Preston Guild Hall's Newest Venue: Level

Level- Preston

Last Wednesday night, I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the press launch for a new leisure and entertainment venue which is set over multiple floors opening up at Preston Guild Hall. I was thrilled to be invited to this event as I love arcades and activites such as bowling, laser tag and assault courses! The venue officially opened to the public on Friday 8th December but I was informed that the laser tag will open on the 15th. 

Level- Preston

Level- Preston


Level 1 contains Laser Tag, Crazy Golf, Karaoke Booths and Arcade games. Level 2, which the event was held on contained: Ten Pin Bowling, Pointers & Co Darts, Mundo's Street Kitchen, Brooklyn Sports bar and the VIP Spare room. The area had a real 'Northern Quarter' vibe to it and felt very trendy and modern. The press event was relatively quiet but I can imagine that once the general public have access, there will be a warm atmosphere to the space. Level 3 contains the Daredevil assault course, which I didn't get a chance to go on at the press event so I'm really looking forward to trying that out soon!

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With regards to the ten pin bowling, I thought it was brilliant and so innovative! It was really like a new era of bowling and makes the conventional ten pin bowling feel so out-dated. There were touchscreen devices which asks for your name and gives you the option to add a picture of yourself as well as the option to put the lanes up on your turn, which I took full advantage of! The interactive screens also allowed you to communicate with other groups of people using the other lanes on a chat messenger which, is different, and can either be fun or in our experience, creepy! I really liked the idea of the venue having a 'spare room' which can be hired out for private parties and contained 2 extra bowling lanes. Next to the bowling area, was the 'Pointers & Co' games room which contained four dart boards, three pool tables and two shuffleboards- ideal for a games night!


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The 'Mundo Street Kitchen' is also situated on Level 2 in the middle of the Brooklyn sports bar, which televises all major games and the bowling alley. The restaurant serves American, Mexican and Spanish food which I thought was a really nice variety and mix of cultured dishes. The allergy key particularly impressed me as it appears modern and sleek, yet it also is extremely informative and helpful! The salted caramel popcorn on the nibbles menu instantly took my fancy and I think that's the perfect snack to order if you are playing a game of bowling!

Level- Preston

Level- Preston


Overall the evening was lovely and well hosted, with complimentary food and drink all evening. I will definitely be returning to Level as I already have an idea for a staff night out to be organised there which I think will be a huge success! I am mostly looking forward to going to Level to play the End of Days Laser Tag and the Daredevil Assault Course and after working up such an appetite, following that up with heading to the Mundo Street Kitchen for some food. The photograph below shows the prices for each game as they were on the 6/12/17.

Level- Preston

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72 Hours In Berlin Guide

Berlin Travel Guide

































What better way to get yourself into the Christmas spirit than to jet off to Berlin for the Christmas markets and a spot of sightseeing. I went to Berlin with my family, my boyfriend and my sisters' boyfriends. We spent a total of 2 nights and 3 full days here with no car and no pre-planned itinerary.

Day 1: 

We arrived in Berlin at 10am, headed to the hotel to drop our bags off and quickly became typical tourists. Within minutes of walking into the town, which was a five minute walk from our hotel, we had tried our first German delicacy: currywursts. It was basically like a frankfurter sausage, but more crispier and covered in curry powder. I just went for a bratwurst with tomato ketchup on top, which was delicious. We bought a 3 day ticket on the yellow 'hop on hop off' bus which I couldn't recommend doing more! It was brilliant and allowed us to see the whole of Berlin and stop off wherever we fancied. The buses were every couple of minutes so we were never waiting around in the cold. Speaking of cold, Berlin is extremely cold so make sure to wrap up warm and wear plenty of layers if you are planning to visit Berlin in the Autumn/Winter time! 

VL-Beauty Berlin Travel Guide

We decided to get off the bus when it reached the 'Bradenburger Tor' which is the Brandenburg gate. The Brandenburg gate is a massive landmark in Berlin as is it the only remaining ancient city gate in the city. Around there were a few stalls and shops and nearby was the Holocaust memorial known as the 'Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe'. The area is covered with thousands of grey, concrete slabs arranged in a grid pattern across a field. Walking through the slabs felt like a maze and the grey surrounding blocks to me symbolised how lost, isolated and miserable the Jews must have felt during that time. I found the memorial very thought-provoking and I highly recommend visiting that.

As we were all so tired from an early flight that day, we headed back to our rooms mid-afternoon to unpack nap, and later that evening went out for dinner and enjoyed a few 'Steins'.

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide


Day 2:

Feeling much more refreshed after a good nights sleep, we headed back out into the city centre and throughly hammered our yellow bus passes. We found a Christmas market and headed their for a Gl├╝hwein (mulled wine) or in my case, a hot chocolate, as who actually enjoys mulled wine. 

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide

VL-beauty Berlin Travel Guide

I read online before coming to Berlin that the 'Reichstag' was the thing to see, but you needed to book in advance, despite it being free to enter. For once, my family took my advice and we booked to visit the Reichstag for the Saturday afternoon. The Reichstag is the German parliament building which also contains a dome which is open to the public and offers a view of a vast area of Berlin and provides you with a headphone headset for information and history surrounding Berlin. When visiting the Reichstag, remember to bring ID with you such as your passport or drivers licence and be aware that they will search you as understandably they are very strict there.

