I played tourist in my own city, Cambridge, this week; as well as reminiscing from a holiday to Sorrento, Italy whilst gradually welcoming the cooler autumn months after a pretty much non-existent summer… Follow me on Instagram here.
When it comes to fake tan I’ve tried them all, gradual tans, tinted moisturisers, wash off tans, overnight tans and in-shower tans but so far in my quest to finding a golden glow, there has only been one clear winner. And it’s from M&S. No joke. No sponsor. This is the Velvet Touch Luxe Oil for face and body – and it’s brilliant.
Possibly the only product with which I agree to all statements made in the bottle, it says it offers a “flawless luxe-bronze glow” and is “streak free and quick drying”. Because I’m so pale I always find fake tans to be such a chore to apply because I have to make sure I’m extremely thorough in order to cover every single inch of my ghostly white body, other wise I just look like a caramel disaster.
This tanning oil however is the easiest self tan I’ve used, the oil is really moisturising to begin with so you don’t feel like you’re dragging it across your body, which in turn means that it’s a quicker process to blend in so you’re not stood there for ages in your birthday suit scrubbing and scrubbing to get your marmite-looking tan to spread. Another point I’d like to make about this tanning oil is that it stays for DAYS. I’ve probably had a full week with this product where I haven’t needed to touch-up mid-week like most other tans (even ones that claim to last 3 weeks). In the shower, there is no evidence at all of any tan being washed off your body, a big thumbs up from somebody who like to sleep in and be ready in a small amount of time in the morning!
Even the smell isn’t as bad as others. And I really mean this. There have been other tans that I really like for instance the St Tropez Gradual Tan, but the smell really puts me off. The M&S oil really has a nice fresh scent when first applied and dries down to an almost undetectable scent.
Possibly the only downside to this product is the glass bottle. It’s quite heavy to travel with, and it doesn’t contain as much product as I’d like, it’s £12.50 for only 100ml. But that probably won’t stop me from buying it over and over until it’s cold enough to cover up for half the year. Sigh. Definitely not welcoming the colder months with open arms this year.
Dressing for Paris in the at the height of summer can prove to be difficult, starting with the scorching heat in the busiest areas of tourist-laden locations, staying cool is paramount. Cobbled streets in Paris are a feast for the eyes, but a beast for the feet – especially if, like me, you live in sandals in the summer. So staying cool, comfortable and still dressed up enough to feel nice is a formula that’s not so easy to put together. Below is a little rundown of the outfits I wore for our three-day trip.
So our third day in Paris started as the day before did, with fabulous food in a famous café, today’s was Café du Flore in the Saint Germain district. We then went on to explore a bit of Saint Germain in the only way two fashion girls know how – the shops. The H&M in Saint Germain is the best one I’ve ever been to, even better than the good ones in London, however I ended up buying a pair of leather trousers which sounds great, but I challenge any of you to try on leather trousers in 35 degree heat in a hot changing room in an upper floor of a busy H&M. It was a pull-them-up-turn-around-in-the-mirror-pull-them-down motion that took all of 3 seconds.
Today was so hot that we decided to head back to the hotel to cool down for 10 minutes before heading to the Notre Dame cathedral. Turns out the queue was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long in the hot sun to be even worth trying so we took some selfies in front of the cathedral like the little Instagram whores that we are and took a stroll around the cobbled back streets instead. Here we found the most quintessentially Parisian garden with rows of perfecting groomed trees next to a canal with iron bridges and a live band playing near a fountain. If that doesn’t scream Parisian then I don’t know what does.
After that we headed back to the hotel for our final dinner in Paris (post to come), before catching a stomach bug and flying back to London the next day… Stomach bug aside, we had such a fabulous trip, Paris is one damn beautiful city, one that I can’t ever imagine tiring of.
In my humble opinion, MAC reigns supreme when it comes to lipsticks. The sheer diversity of shades and textures can be beaten by no other brand. Lipstick is my favourite thing to put on in the morning and I shamelessly own 16 MAC lipsticks so I think I’m in a substantial position to be able to give my favourites.
1. Relentlessly Red | 2. Faux | 3. Happy-Go-Lucky | 4. Speak Louder | 5. Angel
I love lipstick and I’ll wear most shades, the only one I won’t/can’t wear is orange – it makes my skin and teeth look yellow. These are my top picks from MAC, there are so many that I love that it was so hard narrowing it down!
