Monday, September 1, 2014

The ultimate duo.

The NARS Blush Duo in Orgasm/Angelika has always been a faithful friend - a constant and ever-loved companion that has donned my cheeks on many an occasion. I got my paws on this compact with the NARS Makeup Your Mind Cheek Set a few years ago and it has always served me well, offering up the warm-toned, shimmery Orgasm (lolz) and the (almost) matte, cool-toned Angelika which are both incredible, and not only look gorgeous on their own, but also look fabulous when applied together. 

Packaged in NARS' usual sleek, black casing, the duo is incredibly compact (the same size as a NARS bronzer) Unfortunately, like the rest of the products from NARS the packaging can get a bit messy! However, we all know what we're getting when we head towards the NARS counter, and a bit of grubby packaging will definitely not keep me from reaching for this beauty. Now, this was part of a limited edition set - but fret not! Despite the fact that you can no longer get the shades together in a duo, both are part of NARS' permanent blush collection for you to swoon over. You know you want to...

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

EAT: Cantina Laredo, London

Back at the beginning of August my mum celebrated her birthday, and we treated her to a mani and pedi as well as a trip up to Central London to celebrate the day in style. Nestled amongst the bustling streets between Charing Cross, Covent Garden and Leicester Square is Cantina Laredo, a modern Mexican restaurant that offers delicious dishes, mind-boggling cocktails - literally, they're quite heavy on the tequila - and amazing home made touches. 

As designated driver, and not much of a drinker anyway, I made quite a dent in many a delicious mock-tail, my favourite being the Apple Mojito, whilst the others all divulged in the Margaritas de la Casa. The cocktails were followed by tortilla chips and delicious guacamole which was made from scratch at the table for us to see. We then enjoyed a mixture of different tapas dishes, along with some chicken fajitas, quesadillas and other Mexican culinary delights. For desert I dove into a gorgeous Caramel Flan (comó flan de huevos en España) whilst everyone else fought over Churros con Chocolate. The meal was delicious and I would really recommend paying Cantina Laredo a visit if you fancy some good Mexican food whilst wandering the streets of London. 
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bumble & Bumble Invisible Oil Line

Not long ago Bumble & Bumble decided to expand their Hairdresser's Invisible Oil  line to include a shampoo, conditioner and heat/UV protective primer to the mix. Always willing to give new haircare a go, I popped along to Boots to pick up the Travel Set so that offer up my two cents (or pence!) to you lovely people. Having dry, frizzy and slightly unmanageable hair meant that I was instantly intrigued by the product description;

"...infused with 6 featherlight oils to help soften, silken, tame, de-frizz, detangle and protect."

These are some pretty hefty claims that I simply had to investigate, so here are my findings...

Initial thoughts (after one wash):

Shampoo: Very thick consistency, quite hard to lather up and felt quite striping/dry
Conditioner: Nice enough, again thick consistency but a little didn't go a very long way. Used half the bottle with one wash, could have used more.
Primer: Smelled lovely, helped to detangle

Final opinion:

Shampoo: Really not one for me - like I said it was quite thick and hard to work with, and I found that it did the opposite of what I expected it to - my hair felt particularly stripped afterwards rather than 'nourished'. 
Conditioner: Better than the shampoo, but not by much. Again it didn't feel really nourishing or silky, my hair just felt 'alright' after using it rather than detangled or softer.
Primer: The winner of the bunch for me, but still something I'm not willing to splash the cash on in the future. It does detangle and smell really good, as well as *slightly* de-frizzing, but my £3 Dove leave-in-conditioner does the same thing, and might even do it better. I'll definitely continue to use it until it's used up, but it's nothing outstanding in my book.

Have any of you tried this new line? Did it work for you? I'd love to hear what you have to say!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blackberry Picking

Despite being located less than and hour outside of central London, my family lives in the beautiful countryside surrounded by fields and all matters of nature. It's getting to that time of year when the harvest begins; apples ripening in the garden, hay being stripped and, in the fields surrounding our house; blackberries coming into bloom. The other day, we went on a short walk to the closest patch, accompanied by our Irish Kerry Blue Terrier, Desmond, and got picking. The fruit is deliciously sweet, and along with some apples that we had gathered beforehand, we made an apple and blackberry crumple to feast on the next day - 'twas scrumptious! I took my phone along with me so I could capture a few shots of what an English summer is like if you're not familiar with it. Luckily, we go this all done before the heavens started to open over the weekend!! I know this is a different kind of post, but I hope you enjoyed it nonetheless. 

Isobel x
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

What I've been Wearing #29

I simply cannot get enough of this stuff - it's the ultimate lazy girl's cleanser (aka me) and I've been using it ever since I popped it in my basket a month or so ago. Simply get two pumps on clean hands and massage it straight onto a full face of makeup, then add a touch of water to make it a bit milkier, before using a wet flannel to wash it all off - et voila! I also use this on my eyes as it melts away any mascara or darker liner without a problem, and it doesn't leave a oily residue like you might expect. 

The only perfume I have ever finished and repurchased has made a comeback on my dressing table, and it's a fragrance that I simply cannot resist. It's a signature scent for me (very fitting when it comes to it's name) and it's a perfume I've been wearing since I was 15-16. Classic, floral and good to go all year 'round? Sounds like my kinda' deal.

I'm known for always having an array of hand creams in my collection (and often about my person!) so I know a thing or two about keeping your mitts nourished. I got this on my way to the checkout in Boots after a friend informed me of her love for it, and it was a fine purchase indeed. Nourishing, non-greasy, beautifully scented and all for less than £2? Sign me up!

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