GREENWICH PARK IN THE SUMMER

After being cooped up in the house for a few days due to a stinking cold, I decided I needed some fresh air so went for a walk around Greenwich Park. I love living so close to the park – it’s literally on our door step – and it makes me feel incredibly lucky to be near to such a wonderful, green part of London.

Greenwich Park looks good at every time of year, but it looks particularly beautiful with the sun in shining, but then again, isn’t that the case with everywhere? The song in the video is Green Garden by Laura Mvula which I thought was very appropriate for how it was looking.

I’ve lived in Greenwich for a couple of years now and have always thought about doing a mini guide on what there is to do, the best places to go, where to eat etc. It’s a very popular place to visit if the village is anything to go by on the weekend. Let me know if this is something you’d like to see and I’ll have a think about putting it together.

PS: If you want to watch this in HD, click the video or HERE to watch it in Vimeo.

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HOLISTIC SILK EYE MASK

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As soon as I started to write this post on the Holistic Silk Eye Mask I started to think about all the ways I could justify spending this much on what is essentially an eye mask, so I’m going to do just that:

1. It’s really big. I’m some what of an expert when it comes to eye masks and sleep in one nearly every night and have found that a lot of them leave you with gaps you can see out of. The Holistic Silk Eye Mask covers most of your face meaning that not a peep of light is getting under there.

2. It smells GORGEOUS. It has lavender inside which I think is a really lovely touch. It’s not overpowering at all, just a lovely subtle scent that you get a whiff of when you put it on, and if you move about in your sleep. Heaven.

3. It’s sooo soft. It’s made from the finest silk and velvet which just feels so nice on your skin. It doesn’t pull/drag your skin if you’re moving about either which I love.

4. It’s made in Britain, by a good independent brand. As I get older, I’ve noticed that this sort of thing is becoming more important to me. Holistic Silk manufacture in the UK and sometimes India where some products are made by Tibetan refugees in the Himalayas. With this product, it’s a case of feels good, does good.

I managed to get mine for around £35(ish) as I had a 20% discount code for Cult Beauty, so it’s definitely worth keeping your eyes peeled for discount codes floating about. I really, truly, 100% rate the Holistic Silk Eye Mask and think it’s a very worthy investment if you have trouble with sleep/ like to wear an eye mask. I wouldn’t be without mine now!

If you fancy picking one up for yourself you can do so HERE.

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FORMULA X SWATCHES – POWERSOURCE & GLORIOUS

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI bloody love Formula X as a brand and think it’s such a shame we can’t get it over here in the UK. When Sephora starting shipping to the UK I got a bit excited because I was naive to think they would ship Formula X. Alas, it wasn’t to be, as you can’t ship nail polish *insert OTT dramatic sad face emoji .* So last week in Paris I picked up a few bits and pieces whilst I had chance.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst of all I picked up the amazing Formula X Nail Cleanser. I discovered this last year in New York and it’s been a permanent fixture in my nail routine ever since. You apply it to clean nails before your base coat and it helps to get rid of any surface oil on your nails, which means your base coat will stick better and your whole manicure will last longer. It really does work, hence my purchase of it a second time round. It does dry my nails out though, so I have to make sure I use plenty of cuticle oil/hand cream to make sure my nails don’t start to flake. I also really like the base coat from Formula X, the top coat, not so much.

I then picked up two shades. The first, Powersource, is a nice creamy hot coral that’s essentially summer in a bottle. The second, Glorious is a cross between a dirty lilac and pale periwinkle/cornflower blue. It’s a great spring pastel, but I think I’ll still get use out of it in the colder months too due to the slightly grey undertone. It looks a lot more blue in the picture above, I promise in real life it has a definite lilac streak to it.

Like all Formula X colours I’ve found them to last a really good while, have great colour pay off (2 coats does the job) and a lovely consistency. I’m also a big fan of the brush – it reminds me of the old thin Essie brushes that they use to have prior to going mainstream.

Ah Sephora, please come back over to the UK please?

 

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MAKEUP I’M ENJOYING USING

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis post is exactly what it says on the tin, the makeup that I’ve been enjoying using over the past few months. I don’t tend to do this type of post all too often, as I find that I have my favourites and very rarely deviate away from them. In recent months however, I’ve had a little bit of a shake up.

First up, base. My skin has been behaving itself the last few months so I’ve been skipping foundation all together. The first thing I apply is the Bare Minerals BB Primer Cream in shade Medium. In all honesty, it’s too dark for me, but it blends really well and I like the slightly orange tanned look it gives me. Next time I buy it I may take it down to the light shade, but for summer I’m loving a bit of colour. Then it’s on to concealer. I’m on my second tube of the Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Concealer. I briefly ditched it for a while whilst I had an affair with Charlotte Tilbury Magic Retoucher, but I’m back with Stroke of Light and loving it more than ever. I have terrible dark circles (genetic) and this is one of the few products I’ve found that really lightens up the whole area.

