Wednesday, 17 October 2018

48(ish) Hours in Berlinđź’•

I've been tweeting about it, I've been Instagramming it, I posted a blog post about it, yes I was in Berlin. And let me tell you something; I'm still not bloody over it. It's probably one of the quickest weekends of my life, but one which was crammed full of fun activities. With me being me, I of course, took an unnecessary amount of photos, and I'm going to share some of the exciting things which I got up to over in the beautiful city.

After landing in Schonefeld Airport and making our way to the hotel (we stayed in the easyhotel in Rosenthaler), we grabbed food - seeing as we hadn't ate since our breakfast in the airport at 6am. Along from our hotel was a burger restaurant which we passed when we were going to check in, and the menu sounded lush. If I recall correctly, it was named something like KreuzBurger. Both Emma and I ordered the bbq burger which had the burger (obviously), bbq sauce, bacon and cheese, with a side portion of chips which had peri-peri powder on them. Absolutely amazing.

The East Side Gallery certainly did not disappoint. The wall stretches a lengthy 1316m, and each meter has a mural which is sure to catch your interest. We relied on Google, who made us get the U-bahn to JannowitzbrĂĽcke and then walk for a good 20 minutes - it wasn't till we got to the end of the gallery we realised there was a station nearby, typical! But, it was absolutely worth the walk because the artwork was impeccable.

Brandonburg Gate wasn't quite as we expected. We went in the evening because we wanted photos when it was all lit up, however, we went and it was all guarded off. Next thing, an amazing display was projected onto the gate - it turns out that it was the festival of the lights! The display which we witnessed was beautiful and rather breathtaking, we were super lucky that we arrived in perfect timing to watch it! We went back the next day to see it in the daytime and it still looked fantastic, such wonderful architecture.

I was desperate to go on a boat tour whilst in Amsterdam, but we just didn't have the time. So, we made the point in sparing up some time whilst in Berlin to go on one - I didn't realise we had booked a German one until we were in the middle of it, and I can't speak a word of German but hey at least the views were amazing! And, I didn't realise how many canals were in Berlin either.

We couldn't go to Germany and not visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews. It was situated around the corner from the Brandonburg Gate, so we went there after visiting the gate. It was something which I found rather interesting, and I am really glad I went to it.

Someone I'm friends with had been to Berlin a few days previous to me, and she posted a photo of the view from the top of the Victory Column, which of course made me want to go. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to go up to the top - there was a queue and there was no lift - but even getting to see the column was spectacular because it looks fantastic and the structure was incredible. When I return in the future (which I will!), I'll be going to the top.

Reichstah Building (Parliament) was pretty fascinating. Looking at the building, it's all sandstone, but once you enter the building, it all appears really modern-built as it was all glass inside. The dome-part which we went to was unreal; again, all glass. There was a pathway which took you to the top, and the views were unreal as you can see. 

We bought fast-pass tickets online to enter the TV Tower, which saved us waiting the 4 hours if you bought the tickets there and then. The views were fantastic, as you can see, but the photos don't quite do it's justice. We had booked our slot for 5pm, and we couldn't have picked a better time because the sun was just beginning to set and the sky was stunning. We didn't buy a drink because it was an absolute rip-off plus the bar was heaving but it was nice to sit and admire the views.

After the TV Tower, we went to Primark to buy some Berlin merch (because we did it in Amsterdam so got to keep up traditions) and the sky was turning pink. So, out of habit, had to take a sky picture because how many sky pictures are too many? Exactly, none.

Across from our hotel was an ice-cream parlour called Woop-Woop. Anytime Emma and I go out on an adventure, we visit a cute cafe of some sort - it's just traditions now - so we had to make a point in coming here. We ordered two normal sized Chocolate Cookie ice creams, which were about 4 euros each, but oh my, they were definitely worth it. The chunks of cookie throughout the ice cream were rather generous, and the ice cream itself was super smooth and creamy - none of this icy nonsense.

It wasn't till I was in Berlin that I realised they had an ice-bar. I loved the one in Amsterdam, so for something to do on our last night, we went for a drink. I did think it was quite different to the Amsterdam one - it was quiet (there was only Emma and I in it for the most of the time, then three others but they left), it was a lot bigger and the system was slightly different too. The sculptures were cool too!

 Here's me in my massive jacket posing in front of the Brandonburg!

Berlin, I loved you. I can't wait for my next city adventure.


Monday, 8 October 2018

OOTD: Black and Yellow in Berlinđź’•

If you follow me on my Instagram and Twitter, then you'll be aware I was in Berlin over the weekend. We were rather fortunate with the weather, and one of the days I wore this adorable dress which I had bought from Primark several days before.

