Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Instagram Accounts you should be following


Hey Lovelies! Hope you're having a fab week so far... today I'm sharing the love on PLT and giving shoutouts to my fave IG accounts. There's a great mix of bloggers, celebs, YouTubers in this list and I love them all. If you are an Instagram Addict like me then I urge you to pop over to Instagram now and give them a follow. 

                          

First up, it's Kirsty fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger at Fashion For Lunch. 
This girlie has got some serious style and I absolutely love how bright and beautiful her IG is. If you love bright, bold and super pretty themes then go follow her now HERE. 
 
                          

Next up it's beauty blogger Beti from MakeUp Sessions. 
If you love a marble flat lay with a fantastic mix of drugstore and high=end beauty then this girl will give you some serious feels. Go get your marble fix by following her HERE

                          

Erika from Retro Flame is 3rd on my list, this girl is just soooo pretty! Travel, Fashion and Lifestyle YouTuber Erika has the life I want.. lives in New York, has amazing style and always looks chic. Go get some #Lifegoals by following her HERE. P.s you can also check out her YT too.  

                          

One of only a few celeb accounts it's fashion designer extraordinaire Marc Jacobs. What I love about Marc's IG account is that it's fun and playful and shows his personalty. Its not a boring brand account, it's him. Unedited, unpolished and in all his fabulous glory. Perfection! You can follow Marc Jacobs HERE and go give his dog Neville Jacobs a follow too.. yep he has his own super cute account! 

                          

Rosie Londoner is next up and man does this girlie make me jealous. British lifestyle blogger Rosie has got the charmed lifestyle blogger insta down. If you love a mix of Brit style and far flung destinations then go follow Rosie HERE.

                            

I am pretty new to American Style Blogger Natalie Folchi's IG but I instantly fell in love with it. With a great mix of OOTD shots and some gorgeous location pics it's definitely worth a peek. You can go follow her HERE and check out her blog here.

                              

Another pretty new account to me is Ashleynstyle, personal shopper, stylist and fashion blogger from Houston Ashley is as you would expect always "put together". With all her posts perfectly spaced this is a properly curated IG account with a mix of lovely candid style shots and some lovely foodie and travel bits. You can find her HERE.

                             

Quite possibly the most stylih family photo album ever, the Amberfillerup account is most definitely #familygoals and #relationshipgoals.  This barefoot blonde (thats her blog) has got a family that just stepped out of the pages of a magazine. She's a stunner, he fella is hot and her kids are just frickin adorable. Go follow her and daydream HERE.

                            

If you are a fan of a bright white background with bold colours and a killer flat lay then my next fave pintsizedphoto is a must have to follow. Lily is a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger who should definitely have way more followers than she's got. You can tell this girlie works super hard on her photography and it really shows. Go follow her now HERE and check out her blog too.


                           

Patricia is next up, a style blogger that I would love to swop wardrobes with.. actually i'd quite like to swop bodies with her.. she's so pretty! I love her laid back yet chic style plus she has amazing brows. If you're looking for outfit inspo from a girl who does off duty model so well so check her out.. plus she uses LiketoKnow so you can shop her outfits too. Find Patricia's IG HERE.

                              
                           

Last but not least it's Aussie stunner Ashley. Sydney based fashion, lifestyle and food blogger this girlie has got a grey themed, cool toned IG down to a tee. If you love a Pinterest worthy white bed linen and breakfast in bed shot or a distressed denim with duster OOTD you should get over to her account now. Find Ashley's account HERE.


SO there you have it my lovelies, my favourite Instagram accounts that brighten up my feed and totally inspire me. 11 accounts from all over the world that make me daydream, motivate me, make me rush to buy things and put a smile on my face daily. So here's where you get involved.. who / what are you favourite Instagram accounts??? Leave me a comment so I can check them out and if you want to follow me on Instagram .. you can fine me HERE.

