5 Tips For Non-Morning People

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Summer holidays! I am writing this post because it is already back to school 😦 and going to bed at 4am and waking up at 12pm is just not working anymore. So here are some tips for students who have a hard time getting up in the morning. Everyone has a different internal clock so it’s also important you find what works for your sleep and not just what works for your friends.

  1. Do your homework early. Not only will you be able to enjoy the rest of the evening stress free. The quality of your homework will improve as you won’t be exhausted whilst doing it in the late evening. IMG_8075
  2. This one is obvious; Do not go the bed with your phone in your hands. I am completely guilty of doing this but watching a screen before sleeping inhibits the production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin and disrupts your circadian rhythms.
  3. Drink water as soon as you wake up. When you wake up after a long sleep, your body is naturally dehydrated, no matter how much water you drank the day before. Drinking coffee instead of water in the morning will only dehydrate you further.FullSizeRender.jpg
  4. A healthy breakfast is essential. After sleeping all night, your metabolism and blood sugar are at their lowest; we need a healthy breakfast to re-energise ourselves. breakfast ideas include: porridge, fruit, yogurt, whole grain cereal and some milk is also advised. Perhaps replace your black coffee with cappuccino. We will be posting a ‘on the go breakfast ideas ‘ for additional ideas. 
  5. Hitting your alarm’s snooze button doesn’t give you more of the restful REM sleep. Your body and mind aren’t recuperating so you’re just wasting time.IMG_8082

Slightly funnier tips at Buzzfeed,

T & C

 

 

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Recipe Ideas | Summer Juices

As Summer is getting closer, the months are getting warmer, so we came up with a few drinks that will help you keep cool and fresh through the hot summer months. These recipes are really quick yet easy and most importantly they taste delicious!

Super Berry Smoothie Bowl

450g bag frozen berry
450g pot fat-free strawberry yogurt
100ml milk
25g porridge oat (optional)

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Whizz the berries, yogurt and milk together with a stick blender until smooth. You can add oats if the consistency is too liquid. Pour the smoothie into a bowl and place freshly cut fruits to accompany.

Strawberry and banana Milkshake

-Strawberries
-Banana, halved
-1/2 glass of milk
-Vanilla ice cream
-Whipped cream (optional)
-Vanilla pods shavings (optional)

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Place in the blender – 6 large strawberries, half a banana, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and half a glass of milk. Blend well. If desired, serve with whipped cream and vanilla shavings.

We tried out a bunch of other drinks but most were completely failed so we narrowed it down to these two. For more delicious recipes check out this link. Enjoy.

C & T

 

Travel Blog | Italy: Grottaglie

A couple of weeks ago, during half term break, I travelled with a couple of friends to Palermo in the South of Italy. We left from Stansted, in London and landed in Italy at Brindisi Airport. It took us forty minutes by car to get to the house my friends and I were staying at. We landed midday, so we spent the afternoon visiting our surroundings, the weather was lovely and we had an amazing sunset view on Grottaglie.

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On the second day we drove to Brindisi to meet up with some friends. We had lunch at ‘Le Colonne’ a small restaurant with a view on the sea, where we tried out local foods. The sea urchins were incredible. After lunch we took a walk along the port and then waited at an Italian caffe until we met my friends uncle for a ride on his boat.IMG_1576.jpg

Our favourite attraction in Palermo was the high street. It was filled with prestigious shops and restaurants. Before dinner we stopped at a little bar where we had fruit cocktails with some garlic bread and the Italian version of a canapés. We later dined at ‘Trattoria Gatto Rosso’ where we had spaghetti alle vongole and tiramisu for desert.

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We had a really nice time in Italy and met loads of new friends. We definitely plan on returning to Grottaglie in the future.

C & T

Brand Review: Urban Decay

Happy New year! So I’ve been told that for my Duke of Edinburgh Award I have to post a blog a week. It has been a bit chaotic so far for me and my best friend (London Under Rain), so we’ve decided to work on my blog together. This means there will be more context and creativity put into each posts. Thank you for your understanding.

