Shaking up my makeup for Christmas party season 2018

I've had my Boots Advantage Card since I was around 12 years old. I remember being soo excited when it arrived, the first proper 'card' to sit proudly in my 'grown-up' purse from River Island. I still have that very same Advantage Card, it's incredibly battered and worn and up until last week I'd never spent any of the points on it! Saaay whaaa? That's 13 years worth of advantage card points racked up. It'd be an understatement to say I was shocked at how many points were actually on there, but I was even more delighted to be able to box off some Christmas pressies and find some new beauty bits to spend them on, especially with Christmas party season just around the corner.

New makeup for Christmas Party Season...

So with all of that in mind, I figured that in this post I'd talk through some of the new makeup I've bought recently and how I've used it to create my Christmas party makeup looks this year. As I write this I'm one Christmas party down with three to go and I've consciously decided to take a step away from my beloved, and traditionally festive, red lip in place of a more neutral vibe. I must admit, it did seem a little alien to me, but it has so far meant far fewer touch-ups throughout the night and less intermittent checks that I don't have a lipstick on the teeth situation!

  • Concealer from And Other Stories £7.00

I love the vibe of the And Other Stories shops, and what's even more exciting is they've recently opened a new store in Liverpool One. I popped in last week to have a look around and spent a good 15 minutes having a nosey in their beauty section. I noticed that their thick concealer formulation, (think similar to the Collection Lasting Perfection) provided some decent redness eliminating coverage. I have the shade 'Bon Shell' which is a neutral colour, neither too pink nor too yellow and perfect for a multitude of things.

  • Natural Collection Blush £1.99
Since Natural Collection rebranded and streamlined their product offering this year, I've been tempted more and more by their seriously purse friendly makeup. I was particularly drawn to their powder blushers, I have the shade; 'Rosey Glow' which is a deep, punchy pink blush. Trust me when a say a little goes a long way, but there is certainly no hint of a wishy-washy chalky formulation and the staying power is good. Perfect for working harmoniously with cold weather cheeks!

Moving away from the traditional, festive red lip...

I always wear a red lip whether it be for work, heading out to the shops, or going to my Grandmas for lunch...a red lip is just intrinsically part of me, which is why I decided that for Christmas party season 2018, I'd take a step away from my beloved rouge and opt for a more neutral makeup look. By adding the interest to my eyes, it has been a welcome change.

I like a brown-toned nude lipstick, It feels totally alien to me to be wearing it, but when I do it has to be on the peach/brown side of pink. For my boyfriend's Christmas party, I wore Windsor Rose by The Bodyshop. This matte formulation isn't heavily drying on the lips, yet doesn't budge after a few mulled wines and a meal. Winner. The formulation is velvety and hydrating all thanks to community trade marula oil from Namibia and community trade beeswax from Cameroon.

I wouldn't usually spend so much cash on a drugstore palette, but this one I knew to be pretty special when I swatched the tester palette. This is the most luxe palette I own, and by that I mean the colour selection just screams Christmas party does it not?! The Golden Nudes palette is made up of eight sumptuous shades ranging from pale highlight shades to deep shimmery olives and caramels. GORGEOUS! I have been wearing a number of colour combos from this palette and the staying power is bang on.

  • Packing a punch - Opium by YSL 30ml is £52.00

I love heady perfumes, perfumes that knock you out when you spray them, perfumes that people say are far too much. Newest to my collection of perfumes that pack punch is Opium by YSL.  This stuff really is filth in a bottle and has been providing a knock out aroma since 1977. It's spicy, it's balsamic, it's smokey and woody. Perfect for cold winter nights, trust me you'll smell me before you see me when I'm wearing this and I strongly don't recommend you are confined in a car with me.

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I spent £44 on these Living Proof hair care products | Are they worth the money?

Believe me when I say that I would not normally spend such an obscene chunk of change on a shampoo and conditioner. I'd much rather spend £44 on a nice meal and drinks instead. However, the older I've got, the more I'm interested in: 'Buying it nice, or buying it twice' as Adam likes to say. Now, I know that shower side goodies such as shampoo and conditioner are things we repurchase over and over again so Adam's sentiment is mostly irrelevant here, however, these days, I am much more conscious of the brands I'm buying, their ethical standpoint and the ingredients they use in their products.

