Would You Rather - Beauty Edition TAG


I was tagged by the lovely Ashleigh over from Literature and Lipstick to do the 'Would You Rather Beauty Edition Tag' I don't actually do many tags and this seemed a fun one to do, so I thought I'd give it a go!


1. Would you rather lose all your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks and lip glosses or lose all your palettes and eyeshadows? 
This is pretty hard one because I love my palettes, but I don't think I could be without my lipsticks, I'm obsessed! So I think I would give up my palettes and eyeshadows!

2. Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?
I won't even cut it short because I know I just wouldn't feel confident, so I definitely could not chop it all off! I'll have to go with never cutting it again eek!

3. Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?
Coral! I don't actually think pink cheeks suit me too much unless it's really subtle!

4. If you had $1000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or makeup?
I go through stages of being obsessed with buying clothes and then I'll be obsessed with buying makeup, but I think I'd rather spend it on makeup as I don't really have that much makeup anyway!

5. Would you rather apply lipstick as an eyeliner or eyeliner as a lipstick?
Last Halloween I actually used some eyeliner on my lips and it actually wasn't that bad! I think lipstick as eyeliner would feel horrible!

6. Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora?
We don't have Sephora in the UK and I've never been anywhere that has one so I'll have to go with MAC!

7. Would you rather only use one eye-shadow colour or one lip colour for the rest of your life?
One eyeshadow! I'm pretty boring when it comes to eyeshadow anyway, but I love switching up the colours on my lips.

8. Would you rather wear Winter clothes in Summer or Summer clothes in Winter?
If you know me in person, you'll know that I'm not the healthiest and even on some of the hottest days, I'll be still complaining I'm freezing so I'd happily go with Winter clothes in Summer!

9. Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?
Bright! Before I started to get into Beauty I would literally wear bright pink on my nails all the time, never changing shades haha!

10. Would you rather give up your favourite lip colour or favourite eye product?
I like to switch up my lip colour a lot anyway, so I don't really have a favourite!

11. Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a ponytail or a messy bun?
When I'm at home I have my hair up a lot anyway, because my hair is so long so I wouldn't mind rocking a messy bun everyday!

12. Would you rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lip gloss?
Easiest question yet! I never really wear gloss anyway so I'd definitely give up lip gloss!

13. Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or have to sharpie them in everyday?
Sharpie! I could imagine drawing on my eyebrows would look horrendous, but I couldn't be without eyebrows haha!

14. Would you rather live without makeup or nail polish?
This question is horrible! I hate not wearing nail polish even if it's just a clear polish, I literally hate the feeling of my nails bare, but I definitely couldn't be without makeup so I think I'll have to ditch the nail polish :( 



This was such a fun tag to do, I hope you all enjoyed it!

I TAG - Amy and Vinny 

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Mexico | Excursions

Hello! Today I thought I'd write my second post about Mexico and tell you what I did whilst I was there ect.. I love reading these types of posts while I'm planning a holiday, we're currently planning to go to Florida next year (if all goes to plan) and I cannot get enough of reading these posts and watching videos of Disney and Florida!

Before going we researched all the excursions that were on offer and we planned to go on quite a few, but actually only went on a couple in end. The hotel we stayed in was amazing and there was always something to do anyway, so we didn't feel we needed to go on lots of excursions like we have on other holidays! 



Xcaret Review
Xcaret
Xcaret Review
Xcaret Review
Xcaret Review
Xcaret Review
Xcaret Review

Xcaret is something I had been looking forward to for months and months. It's an Eco Park and a Zoo combined and there is so much to do there including the chance to swim with dolphins and stingrays! This was the first excursion we went on and we opted for the Xcaret Plus package and paid £80 each this included transport, admission and use of everything in the park apart from the things on the 'optional activities' list and you also got a free meal at one of the restaurants in the park! 

I think if you're only going to Xcaret for the one day like we did, it will be pretty impossible to do everything. We only managed to visit the aquarium, see all the animals, do the caves/river swim, eat and it was time to be picked up! You can stay later for the show which is supposed to be amazing, but it was such a long day anyway we decided to skip it!

