Autumn’s here

The final bank holiday before Christmas has now been and gone, and it really does feel like autumn now. The sun is still with us for the time being in England, but with a chill in the air (my favourite type of weather by the way).

Now, I know it’s been years since I’ve been in school, but I still see September as a time to reset, reflect and start a fresh, as if I was starting a new academic year.

I haven’t really posted in a while, well months actually. So much has happened since I was last here and even though over the past few months I have spent the majority of my time working from home, I have actually been even busier than normal. And when I say ‘normal’, I mean pre COVID. I think it’s time for me to start this back up again in some sort of capacity. Let’s see what the rest of 2020 has in store.

January Product Empties 20′

January is upon us, and it’s time to kickstart a whole new decade. A new year usually brings upon a time of reflection, re-evaluation, and also a feeling of promise to what the new year would have in store for us.

A new year also reminds me to a bit of a clear out and bring out the big pile of empty products stacking up in the corner of my room.

Time to have a declutter

I’ve finally finished a fragrance. I think that it has actually take me years to finish my Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne. It’s definitely a very sweet spring-like scent. I probably won’t repurchase this at the moment because I have  quite a few fragrances that are similar. I like to chop and change the fragrances I wear with each occasion and different season and often I get bored of the same scent and pass them onto friends so that they can enjoy them.

Over the past couple of months, I have had really bad bouts of eczema on my hands, usually caused my stress. I could have one bad day and I would wake up the following morning with swollen, itchy and very dry hands, which would take months to shift. I would share pictures, but I think you can probably picture what I’m talking about haha! Scented products didn’t bother my hands at all so I could still use my beloved La Roche-Posay Lipikar Hand Repair Cream, as well as L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. I even finished off my Kiehl’s Intensive Treatment and Moisturizer when I found out that it was back in stock after what felt like years of being unavailable.

 L'Occitane Kiehl's La Roche-Posay

Of course it wouldn’t be an empties post for me without mentioning my No7 Lash Extender Mascara. It provides both length and volume without breaking down and leaving pieces all down my face. I also used up two Chanel complexion products. In July I discovered the Les Beiges Eau de Teint Water Fresh Tint. It was popping up all over YouTube and seemed like the perfect product for me. In the warmer months I try to wear less makeup and focus on having glowy skin. The product was so hard to find as it was out of stock everywhere. Eventually by pure luck I found it in Harrods. It gives the perfect ‘your skin but better’ look and was my absolute favourite for months. Then when it came to re-purchase, it was still out of stock everywhere, so I went back to a different foundation in the range, the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation Cushion. This foundation gives a a bit more coverage than the Water Tint but has a similar effect. I won’t be buying any more cushion refills unless the Water Tint goes out of stock again, because it dries up very quickly and has an incredibly high cost per wear because of this.

In terms of skincare empties, I’ve used up a lot of my favourites such as Clinique Moisture Surge Moisturiser, Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream, Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Sweet Orange and Mint and La Roche Posay Serozinc Mist. It took me a while to use up Vichy Mineral 89. I was using it at night but it always felt like it wasn’t as hydrating as my other serums, but later I discovered that it performed a lot better in the morning as the last step of my routine before makeup.

Bath and Shower –
Clarins Tonic Bath & Shower Concentrate
Rituals Sea Treasure Shower Foam
The Body Shop Raspberry Shower Gel

Fragrance –
Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey

Hair –
The Body Shop Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Nioxin Scalp Therapy Revitalizing Conditioner

Hand and Body –
Kiehl’s Intensive Treatment and Moisturizer
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Hand Repair Cream x2
L’Occitane Shea Butter Dry Skin Hand Cream

Makeup –
Chanel Les Beiges Eau De Teint Water Fresh Tint
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation Refill
No7 Lash Extender Mascara

Skincare –
Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover
Clinique Moisture Surge
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
La Roche-Posay Serozinc
Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Sweet Orange and Mint
Vichy Mineral 89

Hy-Care x3
Biotrue Solution x2
Carex Aloe Vera Hand Gel

Welcome 2020!

Do you set New Years resolutions?

