Tiergarten Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria | Interrail

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

We went to Vienna for one reason and one reason only. The zoo. 
As two zoology students travelling, would you expect any less?

Vienna Zoo is the oldest in the world - and that time has made it the best zoo that I have ever visited. It helps that it is based in Schonbrunn Palace grounds, which are absolutely beautiful and live up to the expectations that you imagine when the word 'palace' crops up.

Tropicarium, Budapest | Interrail

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

On our final full day in Budapest, we chose to visit the Tropicarium (or the aquarium if we wanna stick to basics up in here).

We chose to walk there. Because we are tits. Cue getting completely lost, ending up in a horrendous part of Budapest, having to buy data to use Google maps that still didn't help very much, ending up next to many strange buildings and finally finding the tropi-aquarium - in an indoor shopping centre. A's exciting 'biggest aquarium in Europe' turned out to be the 'biggest indoor aquarium in Europe', which still wasn't impressively big. But hey ho. It was an experience all-in-all, and a story to tell.

Sweeter Dreams with Leesa Mattress

Monday, 15 August 2016

For the longest time I had uncomfortable and restless nights' sleep.

I remember having a metal frame bed and the most uncomfortable mattress in all the land. You could feel the springs through the material - it was horrendous. I used to have to carefully position my ribs between them to make myself comfortable and to not have anything digging into my body.

Alongside being a boney little rascal, I also suffer with a bad lower back, leg pain at night, and more times than often I wake up with a bad neck/shoulder from awkward sleeping positions.

Budapest, Hungary | Interrail

Friday, 24 June 2016

Hi guys!
So, I'm going to do something now that is shocking me as much as it will shock you. I'm writing another travel post!
It's been a long time coming, I totally fell off the travel wagon, but here I am, back on it, yeeee-haw!ing away.

We left off at Kraków, where I got majorly sunburnt, visited Auschwitz, had the best ice cream of my entire life *quietly weeps thinking about it*, and went on our first night train which was an experience and a half. being in a bunk with a father and daughter below us and two (very moan-y) girls above us, it made for an interesting night. 
But here we are! Budapest!

Chester Zoo: Photo Diary

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

As part of my birthday treats, I decided to head off to one of my favourite zoos, Chester Zoo. I hadn't been since they began The Islands, in fact, I hadn't been for a couple of years.
We were so lucky on the day - it was beautiful weather (which held up all day, I know right?!), and so (nearly) all of the animals were out in full force and ready for me to coo and whine and awwww over.
Instead of telling you all about it though, I thought I would just share some of my photos that I took, because pictures speak louder than words... or something like that. Enjoy!

Twenty Four.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Hey guys, how are you all doing?

I've not been on here much - I gave myself a week off to enjoy my birthday, but one week turned into two and then two weeks turned into three, and now here we are.

But as I did last year, I wanted to dedicate a post to my birthday :)

Kylie Lip Kits - Are They Worth It?

Friday, 8 April 2016

The latest debate in the blogging world is the Kylie Lip Kits and whether or not they are worth 'it'.

My Top 3 Moisture Masks

Monday, 4 April 2016

It's a well known little fact over here on elelibee that I have the driest skin ever. Having dry skin is an ultimate nightmare, especially when it comes to make-up. A lizard with lipstick on isn't quite the most attractive of sights.

Feel-Good New Start Goals

Friday, 1 April 2016

We're in our FOURTH month of 2016 already. We are a third of the way through the year. I mean, guys, what is going on here?

Self Confidence & The Internet

Friday, 25 March 2016

Its easy to portray self confidence in photographs isn't it?
I mean, all it takes is a smile and a pout for the world to clock onto you and be like 'yep, that girl is confident af'. 

Hello YouTube!

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

For a while now I have wanted to start a YouTube channel. I dipped my toes into the YouTube pool before Christmas with a couple of vlogs, but I didn't feel as if they portrayed me enough to be the beginning of what could possibly be a long and fun journey.

Looking Forward

Monday, 21 March 2016

The other day I was laid in bed with my friend, the night before she headed back home, and I asked  her 'are you looking forward to going back?', in which she replied 'no'. But then she proceeded to list off a few things that she was looking forward to. She then asked me the same question. I had to honestly reply with 'nothing'. It hugely saddened me that I couldn't think of one tiny thing that I was looking forward to. I mean, there must have been something, right?

My Current Perfume Collection

Friday, 18 March 2016

I have been obsessed with perfumes and scents since I first picked up my Mum's Britney Spears Curious perfume. 
I began to wear it to school, and I so vividly remember a boy going 'ooosh!' and backing away because I had genuinely drenched myself in this perfume. I remember thinking 'oops, maybe I put too much on', hahaha, just a little bit, Laura. 
From there I delved into the world of impulse sprays, charlie sprays, any perfume cheap enough for my Mum to buy me and became obsessed with smelling good.

House Bunny Lessons: Six Months

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

It's been six months since I brought my little big-eared bundle of fluff home, and six months since my life has adapted around a bouncing hyperactive loony toon.