Tips
Try and buy biodegradable sunblock before travelling, as it's SO expensive out there!
Go on a cooler day, the day we went it was SOO hot and I got the worst heat rash and my legs went purple, so pretty ;)


Captain Hook Boat Cancun Review
Captain Hook Boat Cancun Review
Captain Hook Boat Cancun Review

We saw these boats outside our hotel every night and it looked so much fun, so we decided to go and paid £75 each. The night before I decided to have a quick look on Trip Advisor at some reviews and SO many were really bad, so I was kind of apprehensive!

We were picked up at around 6pm and taken to the boats. You are either on a Captain Hook boat, or a boat with Captain Jack Sparrow as we're both fans of Pirates of the Caribbean we were hoping to be on the one with Jack and luckily we were! There isn't too much to say about this to be honest, it's basically a few hours of entertainment and then it's time for dinner, which is either Lobster, Steak or both! ;) After dinner the entertainment continues, the Captain Hook boat shows up and Jack and Hook have a sword fight, which I think my boyfriend enjoyed so much more than I did haha! It then turns into a party boat and you sail home!


Tips
If you don't really like a party atmosphere, this one isn't for you!


La Isla Cancun
La Isla Cancun
La Isla Cancun
La Isla Cancun
La Isla Cancun

As we had to give a couple of our excursions a miss (Chichen Itza and Isla Contoy) sitting by the beach everyday did start to get a little boring so a few days we went and got the bus to the local shopping plaza 'La Isla' This had amazing shops such as Victoria's Secret, MAC, Zara ect 

Tips
Get a bus instead of a taxi! Taxis can be really expensive as they don't have a meters, they can charge what they like and buses are only 80p for a return!





Interactive Aquarium Cancun
Interactive Aquarium Cancun
Interactive Aquarium Cancun
Interactive Aquarium Cancun


The Interactive Aquarium is located at the La Isla shopping Plaza. When buying tickets there are a few different packages, we just went with the basic one which only cost around £7 each and included admission and the dolphin show at 7pm. You can also pay extra to swim with Dolphins, Sea lions or a Shark Encounter. The aquarium is really small, but still a lovely experience! The staff are really friendly and you can stroke the stingrays which was pretty cool!

Tips
If you're wanting to see the dolphin show, make sure you're aware of the viewing times. We didn't and had to miss it because we didn't want to be waiting around for hours! 



We were also hoping to get a boat over to Isla Mujeres on our last day to swim with dolphins, but the weather was really bad so it was cancelled! We're hoping to do it in Florida instead, but I've realised it's SO much more expensive which is annoying!



Hope you've enjoyed these posts about Mexico! Are you going anywhere nice this summer?

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Duty Free/Mexico Haul


Hello! Since arriving home from Mexico life has become pretty hectic. As you know my Grandad has been in hospital for 13 weeks now and he hasn't been doing too good recently, so I try to see him as much as I can! As promised I thought I'd show you the things I picked up whilst I was on holiday. Usually in my hauls I haven't used any of the products and the packaging is all in perfect condition, but this time the packaging is definitely not perfect because of the travelling and I have already used some of the products! I hope you don't mind :)

Starting off with the things I picked up from Duty Free! 

Duty Free Haul MAC 2014
Duty Free Haul MAC 2014
Duty Free Haul MAC 2014
Duty Free Haul MAC 2014

Visiting Duty Free was something I was really excited for and had a little wishlist of things I wanted to pick up! Firstly I went to MAC and if you've read my blog before, you'll know that I'm obsessed with MAC, but obviously they're pretty expensive so It's amazing to be able to get a little bit of a discount! I ended up picking up four lipsticks - Lovelorn which is a blue toned pink, Saigon Summer a super bright orange, Angel a frosty soft pink and Chatterbox a red toned pink, which is actually a repurchase because I literally wore this lipstick SO much last summer and I couldn't be without it when I do run out! I feel like I really need to stop buying MAC lipsticks now, because I have a fair few and I'll definitely have to do a MAC lipstick collection soon!


