Monday, 30 September 2013

Paris Day 1 - Montmartre & The Louvre.

After dinner at the St Pancras Grand the previous evening, and getting to Paris late at night, we then started our Paris trip in style with the beautiful Mas Amiel Rose, and three...yes...three, boxes of Charbonnel et Walker truffles, before getting some sleep ready for our busy weekend. I went to Paris back in March (see post here) with the girls from school, and so it was wonderful to be back in this beautiful city soaking up the atmosphere again!


Sunday, 29 September 2013

L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint Foundation.

I mainly use natural make-up products during the day, but when I go out I need a thicker higher-coverage foundation. I love the Bourjoir Healthy Mix; Bourjois products don't contain parabens so are better than most non-natural make-up products, and the Healthy Mix is a really good build-able full-coverage foundation. When reading the Evening Standard on my commute the other day, I saw a great review of this new L'Oreal foundation, so when I saw it on offer in Superdrug for just £6.99, I picked it up. 

I've never been so disappointed with a foundation in my life. It's dreadful. The bottle is glass, which isn't great for clumsy people like me. It's also much smaller than most other foundations - most of them are 30ml, however this one is only 20ml. It isn't very easy to get the foundation out of the bottle, you have to put your finger on the top and then tip the bottle so you get a miniscule amount of foundation on your finger...unless you slightly miss and don't cover the top enough, and the foundation pours down the side of your finger. You could use a foundation brush or sponge, but I'm not a huge fan of these, I prefer to apply with my fingers then use a buffing brush.

This style of bottle is also really unhygienic, I much prefer the airless pump style.

The foundation itself feels very silky when you apply to the skin, and it's definitely 'lighter than water' like it's so light that it does nothing and the colour seems to sink in like a moisturiser, leaving you looking as if you're not even wearing foundation. It's just like putting water on your face...except water is free and doesn't contain harmful ingredients. 

The foundation covers slight redness, but doesn't cover blemishes. I tried building it, and even with a few layers it still doesn't cover even the smallest blemishes. For me this is just too light, it doesn't cover anything and doesn't feel that nice on the skin. I much prefer creamy foundations to silky/oily ones. It also definitely needs much more than 'one drop' to cover your whole drop covered just my nose - some magazines out there who have reviewed it have definitely been telling porky pies (coughcosmopolitan)... unless they have the facial size of a newborn baby.

Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts? 
As you can probably tell...I'm not too impressed.

If you do still want to buy this product and test it out for yourself, you can get it for £9.99 on Feel Unique, with free delivery.


Saturday, 28 September 2013

Searcys St Pancras Grand.

Last weekend Ciara and I went to Paris to visit Arabella (these posts will be up in the next couple of days). Sadly the fourth in our little group, Claire, couldn't make it as she was on hols, so it was just the three of us for the weekend. We managed to get return Eurostar tickets for just £66, so decided to treat ourselves to dinner at the St Pancras Grand before checking in. I've been wanting to go for a while, and was glad that we did. It isn't too badly priced, and the food is excellent. They also do a really good value set menu, where it's only £19 for 2 courses and a glass of bubbly.

Ciara had soup of the day to start with, while I had the most beautiful breads with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The bread was perfect - crispy on the outside and really warm and soft on the inside. I'm a sucker for bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. For main I had the confit duck leg, sat on a bed of crushed potatoes and rhubarb relish, and finished with an endive salad. The duck was cooked to perfection, it was wonderfully tender and just fell off the bone. Very tasty and the rhubarb relish tasted surprisingly good! 

The food was fantastic, and the restaurant itself felt very grand, but it was quite dark as you can see in the photo above, and if you're visiting before a train journey, you might want to leave a good couple of hours just to be on the safe side. We left 2 hours but still had to rush to get our train as the service was just soooo slow! A great restaurant for if you're in the area or catching a train, but I personally wouldn't go out of my way to go back to it.

Searcy's St Pancras Grand Brasserie Champagne Bar on Urbanspoon Square Meal

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Ruski's Tavern Launch.

Tuesday night was the grand launch of Diego and Antoin's new bar and club, Ruski's Tavern in Kensington. A mix of Tsarist Russia and Soviet kitsch, and specializing in vodka and caviar, it features a gigantic bear, and a mural from the Soviet era that was lifted off a building in Russia and shipped back to England. 

So Tuesday evening my friends and I headed down, and thankfully  despite the queue, managed to get in no problem. A couple of my friends couldn't get there until later, and had to queue for over two hours before finally getting in around midnight! Wowza!

