Saturday, 4 July 2015

A Trip to Mallorca with On The Beach | Palma, Boat Trips & Beautiful Beaches



I was recently whisked away to Mallorca for three days with my good friend Em and travel company On The Beach. When I was first told about the trip, I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive. The idea of going anywhere unfamiliar is always such a daunting thing for me but I do find tackling my fears head on helps me a lot so that's exactly what I decided to do. I can now say I'm SO pleased I bit the bullet and put my fears aside as I had the time of my life! 

I jumped on a train to London (and upgraded to first class for only £15 with Virgin - score) and met up with Em and Scarlett at Euston train station before we got the Gatwick Express to the airport. We then met up with the guys from On The Beach and headed to our gate for the short two hour flight to Mallorca. I usually hate flying but we were all so busy chatting that it passed by in what felt like five minutes! 

We got a private transfer from the airport to our hotel which was around 20 minutes away and that's when holiday mode really kicked in! We stayed at the BH Mallorca hotel and when I found out it's only a stones throw from BCM night club and the famous magaluf 'strip', I was a little concerned. I went to Magaluf when I was 17 and just presumed it was for people of that age who wanted to party like crazy - not a nearly 25 year old who is used to lazing round a pool sipping cocktails on holiday. However, any worries were soon dismissed when we arrived as the hotel is fabulous - it's a 4 star with a welcoming reception area and everything is very clean and modern. There's a water park in the middle of the hotel (I know - SO COOL!), and the rooms are set out in little blocks dotted around the complex. There's also two huge swimming pools, a jacuzzi and a wave pool. Everything you need for a fun filled day really. 
 

The rooms themselves were fairly basic but again, they were clean and modern. They had cool artwork and big TV's on the walls as well as lots of space for storing clothes. I was sharing a room with Em and we had plenty of space considering we both took SO much stuff with us .. That's bloggers for you haha. The lovely people from On The Beach had also stocked our room with sun tan lotion, sweets and champagne which was so lovely and thoughtful. After we'd got changed into something more appropriate for the glorious Mallorca heat, we made our way to the hotels restaurant area where they'd put on the most lovely spread of welcome drinks and nibbles. The restaurant was absolutely lovely too with modern white tables placed around the room and cool artwork on the walls. I can't fault it!

We were meant to be having a pretty quiet night after travelling all day but as soon as we got a few drinks down us, we decided to head to the strip considering it was only a five minute walk away. All I can say about that night is that it was EPIC. Anyone who thinks Magaluf is 'chavvy', 'rough' or 'dirty' is completely wrong. I'd describe it as fun, happy and chilled. We had the most fun ever and I'd honestly do it all over again in a flash - I loved it.
 
 
On day two we woke with slightly sore heads from all the partying we did the night before but we had such a fun day planned so we soon got over it and got stuck into the day! After a nice full English breakfast at the all inclusive we walked down to the beach ready for a boat trip to show us around the beautiful island of Palma. We had such a great time on the boat - the weather was glorious and it was amazing to see all the beautiful views. We were also given the opportunity to jump off the boat into the sea so Em and I took full advantage of this and went for a refreshing dip. My overactive mind did worry a shark would creep up on me (I blame the film 'Into the Deep' for this haha) but the water was crystal clear and it felt so good to let go of my inhibitions and just go for it.
 

After the boat trip we were taken to the most beautiful little beach for some lunch and a dip in the sea. We nibbled on yummy food including bread with aioli, olives and paella washed down with some classic Spanish sangria. We then went to explore the beach and in true blogger style had an impromptu photo shoot on the rocks. The views were simply stunning! The water was a really vibrant turquoise blue and crystal clear - I didn't want to leave!
 
 
After all the fun from the day, we headed to Palma city to explore and it was such a beautiful place. The buildings were so gorgeous and it just had a great atmosphere about it. We made the most of all the beautiful back drops to take some outfit photos which may have involved doing an outfit change behind some bins. I know - absolute blogger problems.



