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Beauty and Books

29 Nov

Sometimes it seems like everything I love hails from the little country across the English Channel called France. When I think about iconic looks and modern day aspirational women I can’t help but think of the French, from Brigitte Bardot to Catherine Denueve… Garance Doré to Caroline De Maigret, they all have a certain… je ne sais quoi. 


I’ve been loving the skin care from the brand La Roche-Posay since I tried their Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System last year, this Pigmentclar Eyes dark circle brightener is fast becoming part of my daily (and nightly) routine.

Using this La Mer matifying, oil-absorbing tonique after cleansing and before moisturiser has really helped to keep the oily parts of face (T-zone woes!) under control without drying out the rest of my skin in the cold weather we’ve been having. This tonique doesn’t sting like a lot of toners do either so it doesn’t feel harsh on my face which means I give this a big thumbs up.


Has anyone tried the new Chanel No.5? The original is a classic, a perfume absolutely everybody is aware of and yet, every time I smelt it in my department store wanderings it always felt a bit too mature for me. I like to imagine that when I’m older I will find an affinity for the eternal elegance of No.5 but Chanel have answered my wishes early with the new version, Chanel No.5 L’eau.

It is so beautifully light and fresh with a hint of the heady undertones of the original and I am in love with it, being lucky enough to have received it for my thirtieth birthday in October. I have a feeling Madame Chanel would have approved of this new addition and the wonderfully designed ad campaigns to go with it…

I love to re-read books and pluck out sections that feel appropriate for certain occasions and particular moods. Garance Doré’s Love Style Life is my go-to for fashion & lifestyle pondering and the illustrations are truly beautiful.
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Nip + Fab Glycolic Instant Fix Mask

12 Jul

I’m loving this mask at the moment, it’s working wonders on my skin!  

  Here’s what’s on the bottle:-

‘A high potency, pore-tightening gel mask to perfect + exfoliate the complexion. Our highest level of glycolic acid combines with EVERMAT technology to gently smooth away the appearance of lines + wrinkles whilst clearing + reducing the look of enlarged pores. Skin is more even-toned + visually smoother.’

This mask really does reduce my pores quite significantly and gives me an overall fresher complexion so I will definitely be buying it again. 

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You Smell Divine

9 Jul

Le Parfum dans tous les sans is a very beautiful exhibition based on the wonderful subject of perfume with photographs from The Fragrance Foundation of France and set in the stunning gardens of the Palais Royal. I had the great pleasure of enjoying the display of 50 captivating photographs on a sunny afternoon in Paris when the smell of roses wafted in the air and a rare feeling of utter calm passed over me.

There are two journeys through the photographs, one shows how perfumes are created and produced from the very first idea to the bottles lining department store shelves, the second journey is purely about the senses we use to experience scents. When I think about it, nothing brings a moment from the past back to me like a scent does, my nanna’s makeup box we would play with as children, the smell of engine oil in my grandads shed, cologne of ex boyfriends. There really is nothing like scent to provoke memories we thought we had long forgotten. Jean Paul Guerlain once said that perfume is the most intense form of memory, he was right.

This exhibition and its setting is wonderful, if you’re visiting Paris please don’t miss this one (it’s free too!).

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Superdrug Loves 

8 Jul

Just got home to this fabulous beauty box from Superdrug, full of freebie treats just for using my Health & Beauty card. 

  
There is a Bondi Sands self tan mitt, a 50ml bottle of Solait sun lotion which will be perfect for my trip to Barcelona, a 75ml tube of Iced Tropical Cocktail Miracle Ends from Urban Fudge along with samples sachets of L’Oréal skin perfection cream, Nivea Daily Essentials Day & Night Creams, Norwegian Formula Nordic Berry Body Lotion, Nivea in-shower moisturiser, Norwegian Formula elasti-boost body lotion and a fun Nivea beach ball! All for free! Wow.

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Hello Nip + Fab

11 Mar

Kylie Jenner is their new celeb ‘face’ and the brand was brought to us by the founder of luxury skincare brand Rodial, meet your new go-to guardian of all things body and skin.

Nip + Fab aim to be accessible, affordable and effective and created for a woman who wants it all. Sounds like a big boast to me, but do their products live up to the hype? 



I’ve been trying out the Dark Circle Fix that contains red algae to target dark circles, tetra peptide to reduce the look of puffiness and shea butter to hydrate and soften.

You may have seen on a previous post I talked about Benefit’s It’s Potent! Eye Cream and whilst I like the formula of that, this Nip + Fab product is a lot more effective on the darkness of my under eye circles. 

Dark Circle Fix is really smooth when applying and I like the way the loose serum-like texture doesn’t pull on the delicate skin around the eye. I prefer to use this in the morning to reduce the puffiness of sleep and it does that really well but I’ll stick with a creamier, heavier solution for nightimes as I feel like they drench my skin with much needed moisture through the night.

Overall I think this is a great product and it does exactly what it claims to do on the bottle, I’m not sure how effective it would be at reducing wrinkles but if you suffer with dark circles I’d say this is worth the £15.95 price tag.

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NYE Looks

30 Dec

It’s New Years Eve tomorrow and somehow the passing of the old year always feels significant. Some will be wanting to move on, forget the troubles of 2014 and some will never want it to end, treasuring their own special moments. Whether you’re saying farewell to 2014, welcoming 2015 with open arms or both… I hope you have a wonderful evening and look fabulous too!

Here’s a couple of ideas for pared-back party looks.

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/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/8e0/39497198/files/2014/12/img_3436.jpg Be proud of your face and head to your soirée with a natural look, guaranteed to get second glances for all good reasons. Just make sure you use a foundation with good coverage and that eyebrows are groomed, pop on some statement jewellery and you’re set.

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Happy New Year & thank you for being part of my 2014.
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