Mdina: The Silent City

Mdina, once the capital of Malta is a fortified city that sits on the north of the i sland. It’s more than worth a visit if you are holidaying on the island for so many reasons! Today I wanted to share my experience of Mdina: The Silent City.

Mdina has a very small population of around 300, called the silent city becuase it is closed to anything other than local traffic.

We took the bus from our hotel in Buggiba to Rabat, which is just outside the city walls and strolled up to the entrance to Mdina. It was so busy and bustling outside and I was worried that it was going to be crowded once we had gone through the city gates. How wrong was I? Once over the bridge, the hustle and bustle subsided as everyone started to take in what Mdina had to offer them. The main gate was actually used as a filming location in the first season of Game of Thrones, where Catelyn Stark arrives in Kings Landing, which I did not realise until James and I watched it again recently and I recognised it from our visit, so that’s pretty special!

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Garnier Pure Active Matte Control Moisturiser

So confession, this product was suppossed to be my Beauty Buy of the Month in April, but me being me I’m a tad late as usual! It is something for all my fellow oily skin girls! It’s the Garnier Pure Active Matte Control Moisturiser and I’m really excited about this!


I’ve mentioned so many times on the blog that I have really really oily skin and I really struggle when it comes to finding something that will help. I wash my face twice a day and try to use oil free formulas and makeup as much as I can. No matter what powder I put over the top of my makeup throughout the day the oil creeps through, so I apply more powder and end up looking a complete oily mess and to be honest I was really at my wits end with it. It makes me so insecure and I just started to accept the fact that maybe I was just destined to cope with this forever and ever.
Well no more!

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Twisted Disko at Tokyo Huddersfield!

If you follow me on social media, you will no doubt know that I LOVE a good night out! I was really excited when I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the launch of a newclub night, Twisted Disko at Tokyo Huddersfield a few weeks back. This club holds some great memories for me, I was really excited to experience the nostalgia and check out something new!

The Venue!

If you’re from around the area, chances are you’ve heard of Tokyo. As one of the only two nightclubs in Huddersfield town centre it remains a firm favourite with many. Set over three floors in a historic courthouse building, this club definitely offers something for everyone. Back in my university days, I did used to work behind the bar here, but since I was last there (2010 to be precise) the club has undergone a huge refurb and I have to say it’s looking amazing!

Open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, this club is proud to cater for everyone. From students to locals everyone has a good time. The customers keep coming back for more week after week and it’s clear to see that they LOVE this place. The launch ofTwisted Disko was definitely welcome amongst them and they couldn’t wait to see what it had to offer them, myself included. Now for the really exciting part! Billed as “Ibiza meets Vegas … Carnival meets Circus … Expect the Unexpected” I was really looking forward to the night, armed with my camera and hubby in tow, we arrived and were eager to check out all that Twisted Disko had to offer!

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Plus Size Holiday Styling Tips featuring Simply Be!*

So, I’m back from my jollies. I always hate coming home and getting back to reality, but i’m getting there slowly! Before I went I was delighted to be contacted by Simply Be asking if I would like to share my plus size holiday styling tips with you all and I was delighted to be able to choose two items to take to Malta with me!

Simply Be have an amazing range of plus size holiday wear and accessories to suit most budgets, with it’s own dedicated section on the website, making it really easy for you to shop fuss free for all your holiday attire. You can see the holiday range be clicking here!

With the items I chose, I decided to share both a daytime and an evening look to wear whilst on holiday with you guys! so here goes!

Daytime Look!

I don’t know about you, but when I’m on holiday and I’m not spending my day lounging around the pool reading I like to wear something light and comformtable. This Pom Pom Dress £39.00, is perfect for wearing when it’s hot outside because it’s made from a really light and airy material! While you are on holiday it’s perfect for walking around the resort when doing a spot of gift shopping or for a day when you’re out on an excursion discovering all that your destination has to offer!

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Holiday!

Just a quick post to let you know I’m going on holiday in the morning, I haven’t scheduled anything on the blog because I’ve been really busy!

