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Monday, 30 June 2014

Weekly Favourites # 28

This week has been full of school activities and going to the gym. Having friends who are members of the same gym is a huge incentive to go and makes the whole thing so much more sociable. I cannot believe there is less than two weeks of work left until the summer and although I am so excited to relax I will be very sad to say goodbye to my lovely class. 

This weekend I went for drinks with friends after work at the new Number 32 in Clapham Common Old Town. I would definitely recommend there for drinks and food if you are in the area and think I will write a post on it soon! The atmosphere is so relaxed and friendly but the best bit has to be the outside area as it is just gorgeous. After one too many very large glasses of wine I met the boy for our favourite pizzas at Franco Manca. If you have not been then you really must! 

Yesterday our friend who we lived with in Portugal came down to stay and we all had brunch together this morning at M1lk - my favourite place to go in Balham. On Saturday evening it was my friend's hen so we all went  to the rollerblading disco in Vauxhall which was hilarious. I think the 80s neon outfits really made it! It is actually surprisingly difficult to master but luckily we all left with only bruises and not broken bones! 

Photographs: Roller skates and leg warmers // Lunch // Wine after work // Hen Party Fun // Brunch at M1lk

Favourite product: I have been absolutely loving the Garnier Miracle Skin Cream this week and there will definitely be a review coming on my blog soon! 

Hope you have all had a good week too! 


Saturday, 28 June 2014

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

This is not a brand that I was familiar with, which for such an avid reader of beauty blogs is strange. It was actually a family friend who recommended it to me. She has had awful skin for years and is on medication from her doctor. Unfortunately this was helping the surface blemishes but appeared to encourage the painful ones that occur under the skin. A dermatologist recommended Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser  and their partnered moisturiser. She had been using it for a few weeks and the difference in her skin is incredible. My skin isn't awful but it isn't great either. It is combination, extremely sensitive and will throw a tantrum at any excuse or given opportunity. Recently I have tried to be more healthy - a gym membership and juicer have been purchased and actually used - but I also have been using this cleanser religiously and there is a remarkable difference. 

The Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser can be found either online or under the eczema aisles of Boots, in the pharmacy section. It is an incredibly mild gel formula that feels soothing and nourishing when massaged into your skin. It removes makeup and any build up from the day easily and then can be removed either with dry cotton wool, water or a damp cloth. I tend to use the latter and take my eye make up off with the Simple Kind to Eyes Nourishing Eye Make Up Remover as I love to wear waterproof mascara, which can be stubborn.  The cleanser is extremely gentle and manages to clean the skin without that awful stripping tight feeling some cleansers leave, instead it leaves the skin's natural protective oils and emollients, resulting in your pH levels remaining balanced. It is fragrance free and perfect for those who do take medication for their skin or suffer from rosacea. However, having said how perfect it is for dry skin I do have combination skin and definite oily patches. This cleanser has been perfect for these areas as well so I think it would be a good for any skin type. 

As I stated before my skin is in no way terrible but it always frustrates me that it is never better considering how much I do look after it. I have accepted that due to hormones and genetics it will never be the perfect radiant complexion I long for. However, since using this cleanser I have noticed that it is clearer and much softer. I use it morning and night and find it perfect for both occasions. 

The packaging is nothing fancy but I do love the pump that it comes with as it easy to use, although not travel friendly! 

You can purchase it for £8.99 from Boots

What is your go to cleanser? 


Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

The current issue of Glamour comes with the fantastic Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner, which is one of my favourite eye products. It means that this £15 liner is actually only £2 - pretty amazing really! 

I first used this product back when it was launched and I think the miniature version came free with Glamour magazine - again! When it ran out I purchased the L'Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim, but as much as I love it, and think there are many similarities between the two, I always find it does not last the day. Read review here. This Eyeko liner however does last a very long time and I never have problems with smudging.In fact this eyeliner dries very quickly and the line does not budge throughout the day. The flexible tips means you can either have a thin precise line or you can press harder for  a thicker finish. It is unbelievably easy to use and although dries quickly you can neaten it up with a cotton bud. I have the liner in back but I am still avidly searching every magazine to get my hands on the navy version! 

If you want to see this amazing product in use then check out this video by Lisa Eldridge and Alexa Chung, the gorgeous face and brains behind the brand. 

What is your favourite eyeliner? 

