Falling in love with Budapest


I've never quite understood how people can claim to have 'fallen in love' with a city, how a single place can capture a heart and impress someone so much... until I visited Budapest. A place of beauty, history and culture, there's so much to it that it's difficult not to be amazed.
To be able to take myself off and wander around a city for a day, not tiring or wanting to return is something I rarely, if ever, find. To not have any real aim other than to explore and hopefully stumble across the city park and the river made it exciting. To not be constrained by time or another person's wishes and to just freely walk or rest... whichever I fancied, was quite refreshing. Of course, it's great to have someone to explore with, to discuss the sites and to share the experience with but occasionally, it's nice to have that change and Budapest is one of the only places I've felt that way about.

Set in a grid like design, it's easy to navigate and to venture off randomly but still find your way back, map or no map- unfortunately (or fortunately), I was the no map option. The architecture is stunning and makes the simplest of buildings seem so grand and exciting. The park is massive but beautiful and great to walk around; bringing you close to the castle with yet another stunning sight to admire and walk through or to sit and relax by, maybe even with a book in hand- it makes for a peaceful reading setting!
The Danube splitting Buda and Pest is beautiful to walk down or across in the day but even prettier at night with the city lit up and glistening! Whichever side of the city you find yourself on, you're sure to find a gorgeous view and something great to explore. Parliament and the Palace are both very impressive buildings, well worth a visit, simply to admire the beauty and in the Palace's case, to perhaps look around (although I'm yet to try this!).

The bustling night life is great for those who love an evening or night out but there's also plenty for those less keen too. A particular place I recommend is the Rumpus Tiki Bar, which has a fun atmosphere; with reggae remixed music that can't help but make you move, not to mention the most aesthetically pleasing and delicious tasting cocktails- great to go earlier in the evening if you fancy a quieter, more relaxed drink or later on for a bustling and lively experience.

Sziget was my first festival experience and one of the best I could have asked for. It had everything you'd imagine and more: a variety of cuisines, arts to delve into, dance tents, no end of stages, a chillout zone by its own beach, a sports zone, a circus and so much more... it would be hard not to find something you'll love! Even with a day ticket, I got to see and do a lot and can see how people can spend a week at the 'island of freedom'. It's easy to get to with public transport links across the city and well worth the trip!

Known for the thermal baths, it's a custom worth trying whilst you're out there but may be better to go to in the evening for the party, if that's your scene, as in my experience, they tend to get quite crowded in the day, with judging looks following you everywhere and pools that don't seem particularly clean. However, I'm glad I gave it a visit and perhaps someone else might enjoy them more than myself.
All in all, I had an incredible time in Budapest, experiencing so many things in so little time but still only scratching the surface. It's a city I will definitely be returning to and look forward to what the next exploration unveils.

Have you been to Budapest? What were your favourite things about the city?

Love, Steph x
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Comfort Zones

Comfort zones can be perfectly good places to stay, to feel comfortable, to enjoy yourself without too many worries and to know your own limitations. However, every now and again, it's great to push out of those zones and enjoy whatever is thrown at you either as a one time thing or to expand the boundaries of your comfort zone. As this post goes live, I'm doing something so far out of my comfort zone, I can hardly see the line.

I am currently interrailing around Europe (travelling by train), exploring so many new places and trying a load of activities I wouldn't normally be doing. However, as I'm writing this, the nerves are rivalling the feeling of excitement. The not knowing what's around the corner, the train journeys that I'm not familiar with, the living out of a backpack... it all builds up in my head, intensifying the worries. Although, the chance to see so many places, the potential to meet people doing a similar thing, the thrills from the activities we've got planned and the memories we'll have will make it all worth it (I hope), not to mention the fact it will no doubt help me grow as a person.
That's the funny thing about comfort zones, a lot of the time, the things we long to do, the bucket list tasks, they're all a stretch out of our comfort zones and yet we manage to give it a go and often have an amazing experience as a result. Having that courage to push yourself however big or small is amazing and one that only you can truly recognise is as big a step as it is. To those around you, it can look like a breeze, like you're not afraid and will just crack on and do it... or it can seem like an incredible feat that takes a specific person to achieve. Either way, there's nothing quite like the feeling you have within yourself when you look back on what you've done, as you cross it off the list and hold that memory close to you. It's exciting... it makes it all worthwhile.
So if you have something you've been wanting to do but keep putting off or are hesitant to try, this is your reminder that it will be worth it... why not get planning it today?

I'd love to know something you've done that's out of your comfort zone and/or something you've really wanted to do, let me know in the comments! I hope you enjoyed this post, if you did and want to see more, you can follow my social media links in the top right-hand corner to see when I next upload. Thank you for reading this post.

Love, Steph x

P.S. If you want to know what I'm taking on my travels, you can check out my latest YouTube video here.
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Dybrow Kit by Eylure

I introduce to you, my new holy grail product, the ultimate eyebrow friend...the Dybrow kit by Eylure.

