Monday, 29 June 2015

Three weeks en España

Hey huns!

Long time no blog eh?

I had planned to post while I was away, because I naively thought that I wouldn't be that busy, and that posting twice a week would be a piece of cake.

Oh, how wrong I was.

Over the last three weeks, I was unbelievably busy, because I went to the amazing country of Spain in order to improve my Spanish.

view from our house

I was completely immersed in the Spanish language as I stayed with a Spanish family in Malaga for all of the time I was there. It was fabulous! The family were so so kind and the food they cooked was amazing. 

Everyday, I would have classes from 9am to 1:30pm. After, we would have lunch and go for other activities. On the first Monday, we went to Sealife which now, looking back, was fun! But at the time, it was probably about 30 degrees and I was walking about on five hours sleep. Needless to say, I slept pretty well that night!

The Wednesday, we took a day trip to Alhambra and Granada. Alhambra is a UNESCO world heritage site not too far from Granada, which is like a palace and a fortress built by the Muslims. It was absolutely spectacular. The details of the palace from the ceiling to the walls itself was completely breathtaking and made me feel very lucky to have been able to visit it. It's gardens were beautiful with fantastic views of Granada itself.

After, we went into Granada city for a bit of shopping (of course I had to pop into Sephora) and it was 36°c! Granada itself, although I didn't see a lot of it, is a beautiful city and I really enjoyed being there.

Now we are going to take a second to appreciate the fruit in Spain. Wow.
Because Spain has such a warm climate, it is totally suited for growing tropical fruits such as watermelons, peaches, cherries etc. I took advantage of it wholeheartedly! I think I more than likely ate my body weight in watermelon and cherries because they taste a million times better than what we have here.

On the Friday, we took a cable car to the top of a mountain and were greeted by the sunshine when we walked further to the top. The views (like basically everywhere I was in Spain) were breathtaking, and we could actually see Morocco.

Of course, we had our fair share of beach days. The beach was pretty far away from us, so I didn't go as much as I probably should have but when I did go it was lovely. I loved being able to relax and read my book while sipping on Aquarius which is SUCH a beautiful Spanish soft drink.

One night I also went to the beach along with my friend and host mom and she bought us ice cream (our host mom was the cutest). I also went to the beach at night with my other friends too and always had a lot of fun.

We also took a half day trip after classes to the small hillside town of Mijas. We had very little time here, but we did see things such as the ayuntamiento (town hall) and also bought ice cream from a gelateria featured on the BBC! They also included a big hunk of chocolate in their icecream, which was fabulous.

 We also visited Seville one of the Saturdays which was extremely interesting. We visited the Seville Cathedral which was so beautiful. Here, we also saw the tomb of Christopher Columbus, which I didn't expect to see at all! When we climbed to the top of the bell tower (thankfully wasn't steps), we were able to see a great view across Seville. We also visited another Muslim palace while here and went to a theme park which wasn't originally planned. Honestly, I think they didn't want us sitting around doing nothing as the heat was unbelievable on this day. It was 46°c according to a thermometer on a road sign!

We took another half day excursion to Nerja, where we ate ice cream (a lot of ice cream was consumed on this trip) and saw caves, which had the largest column in the world! My brother was well jel.

On our final night, there was the first night of a fair! It was an ok night, but I honestly would have preferred spending time with my friends instead of being made go to the fair. It was fine though, and the lights were pretty!

Now I am at home, with post Spain blues. Even though I was in class and up early everyday, I would go back in a heartbeat as I feel my Spanish has improved so much and I've made so many new friends. Until next time España!


Friday, 5 June 2015

5SOS Concert

Hey huns!

So as promised in my last post I am here with a little post about 5 Seconds of Summer concert!

I went to see 5SOS on Saturday the 30th of May in Belfast and it was honestly one of the best concerts I've been to (not surpassing Arctic Monkeys though).


Top: H&M
Skirt: Lulu skirt from American Apparel
Cardigan: Brandy Melville
Shoes: Doc Martens

I had such a great time at this concert and went with 5 of my really close friends. All the boys in the band are honestly so funny and each one comes across as being so sweet in their own way. 

I shall leave you with a few pictures from the concert and I'll speak to you next Tuesday!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Body Shop BB Cream - Review

Hey huns!

So today I am here with a review of the Body Shop BB cream! I first bought this as per the recommendation of one of my friends because she told me it was quite light and would be perfect for when I would be in Spain. She most definitely wasn't wrong!

When I first tested it on the back of my hand, it came out as a white colour which soon changed to suit my skin colour. I was quite impressed because I am quite pale and finding a light enough colour has proven difficult (BB creams by the likes of Maybelline and Garnier all turn out too dark for me). Also, if I manage to somehow magically get a tan, I can still use this BB cream.

I also like the consistency of the BB cream. I use a sponge to apply it, and once it's on my skin I barely even realise that it is there! I like to set it with a powder for an extra bit of staying power.

The only thing I would have to say about this BB cream is that the coverage isn't fantastic, so if you are slightly more conscious then this BB cream may not be the right one for you. Personally, I don't mind it and especially won't mind it in the heat of southern Spain!

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Summer update

Hey Huns!
So today I am back after a little blogging break due to exams, and believe me I am so happy! Last week was so busy as on top of school exams I also had a singing and piano exam to do also. 

Last night, I went to see 5 Seconds of Summer which is a concert I have been waiting for since last year. And believe me, the wait was worth it. I'll have a more detailed post to come in the next few days, so watch this space!

This summer I am hoping to be able to blog twice a week - I really want to stick to this! I've already started planning posts weeks ago and I really can't wait to start writing them! My schedule will be a beauty or fashion post on a Tuesday, and on a Friday there will be a more lifestyle based post.

Next week, I will be going to Spain for three weeks in order to improve my Spanish for my leaving cert (which is next year, uh oh). I can't wait and I will have posts planned and scheduled for while I am away!

So, that is a little update for you all! I'll leave you with a music video to a song that really reminds me of summer because it was one of my favourite summer songs back in 2013! Hope you enjoy!