Today I’m reviewing one of my favourite makeup brands; Urban Decay! It’s an American cosmetics line which over the years has become increasingly popular in the UK.

1.Naked Palette

This was my first ever Urban decay purchase. I got my first one for the Christmas of 2012 and have since repurchased it. The shadow has a really nice consistency and glides well on the eyes, however it isn’t as buttery as the Tom Ford eyeshadows. The Naked palette is perfect for an every day natural look and for smokey eyes alike. It retails for 38 pounds which is quite reasonable for the amount of shadows you get. The packaging has brown velvet with gold writing on the outside and the inside is lined with glossed paper making it look slightly less sturdy than the naked 2 or 3.

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2.The Naked 3 palette

The Naked 3 is amazing! It has pinkier nudes than the Naked 1 making it perfect for lighter skin tones. It consists of both matte and shimmery colours as the Naked 1 and 2. I didn’t buy the Naked 2 as it has a few repeats and similar colours to the Naked 1, however this palette has absolutely no repeat shades. The packaging is a rose gold metal; making it more drop resistant than the Naked 1. It also comes with a double sides brush which if bought separately from the brand could cost up to 20 pounds.

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3.The Vice 3 Palette

The Vice was a gift from a friend. It’s the third vice palette of their collection and at the time was the most recent. Unfortunately it isn’t available anymore however they came out with a more recent palette which is pretty similar (VICE 4) and another limited edition palette (GWEN STEFANI EYESHADOW PALETTE) which looks incredible! It’s the perfect experimental palette and can match just about any dress! The colours are vibrant and very pigmented and as the other palettes has a smooth application. The packaging is quite over the top however I adore the metallic brush it comes with!

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The last two palettes are adorable! They are considerably smaller than the others making them perfect for travel.

4.The Naked Flushed Palette

The Naked Flushed is a bestselling cheek palette. It has a bronzer, a highlighter and a blush and comes in four shades to match your skin tone.

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5.The Naked Basics 2 palette

The Naked Basics 2 comes with the most essential colours for the eyes. It’s the perfect basics as the name quite obviously suggests and is reasonably priced for the time it lasts. It’s a great product for travelling or to throw in your bag (maybe not literally) making it my favourite palette by Urban Decay.

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Please excuse the poor picture quality throughout this post.

C & T

DIY Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Christmas is just around the corner so I Put together 3 different DIY gift ideas just in case you’ve forgotten or have run out of time to buy one. Homemade presents are always extra special as you can personalise them and really show someone you love them.

The first DIY present isIMG_8057.jpg a spa and pampering in a jar. This cute jar is filled with a few things for pampering yourself, for this particular jar I decided to include mostly only pink products as it’s my friend’s favourite
colour. I filled this mason jar with a Maybelline
Dr.Rescue Baby Lips lip balm in Coral Crave (55), an EOS lip balm in Strawberry Sorbet, an EOS hand lotion in Berry Blossom, a Daily Smooth Body Butter from Soap & Glory, a Bourgeois blush in 34 Rose D’or, a Bourgeois ultra black mascara, an Essie nail polish in Cute As A Button (73), Rimmel in Cupcake Pink (520) and Maybelline in Glitter It (293).

 

The next thing you can make is your own DIY terrarium with succulents and cacti. Not only do they look really nice but they aren’t hard to look after. I say this, yet I have managed to somehow kill one in the past.

All you will need for this is a container to plant your succulents, (I used a glass jar with rope) some cacti or succulents (you can get these from garden centres, florists and you can even get them from IKEA). You will of course also need some soil to plant your cacti.

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Grab your pot and fill it about three quarters of the way up with soil, make a little dip in your soil and then pop your plants in. Add a little more soil on top and pat it down to make sure the plants are sturdy. You can also choose to add a bit of moss, some pebbles or maybe even a Popsicle stick with the person’s name on.

