Tuesday, 30 January 2018

January Skincare Haul ft Caudalie, Origins and Glossier

I would say I am more of a skincare gal than I am makeup, I get more excited over the latest cleanser launch then a new matte lip colour. In my opinion it's also better to spend more on your skincare with better quality ingredients that benefit your skin. I have a few go-to skincare products and with the January sales on, I couldn't not pick up a few favourites and new additions!

I never used to use face mists because I thought they were a frivolous item and didn't serve any purpose. Then I tried the Caudalie Beauty Elixir and it's a skincare game changer. 

It's 100% natural, 0% parabens and phenoxyethanol and cruelty-free, which are factors that are important to me in skincare products. The ingredients include grape (Caudalie's famous french grapes) lemon balm, peppermint, rosemary and rose, so the whole blend is very uplifting for your skin. I like using it as a toner and also to set my makeup and make it look all dewy.

Next up is my all time favourite face mask. I tried a mini of the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask and finally finished it last year, justifying me purchasing the full size. My skin is combination and veers towards dryness, especially on my cheeks. This mask helps to smooth and hydrate my skin overnight and leave it feeling refreshed in the morning. I love the smell too, it uses avocado and apricot which is one of my favourite scents!

I caved and bought some new Glossier products! I kept seeing everyone raving about the Milk Jelly Cleanser and being the cleanser fan that I am, I was looking forward to trying it. It's a very gentle and pH balanced conditioning face wash with rosewater and other soothing ingredients. I've been using it for a few weeks now, both morning and night and so far I'm not that impressed. It's a nice cleanser and all but my skin doesn't feel that different, perhaps just a bit smoother! Maybe I'll try using it for a little while longer before making a final decision.

Another Glossier product everyone is talking about are the Balm Dotcom's. I picked up the mint version because I love minty scents and had a favourite mint lipbalm from Maybelline years ago that this reminds me on. I haven't used this one too much yet but from what I have used it's amazing for my lips. Not too sticky but still hydrating!

What new beauty products have you bought recently?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 28 January 2018

My Malaysia Trip: Kota Kinnabalu Part Four

The final addition to my Malaysia trip! After spending a few days in Kuala Lumpur, travelling north to the Cameron Highlands and the amazing stay in the Borneo jungle, I was more than happy for a few days of R&R.

Kota Kinabalu is about a 45 minute plane ride from Sandakan and is known as a gorgeous beach resort. We stayed at the Shangri-La Rasa Ria hotel, a bit of luxury for our final nights in Malaysia!

Unfortunately we weren't graced with the best weather, actually most of the days we stayed in Kota Kinabalu were raining with a few pockets of sun! Because of the rubbish weather (we were on the edge of the start of monsoon season) the hotel had a host of activities, a cinema room and an on site spa. We visited the spa one day for a back, shoulder and neck massage which was glorious.

These photos were taken on the day when we had brilliant weather, almost clear and blue skies with a very hot sun. So hot that of course I managed to burn myself...

Everyone raved about the sunsets at Kota Kinnabalu and especially the views from the hotel beach. The sunset looked a lot better in real life than in this photo! The hotel had onsite restaurants ranging from Italian, classic Malaysian dishes and Japanese cuisine, there really was something for everyone.

We had garden facing rooms with a balcony, massive bathroom and double bed. The decor really was high class and made my stay so comfortable after bunking it in the jungle! 

I managed to read many books, slept and ate a lot and did absolutely nothing for a few days. It was the best way to round off a perfect trip and something I won't be forgetting for a long while.

Catch up with my Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands and Borneo posts to see what else I got up to in Malaysia!

Have you ever been to Malaysia before? What are your travel plans for 2018?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 25 January 2018

What To Do When You're Not Sure What To Do

As always this picture has absolutely no relevance to the point of this blog post, but hey it is a pretty picture in the classy Fortnum & Mason store that deserves to be shown off!

January can be a dull month and its lucky we're over half way through it and can see the end of the tunnel. I was having a conversation with a friend at the weekend about feeling demotivated and not wanting to do anything anymore, probably made worse because we're still in January.

It sparked an idea in my head that surely we're not the only people discussing this right now - everyone must have that feeling of despair at not knowing what to do at times. So I thought I could hopefully share some advice on what to do when you're not sure what to do...

1. Make plans with friends and family
A simple text or call to organised a coffee or lunch with friends and family can do the world of difference to lift you out of your mood. If you don't motivate yourself to see other people and get out there, I find that when I do I feel like myself again.