I like the general premise of it however unless they are quite basic and small, it’s quite unlikely that I will stick to them throughout the year. My friends are giving up chocolate or cutting out meat, neither of which I can do haha! There are loads of things I’d like to achieve and do this year. Thinking about it now, I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to do it, but we’ll just see what happens.

This week has been a weird one. Having a bank holiday in the middle of the week always feels a bit strange, and you never really know what day it is. I’ve spent my week at work as well as just chilling at home trying to reorganise my life, getting all those niggly tasks that I have been putting off sorted, cleaning and decluttering and spending time with family.

2019 saw me going to 8 gigs which I can definitely top this year. My favourites were Tom Walker’s free Valentines Day show and Lewis Capaldi even though he was sick and was loosing his voice. I absolutely love seeing artists play live. Not only do you get to see an album brought to life, but you also get to experience new music from the supporting artists/bands.

Valentine's Day

What I will do in 2020

-Drink more water
I know it sounds silly to even mention this, but I know I definitely don’t drink 2 litres a day. Considering how much I have to talk at work, it should be an easy fix for 2020.

-Stay fit and healthy
I miss the release of endorphins you get from doing exercise. Getting up at the crack of dawn and sometimes not finishing work till late in the evening really does not give me much time or motivation to exercise. One way to remedy this is to stop working crazy hours so that I have more time and energy to focus on me and my wellbeing.

-Screen downtime
I always do a little cheer when I get my weekly screen time statistics on my phone and see that my usage has decreased. I do spend a lot of time in front of my phone and laptop. I really want to get into the habit of switching off earlier in the evening to give myself a break and also hopefully get better sleep.

I already have two destinations that I plan on visiting soon, which has got me really excited for 2020!

 

2019 Favourites

It’s that time of year again! It’s time to do a big old roundup of everything that I have loved using this year. I find these posts very useful to revisit throughout the year, as a little reminder of what were my absolute favourites and what I should put back into my routine. I have definitely been trying to finish products and not to hoard/ overbuy items unnecessarily.

Every year I like to buy the Christmas limited edition Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. Not only does it always smell amazing, but it’s my favourite second cleanse product in my routine. Its light creamy texture makes it so easy to use and remove. I definitely prefer the scent of the Christmas editions over the original Cleanse and Polish. My only wish is that the brand would continue the line throughout the year so that I wouldn’t need to stock pile at Christmas.

My skincare routine has remained pretty similar to last years round of of my favourites. My focus has still been to pack in as much moisture into my skin as possible. The most notable brands that I like to swap between are La Roche-Posay, Kiehl’s, Clinique and Clarins. I’ve also tried to scale back on the amount of products I have in my routine, because I am aware that my consumption can get a bit excessive at times, but also to allow the products to work, instead of putting layers and layers of different ingredients on.

Favourite products 2019

My sensitive scalp causes issues when it comes down to using shampoo. I don’t know whether I have an allergy or what, but it seems that I can use any shampoo however, the next day after using it I get very very itchy. I definitely don’t need to tell you that it isn’t pleasant having to constantly scratch your head at work and then to receive really strange looks from your colleagues haha! The only hair products that I found to not have this issue is The Body Shop Ginger Shampoo and the Kérastase range.

To be honest I haven’t actually worn that much makeup over this year. When I have done, I’ve tried to create the most natural look possible. My absolute favourite product being the Chanel Les Beiges Eau de Teint Water Fresh Tint. The product is made from 75% water which makes it incredibly lightweight and hydrating on the skin. The way I apply it is by pumping two pumps onto the back of my hand and using the brush provided with the product. I then swirl the product around popping the encapsulated pigments so that it applies perfectly onto the skin. I then follow this with the Nude by Nature Loose Finishing Powder to any particularly shiny areas and voila my natural healthy glowy look is complete!

