Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

As always Urban Decay have brought out another breathtaking range. The new heat range which has just been released is their most dazzling range yet. Created with some smouldering colours the heat range is sure to leave you amazed. Their new palette consists of 12 new show stopping shades of burnt oranges, deep reds and warm browns. The palette has been released at just the right time to end the summer with a bang and bring in them autumn eye looks. Within the range you will find three lipsticks and two eye pencils to match the palette. Luckily we were able to pick up the palette in a Sephora on our latest trip to Milan. And after having a play around with the palette we can see what all the hype is about. Whether you are one for subtle soft eyes or stand out breathtaking eyes the palette has what you are looking for. With such a wide range of shades the looks you can create are endless. 
Packaging . . .

Like the other naked palettes the naked heat palette is a long rectangle shape. With 12 rectangular shades inside; a full size mirror to see both eyes at once and a double ended brush you have everything you will need. The palette packaging has been created to match the current packaging of the previous naked palettes. However unlike the previous palettes the heat palette is bound to catch your attention straight away with its bright outside. Previous palettes have been in brown packaging to represent the shades inside, however due to the smouldering shades inside the new heat palette you are left with a bright fire coloured packaging. Also to match the theme the palettes outer packaging appears like a match box which slides open. 

When it comes to packaging Urban Decay know what they are doing. Although the packaging may be simple it is beyond effective. Catching your attention you will be left longing to see what is inside that large match box. 
Shades and Quality . . .

When it comes to the quality of the shadows you will be left speechless. With a velvety texture and rich colour you will have a perfectly blended eye look in no time. The velvety texture allows you to apply the shadow effortlessly and blend multiple shades with ease. And with such a rich colour from all of the shades your eye look is bound to last all day or night. 

With 12 new shades in the palette you will be able to create a stunning look to suite any occasion! 

The new shades within the palette vary from glimmering coppers to smouldering reds and burnt oranges. This enables you to create such a wide variety of looks, whether you need a dazzling day time look or an intense night time look. Each of the shades are also perfectly selected to blend effortlessly with each other. You have 12 shades within the palette which enable you to create a look to suit you. We found that due to the variety of shimmer shades and matte shades we are able to always find a look for an occasion. The quality of the shadows is also perfect if you want to use shimmer and matte shades together. 
Price . . .

The new naked heat palette is priced the same as the previous naked palettes brought out by Urban Decay. Although it is exactly the same size as the previous palettes we were surprised to see the same price for such a smouldering palette. With 12 new breathtaking shades for the upcoming autumn season and a double ended brush you are getting an amazing palette which won't break the bank. 

However bare in mind if you are purchasing the palette from somewhere other than Urban Decay themselves the price may be slightly different. As we had purchased the palette from Sephora in Milan we did pay slightly more due to a poor exchange rate, however the palette is currently sold out from Urban Decay. 

Once back in stock you can purchase the Naked Heat Palette: HERE
We would love to know what you think of the new palette? Have you tried any of the other naked palettes? 

Love Chloe and Megan

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Sol de Janeiro | Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

As soon as summer starts approaching everyone starts to work on that holiday body. And although it is great if we have a summer body we love wouldn't it also be great if we could maintain that summer body through the winter as well. Brazilian bum bum cream is exactly what it states cream for your bum. However it is also a moisturiser which can be applied all over the body. Inspired by Brazilians due to their famous bums which are found in small bikinis and tight jeans. The cream is a must have if you want flawless, smooth and toned skin throughout the summer and into the winter.

The moisturiser aims to leave your skin feeling and looking its best.

The cream comes in a handy pot which can be purchased in two sizes. We find that the smaller size cream is perfect travel size so we can always apply the cream wherever we are traveling to. The cream helps our skin to feel refreshed, nourished and keeps it looking its best for the summer.
How to use . . .

Although the cream is called bum bum cream you do not have to apply the cream only to your bum. The cream can be used as an all over body moisturiser. With the aim to nourish, tone and smooth the skin the moisturiser is perfect to get your skin looking and feeling great.