I am also curious to find out if when it comes to hair care, is there is a noticeable difference between luxury and budget products? I decided to start my research with the Living Proof range of hair care. Why? Well, through a little research I have found that Living proof do not test their products on animals (tick) and they don't pump their products full of sulphates (tick). I also enjoyed reading about the science behind their products not to mention the fact that they've won over 42 industry awards. With all of this in mind, when I saw the range on the shelves of my local Marks and Spencer's beauty hall, I decided to give them a go. Albeit with the £44 price tag in the back of my mind!

Is Living Proof haircare worth the money? 

Matching my hair type to the 
Living Proof 'Full'Shampoo

My hair is fine, but there's a lot of it. It's also poker straight and lacks natural volume. Just one day after washing it, it can look lank and dreary. With this in mind, I try to opt for weightless, thickening shampoos to avoid making it look further weighed down. I chose to the Living Proof Full Shampoo which contains OFPMA, Living Proof's patented moisture-controlling molecule to create optimal thickness. 

The 'Full' shampoo is a gentle, cleansing shampoo which is free of sulfate and silicones and is ideal for coloured/chemically treated hair. The formula is fairly dense clear and gel-like in consistency, something I always look for in a shampoo as it plays ball with my hair better than yogurty/creamy shampoos such as Head and Shoulders. It doesn't have a strong fragrance, it just smells fresh with a hint of citrus. It doesn't have that luxury salon scent I'd hoped for in such an expensive product, for reference of a range that does smell divine, pop the cap and inhale the distinctive scent of the Lee Stafford hair range. 

Helping strengthen my hair with the
 Living Proof 'Restore' Conditioner

I've almost grown all of the damage out of my hair now and I'm in that bob growing out phase, where your hair is in danger of looking a bit boxy, that is until you grow those crucial lengths past your shoulders. There is, however, a tiny bit of bleach damage at the very, very ends which is why I opted to try the Living Proof Restore Conditioner

When you look on the Living Proof site, the before and after pics of this stuff are incredible and were what turned me on to the product. The moisture balancing conditioner, just like the Full shampoo also contains OFPMA and apparently makes hair 20x more resistant to breakage, repels dirt and oil and restores damaged cuticles. I have to say, following washing my hair with this, my hair certainly is softer and more manageable with noticeable shine.

My thoughts on the products I've tried from Living Proof

I've been using the Living Proof products for around 6 weeks now and I am still frustratingly on the fence about whether or not they are worth the money. Through regular usage, I have found that my hair is needing to be washed far more often, which is odd considering that Living Proof say their dirt/oil repelling formulas help you to not have to wash your hair as often. I usually get 5/6 days out of one wash, with Living Proof I get 3.

Perhaps I've gone wrong by merging two different Living Proof formulations together, however, the LP website mentions that it is okay to do so. It has to be said that the day after using the products my hair looks fab and most importantly, healthy, but I'm not so sure they perform any better than the drugstore products I've been using since forever. 

In fact one of the days this month, I washed my hair with a 79p apple shampoo just for the blissful scent of artificial apple and I noticed no difference. Go figure! But at least the bottles look pretty right? And they feel amazing, almost rubberised on the outside. Perhaps I could fill them with apple shampoo once their empty? I'm keen to try the Perfect Hair Day range, but I won't be in a hurry. I'd say keep your money for now! 

Does anyone *really* know their skin type?

Oh hi! It's been a while right? I took a little time off from blogging, as my work has this month taken a dramatically busy turn in preparation for Black Friday - it's a pretty stressful time in the world of digital marketing i'll tell you!  I found that my days were getting longer in the office and the only time I actually spent at home, I was either in bed sleeping, or bingeing the new episodes of Making a Murderer. Now that I'm back, I don't suppose you noticed the new decor? It's been three years since my last refresh and it was definitely time for a change - I hope you like it. One pretty snazzy feature that I love, is the shoppable section, where you'll be able to find all of my beauty favourites and essentials, it includes everything from my holy grail Badedas bubble bath, to that russet Burts Bee's lip crayon.

Anyway, today I'm talking skincare, more specifically natural, cruelty-free skincare. When a beautifully packaged trio of A'kin products* landed on my desk last month, I was intrigued and excited to try something new, though it did get me thinking...

What is my skin type? 
And does anyone actually know their skin type?

I've read so much material online and watched so many Youtube videos on figuring out my skin type, though I'm no closer to truly finding a concrete conclusion, my confusion is why I'm particularly interested in natural skincare products so that I'm sure that what I'm putting on my face is not doing me any harm.