 We were then taken to Illetas for a beautiful meal at Balneario Illetas - the most picturesque restaurant ever. Our table was overlooking the ocean and we watched the sunset as we sipped on wine and Spanish nibbles (as well as some delicious nachos) - it was perfect! I ordered a king prawn and monkfish kebab for my main and it was SO good - even if I couldn't finish it all.



On day three we had a chill out day at the hotel so we could really get a feel for the experience it has to offer guests. Em and I has been eyeing up the white floating beds by the pool area from the moment we got there so we couldn't wait to get down on them and do a bit of sunbathing. This area of the hotel is inspired by the 'ocean beach club' in Ibiza and it's an exclusive area you can pay extra to enjoy. It's 60 euros for the day and this includes a bottle of champagne which I think is a really good price - especially if you're in a group and  dividing the cost between you. It's probably not something you'd do every day but it would be lovely to do on one of the days of your holiday to make it a bit more special. The atmosphere by the pool was amazing - it wasn't lary or too noisy but there was great music playing, a pool bar where you could get a whole selection of drinks included in the all inclusive deal and dancers with the most amazing bodies you've ever seen performing on podiums. I loved it - we met loads of really cool people and laughed and sipped champagne all afternoon.
 
After lots of chilling out - it was time to hit the slides. It was SO cool that there was a water park in the hotel - I'm a total water baby so I was in my element. You don't need to pay extra to use this which is great and it means you'll definitely never be short of things to do during the day. I was slightly too scared to try some of the more crazy looking slides out but we had so much fun on the ones we did try.

 
After dragging ourselves away from the white beds (seriously, we didn't want to leave!), we headed back to our room to get ready for our final night - a Tinie Tempah show and VIP at BCM. As well as the water park, the hotel also had a concert area where well known artists and DJ's play regularly throughout the week. We had a VIP view of the show and the atmosphere was crazy - everyone was so happy and singing along at the top of their voices. Tinie himself was awesome too - I've always been a fan of his music and we were all surprised by how many great catchy songs he's released over the years. After the concert we made our way across the road to BCM which is the biggest club in Mallorca. We had a VIP area again which was really lovely and the music was great!
 
So that pretty much concludes the whole trip! I realise this post is really long but I could go on all day about what a great time I had. I want to do it all over again. I'd like to say a HUGE thank you to Jamie, Emily, Tanase and Karin from On The Beach for giving me this opportunity and being such great hosts for the three days. They're such a great team of people and we all bonded so well! I can't wait for a reunion night out! 

If you're interested in booking a holiday to Mallorca (or any other beach holiday for that matter), I'd highly recommend booking through On The Beach - they're really great. If you like the look of this trip, you can book a seven night all-inclusive stay at the BH Mallorca throughout the summer from only £397pp including return flights from airports across the UK. Book online at www.onthebeach.co.uk or call 0871 474 3000.
 
Do you like the look of this place? Have you ever been to Mallorca?!
 
Big thank you to Em for letting me use some of her photos in this post too!
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

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Monday, 29 June 2015

My Favourite Instagram Photo Editing Apps & How I Use Them


Hey everyone! So, I haven't gone over a week without blogging for as long as I can remember and whilst I know you guys don't mind, I still feel bad about it. I love updating my blog and I don't want you to think I'm neglecting it. The reason things have been a bit quiet around these parts is because I've just moved flat and my life has been nothing short of hectic. Not to mention having no internet in the new place for a few days. A bloggers nightmare, I know! Anyway, I'm back now and I can't wait to get back into the swing of things ...

If you follow me over on my Instagram account (follow me here if you don't already!), then I'm sure you all know I'm a bit obsessed with it and update it daily. I've always been a very creative person and I love photography so Instagram is the perfect app for me as it allows me to share my passions (beauty, fashion, food and interior design usually) in a creative way. I love styling beauty products in a pretty flat lay, sharing snaps of my latest recipe or taking a quick outfit selfie to share my new favourite piece of clothing. Pair this with the occasional sneak peek inside my flat and trips away and that pretty much sums my Instagram account up. 