If like me, you know the struggles of light coloured hair, barely-there eyebrows and the difficulty of finding a well-matched eyebrow product, I may just have the solution for you. After appreciating the results of eyebrow tinting done professionally, I thought I'd found my answer however, despite making it clear I wanted a light brown colour, it was slightly too dark for my taste and for my hair initially. Therefore, I was keen to try this product out to see if it would achieve better results and save me money.

Using a product like this was very intimidating and scary in case something went wrong and I was stuck with black eyebrows for a few weeks but fortunately, the instructions are very easy to follow. Once you've mixed the appropriate amount of colouring, you use a cream/vaseline to cover the skin around your eyebrows to avoid dying elsewhere and then use the spoole to brush the dye onto your hairs.
The instructions clearly state not to leave the product on for more than 5 minutes and recommend 2-3 minutes on each eyebrow so it's important to stick to this on first use. However, I found it needed a fair while longer to get to the colour I wanted and so I tend to leave it on for 10-15 minutes. This is worth bearing in mind if it doesn't turn out as you hope initially but if you have sensitive skin or any other mild reaction to dyes first of all, maybe it's not the product for you and second of all, if you do wish to use it, it may be best to follow the time restrictions and as it mentions in the instructions, you can repeat the process for a darker look.

The product can last up to 6 weeks however, I find it best to do monthly although, this will vary from person to person. I love that when I use this kit, I can use it instead of filling my brows in or only have to use a very minimal amount of brow product within my makeup look.
For someone who has always had barely-there eyebrows, this product has had such a positive result, favourable to tinting elsewhere and a much cheaper option. So of course, I have to recommend it.

Have you tried this kit if so, what did you think? I hope this review was both helpful and enjoyable. If you did enjoy this post and want to see more, you can follow my social media links in the top right-hand corner to see when I next upload. Thank you for reading this post.

Love, Steph x
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5 Netflix Shows You Need To Watch

With Summer holidays well under way, it's the perfect time to binge watch some of those series you've been hearing all about but haven't had the time to start. There are so many shows I have saved in 'my list' ready to watch as soon as time allows but there have also been a few I've watched recently or am currently watching that you could be missing out on!
Reign- I am not one for period dramas normally and never expected to enjoy this TV show but after great reviews and recommendations, I had to give it a try. It hooked me very early on and I'd spend the day thinking about watching the show in the evening! There are so many great characters and storylines to get invested in that you can't help but want to watch more and more. It definitely has a major focus on history and emphasises the period drama style but for anyone like myself, it's still worth watching for the general plots and drama involved that massively distracts from the genre and makes me want to watch many more of its sort. There are so many lovable and love-to-hate characters that it's difficult not to get hooked.

Jane The Virgin- With season three now available on Netflix, it's the perfect time to binge watch the show. Like nothing else, the dramedy is engaging, exciting and lovable despite the features that would normally make you cringe! The narrator certainly helps to make the show stand out, adding humour in the best moments. It's a show that doesn't require your full attention to grasp what's going on, despite all the twists and turns in the storyline, as the narrator and method of storytelling helps to ease this.
How To Get Away With Murder- If you love a good mystery/drama/crime thriller, this is a great show for you. It was difficult for me to stop watching and had me very grateful for the automatically play next episode feature that allowed me to hardly move throughout it all! I love the way it tells the story, revealing a little more each episode, feeding it in throughout the plot and rewinding or fast forwarding to provide the details of the story. It does take a bit more concentration to fully get what's going on but it's worth the invested time. I love shows that surprise and shock me and this is one of those!

Chasing Cameron- A very different genre, this show follows Cameron Dallas on his tour and general life. I've watched his YouTube videos before but never been a huge fan however, this show changed my perception of him a lot, making my respect for him increase massively. It shows the less glamorous aspects of his fame and the situations he has to deal with with the responsibility he has. I had never considered how much of a role he played in Magcon and I feel like this show really opens yourself up to that and shows how much can be hidden or unexpected. This is definitely a good show for lighthearted watching and can be watched as a background show or one having your full attention.
American Horror Story- If you love a good horror, you're probably very familiar with this show but I had to put it in this post anyway as it's such a good watch. Each series follows a new storyline, setting and group of characters, so you don't have to watch every series in order (although I couldn't bring myself to do that)! I don't know anyone who agrees on their favourite series, which suggests to me that there's something for everyone! Some series are scarier than others, although this probably depends on your personal fears anyway which, is just something to bear in mind if you don't think one is very scary. I love the way each series is done and the creativity gone into it, particularly into the introductory sequence.

I'm sure there are plenty more binge-worthy TV shows, so if you want to see a part two, let me know or if you've got any recommendations, I'd love to hear them. I hope you enjoyed this post, if you did you can follow my social media links in the top right hand corner to see when I next upload. Thanks for reading.

Love, Steph x
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