April Favourites #1

I totally failed on the empties this month and didn't save any of my used up products, told you I was terrible at it. 
However I do have a few favourites to share with you this month, the things I've been loving of April (I can't actually believe we are already at May!).

Lets get started then with some beauty favourites for the month...

I have been loving this Smashbox lip enhancing gloss a lot lately and this isn't something that I would normally use as it's a neutral shade with a hint of glitter but I really like it for work purposes or just casual days. The shade is illume and this is a mini that I got in a set from Sephora when I went to the States last September. I'm almost certain that this is the same gloss and it is the Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Sparkling Brown Sugar shade £15.00.

 A product that kind of disappeared from my beauty routine was the POREfessional by Benefit £24.50. The reason why I haven't been using this as much as because I've become so addicted to applying my Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream everyday that everything else just kind of took a back seat to be honest. But I'm really enjoying this again and it makes my skin feel great and really provides a great base to apply makeup on to. I must say I haven't tried any new Benefit products for a while but I am interested in purchasing puff off £22.50 as I'm always so conscious about my under eyes.

 Something that I have to say has become a top product for me and something that I can't see myself living without is the Makeup Revolution Fixing Spray, Amazing Makeup Fixing Spray £5.00, this is a holy grail product and is perfect for setting your makeup for the day. I used to pick up the Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Setting Spray for £21.00, a big difference in price yet I would say the Makeup Revolution one is just as good at a fraction of the price.

 I found this little single shadow out of my makeup draw from **The Body Shop and it's a Colour Crush eyeshadow, in the shade I think 505 Boyfriend Jeans- Pearlescent and these are £7.00 each. I just use this on top of an eyeshadow primer for work, just a swish of this and I'm ready to go. I usually wear this to work as it isn't over the top and gives my eyes a little bit of colour. I actually got this in a goodie bag from an event I went to in Birmingham a while ago so was nice to discover it again and to start using it.

 A hair care item that has been one of my essentials this month is the TRESemmer Hairspray Super Hold £4.99 from Superdrug. A more expensive hairspray but really worth it! I've tried out a lot of different hairsprays in the past but this one is pretty darn good. I use it daily for work to help put my hair up as I have to tie up my hair for work, this smells nice unlike that horrible smell you tend to get from hairsprays and it brushes out really easy after I've finished at work.

Some home accessories I've brought recently and am loving in my place! 

I went to The Range at the weekend with my mum and got a couple of things for the house and one of my favourites is this French Bulldog candle, I can't seem to find it on the website but have linked the main page above for you. It wasn't relatively expensive from what I can remember but I just knew I had to have it when I spotted it in the home accessories section. I'm a big lover of dogs and so it Paul so it has taken pride of place on our coffee table in the living room, obviously we won't be burning it because it is just toooooo cute!

 Blankets, okay I know this is such a boring favourite but blankets / throws are just mmmmmmm!
That is the only way I can describe them as they keep you snug and warm and just give you a great feeling inside. We have three throws in total and two of those actually lay on the sofa to keep us warm than we have a large one to cover ourselves up with whilst we snuggle up and watch teli at night time. The reason why these have made it in to my favourites is because of the change in the seasons and as I'm sure you are aware at the minute it tends to be warm in the daytime but then at night the temperature tends to drop a little and rather than put the heating on for a couple of hours we just throw on a throw and get warm. If you are looking for some blankets / throws I would recommend Primark for some cheap options, The Range for this Lush Grey Throw now £6.99 and Next if you can afford to spend a little more.

Food, of course! 

Lastly is the Nandos Peri-Peri Salt £1.90, now me and Paul absolutely love going to Nandos so this was a must for us to have! It tastes great and really gives a kick to your chips as that's what I like to use it on although I'm guessing you could sprinkle it on to anything. The chilli rating on this product is medium and I don't think it's that hot all, just a little twang. We also have some of the Nandos sauces in our kitchen, we usually use the medium but we do have a hot sauce which at the moment we aren't brave enough to try out (such whimps, aren't we?)

