23 September 2013

La Vie En Rose

the bluest sea I ever did see//no pooing poodles//beautiful moon in a beautiful sky
The boyf and I went on an impromptu holiday to Cannes last week. We had initially planned on going to Spain but neither of us had been to the south of France before and so decided to give it a go. We stayed in a budget hotel in the middle of town and had a right old relaxing time. 

the marina//palm obsessed//playing with flares #nofilter
Cannes wasn't as flashy as I thought it was going to be. Some parts were a bit uppity but the old town was lovely and the beach by the blvd du midi Jean Hibert was stunning. A little cove housing the most beautiful water I have seen in Europe. I could have stayed and looked at the water and the hills all day but, alas!, the boyf hates to sit still. 

antibes//man statue//reflecting ray-bans
One day we caught a train from just outside our hotel. Ten minutes later we were in sunny Antibes. We took a leisurely stroll around the massive harbour and then ventured into the old town for crepes. It was beautiful and less bustly than Cannes. We really enjoyed wandering around the cobbled streets and sitting in the park watching crazy dogs.

We went on another day trip. This time we ventured on the bus to Valbonne. We went on Friday to make the most of the vast street market. Stalls flooded every little street in the town with goods ranging from china to mushrooms and fruit to art. We adored Valbonne and would probably stay here next time we visit. The little streets were so typically French and there was fresh produce everywhere - something we struggled to find in Cannes. I even made a French feline friend. 

We had the best time in Cannes and the surrounding area. I would most definitely go back. Next time I want to explore a bit more: St Tropez, Monaco, Marseilles, and Menton. 

Have you been to Cannes or nearby? What did you think?

16 September 2013

September Wish List

Autumn is here and I am lusting after all manner of things. I seem to mainly be wanting accessories. The main reason for this is that I am trying not to buy too many new clothing pieces but rather jazz up what I already have with some seasonal accessories. It seems that this season I will be going for my usual grungy look with little hints of glamour: red lips, gold jewellery, ladylike bags etc. 

1. Mock-croc bag, £149, Reiss The boxyness, the croccyness, the little hints of gold - what's not to love. This bag has a really retro vibe to it that appeals to me. 
2. Gold heart necklace, £18, Orelia I like the delicacy of this chain. I'd wear this layered with a variety of other gold necklaces over a basic grey or black tee. 
3. Spine ring, £310, Stephen Webster How cool is this ring? Like a little rib cage for your finger. 
4. Leopard slip-ons, £39.95, Gap There's never a bad season for leopard print. These trainers have that Vans look which screams comfort. 
5. Yellow shoulder bag, £19.99, Zara I bloody love Zara. Their range of bags this season is outrageously good. Adding this to my wishlist was a complete no-brainer. 
6. Crumpled bag, Zilla I can't remember how much these bags are and I can't find them anywhere online. They are fun and would add interest to absolutley any outfit. 
7. Gold earrings, £5, Matalan I love a dangly earring. These are great for day to night. 
8. Sunglasses, £12, ASOS Too late in the year for sunglasses? NEVER!!!
9. Rucksack, £12, Primark I've been wanting a rucksack for ages. I have abused my poor Mulberry and I think it's time to give her a rest. This Primark bargain will do nicely. 
10. Lipstick in Red Door Red, £19.50, Elizabeth Arden You can never have too many red lipsticks. This looks like a nice, deep scarlet. Sexy. 

What's everyone else craving this autumn?

9 September 2013

Five Nail Polish Shades for Autumn

I've come over a bit feminine this autumn going for girly pastels rather than the usual plums, mustards and khakis. I do still love those shades for autumn but I'll be saving them for later in the year. Right now I'm going for greys, whites/creams, dusky pinks, taupes, and, as always, a mint thrown in for good measure. 

What shades will be adorning your fingers this season?

7 September 2013

The Liberace House of Crap

Why oh why do I have to work so close to H&M? This time I blame David Beckham. His 10ft face lured me in as I walked past. I managed to restrain myself from looking at the clothes and made a beeline for the make-up and jewellery. 

This gold chain was a no-brainer for me. I love a bit of gold and have been looking for a chunky chain for ages. I like that this one is a bit different from others I've seen; each link has little engrave lines making it look more delicate than some others on the market. 

The bracelet was a bit of a joke buy really. It reminded me of the gold bracelet that Joey gives Chandler in Friends. Anything that makes me smile has to be worth a fiver right? 

Other than the nail polishes and a couple of lippies I haven't really tried much H&M make-up. I steered clear of the nail polish this time (mainly because I have them all) and went for a pretty nude eyeshadow palette and two lip pens. I have wanted to try these sort of lip sticks for a while. Clinique's Chubby Sticks are top of my lip pen lust list but I thought I'd try these as a cheaper alternative. I went for Papaya Punch, a sheer peachy tone, and Million Dollar Lips, a bright but sheer red. 

Not sure what I expected for £2.99 a piece but I did think that these lip pens would've been a bit more pigmented. They feel more like a lip balm than a lipstick and have a short life on the lips as a result. 

Now that David Beckham has been removed from the H&M windows (probably by health and safety officials) I will be trying my hardest to avoid going back in. 