IMG_8004-2.jpg The last Diy gift idea is a personalised photo frame. You could use regular frames but I’m going to show you how do it with glass hanging frames. I picked this up from Notonthehighstreet.com but you can get these from Oliver Bonas, John Lewis ore even on eBay, they come in tones of different shapes and sizes. Then using you’re favourite pictures, (I had a tone of Polaroid pictures laying around so I decided to use those) place them down onto your glass frame using double sided tape. At this point you could choose decorate it using confetti or glitter but I just decided to keep it plain. This idea is super simple super easy but you can also really personalise it depending on who you’re doing it for.

 

Christmas Gift Guide

Yup, it’s that time of year again, I’ve had my first tiny chocolate Lindt Reindeer, bought all my secret Santa gifts and now only listen to Christmas music on repeat, I’ve also just finished my Christmas list – family, prepare your bank accounts.

In celebration I thought I’d give you some ideas on Christmas presents you want to give or receive this Christmas. I’ve added a few favourites of mine in here amongst some bestseller products that any beauty addict would be more than happy to unwrap on Christmas day.

My first suggestion for people struggling for gifts, whatever the budget, is always LUSH. They do gift boxes in all different sizes and prices but you can also buy individuals and make your own DIY gift package for a loved one.

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Then there are the Dyptique Candles. There products are great quality and last ages – My personal favourite scent from Dyptique is the classic ‘feux de bois’ I absolutely love it, it’s amazing.

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If you have a YouTube lover who’s also a big reader – The ‘How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are’ by Anne Berest is a brilliant read and so beautifully presented.

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For an eye shadow/palette I can only recommend the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette because it is my absolute favourite and I love all of the shades. The quality of the shadows are incredible and it comes with a free Eyeshadow Primer potion sample.71pCNDUiQoL._SL1500_.jpg

And of course we can’t forget the beautiful Friends Taylor headphones, these would be an adorable gift to any music lover. The stylish headphones not only look good but they sound good, love them.

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Disclaimer not all of these pictures are mine, all rights go to the owners.

 

Guide to Hydra: Where to eat, drink, sleep, and leisure 

Each summer for the past nine years I’ve been going to the same little greek island and this year wasn’t any different. So I am currently in The Greek island of Hydra and since my other travel posts were so successful I decided to write another one. This traffic free island is a two hour boat ride away from Athens and on the island the only forms of transport are donkey back or boats.

1. Where to Eat: Tavern The Secret Port Kryfo Limani means hidden port and it really is hidden, the tavern is extremly hard to find. They serve a good variety of freshly cooked Greek food, both fishes, seafood and meat of very good quality. Service is is very efficient. I would really recommend, dolmades (parcels made from grape leaves stuffed with long-grain rice, toasted pine nuts, fresh herbs and seasonings) and the lemon créme brulé (made with the lemons they grown in the courtyard).

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2.Where to Drink: Hydronetta Located just past the swimming rocks on the west side of hydra’s port the Hydronetta Bar provides tasty drinks, access to a small rocky beach and a beautiful view of the greek sunset. This has always been my favorite place to watch the sun lower down into the sea.

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3.Where to Sleep: Bratsera  Bratsera hotel is a charming hotel located only two minutes away from the port. It once was an old sponge factory but was recently restored into a magnificent four star hotel. The staff all treat you as a valued guest and the food is also excellent, I would highly recommend the spaghetti with tomato sauce and the chocolate soufflé 🙂 

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4. Leisure: Bisti Beach  Bisti beach is a beautiful little beach with mainly pebbles, clear blue water, lush green forest just behind the beach that provides shade and a little snack bar that makes the best greek salad on the whole of Hydra. The woman who holds the stall also rents out loungers/ umbrellas (€6 a set). Bisti beach is a 20-25 minuit boat ride from Hydra Port (€6 per person one way) 

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Visit my previous post ‘Lush Oxford Street Exclusives Haul’

Lush Oxford Street | Exclusives | Haul

The other day I went to Oxford street with London Under Rain. While on Oxford street we decided to go have a look at the new three story Lush Store. They had over two hundred products that are exclusive to the Oxford Street store. I picked up a couple of items and so I decided to haul them.