 That's it for April! Wow what a long post, sorry I didn't save any of my empties from this month but I don't actually think I had many although I do have a lot of things at the moment that I've nearly used up so next month should be a large empties!
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What to do on your day off?

At the moment I have some time off from work and although the majority of my days are planned out I do have some filler days in between and by that I mean odd days were I'm not really doing anything in particular (I don't have any specific plans) . First of all can I just say although these are my filler days I will still end up going out somewhere there is no doubt about that as I just can't physically stay indoors for 24 hours unless I'm unwell. But whilst I am at home I thought I would share with you some of the things that I enjoy doing in my free time. 

Number 1. 
Probably my all time favourite thing to do when I have free time is watch YouTube videos. I can't go a single day without catching up on YouTube and see what some of my favourite beauty bloggers/ vloggers are doing. Some of the channels that I love and am subscribed to are: - 
Miss Budget BeautyIt's EmSprinkle of GlitterUgly Face Of Beauty and MsGoldGirl. I'm not to sure why I love watching YouTube videos so much other than that I am super nosy and like to see what people are doing in their lives... My favourite kind of videos are hauls and product reviews as they help me decided if I will like a product before I've even brought it, although they are also dangerous as you can then end up with a wish list as long as your arm will stretch, naughty! 

Number 2. 
Blogging, of course this had to be in there didn't it really. I have to admit I'm so unorganised when it comes to getting my blog posts in order and when I have free time I feel this is the only true time when I can do this. I constantly say I need to dedicate more time to my blog but I find it difficult with the dealings of every day life coming around. I have got a lot better though with my posts and they are certainly becoming more frequent I just need to keep up the good work and start working on brainstorming more ideas so I have them on backup for future posts.

 Number 3. 
Listening to music, I mean seriously how great can music make you feel? When I'm having a bad day sometimes it just helps to put on my favourite songs and it instantly changes my mood. I'm still in love with Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour and I also tend to look on the BBC Radio 1 website to see what's in the charts as it gives me a reminder of songs that I like so I can listen to them through YouTube or download via iTunes. 

Number 4. 
In my free time I enjoy taking pictures and lots of them. As a keen blogger I like taking pictures of all kinds of different things. Usually these include photos for my blog I must admit and if I'm having a good day I'll take lots of snaps ready for my posts and that's half of the job done in my eyes. 9 times out of 10 I will use my iPhone 5 just because it is super convenient and provides good quality photos although I would love to invest in a better more professional camera but I still need to do my research on that as at the moment I don't have any idea on what I would purchase and if I go out and buy something on a whim it may not be the right or the best camera for me.

 Number 5. 
Watching some films. Films are a great way to pass the time on your day off when you have a few hours to kills and just want to relax at home on the sofa. Paul is a proper movie geek so he always gives me advice on good films that I need to watch so I'm never short of a list, it's just finding the time. We recently just watch the Jersey Boys Movie and absolutely loved it, after I went to the stage show last week Paul was very eager to see the movie so we watched it together. The movie and the stage show are exactly the same, same dialog and everything. It is such a great story and almost unbelievable how it all happened and how the Four Seasons could of never happened. A must to watch I would recommend, especially if you like true life stories.
Some of my favourites on DVD 

Thank you for reading What to do on your day off? This is based around what I like to get up to on my days off but what do you like doing on your's? Are you like me always looking for something to do or are you more than happy just chilling out and catching up on some well needed rest? Leave me a comment and let me know!
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Girly Stationery

Wilkos have some super stationery in at the moment and it is very blogger(esk) hence the post. Although I do love me some stationery these days I very rarely purchase any let alone blog about it. But I have a couple of cute bits that I picked up from Wilkos so I wanted to share them with you. The stationery at Wilkos is so affordable as well so great if you are on a budget and want to pick up some new note books, pens, folders etc.

