August 2015 | Just Sarah xoxo

Monday, 31 August 2015

ROME - the city of love & dreams?...my travel experience

This post is 4 months overdue...please please don't judge me lol yes, i went to Rome 4 months ago, no i didnt have time to compile all my thoughts about Rome and Italy until i got back....and 4 months after. 
Recently i have begun to reflect upon my time in Rome and thought it is the best time to write about it and to let the blogging community know how my experience was. As i am now more than ever involved in the blogging community and really appreciate the posts from other bloggers on things like this i decided now is the time to write this up!

(excuse my dodgey memory) ..lets commence

Upon arrival in the city of Roma (after a short 2 and a half hour flight) me and my mother was very excited yet also nervous for what this country had to offer. Maybe i get this from my mum, the complete love for all things italian. Cos of this i think our expections were so high and we was expecting the best of the best.
The weather was hot and humid but not overly hot where you could wear bikinis etc just shorts and t-shirt weather with the expection of 1 day of rainfall even though it was still very muggy.


This was the street that our apartment was on, we couldnt fault the apartment it was so clean and beautiful and the staff was so helpful. We had our own kitchen but we could also go to breakfast .. if we was up in time!!
The biggest thing we overlooked was the fact that this was not a holiday haha we was up super early to travel to the city centre and landmarks and got home pretty late!

Tip #1

In Roma wear only comfortable walking shoes!!

 We was located just outside of the city centre of Rome and the area was quite rural, meaning it was mostly Italian dwellers who lived there and probably, so it seemed to me and my mother, not very appreciative of tourists. To get to the place we needed we had to get on the trams, as any more walking (and getting lost) would of given both of us a nervous breakdown.

Tip #2

Tram it! But also read up on how the tram system works
& where you can buy the tickets!


Making it to the Papal state was a mind blowing experience and for me probably the most beautiful trip of the whole journey. It's hard to explain as i am not particulary relgious but i am very spiritual and the atmosphere here brings you an inner peaceful feeling. Although we never went inside the vatican because the ques were HUGGGGGEEE and the day we went it was super hot and was nice to be outside. Im not saying i didnt expect the ques not to be huge but, me being impatient and hot, it wasnt a good mix for me that day haha

which brings me on to 

Tip #3

DO NOT i repeat DO NOT hold your hands out or give eye
contact to anyone holding roses or selfie sticks


That tip will probably save you 10 euros lol! The amount of people that go around tryig to flog you something is crazy and they will come up to you and shove it into your hand, and believe if you touch it, they will charge!  




 This gelato is the best i have ever had to date and a think 4 euros is cheap! I kid you not when i say i had one everyday of the holiday

 The Spanish steps was also a lovely place as i could have another of my Audrey Hepburn moments! Yes these are the famous steps in the film a Roman Holiday with Audrey and Gregory Peck and although there was sooooo many stairs to even get to them in the first pplace let alone the actual stairs themselves, it was nice to recreate the film in my head and be in the exact place.




The Coliseum was also one of thoe buildings that leaves you breathless for a few moments and you have to actually tell yourself you are at the place the romans were at years and years ago!!! I think its the whole history of it that awed me!

Tip #4

Take lots of photos and don't be afraid to hog the best places to get a photo!

I know sometimes when there is too many people around and we want to take a photo we can sometimes as humans get a little shy but i beg you do not do this in Rome, it seemed to me that not many people was bothered about what you was doing as they was too busy taking it all in! So do some crazy poses and photo bomb some shots ;)


Apologies for not having a lot of photos as they are still on my mothers camera, best believe we took a lot of photos!

We even visited the bio parc zoo but the animals were so undernourished and looked so so sad, i mean what zoo has 1 of each animal in an enclosure! I honestly have never been to a zoo that made me feel so angry and upset, i wouldnt really advice it!

If i was to go back to Rome i would 100% visit a more tourist area, but i have checked that of my list and i look forward to visiting different places

where to next?? any suggestions?

im thinking florence, amsterdam and prague


If you have any questions dont hesitate to ask!

