How to See London in a Day

How to See London in a Day Travel Guide

I don't know if you've noticed, but I don't share my YouTube videos here on my blog anymore. However, there's always an exception to the rule, and this piece of content is simply too good to be kept on one platform only, if I can say so myself. I'd been planning to film the 'How to See London in a Day' travel guide for over a year, but I kept pushing it back until a couple of weeks ago, when I decided to take a day off and walk around London to get all the shots needed. 16 km and 8 hours later, I managed to get all the footage, and then spent the following two days behind my laptop, editing away. This is definitely one of the videos I put the most effort in and despite thinking there's plenty of room for improvement, I'm actually quite proud of it. I think many of you will find it helpful for when you're visiting London for the weekend only or are here on a long layover. If you follow my step-by-step route in the video below, I can assure you, you won't miss any of the major sights the city has to offer. Just make sure your footwear's comfortable! 

Beauty Pro Hand Therapy Collagen Infused Glove Review

Beauty Pro Hand Therapy Collagen Infused Glove Review

I'm a huge fan of sheet masks. My dry, dehydrated face loves them. But little did I know, there's some for hands as well! Beauty Pro came out with Hand Therapy, a collagen infused anti-age treatment that also promises soft, supple and rehydrated skin in no more than twenty minutes. My hands always feel like sandpaper during the winter time unless I'm applying hand cream 24/7, so who better to test them out, right?

As far as application goes, it's really convenient. You get two sheet-mask-like gloves with removable tips, which make it super easy to go about your day. I hate having to sit around, doing nothing while waiting for my masks to do their thing, so this is the perfect solution for me. Then, after 20 minutes, you just remove them and massage the rest of the product into your hands.

To see the actual results, I decided not to apply any hand cream for a week prior and in the following few days after the treatment, and I have to say, it did a pretty solid job. Right after, my hands felt soft and hydrated, and the results ended up lasting for two days before my hands went back to being their old dry selves. I can't talk about any long-lasting results, as I've only tried it once, but I think it's the kind of product you would use for a bit of a pamper every now and again for extra nourishment. I'm all for it!

Top 5 Sri Lanka Bucket List Experiences

Top 5 Things to Experience in Sri Lanka
There's a lot more to Sri Lanka than sandy beaches and vast fields of tea. Did you know it's one of the most diverse places on the planet? The nature is absolutely stunning and when you throw the culture into the mix as well, it's no surprise everyone and their mother is currently planning a trip there. I was fortunate enough to explore the country for two whole weeks over the Christmas break and saw countless of incredible places. It's very hard for me to pick out the best, but here's five experiences you should definitely put on your to-do list if you haven't yet. 

KANDY TO NUWARA ELIYA TRAIN JOURNEY
Sri Lanka Train Journey Kandy to Nuwara Eliya Ella

Train journeys in Asia are quite an experience on their own, but the one from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya is considered to be one of the most scenic. And scenery is what you get! The train takes you through forests, villages, past waterfalls, rolling hills full of lush green tea plantations... It's stunning! So much so you don't even realise you're stuck on train for hours on end. I was happily snapping away with my camera every second of the journey and taking advantage of the open windows and doors, despite my dad's disapproval, haha. I'm still alive, with no body parts missing, and I managed to take a couple of sick shots as well, so I guess we can call it a success.
Sri Lanka Train Station

Sri Lanka Tea Plantation

Sri Lanka Locals on Train
If you're planning to take the journey yourself - and you should - make sure to book your tickets at least a couple of days in advance at the train station, as they often sell out. You have three classes to choose from, the first two being more touristy, with padded seats and fans, while the third one is a bit rougher and can be crowded. I think the prices start at €2,50 per person. Cheap as chips!
Sri Lanka Train Journey

Sri Lanka Train
As the journey usually takes over five hours, make sure to take the window seat, bring some water and snacks (sometimes you can buy fruit and fritters straight from your window when the train stops at intermediate stations), and be prepared for delays. The trains break down on a daily basis, so don't be surprised when they announce your train won't be coming for a while. In our case, a while meant two hours, teehee.
Sri Lanka Train Conductor

Sri Lanka Train Journey Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

YALA NATIONAL PARK SAFARI
Yala National Park Safari Elephant

When I hear the word safari, Africa is usually the first association I get. Before visiting, I had no idea Sri Lanka has so many animals living out in the wilderness, so maybe you too would be surprised to hear you can spot hundreds of species of birds, monkeys, elephants, sloth bears, crocodiles, deer, buffalo and even leopards!
Yala National Park Safari Bird

