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If you ever have a few hours spare in London, get yourself up to the Sky Garden for a cocktail, or 3. Located at 20 Fenchurch Street, otherwise known as the walkie talkie building, the Sky Garden offers panoramic views of London from 35 floors up, so is definitely something to add to your London bucket list.

Visiting the Sky Garden is completely free, all you have to do is book online. However, it does tend to get fully booked up at the popular times, as you’d expect. Within the Sky Garden, there’s the Sky Pod Bar (the main part of the Sky Garden where those that have just booked to come to see the views tend to walk around), Darwin’s restaurant and apparently another bar and another restaurant that I’ve not seen. I’ve visited Darwin’s once for work. I’ll be honest and say I thought it was a little style over substance, so save your pennies and have a few drinks in the Sky Pod Bar, then go somewhere else for dinner.

With regards to the Sky Pod Bar, cocktails are around £12 and there’s a service charge too. Nothing crazy given it’s London after all, but something to keep in mind. Most recently I tried the Chelsea Garden – a lovely gin-based cocktail which was delicious and far too easy to drink.

I always say that the Sky Garden is brilliant first date territory – impressive views, good music, and delicious cocktails!

Details:

  • Address: 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 8AF
  • Transport: The nearest tube is Monument. Canon Street is the nearest train station and is about a 10-minute walk.
  • Website: http://skygarden.london/
  • Booking: Advised.

 

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I think Kevyn Aucoin might just be my new brand crush. The last time I became obsessed like this about a brand was when I discovered NARS and proceeded to buy pretty much everything from them. Recently I’ve been lucky enough to try some hero pieces from the Kevyn Aucoin range and I have to say, I’ve been very impressed with their offering.

THE SENSUAL SKIN FLUID FOUNDATION // £52 // HERE – Let’s talk about my favourite product of the bunch to start with. The Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation is a lightweight, silky soft (due to the silicones) foundation requires a good shake before you use it. It falls into the ‘serum foundation’ category and is a very fluid foundation that comes with a pipette so you can control the exact amount you need. Only a few drops are needed to cover your entire face/neck as it’s a very spreadable formula. The finish is incredibly natural – it blends into the skin seamlessly, so you can’t see it sitting on top – and leaves a lovely plump, dewiness to the skin. I find it works best when you apply it with fingers, the warmth from them seems to help it sink into your skin better. The coverage on this is buildable, but not to a point where you’d have very high coverage, this is a low to medium coverage foundation at best. However, I think that no matter how many layers you put on it would still feel weightless.

One note of caution, this is a fantastic foundation for drier/normal skin types and those that already have quite good skin. I think those with oily complexions might find it a little more difficult to pull off. On the whole, my skin is normal/a tad combination at times, but recently I went through a phase of having really quite oily skin (a whole other story). I found that it didn’t last very long at all and actually started to ‘disappear’ and look quite oily in places, so I’d definitely say to avoid if this is your skin type.

THE ESSENTIAL MASCARA // £26 // HERE – I really like this mascara, it reminds me of the Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Mascara that you can currently only get in the US. It’s one of those very natural looking mascaras. It coats each lash jet black and separates them with ease. It’s a very soft, natural, fluffy ‘mink lash’ type of effect if you get what I mean. It’s a style I personally love, but I know it won’t be to everyone’s taste. The only downside I’ve found with this is that when it’s particularly hot, it can start to smudge a bit on lower lashes. Nothing crazy, but worth mentioning none-the-less.

THE CELESTIAL POWDER ‘CANDLELIGHT’ // £35 // HERE – I RAVED about this highlighter in my May products of note post that you can find here. Essentially, this is the most beautiful highlighter I’ve come across to date. It gives the most natural looking, ‘lit from within’ (yes, I’m cringing, but it’s true) look when swept across the tops of cheeks, brow bone, cupid’s bow and center of the nose.

Have you tried anything from Kevyn Aucoin?

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Last weekend Joe, my brother Tom and I climbed the O2. I bought it as a little present to them both, Tom for his birthday and Joe for getting a new job recently. It’s always been something I wanted to do seeing as it’s so close to where we live in Greenwich, so last Saturday we headed down to North Greenwich.

You start off with a quick briefing where you’re talked through the structure of the O2, a bit about its history and shown a walk-through of the actual climb. Next you get all your gear. I’d advise against wearing a skirt/dress because of the harness you put on – not flattering and most likely you’ll flash everyone too! You also get either a boiler suit or gillet (depending on the time of year you climb), a safety chain/lock that attaches to the front of your harness and climbing shoes – bring socks! You climb the O2 in groups of around 15, with the whole experience lasting around 90 minutes.

