Friday, 20 February 2015

5 things to do in Paris

So, last summer my boyfriend and I decided to take a trip to Paris and oh wow, it was the most amazing holiday! I’m normally used to travelling with family so this was really one of the first times I had to plan a trip myself, and decide what we were going to do.

Paris was lovely and I can easily say that it’s one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited. Every street looked like something out of a movie. I loved every second of this trip, but I would have to say there were certain parts of the trip that just left me breathless.  

Here’s a list of 5 things you should DEFINITELY do if you’re visiting Paris:

1. The Eiffel Tower - This is an obvious one but just seeing the Eiffel Tower in front of me left me speechless. It’s so beautiful, and it’s also great if you manage to go up to the top and see all Paris below you. At night, the Eiffel tower lights up and it’s absolutely gorgeous to see and really romantic too.

2. Champs d’Elysee – Despite the gorgeous shops on this street, I loved strolling down champs d’elysee and taking in Parisian life. We stopped at La Laduree for a coffee and a few macaroons and it was the prettiest little café – I definitely recommend stopping there.

3. Disneyland Paris – I’m 20 years old but still have the mentality of a 5 year old because visiting Disney again was a DREAM! I must have been more excited than half the children there. If you’re a Disney fan like myself, and just enjoy fun rides, it’s definitely worth going to Disney for a couple of days if you’re in Paris

4. Pont des Arts – This is a bridge over the Siene River filled with padlocks and it’s so lovely. My boyfriend and I bought a padlock, engraved our initials and locked it on the bridge and we then threw the keys into the river. It was a really great, romantic moment! 

5. La Gallarie Lafayette – I’ve been to so many department stores in many different places, but nothing compares to this one. Even though it’s not as big as some other department stores, it is breathtakingly beautiful. The shopping is amazing too with many high end brands being sold here. The area in which it is situated, which is near the Opera house is lovely too. Definitely worth visiting.

I would love to go back to Paris because there’s so much to see and I just adored every second of this holiday. These were my top 5 visits, however going to see the Louvre, the Notre Dame, going wine tasting and even walking along Saint Germain were amazing too and I definitely recommend trying to fit these in if you’ve got some extra time in Paris!

What are your favourite things about Paris?

Lexie Rose May X

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Review

Ok. Charlotte Tilbury makeup – WOW. Just, wow. From the packaging to the pigments, these products are flawless, and I am officially obsessed.

So far, I’ve only managed to pick up 4 of these wonderful products; The Filmstar Bronze & Glow, the Dolce Vita Luxury eyeshadow palette & 2 lipsticks -  one from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G range, 'Night Crimson' and one from the matte range, 'Glastonberry'. 

I'm so happy with all of these products and I've used them so much since I got them! 

The Filmstar Bronze and Glow: 
This is definitely the most amazing product I’ve purchased in a long time. I’ve been wearing it non-stop since and I love it! 

To begin with, the rose gold packaging is SO lovely and there’s also a mirror in there which is really handy. 

The bronzer is beautiful –it’s a beautiful warm shade that makes it great for contouring. The highlighter is a gorgeous champagne shade, and I like to dab this on to the top of my cheekbone area to give that beautiful highlighted effect.

The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Palette:
This is quite a versatile palette and I find that I can do a lot of different makeup looks using these colours. This palette includes:
Top Left - A pale champagne shade
Top Right - A deep burgundy shade 
Bottom Left - A glittery copper shade
Bottom Right - A khaki brown shade 

Apart from the glitter shade, which is better applied using your finger, the other shades are extremely smooth and pigmented and just so easy to blend. I find that they last long, and look great on the lid. I really like to use the pale champagne shade as my base, and then play around with the burgundy and khaki brown in my crease. If it's an evening look I'm going for, I usually dab the glittery copper shade onto my lid, focusing it more on the outer part to give the final look a more special touch. 

Glastonberry Lipstick:
This is a deep berry shade, perfect for Winter time. I love wearing this with minimal eye makeup to make the lips really stand out. 

This is part of her matte revolution range, and for a matte lipstick, this is so easy to apply and actually quite moisturizing on the lip. However, once it’s on, I found that it really stays on for a while. 

The shape of the bullet, which is angled, makes it so easy to apply. With the pointed edges I like to fill in the parts of my lips which I mostly need to shape, and then with the flat part, I fill in the rest of my lips. 

A huge thumbs up for this shade – one of the best lipsticks I own.

Night Crimson Lipstick:
The formula of the K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipsticks is great! A very smooth and creamy texture which is moisturising on the lips. The shape of the bullet makes it really easy to apply this, and the colour holds for a long time. 