When applying the product you will not require very much for each area - a little goes a long way. The small amount can be applied in circular upward motions to ensure that the cream is spread over the whole area and warmed to ensure the product moisturises deeper layers of the skin. By warming the skin as you apply the product you are able to work the moisturiser deeper into the skin for more enhanced benefits.  Due to the richness of the cream you are able to use it at all times of year, no matter how dry your skin is.

With such ingredients as caffeine not only does the product work wonders for your skin on the outside but it also benefits the inside. The caffeine within the product stimulates the blood circulation within the body to decrease the appearance of cellulite.

Ultra-hydrating, tightening and smoothing the miracle moisturiser will be your new favourite product!

We would love to hear your thoughts on Brazilian bum bum cream? Have you tried any other Sol de Janeiro products?

You can purchase your own Brazilian Bum Bum Cream: here

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Barcelona || Lets Explore

Location: Barcelona, Spain

If you have been to Barcelona before then you know what an amazing city it is and if you haven't been to Barcelona before then you need to go! Anyone who visits the city falls in love. Whether you are looking for a relaxing beach holiday or an adventurous sightseeing holiday Barcelona has what you are looking for. The city has so many amazing sights to see that you will always have something fun to do. And if you came for a relaxing break the city also has a gorgeous beach and lots of pretty parks. 

The city is great to visit due to its beach location. You are able to do all kinds of city things such as shopping and sightseeing and relax at the end of the day at the beach. The city's location also makes it great whether you are visiting in the summer for the beach or during another season for the city. 
Getting to Barcelona . . . 

Getting to Barcelona from London is super easy. Every London airport has flights to Barcelona and with a flight time of only 1 hour 55 minutes it is quick and easy to get to. You will be able to find dates and times to suite your needs due to the vast number of flights to Barcelona. 

When booking your flight however make sure you check which airport you are flying into. Although Barcelona only has the one Barcelona Prat airport there are flights which fly into two airports outside of the city. The Girona and Reus airports are approximately 120km from Barcelona and take around an hour to get into the city. However London do have flights to these airports so when you search for flights to Barcelona make sure you check where you are flying into. 

You can find flights to Barcelona: here
Where to stay . . . 

I think where you stay in Barcelona depends on what you are planning to do in the city and how long you are here for. If you are not spending much time in the city and want to see a few things then it would be recommended by find accommodation near your sights of interest. Although the transport around Barcelona is good it can still take some time to get to certain places due to how busy it gets. 

The city is made up of different areas. Finding the right area for you is key to having the best stay. You have . . . 

Ciutat Vella: This is the area right in the middle of the city. Due to being the oldest part of the city you will find some of the oldest and most interesting architecture. Although Ciutat Vella is an area in itself it is made up of four neighbourhoods: La Barceloneta, El Gothic, El Ravel and Sant Pere. Out of these the most well known neighbourhood is the El Gothic which is famous for its little streets which are only accessible on foot and quirky buildings with little shops in. Here you will find everything you will possibly need from clothes shops, to ice cream parlours to restaurants for dinner. 

Eixample: This is above the Ciutat Vella area located within the middle of the city. This area is home to famous architectural buildings such as: Casa Battlo, Casa Mila and Sagrada Familia. Walking from the Ciutat Vella area you will notice little difference in the buildings appearance. However you will notice that the majority of the streets are wider with access for cars and the area is a lot busier to walk around.

Sant Montjuic: Although this may be one of the biggest districts within the city it can often be the least visited by tourists due to its outskirts location. However its location can also be perfect if you would prefer to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city but still be in walking distance from the beach and the centre. Within the Sants Montjuic district you will find the Font Montjuic Fountain which puts on a breathtaking music and light show at night and the Teleferic De Montjuic cable car which is a 750 metre long cable car which takes you to the top of Montjuic mountain to admire views across the city and out to sea.
Les Corts: This district is located on the outskirts of the city inland. The district is approximately a 15 minute metro journey from the city centre. This district is well known as the financial business district which is home to many restaurants and hotels. You will be sure to find a hotel you will love within the district if you don't mind being located away from the centres hustle and bustle. 

