Monday, 13 April 2015

Blackpool Zoo Visit

Since Saturday was scheduled to be such a lovely day my friend and I decided we'd do something fun and visit Blackpool Zoo. Neither of us had been before so we were both quite excited (we're 21, honest!), we'd had a bit of a read up on it and found they had a little farm where you could stroke the animals and a Lemur walk where they ran free around you.

The Zoo was super easy to find (we traveled by car) there were road signs on most streets once you get into Blackpool and there was road markings guiding you into the correct lane for the Zoo. Once we arrived we found a parking spot very quickly despite it being the Easter Holidays and the Zoo being very busy. The only downside was that the car park was pay and display, although it was reasonably priced (£2.50 for the whole day) there was nowhere to get change and we had to buy something from the shop in order to get coins for the machine.

The Zoo was really reasonably priced, £16.50 for an Adult and £12.00 for a child over 3 but they also have family deals. Also, if you order online the day before you go you can save 10%.
The Zoo itself was very clean and the staff were lovely. The Animals looked happy and had lots of space. The enclosures were lovely to look at, the sea lion one was my faveourite with a water fall in it, and you could see the animals really well whether they were inside or out.

Miniature Zebu at the Farm
There were a number of animals which where free roaming, which I think is amazing! There were squirrel monkeys in the Amazonia which were jumping around in trees above your head. There were free roaming Wallabies and Kangaroos in the Wallaby Walkabout (although they kept their distance from us). And then there were, my favourites, the Ring-tailed Lemurs in Lemur woods. They were jumping on the fence and climbing on people, I managed to stroke a couple of them which was so cool!

Ring-tailed Lemurs
Ring-tailed Lemurs
When you pay to go in you get a list with all of the scheduled talks on there, there was all different things like Bird of Paradise show, Sea Lion show, Big Cat feeding & Creepy Crawlies. So if you have children there's loads of things to do. There's also a soft play area called the 'Play Barn' where young children can go and a few playgrounds dotted around the Zoo. There's also a miniature train which takes you between the Farm Barn and the Entrance/Exit for only £1.

There is a large cafe in the centre of the zoo which sold quite a range of food. There was a fast food stand which sold things like burgers, pizzas and hot dogs. And then there was a 'healthier' stand which sold things like quiche, jacket potatoes and soup. There was also lots of kids options including snack bags with sandwiches, a drink and a few snacks in. The cafe was overpriced but I fully expected that, most Zoo's are! We didn't actually eat in the cafe because there was a long wait for jacket potatoes so we decided to just drive to Blackpool promenade and grab something there instead. For those of you wanting to take a packed lunch/picnic there are lots of picnic tables dotted around (most of them sheltered) and some you can even see the animals while you're having lunch!

We spent about 5 hours there all together (and only left because it got cold) but we could definitely have spent longer there. If you have children it would definitely be a full day things as there's so much to see and do. Overall we had a really great day and definitely would go back again!

Thanks for reading, if you go/have been to Blackpool Zoo let me know what your favourite part was!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

My favourite lipstick ever.

So since I started this blog I've been on a quest to find my perfect lipstick in terms of both colour and formula. Over the past year I'd say I've acquired over 50 lip products, including glosses and tints and up to now none of them have really thrilled me. It seems to be the formula that just doesn't work for me. I've tried 3 different MAC finishes; Creemsheen, Matte and Amplified, and I have to say Matte is my favourite of the three but I found I had to keep topping my lips up with balm otherwise they'd completely dry out. I've tried Rimmel Moisture Renew but they were too creamy and smudged all over my face, the same with Collection, Illamasqua & Revlon.
However, whilst I was scrolling through bloglovin a couple of months back I noticed a lot of bloggers were raving about MUA's £1 Matte Lipstick range so I thought they were definitely worth a try for a quid! I bought 4 shades, Wild Berry, Pouty Pink, Peachy Keen and Scarlet Siren. I have to admit the first three shades are a total waste of money as there is barely any colour payoff at all but I was pleasantly pleased by the shade Scarlet Siren.

The lipstick comes in MUA's classic straight bullet with the little colour pot at the end which unscrews, however the matte line is white whereas the standard line is black. The casing is very sturdy and looks a lot more expensive than the price.
Mua Matte Lipstick in Scarlet Siren
As you can see the colour payoff is gorgeous and it is so pigmented, believe it or not it's one of the most pigmented lipsticks I own besides my MAC ones. Even though it is supposed to be matte it feels really creamy on your lips and glides on nicely with out any tugging. It dries after a few minutes to a lovely matte finish which literally lasts hours and doesn't bleed. I still can't believe it only cost me £1. 
I've also had a look around to see what undertones it has, but apparently it is a straight red with no undertones. I think it suits my very pale porcelain skin and I've also seen some bloggers with darker skin wearing it and it looks great on them too. This seems to be an all round product that would suit everyone and I definitely recommend it.

Have you tried any of MUA's matte lipsticks? What do you think of them?

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The British Tag

I originally saw this tag on Beauty Crush's channel and thought I'd give it a go as a way of easing myself back into blogging. Enjoy!

1. How many cups of tea do you have a day and how many sugars?

It totally depends where I am, If  I'm at home I'll probably have about 5 cups a day purely because my mum makes them all haha. If I'm at uni I'll probably have just the one, always with 2 sugars though!
My fave tea at the minute is yorkshire tea, decaf of course! 

2. Favourite part of your roast?

Ooooooh now that's a tough one...
I think I'll have to go with cabbage though, with a ton of gravy. I could literally eat that every day for the rest of my life!

3. Favourite dunking biscuit?

I'm not a huge fan of biscuits but If I had to pick one it'd probably be Malted Milk, they just remind me of being a child.
I much prefer to dunk a Kit Kat in my brew (or a mince pie at chrismas mmmm!)

4. Favourite quintessentially British pastime?

Probably going for afternoon tea! I love taking my mum out for tea, cake and finger sandwiches during the summer. Its one of my all time favourite things to do in the warmer months.
5. Favourite word?

It's not very British but I love the word 'Flump'. My favourite British word is probably 'Crumpet', it just doesn't sound like a real word haha!

6. Cockney rhyming slang?

I like 'Dog and Bone' which means phone and 'Apples and Pears' which means stairs. Never actually heard people use these though!

7. Favourite sweet?

Ooooh either rhubarb and custards or the fizzy pink and blue bubblegum bottles. Craving the bottles so bad right now!

8. What would your pub be called?

Haha, probably something to do with cats! 'The cat'!? Why not, at least it's straight to the point!

9. No1 British person?

Julie Andrews of course. She's an absolute goddess. My favourite films of all time are Mary Poppins and The Princess Diaries (why not!) and I think she's amazing In both of them.
10. Favourite shop/restaurant?

My favourite British shop would have to be Topshop, I spend far too much time in there!
I think my favourite restaurant would have to be the Rice Bowl in Manchester, technically its a Chinese restaurant but it's in Britain so that counts right!?

11. What British song pops into your head?

Parklife by Blur, It's so British is hurts ha!

12. Marmite.

Only on crumpets!
I tag everyone British ;)

Thanks for reading and please link me to your British Tag post if you've done one.

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