Friday, 27 May 2016

Disney Cruise comes to Liverpool 2016

disney cruise ship in liverpool

One of the best things about living in the heart of Liverpool is the magic you get to experience almost on a daily basis. But some days the magic doesn't just happen, it comes by the ship load. Get it? When the Disney Cruise Line announced they would be stopping by out glorious waterfront this year I couldn't not go down and have a look now could I?

Disneys' Magic pulled in first thing this morning on the Mersey waterfront, bringing with it 84,000 tons of pixie dust, over 2000 guests who are travelling on this transatlantic cruise that will make a total of 12 stops - and how flippin lucky is Liverpool to be one of them? Having spent well over 10 years and who knows how much money travelling across the Atlantic to Walt Disney World, Florida, seeing it pull up, quite literally in my own backyard was surreal. I once had to stand outside the gates of Epcot and couldn't go kind of felt like that as I went for a wander along the front to see the ship. 

disney cruise ship in liverpool

Seeing all those guests wandering about the deck, hanging out on their balconies or disembarking to explore the city, the locals who've come down to check it out, and the general tourists who swarm the docks on a daily basis - and this is before the real party kicks off. 

disney cruise ship in liverpool

The Magic leaves Liverpool tonight, but it'll be coming back 12th June for a full day of Disney fun, magic, and celebrations. From an outdoor cinema showing Nemo, Toy Story, Frozen and more, to a full orchestra band outside the old White Star Line offices playing Disney classics, and a grand finale of fireworks later on in the evening, you can guarantee I'll be right in the thick of it! 

Hands up if you think the Disney Cruise Line should invite a few local lovely bloggers down to explore the ship next time it docks? I've got both of mine high up in the air!

Have you ever been on a Disney cruise? Do you plan on coming down to see the Magic next time it pulls up in Liverpool?

Until next time,

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Why I DON'T want to be a full-time blogger

don't be a full time blogger

I love my little corner of the internet, if I could I would hug it, and squeeze it and never let it go. This little space of mine has become such a creative outlet for me and an opportunity creator to boot. From the people I’ve met to the events and experiences I’ve been lucky enough to have thanks to it. So yeah, thanks blog! However…as much as I love my blog, the last thing I could ever imagine doing is becoming a full-time blogger! Don’t judge, don’t hate, this post isn’t a hate on full-time bloggers - I know a few and they’re amazing, lucky, wonderful people, but here are a few reasons why full-time blogging just isn’t for me, and why it might not be for you too.

Events, meet-ups, networking opportunities, they’re all fantastic and I get all the warm fuzzies every time I attend and meet all the amazing people I’ve been chatting to online. Events don’t happen every week, in fact, most are usually during the Spring/Summer, I guess everyone thinks bloggers hibernate come to Autumn/Winter? Ok, I kind of do, but I would make the effort to attend! Let me tell you, blogging can be bloody lonely. As I write this, the only thing keeping me company is a three pack of Reeses and my YouTube subscriptions. Sure, they’re both great in moderation, but if that was my only company 40+ hours a week? I’d be the loneliest little soul!

Money, Money, Money
I love me some security. Favourite hoodie, a nice locked door, a cupboard full of tea bags and a guaranteed wage at the end of every month. Every month I know exactly what will be going into my account and I know exactly how much money I can spend on gin and skater dresses. Money isn’t everything, but it does make everything easier. I can be a right stress head sometimes and the thought of having to account for every penny to make sure my WiFi doesn’t get cut off sends shivers down my spine. I feel much safer knowing if I take a day off, or I’m sick and have to spend the day in bed, my wages won’t suffer. If I can’t work, I’m still ok. The thought of crapping out content just so I can have a few days away from the keyboard doesn’t sound like fun at all . 

Lazy days
I have spent years trying to fight off procrastination. Most days I give in and blink before procrastination does. Before I know it several hours, an entire season of Billions and half a box of Jaffa Cakes have gone by and I’ve yet to write a single blog post. Sometimes it’s just that easy. I go through the motions, the guilt, the sadness, the anger, the must-type-frantically-for-an-hour-before-bed to make myself feel better, only to churn out utter tripe at the end of it and not even hit the save button. It happens. And I’ve learnt to be OK with it. Because my livelihood, my electricity bill and my addiction to eating out don’t depend on me posting. 

Where's the off switch?
You might as well chop off the most unnecessary hand and replace it with your smartphone. When blogging becomes your business, you become the brand. Your home becomes your office - is there ever an escape? Even now, as someone who blogs for fun, I sometimes start panicking I’m going to lose all my followers if I haven’t tweeted in a couple of hours, or haven’t snapped my lunch to Instagram - and that’s just part of a hobby, imagine if it was my job too? I like having the freedom to snap when I want, pick and choose the chats I take part in, be an active part of the community when it suits, and a hermit when I just want to Netflix and chill.

