Essence & Collection Concealers | Review

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Hey guys! While I was browsing in Wilko minding my business I stumbled upon the makeup aisle which intrigued so much that I decided to pick out somethings. The one thing I wanted to try out was some new concealer and I decided on these two brands.

In this blog post, we will review the Collection ‘Lasting Perfection’ concealer in Fair and the Essence ‘Camouflage High Coverage’ concealer in the shades 05 Fair and 10 Nude.

Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer:

I bought this concealer for £4.18 in Wilko which is really not a bad price for a ‘full coverage’ concealer, the tube holds 6.5ml which is a decent amount of concealer for everyday use. Some of the things that I enjoy about this concealer is the buttery spreadability the formula has and the long-lasting effect it gives to the skin. The colour ‘Ivory’ is great to highlight with but I have found it to almost adjust to my skin colour or the colour of the foundation I am wearing at the time. It doesn’t go orange or anything like that but it nicely darkens by half a shade the most. You really do not need a lot of this and the tube lasts for ages. This is the concealer I reach for when I need to have a full face for a whole day and make my skin look flawless for a number of hours without any moving or patchiness.

Essence Camouflage Concealer:

This concealer cost me £2.50 in Wilko which is absolutely a bargain for a product of this type. The tube holds 5ml of the product but the bottle looks significantly bigger than the Collection one even though it has less product. I picked out two colours due to their closeness of actual pigment and undertone. 05 Ivory and 10 Nude are basically the shade but I have to say that 10 Nude is a tiny bit yellower in the undertone whereas 05 Ivory has a smidge of pinky-ness in it when you put both colours side by side. Great for highlighting under the eyes and covers spots very good. Does not enhance dryness or stick to dry patches, stays for a long time and overall really great money for £2.50!!! I could not believe the price for this product since it is so true to its description, medium to full coverage with the option of building it up if you need more coverage in specific areas.

Overall I love both concealers and use them on an everyday basis which means they cannot be bad or fake in their claims. The value of money for these products is amazing since you are getting such a bargain for a product that the everyday woman uses every morning to finish off her look.

I highly recommend any of the readers to try the concealers out for themselves as different skin types react differently to formulas so it’s the case of trialing it out for a week to see how much you like. In the end, you are only spending pennies on a concealer that could be your favourite of all time. Hope you enjoyed reading this review of two new concealers (to me) and check out my other beauty related blog posts here. Have a nice rest of the day!!

-A

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Day out in Oxford | Natural History Museum

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Hey everybody! Today’s mini blog post is going to about the Oxford Natural History Museum that I visited with my family at the end of December. I’m going to show you some glorious photos I took of the inside because the architecture is absolutely stunning.

On the outside, it fits right into the historical buildings that dominate Oxford due to its rich historical heritage with the building being built in 1855. The whole front facade sets the mood that you expect to see inside the museum which can be described in three words as historical, breathtaking and architecturally beautiful.

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The Natural History Museum is a free attraction situated in the city centre of Oxford in Oxfordshire. There is a collection of different animal species, skeletons, and plantlife to view inside the museum.

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The main reason we visited the museum was due to the amount of skeletons you can view which stand around the whole ground floor once you walk in through the main entrance.

Now if you want to just enjoy the sheer beauty of the architecture of the museum then feel free to scroll through the pictures I took whilst there.

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There’s a second part of the museum where you can go through this massive collection of pottery, ancient models of boats and houses from the 16th century as well as textiles that were used by different tribes. It was a fascinating walk around the whole exhibition due to the huge amount of different items and some of them felt so surreal that it was breathtaking.

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I definitely suggest going for just half a day if you have some time free, next time I want to visit the city of Oxford and walk around all the historical streets to get a sense of the whole town. It’s a great museum to take kids with due to the amount of interactive displays there are to learn mini facts about all the different species on show.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post and maybe even think about going to the museum yourself… yeah… maybe. Don’t forget to check out my other blog posts and have a nice rest of the day (whatever time you are reading this).

-A

Autumn Favourites 

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Hey guys! So sorry for being inactive for the past month and a half. I’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of work and dedication it takes to start university so I’ve had to take a small break from my blog… but I’m back now with a whole list of posts that I want to show you!

Little life update:

The past month has been hectic in that I started university back in October and since then I’ve been so preoccupied with assignments and general lecture/seminar prep as well as fitting in and socialising, that I did not have enough time during the day to post anything. But hopefully, I will be able to post more frequently the rest of this month as well as December.

