• Beauty

    How I Double Cleanse, Makeup Removal and Foreo

    I haven’t always cleansed my face the way I should. I was a body wash and washcloth kind of person until my mid twenties. Yikes! I got away with that in high school. My skin was okay, especially for a teenager. But once I started wearing makeup in my twenties I knew that kind of thing wasn’t going to cut the mustard anymore. I started with makeup wipes. And while they do in a pitch, I feel like they don’t ultimately get all my makeup off, and my face feels a little raw afterwards. Several years ago I watched a Lisa Eldrige video on makeup removal. In the video she…

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  • Fashion,  Travel

    My First Trip to Primark

    There are so many Primark hauls on youtube. A lot of the British youtubers I watch have done at least one. Even Safiya Nygaard has done one! And it makes sense. Primark is a very cheap retailer that has a lot of current/trendy clothes. For 60-80 pounds you can get a lot. So I was curious. What was Primark like? Were their clothes any good? Our Primark Trip The only problem is the Primark stores that are in the US are on the East coast. (And currently there are no plans for West coast stores, and they don’t sell online. When I was in London I popped into one of…

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  • Fashion,  Uncategorized

    London Shopping: Mango, Jigsaw, and Other Stories

    London has everything. Everything. Especially amazing shopping. And really, it should given the size of the city. London is also a true international city. They have brands (clothing, shoes, leather goods, beauty) from all over the world. Now I’m an online shopper at least half of the time, but I also like to see/touch something before I buy it if that’s possible. I knew I wanted to check out Mango and Other Stories while in London since we don’t have those stores where I live. I hadn’t planned to go into Jigsaw, but their simple designs and wonderful fabrics drew me in. Other Stories I tried on so much in…

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  • Travel

    The Last London Post: Tower of London, British Museum, and St. Paul’s

    Yes, all good things must come to an end. This is the last UK trip post for our trip to England. I did not want to leave, but we had to get back to life sometime. Our last week in London was quite the whirlwind. Aside from some serious shopping (look for some fashion posts featuring pieces I bought!), we saw some of the major sites. First off was the Tower of London. The Tower is a tourist favorite, and for good reason. Architecturally it is really cool. Then there’s the beefeater tour, the crows, and the shear amount of history. And did I mention the architecture? Got to love…

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  • Travel

    Feeling Royal at Hampton Court Palace

    I knew when we went to England that we were going to go to Hampton Court Palace. I love Tudor history and Hampton Court was an important Tudor palace. Its also just an hour train ride from central London, so I knew it would work with our schedule. Even though the train ride there and back was sweltering, I was pretty excited when we arrived. Massive. And this is only one portion (the Tudor) of the palace. When do I move in? The first part we saw was King Henry VIII’s kitchens. They are huge. I mean, they had to be. When you’re cooking for a whole court you need…

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  • Travel

    London: V&A Museum and Hyde Park

    One of the things I was most excited to see in London was the V&A museum (Victorian and Albert Museum). Why? Because they have a good historical clothing collection. One of my obsessions since I was a child is historical clothing. For me historical clothing is dress-up for grown-ups, except people actually wore these clothes. And the historical dresses at the V&A museum are the real deal! Mid 19th century. The gathering and the ruffles on this dress are b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l! And there’s a good chance this dress was hand-sewn! Regency gown. And, no, as far as I know this isn’t a child’s dress, but an adult’s. Crazy! Can you imagine…

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  • Travel

    Our First Day in London: Westminster Abbey and Parliament

    After the Cotswolds, we hit the ground running when we arrived in London. On our first day we tackles two heavy-hitters: Westminster Abbey and Parliament. Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to take pictures in most parts of Westminster and Parliament, so i took pictures of what I could. Luckily, we prepurchased our tickets to Westminster, so we didn’t have to wait in the long line. No matter how many abbeys/cathedrals I visit, I never get tired of seeing what the gargoyles look like. Westminster didn’t disappoint. It always cracks me up how disturbing some of them look. The detailed carvings over the north entrance are mind boggling, especially when you remember…

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  • Beauty,  Travel

    Going Crazy in London at Boots

    I watch a lot of British youtubers. I can’t get enough. So you can imagine how I writhe in envy every-time I watch one of their Boots hauls. If you don’t know what Boots is, its a British chain of drugstores that stock AWESOME beauty and makeup products. Where I live in America, drugstores are kinda meh. Poorly lit, poorly stocked, not great prices; that’s been my experience with drugstores. But Boots is different. So, so different. The bigger stores like the one in Piccadilly Circus has everything. High-end makeup and skincare, drugstore makeup and skincare, bath and body products, as well as the usual drugstore offerings (medicine, dietary stuff,…

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