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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Why Disneyworld?

That is a question I hear far too often. 
"Why do you want to go back?" "But don't you want to go somewhere else?" "Surely you're bored of it?" "There's a whole world out there you know"..... I've heard them all and I hear them from about 90% of people I talk to about holidays, and I cannot be the only one.
Since I was about 7 I had dreamed of Walt Disney World and being able to set foot in Orlando, Florida. 
Whenever the adverts came on TV I would just gaze at the screen and imagine what it would be like to go and discover everything Disney and I knew in my heart of hearts that one day I would get there, no matter how old I was.

This probably seems ridiculous to some of you reading this .... although if you are reading this you probably are on my side (right?!) .... but ever since I can remember I have LOVED anything Disney and to be able to go to Orlando, for me, was just a dream that I was going to make happen. And I did.

During 2012 I went on the most insane trip of my life with my best friend. New York - Washington DC - LA - San Francisco - Las Vegas - FLORIDA - New York.
I spent two weeks in Orlando staying at Disneyworld and Celebration and had the most incredible time. Everything I had dreamed of seeing and doing I was doing and the child in me was delighted, but leaving there made me sad, I wasn't done with Orlando.

Fast forward around two and a half years and I'm back on the plane with my boyfriend ready to discover it all once again... and another two and half years later (March 2017) and we're there again. Yes, three times in five years.
This may seem ridiculous to some people and, yes, I have spent thousands on my Florida adventures, saying goodbye to a possible house deposit with all my vacation saving but... I don't care. I've worked bloomin' hard for it, enjoyed every single second and if I can't do it now - when can I?

Disney for me is somewhere I feel totally and utterly at peace. So happy and at ease, I could easily just walk around the parks looking at everything and soaking in the atmosphere day after day and never, ever get bored. 
I don't know anyone else who can walk round gift shops for hours on end and still be excited by everything they see. Everything at Disney is thought about - from the way the cast members interact with you, to the soap you have in your hotel room. There's no faulting everything they do and the bubble you live in whilst staying within the Disney resort is just amazing.

There is always something happening from the moment you wake up and head for your Mickey shaped breakfast to the moment you leave Magic Kingdom at midnight after having the funniest night of your life. 
Music, fireworks, shows, waterparks, rollercoasters, amazing restaurants, shopping, exploring cultures from around the world, learning something new..... there is literally everything and anything to keep you, your children, your partner or your grandma entertained - which is amazing for me, a person you can't sit still for too long. 

From walking down Main Street day or night, exploring the Kilimanjaro Safari, screaming on the Tower Of Terror and eating the best pretzels of my life, I have made the most amazing memories in these parks with both my best friend and my boyfriend and feel so grateful that the number one thing on my childhood bucket list has been ticked off more than once.
So why would I want to go back? .... Why wouldn't I? 
Disney has such a special place in my heart and Orlando really does feel like another home for me on this planet. I honestly think about it every single day and daydream about when/if I can ever go back.
Yes it is expensive (no thanks to Brexit and the crappy current exchange rate), but the thought of it only makes me want to work harder for what I want.
I'm not ashamed in the slightest that I'd happily spend every extra penny I earn to be able to get back on that nine hour flight and queue in that two hour passport line. Maybe I'm immature? Maybe I'm just a bit of a geek? Either way, I don't care.
There is always something new happening within the parks and each year I'm so excited to see what is being added, changed or improved.... one day I WILL get to the D23 Expo!
I'm well aware that there are other amazing and incredible places on earth that I should visit and I'm not saying I never will or would, but Disney will always be on the top of my list (along with Hawaii which is #1 on my adult bucket list!).

So if someone says to you that they want to go back to Disneyworld.... don't judge them, don't critique their choices, there's nothing wrong with wanting to go back to a place that makes you feel so happy and at home.
I will always appreciate that it never will be everyone's cup of tea - but it will always be mine, I love it!


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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Sukin Skincare : First Impressions

Do you ever get bored of your skincare routine? 
The same products day in day out? It's not that they are doing anything wrong - they work perfectly fine, but there really is nothing like trying something new and experimenting with new products.
I have been wanting to try some new skincare bits for a while now, I am huge fan of a skincare routine and have trying hundreds and hundreds of products over the last 15 years so when an e-mail dropped into my inbox mentioning Sukin Skincare I was all over it!