Books:

I bought this book as a little ‘treat yo self’ moment after I finished half of my uni semester as a little ‘You did it!’ moment. It’s a really nice read about this woman and her friends who finds herself in the situation where her mother is sick, she lost her job and a chain of events in her life means she relies on her friends to get through it. I would recommend this to anyone that wants a book just to read casually over the weekend or something that isn’t too narrative heavy and requires a lot of concentration. You can buy it on Amazon here:

Weather:

Now, let me tell you about how much I have been loving the weather in October; the sun was shining, the leaves were changing and the whole autumn atmosphere was making me feel so nice and toasty at university that I forgot about everything else I needed to do.

I took the above photo while walking back from campus and the weather that day made my whole mood so much better, even though I had lots of work and lectures to go to.

Beauty & Fashion:

This past month I decided to stick to a neutral autumn nail colour scheme which meant that I was using these colours so much more than all my other colours. Both are are by Sally Hansen, the first one is called ‘374 Mauve Along’ and its the most neutral mauve/beige colour that I have ever worn. When I apply it, it immediately makes my nails look so chic and like I put a lot of effort into them (when I really didn’t). The second one is called ‘360 Plum’s the Word’ and if you can’t tell from the name, then the colour is very plum and autumnal. Both colours compliment each other and a lot of my clothing and makeup looks which makes these two very versatile during the autumn season as a whole.

During a shopping trip, I took with one of my best friends I bought these beautiful boots with floral embroidery on the side from Primark for £14. They have a chunky, medium height heel which makes it very easy to walk around campus which is what I do most of the days. Additionally, the foot and ankle are supported as the boot end goes higher than your ankle which means it doesn’t feel like its slipping off.

I would wear these with some black jeans, loose chunky sweater, and a beige blazer coat to create a chic, comfortable and (still) warm outfit for uni days where I want to look a little better than just jeans and a t-shirt.

Makeup that I’ve recently bought and loved for autumnal inspired makeup include:

  • NYX Cosmic Metals eyeshadow palette £8, buy here 
  • NYX Lid Lingerie eyeshadow palette £8, buy here
  • Essence Volume Stylist Mascara £3, buy here
  • Seventeen Stay Time Concealer in 02 Medium £4.49, buy here

The eyeshadow is great to create simple warm toned autumn inspired looks and the cosmic metals are great to pop on the middle of the eyelid to create a halo effect. The mascara is very volumising but a little bit clumpy if you don’t first take off most of the product from the brush. The concealer is great for spots and places where you need a medium to full coverage with a no-cakey finish. The colour is not the best but when I wear a little darker BB cream, you can’t tell that it’s beige and not light.

Skincare I’ve been loving as of lately:

  • Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub £3.49, buy here
  • Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream £3.99, buy here

The facial scrub is generally really good at getting rid of dry, flaky skin and the night cream is really moisturising which is what I have been needing as of lately. The two combined create a killer, deep moisture, and baby-soft skin effect when you wake up.

Hope you enjoyed reading some products and things I’ve been loving lately. Let me know if you like anything on this list as much as I do. Don’t forget to check out my other beauty and lifestyle posts on my blog!

-A

2018 Goals and Aspirations

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Hey guys! This marks the 1st birthday of my blog which I started on the 1st of January 2017 as a journey of pushing a hobby/past time to a more larger part of my lifestyle. Hopefully, you enjoyed this first year of trialing out the direction of my blog which has been definitely more directed in the sense of where it is going in the second half of the year. To continue on what I have written one year ago, I decided to write down some goals that I want to achieve the next year to come.

  • Get healthier and stronger
  • Get back into Spanish
  • Put more time and effort into photography
  • Develop my blog further and create quality content throughout the year
  • To go on more spontaneous trips and get out there into the world
  • Socialise and make memories with my high school friends and new uni friends
  • Do more recipe posts on my blog and develop my culinary skills
  • Get my first tattoo

I thought I would show you some of my highlights from this year to summarise the year in photos as I have enjoyed most of the year surprisingly (haha). Below are some of my favourite places that I have visited this year…

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Other accomplishments that I started this year include…

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Hopefully this joy and happiness will continue into 2018 with lots of things planned! Don’t forget to check out my other posts and hit that follow button!

-A

First Uni Semester Overview | #UniSeries 3

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Hey guys! So I thought I might make a blog post about my experience at university for the first semester. A lot has happened which has been great to do and be a part of, but as with most academic things there were a few bumps in the road.