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 Intergalactic Bath Bomb – £3.50 / per item (New)
 ‘Be the guardian of a galaxy as it explodes in your bath.’
 This bath bomb smells of peppermint. Intergalactic is sure to leave your skin unwordly-soft and your bath looking like a galaxy.
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  Frozen Bath Bomb – £3.75 / per item (New)
 ‘This magical blend of uplifting grapefruit and Tunisian neroli will thaw the frostiest of hearts.’
 Frozen gives out a fresh floral smell.’
Upon hitting the water, Frozen immediately begins to fizz leaving behind a creamy white foam.
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 Yuzu and Cocoa Bubbleroon – £3.65 / per item
‘Softening coconut oil and Shea butter with a comforting chocolate orange fragrance.
I wouldn’t describe this product as particularly chocolate-smelling. To me this Bubbleroon has an amazing fresh orange smell.
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Cup O’Coffee Exfoliating Mask – £12.00 / 250g (New)
 ‘It’s time for tired skin to wake up and smell the coffee.’
 The exfoliating mask is designed to be used on the body and the face. Featuring a blend of coffee infusion and roasted cocoa extract this product smells of very strong rich coffee.
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 Let The Good Times Roll Face & Body Cleanser – £6.75 / 100g
 ‘Polenta and maize flower gently exfoliate while cinnamon powder still imulates the skin.’
This product has the consistency of dough and it smells just like fresh popcorn. it leaves your skin feeling buttery soft.
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Also please check out my previous post on ‘Frends Taylor Rose Gold Headphones Review ‘
 

Review | Frends | Taylor | Rose Gold Headphones

I received these beautiful rose gold headphones a week ago for my birthday and I am absolutely in love with them, I got many compliments on them and a friend of mine requested a review so here it is.

IMG_4686The Frends Taylor are  designer headphones that sound as good as they look. They come in a gorgeous black box with a magnetic opening side (and a ‘open me’ ribbon) The headphones themselves are stunning: white leather with shiny rose gold detailing. They come in thirteen other colours and they also come in a smaller form (the Layla headphones).

The sound is very good, clear with descent bass, and they are Demi-noise-cancelling. If you want perfect sound you may need to go for headphones that are better for the sound and not the apperance

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I normally prefer in-ear buds and I’ve previously found over-ear headphones to be irratating but these headphones are really comfortable to wear. They stay on the head firmly, though they don’t feel too tight. The headband is also adjustable. The cord is made of soft white fabric which means that tangling is a not an issue. There is a remote control and a mic on the cord with buttons for play, pause and volume adjusters. The Frends Layla headphones are foldable and fit nicely in the black leather pouch that comes in the box. 

Visit my previous post on ‘Twilight & Space Girl Lush bath bomb product review’.

Product Review| LUSH | Bath Bombs | Twilight & Space Girl

I set foot into LUSH for the first time the other day. The reason I probably never stepped inside is because of the overwhelming scent from outside the store. The store closest to me opened in 1995 in Chelsea, its in fact one of the oldest lush stores in the world. LUSH is an organic, fresh, handmade cosmetics store. All their products are made with the finest essential oils and no preservatives.

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I was most interested in the bath bombs and after they gave a demonstration at the store I decided I had to give them a try. I picked out Space Girl because of its sweet smell and intriguing shape and Twilight because of its beautiful colour and its sweet florally kind of scent.

Space Girl

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As you first drop Space Girl it turns your bath into your own little galaxy. Reds and lilacs appear but it soon settles as a lovely deep pink. It smells yummy and sweet, almost like parma violets. You can hear the popping candy fizzing as it dissolves in your bath. It leaves your skin feeling softer and moisturised.

Twilight

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As soon as you drop Twilight into the bath it starts frothing up as a light orange and then it sends out streaks of pink, blue to look like a sunset, and then bubbles and glitter ‘explode’ into the bath. Then it broke into a rich bluey-purple with subtle silver lustre like a night sky. It smells divine like lavender but not too strong. This bath bomb is my favorite and it was a great value for money. I definitely recommend it and I would buy it again.

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