As always with Diego and Antoin, the invitations were amazing. You may remember the ones from the Bodos Schloss launch last year (funnily enough, Ruski's is right opposite Bodos!), well the Ruski's invites were even better, with a pop-up scene inside the card!

The night was filled with Moscow Mules, champagne, vodka, Russian dancers, and even break-dancers too! After a few too many drinks the cushions came off the seats and everyone got up to dance on them til the early hours of the morning. It was a great night, and I highly recommend a trip to Ruski's to experience such a unique bar and club in London. It's unlike anywhere else out there!

A bottle of champagne was brought to Antoin and Diego in a Russian Doll.

Posing with Jasiminne's Russian hat!

A Moscow Mule!
Photo taken from the wonderful Jasimmine's blog, Posh Broke & Bored.

Credit: Posh, Broke & Bored.
Stay serious....stay serious...

Juuuuust kidding! Time to partay!

Jasiminne looking totes FIERCE yah.
Jemima and I.

Jasiminne and I had great fun playing dress up with the drinks buckets...

Credit: Posh, Broke & Bored.

Credit: Posh, Broke & Bored.

Sophie throwing some mega shapes while Duncan ponders over his cupcake.

Edd may have broken a lampshade...and danced with it on his head. Sorry guys!!!

James Middleton made the boys these cupcakes to hand round to everyone. They were pretty delish...although I have to say I think Langs of London do a better one, the icing was a bit too thick on J Middy's ones. How cool is the branding on top of the cupcakes though?!

Edd loved them though...

 As did Henry...

Things started to get a little wild around 1am, when the boys downed a bottle of vodka. And as usual I got caught up in it and got poor hand was nearly broken!

Nawwww. Love them really. These two are seriously the most fun people to go out with, they just go wild and don't care what anyone thinks of you can tell from the cake round Henry's chops.

We all had a truly awesome night! Diego and Antoin, you did good.


Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Goodbye Summer.

Summer is officially over. They keep saying we'll have an 'Indian Summer' and the weather will warm up again soon...but I don't care, it really does feel ever so autumnal, and to be honest, I'm quite enjoying it. I love every season, apart from the awkward January-March months where you're just miserable from the long winter. I love the leaves turning and falling, walks in the countryside with the family, the leaves crunching beneath feet, and collecting conkers. I was in Paris last weekend, and got far too over-excited when I picked up some French conkers in the beautiful gardens of the Cercle de l'Union Interalliee.

Autumn is also a time to reflect on those brilliant summer months, and look forward to next year. It's this time of year that I start thinking about and planning next years holidays, events, parties, and endless picnics, and getting all excited about the fact Christmas will happen before all of next summer's excitements and adventures. So here's a little instagram window into my summer and a taster of what I got up to.

Summer started around April/May time when I got back from my trip to Australia. M&S had their summer cookies in store, the sun was shining, if a little chilly at times (see below photo of me in a thick coat), but generally, it was the start of summer.

I'm a bit of a car fanatic, and was very lucky to attend the Fast & Furious premiere, it was great fun, and an awesome film!

Fish and chips on the seafront!

Twister ice-lolly from the ice-cream van opposite the office

Lotte and I went to see Singin in the Rain before it closed

I love Trafalgar Square in the summer!

I went to see my bestie and god-daughter up in Wales

Another summer, another day in the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot. This year I wore a beautiful Jaegar dress that I'm completely in love with!

Polo in the Park was fun as always

This year at Henley we went to Phyllis Court Club rather than the Stewards Enclosure...we much preferred it as it was much more relaxed

Some friends and I went to Wireless Festival for the weekend, which was mindblowingly fun!

The July Bloggers Meetup was awesome, I loved meeting so many other bloggers!

Then I flew off to Greece for a week with my jelly shoes safely in my case

I got back from Greece to picnics and pimms

Dylan entertained me all usual

 It got rather hot at work in the office...

One of my closest friends from school in Australia came over to visit, so I took her to Lotte's birthday party

I then jetted off to Denmark and Sweden with my brother, where we saw the sights and I took a selfie with a polar bear.

We got home to the news my grandfather had passed away, so spent the next few weeks at home with family, but the girls did take me for cocktails one evening to take my mind off things.

 And finally, Dylan got a bow-tie and become a very dapper chap indeed.

So excited for Christmas now! If you haven't joined #OperationBlogger Christmas tag yet, please do!

Follow me on Instagram and see the full set of summer photos.

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