Amazon Fire Review

Hello everybody, it’s been a while – but finally, I have some time to start blogging again, and thought I’d review my new toy!

I was lucky enough to be given an Amazon Fire Tablet recently, and have had a week to play around and get used to it. I had never owned a tablet before, and had relied on my phone for books and TV for my daily commute. However this wasn’t ideal due to the screen size (not to mention my phone battery being drained before the day had even started!).
As I said, I have had the Fire for a week now, and have used it on my commute each day thus far. I started by downloading some books, and I wasn’t aware of just how many there were available. Just as an FYI, I’ve decided to re-read all the Harry Potter books! You can edit the text size, font, back light etc, which is ideal, as I would rather have huge text than squint my way through a chapter. The size is perfect to hold in your hand when reading, not too heavy- not too large.

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As much as I would like to say that I only read on my commute, I am a sucker for Netflix, and so I downloaded the App on the Fire and started to download shows to watch on my journey. I used to do this on my phone, but that was ridiculous, I could barely see anything! Again, I feel that the size is ideal for watching shows, because it’s big enough to see what’s happening, but doesn’t take up a crazy amount of room in your bag.

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One of the best thing about the Fire is its incredible price. For the 8GB model it is only £49.99, and for the 16GB its £59.99. As I said, I haven’t bought a tablet before, and I thought roughly 50 quid was good, so I just googled how much an iPad mini is, and they are over £400!! I am SHOOK!

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You can buy the Fire directly from Amazon here, now available in Magenta, Blue and Tangerine – but you know The London Foxx was always going to choose black!!

 

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The Perfect Boots for Christmas

Tis the season…to buy new shoes! Well, let’s face it, all year round is the season to buy new shoes…but tis the season to splash out and get party shoes!
I have found the absolute best boots for Christmas and New Years! These beauts are called Glint from Carvela Kurt Geiger, and are sock-styled ankle boots with very fine sparkles all over the black fabric (check out my insta-story to see a boomerang of them shimmer!)

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I got these bad boys online from Kurt Geiger’s Party Occassion Party Shoes for just £150.00 which I think is incredible value for occasion wear boots. I can not wait to show them off tomorrow on Christmas Day!

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I’m pretty sure I’m going to put these up on my shelves in my bedroom, they literally are so beautiful. Plus I’m going up to Edinburgh for New Year’s Eve (#hogmanay2017) and will be wearing them as we ring in the new year (whilst swaying due to mulled wine, and singing auld lang syne).

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And finally…what would a shoe post be without a classic leg shot! I hope you love these Glint boots from Carvela Kurt Geiger, and have a truly lovely Christmas where ever you are, and a happy new year!

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Boots: http://www.kurtgeiger.com/women/shoes/boots/ankle/glint-black-fabric-carvela-kurt-geiger
Other KG Shoes: http://www.kurtgeiger.com/women/shoes/occasion-party-shoes

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Beauty Essentials for £10 and Under: Summer Edition

Summer has apparently arrived, and whilst in the UK it seems more like September, those travelling abroad will hopefully experience a better time weather-wise.
For those of you who don’t know, I have just returned from a month long trip around South East Asia, and so have listed bellow my favourite summer beauty essentials that are £10 and under!
Just click on the links to find the product online.

1. Sun Cream and After Sun – Soltan Family Pack (£10)
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Let’s start this off with the most important items for a holiday in the sun. Sun cream is a must, but can be ridiculously expensive. The Soltan Family Pack is perfect because it contains factor 15, 30 and 50+ as well as an after sun. I can’t stress enough the need for aftersun, it works amazingly well for burns, but also is an excellent moisturiser that locks in your tan.
If you happen to be going anywhere that is prone to mosquitos, I would 100% recommend buying the Soltan Aftersun with Insect Repellent for just £4. If you remember to put it on after a day in the sun, you’ll be sure to be protected from the insects come sunset.

2. Moisturiser – Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion (£3.75)
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I will always be a die hard fan of Palmer’s moisturiser, not just because it literally smells amazing, but also because it is simply the best at keeping your skin well hydrated. On holiday I would put this on just before going to sleep, but since returning home I have used it every morning after I shower. So far, my tan is still going strong, and I have yet to see any peeling skin during the three weeks that I have been home.

3. Make-Up Remover/Cleanser – Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (£2)
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I had seen this advertised for so long, and didn’t know if it was going to be any good. But then a make-up artist I was working with used it to remove my make-up during a shoot. It was hands down the best make-up remover/cleanser I had ever used. I bought a small bottle (250ml) for my holiday and found it took off all my make-up, especially waterproof mascara, so easily. I’ve been told that it is especially good for those with sensitive skin, because it can take off all traces of make-up whilst still being gentle on the skin. The most amazing thing about the cleansing water is that it doesn’t need washing off, as it literally feels like water, so there is no oily, creamy feeling left on the skin after use.

