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Current Beauty Favourites

5/29/14

I love discovering new beauty products, especially beauty products that actually work and you get your moneys worth on so I wanted to share my current favourites that I have been using non stop lately with you lovely people.


1. Naturally Radiant brightening hot cloth cleanser & Naturally Radiant renewing night cream | 2. Benefit 'girl meets pearl' highlighter | 3. MAC studio fix powder | 4. Urban Decay 'Naked 2' palette |  5. MAC crayon kohl eye pencil | 6.  Benefit 'high beam' highlighter | 7. MAC fluidline gel liner in blitz & glitz | 8. 17 doll'd up mascara

First up are my two favourite skincare products lately by the Naturally Radiant range in Superdrug which my mum kindly ordered from the UK for me (make up/skincare in France is silly money I tell you). I use the hot cloth cleanser before bed, sometimes in the morning (depends how lazy I'm feeling) and I've noticed a real difference in my skin- it's softer, feels a lot less oily than it used to and feels super clean. The moisturiser is a very thick & moist texture which is great as it rehydrates my skin overnight and leaves it silky smooth and smelling lovely the next day (it's infused with extracts of kiwi & mulberry fruit mmm). The packaging is lovely and all products have a lovely smell- I actually look forward to using them (ahem, weird). All in all, these two products have worked wonders on my skin and have left it feeling fresher than ever... and it's kind on your purse too!

I pinched the Benefit 'girl meets pearl' from my mum (sharing is caring?)...it leaves that photoshoot finish to your make-up and gives you that wide awake look and with cheekbones you never thought you even had. The 'high beam' highlighter was an impulse purchase at the airport back in March... it's similar to the 'girl meets pearl' but with more of a dewy highlight rather than a shimmery effect.

As for the 'Naked 2' palette, it's the best (and yes, probably priciest) purchase I've made on make up but ohhhh so worth it. With a good dozen of colours to choose & mix and match with - I have not stopped having fun with it and have had endless compliments on my eye make up lately.

I picked up a few more essentials from MAC including the Studio Fix powder & kohl eyeliner but have been especially loving their fluidline gel liner! I've finally mastered how to actually apply it without poking my eye/getting it everywhere/drawing a line similar to a three year old would. It just takes time and is actually worth it...it lasts all day and no cracking or flaking off either. I recommend a good angle shaped brush to apply.

And last, my bargain of the pack! Doll'd up mascara by 17- I'm so glad we met. I like to experiment with mascaras and this is probably my favourite yet, just when I thought I'd never replace my usual trusty Rimmel mascara. You only need about 3 coats and you look like you're wearing falsies...top find. No clumping, flaking or dryness and you didn't just hear it from me-I checked the reviews on Boots.com and they have received a whopping 4 out 5 stars out of 54 reviews.

I can already hear my bank account tutting at me after remembering the price for all these things - ah well...beauty is investment...said no one, ever.

Asos Birthday Treats

5/19/14

It was my birthday about two weeks ago (7th of May to be exact, guvna) and I felt completely spoilt this year! I had a full week of amazing prezzies including jewellery, flowers, chocolate, clothes etc., lots of fun and friends and...delicious food! What's a birthday without food though? Anyway, I got way too much to put up all over my blog and prefer not show it all off...it's nice to keep some things personal, don't y'all agree? However, my lovely friend Yvanca got me an amazing little combo of presents from Asos so I just had to share. They were so cute I took a photo right after (yep, I'm one of those people).


The lil' birthday package included:

- an amazingly cute rose paint splattered style phone cover for my iPhone 5, right up my street
- gorgeous chunky silver chain earrings (bliingbliing) 
- and this quirky mango & papaya body wash by anatomicals which is not only in the coolest packaging ever and has the funniest description on the side (one of my favourites being "The world stinks, I don't")-it smells friggin' delicious too. It's definitely brightened up my shower time. 

What a lovely wee ensemble of gifts...my friends know me so well. If any of my lovely friends/family are reading this- thank you all so much for all the lovely gifts, messages and things organised just for my birthday, I'm really grateful for it! I had the best birthday (more like birthweek ha) that I've had in a while.

