Road Trip Diary Part 6: Rain, more Shopping and more Castles

Hey there! Today I’m sharing the last part of my road trip with you guys. Two weeks of fun in the UK had to come to an end and so this is the final part. I had such a great time and I hope I can go back and visit some of the cools places again or visit new ones some times soon. That probably won’t happen but you never know.

So the the day before our final day we went to Newcastle. I’d been wanting to see that city of for the longest time, so I was pretty happy when the rest of my family liked my suggestion of going there. I really liked Newcastle and we wandered around the city for a while until it started to pour rain. Smart as I am I’d left my umbrella in the hotel so I got absolutely soaked! Didn’t really help my cold either. Oh well. The worst thing is that it wouldn’t stop so we started running towards the next restaurant to get some coffee and tea to warm up and dry off. When it stopped raining we went back to the car and drove to the Metro Centre, which is apparently the biggest indoor mall in Europe. Don’t know if that’s true but it’s definitely incredibly huge.

So here are some pictures my brother and I took when we were bored and some pictures of Newcastle.

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On our final day before our departure we went to Alnwick (hope I spelled that right) castle. We did a tour through it and it is quite the impressive place. If you have watched some of the Harry Potter movies this might look a bit familiar to you as it was used as a location to shoot some of the scene. Don’t sake me which ones though. Anyway… it’s a beautiful place.IMG_6323 SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC

After our tour we went through the town itself. It’s such a charming little place and before leaving the UK I bought some more make up I knew I couldn’t get over here. Yep, that’s just me.

When we got back to the hotel we had to pack and get up at 2.30am to drive to Manchester Airport. I arrived back home incredibly exhausted and went straight to bed.

But it was definitely a fun vacation and I wish it would’ve lasted a little longer.

XX

Sophi

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Road Trip Diary: Days 4&5 – Stuck In the Middle Of Nowhere & Oxford

On day 4 of our road trip we had to get up super early to get to the airport and pick up our rental car. This took much longer than expected. First we had to take the tube back to Heathrow. Once we’ve made it there we had to find the right bus stop that takes you to the car rental service which took ages to find. Once we’d mad it to the car rental station we had to draw a ticket and probably waited for about an hour until it was finally our turn. After my dad  had gotten the car legs and everything was thought to be settled the next problem surfaced. The guy at from the rental service had given us a car with a super tiny trunk. It barely fit two of our suitcases and we had four of them. If I’m being honest I think it’s quite ridiculous to give a family of four a car with a tiny trunk. Before renting a car you have to mention for what purposes you’re going to use it and we clearly said it was for a road trip for a family. Obviously we’d all have suitcases. Eventually they gave us a new and bigger one and we could finally make our way to Oxfordshire – our next stop.

After about an hour of driving we reached our destination: a beautiful old English farm home. It was literally located in the middle of nowhere. There was nothing but fields and lakes around it. After taking a bit of a break and getting some rest we decided to check out the area and went for a hike through the nature. I’m not really someone that goes hiking a lot but I had a great time and the landscape surrounding us was absolutely stunning.

The interior design of the place we stayed at itself was so British. At least it was what I think is really British. Since I’m not I guess I can’t really determine that but it just looked exactly what you would imagine an old British farm house to look like. It was over 270 years old by the way. The house itself was beautiful but nothing I would ever want to live in. The only downside was that I didn’t only have to share a room with my brother but with a bunch of spiders as well. I’m not terribly afraid of them but I don’t really like them either. At first I made my brother catch them and throw them out the window but we kept finding more spiders so we eventually gave up and I just had to deal with it. Oh the nightmares.

On our 5th day we drove to Oxford and basically spend all day there as there is so much to look at. I loved checking out all the old University buildings and Oxford castle. The entire town just seems like such a historic place and I really enjoyed my time there.

Here are some pictures. Hope you enjoy :)

Sophie

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Road Trip Diary: days 2&3 – more London

On our second day in London we decided to split up. My brother and I wanted to visit the National Gallery and go back to the Tower Bridge again to take some more pictures while my parents took a 3 hour tour through the St. Paul’s cathedral. We met up at around 4pm to go back to our apartment and get some rest. At 7pm we went out for dinner to this really nice Italian restaurant. After dinner the rest of my family wanted to see what the London Eye and Big Ben look like lit up in the dark so that’s where we went.

On the third day we got up pretty early and while my brother and I visited the Tate Modern our parents went to Covent Garden. As you might be able to guess from this I really enjoy art museums. I don’t really care whether it’s 16th century art or modern art. I just like looking at the paintings and sculptures because each piece of art has it’s own story to tell and I really like to interpret it my way. I think that’s the best thing about art. Sure there’s always a description but I love to interpret it myself and find my own story within the art. I don’t know if that makes any sense but I genuinely enjoy looking at art. It ways makes me want to buy paint and get all creative but truth is I can’t draw to save my life. Guess I have to stick to just looking at paintings and writing and photography.

After checking out all the different galleries we got some lunch and chilled out in Hyde Park for a little while. At 5pm we met up with our parents but then split up again. My brother and I did some shopping on Oxford and Regent street while our parents went back to the apartment. Later we had dinner and went to the Tower Bridge. When we got back to the apartment we had to do some packing because we had to get up early to get to the airport and pick up our rented car.

Right now we’re staying at this 270 year old farm in the middle of nowhere but more of that next time. Here are some more pictures of London. Hope you enjoy!