 A'kin Skincare - Is it natural and cruelty-free? 

A'kin skincare was founded in Australia 15 years ago. The brand prides themselves on creating natural and safe products for both men and women - after all, gender does not differentiate skin type, something that really bugs me with marketing within the beauty industry. A'kin products cover haircare, skincare and body care and are all paraben, sulphate, harsh chemical and toxin free, so you know you are applying something gentle and natural to your body. What's more, A'kin pride themselves on being certified vegan and animal testing free. This is something that is becoming more and more important to me as I try to become more conscious of the brands I am spending my money on.

 My experience with A'kin Skincare

I've been solely using A'kin products now for over a month now, I wanted to really give them a good go to see how they fared on my skin. The products I've been trialling are from the Moisture Rich Miracle Facial Trio Gift Set which makes for the perfect introduction to the brand. For £36.00 you are treated to the Nourishing Cream Cleanser + Toner, (£19.00 sold individually) The Rose Mist Toner (£12.50 sold individually) and the Rosehip Oil Facial Moisturiser (£20.00 sold individually).  If you were to buy the products separately, you'd be spending £51.50, so this set is a good deal in my opinion. It's limited edition though, so grab it now if you want it!

What did I think of the products?

1. The Nourishing Cream Cleanser + Toner 
This cleanser really reminds me of the Trilogy Cream Cleanser, not only in the formula but also in the way it settles into the skin when massaged in with warm water. Enriched with rose, geranium, shea butter and avocado oil, it really feels like a treat for the skin when applied. Also included in the ingredient roster is Witch Hazel which is not only super refreshing and zingy for the skin, but also helps to clear up any sneaky blemishes. I use this with the A'kin muslin cloth or flannel and it is fantastic at removing stubborn eye makeup if like me you go heavy on the eyeliner.

2. The Rose Mist Toner
The scent of rose has to be one of my favourite aromas, that, along with Parma Violets. This toner is a rejuvenating spritz to a tired face...Yep, this really has been a skin saviour for me over the last few weeks. The toner is infused with aromatic rose essence and aloe vera to hydrate the skin while cooling and refreshing your face. An instant 'ahhh' moment in a spray bottle.

3. The Rosehip Oil Facial Moisturiser
I found that our of the trio of products, this was my least favourite as I found it left my skin feeling tighter rather than nourished and plump. Infused with organic rosehip oil, this hydrating moisturiser also includes avocado oil, shea butter and organic aloe vera. It's lightweight to apply and non-greasy. It also smells divine, so much so it even got Adams nose interested, and he barely notices anything!

Would I recommend A'kin skincare? 
Absolutely! The products I have tried from the brand have been an absolute treat and I am keen to buy more to try. The range is available to buy in the UK from Look Fantastic.

* Post contains gifted products. This does not affect my opinion.



Most likely due to the beautyphile in me, I find that there is something so calming about scanning the drugstore beauty stands to find which new mascara or lipstick will adorn your face next. The purpose of it being to transform yourself into someone new if you wish to - or to bring you back to yourself with a familiar and comfortable look created with fresh, unused products.

This month, all of my daily makeup and beauty items hit pan at a similar time, so I decided to treat myself to some new products instead of replacing them like for like. I also popped into Lush for a new body wash, I feel pretty smug that I managed to make a 1kg bottle of The Olive Branch last almost a year...with daily use! Completely unintentionally, and quite mindlessly I have since realised that a large portion of these products are actually from L'Oreal, an upper tier drugstore brand I don't normally sway towards. Perhaps I've graduated to another product level... I'm a long way since my Sabrina's Secrets days! Whatever the reason, I've been trying them out, some good...some not so good but more on that later.

Base + Brows
L'Oreal Infallible Foundation Stick - £8.99 at Superdrug

I love stick foundations, the easy of them make it so ridiculously quick and easy to simply draw some lines on your face and blend them all out for coverage. They are particularly good for areas you want to even out, for example, if you have redness around your nose or dark circles, but don't want a heavy duty foundation masking your skin. The L'Oreal Infallible Foundation Stick is good, in fact, it's really good. The creamy, blendable formula is available in a number of shades and flattering undertones. It's pretty long lasting too and provides a matte finish, without looking chalky. Use it as a foundation, a concealer or a contour product, it really is super versatile.

