Nearly three weeks ago on the 3rd of April of this year (2017) I turned 24 years old! Where has the years gone. Who would have thought I would be celebrating my 24th birthday on a cruise ship in the Caribbean! It was only two years ago I was panicking about what I was going to do with my life. Plus in a big chunk of 6 years in life I couldn’t even imagine how I would make it to 24, I couldn’t see that far into the future. I believe I have only started living my life how I want in the past year and a half.
I used to regret the years I was gripped with an eating disorder and anxiety, I felt like i had wasted my life; the crucial years of my life enjoying my teenager and adolescence years where everyone figured themselves out, lived a journey of ups and downs together and was able to handle it. Now a realise the only thing I regret is hurting my body and others I love around me. That part of my life will always be with me as it was my only comfort in my life at that time…it will always be there trying to take control again of my life but I have grown inner strength to finally live my life happy. Nothing is going to change how I live my life now as I have worked too hard…my body doesn’t deserve it. Now 24 in the past year from 23 years old I have found myself again and what my real reason is for living on this earth as me…as Hayley Vincent.
How did I celebrate?
Back home I really don’t get excited for my birthday. It was just another year I had struggled through to get to an older age……this added more panic, stress, hate, loathe and failure as my life wasn’t planning out like I imagined as a little girl. However, now I see my birthday as another year for opportunity, growth, risk, recovery, love and excitement. I celebrate another year of being free and grateful (hence the tattoo I have…to remind me everyday of how far I have come). Another year of being happy for who I am and whatever weight I am.
For my 24th I celebrated on a cruise ship with my extended second family. Living and working on a smaller cruise ship you really end up like family. I celebrated my 24th in Labadee, Haiti….despite visiting there multiple times in this contract and my previous contract I decided to embrace the beauty of the island. Normally I wouldn’t get off in this place as it is all commercialised for the cruise guests (it is part of the island used for the ship), however it is still another island that is beautiful, different culture, different people, amazing scenery….you cannot complain or be ungrateful. However it was a long working day with no time to really celebrate. I ended running an extra activity for the guests on the island and only had a maximum of 3 hours off before I headed back to work. Well them three hours free ended up making my birthday the most special and getting over an enormous fear. I did TWO zip lines!! One of them was 500ft above!!! I didn’t know I was doing it as if I had known I probably would have backed out. It was such a special and memorable day for me. Having someone surprise with this was such a shock….in my head I think I don’t deserve this and if i had known I would have said “no don’t plan this”. It is weird how I got over such a fear with ease, this means to me my anxiety had reduced and I am truly living a free life…I now feel safe in this life and life isn’t against me.
Even though I was exhausted and just wanted to sleep that night, everyone in the team and other people from other departments encouraged me to celebrate at midnight for my birthday. I didn’t even think about this I was just going to sleep as we had an early morning of work again the next day. At this moment I was so happy…..being around people if I have’t known long were making my birthday special. The sports team as normal had a little get together in one of the cabins. I really don’t think about the presents I may receive on my birthday, I would rather just have the people most meaningful to me around me at that time. The team all acted like it wasn’t my birthday and saying they hadn’t got me anything….normal gullible me I believed them but I didn’t care one bit. As long as we were together is all that mattered to me. Suddenly, I had a wrapped present in front of me…a pillow saying ‘blondes have more fun’ that was a gift from the sports team…again I could have cried with happiness. This quote sums me up so well…..I am blonde and now in my new life I have more fun than anymore 🙂
I even got surprised with a cake!!! I will be honest I nearly cried with happiness AGAIN as I didn’t have a clue!!! At midnight everyone sang happy birthday and there was a cake arranged by a certain someone. That moment will be memorable for life. I was with people who I hardly really knew, from all over the world and they were there wanting to celebrate my birthday…..a very special moment filled with gratefulness and true happiness. You learn people aren’t as judgmental as you think, the world is a community and full of acceptance.
