Lifestyle, Travel

What I got up to in Amsterdam!     

This was my second trip to Amsterdam and there was still so much I wanted to do. Before we went I did a lot of research into different things that I wanted to do and things my boyfriend mentioned in conversations he wanted to do, as it was a surprise for him I had to bring it up very discreetly. I know from the last time I visited, you do need to book some things in advance to avoid waiting in long queues or not being able to do it. I like to make the most of the time when I’m away and do as much as I can to take in the city and culture.

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Ann Frank House:

I booked this a month before we went because you just have to. Its such a popular tourist attraction and if you book beforehand you wont have to wait in a huge queue or be disappointed because you can’t get tickets. I have always been interested and wanted to visit the Anne frank House.  It was very interesting and eye opening to see what herself and her family went through, I didn’t know much about it before I went and was definitely worth the money but be prepared it is very sad. It wasn’t particularly busy, we were there for just over an hour.

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Those Dam Boat Guys:

I don’t think you can go to Amsterdam and not do a boat tour, it’s such a fun way to travel and take it all the beautiful sights. I booked a tour called ‘those dam boat guys’ and it was amazing. You can drink, smoke and eat on the boat, as well as it being quite intimate there was the 4 of us and another 5 People. They tell you all about the history of the city and a few must visit or eat at places. Any questions you have they are happy to answer. Its really worth the money. Thankfully it was sunny for the boat trip, it was torrential rain the day before, so we were lucky.

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Prostitution and Sex Museum:

Couldn’t go to Amsterdam and not visit a sex or prostitution museum, so we did both. They are definitely worth a visit while in Amsterdam. It was only a few euros and a good laugh.

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Amsterdam Lookout and Swing:

I didn’t even know this was a thing until I saw lots of people uploading onto social media about it and being an Adrenalin junkie, I had to have a go. Amsterdam lookout is basically a tall building that you can walk all the way around the top and take in all the views of Amsterdam, with a swing off the edge. A literal swing on the edge of a building, definitely my kind of thing and it was brilliant. A unique experience indeed. They take photos throughout your visit which are free to download from the website. You can have food and drinks on top of the lookout. You can get a free ferry across from Amsterdam central to the lookout. It was an amazing experience and would 100% recommend.

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Artis Zoo:

Amsterdam has the most wonderful zoo, aquarium and planetarium. I don’t know why or how It started but no matter what country me and my boyfriend travel to, we always go to a zoo. This zoo was founded in the 19th Century. It’s a huge zoo and really does take most of the day to go around. We went on a Saturday and they had live music playing until sunset. It really was wonderful. It cost 22 euros each but was worth it. The planetarium was amazing, despite the fact there was a man explaining it all in Dutch, but you could get the gist of it. This was included in the zoo price.

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Amsterdam Surprise & Accommodation!

Every year I love to take my boyfriend to a different country as a present, I love giving him an experience and memories over an actual object. He loves it too. This year I booked Amsterdam, I invited our two friends as well as a surprise.

I made a few hints over the last couple of months but managed to make it all the way to August without slipping up and spoiling the surprise. It worked so well because I told him that our friends were going to drop us to the airport but in fact, they were coming with us. So, they dropped us to the airport as they normally would, at the short stay drop off. My boyfriend still had no idea, they went off and parked the car as we went through and checked in.

We went through security and sat waiting for our flight. I kept texting our friends to keep them updated with our location, so we didn’t bump into them. We managed to get all the way onto the plane without my boyfriend finding out. They just got on the plane and sat next to us. It was brilliant, I am so happy that he didn’t guess, and it went so smoothly, he was over the moon. Next step was getting to Amsterdam to enjoy our getaway.

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When booking accommodation, it can sometimes be a bit of a hit or miss. Usually I’m a hotel kind of girl, I like my own room and own bathroom. I did speak to a few different people who have been to Amsterdam before to see where they stayed and if I could get any recommendations. This is the second time I’ve been to Amsterdam and I love it there. I didn’t want to stay in the same place as before because its nice to mix it up and the place I stayed last time has gone up massively in price since they finished doing renovations. It was stunning, but I don’t want to spend crazy money on accommodation because I never end up spending much time in the room, its just a base.

