Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Duty Free Haul | Lanzarote 2018

Hello everyone!

One of my favourite things about going on holiday is the amazing savings you can get in the Duty Free. On my recent trip to Lanzarote I travelled with Thomas Cook so I was able to take full advantage of their Airshoppen service, and I also picked up a few bits from the Duty Free in Arrecife airport.

Glamglow Supermud Face Mask (£29.00):
High Street Price £42.00
Saving £13.00
I have had this face mask on my wish list for the longest time ever, and I have no idea why it has taken me this long to finally purchase it! This face mask claims to have clearing and mattifying benefits, amongst others, so I am excited to give this a try. I will definitely update you when I have tried this:)

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (£19.00):
High Street Price £24.00
Saving £5.00
This is another product that has been on my makeup wish list for quite some time and I finally decided to try it out. I had heard so many amazing reviews on this setting spray and everyone seems to love it, so I knew that I would have to try this sooner rather than later. I opened my Duty Free parcel as soon as I got to my hotel as I pre-ordered it with Airshoppen to receive on the outbound flight, because I knew that I wanted to use it whilst I was away. Even on an evening it was quite warm in Lanzarote, around 25 degrees, so I definitely needed this to keep my makeup looking fresh. I definitely noticed a difference using this setting spray and I will continue to use it and no doubt repurchase- expect to see this in my next 'Currently Loving' post!

Kinder Schoko-Bons & Sweets Parcel (€8,95 & €11,00):
There was a HUGE confectionery section in the Duty Free at Arrecife airport so I obviously picked up a few treats for myself. Kinder is my favourite chocolate and I couldn't resist this big bag of Schoko-Bons. I was also drawn in to this sweets parcel as it is jam packed with yummy sweets including marshmallows, sour rollers and fruity chews. 

Clinique High Impact Mascara Trio (£27.00):
High Street Price £57.00
Saving £30.00
I tried a sample of this mascara a while ago and I really got along with it. I had been meaning to buy the full sized version ever since trying the sample but for some reason I never got around to it. When I spotted this trio for a whopping £30 saving I knew that this was the perfect time to stock up on one of the best mascaras I've ever tried. 

Victoria's Secret Body Mists in  (€16,00 each):
I was beyond excited when I spotted a Victoria's Secret stand in the Duty Free as I was not expecting it whatsoever. I am a big fan of the Victoria's Secret body sprays so I settled on four fragrances; Pure Seduction, Coconut Passion, Love Spell and Temptation.

Narciso Rodriguez Rouge Eau De Parfum (£44.00):
High Street Price £62.00
Saving £18.00
Another purchase which was influenced by a product sample is this perfume. I first came across this brand when I got a sample of this perfume in a magazine and I knew instantly that this would be my new fragrance and something I had to purchase ASAP. I was really pleased to see this on the Airshoppen website and this smells exactly how I remember it. I'm no good at describing fragrances but if you get the opportunity to smell this then do it- you'll not regret it!

RayBan Erika Sunglasses in Black (£87.00):
High Street Price £116.00
Saving £29.00
I don't own that many pairs of sunglasses but I have been meaning to treat myself to some RayBan's for a while now; they just have such a great range! I decided on this pair as I, surprisingly, don't own any black sunglasses. They are really flattering on me and I think that they will suit a range of facial shapes.

Smashbox Step By Step Contour Kit (£24.00):
High Street Price £29.50
Saving £5.50
I had no intention of buying this contour kit before seeing it on the Airshoppen website, but I have the Smashbox Shape Matters palette and I've used the contour shade to death from it. I figured this would be the same as the contour powder in that palette, and it is, so I'm happy to be using one of my favourite contour powders of all time. 

Those were all of the lovely goodies I picked up whilst on my travels! What was the last Duty Free item you picked up?

Shop this post: Glamglow Supermud Face Mask (£29.00) // Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (£19.00) // Clinique High Impact Mascara Trio (£27.00) // Victoria's Secret Body Mist in Pure Seduction (£15.63) // Victoria's Secret Body Mist in Coconut Passion (£15.63) // Victoria's Secret Body Mist in Love Spell (£15.63) // Victoria's Secret Body Mist in Temptation (£15.63) // Narciso Rodriguez Rouge Eau De Parfum (£44.00) // RayBan Erika Sunglasses in Black (£87.00) // Smashbox Step By Step Contour Kit (£24.00)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Lanzarote 2018 | Barcelo Teguise Beach Adults Only Hotel

Hello everyone!

