What To Do and See in Barcelona - Photo Diary

Barcelona has been on my bucket list for years, and I finally got to visit at the beginning of July. I soaked up the sun as well as the culture. We only stayed Monday to Friday morning so we had to cram attractions in, I thought I'd share the my favourite parts in photos.

Sagrada Familia
The basilica created by Gaudi is a must see when staying in Barcelona. The outside is still under construction and has a completion date of 2026, it's incredible in it's size. In all honesty, it's a little crazy. Statues, carvings and features adorn the outside, you could stare for hours, looking at every little feature.
I'm not a spiritual person but I was in awe at the architectural genius and how light was used to create a awe inspiring view and atmosphere.
I would recommend buying tickets for this in peak summer times, it cost under 20 euros for an audio guided tour.

Park Guell
Higher up in the hills sits Parc Guell, a stunning woodland area with mosaic buildings and houses. Many people sit and pose on the famous tiled waved seats for their photo to be taken and below sits the mosaic houses. These houses were originally meant as a luxury housing for the well off, sadly the Parc didn't have many buyers so it was bought out and made into a tourist attraction soon after. Another artistic influence to the city's lively culture. You need tickets to go down into the monument area, but the grounds are free to roam. I would also advise buying tickets in advance for this, they cost around 4.90 euros to visit the monument area.

Barcelona Cathedral
Tucked away down side streets is the Barcelona Cathedral. Not as grand as the Sagrada Familia but it's rich in history. You can also tour the buildings and areas with tickets but we just explored the outer walls and took photos.
La Ramblas
Our hotel was located about a 10 minute walk from La Ramblas; a busy tourist street which is filled with shops and restaurants. This area is infamous for pick pockets, so please do be on your guard, we didn't have any trouble though. You can find the make-up mothership Sephora at the top end and European shops like Pull and Bear, H&M and Zara in this area.

Cable Cars
The best way to take in the views if you aren't scared of heights. You can either go up into the hills to the castle or down to the beach.

St Josep La Boqueria Food Market
I didn't really think I would enjoy visiting a food market but an hour later I had hundreds of snaps and 20 euro worth of sweets. The colours and smells are incredible, it's a delight for the senses. I would recommend going in the morning when everything is super fresh and there are less tourists.

Barcelona was such a stunning, vibrant city and I loved every minute of it. So glad I ticked it off my bucket list!

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An Ode to Peony and Blush Suede

Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede Fragrance Review
Oh how I underestimated your beauty, I love you Peony and Blush Suede.

I really didn't know where to start with Jo Malone scents as they have strange fragrance combinations, like Sea Salt and Wood Sage and Earl Grey and Cucumber. I don't have a counter near me and buying a scent online would be very risky, but I finally got the opportunity to peruse the counter at Manchester Airport Terminal 1.

The counters themselves are beautiful, the black and white chic packaging is reflected in the decor and the staff were lovely. I sampled their signature scents but one in particular caught my attention; Peony and Blush Suede.

It's incredible, honestly it is. It's a light, classic floral scent, which I imagine would suit everyone. It's an instant mood booster for me when I smell it too.

Jo Malone Counter Review

I really underestimated the quality of the fragrance, it's very long lasting and I can smell it on myself, unlike most of my perfumes.

I've kept the precious glass bottle in it's box for safe keeping, a 'best' perfume to be brought out on those special occasions or when I'm feeling down.

I thoroughly recommend treating yourself to a Jo Malone fragrance. well worth the price!

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Disappointing Products from Eye of Horus - Goddess Eyeliner, Mascara and Brow Pencil

Eye of Horus Review Disappointing

When I opened the package of Eye of Horus goodies I was super excited, it was filled with liners, a mascara and a brow product - staples in my make-up bag. I love the sleek black and gold packaging and was super impressed with how long the eye liner pencils were, giving you plenty of product.

I trialled the Goddess Pencil Eyeliner, £17 first, they are their signature products. I have the classic black, teal and bronze shades. I was hoping for super pigmented creamy formulas but I was disappointed. The colour just didn't want to transfer on my waterline even after I went over it a few times. As for lining the lash line, they were okay but I much prefer my Rimmel Eyeliners, as they are softer and don't drag as much.