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide


Berlin Travel Guide


As the shops are shut on Sundays, we used Saturday afternoon to make the most of the convenient Black Friday sales and explore the shops Berlin had to offer and boy they did not disappoint! As you can see by these pictures, which by no means do them justice, how insta-worthy are these buildings! All these shops were situated on the same street right outside our hotel and I coined it, 'the street of dreams'. 

Berlin Travel Guide



Berlin Travel Guide


Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide


Everyday I miserably walked past this street knowing that as a student, I didn't have any hope of stepping foot in one of the stores. Not only were the shop buildings insta-worthy but through the city centre, the Christmas markets which are scattered all over the city are just as beautiful. I found these white little huts with yellow stars on them particularly appealing.  

Berlin Travel Guide

Day 3:

The third and final day of our time in Berlin was actually our most touristy day with the day filled with sightseeing and visiting museums. We began by visiting 'Checkpoint Charlie' which is a legendary checkpoint which once divided the American and soviet sectors with barbed wire, barriers and a watchtower. Now stands a replica of the checkpoint booth which served as a crossing point when the Berlin Wall was erected. Outside of the booth were two guards which were taking pictures with the public for €3 per person or €10 for a group photo. 

We went into the wall museum Checkpoint Charlie which was around €12 to enter, although I got in for €9 as I luckily remembered to bring my student card! The museum consists of historical information and contains original objects from successful escapes from the time of the Berlin Wall. It probably is the biggest museum I have ever been to and unless you have an advanced attention span and love reading endless amounts of text, I wouldn't recommend visiting this museum. To see it all, it would take you days and although it was interesting hearing about how people escaped, we all found it far too overpowering just being full of black and white chunks of text of the walls and nothing else to really look at.

Berlin Travel Guide


Berlin Travel Guide
After we all gained a headache staring at the vast amount of writing in the museum, we decided we all needed a treat so headed off to McDonalds which was a huge success and helped us to feel rejuvenated. We then walked to the Berlin Wall and the 'Topographie des Terrors' museum which was situated nearby the Checkpoint Charlie museum. The Berlin Wall was very poignant to see and I highly recommend seeing that as it helps you to visualise what it must have been like to live during that time. The Topographie des Terrors Museum was free to enter and was much more engaging as it used colour on the walls which was a massive bonus. 

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide

It was then time to head to the airport and head back to Manchester. Typing this post up made me realise how much we crammed into just 3 days. We're all now planning our next city break together so if you have any suggestions of places to visit, please leave a comment down below!

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M.A.C Lipstick Collection

M.A.C Lipstick Collection
Velvet Teddy/ Brave/ Viva Glam III/ Whirl/ Twig


I am a self-confessed lipstick junkie and MAC lipsticks are some of my favourites. This is most certainly not the biggest MAC lipstick collection blog post you will ever read, but nor is it the smallest, I imagine. As Christmas is coming swiftly around the corner and I'm sure many of you are busy writing your Christmas wish lists, I thought I would share with you the MAC lipsticks that I own and share my opinions on them with you, so if one catches your eye, you can add it to your list!


M.A.C Lipstick Collection

The first ever MAC lipsticks that I owned were Velvet Teddy and Brave, which I chose after I kindly received a MAC gift card for my 20th birthday. I'd been banging on about those shades to my family for long enough, so I think they were as pleased as I was when I finally got my hands on them. Velvet Teddy is a matte, classic medium-toned nude which I find is great to wear all year round. Out of them both, I surprisingly would say that I prefer Brave. Brave is much less hyped than Velvet Teddy but it's much more wearable in my opinion and just looks so gorgeous on the lips, being a dusty pinky nude. Brave has a satin finish so it feels so weightless and comfortable on the lips. I wore Brave for my 21st birthday night out and I am so happy with my lipstick choice on that night as it looks great on all the pictures and stayed on all night.

M.A.C Lipstick Collection

I treated myself to Whirl on Boxing Day last year (when I braved going shopping at the Trafford Centre) with some of the Christmas money that I was kindly gifted. Whirl is described as a dirty rose with a matte finish, although I would say the finish is a lot more creamy and hydrating that some other matte lipsticks I own. I love wearing Whirl on a night out as it's the perfect statement lip and has great staying power. I've also purchased the Whirl lipliner which goes great with whirl (of course) as well as Velvet Teddy too.

MAC Viva Glam III Recently added to my collection were Twig and Viva Glam III. I received Twig for my 21st birthday back in September and I bought Viva Glam III with a MAC gift card I also kindly received for my 21st. Twig is a must have! I didn't think I would love it as much as I do but as soon as I tried it on I knew it would become my go-to as it's great for everyday wear. I would describe Twig as a dusky pink-mauve shade. Viva Glam III was purchased on a bit of a whim but I felt like my MAC lipstick collection was full of nudes so I wanted to add in a bit of colour to it, especially for this time of year. I chose Viva Glam III as it looked like a perfect bold, berry lip which I love wearing for the Autumn/Winter season, to achieve that 'vampy' look. I haven't worn this lipstick as much as I had hoped to so I need to try and get more wear out of this one, especially during this time of year.

M.A.C Lipstick Collection

Next on my MAC wish list is Mehr. I've wanted this ever since my friend wore it on a night out and it looked incredible on her. The colour looks a beautiful, pinkish mauve which isn't too overpowering, which seems like a great shade to have in my collection.

Do you own any of these MAC lipsticks I've mentioned? What's your favourite MAC lipstick?

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