A couples guide to staying at Universal’s Aventura hotel | Florida Travel blog

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As I’m sat here writing this I’m already wishing we were back in Florida relaxing by the pool drinking a cocktail or two… or three. We have honestly had the best experience from our holiday and we’re already looking forward to saving and planning our return visit.

This post will be all about our stay at Universal’s newest hotel; Universal Aventura. After staying here for ten days we have been able to try out all that this hotel has to offer and more.

So if your planning on staying here or looking for inspiration for your next holiday trip, then just keep reading.

Universal Aventura Hotel

Universal Aventura Hotel

Airport transfers to hotel

So we booked our holiday through Virgin holidays (which I highly recommend) and with that came free transfers from the airport to our hotel and a return journey. When we arrived at MCO airport we found the Virgin holidays desk where a friendly team member was waiting with our information pack filled with everything we needed. The team directed us to the bus rank where another easily signposted Virgin holidays desk helped us check in for our transfer. We did have to wait about thirty five minutes for our bus to get going but it was nice to sit down and get excited for our onward journey to the hotel. The bus also plays some great films whilst you wait, we watched Moana which helped pass the time.

The hotel is only a twenty minute drive from the airport but it does stop at few other hotels along the way making the journey perhaps 45-50 minutes in total.

Tip 1. If you can, take a drink with you for your travels to the hotel, it’s thirsty work sitting in an air contained plane and bus!

Check in

Check in here is very easy. As soon as you walk in, the desks on the left are where you need to be. The reception staff greeted us with smiles all round and explained where everything in the hotel was and how to get around. They also gave us a printed map of the parks and the surrounding areas. In total check in took a speedy 10 minutes and we left feeling excited and ready to explore the hotel. We were given two hotel room keys which they explained were needed to get in to the hotel rooms and the pool area so keep it handy on you at all times.

Tip 2. Check in is from 3pm and check out is at 11am. There is a handy dandy luggage storage next to reception where we left our bags on our check out day so we could relax without having to carry them around.

Hotel room

When booking our holiday we chose a double queen bed room as it has more room/space than the single bed room. We were on floor 7 of the 17 floor hotel there are plenty of lifts to take your straight to your floor.

As the hotel is shaped like a trefoil (a three pronged shape), there are three different directions your room could be.

Tip 3. Take note, each corridor has its own colour coding to make it easy to know where to go – Just look at the colour of the floor when you get out the lift!

The rooms are bright and clean with an ultra modern theme of cool greys and whites. As mentioned we had two double queen beds (which were possibly the comfiest beds in the world) and one nightstand in the middle. There is plenty of wardrobe space with plenty of hangers, an ironing board with iron, safe (which is free to use) and fridge. The fridge was great as we were able to keep some food and drinks in there to take out and about and remained cold.

The bathroom was white and bright with a shower, sink and toilet. We had daily amenities of shampoo, conditioner, hand soap and face soap which were fantastic quality and there was always plenty of towels and flannels. The highlight for me was the hairdryer! It was so powerful and dried my hair in minutes – I’ve already added one to my Christmas list.

The hotel prides itself in being super tech savvy and we absolutely loved it! Everything in the room from the lights, air conditioning to the TV is controlled by an iPad. You also have a lot of helpful options on there such as theme park information, hotel maps, request items such as coffee etc, dining reservations and a handy chat option where you can chat to the hotel staff. We also loved the fact that if you bought anything from the hotel and charged it to the room, you can also view the balance on the iPad!

We had a gorgeous view from our floor to ceiling windows that overlooked Cabana bay hotel and Volcano bay water park! It was even more spectacular at night when it was all lit up.

Universal Aventura Hotel

Universal Aventura Hotel

Dining

Rather than restaurant style dining, the hotel boasts a food court style eatery with a number of different food options from burgers to sushi and pizza to stir fry. We only ate here on our first night as it was convenient as we were exhausted but what we did have was delicious! We opted for stir fry as it smelt incredible as we walked past, you can fill your bowl with as many veggies as you like before choosing your meat option and broth. At the time I had a cold so the broth worked wonders for me! I highly recommend!

