48 Hour Itinerary for Berlin, Germany

Location: Berlin, Germany 

Upon our return from New York we decided a couple of days in Berlin would be perfect to prevent feeling wanderlust. Being the capital of Germany Berlin has lots of history and sights to see. With the flight from London to Berlin only 1 hour 20 minutes the city was perfect to visit for a couple of days.

View our New York sights to see and guides here 

The city is known for its history of the Berlin wall. Dividing the city between 1961 and 1989 the wall was built during the cold war to prevent westerners entering the east. Today parts of the wall still remain in the city. As well as impressive remains of the wall the city also has some amazing buildings and museums to visit. Such as the Brandenburg gate which was once one of the gates which people used to enter the city. 
Getting into the city . . . 

Within Berlin there are two main international airports. From Berlin Schonefeld airport it is 15 miles into the city and from Berlin Tegal airport it is 7 miles into the city. Although both are international Schonefeld airport caters for most budget airlines such as Ryannair  and EasyJet. Due to most flights arriving at Berlin Schonefeld airport the information to get into the city is for this airport to the centre. 

This may be the easiest way to get to Berlin city centre being just 30 minutes between the destinations. The station is located just outside of the airport which is perfect distance to stretch your legs after the flight. You will need to purchase your ticket and validate it at the little machine either next to the ticket machine or on the platform before boarding the train. Tickets are available on a solo journey basis for each trip at a cost of 3 euros 30 each. 

To get the train from the airport to Berlin Alexanderplatz (which is located in the centre of the city) you can get on the RE7 or the RE14 which are both airport express trains. Each train has a maximum of three stops till you reach Berlin Alexanderplatz. 

The taxi ranks for the airport can be found outside of terminal A. Here you will find taxis waiting to take you into the city. You will expect to pay around 45 euros for a single journey to Alexanderplatz. The journey time would be similar to the train at around 30 minutes depending on traffic. 

Hire Car::
Hire cars are available to hire for your trip within the airport. You will find a wide variety of companies offering hire cars with offers and deals available. These companies are located within terminal A for booking your car and then it is a short walk to the car park where you will pick up and return your hire car. 
Sights to see . . . 

Brandenburg Gate:: 
The gate is an 18th century monument within the city which was built during the early Batavian Revolution. It was then used as one of the only gates to separate the east and the west of the city. Today the gate is a popular tourist site due to its stunning appearance and history. The gate is located on the outskirts of the city which means a bit of a walk to see. However you can get a rickshaw or a taxi to see it. Once you are there you can also go for a horse and carriage ride. 

Fernsehturm (tv tower):: 
The fernsehturm is the tv tower located in the centre of Berlin. Built in 1969 the tower was constructed by the government as a symbol of communist power in Berlin. 207 meters high the tower can be seen throughout the city. You are able to go up the tower to experience the 360 degrees views from either the observatory or the restaurant where you can have a drink with a view.

Tickets can be purchased for the Fernsehturm tower here
Alte Nationalgalerie::
The Alte Nationalgalerie is a museum artwork gallery which exhibits artwork from a wide variety of collections such as impressionism. The museum is one of five which make up the Berlin museum island within the city. As you can see you are able to walk around the grounds of the museums and admire the gardens and architecture. 

You can purchase tickets for all of the museums here.
German market::
It was just like visiting at Christmas when we saw that there was a market. The market sold all kinds of things from gifts to food. Although the stalls did not sell Christmas items it felt very Christmassy due to the weather and the Christmas stalls with German foods of biscuits and meats and traditional German clothing and decorative home items. This was perfect to get the Christmas market experience without the need to visit at Christmas time.

Oberbaum bridge:: 
The oberbaum bridge allows the crossing from the east to the west of Berlin. The bridge is known as the most beautiful and most visited in the city. Located next to remains of the Berlin wall it is perfect location to visit both the oberbaum bridge and the east side gallery wall at the same time. The remaining wall comprises of a wide variety of painted murals by professional artists to represent the city's past. 
We hope you love Berlin as much as we did!

Love Chloe and Megan

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Tartelette in Bloom | The Palette That Every Beauty Lover Needs

Recently on a trip to New York we was able to pick up the new tartelette 2 in bloom clay palette. The palette has recently been released for spring with an aim to set your look into bloom before the summer. Due to tarte being an American brand their products are slightly harder to purchase from the UK. However see below for information of where you can get your hands on the tartelette 2 in bloom clay palette. 