Favourite products

2019 Favourites –

Shampoo – The Body Shop Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Heat Protectant – Kérastase Smoothing Taming Milk
Shower – Rituals Shower Foam
Hand Cream – La Roche-Posay Lipikar Hand Repair Cream
Body Lotion – Garnier Intensive 7 Days Lotion

Eye Makeup Remover – Garnier Express 2in1 Eye Make-up Remover
Makeup Remover – La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Gel
Cleanser – Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (Sweet Orange and Mint)
Toner – Fresh Rose Hydration Toner
Eye Cream – Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
Serum – La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Serum
Moisturiser – Kiehl’s Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream
Mask – Clarins SOS Comfort Face Mask

Primer – NARS Smooth & Protect Primer
Eyeshadow Primer – Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Foundation – Chanel Les Beiges Eau de Teint Water Fresh Tint
Powder – Nude by Nature Translucent Loose Finishing Powder
Eyeshadow – Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
Highlight – Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow
Bronzer – Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Mascara – No7 Lash Extender Mascara
Lip: YSL Volupté Liquid Colour Balm

My Trip to Rome

The last time I was in Italy was around four years ago for our last family holiday to Florence. I remember thinking, 5 days was a few too many days for the small city and wished we had hopped on the train to explore Rome or Milan. Wanting to fit another city break in before the cold weather hit, me and my sister decided we wanted to go back to Italy and visit Rome.

On my city breaks, I like to book my flights pretty early in the morning. Not only is it a little cheaper, but then you get to make the most out of your day when you arrive on the other side. The only downside is that I usually have to book an Uber to get to the airport because the tube doesn’t quite run early enough. Just like my trip to Copenhagen, I planned out using Google Maps where I wanted to visit in Rome.

Google Map of Rome

We opted to stay in an AirBnB in Nomentano, which is a little neighbourhood north-east off the city centre. There was a Lidl a short walk away which was very handy for us to pick up quick breakfasts, fruit and bottles of water in order for us to survive in the afternoon heat. Our little apartment was roughly a 40 minute bus ride from the city centre. In hindsight I probably would have opted to stay closer into town so that we wouldn’t need to spend so much time travelling in and out every day.

The weather was amazing in back in September. Sunny blue skies, all day every day :) As well as so much tasty pasta and pizza to satisfy my carb cravings with a refreshing Aperol Spritz and Lemonsoda.

Pizza, Pasta, Gelato

Before the trip, I purchased the Omnia Card, which gives you access to free/discounted entry to attractions, skip the line privileges and also free travel across Rome for 72 hours. I wanted to make it as easy as possible to see the sights in and around Rome for a reasonable price.  All you needed to do was pick up the card from their office and then off you went! For skip the line entry you would need to book a slot at the office, gather at the meeting point, then head off with your guide to the tourist attraction.

The downside to this card is that it is quite pricey. I think it is only worth purchasing if you are in Rome for at least 3 days and want to squeeze lots of attractions in and don’t want to keep shelling out cash at every stop. Skip the queue is very handy however, the organisers only have specific times for certain attractions. Once they are booked, they tell you to come back to the office the following day to book, which is very frustrating when you want to make the most out of your trip in the city. The travel pass is very useful to hop on and off the metro or the local bus links around the city, but most attractions are within walking distance of each other so is not necessarily needed all the time. We mainly used it to get into the centre in the morning and back to the apartment in the evening.

Both metro and buses only cost €1.50 a trip, so it’s relatively cheap if you wanted to travel around without the pass. However be very careful when using public transport in Rome! On a bus, the driver is quite literally just the driver. You must buy a ticket before you board, either at a station or a corner shop/news stand and you must remember to stamp the card in the machine when you board. The same goes for trains, after purchasing the ticket, there is usually a machine on the platform where you need to insert your ticket so it gets stamped. The inspectors will pick on tourists, and if they discover any problems, they will fine you on the spot. Unfortunately this happened to me on my second day. I had put my bus ticket in the machine to get stamped however, there was an issue with the magnetic strip on my ticket and I got fined €50 even though it wasn’t my fault. This definitely put a dampener on my trip.

Pantheon

Pantheon Rome

Vatican Museum

Sphere within a sphere

St Peter’s Basilica

Roman Forum

Colosseum

My favourite thing to see in Rome was the beautiful intricate fountains dotted around the city as well as walking down the quiet cobbled streets and admiring the beautiful architecture of the historic city.

Fountain

My Travel Makeup Essentials

When it comes to travelling, I’m that person that would usually pay to have a checked baggage on a quick city break. Most would say that I overpack, I would rather say that it’s me wanting to be prepared for every eventuality.

