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Friday, 14 April 2017

Bad Reaction To Foreign Beauty Product: Part 1 ♥

  Boots cucumber oil control light moisturiser
This is a product from Thailand, and I tried it last week for the first time. I could feel that something was off with the consistency the minute that I put it on to my face. I can not explain what I mean...but it just did not feel like cream. I brushed it off and continued with my day, until my colleague at work pointed out that I had white residue all over my face. Her exact words were "what have you done to your face...it looks very white...you need to go and check in the toilet". So I went in to the disabled toilet and saw that my face was covered in white smudges. When I touched my skin, it also felt extremely dry. When I rubbed the cream it would not come off, so I had to wash it off my face and was furious when I got home later that day.

 In Thailand a lot of beauty products are for skin whitening so I thought that I had accidentally picked up a whitening product. I also remembered that this cream came in two versions when I bought it. When I checked the cream it was the standard version...not the whitening one. So what was with all the white residue and skin drying formula?. I thought it could be something to do with my skin tone...maybe the cream is made for Asian skin tones. But no that can't be right...because there are many Thai and Korean beauty products I am currently using, and they are absolutely fine. 

Upon doing research I found that we have the same cream in the UK Boots but the ingredients are different. Maybe I will buy it for an experiment and see if the results are the same...But for now i'm going to put it down to bad ingredients. I can't complain to be honest....the cream was only 50 TBH(£1). For now I will just stick to my French "embryolisse lait-crème concentré".

         











                       
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Friday, 24 March 2017

Milan On a Budget: €40 Day Trip

My first taster of Italy was a day trip to Milan This Tuesday. I flew out at 8 am and flew back to England at 10 pm. Milan is arguably one of the most expensive cities in Europe, and I wanted to see if I could do it on a budget and still have fun.


Transport: 20












I took the Express train from Milan Malpensa airport to the city centre. The journey took roughly 45 minutes and it was a very spacious train. 

Lunch/snack: 2.70











After doing research online I learnt that 
panzerotti is a popular kind of Italian street food which is popular in Milan. It is like fried dough which is stuffed with a filling of your choice. So I went to Luini which is the most popular place for panzerotti, and had one filled with mozzarella and prosciutto. 

 Duomo Cathedral: free



















This is one of Milan's most popular attractions, and is very similar to the Duomo in Cologne, Germany. I decided to wander around the outside and had a quick browse inside. There is an option to pay and go up to the rooftop terraces...but I decided against this seeing as it was a budget trip.

Castello Sforzesco: free



















Well...this was another beautiful free attraction in Milan. It is a beautiful castle which is free to enter and wander around. There is a museum inside that costs money, but from what I saw it is not worth the visit. 

Gelato: 3.50



















What is a trip to Italy without gelato?. I stopped off at an organic gelato shop to try some. Mine was flavoured with a mix of passion fruit and raspberry. I love the way that they carve it into a cute petal pattern. 

Pinacoteca di Brera: free











This was another free attraction in the artistic Brera district. It is a small public art gallery with many sculptures. I like the fact that all the sculptures had a roman theme.   

Dinner & Wine : £13.00











Pizza and red wine are another "must have" when in Italy. So I finished my day off with a trip to an Italian restaurant and pigged out. I don't know how...but I actually finished all of that pizza.



                                     TOTAL EXPENDITURE: €39.20


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                 llondon leopard
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Sunday, 5 March 2017

March Inspirations♥

So I did a blog post last spring about my inspirations, and thought that it would be fun to look back at what inspired me this time last year. Lets see if I tried to follow through with what inspired me.

So my Spring 2016 inspirations were...
1. Trench coats ( yes I bought a beige trench coat) 
2. Double sided earrings ( yes I now own 2 pairs) 
3. Visiting Scandinavia ( yes I went to Denmark and Norway) 
4. Buy a car ( Nope...changed my mind a car is not a priority)
5. Yoga ( yes I tried it once at home and did not like it) 
6. Colourful post it notes ( yes and they helped me to study)

and now moving on to the spring inspirations for this year...


                                  FASHION
Lets start with bralettes. I can't decide if they add an element of seduction or sophistication. I have always been inspired by them, but have never bought one because I am big breasted. Second on the list are infinity rings. There is something spiritual that draws me towards the symbol. The third and final of my fashion inspirations this season are mini skirts. I went through a phase of leggings...to skinny jeans...and now I'm inspired by skirts. They just make me feel more feminine. 


                 TRAVELS

Italy is top of the travel inspirations this year. I will be going to Milan at the end of this month, and to Rome in May. Starting a travel fund is second on the list. I would like to start a travel savings fund so that I am able to visit at least 2 new countries every year. And the final inspiration symbolises a beach birthday holiday. Next year I want to be on a beach on my birthday. 