I often get asked on my Instagram photos themselves or in emails how I edit my photos and the apps I use so I thought it would be useful to put a post together with all the info. I'm not saying my account looks amazing or anything and it might not be to your particular taste but I'm often changing up how I edit my photos and as I like to get creative and play around, I have tried a good share of photo editing apps. I personally prefer following accounts that have a consistent 'theme' or look to them and that's where the apps I'm going to talk about come in handy. I thought it would be easiest to list them below with a little brief overview of each one and how I use it. All of them can be downloaded in the app store for free of a small cost! :)

VSCO Cam
This has to be one of my favourite apps as it's the one I use for filters. As well as being able to edit the standard things like brightness, contrast and shadows - VSCO cam also has a huge range of filters to choose from (some free and some you need to buy) so it's really easy to find a style you like. I tend to use either A5 or S2 at the moment as I feel the both make my images really bright and white. I don't like yellow toned images so that's why these filters are my preference!

AfterLight
Another favourite app and one I use a LOT alongside VSCO cam is Afterlight. This app again can be used to edit standard things such as brightness and cropping as well as adding filters. I do like some of the filters on Afterlight (Magnolia is a nice one) but the main reason I've been using it lately is to add borders to my images. I really like the effect of a slightly larger white border on Instagram and this app makes it so easy to do!

Sparkmode
This app was originally known as 'Mirrorgram' and it's the one I use when I want to 'mirror' my images. For example - if I've taken an outfit photo - sometimes it's nice to flip that image and make it into a more square shape. This might not be to everyones taste but it's something I like to do from time to time. Here's some examples:

Pimple Eraser
So this sounds a bit suspicious but I don't use it for its intended purpose which is to remove spots! The reason I downloaded this app is because I took a picture of a product and there was a black splodge on my dressing table that ruined the overall look of the image. I decided this app might help to remove the 'blemish' from the image and it worked a treat. I now use this if anything unexpected crops up in my photos that I want to remove. Of course it can be used for editing skin imperfections too if you feel it's necessary but I say it's best to go au natural ladies!

Picfx
I don't use this app a great deal anymore but it's one I used to use all the time so I thought I'd include it anyway. This one can be used to add cute light effects to your images like the ones on the examples below. There's some nice filters on there too!


Frametastic / Frames
As well as mirroring images, it's sometimes nice to create a collage to show off different details of an outfit or beauty product. These two apps are the ones I use as they allow you to create a whole range of different collages so the possibilities are endless depending on the look you're going for! Again, here's some examples of this app in use:


Whitagram
This app is really handy for making images that aren't square fit into a square shape. For example, if you had a full length outfit image that wasn't square, this app would make it square by compressing it and adding white borders to the top and bottom (for landscape images) or at either side for portrait images. I don't tend to use this that much as I like all of my images to have the same size border around them but if you aren't as fussy as me, it might be a good one to try!

A Beautiful Mess
Again, this is one I don't use all that much anymore but it can be used to add a cute font, sayings or doodles to your images. This is quite handy if you're announcing some big news, a blog milestone or a giveaway!


Instazz
You may have noticed a new trend on Instagram recently where lots of blogger are adding blurred borders to the sides of their images and I spent ages trying to work out how to do this until my friend Anne-Marie came to the rescue and told me about Instazz. It's pretty self explanitary once it's been downloaded - simply upload an image and if it isn't a square, it will allow you to make the image look wider by blurring the borders.

As well as these apps, I also like to use Instagram's built in editing tools such as brightness, contrast, shadows and highlights. I usually always have a play around with those before I upload to make sure everything looks just right! I'm such a massive perfectionist!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and hopefully it's introduced you to some apps you didn't know about previously or it has answered your questions about how I edit my images. At the moment I tend to use VSCO cam and Afterlight the most but as I said earlier, I'm always changing my mind so I like to have lots of options, just in case!