4. Primer – Rimmel Match Perfection Fix & Perfect Primer (£6.99)
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On holiday, I tend to avoid foundation because I find that the dirt from sweat and the make-up combined is just a recipe for disaster. However, I do use primer to even out my skin without completely clogging my pores. Now, I must admit, my all time favourite primer is the Giorgio Armani Light Master Make Up Primer, but it is a tad pricey for this list, at £37.00 a bottle. But, I have used the Rimmel Match Perfection Fix & Perfect Primer for a while now, and the thick serum glides over the skin smoothly, and I find a little goes a long way. It can be used without foundation, but when using foundation, it controls excess oil and reduces the need to top up.

5. Lips – Revlon Colour Burst Matte Balm (£7.99)
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With the matte lips craze at the moment, this balm is the best for the summer sun. Matte lipsticks tend to dry out your lips, but the Revlon Colour Burst is surprisingly hydrating. The creamy formula changes in opacicity depending how many layers you apply, with my favourite summer colour being a pale orange, called Mischievous (not pictured above).

6. Nail Polish – L’Or‎éal Paris Color Riche A L’Huile (£4.99)
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I am very fussy about my nail polish, and I hate polishes that either chip instantly, or take hours to dry. I found this polish from L’Or‎éal did neither, and the best part was that the polish had the iconic L’Or‎éal scent, which can be found in their lipsticks, that lasts on your nails for days. My favourite colour is pictured above, Café De Nuit, but I also have it in a blue/grey called Noir Oxyde which is just as lovely, but less summery.

7. Mascara – Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara in Black (£7.99)
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If its waterproof mascara you’re after, look no further. This mascara from Maybelline is very waterproof, which is perfect if you want to have defined lashes on the beach. However, it is a lot more difficult to remove, so I would avoid using make-up remover wipes when you have this on, but instead go for a cream or the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. Like with the primer, my actual fav waterproof is slightly more expensive, and that is Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara, but costs an eye-watering (see what I did there) £21.00 which means I rarely treat myself to it.

8. Detangler – L’Or‎éal Kids Sweet Pear Tangle Tamer (£2.10)
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Now, I know what you’re thinking, ‘this is for kids!’, but trust me on this. I have incredibly curly, knotty hair that tangles every time it gets wet, so whenever I go to the beach, I bring a tangle teezer and this Tangle Tamer from L’Or‎éal. It is the best product I have found that truly gets rid of all the knots and leaves my wet hair perfectly smooth, not to mention the amazing pear scent!

9. Salt Spray – Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion Spray (£9.50)
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Yes you can get natural beachy hair at the beach (duh), but let’s be honest, after a sweaty day in the sun, you tend to wash your hair and then bye-bye beachy waves. This Bumble and Bumble salt-in-oil spray creates sea tossed waves instantly, and is perfect for when you want clean hair in the evening! I am a huge fan of all things Bumble and Bumble, but they do tend to be quite expensive, so opt for the travel sizes to see what suits you before investing in the full size bottles.

10. Dry Shampoo – Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL Volume (£6.49)
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When you can’t be bothered to wash your hair, or it’s been recently dyed and you don’t want to shampoo it constantly, this dry shampoo is what you need. I was recently gifted this product and had strong reservations towards its ‘XXL Volume’ claim. I love Batiste’s dry shampoos, and this one lives up to their reputation, and it actually does increase volume. I have naturally flat hair, and I was amazed that it actually increased the volume of my dull, limp hair. I would advise to use it sparingly though, as it does leave a rough texture, so too much can make hair feel straw-like.

 

So there you have it, my 10 Best Buys from Boots for £10 and Under. Sorry to have teased you and added some more expensive products along the line, but sometimes you can splash out if you’ve saved elsewhere.

Hope you all enjoy the summer, whether it is here in the UK, or abroad. For more from me, follow me on instagram and twitter: @thelondonfoxx, and add me on snapchat: naomiharris1

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Please note: This post is not sponsored by Boots or any of the brands mentioned above. All opinions are my own. All images are taken from Boot’s website, and prices may vary from those stated online compared to in stores.

Koh Samui – Anantara Bophut Resort

Now that I’m back home, I want to tell you all about a few places I stayed at during my South East Asia holiday. My favourite place I stayed at was the beautiful Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort. My boyfriend and I wanted to stay in a more peaceful area of the island, and Bophut was perfect for us.
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Upon arriving, we were shown through a beautiful reception area to the library where we were given a welcome drink and waited a short time for our room to become available.
The staff were incredibly helpful and kind, and we were given a tour of the hotel and shown all the amenities available, including the spa, restaurants and bars.
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The hotel was right on the beach, with its own private area, whilst also boasting a truly beautiful infinity pool. During our stay, every couple of hours the guests are treated to a small complementary refreshing juice shot whilst sunbathing, and also given cold, mint scented flannels to cool down with. It was these little touches that highlighted why this hotel really is a luxurious, elegant resort.

