Monthly Archives: March 2012

Burberry lipcover in Rosewood

I am currently loving my Burberry lipstick in the shade Rosewood; seriously how gorgeous is this lippy?

I discovered this lipstick because it was one of the items in my March ‘The Harrods Edition’ Glossybox.

I have to say the March Glossybox was filled with some amazing products:

  • Ojon Restorative Hair Serum
  • Clarins Extra firming body cream
  • 4ml Eau De Toilette of Fendi’s new Fandi fragrance
  • Erno Laszlo – 5 piece cream gift set

But this mini Burberry lipstick was definitely my favourite!

Isn’t this the cutest and tiniest lipstick you have ever seen? The packaging of the mini version is exactly the same as their full sized lipsticks with its polished gunmetal case and Burberry check embossed lipstick bullet.

It’s a rosy brown shade that I think would suit most skin-tones. It’s a quite a natural look but it does give a nice touch of elegant colour to your lips. The formula is ‘soft satin’ which feels very light whilst being creamy and moisturizing.  The lasting power is really good and it has a pretty satin/glossy finish to it.

Other products I used for this look: CID i-Perfect Foundation // MAC Peachykeen blush // Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder // MAC Belightful highlighter // Estee Lauder stay-in-place shadowcreme in Golden Sands // Urban Decay NAKED2 Palette (Suspect & Snakeskin) // Estee Lauder Pure color Kajal eyeliner in Pure Black // Blink+Go Mascara

What do you think of the Burberry lipcover in Rosewood? A full sized version of this lipstick retails for £23 (link) which isn’t cheap but this is a shade that is very timeless so probably worth the investment!

I always love the makeup looks as seen on the models on the Burberry runways or in their advertising campaigns so this lipstick has got me excited about trying more from their beauty collection. Do you have any Burberry beauty products that you would recommend?

Weekend brunches: St Ali & You are Here!

A couple of weekends ago a friend of mine was visiting London so we decided to catch up over one of my favourite past times; BRUNCH!

On my trusty, couldn’t live without it, iPhone I have a ‘places to eat’ note that is ever growing and is separated by brunch places, restaurants and even specific London suburbs. Yes I am a bit of a (super) organised freak like that haha ;) High on my brunch places-to-go list was the venue for our catch up; ‘St Ali’ in Farringdon.

St Ali is Australian owned and a sister branch of an esteemed coffee-focused cafe established in Melbourne 11 years ago. Most of my favourite London brunch places seem to be Antipodean owned or operated. Antipodeans are real foodies and they seem to have the formula for cafe culture down pat; creative, simple but delicious food, good coffee and friendly service!

A discreet entrance on a busy road in Farringdon leads you to a door with their name lit in light-bulbs! There was quite a large queue outside the door so I was expecting a long wait but surprisingly they dealt with the people waiting very efficiently and after about fifteen minutes we were lead upstairs to our table. The restaurant is quite large and has a really cool industrial yet warm feel to it;  there’s a huge roaster downstairs, a big coffee counter, lots of bare brick walls and gorgeous black and gold textured skull bones wallpaper! 
I ordered myself a fresh mint tea while taking a while to umm and ahh over what to order from their mouth-watering menu; it all just sounded sooo delicious! In the end I decided on the corn fritters, baby spinach, grilled halloumi, kasundi with poached eggs…..
…which was definitely the right choice! Fluffy cooked fritters, with salty haloumi, a sweet chutney and perfectly poached eggs. Nom nom. My friend ordered the baked free range eggs, roast pepper, chorizo, saffron & tomato ragu with feta which was delicious but think he definitely suffered from some food envy hehe ;)

After our meals I was craving something sweet and their toasted banana bread with date & orange jam and espresso mascarpone definitely hit the spot. It was just WOW!!

If you are ever around Farringdon (or I’d say it’s even worth making a special d-tour for) then definitely check out this great restaurant and I bet their lunch or dinner menu will be just as amazing!

St Ali
27 Clerkenwell Road
London, EC1M 5RN
Phone: 020 7253 5754

After brunch we walked further east to roam around the Columbia Road flower markets!
We bought some flowers, herbs and soaked up the sun while enjoying a cold beverage!
In a little art/print shop on Columbia Road I also felt drawn to a print by French graphic designer Sarah Boris so I decided to buy it for my place..
“Sarah’s minimalist style is presented in ‘You Are Here,’ which references the not so unfamiliar icon placed on outdoor maps. It playfully reminds the viewer of their presence and spectatorial position in front of the piece, acknowledging that they are there, if you needed reminding!!”

What I really loved about this print is that it will remind me to ‘live in the moment’. Anywhere I will have this on my walls, no matter what country or city I live in, it will allow me to focus on ‘I am here’!