DRESS - Primark - £13
TOP - Primark - £4
BAG - Primark - Unsure of the price, thanks Teigan.
SHOES - Primark - £8

At current, I am loving wearing cute outfits, so I was really glad that the weather was good in Berlin because living in Scotland, it makes it difficult - I end up freezing to death. Also, Primark are doing really well at current, and by no means am I sponsored. 

Slowly but surely injecting some colour into my wardrobe..


Monday, 1 October 2018

My New Favourite Foundationđź’•

I couldn't even tell you the last time I bought myself a new foundation. I hadn't really bothered with it, but one foundation I really wanted to try was the Maybelline Superstay Foundation 24 Hour because I had heard so many positive reviews about it, including my friends raving about them. When it was reduced to £7 in Morrisons, I had to give it a try because all my other foundations were running low. And I am proud to announce that I didn't buy the lightest shade either! (It was the second lightest but still).

On my first use, I was shocked at how good the coverage was, it literally covered everything - some days I don't even need any concealer with this. It blends out so well too, it's just effortless. I use a damp makeup sponge and it doesn't appear cakey in the slightest. Before applying, I use a primer (any, I'm not fussed), set with my powder then my setting spray.

As I have oily skin, foundation has the tendency to "disappear" on my face throughout the day. I don't know why but my skin isn't great with some foundation. However, with this, my base looks as good later in the day as it does when I first do my makeup. For example, the west of Scotland was hit by Storm Ali which resulted in a load of rain and wind, so I expected to have patchy makeup, but, when I (eventually) got home, the foundation was still in tact and looked near enough perfect. Result? Much so.

The staying power impresses me on a daily basis when I wear it to college, but the real challenge was wearing it on a night out. Last weekend, I went to a gbx night in a club, and on average, my makeup just doesn't last well on a night out. When it leave the house, it looks good, but upon coming home, my foundation is pretty much non-existent, with my oily skin exposed. This however, it's a game changer. I can usually feel my skin becoming oily and it's not a pretty sight. This though almost "blocks" the oils from coming through, and the coverage is still pretty good. I love it.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

New Purchasesđź’•

I've bought quite a lot lately, in both the clothing and beauty department. It always seems that all your products run out at the same time, so need to replace them all at the once. It was only logical to create a blog post sharing what I've bought lately.

Maybelline Superstay Foundation 24 Hour || Ivory || £9.99 - I'd be lying if I didn't say I couldn't remember the last time I bought a foundation. I went through a rather long period of time where I didn't bother wearing any - which is a good thing - so I didn't find myself needing to buy any. For those who know, I work in my local Morrisons, and I have the responsibility of replenishing the makeup orders when they arrive in the delivery, and changing the stands when there's a promotion on. My friend had raved about this foundation, and when we reduced it to £7, I just had to get my hands on it. It was almost as if it were fate - I had seen people tweeting about it all week, and then I caved in and bought it. So far I am loving it, but keep an eye out for a more detailed review in the upcoming weeks.

Maybelline Colossal Go Extreme! Leather Black Mascara || £6.99 - Also reduced in my work to £5 was this mascara. I was in desperate need of a new one because 1. I am the worst at replacing my mascaras and 2. They were all drying up. I have a love/hate relationship with Rimmel mascaras so tend to avoid them, whereas Maybelline I can indefinitely rely on. I wasn't fussed which mascara I initially bought, so I just picked up one that was on deal and which I hadn't ever tried out. Upon my first few uses, I wasn't overly keen, but now that it's not as "fresh", it's working better - same applies as the above foundation, I shall update you in a few weeks time.

MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter || Pearlescent Sheen || £3 - The only individual highlighters I have including MaryLou, a Mac one and a shimmer brick, and on a daily basis, I'm not wanting to use a high-end, expensive highlighter, and to be brutally honest, my shimmer brick ain't quite cutting it. I love MUA, and had heard good things about their highlighters so picked one up. They had a vast selection of colours available, but I went for quite a white, light colour because I'm pale and that's what I suit. I'm yet to try it, but I'm excited to do so!

Batiste Dry Shampoo Blush || 400ml || £4.99 (currently £2.47 in Superdrug) - Once you turn to dry shampoo, trust me, there's no going back. Normally I choose the cherry dry shampoo, but it wasn't in stock last time I was in Superdrug so picked up blush instead. It was cheaper to buy the 400ml than the 200ml, so logically I bought the larger tin. Batiste shampoo works really well with my hair; it freshens up the roots, gives me some volume and the best part is that it doesn't dry out my scalp. Win win! I'm looking forward to see how this one differs from the cherry one I'm used to using.