What's your favourite app for Instagram editing?!!
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Saturday, 20 June 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink Lipstick and Pillow Talk Lip Liner


Charlotte Tilbury is a brand I've heard SO much about but one I hadn't tried for myself until very recently. As much as the products look beautiful, I think it was a combination of the price tag and the fact I already own so many beauty products stopping me from making the splurge and buying some of her products. If you don't know who Charlotte Tilbury is, she's a famous makeup artist who makes up the likes of Sienna Miller and Kim Kardashian. She also has an amazing Youtube channel where she shares all of her top beauty tips! I think this is why her beauty range which she released back in 2013 has become such a huge success and loved by the beauty industry and us beauty bloggers.

I was very kindly sent some of her products to try out recently and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try them out, share my thoughts with you guys and let you know if I'd splurge on buying them for myself. Well, after trying them out for a couple of weeks now, I can officially say I love them and can now see what all the hype is about. Oh and yes, I would buy them with my own money. Infact, I now have a wish list as long as my arm - I need that sculpt and glow palette in my life!


First things first, I've got to talk about the packaging. I mean, it's rose gold. Anything rose gold has me sold instantly and these products are no exception - they're SO beautiful. They also feel so luxurious and I really think you get what you pay for when it comes to the packaging as nothing on the high street even compares to it. However, it's not just the exterior I love as the products themselves are amazing too. I have the K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in the shade 'Penelope Pink' which is a beautiful pinky nude and 'Pillow Talk' Lip Cheat lip liner which is one of Charlotte's most loved products. Again, it's a gorgeous pinky nude shade. I'm not usually keen on nude lips as I feel they can wash me out but due to the pink tone, these two work together perfectly to create the perfect 'my lips but better' every day lip.

The quality of the products is of a really high standard too. The lipstick is pigmented yet glossy and really long lasting. The lip liner is probably my favourite of the two as it's super creamy and long lasting and it can be worn on its own or paired with a lipstick. I find it really plumps up my lips too and gives them some more definition - very Kylie Jenner!


Overall I haven't got a bad word to say about these products and I'll 100% be adding more of them to my collection, despite the price tag. The lipstick costs £23.00 and is available to buy here and the lip liner is available here for £16.00 which isn't too bad as it's something that will last a long time. Definitely worth buying if you fancy treating yourself!

Do you like the look of these products? Is there any other Charlotte Tilbury products you'd recommend?
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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Home Decor Inspo with Homify


For as long as I can remember, I've been obsessed with home decor and interior design. I actually dreamed of being an interior designer when I was younger as TV shows like 'Changing Rooms' were always my favourite. My career might not have planned out as I expected but my love for home decor and interior design remains! All you need to do is take one look at my Pinterest boards to see that home decor board is up there as one of the ones with the most pins. I just can't get enough of looking at pretty homes and it really inspires me to work hard so I can own my own swoon worthy home in the future. 


At the moment I live in a flat which means I do need to improvise slightly. I can't go knocking walls down or stick anything on the walls as the landlord just won't allow it. However, I'm completely obsessed with accessories as they can totally transform a room, much like fashion accessories can transform a look. I'm actually moving flats soon (home decor blog posts will be coming very soon) and I'm so excited to buy lots of new bits for the new place and looking at pretty pictures online is definitely giving me a lot of inspo. 

A website I was recently introduced to called Homify is an amazing source of home decor inspiration and I've thoroughly enjoyed flicking through all of the amazing images on the site to get some ideas for my new place. You can select specific rooms and styles which is really cool as it then gives you thousands of images and a lot of inspiration. I'm particularly interested in living room inspiration at the moment as the living room in my new place is super cool and its the one room I'm most looking forward to getting creative with. All of the images in this post have been taken from Homify and as you can see, I've definitely got a style when it comes to home decor.


I absolutely love grey and neutral tones in living rooms as you can see and I also love a mix of modern and old - my dream house is one with exposed beams and brick walls but really modern fixtures and comfortable furnishings with lots of cushions and throws to add texture. As I said earlier, I'm also big on accessories so flowers, candles and lights are a must have. If my home could look half as good as these images, I'd be more than happy. That's goals right there.

Make sure you check out the Homify website for all of your home decor inspiration and let me know what you think. I know where I'll be heading for ideas from now on. I hope you guys love it too!

*Sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
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