Thursday, 28 May 2015

Models Own: Pukka Purple Review

Pukka Purple
 This is a bit of a change from my normal beloved pink shades, I got this as part of a set for Christmas and I fell in love with it, this is actually a mini at only 10mls and I feel I need to buy the larger version soon. I don't often wear purple so I wouldn't have picked this shade myself but I'm so glad I have it and it has been added to my top 10 shades! 

 Pukka Purple is part of Models Own's 'Ice Neon' collection which came out a couple of years ago, the shade is a bright neon purple with a slight matte finish and a little rubbery, to add shine you need a top coat. The varnish is pretty thick and takes a little while to try but I'm lucky enough to have Models Own 'Quick Dry' drops. What I love most is the fact you can actually get away with just one coat, if applied correctly and smoothly!  

What do you think of this shade?

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Madame Tussaud's Berlin

by far my favourite wax work! I love E.T
So my Berlin post went live recently and I knew I'd have so many pictures and loads to say about Madame Tussaud's, it needed its own post! 

I've always been a fan of Madame Tussaud's, I've only been to the London one and wished I went to the one in Amsterdam but my overall feeling was enjoyment. I love seeing how good (and sometimes bad) the wax works are. Some are so bad it is actually comical and I wonder if the celebrities even signed off on them wax works and others are so life-like it is a little scary! 
David Garrett - A German musician

So Berlin, as you know I went on my own, which means I had to intrust in my selfie stick! Good old selfie stick and I set off and although I had a few looks I didn't really care, I could tell people were jealous they didn't have the idea to have a selfie stick for a better selfie with the wax works. The only downside of the selfie stick is the lighting is awful in Madame Tussaud's, they have bright lights over the wax works which left a few pictures too bright, normally you'd set the focus elsewhere on an iphone but with a selfie stick it's hard because you're now moving the camera and the focus isn't right for when you get back in position. 
How the lighting affects the picture

A few of the celebrities in this Madame Tussaud's were German and therefore I didn't know who they were but there were loads of of my favourite celebrities for me to see. What I loved about this Madame Tussaud's the most in the fact loads of the wax works were interactive, you can dress up and pose with them and I loved the Marilyn Monroe wax work where there was a floor fan and her dress for you to try on and do the famous pose with her. 

Marilyn Monroe
I also got a wax figure of my hand done which cost €8, you put your hand in 60c of wax, which burns like crazy but I had to brave through it for my wax-work. I was a little upset that it broke during my flight home :'( but I did get a picture before I left Berlin.
Was a peace sign but now looks more like I'm swearing

Overall I had a pretty fun time, just wish there were more wax works or at least more up-to-date wax works. 

Have you been to Madame Tussaud's recently?

48 hours in Berlin

First picture taken in Berlin, was amazed they know Big Sean
I'm so upset writing this post, because I actually miss Berlin a lot already! Although I had an amazing time and packed in so much I feel like my time was incomplete as I didn't do everything I wanted!
Day One
Day one started at 2am for me, I jumped in a taxi to Victoria Coach Station to get a National Express coach to London Stanstead Airport. I had never been to Stanstead before and I'm not a fan of airports other than Gatwick. I got the 3am coach and if I can remember correctly I got to Stanstead at 4:30am, this was far too early as I didn't actually have hold luggage, which I normally do, I didn't realise you can get to the airport like 45 minutes - an hour before your flight if you've only got hand luggage. I got a Burger King breakfast and sat down doing Sudoku and cross word puzzles before heading to my first ever Ryan Air flight. I was a little gutted to be flying Air Explore on behalf of Ryan Air because I really wanted to test Ryan Air out so I know for future trips. My flight left on time at 6:30am and we actually landed 30 minutes before the scheduled time. I slept the whole flight and woke up when we landed thinking we had crashed so I can't comment on the flight but for me it wasn't long enough, I needed more sleep! 
Arriving at little past 9am and knowing I can't check in to my hostel before 3pm I decided I'd take the longest route to the hostel and go via checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall. I went to the tourism information at the airport and the lovely lady told me there was in fact a tube strike and gave me a map of how to get to Berlin wall then from check point Charlie how to get to Alexanderplatz where I'd be staying. I had to get a bus to Rudow before getting the underground to Yorckstr before getting the s-bah (which was on strike) to Anhalter Bhf. The whole journey wouldn't have taken that long if I didn't have to wait 17 minutes to go on stop on the s-bah. I got off at Anhalter Bhf and walked to ask at first a bus driver then second a taxi driver how to get to the Berlin Wall. Both times I was greeted a confused face like I had just asked directions to the North Pole. I was a little naive to think that the Berlin Wall is called 'Berlin Wall' in Berlin, but I'm still unsure what they call it so I asked for Check point Charlie and just happened to come across the wall before getting to Check point Charlie. 