♥ “The past is never there when you try to go back. It exists, but only in memory. 
To pretend otherwise is to invite a mess.” Chris Cobbs
♥ “With the past, I have nothing to do nor with the future. I live now.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
♥ Carpe Diem “Seize the day”
Sorry it’s a little late this week but still Happy Hump Day everyone. Night night xoxo

A mint jeans day!

As per my ‘Spring trend crush: Mint’ blog post; getting some mint jeans was on the top of my shopping lust-list! I finally ended up buying the perfect ones last week and couldn’t wait to wear them this weekend…

Back in February during London Fashion I popped by the Handpicked Media LFW Lounge where UK fashion retailer Warehouse were also showcasing their gorgeous Spring/Summer ’12 collection. The collection is full of pretty pastel hues, chic silhouettes, simple shapes and tropical prints.

I love this white lace cami and the beige peplum skirt! So classic and elegant.

And this where I first spotted their beautiful mint jeans!! You can get their ultra skinny mint jeans online here for £40 (link). I had also seen mint jeans in other high street shops like H&M, ZARA and River Island but the Warehouse ones started my original love affair and once I tried them on I was just sold :) They are a lovely slim fit, quite a strong not too stretchy cotton and about mid-rise waisted.

I had my parents visiting from The Netherlands this weekend and it was b-e-a-utiful weather which meant a perfect time to rock my new mint skinny jeans!

Ultra Skinny Coloured Jeans by Warehouse // White cable stitch jumper by ZARA as seen here (link) // Silver ballet flats by ZARA (last season) // Pastel/white scarf by TieRack (gift from a friend) // RayBan Aviator sunglasses by RayBan // Watch by Michael Kors // Bag by GinaTricot as seen here (link)

We spent most of Saturday walking along the Thames and soaking up the sun in Richmond Park!

The sunset over the Thames in Richmond. I had the loveliest weekend and I’m just over the moon with my mint jeans! Are you eyeing up any mint or other pastel coloured jean this summer?

My new geek-chic glasses!

Getting some new glasses, or shall we say spectacles (I like that word), has been on my to-do list for a VERY long time! Growing up I was the odd one out in my family being the only one with 20/20 vision. However it seems that my ‘old age’ caught up with me over the years because about 5 or so years ago I felt my eyesight wasn’t always that sharp anymore so I decided to get an eye-test. Turned out my perfect vision was no more and I need glasses.  I am short-sighted, bizarrely only in my right eye, which means I can’t focus on things in a distance. I don’t wear glasses all the time because I don’t need them for work but I always wear them when I am driving, going to the movies or a show or watching TV. If I don’t wear glasses I can function fine but just can’t really see things that far away clearly; like reading signs in streets and stations or for example which bus is coming towards me on the street. Because only one eye is short-sighted, when I don’t wear my glasses I find myself squinting quite a bit to focus which isn’t that great…can give me a headache…and let’s not even think about the wrinkles it’s probably giving me!

I used to have these nice glasses by Polo Ralf Lauren but about a year ago I sat on them and ever since then one of the legs was wonky and broken, which I kept re-attaching with cellotape! I knew I had to get some new glasses but could just never find some that I really liked. Another problem is that I also have quite a small head which means a lot of glasses looked to big or wide on my face! Well anywho…. I finally did it, I got some new spectacles (APPLAUSE!!)

My old glasses were a little more ‘secretary style’ but this time I chose a slightly ‘cooler’ geek chic kind of frame.

They are from Paul Smith (Pirroni 2980 Black Horn Gold)/ I really like how they have the yellow on the inside which means they are softer on your face than just straight black frames!

I think my glasses are also a little bit like the ones Zooey Deschanel wears in her TV show ‘New Girl’. Her glasses are by the uber cool brand ‘Oliver Peoples’ in a tortoiseshell colour. Have you seen ‘New Girl’ before? I am completely hooked on this show. Zooey is super ‘adorkable’ in it and I might have a developed a wee crush on the character Nick! Oh and I think the ‘douche-bag jar’ concept is brilliant!

So what do think of my new glasses? :) xoxo

Invisible Fluid ‘See No, Feel No’ Makeup

A few weeks ago I was invited to the Estée Lauder HQ’s for the exclusive world-wide launch of their latest foundation, Invisible Fluid Makeup.

Actually they are not marketing this new product as a foundation but as ‘fluid makeup’ and calling it the future of makeup with the slogan ‘See no make up, feel no make up’.

See no makeup? The liquid makeup has been advanced with their new exclusive IntuiTone™ technology. This exclusive pigment technology gives the formula the power to conceal while embracing natural undertones to influence the shade for an ideal match. So all you see is natural, radiant, perfected skin in every light.

Feel no makeup? Invisible liquid makeup is ultra-light and ultra-breathable. The formula actually contains air as part of its emulsion. For best results you need to shake the bottle before application to blend the ultra-thin formula with the entrapped micronized air particles thereby creating the lightweight, ultra-natural appearance from an airbrush application and achieving the ultimate portrayal of fresh, natural and flawless looking skin.