2. Spend timing doing something you love
It's easy to fall into a pit of self-pity and wallowing in endless Netflix programs when you're not feeling yourself. But pulling yourself out of that cloud and doing something you love, whether it's baking, going for a fun, going to the shops or trying out new makeup, really does help to lift your mood. Just make sure it's something you're doing for yourself.

3. Take a break and forget the pressure
Remembering that taking a break from the pressure is okay too. When I get stuck in situations where I'm not sure what to do, I simply take a step back and drop the pressure that's hanging over me. Sometimes it's as easy as remembering that to help you.

4. If there is something bothering you, tackle it on the head
I am the biggest worrier in the world, literally the smallest thing can cause me to spin into a spiral of not knowing what to do. The best thing I can do in these situations is to tackle whatever is worrying me on the head. You'll feel relief and like a weight is lifted off your shoulders when you've got whatever is worrying you off your mind.

What advice do you have for when you're not sure what to do?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Dermalogica Influenster Box Review

Last October I was lucky enough to be picked for another Influenster box, this time with Dermalogica. I haven't tried any Dermalogica skincare before but have always heard great things about their products. I guess nothing has stood out for me that's been a 'must have' products, well until now of course...

The newest product is the Daily Superfoliant, an anti-pollution powder exfoliant with charcoal and alpha hydroxy acids. It's my favourite product out of them all as it's helped to smooth any dry skin patches and I've noticed a big difference in the size of my pores across my nose.

Because it's a powder it does take a while to get used to applying it to your skin. You pore a little into you hand then add water and massage it into your skin. It does foam up a little and you'll notice the gritty exfoliating bits there too. It's 57g for the bottle and I know it'll last me for a while too!

I like that the ingredients like Niacinamide, Red Algae and Tara Fruit Extract help guard against the damaging effects of pollution because since working in London it's been a big skincare priority. Whenever I've spent more than a few days away from the city, my skin looks clearer and less dull too so I know pollution is playing a major part in my skin's health.

The other products which came with Influnester box were the Skin Smoothing Cream, Special Cleansing Gel and Pre-Cleanse Balm. Over the past few months I've started to take much better care of my skin with higher quality products and trusted brands. Since trying these Dermalogica products I've been more interested in their other ranges, especially the products with SPF!

The Skin Smoothing Cream was a bit of a dud to me, it's a nice basic cream but I never felt like it made a massive difference to my skin. I still had a few odd dry patches and redness that this cream never made a difference to. The Special Cleansing Gel again was a lovely product to use, my skin felt clean and not too tight or over cleansed after using it. Again it was pleasant to use but nothing that special for me!

Now the Pre-Cleanse Balm changed my opinion of Dermalogica for good. I love using a thick cleansing balm as my dry skin loves to soak up the hydration. This cleanser also came with a mini rubber cleansing mitt that helps to massage the balm into your skin and pores. It helps to melt away my makeup, and even eye makeup too! It turns to a oil-based cleanser once you've massaged in and helps to balance out any oiliness across my t-zone. 

Have you tried anything from Dermalogica before? Any new skincare pieces you recommend?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 21 January 2018

My Malaysia Trip: Borneo Part Three

The next part of my Malaysia trip was my favourite, spending time in the Borne rainforest. We had jam packed 3 days planned with SI Tours, which I would thoroughly recommend as a tour company through Sabah in Borneo. It started with a flight from Kuala Lumpur the previous day to Kota Kinabalu, then about a 4 hour layover in a hotel before an early morning start to fly to Sandakan to start our tour of Borneo.

Make sure you've read my Kuala Lumpur and Cameron Highlands blog posts before this one!

Despite being on very little sleep, we were so excited to visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. Our SI Tour guide Erdy picked us up and took us around the center, which also had the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center. It was amazing to see all of the animals so close up!

The orangutans are semi-wild here, so they are allowed to leave the enclosures whenever they choose and the keepers feed them with fairly tasty food so they're encouraged to leave and depend on their own for better food. They also have a nursery for the young and are kept closely monitored by the center. Everything is very well thought out at the center, there are museums and educational videos you can watch and plenty of tour guides around who you can ask questions. The tour guides recommend you visit at feeding times because that's when you're most likely going to see any orangutans - we had a few cheeky young orangutans and a mother with a baby!

