A place to share my two loves: beauty and food.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

September Favourites


1. Revlon Bronze Highlighting Product

I raved about this shimmery delight back in March - see here - and it was a firm favourite until my beloved Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush arrived. When my NARS Laguna Bronzer broke in the summer I was left with a giant bronzing hole in my make up bag. I wanted something that could touch up my makeup in one sweep, add radiance back into to lacklustre complexion whilst fitting into my small makeup up bag. It seemed an impossible task but this little beauty has come up trumps. It does have a shimmer running through it but if you just use it as a highlighter/blush/bronzer then it is perfect. I am most definitely back in love. 

2. Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie

Another Revlon gem that I cannot believe worked its way out of my bag and into a dusty corner! The perfect my lips but better that is soft, nourishing and gives your lips some much needed natural healthy colour. An absolute winner. 

3. Real Techniques Blush Brush

It is rare for a brush to make it into the favourites but I have to give this a shout as it is the perfect multitasking tool. I have been super lazy this month and this has been perfect for powder and the Revlon Bronze Highlighting Palette. It also dries so quickly making it a firm favourite in my collection. 

4. Invisi Bobbles Hair Ties

I have been trying to incorporate more yoga into my workout routine and it always annoyed me how much my ponytail would get in the way. I was also noticing lots of breakage and I know that these are supposed to be much kinder to your hair. I have to say I was sceptical at first but now I love them and want to purchase more in other colours! 

Sunday, 28 September 2014

A Fresh Start


I have been a bit absent from the blog this month. Since I started just before Christmas last year I have been good at posting a minimum of three times a week but recently I lacked motivation. I have been so busy and where as I usually would find a way to make time for my blog I just felt completely uninspired. I had photographs and posts waiting but no desire to post and share them. Instead my free moments would be spent on Pinterest - follow me here I am actually obsessed - and I realised the reason behind this slump was that I was not happy with the layout. Now I am still not 100% and there are definite things I still want to change but it is getting there and I hope that this will be a fresh start and I can get my blogging mojo back! 

What do you think of the new layout? 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Everyday Makeup # 3



I have recently done an Everyday Makeup which you can find here but as I have a tan from my holiday these are the products I have been reaching for 
every morning. 

Base 

My face is a lot paler than the rest of my body due to the fact I religiously applied factor 50+ suncream (read my favourite here) and always wore a hat. To even the colour between my body and face I use the Bourjois Bronzing Primer and then as my skin is behaving at the moment I use the Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser to give my skin the glow the primer can take away.  This is a gorgeous sheer base that makes you look very radiant and healthy. I then use the NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer (reviewto hide any dark circles or imperfections. 

I will use the Bourjois Bronzing Primer again to build colour on my cheeks and to subtly contour. Once I have finished with the cream products I will lightly powder any areas where my makeup tends to disappear during the day or any areas that I don't want to shine with my much loved Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light (review). To add a bit more colour and highlight I use the Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush (reviewand The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer (review). Both gorgeous products that I love. 

Brows

I actually forgot to photograph what I use but it is my trusty Anastasia Brow Wiz (reviewwhich is an unbelievably good product. 

Eyes

I have been keeping it simple with the Body Shop Kohl on the inside of my upper lid and right against my lashes to make them look slightly thicker. I then curl my lashes with the Japonesque Power Curlers (review) and add lashings of the L'Oreal Telescopic, my favourite mascara! 

Lips

I adore this Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie as it is the perfect my lips but better colour that is so nourishing and easy to apply. 

What do you use every day?

X


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Week # 36


First full week teaching and I forgot how tiring it is! Despite going to the gym lots this week it was also rather boozy! On Wednesday I went to my friend's Selina for a delicious dinner and a few too many drinks. On Friday we had work drinks which ended up getting very messy and a 10 o'clock supper at The Bobbin - if you go make sure you have the sausage ragu as it is incredible! On Saturday night lots of us went to a friends for drinks before heading out into Brixton. It was so much fun to all be out together, although I am paying the price today! 

Photographs: The Girls // The Boys // Loving Poached Eggs // Roses 

Posts this week have included: The Perfect Poached Egg & September Beauty Wish List.


Hope you have all had a good week too! 