                   LIFE
I have been meaning to get into meditation. Yoga was a fail but it doesn't mean that meditation has to be. I have been told that it helps with stress and would like to test this theory. The second inspiration is to eat healthy. I feel like I need to cut down on meat and increase my veg intake. The third and final inspiration is to keep out negative people and negative energy.   

                   Stay inspired...

                   llondon leopard
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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Balkans In the winter: Sofia, Bulgaria♥

What did the boxing day sales buy me ? A £20 return fare from London to Sofia, Bulgaria. Like I keep saying, Tuesday is my day off work and I strongly believe that it should be utilised by building life experiences. Sofia is not the main tourist hot spot in Bulgaria so this day trip provided a sufficient amount of time for me to experience what I wanted.

After taking the metro to the city centre. I walked for 20 minutes and came across Tsurkva Sveta Nikolai (the Russian church). The snow definitely makes it look even more beautiful.

I went to a traditional Bulgarian place to eat called "Izbata Tavern". This is where I got to try some Shopska salad, which tasted so much better than I expected. I never thought that it could be possible to love salad that much.

After eating some shopska salad I had to wash it down with something right? This was the perfect opportunity to try some traditional beverages. So I had some rakia which is a very STRONG brandy,  and "Ayran" which is like a yogurt based drink. 



I did many more things in Sofia but did not get many photos because it was too cold. I visited a local rose shop where they sell rose beauty products. I bought a face mask from there and some rose water to use as a facial cleanser. The Balkans will always be the most fascinating region of Europe to me. It's bursting with culture, and I definitely want to see every country in South East Europe. 


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Sunday, 29 January 2017

25 Questions Tag: Facts About Me♥


What is your middle name?: A secret

What was your favourite subject at school?: Spanish of course. I should have known from that point that there would be a hunger for wanderlust. 

What is your favourite drink?: Ginger tea. I drink it every morning before I leave for work. I make it by crushing ginger then adding boiled water and sometimes honey.

What is your favourite song at the moment?:
Erm...I actually don't have one.

What is your favourite food?: Spaghetti alle vongole which is spaghetti with clams. My friend introduced me to it at an Italian restaurant in Picadilly Circus. I have been in love ever since, and can't wait to go to Rome in May and eat it. 

What is the last thing you bought?: A black and white scarf from Primark.

Favourite book of all time?: A book called Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman. 

Favourite colour?: Pink of course.

Do you have any pets?: Nope and I don't want any. It wouldn't be fair to get one because I travel a lot. 

Favourite perfume?: Cerruti 1881

Favourite holiday?: Probably Thailand because it has activities to suit any type of holiday.

Are you married?: Nope...have you seen the state of my generation?

Have you been out of the country, if so how many times?: Yes, I have been to around 21 countries.

Do you speak any other language?: Not really, I have a decent level of Spanish but it's not fluent. 

What is your favourite shop?: Probably Forever 21 because their prices actually match the quality of their clothes.

Favourite restaurant?: an Italian chain called Strada. 

When was the last time you cried?: I don't remember so it must have been a long time ago.

Favourite blog?: I don't have one.

Favourite movie?: Definitely Mean girls.

Favourite TV show?: It used to be Walking Dead...but season 7 has really disappointed me (stopped watching after the 3rd episode). So the current favourite is Pretty Little Liars.

PC or MAC?: PC...I don't really like apple products.

What phone do you have?: Samsung Galaxy S6.

How tall are you?: 5''5 (165cm)

Can you cook?: Yes I can. My specialties are probably spaghetti bolognese and chicken curry. 

What is your biggest fear?: probably failure



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Sunday, 1 January 2017

New Years Resolutions 2017♥



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Hello 2017, yes it is a new year...but not a new me. I am still going to be the same girl. Well yes some things may change about me, but nothing drastic. I actually managed to meet some of last years new years resolutions but not all of them. Yes I drink a lot more water, no I did not stop perming my hair...well I lasted 8 months so that deserves a medal at least right?. Anyway, it's time to make some new years resolutions for this year. 


1. Cut down my living costs 

2. Get a permanent job in the tourism industry

3. Finish reading Anne Frank's diary 

4. Develop and stick to a beauty routine 

5. Start saving for an "around the world" trip



               Happy New Year

               llondon leopard
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Monday, 26 December 2016

Frankfurt Christmas Market 2016 ♥

Last weekend I went to Frankfurt Germany for the weekend. Last year I was going to go with a friend from uni but we had too many deadlines as we were in our final year. It has always been a dream of mine to visit a German Christmas market, and it has finally come true. 

Pretty Christmas bauble decorations at a stall.