Yala National Park Safari Buffalo

Yala National Park Safari Monkey
Yala National Park has one of the highest leopard densities in the world, believe it or not, and some people travel there just to see this magnificent creature in its natural habitat. We were told not to expect anything, though, as some people spend weeks in the park before seeing one, and even then, it might be just a tail hanging down from a tree... But I guess the universe had a surprise in store especially for us! We managed to see it in all its glory, chilling by the trees, not even far away from us. I was gobsmacked. It's something I'll never forget! Obviously, I can't promise you to be equally lucky, but either way, leopard or no leopard, the safari was an amazing experience.
Yala National Park Safari Leopard Sleeping

Yala National Park Safari Leopard
















CLIMBING SIGIRIYA
Sri Lanka Climbing Sigiriya

Sigiriya, also known as the Lion Rock, is a giant stand-alone rock formation listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It used to be the home of the king, and there are still the remains of the palace to be found on top, as well as frescoes and gardens in front.
Sri Lanka on Top of Sigiriya

While I can't say the climb was my favourite part thanks to my dodgy knee and my fear of heights, I have to admit I felt a true sense of accomplishment after winning the battle of those 1200 stairs, and the views from the top turned out to be well worth the effort as well. If the number of stairs freaked you out, don't worry. If I can do it, so can you. Considering my fitness levels are at the all time low, and my knee injury barely allows me to bend my knee, I think I'm the best proof everyone can do it. I actually didn't find it as physically strenuous as I did mentally exhausting. I'm so afraid of climbing up somewhere high my legs instantly turn into jelly and I can't even move. I think that's enough of a proof you are just as if not more capable. There's a lot of resting stops too, so you can go at your own pace and take some photos along the way.
Sri Lanka Climbing the Lion Rock

I do have a few tips, though. Bring enough water, because you will sweat out all bodily fluids, and set off early. And by early, I mean at sunrise. Yes, you'll have to get up in the middle of the night unless you want to climb up there when the sun is scorching hot and there's hundreds of people around you attempting to do the exact same thing at the exact same time. The crowds we saw on the way down were insane and trust me, you do want to avoid them.
Sri Lanka Lion Rock Sigiriya Gardens
















CYCLING AROUND POLONNARUWA
Polonnaruwa Cycling Bike Rental

The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa is another UNESCO World Heritage Site worth a visit. The ruins span over 4 km, so it's best to rent a bike and cycle it out. You can see the Royal Palace and dozens of temples, which you'll need to be dressed for appropriately to check them out from the inside. I suggest you to wear a top which covers your shoulders and trousers that cover your knees. Alternatively, you can also bring a scarf you can wrap around yourself. I always carry one in my backpack whenever I'm exploring Southeast Asia, because there's gorgeous temples around every single corner.
Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka Royal Palace

Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka Ancient City
Before you enter any temple, you also need to take off your shoes, so flip-flops are your best friends when it comes to Polonnaruwa. Unless you want to practise tying your shoes, hehe. And do prepare having your feet burn. The stones are hot, hot, hot! Now that I think of it, it makes sense why all Japanese tourists had socks with them. Maybe I should copy them next time.
Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka Temple
















PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE
Sri Lanka Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage River Bathing

I'm writing down this suggestion with a caution. If you're looking for a proper orphanage, this is probably not the place to go. Pinnawala started as an orphanage, and all elephants are still either rescued or born there, but the place now resembles a ZOO and is there mainly for the purpose of tourism if you ask me. Unfortunately, I don't know of any other elephant orphanages I could recommend instead, so this is the only place I can comment on. The reason why I'm including it is because I have an unexplainable obsession with elephants. I just love them and feel like a kid in a candy store when I have the opportunity to get up close to them, and this place provides you with just that. You are able to walk up to them, feed them, bathe them... the whole shabang.
Sri Lanka Pinnawala Elephant OrphanageSri Lanka Elephant Bird
Sri Lanka Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Water
I have to say, I didn't get the impression elephants were treated poorly. I enjoyed watching them roam around and having a bath. They seemed happy and I didn't see any getting stabbed while I was there. But a few were chained, which is what I had the biggest problem with. I understand they probably had to be due to safety reasons; however, it still left a bitter taste in my mouth. That and the keepers who are too hungry for money. They take your camera to take photos of you and then pester you for extra money even though everything is already included in the unusually expensive ticket price. A bit of a bitter sweet experience, really. It is one of the most popular and unique places in Sri Lanka that everyone still wants to go to, though. I was looking forward to going and enjoyed my time there, but I'm hoping to find a proper, less touristy orphanage next time.
Sri Lanka Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Elephants