Morrisons Normal-Combination Facial Wipes || £1 - I don't use wipes to remove my makeup on a regular basis, but I just find it handy to have them - after a night out, accidentally makeup mistakes etc. I'm not normally fussy with which wipes I use as I don't have sensitive skin, so anything works with me. As I work in a supermarket, we have an immense selection of wipes, and it overwhelms me, so I just picked up these facial wipes. They're nothing special but they do the jobs!

Body Fantasies Perfume Body Spray || Pink Grapefruit || £3.99 (currently £1.98) - I like to carry a body spray with me throughout the day for a quick top-up and refreshment. For ages, I had been using an old, trusty Hollister spray (oh how so 2013..) but it's beginning to run low so there's no point in bringing it. I know that Superdrug are stocked up to the max with body sprays, and at a low price, I knew I would be able to find something. Their body fantasies range was reduced half price, and they smelt quite nice, so I picked up their grapefruit one. I didn't initially smell it because I'm a rebel (joking, I knew it'd be nice) and it turns out that it's fruity and refreshing, ideal!

I've also bought some clothing items, so if you'd like to see a haul or OOTDs/lookbooks, let me know!


Saturday, 15 September 2018

Where Have I Been?đź’•

Firstly, hello. Secondly, welcome back. Yes, I know I promised a whole load of new exciting content over the summer, but as you’re all aware, that didn’t happen. Why? Life happens. Over the 4 and a half years I’ve been blogging, I’ve grown up and more important things have occurred, which means blogging has been put on the backbench, which when I think about it, it does break my heart a bit that I don’t have as much time for my passion. Anyways, here I am with an update as to where I’ve been and what I’m up to.

  1. College - I returned back to college three weeks ago now to return to photography, but at the next level. I may only be three weeks in, but we’ve had plenty of work issued already, and anyone who knows me know that I prioritise my education no matter what. If you aren’t already, then you can follow my photographic journey on Facebook and Instagram - just search “Jasmine Lawrie Photography” (yes, shameless self promo). However, the more I improve my photography and gain new skills, the better my photography will be for my blog, bringing it up a whole new level.
  2. Work - my least favourite four letter word. Over the summer, I did a lot of overtime because I wasn’t at college so my flexibility increased. Some weeks I spent more days in there than others, but still, it did take up a lot of time. Now I’m back to normality, I’m not working quite as much but it does take up my weekends, which were my ideal times for writing posts.
  3. Social life - when I started my blog, I was a whole load younger than I am now, and I didn’t have the same social life compared to now. I’m at an age where I’m enjoying going out with my friends whilst I can. As previously mentioned, I work at the weekend, so I have to try tie in plans with my friends too, some weekends it proves to be more difficult than others. 

At current, I’m at college Monday to Wednesday, Thursday is my dedicated “college work day”, work Friday and Saturday so Sunday is my only chill day. Sometimes on my free days, I lack the motivation to write any posts, and that’s totally normal - other bloggers have reassured me that it’s natural because they get some days where they feel like this too. Other times I have blog post ideas, but not got the photos to match up with it. Those who don’t blog don’t quite realise the amount of work that goes into it, and that’s why us bloggers may end up neglecting our blogs from time to time - not intentionally. 

I’m really hoping that my blog is producing some brilliant content throughout winter and Christmas, which means I’ll need to work on it loads. In saying that, it doesn’t mean that there won’t be content until then, of course I’ll try whenever I can, however if I don’t post, please be patient as I am only human.

To everyone still following me, thank you. I appreciate my loyal followers so much, as you are the reason my blog is where it is today. X

Monday, 3 September 2018

Facial Creams - What's The Difference?đź’•

Day cream, night cream, moisturisers and the list continues. What is what; what's the difference, do the formulas vary and in all honesty, is there any need for so many? For years, I used the same moisturiser, day and night, all year round, regardless of the season. Now that I've decided to branch out with my skincare and am more willing to try out new facial creams and moisturisers, I've discovered that really, there is a massive difference and each will act differently with your skin.

As you can see, I have three; a day moisturiser, a night moisturiser and a moisturising cream. Is there genuinely any need for all three? Yes. I went on a mad spree with the Superdrug Vitamin E Range earlier this year - I ordered things such as micellar water and facial scrubs - and in among the order was the night cream, and I picked up the other two moisturisers not long after. I opted for the same skincare range because that's what I tend to do anyways, and my skin tends to agree with it.