There is also a Starbucks and small grocery section where you can pick up some last minute snacks and drinks.

V hub

This is definitely a hidden gem that we highly recommend! Located on the second floor of the hotel you will find the V hub. This is a Virgin holidays guest only lounge that has comfy seating, a Virgin holiday representative, TV’s, tea and coffee, pastries, fruit, muffins and yoghurts.

This was so lovely considering we booked room only. We used the V hub almost every morning to get some breakfast of tea and fruit etc and we were ready to start our day. You can also use the space in the afternoons where they change up the pastries for some other sweet treats. When you could easily pay $7-$8 dollars for a tea and coffee in Starbucks, you can get it included here. I do like a money saving tip.

We had a lovely chat with the Virgin holiday rep who gave us some leaflets and vouchers to use around Citywalk and the surrounding area. She also gave us two vouchers for Hard Rock Cafe on Citywalk that gave use 15% off our bill which was fantastic!

Pool and outside area

The pool area is beautiful. There are plenty of sun beds with parasols, we didn’t have any trouble finding a bed whatever time of day. The pool wraps around the side of the hotel with a hot tub a little further along the pathways at the back. There is no kids area but that suited us fine as it is more of an adults hotel. At eight o’clock each night they have a film playing on a giant screen by the pool where you can float around and watch a movie – that was lovely of an evening when we weren’t in the parks! They also have a few fire pits where you can sit back, relax and cook s’mores each Friday. The pool also had 2-3 lifeguards on duty at a time who were so committed to there roles, it was fantastic to see. They also performed a training drill whilst we were there which was great!

Tip 4. I know some people have mention they think the pool is too small and there are no slides. The pool is a lovely size and was NEVER full so there is plenty of room for swimming and playing room for children. If your wanting a more kid friendly atmosphere, Volcano bay is literally a second behind the hotel through the hotel gates or Cabana Bay hotel has a kid friendly vibe. Universal Aventura Hotel

Universal Aventura Hotel

Vacation planning desk

This is situated in the reception area, just passed the check-in desk. From here you can pick up any park tickets or purchase any tickets for the parks. We picked up our 2 night Halloween horror nights tickets that we’d ordered from Floridatix but after chatting with the super helpful staff, we decided to upgrade them to Frequent fear pass for only $20! This meant we could go as many times as we wanted during our stay! This was a lot more cost effective than buying a fast pass and meant we could do all the houses and take our time!

*Please note, we had already purchased our 2 night HHN tickets at full price, the upgrade price was on top of this. For more information, speak to a Universal team member who could help you upgrade yours!

Housekeeping

Everything about the hotel was spotless. The hotel staff are always busy making sure it looks perfect. Our room was cleaned beautifully and left fully stocked with soaps, towels and coffee each day! They always said hello wherever we were in the hotel and nothing was too much trouble.

In all, we truly adored our stay here, from the location to the design, we will definitely be returning in future. I highly recommend. For more information on Universal Aventura click here.

Make sure you check out my previous post on my personal tips and tricks for a holiday in Florida, CLICK HERE.

Let me know if you guys are planning your trip to Florida and where you’re staying! I’d love to know! Don’t forget to follow me on my social channels to keep up to date with the latest!

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So it’s almost October can you believe it?

I’ve been a little quiet on her lately as a lot has been happening! From starting a new job, working on the house to planning our latest holiday! (I’m currently writing this post from a sun bed in Florida)

Me and my husband have ventured across the Atlantic to super sunny (and extremely hot) Florida. We have just celebrated our first wedding anniversary and wanted to return to the place of our honeymoon. The state stole our hearts last year and we knew we wanted to return as soon as possible!

This time round we have felt much more comfortable knowing the ropes and how things work in the U. S of A.

I couldn’t possibly keep all of this insider information to myself which is why you lovely people get the know how on some of our hints and tips from our American travels.