Our two friends helped me with the accommodation. Some people suggested staying in a hostel, had a look at a few but didn’t like the idea of it for myself. So, we had a little look on Airbnb and found a cute place, we could come and go as we pleased, place to our self and two separate rooms.

The accommodation was lovely, very happy with it. It was really clean, that makes me so happy. I can’t cope staying in a place that is dirty. The woman who we booked with was lovely, she sent lots of messages with information about the area. She stocked the fridge and cupboard with lots of food for us, provided toiletries and towels. We stayed slightly out of the hustle and bustle of the city, it was lovely and quiet but still close enough to walk to the main city centre. I would defiantly say it was worth the money. Had an amazing time.

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Weekend Away!

For a little weekend away, I went to Saundersfoot. I went with my Boyfriend, mother and step dad. We were quite lucky, and the weather was lovely on the Friday when we travelled down, even nicer on the Saturday but rained all day on the Sunday. That’s wales for you though, the weather isn’t the best 95% of the time.  I thought I would share some pictures of the hidden gems we found, the beautiful views and what we got up to on our weekend away.

Skrinkle Bay:

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Wisemans bridge:

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Tenby Coast & Beach:

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First Year of my Makeup Course Complete.

Safe to say it was a stressful year, but It was all worth it. Looking back at it now it feels like the time has flown by but didn’t feel like it at the actual time. I think I loved and hated the course at the same time for so many reasons.

I loved the fact the course was about makeup, I got to create so many different looks that I wouldn’t have even known how to create before hand and got a lot more insight into theatrical makeup. I didn’t like the fact I had to do maths and English along side the course and silly booklets about making a CV and things like that, they were just pointless and didn’t help me in the slightest. But I guess they may have benefited the younger people in my class.

I don’t feel like I learnt a lot of skills I thought I was going to learn. Things like how to apply mascara, how to colour match someone’s skin or how to do a cut crease. Things that I feel are important and harder skills to learn without being shown. I do feel like I learnt quite a lot from the other girls in my class more so than from the teacher with glam makeup. I’m hoping this will change in the next year with different teachers. I would like to have more confidence creating popular looks for nights out.

My favourite topic we did has to be fantasy because we could do anything we wanted. We had free rain to be as creative as we could be and create a unique look. I loved that we didn’t have to copy a specific look or copy anything, it was completely our own to run away with. I did also enjoy face and body paint, it wasn’t something I have ever done before and was quite exciting. We created two face paints, a back paint and a half body paint. I did really enjoy it.

My least favourite topic must be bridal makeup because I don’t feel like it was any different from my day makeup look. Plus, for this one we had to complete the look in 45 minutes, I just didn’t feel I could do it justice by rushing it. I got 100% for this assessment but I wasn’t happy with it and wouldn’t be happy for a client to leave with that makeup. We were told to buy individual eyelashes for this because we were going to be shown how to apply them. But we weren’t shown how to use them and didn’t get shown, seamed to be a waste of money.

I feel like to make the course better there should be workshops to show you how to do certain makeup now, so we can make money freelancing while we are doing the course because well the course isn’t cheap. Workshops showing you things like how to colour match skin properly, how to apply individual lashes/ cluster lashes, techniques for brows, how to apply mascara well, undertones of deeper/ pale skin tones and how to apply makeup or what not to apply for mature skin. I think a lot of these are important. Another very important point is there wasn’t anyone in my class with a deeper skin tone, so I wouldn’t know what best compliments the skin and how to make it look flawless, I’m so used to doing my own makeup and I’m very pale. I just think these would be helpful.

Overall, I did enjoy the course and the friends I made. It was so nice to be doing makeup everyday with other people who loved it just as much as I do. My theatrical makeup teacher was great and so organised which I like. Plus, we got to go on trips and watch demos from different makeup artist which I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do if I didn’t do the course. My overall grade was 9 Distinctions and 3 Merit. I was really pleased with this and happy my hard work has paid off.