I wanted to pick up a new note pad for my blogging ideas just so I can write down any new thoughts I have for upcoming blog posts and any random thoughts of genius that I have throughout the day. 
I found this perfect blogger note book which is a A4 refill pad for a binder I'm guessing but I'm just going to use it as a normal note pad. It's the Wilko Selfie A4 Refill Pad £1.00. On the front is a girl with a camera taking a selfie so I had to get it as I'm a big fan of the selfie and taking selfies, how many times can I write selfie...?
Inside the refill note pad

Then in the same section I spotted the Wilko Selfie Box File £2.50, a box file to store all my stationery pieces in with a big camera on the front, OMG I love, love, love it! Is this just the perfect stationery for a blogger? These are the only two items that I needed but they have lots of other things available in the selfie range as Wilkos.

 Other than that I picked up some pretty standard things, one was a card for my friend who is moving in to her new house which I still need to give her (better late than never hey?), I also got some Bic Cristal Pouch Blue 10pk pens £2.00, not very exciting but I love Bic pens and find them easy to write with rather than fancy expensive pens. Last I just got a Tipp-Ex Pen Shake and Squeeze £1.65 to correct any spelling mistakes that I make (I make a lot) whilst writing, I'm a super perfectionist when it comes to writing if I make a mistake I just have to Tipp-Ex it out, don't ask me why it's just my thing!
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Claridge's in London

After a jam packed past couple of days I'm back home from London (yawning as I'm writing this to you, I'm still tired). Some of you may know I've had this trip planned in my diary for a while as it was a Christmas gift for my mum, plus Birthday gift to go and see the Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly Theatre. We decided as a nice treat to ourselves we would go to London on the Tuesday night before Jersey Boys so we could spend more time there enjoying the sites. So on the Tuesday afternoon after we arrived we headed in to London and went to Claridge's for afternoon tea. Now if you have ever been to Claridges you will understand what I mean when I say wow! It is so lovely inside and super elegant and luxurious, I mean they even give you individual hand towels in the bathroom to dry your hands on, I mean actual towels. As you can see I was more than happy before I'd even had afternoon tea with the towels but more about teatime at Claridge's. We did get there a little early just due to wanting to be at the right place at the right time as I'm sure you can understand when you are in unfamiliar surroundings you are always aiming to get there earlier. Whilst we waiting for our allotted slot 17:15 we sat on one of the sofas on the main stairwell corridor just soaking in our beautiful surroundings. 
On arriving to the dinning area for tea we were greeted by the lovely host and shown to our seat for the afternoon. First we started off with tea of course and I decided to opt for the Claridge's Real Fruit Tea, I can't say I'm a big tea drinker as I never drink tea at home but this was something else it was so nice and sweet just perfect for me, there really is a tea for everyone at Claridge's .
All of the information for Afternoon Tea can be found at the Claridges Afternoon Tea page, on here you will find a menu, Afternoon Tea times, dress code, price and how to make a pre reservation which I recommend.

On Wednesday we went on our adventures again back in to the centre of London. The first stop that we made was to the Natural History Museum, this was a place that my mum wanted to go as she hadn't been there for years so we decided it would be nice to take a trip to the museum. we had a really great time looking around for a couple of hours and enjoyed the mammal section and learning about animals of the world, this is a place I would recommend to parents with young children as it it so educational and a fun day out in London.

They even have a dinosaur exhibit in the Natural History Museum which I loved, I'm such a big fan of dinosaurs and learning about them, you must check out the T-Rex it is brilliant and actually a little bit scary!!


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T-Rex above make sure you go and check it out if you visit the Natural History Museum. 

After we had finished at the museum we still had a bit of time to kill in London before Jersey Boys started so we went to T.G.I Friday's in Leicester Square and I had the Chicken Fingers, yummy!