From the orangutan center, we went to a fishing village called Sim Sim where all huts and houses are built upon stilts and their main trade was fishing. We caught a boat and went down the Kinabatangan River to Abai Jungle Lodge, where we'll be staying for the next two days. They were simple lodges with no fancy frills, no air con and a basic shower. The gardens and surrounding areas were beautiful, you are literally in the middle of the jungle and can see and hear wildlife from your bedroom - we had to keep all windows and doors shut because of the cheeky monkeys getting into people's rooms!

Throughout our time along the river we spotted so many animals, mainly birds and monkeys but the highlights were the elephants and crocodiles! There would've been no other way to see these wild animals without the tour guides spotting them along the river and their local knowledge. I do wish I had brought my DSLR camera rather than my iPhone, a few other people had hefty cameras and telescopes to get the best shots! We had many day trips but also one night trip of which we saw all of the crocodiles eyes shining in the torch light and a tree full of fireflies, which we enjoyed whilst drinking a cup of tea and eating biscuits.

Besides the river tours we also got to leave a memory in the rainforest and planted our own trees. We each had a tag for the tree with a number that is linked to our name - hopefully I'll be back in years to come and to see my tree all grown up! We visited the village opposite the Abai Jungle Lodge and walked past their houses, saw their school and learnt more about how they lived in the jungle - it's about a 2 hour boat ride from the nearest town so it's very remote!

After two nights at the Abai Lodge, we went further down river to the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge which was a lot bigger and the lodges were slightly better too. Throughout our stay at both lodges we were treated to a buffet of delicious food - and I mean it was delicious! There were grilled vegetables, fried fish and chicken, soup and desserts every night, as well as entertainment from the local village people.

This part of my Malaysia trip really was my favourite time, seeing all of the animals and getting taken on boat trips around the river. I didn't actually mind that I was always hot and sweaty, had no makeup and didn't really care what my room was like as long as it had a comfy bed! After this we travelled back to Sandakan airport for our final stop in Kota Kinabalu - but you'll have to wait until next week for that one...

Catch up with my Kuala Lumpur and Cameron Highlands blog posts too!

Have you been to Malaysia before?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

When Life Gives You Lemons

I don't know if it's the January blues, the fact that Christmas seems so long ago or that I'm struggling to find any motivation other than watching a marathon of Pretty Little Liars episodes, but life has definitely given me lemons this year. 

Blogging used to be second nature to me, something I could do so quickly and easily. But now I've had a long break and I had always planned to come back in the new year with new inspiration and motivation for blogging again. I used to find such enjoyment in blogging, taking part in Twitter chats and more. Maybe I need to spend more time on blogging, immerse myself back into the blogging community and find my passion again.

In other areas of my start to 2018, work has been non-stop to the point where I feel like I'm barely making a difference because I'm being pulled and pushed into every direction. Unfortunately that's all that's in my life at the moment, to quote Rihanna it's just work, work, work. I actually have a pretty free weekend coming up, just a few friends coming over and perhaps meeting others for breakfast one day. And I for one can't wait for it!

When I opened this new post I had no idea what to write or what I would write, there's never much of a plan to my blog posts anymore! I hope this post wasn't too boring to read, it's more cathartic for me to write down what's swirling around in my head than anything else. Normal blog posts will resume soon...

Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Revisiting My Favourite Eyeshadow Palettes

If there's one thing I don't use often enough, it's eyeshadow palettes. All that time applying a primer, blending and layering different shades is something I just don't have the spare minutes for anymore. Even though when I do apply eyeshadow, it does look so much better than I originally thought! I'm hoping this blog post will help with ignite my love for eyeshadow palettes and help me revisit some old favourites.

I'm very much a pinky tone eyeshadow kinda person, so when L'Oreal launched their Paris Color Riche Palette Nude in Rose I was fully on board. I like that there's a mixture of colours for day and night - which means it'll be perfect for taking on holiday. 

There are four matte shadows and six shimmers, including a gorgeous peach shade which is perfect for adding to the center of the eye and lifting the whole look. I prefer to use the matte shadows as a base then build it up with the other shimmer shades. My favourite is the third in from the right and I'd love to make more use of the purple shimmer on the right too! The pay off is okay, they feel quite chalky and you'd have to build them up to get a good pay off.

This is my oldest and one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes I own! The MUA Eyeshadow Palette in Undress Me Too is such an affordable palette that I couldn't not pick it up. A few of my favourite shades are the third and fourth in from the left on the bottom, but I am trying to get out of my pink and purple shade comfort zone with the warm brown and bronze tones.

As expected with an affordable makeup brand, there is a lot of fall down when applying these eyeshadows so I tend to tap off the excess and avoid applying concealer until afterwards. I think there's a great selection here for a nude shimmery eye and it's one that I'll definitely be reaching out for again in the future.