Duty Free Haul MAC 2014
Duty Free Haul MAC 2014
Duty Free Haul MAC 2014
Duty Free Haul MAC 2014

I then thought I'd head over and have a look at the eyeshadows! In January I received a MAC palette for my birthday and I know so many people buy their palette and fill it right away, but I really just could not justify the price all at once! I still have 8 slots to fill so I thought I'd pick up a few more shades and I ended up going with Satin Taupe, Antiqued and Sable.


Duty Free Haul MAC 2014

Whenever I go to a MAC counter I always seem to forget to have a look at their brushes, this time I remembered but they were all shoved in a pot and it was pretty hard to even look at them, so I just went with one I knew I really wanted which is the 217 and I do already have this in my collection, but I use it SO much I needed a spare!


Duty Free Haul MAC 2014

The packaging got super ruined on the way home, but these two are just repurchases! I needed to buy a slightly darker foundation as mine are all really pale, so I went with the shade NW20 which some of you may think is still really pale, but I don't actually tan my face because of my sun damage! 

Duty Free Haul YSL 2014
Duty Free Haul YSL 2014Duty Free Haul YSL 2014

YSL are a brand I've wanted to try for the longest time, but the prices can be slightly off putting. I knew that I probably wouldn't spent much money whilst I was in Mexico, so I bit the bullet and finally purchased my first two products from YSL! First, I picked up the Shocking Mascara I have been eyeing this up since 2012 when Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter said how much she loves it! I'm usually really fussy when it comes to mascaras, but this is truly amazing! Another product I always hear about are the Rouge Volupte Shine lipsticks so I had to get one! I'd never been to a YSL counter before and I found the lady a little bit overwhelming and she was pretty adamant I get the shade 8 Pink in Confidence and I just gave in, but I'm slightly annoyed at myself for it now!


A trip to Duty Free would not be complete without looking at all the perfumes they have on offer! Most bloggers all seem to have a vast collection, but I just don't and I've been lusting over a Marc Jacobs perfume for the longest time and I've been avidly been saving my Boots points so I can get one from there, but I caved and bought Dot and I also picked up Princess by Vera Wang, it's one I have wanted for a loong time and it had 40% off so I couldn't say no!

and that's it for Duty Free items! Once in Mexico I didn't buy too much, they do have a lovely shopping plaza in Cancun that sells MAC, Chanel, YSL ect but I thought I'd be good! Although I was really excited when I noticed they had a Victoria's Secret, even though there are a couple in England now I've never been and have always wanted to! The store however was pretty small and didn't sell any swimwear or underwear, but they did sell the beauty products which are what I wanted to purchase anyway!

Victoria's Secret Haul 2014
Victoria's Secret Haul 2014
Victoria's Secret Haul 2014

I hadn't heard from any bloggers which scents are the best to go for, so I just went with the ones I liked the smell of in the shop and picked up Love Spell, Mango Temptation, Coconut Passion, Sheer Love and I also picked up Mango Temptation and Coconut Passion in body lotion form as well!


Sorry it took me ages to put this haul up, but I hope you enjoyed it anyway! What have you been buying recently? 

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La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo +

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + Review
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + Review
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + Review
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + Review

I first heard about the brand La Roche-Posay when everyone went crazy over the original Effaclar Duo, I added it to my wish list right away, but for some reason I never got round to actually purchasing it. 

The last few months my skin has been pretty bad, which I think is probably just down to hormones, so I tried all my usual tricks, but to no avail so I thought I needed to add a new product to the mix. I remembered how much everyone always raved about the Effaclar Duo and thought it was time to finally purchase. I bought mine from Boots and noticed that they now have improved the formula and it's now called 'Effaclar Duo[+]' As I didn't get to try the original I don't know how it compares, but I think now it also helps heal redness and pigmentation after a breakout.

The way everyone spoke about this was like it was an amazing miracle cream and I was really expecting it to change my life, at first I applied it to the whole of my face as instructed, but I didn't really see much of a difference. I find this works a lot better when I've applied it directly to to my problematic areas. I've probably been using this for a few months now and I'm still really 50/50 about it, sometimes it's amazing and heals blemishes overnight, but other times it doesn't help them at all!

Overall I do like this and I would recommend it, but I'm not sure if it's worth the hype!



Have you tried this, what are your thoughts?
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