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We were upgraded to a stunning Suite with a beautiful view of the pool and sea. Of all the hotels we stayed in, we felt this was the most beautiful, whilst also maintaining an authentically Thai feel. Our room had a huge king sized bed, with an enormous bath that split the room between the bedroom area and the bathroom. There was also a small lounge area, plus two balconies.
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The breakfast buffet was the best we had whilst traveling for a month, with a wide range of English/America, European and Asian options which changed daily. Lunch at the Full Moon restaurant sitting above the pool, with a stunning view of the beach below also gives guests a range of cuisines from around the world.
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Every inch of the hotel had been well designed and decorated. The art around the pool and down to the beach was charming, with clear Thai themes throughout.
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We had never stayed in an Anantara resort prior to this trip, and both my boyfriend and I would not only go back to the Bophut Koh Samui hotel, but also would love to stay in any one of their hotels across Asia.
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Bikini: Kini Swimwear 
Hat: ASOS
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Original Aviators from Sunglass Hut

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Kini Swimwear -Your Design, Custom Made

I am a bit of a bikini hoarder, and before I ever go away I make sure to buy way more than I would ever need. But I found a bikini brand through instagram, called Kini Swimwear, that allows you to customise your own swimmers.

My custom bikini arrived a few weeks before my trip, and so now that I can actually wear it to the beach and pool I want to show how easy it is to design your own.

STEP ONE – Choose a Style: Ok, each step is actually really simple, but I suck at making decisions, especially when given so many options, so this took me a while. I looked at their instagram to see what some of their customers looked like in the different styles, and eventually decided on the Racer (which has three options: short, long or no sleeves). Then I chose the briefs, because I find they look better on my hips which are naturally a lot wider than my top half, but again, its totally about preference.

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STEP TWO – Customise: This is where I clicked on literally every single option, and mixed-and-matched all the different prints on various parts of the bikini. Again, I can’t stress enough that I took longer to do this than I could imagine most people would, because I am so fussy! But in reality, it probably only took me about 15 minutes to decide.
You can see down the left side that there are loads of options (add-ons) that you can choose, for example, ties on the bottoms, or a zip on the top. On the right are the fabrics, which come in plain, metallic, or patterns. In keeping with my monochromatic theme I picked plain black and white fabrics for the top and ‘Whatever-Wherever’ for the collar and bottoms.
Then you just have to pick your top and bottom sizes, and order!

Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 21.15.23 - bikiniP.S. If you really are struggling to choose, there are pre-designed options, which you can either buy or use as inspo, but also you can ‘Shop My Shape’ which allows you to find the right cut and fit for your figure.

I’ll up load me in the finished version soon here on my website, and also, of course, on instagram (@thelondonfoxx), twitter (@thelondonfoxx) and snapchat (naomiharris1) – follow/add me to make sure not to miss any of my South East Asia trip.

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Bangkok – The Start of a Three Week Adventure

My boyfriend and I are travelling around South East Asia for the next three weeks, and I plan to write quite a few blog posts about it as I go. However, there is a definite possibility that the trip is so beautiful and incredible that I don’t spend any time in the hotel writing at all!

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Bag: ASOS
Phone Case: Richmond & Finch
Shoes: Converse
Books: Penguin Classics – Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby 

We arrived in Bangkok on June 17th in the evening, and left on the morning of the 19th, which means we had one full day in this vibrant, busy, and beautiful city.

Getting to Bangkok: for the whopping 12 hour flight, we chose to fly with EVA Air, which neither of us had flown with previously. As a novice travel blogger, I have yet to be given free first class tickets to my chosen destination (#thedream). EVA air was our best option at only around £450 return each, which was one of the lowest fares we could find. Having never flown with this airline, I was excepting the worst, so as not to be too disappointed if we had broken TVs, small seats, and little leg room. However, I genuinely believe that this was one of the best long haul flights in economy that I have ever experienced (having lived in Hong Kong and Japan, I am used to the never-ending 12 hours in a tin can in the sky). The seats were much wider than other airlines, and the leg room was more than enough for myself, as well as my 6′ 2″ boyfriend. The food was slightly better than standard airplane food, however the cabin crew service was truly excellent and I am very happy to know that at the end of the trip, we will be returning home with EVA air.

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Hotel: Millennium Hilton Bangkok – The Beach  (don’t know why the image is blurry!)