This 24th year my goal is to take risks more with my emotions. This means I need to learn to embrace and show different emotions to people. I think I am protecting myself but really I am hiding myself from others. Showing your emotions is a leaning experience that may result in you getting hurt or full of happiness…but you have to take the risk in life.
The next day we was in San Juan, Puerto Rico! My favourite port of the trip!!! Due to rotation of the schedules I didn’t have much time off in port but this worked out the best as I had the evening off where there was an all crew party which I decided to class as my birthday party!!! What a night! Drinking alcohol would normally make me more anxious, I would hate it and feel so self- conscious meaning I drink more and more. With so many people around I felt like I could be 100% myself, I danced the night away and enjoyed my life with people I love.
It was an amazing birthday and I want to thank everyone who made it special for me. The next day we was in St Maarten and I had a nice chilled day full of sunshine, good company and time spent swimming in the sea. Despite everyone feeling slightly fragile from the night before some of the sports team and I dressed up like normal human beings to go for a meal that evening…making this a THREE DAY CELEBRATION!
Turning 24 I didn’t even imagine where I would be in life. It is weird as I don’t know what I want to do in life right now, but I am not panicking about it. I am enjoying travelling, visiting new countries and enjoying meeting new people and living life as me. Meeting so many people in the same boat..literally…has put me at ease. Whatever I want to do in the future will come…..I am no longer planning. I know I am a perfectionist but I have learnt life isn’t about failure to meet your goals…..it is about embracing the small goals you have.
Ok this is a long overdue post as I am now over a month in to my second contract plus I have had 2 and a half month vacation….woops. But oh well trying hard now to get into the hang of things with more regular blog posts but it is kinda hard when I am on a moving ship with limited wifi and not loads of free time….trying is all I can do I guess.
I HAVE SPLIT THIS INTO TWO BLOG POSTS AS IT IS GOING TO BE FAR FAR TOO LONG!!
So this blog post is going to a pretty long one with lots of pictures so I will warn you now, make sure you have good internet before reading this blog post 🙂
Eeeek where do I even begin as these 6 months in 2016 were a massive whirlwind and I can’t remember everything from this contract but I will give it a go. So I received my first contract working on a cruise ship and flew to Bremerhaven, Germany on the 1st April 2016 where the ship was in dry dock as I was doing the Take Out of a NEW ship! For everyone working on ships knows how lucky I am to get this offer for my first ship!!! It all happened so quick from the interview process to finally receiving my letter of employment then before I knew it I was on the plane leaving home for 6+ months!! I have never left home for that amount of time before…I haven’t even been on a plane on my own before so to put it lightly ….I WAS TERRIFIED. I was mixed with emotion…excitement, nervousness, anxiety, scared, but overall I was looking forward to a new adventure to take myself out of my comfort zone. It was time to take the plunge…..
“A ship is safe in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.” – Gael Attal
My Cabin: Sharing with my girl Sammy (Sports Staff)
The take out was amazing! It was hard work with so much to learn but the people I met made it a memorable experience. Learning the job as best as I could before guests came on board was a bonus but I would be still learning on the job throughout my contract. On the second day of being on board it was my 23rd birthday, even though I am not too bothered about celebrating my birthday but the idea of having my birthday away from home was in the back of my mind. Luckily around that time we had the big Red Bull Party in Hamburg which was crazy!!! One of the biggest highlights of my whole trip. The whole crew out in hamburg, Germany having one big party…. who would have thought this was going to happen on the second day.
Rocking our ‘I AM ROYAL’ t-shirts!
I was lucky enough to experience and visit some amazing places throughout my first half of my contract.
Here is the list of the places I was lucky enough to visit:
Paris (La Havre), France
Bruges, (Zeebrugge), Belgium
Gibraltar, United Kingdom
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Suez Canal (Passage)
Aqaba (Petra), Jordan
Ho Chi Minh City, Phu My, Vietnam
Seoul, Incheon, South Korea
Doing the crossing over to Asia from Europe was incredible with a lot of overnights in some ports allowing us more time to get off in the evening (the downside I was always very tired the next day). My favourite thing, mainly in the European ports, was to have no plan and wander around on my own (normally getting lost) but I would get to see things I wouldn’t have expected to find. Just a few weeks beforehand back home, I could never see myself having the confidence to do this…..especially dealing with anxiety etc. It was a MASSIVE step for me!
“Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.” – Paulo Coelho
Some of my favourite places include:
I say surprisingly because even though I have never been to Paris, it was never on my bucket list as somewhere I desperately wanted to go. I don’t know whether this is because it is a popular touristy destination and it is so close to home (England) I always thought I would go sometime in the future. There was no real urgency I guess. I now have to say it was one of my favourite destinations of my trip and a bonus was it was an overnight!!! However this overnight was eventful. With a big group of us planning to stay the night in the centre of Paris for the night we booked a villa a head of time so off we go at around 8/9pm, after working all day, on a train to the central station in Paris. At around 11pm we find out our villa fell through as we was too late to check in……we were homeless in Paris. I found it hilarious and another excuse to adventure off into the night to find somewhere to stay. Luckily after a brief taxi ride we found an awesome hostel with loads of bag packers and decided to stay at the hostel to have a few drinks as we all wanted to get up super early and explore Paris in the day before we headed back to work. Never felt so tired in these few days but it was totally worth it! We explored everything!!!! I did think the weather helped a lot too as we got to explore when it was a gorgeous hot day. I fell in love with the architecture, the history, the people, the scenery….everything! A place I will definitely go back to!
2.. Aqaba (Petra), Jordan
Well this place wasn’t even in my list to go to…and is it shameful to say I had never even heard of the place!! Eeek….embarrassing I know. Obviously beforehand I did find out it was a famous place for its’ amazing rock-cut architecture and it is commonly known as the Rose City due to the colour of the stone….this is due to my research beforehand. However, from speaking to other people, they knew of the place from the Indiana Jones movies….ok I have never seen any…sorry don’t judge me. I am so lucky and grateful to have visited this place, I was in total awe and was lost for words. As well as a culture shock the architecture was nothing like I have ever seen.
With ship life we have limited time to get off but luckily a lot of the cruise division was able to go on a crew tour together which was so much fun to spend time in this amazing place with my second family. We ran around exploring as much as we could but the main thing we wanted to see was the Monastery. However, from walking around so much taking pictures and doing the typical touristy things we had very limited time to get to it…most of the people decided to head back to the bus…..but a small handful of us decided to literally RUN up 800 rock-cut steps with the sun beating down on us and donkeys coming at us in every direction!!! It was like in a movie!! Totally hilarious but I did prove at this point how good my cardio fitness was with all the guys which was pretty funny. What an experience! We made it! We took the pictures and it felt so good to have completed it and supporting each other along the way….at this moment I felt so close to these guys and it was a big accomplishment that was totally worth it. Bonding experience right there!!! The next thing was that we had to run down them 800 steps and run for about an hour to get back the bus in time!!! Luckily we did make it with time to spare to grab a drink and take a breath. Thank God!
Ok so the time came to say goodbye to the ‘Lost City’ of Petra and get back on the bus to go back to work. You would think this would be simple……..god it is a story to tell. About 20 minutes into the journey the bus stopped in traffic, I must stress STAND-STILL traffic. We was all like what the hell is going on! An accident had happened..everyone said it was a car bomb or something crazy like that. So we was on a massive coach that had to get past this and in Petra they don’t have normal roads like we do in England, so the coach driver attempts to get past…lets say it didn’t end well as we was going in a ditch. Finally though we did get past but we was all late for work…however as it was a crew tour organised by the ship so nothing happened to us we just felt bad on the few crew who were on board trying to run all the evening activities.
Overall I was mesmerised by this place as I would never in a million years have picked this place to go on a ‘holiday’ but experiencing the different culture was a memorable experience.
