Monday, 22 August 2016

GREETINGS FROM DUBAI


Dubai, home to the largest mall in the world - Dubai Mall and the longest indoor ski slope - Emirates Mall and lastly, the worlds only 7 star hotel. I love travelling to new places, seeing people and cultures different from my own is the best experience ever. Travelling to the Middle East and not knowing much about it apart from the world breaking records and the do's and dont's, seriously is the most amazing experience ever. Dubai isn't nearly as strict has Abu Dhabi and other places - women are able to wear shorts etc in public places. Even though I was only in Dubai for a couple of hours, I definitely fell in love! 


What to See

+ The Dubai Mall (1,600 shops with the world largest aquarium and ice skating rink + more!)

+ Mall of the Emirates (600 shops also the worlds longest indoor ski slope) 

+ Burj Khalifa (Tallest building in the world)

+ Dubai Museum  

+ Trip to the desert 

+ Dubai Marina

+ Palm Jumeirah 

+ Wild Wadi Water Park

+ Burj Al Arab



CHECK OUT MY DUBAI TRAVEL DIARY HERE

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

A QUICK GUIDE TO ABU DHABI


 Abu Dhabi, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates and the capital of the U.A.E. Abu Dhabi neighbour Dubai, is only 1 hour and 40 minutes away. Packed with so much tourists and world  breaking records attractions/sightseeing. Abu Dhabi would have to be one of my favourite cities in the world - the culture, people and breath taking sights, you can say that I fell in love with Abu Dhabi. 


A QUICK GUIDE TO ABU DHABI

+ Getting Around: Taxi's would have to be your best option, from the Abu Dhabi Airport to the hotel I stayed at (Jumeriah at Etihad Towers) it cost 80 dirhams (around $28 AUD) which took around 40 minutes (depends on traffic, of course) to get there.

+ Where to Stay:


Jumeriah at Etihad Towers - the complex is made up of five towers (Fast & Furious 7 was filmed here) - three residential towers, one office tower and the Jumeriah at Etihad Towers hotel and is 4 km from Marina Mall.

Emirates Palace -  the luxury 5 star hotel and is the definition of an unrivalled Arabian fantasy and is also 4 km from the Marina Mall. 

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel - This luxury hotel is only 2 km from the Yas Island Marina Circuit and is 3 km from Ferrari World Abu Dhabi amusement park, 

+ Getting By: In Dubai, the dress code is much more relaxed (women are allowed to were shorts etc) due to being a very tourist city while in Abu Dhabi the dress code is semi conservative but no shorts shorts or mini skirts are allowed, or anything that is showing too much skin! In the Mosque it is much more strict - women are required to be fully covered from the head, wrists to ankles (yes I wore a long maxi skirt and I still had to pull it down even more). 

In Abu Dhabi, do not, I repeat, do not  show any public display of affection (so no kissing and cuddling in public guys)!! During Ramadan, no one is permitted to eat or drink in public places as it is the Islamic month of fasting and lastly don't forget to tip the workers at your hotel (something I learnt, since in Australia tipping is not a big deal here). 

+ What to See
Shiek Zayad Mosque

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Marina Mall

Emirates Palace

Yas Island

Yas Island Marina Circuit 

4x4 Desert Safari - Emirates Adventures

 + What to Eat & DrinkArabic food is one of my favourite food ever! Try their mint and lime drink, so good! Their hummus, grilled halloumi and falafel are so yummy too. Don't forget to try their arabic sweets - dates are the best!


Made a Abu Dhabi Travel Diary, Check it out HERE

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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

HELLO LONDON!


LONDON! 
One of my favourites cities in the world and it felt so good to be back in England again! London is the home to the Big Ben, The Queen, famous red phone boxes (nearly one on every street) and the red double decker buses! London is definitely overwhelming at times, especially in the summer seasons - so much tourists! Even though it was summer, it was pretty damn cold. Colder then  Australia (it's winter over there)! Despite the coldness it was super good seeing everything for the second time round. Here are some top attractions you need to do when your in London;


1. London Eye
The London Eye is the giant ferris wheel on South Bank on the River Thames in London - it is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom! Definitely a must do in London.



2. Big Ben and Palace of Westminster 
The houses of Parliament also known as the 'heart of British politics'. Big ben is the name given to the massive bell inside the clock tower - looks amazing at night time!


 3. Tower Bridge
London's Tower Bridge has become an iconic symbol of the city. You can walk across it to capture great camera shots of the bridge.



4. Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus is one of London's most popular tourist destinations, from there you can easily walk to Regent's Street and Soho!


5. Buckingham Palace
The Queens home and is one of the world's few remaining working royal palaces.


6. Harrods
Located on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, has seven floors and 330 departments (fashion, food, homeware, technology) Basically Harrods has something for everyone!

There is so much other things to do in London too, like the Tower of London, Hyde Park, St. Paul Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Convent Garden etc.

 I made a quick London | Travel Diary, check it out HERE 

Have you ever been to London? 

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

BERRY CHOCOLATE CAKE


I love baking cakes, especially for birthdays!  
But today I present you with a cake I made for no celebration at all! This berry chocolate cake,  is super easy to make and is very yummy. 


PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES | COOK TIME: 40 MINUTES | DIFFICULTY: EASY 

CHOCOLATE BERRY CAKE INGREDIENTS 

+ 2 eggs 
+ 220g brown sugar
+ 1 tsp vanilla extract
+ 120g unsalted butter, chopped
+ 240g sour cream
+ 225g plain flour
+ 75g cocoa powder
+ 1/2 baking powder
+ 300g thicken cream
+ 1 tsp brown sugar

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 160ÂșC. To make cake, grease the baking trays  and line with baking paper. Place butter and sugar in a saucepan. Cook, stirring, over medium heat for 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves and butter is melted. Remove from heat and whisk in eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Sift over flour with cocoa and baking powder, then whisk until smooth. Divide batter between pans.