Sri Lanka Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Bathing

Sri Lanka Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Now that you've made it until the end of this very long blog post, I would like to invite you to check out my YouTube channel for even more Sri Lanka content. I was vlogging every day of my trip and now put together a playlist of all the vlogs I filmed. I poured my heart and soul into them, so I hope you enjoy them! Just a warning... there's no way you won't want to visit Sri Lanka once you give them a watch. 

Sleek MakeUP Matte Me Ultra Smooth Matte Lip Cream Review

Sleek MakeUP Matte Me Ultra Smooth Matte Lip Cream Review

How I managed to miss this gem in the recent flood of liquid lipsticks is beyond me, but at least I know of it now. When I first got the Matte Me Ultra Smooth Matte Lip Creams, I expected them to be what lip creams usually are - thicker glosses with a semi-matte finish - but instead, they surprised me with a velvety consistency and a proper matte effect. 
Sleek MakeUP Matte Me Ultra Smooth Matte Lip Cream Review Applicator

Upon the application, they are slightly creamier, but the right kind of creamy, the kind where the product doesn't go all over your face and is instead easy to apply precisely, which is what you need when you're dealing with bolder shades. It dries down very quickly, into that non-moisturizing but non-drying consistency that is completely comfortable to wear, and most importantly, turns truly matte. The only annoying thing I've noticed with regards to consistency is the slight stickiness when you press your lips together. If you're not constantly rubbing your lips together like I am (I really need to get rid of the habit), you probably won't even notice it, though. 
Sleek MakeUP Matte Me Ultra Smooth Matte Lip Cream Review Velvet Slipper Vino Tinto Swatch
L: Vino Tinto, R: Velvet Slipper
I usually apply two layers. The lighter shade, Velvet Slipper, doesn't streak at all, while the darker Vino Tinto does tend to get slightly patchy, so make sure your lips are exfoliated. They both wear well throughout the day and are actually super long-lasting on condition you don't eat or drink. Otherwise, the product does disappear from the inner side of the lips. Having said that, it is fuss free to touch up. It's the removal part that requires a slightly heavier approach. While micellar water can do its job just fine, it's way way quicker if you grab an oil-based makeup remover and get it off gently. 
Sleek MakeUP Matte Me Ultra Smooth Matte Lip Cream Review Velvet Slipper Lip Swatch
Velvet Slipper


Sleek MakeUP Matte Me Ultra Smooth Matte Lip Cream Review Vino Tinto Lip Swatch
Vino Tinto

I have to give a huge thumbs up to these Sleek MakeUP numbers, especially since Velvet Slipper has now crawled onto my all-time-favourite-lip-products list. And with them being only £4.99 a pop, you really can't go wrong. You know what? I don't even want to try the Kylie Jenner Lip Kits anymore. I'll take these Sleek lip creams instead any day! The only thing that's left for me to do now is to give the lighter shades a go as well. Have you tried any? 

What to Buy in Sri Lanka

What to Buy in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka may not be the world's number one shopping destination, but there's definitely a few items you need to stock up on while visiting this Indian Ocean paradise. Typical souvenirs and scarves they try to sell you on every single corner aside, the island is just bursting with natural treasures waiting for you to buy and enjoy.

TEA
Let's start with the most obvious one - tea. In case you didn't know, Sri Lanka is one of the world's biggest producers and exporters of tea. Its Ceylon Tea is supposed to be the best in the world, and while I can't say I'm a tea expert, I can assure you it really is something else. I normally drink only herbal or fruit tea - which shouldn't even be called tea, as I have learned - but when I tried 'the real one' in Sri Lanka, I was sold immediately and even took some silver tips (white tea) home with me. Silver tips, along with golden tips, is unblended tea of the best quality, but does come with a hefty price tag. If you're not prepared to splurge, I suggest you to look out for cheaper options instead. Green tea and the tea marked as BOP are your best bets in this case. Others are either blended or not of the best quality, and end up in teabags we normally buy in grocery stores across the world. BOP can be found neatly packaged even in regular and souvenir shops, unlike the other three, which are easier to come by in tea factories. I bought mine at the Geragama Tea Factory.

