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Friday, 23 September 2016

Lanzarote excursions

We're recently home from a weeks holiday in Lanzarote (you can read our holiday diaries here and here) We had planned to go on quite a few trips whilst we were there but their recent heatwave meant we had to change our plans a bit as it was just too hot to be walking around too much.

Lanzarote excursions - Rancho Texas Puerto del Carmen


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Benefit Triple Performing Facial Emulsion

When we were going on holiday I wanted to get a new moisturiser to take away with me as the sun always makes my skin feel really dry and tight. I have been loving Benefits make-up at the moment so decided to try something from their skincare range and chose the  Triple Performing facial emulsion. This is the first item I've tried from their skincare and I had high hopes for it.

Benefit Triple Performing facial emulsion
Benefit state that the Triple Performing facial emulsion hydrates, protects and comforts and it has an SPF of 15 which was perfect for my holidays.
The bottle is 50.3mls.
Benefit Triple Performing facial emulsion

I have to mention the packaging first as I loved it! The box is really bright and eye catching and looks great on my dressing table and the bottle in side is just gorgeous and so unusual, it reminds me of an old apothecary bottle. It has a pump dispenser which I always like as you can pump out just the right amount.

The cream itself has a slightly thin consistency but a little really goes a long way. It glides onto the skin silkily and feels amazing on. The emulsion soaks into the skin quickly, within 5-10 minutes, and doesn't leave any stickiness or greasiness.

Whilst I was on holiday I used this morning and night and it really helped to keep my skin moisturised after the sun. The SPF in it wasn't high enough for my skin in the temperatures we were in though so I did have to use sunscreen as well.

I have been using it daily, on a morning, since we've been home and I love how it makes my skin feel. It is definitely something I'll be buying again once it has run out.

Benefit Triple Performing facial emulsion

Benefit Triple Performing facial emulsion is £23.50 and can be bought directly from Benefit or its usual stockists.


Friday, 9 September 2016

Afternoon tea at Patisserie Valerie

Going for afternoon tea is something I've always wanted to do but just never seemed to get around to doing so when I recently saw an offer for one on Groupon that Ellie would be able to come along to as well I snapped it up. It was a voucher for afternoon tea for two at Patisserie Valerie.


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Primark PS beauty strobe sticks

Recently my lovely friend Sam sent me a parcel full of beauty treats all from the new PS Beauty collection at Primark. One of the things she sent me were a set of Primark PS beauty strobe sticks.


Friday, 19 August 2016

Lanzarote holiday diary - part 2

Following on from my previous post (Lanzarote Diary (part one)) this is the second half of our Lanzarote holiday diary.

Lanzarote holiday diary part two - Puerto Del Carmen old town view

Day Four

We got up early and made sure we were dressed and sun-creamed then at breakfast for it opening. Once we had eaten we headed to our nearest bus stop to get the bus to Rancho Texas Lanzarote, a zoo and water park in Puerto Del Carmen. It was even hotter this day which did take the enjoyment out of the trip a bit as it was just too hot to walk around so we had to keep looking for shade to sit in or somewhere to get a drink. We did manage to walk around all of the zoo and see some shows and we found shady refuge in a pretty cool little tree house. 

Lanzarote holiday diary part 2 Rancho Texas Lanzarote

We got the bus back and by the time we were back to the hotel it was time to shower and get ready for the night.

After dinner we had a walk into town and around the local shopping centre then stopped in a local bar before heading back up to the hotel for the evening entertainment. This night as well as the disco they had an eagle show. They had 4 different eagles and owls which they showed to every one, told each birds story and a background about the species and flew them around. 

Lanzarote holiday diary part 2 Eagle show, Blue Sea Los Fiscos

Afterwards you were able to go see the birds, hold them and have photos with them.

Day Five

We spent a relaxing morning around the pool reading our kindles. After lunch at the hotel we got a taxi down to the Playa Grande beach. We spent the afternoon walking along the sand, paddling in the sea and went to Splash Down (I have a full post about this coming soon). 

Lanzarote holiday diary part 2 Playa Grande beach

Once we had finished on the beach and in the sea we headed to Route 66 bar for a drink and a sit in the shade. I loved this bar as you can sit indoors or out, you can people watch everyone on the beach and in the sea and it had motorcycles hanging from the ceilings. 

Lanzarote holiday diary part 2 Route 66 bar

After our drinks we went back up to our hotel and got ready for dinner. We headed out again for dinner and found a lovely little restaurant in the old town area of Puerto Del Carmen and then found a little bar with wifi on our walk back to the hotel so we stopped off there for a drink too.

We made it back to our hotel just in time to get a hot chocolate to take to bed before the bar shut.

Day Six

The weather had changed again when we got up and was much cooler with a breeze, which was so nice after how hot it had been! We decided as the weather had changed we would go to the waterpark. We quickly had breakfast and headed down to the bus stop to get the coach to Aquapark in Costa Teguise. We had a brilliant day out on all the slides and pools and before we knew it it was time to head back for the coach back to our resort.