Then we headed off on one of the London Bus Tours, The Original Bus Tour that took us around all the sites. This is a great opportunity to hop on and off at all the sites that you want to explore and there are even different routes around the capital. We took the yellow route and picked this up from Leicester Square by M&M World and tickets cost us £30 although they are cheaper online. We didn't get off the bus at all although we would have if we had more time but instead we just soaked up the surroundings and enjoyed the sites. We stopped again at Leicester Square just by Piccadilly Circus which was our next point of call for Jersey Boys.

After the bus tour we then headed on to Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly Theatre. This was such an amazing show and the second one I have been to in London the first being the Lion King. Everybody was singing along and dancing towards the end of the night. Unfortunately you are unable to take any photos in the theatre which is understandable but the show is an absolute must see if you are going to London and are looking for a show to go and see in the evening. The cast did a great job portraying Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and since I've been home I can't stop listening to the sound track to keep the show alive. I even want to go and see this show again it was that good but I think my next visit might have to be to see Billy Elliot as my mum has that on her to do wish list! 

I really hope that you liked this post and sorry it was a little long with pictures etc I got a little overwhelmed. London is still one of my favourite places in the world and I love it there, I'm just lucky enough to have it so close by just a couple of hours away on the motorway and I'm there.
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My Top 10 Under £10

Okay yes I didn't do my Sunday Sweekender yesterday, I can explain! The short explanation is that I was really tired yesterday after having friends over on Saturday and then going bed at 1:30am and getting up at 4am to do a car boot with my mum. 
Last week was a quiet one for me as I was just working, this week I'm off and getting up to a couple of different things including going to London, one of my all time favourite places to visit but I'll be updating you with all my goings on throughout the week I'm sure. 

Today I thought I'd do a top 10 under £10's for you. Most of the things that I talk about on my blog are recent purchases but today I thought I'd mix it up a little and talk a bit about everything old and new just for a bit more variety.

One of my favourite mascaras at the minute has to be without a doubt the Maybelline Lash Sensational £7.99. This is currently on offer at Boots and is one of the newest mascaras from Maybelline and the most recent product that I'm going to be talking about in this post. The reason why I like this mascara so much is purely because of the brush it comes with. I find the plastic style brush easier to use and I tend to find that these types of brushes don't clump your mascara when applying.

I actually don't know why I haven't picked up more of the Collection Cream Puff Lip Creams £2.99, I have just this one in Fairy Cake 3, it's super soft and has a matt finish to it. A really cheap affordable product that is pretty perfect for your lips the only thing that lets it down a little is that the product seems to go dry inside the tube after a while.

Remember when everybody went mad for these? The Rimmel London Apocalips £6.49, I'm not actually sure what shade mine is in (there's nothing on the packaging), but I've started using mine again. I have so many lip products that as soon as I buy something new I forget about my old ones. In fact I don't even think I'd tried this on my lips until the other day. The best thing about the Apocalips is that they are so bold and out there unlike a lot of other products when you apply them sometimes you can't even notice the difference. I really like this shade as it isn't like the typical bright red (spoiler one of those lipsticks coming up soon) shade that I usually go for. To be honest I do have the bright red shade in the Apocalips but it bled all over my lips and kind of put me off... The main downside to these is the smell I'm not sure what it reminds me off and it isn't that it's not pleasant it just isn't your standard beauty product scent.

I couldn't go without putting a bright postbox red lipstick in to this post could I? This is literally my beauty staple I believe. This is the L'Oreal Colour Riche Made For Me in the shade Intense Magnetic Corl £6.99. If I remember right I got this from my friend for Christmas, my friends even know my love for red lipstick. The packaging is pretty polished for L'Oreal and I love the smarter glamorous look they have given this lipstick. Needless to say why I love this product I think any pillar postbox red lippy would get my vote!

 The Maybelline New York Baby Skin Intense Pore Eraser Lightweight Primer £7.99 is a great products for smoothing out your skin before applying your make-up. It really gives your skin a baby smoothness leaving you with the perfect canvas to apply your daily make-up. It minimises your pores and leaves your skin feeling light, plus it comes out as a clear gel like substance which I like as it isn't adding any additional colour to your face before you've started applying your make-up.
  