I didn’t know what to expect at all of this place but wow I was shocked. It could definitely be a place where I could happily live but to be honest I probably couldn’t survive with the humidity. I would have thought Dubai was going to be like this as I know a lot of British going over there to work or live but to be totally honest I wasn’t overly impressed. Singapore didn’t feel like a massive culture shock and even though it is very upbuilt like Dubai, it didn’t feel too much. It wasn’t about glamour it was just a modern city.
We was very lucky to have an overnight here and lucky me I also had a few hours off the morning after. After working quite late in the evening a lot of the crew, especially cruise division, were going to the same rooftop bar to have a night out so I couldn’t really see what Singapore was actually like. However, the rooftop bar allowed me to see the beautiful city at night with all the lights and built up skyscrapers….the thought process at this particular moment ‘how did I actually get here!!!’ What an incredible but expensive night with a lot of dancing and laughter. Despite the good time I did have in the back of my mind that I wanted to explore the following morning as I had very limited time!! This didn’t stop me getting back to the ship in the early hours of the morning…but hey it is just sleep…this could be a once in a lifetime experience!
The following morning a few of us got the train to the centre of the city and I did nearly back out as I was worried I was going to be late for work. A last minute decision but I decided to go and so happy I did! The place is so clean and beautiful, so modern plus the majority spoke english. We was able to see the Gardens by the Bay, the Marina Bay Sands Skypark, the Supertree Grove and some other things I can’t honestly remember. The downside was that it was such a rush and being short of time in intense humidity was hard but totally worth it. This place is definitely on my list to visit again even on my own as I felt so safe and comfortable in Singapore.
A Massive Bombshell!!!
A normal working day and we had just arrived in Nagasaki, Japan and was so excited to get off as I heard this was one of the best ports to go to. Rushing after the crew drill back to my cabin to get changed to get off….our plan was to go to the Atomic Bomb Museum and then explore for a little bit before going back to work. I bumped into my supervisor (Heidi :)) and she said ‘Come with me, you need to go to Gowers Cabin (Our manager) as he needs to speak to you’…….ok I was freaked out. What the hell had I done!! So I told the guys I was getting off the ship with to wait and headed to Gowers cabin with Heidi. I didn’t have a clue what to expect. I knew getting transferred unexpectedly was a thing that happened on ships but I just didn’t have it in my mind as I was a new hire…this won’t happen to me. Then the bombshell…in a days time I was flying from Tianjin, China to San Juan, Puerto Rico to join another ship. They said they was so nervous telling me as they knew I had been telling my roommate Sammy I would be so terrified if I have got transferred as I was so comfortable with my second family. I soon learnt this is ‘Ship life’. What did I do? Burst into tears with shock….but deep down it would be a good life lesson and a new exciting adventure! For my first contract I was experiencing a new ship, Europe, a crossing, Asia and now the Caribbean and US/Canada. Unbelievably lucky. Plus it was exactly the same ship so it was simply slotting back into a new environment and getting on with the work.
That day in Nagasaki, Japan I was so anxious with nerves and excitement I couldn’t take in anything properly but I spent the day appreciating everything, especially being with some amazing people. Then the feelings all turned upside down to pure STRESS! The journey back to the ship didn’t go as smoothly….typical! We got on a tram going in the complete opposite direction to the ship and got completely lost. If you have ever been to Japan it is a completely different world to where I am from in England and as well as the culture shock…..no one speaks English and no signs are in English obviously! If this wasn’t stressful enough we was clock watching as we had just 45 minutes to get back to the ship!! Oh God! So we jumped off the tram and got a taxi…we had to get two as there was too many of us. Our driver didn’t speak english and one of the guys Isaac with the address/ship name/port name in Japanese was in the other taxi. In a total rush we just said follow that taxi…..easy right? What can go wrong?……………WE LOST THE TAXI!! So a Scottish (Laura), a Aussie (Stacy) and I (English) stuck in the middle of Nagasaki, Japan with now 30 minutes to get back to the ship and I knew I was getting transferred in a days time!! Sounds like something totally not real.