Vitamin E Radiance Face Cream || £2.99 - I'd say that this has the lightest, thinnest formula out of all three because it's a cream as opposed to a moisturiser. It's not water based and it's not thick either - it's your typical facial cream consistency. This cream I use in the mornings throughout Summer, because it's supposed to be warmer outside (or in Scotland, it's muggy), and you don't want something heavy that'll make your skin feel greasy, heavy or sweaty. I also use it in the morning because after you apply it, you're typically going to be busy, on the move etc, and therefore don't want something that feels sticky and will take an absolute age to be absorbed. As it's light, you can apply it and not need to worry about it drying before going ahead with your makeup. It's ideal for oily skin (which is myself), but I don't see any reasons why it couldn't work for dry/combined skin. As it's a radiance cream, it's supposed to make your skin look bright and healthy, so it's another reason to use it in the mornings.

Vitamin E Night Cream  || £2.99 - A cream that I've been using religiously since I bought it. It's my first time experiencing a night cream, so I wasn't too sure what to expect. One thing I can point out instantly is that it is significantly thicker than the previous cream, and that's because it's a night cream. The clue is in the title, a cream created to use in the evenings post skincare routine, as it is thicker - normally, you do your skincare routine before your bed, therefore it gives the cream the opportunity to sink into your skin and work wonders before waking up in the morning. I was worried that I'd find it too heavy for the humid nights we had throughout the Summer, but this didn't occur at all - it doesn't leave a greasy residue on your skin as it's all absorbed, and rather quickly too. I always worry about using thicker creams because I have oily skin, but it's a complete myth that if you have oily skin you should skip moisturiser - it does have an added bonus. It leaves my skin feeling extremely soft and looks healthy.

Vitamin E Day Cream || £2.99 - The last to join my collection, but doesn't receive any less care than the others. I hadn't ever tried a day cream before, as I used to just buy general face creams. I can tell you that this cream will be used a whole load more in the Winter - the consistency is definitely the thickest out of the lot. In the Winter, my skin can lack hydration and moisture, so I need to change my moisturiser and I know that this one will be ideal. I don't need to use a lot when applying as a small amount goes a long way - I think this is because how thick it is. I do feel it takes a little longer than the previous moisturisers to be absorbed by my skin, but nothing too ridiculous. It leaves my skin feeling extremely soft and hydrated, looks bright and healthy and smells great too.

The whole Vitamin E Range has the same distinct scent throughout - it kind of makes me think of an extremely light coconut scent without being coconut at the same time, it's hard to describe. Of course, every facial cream will vary from the above, but it's just a rough guide to the difference, especially within the Vitamin E range.


Monday, 20 August 2018

A Much Loved Skincare Rangeđź’•

For months, I have been using the Superdrug Vitamin E Range religiously. I went on a mad online shopping spree and ordered numerous items that I had been wanting to try out, and they were on a buy one get the second half price deal. The range has been working wonders for my skin, however, my inner blogger enjoys trying out new products. I have read umpteen reviews about the Garnier skincare range which is infused with Rose Water, and whilst I saw them on deal in Superdrug, I snatched up a toner and cleanser.

Garnier Natural Rose Cleansing Milk || £3.49 (now £1.69) - Cleansers are something I never used for years in my skincare routine, and I still struggle to comprehend as to why. I've tried multiple different brands, all of which have varied drastically from each other - I've tried some which are thick, whilst others are extremely thin, on the watery side. This is quite a thin formula, but it's not overly watery - for a cleanser, it's probably on the correct balance. I love how smooth it leaves my skin feeling, and it looks clean and healthy too. After washing my face, I feel this is an extra step which I benefit from, and shouldn't have been skipping out for years! There's a floral scent, but nothing too overpowering or strong - it just smells clean and pleasant.

Garnier Natural Rose Water Toner || £3.49 (now £1.49) - I find toners vital for my oily skin, because it completes my cleansing routine, and closes my pores to prevent any further dirt entering my skin. Some I find work better than others - some feel like you've just swept a cotton pad with water on it all over your face, whilst others leave your skin feeling clean and tight (for those who use a good toner, you know what I mean). This one is definitely in my good books. I knew that rose water was beneficial for your skin, so I jumped onto trying this. I've found that I don't need to use a lot at all on a cotton pad, and my skin absorbs it pretty quickly too. It does have a floral scent, but it's not too harsh on my skin at all - and it's ideal for dry and sensitive skin too. I feel as though it really does tone my skin, and it works well with my skin too

I had high hopes for this range, and I can assure you, it didn't disappoint me. The toner and cleanser were the items I wanted to try most from the range, but whilst linking the products for this post, I see they do a moisturiser as well, so I'm tempted to complete the range. 