L'Oreal Paris Brow Artist Genius Kit (Medium to Dark) - £9.99 at Superdrug

I'm always keen to try new brow products and I'd say brows are the area of beauty where I am most fickle. The latest brow kit I've been trying out is the L'Oreal Paris Brow Artist Genius Kit in the medium to dark variant. Firstly, the packaging on this feels really high quality and the contents include a mini pair of tweezers and a small spooley - perfect for when you're on the go! The pigmentation of the powder and settling wax isn't too warm and covers sparse areas of the brow nicely. Nothing to write home about, but a nice little brow set all the same.

 Eyes + Lips

L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara In Extra Black - £10.99 at Superdrug

So many people have recommended the L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara In Extra Black to me, I've lost count how many tip-offs I've had. One thing that those waxing lyrical about this mascara all have in common, is that they all say your lashes will be insanely lengthed and volumised. They're not wrong either, this mascara is full throttle. The brush is comprised as a number of long and short plastic bristles which you can use to really dig deep into the root of the lashes whilst separating them and adding thickness. I'm not sure about the mascara's claims of being extra black, I'd like to compare it to another in the line, but it is pretty good and I'd be keen to try the 'excess' variant next time.

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Single Eyeshadow Paint - £5.99 at Superdrug

First up I must add that this shade is an excellent dupe for the Rosie for Autograph Cream Eyeshadow stick in the shade 'Sparkle and magic' which retails at £12.50. But what has to be noted is just how awesome the formula of the L'Oreal Paris Infallible Single Eyeshadow Paint is. It's creamy and pigmented and slides onto the eyelid in just one stroke, no mess and no slipping around. This liquid to powder formula has extreme staying power. Honestly, once this stuff is really isn't budging for quite some time! I have the pewter coloured paint and it doesn't half make bluey/grey eyes pop.

L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24HR 2 step lipstick in 'Ever Nude' - £9.99 at Superdrug

Perhaps I picked the wrong shade but the formula for this long-wearing matte lipstick is AWFUL! Sure, when it comes to matte lipsticks, a level of dryness is to be expected but my word, this is lip bobblingly terrible. The balm side is however GORGEOUS and provides a really beautiful sheen to the lips, I have been using the duo for that balm alone. I've tried applying the lipstick a number of ways but always end up with a weird purple line around my lips with the colour moving around - any tips on how to get this working are more than welcome!

 And from Lush...

Plum Rain Shower Gel - £19.95 for 500g at Lush

When it comes to my preference of shower products, the more citrusy and herbally the better. I've never been one for sugary, sweet fragrances and that's why Lush' eye wateringly potent formulas really hit the spot for me. I love 'The Olive Branch' but was tempted to try a new fragrance. When I inhaled the sweet and punchy aroma of 'Plum Rain' I was unsteady on my feet, consumed by this utterly beautiful aroma! I actually look forward to my nightly shower, just to apply this deep purple goodness!

Lush Bewitched - £4.95 at Lush

My favourite seasonal bath bomb is back! The Bewitched bubble bar. Firstly, how sweet is this gorgeous little cat and secondly, the blurb about it on the Lush site makes me want to give their copywriter a massive high five! I'm hoping that this is a lucky cat, god knows I need it but it is SO divine I cannot even tell you. The bergamot oils and blackberry sums up Autumn in a scent. Not to mention how soft it leaves the skin post bubble bath.



When the idea of a city break to Barcelona came up, I was a little unsure about what the city would offer. Through a complete lack of research and education on my part, I'd made up my mind that it was a city not worth getting crazily excited about as I would with say, Paris or New York. And it was only after I had dinner with a friend who adores the city and gave me a page full of recommendations, that I started to feel like Barcelona could well be up my street. Let's just say upon my return home, I was not disappointed and quite cross at myself for being so narrow-minded in the first place. 

Obviously, I'm not a travel blogger, so this post is simply a collection of recommendations, observations and thoughts from myself who visited the city desperately ready for a break away from the norm. Nothing was 'for the gram' as they say, and the purpose of the break was to spend some quality time with my boyfriend and to experience the sounds and sights of a new place. There are tons of 'Barcelona travel guides' out there if you want a slick rick blogger guide, but this was my memorable experience of the city.
Where to stay in Barcelona
We spent just under a week in Barcelona and for a price that wasn't particularly bank-breaking (all thanks to Expedia deals!) we booked one of the most swish hotels I've ever had the pleasure of staying in. I could not fault the location, the facilities, the food, or the staff at the Olivia Balmes Hotel and if you're looking to stay in the L'Eixample district, definitely check this hotel out. The aesthetic is hyper-modern, everything is glossy and black with clean lines and an air of luxury. As soon as you step through the imposing glass doors, you are treated like royalty.