X

Saturday, 13 September 2014

The Perfect Poached Egg


I love brunch. Breakfast is a meal I find very uninspiring but brunch, well that is just ingenious on a Saturday. On of my favourites has to be poached eggs with either smoked salmon and lemon juice or ham and pesto. My mouth is actually watering at the thought! 

Lots of people are put off making poached eggs as they fear they are incredibly difficult to create but this is not the case. My boyfriend and I always use the cling film method and although I can kick myself when I offer this back at my family home - it is so time consuming when you are making 14 eggs - but for two I think it is the easiest way to achieve the perfect poached egg. 

You will need: cling film, olive oil, eggs & a mug or cup.

1. Cut a sizeable chunk of cling film and brush olive oil over one side to avoid the eggs from sticking. 

2. Put the cling film on top of a mug and push down so there is a whole for the egg to be cracked into. 


3. Crack the egg and season before tying the cling film into a secure knot. Make sure you fasten it securely and that there is not much air around the egg.

 

4. Pop into boiling water for about 2 minutes. Stir occasionally so that all the egg is submerged otherwise you might get one side runnier than the other! 


5. Take them out the water and allow them to rest for a moment whilst you do the final prep work on your plate. 



6. Cut them open and remove the cling film. 

Hopefully you have perfect poached eggs and six very easy steps! 




Tuesday, 9 September 2014

September High End Beauty Wish List

September High End Beauty Wish List

1. Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Quad 

This has been on my wish list since I very first laid eyes on it many months ago but I have still not taken the plunge. The colours look so beautiful and I have not heard a bad review of the formula. It is £38 in Selfridges

2. ByTerry Ombre Blackstar

These seem to be all over the internet at the moment and they come in a range of colours. I have swatched them so many times and the only thing holding me back is  I am unsure what colour to get! They are £28 in Space NK.

3. Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon 

This is very similar to the ByTerry Ombre Blackstar idea and they look beautiful. I also love how she has matched the shades to bring out natural eye colour. They are a slightly cheaper version at £19 in Selfridges.

4. NARS Mie Kabuki 

At £43 in Space NK this is a very expensive brush but it looks the perfect shape for powder, contouring and well anything really, plus it is unbelievably soft. 

5. Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze & Glow

This gorgeous buttery formula is ridiculously gorgeous and I would have definitely snapped it up already if it wasn't for the £49 price tag! You can find it in Selfridges.

6. Zoeva Rose Gold Brush Set

These are just beautiful and I want them, I don't particularly need them but there is a definite ache whenever I see them! You can purchase them online for 58 euros which is roughly £46. 

7. ByTerry Sheer Expert

I have wanted the products above for a very long time and they are new I always go back and swatch whenever I am in the stores. However after watching Anna and Ruth's video this has been added to the list for the first time because lets face it I want Ruth's skin! But at £45 for 35ml it is not the most affordable base! You can find it in Space NK.

What is on your wish list this Autumn?

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Week # 35


This week I started back at work after a glorious summer holiday, definitely the biggest perk of teaching! At my school you are given a few days to sort yourself out before the kids arrive, which is always nice. I love my job and the people I work with so I was so excited to get back into the swing of things. As it was the first week there were a lot of after work drinks to catch up and celebrate being back, which was a lot of fun. I also met the girls on Friday for cocktails and dinner at Harrison in Balham. We often go there to for happy hour as the cocktails are delicious but have never actually eaten there before! Then on Saturday it was my boyfriends turn for date night and he organised tickets to see Othello at the Drayton Arms in Chelsea which was amazing, I would definitely recommend - although wear something light as the room is small and so boiling! 

I also started back at the gym and can definitely notice that I haven't been there for over a month! The highlight of the week was definitely going to see Street Car Named Desire at the Young Vic. I studied this at school and this performance blew me away, I still cannot get over how powerful the acting was and I think it might be the best theatre production I have ever been to! If you can you should definitely check it out! 

Photographs: Still my favourites // Lisbon // Courghetti Bolognese! // Brunch // Lunch at Le Comptoir // Lace Dress // Friday Night. 

Posts this week have included: Lisbon: The Villa; Lisbon: The Beaches & Lisbon: The City.

Favourite Post: This post from the lovely Nadja has helped me so much. I have always wondered why my pictures appear so much darker once they have been uploaded to Blogger and now I know - so thank you! 