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Animal Adventures

Hey guys,

Guess what I did yesterday? I was chilling out with Bambi! Okay, just kidding. My best friend and I decided to do something fun and active because the weather was absolutely amazing, so I suggested to go on a bike ride to this zoo/ animal park type of place. I know I’ve just been to one similar like this with my grandparents and my little brother but it was so much fun I looked for one closer to where I live and found one. According to google maps it would take supposedly 36min by bike to get there. Now I always get lost everywhere it’s gotten me into quite the embarrassing situations before, so it was like we were doomed to get lost. It took us about 2 hours until we’ve finally reached our destination. At least we did find it in the end. On the plus side it was a good work out because we cycled for 2 hours straight and we had to cycle up quite a lot of hills. You cannot believe how glad I was when we finally reached the park. Good thing I remembered to bring a bottle of water. We saw lots of cool animals and the best thing was that you could buy food for them and actually feed them. Yeah, I was probably more excited about that than most of the little kids there. Anyway.. here are some pictures. Hope you enjoy!

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This arctic owl was actually the first animal we spotted. I think they are such beautiful creatures, so I had to snap a picture.

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See! Told ya I met Bambi. But seriously how cute are these baby deers?

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They even had sea lions. I know this picture isn’t the best but you gotta love sea lions. They seem like such friendly animals.

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Next up were the donkeys. Donkeys are my grandma’s favorite animals and she always wanted to get a few but never did. Such a shame because I think they are so cute. Apparently they bite though because there was huge sign that you shouldn’t feed the donkeys or try to touch them because they bite but yeah.. here’s me being a rebel and touching one anyway.

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KANGAROOS!

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Okay, this might be the cutest guinea pig I’ve ever seen!! I used to have a few guinea pig pets when I was little but unfortunately they’ve all passed by now.

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I’m not the biggest fan of monkeys.  I don’t really know why but they freak me out. This one was so cute though. In a way it looks so sad in this picture it makes we want to go back and free it. Poor little monkey. :(

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Meet my new best friend! Even though I had run out of food it wouldn’t walk away and wanted me to pet it. I think it loved me!

So this was our fun day at the animal park.

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Love,

Sophie

My 4 Products for Perfect Summer Skin

So Summer has basically arrived! I still have a bit more to go and then I’ll finally be free and have summer! Gosh, I can’t wait for the sun and being able to reunite with my High School friends, go for walks with my dog and just relax. No more worrying about missing deadlines or failing exams. What a dream.

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During summer I really like to change up the products I use for my skin. I hate wearing thick make up in summer because I can just feel my skin hating it. So I use a few different products to achieve that perfect flawless summer skin.

Step 1: Coverstick

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I only use this if I have rather bad blemishes or imperfections to cover them up. I like using coversticks because they are perfect for when you just want to cover up a small part.

Step 2: Concealer

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Luckily I don’t really get heavy dark circles under my eyes but if it’s only been a short night, concealer can come in quite handy to cover up some tired eyes. So if needed I apply some concealer right under my eyes.

Step 3: BB Cream

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I’m an absolute BB cream fan! I love love love them! During summer months I tend to just ditch my foundation and wear BB cream instead. I just prefer the lighter coverage because it jut feels like you have nothing on your face and your skin looks still good. Perfect!

Step 4: Translucent Mineral Powder

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For the summer months I prefer translucent powder over compressed powder because it is so much lighter. When I wear powder for a longer time my skin sometimes feels a bit itchy and I can feel my pores clogging up. Translucent mineral powder still sets my foundation and gives my skin a matte finish but it is so light I don’t even feel it.

This is how I change up my basic skin make up for summer. Do you make any changes?

– xx Sophie

 

 

 

My Spring/Summer Faves: Lancôme Rouge in Love Lipstick

The way the weather’s been lately I really want to say that spring has finally arrived and I can almost smell summer. The warm weather and bright sunshine inspired me to start a little series. I will be introducing one of my favorite beauty products or pieces of clothing that I love for spring and summer to you every Tuesday from now on. Since I’m a huge lover of lipstick what better way to start than with one of my favorite spring/summer lipsticks: the Lancôme Rouge in Love in the color 340B Rose Boudoir

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I’ve bought this lipstick about a year ago and used it a lot during summer. The color 340B Rose Boudouir is a bright pink shade with a little hint of orange and one of the bestsellers of this line. The lipstick is easy to apply and lasts all day. The reason why I tend to only wear this is in spring and summer is because the color is very bright and radiant and it reminds me of flowers and sunshine somehow. For me it’s the perfect lipstick to glam up a rather simple summer outfit. This lipsticks is very pigmented so it definitely gives a full coverage and you don’t have to reapply much. It has more of a matte finish with a hint of gloss.

Here’s a swatch.

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I can only recommend this for spring and summer. I love love love it.

What’s your favorite spring/summer lipstick?

– Sophie

Favorite Every Day Scent for Spring/Summer

It’s no secret, that people like people other people who smell really good. Nobody want to be around someone, who stinks, right? Now I love my perfumes and I do own quite the collection of multiple fragrances but for spring and summer I prefer to use a light scent for every day. I hate using up my beloved Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors etc.  fragrances because they are quite expensive, which is why I tend to use them only on special occasions or when I go out with friends or the family. On days where I do nothing but spending my time in a lecture hall, the library or with studying or grocery shopping I don’t see the point in wasting them. Yet I still want to smell good.

That’s why I totally love the Indian Night Jasmine Fragrance Mist by the Body Shop.

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I know this isn’t exactly a new fragrance but it is my personal one for spring and summer. It is rather light because it’s only a body mist after all but I think it’s just enough for an ordinary day. Apart from that I prefer light scents in spring in summer anyway.

I’m not good with describing a scent but I’m just going to give it a try. It’s got a very oriental and floral type of smell and it is very feminine. You can definitely smell the Jasmines. I don’t really have a favorite flower but if I had to name one Jasmine would definitely be  on my list. It’s such a pretty little flower and it smells really nice.

What’s your favorite spring/summer fragrance?

-XX