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Weekly Favourites # 26

I am currently writing this whilst waiting for an amazing hairdresser to come to my house for an appointment. She is a lovely senior stylist who I am hoping will transform my extremely straight hair and give me some advice on how to style it. This has been a very busy week at work so this weekend needed to be nice and relaxing. 

On Friday I met friends and we had drinks and nibbles in the sunshine at a friends house before heading out. I had such a fun evening with everyone. On Saturday I enjoyed the sunshine at the park and then had a quiet evening in with the boyfriend. Tonight we have friends who we used to live with in Portugal coming for dinner which will be the perfect way to end the week. 

Photographs: Sangria and Nibbles on the Terrace // Saturday Night In // Friends // Antipodes Mask is a new love! // Ginger Beer Mojitos 

Favourite product: I am on my very last drops of the Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser, read my first ever post on it here. I absolutely adore this product and think it might be my favourite base as it has decent coverage but it so moisturising and natural on the skin. The question now is do I repurchase or do I try the Cover FX base or NARS Tinted Radiant Moisturiser?

Hope you have all had a good week too! 


Saturday, 21 June 2014

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask

During a #bbloggers chat one week I asked what was everyone's favourite cleansing mask was as my beloved Origins Clay Cleansing Mask was on its last legs. I thought the much raved about Aesop Parsley Seed Mask would be the clear favourite but I was wrong, the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask was the one most people recommended. 

Antipodes claims their award winning mask is deeply moisturising, cleansing and  has an anti-oxidising treatment. I agree in that this is an extremely nourishing product that cleanses and soothes blemishes but I do not feel it offers a deep cleanse or that it could sort out a nasty break out. Nonetheless I have really enjoyed using this each week. The manuka honey draws moisture to skin to keep it hydrated leaving it feeling soft and nourished. I hate it when a cleansing mask leaves your face feeling clean but tight, however this mask melts into the skin and moisturises whilst it cleanses. 

I also love that this is like a moisturiser to apply and is not noticeable on the skin - it definitely makes wandering around the house in it less amusing for the boyfriend! It says to leave it for 15 minutes but I often end up leaving it for much longer. With other cleansing masks I normally feel I need a cleansing oil to remove the product as just warm water and a muslin cloth can feel too rough. This mask however is a dream. You only need a damp warm muslin cloth and it comes off as easily as it was absorbed in the first place. It leaves my skin feeling soothed and not stressed, which for my sensitive complexion is important.

It does state it can be used every evening but I have been using it once or twice a week when I feel my skin needs that extra bit of help. My skin had a bit of a tantrum recently and this product has definitely helped to calm it down. I would definitely recommend this to those who have sensitive skin or are put off by clay masks as it is a beautiful product.  

You can buy it from Feel Unique for £21.50 but it is also available in most Health Food Stores in London. 

What cleansing mask do you love?

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer

I will go against the majority when I say I was not a fan of the cult favourite Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation. I disagreed that it gave you a gorgeous glow and instead felt that it just looked too glittery and shimmery on the skin. I am all for a dewy healthy glow but I want it to look natural and not too shiny. Despite my disappointment I was intrigued by the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer as I thought that the similar formula would be perfect for illuminating and counterbalancing the dark circles.

It is a full coverage concealer that can be used on blemishes as well as under the eyes. It covers the imperfections easily and can be built up if wanted. However, it is very moisturising so it does not crease or go cakey, instead lasting for a good number of hours before needing to be touched up. Although I do use it primarily for my eyes and my Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage for pin point concealing, see my thoughts on this hero product here. It contains Peptides and a Vitamin Moisturising Complex, which I think it is great at reawakening my puffy dark circles and adding brightness to my complexion. It has an easy to use applicator and the product blends easily into the skin.

It comes in four shades, which although isn't amazing is better than some of its highstreet competitors. I think this is a great all-round concealer that does exactly what it sets out to do! 

You can purchase it for £5.49 from Boots

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Weekly Favourites # 25

This has been a quiet week where I have focussed on work and going to the gym  - exciting times! I have actually been very proud of myself as I joined Virgin Active at the beginning of the month and so far there have only been two days that I have not gone. I have even been getting up early to go before work, which is something I never thought would happen! I think I have been doing so well as so many of my friends are members of the gym therefore it has become a social event. Although the gym is a big expense I do not see my friends as often during the week for dinners as I am seeing them almost every day at the gym. 