After having a little read, enjoying some selfies and taking in how historical and beautifully devastating one place and be I was feeling a little peckish, while in Berlin you can't not try a Currywurst! It was my first ever currywurst and I wasn't sure what to expect but for €2.50 I couldn't moan. 

After my Currywurst it was time to head to Checkpoint Charlie. I hadn't actually heard much about Checkpoint Charlie but it was fun to go and see and get a selfie with the guards, I later (day two) on my hop-on hop-off tour found out more about Checkpoint Charlie. 

After looking around for a while, going in local shops and the small museum I decided to head towards my hotel. I got to Alexanderplatz and the first thing I spotted was PRIMARK! I'm sure anyone who reads my blog knows I'm a Primark addict. After walking around Primark I wanted to head to the hostel, but the only directions I had were directions I got when I had wifi back in England and turns out they were from the wrong direction. I was walking around for a good 30 minutes and I asked FOUR taxi drivers, all telling me I can walk and refused to take me, now if I was in London a taxi driver wouldn't care if he was taking me 2 seconds up the road, he is making a quick £5! I finally got a taxi driver to take me and turns out I had walked near the hotel twice but didn't go the whole way, it cost me 5 to get there
I was allowed to check in early and after checking in I noticed I had the whole 6 bed-dorm to myself so freshened up, called my mum and got a taxi to Madame Tussaud's, I've got loads to say about Madame Tussaud's so you'll have to wait until tomorrow and see what I have to say, after Madame Tussaud's I accidentally stumbled upon Brandenburg Gate. I was feeling super tired by this point so just took a few snaps and would go back tomorrow to fully appreciate it. I jumped on the 100 bus, went back to the hostel attempted to sleep for a few hours but never so sat downstairs until 9pm before getting a bus to find some dinner and see some more sights. I got back around midnight to see I was now sharing my room with a guy, I was a little taken back thinking it wasn't a shared dorm room but went to bed before waking up at 8:30am to him leaving. 
Day Two
After waking up at 8:30am I got ready and headed downstairs for breakfast, I was a little annoyed to pay €5.90 for some cold hams and bread that you can't even toast, I was too hungry to moan or go looking. I asked reception what was the best route to the Jewish Museum and how I'd get to the East Side Gallery from the museum, it was all pretty easy and once you got to know the routes it was just like London Underground. I got a little lost from the station to the Jewish Museum but once I was there I was lucky to only pay €3 to get in being a student and €3 for my audio guide. I loved the Jewish museum and everything about it. The Holocaust Tower freaked me out, it was freezing cold and you're in darkness other than a tiny hole of light at the top, the pillars in The Garden of Exile made you feel on edge the "Fallen Leaves" (faces in picture below) made me think about life so much. The museum just made me appreciate the fact I live in a country where I can afford to travel where I want when I want and I am allowed to be who I am and do what I want without people stopping me!