Sarria Sant Gervasi: This is the largest district of them all within Barcelona. Located north west of the city it is mainly residential due to its outskirt laid back location. You will find that the area is rather hilly due to its surrounding location of the city centre. Due to its location and residential majority the area is perfect if you are a returning tourist to the city and are looking for an authentic and peaceful visit. If you want the real Barcelona experience then you need to go where the residents are to get a feel for the place. 

Gracia: Like many of the other districts within Barcelona the area is home to many architectural buildings and monuments such as: the clock tower in Placa de la Vila, Gaudis Casa Vicens and on the outskirts Park Guell. You will notice when in the area that it is home to many artists among the small community. Within the area you will find the most foreign restaurants within Barcelona. This may be the perfect area for you to stay if you are looking for a quirky area full of sights to explore during the day and trendy terrace cafes to eat and drink at night. It may also be the perfect location - walking distance from the centre yet still far enough out of the hustle and bustle of the tourist hot spots. 

Horta Guinardo: This is one of the least known districts within the area due to its north east location which is on the outskirts of the city. The area is mainly residential with a quiet, suburban vibe. Surrounded by hills and mountains the area is home to some natural attractions and pretty scenery. Although the district is appealing to visit due to its laid back and stunning location it can be hard to get to due to the metro stopping before you reach the district. You can however get a free bus which will take you to the university which is located at the top of one of the hills within the district.  

Nou Barris: Located north of the city the area is known for its many green spaces: Parc de la Guineueta, Parc del Turo de la Peira and Parc Central de Nou Barris. Although located outside of the centre the area is perfect for a day of shopping with breathtaking views across the city from certain areas within the district. 
Getting around . . . 

With so many sights to see in the city and them each being rather spread around making sure you see everything during your trip can depend on the transport you use to get to every destination. Being a city the roads can get rather busy and it can take a while to get anywhere. However you can make traveling to each destination more exciting by choosing the best kind of transport. We found that by traveling to the destinations in a variety of interesting types of transport we was able to see more sights along the way!

Teleferic Cable Car: This may only be a helpful transport option if you would like to reach the  top of Montjuic Mountain to see the castle and the views. Other than being a mode of transport the cable car is more like an experience to see the city from above. Located in the Sant Montjuic area the cable car is perfect to explore the area which is home to the Olympic stadiums. With three stations to hop onto the cable car you are able to walk some of the mountain before hopping on the cable car. 

You can learn more about the cable car and where you purchase your tickets: here

Barcelona Bus Turistic: Previously discussed in our How to get around on a Barcelona tourist bus post the bus was our main mode of transport when exploring the city. Taking us to all of the sights that we wanted to see within the city the bus was perfect to sightsee on the way. Due to the height of the bus we was able to see sights and buildings which we would not notice from ground level. 

You can read about how we got around the city using the tourist bus: here

Metro: Although we only used the metro as transport to and from the airport the metro does have lines all across the city which makes it perfect to get to where you want to go. And with the purchase of multi journey tickets you are able to travel for a reasonable price. However the metro lines can be a little confusing as they run all over the city in all kinds of directions. As long as you know where you are heading and the lines which you will need to get to your destination then the metro should be quick and easy. The only let down with this type of transport is the lack of views out of the windows. 
Sights to see . . . 

Barcelona is home to many breathtaking buildings and sights to explore. Whether you are traveling to the city for a relaxing break; a sightseeing visit or a foodie visit the city has everything you will need. Being such a large city the sights to see are endless, even if you are staying in the city for a while. Therefor you want to see the best sights if you can not see them all during the one trip.  

Sagrada Familia: Probably the most famous building within the city, the church which is located within the centre is a must see sight to visit. Whether you are planning to purchase tickets to go inside the church or just want to visit the church to admire the architecture from the outside. Although the church is still currently under construction it is still breath-taking. If you are planning to purchase tickets to go inside though make sure you pre-book your tickets as the church is a big tourist attraction which sells out rather fast.