Because there was a distinctive gap in my eyeshadow palette collection of any matte shades, I hunted down for an everyday nude matte eyeshadow palette. Makeup Revolution is up there with their palettes, especially in eyeshadows and blushers that I knew where I'd find one. 

There's such a range in shades that I tend to use at least four for a basic nude smokey eye! I start with a pink base, add darker tones to the outer corner then a lighter shade for my inner corner. Sometimes I use the black shadow on a thin eyeliner brush along my lashline to create a smudged eyeliner look. The shades feel very chalky and have a lot of fall down, plus you do need to build up the colour for some time to get a good shade pay off. Overall I'd definitely recommend this palette or any Makeup Revolution palettes if you're starting to delve into eyeshadow palettes and don't want to spend too much. 

A special gift from a friend a few Christmasses ago is the Benefit Luv It Up! eyeshadow and lip gloss makeup kit. It's the perfect kit for me because I'm terrible at choosing shades which go together and there's even a guide to tell you how and where to apply them - basically foolproof! Unfortunately it's no longer available to buy, but I couldn't not include one of my favourites.

First you apply the cream eyeshadow in R.S.V.P all over your lid, then blend in Nude Swings before adding Thanks A Latte in the outer corner and Call My Bluff in the inner corner. It creates a perfectly nude eye with all day staying power and with minimum fall down. I much prefer starting my eyes with a cream eyeshadow or primer as this helps to stop creasing and the colour look more vibrant.

What are your favourite eyeshadow palettes? Any brands you recommend?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 14 January 2018

My Malaysia Trip: Cameron Highlands Part Two

Following on from My Malaysia Trip: Kuala Lumpur Part One, we took a long 4 hour journey north of Kuala Lumpur to the Cameron Highlands. Back when the British used to control Malaysia in the 18th and 20th Centuries, the Cameron Highlands were a popular destination for us Brits because of the cooler climate. Whereas Kuala Lumpur was a humid 30 plus degrees each day, the Cameron Highlands were on higher ground (obviously) and barely reached 21 degrees when we visited.

The drive was long and luckily we had a private transfer which made the trip more enjoyable as we could stop when we wanted and take breaks. We had about 2 hours on the motorway (they also drive on the left side of the road!) then a further 2 hours on windy roads through the mountains. There were steep drops and some sharp corners with no barriers, so I held on tightly! 

On our way to the Cameron Highlands we stopped off at this popular waterfall called Hutan Lipur Lata Iskandar. Over the years water running down from the hills had created this beautiful waterfall and traders had built shops and cafes around it. When we drove back to Kuala Lumpur a few days later, kids were swimming and playing in the waterfall too!

Because of the cooler climate and British influence, tea plantations began to populate the Cameron Highlands hills. We had one full day of visiting the sites around the Cameron Highlands and our first stop was the Boh Tea Plantation, which is the most popular tea grower in Malaysia. It's an amazing view to take in and a very popular resort for Malaysian tourists. It's free of charge to visit and you can wander through the tea plantation routes, taste the tea (of course!) buy your own tea and see the working factory. This was my favourite part of the Cameron Highlands!

Another weird British influence is strawberries! Across the Cameron Highlands you'll see various strawberry farms where you can pick your own (for 30 ringgit which is about £5.50) or pick up strawberry produce such as jam, sweets or tarts. We tried some homemade tarts from a cafe and they were so fresh and delicious! In comparison to Kuala Lumpur, there weren't many (if any) Western tourists but mainly Malaysian tourists. So whilst we were at the strawberry farm we were asked if we could have a photo with a few young Malaysian girls - it was the weirdest thing ever!

On our whistle-stop tour of the Cameron Highlands, we also visited a bee farm for free of charge and tried the local honey and brought our own home too. I'm not a massive fan of buzzing bees and tend to let them do their own thing, although thy were very interested in me! 

Another British influence was the Rose Garden, something that looked even better in the photos because the sun came out. Built upon a hill, you can wind your way through the rows upon rows of roses and other flowers. My mum is an avid gardener and I think this was one of her favourite places to visit! I think we paid about 5 ringgit to visit, which is less then £1 each and the flowers were all very well maintained. There were so many interesting and different flowers that I imagine it would've been a photographers dream!

