Tuesday, 22 July 2014

My Week in Turkey Part 2

When I left you last time, I'd shown you the pictures from my hotel and the frantically busy market in Fethiye. Today I thought I'd share with you some of the more low key moments from the trip. The best thing about Hisaronu is that it's a handy distance away from both Fethiye and Olu Deniz, so you're never more than a few minutes ride away by Dolmus (the mini bus taxi services)

The Dolmus are quick and easy for getting around and they'll usually stop for you if you fling your arm out - plus they're really cheap. It cost us 3 lira to get to the beach in Olu Deniz which is something like a quid (if that). Although we did spend a considerable amount of time whiling away the time poolside, we wanted to make an effort to get out and see the area, so we made a trip to the beach and Blue Lagoon in Olu Deniz.

You can go on any part of the beach, but if you walk all the way up the long strip of beach front, you eventually come to a hut where you have to pay for entrance to the Blue Lagoon, which is the opposite side to the slightly breezier beach (it cost us 6 lira to get in). 

It's definitely worth a look as the aptly named blue water lagoon is nestled amongst the surrounding mountains with gentle waters ideal for swimming in. Be warned though, there was a lot of activity here and lots of families with kids. If you want it a bit more relaxing then skip over to the other side and use the beach. It's very picturesque though and worth a visit.

If you do prefer the beach side, then you'll be able to see all the para gliders floating gracefully down from the mountain tops. They come down in their scores so it's quite something to behold.

I'm a sucker for cute animals and the cats out there are teeny tiny. I'm not sure if they were 'feral' or not but they certainly seemed happy enough when everyone fed them scraps from the table. There were about four kittens too, but they were too flighty to sit still for me to get a picture of. This one is the mummy cat and she's so small!

Of course, I couldn't let another post go by and not share some more food with you. This time I had the lemon chicken (again from the Pine Hills restaurant where we were staying) which was yum.

Anyways, I have a few more snaps to come in part 3, so keep an eye out for it!

Shel x

Sunday, 20 July 2014

My Week in Turkey Part 1

I've been to Turkey a few times before and had previously already fallen a little bit in love with the country - it's stunning scenery and friendly people, but my visit to Hisaronu, a village nestled in the pine clad mountains was something else. My friend and I hit the jack pot with our hotel, the Pine Hills Hotel and Suites where we had a fantastic suite with the friendliest staff you could ever ask for.

We had two balconies with our room, one which over looked the hotel reception desk with the stunning mountains as a back drop. You could see the mountains from the pool area too (hard not to in Hisaronu as you're pretty much surrounded by them) which made for a pretty decent view when sunbathing. Not a bad sight to wake up to every morning, I can tell you!

The service and food at our hotel restaurant was exceptional. The staff would pull out chairs for you, chat to you and serve out all your drinks for you - how this place is only listed as 3 stars I don't know, it felt more like 5. Word of warning though, portion sizes are huuuuuge so make sure you're really hungry when you go for a meal. My meal on the first day was the Lamb Tandir, with the most tender lamb I've ever had served in a honey gravy - it's a must. The wine wasn't half bad either!

We took a trip to Fethiye for their large market during the week too. This is the place to go if you want to haggle and try to get a good bargain! We were a bit nervous about doing this at the start but soon realised they expect it and we had fun doing it. There's so much to see here, it could take you hours to get round it all, especially as every stall holder will call you in to look at their merchandise. They like to call out names to you as well, so I got called everything from Ginger Spice to J- Lo. Bit of a variation there eh?

I couldn't resist all the bright stalls and had to make a few purchases. But all the food was making my tummy rumble so one of the first things I bought was a huge bag of fresh cherries which probably cost me just a couple of pounds and they were soooo nice!

We had a Turkish bath while we were out there too, something I hadn't experienced before. It's very intimate but something definitely worth doing, I don't think there's anything quite like it here at home! For obvious reasons I couldn't get any pictures of the whole bathing experience but I did snap the cup of fruit tea that they made us while we relaxed. 

That's it for part 1 of my trip to Turkey, well done if you made it all the way to the bottom of the post!
See you guys soon for part 2...

Shel x

Monday, 14 July 2014

The Bargain Buy #7 (Felt Tip Liner)

Ok, so this discovery has easily shaved a good five minutes off my routine in the morning. I rarely leave the house without my trademark black liner across my lash line but lately it was beginning to be so time consuming I was considering retiring the liner. Seriously.

Then I thought of all these felt tip liners doing the rounds but wasn't sure if I'd get on with them. So when I nipped into Primarni the other week and (accidentally) bought some of their cosmetic bags, I also picked up their PS I love... black felt tip liner.

It cost £1.50 which seems utterly ridiculous when you compare it to it's higher end counterparts. It's a highly attractive price when you're trying out something new and you're not sure if you're over keen. I quite like the packaging of it actually; it's nothing offensive, pretty sleek and has some not unattractive gold lettering on the side.

