Life: 8 Things I'm Looking Forward to in Florida

In 3 months time we will be back in my happy place - Orlando, Florida. I really really can't wait. We will be going for just over two weeks and it will be our seventh visit to the most magical place on earth. Here are X things I'm looking forward to...

1) Wishes at the Magic Kingdom. This is my all time favourite Disney experience - Wishes is the name for the evening firework display at Magic Kingdom and it is truly amazing. You can enjoy the electrical parade followed by the pre-show and then finally the fireworks. It is really emotional and I love it. 

2) The new Diagon Alley area in Universal. This was in the middle of being built when we visited in May 2014 and I can't wait to see it now it's all complete. Will definitely be taking a trip on the Hogwarts Express and trying out the new Gringotts Bank ride. 

3) Chilling around the pool in our villa. We are returning to the same villa that we've stayed in since 2000 and it's our home away from home. I can't wait to get back from the parks and enjoy chilling around the pool with a book. I think this is why Florida is my favourite place to go on holiday -it's the perfect mix of being active and also relaxing.

4) Going on my favourite rides. There are so many rides that I'm excited to go on again - Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios, Cheetah at Busch Gardens, Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom and Everest at Animal Kingdom to name a few!

5) The water parks. I adore going to the water parks and count them as a 'rest day' as they are such a good chance to relax. Although I love the magic of the Disney parks, we went to Aquatica in 2014 and it was brilliant so am most looking forward to going there again. Oh, and how could I forget the garbage pail ice cream from Blizzard Beach - yum!

6) Doing some serious shopping. I always like to take a bit of money for spending over there. I want to buy some new trainers, stock up on make-up (like I need any more!) and maybe even get a new Kate Spade bag. Our favourite places to shop are the Orlando Premium Outlets and Mall at Millenia.

7) Eating lots of food and ice cream. We don't eat out that much when we go to Florida but we always love a visit to the Cheesecake Factory and eating at the fast-food places in the parks (chicken strips, yes please). We are going to try and be more healthy this year by doing a big shop in Whole Foods - is it sad that I am really excited for this?!

8) Having over two weeks with my family. I can't wait to hang out with Chris and my family for a long period of time. We do see each other as much as we can and are always chatting on Facebook, but it will be lovely to have a long time together.

Do you have any tips of things to do in Orlando?

Beauty: Real Techniques Sponge & How to Clean!

Last year was the year of the beauty blender. It was mentioned in so many blogger and YouTuber favourites and I knew I had to give it a whirl, however was reluctant to part with £16 for the classic incase I didn't get on with it.

After seeing rave reviews, I bought the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge which is a far more reasonable £5.99. The sponge has 3 different surfaces which give you 3 ways to apply liquid foundation - the rounded sides can be used to blend large areas of the face, the precision tip is for blemishes and marks and the flat edge is for the contours around the eyes and nose.

I'll be honest, at first I wasn't a fan but I've really come to love it as I've found the way to use it that works for me. I started off by using it to apply all of my foundation - so I applied the liquid to my face and then worked it in with the sponge. This took forever and I found it too much of an effort so I abandoned it for a while and went back to using a brush.

After doing a little research I discovered that using a dampened sponge was far more effective so now I apply my foundation with my usual brush and then spritz the sponge with one of my face mists before using it to work the foundation into my skin. It leaves it with a really natural finish. I also use it to blend in my concealer and this works a treat and gives the same natural result.

I wasn't sure how to clean the sponge but found this video which explains a good 'at home' way of doing it. It's probably easiest to watch the video but all you do is mix equal parts of olive oil and washing up liquid in a bowl and use this mixture to wash the sponge. It got all of the make-up out of my sponge (the picture above shows it straight after I cleaned it) and I also used the mix to clean the rest of my make-up brushes which worked just as well as my usual shampoo method. 

Beauty: Bleach London Silver Shampoo & Conditioner

Say hello to the Bleach London Silver Shampoo and Conditioner. I am a big fan of purple shampoos and use them regularly to keep my hair looking bright and not brassy. I had previously been using the Pro:Voke Touch of Silver range and had been happy with these products, but I tried the offering from Bleach London as my sister had them in her bathroom and was impressed straightaway. Just one use made such a difference!

I tracked them down in Boots (not an easy feat, actually) and have been loving them. They make a huge difference to my hair and keep it looking ashy. I use them every other time I wash my hair and whenever I use them I seem to get a comment on how my hair looks blonder - always a good thing!

I do find that they dry my hair out a little so every other wash I make sure to use a moisturising hair mask (this L'Oreal SuperSmooth mask is my current favourite) which seems to keep my hair soft and healthy. I also don't really like the scent of these products- they remind me of boy aftershave!

Despite these two little niggles, I really love this range and they are the best purple shampoo and conditioner that I've tried. 

You can buy the Bleach London shampoo and conditionerhere.

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