Friday, 30 November 2012

What's on my bedside table?

I've been really enjoying reading these posts in other blogs. I guess it's that nosey side in me that enjoys knowing details of people's lives! Is anybody else like that? I think that's one of the reasons why blogging has become so successful, it gives you that little glimpse into other people's lives and homes!

This is what my bedside table looks like when I'm taking pictures for the blog:

This is what my bedside table looks like in real life:

Because we're never quite sure when we are moving house, the husband and I are holding off on buying any bigger pieces of furniture. Right now, my good ol' trusty Malm bedside table from IKEA is also doubling as a vanity table! The table mirror on there and the lamp are also from IKEA. The mug where I keep my make up brushes and other things is from Starbucks São Paulo. I guess what I keep on there are the things I use the most. The Avene thermal water, the Caudalie oil and the Clinique moisturizer. I also recently bought that lip balm, it's by L'Occitane and it's packed full of Shea butter and other good stuff. It's doing a great job at keeping chapped lips at bay! A glass of water because I always get really thirsty at night (I think it's because of the heating), my crappy cellphone, ELLE magazine and my trusty iPad! 

I hope you enjoyed this post. Leave the link to yours (if you have one) in the comments, I'd love to see them!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

My Christmas Wishlist

(First, let me apologize for the lack of posts these past few days, i felt my blogging mojo had gone for a walk but I'm definitely back now!) 

One of the perks of having a blog is being able to make posts like these and drop the hints to your friends and family as to what you want for Christmas! haha Who agrees??
1. Origins Masks - No Puffery and Drink Up Intensive: I just feel like I need these masks in my life! For some reason I always get puffy eyes in the morning and the reviews on this sound amazing! Also, the over night mask is almost a cult product now, everybody raves about it!
2. Chanel Books: these look like the perfect coffee table books, they have such lovely photographs and who can't appreciate a bit of Chanel? 
3. MAC Pro 15 Shadow Palette: I think the design of the new palette looks so much better than the old one. The clear lid makes it so much easier to find what you're looking for. After seeing this I decided to start a MAC eyeshadow collection (everybody needs a hobbie, right? haha). The first 3 I'm going for are Woodwinked, Corduroy and Brulee!
4. Real Techniques Core Collection: I essentially want this set because of the buffing brush! The fact that the whole set costs a few pounds more than a MAC 217 makes it such good value, in my opinion!
5. Burberry Classic Eau de Parfum: I adore this perfume! I got it for Christmas a few years ago and loved it straight away. It has a very sweet smell, but it's not overwhelming. And the staying power is ridiculously good!
6. iPhone 5: Well, do i really need to explain this one? haha
7. Diptyque Holiday Candle Set: As if the candles aren't gorgeous enough, just look at the packaging of this! This set contains their more wintery smelling candles and I can't wait to get my hands on these!!!

What's on your Christmas wish list? Leave the links to your posts in the comments! x

Thursday, 22 November 2012

MAC Mini Haul!

These are some of the contents from the Selfridge's bag! haha I'm still working on the review of the big item. These are some products I've been wanting to get for kind of a long time now and I have to say, I am really happy with all of them! MAC is a strange brand for me. As much as I always want to try different brands and products, I always end up going back to MAC, for some reason! Is anyone else like this, too? haha

The first product I picked up was their lip pencil in "Cherry". I had a bit of a drama with this one! I had gone to Birmingham with the hubbie to go do some birthday shopping and watch Skyfall. When we were in the cinema, 30 min before the movie started, I decided to take a look at my goodies and noticed the make up artist at the counter had given me "Chicory" instead of "Cherry"! So I had to RUN back to Selfridges before they closed. Thankfully it worked out! haha I wanted a lip liner to go with my Kate Moss lipstick. This works fine with it, but it's a bit lighter. I wanna get Ruby Woo now, as I really liked the lighter shade of red on me! 

Next up is a Studio Fix concealer in NW30. I already have it in NW35, which looks perfect if I have foundation on, but I wanted something to wear on it's own on lazy days and the NW35 looked too dark. I love this concealer, it does such a great job at hiding imperfections without looking too cakey! And last but not least, the infamous Mineralize Skin Finish in "Soft and Gentle". I won't bore you with a review on this, we've all heard about it a million time over. It's silky smooth, looks amazing on the cheek bones.... The only thing I would say is don't over blend it or else you might end up with a lot of glitter on your face instead of the nice sheen it has!

I'm really happy with my purchases. Are guys lusting over anything from MAC?


Monday, 19 November 2012

Instagramming #5


love this pic! | COD BLOPS | review on these soon!

brush washing! | Elle magazine | nails done!


