Monday, 21 April 2014

Motivational Monday #3

Today is Monday, Monday is the day to make new promises and banish bad habits! Right? Well, not exactly, for most of us it's just a day that we struggle to get up on time.

Well, if you feel like making just a small little promise to yourself, one that maybe, just maybe you could stick to.. it could be to start reading! If you are someone who is constantly with their nose in a book, then I salute you. But, if you are not one of these people, ok I get it, we are not all book worms, but I believe that we should all make an effort to read something, whether that be a classic romance novel or just the daily newspaper, whatever floats your boat! I found this picture and it has definitely motivated me to get back into my books.. my kindle has been feeling a bit neglected recently.

Reading stimulates the brain, it gives an escape from you own life and the ability to throw yourself into someone else's world and see life through their eyes. I know, of course, not everyone wants to escape their own lives but even if you love your life, it's nice to see things from other perspectives. Whether it be Harry Potter, George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four or the Daily Mail, get reading people! 

Enjoy your week lovelies, Elle xx

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter my lovelies! Hope you all have a fantastic weekend, eating lots of chocolate and hot cross buns and spending time with loved ones. 

Lots of Easter hugs and kisses!
Elle xx

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Lake Bled, Slovenia || Travel

First of all, I would like to say sorry for not posting since the beginning of the month, I have had 2 weeks of mid semester exams and therefore blogging had to take a back seat I'm afraid. Anywhooo, with all the educational boring stuff out the way for now, time to get blogging! I've been itching to write a post!

Next, I just want to ensure you that my motivational Monday series will be coming back on Monday, do not fear! Now, in this post I am going to talk about the first of my many adventures whilst living here in Slovenia.

Back in September, I was lucky enough to take part in a language course for the first 4 weeks of my stay here in Ljubljana, as an Erasmus student. I participated in the EILC (Erasmus Intensive Language Course), as well as teaching us basic Slovenian to ensure we were not totally linguistically isolated, the course also organised a lot of activities for us in the afternoon. One Thursday, we went to Lake Bled, located in the Julian Alps in northwest Slovenia. Lake Bled is breathtakingly beautiful, a very popular tourist destination. It is only 55km from Ljubljana and therefore a perfect day trip, I have been another two times since September.

A great way to spend some time is to rent little rowing boats like we did. They are not expensive, I cannot remember the exact price, but I know it didn't break the bank! We rowed across the lake to the infamous Bled Lake island where you can enjoy some beautiful views and if you wish, climb the church tower. There are weddings regularly held at the church of Bled Island, traditionally it is considered good luck for the groom to carry his new wife up the baroque staircase of 98 stone steps, leading up to where they can ring the church bell and make a wish. 

We decided to visit the tower and climb the staircase. It cost 2.50 euro to enter, which I thought was reasonable.As well as seeing the beautiful inside of the tower you also get a magnificent view from the top.. however due to windows being covered with bars (safety first!) it is difficult to get a decent picture. 

All in all I would say Lake Bled is beautiful and a must visit if you are anywhere in Slovenia. You can catch a cheap bus from the city of Ljubljana from the bus station, right next to the train station and I believe it only takes around an hour. 

Hope you have enjoyed this post, there will be more coming, including Croatia, Bosnia, Hungary and more! Have any of you ever visited Lake Bled or anywhere else in Slovenia? Let me know in the comments below.

Love Elle xx

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Review || The Real Techniques Stippling Brush

Today I am going to review one of my ultimate favourite brushes and has been a staple in my makeup bag for quite a while now, the Real Techniques Stippling brush. If you are not familiar with the Real Techniques brushes, the range was created by Samantha Chapman who is one of the Pixiwoo girls. I think its fantastic how a beauty blogger and youtuber can be so successful and produce such greats products! 

I bought this brush back in the summer time, the brush is actually for applying foundation, however, I was searching for something to apply my new cream blushes with, after some research I decided that this brush was the best buy. It is a versatile brush, so I thought if I go back to powder blushes during the winter months I can always use my Stippling brush to apply my foundation - It's a win-win situation! 

The claims from Real Techniques: 
'This dual-fiber brush is the trade secret for creating airbrushed, high definition results with all types of makeup' 
  • look pixel-perfect even in harsh light
  • ultra-plush, synthetic taklon bristles are hand cut and 100% cruelty-free
  • self standing for easy storage
  • extended aluminium handle is light and easy to use
I always think that some makeup brushes can be quite boring and not very pretty, however, not this one! I really like the appearance of this brush, it is pink and girly, so of course, I love it. But it is also extremely lightweight, which makes it very easy to handle. As the brand claims, the bristles are very high quality and I haven't noticed any shedding at all. It is also one of the softest brushes I know, and due to the bristles being so short, they don't give much which makes application precise and enjoyable. 

So, this brush applies my cream blushes like a dream. Due to the surface area actually being quite small, I can really apply the blush precisely and not end of with it down by my jaw line! The fact that the bristles do not give at all, I can really press and blend the blush into my cheeks, creating a natural, flawless finish. 

So, overall, I really love this brush and it is one of my favourites from the range. I would give the brush a 10 out 10 and recommend it to anyone who is looking for something to apply those coral, peachy summer creamy blushes! Some would say that it is a little bit pricey, at £11.99, however I definitely think its worth the price tag, also you can try to buy it as part of the 3 for 2 offer in Boots as I did, this always save a little bit of money. 

Has anyone else tried the Real Techniques Stippling brush? Or anything else from the range? Do you have any other brushes you could recommend?  

I'm full up to my eyes with revision this week as I've got two midterm exams and two midterm papers due next week! Apart from that, I'm having a relaxing time, appreciating the gorgeous weather we've got here in Slovenia. I hope you are all having a fantastic week. 

Love Elle xx

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