How to spend a long weekend in Prague 🏰

A view of Prague Castle from the Vltava River, Prague

A long weekend in Prague – surrounded by pastel-coloured views and terracotta roofs

Prague has always fascinated me – pretty buildings, cultural attractions, and an affordable price tag, what more could a girl want from a city break?

With all that in mind, a weekend in this scenic city was definitely on the cards, and Prague was the next destination myself and my boyfriend had planned to visit in Europe. Here is our guide to a long weekend in Prague.

Our mini adventure would begin after a night’s sleep in our okay-ish hotel. The Hotel Colosseum was well located to attractions and to be honest, pretty cheap. I’m not snobby when it comes to hotels, I literally sleep there. 

Seeing the quirky Dancing House

The Hotel Colosseum was less than five minutes from the celebrated Dancing House or ‘Fred and Ginger’ and this was our first stop.

This deconstructivist style building features quirky architectural design and fascinates many in its place amongst a myriad of Baroque, Rococo and Renaissance buildings, to name a few architectural styles found within Prague.

Church of Our Lady before Týn, Old Town, Prague
Church of Our Lady before Týn, Old Town

Step back in time in the Old Town

We gave the Dancing House a quick glance and raced towards the UNESCO-listed Old Town – naturally.

Stepping into the Old Town in Prague is very charming, lined with ornate buildings, street food vendors, the grand Church of Our Lady before Týn and of course, the wonderful Astronomical Clock.

Embellished with cobbled streets, Gothic churches and an array of architectural styles, the whole city is very romantic. Our favourite start to each day was coffee together in the Old Town square each morning.

Czech out the local delicacies and try traditional trdelník

While in Prague, be sure to sample some Czech delicacies by indulging in some delicious street food.

Local delicacies include trdelník (a spiralised pastry with delicious fillings), as well as famed sausages and hams.

Watch the Astronomical Clock procession

What did we love most about the quaint Old Town and its buzzing square? It would have to be the famed Astronomical Clock.

Be sure to await the hourly procession for a truly lovely show, with rhythmic chimes and animated figures. We managed to miss it about eight times during our stay before finally seeing it!

Astronomical Clock and Church of Our Lady before Týn, Old Town, Prague
Astronomical Clock and Church of Our Lady before Týn, Old Town

Another cultural delight that mesmerised me was the exquisite Gothic Church of our Lady on Tyn. It is a grand building that dominates the Old Town skyline.

Its interior is almost as astounding as its exterior and it dates back to the 14th century.

Get lost for a moment in Letenské Sady Park

However,  there is another church that dominates the Prague cityscape, and that is St. Vitus Cathedral, a beautiful church within the mighty walls of the Prague Castle compound.

Uphill, we made our way through the lush Letenské Sady Park to the castle. There is so much green space in Prague, it is truly fabulous. 

A view on the descent towards Prague Castle, Prague
A view of the descent toward Prague Castle

Once you have made your way to the top of Letenské Sady, ensure to stop a moment and appreciate the wonderful view of the city beneath you. It is so picturesque, a sea of pastel houses, terracotta roofs, and trams.

Prague is separated by the delicate and winding Vltava river and within the park, you get to see a magical birdseye view of it.

See how the other half lived at Prague Castle

As you enter, you’ll need to purchase a ticket for Prague Castle. Within Prague Castle’s compound, you’ll find:

  • Old Royal Palace
  • St. Vitus Catherdral
  • Golden Lane
  • St. George’s Basilica Detail
  • The Story of the Prague Castle
  • Great South Tower of the Cathedral 
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St. Vitus Cathedral

Discover the ornate St. Vitus Cathedral

For me, St. Vitus Cathedral is the focal point of the area. Its dark exterior boldly contrasts against the smooth and light pastel walls surrounding it.

Similar to the other churches in Prague, the interior is sublime, truly beautiful for any fan of churches.

Take a stroll down the colourful Golden Lane

After a rather disappointing venture into the castle’s interior, we had a bite to eat and wandered down towards Golden Lane, a collection of former and rather cosmopolitan-looking homes of seamstresses, moviemakers, and herbalists that used to live within the castle grounds.

Golden Lane, Prague Castle, Prague
Golden Lane, Prague Castle

Walk with saints at Charles Bridge

Afterward, we went to Charles Bridge. Strolling along the winding Vltava River it is almost impossible to miss the entrance to the grand Charles Bridge. It becomes an even more impressive affair as you cross it, adorned with religious statues along its ancient stone walls.