Friday, 16 November 2012

Phyto Clarifying Shampoo Review

I've been really loving Phyto hair products lately. This was my first one, which I got about a month ago. I really needed a clarifying shampoo as I could feel and see how heavy my hair looked from product build up so I decided to invest in a good one! I'd hear about this Detoxifying Shampoo from Phyto in a few blogs and the reviews were all really good, so I took the plunge (as Phyto products aren't cheap!) and ordered it from (where else? Can you tell it's my favourite online store?).

The shampoo comes in a metal bottle, which is different! I'm not sure how I feel about that to be honest. It might not bother most people but, being the clumsy girl that I am, I'm scared I might hurt myself by dropping it or something! haha You get 100ml of product. Most shampoos come in 250ml bottles, but if you consider this IS a clarifying shampoo, meant for once a week use only, that's really not a problem. It contains eucalyptus in the formula, which makes it smells so amazingly clean and makes your scal feel so fresh! My hair has never felt cleaner in my life! I really enjoy using this. The best part is, it doesn't dry out the ends of your hair. However, I would not recommend this is you've got an itchy or flaky scalp, as it can make it worse by drying it out. That's the only fault I can find in this otherwise great product!

 The Phyto PhytoNeutre Clarifying Shampoo is £10.50 for 100ml at!

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

My NARS Wishlist!

1. Sheer Glow foundation: I've been eyeing this foundation for such a long time now and I absolutely love the nice dewy finish it gives!
2. Velvet Matte Lip Pencil: I've finally lost my fear of red lipstick and this looks like the perfect deep red for my skin tone.
3. Blush in "Outlaw": Unfortunately I find that "Orgasm" is a bit too shimmery for me. I tried this new shade at their counter in Selfridge's and now really regret not getting it!
4. Bronzer in "Casino": I think bronzer is the perfect finishing touch to most looks and this is their darkest one, which I think would show up perfectly on my darker skin.
5. The Multiple in "Copacabana": This product is designed to be used on the lips, cheeks, eyes and body. This shade looks like the most amazing highlighter.

NARS is one of the coolest brands out there, in my opinion! Their sleek, rubbery packaging with the white lettering just looks so elegant and stylish. Also, it's almost as if everything they put out instantly becomes a cult product! To me, this brand is the epitome of the French cool. 

Just check out the brand founder, Francois Nars. How cool does he look?? haha That's VOGUE Brazil's beauty editor with him, Victoria Ceridono. She also runs my favourite brazilian blog, Dia de Beaute. Her videos are also so helpful and I love her Sao Paulo accent! Check it out if you happen to speak Portuguese! 

Monday, 12 November 2012

Products I've Been Loving #1

These are some of the products I've been using the most lately:

The Avene Thermal water is such a God send in this weather. It is very soothing on dry skin and applied before your moisturizer helps it sink in a million time better! It is definitely a product I'll never go without. I prefer this one to the La Roche Posay, for some reason (I think Vichy do thermal water as well, haven't tried theirs yet!). My Diptyque candle in Gardenia is almost at the end. This candle  is definitely worth the hype! They are pricey, but the quality is very good and the throw is amazing. When I lit it in the living room, I can smell it upstairs as well! I really want to get a full sized one now. Another cold weather must-have is this L'occitane Shea Butter lipbalm. It fixes my chapped lips in 15 minutes, I swear! The Caudalie Divine Oil has been such a life saver too! My legs never get that white hue anymore, cause they are never dry when I use this! I purchased a few products from the Super Facialist by Una Brennan (review on the cleanser coming soon!) and the Rose Hydrate Mask has a been a really good surprise! For those days when my skin in unbelievably dry and tight, this fixes it in 10 quick minutes! Phyto is quickly becoming my favourite hair are brand. Their express conditioner smells so nicely and leaves my hair incredibly soft! Lastly, the Soap & Glory Pulp Friction body scrub, my favourite one ever.  I've tried one other S&G body scrub in which the exfoliating bits were mainly sugar and it wasn't very effective as the sugar dissolved before I had a change to really buff my skin. I don't know what the particles are in this one, but they do a great job! It doesn't feel abrasive or "scratchy" at all, but leaves my skin feeling clean and soft!

Congratulations if you made it this far and thanks for reading my huge ramble! x

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Caudalie Divine Oil Review

As most of you might know, I've been really suffering with the dryness from the cold weather and all the time spent in doors with the heating on. I had purchased the Johnson's baby oil a few months back and was really enjoying how much more hydrated my skin felt compared to just using lotions or body butters. However, that baby oil is basically pure mineral oil, which, I found out recently while reading Caroline's blog, is not good for your skin at all! So after reading all your comments on my post asking for tips, I decided to go ahead and invest in a really good body oil!