The walk up itself is quite steep at some points (the highest incline is 30°) and if you’re scared of heights (the highest point is 52 metres) then it might be one to give a miss. The walkway is made of fabric and feels almost like a trampoline. It’s very bouncy so if someone in front of you jumps, the whole thing moves! The guide who takes you over advises against this though!

Once you reach the summit there’s an observation platform that gives amazing views of East London. We spotted the Shard, the Olympic Park, the Thames Barrier, Maritime Greenwich, as well as brilliant views of Canary Wharf too.

I loved our climb up the O2 would really recommend it – definitely one to add to your London bucket list! They also do a sunset climb and twilight climb too, both of which sound amazing!

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A short, but sweet post today to tell you about a fantastically brilliant and affordable afternoon tea I recently discovered. Last weekend Joe & I visited The Fan Museum to enjoy afternoon tea at their quaint Orangery. On the edge of Greenwich Park, it’s an unassuming little spot, but as you walk down the steps to the Orangery you’re greeted with a bright and airy room with beautiful hand painted flowers adorning the walls.

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The afternoon itself was cheap and cheerful. At just £8 per person, it’s easily one of the most affordable afternoon tea’s in London. For £8 you got a pot of either tea or coffee, a huge slice of Victoria sponge, scones with clotted cream and jam, then the choice of either a lemon drizzle cake or chocolate brownie. Everything was delicious and considering how close we were to the hustle of bustle of central Greenwich, it was lovely and peaceful.

It’s worth noting that in order to enjoy afternoon tea in the orangery you need to but entrance to the fan museum too. It’s only £4 and it well worth having a look at some of the ornate fans on show.

Well worth a visit if you’re ever having a day trip to Greenwich!

Details:

  • The Fan Museum: https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/orangery
  • Address: Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8ER
  • Reservations: 020 8305 1441 / info@thefanmuseum.org.uk
  • Price Per Person: £12 including entrance the museum

PS: Scon or scone?

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You might have noticed around these parts that there’s been a distinct lack of beauty posts recently. This is for a few reasons. As some of you may know, I’m a PR Manager for a skincare brand, so I spend all day talking beauty, which I LOVE, but when it comes to getting home and writing about beauty some more, well, I’ve found myself yearning to write about something a bit different, which is why there has been a few more lifestyle posts dotted about.

Second reason is that I’ve been pretty happy with the products I’ve been using. I’ve also massively cut down as part of my New Year’s resolution to buy less, and to only replace what I actually need (the exception is the US Sephora haul from last month, because, Sephora). Anyway, I feel like I’ve got enough new discoveries to talk about to jumble them into a little post, a May favourites if you will.

Antipodes Grace Cleanser* (£24.99/HERE) – What a lovely little cleanser. I’ve only ever used the Manuka Honey Mask by Antipodes in the past, which I absolutely loved, so I was keen to try their cream cleanser. I don’t know about you, but in the hotter months, I like to switch up my cleansers in favour of clay, cream or gel-based cleansers as they’re much lighter in texture. The Antipodes Grace Cleanser is a fantastic example of a beautiful cream cleanser. It’s brimming with skin loving ingredients and after rinsing (unheard of for me) it leaves no residue, just lovely comfortable skin. I’ve been reaching for it in the mornings and have been utterly loving it.

The White Company Super-Hydrating Hydra-Gel (£25.00/HERE) – If I didn’t already love The White Company enough already, they’ve now brought out a spa range which is TO DIE FOR. This Hydra-Gel smells so ridiculously gorgeous. It’s very spa-like, with its essential oils, but it’s the texture that makes me want to write about it. Put simply, it’s divine. The light gel texture is hydrating and sinks into the skin with ease. Great for when you don’t want to hang around waiting for a moisturiser to dry.

Louise Young Blush ‘Room43’ (£14.00/HERE) – I generally adore Louise Young products, but this soft rose blush in shade ‘Room43’ is stunning. In fact, I *think* that this might be my favourite ever blush. It’s the perfect everyday shade and seems to suit my fair complexion really well. I also love that there’s a slight pearliness to it. If you’re new to Louise Young products, start with her incredible brushes first. You won’t be disappointed.

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder ‘Candlelight’ (£35.00/HERE) – This was my first introduction into Kevyn Aucoin’s fantastic, well-thought out range. Yes, it’s £35.00 for a highlighter, but you know what? I’m going be buying this again and again. I hate to sound all cliché, but it really does make you look like you’re ‘lit from within’. *Cringing hard right now* It’s so natural and gives you a subtle, natural glow. 10/10.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ‘Berlin’ £14.00(ish)/HERE) – There’s a reason this stuff has over 6,500 reviews and 450K loves on Sephora’s website. Believe the hype! Yes, they’re slightly drying, but aren’t all liquid lipsticks? The staying power of the Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick is like nothing I’ve ever tried. LOVE.

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