A view of Charles Bridge from the Vltava River, Prague
A view of Charles Bridge from the Vltava River

Step into a fairytale in Malá Strana

Charles Bridge connects the Old Town with the pastel-coloured streets of the historic district of Malá Strana. It is like crossing into a fairytale, with many a ‘wow’ moment.

The historic district of Malá Strana, Prague
The historic district of Malá Strana, Prague

Take a snap at the John Lennon Wall

The backstreets of Malá Strana are amazing to wander. You will discover an array of food vendors, cosy riverside views and sweet lock bridges in abundance.

An interesting stop in the area, is the John Lennon Wall. A graffiti shine to the late Beatles singer and songwriter which is adorned with some peculiar quotes and imagery.

The vibrant John Lennon Wall, Prague
The vibrant John Lennon Wall

Discover the castle ruins at Petřín Hill

We took the steep climb from Malá Strana, past the exquisite Baroque St. Nicholas Church, up to Petřín Hill to explore some more. Here we discovered more incredible views alongside the old castle ruins.

It really is nice to just step away from the city for a moment to stop and see it all. We decided against Petřín Tower, already having gained some incredible views from walking through the parks alone.

The view from Petřín Hill, Prague
The view from Petřín Hill

Sip unique cocktails at AnonymouS Bar

After all the walking and with a recommendation from a friend, we decided to celebrate one evening with a few quirky cocktails at AnonymouS Bar.

Tucked away near Old Town Square, this quirky bar sells some strong cocktails and does so in an animated and exciting fashion. Trust me on this one, try it out and try to get a glimpse of the secret menu.

How did we find our long weekend in Prague?

Prague is a truly romantic city brimming with things to see and do. If you’re looking for a European city break with some flair, opt for a long weekend in Prague!

After our whirlwind weekend, we managed to walk about 30 miles (public transport really isn’t too necessary), see all of the attractions we desired, and had a truly amazing time.

I would recommend Prague to anyone and would be more than happy to give some advice if needed!

Have you been to Prague? Where is the next European destination on your travel list?

Stephanie xox

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Why Studio Ghibli is better than Disney

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The great animation debate: Studio Ghibli versus Disney

Disney is a universal brand, a timeless reflection back to our youth. It is brimming with fond memories of cinema trips and cosy nights in with the family. Tales of traditionally ‘perfect’ Princesses, talking animals and sing-along-songs. The companies ability to hold a special place in the hearts of each generation for almost a century is admirable. So, why is Studio Ghibli, the Japanese counterpart for the East, so much more?

For those who do not know of Studio Ghibli, it was founded in 1985, around 62 years after its fair-to-say rival, Disney. The Japanese company has created over 20 beautiful animated feature films to date, with their own array of wonderfully crafted heroes and heroines.

The two animation giants undoubtedly share similar traits, their work is utterly timeless and adored globally. However, it is a belief shared by many that the East began to take over the West when it came to quality animation, and there are a fair few reasons why Studio Ghibli will always surpass Disney.

Growing up, I watched both Disney and Studio Ghibli films, and the latter continues to move me as I edge towards my mid-twenties (a scary prospect). The heart of Studio Ghibli stems from its animation team, especially from the creative brain of the former lead director, Hayao Miyazaki, who created something with a far deeper moralistic and feminist meaning.

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Why are strong female leads so important in animation?

Like many, I found myself learning far more from Studio Ghibli, with their tales of female struggle and empowerment (most films tend to have a strong female lead). Unlike the Disney Princesses, the heroines are relatable without the patronising undertone and the magic and depth of their fantasy tales awakens the attention of adults, as well as presenting important moral dilemmas and messages for children watching.

Looking at the female leads in Disney films (predominantly the Disney Princesses) in comparison to those in Studio Ghibli, a striking difference will continuously manifest itself. Time and time again in Disney, it will be seen that these princesses are overtly defenseless without the men in their lives to rescue them (Mulan, Merida and the new Princess Moana being the few exceptions).

Compare this to Studio Ghibli, and you will find feminist icons in abundance,  the majority of Ghibli films have an admirable and strong female lead. Miyazaki says:

“Many of my movies have strong female leads – brave, self-sufficient girls that don’t think twice about fighting for what they believe in with all their heart. They’ll need a friend, or a supporter, but never a savior. Any woman is just as capable of being a hero as any man.”

Not relying on a man (or anyone for that matter) is a recurring theme, everyone is seen as equal in the gender Olympic’s and this is just wonderful for the self-esteem of a small child, who doesn’t love feeling empowered and equal?

