Sunday, 13 August 2017

Start of Something New?

At the end of last weeks post I said to be prepared for something a little different!

If you have been here for a while, you may know that when I go travelling or visit somewhere I don't usually visit that often, I will do a 'Travel Diary' post. This helps to give you an idea of what the place is like. However, something that maybe you won't know is that I always make a video of that particular place as well. What I'm trying to say is that I am uploading my first 'vlog' to YouTube as the same time as this post goes live!

I'd love it if you went on over and gave the video a watch and why not leave a comment as well to let me know if you want to have a bit of both (Travel Diary Post and Vlog) and liked the video. Not only do you get an idea of my personality, but you also get another, more creative side to me.

I hope you enjoy this new little addition to Vintag3r0se and let me know in the comment section of this post what you think.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed 

Chloe x

Sunday, 6 August 2017

What to do in Amsterdam?

I was thinking of a post to do this week and then came up with this. I would have loved to have had a simple list of things that I needed to do whilst I was there. So I thought, why not just make one?

1. Anne Frank House
If you are interested in learning more about what happened in Amsterdam during WW2 then it is a must to go and see. In fact, even if you aren't, still go and have a look as there is so much to learn not only what happened, but also gives you perspective and helps you to learn about yourself as a person and not to take things for granted... especially freedom!

2. I Amsterdam Sign
There are 2 signs that you can visit. The first is as you arrive at Schipol Aiport outside the main doors. The second is near the Van Gogh museum. Even though it can get quite busy, we managed to get a couple of good pictures as well as the word 'DAM' with each of us in for a photo. It is a very tourist thing to do, but can make for some great photos!

3. Canal Cruise
This is the best way to see Amsterdam and the canals from a different perspective and the quickest. You can either get a hop on and hop off pass for 24 hours that allows you to see both the canal and the area when you stop off. The other option is to get a 1 hour cruise and see the main areas along the canal whilst being told more about the history of the city.

I hope this have given you a very brief overview of the things to do in Amsterdam if you are only there for a couple of days and want to do the main places. Be prepared next week for a little surprise on the blog and something a little different to normal!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed

Chloe x

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Amsterdam Travel Diary 2017

As you may have seen from my twitter, I have been in Amsterdam this past week. I went with 3 others so 4 in total and had an amazing time exploring the city. We were able not only to explore the city but also learn more about it and the way that Anne Frank had to live in order to stay hidden. 

The Anne Frank Museum was a truly eye-opening experience as you are able to experience such a tiny aspect of what the families had to do in order to keep each other safe and hidden. Not only that, you can actually walk through the exact rooms, walk through the bookcase door as well as up the stairs that they did. They have made such a brilliant tribute to not only Anne, but all of the family and friends involved.

We were able to not only walk along the side of the canal and the streets but also able to see the city from a different perspective from a canal ride. The audio tour helped to explain the history of the city as well as small interesting details about the buildings you probably wouldn't have known.

Anyway, enough rambling! To cut a long story short, I didn't want to come home and definitely want to return! I can actually see myself living there which is something that doesn't happen often when I visit places. This trip will definitely stay with my a lifetime!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed

Chloe x

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Packing Tips for a City Break

Tomorrow I am heading off on a city break for a few days. If you follow me on Twitter you can probably already tell where I am going but those of you that don't, you'll have to wait until next week for a travel diary post.

This trip is a little different to any other I have been on as I am flying with an airline I haven't flown with before and I am only flying with hand luggage.

The first generic tip would be to check that your passport is still valid! I know it's obvious but always best to check. The second, that I wish I had done earlier, is checked the hand luggage requirements. This includes the maximum weight allowed and the size of the suitcase. For me, this is 10kg and resulted in my buying a new suitcase as mine was too big.

1. Avoid Bulky Liquids
Liquids are limited when using hand luggage. You are restricted to under 100ml and fitting everything into a small clear bag. If you can avoid putting shampoo, conditioner and body wash in your bag before security... do so! There will more than likely be a shop in the departure lounge that you can buy them or a shop when you get to your destination. This allows you to pack everything you really need rather than having to sacrifice anything.

2. Roll Clothes
This is a pretty standard trick for maximising space. Rather than stacking your clothes on each other, roll each item and place them in a row. This allows each item to be packed easily and can be found without having to moves piles and cause creasing. In addition, you can roll each outfit together so you can prevent mixing outfits together.