Cutting a story short we ended up getting back to the ship safe and sound with 3 minutes to spare…..how lucky! That was my last port of call on this ship before I had to say the goodbyes and leave for my next adventure. It was so emotion saying bye to my family but deep down I knew it was going to be for the best, I was going to meet more people to add to my family around the world and start some more new exciting adventures in different places across the world.
July 1st 2016 I flew from Tiajin, China to South Korea, to JFK New York and finally arrived in San Juan Puerto Rico on the 4th July 2016 arriving on my new ship on the 5th July 2016.
Check out my Youtube video of my full contract HERE
Ovation Take out Team 2016 – Love you all and lucky to have met every single one of you. I never say goodbyes….I will see you all soon. The world is too small!
“Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” –Ibn Battuta
Happy New Year Everyone! I hope everyone had a great night with family and friends reflecting on the year of 2016!
I have always had a love/hate relationship with New Year…yes it is a great way to set yourself goals, have a fresh start, everyone is in the same boat and positive motivation is everywhere. However, I used to hate the pressure that comes with a New year, the pressure from the media/social media, the pressure you put on yourself to change and the unrealistic goals set once that clock hits midnight. This is why a lot of people feel like they have “failed” as soon as they fall off the bandwagon which could be as early as January and totally give up during February …….but this is totally NONSENSE…YOU HAVEN’T FAILED!!!!!!! No way have you failed…you are just living!!! There is no need to punish yourself as you can have your ‘new start’ and get right back on the bandwagon whatever time and day it is in the year….it is all about your choices to get the balance right.
My resolutions? Well I have decided not to make one big goal for the year. I am going to set myself small goals throughout the year of 2017. I just want to maintain living a positive lifestyle, I want to keep learning and making changes to better my personal life and career. By setting myself small goals throughout the year I am more likely to successfully complete them as I have a bad habit of starting things and not finishing them. To help with this I am going to continue reading motivational content and mindfulness books to ensure positive changes are continuously being made by learning more about self-worth and being mindful in daily tasks. Some examples include Light is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell and 52 Small changes for the Mind by Brett Blumenthal. To help with this it is important to track my progress so I did purchase The Happiness Planner (The Happiness Planner) last year and surprise, surprise I got to February and didn’t continue. This year I will begin to use it but I am not going to put any pressure on myself to complete everyday as it begins to become a chore rather than ‘me time’ plus there are a lot of different sections that need to be completed and it can take time. I need to want to do it and enjoy it.
A long with this and what I am actually committing to everyday (can I stress….for the next 5 YEARS!) is my small Q&A book (Q&A) . I think it is the perfect size, nice and compact to keep with me when travelling around and basically it is a question given to you everyday. The same ones each day for the next 5 years. I find this really interesting to see how my answers change across the 5 years and how my outlook on such things change over time, plus it is very simple with not much thinking needed!!! It is an easy task out of your day to complete and gives you some time to just sit and think about one simple topic. Also, it is important I have a notebook around to just jot down anything I want, from ideas, how I feel, lists, inspiration etc.
Despite scrolling through my newsfeed on my social media and finding out it hasn’t been a good year for many people makes me sad. I have had one of the best years of my life in 2016 and hoping 2017 is even better. However, I know 2016 has been a year of great losses, political crisis, wars and distress etc. which is all heart-breaking. This is why with all the negativity happening in the world it is important to maintain a positive mind and look after your self-worth.
How did I celebrate New Years Eve 2016?
Obviously with my family! I have never been the person to go out on New Years Eve…it doesn’t appeal to me at all going out to over-priced places, everyone being too drunk to function, long lines, expensive taxis etc etc. I think it would be good if it was more like a private function with family and friends but to be honest I enjoy staying in. This is because for a good 5+ years I was working in a pub environment on NYE ,which was good as at least it had some atmosphere and I would always come out with some decent tips, but I was always so glad to get straight to bed after that brutal shift!
