Instagram #14

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Beetroot soup / Graduation gift from my mum - jet necklace / Throwback - Eiffel Tower / Starbucks lunch / Hugo / Coffee / Hugo #2 / One of my favourite sushi spots in Manchester - Wasabi / My dressing table - mainly consisting of Bumble and Bumble and candles / Hugo #3 / Lauren Conrad Beauty - love this book / Huge meringues in Selfridges Food Hall - the lemon flavour was amazing.

The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Make-Up Remover

Friday, October 25, 2013

A good eye makeup remover is an absolute must for anyone who, like me, is partial to a lashing or three of waterproof mascara. I recently had a bit of a mascara revelation, and now almost exclusively use waterproof formulas  - I find it to be thicker, and therefore it holds a curl far better than regular mascaras (which now seem almost watery in comparison); and it lasts, without flaking, until you choose to remove it. Which is kinda the problem: it's an absolute nightmare to get rid of. 

When it comes to waterproof makeup, regular cleanser or water-based makeup remover simply will not do. The trick is to go with something that contains oil, which will help to break down and dissolve stubborn makeup without the need for vigorous rubbing - which is very bad news for the sensitive skin around the eyes. This Camomile Makeup Remover from The Body Shop is perfect - a bi-phase layered solution of oil and water than you gently shake to mix before application - similar to offerings from brands such as Clinique and LancĂ´me but with a less hefty price tag. To use simply shake, apply to a cotton pad and hold over the eye for several seconds before wiping away. Easy peasy, and it actually works - and doesn't leave behind any greasy residue like you might expect from a product like this. As an added bonus, it doesn't contain any fragrance, colour or alcohol, so should work on even the most sensitive skin. I'm already confident that this will be an instant repurchase for me - it's made my life so much easier and shaved a good few minutes off my evening skincare routine. Definitely recommended!

Pug Life #4

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Just a quick pug post - I kinda forget about this series of posts for a while, but I just had to share this photo of Hugo that I snapped recently. As you can see, he's a bit of a poser and has definitely perfected the puppy dog eyes look! Below is a photo of his favourite toy ever, the meerkat. He's had it since he was a baby - it was bigger than him back them - and it's looking a little worse for wear now but he absolutely adores it and takes it everywhere with him. 

I think I'm going to make a little more effort to keep up these posts from now on. Not only do people seem to like them, but it's nice to have extra motivation to get my camera out and capture little moments in Hugo's life more often. Besides, it'd be a shame to let his posing talent go to waste!

Boots Botanics Rejuvenating Bath Elixir

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

This is something that's been on my wishlist for a while, in all honestly predominantly because of the word "elixir" on the bottle. Whack a word like that on something and I'm pretty much sold instantly - it just sounds so luxurious! Then, after spotting Meg (lipssofacto) mention it on her blog the other day I finally remembered to grab a bottle from the shelves my local Boots. As far as luxurious bath treats go, this is firmly on the budget side of things, but I've delved into the Botanics range several times before and been pleasantly surprised (I'm still going through bottles of their rosewater toner at an impressive speed!), so I was quietly confident about this one...

According to the bottle, this "melts away the day's stresses and and strains to help restore your natural equilibrium" - sounds good to me! A small tipple of this stuff fills your bathroom with a luxurious spicy, slightly citrus aroma that could easily fool you into believing that you'd spent a bit more than a fiver on the bottle. I can definitely see myself getting through this bottle rather quickly over the following months - the sweet spiced scent makes it perfect for relaxing Autumn evening soaks in the tub, and at just over £5 a bottle it's a relatively purse friendly indulgence too. Thumbs up from me!

Instagram #13

Friday, October 11, 2013

Throwback Thursday - puppy Hugo / Photobombing Hugo... Or the other way round? / Currently reading: She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb / Cute silliness from A Pug's Guide to Dating / Dead Pony Club at Home Sweet Home, NQ Manchester / Matte nail love / Starbucks / Crate Brewery IPA / Throwback Thursday - Juicy Lucy Burger, fried pickles and blue cheese fries at Whitmans in New York last Christmas / Pug wisdom / Huges / Shameless selfie - loving a red lip at the moment!

Lolita Lempicka Si Lolita Eau de Parfum

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

I first became aware of Lolita Lempicka perfumes when I received a couple of sample vials of their scents in a beauty box a year or so ago. Si Lolita was one that intrigued me from the beginning. I wore it out one evening, and despite initially not being sure about the scent, I couldn't stop thinking about it for months after and knew that I had to invest in a bottle. 

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Saturday, October 05, 2013

For a while now, I've used my trusty Real Techniques Buffing Brush to apply foundation on an almost daily basis. I honestly never saw myself using anything else, that is, until I got my hands on the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Ever since the original Beauty Blender exploded onto the scene I've been intrigued by beauty sponges. I used various ones a couple of times in my teens when I was first getting to grips with beauty, and I just never really got them. Luckily, my latest venture into the world of sponges has gone a lot better - my Buffing Brush has officially taken a back seat as I've found myself reaching for the Miracle Complexion Sponge day after day. Here's why...

Sephora Collection Toner, Cleansing Water and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

A trip to Paris is not complete without a visit to Sephora, the French cosmetics store that is an absolute haven for any beauty lover and something we are sorely lacking here in the UK. I first fell in love with Sephora in New York last Christmas, when I dragged my boyfriend around possibly every Sephora store in Manhattan and returned to England with not one, but four shopping bags from there. Yep, it really was that good. The Parisian flagship store, while impressive, was obviously lacking the American exclusive brands that sent me into such a frenzy last time, so I was pretty reserved and left with just three little purchases to try out: the Sephora Collection Instant Refreshing Toner, Triple Action Cleansing Water, and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover.

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