Why is female empowerment needed in animation?

An example of utter reliance on men is presented to us in The Little Mermaid (Disney). Our leading mermaid, Ariel, plays centre-stage under the sea, she is beautiful, feisty and terribly naive. Of course, she falls head-over-heels for the ‘wrong’ guy in the opinion of her father, whom she then desperately seeks out upon the land in exchange for her voice. He notices her, but not enough to avoid being bewitched and ensnared by a witch. Says it all but a happy ending is guaranteed, this is Disney.

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Compare this with female protagonist Sophie of Howl’s Moving Castle (Studio Ghibli), and you are presented with a self-conscious wallflower.

Sophie is plain and unnoticed, obviously reinforced as viewers see that even her own mother fails to realise her transformation from a young girl into a twisted hag. This ordinary girl, no ‘beauty’ on her side, must seek out a wizard whose attention she had caught in her youthful state. Sophie cannot speak a word to anyone about the curse and therefore must lurk around until she can figure out how to break it herself, while her wizarding companion is on a quest to find himself also.

There is far more depth to Sophie, she’s opinionated, brash and stern (probably something to do with the aged state and being utterly fed up). Whereas Ariel is presented as emotionally motivated and stroppy, only seeking her happiness as an end goal and caring little for the loss of those around her (particularly her somewhat overbearing father who is terrified about her disappearance). On the other hand, Sophie seeks to help all those around her, she is a complex character whose love and compassion motivates her throughout, perhaps even at her own expense and happiness at times.

The problem with Disney is that helplessness, ‘love’ and beauty define the Princesses. With Studio Ghibli, beauty isn’t key, the female leads are admired for their strength, journey, and powerful hearts. It is a stark and reoccurring difference, just select any Disney or Studio Ghibli film.

Some critics argue that Studio Ghibli films exploit these young heroines. However, It would seem that the consensus argues that Ghibli, in fact, challenges girls to solve their own problems. Saying this, modern Disney appears to have approached this too with ‘stronger’ characters such as Mulan and Merida, to name a few. In contrast, Studio Ghibli has been doing this with his characters since day one, in a culture often perplexed by such dominating female empowerment.

Another perk is that Studio Ghibli animations provide far more cultural exploration for us Westerners and prove themselves to be culturally apt. Whereas Disney often fails to truly embrace the cultures of their Princesses in their locality.

Often you will hear of Disneyland being the ‘most magical place on earth’, its stories the basis for this magic. I argue that Studio Ghibli offers far more magic, it teaches us to be kind, to not judge, to respect and cherish our environment (nature being of great religious importance to the Japanese), that pacifism can work and childhood transitioning is tough, no one can save you from it but you.

Their stories are creative, with complex and challenging storylines, developed and iconic characters, heartwarming and meaningful messages, embellished with beautiful animation. Studio Ghibli will remain timeless to its audience, holding many an animated heart for a lifetime with their emotion invoking work. The core and important message will stay the same, despite your gender, appearance, size or background, you can achieve anything you want to, and this is why Studio Ghibli will always surpass Disney.

Does your heart remain with Disney or Studio Ghibli? What is your favourite Ghibli film?

Stephanie xox

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Beauty: ImPress Nails

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impress nails review

I’ve been having a bit of a nightmare with my nails of late, I say a bit, they are in an utterly dreadful state. After falling madly and deeply in love with acrylics, I soon discovered the sorry state that they had left my nails in.

I am now in the process of attempting to grow them naturally. So, when I came across the ImPress stick-on nails, I was rather excited. My initial reaction was how pretty they were – everyone loves a bit of glitter – and how lovely the nail varnish bottle shaped packaging they came in was.

Taking them out of their rather cute casing, I cleaned my nails with the provided wipe, roughened their surface a little with the inclusive file, and peeled off the plastic tab on each nail. Application of the nails was an utter breeze, with each nail firmly sticking on due to its gelled backing.

SO, What did i think of the stick-on impress nails?

They look absolutely wonderful on, and I wish my nails could actually look this pretty daily! Although seemingly secure, unfortunately, I did lose a thumb nail by day two and had to seek out some nail glue elsewhere. Although I salvaged it and reapplied the nail, it was a shame that it hadn’t lasted its promised week.

However, the rest have been very secure, and I do partly blame my long hair for catching the nails and teasing them up. This isn’t overly practical for someone who commutes in rush hour within London daily – my hair is literally everywhere.