Love 

Lucy 

xxx




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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit Gleam

Hey Lovelies! Today we're crushing on Anastasia Beverly Hills and glowing so bright you can see it from space with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Gleam. The ABH Glow Kits now available in 3 varieties; Gleam, That Glow (the original Glow Kits) and Sun Dipped the newest Glow Kit. For my birthday recently my lovely sisters bought me the Gleam Glow Kit which was on my Birthday Wishlist and it's pretty amazing. Whether you're into strobing, a subtle glow or you have a full on highlight and contour daily the ABH Glow Kits are a must have. OK so they aren't the most travel friendly makeup products but who cares when they're this pretty. In each Glow Kit you get 4 shades of metallic highlighter, which can either be worn individually or layered for a mega watt glow. They're soft a super finely milled powder highlighters, which are easy to blend and last all day.. apply with a damp makeup brush for the full shbang or with a delicate hand for a more hazy natural highlight to the skin.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit Gleam
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit Gleam
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit Gleam swatches

In the ABH Gleam Glow Kit you get ... Left to right in the above swatches

Crushed Pearl – Glimmering pink and silver with a crystalized chrome finish 
Starburst – Rush of cool pink with an iridescent finish 
Hard Candy – Mood-changing golden peach with a pink pearl reflective finish
Mimosa – Radiant golden peach with a metallic finish


If you're a fan of the cooler toned Peachy / Pink highlighters then Gleam is the one for you. The That Glow Glow Kit itss more of a golden / champagne highlighter feel; Sunburst – Bright, luminous gold with a metallic finish, Golden Bronze – Sultry, warm bronze with a gold-flecked finish, Bubbly – Rose champagne with a pearlescent finish, Dripping in Gold – Lavish gold with a vivid, reflective finish. The newest of the bunch Sun Dipped is a mixture of some pink and some gold; Bronzed – Amber with a penny metal finish, Tourmaline – Warm taupe with a rose gold finish, Moonstone – Radiant quartz with a pearl finish, Summer – Luminous sand with a white gold finish


You really can't go wrong with Anastasia Beverly Hills, in terms of quality they are pretty much second to none. I was also really surprised by the size of the pans in the Glow Kits too, they're massive so for $40 in the US and £39 in the UK you get alot of product for your money. Don't get me wrong they aren't as huge as the Jeffrey Star Skinfrost Highlighters which are collosal in size but you do get 4 shades with ABH. 

Grab and Glow my pretties! 

Love 

Lucy 

xxx

P.s you can shop the ABH Glow Kits from Cult Beauty here in the UK and from ABH here in the US - ABH does ship internationally but the shipping and customs is really pricey. 



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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

My Sleek Palette Collection

Sleek Eyshadow Palettes Collection

Hello Lovelies! You may have spotted my Sleek Eyeshadow Palettes on PLT before or even on my social media but I thought its was time to bring them togther for a Sleek fangirl moment. So here's a run down of my 4 Sleek i Divine Palettes with my favourite shades from each and a bit about why I love this drugstore must have so much. 

My love affair with Sleek Eyeshadow palettes started before I even blogged, my first purchase was the Eu Naturel palette and I never looked back. Each palette has 12 shades which and I've never found one bad one yet. I particularly love the way that sleek do transistion shades and shimmers.. I mean the shimmers when applied with a damp shader brush are just heavenly. For a bargain price of £8.99 you can get a huge range of looks from one palette and the range is so big (18 palettes) there's a palette for everyone. The pigment in the Sleek palettes are pretty bang on too, they have a soft consistency, blend easily and last really well for a budget product.. plus you get a big mirror too much is big plus for me. What more could you want? 

Sleek Au Naturel Palette

First up it's my much loved, much used, hitting pan first Sleek i Divine palette purchase, the Au Naturel. This is my go to palette for a brown smokey eye or a bronzey / golden eye, just look at the shimmers in it which I've swatched for you. Gold, copper and bronze gorgeousness.. I also love the grey in this one a really unusual colour to see in a drugstore palette.

Sleek Ultra Matte Vol 2 Palette

Next up its the most recent addition to my Sleek collection; the Ultra Matte Vol 2 palette. This one is not for the faint of heart.. this is 12 super matte, super rich, super bold colours. I love the dark green (similar to MAC bottle Green), purple and plum in this palette the purple and plum I used in the the makeup look at the bottom of this post. I tend to use this palette to deepen up my outer v on an eye look and use the bright white as a brow bone highlight.