Here’s to the next chapter of my makeup career, level 3.

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Mood boards over the last 8 months!

Now my first year of college has come to an end I wanted to share all the mood boards I have created because of the hard work and the time I took to create them. I am really proud of them. For each practical assessment we had to create a mood board to express our ideas. On each mood board I had to add a design sheet, some written information such as a step by step, practice pictures and inspiration pictures, it also had to be 3D.

The first mood board I created was Basic Stage, I made curtains so it looked like a stage and stuck an actual dolls dress onto it:

Day Makeup:

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Ageing for stage Makeup:

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Evening Makeup:

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Character Makeup:

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1970’s Era Makeup:

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Animal & Insect Face Paint:

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Under the Sea Back paint:

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Jungle Half Body Paint:

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Bridal Makeup:

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SFX:

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SFX Practice:

Fantasy Makeup:

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Wig making:

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level 2 Theatrical and Media Makeup complete, looking forward to starting level 3 in September.

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Candy Queen: Fantasy Assessment!

For my final college assessment, I had to create a fantasy look. It could be anything I wanted for the assessment. Some people in my class did mermaids, unicorns and fairy’s but I wanted to do something a little different. Something I haven’t seen anyone do before. So I decided to do something to do with candy. I took inspiration from lots of different magazine shoots and pictures on google.

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I bought a green and white fancy dress outfit online, bought purple tights and lots of sweets. I stuck over 80 packets of sweets to the dress and it took me hours to make it into a candy queen dress. I was so pleased with how it turned out. All the hard work and it looked brilliant. I also got decorative spiderwebs from Halloween and sprayed them pink to put in the hair to make it look like cotton candy.

We had as long as we wanted for the assessment, there wasn’t a time limit. It took me 3 hours to complete the full look, including hair, makeup, nails and outfit. I am so pleased with the overall look I created. My teacher said if she could give me more the 100% she would because she was so overwhelmed with how well I did. Obviously, I was over the moon with the comment. Couldn’t have been a better outcome for my last assessment for my level 2 course.

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Dermaplaning & My Thoughts!

I have been contemplating dermaplaning for a few months now, weighing up the pros and cons. I like the idea of getting rid of all the peach fuzz on my face because basically I have a lot of it. But I did have concerns it was going to grow back, and I would end up with a beard, that being the worst-case scenario. That was my biggest worry, my peach fuzz would come back darker, knowing my luck.

I contacted a few places to get some prices and did a little research to see the side effects, even the rare ones. The only real side effects I came across were slight redness after or a few spots a day or two after. Everyone I spoke to and research I did made it clear that the type of hair on the face doesn’t come back darker, it would literally grow back the same. The prices I was getting were from £20-£65 for it done once.

I did find someone in Swansea I wanted to go to have it done because I saw online they do it really often and the results were really good. I contacted the person via their professional Instagram and was advised to contact her private one, which I did. They replied and advised they didn’t have any availability for a month, so I asked when the next available date was. I didn’t get a reply for 2 weeks, so I messaged again and still took another 3 weeks to get a reply. That’s so frustrating considering your trying to support a smaller business. So, I messaged again saying don’t bother. I wasn’t nasty about it, but it did put me off having it done.

After around a month I decided to call around a few places and called a place local to me. They had a cancelation that day and it was half price from £60 to £30. I couldn’t really pass it up. So, I went for it.

The process didn’t hurt at all, my face went a little red during and after but that’s just my skin. It only took 15/20 minutes. The amount of hair that came off my face is crazy and so satisfying but I don’t think I would pay £60 for something that took 20 mins. I didn’t get a facial or anything after just some moisturiser. I don’t think ill be doing it again anytime soon, not really worth it. Its been 5 weeks since, I wanted to see how my facial hair grew back before I posted about it.

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My facial hair is exactly the same, no darker, maybe a little bit less hairy if I remember correctly. When they were doing the dermaplaning, they didn’t do my top lip because apparently the hair is different and grows back worse so I’m glad of that. I guess it is if you were willing to spend between £30-60 odd every other month. But for me wasn’t worth it.

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