Beyond The Parks - My Disney World Planning


Welcome to the third part in my Florida trip planning, this time I include all the great things to do in Florida that are non park related. If you are new to this part of my blog then click the links below to get caught up!
When people think about Florida, the first thing they relate it to is Disney World. Yes, it may be one of the worlds top tourist destinations, but I do think its sad that the rest of the state can be easily forgotten about. Bearing in mind that Florida is nearly 1 and a half times the size of England, it really does have so much more to offer than just Disney (believe it or not!). Here are some ideas of what you can do on your Orlando trip that doesn't include the parks...
In all my trips to Florida, I have always had at least two days in my itinery that are strictly 'Beach days'. Florida beaches really are stunning, think white sand and crystal clear waters. My absolute favourite beach in the world happens to be Clearwater, 1.5 hours away from Orlando near Tampa. It is a gorgeous beach and very much worth the travelling in my opinion. I couldn't think of a trip to Florida without visiting here!
Another favourite is one of the worlds most famous beaches, Daytona. This is on the east coast of Florida just under an hour away. This is where you can drive along the beach and park up on the sand, I see it as a 'must do' if you are planning a trip to Florida.
Other great nearby beaches are Cocoa beach, an hours drive east of Orlando, and the city of Sarasota which is home to some of the best beaches in America.
 Sports Matches
On our last visit we purchased tickets for an Orlando City soccer match. We are both into our football but I would recommend this to anyone regardless of whether they were a football fan or not. The atmosphere was incredible, nothing like an English football match. We loved the experience so much that we have purchased tickets for this year too but this time from Ticketmaster. We found that buying them in advance was a lot cheaper than buying them while you are out there, last year we purchased them from a ticket office on International drive for around $120, but this time we are only paying $70. I have seen games for other sports such as Basketball or Baseball recommended for the experience too but I think we are just sticking with Soccer again. Something I would love to see though is Ice Hockey! (although I know nothing about it!).

Malls & Outlets
Orlando is the number 1 destination for shopping, It really is a shopaholics heaven. We very much have a 'go hard or go home' approach when it comes to shopping over there and we really see it as part of the holiday. Things are generally cheaper in America, especially if you are buying their own brands such as Abercrombie or Ralph Lauren. There are also some Outlets where you can grab some great bargains so if you didn't want to go crazy with the shopping I would recommend going to one of them rather than going to a Mall. Many hotels along International drive provide shuttle buses to the shops and a Taxi from Disney would cost about $20 each way. We will be visiting the same places this year as we did last time which were - Mall at Millennia, Florida Mall, Vineland Outlets and the International Drive Outlets. I will soon be writing a post that goes more into detail about shopping in Orlando, including my Shopping List for this years trip!
Other 'Beyond the Parks' Must do's -
- Anna Maria Island
- Nascar at Daytona
- A trip to Miami
- Kennedy Space Centre
- The Dali Museum

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A MAC Haul

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If you are a MAC lover like myself, you will understand that a quick online visit to stock up on your holy grail highlighter will always end up with a few more products finding their way into your basket! Lets just say, when it comes to MAC, I just cant resist. So along with my favourite highlighter, I also decided to add a Prep & Prime highlighter pen & two more eye shadows for my palette. I have been pretty good with my makeup hoarding recently and haven't bought anything for a while, so of course it was time for a little treat!
Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle - My holy grail highlighter which I have recently ran out of and needed to stock up on. Gives a gorgeous highlight on the tops of the cheekbones and brow bone without being too glittery. I will continue buying this product until I find something that is better - which I doubt will be any time soon!
Prep & Prime Highlighter Pen in Light Boost - This is a new product to my collection so I am really looking forward to using it as an under the eye highlighter. Beauty gurus often rave about it so I am excited to see if it is worth the hype!

Swiss Chocolate | Woodwinked
Woodwinked | Swiss Chocolate
Eye shadows in Woodwinked & Swiss Chocolate - Two very popular shades from MAC that I am yet to try. Woodwinked is such a beautiful shimmery shade, I think it will look effortlessly gorgeous all over the lid with black winged liner. What I love about Swiss Chocolate is the red undertone it has coming through, I think it will be the perfect warm crease colour for a brown smoky eye.
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Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

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Peach Smoothie | Nautica | Unexpected | High Wire
If you have been reading beauty blogs or watching beauty gurus on YouTube for a while, then you definitely would have heard about Makeup Geek eye shadows. They are raved about constantly in the blogging world, so it was about time I found out what all the fuss was about. I actually ordered these a while ago off the Makeup Geek website but didn't want to write a review until I had worn them properly, rather than just swatching them on my hand!
They are renowned for their amazing quality and even better value, rivalling another favourite makeup brand for eye shadows - MAC Cosmetics. I bought 4 shades, 3 from the original collection and 1 from their foiled eye shadow collection.
I ordered 4 shades from the Makeup Geek website:
Peach Smoothie, a pale peach shade that makes a great transition colour.
Unexpected, taupe with a purple undertone that's another good transition colour for smoky eyes.
Nautica, a shimmering navy blue.
High Wire, one of their 'foiled' eye shadows that is an intense shimmery silver.
I have used all 4 shadows a couple of times now and I am super impressed, they were easy to blend and longwearing, my eye shadow remained perfect after an evening out. I paid $6 each ($10 for foiled) which I think is great value for money. Overall, my favourite out of the 4 shades of course has to be High Wire, it is SUPER pigmented and really gives that wow factor when applied. It has made me fall completely in love with the foiled shadows and I cannot wait to purchase more.
For my fellow UK citizens, Makeup Geek is now available on with free delivery over £15.
Peach Smoothie


High Wire
Have you tried any Makeup Geek shadows yet?

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