Sleek Garden of Eden Palette

The Sleek Garden of Eden palette is a green and purple lovers dream, not for everyone I know but when used properly it's truly stunning. Just look at those shimmers in the swatches above and the matte chocolate brown in this really reminds me of MAC Corduroy. The green shimmer in this one is great dupe for the MUG foiled shadow in fantasy too.. winner!

Sleek Oh So Special Palette

Last up it is my favourite Sleek palette by far.. the Oh So Special palette. Its just so girlie and glam and perfect. I love to do a pink smokey eye with this, I use the 2 matte pink shades and the soft peachy / camel colour in my crease with the matte brown and black on my outer v, leading into either the stunning dark petrol blue shimmer or the plum leading into one of the 2 pink shimmers on the lid... I LOVE IT!


And you thought owning 4 Sleek palettes was excessive.. you'll be shocked to learn I used 3 of the 4 on this look from a week or so ago... and I'm not sorry about it either. If you love Sleek as much as I do please leave me suggestions in the comments of other things from the range I should be trying.. and if you don't already own a Sleek palette you should head down to your local Superdrug now! 


Happy Sleeking!

Love


Lucy

xxx

P.s if you're in the US you can shop Sleek here.






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Saturday, 18 June 2016

What's in my handbag?


Feels like forever since I did a "What;s in handbag" post and after seeing lots of lovely Fashion Bloggers and Beauty bloggers do them recently I thought we were definitely due one.  Seen as how I just bought this new bag from Next and haven't put it down since thought it was a good time to give you an update. My lovely Auntie gave me some Next vouchers for my birthday recently and as Next isn't usually a place I shop from I was plesantly surprised to be spoilt for choice on what to buy. There was a couple of things I wanted but they didn't have my size like these navy patent flat mary janes for £26 and these orange block heels for £26 but oh well. What I did get was... this super cute pastel pink Across-The-Body Saddle Bag for a bargain £20. And here's all the crap I filled it with.. well most of it.


I am a bit of a bag hoarder, I rarely clear out my bags and you'll more than likely find random crap in most of the ones stored on top of my wardrobe. I do however have a few essentials which move from bag to bag. They include; my iPhone SE, my car and house keys none of which I photographed because I was too lazy to hunt round the house for them. My Michael Kors card holder because I've completely ditched a purse as I rarely use cash these days, saying that though there's always random change knocking around the bottom of my bag. My lipstick of the moment which is currently the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 09 but I have been known to have 5 or 6 lip options in my bag at once.. oops! We've had a rare bit of sun recently so there's also my Accessorize aviators in case the sun decides to make another appearance.. wishful thinking. Next up it's chewing gum and I always buy Extra Cool Breeze no idea why, I just do and I will always have a pen. Finally I usually have a mini magazine as I much prefer the smaller ones which are bag friendly, at the min it's Marie Claire. 


And that my lovelies is pretty much What's in my Handbag on a day to day basis, sometimes I'll pop my perfume in if I'm out for the day or antibacterial gel if I'm going on public transport. And I have also been known to have stolen my BF's hanky (he's old school) and have that in there too.

Hope you enjoyed a nosey round my handbag.

Love

Lucy

xxx

Get my Michael Kors Coral Card Holder for £40 from Selfridges here
Get my YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 09 Nude In Private for £26 from Selfridges here 
Get my Accessorize Aviators for £12 here

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Korean Beauty: Tony Moly Snail Sheet Mask Review