On our last tourist stop in the Cameron Highlands we visited the Sam Poh Buddhist Temple, which is set upon a hill and looks down on the Brinchang town. Malaysia mainly follows the Islam religion, but there is a mixture of Hinduism, Chinese religions and Christianity too. When I went to Japan in 2015 I found their temples and places of worship so interesting and the Sam Poh Buddhist Temple also blew me away with how relaxing and surreal it felt.

Part of our reason for visiting Malaysia and the Cameron Highlands in particular was because my grandad did his national service here in the 1950s. He travelled around Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and the Cameron Highlands too and spent some down time in the army barracks similar to these or around the area. He wrote diaries from all of his trips and reading them before and now I've been to the same places, makes me feel a little closer to him and understand what he experienced.

We spent three days and two nights at the Strawberry Park Resort, which was set upon a very long and large hill! I wouldn't recommend spending any more than three days here, you can probably get everything done and visited within two days. The Strawberry Park Resort is ideal if you have a car or are happy to use taxis, otherwise there are more hotels closer to the main road. To be honest it wasn't my favourite place to stay but it did the job for the time we were there, the food was delicious and the staff were very helpful too.

Next up is my favourite part of the whole trip, staying in the Borneo jungle and seeing all of the wildlife! You can catch up on my Kuala Lumpur Part One too.

Have you travelled to Malaysia before? What do you think of the Cameron Highlands?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman Book Review

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman Book Review

My first book review of the year and a Christmas present too! I love nothing more than receiving new books to read, probably more so over clothes and makeup. The escapism and new plot lines to follow makes me want to have a never ending library of new reads.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman received so many reviews and press coverage when it launched in May 2017, that I was curious to give it a try. The plot is about a woman called Eleanor who lives a simple life by a regular routine, doesn't socialise or share her life with anyone but is happy just how her life is. One day she offers an elderly man assistance after collapsing in the street and a new world of social invitations, a job promotion and friendships open up to her.

It's a very relatable book for me personally, sometimes I feel like I'm running the same lonely routine day in day out with not much change. And there's the fact that I am single and have been for a while, but more on that another time... As the story continues, you discover more about Eleanor's past life and how she's become an outsider to a human world and how her relationship with 'Mummy' affects her mental health. I love that one of the themes is mental health and how the support of friends and family can help you take those first steps to recovery.

The book keeps you guessing right until the end and as more is revealed about Eleanor, you can see how she's adapting to her new life and social skills. It's an endearing read that'll make you laugh, be shocked but overall get that warm fuzzy feeling in your heart. I'm looking forward to seeing what other books Gail Honeyman brings out this year!

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is available from Waterstones, WH Smith and Amazon from £6.

Have you read this book before? What are you currently reading?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara Review

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara Review

A new mascara is one of my favourite things to try because I'm very picky about my mascaras and only a few have reached holy grail status over the years. Last October I was lucky enough to be picked for the Marc Jacobs Influenster Box. if you haven't heard of Influenster it's a great way to try new launches from brands you may or may not have heard of and share them on your social media. It's easy to sign up to and grow your social media platforms!

Back to the mascara, I've been using and loving the Rimmel London Colourist Mascara (full review here) as my day time mascara, but sometimes I need an extra lift and volume to my lashes. On the Marc Jacobs website, the Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara is described as "..the greatest visual impact and the flash-volume complex creates instant, smudge-free length and volume in three strokes or less... This majorly volumizing mascara delivers instant volume for your most epic lashes yet." And can I confirm this? Yes I can.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara Review

The packaging is ultra sleek and sturdy (you could do some damage with this mascara!) and reveals a curved brush with short bristles to coat lashes from root to tip. I personally stay away from chunky brushes as I'm not a fan of a spider lash-look, however the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara perfectly adds volume, colour and definition minus any lumps or clumps. 

Another characteristic I look for in a mascara is longevity and smudge-free formulas. I can confirm this is a no-budge mascara that won't leave you with panda eyes by the end of the day. The overall look with this mascara is thicker and volumious lashes that gives the illusion of fake eyelashes without the tricky application. 

If you're on the hunt for a new going out or volumious mascara, I'd definitely recommend the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara as it ticks all of the boxes and will look fab in your makeup collection.

You can find out more information on the Marc Jacobs website or purchased it from John Lewis for just £22 - it'll be lasting me a long time, so cost-per-application is very low.

Have you tried this mascara before? What is your favourite mascara?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 7 January 2018

My Malaysia Trip: Kuala Lumpur Part One

Just after I took my blogging break, I went on a two week travelling trip around Malaysia in October with my parents. It's been something we've wanted to do for a while now and at the beginning of 2017 we went to a travel agents to book it!

