Saturday, 10 October 2015

Travel: The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

One of the main reasons I was only too happy to return to Florida for a summer holiday was to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Growing up I was part of the Harry Potter generation, reading the books, awaiting the arrival of the next in the series and almost passing out with excitement at the production of a film series. I was (and still am) a big fan of Harry Potter. Albeit I'm slightly less obsessed than my former 12 year old self but I still love to watch the films at Christmas and I always feel a sense of nostalgia and happiness. 
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Although we went at the very end of September and into October, it was still SO busy. Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure (where Harry Potter is split into two) weren't too bad in terms of queues but the Wizarding World was full on. That didn't stop us from having an amazing time visiting Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley and to my surprise, Knockturn Alley (set in a dark hidden walkway)! The Escape From Gringotts ride was truly amazing but trumped by Harry Potter And The Forbidden Journey. This ride was insane. Using groundbreaking technology the ride makes you truly feel like you're flying over the Quidditch pitch, around Hogwarts and into the Forbidden Forest. I've never experienced anything like it but I was blown away.

As the ride is split into two parks you have to have a ticket for Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure but most people buy a combo ticket anyway. You can also catch the Hogwarts Express to take you from one side of the park to the other which I thought was really cool! Everything is so thought through with an immense amount of detail, I really felt like I was strolling through Hogsmeade. Aside from the actors rather questionable 'British' accents but hey.

I can't even imagine how busy this place is in the peak of summer but for any Harry Potter fan I would truly recommend trying to take a visit here. It's a once in a lifetime experience and one that I'm really glad I've done. 


Sunday, 27 September 2015

Be Right Back!

Posting will be a little non existent for the next week or so as I'm finally heading off to the USA! I didn't want the added stress of trying to schedule posts or spend any time on Macbook whilst I'm out there but I can't wait to share my adventures on here when I'm back! I'm absolutely buzzing to go back to Universal Studios AND this time The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be there! AHH! I'll still be on Instagram (naturally) so find me @tillyjayne_ to keep up with my American adventures! Back soon!

Friday, 25 September 2015

Beauty: Sk:n Product Review

I was fortunate to recently receive a selection of Sk:n products to review, I was pretty excited as my skin has been really dry recently and was definitely in need of a pick me up! I'd never heard of Sk:n before but after doing a little research and discovering they're experts in skincare and actually run a chain of popular skin clinics, I had high hopes.
skinreview2 And I wasn't disappointed. The products I've been testing out are from the two main ranges which are the anti-ageing and anti blemish ranges. Now before you think, anti ageing? I know I've got grey hair but I'm not THAT old. The anti-ageing product I tested is actually for prevention designed for younger skin! So to make life easier, I've broken down the individual products to give my two cents for each.

Sk:n Anti-Blemish Pore Refining Lotion - I was really excited to try this as one of my main annoyances with my skin is the pores on my nose. I generally have fairly clear skin and suffer minimal breakouts but I can never seem to get rid of these pores. I've been using this lotion specifically on the area I want to target as advised. There was a slight tingly feeling when I first started using it but nothing painful or alarming! I've been using it everyday after cleansing and moisturising and I can genuinely see results which really excites me as I've been trying to sort these god damn pores out for years. They're less visible and my nose area is also a lot less oily.
Sk:n Age Delaying Cream - this cream really appealed to me as it acts as a preventative to ageing, I suppose I won't know if this has worked until I start hitting older age haha but I really do like this product. As a day cream it really moisturises and hydrates my skin. My skin feels softer than ever before from using it and I will definitely repurchase this as my staple once this one runs out!

Sk:n Anti-Blemish Control System - I've been using this in the mornings before I used the pore refining lotion. I'm lucky that I don't suffer to many blemishes but I actually found it to be a nice base before I put my makeup on. I've found that my face (particularly my T-zone) gets less oily throughout the day since I've been using this which has resulted in my makeup staying put a lot better than usual.

Sk:n Cleanse -I was really excited to try this as I've been looking for a micellar water to replace my current one as I found out it's not cruelty free. I was worried as I do wear a fair amount of eye makeup but my makeup glided off with no problem, I just used a cotton pad and a few drops of the cleansing water and my skin felt totally clean after use.
Sk:n Brightening & Firming Eye Cream - this product is part of the anti-ageing range and unlike the preventative cream, is targeted at aged skin. I actually decided to pass this to my mum to give her review of it! The cream is designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. She say's "since using the cream around my eyes morning and evening the fine lines around my eyes are a little less obvious, I'm looking forward to there being less black circles! I'll report back in a few weeks".

I have to give these products a massive thumbs up, my skin feels amazing and it's exactly what it needed. I'll update you in a few weeks to let you know a little progress report and how I'm getting on with the products still.

Oh and it's worth noting too that Sk:n do NOT test on animals! This was a really big selling point for me before I even tried the products as I try to keep my cosmetics as cruelty free as possible. Well done Sk:n!

*Although these products were sent to me for review, my opinion as always is honest!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Fashion: September Wishlist

Isn't it just the way when you're trying not to spend money that you see loads you like? I'm trying to hold back on going A/W crazy until I'm back from America but that doesn't mean I can't wish and plan my purchases out, naturally, haha. 

I'll start with the amazing Radley Maltby backpack, isn't it just divine? I always used to think of Radley as more of a mumsy/mature lady brand but they seem to have had a bit of a makeover! The new offerings are much more contemporary and there are seriously amazing styles on there right now!

Topshop seem to be on a roll at the moment, I went through quite a long phase of not really buying anything from there and opting for high street stores such as Zara instead but they've been really ticking my boxes again lately. I love this simple striped top, I've been quite into stripes recently and it's time to build up my new season of basics. A brand that I recently spotted on Toppers is Another8 and I absolutely LOVE this grey suede dress of theirs, I just really hope it hasn't sold out by the end of the month!t

I've been in search of a new watch for quite a while, as I already have a gold watch I fancy something in either silver or black, I think this Cluse watch might just be perfect! They're not too expensive either at 89 euros! 

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