Thursday, 25 January 2018

My Favourite Things in Budapest


Summer of 2017 was definitely a ride, and one of the perks of summertime for me was being lucky enough to go to Budapest for a week and a bit. I hadn't explored many European cities before (mainly Spanish islands, Paris and Prague), but this trip was definitely something special as it inspired me to go far more often than I currently do. Today, I thought I should reminisce on the summer just gone and talk through all of my favourite things about Budapest with you.

1) My main love for Budapest lies in its amazing architecture and important buildings. The Hungarian Parliament Building is just so pretty that it becomes a tourist spot itself. The Buda Castle — one of my favourite days of the trip — is actually awe-striking: I've never seen as castle quite like it. It is truly beautiful and unique, and made me realise how much I appreciate such artistic and creative architecture in the first place.
2) Budapest is also home to many traditional and historical cafes that sadly, I didn't get to experience this time around. I will definitely have to go back and experience the New York Cafe — one of the most famous of the city. The otherwise average walks around town were made a visually striking experience by the cafes and buildings around, truly exuding the character of the city itself.

3) The Thermal Baths of Budapest receive a mixed review form me. Whilst I definitely found the architecture once again impressively designed, I found the hygiene standards of the baths themselves a rather irksome experience. If you're not too fussed about things like that for an hour or three of your time, it's definitely still worth it even just to recline in the sun and dry off. You might even get a tan if you're lucky enough; it will probably be the most sunbathing you've done all holiday, which just goes to show how adventurous the city is. 

4) The views. The views! Oh my goodness, the views in Budapest are amazing. I recommend going on one of those tourist bust things -- they often stop at a beauty spot for you to observe the city from its best angles. It's definitely a treat, I mean, you don't see a view like that everyday!

I cannot recommend Budapest enough for you to explore either as an introduction to European cities or if you're well-travelled! Seeing such a beautiful city definitely has to be a highlight of 2017 for me, and I hope it will encourage you to go and visit someday too.


My Top Three Skincare Products

Now, between you and me, I've tried a lot of skincare combos over the last few years. This existence persisted through countless bouts of teenage acne to hormonal breakouts and now, my relatively normal complexion. You'll be glad to know I've finally found my top 3 skincare products. Not that I don't change it up every now and then, that would be totally unrealistic for me! But alas, these are my current best picks:
1. Micellar Water
Now I've tried multiple brands of Micellar Water, but I always find myself constantly switch between the Garnier and the L'Oreal one. I just love this stuff for taking makeup off or refreshing the skin — the perfect in-between of a 'proper' cleanser and those flimsy makeup wipes.

2. Neal's Yard — Rehydrating Rose Daily Moisture

Omg, if you're a fan of natural moisturisers like me, then you'll looove this moisturiser. I can't recommend trying to find a natural alternative to your average chemically-induced moisturiser any day; it is seriously a life changing skin factor. I love this moisturiser, it feel light but still moisturising enough. The best of both worlds.
3. Pixi Glow Tonic
I know this is a cult product — but it's cult for a reason! I adore this stuff because it really gets the very last of your makeup off, and totally renews your skin. I've also found it to have a brightening effect on my skin, but that could be at the hand of all of these products together. I think it's definitely made the most difference to my skin overall and definitely has a regulating effect as well.
Overall, I can't stress the importance of having a low-fuss, slightly more natural skincare routine or at least introducing a few products into your daily life. I find these to be the most luxurious of products, and they don't even have to be that expensive! There are loads of fairly lower-priced natural skincare products — you just have to know where to look!



Review: Morphe 35F Eyeshadow Palette

I feel as though I should up my game when it comes to beauty and makeup reviews, and so I thought that I would share my thoughts on the infamous Morphe 35F Palette.

So, very excitedly I received this for Christmas, and I must say that the colours of the palette are very appropriate to the Christmas season. I love the cranberry and burgundy shades, but equally the gold and copper.

I also love the matte transition shades in the palette. Unlike criticisms towards the palette that there isn't enough variety between shades, I believe that there is enough variation because of the transition shades. I've had palettes before where it was virtually impossible to create a 'look' out of because there were no matte shades whatever. Whilst I appreciate the sparkly shades more than anything, I also love the added transition shades for this very reason.

Overall, the palette is definitely a beautiful one, suitable for beginners like me who aren't willing to pay a hefty price point. Actually, it's a more than reasonably priced palette and I'm so glad I have it to experiment with.

Hope you enjoyed!



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