On Friday the sun was shining so after a very relaxing swim I met my boyfriend and we went to one of our favourite pizza place: Franco Manca.  We had two pizzas, desserts and a bottle of wine and the bill came to £33.00, which I think is amazing value for money, especially in London. Although I would add - make sure you check your pizza has tomato base as often they won't! Anyway, I have raved about this so many times so I won't write another ode. Instead, I will just gently remind you that if you haven't you must go and try one of their stone oven baked sough dough pizzas.

On Saturday I went to the gym, I know I am now just showing off, and came home to spend Father's Day with the whole family. I have a big family of around 25 - 35 people depending on who can make events so BBQs are always extremely amusing and I always try and return home for them. On Sunday the grandparents came round for another smaller BBQ. It was nice to spend quality time with the family after such a hectic week. 

Photographs:  Cream based makeup // BBQ // Bourjois One Second Volume Waterproof Mascara // Topshop Skin Glow in Ignite // More BBQ

Favourite post: I think everyone will agree with this one! Lisa Eldridge and Alex Chung combine for a tutorial and if you had a girl crush on Alexa before then this video takes it to a whole other level! Watch the video here.

I also want to have a shout out for Anna and her amazing Summer Capsule Wardrobe video. She looks like such a fun person and her fashion choices always get me reaching for my purse! 

Favourite product: I think this has to be the Topshop Skin Glow as I am actually obsessed. I cannot stop recommending it and using it at every opportunity. I promise you it is the perfect summer product! 

Hope you have all had a good week too! 


Saturday, 14 June 2014

Topshop Skin Glow in Ignite Review

Topshop Skin Glow in Ignite ReviewTopshop Skin Glow in Ignite Review
Topshop Skin Glow in Ignite Review
Topshop Skin Glow in Ignite Review
I have a new love that I am absolutely obsessed with - the Topshop Skin Glow in Ignite. It is a bronzed liquid highlight that can be used on both your face or body to create a gorgeous glow. I have a slight tan at the moment so I have loved mixing it with my Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser (review here) to not only give a healthy dewy glow to my skin but also to give the colour a bit more depth. Alternatively I have been using it as a highlight or as the perfect top up in the afternoon to give my cheeks a bit of colour and radiance. The finish is not glittery or shiny like other liquid illuminators I have tried but instead gives you that 'lit from within' glow that I absolutely adore. I think this is the perfect summer product and can also be bought in a pearl colour too. 

You can buy it from Topshop for £10.

What is your current  favourite summer product?


Thursday, 12 June 2014

Bourjois One Second Volume Mascara in Waterproof Review

Bourjois One Second Volumising Mascara Review
Bourjois One Second Volumising Mascara Review Wand

Following on from their much loved Bourjois 1 Second Nail Polish the brand have released a 1 Second Volume Mascara. Now this is a mascara that has been getting a lot of hype, mostly because of its interesting wand. You can almost see it in the picture above, but there are spherical balls which envelope the whole wand and are intwined with the normal straight bristle style. The idea is that the balls, or 'wraparound spheres' to be more technical, coat every single lash whilst the straight bristles ensure your lashes are clump free. 

I really like this mascara and I am fussy when it comes to my eyes. It does take a little longer than one second to apply but the finish leaves you with volumised bold lashes. I do not think it lengthens like the L'Oreal Telescopic but it does definitely add a lot of volume that lasts all day. 

However, I would say it take me a little while to get used to the brush as I am used to the thin Telescopic wand that allows me to get right to the root of my lashes with no smudging occurring. This wand is much larger and it did take some getting used to but I must say that I do really like it! I have the waterproof version as I think they always hold a curl much better and I find that they are easily removed with eye make up remover. 

I have heard some people complain about the mirrored packaging but I quite like it and it definitely makes it easier to find in the depths of your make up bag! I am not sure if I love this more than the Telescopic but it is definitely a fantastic mascara! 

You can buy it in Boots for £9.99. The orange is the normal mascara whilst the light blue is the waterproof version. 

Have you tried this innovative wand?


