#SendMeAway with IceLolly.com – My Dream Destination for 2016

In 2016, this Olympic year, my dream destination would have to be Rio de Janeiro in Brazil! This city has everything a perfect holiday destination has to offer; sun, sea, beautiful beaches along with some truly magnificent cultural sites to visit. Not only that but there are some truly amazing photo opportunities to be taken, with vibrant, colourful scenery, beautiful views and fabulous people! It would be the perfect place to visit in Summer 2016.

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Check out my top 5 things to do whilst visiting Rio de Janeiro below and let me know if you have any more hidden gems!

Visit Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. Christ the Redeemer, an icon of Rio, stands tall above the city and is best seen either from a helicopter or by making the climb up to it. It was completed in 1931 and is 30 metres in height (not including the base) and was beautifully designed in an art deco style by French sculptor, Paul Landowski. Another fantastic site to behold is Sugarloaf Mountain. Sugarloaf Mountain, stands tall opposite the Christ the Redeemer statue and is rated to be one of the top sites to see on a trip to Rio and with it’s fantastic views it’s easy to see why! Located on a peninsula out in the Atlantic Ocean it is widely known for its cable cars as a way to reach the top for the most spectacular 360 degree views over the city of Rio de Janeiro.

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A visit to Rio isn’t complete without a trip to Copacabana Beach. This beautiful beach, up to 4km long, is one of the many beaches located around the coastline of Rio de Janeiro. The beaches play host to a mix of activity, from beach soccer matches to games of volleyball, through to sun worshippers and swimmers.

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Carnival in Rio is like no other. One of the most famous festivals in the world, the carnival is full of the most vibrant, colourful costumes from the revellers and floats from Samba schools located in Rio. The carnival took place between February 6th and 10th in 2016 and will be taking place between 24th February and 1st March in 2017 if you want to experience it for yourself!

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Brazilian food is a mixture of Portuguese, African and Amazon influenced delicacies, however something you will definitely come across is barbecued meat – and a lot of it! Want to try some Brazilian barbecue before heading there? Why not visit the fabulous Rodizio Preto (so yummy I’m off there for my birthday meal next month!) One of the few foods that you will find wherever you visit in Brazil is Feijoada, a delicious stew of black beans, sausages and pork which is truly a labour of love taking up to 24 hours to cook. It’s definitely worth it though!

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Rio is home to the 2016 Olympics. Last held in London back in 2012 (has it really been 4 years?!), Rio will play host to this fantastic sporting event with everything from swimming and diving through to athletics and cycling. A trip to Barra Olympic Park is essential on a visit to Rio, located to the south of the city. The Olympics will be taking place August 5th to August 21st 2016.

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Make sure you take a trip to icelolly.com to get some inspiration for your next holiday in 2016!

I nominate the following three fabulous bloggers to share their dream destinations as part of the icelolly.com competition #sendmeaway!

  1. Twisted Beauty Blog
  2. Crunch Corner
  3. Cait’s Cozy Corner

Let me know in the comments where your dream destination would be for 2016!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

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Guest Post – Skin Care Secrets from Around the World

So I’m very excited to bring you my first ever guest post! It has been written by a lovely lady, Amy Mia Goldsmith, a literature graduate from Melbourne who wanted to write something wonderful for my blog about skincare around the world. I found her article so interesting and I loved that there were a few tips in there that I didn’t know about including an unusual technique used for healing sunburn and how to get beautiful, shiny hair! I hope you love it as much as I do! Let me know what you think!

Skin Care Secrets from Around the World

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Have you ever wondered how girls in India manage to have such a shiny, thick and tamed hair, or how Korean women get that porcelain skin? Of course, genetics have an immense effect on how people in certain parts of the world look like, but women all over the globe have their beauty secrets that are passed down from one generation to another. Chinese girls have a habit of washing their faces with rice water, in Australia, they treat dandruff with tea tree oil, women in Costa Rica use orange juice to shrink the pores, etc. If you think about it, you can probably remember at least one skin care trick which is typical and unique for your country.

To steal some of the beauty secrets, keep reading.

1. Greece: Olive oil for healthy skin.

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Greek women have long ago recognized the benefits of olive oil for the skin and complexion. Olive oil is packed with antioxidants and vitamins, and it can be used to treat sunburns, irritations and redness. It is also an excellent moisturizer due to its hydration properties. Apply it directly to your skin or replace the butter and margarine in your diet for this miraculous oil. In Greece (and Italy), olive oil is on the menu every day. Greek women massage it into their skin to soften, nourish and hydrate it.

2. Brazil: Oatmeal to heal a sunburn.

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Oat has strong anti-inflammatory and healing properties that women in Brazil have put into good use. They use oatmeal flakes to ease the pain of sunburn, by tying some oats into a gauze and placing them in the bathtub so that the water running from the tap runs through the bag. This way, all the vitamins and minerals from the oats will be washed into the bathtub. Sit in the water for some time to soak up all the good stuff.

3. Bulgaria: Rose water as a facial cleanser.

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Bulgaria is famous for its Rose Valley, which produces a great share of the world’s rose water reserves, and Bulgarian women, who swear by the rose water. Rose water can be easily homemade if you make a tea out of rose petals. What is it good for? Well, everything from hydration, cleaning, revitalization, softening and soothing of skin. It is a natural antiseptic and is a great face cleanser for all skin types.

4. Asia: Crushed red grapes and flour for glowing skin.

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The secret of Asian women and their luminous complexion lies in red grapes. They regularly use face mask made from crushed red grapes and flour. Make your own mask by taking a handful of grapes, crushing, or grinding them, and mixing with a couple of tablespoons of flour. Mix it well together, apply to your face, leave it sit for ten minutes, and then rinse it. The mask will brighten your fatigued look instantly.

5. Morocco: Argan oil for just about everything.

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The popularity of argan oil around the world is constantly growing. This golden oil from Morocco can be used on its own as a body lotion or a leave-in hair conditioner, or as an ingredient in organic skin care products. It has great benefits for the hair. Increased shine, tamed frizz, and silky trusses, are but a few. Just a few drops of the oil massaged into your skin will make the skin soft and rehydrated. I personally use and recommend Capewest Argan Oil Body Lotion which I got from Peter’s of Kensington.

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Will you share some of your skin care secrets with us? Will you start applying any of the above tricks?

 

About the Author

Amy Mia Goldsmith is a literature graduate from Melbourne and an author at High Style Life. Her passion is beauty and fashion and she loves to spend her free time travelling and of course – shopping! You can contact Amy on her Facebook page and Twitter.

Becky at Pretty & Petit