  1. Prepare for the weather

So I’ve been to hot countries before, but this is definitely a different kind of heat. Both times we have travelled here in September and it is truly a beautiful time of year. The days vary from the high twenties to mid thirties which makes sunbathing a must. (Don’t forget the suncream!) However, the afternoons can frequently bring heavy rain and thunderstorms due to the high temperatures and winds. We have seen some fantastic lightening shows! My number one tip for helping with this is to pack a waterproof poncho! We bought ours from EBay for real cheap. They are easy to keep in your bag for sudden downpours – trust me, you’ll be thanking me.

2. Love bugs

Ok, so I’m not scared of insects really but you will find Florida has an abundance of these cutely named creatures. They are black flying insects that are mostly romantically attached to their partners. They fly around and often land on you which is very annoying but they are harmless. You can use a bug spray or wristband to help but no doubt you will come across these loved up bugs at some point!

3. Expenses

From Disney to Univeral, there are a lot of pricey excursions here. Don’t get me wrong we have been doing most of them but if you are able to save a dollar of two then I’m all over it! We’re staying at a Universal hotel this time (hotel post to follow over the next few days) and there have, believe it or not, been some amazing money saving deals by staying here. One thing I will say is that dining in resort or at the parks is much more expensive than say dining on international drive where you can find equally as delicious dinners at a fraction of the price. For instance a cocktail at our hotel poolside is $13 where a margarita at Chilis on i-drive is $5. I rest my case.

Plus don’t be afraid to pop to the nearest grocery store to pick up a few staple pieces for cheap. We picked up some granola bars and crisps to keep in the room and take out and about when we wanted a snack! Much cheaper than paying for a snack in the parks!

4. Hair and skincare

This is one that always catches me out! In the Florida heat my hair gets as dry as the Sahara and for some reason I alway forget to pack conditioner. Luckily our hotel provided some but it is a staple if you want to prevent dry frizzy hair like mine! Moisturiser has been another good friend of mine. After a day in the sun my skin not only feels dry but looks worse so don’t forget a hydrating moisturiser!!

5. Watch out when crossing roads

If driving on the other side of the road isn’t confusing enough , try crossing a road. It’s a bad idea to just step out especially when there is four lanes of cars! But even when you do hit that button to cross it doesn’t mean that cars will stop for you, it’s just gives them a warning! So keep an eye on the traffic!!!

6. Tips

Tipping is considered a norm for everything and I can completely understand why. A lot of the peoples wages here are made up mostly of tips and we have always had the best service wherever we went. It’s usually custom to add 15-20% tip on to the bill and you can do this with card or cash. (we mainly did cash tips)

7. Travel

If your at a park hotel or a hotel partner usually transfers to and from the main park attractions are included. However if your a little further a field Uber is a great choice and has reasonable prices! We also used the I-trolley on international drive (it’s a trolley bus that travels the entire length of I-drive) which is ridiculously affordable! It’s $2 a trip (a single ride) per person! Plus if your a Virgin holidays customer we were provided a 14 day free I trolley pass which meant we could travel throughout the i- drive area for free!

I’m sure I will think of more as time goes on but these are the most useful insights we found out from our own personal experience!

Do you guys have any tips of your own that would be useful?! Let me know in the comments!

I will shortly be uploading a post all about the hotel we stayed in and our experience at Universal Aventura!

Holiday hand luggage + discount just for my followers! | Beautyandshe

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Hi guys!

If you didn’t already know from my IG, I’ve been on holiday recently, I went on a cruise around Croatia, Greece and Italy and Montenegro.

It was absolutely beautiful. Here is a sneaky peak of the gorgeous scenery from Montenegro.

I mean, how gorgeous is this right?! It looks just like a painting!

We were very lucky to have been #gifted from an amazing bag company – @GastonLuga. We used a gorgeous grey satchel as our hand luggage and adventure bag throughout the trip and it did the job perfectly.