Step 2: Bake, swapping pans halfway, for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into centres comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans for 5 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 3: To make whipped cream, place thicken cream and brown sugar into the mixing bowl. and mix until cream is nice and thick.

Step 4: Bake, swapping pans halfway, for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into centres comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans for 5 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 5: Spread the whipped cream over top of 1 cake. Top with second cake, then gently press together. Sprinkle all kinds of berries you like onto the top and second cake layer and Enjoy!



Happy Baking! 

Have you ever made a berry chocolate cake before? 

 
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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette Review


Guys, can you believe it were in June already?!

Today I've got a beauty review for you all. This is my first Tarte Palette and I'm in love with it! Love the packing - a beautiful purple ombre palette with gold writing. The quality of these twelve matte shadows are out of this world! The shades are super gorgeous and are very buildable. Love using Super mom, Caregiver, Free spirt and Natural beauty from the Tartelette.  I definitely want to get the Tartelette in Bloom Clay Palette next. 


Free Spirit: is a light and pale yellow beige eyeshadow with a warm undertone with a matte finish.   
Force of Nature: is a medium brown with a warm and slightly reddish undertones with a matte finish.
Dreamer: is a dark brown with warm and yellow undertones with a matte finish. 
Multi-Tasker: is a dark brown with warm and reddish undertones with a matte finish.
Caregiver: is a light pinkish with subtle and cool undertones with a matte finish.
Natural Beauty: is a subdued and a pinky taupe eyeshadow with a matte finish.
Best Friend: is a muted medium dark purple with a subtle, cool undertones with a matte finish.
Bombshell: is a blackened purple with a muted quality to it with a matte finish.
Super Mom: is a very light beige with a subtle warm undertones with a matte finish.
Wanderer: is a light medium brown with subtle, warm undertones with a matte finish.
Power Player: is a warm, taupe brown with a with a matte finish.
Fashionista: is a rich black eyeshadow with a matte finish.


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Sunday, 15 May 2016

KYLIE COSMETICS: LIP GLOSSES REVIEW


I did it again and bought the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Glosses in 'Literally', 'Like' and "So Cute". 
Kylie Jenner has been on fire with her new business venture! Waiting for her next restock to get my hands on her metals bundles - Reign, King K & Heir and of course her new liquid lipstick - Exposed (gorgeous nude shade). I was one of the lucky ones who didn't buy it on the first batch, which contained the terrible wands (phew). 


The packaging is pretty cool, it has a liquid spill effect on it - very minimal and sleek. The glosses are really great and the shades are just beautiful! They are highly pigmentation which means that you could wear them without a lip liner underneath (yay)! I'm currently really loving the brown toned nude shades. The glosses are pretty thick and I really love the formula/consistency, plus they are not sticky at all. However my brushes seem to be okay and does apply the shades evenly. Like any other gloss though it does wear off after you eat or drink.


Did you guys manage to get one or are you going to grab one in the next release? 

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Monday, 9 May 2016

APRIL FAVOURITES


How fast has April flown by?
 But I'm so glad it's May - I'm twenty one in  f o u r  days (13th May).
 I've been really busy this month with so much university assignments. The semester is ending real soon, but that hasn't stopped to trying some new beauty products which a few made it into this months favourites. 


Hourglass - Ambient Lighting Palette: I love using this palette for highlighting my face and I use it nearly everyday.  The Hourglass ambient lighting palette consists of three gorgeous finishing powders. All three shades in the palette are highly pigmented, finely milled and very soft. 

NARS - Albatross:  Is another beautiful highlighter for the face which can also be used for an eye shadow. Recently I've been using this as a highlighter for my cheekbones to lighten up my complexion to give me a golden look. 

YSL - Touche Eclat Blur Perfector: This is one of the new beauty products I've bought - and I definitely recommend it. How super cute is the packaging and it is SO good for touchups! I've been using it on my t-zone and around my nose where my pores are a bit more visible. It is a balm to powder formula and as soon it's on the skin it's got a velvety, matte and almost powder finish.

ZOEVA brush - 127/luxe sheer cheek: I'm a massive fan of Zoeva make up bushes and this would have to be one of my favourites! The brush is super soft and gentle on the skin and is perfectly angled for blush or highlighter application. Due too it's natural bristles it gives you a much sheerer application. 

Kylie Cosmetics - Gloss in Literally: I've recently got my hands on all of Kylie's lip gloss (blog post coming soon) and they are super duper amazing! The lipgloss glides on smoothly and evenly on the lips and you only need a small amount. 

Charlotte Tilbury - Love Liberty Lipstick: I'm a massive fan of Charlotte Tilbury products and their lipstick range is on a whole different level. The love liberty lipstick is like a wild rose flush. 

BonBon Perfume, Viktor&Rolf: Yet again this perfume is in my months favourite blogpost! The bottle is super cute and it's a beautiful and feminine scent that is absolutely perfect for springtime. It has a delicate blend of tangerine, black currant, orange, orange blossom, jasmine, peach, guaiac wood, cedar wood and caramel. It's perfect to be worn out to an dinner or an outdoor wedding! 

Fresh Prince of Bel Air: I know this isn't a beauty product, but I wanted to share with you guys that I've been also loving rewatching the Fresh Prince of Bel Air episodes, currently on season three, brings so much memories! Definitely a good show to watch and relax. 


I hope you enjoyed reading my favourites this month! Let me know your April favourites in the comments below - I always love trying new products! 

What beauty products have you been loving in April?

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