So on NYE my parents and I decided to go on a long walk. The weather was perfect…..it is surprisingly not that cold in England for this time of year. It was a crisp, frosty, dry day with no wind or rain in sight. We ended up walking in total of 10 miles! With a pit stop in the middle for some snacks and a drink at Worsley Old Hall which I LOVE as they had music playing, everyone was dressed down and relaxed but most of all they allow dogs inside! I was in my element. It was relaxing to walk through my home town appreciating the beauty and nature around and just chatting with the parents.
Once it got to the evening it was nice to just relax. My parents, my nan and I sat around the table having a Chinese (which I haven’t had enjoyably for years) and drinks, but most of all we just appreciated each others company. Once it reached midnight my parents and I stood outside the house and watched the fireworks going off from other peoples houses then not long after we all went to bed. Haha! Not the most eventful NYE but it was perfect!
I wish everyone a happy, healthy and positive year of 2017.
Lets just say this year has been a whirlwind year!
This is just going to be an overview blog of where I have been lucky to go to this year on holiday and with my job! I will do separate blogs on the different trips in more detail and hopefully will do another blog about my ‘Life of Travel’ as I am going to go on a mission to remember all the places I have been lucky to visit…I am hoping I can remember them all….but one step at a time. (There is a little insight for you about some future blogs!)
“The World is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” St. Agustine
Family Holiday: 16th-29th March 2016
I did a 12 night cruise with my family on the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) Epic and the main reason we went was to see my brother and fiancee who are dancers currently working on the ship. My parents, my nan and I flew from Manchester Airport to Barcelona where we boarded the ship.
We was very lucky with the weather and it was gorgeous most days, just the odd bit of rain here and there!! It was a great relaxing holiday (as on most normal family holidays we walk for miles and get lost…a great Vincent family tradition) and the main reason behind it was to catch up as a family and see the shows, plus it was my last family holiday before going off working on a cruise ship so I was enjoying my time as a guest whilst I could. I have been lucky to go to most of these places before but it was nice to go somewhere familiar and places I know I like. I fall in love with places in Europe more and more every time I go. The best thing is hunting down the best coffee shops…..another Vincent family tradition! My favourite location on this trip was Florence which was lovely having all the quaint bars, restaurants and coffee shops along the Arno River. I LOVE exploring Italy as a whole with its little streets and you never know what is around the corner..it is beautiful with a lot of history.
Work Life: 1st April-29th October 2016
This is going to be a completely different blog post about my experience travelling whilst working on a cruise ship. A 52-night Global Odyssey plus travelling from the Caribbean to Northern America/Canada….one of the best experiences of my life with many more to come! Here is an overview of all the places I got to experience……the list is pretty long!
Paris (La Havre), France
Bruges, (Zeebrugge), Belgium
Gibraltar, United Kingdom
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Suez Canal (Passage)
Aqaba (Petra), Jordan
Ho Chi Minh City, Phu My, Vietnam
Seoul, Incheon, South Korea
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Kings Wharf, Bermuda
Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles
New York, Cape Liberty NYC
Bar Harbor, Maine
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Just WOW. What a life-changing experience in just 7 months!
Munich: 24th November- 27th November 2016
Obviously after leaving my first room mate (April- end of June) on the ships I had to see her again!! So we sorted a reunion out for once we both were home as luckily our vacations fall at similar times….this time is was during the season of the Christmas Markets so we decided to visit one of the best markets in the world in MUNICH, GERMANY! I’ve never been to Munich and I honestly fell in love with the place and the people there. There was so much culture, history and beautiful architecture in the city….I felt very safe and definitely a place I would recommend going.
A few of the things we did was:
Experience the German nightlife.
Tried their traditional foods and drink.
Explored the Christmas Markets.
Watched the opening light switch on at the Christmas Markets.
Visited the first ever WW2 Concentration Camp Dachau.
Went to the Bier-und Oktoberfest museum.