I chose this classic grey satchel which had several handy pockets to keep all of my belongings safe throughout the trip. It also has a secret pocket on the back of the bag for important documents or passports which is where we kept ours!

Speaking of passports, if you guys purchase a bag from @GastonLuga you also get a free passport holder too!!

And if that is not enough, you can get 15% discount with my code CT15. The quality of the bag is incredible and it definitely held up well whilst we travelled across the seas!

If you want to see what other beautiful bags they have (I have already added some more to my wish list!) then check out their webshop https://gastonluga.com/

Check out their IG too, it has some amazing travel pics!! #travelwithgl

If you would like to see some more holiday snaps, find me on IG and make sure you give me a follow to keep up to date with the latest – @charlottethrupp

Let me know where you guys are going on holiday this year! I need some more inspiration for future trips! And let me know what you pack in your hand luggage too! #packitwithgl

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What I’m wearing this Spring & beauty essentials | Beautyandshe

Beauty, cosmetics, Fashion, lifestyle, Makeup, style, summer

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The weather is certainly having trouble making its mind up lately, am I right?

I have worn everything from Jumpers to bikinis this month and my wardrobe has been slightly confused with what temperature it should be! I have been loving all the spring fashion trends this year already so I thought I would show you some of my favourite outfits and beauty essentials so far.

For those of you who don’t know, I live in Wales and it is notoriously known for wet and windy weather (with last summer being an exception). I have clothes for every single weather event but I have never worn a woolly pullover and a swimsuit in the same week!

When we did have a 24 degree day, It was over Easter weekend and I was going to a family lunch. I wore this beautiful bright yellow tea dress from Primark and paired it with my white sliders.

It is such a stunning colour and was very lightweight and cool for sitting in the garden. I picked this dress up last year for £5 in the sale and I am so glad I did.

Yellow tea dress from primark

Dress: Primark – £5

Sliders: Primark – £6

 

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Hair clips: Asda – £4

Hat: Dorothy Perkins – £16

These pretty hair clips are everywhere at the moment! They remind me of a classic  Chanel look that would look great on long and short hair. I picked mine up from George at Asda for £4 each and they are gorgeous! You can actually find my picture over on the George for Asda instagram page, they liked it that much they wanted to share it themselves!

This hat is from Dorothy Perkins, I bought it years ago and I just love the colour, it goes with everything and makes any outfit look so glamorous.

colourpop eyeshadow with swatch

I have been loving super bright pigmented eye shadows lately. My sister very kindly bought me a few goodies from Colourpop, including this gorgeous super shock shadow. It is so pigmented and a little goes a long long way! It looks phenomenal in the sunlight and I look just like a giant piece of glorious glitter – I love it.

This was a super quick post to show you what I have been loving lately, but keep posted for something very exciting in the next few days from one of my favourite brands – You will love it!

 

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April PRIMARK haul – Summer styles +Try on |BeautyandShe

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Hi everyone!

Guess where I have been….

Only my ultimate fave place ever – Primark.

I have been loving Primark’s Instagram lately, I have had so much inspiration from them I just had to go and see for myself.

It is April, which basically means it is nearly Summer and I need to get my Summer wardrobe sorted.

My style for this summer is going to be smart and classic yet casual… if that makes any sense. I love just simple outfits that look timeless and also comfortable!

The pieces I picked up today are definitely just that.

Linen blazer and high waisted shorts set from primark

When I saw this two piece, I fell in love. This is a linen blazer and shorts set that is the most comfortable thing ever. It’s a very lightweight material that will be perfect in hotter weather and will go with everything. The shorts are paperbag style with a gorgeous belt detail that cinches me in at the best part of my waist. I paired mine with heels but imagine this outfit with brown sandals too – Perfection.

Linen blazer and high waisted shorts set from primark

Blazer: £17

Shorts: £10

Pastel pink knee length dress with a tie waist from primark

I’m getting Audrey Hepburn vibes in this beautiful dress – It is so flattering and again, such a classic style. I love the belt which really brings the dress together and the button are a nice contrast. It has two slits along the sides which I like and the neckline is absolutely perfect – not too plungy!