This is a super old eyeshadow of mine that seems to be available on Amazon it's the Bourjois Paris Ombre A Paupieres Eyeshadow in the shade 17 Prune Intense. Purple is one of my favourites colours and I love using this Boujois shadow when getting ready for a night out. It has a hint of sparkle in it as well which makes it perfect for me as I'm in to sparkly shadows massively. Talking of Bourjois products I genuinely don't think there has ever been anything from the brand that I didn't like.

Just under the £10 budget is The Body Shop Concealer Pencil £9.00, I brought this online a while ago and it's saved my butt a few times when I've been having make-up disasters. I'd never tried a concealer pencil up until I decided to try this one but it certainly didn't disappoint me. It's in the shade 01 the lightest one you can get your hands on. It provides great coverage for under eyes and any problem areas plus it has a nice creamy formula and blends out well just with the use of your fingers.

No7 isn't really a brand that I have a lot of, not for any particular reason other than it just hasn't stood out to me before as my make-up of choice. However this little beauty is a cute little trio, the No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow Trio £9.50 in the shades Beside the Sea. I think this is such a nice Spring/ Summer shadow trio and good for taking on trips with you a total holiday essential and the name just does it doe me, I'm so easily won over aren't I?

Another Bourjois product made it on the list and that is the Bourjois Blush Exclusif £7.99. I like this product as it has something a little different about it. It actually self-adjusts to a personalised pink colour when applied to your cheeks, I can't tell you how this works but I think it is awesome! I love the idea of that and as you can see from the picture the blush looks like a real pale pink however when I apply it to my cheeks the pink is much more vibrant.

The L'Oreal Paris GlamShine Stain Splash £7.99 in 102 Romy is something that I use on a daily basis when I going to work. It has a nice subtle shade to it just a pop of pink nothing to over the top. For some reason I've got it in to my head that it smells like Love Heart sweets as well which in reality it doesn't but it just reminds me of that. The packaging is cute again that glam look just like the Colour Riche Made For Me lipstick as pictured above. The applicator makes it easy to apply with no mess which is handy for me as I'm the messiest lippy applicator ever to grace the beauty blogger world.

So that's my top 10 under £10's at the moment, I really hope you have liked this post and the pictures that go along with it. Don't forget to keep entering my giveaway and good luck!
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Charlotte Tilbury The Vintage Vamp

Now as you may all very well know I'm a bit of a Charlotte Tilbury fan and when I spoke in my last post about Paul buying me the Naked 3 and having to change it for something else I decided to go for The Vintage Vamp Colour-coded eyeshadow palette £38.00. I have a few of the basic Charlotte Tilbury products and I love them and I'd even consider it one of my favourite makeup brands period, but I still hadn't got my hands on any of the infamous palettes so now was the time to indulge thanks to Paul and he was happy that I got something that I liked and didn't have.

Top left 1 prime, top right 2 enhance, bottom left 4 pop and bottom right 3 smoke. 

Just look how pretty it all looks, it's so nice and beautiful! Having this one in my little hands makes me want even more especially the Golden Goddess and Uptown Girl! I think it's just all that glitter that I love all the sparkle about these palettes they just seem super glam and sophisticated.

 Here are the swatches from The Vintage Vamp palette same order as above. As you can see from above they don't swatch that great on to camera but in real life they look amazing and I would say a definite must if you are looking for a new palette but to be honest any of the Charlotte Tilbury palettes are gorgeous, it just makes me want them all.
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Collection Beauty New Giveaway! **CLOSED**

I didn't really intend on doing another Giveaway so soon but I spotted these lipsticks and thought this mini collection would make a great prize to offer my followers! 
The 3 lipsticks I am giving away are from the Collection Field Day range and include 1. Pink Rose, 2. Tulip and 3. Fuchsia.
The packaging of these lipsticks is lovely and very Spring themed... I almost considered keeping them for myself. For a budget beauty lipstick these are absolutely great the colours are beautiful and perfect for this time of year and as I've mentioned the packaging is really nice for a budget beauty brand like collection, they have really pushed the boat out with this mini range with little detailing of orange sunflowers and one main flower at the clasp.


