Organising A Short & Spontaneous Holiday | NinkComPoop

Very recently, Wimdu invited me to a getaway in London! With little planned and minimal items packed, I set off to my little stay at an apartment in Ealing Broadway. There is a video of my trip at my YouTube channel here.

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I had purposely allowed my short break away to be spontaneous and unplanned, giving me all the freedom to venture out and seek for whatever sights take our fancy. London is one of my favourite locations in the world and fortunately it is very close to home and there’s a lot to do there. A lot of last minute decisions were made throughout my trip so I thought it would be fun to discuss small and simple ways to plan your holiday!

1) What’s current and trending?

We are already so clued up on what’s trending within the internet world, we should be doing the exact same when we are travelling somewhere new! It is always a good idea to have a scroll around current Facebook events in the area or recent Twitter posts under location hashtags, etc to find out what’s going on. This way you can make the most of the exact time and place you are travelling. Being able to travel is a good thing, being there at the right time is a great thing!

Amazingly, Facebook let my boyfriend and I know that a Just Eat food festival was happening in the area. The Facebook event stated that there will be award winning food and a cozy environment to chill out and listen to some live music. The festival had photo booths, a blow-up flamingo seating area, photoesque lounges, cocktail bars and even a giant adult slide.

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2) Food stops

If you know anything about me, one of my favourite things to do is eat… During most special occasions, I am always most excited about the food (lol). A holiday is the perfect excuse to cheat yourself out of any current diet and go a little crazy. If I ever find myself in a new area, I love to scope out the location for some hidden gems. Food hot spots can really range from independent cafes to well-known restaurant chains. Honestly, not one evening of my getaway trip was spent in front of the oven… whoops!

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3) The money maker

Finding the money maker of the location you are visiting is knowing what brings all the tourists there in the first place. On holiday, I always have a couple what I call ‘tourist days’. These days are all about doing the stereotypical things everybody does in the area. Why is it popular? What do the majority of people travel there for? How does the city reel visitors in? This is usually the easiest tip to follow because it’s never too difficult to work out somewhere’s true selling point. On one of the days, my friend and I decided that a visit to the Tower of London was perfect for us! I find it so fascinating to hear about all the crazy events which happened in my own country… not to mention that the tower is one of the most haunted places in the world… ooooooo! (Plot twist: I saw 0 ghosts).

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4) No plan caveman

Believe it or not, back in the day people didn’t have technology to help them around new places. I know right… poor sods. In all seriousness, sometimes it is easy to forget the true fun in exploring somewhere new. Because of technology, we often forget the fun in having no idea what we are doing! I encourage you to put your phone away for at least one day (or even afternoon), and just go for a walk somewhere that takes your interest. Not only are spontaneous trips the most enjoyable ones, but you won’t know where the day will take you. You may even find some hidden gems which you wouldn’t have heard about online. During our walks, we came across a lot of incredible graffiti, some beautiful parks, pretty sights and quirky shops.

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To finish this blog post, I would like to thank Wimdu for my lovely escape away into the busy city of London. I had such a lovely time with my boyfriend and a close friend; we all really appreciated (and needed!) the break away. I will leave Wimdu’s link here so that you can plan your own adventure soon: http://www.wimdu.com/?wt_vi=brand.youtube.comactivity.facebook. 

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A museum for the weird & wonderful… | NinkComPoop

Before you read on, there is a video version of my experience at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum. You can view that by clicking here!

I was invited to London to celebrate Alien’s new film coming out in cinemas this month. While I was there, my boyfriend and I figured that it was probably worth while to visit Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum in Oxford Street. If you’ve never been before, expect to see a museum filled with all sorts of weird and wonderful facts. It’s pretty much the equivalent of opening up a Guinness World Record book and stepping inside. The museum is not your average, so prepare to learn about the weirdest kinds of people and some crazy achievements/creations they have produced…

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This guy is famous for being the tallest man in the world. Don’t let my heels fall you for my height by the way. I am most definitely not 170cm…

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I found the infamous blue and black dress!… I can confirm it was in fact blue.

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They had so many different unique portraits that were individual in their own ways. Most of them were made from unusual items. One of my favourite portraits was this one made from cassette tapes.

