Travelling to Belfast Part.1


Get always are good for the soul and getting home with Francis to Belfast for 6 days was blissful. Not only are we getting to go home to see family and friends but I got to celebrate my sisters birthday and Francis' cousin got married, so it was to be a fun filled few days.


Prep prep prep

The key to any good trip is to be well and truly prepped before you go.  Yes all that boring stuff.  For the last few days before leaving included housework , washing, going to the pet store and making sure the pets had everything they needed for there time away to the pet hotel.  Some people find this part annoying but I love it! Pulling the cases out of the wardrobe and creating little piles of items on the guest bed that needs to be packed is somewhat therapeutic for me. I love to get organised and then you know when your away, all is sorted.  The house is tidy and the pets are happy.  


We have a dog , Deano and a cat, Lola.  When going to the pet hotel I like to know that they have all the food and treats that they love and bits from home so they will be relaxed and spoiled.  We have been very lucky to find an amazing place that the animals love and when we pick them up they are always happy and settle back into home very easily.  It gives you peace of mind when you know you have to go away knowing that the furbabies are happy.





I used my matching suitcase set. I love them! They are robust and even have poodles on them, what more does a girl want! When packing I always write out a list or two and then tick it off as I go so I don't miss out on any items I might need.  This time because we are getting the boat home we were a little more generous with clothing choices and prob had to many outfits home but thought why not have options.  I also went this way with toiletries and beauty products.  As I know I will be out with family and have a wedding to go to, so I made sure that I brought everything I needed with me.





We booked the boat from Liverpool to Belfast this trip.  Having the new truck to drive to Liverpool, we knew this would be a comfortable and enjoyable trip. It didn't disappoint. There is nothing like going on an road trip with some epic rock tunes. With the journey to Liverpool only around 3 and a half hours it wasn't a bad drive.  We had one pit stop for breakfast and made the check in to the boat in perfect timing.

We booked a comfort class cabin which was fab with comfy beds, TV, fridge stocked with drinks, kettle, tea, coffee and biscuits, with your own en suite bathroom.  After having a very early start it was nice to have somewhere to have a nap and relax.  The sailing itself was amazing, the sea was calm, so smooth and relaxing.  Even though this was a long crossing the sailing actually flew in by the time we had a sleep, had some lunch, went for a walk around the boat , took some pictures and also got a few things in the duty free store.  We then went back to our cabin for a few hours and relaxed.  Francis watched some movies, while I watched TV and blogged.  It was great to have time to catch up on blogging and some Lightroom editing.





I am really looking forward to seeing family and spending some quality time with my mum and dad. Having some girlie fun for my sister's birthday on the Friday and going to the wedding on Saturday.. I was rather looking forward to getting all glammed up for the day in full vintage style! Below are just a couple of pictures from my time home...





Next travel post will include what I got up to in Belfast and the journey back to Watford. 

Thanks for reading


Purple Poodle xx

Kiko Milano


KIKO Milano make-up stores have been popping up all over UK lately. A new store open up in Watford and I really couldn't wait to get into the store to try out their make-up products. The store itself was absolutely stunning, beautifully laid out, really bright and vibrant. When I went into the store they had a buy five items for £10. This seemed like too much of a bargain to pass up so I bought some products to give them a go. 


The first two products I lifted where the KIKO Milano metallic shine eyeshadows. The first metallic shine eyeshadow was number five they come in a little green box and when you open them they have a beautiful dark Brown metallic lid with the branding on top. This metallic shine eyeshadow in number five is a khaki green. The pigmentation in the shadows are unbelievable they really do feel like a luxury brand product very much like the Tom Ford eyeshadows that everyone is raving about at the moment this could definalty be a dupe. I was so impressed with the coverage in this eyeshadow. The next colour I purchased in the metallic shine was a number three, again beautifully packaged and this metallic eyeshadow is almost like a brown metallic. Again this eyeshadow is  really pigmented, can go such a long way.


The next two eyeshadows I got were 161 single eyeshadow this eyeshadow is almost like a pale blue matte finish and again super pigmented, really really beautiful. The next eyeshadow, another blue, slightly darker, is an infinity plus sparkle eyeshadow in 410 this eyeshadow is part of the clics System so this can actually go onto a magnetic pallette. I am definitely going to go back to purchase some of these eyeshadows and make up my own eyeshadow palette. This dark blue shimmer is so beautiful you can definitely build it up.


The next item I purchased was an automatic precision eyeliner, beautifully packaged, I purchased the 703 which is a blue dark blue liner it comes with a rollup eyeliner on one side and on the other side a rubber blender that you can blend out the liner. I really love this idea and it actually works really well.  I definitely want to buy more of these. 


So that was 5 for £10 but there are another couple of pieces I really liked so I just purchased these separately. They were two lip products. The first one is the unlimited lipgloss in the shade  21. This colour is a lovely deep plum. Even though this is a lipgloss it has a lovely consistency and when blended I can almost be like a lipstick/lipgloss crossover. It isn't too sticky has great pigmentation.  A product that is so easy to carry around in your handbag and  such good value for money. The last item was the pencil lipgloss. I got this pencil in number 14. It is a bright pink shimmer colour I can't believe you can actually get a lip gloss pencil! It is creamy but it definitely has not a sticky texture. It is super pigmented and has such a lovely sheen. Definitely something you can use as a liner, all over the lips or maybe as and over the top shimmer for a matte lipstick.


I am honestly so impressed with Kiko Milano Products.  You really get a luxury feel with these products not only in the packaging but in the products themselves.  Definalty some items can be dupes for other expensive makeup brand and I will be looking into this further and doing another blog post on this brand! I am so excited to but more products and do a make up look.

At the moment the current promotion is buy 3 get 3 free on selected items 
Yes I went back to the store to get some lipsticks. I purchased some of there Smart Lipsticks and also a red lip set with lipstick and lipliner you can see these in the pictures. I will be doing some makeup looks in another post!!


Watch this space!!!!!

Purple Poodle xx

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