What the Olivia Balmes Hotel offers

The room, which I believe was a premium double, was filled with lovely little touches such as a full set of good quality toiletries as well as bottles of water, coffee and essentials, which included amongst other necessities, toothbrushes, toothpaste, cotton pads and a comb. If you'd forgotten to pack anything, it was unlikely that you'd miss it for too long. 

Every day, we came back to the room to find chocolates left on the bed and on our first night, we arrived back to the room to find a chocolate and fruit salad assortment and a welcome note. All very nice touches. Other things to mention about the hotel is that upon arrival we were treated to a complimentary welcome drink and a 15% discount voucher off lunch or dinner, which we, of course, put to immediate use. I can confirm that the food at the hotel's 'Seven Restaurant' is pretty decent and the tapas is good.

One of the attractive attributes of the Olivia Balmes Hotel is the gorgeous roof terrace pool, not a huge pool mind, but enough to enjoy a few strokes of a swim. It also includes submerged sun loungers which look out over the Barcelona skyline, perfect for laying in with a cocktail. Caipirinha for me. There is a bar up there also as well as a few sun loungers, but be mindful as it is very expensive for drinks and there aren't many sunloungers which are available in the sun when it's busy.
Where to go and what to do in Barcelona

1. Hop On - Hop Off Bus Tour

On our second day in Barcelona, we decided that the open top bus tour would be an ideal way to get our bearings of the city and to judge just how far away each of the main attractions were situated. For around 28 euros each, we chose the 2 hour 'East Route' which begins at the cities main transport and shopping hub, Placa Catalunya.

The East Route took us everywhere from the Sagrada Familia, to the beach, to Park Guell, to Port Vell and many more notable (and some not so notable) destinations. In fact, we hopped off the bus at Barceloneta beach and headed straight to a beach bar for a cocktail, before hopping straight back on the bus to continue the tour. I would say that the tour gives you a pretty decent overview of the city and also gets you around from A to B, but isn't the best way to truly experience the city, not compared to losing yourself in the Gothic Quarter and discovering hidden architectural gems, shops and restaurants. 

2. Park Guell | Gaudi's House | The Sagrada Familia | Casa Batllo

We decided to dedicate an entire day to the life and work of Antoni Gaudi, a Spanish architect famed for his work which is known more prominently as Catalan Modernism. It has to be said that Gaudi's work is what has propelled the city of Barcelona into a major tourist attraction.

I really appreciate Gaudi's colourful, wavy style which is comprised of ceramics, stained glass, intricate carpentry and ironwork. It seemed that an apt place to start our tour of Gaudi's work was Gaudi's House based in the heart of Park Guell. We decided to walk to Park Guell, which with a coffee in hand, took around 50 minutes and i'm sorry to say, it's mostly ALL up very steep heels. We prebooked our tickets for this one so we didn't have to wait to view the house.

Park Guell and Gaudi's House

Park Guell itself is free to enter, though if you want to take 'that' Instagram picture, then you have to book to get onto the Monumental Core, a preserved area of the park.  I'm actually glad we didn't book this as the views from the top of the park are exactly the same, if not with a better panoramic scope. There was also a lot of building work going on around that area so it was quite dusty and noisy at this time. Even if you don't wish to see the Gaudi work at Park Guell, it's definitely worth a visit to explore the various trials.

After Gaudi's house, we snaked down the steep, winding roads towards the infamous and unfinished Sagrada Familia basilica. Again, we had tickets booked for this one which meant no queuing hooray! I have to say I was absolutely blown away by the Nativity Facade which is the side of the Sagrada Familia you can see below.

Inside the Sagrada Familia

I was so surprised when I stepped into the basilica, I'm not sure what exactly I was expecting, but the sheer modernity of it was not what I thought. Immediately you are blown away by the explosion of colour pouring through the tallest stain glass windows I've ever seen! The stained glass is comprised of both cool toned blue and green glass, with the opposite side featuring warm tones of ruby red and orange stained glass. In the middle of the temple, there is a mixed colour window which was incredible to look at. We sat and contemplated inside the Sagrada Familia for a good hour and a half, just absorbing the beauty of it and taking in the vast space around us.