Much love,

Sarah

xoxo 
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Sunday, 30 August 2015

August beauty favourites


I have lots of faves from this month...no change there!! From products to beauty trends im going to let you all in on what has captured my heart ♥


  Regarding makeup this month i have 2 favourites, one is the Loreal lipstick in the shade Eva's nude. This lipstick has such a sheen to it it doesnt just look great but also feels great, it is so soft on my lips they feel moisturised the whole time i have it on and i dont feel like i have to keep re-applying my lippy!

Zoeva's cream liner is my other makeup fave this month as it is so creamy and such a dark jet black it creates the most beautiful wing!

 Hi again to the NUXE dry oil! You know by now why this is my fave, it oils the whole body and hair!
 I did speak about this beautyworks miracle spray in my post about the lookfantastic beautybox, it did come with the box but as i love this and i really really think it works im going to carry on using it. It creates the smoothest hair and smells so fresh and clean too, thats why it has a place in my favourites!


Hugo Boss womens has always been my staple scent, it just smells so fresh and womanly and it lasts all day. The main thing apart from the smell that i look for in a perfume is its staying power. I want my scent to last all day long especially if i am paying premium for a perfume! This perfume i think is such a reasonable price and stays all day.
 Septum rings are also another recent trend with everyone having something dangeling from their nose! I'd never be brave enough to have it done permanent! hellllloo i dont even have my ears pierced!! I got my one from LAMODA.co.uk


Trends..
The biggest "trend" that has always always been a love of mine is Henna, i wouldnt quite call it a trend as it is a cultural thing but recently it seemed to have become a celeb trend. As you can see i have nearly used up all my henna!! I won't hesitate to get some more as i love the look and feel of it.




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Saturday, 29 August 2015

Vintage scarf & eyewear giveaway! UK ONLY

Hi guys!
I'm hosting my first EVER give away (UK only), jut something small to see what
response i get :) even though i am giving away these vintage items
i do really really love them! If you know me you know i 
love all things vintage and think everyone should have
something a little vintage in their wardrobe .

So this is just me sharing the vintage love ♥

Here is what you can win

Vintage circle glasses are so on trend right now also!
a beautiful detailed scarf with a leopard on ( such royal colours right?!)







a Rafflecopter giveaway


GOOD LUCK

Much love,

Sarah
xoxo 
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Friday, 28 August 2015

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

MAKEUP | brand haul

I really had no idea for a title on this one, so i've gone with brand haul as i got these bits from BeautyBay.com which sells sub brands, so somehow along the line i guess it fitted. The bits i purchased where quite random, i always wanted to by the ABH contour kit so im so happy i finally have my hands on it, but with the Zoeva items it was sort of a random pick. I knew i wanted a decent brush for my eyeshadow and also an eyeliner, then i saw the zoeva blush and it looked so pretty and had pretty good reviews! I also bought a beauty blender but a smaller version and it is BeautyBay's own brand and the BB cream came free! 







 I am loving this kit right now!! The creams are so blendable and creamy and one thing i  came across is it feels like you have no makeup on if though you do, like with other concealers  and what not that you can use to contour with it feels so cakey and packed on your face, where this makes your skin feel breathable ...Worth the money ♥  (This is the medium )



 The blending sponge is great, such a good little blender . I love the black colour too, its so simple and again i feel just adds class to my makeup collection ♥




The BeautyBay BB cream came free with my order, and im pretty impressed with it, it isnt too cakey but it also does cover up a few red areas etc i feel it would be great for when you don't have time to put a lot of makeup on in the mornings perhaps, and even in the summer just so your skin can breathe.



