What to do in Ho Chi Minh – Saigon.

Hello everyone i’m here to tell you about what to do during short weekend in Ho Chi Minh.

Ok what to do:

Bitexco Financial tower. Go to the observation sky deck. It’s an incredible view. I loved being up there and seeing all of the city. You have 360degree view out over Saigon and you can even look through telescopes to zoom in different areas you want to explore.

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Get yourself a hotel with a pool to catch that early morning sun. We went to the rooftop of out hotel Sunland every morning to set ourselves up for the day. It can get pretty hot in Ho Chi Minh so having a place to dip in and cool off was perfect.

Go to the War remnants museum. Though this can get a little tough at points the war museum is a good way to get to know what the Vietnamese have been though. It’s all obviously very biased and full of propaganda but, it does give you an insight.

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Marvel at the Saigon Notre-Dame , it’s hard to believe this is in Vietnam really, the Notre Dame is bigger than i expected and equally as beautiful. Well worth a stroll to see. I recommend getting an ice-cream from the shop on the corner before hand too.

Visit the Post Office, which by the way is HUGE! Just over the road from the Notre Dame, the central post office is more than your regular old post office. Look up high to see the fantastic murals.

Walk around the markets, Ben Thanh market in particular really shows off Ho Chi Minh as a city. The front is full of stalls, beautiful fabrics, intricate trinkets, handmade items as far as the eye can see, from models of boats, to great big fans and rip-off designer clothing. It is a bustling room of everything you could every hoard. At the back there is a small food section also, probably not the most clean of areas to eat in, we gave it a miss but it smelt delicious.

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Visit Tao Dan park, this park is incredibly picturesque. Spend time strolling around here. It’s the perfect spot to take a packed lunch to also. Sit amongst the flowers, cactus, pagodas and lakes for an easy afternoon.

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Head to the Jazz Cafe in the evening, the music is incredible. Be aware though they add a cover fee of 100,000vnd PER PERSON to the bill for the artists and a further 15% tip. So you need to be loaded to enjoy more than one drink here. We had one drink each and between three of us it was around 900,000vnd.

What/Where to eat?
Bun Cha – Just north of the Tao Dan park there is an amazing Bun Cha place you cant miss it
Pizza 4ps – There are two in HCM and it’s the best pizza in Vietnam
Cuba La Casa Del Mojito – Tapas and incredible cocktails paired with a free salsa lesson. Dance and drink you night away!
Sancho Cantina – Mexican . Need i say anymore.

Anyway, there’s my quick easy summary of my highlights.

Thanks for reading

Danielle
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Bronzed and beautiful; get the look! 

Hello everyone!

Today’s post is just a quick update on what I used to create this look;

 
I had so many of you asking where different aspects of this look came from so thought why not do a quick flat lay and show you all!

 
Ta-daaaa.

The end. No I’m totally kidding!

Let’s take a look at what I used to create the base of my make up!

 
I recently fell in love with this Barry M primer. It’s amazing. It feels exactly like a moisturiser when you apply it rather than others that I have used which feel like a heavy gel and block my skin. It’s perfect for evening out the skin tone and creating a base for your make up.

Using my real technique brush I apply a small amount of the Mac Studio Fix fluid in the shade NW13 to my face. I say small amount as this foundation can sometimes look a little heavy because of its excellent coverage!

To set this all, I used the rimmel lasting perfection powder sweeping it all over my face and locking in the work so far.

Next is my favourite step; contour. Using my all time top palette the Anastasia Beverley Hills contour kit and the real technique brush I took the two middle shades to create a highlight and contour duo. If you don’t already I highly recommend adding this kit to your make up collection. It’s become a staple in mine.

 
Next up… Eyes.

 
First thing I always do when starting eye make up. I apply the Manna Kadar lash primer. The clear gel will help to make them appear thicker and fuller all day long.

Ok first things first; Eyebrows. I start off with the rimmel brow this way and comb the product through my brows to lift and shade them. I then take the the sleek brown duo in the shade light to create my eyebrows. Using the wax to outline what shape I want the brows I line the lower outside edge all the way along the arch to the tip and then fill them in using the powder. Tadaaaaa.

 
Using the three eyeshadows above I take the marks brush and start with the White/silver shimmer. I then take the dark brown Kiko eyeshadow and place this colour into the crease, before I blend this I take my favourite gold from Kiko and place it in the middle. At this point you will have three strips of different colours. To create this almost ombré eyeshadow look I then take my Barry M shadow brush and from the corner to the outer of the eye I blend blend blend.

I then finish the eyes with a small black line, using the supercat just to emphasise the eyes, and finish with the Benefit They’re Real! Mascara.

Finally it’s time for lips.

 
Using the Natural collection brown lip liner I outline the shape of my mouth emphasising the Cupid’s bow and paint on revlons choco-licious.

So there you have it! I hope this helped clear up any questions you have about what I may have used.

Thanks for reading

 
Danielle Jade

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