Unfortunately the weather feeling cooler was quite deceptive and after a day in the waterpark we were both really, really burnt! After a cold shower, thick layers of aftersun and strapless dresses we were ready for the evening.

We spent the night in a restaurant near our hotel, so it was on a hill overlooking the town and sea. There was a huge firework display, which no-one really seemed to know why, but it was so pretty to watch. Time really got away from us this night and it was around midnight when we got back to the hotel. 

Lanzarote holiday diary part 2 firework display

Day Seven

This was our last day here and we were both disappointed how fast our holiday had gone. I decided that before we did anything after breakfast I'd get the packing done so it was just over and done with. It was another hot, cloud-less day and both Ellie and me had burnt the day before so we spent most of the day sat in the pool bar in the shade reading.

We spent our last night back in the harbour area of Puerto Del Carmen as we had loved it so much the first time we went there. We had a meal and watched the sunset over the cliff which was just stunning to see.

Lanzarote holiday diary part 2 sunset over Puerto del Carmen

Day Eight

Our final morning got off to a very early start, we were up at 4am and our transfer bus picked us up at 4.40. We were at the airport, through check-in and security quickly but as it was so early nothing in the airport, other than a cafe, was open so it seemed a long wait before boarding. Once boarded though we both slept a bit and read our kindles and a strong tailwind meant we landed back in Leeds in what seemed like no time at all, a good 40 minutes early.

By lunchtime I was back at home unpacking and loading the washing machine.

Both Ellie and me have loved the holiday, its been both relaxing and adventurous, we've laughed all week and have definitely made memories to last a lifetime.


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Lanzarote Diary - part one

It's been a week now since we came home from Lanzarote and I'm still so disappointed it is over now and still in holiday mode I think. After all the stress and upset in the weeks before with Low Cost Holidays going bust (you can read about that here) I decided to make sure we had THE best holiday....and we did!  

Day One

Our holiday got off to an early start as we were given a lift to the airport at 9am. Once we were checked in we had just enough time for a wander around the duty-free shops and a hot chocolate before boarding. The flight to Lanzarote from Leeds is about 4 1/2 hours so we spent our time reading our kindles, doing puzzle books....and of course we had to take a few plane selfies.

Lanzarote holiday diary part one aeroplane selfie

Once we had landed we found our way to our transfer coach pretty quickly and had to wait about 45 minutes for everyone else to get there! Puerto Del Carmen isn't very far at all from Arrecife airport so it wasn't long before we were at our hotel, Blue Sea Los Fiscos.

By the time we were checked in and had got to our apartment it was about 6pm, we were both pretty tired and hungry so we decided to unpack, get washed up and head to dinner before we did anything else.

After dinner we had a good explore of the hotel and complex then sat in the bar for the evening entertainment, a mini disco for the kids, bingo and then a parrot show. 

Lanzarote holiday diary part one - Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote Blue Sea Los Fiscos hotel pool bar

As we were both tired we didn't make it until the parrot show and were both tucked up in bed before 10pm!

Day Two

As we'd had an early night we were both awake early so we were dressed, suncream-ed and sat around waiting for the restaurant to open for breakfast.

Once we had eaten we spent all day laid by the pool reading our kindles and only moving for drinks from the pool bar and to go for lunch. This was our first time in Lanzarote so I had heard it was windy but we were surprised at just how windy it was, as soon as you got off the sunbed the towels were blowing off if they weren't weighted down! It was very warm though, in the mid 30's, so the breeze was really nice as you were laid sunbathing.

By dinner time we had both had enough sun so we got showered and changed then headed to the restau

As it had cooled down a bit we decided to have a walk into Puerto Del Carmen old town. A very friendly PR guy from a restaurant we passed on the way gave us directions but unfortunately we didn't follow them very well and got a bit lost! We eventually found the way back to our hotel though and spent the rest of the night in the bar watching the kids disco and then watching people play bingo.

Day Three

After we were up, dressed and had had breakfast we spent another day laid by the pool reading our kindles. The weather had changed and was getting very hot with no breeze at all, so we laid out for a bit then would go sit in the pool bar in the shade for a while to cool down.

By the third day we were both getting a bit bored of the hotels food so we decided to head into the old town for a meal.

We had another talk to our PR friend and got directions again (and managed to find our way this time). The views on the walk down into Puerto Del Carmen old town and around the harbour were just stunning!

Lanzarote holiday diary part one - Puerto Del Carmen old town view

Lanzarote holiday diary part one - Puerto Del Carmen old town view

We had a lovely meal and it was nice to spend some time out of the hotel resort walking around the harbour and front. Eventually we headed back to the hotel and caught the last of the evenings entertainment which was a music quiz and karaoke.

Lanzarote holiday diary part one - Puerto Del Carmen old town

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