Korean Beauty - Tony Moly Sheet Mask


Hey lovelies! Today we're buying into the Korean Beauty Trend that's headed to the UK, Europe, US and caused quite a stir recently. After seeing a myriad of blogger posts and YouTube vids (this is definitely a Lisa Eldridge inspired purchase) on the subject.. I couldn't resist giving it a try. So in Sephora on my recent trip to Paris (which you can read about here) I took the plunge and bought the Tony Moly Age-Defying Snail Hydro-Gel Face Sheet Mask... Jesus that's a mouthful! And kind of fitting that I opted for the escargot being in France and all. So first impressions on the packaging... Very pretty! Gold, embossed, luxury looking, easy to read instructions and not the typical cutesy type of packaging you tend to see with Korean skincare. You peel the top of the packet to reveal your sheet mask and I must say I did go ewwww when I opened it! There is a HUGE amount of product in the packet, the sheets are wrapped loosely in plastic but it will go everywhere so if you don't want snail gel on your clothes have a wipe handy. That amount of product actually isn't a bad thing though, you definitely get your monies worth. So you slide the 2 sheets off the plastic and there's one with a mouth hole you place over the lower portion of your face and one with eye holes that goes over the eyes and upper portion. I did find that the little flap over the nose was slightly annoying but nothing major as you only wear the sheet mask for 20-30 mins. Despite the serum like, slimy consistency I was pleasantly surprised at how well the sheets stuck to my face, a gentle pat down and they were done... Plus no need to sit still either. After 30 mins I peeled off the mask and massaged the excess serum into my skin and was instantly impressed. My skin felt smoother, softer, tighter and looked brighter and plumper. I'm now absolutely gutted I only bought two! 

The Tony Moly Snail Hydro-Gel Sheet Mask is definitely a winner if you're looking to smooth, plump and brighten your skin before an event or holiday or just feeling in need of a pamper. I also noticed a slight reduction in the size of my pores and found my foundation just glided on argue using it. So what's in it? First up; Snail Secretion Filtrate which promotes antiaging and helps repair the skin, Glycerin which supports natural skin cell maturation, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract which is a skin protectant and Seaweed which is an antioxidant.

Korean Beauty - Tony Moly Sheet Mask


You can shop the Tony Moly range and find the Snail Hydro-gel Sheet Mask at SEPHORA here, Have you tried the Korean Skincare & Beauty trend? What do I need to pick up next? 

Happy soft skin! 

Love

Lucy 

Xxx

P.s here's some of my fave Korean Beauty Vids... Lisa Eldridge Korean Makeup, Skincare Haul , Rachel Nguyen 10 Step Korean Skincare Review and Chriselle Lim Korean Dewy Skin & Makeup
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Monday, 13 June 2016

Laser Hair Removal at Home

Hey Lovelies, you stop googling Laser Hair Removal near me or Laser Hair Removal reviews as I may have found the solution to your stubble problems. If you follow me on social media you may have spotted that I have recently started testing out the *Tria Hair Removal Laser x4. After years of waxing, plucking, shaving, electrolysis and a wide variety of hair removal creams (many of which gave me dodgy rashes) and the associated pain, time, cost, uncomfort and inconvenience the possibility of permanent hair removal is just so exciting! The Tria Hair Removal Laser claims to give you salon professional laser hair removal results at home, for a fraction of the price. So what is Laser Hair Removal? Who is it good for? How does it work? Lets get down to some nitty gritty.... 

What is Laser Hair Removal? 

Laser Hair Removal is where a laser beam or light pulse is used to penetrate through the skin down to the hair bulb. Over a period of repeated treatments the laser destroys the hair bulb itself and so the hair cannot grow back. 

Who can use Tria Hair Removal Lasers? 

The Tria Hair Removal Laser can be used by both men and women, but unfortunately it is only suitable for certain types of skin tones and hair colours. Because darker skin tones absorb the lasers light more Laser Hair Removal is not suitable for you if you have Olive to Dark skin. Also the Laser is not suitable for use on white, grey, blonde or red hair types either. If you have very fair to light brown skin and brown to black hair then the laser is good for you.  The laser is safe to use on the following areas; Legs, arms, underarms, bikini line, toes, fingers, stomach, back, upper lip and chin. Do not use the laser on any other areas such as ears, nipples or genitals. Always remember to do a patch test with any new beauty treatment. 

What is the different between the Tria Hair Removal Laser x 4 and IPL Treatment? 