Usually we book the flights and hotel separately then plan the rest ourselves, but this time the travel agent booked everything for us and had a set itinerary which saved us a lot of time and hassle! Over the next three Sundays I'm going to be writing and posting photos from the various places we visited, hotels we stayed at and food recommendations. I hope you enjoy and this inspires you to travel more in 2018.

We flew with Malaysian Airlines from Heathrow and it took just over 13 hours to reach Kuala Lumpur. The flight was really pleasant and all of the stewards were so friendly and accommodating - I'd definitely recommend you fly with them!

On our first full day in Kuala Lumpur we actually headed out of the city to the Batu Caves. The sacred Hindu temple is 272 steps up and guarded by a 43m statue of Lord Murugan and cheeky macque monkeys outside! Note: Keep your bags zipped up as the monkeys will try and get inside! There is the main cave which houses the small temple and to be honest, there wasn't too much to see as they're currently renovating a section of the cave. The best cave is the aptly named Dark Cave when you could pay for a 45 minute guided tour to see all of its nocturnal creatures and bats. 

The main cave is free and the Dark Cave is 80RM (about £14) and you'll need to wear something that covers your shoulders and knees. It's super easy to reach from Kuala Lumpur by the KTM Komuter train for less than 50p! 


Two of the main tower and view attractions are the Kuala Lumpur Tower and Petronas Towers. We opted for the latter as it had better reviews and you got a better experience for your money. The tickets are 85RM each (about £15) and can be booked online. The Petronas Towers are definitely an attraction you need to book ahead as the slots can fill up quickly and queues can be big too. I'd also recommend booking for a dusk or night time slot as you can see all of the city lit up!

You get a guided tour and head up to part way of the towers for a photo before going into another lift to the top of one of the towers. Right at the top you have a 360 degree view of KL and you could actually see the Batu Caves from the towers! There's also displays about the Petronas Towers and how they were constructed and what they're used for now. 

Below the Petronas Towers is the KLLC Suria shopping mall, which has everything you may need (include a Sephora!) and a massive food court. We ate at the Little Penang Cafe and Yuzu Japanese Restaurant which were delicious and so affordable too! Outside of the mall you have Lake Symphony and KLLC park, at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm each evening the lake puts on a free light show which is definitely worth a watch. 

On our next full day we visited the National Mosque or Masjid Negara where we passed the Old KL Station. My grandad did his national service in Malaysia and had a lot of photos of Kuala Lumpur, including a photo of Old KL Station! The moqsue is free to enter and you'll be asked to wear one of the purple robes during your visit too.

I've never visited a mosque before, but I have to say the National Mosque in KL is one of the most beautiful. Sleek and shiny floors stretch around the main mosque because sometimes they have so many worshippers that they can't all fit it! It's free to visit and we had a very friendly guide take us through the mosque and his religion. If you're interested in exploring different cultures and religious, definitely add this to your itinerary.

A small oasis in the heart of the city is the Perdana Botanical Gardens! It was a mission to find but a little golf buggy for the gardens can pick you up and take you around the gardens including to the Butterfly Park, Orchid Garden and the main gardens for a fee but the rest is free to visit. The Butterfly Garden was absolutely gorgeous and amazing to see all of the different species, I didn't take my big fancy camera with me but I can imagine there would be so many photo opportunities here.

From the gardens we visited the Central Market and Petaling Street in the heart of Chinatown. You can pick up some great souvenirs, those typical travelling trousers and cheap designer handbags. It's an overload of the senses of noise, heat and sounds but a great place for those who like to travel to lively places.

One our last stop for the day was the Sri Mahamariam Temple, an amazing Hindu temple nestled between high rise and modern buildings. The pyramid shaped tower at the front has been decorated with Hindu gods sculpted from southern India. We didn't head into the temple as we were hot and sweaty by this point (KL is a very humid city!) but if you have the time it's free to go in and visit. 

We stayed for two nights at the Traders Hotel which overlooks the Petronas Towers and KLCC park and is towards the north east of the center. It was a gorgeous hotel and very comfortable stay, you can pay extra to have a view of the towers but we didn't opt for this as we wouldn't be staying long enough to enjoy the view! The hotel has a rooftop pool and bar which we tested out on the last day - if this view is anything to go-by then it'll be hard to not book it...

Next week I'll be sharing part two of my trip, to the Cameron Highlands! 

Have you been to Malaysia before? What do you think of Kuala Lumpur?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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