Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Bad Reaction To Foreign Beauty Product: Part 2 ♥

Hada Labo Gokujyun Healuronic Lotion 
This is a Japanese brand that is popular in Asia. I bought this in Bangkok just before I flew back to England. Where do I start with this one?...firstly, it is called a lotion but it looks and feels like antibacterial hand gel. Actually the consistency is even thinner than hand gel. That was my first red flag, but I tried not to judge the product based upon this.

So when I put it on my face, it seemed to dry within 10 seconds. It also left my face feeling very dry and porous (no exaggeration). I kept on using it for a few for days to give the product a chance, but it was the same. Pimples also began appearing on my face but I was still determined to give the product a try. So I started using another moisturiser on top to get rid of the dry feeling.

The pimples never went away and I figured that it was because the product didn't agree with my skin. So after doing research online it turns out that many other girls suffered from break outs when using this product. Most girls suggest that it may be "butylene glycol" in the ingredients which is causing it. Others suggested that it could be an allergy to hydraulic acid. 

It is not the break out that makes me label it a bad product.It is more the fact that it made my face feel extremely dry which is the opposite of what it is supposed to do. 

Good news...I am happy with all of my other products so you won't be hearing any more beauty rants (haha).  

llondon leopard

Friday, 14 April 2017

Bad Reaction To Foreign Beauty Product: Part 1 ♥

  Boots cucumber oil control light moisturiser
This is a product from Thailand, and I tried it last week for the first time. I could feel that something was off with the consistency the minute that I put it on to my face. I can not explain what I mean...but it just did not feel like cream. I brushed it off and continued with my day, until my colleague at work pointed out that I had white residue all over my face. Her exact words were "what have you done to your face...it looks very white...you need to go and check in the toilet". So I went in to the disabled toilet and saw that my face was covered in white smudges. When I touched my skin, it also felt extremely dry. When I rubbed the cream it would not come off, so I had to wash it off my face and was furious when I got home later that day.

 In Thailand a lot of beauty products are for skin whitening so I thought that I had accidentally picked up a whitening product. I also remembered that this cream came in two versions when I bought it. When I checked the cream it was the standard version...not the whitening one. So what was with all the white residue and skin drying formula?. I thought it could be something to do with my skin tone...maybe the cream is made for Asian skin tones. But no that can't be right...because there are many Thai and Korean beauty products I am currently using, and they are absolutely fine. 

Upon doing research I found that we have the same cream in the UK Boots but the ingredients are different. Maybe I will buy it for an experiment and see if the results are the same...But for now i'm going to put it down to bad ingredients. I can't complain to be honest....the cream was only 50 TBH(£1). For now I will just stick to my French "embryolisse lait-crème concentré".



Friday, 24 March 2017

Milan On a Budget: €40 Day Trip

My first taster of Italy was a day trip to Milan This Tuesday. I flew out at 8 am and flew back to England at 10 pm. Milan is arguably one of the most expensive cities in Europe, and I wanted to see if I could do it on a budget and still have fun.

Transport: 20

I took the Express train from Milan Malpensa airport to the city centre. The journey took roughly 45 minutes and it was a very spacious train. 

Lunch/snack: 2.70

After doing research online I learnt that 
panzerotti is a popular kind of Italian street food which is popular in Milan. It is like fried dough which is stuffed with a filling of your choice. So I went to Luini which is the most popular place for panzerotti, and had one filled with mozzarella and prosciutto. 

 Duomo Cathedral: free

This is one of Milan's most popular attractions, and is very similar to the Duomo in Cologne, Germany. I decided to wander around the outside and had a quick browse inside. There is an option to pay and go up to the rooftop terraces...but I decided against this seeing as it was a budget trip.

Castello Sforzesco: free

Well...this was another beautiful free attraction in Milan. It is a beautiful castle which is free to enter and wander around. There is a museum inside that costs money, but from what I saw it is not worth the visit. 

Gelato: 3.50

What is a trip to Italy without gelato?. I stopped off at an organic gelato shop to try some. Mine was flavoured with a mix of passion fruit and raspberry. I love the way that they carve it into a cute petal pattern. 

Pinacoteca di Brera: free

This was another free attraction in the artistic Brera district. It is a small public art gallery with many sculptures. I like the fact that all the sculptures had a roman theme.   

Dinner & Wine : £13.00

Pizza and red wine are another "must have" when in Italy. So I finished my day off with a trip to an Italian restaurant and pigged out. I don't know how...but I actually finished all of that pizza.

                                     TOTAL EXPENDITURE: €39.20

        click here to check out my Milan vlog


                 llondon leopard


Sunday, 5 March 2017

March Inspirations♥

So I did a blog post last spring about my inspirations, and thought that it would be fun to look back at what inspired me this time last year. Lets see if I tried to follow through with what inspired me.

So my Spring 2016 inspirations were...
1. Trench coats ( yes I bought a beige trench coat) 
2. Double sided earrings ( yes I now own 2 pairs) 
3. Visiting Scandinavia ( yes I went to Denmark and Norway) 
4. Buy a car ( Nope...changed my mind a car is not a priority)
5. Yoga ( yes I tried it once at home and did not like it) 
6. Colourful post it notes ( yes and they helped me to study)

and now moving on to the spring inspirations for this year...