After concealer it’s quick dusting of the GOSH Primer & Mattifying Powder to set my concealer. This stuff is seriously awesome and keeps my makeup matte for most of the day. I finish my base with a sweeping of Charlotte Tilbury ‘Love Is The Drug’ Blusher. This is a relatively new acquisition that I got for my birthday and I must say, I’m loving it. It suits my fair skin and I love the ‘pop’ aspect. It’s very pigmented though, so I have to be careful not to overdo it and end up looking like a scary clown.

For eyes, there’s only one palette that I’ve been using. I am OBSESSED with the NARS Dual Intensity Palette. I know I’m late to the party, but my god, it’s bloody wonderful. I use a wet, superfine Louise Young brush to draw either the chocolate or black shade along my lash line. Then buff/smudge it in with the bronze shade. It’s honestly one of the best palettes I’ve ever had (it trumps Naked IMO, controversial, I know) and I just love that you can use it either wet or dry. When wet, the colours are just amazing, especially the deep navy colour. I should probably stop going on about it now and just do a full review at some point.

Of course my lips are finished off with a liberal coating of MAC’s Cremesheen Lipstick in shade ‘Crosswires’. My all-time favourite lipstick shade that I never bore of, although I’ve probably bored you lot with the amount I’ve gone on about it.

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A JAUNT TO PARIS

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Last week Joe whisked me off for a short break to Paris for my birthday. Both of us had been to Paris plenty of times, but never together, so it was nice to visit without the pressure of having to do everything touristy and to just mosey about as we pleased.

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We got the red eye Euro-star first thing on Thursday morning and arrived in Gare du Nord before making our way to our hotel. Usually, we stay in an air bnb apartment, but we couldn’t find anything last minute so ended up booking a hotel. It’s without a doubt the nicest hotel in Paris I’ve personally ever stayed in. It was called the Select Hotel and we picked it due to its proximity to one of my favourite areas – Saint Germain des Prés – and because it was only about £100 for the night. We were expecting your standard, run of the mill, cheap hotel, but it was a lovely boutique-feel hotel located on a beautiful square with lots of greenery and stunning water features. It was decorated with lots of exposed beams, quirky art and modern facilities and felt like it should have been much more expensive to stay there. The staff were also incredibly helpful and spoke fluent English meaning I didn’t have to use my pigeon French – trust me, a good thing! 

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After we’d checked into our hotel, we set about meandering around Saint Germain. As I’ve mentioned we weren’t really all that fussed about seeing too much of the tourist stuff, so instead we used our trip to Paris to wander the streets and eat. A lot. We did do one touristy thing, we took a boat along the river Siene which, in the sunshine, was lovely.

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I personally can’t stand the super posh, fine dining restaurants in Paris, and much prefer the bistro scene. It feels a lot less pretentious and the quality of the food is usually up there with the best. We went to La Cuisine de Philippe as it was relatively close to our hotel and I’d heard amazing things. Turns out, it’s probably one of the best meals I’ve ever had. I started with the lobster soufflé which was absolutely divine, then followed it with a beef and orange casserole main. The beef fell apart and was served up alongside some of the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had in my life (my stomach is actually rumbling as I write this). Finally, I had another soufflé for dessert (overkill perhaps, but the place specialises in soufflés so I had to try a sweet one too) and again, it was just heavenly. Undoubtedly one of my favourite ever meals, even more so because it was very reasonably priced. It cost us about 60 euros each including wine and coffee etc.

It’s worth noting that you’ll need to make a reservation if you fancy eating here (we asked our hotel to do it for us) as it’s a tiny set up with about 10 tables. Philippe, the chef, and his wife run the place on their own. Philippe was such a sweetheart and came out and introduced himself to each table. La Cuisine de Philppe is not a place if you’re after fancy fusion trends and delicate, over the top presentation. It’s a place for really good bloody food, in a laid back, friendly setting.

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Of course no trip to Paris is complete without a good raid of the pharmacies. I’ve spoken about City Pharma on here before, because it really is the best and cheapest pharmacy. I went first thing in the morning and found it to be quieter than normal. As usual the staff were great and the offers on many cult French classics were unbeatable. I picked up a LOT of stuff which if I went through in this post would surely bore you to death, so I’ll be sure to do a separate post in the next week or so.

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An obligatory trip to Sephora was also on the cards. As much as I like the size of the Sephora on the Champs-Élysées, I couldn’t stand the thought of trekking up there, so settled on the smaller, albeit still quite large Sephora’s in the Saint-Germain area. Again, I picked up a few bits so I’ll share what I bought in a post later this week.

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A short, but very sweet trip that reminded me of just why I love Paris so much.

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