3. Small Bags
I am quite an organised person so like to have everything in its place and like to know everything is sorted. Put it this way, my bag was all packed on Tuesday and I wasn't going for another week! (I like to blame the excitement!) My suitcase has dividers so I put all of my clothes in the big zipped size and then everything else in the elasticated strap side. However, everything tends to fall out when I open the case. I decided to use small cosmetic bags to divide and section off the bag. I placed my toiletry bag with shower cap and toothbrush etc to the bottom. I have then padded an 'extras' bag with hotel confirmation, plasters and plastic bag in the middle. At the top of the suitcase is a bag for all of the liquids in a double sealed plastic bag. I have then placed my electrical bag to the side of this so I can quickly take these out when it comes to security and it doesn't mess everything inside of the bag.

I hope at least one of these were helpful!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed

Chloe x

(P.S. I have added a new section to the blog so that you can find everything travel related in one area to make it easier!)

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Wales 2017 Travel Diary

The majority of this week has been spent in Wales on a family holiday. Whilst there, we met up with friends and celebrated my brother birthday too. We chose to stay on a Haven site as there was more to do there than in a hotel for the week.

Cut a long story short, we all had a lovely time and made some funny memories. I won't ramble on about the boring stuff... I'll leave you with some photos to give you an idea of what I have been up to.

Have you ever been to Wales? If so, where?

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed

Chloe x

Sunday, 11 June 2017

St Moriz Fake Tan and Routine

Everyone feels better with a tan, right? It is only in the past few years that I have actually fake tanned. (Aside from the gradual tanning lotions... Yes, I'm talking about Dove Summer Glow!) 

There are so many different brands out there that claim to do different things to your skin. It may add a shimmer, glow or last longer than others. But, at the end of the day, you still get a tan from a bottle without having to leave the house.

It was around this time 2 years ago that I properly wanted to tan in time for Prom. I didn't have a holiday planned in the run up so the only way I could do it was if it was fake. I'd heard of the St Tropez than and heard amazing things about the brand. The only thing that was putting me off was the price tag. As I had never tanned before, I didn't know what to expect. I was going to do a trail but still didn't want to spend quite a lot of money on something for me not to like it. My Mum was told by a friend to try the the St Moriz tan. There is a bit of a difference in spending £20 per bottle compared to £3 per bottle.

Cut a long story short, I used the St Moriz Self Tan Mist Instant - Medium for prom and had so many compliments on how natural and glowy it looked. I love this tan and can't rave about it enough if you want to get into tanning but without the price tag. The only problem is that I have to wait 5-6 hours for it to develop so it isn't a quick tan if you plan of going somewhere at night last minute.

However, I found a tan that develops a little quicker, and you are in control. It is the St Moriz Pro Fast Self Tan Foam. This gives an indicator on the bottle and depending in how dark you want to go, depends how long you leave it on for. I have to admit, I am reaching for this over the other one purely because I can wash it off after 4 hours and have a decent looking tan without having to wait for ages.

I apply a light moisturiser about 30 mins before I apply the tan to help it soak in and prevent dark patches where there is dry skin. Both tans are applied with an applicator mitt which blends out the tan evenly and helps buff it into my skin easier. I then wash it off after the allocated time with water and pat dry my skin to prevent rubbing it off. I usually apply it every 2 weeks to give myself a break and allow the tan to fade and have a fresh base for the following time.

I highly recommend this product and will continue to use it each and every time I tan.

Have you used fake tan? What brand do you use?

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed

Chloe x

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Hair Care Routine

I have always been a bit boring when it comes to hair care. I used any old shampoo and conditioner and used an oil to nourish my hair, but that was pretty much it. I had never died my hair or had a treatemt such as perm so it was in pretty good condition anyway so didn't need much maintenance.

Nothing much has changed apart from the fact I now use a coconut based shampoo and conditioner from Alberto Balsam as I have a slight obsession with coconut scents and has a nourishing quality. I have my hair ombréd blonde so my hair is much drier than it was. Before going in the shower, I use the OGX coconut hair oil which helps to condition my hair before washing and give it the oil that it needs. Once I am out of the shower, I towel dry my hair and run a mixture of both the OGX oil with the John Frieda Hair Elixir which helps me to brush through my hair easier and leaves it really glossy, shiny and healthy looking.

In order to style it, I will often plait my hair when it it a little damp to give waves that last a few days and means that I do not have to use heat everyday on my hair. The other option is to straighten my hair and will do this everyday to remove and if the slight frizz and bobble marks that may be in my hair.