Laura's Fudge: The Best Fudge in the World.

Friday, 11 March 2016

You know when you try something for the very first time, and it turns out to be the best thing that you have tasted in a very long time, and you know from that moment that everything else that you try will never compare?

That is how I feel about the fudge.

Never do Anything by Halves

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

I was never the little girl that had bows in her hair. The main reason being that my hair just did not grow. It never went any further than my shoulders, and I spent my childhood resenting every trim I ever had. Why the need to cut hair shorter when you're trying to grow it?! "God, Mum,  no wonder it never grows."

Gotta Go My Own Way

Friday, 4 March 2016

You know when you make a decision, and the decision actually makes sense? It makes sense and it makes you feel good, and almost gives you a whole new purpose?
That's how I feel about my blog right now.

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2016

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Hola Señoritas!

Mother's Day is approaching! (Funny story, I once forgot to buy my Mum a Mother's Day card and she didn't talk to me for about a month. True story. Shan't be forgetting to buy one of those again.)
Cards are pretty easy, especially seen as you can't go wrong with one with something soppy on the front, because Mum's seem to love that kind of stuff, right? (I wouldn't know, I forget to buy them) - but gifts can be tough.
Last year I created a 'Gifts for the Impossible Mother' guide - for the Mum's that are difficult to buy for - This year I'm going to stick to a simple theme of 'Does She Like?' for a select few cute ideas.

#LetsTalk Depression

Thursday, 11 February 2016

I woke up yesterday morning and things felt different. I spent two solid days in bed, destroying any positive thought crossing my mind, losing the last tiny speck of any self-confidence or worth that I had kept to one side, and I started to shake myself to thinking in a way that I usually speak of but never take any action upon. Firstly, I decided that I needed to sort my life out (we all know that). Secondly, I decided that I needed to stop trying to go full speed ahead in life when I am just not able to; and thirdly, thirdly I decided I had to be honest. I had to be honest about my feelings, my thoughts, my friendships, my family and most of all to myself.

The Perfect Diary Partners

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

So, we all know that I have a slight (okay, huge) obsession with diaries and stickers. If you didn't then you must be new to my world. Hello!

Ten Instagram Commandments

Thursday, 21 January 2016

1. Thou shalt not upload a photo that one is not 100% content with.
2. Thou shalt not upload a bad quality image.
3. Thou shalt stick to what others name a 'theme' - not so one fits in, but to ensure that one's perfectionist streak doesn't have a meltdown and delete one's account.
4. Thou shalt not follow accounts because they have 1000s of followers and it seems compulsory to.
5. Thou shalt not compare one's profile to others. Especially to those of luxury lifestyles.
6. Thou shalt embrace the selfie without thriving to reach Kim Karshian's number of likes.
7. Thou shalt upload regularly
8. Thou shalt not cave in to flat lay pressure. One is pants at such images and knows it.
9. Thou shalt not be afraid to take photographs in public when one sees something pretty, even when alone.
10. Thou shalt not be disheartened nor discouraged by follower numbers.

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Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury Brushes Vol.2

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

It's not often I treat myself to expensive make-up. I'm quite stubborn when it comes to parting with money for something that I convince myself I can find identical to on the high street. That was until I had a bit of an epiphany.
Why on earth wasn't I spending a decent amount of money of things for my FACE that is the only thing that is CONSTANTLY on show?!
Yeah, fair enough, you can buy absolutely amazing drugstore products that I will still religiously use - but why shouldn't I part with that little bit extra in order to treat myself and my face to something a little more luxury?

Dear Alan Rickman

Thursday, 14 January 2016

You passed away today. 

I was sat watching TV and filling in my diary when I found out. It was strange because I was away from Twitter for a bit which doesn't happen very often, and in that time it was released that you had left our world to become a shining star in the sky.
My best friend text me 'Did you hear about Alan Rickman?' I replied 'What no oh god what'. I tried to convince myself that you had just been in an accident of some sort, as after all it was clear something was wrong, and anything that could lead to a full road to recovery would have been better than seeing that you had died. But you had. I burst out crying.

Happiness Planner by Brandmentalist

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

When it was decided that myself and my favourite blogging girls would do a Secret Santa, I never imagined that I would receive a gift that would bring me to tears.

I have made it no secret that I am feeling extremely down as of late, but I don't tend to speak to others about it in fear of becoming a burden or putting them under any pressure to have to reassure me or to (potentially) pretend to care. But, every so often, I'll mention something that's going on in our little group conversation, and they begin to make everything feel better again.

Opening this present made my heart burst, my eyes fill up and feel overwhelmed with love.

Two Thousand and Sixteen.

Friday, 8 January 2016

New years are my favourite things.
They're a clean slate, a new number, a brand new calendar, a fresh diary and a chance to go 'right, this is a great chance to change this, this and this. They're brand new stationery, a chance to begin anew, a great excuse to start on the planners you've had stored away for a reasonable day to begin (oh, just me?), and a motivational beginning to whatever you have planned.

2015: Love, Life & Laura

Wednesday, 6 January 2016