I thought I would give you a quick run down of what makeup I like to take with me when I go away. I try and take miniatures of products if I already have them, however I would not go out specifically to buy them for travel because they are incredibly expensive for the amount of product you actually get. I also try to avoid taking anything too heavy like products in glass bottles, or large palettes, where I know I won’t be using all the colours throughout my stay.

Travel Makeup

Whilst I travel, I like my makeup to be very light with a little bit of coverage. In terms of base, I like to use the Chanel Les Beiges Eau De Teint. It gives the most wonderful glow to the skin and is incredibly lightweight. It is quite a sheer formula due to the fact that it’s 75% water. This foundation is the only thing I have been wearing all summer, I have actually almost run out of it, and surprise surprise, it is sold out everywhere! I also bring my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk for when I want a bit more coverage.

My favourite lip combo at the moment is the YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balm in shade 12 and the YSL Lip Styler in 70 – Le Nu. It gives a perfect ‘your lips but better’ look, which is perfect for me because I am terrible at reapplying my lip products.I like to travel with multi-use palettes because it saves so much space in your makeup bag and often gives you a choice of colours to use.

Everything I take with me fits neatly into a Space NK travel bag. I also make sure that when I’m packing, I stuff my makeup in between clothes in my suitcase, so that none of the powders crumble in transit.

Travel Makeup

Here is everything that I usually pack:

Nars Smooth & Protect Primer // Chanel Les Beiges Eau De Teint Water Fresh Tint // Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation // YSL Touche Éclat // bareMinerals Bare Skin Concealer // Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion // MAC Eyeshadow in Omega and Satin Taupe // No7 Lash Extender Mascara // Benefit Roller Lash Eyeliner // Benefit Foolproof Brow Powder // bareMinerals Translucent Powder Duo // Clarins Bronzing Compact in 001 sunset glow // No7 Maple Glow Palette // YSL Lip Styler in 07 – Le Nu // YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balm in 12

September Already?

Summer has absolutely flown by! I can’t quite believe that we are already heading into the last third of the year. Soon we’ll be back into jumpers and jeans weather. My favourite! You know when Christmas is just round the corner when you receive an email about an advent calendar launch. Crazy!

I’ve had so much fun over my birthday month. I don’t usually travel anywhere, I just like to relax and stay at home and enjoy the weird and wonderful UK weather. I got totally suckered in to the offers that shops/ brands put on when it’s your birthday. Let’s just say that it was a slightly spendy month and I made the most of the offers haha! Picked up a few new skincare and makeup bits. I also managed to catch up with lots of friends and ate and drank a lot!

Birthday food

I feel like this past year has been a slightly weird one for me. Everything around me is progressing and moving at 100 miles an hour and I’m stuck where time stood still. That’s definitely changing this year. I have big plans, BIG PLANS! Just need to crack on. I can’t wait!

I have definitely been enjoying spending more time with myself. Spending my days off exploring, finding little gems across London and eating lots, as well as taking a break from the city to go for walks around Richmond and Kew for some peace and quiet.

Chihuly Art

Chihuly Art

This year I’ve also caught the travel bug and want to visit so many places. First stop was New York and then Copenhagen, now Rome in a few weeks! So excited to plan a few more trips this year.

“I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22”

 

Drunk Elephant Brand Review

Haven’t heard of Drunk Elephant? Where have you been? It was definitely the talk of the town for a good few months at the end of 2018. They are a “clean compatible” skincare brand which creates products without what they call the ‘Suspicious 6’. They believe that Essential Oils, Drying Alcohols, Silicones, Chemical Sunscreens, Fragrance/Dyes and SLS and the root of most skin issues.

The brand first launched in the UK in October 2018 to SpaceNK and Cult Beauty. There was a huge buzz around launch day with mounds of content being uploaded online by bloggers and influencers just like any other huge brand launch. Of course being quite a big skincare enthusiast myself, I was very excited to try a few products from the brand. I really liked the simple design with the white bottles and the fun coloured tops.

At the time of the launch, I was actually in New York for a few days for a holiday. The first opportunity I had, I went into a Sephora to have a look at the range and test a few products. In the end I picked up the Inspector Drunk Night Kit, which had a full size T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and 4 miniatures so that I could try a couple of different products without spending too much. In the end I realised that I should have just waited to buy it at home in London, because it ended up being cheaper after the price was reduced due to confusion of setting up a brand in a new continent.