Casa Batllo - My favourite example of Gaudi's work

I booked the Casa Batllo tour without doing much prior research into what exactly it was (sounds familiar lol), but I am so glad I did because it was truly extraordinary! Considered one of Gaudi's masterpieces, entering the Casa Batllo is like walking through a fantasy storybook. Owned by the Batllo family, Gaudi was commissioned in 1904 to design the home in his signature style. 

You really have to see this one to understand it and the museum offers a super nifty way of exploring the house all through artificial intelligence. When you arrive, you are given a smartphone which, when held up in each room gives you an idea of how Casa Batllo looked in its heyday. There is also an audio narration which explains the architecture in great detail with some commentary on what may have inspired this unusual building. Walking through this home it is hard to believe it's real, nevermind that people actually lived there.

3. A Day Trip To Montserrat

This was one of my friend Jon's recommendations and I am so, so glad that I made the effort to visit Montserrat. This day turned out to be one of the best experiences I've ever had, it was just one of those days that lined up perfectly. 

How to get to Montserrat

We booked our travel tickets to Montserrat at the Tourist Information Office based in the centre of Placa Catalunya. We chose the Aeri Cable Car ticket, which meant we would reach the top of Montserrat mountain via cable car rather than funicular. I believe that the tickets were around 32 euros each and included a return train ticket, a return cable car ticket and access to two funiculars. You can get other deals which include food and ones that skip the cable car ride altogether, but I feel whichever option you chose, it is really good value for money!

It was about an hours train ride from Placa Catalunya to Aeri De Montserrat, the station where you board your cable car to take you to the top of the mountain where there is a functioning monastery called Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey. 

The cable car ride to the top of the mountain uncovered the most amazing scenery, truly breathtaking. Though, if you're a little fidgety about heights, definitely don't travel via cable car because it is the steepest ride of your life. I thought Blackpool's Pepsi Maxi rollercoaster incline was bad but this was something else and coming back down is certainly not for the faint-hearted!

Once you arrive at the top, you can find the monastery, shops, cafes and plenty of hiking trails to follow. We were lucky, as we went later in the day, a lot of the early crowds had passed so the place was pretty quiet to explore!

4. Barcelona Zoo in Parc De La Ciutadella

Adam suggested a day trip to the zoo and at first I was a little uncertain, I generally don't like the idea of zoo's but after some convincing I honoured his wishes and accompanied him to Barcelona Zoo based in the beautiful Parc De La Ciutadella (Home to one of the worlds numerous Arc de Triomphe's) I have to say, I thought the zoo was fantastic and included what felt like nearly every animal, bird and reptile around.

The enclosures were very clean and there were plenty of vets and experts on site. Sure, there were some animals I felt really sad for and didn't like to see in the zoo such as the rhino and the brown bear, but others, particularly those that lived in groups such as the flamingo's and the Capybara's looked super happy.

 I was particularly blown away by the African elephants eating apples and having a swim which I've never seen up close before. Definitely set aside an entire day for the zoo and check online for discounts and offers before buying your tickets on the day to save some money.  We saved 50% just by booking online outside the zoo gates.

Where to eat in Barcelona

We found the food very hit or miss in Barcelona, we used Foursquare to find out where served up good food around us, but I'd say we had as many disappointing meals as we did good meals. In fact, in one restaurant, which is rated highly on Foursquare and has rave reviews, we had one of the shittest meals we've ever had including a plate full of ready salted crisps?!, cold muscles and rude service... and it cost the earth. Anyway, back to the good stuff, I can definitely recommend.

A late night bite at Oval 

For incredible burgers that you construct entirely yourself via a cool little worksheet, the vibe is chilled and lowkey, the service is very good and they have refreshing Radler on tap. SO GOOD.

Brunch at El Arbol and La Esquina 

Both excellent choices for brunch, food is great, coffee is good and reasonably priced with good service. Choose homemade chocolate and nut spread on artisan bread at La Esquina and the green smoothie at El Arbol.

Honourable mentions also go to...

La Tagliatella Enrique Granados for pizza and pasta that is apparently just like what they serve in Rome (According to Adam).

Bodega Granados for the best chips and egg ever, trust me this is a recommendation you CAN'T miss, they do something seriously magical with this dish!

Be sure to just spend time 'getting lost' in Barcelona, particularly in the gothic quarter, or head to the beach late when it's quiet to take a swim in the ocean. Barcelona, you stole my heart.

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