Now for the entry details...

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**The winner must be able to provide a valid UK address

**Enter through the Rafflecopter link

**The closing date is Sunday 10th May 2015 

**Please be aware that of you are a company your entry unfortunately will not count

I hope you like this giveaway is there anything you'd like to see for a giveaway in the future?

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Tom Ford Lipstick

This week has been a little on the down side because I haven't been feeling very well. I've been getting quite a few bad migraines followed by sickness, sorry not very nice I know but that is why the posts have been far and few in between this week. I'm starting to feel slightly better and am on the mend, I think I just need to start getting more sleep as I'm a total fail at having an early night and don't usually go to bed until around midnight which isn't the best idea considering I usually have work the following morning and have to be up for 06:20, so mid year resolution is to go to bed earlier I think. 
Anyway with that out of the way lets talk about what I picked up last weekend, disclosure it's Tom Ford related. Last weekend on Saturday me and Paul popped over to Birmingham as he'd kindly brought me the Naked 3 palette but me being me I already had it, still it's nice that he remembered that I did say I wanted it and I felt so bad when I told him I already had it but he came with me to exchange it for something different that I didn't already have (more on that to come later). The Tom Ford lipstick that I picked up wasn't what I exchanged it for this is just something that I have been lusting over for a while. I don't own any Tom Ford makeup products so I thought that a lipstick would be the right way to go seen as I'm a lippy fanatic and you can never have enough in your collection. We made our way to Selfridges in the BullRing and got a refund on my Naked 3 palette and I exchanged it for something different over at the Charlotte Tilbury counter of course but then I wanted to get something else with my own money so went for the Tom Ford Lip Colour in 10 Cherry Lush £37.00. So I have to admit I was super excited about finally having a TF lipstick to add to my collection almost as excited as when I brought my very first Chanel lippy! The packaging is just of pure beauty with the black and the gold outlining it and the staple TF logo on the top in gold mmmmmm.
Apologies for the no makeup face

I opted for the Cherry Lush as like a lot of other lipsticks in my collection this is a shade that I tend to reach for and as this was my first purchase from TF I wanted it to be a safe one plus it isn't cheap so with not wanting to waste money I went for this option and I think I made a great choice. 
The only one thing that is tormenting me about this product is using it, at the top base of the lipstick it is engraved with TF and it just makes me not want to apply it because it will just ruin it and spoil the whole thing, I understand that is not the point and it will be a total waste of money if I just never use it and hide it so I'm willing to spoil it a little to get the joys from it. The smell of the lipstick is a pretty average scent that seems to be the norm and it doesn't smell horrible but on the other hand not delicious just normal standard lippy smell, which is good or I might be tempted to lick it off my lips (bad choices). The lipstick comes out more or less matte with a little shimmer which I like, the above photo is just the lipstick on its own so no additional products but I would probably wear with a lip liner when wearing it properly. 

I'm hoping to get my hands on some more TF lipsticks and the only slight this that is putting me off is the price. Yes I know this is more of a luxury beauty item and at £37.00 I wouldn't be able to justify buying one every time I visited Selfridges but I'll save these special purchases for when I want to treat myself or others want to treat me... Not long until Birthday time!
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My Top 5 Dream Destinations

I'm one of those people that loves to travel, I'm a holiday junkie. If I don't have anything booked I'm always looking online to see where I can do on my travels or I'm asking others where they are going on their annual holiday. I've been fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel to a fair few different places in my 27 (nearly 28) years on this earth and by far one of my most favourite places is Disney World in Orlando Florida and just Orlando in general its brilliant. I thought to keep my travel spirits high I would write about 5 of my dream destinations so places that I'm hoping I'll have the chance to visit at some point in my life, just a disclaimer these are my top 5 so not all the places in the world I'd like to visit I've just narrowed it down for reading purposes. 