SPICES & OILS
Sri Lanka is also a home to many plants that spices and oils are made from. The most popular produce include coconut, pepper, cardamom, vanilla and cinnamon. The Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) is considered 'true cinnamon', unlike Cinnamomum cassia, which is usually sold in our stores. Are you noticing a pattern here? So yes, cinnamon is the one to stock up on for sure. We didn't buy any, as we still have some left from Bali, but we did buy quite a few 100% natural products. All of them are an integral part of Ayurveda, their holistic medicine. I went for Sandalwood oil and cream to sort out my skin, while my mom went a bit crazy and bought the whole store. Jokes aside, I don't remember all the things she bought, but can recall her buying pepper toothpaste and cinnamon oil, which is supposed to be good for circulation. 

PRECIOUS JEWELLERY
If you like sparkly jewellery, then Sri Lanka is the place to be. And shop. If you have the big bucks. They have an abundance of precious stones, from topaz and moonstones to rubies and the blue sapphire, the king of Sri Lankan gems. Just make sure you do tons of research on where it's safe to buy them, otherwise you might be tricked into buying fakes. Oh, and don't forget to bargain. It's totally acceptable even in proper shops.

P.S. In case you're interested in what I brought home from Sri Lanka myself, you're more than welcome to give this haul of mine I posted on my YouTube channel a watch. And don't forget to follow me here on Instagram for some amazing shots from Sri Lanka if I can say so myself. 

How to Stay Connected Abroad: My Experience with iVideo Pocket WiFi

How to Stay Connected Abroad: iVideo Multi Country 3G Pocket WiFi Review

I know you were supposed to stay away from your phone and computer while you're on holiday, but for some of us, it just isn't possible. Trust me, I would love to get away from the online world for a second once in a while; however, social media is a 24/7 kind of thing, and when it's your job, you just have to stay connected, whether you like it or not.

As you know, I love traveling. Every single part of it. Funnily enough, I realised it's when I'm traveling that I don't experience any anxiety at all, but there is one thing that's been stressing me out recently - no internet connection. When I found out I was going to Sri Lanka, I was of course over the moon, but then I remembered how bad the internet in Bali was, and the panic set in. Luckily enough, iVideo came to the rescue just in time and offered me to test out their portable wifi. Of course I said yes and hoped for the best.

I was suggested to order the Multi Country 3G Pocket WiFi that offers coverage of multiple countries, including Sri Lanka and Slovenia, where I also spent a week of my holidays. The device gave me 1000MB of data a day, which was more than enough for me, my parents and even a few other people traveling with us. You can connect with up to 10 different devices, which is super convenient if you're traveling with a group of people, especially since you can then split the cost and end up with a very affordable price. The rent of the package I had is 8.99 USD per day, by the way.

The device is half of the size of an iPhone, so you can literally carry it in your pocket, and comes with a charger. I had to charge mine up every couple of days, on condition I had it turned on all day long. I had no problem accessing my e-mails and social media, which is what I needed it for in the first place, but I do have to stress watching - let alone uploading - videos is more or less a no-go. Another thing to note is that it doesn't work where the signal is weak, understandably. If there's no 2G or 3G network coverage, the wifi connection doesn't work, just like your phone data wouldn't. In my case, I had trouble connecting a few times while staying at hotels in Sri Lanka, but had amazing signal in the middle of the jungle and while we were driving, haha!

At the end of the day, having this baby in my backpack was the best thing ever and now that I know this kind of device exists, I'll definitely be taking advantage of it, especially when traveling to the countries where free wifi is hard to come by. Even if we dismiss work obligations, it's so reassuring to have working wifi when you're abroad - to stay in touch with your paranoid family, look up transport schedules, get directions... Ahh, having this device by my side when I got lost in Stockholm would be a life saviour!