My wish on the pomegranate tree
The Garden of Exile
After the museum I headed towards the East Side Gallery, by this point my selfie stick decided it would be fun to take 100 pictures a second to annoy me and start recording but now allow me to end them. Other than the annoyance of my selfie stick I was excited to be at the East Side Gallery. There was so many amazing art works with so much meaning behind them - but so many fools had ruined the art work with their own graffiti, I really don't care if you love Justin Bieber or your current boyfriend/girlfriend, it has made so many meaningful art work look awful. 

After the East Side Gallery I headed to Primark bought a new t-shirt before getting on a hop-on hop-off tour around Berlin, I got to hear so many facts, only down side was I could have done the route for free on the 100 bus! I actually got the 100 bus after I got off the tour to re-see a few things. I went to see the holocaust memorial before having dinner and going to Lustgarten. Lustgarten was the last on my sightseeing tour on Berlin as everything else that I wanted to see (Anne Frank, Zoo, Aquariam) was now closed. I got back to the hostel pretty late and just said there talking to others, drinking beer and using the WiFi before I packed up and got ready for bed as I had an early start and a long day ahead.

Day Three
Day three was spent travelling, which is a total shame. I wish I could have got a later flight home. I woke up around 9am got washed, ready and packed and left my hostel at 10am, I then walked to Alexanderplatz where I got a chicken breast subway for my flight and a mango iced-tea from Dunkin' Donuts. I was lucky the strike was off now and I could get the s-bah towards the airport which only took about 45 minutes. The airport was pretty small and unfortunately my flight was delayed by half and hour but we landed nearly on time, I took the train from Gatwick back to London Bridge and I was happy to be home and back to my own bed. 

Sad to be going

So this is how I spent 48(ish) hours in Berlin.

Have you been to Berlin before? 

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Bucket List: 9 - Go on a last minute trip with no itinerary

Number 9 on my bucket list is to 'go on a last minute trip with no itinerary'.
Check point Charlie
Although I knew I wanted to travel sometime between 18th and 22nd May I didn't know where I wanted to go or when I'd actually go. I decided later on the 18th that I'd be traveling to Berlin for two days (20th - 22nd). I didn't know too much about Berlin other than the Berlin wall so I had no itinerary or any idea what I'd be doing while I was there. I'll be blogging all about Berlin tomorrow but here are a few pictures before the.

City Tour
Brandenburg Gate
Jewish Museum

Monday, 25 May 2015

Interview Week: Day 7 - Fashion Killer

Day seven of interview week and I'd like to introduce 'Fashion Killer'.

Teresa is 17 years old from Portugal and blogs at 'Fashion Killer'
1. Tell us a little about yourself, what do you enjoy about life?
I'm 17 years old and one day I will be an actress and win an Oscar. I love theater and acting. I love music (good old Rock'nRoll). I love makeup and beauty. Books are my best friends, and Harry Potter is my childhood. I'm a girl guide leader, I've been in girl guides for 5 years and it's one of the things that i love the most. Nicole Kidman is my favorite actress and Moulin Rouge my all time favorite movie. I have a celebrity crush on Dave Grohl.  I love camping and being in contact with nature. Near the sea is where i feel totally in peace with myself. And i think this is basically it, i know its not much but it's basically who I am. 

2. Why did you choose your blog name?
I know that Fashion Killer is not the most original name but it has a meaning behind. It means Killing the stereotype of fashion, and beauty. Wear what you want, do your makeup as you want and be yourself, cause you are perfect the way you are!

3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I've been blogging for two years and a half. I started when i was only 14 and i was surfing the web and i read a couple of blogs and I was like, I could do it as well and that how Fashion Killer was created!

4. What is your blog niche or what topics do you cover and why?
I talk about beauty, fashion or lifestyle kind , but mainly beauty. I talk about these because I've always loved makeup since i can remember I feel like its so much easier to talk about something that i love as much as i love makeup.

5. What do you find most challenging about blogging about your topic?
Being different. It's hard do come up with new ideas and things that no one as ever done, there are so many beauty bloggers that making something original it's really hard. Of course that my makeup looks are different then every other makeup look but creating a new type of post is hard.

