Monday, 2 March 2015

Get Unready with Me

Whilst away for a night I thought I would share how I get un-ready after a long day and ready for bed. I share the skincare I take away with me and how I use it, hope you enjoy it!

Let me know in the comments what you take away with you.

Nailberry French Polish

During LFW I had the pleasure of meeting Sonia Hully, the owner of Nailberry at Felder Felder as Nailberry were sponsoring the nails for the show.

Nailberry is a French/British Nail brand which I haven't had a chance to try in the past but have always been attracted to as I feel it has a real understated luxury feel. The brand is also cruelty free, free of Formaldehyde and lots of other nasties.

Although at the Felder Felder show Nailberry layered two beautiful dark vampy colour I decided to try Cherry Cherie a beautiful summer orangey red as I'm more than ready for some bright colours and sunshine in my life.

I love the bottle although the brush is a tiny bit too long and although it covers the nail well I did find I needed to be careful not to let any product drip down and off the brush. The brush coated the nail well, the colour applied opaque and streak-free with two coats and dried quickly to a glossy finish. I haven't had it on for long enough to see how it wear but so far I think it might become a favourite!

The perfect summer red, now I just need some summer sunshine.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Best Beauty Buys 2015

When John Lewis asked me to try some of the products from InStyle Magazine's Best Beauty Buy's 2015 of course I said yes. They have compiled a list of 103 beauty products, voted for by 105 beauty experts.

There are some real skincare treats in the list, including the Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask which won Best Hydrating Mask and which I am most excited to try- partly because it's worth a whopping £95.50, so it must be good to be considered worth the money. Unsurprisingly Origins also won best Spot Treatment with Origins Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment which I would agree is the best and I am excited to also try the Origins No Puffery Cooling Roll-On For Puffy Eyes which won Best Eye De-Puffer. It has a metal roller ball which helps instantly cool the eye area and deflates puffy eyes.

Another product I have heard great things about but haven't yet had a chance to try is the Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector which although won Best Age-Spot Treatment apparently works wonders on acne scarring too. Also from Clinique and winner of Best For Dark Circles is the Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector which I find really does lighten the under eye area but is still very light and cooling. A product which has recently entered my wishlist and which I'm sure I will be talking about more soon is the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant which won Best Facial Exfoliator and is unlike any other I have tried, as it is a fine powder texture and has actually won this category 11 times. I haven't tried much from Organic ranges so I'm excited to give The Organics Pharmacy a try as it won Best Eco/Organic Range and starts at just £3.95.

In the Bath & Body category the winner of Best Body Oil is Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil which comes in the most beautiful bottle and can apparently be used on anything from your hair to cuticles. Winner of Best Shower Gel is Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash which I've used in the past; it has a beautiful scent and feels like very luxurious.

Winner of the Best Mascara is Lancome Hypnose Waterproof Mascara and is also one of my personal all time favourites as it adds the most perfect volume. I've been using the Guerlain Terracotta Moisturising Bronzing Powder, winner of Best Bronzer and I can really see why it won as it is non-orange and really natural looking. Winner of Best Primer is Laura Mercier Foundation Primer and although it possibly isn't my favourite it is a good one. As if to confirm that I really should try the Bare Minerals Original Foundation it won Best Mineral Base as is to be expected as it seems to be loved by everyone.

Really excited to dig in and give them all a go since they are all winners! You can find the list os 103 products in this month's Instyle Magazine's Best Beauty Buys 2015 Supplement- would love to know if you end up trying some of the products which are all currently 10% off at John Lewis.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

All Day Perfect Makeup

Although I had heard lots of people rave about the This Works In Transit Camera Close Up I wasn't expecting to fall in love with it. I'm not really a huge believer in primers and had never seen a huge difference when I wore them, until now.

Sold as a primer, moisturiser and mask in one, when I first apply it I find that it hydrates my skin beautifully just like any good moisturiser would. It absorbs quickly and although they sell it as a mask it is also very light and I use it every morning.

The best part about it, is how long my makeup lasts when I use this. Usually my foundation slips a little bit, my blusher fades and any redness starts seeping through within 6-8 hours however with this product under my foundation it lasts all day. Numerous times I have gone to touch up my makeup and found there was no need as this had locked everything in place.

It's also a great one to take away on holiday as it does so much, you could even apply it as a mask on the plane by simply applying a thicker layer than usual which I haven't tried but will be doing so soon.

A great product if you have a foundation you love but that doesn't last all day, I can no longer see my makeup routine without it. It's the best.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Restaurant review: Turtle Bay

A few weeks my boyfriend & I were invited down to try Turtle Baym a new restaurant in Walthamstow with chains also in not only in London but nationwide (Location list here). Turtle Bay is a Caribbean restaurant and since I have never tried much Caribbean food I was really looking forward to it.

When we first arrived we both ordered Cocktails,  they were really delicious and I would highly recommend checking them out. The list of starters or 'Cutters' is pretty good too; Pulled Jerk Pork, Fried Squid, Garlic Flatbread, duck rolls and more. It was quite difficult to chose but we went for Garlic 'n' Herb Flatbreat and Chilli Fried Squid, which were tasty and I loved the Caribbean twist.

For main course we had Jerk Pit Burger and Double Dipped Steak both of which were nice but not really anything very special with the burger actually being a little dry. Looking back on it I wish I had gone for something a little more traditionally Caribbean such as one of the One Pots or Jerk Chicken. The portions were all quite generous, reasonably priced and we left feeling satisfied.

Overall I think Turtle Bay serves nice food, with great cocktails and starters however you could probably find somewhere a little more authentically caribbean in London as I did feel it was very much adapted to be quite commercial (as you would expect from a chain).

Have you ever visited any of the Turtle Bay Restaurants? What is your favourite Caribbean restaurant?

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