I really love a good blogger meet up, and #LivHelps was no exception. I was a last-minute addition to the guest list but on Saturday just gone I wandered to Dough Bar in Liverpool for an afternoon of drinks, giggles and topped-chips.

Liv Helps Dough Bar Liverpool

Liv Helps Pop Chips

Dough Bar Liverpool Board Games

Dough Bar Liverpool Wall

The event was put on by Sammy of Little Fickle who did a cracking job at organising. There was a raffle with some ah-mazing prizes where the money raised from the tickets sold went to charity, a table of sunglasses for us to try on and a selection of pop chips for us to snack on. Dough Bar was a great location – right next to Lime Street station, with incredibly well-priced cocktails and food (some of the cocktails are £3! Say whaaat!) They had loads of retro games as well as a pile of board games you can play with whilst you enjoy your drinks and pizza which I think is a great idea!

It was a lovely and casual afternoon with lots of laughs, as is always the case when we all get together. We left with bulging goody bags, full of loads of lovely products to try out, some of which I’ll be featuring in upcoming blog posts.

Liv Helps Goody Bag Snapshot

A big thank you to Sammy for letting me come along at short notice and for the lovely ladies who I spent the afternoon with; Hannah, Helena, Sarah, Alice, Antonia, Sam & Danielle.

Disneyland Paris Restaurants

In a mere six weeks (and one day) myself and Hannah are heading off to Disneyland Paris, and we couldn’t be any more excited! When we booked our stay, we got a free half board upgrade which means we get breakfast and then either lunch or dinner in our hotels restaurant, Chuck Wagon Café, buffet-style. As great as this will be – and trust me, I will be raiding the breakfast buffet daily – I’m unsure I’ll be able to face eating in the same place each day of our trip. Especially not after seeing this infographic from MyVoucherCodes.co.uk which says there are 66 restaurants in Disneyland Paris. SIXTY SIX. This makes me both excited and full of panic – we’re only there for three days, how can we possibly choose where to eat on each day?

Pre-planning seems key here to ensure we’re not overwhelmed when we get there! Me and Hannah are both huge food fans, and we’ll be meeting up before our trip to make a rough plan of our days and make any bookings we need to. I have absolutely no doubt that where we’ll be eating will play a huge part in these discussions. Here are five restaurants/eating experiences I will be bringing to the table (ha) when we sit down to make our Disneyland Paris plans.

Auberge de Cendrillon

Topping not just my Disneyland Paris Food list but my Disneyland Paris Wishlist in general is a meal at Auberge de Cendrillon. Or, rather, lunch/dinner with princes and princesses. Not only does the food menu sound amazing, but the setting looks beautiful and THERE WILL BE PRINCESSES! It will probably be the most expensive meal we’ll have whilst in Paris, at about £56 per person for three courses, but for the experience I think it may just be worth it!

Buffalo Bills Wild West Show

A Texan dinner, show and you get a hat when you arrive? Sign me up! The food at Buffalo Bills Wild West Show sounds fairly good but the show sounds great – telling the story of how the West was won with appearances from Mickey and friends throughout. For dinner and the show it’s another pricey one at £47.70 each but I think it’ll be well worth it!

Starbucks DLP

A strange one, I know. I’m fully aware that there’s a Starbucks on every corner in the UK and yes, I did sell my soul to that company during the three years I worked there whilst at university but whether you like it or not, they do serve great drinks. This may be my first time going to Disneyland Paris but i’m fairly certain i’ll be needing a coffee boost every now and again, plus I always quite like going to Starbucks in other parts of the world. And, I want a drink from one of those ‘Disney Parks’ cups, don’t judge me.

Pizzeria Bella Notte

Inspired by The Lady and The Tramp, the interior (and exterior) of this ‘Italian Fast Food’ style restaurant look beautiful, the prices don’t seem that bad and they serve pizza in the shape of Mickey’s head. Mickey. Mouse. Shaped. Pizza. Granted, I think it’s only children under 11 who can indulge in a Mickey-shaped-margherita but alas, a trip to Pizzeria Bella Notte is on my eating wishlist regardless!

Au Chalet de La Marionnette

If you haven’t guessed already, I’m a sucker for a theme and if you can’t eat in a Pinocchio themed restaurant like Au Chalet de La Marionnette when you’re in Disneyland then where can you eat? I’ll be honest, the food here sounds fairly standard but there are a selection of decently-priced set menus which include a drink.

Have a Disneyland Paris Tip?