4 September 2013

Bubblegum Bitch

The cooler weather and shorter days are creeping in which can mean only one thing...autumn is upon us. I am sooooo excited as I frickin' love autumn. It is by far my most favouritest season. That being said, I have truly enjoyed having a summer this year. The warmth has made me feel a little bit better about not going on holiday but I am ready for the best weather ever which is bright, blinding sunshine with a chill in the air that calls for a scarf (it might not be quite that cold yet but it'll get there - I hope). 

I am excited about being able to wear autumn clothes as I am an awful summer dresser. One of the most exciting trends for me this autumn is the introduction of the colour pink as a seasonal staple. Not that I am a hugely girly-girl or anything but it makes a nice change from all the oxbloods and mustards of the past couple of years. 
This Simone Rocha coat is beautiful. If I were to shed out for a seasonal piece, it would probably be this. That spare £800 I had lying around has gone missing though so I may have to find a cheaper alternative. Zara have a pretty pale number with a similar cut to this which I may have to try on for size. 
I really love Miu Miu's AW13 collection and this bowling bag is so cute for the bubblegum look. I'm not sure on the price of this but, as with the coat, I feel it may be a little out of my league. 
Pink skirts are more wearable than the coat as they are not quite so in your face. I would balance these with a basic tee in white, black or grey and maybe a classic black court shoe. Loving the cut-out detailing around at the mo, makes these ladylike but in a fun, young way. 
As with most trends the easiest way to get on board is with a little nod on the nail. I went for pink confetti over Strawberry Ice Cream, both by Barry M. 

How are you guys feeling about pink this season? 

2 September 2013

August Beauty Buys

OK. My spending ban did not go 100% according to plan. However, in my defence, my skin decided to break out like crazy towards the end of the month and so I resorted to drastic action in an attempt to fix it. No I did not necessarily need to purchase 9 new nail polishes but what with the bad skin and everything I did need a little pick me up (or nine). The bronzer I needed as I had run out and everyone needs a new lipstick around this time of year. Right? 

Despite my flop at a total spending ban during August I'm not too disgusted with myself as I am really pleased with the majority of products and I didn't spend anything on clothes, bags, accessories etc so I still managed to save quite a bit. 
Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque £33; Control £15.00 both from Aesop
In an attempt to curb my breakouts I went for some Aesop products that I have wanted to try for a while. These seem to be the only products they have for blemishes so I decided to try the whole range! 

First up we have the chamomile masque. I have only tried this once but I really liked it. You smother it all over the face and neck and leave to harden for about 20mins. Then you rinse off with warm water. My skin actually felt better just after one use. Not so much completely cleared of blemishes just tighter pores and a healthier glow. 

Next up is the control. This is a little tube of lotion that is applied directly to blemishes to reduce redness. You can use as much as you want and can even apply over make up as it sinks in to the skin. I have used this for about a week and I cannot really see an improvement on the areas that I have used it. I'm not sure if, being all natural, it's a bit too gentle for my skin. This sounds bonkers as I have mentioned previously that I have really sensitive skin but when it comes to blemishes nothing seems to make them budge. 

Overall I'm a bit 50/50 with my Aesop goodies. I love the mask but not convinced with the little tube of Control. 
Exfoliant £17, Aveda
Aveda's Exfoliant is one of the first products I bought in August and I am not sure if it has been the route of my breakout. I have heard that products like this can make the skin worse before it gets better but I'm not sure. I think it is most likely that my darned hormones are to blame. Anyhoo, I digress. Despite thinking that this may have caused my blemishes I actually really like this product. With all natural ingredients it is gentle on my skin and smells amazing. It also makes my skin feel super clean. 

I won't go into this bunch too much as I wrote about the haul in my last post. I am loving the bronzer so much. It really suits my skin tone and doesn't look orangey at all. Will definitely be repurchasing. The lipstick is growing on me. Brutal is a lot darker than I had anticipated which is a bit disappointing. I thought more of the rich purple tone would come through once on the nail but you can barely see it once on. Nice and neutral is pretty. I think I will be doing some nail art with it soon. It's a really nice pink for this autumn. 
£4.49 each Superdrug
These were a bit of an impulse buy whilst I was waiting for my mum at Victoria station. Leave a girl waiting outside Superdrug for 45 mins and she will some out with nail polish! There was a 3for2 offer on so I went for these three summery beauties. I had been wanting to try Peppermint and Reggae Splash for ages as I am a tad obsessed with mint and peachy polishes. 

I tried the colours recently and was a little disappointed with the formula but think that my nails are more to blame! It took me three coats to get the colours looking completely streak free which is a bit excessive I feel. I like my colours opaque in two. Saying that the shine is really good and they last quite a while on the nail.

Set of four £2 Primark
No they aren't the best quality but I frickin' love these foursomes from Primark. My fave from this bunch is probably the purple actually as it is unlike anything else that I own. The other shades are cute too, especially for summer. The glitter packs a real punch as the pieces are really dense which gives a nice amount of coverage without too many coats. Overall really pleased with this little set. 

So there you go. Not even going to attempt another spending ban this month but I will certainly try and take it easy on the old purse strings. 

What have you been buying this month? Any miracle blemish treatments/products I should know about?