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Dress: £12

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I’m usually a bikini girl but this swimsuit had me weak at the knees. I think I just love anything with a belt – even swimwear! This stunning khaki swimsuit is perfect for covering up (a little bit). The material is such high quality, not thin and shiny which I hate and it is so so comfortable.

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Swimsuit: £12

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They call me mellow yellow… I LOVE THIS SWIMSUIT. It was another one of those “I need that” moments when I knew I had to have it. Again with the belt thing, the colour is super flattering and I think will be for all skin tones and the fit is spot on. I am a size 10 and this fits like a dream.

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Swimsuit: £12

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This bikini is so so pretty. Its such a chic colour and is ridiculously comfortable. The bottoms are a little bit more cheeky but I love it! It has pretty wood design detailing on the top and bottoms and I like to wear mine a little bit more high waisted.

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Bikini top: £6

Bikini bottoms: £4

A little bit bolder than I usually go for but these sunnies just make me happy! It’s funny how a different shape of glasses can change your outfit so much.

Black: £3

Brown: £2

If I could be tanned, bronzy and glowy all year round, I would be so happy. I picked up the Glow Intensity shimmer spray for those summer days where I want to look like a Victoria’s Secret Angel. I also picked up this new mascara which is a dupe for Too Faced’s “Better than sex” mascara – I have heard great things so I will give it a good go!

Shimmer spray: £4

Mascara: £3

And that guys is everything I picked up for the start of my Summer wardrobe! I was really wise and didn’t purchase everything I saw, only the staple pieces that will look great for my summer wardrobe.

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The prettiest of PR packages WITH SWATCHES| Beautyandshe

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So its February and I have been loving our winter weather lately, but I am definitely looking forward to those lazy summer days, relaxing in the garden, glass of wine in hand….

I though I would catch up with you guys and let you now about my latest PR packages and exciting things to try. Yes, everything you see on this post was very kindly GIFTED to me and I am so thankful to be able to work alongside some amazing brands!

In the spirit of Valentines Day I received as beautiful package from Pixi Beauty which honestly made my heart melt. I have worked with Pixi in the past and their products are incredible, so when I opened this one, I was beyond excited.

Pixi Beauty eyeshadow palette with swatches

How beautiful is this right? I was two of the new Eye Reflections palettes alongside a cute trio of brushes. P.s this cocktail is called “The White Lady”, my husband has a secret talent of cocktail making…

Pixi Beauty

This is the “Reflex Light” palette and just look at those colours…. I mean, talk about metallic! I love how the colours can be used for everyday looks from the creams to the pink and also to a more smokier look too. I love the packaging and the theme of the collection, a mirror would be handy on the palette but i’m just being picky.

Pixi beauty eyeshadow palette with swatches

From these swatches you can tell how rich and beautifully gorgeous they are. My favourites are probably the golds and rich copper colours, they just glided on to the skin. I have already tried a few different eye looks and LOVE  how easy they are to blend in to one another. The second palette, “Mixed Metals” is just as beautiful with a few more browns and deep reds which is just dreamy and was perfect for Valentines Day.

Have you tried the Pixi range? I absolutely adore it. If you have let me know your favourites in the comments.

Once again, this is a Gifted post so a big thank you to Pixi for sending me these beauties.

Don’t forget to follow me on my fave place Instagram, you will find new posts there everyday.

 

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*This is a Gifted post with products kindly gifted by Pixi Beauty. All opinions are my own.

What’s the latest on my Instagram? | Beautyandshe

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well hello

Today I have worked wonders..

I’ve been to the gym, cleaned the kitchen, living room and bathroom, sorted out 2 HUGE piles of donations for the charity shop and prepped tonight’s dinner.

So I have just this second sat down with a cup of tea.

I have been loving Instagram at the moment and I have loved looking at all sorts of inspiration for the New Year.

I thought I would share a few of my latest Instagram posts for you to see what I have been up to lately.