6. What would your advice be to newbie bloggers?
If you are doing it for the money (which is hard do get) or for the free products, don't do it. Write about what you love and be yourself.

7. What do you love most about where you live?
That's and hard question, well i love my hometown, its in the south and the weather is always nice, warm and sunny. Maybe that's what i love the most about where i live.

8. Three beauty items you can’t live without
God that's and hard question. Not naming any brands but, i think concealer, mascara and bronzer. I could do almost a full face with it!

9. How do you keep coming up with content for your blog?
Youtube videos always give me the best ideas. I also really like reading other blogs to see what they are talking about and get some inspiration. But in general inspiration comes from products that i own, I'm in my bedroom looking to my makeup and thinking to myself "Oh I could do and amazing makeup look with these" and then i do it.

10. What is your favourite and least favourite post that you've done and why?I really don't know. I think that i love every single post i've ever done and if i don't like it a will delete it. If I don't like what i'm doing i won't post it.

11. Have you got anything to say to new potential readers?
I know that my blog is only in Portuguese but i think i'm gonna start having a english option so please keep visiting! I hope you like my home online and my little blog :) Anything you want to see here i can do feel free to leave comments :) 

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Interview Week: Day 6 - She Might Be Loved

Day six of interview week and I'd like to introduce 'She Might Be Loved'.

Georgina is 20 years old from Sheffield, England and blogs at ‘She Might Be Loved'

1. Tell us a little about yourself, what do you enjoy about life?
I'm a Social Media Manager and Full Time Blogger who loves her job and all things beauty and fashion! I love nothing more than dressing up and playing with makeup, before coming home to type up about my new favourite find. I have found my absolute passion!

2. Why did you choose your blog name?
I love Maroon 5's song, She WILL Be Loved, but when I started my blog, I wasn't a very happy person. I would say I was definitely a pessimist, so I thought it would be funny to have 'might'. It has a much deeper meaning now as I'm finally happy in myself and feeling very loved.

3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
Almost 2 years now and what a journey! I started as an escapism, for fun and for somewhere to write my thoughts. I never expected it to become one of my jobs.

4. What is your blog niche or what topics do you cover and why?
Mainly Plus Size Fashion and Beauty, but I do cover Travel, Food, Lifestyle, I like to cover anything that I want to write about. By doing so it means I've created a very wide audience and constantly keep people guessing about the topic of my next post!

5. What do you find most challenging about blogging about your topic?
As silly as it sounds, I want to be as current as possible but it's hard to have a quick turnaround with posts when you're working on so many at the same time, in all different topics.

6. What would your advice be to newbie bloggers?
Just have fun with it! The second you start thinking about stats is when people can really tell. It's so obvious that some bloggers are simply in it to be the next Zoella, and not because they genuinely love it.

7. What do you love most about where you live?
I'm close to Meadowhall and the centre which means shopping is incredibly easy and fun.

8. Three beauty items you can’t live without
MAC Studio Fix, MAC Diva and Max Factor False Lash effect. I change most of my products constantly, but my essential makeup pieces stay the same.

9. How do you keep coming up with content for your blog? 
As my blog is now actually my one of my jobs, I'm fortunate enough to never struggle for posts due to working with companies across the Globe. It's incredibly exciting and keeps me very busy and engaged, but I do have to struggle to get in a post that I just really want to write for myself, rather than it being a brand collaboration.

10. What is your favourite and least favourite post that you've done and why?
 This is such a hard decision! I never put a post out unless I absolutely love it and I'm 100% happy with it! My favourite is probably Ursula, as she went a little viral and I adore theatrical makeup. (Halloween Makeup Ursula)
Least favourite for the reason that it was hard to write and I did get a lot of backlash from it, would be my thoughts on the 'fat argument' (I'm bored)

11. Have you got anything to say to new potential readers?
If you do head over, I hope you enjoy my sarcasm filled posts and get involved with the topics! I always love hearing from people and their thoughts on my posts so never be shy! 

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