If you want to try it out yourself, you can just order it on the website and and have it delivered home or arrange to pick it up at a location, such as the hotel you're staying at. Same goes for returning it back - you can drop it off or send it back via post, as long as you're in Taiwan, Japan or the USA. For more information regarding delivery, please check out this page

Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review

Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review

Happy new year, lovely ladies! I hope you took some time off to chill out or go wild over the Christmas break - whatever floats your boat. I had a very busy December, trying to get everything done before my last-minute trip to Sri Lanka, so I still owe you a couple of posts that were supposed to go up in 2016. Today we'll take a look at Sleek MakeUP's Rockstars Collection that includes two eyeshadow palettes, two lipsticks and two strobing souffles, all of which I was lucky enough to have been trying out during the holiday season. 
Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review i-Lust Eyeshadow Palettes

The i-Lust eyeshadow palettes both include six shimmery, almost glittery shades. 'Diamonds in the Rough', my favourite of the two, is perfect for that Greek goddess kind of look, with four powder and two cream eyeshadows that can also easily be used as highlighters. When applied, the pigmentation is subtler than expected and I did notice some glitter fallout as well, but they are super silky, blend beautifully, and are just lovely to wear all over the lid or in the inner corners. I'll definitely be digging this palette out again once summer rolls around. The bronzy shades are right up my alley! 
Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review i-Lust Eyeshadow Palette Diamonds in the Rough

Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review i-Lust Eyeshadow Palette Diamonds in the Rough Swatches
If the first palette is perfect for the lovers of neutrals, the second one, 'Hidden Gems', is all about the colours. The shades, which are all powder, range from deep green and purple to blue and red, in addition to the festive classics - silver and gold. I have to admit, I normally find it really hard to pull off the majority of similar tones, but these turned out to be surprisingly wearable when I actually applied them to my eyelids. The fact that they blend out easily helps a great deal at toning them down and using them as accent colours in combination with neutral shades or black, for a fun smokey eye. 
Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review i-Lust Eyeshadow Palette Hidden Gems

Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review i-Lust Eyeshadow Palette Hidden Gems Swatches

And now the best part of the collection if you ask me - Lip VIP metallic lipsticks. I wasn't sure if I was going to like them, because I'd never gone for a metallic finish before, but I love them! The purple iridescent glitters add an interesting twist to your look, yet are still subtle enough to not freak out the general public.
Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review Lip VIP Metallic Lipsticks'Scandalous' is the perfect ruby red, while 'Superstar' is a dark purple. One thing I'm head over heels with is the shape, which doesn't only look super cool, but also makes the application a dream! When it comes to darker shades, it's hard to apply them precisely without the help of a lip liner, unless you have amazingly defined lips naturally, but with these, lipliner is not essential. Not at all.
Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review Lip VIP Metallic Lipstick Scandalous SuperstarThe formula doesn't disappoint either. It's a bit hard to describe it, though. Upon the application, it feels matte, but just the right amount of matte, if you know that I mean. It doesn't drag, but it also doesn't slide around like creamier lipsticks tend to do. However, once applied, it feels a lot more moisturizing and creamy. It's a bit shiny and doesn't settle, which is the reason why I can't say it's particularly long-lasting, as it does rub off while drinking or having a meal. 
Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review Lip VIP Metallic Lipstick Scandalous Superstar Swatches
Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review Lip VIP Metallic Lipstick Scandalous Lip Swatch

Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review Lip VIP Metallic Lipstick Superstar Lip Swatch
Do you love glitter? If your answer is yes, go grab the Strobing Souffles. 'Pink Opal' will float your boat on condition your skin's fair, with a slightly cooler undertone, while 'Smoky Quartz' is designed for the warmer skintones out there. These whipped cream highlighters have a very unique consistency. Souffle really probably is the best way to describe them, as they're neither liquidy nor what we know as creamy.
Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review Strobing Souffle Whipped Cream HighlighterThey blend out easily, but do have a considerate amount of pigment, so you really need just a tiny bit of the product. As mentioned, it's all about the glitters when it comes to these two. They are quite in your face and for me personally, a bit over the top for highlighting the cheekbones, the nose and the cupid's bow, but I did find another use for them. I wear them on my eyelids instead! The effect is gorgeous. You can easily use them to transform your everyday neutral matte look into a fun, party one by just applying the product on top. 
Sleek MakeUP Rockstars Collection Review Strobing Souffle Whipped Cream Highlighter Pink Opal Smoky Quartz Swatch

If you would like to see some of these products in action, check out this 'Get Ready with Me/First Impressions' video I filmed back in December. Sleek has really caught my attention with some of their products I've been trying out recently and I can't wait to tell you more about the rest of them in the next few weeks. I found some proper gems amongst them! 
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