Relentlessly Red (Retro Matte)
The perfect vibrant retro red. My favourite deep red used to be Ruby Woo, however that has now been cast aside for Charlotte Tilbury’s Red Carpet Red. Relentlessly Red lasts alllll day with a liner and is the prefect red for summer.
This shade is more of a winter one for me, I am the palest of pale girls and this can come out quite dark on me if I haven’t fake tanned, whereas it’s too pale for my mum who has slightly more olive skin. It’s my version of the “Kylie Jenner” lip (as much as I hate to use her as a reference).
This is my favourite cool-toned bright pink, it’s more on the matte side so it lasts for ages and looks good with or without a tan, which is always a plus! I always feel like my skin looks healthier when I wear this shade, it brightens up my whole complexion.
Speak Louder (Cremesheen)
This is my go-to everyday red. It’s nicer to wear than matte lipsticks as it doesn’t dry your lips out, but it’s still long lasting, especially if you wear it with a liner.
I tried to avoid mentioning shades that I thought were too “obvious” however I can’t not mention my perfect nude, Angel. The classic shade that everyone seems to talk about, Angel is so versatile, I can use it as a nude without liner, with a darker liner underneath for more texture and with a gloss on top for some sheen. It just seems to go with every makeup look possible and is the one shade that I grab for when I don’t know what else to put on.
What are your favourite MAC lipsticks?
As I write this I am wearing a wooly cable knit jumper whilst rain pours down the windowpane in front of me. You would never know that it’s actually summer here in England…
Most bloggers tend to make their summer wish lists not long after the A/W shows in March, however winter seems to drag and drag and draaaaaaag until we get perhaps 5 minutes of sun at the end of August.
So here is a few of my favourite picks from the summer collections, even if I do have to wait for a weather/lottery miracle to happen in order for me to actually wear them.
Photo from Pinterest
Summer is the happiest season, am I right? It’s a time for relaxation, sipping fresh cocktails on a beach somewhere exotic (or in the back garden if you’re me) it’s a time for sun-tans (or sun burn), sand between your toes and no stresses (well, only about the sand in annoying and uncomfortable crevices, again, if you’re me).
This summer, I am most likely to be stuck in “boring old England” however, I am trying to make it less on the “boring” side. This summer I will be turning 21 (June 26th is a date for your diary…) so it’s a turning point of sorts. I will be a proper adult with actual adult responsibilities (if you consider not spending my whole student loan within a fortnight a responsibility…).
With a few internships in the bag for the next few months I am hoping to “pull myself together” and be a bit more normal in the run up to my third year of university, through which I will no doubt want to give up on life completely whilst simultaneously trying to make it the best it can be. An oxymoron of sorts.
Well that’s enough rambling for one day, who knows when I’ll be back for another ramble/actual decent content. But for now I’ll publish this and then get back to real work like figuring out which shade of nail polish makes my toes look ready for the summer heat that they probably won’t experience.
I feel like a whole big chunk of my life is made up of wishlists. Wishlists for clothing. Wishlists for travel. Wishlists for food. Wishlists for pretty much every aspect of life that I am yet to have. Avenue 32 asked me to create a wishlist of items I love the most on their website, so I thought that on this fine Sunday, I would bring you said list.
My student loan will be a no-show once I’ve got my hands on that Jerome Dreyfuss bag. SJP is apparently a fan and that’s enough for me. And let’s face it, there’s no need to convince me to buy anything from J Brand.
So basically, Avenue 32 is where I’ve spent the past hour wishing, however some of these items are just a bit too nice not to make that wish into a reality, right? And I pinned that Eudon Choi dress a while back (Pinterest being my main source for wishing) and now I’ve found it Avenue 32…..
On a side note, I’ve been following Ascia of The Hybrids blog for over a year now and back in February she posted this on the blog, an outfit featuring the Joshua Sanders slip-ons, and don’t they look divine?! Ascia calls them her mermaid shoes and I couldn’t think of a better name.
Well I know where my next pay check will be heading.
With such uncharacteristically gorgeous weather here in the UK over the past few days, (although as I write this I can see some angry clouds looming) I decided to go for a walk around my hometown, Cambridge, and take some photos. Whenever I’m in Cambridge I mainly head straight to Zara-H&M-Costa-Topshop-AllSaints-Boots-MAC and then probably head home (after one more peep in Zara, just one more) but this time I decided to actually stop and look around me.
I see these buildings all the time and yet I don’t actually see them. Cambridge is, in actual fact, a really beautiful place and I thought I would share some photos here.