I have just arrived back from a week in Lanzarote (as you probably know from my Instagram!) and I thought that I would share what I got up to:)

I stayed in the gorgeous Barcelo Teguise Beach Hotel, situated in Costa Teguise, and it was situated right on the beach. I did stay in a Barcelo chain hotel last year when I went to Fuerteventura and I could not fault it whatsoever, so I knew I would thoroughly enjoy this hotel too! The hotel is an adults only hotel which means it was really peaceful and relaxing- not that I have anything against children!

Day 1: Thursday 2nd August 
I must admit, I was absolutely knackered on the first day of my holiday as I had to be up at 3am, however I was in the holiday spirit nonetheless. The flight wasn't too bad, lasting around 4 and a half hours, and I kept myself well occupied listening to music and reading magazines. 

When we arrived at the hotel I was so excited to see my room as I had read many positive reviews on Trip Advisor. On arrival we were offered a glass of champagne or juice, which I thought was a really nice touch. After waiting in the lobby for a short while (the sofa was really comfy btw!) it was time to head to my room. 

This is, by far, the best hotel room I have ever stayed in. It was so clean and the open plan layout made the room very light and cool. The bed was definitely the best part of the room as it was absolutely HUGE, and the rain effect shower and whirlpool bath were great too. I was pleasantly surprised with the toiletries the hotel provided (which, of course, I took home with me!) as they were from the brand The White Company, which is a luxurious brand. I also took full advantage of the coffee machine and complimentary water. There was also a little space outside which had two chairs and a table, and that was nice for sitting outside on an evening. 

After unpacking my things we headed out to a little beach bar right on the beach which was, ironically, called The Beach Bar. This was when I decided to have my first cocktail of the holiday- a strawberry mojito which was absolutely delicious! I also had a tasty ice cream to cool down even further:)

As well as stopping off for a cocktail and ice cream, we also had a little walk along the seafront which was really nice. What a view! 

Day 2: Friday 3rd August 
Our first full day in Lanzarote started off the right way- with a cocktail around the pool! I settled on a frozen strawberry daiquiri which was absolutely the right decision as it cooled me down and was really refreshing as well as tasty. 

It was really nice just to spend a full day lazing around the pool soaking up the sun. On a Friday at Barcelo Teguise Beach there is a pool party on from 12pm to 4pm where there is a DJ playing party music and lots of floats in the pool- so overall it was a good day!

On Friday evening we headed back to the same beach bar we visited the day previously for some drinks. I went with a Koppaberg as it's one of my favourite drinks ever and you can't beat some classic cider! 

Day 3: Saturday 4th August 
The following day we had breakfast and then headed along to the local beach, Las Cucharas, to spend the day sunbathing. It was roasting hot on the beach and I spent some time reading my book, One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus. 

I don't seem to have any photos from Saturday evening but it was probably spent in the hotel bar as there was evening entertainment on there every night. 

Day 4: Sunday 5th August 
Sunday was another day that was spent relaxing, which is how you should be spending your holiday!

On Sunday evening we went for a browse round the town to find a cocktail bar. A few metres away from our hotel we saw some adorable cats which I did end up feeding by Tuesday night because I just couldn't resist their little cute faces! 

We visited the Hook Cocktail Bar however I did end up getting Smirnoff Ice instead of a cocktail. We then went to another bar called The Lighthouse which had some decent entertainment on and, again, I drank Smirnoff Ice's. 

Day 5: Monday 6th August
This was probably the most jam packed day we had whilst in Lanzarote, apart from the travelling days. We decided to go on an excursion to the South of the island where we would be able to explore the volcanoes at Timanfaya National Park as well as the local vineyards, and also have the opportunity to go on a camel ride. At the Timanfaya National Park we were told the history of the volcanoes and also heard about when the volcanoes erupted and destroyed all of the surrounding villages. The scenery was absolutely beautiful. The park rangers also did some experiments including pouring water down a tube into an active part of the volcano which caused a mini explosion. We then headed to the bottom of the volcanoes where there was loads of camels waiting to take people on a short tour of the volcanoes. I opted out on the camel ride although I wish I had taken the opportunity whilst I had it! Finally, we went to a nearby vineyard to taste some wine and it was also the perfect spot to take some photos. 

Day 6: Tuesday 7th August
On the Tuesday the day was spent around the infinity pool as I had been wanting to go there from arriving at the hotel. The view from the infinity pool was beautiful as it was looking right out at the sea.

For my lunch I treat myself to some room service. I ordered a pizza and fries thinking that it was going to be a small serving, but I was totally wrong! The pizza was huge and you got a mountain of fries.

Day 7: Wednesday 8th August
The last full day of the holiday was spent, you guessed it, around the pool! It was nice to be able to top up my tan for the final time of the holiday.

