Saturday, 26 August 2017




Honolulu, Hawaii, is one of the most beautiful and inspiring places that I have ever had the opportunity of visiting; so when it came to us booking our family holiday for this Summer, it was an easy decision to make and we knew that Honolulu, Hawaii was the destination for this years Summer holiday. I last went to Hawaii in 2009 and I remember every single incredible memory that we created when we were there before. There was really no doubt that we had always wanted to return to Hawaii, but make the vacation more of a relaxing trip rather than focusing on sightseeing. We had already experienced the tours and excursions around the island of Oahu in 2009 (including visiting Pearl Harbour, the Dole Plantation, the North Shore and the Polynesian Cultural Center), so this time round we wanted to relax and enjoy the beautiful Waikiki Beach.

As Hawaii is a part of Polynesia as well as being a state in the United States of America, you really experience the best of both worlds - there is the tropical paradise, where you can sip cocktails out of pineapples and coconuts on a beach and then you have the traditional America with the food and shops. As we had already experienced the cultural and historical side of Hawaii last time, we decided to make this vacation more of a relaxation trip, which mainly involved sunbathing and shopping. If you follow me on Instagram then you will have already seen some of the photos (if you don't follow me, then make sure to @vickilouisecaldwell), but I also wanted to show you the beauty of Hawaii on my blog, and especially show you how great Oahu is and tell you my reasons as to why you should consider Hawaii for your next vacation.

There are four main islands that you can travel to; Oahu, Big Island, Maui and Kauai. We decided to stay on Waikiki beach, which is on probably the most popular island for tourists to visit; Oahu. There is seriously so much to experience in Oahu, from hiking up volcanoes, visiting Pearl Harbour and watching a Luau - there is just so much that can be experienced on this beautiful island. Unfortunately, there is no direct flight from London to Hawaii, and therefore you will have to change planes (usually at LAX), resulting in you being in the air for almost 16 hours. But experiencing Hawaii is definitely worth the long flight.

Every day in Hawaii, was like looking at a post card, as everything is just so stunning; the views are breathtaking, the people are so friendly and the experience is something you will never forget. I am going to share with you my experience of Oahu, including some travel tips to consider before purchasing those flights.


Thursday, 17 August 2017



Over the past few months, I have not reviewed as much drugstore makeup on my blog; instead I have been reviewing brands like Anastasia Beverly Hills, Bobbi Brown and Too Faced. However, when I saw that Tanya Burr was coming out with a new collection for Tanya Burr Cosmetics, I immediately rushed out to Superdrug to buy the full collection. I am coming a bit late with this blog post because I had to order one of the products from FeelUnique as it was sold out in my local Superdrug. I am usually not the type of girl who will buy every single product in a new collection, but as Tanya Burr Cosmetics is such an affordable brand I was more than happy to review the whole collection - and I must admit the Chasing The Sun collection is probably my most favourite out of all of the collections. 

I have never reviewed Tanya Burr Cosmetics on my blog before, and the only reason why that is, is because I don't usually reach for her products on a regular basis; there are some eyeshadow palettes that I have purchased from her collection that I have never even worn. I do however love her lip glosses and lipsticks - I will often reach for Lunch Date most days! On first impressions, I already know that this is a collection that I will reach for more than her other collections! I am so pleased that Tanya has really started to step up her game with the presentation and packaging in her most recent collections. In the past, I have personally found that some of the products (especially the palettes) do look slightly childish and don't really appeal to me. I prefer palette that look sleek and are not too bulky - I would much rather her palettes be in the plastic packaging that she uses for her illuminating powders. The gold packaging with this collection is stunning and it really screams that it is a Summer collection that will help achieve a beautiful bronzed look. Due to the price of this range, and it being an affordable drugstore brand, the packaging does feel slightly cheap, but with the most expensive product retailing at £7.49, you really can't complain that the products are in plastic packaging!

Chasing The Sun collection gives you exactly what the name might have you envisaging; think the perfect products to create a bronzed goddess look! Although this is not a huge collection, it does offer a few key products which are perfect for the Summer months! Chasing The Sun consists of two contour sticks, three scented lip balms and three illuminating powders. See below for more details and swatches ...

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