You can pre-book tickets to go inside Sagrada Familia: here

Font Montjuic Fountain: This may be one of the prettiest sights to see within the city. Among many stunning buildings the fountain can be a peaceful sight to visit and relax. Although during the evening the fountain can get very crowded with people gathering to see the light and music show which starts at 9pm most nights.

You can read more about the fountains: here
We would love to know what other sights you explored while in Barcelona? What would you recommend we do next time we visit?

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How to get around on a Barcelona tourist bus

Location: Barcelona, Spain

When visiting a new destination the first thing you need to work out is how you are going to get to your hotel and how you are planning to get around the city during your stay. Due to Barcelona being a city you will find that all the sights you may want to visit are rather spread around. This means a lot of traveling and working out routes to see different things.

However what if there was one type of transport which was easy and convenient and allowed you to travel to every sight you wanted to go and see?

Well if you are in Barcelona to see all the amazing sights then you need to hop on the tour bus. The bus stops at a wide variety of sights for you to go and explore. And with a bus coming along every 5 minutes you will also be able to get to the sights you want to see without waiting around for public transport. The bus is quick and easy and you also get to see the city as you travel around.

Lets explore . . .  

Times, prices & ticket options . . .

The bus only sells two types of tickets: one day or two day hop on/hop off tickets. This is perfect if you are only in the city for the weekend or a couple of days but want to see lots of different sights. Even if you are in the city for longer you really do not need a longer ticket as it can be quite tiring having two days of the tour to explore the city. Having the one or two day ticket allows you to hop on and off the bus whenever you wish during the day. The Barcelona bus turistic bus also has three different routes with lots of sights to see. With your ticket you can use all three of the routes to get to where you want to go.

With only two ticket options you only have two prices to choose from.

For the one day ticket it will cost you 29 euros and for the two day ticket it will cost you 39 euros. 

With only a 10 euro difference in the price if you are planning to visit quite a few sights it would be beneficial to buy the two day ticket to get around. Even if you are only planning to explore for the one day the bus is super easy to use to get to where you want to go, whether you want to go to the beach or to the stadium for a tour.

You can hop on the first bus at any stop within the city between 9am and 9.30am and ride the bus as you wish all day until 8pm during the summer. The buses are quite frequent, with one every 5-25 minutes. Often you can see the next bus behind you as you are on one.

How to use the bus . . .

The bus is super easy to figure out how to use. If you have been on a tour bus anywhere before then you will get the hang of the bus system straight away. You will find that the bus can be faster than other public transport due to the bus lanes all around the city.

You can purchase your tickets for the bus at any information point or on the bus when you get on.

Make sure you don't lose your ticket as you will need it every time you get onto the bus.

When you first hop on the bus from any stop you will be offered a map of where you the bus will be stopping and some headphones if you wish to listen to the tour as you drive around the city. The bus will stop at every stop pointed out on the map so that you can hop on and off at your own desire. Due to the bus being an open top bus you can sit either outside at the top or inside downstairs where there is air con.

Remember to keep a hold of your bus map so you know where the stops are to hop back on.

Where does the bus go . . .

With three routes for the bus the sights you are able to see are endless. The blue and red route take approximately 2 hours to travel around and the green route takes 40 minutes. Of course you won't be on the bus for that long if you are planning to hop off at some of the stops to explore.

You are able to start your bus tour at any of the stops.

We started our tour on the red route at the world trade centre stop which is located by the harbour. From here we was able to admire view along the harbour and the beach front as we made our way along to the stop where you can swap routes to ride the green line. Staying on the red route we was able to hop off to explore:

Barri Gothic: This is also known as the gothic quarter. Known for its quirky buildings and interesting side streets the area is perfect to hop off, explore and grab an ice cream. Due to the area being one of the oldest parts of the city you will find lots of historical buildings and monuments. The area is full of lots of hidden gems so you will be sure to find something you love.

Casa Batllo: Located within the centre of the city the redesigned building is one of Gaudis masterpieces. During the route you will drive past the buildings which stand out. However if you would like a closer look or to even go inside for yourself then you can hop off at the stop and go and explore. We found that the buildings were more breathtaking from just below where you could see the shape of the building and all the pretty colours. 
Continuing onto the blue route . . . 