Number 1. New York (United States of America)

New York is one of those places I've always wanted to visit from a young age because it's such an iconic place. Like probably the masses of tourists I want to visit so many cult attractions there like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. I'd love to go and have the chance to see a show on Broadway, my choice would be Wicked as it's something that I have wanted to see for a long time so to experience it on Broadway would be something else really (I've seen the Lion King and am off to see the Jersey Boys in the West End). The shops always look so great and everything is on a much bigger scale in the States plus it's that little bit cheaper so I really want to go before Christmas time say early December so I cab get my family & friends gifts and they will be unique as there are a lot of things that you can buy in American that aren't so freely available in England... hello Bath & Body Works!   

Number 2. Sydney (Australia)

I've always wanted to go to Australia since I can remember and I don't really know what triggered it! Something that I would love to experience is the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, yes some of you may think I'm crazy and I doubt I'd ever get Paul to join in (he's scared of heights) but this is something that is on my bucket list to do in my life. You can do the climb at pretty much anytime in the day or night which is brilliant, I think I would probably go for the daytime just so I can see all my surroundings perfectly and soak it all in, the cost for this type of climb is between $258- $278 AUD which works out at roughly £145 at the highest price. Another things that attracts me to Sydney Australia is that they have a lot of wildlife attractions and with me being a lover of animals this is something that appeals to me big time. Popular wildlife attractions include Taronga ZooSEA LIFE Sydney AquariumWILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary.

Number 3. Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
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So my whole obsession with Rio de Janeiro started (and you may think this is funny) after I watched the movie Rio! I realise this is random that a children's movie would have such an impact on me but it totally portrayed Rio de Janeiro as the perfect party place in the world. A must in Rio would have to be to visit the Christ the Redeemer statue and Copacabana Beach just looks like the most beautiful beach in the world, please let me go now. The one BIG reason why I would love to go to Rio is for Carnival which is held before Lent every year. Carnival looks so colourful and the samba music that goes along with is just gets you up and dancing along, if you would like to find out more about Carnival please head over to Rio Carnival History for more information.  

Number 4. Toronto (Canada)
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Canada isn't somewhere I would like to visit as such it's more somewhere I would love to live and the same is to be said for New Zealand. Toronto seems like such a beautiful place and there are so many things to do and see which yes I can understand probably do become a bit of a novelty when you live there everyday but to me they're all shiny and exciting. Canada always seems so home grown to me and when you look at things to do I think this proves this, they have the Rogers Centre which is home to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team and The Air Canada Centre home to the Toronto Maple Leafs ice hockey team, I think it really shows a community spirit with popular sports venues and teams that people can really rally behind. I only hear good things from people that live in Canada or whom have lived/ visited Canada. I'd need to research it in full if I ever decided I wanted to move there and my first stop would definitely be Toronto! Just like Australia's Sydney Harbor Bridge you can do something similar at the CN Tower called a EdgeWalk CN Tower the price for this is $195 CAD which converts to £105 and this includes the EdgeWalk, Complimentary Tower Experience and Skypod.  

Number 5. Bay of Islands (New Zealand)

I think the picture first of all pretty much just speaks for itself doesn't it? Bay of Islands just looks beautiful and I think it's a place everyone would love to visit if they had the chance!? Bay of Islands is 3 hour drive north of Auckland and it encompasses 144 islands between Cape Brett and Purerua Peninsula (source for information) and includes towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri. There are so many different things to experience when visiting the Bay of Islands but one thing that stands out to me is Swimming with Dolphins, I've had the chance to swim with dolphins before and this just looks incredible as you get to jump in to the sea with the dolphins and interact with them. 

Have you ever visited any of these places? I'd love to hear about your experience so please leave me a comment below.
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