If you don’t follow me already, make sure you check out my Instagram where you will find me posting all sorts everyday.

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My latest IG post included this absolutely gorgeous lip topper from Makeup Revolution in the shade “Luxurious”. It is the prettiest shimmery gold colour and just glides on to the lips. It is not sticky at all and doesn’t make my lipstick underneath slide everywhere. It comes in a few different shades but this one was my favourite. I picked mine up from Superdrug and the best part is that it was only £2. It is supposed to be a dupe for the Fenty Diamond lipgloss, so if it saves me money too, even better.

Check it out HERE.

 

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This was my OOTD for a girly day shopping last Sunday. This duck egg blue coat was from M&S a few years ago. It is so thick and warm and looks super classy. I paired it with a white knit jumper, jeans and chelsea boots.

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I had so much fun creating this photo. This was taken at one of my new fave coffee places in Cardiff – Big Moose Coffee Co. They have these giant angel wings painted on the wall outside and ofcourse I had to take a picture by it. Reckon I could be a Victoria’s Secret Angel then?

If you haven’t tried their coffee and brunch then I highly recommend popping in for a visit. If you read my previous post about resolutions, this was on my list to visit. The company does so much charity work which is incredible and it supports the local community. Food wise, I had the banana, coconut and pecan french toast – possibly the best french toast I have eaten.

Check out their Instagram HERE.

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So me and my husband had our date night recently and we paid a visit to another one of our favourite bars in Cardiff – Head of Steam. We love the vibe in here, its so relaxed and welcoming and they have great decor. As you can see, one of the best drinks they do is a “Steamy Martini” which comes with a shot of prosecco. My kind of drink.

I posted a review previously of this place as we were kindly invited to attend their opening event. It definitely left a good impression with us – we will be returning frequently I think..

Check them out HERE.

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This was my bargain of the year (I know its only January)

So I was wandering around Superdrug minding my own business when something caught my eye. I saw a huge collection of random makeup all priced at £2. I couldn’t believe my eyes that all of this makeup from The Balm was reduced so heavily! I couldn’t resist. Usually the Balm Shelter tinted moisturiser retails at about £10 alone – and I got it for two quid.

Did you guys see these reductions in your local Superdrug? What do you think?

Well that’s you all caught up with me and what I’ve been doing. I would love for you guys to leave your IG links in the comments so I can see what your up to.

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New Years Resolutions | Beautyandshe

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Happy New Year everyone!

I hope there are not too many sore heads this morning!

I started the night with a G&T and finished with a cuppa. I was in bed by 11:30 so i’m feeling very refreshed and ready for a productive start to the year.

I’ve been thinking about resolutions for a while, I much prefer ‘goals’ than the term ‘resolutions’  – I think it just sounds nicer?

There are so many little goals I have already made for this new year and I cannot wait to share them with you lovely lot.

If you have any resolutions or goals I would love to know, so let me know in the comments.

 

1.Take more care of myself and managing my time better.

This one is so important in many ways! I’m the type of person to put other people before myself which is great but sometimes I really do forget to look after number one. Particularly recently I have been so busy with work, wedding plans etc, I wasn’t looking after my body. My skin has been extremely dry and I just haven’t been treating it (until now).

I also got into a routine of getting in from work, doing housework, making dinner, having a shower, going to bed and REPEATING that vicious cycle over and over. It really does just drain you.

So my plan to manage my time better and think about myself is in full swing today – I have made a list in my new planner of all the thing I want to do today – so far so good.

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2.  Explore more local businesses

This goal I have kind of been getting in to recently. Me and my husband have both agreed to try new places, whether it be for coffee, for dinner or shopping – the world is meant to be explored and that’s just what we will do.

Here are just a few local businesses in Cardiff I want to pay a visit to:

Coffee Shops, bars and Restaurants

 

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3. Buy good quality, rather than quantity

Now I know you all love my Primark hauls, this doesn’t mean I won’t be shopping there ever again but maybe make wiser choices on what I buy.