Eye of Horus Review Eyeliner, Mascara and Brow Pencil

The Goddess Mascara, £19 sadly was another disappointment. It did nothing to my lashes, which is a shame as the wand and brushes look really good. I had to quickly stick another mascara over the top to save my lashes before I left the house. I'll be binning this!

The only product I liked was the Dual Brow Perfect, £15, it's an EXACT dupe for the new Soap and Glory Dual Eyebrow Pencil - same packaging just a different logo. The pencil is a slanted perfect for creating those defined angles and the brow gel doesn't leave your brows crispy. Would I repurchase? No, I'd get the Soap and Glory one, as I can just pop to Boots.

If you did want to try Eye of Horus products they are available on Beauty Bay.

As you can see my reviews are always honest, even when the products are press samples!
*This post contains PR samples

EDIT: After chatting to Georgina (foxonthahunt) on Twitter, she loved t the products, I decided to sharpen the pencils to see if that improved the pigmentation. It actually did!!! I'm not sure if mine had a funny film over the top layer to prevent the colour coming through but they seem better now. As for the mascara I still think there is no hope for that product.

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Kiko Haul - Eyeshadows, Eye Pencils, Eyeshadow Sticks and Modern Tribe Blusher Brush Review

I haven't spent any money on new make-up in ages. You'll all doubt me on this as I'm always posting new products but I get sent a lot of items, so I don't actually purchase much myself. Of course, I repurchase my favourites but I haven't splurged on any new items in a long while.

Kiko sent me an email stating they had a sale and before you know it I had items in my basket; ready to check out. Please note any prices that I quote are from their sale, I'm looking at my order to see how much I paid at the time, these may go back to full price after the sale period.

Kiko Sale Haul

The first things that slipped into my basket were the Long Lasting Eyeshadow Sticks. I'd heard that they were excellent dupes for the By Terry Ombre Black Stars, which are priced at £29; where as the Kiko ones are priced at £6.90, a bargain!  The shades I choose were 37 Burgundy and 05 Rosy Brown, which is meant to be an exact dupe for the Ombre BlackStar shade called Misty Rock, Vivianna Does Makeup and Lily Pebbles are both fans. 
The quality and blend-ability of these eyeshadow stick is fantastic and they don't crease once they have set. I usually blend the edges of the colour with my MAC 217 brush and just apply mascara and eyeliner for an effortless everyday look.

Kiko Eyeshadow Sticks By Terry Ombre BlackStar Misty Rock Dupe

I thought I'd give their powder eyeshadows a whirl too. I picked out another burgundy shade, which is called 137 Pearly Copper. I know that red shades work well with green eyes, hence the two burgundy shades in this haul. I also purchased 116 Pearly Forest Green, again good for green eyes and 166 Satin Midnight Blue, which was inspired by Amelia Liana. She created an amazing blue smoky eye look a few months back. These only cost £2.00 with discounts, I was tempted to get more but I'm tight on storage space.

Kiko Haul Eyeshadow Review

The Kiko Water Eyeshadows are phenomenal, very smooth in formula and they glisten beautifully. You can also use these shadows wet and pack them on like pigments. I went for the shade 209 Olive Green, it's a beauty!

Two Glamorous Eye Pencils found their way into my order as they were just £2.90. I have plenty of black liners, so I wanted some eye colour enhancing shades, (can you see a theme here). I choose 403 Burnt Sienna Earth and 404 Plum. These aren't as creamy as I would have liked, they are a hard pencil, which does take some work to get colour pay off. I'm not super disappointed as they were so cheap. An alternative would be Maybelline or Rimmel's coloured liners, these are both more creamy and pigmented.

Kiko Glamourous Eye Pencil Modern Tribes Blusher Brush Review

My haul is very eye make-up oriented isn't it? I did pick up a the Modern Tribe Tri-bal Soul Baked Blush in 03 Wild Mauve but this sadly smashed in transit, hence it's not in the photograph. Luckily I managed to get one while in Barcelona. I had to buy the matching Modern Tribes Blush Brush, it's an interesting shape, which is why I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. The super soft bristles are cut into curved shape intended to hug the contours of your cheek. The blush is domed so it's a perfect fit, but with flat pan blushes you do have to angle and push it into the pan to make sure the whole curve is covered. Blends blusher like a dream!

The Kiko sale is still on, I love the quality and price point of these items, so well worth putting in an order!

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