Wednesday, 31 October 2012

FOOD: These are a few of my favourite things!

I absolutely ADORE eating and think that a lovely meal out is such a nice way to catch up with people and have a generally jolly good time. The way to my heart is truly through my stomach - I still feel all warm and fuzzy thinking about a perfectly chargrilled steak that my boyfriend once cooked me on the barbeque on a warm Summer evening... Yes, well anyway! I think the evidence is clear...


Mac 'n' Cheese goodness at Bill's


Spicy fried fish and delicate sushi at a random Korean joint in New Maldon. There are tons of Korean restaurants around here and you really can't go wrong with any of them!


A mouthwatering feast of a meal at Phoenix Palace, our favourite posh Chinese.

These are all in London - What are YOUR favourite places to eat in your hometown/home city? Leave me recommendations please! If I'm ever in your part of the country/world then I'll definitely check them out :)


Friday, 26 October 2012

Superhero Underpants ft. Bjorn Borg (Oo-er)

It's so cold right now in London and I'm trying to shake off my shivers and sniffles by breaking out these bad boys from Bjorn Borg. Bright orange, blue and white with a go-faster "NL" down the side, these cute mini-shorts were an impulse summer purchase in sunny Amsterdam and I had forgotten all about them until now. Just what the doctor ordered! ;)

Thursday, 25 October 2012

REVIEW: Rimmel London Nail Polish - 030 Double Decker Red



Stranded at my boyfriend's house with a choice of two polishes and no basecoat or topcoat. I decided to go with the cheerful red rather than the more gothic No7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in Glitter Bomb (Limited edition Christmas 2011 - dark purple polish shot through with violet & magenta glitters).

It is a true, glossy, pillar-box (double decker!) bright red, although it leans a tiny bit more orange than blue. It's very flattering on my nails and is just sophisticated enough to be worn during this frosty weather. I don't know about you but I find myself putting away all my bright polishes for Winter!

The polish is fairly runny but glides easily over the nail with no streaks or uneven patches - a really nice formula. The brush is a regular sized brush but it seems to fan out slightly upon application, making it easier to achieve a full coat of polish. With regards to lasting power, I applied two quick coats and it's wearing off a bit at the tips but there are no major chips and I think that this would last amazingly with a cheeky coat of Seche Vite.

Have you been wearing dark colours on your nails recently? 
Or have you bucked the dark winter colours trend and gone fluoro orange? :)


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Sparkly 'n' slouchy knitwear ft. H&M

Picked up this sparkly, slouchy and snuggly jumper in H&M for a paltry £15 and have been wearing it non-stop. It's super warm and cosy and goes with everything! I haven't shown my face in a while so here's a picture of me enjoying my jumper :) It makes me feel all Christmassy and festive (rather than just freezing and miserable) and I would recommend it to anyone. In fact, H&M have an amazing range of affordable knitwear at the moment so if you're looking for an extra layer of warmth after majorly underestimating the weather again (it happens to the best of us) then get your shivering self into an H&M, pronto!

  What winter woollies have you all been wearing?


Saturday, 20 October 2012

Lazy weekend beauty shop ft. MUA, Sukin and MaxFactor

A few bits and bobs that I picked up whilst shopping today.

Reviews after a week of testing:

MUA Undressed eyeshadow palette

A sneaky dupe of a certain famous eyeshadow palette but only costs 4 quid (on offer at the moment for £3)! The shadows and soft and pigmented and the colours are super flattering. Definitely worth the investment as all you need for your neutral eyeshadow needs are this palette and a black eyeliner. Love this!

MaxFactor FaceFinity 3-in-1 Foundation in 55 Beige

I think I like this! Although the shade I chose is a bit dark for me, who knew I would be the lightest shade on offer? The texture is very much a liquid-to-powder formulation and it dries fairly matte but also somehow luminous. The foundation looks quite light when you blend it in at first but it oxidises a little on the skin once its all on. I think that the lasting power is fairly good, the undertones are quite pink (I find this with most MaxFactor foundations) and the coverage is medium. Overall, a nice foundation that'd suit most skin types - although those with an oily skin might add a bit of powder to combat unwanted shine!

Sukin Organic Facial Moisturiser

Yummy! Rich and emoillient with a strong scent of vanilla marshmallows (suits me). I like how this is organic as my skin is really picky and sensitive and I'd like to think that this Australian brand is being kind to my skin. I'll put in the official description too for your information:

This daily moisturiser provides fast absorbing, deeply penetrating hydration that softens and soothes skin. A lightweight cream which combines a delicate infusion of aloe vera, horsetail, nettle and burdock to soothe with skin healing rose hip, wheat germ, jojoba and avocado oil to promote healthy skin.


What beauty goodies have you picked up recently?


Friday, 5 October 2012

LOVES: Music - Food - Lifestyle - Shopping

1. MUSIC: Safe & Sound - Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars

A beautiful atmospheric song perfect for closing your eyes and relaxing to.

2. LIFESTYLE: Treasure yourself

I've been watching a lot of videos of Miranda Kerr recently and I've been inspired by her positive and calm attitude to life and by her wholesome beauty - Definitely one of my favourite models. I can't wait until I can order this book from Amazon (not in stock ATM) but it's available from the KORA website too.

In this busy day and age, it's easy to forget to just treasure yourself so take this as a reminder to keep up a healthy and nurturing attitude and to make time to refocus and renew yourself.

3. FOOD: Avocado on toast

I've been treating myself with a LOT of avocado toast - one of my favourite indulgent lunches/snacks. I roughly chop my avocado and add lemon juice, grainy mustard, salt and pepper and (optional) a bit of chopped tomato or coriander if you're feeling in a salsa sort of mood. Spread generously on buttered toast and enjoy :)

4. SHOPPING: Online!

Nothing better than the amazing choice of online shops that the internet has to offer if you're feeling too weak to browse in person. I happily took advantage of the Motel Rocks website whilst bedridden and picked up this Zena Bodycon Mini Dress in Gothic Placement Print (runs a size small)...

and these go-with-anything Donella High Waist Skinny Pants in Black (run true to size)

What have you been loving recently?