This lipstick in particular is is a deep red/purple colour and is beautiful for a night out if you’re looking for a bold lip. I've worn this both with little eye make up and with a lot of eye make up, and it suits both looks! 

I would have to admit that I prefer the Matte Revolution lipsticks to the K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipsticks, but that's just because I prefer generally prefer a matte finish on my lips.

Overall, I am OBSESSED with Charlotte Tilbury makeup! I'm dying to try out more of her products as I'm sure I'll be just as pleased as I am with these. 

What Charlotte Tilbury products do you recommend? 

Lexie Rose May X 

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Liebster Award

Hi everybody :)

I’m so thrilled to have been nominated for the Liebster Award three times! I've been nominated by the lovely Robin, Ana & Greta! Thank you all so much :) 

Basically, this award helps new bloggers like myself gain some more recognition, and it also helps you guys get to know me better by my answers to the questions :)

So, these are the rules:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you, including their blog link 
- Answer the 11 questions the blogger gave you
- Nominate 11 new bloggers who have less than 200 followers & include their links
- Notify the bloggers that you have selected
- Create 11 new questions for them to answer

So, I'm going to be answering Ana's questions: 

1. Why did you start your blog?
I've always been obsessed with fashion & beauty, and I also love writing. So, recently I decided to start a blog and I really love the fact that I can express myself and my opinions on this platform, and have people interested in the same things as I am read the blogs, and comment with their opinions! I think its great and I'm loving it so far :)

2. What is your favourite quote?

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together” - Marilyn Monroe 

3. If you have one, who is your celebrity crush?
Hmm.. this is a tricky one! I would have to say Ed Westwick (AKA Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl). Oh, and Ryan Reynolds (I know I was only meant to mention 1, but it's so hard!!)

4. What is your dream job?
I guess my dream job would involve something to do with fashion/beauty & travel. So, maybe a full time blogger, or something to do with a magazine or so :) 

5. Where do you want to travel to most?
For a while now, its been my dream to travel to New York City. I would also love to travel to Thailand! Check out my previous blogpost about places on my travel to-do list :) 

6. Are you more of a shoe person or bag person?
Definitely more of a bag person! I just feel like you can never have enough bags, and they make a great accessory to any outfit! 

7. What are your hobbies?
My hobbies include travelling, reading, shopping & eating (that is a hobby, right?) 

8. What is your favourite film?
My favourite film is The Holiday. It includes some of my favourite actors, including Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet & Jude Law! I love this film!

9. Do you have any pets?
I have a dog, and 4 cats! I'm an animal lover so I'm totally obsessed with them hehe :)

10. What is the one thing you could not live without?
This would have to be my mobile phone! I'm always on it, be it for messages, calls or music! 

11. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Blogging, definitely! I love just sitting down with my laptop and a cup of tea, and writing a new blog post :) 

So, I nominate:

My questions are:
1. Why did you start blogging?
2. What is your staple beauty product?
3. Who is/are your fashion icon/s?
4. What is your favourite quote?
5. What do you carry in your makeup bag?
6. Who is your favourite Disney Character?
7. Whats your dream job?
8. Where do you wish to travel to?
9. Describe yourself in 3 words
10. What’s your favourite song?
11. Do you have any pets?

I hope you all enjoy answering the questions as much as I did :) 

Lexie Rose May X 

Sunday, 1 February 2015

My Lazy Sunday Routine

After a busy month of studying and exams, I just really needed a day to myself. A day to unwind and relax. I love these kinds of days – especially in Winter, when its cold and it just feels amazing to be inside, feeling warm beside the header with a large cup of tea wearing a massive cosy jumper! 
So, apart from trying to catch up on YouTube videos and series that I’ve missed in the last past few days, whilst also trying to read some blogs, there are a few things that I find REALLY relax me:

1. Bubble bathsThere is nothing better than a warm bath in winter – seriously. It’s a great way to help your muscles relax and if it helps, put some classical music (or any soft music for that matter) on in the background & just let go. 

2. CandlesThis is literally the first thing I do when I sit down at my desk. I love having a lit candle beside me – it makes me feel so much more relaxed! I personally adore Yankee Candles, most specifically the scents Midsummers Night, and Midnight Jasmine. If you have a little more to spend on a candle, the Jo Malone candles and the Diptyque candles are simply amazing

3. Planning out my weekWith a super chilled song playlist playing in the background, I like to sit down with my diary and plan my week out. Feeling organised helps me feel calmer and by planning ahead, I know that I won’t be forgetting anything important to do that week

What do you like to do to relax on a Sunday? 

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Lexie Rose May X