Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette Review

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I first saw this beauty on the ABH instagram page and knew I had to have it when it was released. If I'm honest it was the packaging that got me first, the same velvet style of their previous Modern Renaissance palette just in a gorgeous deep blue with mustard yellow lettering. It features 14 shades; 11 mattes, 1 metallic and 2 duo chromes, along with the usual double ended ABH eyeshadow brush. The colours are pretty unique, I have seen this palette described as 'grungy' which I totally agree, I just love the mixture of dark burgundy, teal and green shades, I imagine these will be very 'in' this coming fall/winter.


So, there has been very mixed reviews on this palette, probably with more bad than good. I didn't want anything I had already seen to influence my own opinion so when I first swatched I made sure to keep an open mind. 
What I have kept hearing is about the terrible 'kick back' of the shades and it being very powdery, especially with the shade 'New Wave'. Below I have pictured using a Unicorn Brushes flat eye shadow brush on this colour, dabbing it in like I usually would. Well, I actually didn't find it that bad at all, & I feel like if I hadn't already read reviews I wouldn't be looking for this problem and therefore wouldn't even notice anything. It left the pan looking ever so slightly powdery but nothing I haven't seen before, and it coated the brush pretty well, I thought it looked super pigmented myself!


I do however have a bad point to say about this palette, and that is about the shades 'Electric' and 'cube'. Basically, as you can see (or not see) below, my swatch is more or less non existant of these colours. Would you have even noticed  there was a seventh swatch on the photo on the right?! Yes, Cube did show up in person more than the photo, but it was nothing more than a little sparkle and that was after 2 or 3 swatches. Electric was a little better, but still took a few goes to show, this was the maximum pigment I could get out of them both, which is such a shame as every other shade only took a light dab to produce the swatches below.

Top to Bottom: L; Roxy, Electric, Fudge, New Wave, Untamed, Edge, Rowdy. R; Cube, Dawn, Destiny, Adorn, All Star, Mercury, Axis 


Overall, I like this palette. I'm completely in love with the packaging and equally love the autumnal shades it features, I can't wait to do a dark smoky look with it. There is a problem with a couple of the shades in the palette pigment wise which is a shame, I think I will be avoiding them ones but the mattes are the stars of the show in this. I don't think it deserves the bad reviews it is getting, but maybe some palettes are worse than others. It still hasn't over taken my favourite Anastasia palette which is the World Traveller, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting new eye shadows for the fall.

Get the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette here for £41

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10 Tips For Getting Married Abroad

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Paradise Cove, Lake Buena Vista

As I type this it is just over 10 months until my wedding day, it feels like a lifetime away but everyone keeps saying how the time will fly by, which hopefully it doesn't fly too quickly as I haven't even got my dress yet! 
We are doing things a little bit different to the traditional British wedding in an old, stately home and jetting off to Florida to tie the knot, I'm so happy to be getting married in my favourite place in the world but with an abroad wedding comes the anxiety that you wouldn't normally get the big day was in your own country. I have done so much planning that I have gained some excellent knowledge when planning an abroad wedding, so for anyone thinking of or doing the same, I have put together my own top tips to hopefully help you along the way!

1. Do Your Research. You are thousands of miles away from your wedding destination, so if you cannot take a quick trip to scope out some potential venues, you are literally basing your booking on a picture online. The more research you do, the more confidence you will have that your chosen venue is 100% what it claims to be. Looking at reviews from other brides will also really help. I personally wouldn't book somewhere if I couldn't find any reviews on the place.

2. Trust Your Wedding Planner. Like I said in my previous tip, you are thousands of miles away so will likely have no clue on what exactly things will look like and how smoothly the day will run. This is why having a good wedding planner is important, but trusting them is key. Small things like how quickly they reply to your emails I see as a really big thing, if they cannot do the minimum then I would be panicking about how they are handling my wedding day.

3. Budget. The same as any wedding, a budget is important. An abroad wedding can often be really cost effective but don't get carried away because of this. You also need to consider exchange rates when paying in a different currency, the rate when you book might be better than when you actually pay the balance so make sure you factor this in and prepare for the worst rate.

4. Pick The Right Time Of Year. Make sure you know what the weather is like in the country you are planning to get married in. As I am getting married in Florida I needed to consider the heat, humidity and storm season, this is why I picked May, as it will still be really warm but it wont have the humidity of July or August and storm season is usually May through September.

5. Travelling With A Dress. Many bridal shops will help you pack your dress into your hand luggage if they do not have a special box for you to take it in. You can also order a box cheap enough off Ebay, Amazon or if you are flying with Virgin they also provide these at a cost. Do not pack your dress and items like wedding rings in your main suitcase in case it gets lost, keep these in your hand luggage so you can keep an eye on it.

6. Small & Intimate. One of the negatives about getting married abroad is that usually not many guests will be able to come. At my wedding there will be no more than 20. Don't take this to heart, as many people will have genuine reasons why they won't be able to make it, cost being the biggest factor. Usually with abroad weddings the friends and family who really care about you will be there, and you won't be paying for a load of 'plus ones' like if you were having a local wedding, wahoo!

7. Don't Forget Your Honeymoon. Make sure you factor in some special time alone with your new husband/wife. My partner & I are booking into a Disney World hotel the day after our wedding to start our honeymoon for a couple of weeks. We will still be spending time with family while we are there but are making sure we have a few special meals booked to celebrate being Man & Wife.

8.It Is Still YOUR Wedding Day. This point is something that I in particular needed to keep reminded myself and others during my planning. Just because you are not having the 'traditional' wedding ceremony in a church with loads of bridesmaids, ushers and an organist playing 'here comes the bride', it doesn't mean it is any less important. I am still making my husband-to-be and dad do speeches at the meal afterwards, they wasn't getting away with it that easily!