Are there any key products that you couldnt be without for you hair?

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed

Chloe x

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Victoria Secret: Spray Collection

First of all, I would like to apologise for those of you that have been visiting but haven't had a post to read for the past 4 weeks. I have been busy with college, exam prep and then the actual exam but everything is all complete now so I have time to write and upload again.

I'm sure you have seen the 'What Instagram Made Me Buy' trend that has been going round. One thing that Instagram made me buy was the Victoria Secret body mists and sprays. It started with the fragrance mists in: Coconut Passion (250ml) and Pure Seduction (250ml). I then saw the smaller mists that are the same scents as the perfumes. These are much more handbag friendly (75ml) so over 2 visits I picked up 2 of the Scandalous mists and an Intense mist. I then bought a rollerball in the scent Scandalous Dare (7ml).

I love all of the scents and wear them on a regular basis. I am usually wearing the body mists in Scandalous and Intense the most as it is normally in my bag or at the front of my perfumes. I would highly recommend buying them as the scent lasts for a decent amount of time. 

Despite it being an Instagram influence purchase, I am so glad I fell for it but the problem now it knowing when enough is enough and resisting the temptation to buy more scents.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed

Chloe x

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter 2017!

I hope you all have a lovely Easter Sunday with your family. Even if you aren't religious (like me), it is always a great time to see and spend time with family. A great way to spend some quality time could involve a bit of baking, games or if you're feeling a bit of a big kid, maybe even an Easter egg hunt.

I might make some Easter nests with cornflakes, chocolate and some mini eggs as a little treat. The great thing about these is that they are quick and can even be made gluten free using gluten free cornflakes. This means that a certain someone doesn't have to miss out.

Happy Easter 2017!

Chloe x

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Victoria Secret Velvet Matte Cream Lip Stain

I'm sure near enough every girl has one of the Victoria Secret Body Mists. When I saw the makeup bits they had, I had to try the lip creams. Many people at the moment are loving matte lip look but I find that some can be really drying on my lips and hate the feeling. 

However, with the VS ones, they are velvet so do not dry your lips out but still sort of look matte. I find this much better as they last longer than a normal lipstick but aren't drying like completely matte liquid lipsticks.

Another bonus is that the VS ones are also a stain so wear evenly on the lips. This allows you to add a  lip balm when the lip cream has worn off and still look as if you have something more pigmented. The lip creams are really pigmented and easy to apply. I have the shades Desire (Red), Tempting (Coral) and Adored (Light Nude Pink).

I would highly recommend these lip products!

Have you tried anything from the Victoria Secret Beauty Line?

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed,

Chloe x

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

If you live in the UK, you will know that today is Mother's Day. A day to celebrate and thank Mum's for everything that they do for us. If you haven't already got your Mum something, consider this as a prompt and go now. (Flowers and a card always go down a treat!)

I really appreciate everything that my Mum does for me and can't thank her enough for always being there for me. She will always put me and my brother before anything and will always be there to support us both.

I just want to say, Happy Mother's Day to all those Mum's out there, you're amazing and thanks for everything that you do for us!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed,

Chloe x

Sunday, 19 March 2017

MAC Amber X9 Palette

Sorry about the lack of posts recently, I have been fairly busy with college work and that has taken priority obviously. However, I wanted to still try and be frequent with my posts so have upload this week.

I was bought this palette as a Christmas present of a family friend. I love the idea that you get a variety of different nude shades within the palette and it is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. As it says, you get 9 shades which are both matte and shimmer so have a good variety and it handy if you are travelling as they are all together and comes in a sturdy plastic case. The only thing that annoys me with MAC eyeshadows is that fact they take a while to get a good pay off in colour. It seems as the top of the shadow has a protective layer within the shadow. But once they have been used a couple of times, they are fine. (The pay off isn't as good as Makeup Geek shadows and they are cheaper than MAC!)

I have been using the top right (pinkish) shade all over my lid and the middle right shade (light brown) in the crease to create a neutral matte eye look. It isn't obvious I have eyeshadow on but can tell a little if you know what I mean?

However, this is a great palette for starting out in makeup and want to experiment a little  but still keeping with the nude/neutral look so it isn't too intense. It is £25 and the shadows are smaller than the individual pans so something the think about.

Again, sorry about the lack of posts recently, everything will be back to normal!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed,

Chloe x