When it comes to accomodation; I’ve been blessed to have a substantially large room which meant that I had no problems when it came to getting used to my second home/room. But make sure to create an environment of *almost* home where ever you are staying. It greatly helps with your mental state and the way you tackle all your essays and late night revision nights. 

Doing a law degree has meant that I had lots of readings to do each week which meant that most of my spare time was spent making summaries and quick notes on lecture topics. Now I would lie if I said I kept up with all my assigned readings…. because that didn’t happen for like 2 or 3 weeks straight. But I finally nearly finished catching up with the chapters I missed. 

Similarly with the type of degree I do, meant that essays were inevitable and specifically ones that demanded lots of research to get good grades in. Which is where I can add my little advice which is to plan out sections of your essay to do each day. For example, if your essay is 1000 words and you schedule 5 days (preferably a week in advance of your deadline) and each day write only 200 words means the workload is much more bearable. 

It’s okay to feel sometimes lost and almost like you are not meant for this type of work but that feeling passes. It’s okay to show some emotion and it’s better to confide in a friend then keep it bottled up inside. 

Now, if you don’t understand then do make a course/module buddy which you can text when you don’t understand.. I’ve had times when I felt a bit lost in the work, so I would text my buddy and voila I conquered that task. 

If there’s one thing I can always advise to do is to GO TO LECTURES. You don’t know how much more you pick up of information when you sit in the lecture hall and hear the professor talking to you, instead of watching late night recordings of the lecture. I’ve only missed about 3 lectures which I know is not the best but sometimes you have to prioritise some things over going to a 2hr lecture. 

Eat well and frequently. It’s all great downing a whole bottle of wine in one sitting but you will deeply regret that in the morning when you have to go to a 9am lecture about a difficult and long topic. I always aim to buy healthy foods and make sure that I don’t but pot noodle or any of that sort. 

Sleep… It’s essential and really helps to get you in the right mindset for the next day. 

Socialising shouldn’t be forced onto you, if you don’t feel like going out then you don’t have to justify yourself to your friends/flatmates. You should strike a balance of staying in and having fun out and about with your pals. 

Go out and explore your whole campus, It’s not great getting lost to an early morning lecture when you have no clue where it could be happening. Plus, it helps to create conversations between you and strangers if you can help them when they’re lost. 

I’ve definitely learned a lot during this semester that I thought I would never do and that’s fine to realise. It’s about trying to find a way to exhibit yourself and your personality in a completely strange and diverse environment of university life. 

The year is not yet over which means that more experiences and advice are to be followed and learned. Hope you enjoyed my little life update and how I’ve found university so far. I’m going to be do this each term (means there are 2 more to come) so stay tuned! Don’t forget to check out my other university series posts on my blog here

– A 

How To Cope & More| Uni Series #2

Lifestyle

Hey guys! Sorry for being inactive the past two weeks, I’ve been starting a new chapter in my life which needed some devotion of time and energy. I’ve been settling into my university accommodation as well as attending lectures about my course and the university itself.

During that first week of welcomes, inductions and tipsy nights I’ve been given some advice that I feel will help a lot of people out in the future.

Expectations

You probably have heard about the expectations that come with starting a degree at university. The amount of time you will spend doing assignments, exam revision and lecture readings will take up a fair portion of your daily life. I’m not saying that it’s all you should be doing, try joining a society or play some sports with your friends. Your day should not be full of study and reading, university is about trying new things and going out of your comfort zone.

Deadlines, timetables, and readings 

When it comes to academic degrees which are very book heavy and difficult to wrap your head around, I would say spend the time to really understand the subject matter before your final exams start. It’s not beneficial to stress over missed notes or difficult modules that you could have easily done when they were fresh in your head. In terms of timetables, always leave yourself some ‘chill time’ where you can just lounge around, talk to your friends or cook something with your flatmates (more on that later). Readings are unavoidable, its easier to read through it before your lecture and be able to follow the professor’s powerpoint when listened to their advice on core readings. I know I

In terms of timetables, always leave yourself some ‘chill time’ where you can just lounge around, talk to your friends or cook something with your flatmates (more on that later). Readings are unavoidable, its easier to read through it before your lecture and be able to follow the professor’s powerpoint when listened to their advice on core readings.

Readings are unavoidable, its easier to read through it before your lecture and be able to follow the professor’s powerpoint when listened to their advice on core readings. My degree which is Law and Business requires a fair bit of reading but in all honesty, reading know will make my revision at the end of the year easier and less stressful.

