Amsterdam | P&O Cruises.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hello guys!

So last week myself, Aaron, my mum and brother all travelled to Amsterdam for a couple of days. We booked through P&O Cruises, which involves travelling overnight to Amsterdam, having around 6-7 hours in Holland, before sailing back overnight. We decided to pay for a hotel for the night, so we could have an extra day in the capital. Which i'm so glad we decided to do!

Firstly, the ferry we travelled on was literally like a mini cruise ship, nothing like the ferry I remember from being a child and going to the Isle of White. It had cinemas, casinos, bars, restaurants and a few duty free shops as well. It was huge. The cabins weren't huge but you literally went in there to sleep and that was it. We opted for the all-you-could-eat buffet at night, as we hadn't had a great deal to eat that day and the food was great. They have different themes each night, so on the way there it was Indian, and on the way home it was Chinese. They had other dishes on incase you weren't a fan of the themed menu, but we all did so that was a bonus! Drinks were also included, soft and hot drinks. Alcoholic drinks were extra.

One thing I was not a fan of was being woken up at 6A.M by a loud speaker phone announcing that we would be arriving in Rotterdam shortly. I literally threw myself out of bed and got ready, before heading to the on-board starbucks and ordering a large hot chocolate and croissant to wake myself up. I did nod off for on the coach from Rotterdam to Amsterdam (which is included in the price) which was inevitable really..I am NOT a morning person. 

Once we arrived in Amsterdam we headed straight to our hotel to drop off our bags, We decided to walk to our hotel, which was only about a 25 minute walk, as to get our first proper look at the city. I never realised how many canals where actually in Amsterdam! I knew it had them, I just wasn't expecting so many. The buildings and surrounding areas were lovely, so many gorgeous houses overlooking the canals.

Our first stop was the Anne Frank House. I've wanted to visit there for ages, so I was determined to go. The que was HUGE, but we got to the front pretty quickly. I can't describe the feeling walking through the house, there were diary entries written on the walls and pictures of how the house will have looked, and in what was Annes bedroom there were still pictures up that she had stuck there, from magazines! It was completely surreal and you can't believe that it actually happened. I know we did about it in school, but actually being there was a whole other world. It is definitely an emotional experience. I can't recommend it enough!

After finishing in the museum, we booked to go on a Canal Cruise, which is something my mum was really excited for. We nipped to the supermarket before stocking up on treats and a bottle of summin' special ;) 
We were given a tour of all the historic sights in Amsterdam, e.g. the world's narrowest house which is actually only 2m wide! How you would fit furniture in, is beyond me! We then were shown the Red Light District which experience! If we had more time in Amsterdam I definitely would have explored this area more. People believe it to be quite a seedy area, when it actual fact it was just as stunning as the rest of the City.

On our second day we just explored the City a little more, stopping off for breakfast and a warm drink. It was freezing, i'm so glad I decided to take warm jumpers and my scarf. I would definitely recommend walking around Amsterdam, nothing is that far away that you can't walk there. You could also travel around by bike, which is how pretty much everyone gets around! The bike riders there are crazy so be careful. Stay out of the bike lanes and stay alert, some of them wouldn't think twice about clipping you! After stopping off in some tourist shops, which has to be done, we got back onto the coach which picked us up at 5p.m. 

I'd definitely recommend Amsterdam as a place to see! There are so many bars, restaurants and museums to see. I will definitely go back and hope to visit a few more places.

We arrived back home on Friday morning at about 9, which wasn't such a shock to the system. Not great, but hey, an improvement on 6!

I would definitely recommend the P&O Cruises as a way of travelling to Amsterdam, a lot less stressful than the airport and you can have a wander about the bars and duty free, without being restricted to a plane. 
There is currently an offer on at P&O for buy one get one free. So two of you can travel for just £75!! A complete bargain if you ask me. If you'd like to do the same as us and stay an extra night in Amsterdam, just find yourself a hotel for the night and voila. It doesn't cost any extra to come back on the ferry a day later. 

Have you been to Amsterdam? Did you enjoy it? 

Izabelle Hammon Beauty Launch.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Last Sunday was super busy and I spent the entire day in Manchester City Centre. I met up with the extremely lovely Rachel (Lost In Lipstick) and our first stop was Professional Beauty North at Manchester Central and it was C-RAZY. So many people and stalls, I felt a little panicky at one point but calmed myself down and enjoyed the experience. We then headed to Almost Famous, a gorgeous burger place and oh ma god..they are absolutely delicious! I definitely recommend going there if you are anywhere near the Northern Quarter of the city. Our last stop for the day was a launch party hosted by Izabelle Hammon, It was every girls dream if you are into nails and nail art, we were given a box to fill up of different nail wraps, stickers, nail art pens and studs to take away with us and try them at home ourselves, a real DIY manicure, which I took full advantage of.

