Cruise Photo Diary + OOTD: Ajaccio, Corsica

Apologies for the gaps in between my cruise photo diary posts as it has been almost one month since I was on holiday but I've been quite busy recently. This post is all about Ajaccio, Corsica which we have visited before while on another Royal Caribbean cruise and I found it to be an incredibly beautiful city with gorgeous sea views! I wish I lived in Ajaccio, the views are stunning and there is a really nice food market within walking distance of the ship. Although apart from the food market and walking along the streets/harbour there isn't very much to do here but it is still gorgeous. 
Again, more gorgeous views! There is a sea wall, lighthouse and a church of some kind in the not too distant view from our balcony from the ship (Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas). Last time we were in Ajaccio, it was a few years ago and I bought my first bottle of Bioderma, sadly a lot of shops (including the pharmacy) were closed the day we visited this time. 
Here is my OOTD: my dress is from Asos, my Birkenstock dupes are from Zara and my sunglasses are Marc by Marc Jacobs. I have added another little video with some clips from Ajaccio. Again, if you have any questions about Ajaccio, Royal Caribbean or my OOTD just email me: heathernixon4@gmail.com.
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Review: Viking Direct Stationary

A couple of weeks ago I was kindly sent some cute, novelty stationary from Viking Direct! I am a sucker for all things stationary and these are no exception *stationary nerd*. Some people might find the handbag and shoe stationary items a bit tacky but I love them and I think all of these items would  make fantastic stocking fillers - yes, I am already thinking about christmas!

*Foray Softcover Lined A4 Notebook (Black, £8.99): Notebooks are one of my favourite stationary items, I do seem to collect them and then buy more. This one is simple but so practical and well designed. There is a pen slot, two marker tabs and it is lined with a box at the top of the pages for the date. I would have loved this while at university, it would have been so handy! 

*Papermate Ink Joy Pens (x10, £6.29): While in college I found that due to all of the essays and exams (I had about 45 exams in total) I hold pens quite hand and it can be fairly painful to write after a while, so finding pens for writing for hours in exams was a struggle. The shape of the Papermate pens is triangular almost so they fit well, they are very easy to use and they write smoothly. I love the colours and there are more 'formal' shades in this pack too. 

*Post-it Handbag Z Notes Dispenser (£7.99): How cute is this post-it note dispenser, I think it would make a great stocking filler/present for handbag lovers and stationary nerds - I am both so I love this, even though some may think it is a little tacky! It contains 50 post-it notes in various colours. It is such a handy stationary item to have, especially as I have a lot of blog related things to remember. 

*Scotch Tape Pink Stiletto Tape Dispenser (£5.99): Last but not least, I have a scotch tape dispenser in the shape of a pink stiletto, what woman wouldn't want that...just me...ok. Another great gift idea in my opinion for a secret santa or a stocking filler. It really brightens up my desk and it is very quick and easy to use - it will be invaluable with the holiday season fast approaching.

Overall, I am very happy with all of the items! They are well made and well designed, in my opinion. I think all of the items would make great gifts for students, stationary nerds and handbag/shoe lovers as cute useful, practical presents that aren't boring! My rating for all of the items: ★, 5/5!

What do you think of these items? Have you bought anything from Viking Direct before? 

Review: Burts Bees Lip Glosses, Shimmer + Shine

I wasn't going to publish this post today but it is Burt's Bees 30th Anniversary today!! I was very kindly sent a range of Burt's Bees lip shines, lip glosses, lip balms and lip shimmers! I have only tried the Burt's Bees beeswax lip balm  before and I LOVE it so I was very happy to try more products from Burt's Bees. Here are my thoughts!

*Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balms (£5.99): As I said, I have tried one Burt's Bees lip balm before but these are tinted! I do like tinted lip balms as they are hydrating but offer some colour. I have the shades 'Hibiscus' and 'Blush Orchid' both of which are gorgeous. 'Hibiscus' is a terracotta red shade which looks a tad more terracotta on my lips, it is a pretty natural autumnal shade. The 'Blush Orchid' shade is a milky pink shade which does tone down the natural shade of my lips slightly, great for an everyday look. They are both super hydrating and smoothing! Overall rating: ★, 5/5!

*Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer (£5.99): Sticking with the lip balm theme, I have a couple of the Lip Shimmers which are deeper, stronger versions of the tinted lip balms in my opinion; also they are quite matte but non drying and smoothing. I have the shade 'Rhubarb' which I adore and 'Apricot'. The 'Rhubarb' shade is perfect for autumn/winter and they do feel very smoothing and hydrating but they don't have a sheen/gloss, which I prefer. 'Rhubarb' is a divine berry shade and 'Apricot' is a peachy shade that looks quite similar to 'Hibiscus' on the skin. Overall rating: definitely ★, 5/5! I definitely want to get my hands on more shades.

*Burt's Bees Lip Gloss (£8.99): I saw these lip glosses in a American magazine last year some time and we didn't have them in the UK but since then I have been intrigued. I have the shades 'Ruby Moon' which is a deep burgundy colour and 'Autumn Haze' which is a golden beige. Both of the shades are gorgeous, the former would be perfect for autumn/winter! They are smooth and the 'Ruby Moon' shade is so pigmented, it is incredible. Overall rating: ★, 5/5.

*Burt's Bees Lip Shine (£6.99): Last but not least are the lip shines, they are tinted glosses which are super easy to apply and wear. The shades I have are: 'Whisper' and 'Flutter'. They have a fruity scent and are so comfortable to wear! 'Flutter' is a light berry shade and 'Whisper' is a pretty everyday shade. Overall rating: ★, 5/5.

Overall, I adore the packaging of these products (the honeycomb design is adorable) and the price is great too, in my opinion. I love the shades I received, four of which would make amazing autumn/winter shades. I love all of the products but the tinted lip balms and lip shimmers are my favourite out of the items I was kindly sent. 

Have you tried any of these products? If you have let my know what you thought of them in the comments below! 
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