Have you tried these products?


Monday, 13 August 2018

Lee Stafford Cactus Crushđź’•*

If you've been reading my blog for a while, then you'll know that I'm a massive fan of Lee Stafford. Their products never fail to disappoint me, both in terms of quality and scents, so any time an email lands in my inbox from their PR, I get rather excited. I was emailed about the new Lee Stafford Cactus range*, which I said yes to because the idea of cactus really intrigued me. And, to say the less, it hasn't let me down once again.

Lee Stafford Cactus Crush Shampoo* || £7.99 - I adore this shampoo, as does my hair. I don't need to use too much because it lathers so well, leaving me with a rich lather of bubbles. After using, my hair just feels a whole load fresher and super clean, even if it hasn't been washed in a few days. The scent is absolutely beautiful as well. It's quite hard to describe, but it smells fruity and fresh. I adore this, and used in conjunction with the rest of the range, it leaves my hair in lush condition.

Lee Stafford Cactus Crush Conditioner* || £7.99 - I won't deny it, but I can be lazy when it comes to washing hair. 2 in 1 shampoos are a life saver, but have you ever taken the time to use actual shampoo, followed by conditioner? Because, trust me, the difference is evidently clear. It has the same scent as the shampoo, and the two used together are like the dream team. I don't find I need to use a massive amount of conditioner, and when I wash it out, I don't miss any excess. It leaves my hair silky and shiny, and I can't begin to explain how smooth it leaves my hair.

 Lee Stafford Cactus Crush Mucho Moisture Mask* || £8.99 - Lee Stafford hair masks are, without a doubt, one of the best on the market, so I knew this wouldn't be a let down. I try to use the mask at least once a week to keep my hair in tip-top condition, and tend to leave it on for just over 5 minutes. It's a thicker formula than the conditioner, and if you're after a quick way to provide your hair with some hydration, this is the mask to use. Sometimes when I brush my hair after washing, it can be quite tuggy, however, I don't find it half as challenging to run a brush through my hair.

Lee Stafford Cactus Crush Dazzle Drops* || £8.49 - Hair oils aren't something I usually use in my hair because I'm afraid that it'll make it greasy, and I can never judge how much to use because I don't want to soak my hair in it either. I use between 4-5 pumps, and rub it through the ends of my hair, ensuring to avoid the roots of my hair and focusing on the ends instead. Typically, I blow-dry my hair, and when it finally dries, my hair feels super soft - sometimes after drying it can feel quite dry - but it's almost as if this saves my hair.

So, the cactus range hasn't disappointed. It's pink, smells good and the products are amazing, what else could you ask for?


Monday, 16 July 2018

Testing Eylure Brow Productsđź’•*

Brows these days are rather important to some individuals. To me, I'm not crazy on them - sometimes when I do my makeup I don't bother doing them and I'll happily leave them undone to leave the house - but every so often, when I want to make an effort, I'll do them. I haven't quite found my holy grail product yet, so I'm willing to try anything out! got in touch, asking if I wanted to try out some brow products from Eylure, I was intrigued as they specialise in eyelashes, so I said yes. And here's the verdict.

Eylure Brow Paint* || Mid-Brown || £8.95 - I won't lie, this product baffled me at first because of the applicator. I had previously tried concealers of a similar manner in terms of applicator, so I was a bit scared to try this out - especially with it being a brow paint, and I am pretty clumsy. On my first use, I found myself twisting the bottom part of the pen for ages before any product came out, then boom - loads appeared at once. It sure doesn't lack pigmentation that's for sure. As it's the first time I've ever used a product quite like this, I found it difficult to work with, however I know the more I use it, the easier the application will be. I did feel that my brows looked too dark and I initially thought it's because the shade was too dark for me, but now I believe I just used too much product. A light and steady hand is necessary with this product!

Eylure Precision Brow Crayon* || Mid-Brown || £5.90 - I'm used to brow pencils, so I could easily fill my brows in with this. It's the same shade as the brow paint, but I feel that this looks a lot lighter in my brows - perhaps this is just the different formulas, which will alter the opacity. At first, I felt that it looked ashy in my brows for some weird reason, but I couldn't see it the next time I used it. I like that on one end is the product, which twists up so no sharpeners needed, and a spoolie on the other side to brush your brows. I'd say it appears on the natural side, as it leaves them full but not overdone. It helps to give them shape and frame your face without being too overpowering.

I must say, I have really liked these products. Considering Eylure are mainly known for their eyelash products, I feel that they have successfully conquered brow products and have created some fantastic products that aren't overly expensive either. Shoutout to Eylure!


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