The tartelette 2 in bloom clay palette is a must have for your spring to summer eye look. With 12 new shade's - 9 matte and 3 lusters - you will have every shade you will need to create a stunning eye look to welcome in the warm weather. All the shades are warm and highly pigmented to create a breathtaking eye. We find that the palette is perfect for day or night wear with so many shades to choose from - whether you desire a subtle stunning look or a stand out smouldering eye look. With such a wide variety of shades within one palette it has a shade that everyone will love and be able to match together. The majority of the shades are soft warm colours with the addition of some smouldering shades and some glimmer shades to add to your look. 
Packaging - 

The packaging for the palette is simple and stunning. From the outside you are able to identify the palette due to the pink and purple petals and the gold writing. Once opened you are welcomed with a full size mirror on the lid and 12 rectangular shades within the gold palette. The gold allows the colours to stand out and the names of the shades appear underneath in clear black writing. 

The full size mirror is perfect size to see both eyes at the same time to ensure a matching eye look. Due to the simplicity of the palette your attention is drawn to the eye shadow shades. The palette is simple yet has everything you'll need except a brush. However we find that even if a palette comes with a brush we prefer to use our usual favourite brushes. When using the palette we found the shades to be the perfect size to use any brush. They are all well separated so you don't have the risk of any lose shadow powder spreading onto other shades within the palette.

We love how the palette is also a perfect size to take out in your bag to fix your look on the go. This is where the mirror comes in handy. Although we have not found it necessary to touch up our eyes throughout the day we still found that it is perfect size to take with you if you need to get ready somewhere else. Opening with a clasp the palette stays shut with ease unless opened. This stops any damage to the shades and keeps the palette compact and tidy. 
Shades - 

As mentioned the palette consists of 12 shadow shades. This is 9 mattes and 3 lusters. The bloom palette was created to allow an eye look which blooms into the summer. This can be seen within the shades which demonstrate a variety of soft subtle colours and warmer dazzling colours. The variety of shades allows you to build your eye look to create a look you desire. 

The shades are described by tarte as: 
- Charmer (off white)
- Jetsetter (warm taupe)
- Rocker (shimmering taupe)
- Smokeshow (black brown) 
- Flower child (peachy nude)
- Smarty pants (tan)
- Firecracker (bronze copper)
- Activist (dark brown)
- Funny girl (champagne) 
- Sweetheart (peach)
- Rebel (chestnut brown)
- Leader (aubergine)

We found when using the palette that each of the shades go together effortlessly. This enabled us to achieve any look we desire for day or evening. With such a wide variety you are able to easily build apon your look to the smouldering look you wish. Also with the addition of 3 lusters you are able to add a little glimmer and dazzle to your look. This is perfect if you want a showstopper eye but with out the dark smouldering shades. 
Quality - 

Made with Amazonian clay and mineral pigments the shadows are aimed to achieve better, longer and truer wear while ensuring soothed and softened skin.

We found this to be true when apply the shades effortlessly. Being highly pigmented not very much shadow was required to achieve our look. We was also surprised to find out that with so little shadow our eye shadow stayed in place all day/night. This was due to the high pigmentation and the rich texture of the shadows. 

The finish of the shadows is something we find important - we like to them to be matte and evenly blended. This is something that tarte have got spot on, the shadows are perfectly matte and are easily blended to achieve a flawless look. All the the shades apply easily to the lid or the crease making them perfect to achieve any look.

We hope you love the palette as much as we do!

Love Chloe and Megan

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Benefit Cheek Parade | Limited Edition Blush Kit

The ultimate cheek palette has arrived and we couldn't wait to get our hands on it. Benefits Cheek Parade is a limited edition palette which is made up of 5 of their bestselling bronzers and blushers which can be used to contour, sculpt and highlight.
This palette is such good value for 5 full sized bronzers and blushers and a great way to try them out and find your favourite.
Quality and shades-
This palette consists of 5 very different shades which can be used separentley or together to create a custom look. The shades in order are-
Hoola - Matte natural bronzer.
Galifornia - Sunny golden pink blusher.
Rockateur - Rose gold blusher with a shimmer of glitter. (New)
Hoola Lite - Lighter matte natural bronzer. (New)
Dandelion - Brightening matte baby pink blusher.

