Disney World Florida | My Tips ❤

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After visting Florida twice in the last two years I decided todays blog post would be my top tips for Disney World as I know quite a few people who are going there this year and thought it might be useful! I went in August/September of 2013 and 2014 and this post is mostly tailored to people who are going their without children as I went with my Dad and boyfriend. 

Figure out the best time to visit

The last two times I went it was August/September time and I'm pretty sure this is one of the quietest times to visit during the year as all of the American and UK children have gone back to school. During my recent visit to Disney World last year the longest we queued was around 20/30 minutes which was absolutely fine as it was only a one off for the bigger roller coasters. Most rides were 5/10 minute queues which was amazing! So I'd highly recommend researching the time of year you want to go in! 

Weather

Think about the weather! Another thing that goes hand in hand with what time of year you go! The summer months in Florida are extremely hot and humid so be prepared, especially if you are thinking of taking small children with you. In late August/September the weather is still extremely hot and humid however around 4pm it rains for around an hour most days. Although this is never really a problem for us as when it starts to rain we usually head back to the villa to get ready to go out again in the evening. 

Disney World Tickets

After a lot of research online I discovered its much cheaper to buy your Disney tickets here in the UK. We have always bought ours through Virgin Holidays when we book the holiday as a package. We usually go for a 14 day ultimate ticket which allows you unlimited access to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and the two water parks; Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. This ticket is fantastic as you can swap between the parks and water parks whenever you like. We typically do a theme park in the morning and when it got too hot in the afternoon (which trust me it does - we hit 40 degrees on day) we would head to the water parks. Typhoon Lagoon is one of my favourite places in Orlando and is definitely my favourite out of the two! As you can see from the photos above we spent most of our time there.

Food & Drink

Disney World can become very expensive if you are buying all your food and drink while you are at the parks. (Although I know if you stay on site in the Disney hotels they usually offer a dinning plan where food is included. However we always stay in a villa so this isn't an option for us) Every day we would freeze bottles of water and take them into the park in a ruck sack. We'd also buy some snacks from the local super market (Walmart or Publix) and take them too! It definitely saves A LOT of money! Also in the water parks they offer a service where you buy a Disney mug for $10 and you can have unlimited refills all day. You can also bring this mug back every day and they'll re-activate for you. Although I'm pretty sure this is the reason for my sprite addiction - thanks Typhoon Lagoon haha!

Disney Merchandise

Buy your Disney merchandise in the local super markets or in the gift shops on International drive. It is pretty much exactly the same merchandise as in the parks but so, so much cheaper! Although some things at the parks are exclusive and special such as the Christmas shop in Downtown Disney (yes its open all year round and they'll tell you exactly how many days it is until Christmas - madness) I always buy a bauble for the tree from there.

Photographs

Throughout the parks professional photographers will be walking around asking if you'd like to have your photo taken! Definitely say yes and take advantage of this. Its lovely to log online when you get back home and have a look through all the photographs. Also if you hand the photographer your own camera they are always more than happy to take one for you, which I think is lovely! (This only applies to Disney World though, as we found Universal didn't do this)

Shows at Disney World

Disney World has so many amazing shows throughout the day at all of the parks. If you are there without children go to the later night shows as there is far less people! Usually they do two showings, one around 7pm and the other around 9pm but be sure to check out all of the times. My favourite show in Disney World has to be the 'Wishes' firework display at Magic Kingdom. It is just the epitome of Disney!

Disney World App

Disney World has an app that you can download on the app store and its so helpful. The app allows you to see que times which means you can plan out your day and go to the rides that have shorter que times. The app also allows you to book fast passes and also restaurant reservations. I'd really recommend booking restaurant reservations before you go as you can book 180 days in advance now. We never did this and regretted it as some restaurants such as 'Be Our Guest' and 'Cinderellas Royal Table' (In the castle) are always fully booked! You can use the App if you have your phone on you in Disney World. I always turn my phone onto aeroplane mode and turn my Wifi on. All of the parks have free wifi which is brilliant. 

I hope this blog post helped those of you who are off to Orlando this Summer or maybe you just found this interesting. Please let me know if you would like any more Disney World related posts!

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GHD IV Styler | Review ❤

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Recently I purchased my another GHD IV Styler  after eight years of using my beloved first pair of GHDs! Over time the wire had become loose and they were certainly out of their warranty; so I decided to take the plunge and repurchase another set. I bought mine from ASOS as they had them on sale for around the £80.00 mark.  Im pretty sure they are usually £99.00!

I have loved GHD straighteners for years on end now - I remember when you could only purchase them from salons back in the day. I have always gone for the classic IV styler as I don't have a lot or particularly thin hair and these straighteners are just the perfect size.

Before using GHDs I remember going through so many different brands of straighteners and not really loving any of them. They used pull my hair and cause those horrible burnt ends which is never a good look. So one day when I was around 16 I decided to take the plunge and treat myself to some GHDs and since then I've never looked back or even tried another brand.

The IV Styler glides effortlessly through hair no matter what style you are creating. These days I used my GHDS more for curling hair rather than straightening it and I swear by them when doing my clients hair. The curls are so shiny and smooth and I feel they last much longer than curls done by a traditional curling iron. I know GHD have recently brought our their 'Curve' curling wand which I'm really interested in trying.

