicated to Space and of course the dinosaurs. The space rooms I found to be the most interactive with displays you can move and touch. You could also see what your weight would be on for example the moon or a red giant star.
Most of the other displays we saw were dedicated to different types of animals, the detail was absolutely stunning! They all looked so realistic, the craft, time and effort that has gone into every inch of each display is amazing and something you do not see often!

The floor dedicated to the dinosaurs was surreal something you don't see often and you don't realise the scale of these skeletons and how magnificent they look. An ode to a different time!

Below are some of the photos I took it was hard to narrow it down to just a few!

Sephora Makeup Haul

Thursday 3 March 2016

I recently went to New York City for a girls holiday. This meant seeing sights, going out for food and of course shopping!

We were all very excited about Sephora as we don't have any stores currently in the UK. 
I saved up my pennies knowing this would be the one shop I would go a tad crazy in! So i thought I would share with you all my haul:

The 'Tartlette in Bloom Palette' from Tarte Cosmetics.
This palette is so stunning! I avoided it to begin with as I own far too much eyeshadow, but it was calling to me and eventually I could not resist.
The shadows are mostly matte with a few shimmers, they are all so creamy, pigmented and easy to use.
My current favourites are:
Rebel (Matte) - A dusty rose shade
Leader (Matte) - A aubergine shade (great alternative crease colour.)
Firecracker (shimmer) - This is an coral/pink shimmer shade ever so pretty!

The 'Shade and Light Palette' from Kat Von D Beauty. I knew I wanted this before we had even arrived. Contouring is something I want to get into and this palette has had great reviews!
The top row are your highlighting shades and the bottom row consists of the sculpting shades.
I have really pale skin and these powders go really well with my skin tone! When can we have Kat Von D cosmetics in the UK!? 

Also from Kat Von D beauty I got this mini ink liner trio it comes with three different colours:
- Trooper (Black)
- Baudelaire (a Navy Blue)
- Hemingway (Brown)

I swatched the black liner on my hand in store and it stayed on there for at least 3 days! I was a sucker for the navy blue shade so this mini kit was ideal!

The final purchase from Kat Von D beauty was the 'Everlasting Liquid Lipstick' in the shade 'Lolita II' this shade is such a pretty coral/nude and it really does last!

Next up from NARS was a blush in the shade 'orgasm' I've heard so much hype around this blush and that it suits almost everybody so into my basket it went.

All the products below were purchased on advice from the person that served me in Sephora. I was looking for a foundation with a fuller coverage that would be fine on my dry skin. From this conversation I ended up with two primers, a foundation and  a powder.

The two primers I got were both from Smashbox one was the 'Primer Water' and the other the 'Primer Oil'. The oil I would use underneath the foundation as it would help with my dry skin and not cause breakouts and the primer water would be used as a setting spray of sorts.

Next the Foundation which I got from Make Up Forever HD. I have only tried this on in store so far, I can't bring myself to use it just yet as it's so new! I will give you all an update of whether it is worth a purchase.

Finally the only product I got from the Sephora range was this powder in clair/light which I am supposed to use on top of the foundation to complete the look.

So there you have my Sephora haul, as you can see I went a tad crazy but it was all so pretty!
Have you been to Sephora before? What were your favourite products?

What would you buy if we had Sephora in the UK?

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