Drinking Glühwein to warm myself up. You pay a 3 deposit for the mug and can either keep it, or return the mug for your €3. I chose to keep the mug of course, as a lovely souvenir.  

A store selling lebkuchen at the market, they have cute little messages on them. 


Lets not forget the infamous bratwurst. I have a confession to make...this was the first time that I ever tried a bratwurst, even though I have been to Germany 3 times. I was impressed, it is not just a plain sausage there is seasoning such as sage and rosemary. 


A stall selling roasted nuts. I have no idea what any of them are so I bought a bag with all different mixes. 

                      
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Saturday, 17 December 2016

A Day In Madrid ♥

So Ryanair held a £2 flight sale which lasted a day. The catch was that you could only fly out on a Tuesday or Wednesday in November. Guess who doesn't work on Tuesdays?...me of course. So I booked myself a little day trip to Madrid in Spain. Take a look at how I spent my day...

I started off at the Palacio Cibeles which was very interesting. It is not easy to reach because it is situated on the side of a roundabout. So most tourists were taking photos from across the road instead. 


Sangria Sangria Sangria...I have been longing to try this for a long time. I seriously don't know how I did not drink it in Barcelona?. Oh well. This drink is a blend of red wine, fruit, and orange juice.   


Parque del Buen Retiro was the next stop. I have to say I was impressed by "Jardin du Luxembourg" in Paris...but this Spanish beauty definitely topped the list. They have a lake where people cruise along on little rowing boats.  

A trip to Spain is never complete without some juicy tapas. So I went to San Miguel Mercado to load up on some paella and olives. The one thing that I did not get to have was churros...but i'm sure there will be plenty more trips to Spain in the future. 

Happy Travels 

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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Staying safe in the dark ♥

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The clocks have changed and it is now getting darker fast. It is sad to see that we live in a world where people will never be safe. Women are viewed as being weaker than men, and are therefore easy targets for crime. Many societies suggest that women should be indoors after dark to protect themselves. If you live in the western world then you will know that this is just not possible. We work long hours and it will be dark on our journey home. It is also the festive season so we will be attending parties which will start and finish during dark hours. I am somebody that is very cautious in the dark, and would like to share some of my tips with you. 


  • Carry Pepper Spray- This is illegal in England but you could carry a mini travel sized deodorant instead. Make sure that it is in easy reach so that you can defend yourself if anything happens. 


  • Change Direction- If you have suspicions that a car is following you then walk in the opposite direction. If you still see the car then you know for sure that it is definitely following you. I have done this before when being harassed by men in cars. 


  • Pretend to make a phone call- walk slower if you feel like somebody is following you. Then take out your phone and pretend to make a phone call telling someone that you are "5 minutes away". 


  • Keep your headphones in- But do not actually listen to music. This can sometimes deter dodgy men from tying to approach you in the street.


  • Avoid taking elevators alone with men- I'm speaking from experience with this one. I live very high up in an apartment building, and have to take the lift to get home. I once got in the lift alone at night with another man, who made small talk and proceeded to ask me what my name was and which floor I lived on. Since that day I will not enter the lift at night if there are men in there. I wait for the next one....because it's better to be safe than sorry. 


  • Always make sure you have enough battery on your phone- especially when you know that you will be travelling in the dark. I will turn my phone off if my battery is low during the day, to make sure that I can use my phone on the journey home. 

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Saturday, 5 November 2016

8 Hours In Cologne♥

The British Pound may have collapsed, but that is not going to stop me from travelling. It is a good thing that I have Tuesdays off work, and Tuesday happens to be the cheapest day to fly out of London. I managed to bag myself a £40 return flight to Cologne Germany.
Cologne's accessibility makes it a perfect destination for a day trip. You can reach the city centre from the airport within 15 minutes. So I hopped off my plane and straight on to the metro to Koln Hauptbahnhof (Cologne central station).


This pretty fountain was discovered behind cologne cathedral. The thing that I love about Cologne is that a lot of  the city's history is preserved. There are many areas that give you a mental picture of what everything looked like in the olden days. 

It is a 20 minute walk along the river from the cathedral to Lindt chocolate museum. I never actually realised that "Lindt Lindor" chocolates came from Germany. Before starting my tour of the museum, I decided to have a rest and sip on some hot chocolate in the museum cafe.


After filling my bag with chocolate from the museum gift shop, I took a 20 minute stroll to Hohenzollern love lock bridge. It's one of the most beautiful things things that I have ever seen. The whole bridge is covered in padlocks of different shapes, sizes, and colours.

My German adventures are not over yet. I will be in Frankfurt for a weekend in December, to see the infamous Christmas markets. Munich and Hamburg are also looking like possible day trips in the future.



        click here to check out my footage from Cologne



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