We was there for 3 nights arriving late Thursday night and leaving on the Sunday afternoon. The days were jam packed full of exploring and it was great to be with Sammy again….we had a lot to catch up on as we hadn’t seen each other in over 4 months.
It was incredible and if you want to see what we did check out the video I made below where you can see just what it was like. A short but memorable experience which definitely put me in the festive spirit.
(The movie is wrong at the moment…it says October but it was November….soon will be changed)
This was a random, spur of the moment booking which was extremely last minute. It was only my dad and I that flew over to Orlando, Florida to board the NCL Epic once again to visit my brother and fiancee as it was the last time I would see them before they get married in 2017. I have got to say this was an awesome cruise because of the destinations! For most of them I have never visited before so it was so exciting and totally worth it as I fell in love with the different cultures and adventures I got to experience! I would definitely go again and luckily I will be in the very near future.
Again I am going to do a separate blog post on this holiday as I did so many amazing things in a short space of time so this blog would get extremely long! Lets just say I would never have thought I would do a bobsleigh through the trees of Jamaica, climb waterfalls, be on a 15 minute ski lift above the tree tops, have a kiss, cuddle and a massage with stingrays and be knocking back different tequilas!! It was incredible but certainly not a one in a life time experience as I have more belief than ever that I will be able to do these things again plus more in the future! Anything is possible!
Hope you enjoyed this kind of overview blog of the places I have been able to travel to this year of 2016! Look out for more travel blogs in the future that will be little more in-depth about the specific places I particularly enjoyed!
“Be brave, take risks, nothing can substitute experience.”
Here is just a quick overview of what products I used to get ready for my meet up with friends at the local pub on Christmas Eve evening ….
After having a pretty lazy day Christmas Eve I decided to start getting ready for my night out super early. I enjoy taking my time and being relaxed whilst getting ready. So I started off my pamper routine after having a shower with The Body Shop Tea Tree skin clearing clay mask (The Body Shop). I don’t use face masks much but recently I have decided incorporating them more into my beauty routine as it does help bring the impurities out of my skin. Whilst this is on my face, I next put some tinted moisturiser on my body as I am feeling really pale since being back in freezing cold Manchester, England! The one I had in my cupboard was the Garnier Summer Body moisturised lotion light sun kissed look (Garnier Summer). I put a light layer on as I haven’t used any sort of tan in ages and I know I can be prone to getting streaks…not a good look so I played it safe. Once this has dried and soaked into my skin I put on my all time favourite tanning product, Sally Hansen Airbush legs I get in light or medium glow (Sally Hansen) and this product is a life saver! It makes your skin look so even it looks like you are wearing tan tights, super even across my skin and makes sure I am all one colour. It is amazing! I recommend highly. It is the one product I have used for years!
Time to take my face mask off and my skin isn’t has angry and the spots I have have become less red and dried out. Perfect! Next step is to cleanse and tone my face. I have recently purchased a new 3-step cleansing kit which had amazing reviews online and I understand why. It is the La Roche-Posay Effaciar Kit (La Roche-Posay) that includes a cleanser, toner and a anti-imperfections correcteur that is great for us girls who are prone to acne and have them dreaded acne scares.
Here are the products I used for my night out make-up routine. Super simple and all high street products…. cheap and cheerful 🙂
Urban Decay Naked 3 (Bought in China- fake brand but decent quality)
I had some huggies baby wipes (as they do as much as a good job as make-up wipes) on hand just in case any mistakes happened. The essential Sure deodorant bright bouquet (Sure Deodorant). Then I just used the Babyliss Boutique Salon Soft Waves Hair Wand (Babyliss) to create loose curls in my head and held with the V05 ultimate hold hairspray (V05).
To have a glimpse of my look go over to my ‘At home at Christmas 2016’ blog post. I didn’t have chance to take a decent close up photograph as I was rushing at the end of getting ready. Always the case I leave plenty of time to get ready but it takes me twice as long as usual and I am late…. typical!! Why does this happen!