We then had a couple of drinks in the hotel bar and watched the entertainment, then we knew it was time to head to bed as we had to be up early in the morning.

Day 8: Thursday 9th August
So, day 8 concludes the end of our holiday. I got a few nice window shots on the plane, including one of another plane flying above us, so I shall include them in this post too:)

That was everything I got up to in Lanzarote this year! If you're travelling to Costa Teguise then I definitely recommend you stay in the Barcelo Teguise Beach Hotel. What's your favourite holiday destination?

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Until next time,

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

10 Things I'm Taking On Holiday

Hello everyone!

I love posting travel and holiday themed blog posts, but I must admit that it can get a little boring after a while. I am going on holiday tomorrow and I thought that I would share 10 things that I am taking with me, rather than the standard 'What's in my carry on/suitcase/washbag' posts.

1. Pillow With A Hole
As some of my newer cartilige piercings can take up to a year to heal, I am still using my Pillow With A Hole that I mentioned in this blog post here. I am going to try my hardest to squeeze this into my suitcase as I know that I will not be able to get a good nights sleep without it. It's amazing if you have newer ear piercings and find it uncomfortable to sleep on them, and it will help to make my hotel room feel like home when I'm away. 

2. A Hat
A hat is one of the top items which I will definitely be taking on holiday with me. Last year I stupidly forgot to take one with me, and that did not end well! I ended up with a sunburnt face which then started peeling, making it very difficult to apply my makeup on a night time (priorities, right?!). I bought my hat in the December sales because it was really affordable and I am loving the colour of it.

3. After Sun
Sun cream is always top of my packing list when I am going somewhere hot, but after sun is something that may get overlooked. A good after sun is essential when going to a hot country as it really soothes the skin. I expressed my love for the Hawaiian Tropic after sun last year as it leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft, even if it is burnt like a crisp from the sun!

4. Comfy Cotton Pyjamas
In order to have a good nights sleep it is essential that I take some sort of cotton pyjamas so that I don't overheat through the night. These ones from George @ Asda were really affordable and are a nice cool material. I love the white/orange contrast going on too:) 

5. Headphones
I never fail to take a pair of headphones with me as you never know when you might just want to sit and listen to some good music. I love listening to music on the plane as it gets me in the holiday spirit, and it's always nice to listen to some music round the pool too. 

6. Jewellery
I love to accessorize my outfits on holiday with some nice earrings and rings. Last year I did forget to take my jewellery with me so I am determined to pack it this year! I am not taking anything too expensive as I would be really upset if it got lost or damaged. I will be packing a few New Look rings as well as some cheap earrings and a spare nose stud in case mine happens to fall out in the pool or something. It doesn't hurt to be prepared:) 

7. Plasters
Plasters are such a boring item to be including in this post but I have learnt that they can come in very useful on holiday, and you don't want to be trailing the streets looking for a shop when you could be sunbathing! 

8. Hairspray
I actually forgot to take hairspray on holiday with me last year which was an absolute nightmare as I couldn't really do much with my hair on an evening! I have been using the V05 Ultimate Hold Hairspray for about 6 months now and I will 100% be taking a can with me as it holds my hair in place all day, is weatherproof and smells great too:)

9. Hoodie
A hoodie is such a basic clothing item but it can be used in multiple ways. First of all if you get cold on the plane then you can either pop it on or use it as a blanket. I often like to have a little nap on the plane, especially if it's an early morning flight, so you can roll your hoodie up and use it as a pillow too. I also like to carry my hoodie around with me on holiday because you can use it to block the sun from a particular area if you can feel yourself starting to burn/overheat. 

10. Saline water and cotton buds
If you have piercings then it is important to keep up a good cleaning routine, as it can slip a little if you're busy. I will definitely be cleaning my piercings regularly on holiday as they can harbour bacteria from the swimming pool. I am taking a bottle of saline water with me as well as a box of cotton buds. I find that saline water leaves my piercings feeling really clean, and cotton buds get right into the piercing to really thoroughly clean them. 

What are your holiday essentials? 

Shop this post: Pillow With A Hole (£40.00) // Weekday Cap (£18.00) // Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Body Butter (£6.00) // Apple Headphones (£29.00) // Sterling Silver Four Leaf Clover Earrings (£12.00) // New Look Rings (£5.99) // Sterling Silver Nose Stud (£9.99) // Plasters (£2.39) // V05 Ultimate Hold Hairspray (£3.59) // River Island Hoodie *SIMILAR* (£32.00) // Saline Water (£1.90) // Cotton Buds (£0.35)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

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