Sagrada Familia: This may be the most well known structure within Barcelona. The church is the largest within the city. Although still currently undergoing construction the church is breathtaking. You are able to see the church from the bus however you will want to get off and admire the church for longer. You are also able to go inside the church but you will need tickets which sell out rather fast. 

You can also pre-book tickets to go inside the church: here

Park Guell: Located up the top of the city the park is a big tourist attraction due to its views and architecture. You are able to walk around the park to admire the architecture however certain areas of the park do require tickets. This is to visit the monumental zone which is home to some of Gaudis architecture. With the purchase of a ticket you will given a time and a date to enter the zone. 

You can also pre-book tickets to go into the park: here

Tramvia Blau Tibidabo: This stop on the bus is located right at the top of the city where you can hop on a tram to take you to Tibidabo amusement park which overlooks the city. Unfortunately when we was on the bus we was told that the amusement park was closed. So make sure you check if it is open before heading up there. 

You can find out more about the amusement park: here

FC Barcelona: How can you visit Barcelona without going inside the biggest football stadium in Europe? The football club offers tours if you are visiting on a non-match day where you get to explore inside the stadium and see the pitch up close. If you are a football fan then this is a must see - you will be amazed by how many trophies can be held in one stadium 
Switching to the red route . . . 

Placa D'espanya: This stop is where you need to get off it you want to see the prettiest fountain in Barcelona. This fountain is number 5 on our 5 Reasons you need to visit Barcelona post and it is no surprise why. Stunning during the day and breathtaking at night the fountain is a must see when you are in the city. You will be wowed by the size of the fountain and mesmerised by the music and light show at night. 

Teleferic De Montjuic: If you are looking for amazing views across the city and out to sea then you need to get off at this stop and hop onto the cable car. The cable car will take you up the mountain while offering the most breathtaking views across the city. With three stations to hop onto the cable car you can either walk a little or ride the whole way up to the top where you will be met by a castle at the top. 

You can read more about the cable car: here
We would love to know what you thought of Barcelona? How did you get around the city?

You can check out our 5 reasons you need to visit Barcelona: here

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5 Reasons you need to visit Barcelona

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is home to many amazing sights. I had seen a handful of beautiful pictures of the architecture, the beach which runs the length of the city and the mouthwatering food consumed. However apart from this I didn't know much else about the city. All I knew was that I was excited to visit somewhere new and sunny to explore. 

Upon our arrival into the city we was welcomed by a comfortable heat. As we made our way to the hotel we started to get a feel for the place. Busy, quirky and breathtaking were my first thoughts as we explored. And as the trip went on we was welcomed by more and more astonishing sights to explore. It had everything you could want from a city break, from breathtaking sights to explore; architecture to swoon over; parks to get lost in; beaches to relax on and of course fantastic sunshine. 

1. The Architecture

The architecture is one thing that Barcelona is famous for. This is due to Gaudi who is a famous architect. During the time that Gaudi lived in Barcelona he designed and built some breath-taking building and monuments which are well known today. Such buildings as the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila and Cascada fountain in park de la Cuitadella. Each building/monument although designed by the same architect are different and unique.  

Casa Batllo: This has to be one of Gaudis prettiest constructions. The building was previously a house which has been redesigned by Gaudi in 1904. Previously known as the house of bones the building is designed with stone, metal, wood and ceramic of all colours. You are able to admire the building from the outside and the inside with a ticket.

You can book tickets to go inside: here

Sagrada Familia: This was the first building/monument that was designed and constructed by Gaudi. The construction for the building however started in 1882 and is still being carried out with expected completion in 2026/2028. Although the building is currently surrounded by cranes and scaffolding it is still spectacular to look at. You are able to go inside the building to admire it from the inside - however you will need a ticket which sell out rather fast. The tickets start from 15 euros depending on what you want from your visit. If you don't book then it may be sold out when you arrive,

You can book tickets to go inside: here , the money from the tickets goes towards the continuing construction of the building.