Queen of my castle
Like I said, I love my blog. It’s full of content that I have loved creating, things I am passionate about and want to share with you all. I would never write about something I wouldn’t spend my own money on, and if I’ve not got anything nice to say? Then I’ll tell it like it is and say something not so nice, and nobody can stop me. I can be 110% honest here in my little corner, I don’t have to worry about upsetting anyone, I don’t have to conform to anyone else's do-follow link rules with x amount of keywords in a post if I don’t want to. I have total control and free reign

I would love to be able to spend more time on my blog, and if I could work a little less and blog a little more, I would do it in a heartbeat, but giving up the day job for blogging just isn’t on the cards for me. Maybe things will change, though probably not. I’ve seen so many people lately talking about how they just want to blog full time because yanno Zoella makes it look like so much fun. In reality, it really doesn’t sound like it’s that much fun all of the time, let's face it, no job is that much fun all of the time!

Do you want to be a full-time blogger?

Until next time,

Monday, 23 May 2016

The Body Shop Liverpool One - Pina Colada Launch

the body shop pina colada range review

Last week I headed to Liverpool One’s The Body Shop to check out their newest line for Summer, the Pina Colada range. If there's one scent that sums up summer for me, it’s sweet pineapple and coconut, mixed with salty seas and sandy beaches, a Pina Colada is Summer in a glass. Who wouldn’t want to slather that all over their skin? Nothing says Summer like a good pamper session, but when you smell like Summer too? Hola Happy Hour!

the body shop pina colada range review

After checking in with Lauren, the lovely store manager, I was taken over to the make-up station for my first pamper of the night. After what’s been a long long week at work, I was in desperate need of some TLC! I had a great chat with the assistant who talked me through all of the latest releases and we reminisced on products of old. Remember when all The Body Shops make-up range consisted of was shimmer cubes? Ah, that takes me back! Their make-up line has come a long way since then, and some of their newest releases show they’re tackling the big beauty must-haves of the season, with their own unique twist and honest ingredients. I was really taken with their Honey Bronze line, especially the tinted leg mist. It’s not a false tan (because let’s face it, tan is like my nemesis!), it’s a shimmery tint that packs a punch. Put away those tan look tights and prep your pins to go bare and glam up! I was really surprised at how pigmented it was for a tint! 

the body shop pina colada range review

After having a very soothing mini facial with their Seaweed range, I got talking make-up and went from having a foundation shade test to a full makeover, well, who am I to say no when someone wants to play wit my face? We tested out the Fresh Nude Foundation, pushing me out of my mineral only comfort zone. The application was smooth and light weight with a light to medium coverage. It also smelled amazing, then again what doesn’t in The Body Shop? After that, we moved on to one of their new products, the InstaGlow CC Cream, which can be used as a brightening base or a cream highlighter. The highlighter was so subtle, accentuating the cheekbones just enough to make it look like I had some! We played around with the Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder too. I’m usually pretty put off by super pigmented bronzers but again, it was much more subtle on the skin and gave me a real sun-kissed look, as if I’d spent the day in the park, not slaving away in work!

the body shop pina colada range review

Makeover complete, I headed over to the next station where I was introduced to the brand spanking new Pina Colada range. Scrub, sorbet, moisturiser, and shower gel, even if you’re not jetting off this Summer, you will smell like you’ve spent a week sipping cocktails on the beach! The scrub is divine, enriched with real coconut flakes, giving your a very thorough yet gentle exfoliation. The coconut oil in the scrub moisturises your skin as you buff away dead skin cells and toxins, locking in moisture. We then followed with the sorbet from the collection that was ultra lightweight, absorbed instantly and just smelled like a not so little drink with a tiny umbrella in it! I’ve got to give a huge shoutout to the assistant who was so unbelievably passionate and a fountain of knowledge about everything in the store, we had such a laugh and she looked after me so well. After pampering one hand, she moved on to the next, only this time with the Spa of the World range. I couldn’t decide which hand I was more in love with!

the body shop pina colada range review

I’ve got my eye on the Pina Colada Scrub and Shower Gel. The moisturiser and sorbet are lovely but the scent lingers a long time and I think it could become a little overbearing after a couple of hours. The scrub and shower gel leave a much more subtle scent behind which I could deal with and enjoy!

Have you checked out the Pina Colada range in-store yet? If you could create your own Body Shop range, what would it smell like?

Until next time,

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