In laymans terms the difference is in the laser itself, Tria use single spectrum pure red light in one wavelength in their lasers and IPL uses a broad spectrum of colours and wave lengths. Basically the Tria laser is much more concentrated giving a better result, think of the difference in light that a laser pen gives compared to a light bulb. The laser is stronger and concentrated in one spot and light buld spreads and diffuses the light, because of this IPL can take many more costly sessions to get permanent results.

Tria are the only Laser Hair Removal with an FDA approved product for home use, 70% of people from a clinical trial showed hair reduction just 3 weeks after the second treatment .. as quick as that! 

Why try Laser Hair Removal? 

For me it was about inconvenience, can you imagine a world where you don't ever have to shave your legs again? You never have to have a frankly painful bikini wax? You never have to worry about spiders legs on the beach? You never have to remember to shave your underarms before putting on a sleeveless top? And you never have the embarrassment of having your tache threaded again... yep people know they can see your red upper lip.

It was about cost, yes the Tria Laser is an investment but think of how much money you'll spend on razors, waxing, hair removal creams, lipolysis, threading in a lifetime? Doesn't compare does it.. think of it this way a monthly bikini wax at £25 a go for 10 years is £3000 plus £10 per month on a Venus razor and blades, plus £5 per month having your top lip threaded.. thats £4200 you've spent on temporary hair removal in 10 years.

 So what do you get for your money? 

The Tria Hair Removal Laser x 4 kit is currently on offer at £340 (usually £400) you get in it, the cordless Laser (in a choice of 2 colours), you get the charger, one normal plug and one bathroom shaver plug, you get the soothing gel and you get a huge booklet of instructions. You also get a 90 day money back guarantee which means that you'll have plenty of time to test it out before the guarantee runs out. 





Is it painful and is it easy to use?

I have used my Tria Laser on my legs, underarms, upper lip and even my boyfriends back... I have done 2 treatments on each area over a 2 week period so far. The first time I used it I had it on level 1 of 5 and felt absolutely nothing, the second time I had it on level 2 and felt one or two slight twinges but only tiny like plucking an eye brow hair. 

The laser is incredibly easy to use, but can be time consuming at first, but we're thinking long term remember. You charge it up for a couple of hours before you intend to use it, you turn it on using the pink button (shown in pic above) and hold it to your skin on the area you want to treat. The machine will then assess your skin and unlock the laser if you're good to go... if it doesn't unlock then you cannot use it which is great safety feature. You then select the intensity and off you go the laser will beep when an area is done telling you to move on to the next, if you dont hold the laser straight on the skin it tells you to try again with a low buzz. 

So first impressions.... 

As I said I have done 2 treatments with the laser so far and I am now 1 week on from the second treatment. I can definitely see a big reduction in the speed at which my hair is growing back, usually I have to shave my legs every day.. now every other day. I have also noticed that the hair on my upper lip is much finer and less noticeable. So far it seems to be working and I'm excited about what's ahead! One thing is that that machine is pretty heavy so you will definitely get a bit of an arm work out if you're doing a big area and a few times its had a paddy not wanting to unlock.. but minor things in the grand scheme.
I'll be giving you another update on my progress in 4 weeks time and another 4 weeks after that so you can get a fuller overview of the results... but so far so good. Thanks again to Tria for sending me this to try and saving me £1000's on IPL. 

I'll keep you posted lovelies on social media too, and if you just can't wait you can order your Tria Hair Removal Laser here... p.s they also have lasers for Anti-Aging and Acne Treatment too .. AND they ship to UK, US, Canada, Japan and Korea.


Fingers Crossed for fuzz free. 