The C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream is the only eye creams i’ve used that has made a noticeable difference to my under eye area as soon as I started using the product. It smooths and brightens, whilst still feeling light. I’ve already purchased my second full size version of this product. That’s how much I love it!

The B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum is great at boosting hydration, but it’s a product I probably won’t repurchase because I prefer using Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate or La Roche-Posay’s Hyalu B5 Serum.

The Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser is a nice and light morning cleanse product. I wouldn’t use it remove makeup as I feel like you’ll need a lot of product to do so, and you’ll run out very very quickly. I won’t be repurchasing this either because I find that it leaves a sticky residue on the skin after washing.

The T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum is definitely the stand out product for me in the whole range. This is the first time that I have ever tried an AHA based serum. I usually use Glycolic Acid in toner form, my favourite being Pixi Glow Tonic which I usually use a few times a week as a chemical exfoliant. T.L.C is a step up from that. It’s a blend of Glycolic and Salicylic Acid which does wonders on my skin. It brightens, improves texture and skin tone. When I first started using the product, it tingled a bit, but that soon goes away after frequent use, and it doesn’t cause any redness either. I usually use T.L.C every other day followed by the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil for a boost of moisture and to complete my routine. On the alternate days I like to use the Lala Retro Whipped Cream both day and night to hydrate my dry skin.

Overall, I think there are some real gems in the range which I will continue to repurchase, however I do believe that if you don’t have any problems with the “Suspicious 6” then you don’t necessarily need to splash out on these products. I would definitely recommend buying a mini set if you are in the market of trying these products to see if they suit your skin before grabbing the full size, and they are perfect for travel too!

June Product Empties ’19

I think its been far too long since I’ve posted about my empty products, over half a year in fact! I think it’s about time that I empty my big bag that’s gathering dust into the recycling bin.

When it comes to hand cream, I never stray too far from my La Roche-Posay Lipikar Hand Repair Cream. It’s the perfect texture and is not too heavily scented. My other favourite is the Garnier Intensive 7 Days Restoring Hand Cream, which is easier to find and stocked in most drug stores and supermarkets.

As a lens wearer I go though countless bottles of eye drops and lens solution. I am definitely guilty of wearing lenses for too many hours, so I always have a bottle of Hylo-Tear to combat dryness.

Nothing new in the cleansing category for me, I will always go through micellar waters/ gels for makeup removal as well as a separate product for my eyes, followed by my Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish in Sweet Orange and Mint for a second cleanse. My skincare routine is all about packing in the hydration. All the products in my routine are designed to combat dryness with lots of hyaluronic acid as well as vitamin C. The La Roche-Posay HyaluB5 and the Kiehl’s Hydro-Pluming Re-Texturising Serum are my favourites to alternate between. I already had back ups of both even before I had finished them.

Product Empties

I’ve definitely had a clean up of my makeup stash recently and found new homes for products that I don’t really use anymore. My cushion foundations unfortunately had to go. I love the texture of them however both the L’Oreal and the Lancome cushions dried up very quickly within just a few months since opening. I probably won’t be repurchasing them as they are simply not great value for money. I had the same issue with my Clinique Touch Base for Eyes, it dried out very quickly and I much prefer eyeshadow primers that come in a squeezy tube or with a doe foot applicator.

Bath and shower is a category that I don’t usually spend that much money on. As long as it smells good, I’m happy. I found a mini L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil in my cupboard that I was saving for when I travel. I realised that it would probably be a bit risky to take it away just incase it leaked everywhere so I popped it in my shower to use it up. It has slowly become my favourite and probably my most indulgent shower product. It’s so hydrating, smells amazing, plus it’s great to use when shaving. I have already gone and bought the full size.