Make sure you check out my giveaways that I have running, there is still plenty of time to enter both of them!

Win a Lee Stafford No Strings Attached Cordless Hair Straightener!

 

Win a bottle of Oyster Skincare Brightening Eye Serum!

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ENDED: Oyster Brightening Eye Serum Review and Giveaway!*

So you lucky lot! I have another giveaway for you this month! It’s something that I am really excited about, the Oyster Brightening Eye Serum! Read my review and make sure you enter using the entry form at the bottom of the post!

Oyster Skincare is a brand new premium brand based in the UK. It’s the brain child of two hotel and spa owners who wanted to create a range of premium skincare products. The blend of essential oils and skin enhancing actives promises to bring you products to both fortify the mind and repair the body. It is both vegan and cruelty free and offers you a theraputic kiss by blending plant wisdom, essential oils and skin actives, to help you unwind and care for your skin at the same time!

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L’oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation review!

Hi everyone! I hope this post finds you well, my quest to find the perfect affordable foundation continues and on the blog today is a review of the L’oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation!

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Every so often, a new product is released that claims to be the answer to all my foundation nightmares and promises to help me achieve that perfect base on a budget. My foundation needs to be full coverage, it needs to last the day and it needs to be a great price!

This foundation definitely makes some bold claims, mainly that it is a full coverage base that can last up to 24 hours. Not only that, but it claims “The zero compromise, camouflage formula covers everything from blemishes, redness and tattoos without the overload, while the matte finish leaves you with an even, shine-free base. NO COMPROMISE. NO TRANSFER. NO OVERLOAD” I was really keen to give it a go and replaced my usual daily foundation with this as soon as I got my hands on it!

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ENDED: Lee Stafford No Strings Attached Cordless Straightener: Review and Giveaway*!

You don’t even know how excited I am to be able to share this with you today! It’s the first giveaway I have ever hosted on The Plus Size of Life! So if you fancy winning yourself a pair of Lee Stafford No String Attached Cordless Straighteners, read my review and see how you could win a pair for yourself!

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I was absolutely delighted when I received an email asking if I would like to review the Lee Stafford No Strings Attached Cordless Straighteners, I’ve been using the same pair of GHD’s for years now (6 and a half to be exact) so it was definitely time to replace them! I have extremely frizzy hair normally, especially in one particular patch so a good straightener is an essential part of my routine. Not only that, but I am a huge fan of Lee Stafford hair products, in particular the CoCo LoCo range, which I use religiously and have featured on the blog here , so I was intrigued to try one of his electrical products!

Upon receiving my package, I was keen to get them out and have a go! The first thing which caught my eye about these was the colour, pink is my favourite and this shade definitely stands out to say the least. It’s so bright and funky!

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So Fabulous Printed Dress!

So the last couple of weeks have not been my best, I really haven’t been well and this has meant that the blog has majorly suffered this March! But fear not, because I have been scheduling posts for you lovely lot this week and today I thought I’d share with you an outfit I wore recently, featuring a really colourful So Fabulous printed dress.

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So if you’re not familiar with the So Fabulous range, it’s sold online at Very and Little woods. I personally think that most of the range is trendy and fashionable and it offers another option for us plus size ladies. I don’t often shop at Very anymore, but I got an email about a sale and couldn’t resist a little peep!

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Primark false eyelashes review!

So, I’ve raved about the Primark beauty range on the blog before – you can check those posts out by clicking here and here – but I have been loving the false eyelashes that they have on offer lately! I thought I would do a quick post today, a Primark false eyelashes review!

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I’m all about budget when it comes to most of my beauty buys and I want to stress that there’s no shame in not wanting to spend a lot on your beauty products. I’ve certainly been made to feel like a cheapskate in the past and I think a lot of people fall into the trap of thinking that if it costs a lot more, it’s a better quality but with products like false eyelashes, that is not the case! Unless you really want a mink lash, then don’t be afraid to try something a little more budget friendly. If you care for your cheap falsies correctly, there is no reason why you can’t use them again and again!

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