It was so difficult to narrow this down to just five eateries for the sake of this blog post. I’ve never been before so I’d love to hear your tips for my visit. If you’ve been to DLP before I’d love to know any foodie recommendations you have!

I’m a huge fan of flat shoes. Whilst there can be nothing dreamier than a pair of good high heels – especially when you’re lacking in the height department – every shoedrobe needs a good pair, or five, of flats. The kind of shoes you can pop on with anything and for any occasion. I’m a huge fan of loafers. Not only do they make feel a bit like you’re wearing slippers, but they’re comfortable and work well with almost any outfit!

Everyday Flat Shoes Wishlist

Splurge, spend, save: loafers

Loafers by Jones Bootmaker – £69 // Glamorous Embellished Flat Shoes via ASOS – £19.99 // Neptune Slip-on Tassel Loafer by Miss KG via Topshop – £45

The loafers by Jones Bootmaker may be a touch on the ‘splurge’ side of things, but lets be honest – you’d get so much wear out of these! The embellished flats by Glamorous are just stunning and a bargain at just £19.99 (even less after ASOS’ generous student discount if you’re still a lucky student…). This tasselled pair from Miss KG are the perfect shoes for a low-key outfit. I’d pop them on with a t-shirt and jeans combo for a bit of added interest!

Are you a fan of flats or are you more a ‘higher-the-heel-the-better’ kind of person? What do you think of these loafer choices? Let me know in the comments below! 

It’s coming up to one year since I was signed off my course of Roaccutane. Whilst it was possibly the best thing I’ve ever done for my skin and my self-confidence, I can still recall the horrors of my six month treatment and how dry it made my skin. That being said, there were a few skincare bits and pieces that made the whole experience a lot more bearable, so read on if you’re about to embark on a course of roaccutane and pick up these skincare treats to add to your roaccutane skincare arsenal. You’ll thank me later!

Roaccutane Skincare

A Moisturising Face Mask

Wearing make up whilst on roaccutane is a bit of a nightmare – you’re probably used to your makeup sliding off your face by midday in an oily slick but once the roaccutane kicks in, it’s an entirely different ball game! I’m talking you may find your make up actually flaking off due to how dry your skin is. Gross. Whilst your daily moisturiser can help a bit, what you really need is to treat your face a couple of times a week with an ultra-moisturising face mask. Whether it’s an intensive 10 minute mask or an overnight moisturising-miracle-worker – like my favourites from Origins – your face will love it.

Moisturising Body Lotion

It’s easy to put a lot of focus on your facial skin as, of course, that’s what everyone sees the most and it’s probably where your acne has been the most apparent. The side-effects of your roaccutane treatment, however, are unlikely to only affect the places your acne is and chances are you’ll find your body being much drier than usual! Make sure to use a moisturising body wash whilst you’re showering and – most importantly – follow up with a hydrating body cream such as Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream.

Lipbalm

Holy moley did roaccutane cause my lips some issues. I actually have a scar near the centre of my bottom lip from where it kept splitting due to how dry my lips were. In the end, I was prescribed a light steroid-cream to help stop the cracking in my lips but even that only gave a light relief! Whilst nothing really ‘cured’ or stopped my lips from their dryness, having a thick lip balm handy at all times did help with the splitting. My personal favourite is carmex due to it’s thick – almost waxy – consistency, but really any lip balm will do!

Drink up that h2o

Okay so not technically a skincare product, but when you’re on roaccutane make sure you drink drink drink up! You’ll feel much better for the extra hydration boost. Before you head out of the door each morning, make sure you pop a bottle of water and your lipbalm in your bag.

These were just four of my skincare saviours when I was on roaccutane. If you’ve been on roaccutane I’d love to know what products you used to help make your treatment more bearable!

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A Greek holiday to Ixia in Rhodes

A couple of weeks ago I headed on the first summertime ‘package’ holiday I’ve been on in years! We headed to Ixia in Rhodes, Greece and stayed at the very cute Hotel Nathalie. It was incredibly hot whilst we were there, with one day hitting a massive 44 degrees in the shade,  so being a bit lazy was the order of the holiday! We did however visit Rhodes town on a few of the days and joined an excursion to historic Lindos also.

We opted for bed & breakfast so we could indulge in some Greek cuisine, which was new to me as I usually go for all-inclusive breaks and I was concerned about the cost of food and drink. Luckily, food and drink is incredibly cheap in Greece so I needn’t have worried, and we enjoyed some very delicious meals – my favourite, surprisingly, coming from a Chinese restaurant not far from our hotel!

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Bikini from George at ASDA

Have you visited Rhodes before? Are you heading on a summer holiday this year?