I had heard of Sukin Skincare a few before this e-mail appeared, mainly from one of my best friends who lives in Oz, uses the brand and LOVES it and also from YouTube babe Brittney Saunders who has mentioned it in a few videos I've watched. 
 I mean you've probably now guessed already but Sukin is an Australian skincare brand and since launching in 2007 they have actually grown to be Australia's number one natural skincare brand!

Their well-known tagline 'skincare that doesn't cost the earth' promotes not only their stance on affordability but also their natural and earth friendly ethos. All of Sukin's products are made with ingredients that are naturally derived, cruelty free and vegan - which sold me completely! 

I've been trying a full skincare routine from Sukin for the last few weeks and I thought what a great time to share my first impressions of the brand and the products I've been testing!

Foaming Facial Cleanser
This is a product I use every single morning. I keep it in the shower and use it as part of my morning routine when getting up and ready for work! This cleanser is a gel formula that foams when in contact with water. I dampen my face and use between half a pump and one full pump of product to gently cleanse my face in small circles. This wash is sulphate free and is made from ingredients such as chamomile, aloe vera, witch hazel and green tea - all great for calming and balancing your skin. This leaves my skin funky fresh, soft and really helps to wake me up! Thumbs up!

Hydrating Mist Toner 
I'm addicted. I cannot stop using this stuff. I love a good toner and after using Liz Earle's Skin Tonic for years I've struggled to find anything I like just as much.
Sukin's Hydrating Mist combines rosewater and chamomile to create a soothing, calming and alcohol-free toner to use as and when needed. 
This is the perfect product for me working at home. I never normally have to wear make-up throughout the week unless I have a meeting so this is the perfect product to spritz on my skin throughout the day when I'm feeling tired, stressed or clammy. It has been a god-send throughout this hot weather... I've even been trying to make my boyfriend use it! This is probably my favourite product out of the five!


Facial Moisturiser 
I have always had problems when using moisturisers and there are only a few out there that my skin likes. Using strong, heavy creams usually breaks me out, I don't know what it is but my skin just doesn't like anything too 'cloggy'! 
This moisturiser is really hydrating but also fast-absorbing. It melts into the skin quickly and has a nice calming scent. For me this is a product I can only use once or twice a week instead of daily, as recommended.  My skin unfortunately cannot handle it every single day but it's a lovely treat to massage into my face and neck every few days - I do love a bit of facial massage!

Facial Scrub
I'm quite fussy when it comes to scrubs. I don't like gentle scrubs that feel like they aren't doing anything and I hate anything too overly abrasive where my skin feels like it's being rubbed off! This however is FAN-blommin-TASTIC. I've been using this a couple of times a week and have fallen in love. It has my skin feeling refreshed and smooth - definitely one to try this summer to help keep that tan on fleek!

Purifying Facial Masque
Oh god I do love a face mask, they are my guilty pleasure - I would do one every day if it was acceptable. 
*Announcement* ... I've become a proper beauty blogger now guys..... I applied this with a brush, a brush!! A mac brush to be precise... I know, I'm so fancy.
Made with kaolin clay, aloe vera and rose hip oil this mask has been made as gentle treatment to help cleanse, tone and de-stress the skin, which is exactly what I need at the moment!
This mask had me looking like Patrick from Spongebob, literally. It's a pinky/salmon colour and I literally look like a sunburt starfish walking round the house!
After around 15 minutes I washed it off with warm water and a muslin cloth and I was left with soothed skin that looked not only calmer and refreshed and vibrant. IF you have sentisive skin and react to harsh face masks then this is deifitley one of you. It's so gentle but has fantastic results, I highly recommend.

So all in all - I am LOVING Sukin Skincare. My skin looks great , bright and clear and the message from the brand a swell is something I can really get behind. I love using natural products and I'm really pleased they have started to take over in the beauty industry! I now have a long list of Sukin products I want to add to my collection... including the body lotion my bestie says is brilliant!

Have you tried anything from Sukin?

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