Kyoto + Day Trips | Japan

Our next stop was Kyoto – it was our first busy city of the visit. The streets were full of people and music, it was a lot of fun at night!

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In Kyoto we decided to try out a themed hostel and chose Book and Bed. It is pretty self explanatory – beds in little capsules among the books. It was not the most comfortable nights sleep but it was a lot of fun and a new experience!

 

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We went to the 1 Michelin star sushi restaurant Sushi Iwa for dinner in Kyoto. It was an amazing experience and still affordable considering the incredibly high quality. You can easily just order single nigiri and sushi and have a great, affordable dinner. I ordered the Chefs Menu which came with sashimi, nigiri, soup and dessert and every single element was delicious. And it was Steve Jobs’ favourite restaurant in Kyoto!

 

Arashiyama

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On a mini day trip I went to Arashiyama to visit the bamboo forest. It’s only 15 minutes via train from the Kyoto Station so it is very easy to get to. Walking through the bamboo forest was beautiful if somewhat crowded. There was also a beautiful temple, Tenryuji Temple, which had a lake with koi fish and cherry blossoms throughout the gardens.

 

Inari

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I also went to Inari to see the Fushimi Inari-taisha and the famous orange tori gates. I recommend you try and get there early in the morning, by afternoon it’s absolutely packed!

 

Leah x

 

Osaka  |  Nara  |  Kyoto

Nara | Japan

Nara was our first day trip from Osaka. The first thing you notice is the deer – they are the focal point of Nara and there are pictures of deer everywhere. It is a really nice town with beautiful parks and temples. The town has a large buddhist influence so there are a lot of beautiful buddhist temples to visit.

 

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The deer were beautiful and friendly. I had heard stories that they could be aggressive but I didn’t experience that at all. They were actually incredibly polite – if you bow at them they will bow back! And if you want to get close to the deer I recommend buying some deer biscuits to feed them!

 

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Nara Park was beautiful – it is so big it’s overwhelming! I went to the Yoshikien Garden which was a small moss garden. It was beautiful to walk though and was free for tourists which was a bonus!

 

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The Todaiji Temple in Nara Park was once one of the Seven Great Temples and also houses the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana or Daibutsu in Japanese. It’s definitely worth visiting – the Buddha is as tall as the temple is – it’s amazing and not something that you can really capture in a photo.

 

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Next up: Kyoto! Check out my first stop in Osaka!

Leah x

 

Osaka  |  Nara  |  Kyoto

Osaka | Japan

I am currently mid-way through a trip through Japan and thought I would start sharing some pics and things I have been doing along the way.

Osaka was my first stop. I have never been to Japan so it was a massive culture shock to me. It was a nice, somewhat quiet city with nice parks. The train system was hard to grasp at first. My only tip is to ask the train conductors – they are so helpful! If you are ever lost in Japan, many people are willing to help you just have to ask!

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We saw our first cherry blossoms in the Osaka Castle Park and they had just started to bloom!

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The Osaka Castle was phenomenal – it was so hard to capture its beauty in a photo. I highly recommend if you are in the area to go see it. It is surrounded by a beautiful park and moat.

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The Osaka city centre was very busy – unfortunately we didn’t get to spend too much time there but there was some good shopping. The Umeda Sky Building was really nice to go to to see a birds eye view of the city as well!

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I found there weren’t many options in terms of food but a good tip is to go to the basement of the train stations. It might sound like a weird place to go but they have the best food!

I’ll be posting the other cities I’m visiting soon!

Leah x

 

Osaka  |  Nara  |  Kyoto

Makeup Holy Grails

I love experimenting with makeup but find it hard to find the perfect product. So through trial and error, I have found a few products that I keep coming back to again and again and thought I would share some!

These products are on the pricier side but in my experience, when it comes to makeup, spending a little bit more money for quality pays off. So as promised in my Makeup No-Goes, I’ve come up with a list of my all time favourite products!

 

Lip Cover (Overheated) | Nars

This formula has to be my favourite liquid lipstick of all time. It is not drying at all but has a beautiful matte finish and is such a lovely brown shade. I was devastated when I found out that this was a limited edition colour but I have faith in the other Nars liquid lipsticks!

 

The POREfessional Primer | Benefit Cosmetics

I have had a lot of trouble finding a good primer. I have tried so many from drug store to high end and they have all either done nothing for my skin or caused it to break out. That is why I have loved the POREfessional Primer. Not only does it help my makeup look flawless for longer, it feels so soft and velvety on the skin.

 

Naked 2 Basics | Urban Decay

This would have to be the best starter palette I own. The colours are easy to work with and perfect for a neutral look. I like to use this as a base for other colours or just by itself for a really natural eyeshadow look.

 

De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray | Urban Decay

I use this setting spray any time I wear makeup – whether it be just powder during the day or a full face at night. I find the finish of my makeup always looks better with this and definitely lasts a lot longer without getting oily.

 

Maestro Eraser | Giorgio Armarni

This concealer is fantastic for a little bit of brightening and coverage under the eyes. It is so easily blendable and light. I found that so many other concealers I tried were really thick and visible but the Maestro Eraser concealer perfectly covers any darkness, and you only need the smallest amount.

 

Rollerlash Mascara | Benefit Cosmetics

Finding the perfect mascara took me a long time to find. I have now been using the Rollerlash Mascara for the past 2 years and haven’t been able to find anything that comes close to it. Not only is it a perfectly dark black colour, it curls and lengthens the lashes as well! I can’t speak highly enough about this mascara!

 

Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation |Chanel

This foundation was an absolute lifesaver for me. I had gone through so many foundations that would make my skin oily and break out, weren’t the right shade, were too heavy – you name it. I came across the Vitalumiere Aqua foundation and thought I would give it a go and I wasn’t disappointed. It is really buildable and blends beautifully so you can have a light to high coverage look. It is water based so doesn’t add any extra oil to the face and on top of that, it smells beautiful.

 

Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow | Kiko Cosmetics

I bought a few of eyeshadow sticks from Kiko on sale when I was in Italy, knowing nothing about the brand. They are so highly pigmented, shimmery and incredibly easy to work with. I usually just put it on my lid and then blend another shadow in the crease. They will stay on all night without creasing or rubbing off and are very easy to get off. My only regret is that I didn’t buy more!

 

Let me know below what are some of your all time favourites?

Leah x

Stripes x Floral

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Shirt: Stylenanda | Jeans: Bardot | Sneakers: NO NAME | Shoulder bag: Gucci

 

Mixing prints is always a good way to spice up your outfit but it doesn’t have to be crazy and clashing. Having subtly different patterns can make a simple outfit look more put together. And having a very neutral colour pallet allows the bag to be the feature of the outfit!

Black and White

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Jumpsuit: SABA | T-shirt: Topshop | Shoes: Mr & Mare | Earrings: Curated Wholesale

 

This halterneck jumpsuit has become a favourite of mine. I love to layer it with a slightly flowy white t-shirt to contrast with the black and I love how it sits, making look like a two piece from the back. The jumpsuit itself is incredibly comfortable and loose-fitting, perfect for chill nights out or festivals!