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..
 
 
 
 
TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
 
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.
 
 
 
CRUELTY FREE
 
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.
 
 
LUSCIOUS LIPS COLLECTION
 
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!
 
 
 
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
 
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!
 
 
xox
 
 
 


*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.

PARK TICKETS

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
LEGOLAND

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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How To Book A Disney World Holiday! Part 1

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If you have been following me on here you will know about my slight obsession with Disney World! Disney World for people that don't know, is the one in Orlando, Florida (Disneyland is in California & Disneyland Paris is of course in France and so on) and I have been lucky enough to visit 4 times and I am currently planning my 5th for my Honeymoon, or Disneymoon as I like to call it.

Now a holiday to the world is a holiday like no other, and it really is helpful to do as much planning for your trip as possible, for me this is great as I am such an obsessive planner, but for others it can be really daunting and overwhelming. 




My next trip is a looong 18 months away, but I have already started making plans of where I want to stay and what I want to do, I personally think its never too early to start planning, and it also takes the stress off, so there's nothing wrong with a big countdown to your trip.

This blog series will be split in to 3 posts, simply because there is so much to talk about if I put everything in to one post it would be too much info to take in! So I am going to start off talking about Flights and Accommodation, part 2 will be about park tickets, and part 3 will be about car hire, food and spending money. Lets get started!


FLIGHTS

Flights is one of the main things you need to start with. You need to know a rough idea of dates and also the airports you are willing to fly from. Direct flights during off-peak times are usually around £450-£600 per person if you are booking separately and not a package, many people find doing everything separately can save a lot of money. If you are travelling in school holidays you can expect to pay around £800-£1000 per person for a direct flight, so you might want to consider flying indirect via New York or Atlanta to keep the costs down.

 Flights are usually only available 11 months before your return date, so although it is one of the earlier things to plan, you may have to wait before you can actually book. I have found that Thomas Cook release their flights earlier, but are often lower in price if you can wait until the 11 month mark.

There are 2 main airports around the Orlando area, these are Orlando International and Sanford. Most airlines fly directly to Orlando though Thomson fly to Sanford. Sanford is outside of Orlando and takes roughly an hour to get to the main tourist areas or Disney. Orlando airport is about 20 minutes away so it is often preferred to fly to here. However, it has been known that because Sanford is a much smaller airport, you can be off the plane, through immigration and on the bus/in your hire car in around 45 minutes, though Orlando has been known to have over 2 hour queues through immigration, this therefore equals out when comparing travel time. 
You can also fly to Tampa (2 hours away) or Miami (I think about 4 hours away).

Recommended websites for Flights:




ACCOMMODATION

Equally important as flights is where you will be staying. You have the options of on disney property in one of their hotels, an offsite villa or condo or an offsite hotel in one of the nearby areas, Lake Buena Vista or International Drive probably being the most popular. The onsite vs offsite debate is ongoing and you will get many different responses as to why people prefer each option. Here are some pros and cons for both that usually get mentioned:

Onsite
Pros: Convenient for the parks, Great theming, Free transport, No need for a hire car, Early entry to the parks on certain days, Occasional 'Free Dining' offer, Free Parking
Cons: 'In your face' Disney, Amount of children, Feeling in a 'bubble' or 'trapped', Small rooms, Can be very expensive.

Offsite
Pros: Offsite restaurants, Cheaper accommodation, Less restricted to dining reservations, More space, Private pool if staying in a villa
Cons: Parking fees at theme parks, Further distance especially if staying in a villa, Less 'Disney Magic' 

I have always stayed offsite, but for my next trip we are considering a split stay. A week on disney property and then 2 weeks or 10 days offsite, this way we can give onsite a try and see what we think. I see this as a great option if you cannot decide or like the idea of both options, I think it will be the best of both worlds!

There is also of course the choice to stay onsite at a Universal Studios hotel, staying at these gives you great perks such as being in walking distance to the Universal parks and early entry, the deluxe hotels also give you free Front Of Line Passes for each day of your stay! 

Recommended websites for hotel bookings:

Disney Direct (disney hotels)


Recommended websites for packages (hotel & flight):


Part 2 coming soon with everything you need to know about PARK TICKETS!


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5 Highlighters For 'That' Glow

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Highlighting has been so on trend the past year or so and its showing no signs of changing in 2017. Whether you want a subtle dewy look or to full on blind people with your glow, there is sure to be a product for you. To get you started, here are my 5 top powder highlighters that I love to make my cheekbones 'pop'...
 
 
 
 
BECCA Champagne Pop £32 CultBeauty.co.uk




TARTE Tarteist in Burst £20 TarteCosmetics.com

 
 
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Lightscapade £24 MacCosmetics.co.uk

 
 
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle £24 MacCosmetics.co.uk
 
 
 
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow £49 CharlotteTilbury.com
 

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