Monday, 9 June 2014

Weekly Favourites # 24

So this has been a busy week at work. All the boys sat exams and they all needed to be marked by the weekend which was no easy task. Luckily I had an excellent weekend lined up to take my mind off school. On Friday I met two of my best friends at the RA (Royal Academy of Arts) for the opening of the Summer Exhibition. I absolutely love this exhibition as it has such a variety of art work from numerous artists and has been running for 250 years. As this was the opening exhibition you could sip Pimms whilst you surveyed the art or if you are anything like my friends, we guess how much each piece is before looking it up in the book! We then went to Shampers for dinner which is a lovely French wine bar that also serves incredible food. Their lamb fillets on beans with spinach is just incredible and if you are ever near Liberty's or Carnaby Street then I cannot recommend it enough! 

On Saturday I went to Epsom Races with my thirteen of my closest friends and had the best time. The sun shone whilst we sipped prosecco and placed our bets. I was incredibly lucky and won a lot of my races leaving me only having spent £20 despite the copious amount of bubbles, food and betting. I absolutely love day events, especially those that you get dressed up for, and the races are just such fun. We finished the evening by having a curry, which wasn't quite as classy! 

On Sunday I met friends at the gym for a spa session before having a quick sunbathe on the common and then a big Sunday lunch with the boys. I think I am getting old as I now much prefer big dinners with friends over going out clubbing and this was the most perfect way to end a ridiculously good weekend. Although now I feel like I need a day to rest and sleep! 

Photographs:  Epsom Races // Girls dressed up // Shampers Lamb // Tomatoes, Mozzarella & Basil // Smoked Salmon & New Potatoes // Verve Clicquot  Tent // Sundays with friends.

Favourite post: I think the majority of my favourite posts are Suzy from Hello October, but wait to you see her hair and makeup in her latest video(here). Obsessed with recreating it! 

Favourite product:  My stand out product of the moment has to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush. It is the perfect glowing pink and I don't think I day has passed that I haven't used it. It is quite possibly the most gorgeous blusher I will ever own. Read more about it here

Hope you have all had a good week too! 


Saturday, 7 June 2014

Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush Review

Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush
Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush
Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush
I am in love with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush  and cannot resist showing the gorgeous product off to anyone who will listen! Some of you may have read that last month I purchased the Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion as the lovely sales assistant in Liberty's convinced me that the unique shade would be perfect in the summer months. I fell head over heels for the special peachy hue in the shop but when I opened mine at home I realised it was more highlight than colour, read more here. That is because each of these blushes is handmade in Italy resulting in no two being the same. The marbled effect is beyond gorgeous and comes incased in smart gold packaging with a mirror inside. 

Luminous Flush was the colour I originally singled out as mine and although I was persuaded toward Dim Infusion on my last purchase there was still part of me that longed for the alluring pink shade. I absolutely love the formula of these blushes, I find they blend easily and have good staying power throughout the day. Although pricey I justified to myself that this would last me a lifetime and so with little no persuasion I bought it and have not looked back since. I think it has not left my makeup bag since I purchased it last month as it gives the perfect healthy natural flush to my cheeks. I find that I can wear this very sheer if I want a more bronzed look or I can build it to quite a strong statement cheek. The marbled highlight that runs through the pink gives your skin that radiant glow from within. This is an absolute holy grail product in my opinion and if you are on the fence about buying it, I hope I pushed you over! 

What is your favourite cheek product? 


Thursday, 5 June 2014

Rocksalt in Folkestone

On Wednesday I journeyed to Folkestone with my friend and our mums to try the much raved about restaurant Rocksalt, that is situated overlooking the boats and sea, apparently on a clear day you can even see France! There is a gorgeous terrace that runs along the side of the restaurant but unfortunately the cold rainy English weather forced us inside, luckily the whole side of the restaurant is one large window so our view was not compromised. We heard about this restaurant as the head chef and owner created the picnics for the Royal Family during the wedding celebrations and has been a firm favourite of my friends since. We started with the cocktail of the day which was prosecco infused with pineapple, vanilla and strawberries. I don't have a sweet tooth but even I could appreciate how delicious these flavors were when combined. Most of us ate off the set menu which was two courses for £18.50 and three for £21, which I think is very reasonable considering the quality of the food and view. The menu changes daily and the produce is unbelievably fresh. 

To start I had the crispy fish, on a bed of marinated tomatoes and samphire - my absolute favourite food at the moment. This was amazing and I would highly recommend it if you enjoy a breaded crunchy fish. 