Travel | Paris Photo Diary

5/11/14


While I was on a quick city break to 'Pareeee' last week, I took a few snaps on my phone and thought I'd share them. The Monday night involved a bit of sightseeing, visiting the sacré Coeur where you will find thee best view of Paris ever, ice cream in our hotels garden (we stayed at L'hotel du Moulin which was lovely-good for the price and bang in the middle of town so literally everything was in walking distance), more food (when in Paris eh?) at La Galette du Moulin which was down the cutest little lane (picture 4). I had a lardons, crème fraiche, cheese and mushrooms galette (wholemeal crepe) which was delicious. As you can tell from the photo I was too impatient to take a photo before eating it and had already gobbled up pretty much all of it...


The next day we had brunch at Le Pain Quotidien in Lepic. We were looking all over the place for somewhere to eat and finally settled on this place which I have to say was a great find! We decided against the usual pain au chocolat and coffee (despite how much it killed me not too haha) and tried something different. I had avocado on toast which was so tasty and filling too, plus I'm obsessed with avocados these days so it was right up my street, along with some freshly squeezed orange juice. My mum had the granola and yoghurt which was quite honestly the best granola I've ever tasted and it was presented beautifully. After that, the day was spent sightseeing and I finally visited the Pont des arts- it's quite amazing really to see it and think how many couples and lovers have came and put a lock on the bridge...there were so many, even on the lamppost...and I have no idea how they got up there! The rest of the day just consisted of a lot of walking and a lot of spending money. It cost us 11 € for an Orangina and apple juice  in a café - that's ridiculous, am I right or am I right?! 


Oh, and I came across this Acne Studios window display which I just loved so had to snap it as well...I am in love with Acne clothing.

And that's a wrap really. If you're heading to Paris, I'd definitely recommend the places I mentioned above... the only thing I'd say is bring your comfiest shoes (even crocs would have been better than the 'trying to keep stylish' pumps I was wearing) and bring plenty of money. Paris is crazy expensive but sooo worth the visit!

One Night In Paris

5/8/14



Blazer: H&M (bought at carboot sale) | Dress: Mango (on sale) | Necklace: H&M | Bag: Carboot sale | Watch: ioffer.com

I'm back (yes I know it's been a wee while) with a special little post today as I was in Paris from Monday till Tuesday as my sister bought me tickets to see Paolo Nutini for my birthday. I would just like to take this moment to say what an amazing performer he is. It was actually the first time I've seen him in concert (although I met and may I add, hugged him years ago at a cd signing in HMV)...and he did not disappoint. He sounded just as amazing live, better even, as he does on cd. He sings with so much emotion and you find yourself completely absorbed in his music...and obviously his sexy, sexy face-it was kind of hard to look at him and try and not faint.

The concert was at Le Trianon which is a theatre/concert hall built back in 1894. It's a really stunning building (pictured below) and I enjoyed it more than being in a huge stadium to be honest. The concert was more intimate that way and I didn't get pushed or shoved once throughout the whole concert! Except my mum got a bit of beer poured on her shoe, ah you can't always win eh. He did a lot of songs off his new album and mixed up some of his old stuff too. The crowd were going mad for him (mainly the girls shouting 'I love you' in several languages...not including me of course, ahem).  Plus, the man's beautiful...really couldn't have asked for a better birthday present.


Anyway, let's stop dreaming about Paolo, moving onto the outfit! I had to pack pretty light as we were only there for one night and a day so I mixed and matched some key pieces, including this blazer which I wore the following day with a stripy tee. I chose a comfy outfit for the concert while still trying to stay fashionable at the same time. To lighten up the dark dress, I added some pastel pink, gold and cream. I thought the bag was very 'Paris' and reminds me a bit of the similar Chanel version-although mine was about 2 € not 2000 €.

The photos were taken (by my mum-thanks mum!) outside of the creperie we ate at before the concert in Montmartre called 'La Galette du Moulin' which I would definitely recommend if you're heading to Paris. It was hidden down a little cobbled road tucked away from the busy streets and there wasn't a scooter or car in sight. It was the perfect spot to people watch and see the real Paris. The service was good and the crepes- delicious! I had a lovely evening and it was the perfect way to celebrate before my birthday. We walked around the streets for a wee while after and stopped for a quick touristy shot outside the Moulin Rouge. Pretty shattered from the whole day travelling and the concert itself, we headed back to our hotel and called it a night while it was only just beginning for some. They say New York is the city that never sleeps but I don't think Paris does either.

Let me know if you've been to see Paolo Nutini this year on his European tour as well or are going to see him in the summer...or if you haven't heard him at all, you can listen to/buy his new album 'Caustic Love' on iTunes here! Keep your eyes peeled on this blog for a Paris picture diary post coming soon!
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