In addition to these unique technology benefits, long-wearing Invisible Fluid Makeup is oil-free, alcohol-free, fragrance-free and infused with skin-loving minerals.

Invisible fluid makeup is available in 16 shades and at the event they colour matched me to find the perfect shade for my complexion. My shade is 2WN2.

As soon as they applied this onto my skin I just loved the feeling. They were right, it doesn’t feel like your average foundation. It’s so light, radiant and natural looking whilst still providing me with enough coverage. I have been using this foundation now for the last few weeks and am definitely a fan!

Makeup wise I am wearing. Face: No7 Airbrush Away Primer (my current fave primer!) // MAC concealer studio finish concealer in NC20 // Estée Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup in 2WN2 // Sleek Makeup Face Contour Kit (dark shade to contour under cheekbones) // Benefit Posietint cheek/lips stain applied on my cheeks as a blush.

Because it is a lighter foundation it lets your natural skin come through providing a perfect colour match and basically giving me that ‘my skin, only better’ look! It also lasts all day and doesn’t clog any pores.

Apply on clean skin, over your daily moisturiser. Use your finger tips, stippling brush or the Estée Lauder Foundation Brush to blend the foundation, working from the centre of the face outwards. This foundation is build-able to get your desired coverage level without it looking cakey or chalky.

Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion //MAC Club eyeshadow // Estée Lauder Pure Black eyeliner (waterline and toplashline) // 2True IncrediLash Mascara

In my books MAC Club is definitely my all-time-favourite eyeshadow!! It just has the most gorgeous duo chrome finish and effortlessly creates a two-toned smokey look!! You can view a video tutorial that I did using MAC Club eyeshadow here (link)

So what do you think of the new Estée Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup…is this something you have read about and curious to try the ‘see no makeup, feel no makeup’ revolution for yourself?

Invisible Fluid Makeup is available in 16 shades, 30ml for £27 at your local Estée Lauder counter or online at (where btw they currently have a offer to receive a free sample of their concealer & lipgloss duo with any foundation purchase!)

This means war >

I pretty much enjoy watching most movies starring Reese Witherspoon and her latest film ‘This Means War’ was no exception! I recently went to see this movie and I have to say it has been a while where I actually laughed out loud in the cinema but this movie had me in a fit of giggles at some points!

What is the movie about?
“The world’s deadliest CIA operatives are inseparable partners and best friends until they fall for the same woman. Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis ever – each other.”

The two CIA agents fighting for Lauren’s (Reese Witherspoon) affection are Tuck (Tom Hardy) and FDR (Chris Fine). The story line is nothing deep and meaningful but as far as rom-com’s g; I found ‘This means war’ very enjoyable! Tom and Chris definitely both are very easy on the eye and I also think Reese is looking HOT in this movie. I mean I never doubted that Reese is a beautiful woman but to me she always looks more cute and sweet rather than sexy but in this movie I think she looks sizzling! The stylists in this movie did a great job making Reese look amazing.

I love
this bright red Versace shift dress Reese is wearing!

For her date with Tom Hardy’s
character, Lauren wore a blue, ruffled, leopard-print dress by Parker.

Have you seen ‘This means war’? If not, I definitely think it’s a lovely funny romantic comedy worth checking out at the movies or when it comes out on DVD!

And it’s mid-week again, meaning HAPPY HUMP DAY :) xoxo 

Indulgent bath time: cranberry & chocolate waffle

This Easter N-SPA has released a collection of chocolate inspired luxury bath syrups!

“N-SPA is a range of indulgent bath & body products, brought to you by Nirvana Spa. Inspired by over 20 years of spa experience, their exquisite ranges have been designed especially to treat, care for and de-stress even the busiest people. Created and used by professionals, N-spa will bring you affordably luxurious bathing products to enjoy every single day.”

N-SPA is all about making everyday bathing that bit more special. I think that with the hectic lifestyles we all lead it’s important to take some time out of each day to just stop for a moment, breathe, relax, and do something positive to nurture your mind, body and soul! 
Now what better way to do this than with a bubble bath? 
♥ Indulgent Cranberry Chocolate bath syrup!
 ♥ Indulgent Chocolate Waffle bath syrup!
This is definitely my favourite of the two. It smells just like……
YUM right?!  Oh and just incase you might get an instant craving for chocolate waffles while bathing, the bottle comes with this nifty little warning….
DO NOT EAT! ;) haha

All you need to do is drizzle these deliciously moisturizing sweet smelling bath syrups into warm running water to create a bath filled with bubbles! The bath syrups are only £4 each for a 500ml bottle and are available at ASDA stores nationwide. Alternatively buy online at the N-SPA website.

Now don’t mind me, I am off for some therapeutic ‘me’ time….candles, bubbles…ahhh  bliss! xoxo