Lucy Jacovelli

Travel and Lifestyle

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11 Reasons Why You Should Visit Gothenburg, Sweden’s Underrated City

If you’re searching for a Scandinavian city with the perfect mix of chic streetlife, leisurely coffee breaks and down-to-earth locals, you need to visit Gothenburg. I recently spent four days here celebrating my partner’s birthday, and I will never forget it. When looking at flights, I wanted to book somewhere special, somewhere neither of us had been before, and we’d always talked about our desire to visit Sweden. 

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The Ultimate Long-Haul Flight Skincare Routine for Glowing Skin

Have you ever gotten off a long-haul flight and felt like every drop of moisture has been sucked out of your skin? Oh boy, have I been there! As someone who absolutely loves travelling and visiting new places, I absolutely dread the impact that flying has on my skin. The dry cabin air and sitting in one spot for too long really take a toll on my skin. This means that when I land, my skin is dehydrated, dull and flaky. Flying can even cause some pretty nasty breakouts too! On my last holiday, I’d had enough. I wanted to disembark looking and feeling my best glowy self, ready for all the holiday pics. So, I crafted the ultimate long-haul flight skincare routine to ensure my skin stays plump and hydrated even at 30,000 feet. I want to share this skincare routine with you, so you can start your holiday feeling your best and free from skin concerns! 

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Summer 2023’s Must-Have SPFs for Eczema-Prone and Sensitive Skin

As someone who struggles with eczema, I understand the yearly struggle of finding an SPF that won’t irritate and flare up my skin. Over the years, I’ve tried and tested countless SPFs, some that worked, some that didn’t and some that straight up inflamed my face and struck me down with an itchy rash that ruined my carefully curated summer outfits. The process of finding an SPF that actually works is stressful, so I wanted to share the best daily SPFs for eczema-prone skin that I’ve found.

If you are a fellow eczema sufferer or struggle with sensitive skin during the summer months, this post will help you find the best face SPF for your sensitive skin.

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Unbox The Ultimate Kiehls 2022 Skincare Advent Calendar With Me

This advent calendar is becoming the highlight of every day this December! As much as I love getting a little chocolate treat every day, there’s something much more luxurious about having a new skincare treat to pamper yourself with in this long, cold month. I’ve opened a few more boxes in my Kiehls 2022 Advent Calendar so it’s time to share with you the products I’ve received.

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Kiehls Advent Calendar 2022 – Daily Unboxing and Product Review

I have been a huge fan of everything Kiehls Skincare for YEARS. So, when my boyfriend surprised me with the 2022 Kiehls Advent Calendar this year, I was over the moon! Finally, a chance to sample ALL the amazing products I haven’t had the chance to try yet. I thought it would be fun to do a daily unboxing of all the products for all you fellow skincare addicts out there and share everything that’s hiding inside potentially the best advent calendar of all time. If it’s as good as I can imagine it will be, you might want to treat yourself next year (or send this post as a hint to anyone doing some Christmas shopping!)

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The 7 Best Skincare Ingredients to Soothe Your Worst Eczema Flare

As a lifelong sufferer of chronic eczema, I’ve tried a hell of a lot of “miracle” products that fill me with hopes of banishing my annoying, itchy and debilitating friend once and for all. But, the fact that eczema is incurable and will likely be with me for the rest of my life, means that I have to just keep plodding on with the trial and error of creams, serums, masks, oils and whatever else there is that offer some relief. Thankfully, I’ve learned a thing or two about the best skin care ingredients to help soothe even the worst eczema flare and I’m going to share them with you. Read on to find out the products you NEED to add to your skincare regime today.

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Top 10 Health Benefits of Pink Pitaya Powder

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Having eczema means I am always on the hunt to try out the best “superfoods”; all the miracle powders, seeds, supplements and foods that promise to heal your gut and make you glow from the inside out. I’ll admit that “superfood” is a bit of a buzz word and really, what does it mean? Can any of them actually make you healthier and how? Of course, it’s not only about the magical powders you add to your morning smoothie; you need to actually do the rest of the healthy stuff too *snooore*. The latest superfood to hit the health food scene is the bright and beautiful pink pitaya powder. Derived from the pitaya, or the dragon fruit as it is otherwise known, pink pitaya powder is bright and nutrient-rich and is easily incorporated into your daily diet. BUT, before you hot-foot it down to your nearest health food store, let’s find out a bit more about this pretty powder and all the wonderful things it can do for you.

