Thursday, August 07, 2014

Wishlist #4


I definitely think I need to pay The Body Shop a visit. Their Raspberry Body Scrub looks (and apparently smells) exactly like raspberry jam - I need - and their Vitamin E Face Mist has been on my wishlist for a while, too. I'm also eying up Soap and Glory's Super Tonic fragrance, which is a really gorgeous citrus scent that's perfect for this time of year. Both the Anastasia DipBrow Pomade and Philip Kingsley Elasticizer are products I've heard loads about but never tried, so they're on my list too. Finally, beauty wise, Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation. This was my base of choice several years ago, until my shade (alabaster) was discontinued. I was pretty heartbroken (foundation is serious business), so needless to say I was thrilled when it popped up again in my local House of Fraser. It's a lovely foundation with a light, dewy finish. I'm definitely planning on picking up a bottle when my current foundation runs out.

I'm a bit of a stationary obsessive, and this gorgeous notebook from Caroline Gardner's range is next on my to-buy list. It's so pretty! Next, "Everyday Sexism" by Laura Bates, which I've fancied reading since spotting it in Waterstones a few weeks ago. From the woman behind www.everydaysexism.com, the book is "a manifesto for change; a ground breaking, anecdotal examination of sexism in modern day society", and definitely sounds like something I'd be interested in. 

Lastly, a little black pug puppy! My boyfriend and I have wanted a baby brother for Hugo for ages, and while I don't think it's going to be happening anytime in the very near future, I'm still enjoying daydreaming about it. Besides, it's the perfect excuse to watch copious amounts of adorable pug puppy videos on YouTube - just look at them!

Friday, August 01, 2014

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors

The Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors are one of those hyped up products that have been on my beauty wishlist for what feels like forever, and since finally snapping up a couple in Paris earlier in the year I've found myself wondering just how I ever managed to get by without them... Not quite a gloss, not quite a balm - they're a perfect hybrid of the two that deliver a subtle hint of colour along with a glossy yet moisturising finish. Did I mention the smell? It's a sweet, cocoa-butter/caramel scent that I absolutely adore, making them one of those products that I tend to reapply a little bit more than is actually necessary. I love the packaging, too. It's simple and luxe - a squeezy tube in a colour matching the shade of the product, with a soft, velvet applicator and classic gold lid. 

These things are so ridiculously easy and lovely to wear that I've taken to keeping one in my handbag at all times. The shades I have are 01 Rose Shimmer - a soft pink shade, and 02 Apricot Shimmer, a slightly more peachy offering. These aren't highly pigmented products, so I tend to apply them over a lipstick, although they are fine on their own if you want a very subtle look. The finish is lovely - it's glossy without being sticky, and leaves the lips looking ultra smooth, plump and soft. I managed to pick up these two for around 20 euros (£15) in Charles de Gaulle airport in a travel exclusive set, which, while not cheap, was a bargain considering that usually they come in at £18 each. While they are a little pricy, they have very quickly become some of my most used lip products and I'm so glad that I finally gave in to the hype!

Have you tried the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors? 

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Lomography 35mm Action Sampler


I love Lomography cameras. Although I couldn't live without my digital SLR and iPhone for daily snaps, there's a kind of raw realness to film that has been lost slightly in the digital era - the lack of a delete button means that every image you capture makes it to print, even the less than perfect ones, and there's something about that I really like.

The Lomography Action Sampler shoots four images in close succession then stitches them all together in the format you see above. The idea is that you can document movement and create four slightly different images within one photograph. As with all "toy cameras", the Action Sampler is unpredictable. It lets in occasional lights leaks, the exposure changes between every photo and some pictures barely come out at all, but that's all part of its charm. It definitely works better in brighter light so now that summer is finally here I hope that I can get a lot of use out of it over the coming months. I'll keep you updated, but in the meantime here are a few photographs that I've taken using the Action Sampler...

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Spring in Paris

After falling in love with the city last summer, my boyfriend and I were lucky enough to visit Paris again in March. We spent five days there taking in the sights, exploring, drinking too much wine and eating far too many crepes. The top things on my to-do list were to visit the Pont des Arts and see the Eiffel Tower at night - two things we didn't manage to squeeze in last time. While I'm not usually one for soppy romance, the Pont des Arts bridge was lovely - rows upon rows of glistening padlocks inscribed with couples names and dates, declaring their love - we couldn't help adding our own once we were there. The Eiffel Tower in the dark was simply beautiful. Our hotel was literally seconds away, so we ventured there almost every night to watch the sunset and subsequent light show. Other highlights included our hilarious/terrifying tuk-tuk ride around the city, eating pizza in the dark at the top of the Eiffel Tower and of course, shopping. Sephora and City Pharma were my main go-to's, where I finally managed to get my hands on some Bioderma (review here) and La Roche-Posay Serozinc, as well as a couple of makeup bits.

I didn't take as many photos as I'd have liked... We did a lot of walking and my DSLR is pretty heavy (and I forgot to pack my favourite lens...), so it stayed in the hotel most days - I am a terrible blogger! If you fancy seeing some more Paris shots, you can always check out my Instagram. Here are a few from our wanderings...

Monday, May 05, 2014

Instagram #19

Croque Madame in a cafe in my hometown / Cinema in Manchester that doesn't seem to have been redecorated since the 90's - needless to say, I love it / Guacamole on toast / Morning coffee / Above the clouds en route to Paris / First stop in Paris - Sephora, of course / Laduree on the Champs-Élysées / Steak Tartare and wine / Celebrating pancake day with a crepe beneath the Eiffel Tower / Parisian street / Rose wine in the hotel room, from an ever so classy plastic cup / Pretty Paris / Parisian street v.2 / Hugo, happy to be back sleeping in his own (aka our) bed / Another Eiffel Tower shot - it's just too gorgeous / Bed.


These photos are mostly from March, mainly from my trip to Paris which I'm currently writing a post about. I've been on a bit of an unplanned hiatus from blogging since around the beginning of April - dealing with a difficult family loss just made it seem a little unimportant. However, it's something that I really enjoy doing and I've missed it, so I've given my blog a little makeover and I'm throwing myself back into it. It goes without saying that I've been pretty terrible at keeping up with emails this past month or so, so if you've tried to get in touch please bear with me as I attempt to get back up to date!


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