The Life of Aaliyah

13 May 2015

Dr Organic Manuka Honey Face Mask

Dr Organic Manuka Honey Face Mask Review

The perfect pamper session for me involves lots of chocolate, Netflix and a face mask. I've flittered between the Neutrogena Visibly 2in1 Face Wash Mask and the Montagne Jeunesse sachet masks but one face mask I've been loving recently is the Dr Organic Manuka Honey Face Mask (£7.49). It's been a staple in my bathroom cabinet for quite some time now, so I thought I'd share my thoughts on it. It's a clay based mask which contains kaolin clay, manuka honey and a bunch of other natural based ingredients. I like to apply a layer of this using an old foundation brush, leave it on for five to ten minutes until it hardens and then I gently remove it with a damp face cloth. After removing it my skin looks glowy and feels a lot smoother with no redness like I've experienced with other face masks. Holland and Barrett are having their penny sale at the moment meaning if you buy one full priced item you can get the second for a penny, making this face mask even more of a bargain.

What's your favourite face mask?

22 April 2015

The Wet Brush Paddle Brush

Wet Brush Paddle Brush Review

I've spoken before about my undying love for my Tangle Teezer. Well I may have just found a replacement, cue The Wet Brush Paddle Brush* (£13.99). I admit before using this and just looking at it, I had visions of it barely getting through my very knotty hair but I was pleasantly surprised. I was able to brush my hair with minimal pain. The brushes bristles are very flexible but at the same time strong. The flexible bristles are what makes the brush pain free to use. I use it on wet and dry hair and it doesn't pull my hair and cause any unnecessary damage to my hair. Between The Wet Brush and Tangle Teezer, I have to say that The Wet Brush comes up on top for me due the handle it has and ease of use compared to the latter. I  My only complaint is that it can be a little tricky to clean the brush, especially if you have long hair like mine. I have however discovered that there is a brush cleaner available from Wet Brush which costs around £5 on Amazon. I've yet to try that but it does look like a nifty tool which would effectively remove most of the hair and fluff from the brush. 

What's your favourite type of hair brush?

15 April 2015

A Day Trip To Cologne Germany

Recently my other half and I travelled to Cologne, Germany for a mini getaway. There wasn't any particular reason for visiting, we just wanted to visit Germany and Cologne seemed like a nice city to visit. We set off on a Friday night and seven hours later after passing through France and Belgium we arrived in Cologne.

Where We Stayed
We wanted to stay somewhere central but not too pricey. We opted for the Hotel Ibis Budget Kolen Messe (Address: Brügelmannstraße 7, Köln). In addition to that we also opted for the continental buffet breakfast. The hotel had free WIFI (which was a pretty decent speed), on-site parking and amenities close by, such as a Shell petrol station along with Lidl (Address: Deutz-Mülheimer-Str. 140-144, Mülheim Köln). The nearest tram station (Deutz Koelnmesse) was a mere five minute walk away.

Places Visited
We ventured out early Saturday morning and the first thing we decided to do was walk to the Cologne Chairlift from our hotel which took around thirty minutes. We walked along the bridge pictured and we got to see a bit of the river and the city. It cost €4.50 for a one way ticket or €6.50 for a return.

After jumping off the chairlift we strolled through Rhein Park which comprises of 40 hectares of parkland stretch along the river Rhine between the boroughs of Mülheim and Deutz.

After a walk through the park we headed for what's known as the "locking bridge" due to the millions of padlocks people have locked on to the bridge. Hohenzollernbucke is one of the most heavily used railway bridges in Germany and connects the Köln Hauptbahnhof and Köln Messe/Deutz stations.

Reaching the end of our stroll along the bridge we reached, what was once the tallest building in the world, the Cologne Cathedral. It's is probably one of the most known attractions in Cologne and rightly so. Construction of the cathedral started in 1248 and was completed in 1880. Standing at a massive 145m tall it was the tallest building in the world until 1884.

There were a few other places I would of liked to have visited, unfortunately due to time constraints it wasn't possible to do so.  For getting around I found City Maps 2 Go Pro was great to use as it could be used offline and I also made a map with lots of useful locations marked. 

Eating Out
We didn't really get the chance to eat traditional German food due to lack of interest of trying it and I guess we were a little weary of accidentally ordering something with pork in. There's a lots of halal restaurants dotted around Cologne as it has a sizeable Muslim population. There were also a few kebab restaurants located around the city centre which were halal.

It was a short but sweet visit to Cologne. I really wish we had the chance to stay another day to explore and perhaps venture more out of the city centre and into the suburbs.

Where you have you visited recently? 
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