Overall, I am very impressed with the ImPress nails, the selection available is extensive – and fabulous – and they really are a great alternative to acrylics and gels. I have found them to damage my nails so terribly now that I will probably avoid them all together now. If you are looking to grow your nails without damage, ImPress nails are for you.

Have you tried ImPress nails? What do you think of the ones I have chosen?
Stephanie xox

Beauty: Lottie London Makeup Brushes

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Lottie London Pastel Makeup Brushes Review

It is never easy shopping for makeup brushes, especially with so many available nowadays, the market is getting slightly saturated with promises galore. However, I think I may have just found my new favourite makeup brushes.

Lottie London, are a relatively new makeup brush brand on the scene, and their pastel coloured makeup brushes are to die for, they are literally so beautiful and ever the bristles are colour-tipped – a cute little detail in my opinion. 

The pretty Lottie London Pastel Makeup Brushes are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and super affordable, and there is an incredible collection available.

So, how do I feel about the Lottie London Pastel Makeup Brushes?

With super soft but firm synthetic bristles and a weight to the brushes, makeup application is wonderfully precise. They are easily cleaned and available in a great array of bright colours, what more could you want from your makeup brushes?

These makeup brushes are utter perfection, I have currently invested in their entire eye makeup brush collection and I have to say, I am optimistic to nab them all. You can buy Lottie London makeup brushes at Superdrug – you will love their chic monochrome packaging.

Do you have any of the Lottie London Makeup Brushes? Which is your favourite? 

Stephanie xox

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L’Oreal Gold Obsession Lipstick in Pure Gold

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L’Oreal Gold Obsession in Pure Gold Lipstick Review

Well, after investing and falling head-over-heels in love with the L’Oreal Gold Obsession in Nude Gold, the only next logical step was to make the Pure Gold shade my own (I still want them all).

Bought alongside the Le Lip Liner Magique (a multi-use transparent lip liner), I am delighted with this oh-so-unique shade. I can see why the L’Oreal Gold Obsession in Pure Gold is the headlining item in the Color Riche range and why this collection is so popular.

Like the L’Oreal Gold Obsession in Nude Gold, I noticed the Pure Gold shade lipstick lasted after application. All the lipsticks in the Color Riche collection are moisturising due to a combination of Omega-3 oils and Vitamin E.

In the collection, there are “5 iconic shades to suit every skin tone; Nude Gold, Rose Gold, Rouge Gold, Plum Gold, as well as a statement Pure Gold shade.”

So, how do I feel about the L’Oreal Gold Obsession in Pure Gold lipstick?

What I adore about the Pure Gold shade is that it is beautifully pigmented, a truly mesmerising metallic finished with gold shimmer. You can layer to create a more dramatic effect if desired and it is bold without being brash.

This shade can be used alone or applied over others, team with your favourite statement lipstick for added wow factor. Depending on how daring you are, the Pure Gold shade can be used throughout the day, it doesn’t just have to be a late night love affair.

I found myself only reapplying once throughout the evening and remained subtly sparkly throughout my delicious anniversary dinner (officially over a year, yay!). The texture of this lipstick is wonderful, with a smooth application that lasts. Everyone needs this unique stand-out lipstick in their collection, without a doubt.

Have you tried the L’Oreal Gold Obsession lipsticks? Which shade would you choose?

Stephanie xox

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Strobe Highlighter Moon Glow Light by Revolution Beauty London

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Revolution Beauty London Strobe Highlighter Moon Glow Lights

When it comes to highlighting, contouring and the like, I am a self-confessed novice. However, I am improving and one day I may just get there!

While looking to improve these skills and thus intensely browsing for an affordable (and pretty pink) highlighter, I came across this Revolution Beauty London beauty.

The Revolution Beauty London Strobe Highlighter Moon Glow Lights is a strobe highlighter and it is perfect for illuminating the face alongside, or instead of contouring.

Now, do be warned that the strobe highlighter offers a buildable and subtle shimmer. If you are looking for a dramatic look, you may want to look elsewhere.

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So, how do I feel about the Revolution Beauty London Strobe Highlighter Moon Glow Lights?

Saying this, you can indeed build on and continuously layer this product if you so choose. Revolution Beauty London says, “capture the light with our strobe highlighters… the light powder gives a natural illumination to the skin by diffusing the light. Can be applied both wet or dry for different intensities and very buildable.”

The beauty of this highlighter is that it can literally be used all over your face, and it is perfect for adding shimmer. For a more defined glow, I tend to use it under my brow bone, diagonally across my cheekbones and lightly atop my cupid’s bow.