Lets start with bralettes. I can't decide if they add an element of seduction or sophistication. I have always been inspired by them, but have never bought one because I am big breasted. Second on the list are infinity rings. There is something spiritual that draws me towards the symbol. The third and final of my fashion inspirations this season are mini skirts. I went through a phase of leggings...to skinny jeans...and now I'm inspired by skirts. They just make me feel more feminine. 


Italy is top of the travel inspirations this year. I will be going to Milan at the end of this month, and to Rome in May. Starting a travel fund is second on the list. I would like to start a travel savings fund so that I am able to visit at least 2 new countries every year. And the final inspiration symbolises a beach birthday holiday. Next year I want to be on a beach on my birthday. 

I have been meaning to get into meditation. Yoga was a fail but it doesn't mean that meditation has to be. I have been told that it helps with stress and would like to test this theory. The second inspiration is to eat healthy. I feel like I need to cut down on meat and increase my veg intake. The third and final inspiration is to keep out negative people and negative energy.   

                   Stay inspired...

                   llondon leopard


Saturday, 11 February 2017

Balkans In the winter: Sofia, Bulgaria♥

What did the boxing day sales buy me ? A £20 return fare from London to Sofia, Bulgaria. Like I keep saying, Tuesday is my day off work and I strongly believe that it should be utilised by building life experiences. Sofia is not the main tourist hot spot in Bulgaria so this day trip provided a sufficient amount of time for me to experience what I wanted.

After taking the metro to the city centre. I walked for 20 minutes and came across Tsurkva Sveta Nikolai (the Russian church). The snow definitely makes it look even more beautiful.

I went to a traditional Bulgarian place to eat called "Izbata Tavern". This is where I got to try some Shopska salad, which tasted so much better than I expected. I never thought that it could be possible to love salad that much.

After eating some shopska salad I had to wash it down with something right? This was the perfect opportunity to try some traditional beverages. So I had some rakia which is a very STRONG brandy,  and "Ayran" which is like a yogurt based drink. 

I did many more things in Sofia but did not get many photos because it was too cold. I visited a local rose shop where they sell rose beauty products. I bought a face mask from there and some rose water to use as a facial cleanser. The Balkans will always be the most fascinating region of Europe to me. It's bursting with culture, and I definitely want to see every country in South East Europe. 

                     llondon leopard 


Sunday, 29 January 2017

25 Questions Tag: Facts About Me♥

What is your middle name?: A secret

What was your favourite subject at school?: Spanish of course. I should have known from that point that there would be a hunger for wanderlust. 

What is your favourite drink?: Ginger tea. I drink it every morning before I leave for work. I make it by crushing ginger then adding boiled water and sometimes honey.

What is your favourite song at the moment?:
Erm...I actually don't have one.

What is your favourite food?: Spaghetti alle vongole which is spaghetti with clams. My friend introduced me to it at an Italian restaurant in Picadilly Circus. I have been in love ever since, and can't wait to go to Rome in May and eat it. 

What is the last thing you bought?: A black and white scarf from Primark.

Favourite book of all time?: A book called Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman. 

Favourite colour?: Pink of course.

Do you have any pets?: Nope and I don't want any. It wouldn't be fair to get one because I travel a lot. 

Favourite perfume?: Cerruti 1881

Favourite holiday?: Probably Thailand because it has activities to suit any type of holiday.

Are you married?: Nope...have you seen the state of my generation?

Have you been out of the country, if so how many times?: Yes, I have been to around 21 countries.

Do you speak any other language?: Not really, I have a decent level of Spanish but it's not fluent. 

What is your favourite shop?: Probably Forever 21 because their prices actually match the quality of their clothes.

Favourite restaurant?: an Italian chain called Strada. 

When was the last time you cried?: I don't remember so it must have been a long time ago.

Favourite blog?: I don't have one.

Favourite movie?: Definitely Mean girls.

Favourite TV show?: It used to be Walking Dead...but season 7 has really disappointed me (stopped watching after the 3rd episode). So the current favourite is Pretty Little Liars.

PC or MAC?: PC...I don't really like apple products.

What phone do you have?: Samsung Galaxy S6.

How tall are you?: 5''5 (165cm)

Can you cook?: Yes I can. My specialties are probably spaghetti bolognese and chicken curry. 

What is your biggest fear?: probably failure

                 llondon leopard


Sunday, 1 January 2017

New Years Resolutions 2017♥

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Hello 2017, yes it is a new year...but not a new me. I am still going to be the same girl. Well yes some things may change about me, but nothing drastic. I actually managed to meet some of last years new years resolutions but not all of them. Yes I drink a lot more water, no I did not stop perming my hair...well I lasted 8 months so that deserves a medal at least right?. Anyway, it's time to make some new years resolutions for this year. 

1. Cut down my living costs 

2. Get a permanent job in the tourism industry

3. Finish reading Anne Frank's diary 

4. Develop and stick to a beauty routine 

5. Start saving for an "around the world" trip

               Happy New Year

               llondon leopard

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