Bath and Shower –
Imperial Leather Cherry Blossom & Peony Shower Gel
L’Occitane Amande Shower Oil
Rituals Energy Bubbles
Sanctuary Spa White Lily & Damask Rose Body Wash

Hair –
Kerastase Specifique Anti-dandruff Shampoo
L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Conditioner
Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Activated Treatment

Hand and Body –
Garnier Intensive 7 Days Restoring Hand Cream
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Hand Repair Cream x2
Mixa Anti-Dryness Body Lotion

Makeup –
Beautyblender Pure Solid Cleanser
Becca First Light Priming Filter
Clinique Touch Base for Eyes
L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation
Lancome Miracle Cushion
No7 Lash Extender Mascara

Skincare –
Bioderma Sensibio H20 Make-up Removing Micelle Solution
Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover x2
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster x2
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque Mini
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Sweet Orange & Mint
Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic
La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Micellar Make-Up Removal Gel
La Roche-Posay HyaluB5 Serum x2
Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist

Carex Aloe Vera Hand Gel x2
Hy-Care x3
Hylo-Tear x2

Product Empties

It’s oddly satisfying when you finish a product and get to start afresh. All in all, I think I’m doing pretty well at shopping my stash at the moment and trying to avoid buying more product, but sometimes I just can’t resist getting a good deal and stocking up.

My Trip to Copenhagen

Such a beautiful city

Why Copenhagen? Well, one cold weekend in February I suddenly thought, ‘I want to book my next holiday, I want to go to Copenhagen’. Within a couple of hours I had booked flights and found an apartment to stay at.  Everyone kept saying, ‘April?, it’s going to be quite cold’. They were right, it was freezing, with highs of 10ºC. Thankfully I packed a cosy hoodie. I spent quite some time planning where I wanted to go during my stay, and kept adding pins to my Google Map. I definitely learnt from my last trip to New York, where I literally did no planning whatsoever.

Google Pins

I opted to find a place to stay on Airbnb instead of trying to find a hotel because it was so much cheaper. I made sure that it was fairly central, because the last thing you want is to spend half of your trip travelling on public transport from one place to another. I stayed in Vesterbro which was only a 10 minute bus ride from the centre of Copenhagen. The transport system in Copenhagen is fast and efficient. It’s clean and not too noisy either. The majority of tourist sites are within walking distance from each other or you can jump on the metro for a few stops. At the airport I bought a City Pass which allows unlimited travel on buses, metro and trains in the specified zone. It was much simpler to buy a pass because the city is divided into multiple zones and it was far too complicated to work out how many zones I would be travelling between on any given day within the given time validity of the ticket.

View of Copenhagen

Copenhagen is an incredibly expensive city. When explaining this to friends and family I always compare it to the price of a McDonalds haha! A meal basically costs almost double the price compared to back in the UK. I didn’t really do much shopping at all whilst I was out and about. But that didn’t stop me from doing a bit of window shopping. Paid a visit to Magasin which is a huge department store, very similar to a mix of Selfridges and John Lewis in the UK. Other places to visit would be Illum and the surrounding area for a couple of designer shops. One thing I did notice, was that there was distinct lack of tourist shops, where you would find all your mugs, postcards and other trinkets you would never normally need, but handy when you want to buy a little souvenir.

Places definitely worth paying a visit to are the Danish Design Museum(free for under 26s!), Nyhavn and The Christiansborg Palace Tower where you can see 360° views of Copenhagen, and all the way out to the Baltic Sea. What’s very handy is that if you fancy going to both the Amalienborg Palace and Rosenborg Castle, you can purchase a joint ticket for a cheaper price.

Christianborg Palace Tower

Rosenborg Castle

The Little Mermaid

Designmuseum Denmark

Sankt Peders Bageri is where you can find the best breakfast in town. You can find all sorts of baked goods and sweet treats, including their famous cinnamon snails which are only sold on a Wednesday. I pretty much went almost every day and even took some home with me. After a long morning of walking there is nothing better than to stop off at Torvehallerne Food Market for a quick bite to eat. There is so much choice from homemade pasta to Korean street food. You will definitely find something to satisfy your hunger.  My favourites for dinner were Ramen to Biiru and Sticks ‘n’ Sushi. Both of Asian origin, but what can I say, I was missing home food haha!

Sankt Peders Bageri

Sticks ‘n’ Sushi

I had so much fun on my mini city break and can’t wait to plan my next one. I would 100% recommend travelling during a weekday if you can, because you can avoid the crowds and enjoy the scenery.

Scenery