As I have gotten older I have realised how much I appreciate the quality of certain items such as clothing. They last longer, they look better and I appreciate them a lot more!

I have already started sorting through my clothes; making a pile for the charity shop – I feel instantly better just for even beginning the clear out!

 

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4.  Read more books

This has always been one I have struggled with. I am social media crazy and it’s part of my life so I have found it hard to put down my phone and pick up a book.

Don’t get me wrong I do read, but I never commit to finishing an entire book.

My sister has bought me a book from Blind date with a book (if you haven’t heard of them before, please check them out) and I am going to start it tonight, in bed with a cup of tea.

 

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5. Continuing the growth of my blog/ social media

I would never of expected my blog to have grown as it has. I absolutely adore this space, writing my thoughts, reading about other people and their passions – It is truly an amazing thing.

Not too many members of the older generations realise how effective and brilliant social media is. It is such an amazing tool that has lead me to work alongside some amazing brands and people. I have made new friends and had some fantastic experiences.

This is not just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle and I absolutely love it.

Find me over at:

@Charlottethrupp – Instagram

@Beautyandshe7 – Twitter

@Charlottethrupp – Linkedin

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I already have really good vibes for 2019 and I am definitely going to make it everything I want it to be and MORE!

Make sure you keep up to date with me daily on my socials below and let me know your goals too!

Have a wonderful New Year and make sure you make it yours.

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Christmas Glossybox Unboxing 2018 | BeautyandShe

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Its 3 days until Christmas!

Can you believe it? Who else is excited as I am?

As Ive gotten older and people ask me “What would you like for Christmas?” , My response has been “Nothing”.

Now that may sound mean of me but I am so happy and blessed with what I have, I really don’t need anything! I much prefer spending time with family and friends and enjoying all the festivities… AND ALL THE FOOD!

Now there is one thing I have been indulging in over the past few months and that is Glossybox. If you don’t know what it is, it is a monthly subscription where you receive 5 beauty products straight through your letterbox.

So for this months edition, I thought I would share with you lovely lot, what I received and what I thought about the products. There are definitely products I will be buying again which would be great for Christmas stocking fillers too!

If you haven’t already checked out my Christmas gift guides then click HERE.

Firstly, the packaging was EVERYTHING. A red and gold box filled with red packing tied with a bow – Very festive.

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The first product I had was a Liquid jelly blush by Niko Pro. Ive never heard of this brand before but after some research they are 100% cruelty free, vegan friendly and based in the UK. The colour I had was rather peachy, and im not too keen on peach blush but it did look pretty. The only problem I have with jelly blush is that is ALWAYS takes off my foundation underneath and looks patchy. I did have the same problem with this one too but perhaps I just need to perfect my technique.

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Now if this doesnt scream Christmas then I don’t know what does. This lip crayon by Doucce is heavenly! Apparently the brand was inspired by Paris elegance and New York attitude – I love that phrase! It is so rich and creamy and is the perfect shade for this season. As you can see by the swatch it is very pigmented and I did have a tough time getting it off my skin! That just means its long lasting!

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Unicorns are very much still in fashion at the moment I can see. This Cosmic Unicorn shower gel by Imperial Leather smells incredible. Its funny as the week before I recieved my Glossybox, I bought the exact same thing but in bubble bath and I adored the scent! The only thing I am disappointed with is that from the outside it looks like the gel would make the make glittery/holographic which is kind of what drew me to it –  Particularly as it says “Moon and Sparkles Unicorn Dust”. It does create a load of lovely bubbles though!

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I posted this picture on my Instagram (@charlottethrupp) the other day and had such a great response. This is a shimmer roll on highlighter from Bellapierre  and it gives me so many 90’s vibes. This is my favourite product from the box and I know I will already by repurchasing. The shimmer is so pretty and the colour as you can see is not too cold and icy. I much prefer warmer toned highlighters. It is so easy to use – you literally just roll on and I blend slightly using my fingers. Plus you can use it not just on face but on the body too – It looks beautiful on my collarbones for the extra pop!