 
  Hi ZOEVA blush looking all pretty! Other than the product itself i must say that the packaging is so damn pretty and classy, i love this blush it is so pigmented and easy to build with! This shade is - He loves me maybe





The 221 eyeshadow crease brush is super cute to look at and just run your fingers through, its so light and easy to blend with, i have used it a couple times and so far im loving the blend that i get. It gets rid of the harsh lines and the bristles are so soft.




Black lace cream eyeliner again from ZOEVA, probably my second favourite of my whole order! This kinda reminds me of the ABH dipbrow pomade just because the smallest amount goes a long way! Like all you need to do it tap your brush in there and it covers near enough the whole lid, its sooooooo sooo sooo easy to apply as it glides and it doesnt smudge! Once it dries it is quite difficult to get off.

All in all im happy with my BeautyBay order
and look forward to giving my love to my cosmetics :)

Much love,

Sarah
xoxo
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Saturday, 22 August 2015

BEAUTYCROWD Absolute fabulashes

Something i am always delighted about is when i come across a pair of lashes that
are comfortable and natural looking! So when i got to review these Absolute fabulashes from BeautyCrowd.com i was a little aprehensive as to what i might recieve. It has nothing to do with brand, as even some well known brands have products that are not all that, i just tend to have a little anxiety with lashes as i have come across many many uncomfortable pairs!

Just know you have complete faith in my review in being honest!

I was to my shock so suprised by these lashes, the best kind of suprise! They have human hair so they don't look or feel like plastic at all and my favourite part of them....the invisiband!! If i could compare them to any other eyelashes, it would be the Ardell Demi Wispies which have the invisible band  also (& my fave lashes ever!!!)









The AEL25 pair are natural looking and created 
a great amount of thickness which is what i always 
try to acheieve in my look.
 Like the eyelashes of Audrey Hepburn ♥_♥ my dream woman.



&

The AEL27 are similar but i feel they create 
some length aswell as thickness
 as they have a slight flick on the outer ends.

They stuck down so perfectly and l
asted all day long! They are not overly expensive at
 all at just £3.95 each, so go ahead and try them out for yourself! 



AEL25



AEL27 







Much love,

Sarah 
xoxo




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Thursday, 20 August 2015

BEAUTY | Tanning mistake!

As i sit here about to write this review all that is going through my mind is the following

A. My mum is going to literally kill 
me cos i have just stained her white bath towel

2. My boyfriend will probably get a fright later 
and think i have had a nasty 
accident in my WHITE!! white, why white Sarah? Pj bottoms

and
D. Why did i tan before i did my henna * big white patch alert*

So as you can probably tell from the title and i hope my thoughts ( c'mon!! i stopped pooing my pants a while back now ....) this post is about all things tanning! I don't need to tell you that we seem to have lost summer cos i think we are all pretty much aware and pretty much annoyed that the sun decided to skip us this year and leaving us pale bodied females walking around. 

I only really have one holy grail product which is of course the Marissa Carter cocoa brown 1 hour tan mousse. I swear by this product ladies!! So when i run out, i was at the shop looking for my bae when i saw another product in the same brand but just a slight difference that it was Night and day instant and gradual tanner. Im sure i bought it cos it was cheaper and if you know me, you know im a tightwad and will try anything that is on offer.

The conclusion of the story is i don't like the new one and i should of just stuck to what worked best for me!

To me this newer one is waaaaay to dark for me, it feels a lot stickier and it leaves weird marks in your skin. So if you have stretch marks or on rough areas like the knees it shows up and makes it look quite clear you have tan on! Not what i want when im tanning. Also as it is an instant tan i find it washes off a lot quicker and you get watermarks so easily, so when i wash up or water splashes at me i have really big watermarks!

Anyway i will insert a before and after and also insert the photo of the new tan and my holy grail fave tan! 

If you have tried one or both these products please let me know your
thoughts, i wonder if its just me and my skin
or it happens for the majority!

Much love,

Sarah 
xoxo






 before




 after









p.s. for your sake invest in a good tanning mitt
with the night and day tan.....you dont wanna see the state of my
thumb! *rolls eyes*

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