My only vice with this product is the packaging. Other than that, this is my new and affordable beauty staple highlighter for whenever I need a subtle go-to glow.

What do you think of the Strobe Highlighter? Which highlighter do you use?

Stephanie xox

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Affordable birthstone rings by jewellerybox.co.uk 💍

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September Birthstone Ring by jewellerybox

What girl doesn’t love a sparkly ring on her finger? Even more so when it is an absolute steal. While browsing the jewellerybox website I utterly fell for this sterling silver sapphire gemstone ring*.

When it arrived a few days later in the quaintest little box (just look at all the love and care put into the packaging) I could not wait to see it. Inside was the most dainty ring, a slender sterling silver band adorned with a sapphire gemstone.

Due to its slim band, this ring is absolutely perfect to stack alongside other rings and there are an array of rings on the jewellerybox website for it to be placed atop. Just think of the pretty stacked creations you could be wearing!

Now, the avid reader will realise that I am in fact an August baby, and thus, a peridot would be my gemstone. However, the deep blue of the sapphire stole my heart in this case and I went against the zodiac, stars and astronomy.

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So, what do think of the September Birthstone Ring?

Do not fear though, because each star sign is covered and there is a wonderful array of birthstone rings, earrings and necklaces at jewellerybox, making the collection a perfect present all-year-round for that special someone in your life.

When it comes to jewellery, everything I wear must be sterling silver or gold. This isn’t due to some deep-rooted snobbery as unfortunately I flair up within the hour. As you can imagine, this can be pretty pricey if I want to accessorise myself (hence why I am so delighted with my new ring and its ability to match my outfits).

Honestly, the amount of affordable and fashionable jewellery on the website is astonishing, and all of the extensive collection is sterling silver or 9ct gold (so no itchy ears, hands or necks – jewellerybox are assay assured so quality is guaranteed) so you can cast all that tacky faded costume jewellery aside.

If you are wondering what to get as a gift, now you know (you can thank me later).

What do you think of my sapphire gemstone ring? What is your favourite product on the jewellerybox website? 

Stephanie xox

Falling for L’Oreal Gold Obsession Lipstick in Nude Gold 💄

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L’Oreal Gold Obsession Lipstick in Nude Gold Review

With Autumn well and truly here, it is that time of the year where we get super snug in cosy jumpers, don our jeans and dust down our leather boots. Oh, and invest heavily in nude and red lipsticks. Obviously.

Thanks to a raging storm on social media (Twitter and Instagram – I’m looking at you), I caved and invested in the L’oreal Gold Obsession Lipstick in Nude Gold (I wanted more).

So, after a little daytime trip to Boots with mother dearest and a birthday gift card in tow, this little beauty was mine. Now, I am not a super fan of L’Oreal and I must admit that I only have a few of their lipsticks in my collection (Hello, MAC, NYX and YSL). However, this is something a little bit special.

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So, what do I think of the L’Oreal Gold Obsession lipstick in Nude Gold?

I’m slightly in love with this lipstick for numerous reasons. Firstly, the variety of rich shades makes for a fabulous base set in my opinion, here’s to hoping they expand the collection with its new found popularity. So far we have “5 iconic shades to suit every skin tone; Nude Gold, Rose Gold, Rouge Gold, Plum Gold, as well as a statement Pure Gold shade”. The Pure Gold really does look amazing, will I be so daring on my next shopping spree?

While swatching away, I found the L’Oreal Gold Obsession lipsticks to be beautifully pigmented, each infused with a non-offensive gold shimmer overlay (don’t worry about looking like a 5-year-old with her first glitter ‘lipstick’) that leaves you with a metallic glossy finish.

I soon realised the once applied, the L’Oreal Gold Obsession lipsticks last for quite some time and are so far proving to be rather moisturising (thanks to the combination of Omega-3 oils and Vitamin E, hallelujah!). I found myself only reapplying once throughout my busy day and overall I remained wonderfully shimmery. The texture of the lipstick is a marvel too, gliding on wonderfully. I think I may have just found my new statement nude lipstick, who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle?

Have you tried the L’Oreal Gold Obsession lipsticks? Which shade would you choose?

Stephanie xox

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Film: Bridget Jones Baby

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Bridget Jones Baby Film Review

Who doesn’t love a romantic comedy? Even when you enter the cinema full well knowing that said rom-com is going to be both a charming and chaotic nightmare. You would not expect anything less from Miss Jones.