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Now every single person gets blocked pores on there nose. There is nothing wrong with it, it happens. I have used many pore strips in the past just to see what effect they have and if they can eradicate those black dots. The reality – They ever manage to get rid of them all. Fact. This one by Maybeauty did remove a few but it will never get rid of them all girl. I wasn’t really too fussed on this product as I find them slightly pointless but even so  it was interesting to see how it matched some of the other ones I tried.

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Now I love to enhance the look of my lips with liner and lipstick but I have never tried one of these lip masks which are supposed to plump and hydrate your lips. This is by BeautyBLVD and I found it so funny applying this to my skin, it looked like I had a botched lip job – nevertheless I persisted to keep it on for about 15 minutes to see if my lips had altered in any way, shape or form. The hadn’t really, they did feel softer but not really hydrated and they didnt look any plumper. It was fun to use but I wouldnt repurchase as a good quality lip balm or plumping gloss is just as good or better and quicker.

Well I hope you guys enjoyed this little festive read. I was very honest in saying that I would repurchase some and definitely not others. I love the concept of Glossybox and I know that some people would LOVE all the products but for me, only a select few – It is fun to try new brands though!

Have you guys tried Glossybox? Or had this edition? Let me now you thoughts below!

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy this special time!

Don’t forget you can keep up with me over this festive period on my socials, especially my Instagram where I post daily.

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The “Every girl wants” Christmas Gift Guide 2018

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After my last gift guide, I though it was time for a fashion forward post. As we get closer and closer to Christmas, there are so many things that catch my eye in the windows of shops.

There have been so many fashion trends I adore this season….I have seen a lot of glitter and sparkle which I LOVE as im such a magpie. I see a lot of faux fur and fleece and plenty of cosy jumpers.

In this gift guide I bring to you my fashion faves from the perfect LBD (little black dress for those who dont know) to the BEST accessories – what every girl wants.

The Glitzy One

Gold Backless Sequin Drape Mini Dress view main view
If your looking for a showstopper then this is it. I love the tie detail on the side – It reminds me of a present wrapped up with a bow, how adorable. It comes in fours colours but the gold is the one for me this festive season.
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The LBD

Black Wrap Front Slinky Mini Dress view 2
How can you go wrong with a little black dress? This one is so simple but classy – pair this with some black heels and a gold clutch and im in full christmas party mode.
CHECK IT OUT HERE.

The Cosy One

Camel Longline Super Soft Faux Fur Coat view main view
If you want to be a teddy bear this Christmas then this is for you. This super soft faux fur coat is a dream and will keep you cosy all winter long. 
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The Everyday One

This jumper dress is everything. I love the two tone style and it looks super cosy – great for everyday plus it also comes in grey and pink.
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The Sporty One

This oversized jumper has Tommy Hilfiger vibes. I love block colours and this is the perfect jumper for running errands or just lazing round the house.
CHECK IT OUT HERE.

The Perfect Heels

Nude Square Toe Barely There Heels
How perfect, These nude heels will go with absolutely everything. Super simple but oh so elegant I have this exact pair and it really is the PERFECT pair of heels.
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The Festive Jewels

I love to shop local and when I had the chance to sample the Winter collection from LushChic Jewellery – I jumped at the chance. The accessories are sterling silver and the cutest little pieces for any occasion. They have “a passion to miniaturise every cute thing on the planet” – which is such a lovely concept! The snowflake necklace has been my staple piece since I received it and I think will be for the foreseeable future… 

This beautiful sterling silver snowflake and man in the moon necklace are just gorgeous. Pair these with any Christmas outfit for the final finishing touches.
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Personalised Sterling Silver Man In The Moon Necklace
Sterling Silver 'Noelle' Snowflake Set

These are just a few little things that I for sure have been loving this Christmas season and im sure you girls will love them too! So if all you boyfriends and husbands are looking for those final fashion gifts… your welcome.

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