9.Dress Appropriately. If you are getting married in a hot climate you might want to consider a slightly different type of wedding attire. This can be suits without jackets or even shorts and flipflops for the men. You also might want to forget about that big & heavy princess dress you had always dreamed of, unless you want to collapse of heat exhaustion!

10. Relax. One of, if not the best thing about having an abroad wedding is how stress free it is. Yes, you will still have worries that only come natural to a bride to be, but make sure you trust your wedding planner and stay relaxed, and everything will fall into place, simple!


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Tropic Skincare: Review

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Recently, I was given a few products to test from an amazing skincare brand named Tropic. I love trying out new products especially from a brand I am not too familiar with and I have got to say the gorgeous packaging gave really good first impressions!
Here is what I thought of everything I tried..
This lovely little bag packed full of Tropics best selling mini products is perfect for any adventure. Inside there was 6 items including:
Skin Revive - This is a daily moisturiser that I found really gentle on my sensitive skin. I wouldn't recommend for someone that is very oily as it does contain natural seed oils, but if you have sensitive or dry skin I would definitely give this a try.
Vitamin Toner - A refreshing mist that helps to reduce the appearance of pores. I found it really convenient using a toner in 'mist' form and it would last you a good few months even in the travel size form, so the full size would be a great investment.
Soothing Cleanser - I love finding a good cleanser, and this one came very close to my holy grail Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. It didn't break me out at all and easily removed my makeup.
Tamanu Rescue - A handy little lip balm that left my usually dry lips feeling soft and moisturised. Really good to have in your handbag and was full of lots of antioxidants that are great for the skin.
Organic Elixir - This is described as an 'age-defying facial oil'. I personally do not like the feel of oils on my skin as I am very combination so like to steer clear. I did however give it a try and it did leave my face and neck feeling very soft. I cannot comment on the 'age defying' part as I didn't use it for long enough and I am only 23!
Bamboo Cloth - A super soft cloth that you use to wipe away the excess after using your cleanser. It was too nice to use, but I'm sure this would be really handy on the go.
I have been trying to introduce more brands in my skincare & makeup routine that are cruelty free, so I was really pleased to hear that Tropic are completely vegan, so they do not test on animals and only use pure and natural ingredients.
This was a set of two generous sized products to use on the lips, a 'Lip Smooth Sugar Scrub' and a 'Lip Soft Nourishing Butter'. If you have a constant battle like me with dry or cracked lips, then this is a LIFE SAVER! Left my lips feeling so much smoother and was brilliant just before applying lipstick. It also had the most amazing minty smell that reminded me of mint humbug sweets, delicious!
If you are interested in Tropic Skincare and would like to see more of their amazing products, visit Anneliese Yaxley Tropic Skin Care Ambassador on Facebook or Tropic With Annie on Instagram. Annie has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Tropic and can recommend all kinds of products to suit your personal skin type as well as showing you how to use each product to gain the full benefit of making your skin feel more nourished, radiant and refreshed!

*the products in this review were given to me for reviewing purposes though all opinions are my own*

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How To Book A Disney World Holiday! Part 2

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If you are reading this I am guessing that you have already read the first part of this blog series giving advice on your Flights and Accommodation, if you haven't and want to keep up to date click here.


Okay, so your flights and accommodation has been covered, next to think about is your park tickets. Park tickets are a compete mine field as there are so many, so you really need to do your research on the parks and decide what ones you are going to visit.
Remember, that if you are only doing one or two weeks it is impossible to cover everything, if you cram every park into your 2 week holiday you will be exhausted and need another holiday when you come back! So make sure to make time for rest days. 

The most popular parks/day activities around Orlando are:

Disney World Parks & Water Parks
Universal Parks & Volcano Bay Waterpark
SeaWorld Parks (SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Aquatica, Discovery Cove)
Kennedy Space Centre

Seen as I am concentrating on 'Disney World Holidays' I will talk about the Disney park tickets. There are 4 parks and 2 waterparks, the most popular choice for a 1/2/3 week holiday would be getting the 'Disney Ultimate Ticket' they do these in 7, 14 and 21 day tickets and they allow unlimited access to every park and waterpark for 7/14/21 consecutive days. They are 'Park Hoppers' which means you can visit every park on the same day if you wish. 

The current 2018 price for these tickets are as follows:

7 day Ultimate Ticket Child: £379  Adult: £399
14 day Ultimate Ticket Child: £399 Adult: £419  
21 day Ultimate Ticket Child: £419  Adult: £439
Prices taken from the Disney Holidays website.

Another popular and often cheaper alternative If you wanted to visit other parks would be a Combo Ticket. This is where tickets from 2 or more parks would be combined to make a cheaper price than if you were to buy them separately. For example, if you knew you wanted to visit all Disney parks and the Universal parks, it would be cheaper to buy 1 combo ticket per person.

Universal/Disney Combo Adult: £670 Child: £640
Disney/SeaWorld Combo Adult: £527 Child: £504
Disney/Universal/SeaWorld Combo Adult: £780 Child: £750
Prices taken from Orlando Attraction Tickets.

In most cases, it is a lot cheaper to buy your park tickets in advance before your trip, there are SO many great websites to buy your park tickets so it is worth doing your research as many UK ticket sellers have offers at different times in the year such as discounted prices or freebies with your purchase. 

Here are some recommended ticket sites:

If you don't want to pay for your tickets straight away in full, some sites allow a small deposit per person so you can secure the price but not pay until around 6 weeks before your departure.

Part 3 of How To Book A Disney World Holiday coming soon!


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