Socialising & Making friends 

Not everyone will click instantly with their flatmates, some are not the type of people you want to surround yourself with, others already have a clique of their own. But that shouldn’t stop you from chatting with them and learning their names, course and where they are from. Socialising will come in two forms, one will be spent with your course/degree buddies and the other with your flatmates or friends from close by. With socialising comes going out for drinks or for a meal, that doesn’t mean that if you don’t want to drink then don’t, no one is there to pressure you into doing something you don’t personally like. There will always be people you get along with better than others. That’s just the university life.

Settling in 

This particular section is more useful for those who had to move out of their parent’s house to live in the university accommodation or nearby. I chose to live at my university as the commute would have been too long especially on days where my schedule was full (like 9am to 5pm). Settling in will require some time getting used to the new layout, the format of your classes and the independence that comes with living for yourself. I would advise going for a walk around your campus and finding where the public transport is, the nearest shop, bar/restaurant and the buildings where your classes will take. If you can then take a friend around and get to know them better. Not everyone will feel great about their university experience, but give it a few weeks or two months and you will know everything there is to know and do around your campus.

Feeling homesick 

It’s inevitable that everyone will feel homesick a few times during their first weeks. I know I did, but what helps is calling your family from time to time to just talk about anything and everything. Bringing photographs and favourite decor from your room at home to your uni room will make the joy of university life a bit more interesting and make you feel more comfortable in your new home.

Now, this list is probably missing a few tips here and there but I know that there are plenty of other people that will tell you the basics of university life. Everyone goes through it in their own way, some struggle, others fly with ease. It’s all about stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things. University is about finding out who you truly are, whilst meeting great new friends as well as memories that will stick forever (probably).

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check out my blog for other advice posts! Until next time…

-A

What is some advice you would give to a first-year student at university? 

Day out in Toulouse, France

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Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been a little inactive with my posts but I’ve been busy getting ready for university and enjoying the last free time I have for a while. But, I did go to Toulouse which is in southern France to visit the Airbus Factory and Aero…

The day started off with the flight down to Toulouse which took about one hour and a half. The airport in Toulouse is extremely aesthetic in the departure section which is always really nice to observe whilst there. 

We walked from the airport to the museum which took about 50 minutes but we didn’t bring any euros with us, (How smart right?) so that meant that we had to walk everywhere. 

Admission to the museum costs around €9.50 for an adult ticket and I would say that it’s a fair price for a nice and informative airplane museum. Tickets for the Airbus Factory Tour have to be pre-booked as almost all of the tour times are booked up. At the end of the year, you will be able to book both museum and tour tickets at the same time online which makes life convenient. 

One of the highlights of the museum which I looked forward to was seeing a real life Concorde plane and see the interiors of this magnificent supersonic plane.

Above you can see the ‘economy’ class seats which were available in the Air France Concorde until it was no longer used due to an accident that caused a few fatalities. 

Now the tour part of the day was really informative and enjoyable. The tour was split into three parts, first was a driving tour of the whole factory area in Toulouse. Second part was seeing the A380 hangar where they are assembled and tested from the computer systems to the wing flaps. This included seeing videos of how the plane is put together and how long the process takes on average. Which is around 9 months by the way. Third part was watching the first official test flight of the A380 back in April 27th 2005 when it was first produced. 

Unfortunately, you can’t take photos whilst on the tour so I can’t show you how the factory looks inside which is a little sad but trust me when I say that it’s really nice to see how much work is put into these planes.

For a quick dinner we popped in McDonald’s next to the airport before heading back to departurtes and getting on our flight back home. 

While waiting for my flight I decided to do a little reading of my law books as we had a lot of time to kill before our gate would open (which you can read about here).

Hope you enjoyed reading about my little getaway to Toulouse. Don’t forget to check put my other travel and lifestyle posts on my blog! Until next time…

-A 

Are there are any cities/places you would want to visit for one day or weekend? 

La Roche Posay Acne Skincare Review 

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Hey guys! I thought I would give you a little review on the acne product that I have been loving since I bought. Continuing with my quest to get clear skin, I’ve decided to try out a pricier, more luxurious brand that I’ve heard great things about. This of course judging by the title is La Roche Posay. Looking through the products they sell I’ve noticed that they are not the most affordable but definitely not an astonishing price that would deter me from making repeat purchases.

To paint you a little picture I have oily/combination acne prone skin as a result of hormones, stress, and sugar. As a result, I look for products that have the words blemish, acne and mattifying in their name.