Hope you all had a lovely evening Christmas Eve! I did spending time with some of my friends and it really helped getting me in the Christmas Spirit!
Merry Christmas to you all!! I hope everyone had a lovely day with friends and family, enjoyed some nice food and drink and obviously did the present exchanges. I do love Christmas and this year especially I really tried to get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy my christmas at home as I don’t know when my next one will be due to travelling. In this blog post I am going to just let you know what I did this Christmas…nothing over exciting but it was nice to enjoy time with my family and friends.
Christmas Eve was a bit of a lazy one. It’s Christmas why not?! I had a bit of movie day..obviously watching Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone as it was the beginning of the Harry Potter movie marathon that is happening over Christmas (ITV if you didn’t know- finishes Saturday 31st December for people in the UK). The weird thing is I was watching the movie but looking at bikinis for my next travels! Never thought I would be searching for bikinis in the winter!
It is weird I don’t really like watching Christmas movies at Christmas, I normally hunt out old movies that I watched when I was younger…normally light-hearted easy watching films like the Parent Trap, Mrs Doubtfire, Matilda, Madeline, but most of all (despite being a slight christmas film)…I LOVE The Holiday with Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jack Black. Am I the only girl who wishes this kind of thing would happen to them? I mustn’t be the only girl who has actually looked at this house swap thing (even though I don’t have my own house) to stay in a cottage or enormous house in LA and hopefully meet a nice gentleman a long the way………oooookkk just me then. Awkward!
Christmas Eve Night out
Moving on! After having a pretty lazy day I decided to start getting ready for my night out super early. You can check my ‘Get ready with me‘ blog post where I talk about my step-by-step beauty routine. This night was just a casual meet up at the local pub with a few of my friends, some of them I haven’t seen in over a year so it was nice to have a massive catch-up, have some drinks and enjoy each others company. I started off the evening with my parents to have a quick drink and to basically get out of the house. It was a very nice evening which soon escalated so I knew the next day was going to be a slight struggle…but who cares it is CHRISTMAS!
IT IS CHRISTMAS! The day everyone has been waiting for. Not to be morbid or the grinch but it is so overrated and such a hype, but I woke up looking forward to the day. The first stop was church! I used to go to church on a regular basis growing up but I soon drifted away naturally but it is so nice when I am home to go, especially at christmas time as it really gets you in a good mood. After this it was present time!!!! I much prefer giving presents than receiving presents, plus I really wasn’t expecting anything this year as I have been treated enough throughout the year.
Here is a quick timelapse of me, my parents and my nan opening some presents christmas day morning….however if you are thinking where is our christmas tree. This year we opened them in the conservatory rather than the living room where the christmas tree is…don’t ask me why. Its my parents favourite room.
After we had finished opening our presents we had a few hours to kill before we went for our Christmas Day Meal. Here is what I got for my presents this year….I am so grateful.
It includes: lounge wear, underwear, bikini, earrings, fairy lights, decorative light, wireless headphones and lipsticks. So happy with it all!!! Obviously I have got things bought for me previously in the year too!
Next stop was the family meal! We went to Casa Nostra Italian Restaurant (Casa Nostra) which is the restaurant of my cousins husband and this isn’t the first year we have been! It is becoming a regular thing at christmas time because it is delicious! Don’t be put off that is it Italian as it did do the traditional turkey dinner.
What did I have:
Starter- ANTIPASTO CARNIVORO Selection of Italian cured meats, pickles, sundried tomatoes and mixed grilled vegetables
Main Course – TRADITIONAL ROAST TURKEY Served with all the trimmings
Desert- FRESH FRUIT SALAD
It was delicious and a lovely meal with family and friends!
Well that is Christmas over with for another year. After the meal I crashed and had a relaxing evening. It was a great day and a day to think about all those people who unfortunately cannot celebrate with us anymore but are looking down from above and always in our thoughts, hearts and forever missed.