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The Top 10 Locations on My Interrail Bucket List Summer 2023

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After a year and a bit of lockdown, I’m certain I won’t be the only one who is dreaming of all the trips I will take when restrictions lift and travelling is safe to do again! Hopefully, this summer will be the time when all our travel dreams will manifest but if not, I hope you can find some enjoyment in this post and maybe find some inspiration for your future travels! My dream for post-coronavirus (will this ever happen?) is to go interrailing and explore more of Europe! In preparation for this trip, I’ve created a bucket list of places I would love to visit in my little jaunt around the continent!

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All You Need To Know About Teaching English Online Without A Degree

This post is not sponsored but I do currently work on the AmazingTalker platform as an online English Language teacher.

Teaching English can open lots of doors, especially for people who are interested in travelling to different countries and living in new cultures. Currently, there isn’t much opportunity to travel as much as we all would like (thanks covid) but, that doesn’t mean you can’t start your English teaching career now and gain some experience before the world opens back up and you can take your skills to anywhere you desire!

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The 10 Ultimate Sunset Spots in Madrid

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There’s no better way to end a day in Madrid than to watch the sun setting over the beautiful sights. In fact, when I moved to Madrid I promised myself that I would “see more sunsets”. From that very first sighting of the burnt oranges and pinks washing across the sky, it was clear that Madrid’s sunsets are something extra special and I made it my mission to check out all the best sunset spots in the city! If you want to experience Madrid’s wonderful sunsets and watch the magic for yourself check out these locations.

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3 Key Steps To Start Manifesting Your Dream Life in 2023

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I’ve recently started listening to the audiobook version of The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and I’ve been inspired to share some key steps to getting started in manifestation. If you are a regular to my blog you’ll know how much I am obsessed with all things manifestation and Law of Attraction. I am a firm and true believer in everyone’s ability to manifest the things they truly want into their lives. In reading The Secret, it’s become clear that manifesting your dream life comes down to THREE key steps. I wanna share them with you!

Getting started in understanding manifestation and the Law of Attraction shouldn’t be overwhelming. The Law of Attraction is simply a fact of life and it should be easy. There is no need to overcomplicate it, these three steps will help you get there quickly and hopefully soon you should be seeing just how powerful your mind is! Let’s start manifesting your dream life!

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Weleda Skin Food: Skin Hero for Eczema Prone Skin

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As I come to the end of my 3rd tube of Weleda Skin Food I feel compelled to write a review of this absolute hero which quite rightfully won the Vogue Beauty Natural Skincare Phenomenon Award 2020. I first found out about this cream about a year ago when I was suffering SO badly with a winter eczema flare. I had seen it mentioned a few times on Instagram by people who also suffered from eczema so I decided to purchase and see if the hype was worth it. Spoiler Alert if you don’t have time to read any more – IT WAS 100% worth it!

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The Top 10 Must-Have Creams for Eczema

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I’ve had eczema all my life and I know the struggle of testing out hundreds of “skin-saving” creams and products hoping that one will be my ticket to calm, flake-free skin. A good, eczema-friendly cream will provide the moisture barrier we need to protect our sensitive skin. And luckily, I have tried and tested SO many creams, cleansers, masks and moisturisers that I can share with you all the best products that have helped my skin the most. Hopefully, this year is the year you can banish your red, flaky and dry skin forever! Whether you’re looking for the best cream to use for yourself or even for your toddler’s eczema, there is something in this list that will help even the most troublesome eczema flare-up.

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How To Teach English Online: An Introduction to Amazing Talker

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Teaching English online is now one of the easiest ways native English speakers can earn a little extra money. There are many different websites that allow you to teach English full time to children and adults across the globe, all you need is a TEFL certificate and you’re on your way! A couple of months ago when I decided I was going to teach English in Spain I decided to earn my TEFL certificate online. I knew that having this certificate would make it a lot easier for me to start working especially as I had no previous experience in English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching. Once I had the qualification, I realised how high demand was for English teachers online. Especially during Covid, when students across the world are learning online the need is greater than ever! I applied for a position on Amazing Talker and have been working on their platform for the last couple of months. This has allowed me to earn a little bit of extra money while I get settled in Madrid.

