Thursday, 24 April 2014

My Makeup Heroes: TV edition

Hey gang, so the premise of this post is a very simple one: an ode to the ladies that rock makeup almost as gorgeous as they themselves.

This idea came about through watching an episode of The Good Wife, leading me to the first Makeup Hero of this post: the character of Alicia Florrick, played by the beautiful Julianna Margulies. Let's take a moment to swoon in silence:

To me she is the queen of the smokey eye; nobody wears it better. She looks stunning in a berry, red or brown-toned lip and THOSE. EYEBROWS. Need I say any more?

Next up is an obvious one and the reason why I have been craving red hair for so long: the incomparable Joan Harris/Holloway. I'll be honest and say that I stopped watching Mad Men a good while back, but when I did, I could barely get through an episode without wanting to lie down because Joan was giving me Attractive Person Fever (Jason Mamoa is the worst offender for my serious affliction).

Those beautiful lashes and her legendary lips are what strike you most about our Joany's makeup (let's not get on to her figure in this post), but let's give a shoutout to her luscious skin and rosy cheeks too. Just such a beauty.

Made in Chelsea's Binky is my favourite person ever for about a million reasons but up there among them is her gorgeous, slightly grungy makeup; to be fair, everyone on MIC looks stunning in my view but Binks has the edge in every sense, rocking kohl liner and clumpy lashes in a way I doubt I'll ever suit but wish I could.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Last Week Vlog

Hello again gang, this here is my vlog of the last week I had in France and a jolly lovely one it was too. I hope you enjoy it!

Anna xxx

Monday, 21 April 2014

Diptyque Do Son: My first Diptyque purchase

So this month was my last in la belle France and I took the opportunity to pack in some crafty "Treat Yo Self" style goodbye gifts for yours truly - and how could I possibly leave France without a Diptyque au revoir purchase?

My choice was the lovely Do Son Eau de Parfum and a jolly beautiful one it was - it even came with two teeny testers that I got to choose too!

Diptyque Do Son Eau de Parfum

According to Diptyque, the Do Son scent is tuberose based and their description is a rather delicious one so I thought I'd quote them directly:

Tuberose asserts itself, expressing all its sunny, hazy, creamy, indolent seductiveness. Anyone with blood in their veins will succumb to the irresistible temptation of this insolently seductive white flower. (75ml)

Rather heavenly-sounding isn't it? Scent-wise I am definitely not that mad on the smell of this in the bottle or at the first spritz, but given about ten minutes to chill on the skin it becomes this wonderful, unique, feminine gorgeousness that I have to restrain myself from showering in. It is the only perfume I've ever sprayed on myself before bed, such is my addiction for this lovely stuff.

I haven't heard this scent spoken about much online but when testing these guys out (in Galeries Lafayette, Paris Haussman, for those that are interested) I tried the names that were familiar to me and none of them were for me. The very friendly chap behind the counter suggested this one after I told him I was a floral fan, looking for something young but sophisticated (and that I was a fan of Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle). It really is lovely, lovely stuff, pretty long lasting though I've been spraying it on every hour or so just for the love of it!

Above is the very sweet pouch my choices were sent to me in; I also tried their Infused Facial Water which is definitely a luxe buy at £35 but a very nice treat to try; I also chose their Protective Moisturising Lotion which was also a decadent-to-the-point-of-eye-watering price point at a stonking £44.

They were wonderfully scented but very much out my price range, but getting to choose two samples, albeit miniature, 5 ml ones, was a nice touch. Well done Diptyque, well done.

But back to Do Son: even the back of the bottle is well thought out:

Diptyque Do Son Eau de Parfum

Just fabulous.

So it's a thumbs up from me for Do Son; I wonder what my next Diptyque purchase - hopefully in the very, very distant future - will be... Let me know if you have any recommendations!

You can buy Diptyque's Do Son Eau de Parfum for 75ml at £85.00 from their website here.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Clarisonic Review

Bonsoir gang, I hope you are doing well! In case you missed it, here is my review of my Clarisonic (only a month later than I thought it would be), I hope it is of interest to any of you considering getting one!

Anna xxx

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Living for the Weekend: Week One

It's about time I got a weekly post up on here and so this is my first post in a series all about one of my favourite things: the weekend. By the time this guy goes up I'll be in Marseilles (that sounds very exciting) but for today it's a nostalgic look back at last weekend; I do hope you will indulge me.


Saturday's face and nails

Mad but delicious French "salad" | A lush fountain! | Testing out some bendy curlers | The finished result :)
The Great British Sewing Bee really is so great | Cookie Porn | Oh God | M Dizzle in the house

A tasty breakfast | More Sewing Bee, I was in stitches, ha, ha, ha | Countin' off them days | One splendid lunch though I say so myself

And that concludes the first ever Living for the Weekend, goodbye for now!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

March Favourites

In case you missed it you beauties, here are my Marchiest of favourites, I feel free to check 'em out!
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