Each shade in this palette has an amazing quality. You would only need to swipe the brush across it once to have a brush full of product ready to powder your cheeks.

When selecting a new blusher or bronzer one of the main points we take into consideration is the dryness of the products. We don't want to be putting all of this powder on our cheeks if its going to dry them out or rub off with a single touch.
When using all of these shades we did not have these issues at all. They stayed on perfectly all day and our skin was not dried out by them.
These have to be 2 of our favourite shades, Rockateur we have wanted to try for a while and it did not disappoint with a paler peachy pink colour and slight shimmer. Its the perfect shade that we intend to wear this summer.
As for Galifornia we love the added gold on this supper pigmented shade. Its a darker blusher to their others but a great addition to our collection. 
For the packaging of this product Benefit have gone with a vintage inspired look which we are loving. On the front you can clearly see all the different bronzers and blushers they have selected from their collection to make up this palette. 

Once you open up the box the palette has matching packaging and is a firm card box. When you open the magnetised box inside you will find a large mirror; all 5 full sized blushes and bronzers and a section which holds the mini powder brush. 

Clearly under each pan are their names which are Hoola; Galifonia; Rockateur; Hoola Lite and Dandelion. 

Normally we don't tend to use the brushes that come with the palettes but with this one they have added their signature powder brush which works really well. Also they have provided it with its own section so it can be kept safe with the palette when storing it or on the go. 

The only issue we would have with this palette is when we are travelling because it is quite large with the 5 full sized products. We would instead take with us the small separate boxed shades we required. 
We picked ours up a while ago when in New York from Sephora.
We are glad we purchased this beautiful palette and are loving all of the shades with a few favourites we will admit.
If you get a chance to purchase it we do highly recommend. You won't find a palette as beautiful as this at such good value.

Love Chloe and Megan. 

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Must See Sights When Visiting New York

Location: New York, USA

On your visit to New York there is so much to see and do we thought we would put together this list of places that we think you absolutely shouldn't miss. This list contains a variety of different places. Some are big attractions that you may already know about and some are slightly smaller but still totally unmissable. 
Here we have pin pointed all of the places that you must see when your in New York. On our map while we where visiting we found it supper easy to know where we where heading by marking out the places. 
Brooklyn Bridge - 
Brooklyn bridge is one of them things that you have to see for yourself. It doesn't look like anything too special until you'r walking along it and can see it in all its beauty. It isn't the easiest of places to visit as it's so far out from everything else but its worth the visit. 

The best time to visit would be in the early morning or early evening to avoid the crowds. We visited late morning and although we could walk easily it was quite crowded. Whilst walking along the bridge it is also shared with bikes so you have to be careful to keep to the right hand side. 

At the start of the bridge (Manhattan side) you will find some small stools selling your usual souvenirs at half the price of the gift shops. 
Seaglass Carousel -
Before we visited New York we didn't know about this really unusual carousel. It is located at the bottom of Manhattan in Battery park. The carousel is made up of all different colours of sea glass and is unlike any other you have ever seen.
The tickets to ride the carousel are $5 and its sure to be a hit with the children.
You can visit their website to find out the opening times Here.
Statue Of Liberty And Ellis Island - 
We had such a fun day visiting the Statue of liberty. The whole experience is one that we will never forget. We defiantly recommend visiting on your visit to New York.

The statue liberty may be at the bottom of the Islands but its worth the trip down to the bottom. You are best to buy your tickets online first as it does get pretty booked up and you don't want to miss out. We thought that it was quite big until we where standing next to lady liberty herself and you can see how huge she really is.

You can also visit Ellis Island which was huge when we got off of the boat. There are buildings all over the Island full of museums containing facts, photos and artefacts from when this Island was used as an immigration centre.

You can buy your tickets online Here.
Charging Bull - 
In the whole of the city this must seem like one of the smallest things to mention but you really do have to see it for yourself. If your already planning a visit to the Statue of liberty it won't be to far out of your way to walk up the road and see this famous statue. 
We luckily managed to get a shot of this without anyone hanging onto its horns. People where also rubbing it for good luck. 
9/11 Memorial - 
The 9/11 memorial ground zero is a part of the city that we wanted to visit to pay our respects.The picture does not do it justice just how large each pool is. Around the edge you can read the names of each person who tragically lost their lives and its a lovely tribute to the sad event that rocked the whole city. 
Top Of The Rock - 
We loved Top of the Rock. We would say if you're visiting and want to go up somewhere to get that amazing view then this is the building to visit. With a view Uptown and Downtown the views are breathtaking and unlike anything you have ever experienced before. 