Favourite Product: This week it has all been about the Bourjois Bronzing Primer as my face is so much paler than the rest of my body so this helps even everything out! 


Hope you have all had a good week too! 

X

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Lisbon: The City


Lisbon is one of my favourite cities: the weather is warm, the buildings are beautiful and it is near water. The week my posts have been Portuguese themed due to my recent holiday and you can read here about the Villa and Beaches. 

Unfortunately in 1755 there was a giant earthquake which combined with the subsequent tsunami and fires the city was almost completely wiped out. Near the port the city was rebuilt with a grid structure and wide straight roads. I love this as you can almost always see the huge River Tagus. My family have never been to Lisbon and I wanted to maximise the time we spent in the city so we got a Yellow Bus ticket and took the route to the old town of Belem. The bus takes about 40 minutes to get there and takes you on a scenic route with amazing views. 




Once we got to the old town of Belem we immediately head towards Pasteis de Belem for their world famous pastries Pastel de Belem, which is there take on the Portuguese Pastel de Natas a egg custard tart. I do not really have a sweet tooth but I can appreciate just how amazing these cakes are and for one euro an absolute bargain! The queue is always ridiculously long due to the cafes popularity in tourist books but if you walk through the many rooms to the back you get seated almost immediately and you can order food to take away if you wish. 

Belem is well worth visiting as it is only ten minutes from the city centre but as well as being home to such delicious treats it also the breathtakingly beautiful monastery and an excellent tower that overlooks Lisbon. It costs three euros to go to the top of the tower and the view definitely makes it worth while. 


After the bus we headed back into the city centre to explore the winding cobbled streets and for a spot of shopping in the popular Baixa Chiado area. 


In the evening I stayed out with friends and I forgot how much fun Lisbon is and cheap. After being in London for the last few years only having to pay 50 cents for a beer is amazing! First we went for cocktails with a view and then we headed to the pink street. The picture below is at 2am and the streets were still full of people partying. The other main bar area is Barrio Alto that has a similar exciting atmosphere. 

It was so much fun being back in Lisbon and I can't wait to go back and visit again soon! 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Lisbon: The Beaches



After university I was lucky enough to do a gap year and when I came back I was offered a job teaching English in Portugal. I was still unsure what exactly I wanted to do with my life and although I knew I wanted to teach at some point I felt envious of all my friends' jobs in central London. I decided to go to Portugal so I could decide exactly what I wanted to do. While I was there I met my current boyfriend who was also English and teaching there as well as some fantastic Portuguese friends. Recently I went on a family holiday and so spent four days (luckily there was a Saints Day!) with friends re-experiencing the night life in Lisbon - which is phenomenal by the way - as well as exploring new areas. 

My friends really wanted to head to the stunning beach Praia do Ursa which is about half an hour out of Lisbon and very close to Sintra. What they did not realise was the treacherous walk down to the beach! 





However, I have to say the near death climb down was definitely worth it and the beach was absolutely beautiful. Although the sea is the same as the English coast and so bone shatteringly cold! If you are ever visiting Lisbon for more than a few days and want to visit the coast line then I definitely recommend this beach. 



On the way back we stopped off at the picturesque town of Sintra for one of their famous pastries. It was absolutely packed with tourists due to the Disney style turrets and beautiful architecture not forgetting the delicious sweet pastry called Travesseiros (meaning pillow) - the best are sold in Piriquita.




The villa we stayed in, see more on that here, was south of the city over the bridge and also had some stunning beaches on the Arribida coast that I would recommend. If only London had such stunning beaches this close and the same beautiful weather! 




Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Lisbon: The Villa

For the last two weeks I have been on a family holiday in Azeitao which is about half an hour south of Lisbon. I went with my family (excluding one brother who couldn't get time off work), my boyfriend and my uncle's family. I had an amazing time and thought I would share a few snaps with you. We stayed in Quinta do Peru in an amazing villa that was situated near the wineries in Azeitao and Setubal. 

 If you are ever in this area then I would definitely recommend heading to Setubal as the market there is amazing and afterwards you can walk along the port. 


Portugal is known for its wine so my family took this opportunity to go for a wine tour and tasting at Jose Maria da Fonseca  which was one of the oldest wineries in Portugal. 


I hope you enjoyed this post. I am trying to include more personal things on the blog as those are my favourites when I read other peoples! 
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