I absolutely love the GHD IV Styler and I seriously can't recommend it enough if you are looking for a long lasting, reliable and easy to use straightener! What is your favourite brand for straighteners? I'd love to know!

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Sony A5000 | Review ❤

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For my birthday my boyfriend kindly bought me the Sony A5000 camera. Todays blog post is a review on this camera as I know its very popular in the blogging and YouTube world at the moment. I wanted a camera that I could take out and take on holiday with me that captures the same high quality as my DLSRs but is much lighter and convenient to carry and the Sony A5000 is perfect! I also purchased a case for mine from eBay which protects it so well. I purchased mine from this eBay seller and was only £12.99.

Wifi
One of the main things I love about this camera is that it has built in Wifi. It makes uploading photographs so simple. You can send the photographs straight to your phone, computer or even view them on your smart TV. I'm definitely going to be using this feature a lot with this camera, in particular with uploading my photographs onto Instagram. There is also an app called 'Play Memories' which is available on the App Store that allows you to view and edit your photographs easily on your phone.

180 Degree Tilt Screen
One of the features that makes this camera very popular, especially with YouTubers. The tilt screen makes it taking photographs and filming so much easier as you can see exactly what you're capturing.

The Quality
This camera is 20.1 megapixels which is just incredible. The photographs are so crisp and clear and this camera also has a high ISO range so can adjust to all lighting situations.

Built-in Flash
This camera also contains a flash which pops up. You can also tilt the flash to allow full control of the lighting. As much I love my little Fujifilm XP0 (which is an underwater camera as well) it doesn't cope well with taking photographs at night. The flash is over powering and over exposes the photograph 90% of the time. If you would like a separate review on this camera please leave a comment below and I can do that soon! 

Design
The camera itself is so light weight and the design is very sleek. This camera is also available in white which is very pretty, however would be covered in makeup marks so I'm glad my boyfriend bought it in black! 


Overall I absolutely love this camera and would highly recommend it if your looking for a small light weight camera that still captures amazing high quality photographs and videos. This camera is available from most retailers such as Amazon, Currys, John Lewis etc!


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Make Up Forever HD Foundation | First Impression ❤

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If your a regular reader of my blog you'll know I recently got my hands on Make Up For Ever HD Foundation after my lovely friend Emmie brought it back from Las Vegas for me! Todays blog post is all about my first impression of this foundation as I've been testing it out the last week.

I've heard a lot about this foundation over the last few years as it is apparently worn by a lot of celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Nicole Scherzinger Rochelle Humes etc! The shade I have is N120 which I asked Emmie to pick me up. I used the website findation.com which is a really useful website to find out what shade of foundation you'll need in different brands. All you have to do is type in a shade of foundation that matches your skin from any makeup brand and it will tell you your shades in other brands. I'm an NC20 in MAC so if your the same shade as me this is the colour you'll probably need. It matches my skin tone perfectly!

I applied this foundation with a Real Techniques buffing brush as this is my favourite brush to apply foundation. It spreads the product evenly and gives a natural yet flawless finish. The coverage of this foundation is medium coverage and it is definitely build-able. The first thing I noticed after applying this foundation was how natural it looked and felt on the skin! The finish is right in the middle of matte and dewy which I think adds to the natural looking finish of this product.

The lasting power of this foundation is very good also. I have dry/normal skin and this foundation lasted a good eight hours on me.  

The packaging of this product is beautiful and very sleek looking. I also absolutely LOVE that it includes a pump which I think all high end foundations should include for the price!

Have you tried Make Up Forever HD Foundation? What do you think?

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Charlotte's 3 Minute Belly Blitz | Review ❤

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For my birthday I received Charlotte's 3 Minute Belly Blitz which I've been wanting to try out for a while now. For the past few months I've been doing Results with Lucy regularly which I absolutely love and I've done a blog post all about that here if you'd like to hear more about that. I wanted to try out this DVD  after hearing you can get rid of up to 5lb a week and Charlotte has had incredible results - she looks amazing! I've watched Geordie Shore right from the beginning so I thought I'd give this DVD a go.

I've been doing this DVD for just over a week now and I'm aiming to complete it 3/4 times a week which is what they suggest. The first thing I have to say is the title is slightly misleading. Yes the routines are only three minutes long but there are TWELVE rounds of them so its not quite as easy as it sounds. The rounds consist of a warm up, twelve three minute rounds of HIT training, kick boxing, cardio etc, a cool down and an extra abs routine! 

So its safe to say its a pretty intense work out and I can see why people get results quickly from doing this. This DVD would be good for all levels of fitness as in every round they show a beginner version of certain moves. You also don't have to go in all guns blazing like me and do all 12 rounds every single time you do it. You can pick and choose which rounds you want to do and slowly build up your stamina and fitness levels. 

As I've only been using this DVD a week I can't really comment on the weight loss claims but I plan on doing another blog post in a month or so on my results. All I can is so far is that it REALLY hurts so its definitely doing something! 

Over all I really like the general format of this DVD. The routines are fun and interesting and there isn't too much talking unlike some celebrity fitness DVDs! I find the talking gets very repetitive when you are doing it several days in a row. So I'd really recommend this DVD if you are wanting to tone up and get fitter. Its available from Amazon for £12.99 with free delivery at the moment.

What are your favourite work out DVDS?

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