Love 

Lucy 

xxx

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Friday, 10 June 2016

PLT goes to Paris

View of the Eiffel Tower from the Arc De Triomphe

Hey Lovelies! Is there anything more romantic than a city break to Paris? My amazing, wonderful, fabulous boyfriend surprised me with a trip to Paris for my 30th Birthday last week and it was the best 3 days of my life. We flew from Manchester with Flybe and I did very well avoiding duty free. After landing at Charles de Galle and grabbing our luggage we jumped on the train to Gard De Nord and them walked up to our hotel in Montmartre. Not gonna lie a 2 mile walk with bags in 25 degree heat wasn't the best but my boyfriend is a gent and carried mine. I immediately loved the feel, ambience and architecture of Paris, it really is a beautiful city. We arrived at our hotel, dumped the bags and immediately went up to the amazing roof terrace to check out the view. I cannot recommend The Terass Hotel enough, the staff were fantastic; welcoming, helpful and attentive without mithering you. The room was light, bright, airy, and beautifully decorated in a quirky yet understated modern style (the walk in shower was particularly fabulous). I loved the dressing area with a huge light up mirror, perfect for doing your makeup. We didn't sample the food in the restaurant but we did have drinks on the 7th floor roof terrace and they were really delicious not to mention the view was to die for, with Montmartre being on top of a hill you can see the whole of Paris... breathtaking. In the heart of Montmatre The Terass Hotel is 4 stars, a 3 minute walk to the famous Moulin Rouge and about a 10-15minute walk to Sacré-Coeur Basilica with the centre of Paris taking about 30-40 minutes to walk to (there are Metro stations close by too). We arrived around 3pm on the Sunday and the weather was kind of foggy but warm so we decided to take a walk up to the Sacré-Coeur Basilica and just as we reached the top the fog lifted and the sun came out. Built in the late 1800's and consecrated at the end of World War I with its 19 tonne Savoyarde bell its a beautiful building with an unusual history. Unlike the ancient church of Notre Dame the Sacré-Coeur Basilica is styled on the churches of Saint Sofia in Constantinople and San Marco in Venice it was very different to anything else in the city at time. Definitely worth a visit and if you don't fancy climbing the hill you can get the lift for 3 Euros. That evening we wandered round Montmatre, ate the best of burger of life at Le Chinon on Rue de Abbesses followed by flowers made of ice-cream at Amorino down the road, I highly recommend the Pistacio.