I went for the Caudalie Divine Oil. Everybody's heard all the raves on their Beauty Elixir (which I've personally never tried), so I was confident their body oil would be of good quality and deliver good results! After reading some favorable reviews on it (and checking the ingredients list!) I ordered it from

Like all Caudalie products, the Divine Oil contains grapeseed extract. In fact, grape-seed oil tops the ingredients list on this, which I'm very pleased about! There is also no trace of mineral oil in it. Other oils contained in it are hibiscus, sesame and argan, which are combined with antioxidants. Sounds amazing, right? Well, it is! I have to say, this is one of the best products I have used so far. Not only it moisturizes my skin better than anything I've ever used, it smells incredible, too. To the point where I don't even feel the need to wear a perfume on to. It's a bit woody and warm, it's just lovely for this time of year! It can be used on the body, face and hair. I haven't tried it on my hair yet, but it's brilliant on the body and on the face, it doesn't make me oily at all, just beautifully moisturized and plumped!

The Caudalie Divine Oil is £25 for 100ml and, in my opinion, it's worth every penny.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Yummy candles!

My first ever scented candle was a brandless vanilla one. It came in a pretty glass jar and it was massive, but had only one wick, so you can guess what happened: I got to the bottom of the candle but the sides were annoyingly still full of wax! Now, a year on, I've decided to get better candles and pay more attention to these small details! The blogs I read have definitely influenced me to buy candles, so I've also read tonnes of reviews before investing in these!

I got the Yankee candle during the House of Frasier 2 day event of discounts (or something like that!)  so it only cost me around £7. Luckily, I actually prefer this packaging instead of the more expensive one with the glass top! The scent I got was "Honey & Spice" and I love it for this time of year. It smells very warm and cosy. I can't smell the honey if I'm honest! It smells sweet, but not sickening sweet. My husband also like it, which is always a positive because he usually doesn't care about these things! haha The only down side to this is that the scent isn't as strong as I would like it to be. While reading reviews on Yankee candles I noticed many people saying this is a recent change, that they used to be a lot more scented. Oh well!

This Diptyque candle I bought on the Selfridges website. Oh, the alluring Diptyque candles. Is there another brand that has prettier packaging than this?? haha I actually just wanted this to sit pretty on my bed side table! haha These are very expensive, this 70g one cost me £20, but I personally think they're worth it! Because I got it online a obviously couldn't choose it by the smell, so I got it in "Gardenia", which a friend recommended. It smells very nice and the scent is very strong! I think these are better quality than the Yankee ones, but I've been burning my "Honey & Spice" more just because the Diptyque smells so fresh and summery! I would recommend both candles nonetheless!


Sunday, 4 November 2012

Instagramming #4


bought a vase for the flowers | Phyto pre-shampoo treatment | contents of this bag soon on the blog!

Yankee candle in Honey & Spice | fireworks! | my view during lunch today


Thursday, 1 November 2012

The Not So Lazy Face

What can I say about this look? I like to keep my make up simple and elegant, so when I actually make the effort of putting eyeshadow on I keep to the neutral, more understated colours! I envy you girls who can do those amazing smokey looks with five different eyeshadows, but because of my hooded lids any effort I put into it goes to waste as you can't even see it when I have my eyes closed. So I keep it to a simple wash of colour all over the lid and I actually like it like that!

Here I used the darkest brown of this Sleek palette all over the lid. If anybody knows of any dupes for that, please let me know in the comments! It's my favourite colour of the whole palette and I'm almost hitting pan on it! I then added the shimmery brown to the lid area, just to give it a little something! I love this combination of colours, I think it looks very pretty! I used the lightest colour below my eyebrow to blend out any shadows, mix a bit of the brown and black and run it on my lower lash line and I'm finished! 

Again, because of my eyeshape I have to really go for it on the lashes, so curling them is a must! I got this Shu Uemura lash curler for Christmas 2010, it was the first present my now husband ever gave me! haha I lost the extra rubber band it comes with so I think I might need to replace it soon! 

MAC eyebrow pencil in "Spiked"; L'oreal Telescopic waterproof mascara; Benefit High Speed brow gel; No7 lip pencil in "Blushing"; MAC Studio Fix concealer in NW35; Clinique Superbalanced foundation in 09 "Sand"; Sleek Oh So Special palette; Shu Uemura eyelash curlers; Sleek blusher in "Pomegranate".


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