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Monday, September 30, 2013

Stylist magazine / Sometimes you can't beat a big ol' greasy lunch / Throwback Thursday - photobooth strip of the boyfriend and I in Florida, 2010 / On my bedside table: lemongrass and lime candle and this works: sleep / Twin love / I will never tire of Paris photos / Barry M Gelly in Lychee and Seche Vite top coat / Nap time / New American import section in Tesco - POP TARTS! / Things that make me happy: camera and skincare / Stylist take two / Magazine stack and my vintage brownie camera. 

Paris: Eiffel Tower, Window Shopping and Macarons.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Extremely late follow up to my first Paris post, but better late than never! As some of you may remember, last month I was lucky enough to visit Disneyland/Paris for a few days. These photos are from our last day when we headed into the city. We climbed the Eiffel Tower (yes, climbed - we didn't realise you could buy a ticket to use an elevator until we were halfway up!), went on a cruise down the Seine and learned some of the history of Paris, and took in some amazing views from the top the Arc de Triomphe on the evening, with a bit of window shopping and eating in between. 



The weather was most definitely not on our side, but we donned rain coats, ponchos and umbrellas and soldiered on! Besides, Paris looks rather beautiful in the rain, don't you think? Thankfully, the sun was out for us by the afternoon but our view from the top of the Eiffel Tower in the morning looked a little something like this...
Thrilling, right?! After a disastrous but very fun visit to the Eiffel Tower, we ate...

Took in the views...

And went on the hunt for the most cliched Parisian spots we could find.


...It really is one of those places that looks exactly how you'd expect it to.







On our walk around the city we passed more designer shops than I could count, gorgeous architecture and the odd supercar or three. Can I just move here now, please?!



Laduree was on my list of spots I wanted to visit in Paris, so I was thrilled when I accidentally stumbled upon it in the evening. I adore macarons and theirs are touted as the best in the world, so of course I had to sample a few. Plus, the gorgeous packaging is worth buying the macarons for alone! I went for a gift box in their signature pale green and gold as I though it'd be a nice little keepsake.
As the skies had cleared up, we decided to head up the Arc de Triomphe in the hope that the views would be slightly better than they had been that morning. And we were right!

It was stunning.

After a very long day, I was more than happy to collapse into bed with a book and my macarons, which, by the way, were amazing. If you ever visit Laduree I wholeheartedly recommend the salted caramel and the rose macarons - they are to die for!

...And that's it! Hope you've enjoyed my Paris posts. I'm pining to go back already!

Makeup Academy Pro-Base Fixing Mist

Thursday, September 26, 2013

After trying the much raved-about Undress Your Skin Highlighter from MUA and absolutely loving it, I've been paying a little more attention to the budget Superdrug brand. When I spotted their Pro-Base Fixing Mist I was instantly interested, due to my bordering-on-obsessive love for facial mists. I snapped it up at the bargain price of £4 (full price £5), hoping it would be a cheaper alternative to my much loved MAC Fix+, which at almost £15 is a rather pricy indulgence. So, how does it compare?

Instagram #11

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Disney Village, Paris / 20th Anniversary Parade / Cinderella's castle / Walks down the Champs-Élysées / Carousel in Disneyland (video) / Amazing macarons from Laduree / Pavement dining at a cafe in Paris / Reunited with Hugo / Teacup of beauty bits and jewellery / Pretty Paris - our first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower / Snuggled up with a good book / New Yankee Candle - Sunlight on Snow.

L'Occitane Rose 4 Reines Intense Eau De Toilette Roll-on

Friday, September 20, 2013

Shops, take note: if you want me to make an impulsive guilty purchase, handing me a glass of wine on arrival is definitely the way to go. While sipping a much appreciated glass of complimentary rosé and perusing the shelves at L'Occitane, I was drawn to the roll-on perfume section. I love the idea of roll-ons and am forever wishing more perfume brands in the UK would introduce them - they're a cheaper, cuter, more convenient option than full sized bottles - what's not to love? From the selection, I picked out the scent 'Rose 4 Reines', which is described as "the delicate freshness of a bouquet of roses, the velvety softness of petals kissed with dew" - talk about enticing?! 

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Hugo refusing to pose for a photo with me / Sleeping with his favourite toys / Coriander seared tuna / Lazy days / California rolls / Maybelline Baby Lips / Throwback Thursday - baby Hugo discovers mirrors (video) / BBQ sliders at Southern Eleven / Home / Riverside walks / Best ice cream ever / Boarding the plane to Paris. 

...Part two coming soon, as I'm a little behind with Instagram posts at the moment. As always, feel free to follow me @_klsss and leave your links below!

Garnier Caffeine Eye Roll-on

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

I picked this up on a whim a while back during a late night trip to the supermarket. I am instantly pulled in by products with words like "caffeine" in the title, and this promised to refresh and hydrate tired looking skin while helping to reduce the appearance of bags. Sounds great, right? 

First, the good. This stuff feels really lovely on application. The metal rollerball has an instant cooling effect on the eye which is wonderfully refreshing, especially first thing on a morning and on late nights. During my last weeks of University this stuff didn't leave my desk, and along with copious amounts of coffee, it managed to make me feel a little more alive at 2am when I was frantically writing essays that were due the following day (definitely NOT recommended!). It can also be kept in the fridge for an even cooler sensation - perfect for those mornings when you need perking up quickly.

Unfortunately, that's about it. I haven't noticed any difference to my eye area since using this. Admittedly, I don't particularly suffer from puffiness but I was hoping to see a little improvement in terms of hydration and brightness around my eyes. Like I said, the application is lovely and for that reason I'll probably continue to use this occasionally, but if you're looking for visible results then you'll most likely be disappointed. 

And Katie © // QUINN CREATIVEs