We have wrote up a whole post about our experience and the sun and stars add on which is totally worth the extra money.
You can check out our post for more info Here.
Also visit their website to purchase your tickets in advance Here.
St Patricks Cathedral - 
Were not normally ones to visit churches but when we read that this was supposed to be a spectacular church we had to pay it a visit on our root. The outside is huge, by far one of the biggest churches we had ever seen and we suppose it has to be big to fit in with all the skyscrapers of the city. 

Inside the church it could seat hundreds of people and the ceiling was spectacular. You don't have to stay for a service but it was amazing just popping our heads inside for a quick look at the architecture. 
Lincoln Centre -
The Lincoln centre is home to Dance, Music, Opera and Theatre. We didn't watch anything on your visit but one hotel was close by that we go the chance to have a walk over and see it for ourselves. In the grounds there are several buildings to explore and a couple of places to eat swell as a fountain which is lit up at night. 

Visit their website to book tickets Here.
Grand Central Station - 
Grand Central station will probably already be on your list but it was even bigger and even better then we thought it was going to be. The ceiling was beautifully painted with massive windows and a giant american flag. 

Even if your not getting a train have a pop there just to see what it's really like for yourself. Downstairs you will find toilets and eating areas. 
Macys - 
If your trip to New York includes shopping then Macys should be top of your list. The worlds largest store and we can see why. This is like a shopping heaven where you can buy anything you want they have it all. From your top designer brands to the macys own gift/souvenir shop.

Visit their website to check out what you want before you arrive Here.
Empire State Building - 
Visiting the Empire State building is an experience that we will never forget. The Empire State building offers amazing unobstructed views of Downtown Manhattan and in the other direction you can see the Chrysler building. Its also a great way to see the Flatiron building. 

Visit their website to pre book your tickets Here.
You can also check out what colour it is going to be for the upcoming month and view previous colours Here.
Bethesda Terrance and Fountain - 
If you're a Gossip Girl fan like us you may have seen this before. Because of Gossip Girl we was so excited to visit and see for ourselves. 

This terrace was absolutely beautiful and the fountain equally as pretty. In the better weather you can sit and relax on the edge of the fountain seating or take the wait off your feet on the steps of the terrace and admit the views. Its worth a walk to see this in Central park and by far our favourite thing to see.

Have a look at our post on 'Exploring central park' to see what else we loved in Central park Here.
Roosevelt Island Tram-
This was something that we didn't know much about and was excited to see what it was like. To get from Manhattan upper east side over to Roosevelt Island it only took about 8 minutes. The tram itself was quite large and held a big crowd of people with a few seats each end and the rest was standing room.

Over on Roosevelt Island you forget your in New York as it's so peaceful and a very relaxing place to visit. We didn't see and shops so it would be best to take your own food and drink. 
There was a little information shop which also sold some small souvenirs. 

If you have a subway card you can use it to ride the tram for free. If not, it's only a couple of dollars. 
Times Square-
When we first visited Times Square on our trip it was during the day and it was amazing but nothing until we returned at night and we saw all of the lights and people everywhere. At night is when it was truly magical and nothing like we've ever seen before. 
For your first time visit Times Square we would recommend going at night, it like it comes to life when its dark. 

Although we loved Times Square we enjoyed shopping at other locations due to the crowds. We love Sephora but the one located in Times Square was just too busy to move let alone look around.
Trump Towers -
We visited this last minute and the inside was insane. After going through security you are greeted by a waterfall 5 floors high. The whole buildings interior is the most gold you have ever seen and mirrors everywhere. 

Its worth a visit to see it for yourself.
Friends Building-
Probably not on everyones list but it was on ours. It may just be a building but its a building thats been on everyones screens and we was so excited to finally see it. When we arrived to see it you could straight away tell which building it was with the crowd of people standing looking up at it and taking photos. 
If you're a 'Friends' fan just like us you have to see it while your in New York.

You can also check out our other New York posts Here.

Love Chloe and Megan

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