Bridget Jones (played by Renee Zellweger), first stole our hearts with her relatable and ditzy ways back in 2001 in Bridget Jones Diary, a single woman in her early 30s searching for love in all the wrong places. The first movie beautifully playing out the yearning for the notorious bad boy (Daniel Cleaver, as played by Hugh Grant) versus the oh-so-conservative, Mr. Nice (Mark Darcy, as played by Colin Firth). During which time, the leading lady relentlessly strived towards being the epitome of feminine beauty and health, of course.

After we presumed a happy-ever-after upon the closing scenes of Bridget Jones Diary: The Edge of Reason of 2004, the emotionally-constipated Mark Darcy is no more, the engagement has been called off and he has married another woman. The callous cad!

We’ve skipped forward more than a decade with the belated Bridget Jones Baby, the teenagers, and adults of the noughties filled with wonderful nostalgia and optimism for Bridget as she celebrates her 43rd birthday. The diary is long gone (hello subtle Apple promotion of the iPad), Bridget is a ‘respected’ career woman, still single (WHAT? Yes, you heard it. Single!) and secretly yearning for a future of motherhood. The ‘normality’ she sees in her friends who surround her with busy family schedules is a perpetual reminder of where she should be in life, the heart of a nuclear family.

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On the verge of breaking point, she is tricked into a rambunctious trip to Bestival, meeting a somewhat narcissistic American (Patrick Dempsey as Jack Qwant, a multi-millionaire mogul – where on earth does she meet these men?!) for a night of no-strings-attached fun in an attempt to lessen her woes. This is shortly followed by an intoxicated rendezvous at a baptism after-party with a devilishly handsome (if I do say so myself) old flame (Hello again, Firth). With these fleeting and haphazardous intimate moments, the damage is done.

Obviously, there is a baby involved somewhere in all this madness, and the now pregnant Bridget must determine the father, having got herself in said pickle with some out-of-date vegan condoms (now there is a lesson to play responsibly, kids).

Going through the pregnancy the two men fight for her affection, doing so in a verging on patronising fashion, both desperate to be the father. Unlike the previous films, genuine heart touching moments are plentiful and you really do see the maturity and vulnerability of the characters throughout the film.

‘Sometimes you love a person because of all the reasons they’re not like you. Sometimes you love a person because they feel like home.’

Without risking spoilers, Bridget Jones Baby is a wonderful film in its own right and should be praised as the concluding chapter of the wonderful Miss. Jones life. It was not nearly as Mamma Mia as I presumed and was a touching reflection on the life of a modern day heroine/hot mess. If you are a fan, Bridget Jones Baby is definitely worth a watch.

Beauty: NYX Lip Cream Copenhagen

 

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NYX lip cream in Copenhagen review

I have found a new love in the form of lip creams. NYX, where have you been all my life? The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream collection features a wonderful variety of 19 shades, each quirkily named after a capital city (I think that is pretty cool myself). My first adventure with the collection? Well, no other than the wonderful NYX Lip Cream Copenhagen.

Now, the soft matte lip cream is a tad confusing, it is not quite a lip gloss and not quite a lipstick. It is, in itself, a wonderful combination of velvet textured application, immensely pigmented and vivid colour, with a sensationally bold matte finish. At the end of the day, what is not to love?

Oh, and as for the colour of Copenhagen, it is to die for, almost like a burnt burgandy shade. Although it is very stand out – for all the right reasons may I add – it works in the daytime as well as the night, encouraging an array of complementary comments and questions. Yes, it really IS a fiver.

 

So, how do I feel about the NYX lip cream in Copenhagen?

However, this vivacious beauty product has a slight flaw when it comes to its lasting power, it isn’t amazing but it is in no way terrible. Considering the absolute steal when it comes to the price of the product, one can hardly complain. A few silky smooth applications throughout the day and this can be quickly overlooked.

Another wonder of this lip cream is that unlike many other similar products, it does not dry out your lips! How it can leave a pristine matte finish and hydrated lips is a tad baffling, it would seem that the lip cream gods and goddesses at NYX are certainly doing something right!

The NYX website is currently being revamped, but fear not, you can grab your own lip cream at SelfridgesBoots or ASOS.

Unfortunately, for now at least, this is as close to the city of Copenhagen as I am going to get. It would appear that my wanderlust will have to be satisfied with more NYX lip creams, but that is hardly a bad deal, is it?

Have you tried any of the NYX Lip Creams? Which shade is your favourite?

Stephanie xox