View of the Paris ferris wheel at Place De La Concorde
View of the Paris ferris wheel at Place De La Concorde
Love locks at Pont des Arts Paris
Love locks at Pont des Arts Paris
 A very swollen Seine
Day 2 we got up early and grabbed a croissant and tea en route to The Eiffel Tower. I was so excited, I've always wanted to see it and I wasn't disappointed.. glorious in it's stature yet not garish or tacky simply magnifique. We took our time walking down from the hotel, wandering through the streets of Paris soaking in the place, the people. We walked past an array of boutique clothes shops, patisseries, boulangeries and lots of quirky little antique and book shops, a world apart from the British high street. As we reached the Seine it was still extremely high from the previous days of flooding and unfortunately the paths down to the river were cordoned off but it was still lovely. And the then it appeared out of nowhere, The Eiffel Tower. Built in 1889 the wrought iron lattice tower was constructed to be the enterance to the 1889 World Fair; a great exhibition 100 years on from the Storming of The Bastille. Named after the architect Gustave Eiffel, the 324 metre high structure dominates the Paris skyline and is something you can only really appreciate the craftmanship and delicacy of in real life. Unfortunately I am terrible with heights so we didn't go up it but the majesty of standing under it and looking up through the wrought iron to the skies was more than I could've dreamt. Then we jumped on the Big Bus Paris sighseeing bus and yes this a really touristy thing to do BUT I loved it. 33 Euros for a day or 37 Euros for 2 days. There's 2 routes; the red route is the classic sights like The Eiffel Tower, Arc De Triomphe, Place De La Concorde and Notre Dame. With 10 stops you can hop on and off throughout the day/night (don't forget to ask a driver about when the last bus is). The Blue route is just 4 stops and covers the Montmartre area including the Moulin Rouge, you also get a free 1 hour walking tour and vouchers for food, drink and shopping at 3 selected places with your ticket.
The Pyramid entrance of The Louvre
The Pyramid entrance of The Louvre
Hotel Des Invalides Museums and Monuments to French miliatary including final resting place of Napolean
Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral
Petit Palais Paris
Petit Palais
The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower
Arc De Triomphe
Arc De Triomphe
We spend most of Day 2 walking round after an hour or so on the Big Bus, had a late lunch in the Latin Quarter and of course I headed to Sephora for a little bit of retail therapy. Day 2 was in fact my birthday and it was pretty perfect, 25 degrees and everything I had hoped for. We wandered back up to the hotel pretty late, got showered and changed and headed back up to Sacré-Coeur for dinner. We went to an amazing little restaurant called Au Cadet de Gascogne on Rue Norvins where I had a creamy carbonara. Rue Norvins is a tiny cobbled street like many in Montmartre but its little square has a quaint little outdoor seating area for 2 of the restaurants and you're surrounded by street artists, very much a bohemian vibe. After dinner it was back to the hotel to get glammed up for second birthday surprise.. The Moulin Rouge. With 3 showings at 7pm, 9pm and 11pm we went to the 11pm and it was fantastic. So much more than I expected and even my boyfriend who was kinda dreading it had a brilliant time. Even though it's in an area of Montmartre which is full of sex shops and theatres it's definitely not seedy. The building inside takes you back to the 1930's with liveried staff, red velvet curtains, tiny tables with dimmed lamps and huge posters of the history of the theatre and it's performers adorning the walls as you go in. We were shown to our table by a very attentive host who then flounced off to get us champagne which he opened with expert flourish. The atmosphere before the show was great as people laughed, talked to the people next to them only interrupted by the popping of champagne corks. The lights dimmed and the show began; lights, feathers, beads, sequins, jewels and even miniture ponies, it was easy to get lost in the glitz. Yes it was a bit cheesy at points but who doesn't like a bit of cheese every now and again? There were 3 acts inbetween the dancing and singing; a duo of rollerskaters called Roller Pilar, Marc Metrel a ventriloquist with his dog (who you may have seen on Britains Got Talent) and Terry Parade a hilarious juggler. Fantastic night and great way to end my birthday.
View of Montmartre and Sacre=Coeur from Arc De Triomphe
View of Montmartre and Sacre=Coeur from Arc De Triomphe
Sacre-Coeur Basillica
Sacre-Coeur Basillica
View across Paris from Sacre-Coeur Basillica
View across Paris from Sacre-Coeur Basillica
Ice-Cream flower Amorino
Amazing Ice-Cream from Amorino
Croque Monsieur at Cafe De Paris Freidland
Croque Monsieur at Cafe De Paris Freidland
The Famous Moulin Rouge
The Famous Moulin Rouge
Gift Shop at The Moulin Rouge
Gift Shop at The Moulin Rouge
The last day of our trip we again jumped on the Big Bus up to the Arc De Triomphe this time and had lunch at Cafe De Paris Friedland, sat outside basking in the sun as it was 28 degrees on Tuesday. we then headed up to the Arc De Triomphe and paid the 12 Euros to go up it... definitely not a good idea for me. I managed to get to the top of the arch and the room there before having a complete panic attack.. the boyfriend headed up to the top for me though and took some amazing pictures. The Arc De Triomphe took 30 years to build and was completed in 1836, the walls are inscribed with over 550 names of French Generals and an unknown soldier from World War I rests beneath the arch. Its a really poignant place despite being in the middle of a huge roundabout and well worth taking some time to read the plaques. Then it was time to head back and pick up our bags and head to the airport (we took a taxi this time which cost 69 Euros so not too bad).

View down the Champs Elysees from the Arc De Triomphe
View down the Champs Elysees from the Arc De Triomphe

I had an absolutely wonderful time in Paris for my birthday and I can't thank my thoughtful, wonderful boyfriend enough. We definitely need to go back again though as unfortunately due to the flooding both The Musee De Louvre which houses the Mona Lisa and Venus De Milo and The Musee D'Orsay home of the works of impressionists Monet and Manet were both shut. If you are planning a visit though please note that Musee De Louvre is shut on Tuesdays and costs 12 Euros. Whilst Musee D'Orsay is closed on Mondays and again costs 12 Euros. 

Au Revior

Lucy

xxx

P.s if you are planning a trip you may want to check out the Paris Pass where you can save money on Bus Tours and Attractions (the only reason we didn't as we knew the museums may not be open)









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