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This portrait was made entirely from cooking specific sections of toast…

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I didn’t know it was possible to make my nose look any smaller until I compared it to this guy…

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One of my favourite parts of the museum was this upside down room where everything was… well, upside down. The tea in the kettle was even pouring upside down!

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This trip was honestly even better than I had hoped. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not kept it fun and exciting yet you’re still learning about interesting people along the way. One of my favourite sections was the mirror maze, which I am sure took my boyfriend and I even longer to accomplish than your average child…

If you are visiting London sometime soon, I would definitely recommend this museum as one of my favourite places to try. If you’re anything like me and the unusual fascinates you, then you’re in for a treat.

Ellie

Cosmetic First Impressions (Mac, Bobbi Brown & Clinique) | NinkComPoop

I thought it would be fun to go through some of my newest cosmetic purchases and give you all some initial first impressions!

PRODUCTS MENTIONED
Mac’s Velvetease in Aim To Please: http://amzn.to/2no8X6Q
Mac’s Lipliner in Bittersweet: http://rstyle.me/~9OjxZ
Clinique Quickliner in Rich Red: http://ebay.to/2omxUAq
Bobbi Brown’s Gel Shadow in Bronze Sunlit Bronze: http://rstyle.me/~9OjyU

Mac

My first two pieces are from Mac. I was after a nude lip product as a girl can never have too many of those… I am constantly on the look out for long lasting nude lips that last all day. So, with both fingers crossed, I decided to give their ‘Aim To Please’ Velvetease (that rhymes) lip pencil a try. Their velvetease products are usually so creamy and soft to apply, but still dry really nicely too. (Basically everything you want in a lip product).

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As predicted, this feels lovely to apply and dries fairly instantly. It creates a lovely red toned nude colour. I am a big fan of subtle lip colours which still give you something different to your usual skin tone.

The very first Mac product I have ever owned was a lip liner, so I was intrigued to see how well the other shades do. Next, I got this pro longwear lip pencil in ‘Bittersweet’.  The only problem I had with my previous Mac lip pencils was the staying power. It seemed that chunks of their lip liner comes off fairly easily for me, but I still had a go at another shade just for luck… (or perhaps lack of self control).

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As much as I love them, dark lips usually scare me. I love black lipstick but would feel too scared to wear it. Dark brown, purples or very deep reds are the closest I will go. This very deep brown shade is a gorgeous colour and I adore how it looks. However, I am still experiencing problems with it coming off fairly easy when I eat or drink. I will have to give this a go with some lipstick on top. Perhaps that is the reason for the problems I am having…

In comparison to the Velvetease pencil, this lipliner is very drying. I think that I will probably stick to the Velvetease products in the future…

Bobbi Brown

The first Bobbi Brown product I ever tried was probably the best Bobbi Brown product I’ve ever ended up trying. It was an eyeshadow trio that I would use almost daily. Considering I used to love it so much, I was eager to try out more of their eyeshadows.

A range of their shadow gels were sat in the 50% off section (woohoo!), so I gave them a try in the store and the sparkle that the product produces is gorgeous. I decided to try ‘Sunlit Bronze’ as I use brown on my eyes so often.

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Trying this on my eye for the first time was pretty exciting… I got really overwhelmed with how pretty it looks over your entire lid, particularly when you layer the product up. It gives your eyes such a simple but effective look, I am beyond pleased for choosing this product. I honestly don’t believe that the photos do it justice…

Clinique 

I don’t ever remember using a Clinique product before, but this lip liner was also in the 50% off sale section. I have been trying to find a durable red lip product since I can remember… I picked up this ‘Rich Red’ lip liner with the hopes that maybe it could provide something with a ton of staying power…

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When I first applied this, I instantly started thinking that I had made the wrong decision. It has such a strange texture that feels super hard to apply. I could feel the product dragging along my lips… However, once it is on, the staying power is incredible. I didn’t even need to blotch this stuff and it doesn’t feel as though I was wearing anything at all. This definitely acts as more of a lip stain as it was very tricky to take off (which I personally love). I have most definitely found my favourite red lip product yet! As for the shade, it provides this lovely true cherry red which is super pretty.

Summation

Though I was sure to love the Mac products more than the others, I ended up liking the Clinique and Bobbi Brown items even more! I will most definitely be using these products up. But for now, I need to find out how to stop this ‘Bittersweet’ lip pencil from rubbing off… Got any tips?