This product has great reviews on Boots (read about it here) and on the company website (read here). I bought it when it was on sale for around £7.50 which is not a bad price for an acne-product with good ingredients. On the box, it says it is for acne-prone and oily skin. There are a few variations in their acne range but I decided against buying an anti-blemish moisturiser for the whole face as I usually get individual breakouts here and there.

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The cream itself is white and comes in a small squeezy tube, perfect for travel. The product lasts for a long time, a little goes a long way. I usually use this by dotting a small amount on the blemish I have and tapping it into the skin to concentrate it in that area exclusively. I bought this two or three months ago and I have more than half of the bottle still left which shows how little you need for acne.

The ingredient that drew me in to buy this product was the Niacinamide that I use already in my ‘The Ordinary 10% Niacinamide and 1% Zinc serum’ (review about that here). Niacinamide is great for stopping the development of the blemish which is mostly what I deal with. I personally like this La Roche Posay product on both generic small white-heads as well as my hormonal cystic acne (painful type). It works well on a combination of spots which makes it a very good investment and a multi-tasking spot treatment.

When my skin is acting up before its that time of the week I usually use ‘The Ordinary’ serum to wipe out most spots and any that are still there the next day I treat with this targeted corrector which makes for a great power couple of products.

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I would recommend using this product in the nighttime as it’s not liquidy, almost a sticky thick cream. It doesn’t leave any residue on the skin and you can’t see it when you have dabbed it into the skin. Overall, I really like this blemish cream, the price is not steep, you are getting good ingredients for your skin and it doesn’t break you out even more.

The product doesn’t have a perfume smell per-say but it does smell nice, almost clean and like Clinique skincare which smells good too.

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I have travelled with this and its never leaked or gone everywhere which is great when you are constantly packing and unpacking in different places.

To conclude, I would definitely recommend this targeted corrector for anyone that has felt that their current blemish creams, serums and moisturisers have stopped working. I love this and will probably repurchase it when this bottle runs out (think that might take some time) as it’s not that much for something that makes a big difference in your skin and makeup, as great makeup comes from great skincare to start off with.

Hope you enjoyed reading this article and felt that it helped anyone on the fence whether to buy the product or not. Don’t forget to check out my other beauty blog posts by checking out my blog! Until next time…

-A

Are there any acne- fighting products that you use and see results from? I would love to hear your suggestions! 

Preparing for University | Uni Series #1

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Hey guys! For a lot of people, September and October are the months where they start a new chapter in life, be it a job or going to University. I start University in October which means that I have the whole of September to prepare myself for anything and everything. It’s a stressful and anxious time for those that are living away and those staying at home whilst studying; getting everything that they need and require for their courses takes up a lot of time and money. So, in honour of starting this new chapter, I thought I would share some of the things I have done to prepare for my life at University.

  1. Register for your course

You should have received an email from your university to register for your course, IT logins and health care for those that are living on-campus. I suggest you do that as soon as possible so that you are able to read through everything that your university sends you and get to know all the portals and calendars that you will have to use for the next three odd years.

2. Reading lists

Once you have registered and received information about the course you are going to be starting, you should research any books that your university suggests to read before starting your course. This may not be compulsory for a lot of courses as not every single course requires pre-reading to be done prior to starting. I know my university did not send me a specific reading list for my course but I wanted to go in (a little) prepared so I googled some reading lists from other universities that do a similar course to mine.

Side note: I am going to be doing a Law and Business course which means that the books I bought were suggested for that type of course. 

These are two books that I bought myself from Amazon as it was highly recommended for students doing a law degree. The reviews were very helpful and as a result, I purchased them. For anyone that is starting a law degree, I would suggest buying these two just to get a good introduction to how everything is explained in law. What I do with these books is I tab the chapters that I need to read beforehand and then on each page I write down the most important pieces of information on a sticky note.

Book on the left: What about Law? Studying law at University- buy here 

Book on the right: Letters to a Law Student- buy here

3. Ikea Shopping time

Now this is an obvious step in preparing for university. I’ve compiled a small collection of items I have bought for my accomodation, it’s not final as there are things that I need to buy when it gets nearer to move in day.

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4. Research into student bank accounts

This may or may not obvious to everyone but finding a bank account that has a good overdraft and perks is hard to find. I personally like this website for comparing bank accounts clearly (here) and another helpful website is here. This is the point in preparing where parents should get involved so that you choose the right account for you as you will probably have it for the duration of your entire course so choose wisely.

5. Stationary Galore

I know that most of the things I have said previously in this post may seem boring and/or time taking but here comes the fun part! Stationary! This is the time when you can purchase everything you want to satisfy your stationary needs cause I know that most people do… like me. Below you can see some of the items I bought to start of the new academic year because we all know that buying stationary makes you feel motivated and ready for studying again.