Pigmentation wise, it's maybe not the best you're going to get but it's far from the worst liner I've ever tried. Over the top of darker eye shadows it might struggle to stand out, on it's own it works ok though. I've been wearing mine to work all day and aside from the colour perhaps fading ever so slightly, it's not completely disappeared off my eye lids. Nice of it to stick around, huh?

It's completely fuss free, you don't need a brush, just whip off the lid and you're ready to start applying. I think I thought the brush would be too fat and I wouldn't get the line that I want but I've not struggled with it at all. I might think about taking this on holiday with me as it means I don't need to take a brush too. I would suggest keeping this in your hand bag if you're someone who finds yourself needing to do 'day- to -night' make ups on the run.

Over all, I'm impressed with this product. It's the first Primark make up item that I've tried in years and I don't think I was expecting it to be as nice as it is. For a special occasion, I'd probably still be busting out my gel/cream liner and using a brush but for every day, this is ideal and so so easy too use.  Well done Primark!

Shel x

Monday, 7 July 2014

Holiday Skin Care Essentials

Come Friday I will be doing a lot of that weird excitable dancing around and clapping thing (lovely imagery of me being a seal) because I'm off on holiday for a week in the sunshine :-) I'm so happy to be getting away and more importantly with my best friend. I've been writing 'packing guides' for the last three months (crazy list writing lady over here) and at the moment I'm deciding what make up to take away with me. Skin care though - got it sussed. 

It doesn't differ that much from my normal every day skin care routine, although I'm trying to streamline it a bit and although everything is in the full size bottles now, I'm going to decant a lot into smaller air-line approved bottles.

1) Bioderma cleansing water. Just a handy product to have with you. Super gentle on the skin (great if you've caught the sun a bit) but does the job too. I'll probably use this on the plane to remove my make up and conduct an in flight spa facial, just like Lisa Eldridge .

2) Nivea gentle eye make up remover. The Garnier one is my favourite but they didn't have it at the shop so I settled for a Nivea one. 

3) Face / Body wipes. Also handy for removing make up on the go. I live for these type of things when I'm covered in sun cream and sand!

4) Origins drink up intensive moisture mask. Air planes and hot weather can zap out all the moisture from my skin, so I plan on combating that with a healthy application of this treatment from Origins, to restore my skin to it's natural moisture-ness. 

5) Caudalie's Beauty Elixir. This is another one that I found through watching Lisa Eldridge's videos. She mentioned that she loves using it when she feels a bit... eurgh. I do tend to get travel sick so anything that can pick me up a bit is going on my list. This is so refreshing and the scent really does calm my senses.

6) Avéne cleanser. This is what I'll be using for my proper evening/morning cleanse. This is the most gentle cleanser I've ever come across and it's been great for controlling my skin lately. Couldn't be without it.

7) Vichy's moisturiser that I mentioned a while ago. I usually only use this in the evenings but I don't want to take two different moisturizers so I'm taking this one as it's my favourite.

8) Effaclar Duo. If you have problem skin like me, then you'll understand why I feel the need to take this one away with me. 

9) Mattifying Facial SPF 30 from Bioderma. Speaks for itself really. Protects my skin from the sun and stops it from getting shiny too!

10) Nivea's body SPF. This is the only brand I trust for skin care after experiencing first degree burns in Mexico one year. Ouchie.

Have I missed anything? What are your favourite products to take away on holiday with you?

Shel x

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Girl's Night in / Me Time

Don't get me wrong, I love going out but sometimes you just need those snuggly nights in, time to re charge your batteries and maybe a little pampering thrown in. I probably have those nights a little too often, I'm getting far too comfortable with my own company (just call me Recluse). I have a few must-do things on my list for 'me time' that for me, make the perfect relaxation evening. I might even indulge in a little me time tonight..

1) Hair in a pineapple on the top of my head. Check.
2) Music. My pick of the moment is Paloma Faith. Girl's got some pipes!
3) A quick, ten minute room tidy. I know cleaning doesn't exactly scream relaxation but I find that a tidy room leads to a tidier mind!
4) I like to keep a drink near to hand. I gave up wine a few months ago (Saturday night was a blip, I swear) so I'll stick to a healthier glass of squash.
5) Mood Lighting. I'm a sucker for fairy lights and candles, what can I say?

6) Face mask! I love any excuse or opportunity to stick on a face mask and chilling in my zenned out room with candles on the go sounds like as good a time as any.
7) Phone away. I'm constantly checking my phone which is such a bad habit. Sometimes I like to stash it away for a bit and leave it be. 
8) When my Paloma Faith playlist has run its course, I might watch a little TV. I was getting in to 24 recently but I think I watched too much too soon so I had to mix it up and try something else. My current favourite is Nashville - can't get enough of it!
9) More pampering. Well this one was a given but now is the time for that manicure you've been meaning to give yourself!
10) This one is optional, but I find that some down time is made complete by cuddles with any fluffy/cute animals you might have hanging around your house. For me, it's my bunny rabbit Oscar <3