Staying in Bangkok: We stayed in the beautiful Millennium Hilton Bangkok, which is situated on the western bank of the Chao Phraya River. For only 3 Baht (less than 1p!), a boat takes you across to the other river bank, where the city truly comes alive. The hotel is incredibly luxurious, and although it is one of the more expensive hotels we are staying in, it really doesn’t break the bank at around £90 a night, which we are splitting between us at £45 each. The room is very spacious with incredible views across the river.  The bathroom has an enormous stand alone shower as well as a bath and a large sink top (perfect for allllll my products). But where this hotel truly shines is its rooftop pool. The Beach, as it is named, boasts incredible views across the river, with a huge choice of seats either on the sand (yes sand!), in individual cabanas, or in the pool itself. It really is one of the most stunning hotels I have ever stayed in, and it is a shame we are only there for two nights, but I feel that this hotel well and truly lived up to it’s Hilton name.

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Hotel: Millennium Hilton Bangkok – The Beach 

Exploring Bangkok: As we had just one day in Bangkok, there was only so much we could fit in. The city has extreme mixes of opulence from the temples and lavish shopping malls, set side-by-side with dilapidated houses and stalls. We walked for a large part of the day, but occasionally grabbed a taxi (hailed with the palm down to be polite) which are so unbelievably cheap you wonder why anyone would ever get an Uber here.
We woke up really early so we could see the temples to avoid crowds. However, we instantly fell into what we now know is a huge tourist trap! We were told the temple wouldn’t be opened to tourists for another two hours because it was a national holiday and people were praying…(turned out none of this information was correct). The man then tried to sell us a two hour tuk tuk tour around the city, which we declined, but we did leave the temples to go shopping for an hour or so (which was the plan for the later half of the day anyway). After doing some shopping in Siam Paragon, we grabbed a coffee from Starbucks and soon learnt we had been ‘had’ by a common ploy to get tourists to pay up for tuk tuk tours… Feeling like mugs, we grabbed a taxi back to the temples which were now bursting with tourists. It was pretty frustrating, but at the end of the day, we had only switched up the order our itinerary, and hadn’t paid the man for his ‘help’.

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Above: One of Wat Phra Kaew’s beautiful Pagodas.

The first temple we went to was Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) which is the most sacred temple in Thailand. The Buddha is carved from a single piece of jade, and is thought to have arrived in Bangkok in the 18th Century having originated in Chiang Rai in the 15th Century (…thanks Wikipedia). There are a number of individual buildings and temples situated within the walls of the Grand Palace, embellished with hundreds of thousands of tiny mosaic tiles in predominantly greens, blues, reds, and golds. There was not a single building or statue that had not been given the utmost attention, and it was truly jaw dropping walking around.

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Above: Part of the Grand Palace at Wat Phra Kaew

There are some rules that tourists must be aware of. Men can not wear shorts, nor can women wear short skirts (must be bellow the knee), and shoulders must be covered. However, there is a service to rent appropriate clothes inside the gates, for just a 200 Baht deposit. Before entering the temples, you must remove your shoes, and once inside, you must be respectful, quite and some will not allow photography.
Once I had taken around 1 million photos on my phone, camera and disposable, we exited and walked about 10 minutes to Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), which, as the name implies, holds a 46 metre long Buddha laying down, looking pretty chilled. Though much smaller than the Grand Palace, Wat Pho also has a number of beautiful shrines, halls, and temples.

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AboveWat Pho – the 46m Reclining Buddha (obviously quite tricky to get an image of the whole Buddha) 

Next: as I write this I am currently in Koh Samui, sitting in a beautiful suite in a stunning hotel. The next feature about my South East Asia travels will be up in a couple of days. In the meantime, follow my on instagram and twitter for daily updates: @thelondonfoxx, and snapchat for somewhat hourly updates: naomiharris1

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Manuka Honey & Ginger Lemonade

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Manuka Honey: From Holland & Barrett

I have started to cook with, and add Manuka honey to a number of different dishes and drinks lately. This honey is from Australia and New Zealand, and comes from the nectar of the Manuka tree. I would describe it as a strong, aromatic flavour, which is rich and earthy. It can been used on superficial burns, as well as in a number of beauty recipes (see my Skinfood’s post, as many of those products contain this honey)

Today I made a big pitcher of Manuka honey and ginger lemonade. It was really refreshing, so below are the steps on how to make it!

Ingredients:
– 6 cups of cold water
– 1   1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
– 1 cup of Manuka honey
– 1/3 cup of sliced ginger
– Ice cubes
– Mint leaves (for garnishing)
– Lemon slices (for garnishing)

Step 1: Bring 2 cups of water, the honey, and the ginger to a boil in a sauce pan, before removing from heat and letting the mixture steep for 10 minutes

Step 2: Strain out any ginger, and refrigerate the honey and water until cool

Step 3: In a pitcher, combine the remaining 4 cups of water, the honey/ginger water, and the lemon juice

Step 4: Add ice cubes as well as mint leaves and lemon slices

I found this recipe from: bit.ly/1pUCDJH and bought my Manuka honey from bit.ly/25svdOa

Hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend!

 

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