We were also given a masterclass by professional nail technicians, showing us how to achieve different looks 'monochrome, embellished..there was something for everyone. Via their website here you can create all the different looks from your own home, super easy. I'm definitely going to be practicing so expect a few nail art posts popping up on my blog!

The event was held in the gorgeous Midland Hotel, in a beautiful private room hosting a photobooth, a pick & mix table and nail art tables. There was also a section where you could get colour matched to an eyebrow palette by Christian Beauty.

I had a lovely day and picked up some amazing goodies! I love attending events like these. it's an amazing way to meet new people and be introduced to new brands..some which you grow to love!!

Are you a fan of events? Which has been your favourite of 2014 so far? 

Meet The Trends | Clinique Ambassador.

Friday, October 24, 2014

As well as being invited to attend the Meet The Trends event in Manchester, I was also asked to be the ambassador for Clinique! I got to go for a personal consultation with the team at the Arndale store, trying new products and getting a makeover. 

The team were really welcoming and introduced themselves before explaining what I could expect from the consultation and a little history of the brand. I haven't tried anything from Clinique for years so it was a good way to try the latest products and add some to my Christmas wishlist..Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush, here's looking at you! 

First I had a consultation all about my skin, my problem areas, the kind of breakouts I have ect. They then matched me up to my recommended skincare. One thing I never knew about Clinique is that, after your consultation and purchases, they will ring you within 2 weeks to see how you are getting on with your new products and if there is anything you could change. I've never known this from another brand so think it is a really nice touch.

Whilst having my skin tested, I got to try the new Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush and it was love at first use. They used it on the back of my hand along with the foaming cleanser and my skin felt amazing afterwards, Brighter and smoother. 

I then got to try some of the new makeup releases including the new Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balms. I tried a deep berry shade in 'Broadest Berry' and it is one of the most nourishing lip balms i've tried. It had the perfect amount of pigmentation and hydration without being tacky or slippy. 

After being pampered and having free roam of the department to take some pictures, I was lucky enough to receive a goodie bag worth over £100* some of the products I am planning on including in my Christmas Giveaway, so keep your eyes peeled.

The private consultation has definitely changed my perception of Clinique, I had always presumed it was for a much older audience but after seeing all the products they have to offer for every age range and skin type I have had a complete change of heart and now have a list as long as my arm of all the things I want!

Are you a fan of Clinique? What would you like to see up for grabs in my giveaway? 

Meet The Trends | Manchester Event.

Sunday, October 05, 2014
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I received an email the other day from the lovely ladies who work in PR at Manchester Arndale, about a very exciting fashion and beauty event 'Meet The Trends'. It is a Fashion Showcase where 30 retailers will be showing you their fashion must-haves for Autumn 2014. There will also be beauty pop-up shops located inside the Arndale, including Clinique, Bumble & Bumble, Ojon, Smashbox, Boots No 7, Paul's Hair World and Supercuts. All of which will be demonstrating their latest products and offering advice and mini makeovers to visitors. 

There will be a show every 30 minutes, and after each show you are in with the chance to win £100, to spend on the latest trends!! Simply collect an envelope at the end of each show containing a number to be in with the chance to win.* 

*The winning number will be displayed at the end of each show and the winner will need to go to the retailer and collect their prize at that time. 

The key fashion trends will be:

  • The CheckList: Stand out check prints in monochrome, tartan prints and luxurious houndstooth.
  • New Vintage: Think.. faux fur, full on glamour and chic vintage shapes.
  • Berry Blaze: Mulberries, scarlet shades and raspberries. This A/W is all about the berries!
  • Mirror Metallics: Ramping up the glitz and glamour, they will be showcasing all the mirrored shade to dazzle day or night.
The Manchester Arndale Street Team will also be out and about in the city centre hunting stylish shoppers to bag special V.I.P invites and secure a special treat and the best seats in the house on the FROW. 

The event will take place on both Friday the 10th October and Saturday the 11th, the showcases will be running from 12-6p.m in the Exchange Court. 

To keep up to date with all the news and updates regarding the Meet The Trends, follow Manchester Arndales Twitter page @manarndale

I hope to see some of you guys there! Which trend are you most looking forward to this season? 

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