For the main course I had a whole black bream served with a delicious potato salad, chargrilled spring onions and a wedge of lemon, that was secured in a net to catch your pips as you squeezed - genius! Other people had the rabbit and black pudding salad that was an incredibly mixture of rich tastes combined with light citrus salads. 

We finished off with cooked rhubarb placed on baked custard - an absolute winner - and a delicious cheese board full of produce from Kent and Sussex. 

I would also recommend the bread, as their fennel and raison selection is incredible and they keep bringing out far more than you could ever eat! We finished the day on the terrace upstairs with blankets on our knees and coffees in our hands before a stroll along the beach.

It was such a gorgeous experience and if you are ever in the area then you must check it out! 

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Guerlian Les Meteorites Powder Balls - The Decadent Product

Guerlian Les Meteorites Powder Balls

My dad bought me the Guerlain Les Meterorites Powder Balls when I was about 15 and I remember being totally in love with the pure decadence of the product. Everything about it screamed luxury and it was when I realised quite how beautiful makeup could be. 

My packaging is rather battered from the years of use but it has a beautiful reflective pattern over the whole lid, which slides off easily. You are then greeted by a thick sponge with a gorgeous leather top completed with the Guerlain motif. Inside are these beautiful little shimmery pearls of a variety of pale colours which smell like the pale violet sweets. 

Guerlian Les Meteorites Powder Balls

I have read numerous reviews declaring that these were in fact the original illuminsing powders; Designed to minimise flaws and leave a radiant healthy glow, very similar to what the much raved about Ambinet Lighting Powders do. 

I absolutely love this product for the sentimental value it offers and I used to be obbsessed with the luminous finish it gave. However, now I can find it a little too glittery for my liking, especially in the unforgiving sunshine. Nonetheless in the Winter when my skin needs that much needed boost this is a beautiful product that really does last years. As much as I will always cherish this beautiful Guerlain product I would recomment the Hourglass Ambinet Lighting Powders over this as the finish is much more subtle, read my review of Dim Light here

You can purchase the updates Meteorites Powder Balls on the Sephora website for $60. 

What is your favourite powder? 
I have my eye on the Cover FX illuminating setting powder next! 


Sunday, 1 June 2014

Weekly Favourites # 23

I love half term but my visions of sunbathing in the garden and picnics on the common have been rudely washed away with the amount of rain that has poured this week. As I am continually optimistic that the sun will shine I have been continually caught out and now have an awful cold and feel rather sorry for myself. Although I am sure any sympathy you are feeling will shortly vanish when I talk about my week! 

On Tuesday I met one of my best friends for a look around the Wedding Dress Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. I love looking at how fashion has developed through time however I was a little disappointed by the show as there were not many beautiful dresses to lust after. Instead the range was filled with extremes, which although was interesting it wasn't exactly what I expected. We then headed to Knightsbridge to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel to eat at the restaurant Dinner by Heston Blummenthal. Occasionally on the holidays we like to try somewhere completely different and with the lunchtime offers being so amazing holidays are the perfect opportunity. The food was insanely good and there was a relaxed but attentive atmosphere throughout the restaurant. I won't go into too much detail as I wrote about it yesterday, here. 

On Wednesday the same friend and I met our mothers to head to Rocksalt in Folkestone for a delicious lunch followed by a bizzare art exhibition but more on that on Thursday's post! It was a beautiful day, despite the rain and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The rest of the week was spent sorting out the house as it is my boyfriend's birthday and his family visited for a surprise party on Saturday. Lots of my family members decided to be nosey and gatecrash so we ended up having about 20 people round. My mum cooked the most delicious side dishes and we barbecued a huge leg of lamb in spices. It was ridiculously good and I am definitely going to get some of those recipes up on here. I also joined the gym so fingers crossed I will get that bikini body soon! 

Photographs: Rocksalt on the harbour // Black Bream // Quail at Dinner by Heston Blummenthal // Sleepy dog // Birthday boys - boyfriend and granddad // Pork Chops // Seagull // Strawberry Heart Cake 

Favourite product: My beloved Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair II is on its last legs and I have been putting off replacing it for so long due to the price but in House of Fraser on Friday there was an offer where there was £13 off! I quickly persuaded myself to ignore the promise I had made to buy no new skincare until the rest was used up and got the last large one. I recently wrote about my love for this product here, and I am so happy I have another bottle to last me through the summer. 

Hope you have all had a good week too! 

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