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I quit my 9-5 and moved to Spain to teach English!

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I’m sure we can all agree that the world has been a pretty scary place in the last few months. Personally, I’ve felt like we’ve all been in limbo – not really sure when “normality” will resume or even what the new normal will look like. The fear and worry of it all have been all-consuming for so many of us. Especially in terms of what’s to come and what the world will be like this time next year. This fear, however, has pushed me to make a life change and finally do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’ve decided to hand my notice in, pack my bags and move to Madrid, Spain to work as an English Teacher.

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Top 8 Must-Try Tapas Bars in Granada

I moved to Granada in January of 2017 as part of my Erasmus exchange, over the 5 months following I proceeded to fall in love with this beautiful and charming city in the heart of Andalusia.

Granada is famous for its Moorish architecture, like the stunning Alhambra Palace and also for its proximity to the Sierra Nevada mountains. As well as this, Granada is well-known for having the most delicious tapas in Spain!

Tapas are small plates of appetisers or snacks and most famous in Spanish cuisine. In Granada, tapas are still provided in the traditional way. You order a bebida (drink) and you are served a plate of free (!!) food.

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The Best Father’s Day Gifts for the Dad Who Loves to Travel

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Travel Gifts for Father’s Day

Dads can be an absolute nightmare to buy for, they are notorious advocates for a homemade gift. However, when you have a great dad, you want to get them the world. If your father figure is an avid traveller, he will love these travel gifts whether he’s in the air getting ready to go or he’s planning his next adventure.

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23 Jobs That Will Pay You to Live and Work Abroad

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Working abroad is something that sounds like an amazing opportunity but the question of how to do it can be so daunting that it ends up putting people off. Moving to a new country, starting a new life and meeting new people in a completely different country to where you’re used to is scary! But, it is one of those experiences that can change your life.

I have had the opportunity to work abroad a couple of times, both have been completely different experiences; from a live-in babysitter to a waitress in Disneyland Paris. After my last post, I have been inspired to look a little more into work abroad options for those of you who are desperate to live abroad either forever or maybe just a summer.

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My Blogging and Social Media Goals for June

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Happy New Month everyone! I love the start of a new month, especially when it signifies the start of Summer! My favourite season.

This June marks the second full month of my blogging journey. As I’m so early on in my blog I think it’s a good time to think about what I want to achieve in the next month with my blog and the twitter and Instagram accounts I’ll be using to promote it.

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Why Failing is the Best Thing That Will Ever Happen to You

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Failure is terrifying. Failing will make you question who you are and what your direction is in life. We are conditioned to believe that we need to consistently be the best and always be striving for success. Therefore, when we fall even a little bit short of that, we feel like we might as well just give up.

So, what happens when everything crumbles and you fall to your rock bottom? Your failure is so grand that you can’t even imagine pulling yourself up from it?

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3 Must-Have Products for Your Curly Girl Journey

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My Hair History

I have been a slave to my hair straighteners for over half of my life.

I remember spending hours every night washing, drying and straightening my unruly and frizzy hair into submission. I was about 11 when I first started using my sisters’ hand me down straightening iron that took about 30 minutes to heat up and I’ve been fighting with my hair ever since.

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Lessons From My Younger Self

I’ve spoken before about how hard it was for me to turn 25. I struggle because there’s a part of me that thinks I haven’t achieved enough to warrant getting older. I find myself thinking if only I’d started my blog sooner or, if only I’d studied something different at university. I would have had it figured out by now and then I’d be one step closer to being truly happy in what I’ve achieved. Instead of feeling lost and confused about what direction to take and blaming my younger self for not figuring it all out for me.

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The Best ‘The Ordinary’ Products for Eczema in 2023

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A few weeks ago I decided it was time to overhaul my skincare regime. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really know where to start with it all. I had seen a lot of influencers on Instagram rave about ‘The Ordinary’ range, typically their AHA & BH peeling solution, hyaluronic acid and Retinol products.

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