For some desk decor I bought these two organisers below… The marble box is from Aldi for £4.99 (read here) and the three geometric pen pots are from Ikea for £2 (buy here).

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Hope you enjoyed this week’s blog post about starting university. Stay tuned for more blog posts in the Uni Series this month! Until next time…

-A

Weekend in Disneyland Paris

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Hi guys! I recently at the end of August travelled to Disneyland Paris with my family to have some much-deserved fun, adventure, and thrill. We spent three days there and visited both Disneyland Park and the Walt Disney Studios right next door. The weather for the time we were there was amazing with the last day having 35 degrees Celsius and no clouds. I had such an amazing time that the days went by so fast, almost too fast. I decided to do a little run down of what we did, what we went on and what we thought of it.

To start off with the experience of Disneyland how can you not go straight to the castle to take pictures. It’s common sense to go there to show that you actually went to Disneyland. If you can’t tell from the photo, the weather was amazing for pictures and meant that a total summer outfit consisting of shorts and a crop top was more than sufficient.

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The Disneypark (not Walt Disney Studios) is split into 4 lands; Frontierland, Fantasyland, Adventureland and Discoveryland. Walt Disney Studios is also split into 4 distinct areas; Toon Studio, Front Lot, Production Courtyard, and Backlot.

Walt Disney Studios has this great Stunt Show called ‘Moteurs Action’ that is well worth watching as its so much fun to experience. It lasts for about 35 minutes and you see various different movie action scenes being played out in front of you with iconic car chase scenes being explained by the stunt coordinators. You can watch it in the Backlot section of the park and is performed three times a day at 11:15, 14:00 and 16:00.

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While we were there we ate the Plaza Gardens which is an amazing and beautiful buffet restaurant right next to the Main Street USA. As well, Restaurant Agrabah Cafe which is located in Adventureland served great Middle Eastern cuisine at moderate prices.

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I can honestly say that Adventureland (picture above) and Discoveryland were my two favorite places due to the mass amounts of high-speed roller coasters there. If you only have time to go on the most important rides then I suggest you run to these rides/places:

  • Hyperspace Mountain (Discoveryland)
  • Big Thunder Mountain (Frontierland)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (Adventureland)
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril (Adventureland)
  • Autopia (Discoveryland)
  • Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast (Discoveryland)
  • Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing (cruise around Frontierland)

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Above you can see an overview of Discoveryland, with the restaurant (on the right visible), flying planes (centre left) and the sign for Autopia (far left) which is what we were queing for.

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Every day at 17:30 (5:30 pm) there is a parade with all the Disney characters and floats going around Main Street USA right in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. It lasts for around half an hour and honestly, it’s such an amazing time as you see all these characters and extravagant parade floats going around. I would suggest getting there around 40 minutes before and waiting on the sidewalk as everyone goes to see the parade (see picture above).

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For me, the best part of Disneyland apart from the rides and atmosphere was how everything looked in the evening when it got dark. Main Street light up like a Christmas tree when it got dark and everything looked so different under the lights. I honestly enjoyed walking around the park after around 7pm as the whole setting looked mesmerizing.

In the picture below, you can truly see how beautiful the park looks when it starts to get darker and all the lights are turned on. It’s a whole different world when the park comes alive in the night.

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If there is something that you absolutely need to see whilst in Disneyland it is the Illuminations at 11pm every day. It is one of the most beautiful things I have ever experienced; the spectacle consists of the castle being projected with scenes from across the Disney movie collection (Finding Nemo, Mickey Mouse, Frozen etc.). Water fountains, fireworks, and fire are all used in this 20-minute long show-stopping event to create an atmosphere like you’ve never experienced. Hundreds of people every day line the main street to see the illumination display with their own eyes. It’s something that you have to see at least once in your life. I tried to capture a photo below of what happens during the spectacle but it’s hard to both focus on watching it for yourself and taking lots of pictures.

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I love Disneyland, this was my second time going and I have to say the celebrations that they added for the 25th year anniversary are to die for and I absolutely recommend to go once in your life. It’s a park that is full of energy and takes you back to your childhood dreams once you step through the entrance gates. I will unquestionably be going back as the amount of fun I had there for the three days was through the roof.

Hope you enjoyed reading about Disneyland Paris and what I got up to whilst there. Don’t forget to check out my other blog posts and stay tuned until next time…

-A