best-loved beauty products | september 2014

Emu Eye Cream, label.m Sea Salt Spray, bareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lip Color, Burt's Bees Lip Balm

considering i don’t really know very much about beauty i’ve found myself getting quite into blogging about it now & then, hence a new series, “best-loved beauty”, about the products i’m currently liking.


first: emu oil well moisturising eye cream. i’ve used anti-aging eye products for about 10 years (prevention is better than cure & all that) & while i haven’t yet noticed any fine lines i’ve got stubborn dark circles that no amount of sleep can shift. this cheap little pot has been part of my daily skincare regime for 6 months & i’m shocked that it’s somehow managed to noticeably fade those dreadful dark circles. a definite keeper.

label.m Sea Salt Spray, Emu Moisturising Eye Cream


next up is label.m sea salt spray*. i’m a huge salt spray fan, even more so now i’ve cut down on heat-styling. i have to admit i wasn’t blown away initially but i was just used to another brand; with this product, more is more. it makes my barnet so big that when i was recently out to dinner with friends one joked that we could steal things from the restaurant by hiding it in my hair (i swear not all the company i keep is so bad).

bareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lip Color (Courage), Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm (Hibiscus)

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as the temperature drops i’m keeping chapped lips at bay with a trusty burt’s bees tinted lip balm* (my favourite shade is ‘rose’) & i’m also enjoying bareminerals’ pretty amazing lip colour* in ‘courage'; it’s the perfect “my lips but better” shade, or #mlbb as the cool kids call it, & i love the non-drying texture of these not-quite-lipsticks-not-quite-lipglosses.

what products would you recommend right now? can anyone share any great autumnal nail colours for 2014?


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photo diary | paris when it sizzles

Montmartre, ParisNewspaper stall, Paris

when in paris i hoped i’d soak up some of that effortless cool they have going on but instead i immediately became a typical out-of-towner, squealing every time i saw something vaguely french-looking (read: everything) & buying tour eiffel keyrings from tat stalls.

when it comes to being tourist-y i’m shameless. i was also convinced i’d look trés stereotypical wandering around in my petit bateau breton top but apparently the french really do wear la mariniere (another surprise: they actually say “ooh la la!”). paris was experiencing a heatwave so a thick jersey top was a bad choice anyway in the end. even the silk shirts i’d packed for warmer days weren’t really light enough, still i can’t complain as my previous paris trips have involved rain & temperatures of -4°C.

other highlights from this trip: spotting lanvin’s alber elbaz out for a stroll, unexpectedly discovering the stunning jardin du luxembourg, exploring the cimitiere du pere lachaise (seemingly the only free & quiet thing to do in paris), visiting the café from “amélie” (even if the food was dire), & drinking not-so-cheap-cheap champagne on a bridge at sunset while waiting for the eiffel tower’s light show to begin ❤


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Planning a tripNotre Dame, ParisPlace de la Magdeliene, ParisPavement cafe, ParisThe famous La Rotonde cafe, ParisParis-Cimitiere du Pere Lachaise, ParisJardin du Luxembourg, ParisMontmartre, ParisMoulin Rouge, ParisInside the cafe from Amelie: Cafe des Deux Moulins, Montmartre, ParisSacre Coeur, Montmartre, ParisSacre Coeur gardens, Montmartre, ParisOld Paris shop "Le Bon George"Pont de la Concorde, Paris, with champange at sunsetEiffel Tower at sunset, ParisEiffel Tower light show, Paris

a paris highlight | climbing the arc de triomphe

View of the Eiffel Tower from the Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

by far one of the best things we did in paris was to climb to the top of the arc de triomphe. it was possibly even better than going up the eiffel tower, because obviously you can see the iron lady herself in all her glory just across the typically parisian slate rooftops. so dreamy. in fact i struggled to narrow down my photos despite the fact they’re all basically the same. paris, you beauty.

tip: if you’re coming from the centre of the city, ignore the advice on the arc de triomphe website which states that access to the middle of the roundabout is via the avenue de la grand armee. there is a tunnel there but there’s also one at the top of the champs elysée which is probably more convenient.

i can’t believe i was in the french sunshine just a few days ago. autumn has arrived in london & it’s been pretty dreary (& even thundery) recently. tonight involves nothing more than a toy story marathon accompanied by some simple food: marvellous. i hope your weekend is equally rock & roll!


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View of the Champs Elysee from the Arc de Triomphe, ParisMe on top of the Arc de Triomphe, ParisView of Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur from the Arc de Triomphe, ParisView of the Eiffel Tower from the Arc de Triomphe, ParisView of La Defense from the Arc de Triomphe, ParisMe on top of the Arc de Triomphe, ParisView of the Eiffel Tower from the Arc de Triomphe, Paris