2. The Parks

As well as a gorgeous beach Barcelona is also home to some pretty spectacular parks. Whether you are looking to visit a park to relax, explore, swim or even row a boat there is a park for you. Although there are parks located all over the city the two most well known parks are Park Guell and Park De La Ciutadella.

Park De La Ciutadella: This is the park which is home to Barcelona zoo, Catalan parliament and a stunning fountain. Pictured below the fountain is open to the public to explore and climb the stairs to go inside. Originally the park was the only green space in the city and is still today full of green areas to relax and explore. However if you are looking to do something fun while visiting the park you can always hire a boat to row around the lake. The park is the only a short walk from the beach if you would rather somewhere shady to relax in.

Park Guell: This has to be the most famous park in Barcelona due to its buildings and monuments which were designed by the famous architect Gaudi. Anyone who has seen photos of Barcelona is sure to have seen the photo of a blue and white structure with views of the city in the background. This park is located at the top of the city up a rather steep hill. Although if you are walking up the hill it may seem tiring when you reach the park it will all be worth the walk. However something to bare in mind when visiting the park is the fact that to access the section of park with the impressive structures you will need a ticket. These can be brought on the day in the park but be aware that they do sell out rather fast so it would be recommended to book your tickets.

You can book tickets for the park: here

3. The Views

Due to Barcelona's hilly landscape the high points of the city offer some amazing views. Depending on the location you are at you can either see across the marina, across the city or across the city and out to sea. Barcelona is lucky that it has multiple locations which rise above the city to offer spectacular views. And with such a wide variety of breathtaking architectural buildings and monuments the views are even more spectacular. But where do you find the best views . . . 

Park Guell: As well as being an exciting and interesting park to explore the park also offers some of the best views across the city and out to sea. You are able to experience the views from various locations within the park but to experience the best views it is recommended to buy tickets to go into the monumental zone. This part of the park is home to a terrace filled with mosaic benches where you can sit and take photos of the most breathtaking views across the city with Gaudi monuments in the photo. 

Teleferic De Montjuic: This is the Barcelona cable car. Located to the west of the city the cable car allows you to travel up the Montjuic Mountain. On your 750 metre long journey you will be able to admire the views across the city and spot such famous landmarks as the Sagrada Familia. The cable car allows you to hop on at three different locations. This is perfect if you want to catch a ride up buy walk down or just ride both ways. At the top of the mountain you will be welcomed by the Montjuic Castle. You are able to go inside the castle with the purchase of a ticket at the top. However the castle can be admired just from the outside. 

From the walls around the castle you are able to admire views of the marina and out to sea. You can also still see across the city if you look across from where the cable cars are coming from. 

4. The Food

This is one of the most exciting things when visiting a new location. Finding good food makes a trip complete. I find that when I am exploring somewhere new and it is hot during the day I don't want to be eating anything too filling or heavy. Therefore when we came across a fruit stall on our way to the beach it was perfect. The little stall sold all kinds of fruit pots to suite what you are looking for. The location of the stall made it perfect to eat as you walked along the marina to the beach. However we did come across other fruit stalls within the city where you could buy fruit pots.

Ice Wave: This is a little ice cream shop located within the Gothic Quarter. The area is known for its quirky buildings and interesting side streets with little shops such as this ice cream shop. The shop serves rolled ice cream made fresh from your order. Whether you are looking for a fruity ice cream or a chocolaty ice cream the little shop has it.
5. Font Montjuic Fountain 

This spectacular fountain is a must see when visiting the city. Although stunning during the day at night the fountain does a special show where music is played and the fountains perform in unison with coloured lights. The show times vary depending on the season and the time that the sun sets. However during the summer months the show starts at 9.30pm till 10.30pm. This is every night apart from mondays and tuesdays.

However be prepared to arrive early if you would like a specific location to watch the fountains or a close up view as hundreds of people flood to see the fountains every night. This is no surprise when the fountains are so spectacular. Even if you have seen the show before it changes every time.
We would love to know of your top reasons for visiting Barcelona? What would you recommend if we returned?

Love Chloe and Megan 

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