Pink nail polish doesn’t usually suit my skin tone but I actually really like Models Own Pink Blush. I think it’s because it’s not a red toned as other pink polishes. I topped Pink Blush with Models Own Juicy Jules which is similar to the Nubar Hologram Glitter I have but the glitter particles are more obvious which I really like. I wasn’t sure about the combination at first – it looked a bit too girly with all the pink and the glitter but it ended up really growing on me I didn’t want to take it off! I got these polishes from the Models Own range at Littlewoods – they seem to have stopped selling the exact shades but they still have other pretty colours. There are actually lots of great nail products on Littlewoods.com, I am really tempted by these nail art pens!
On Friday I got back from a few nights away in Sherwood Forest Center Parcs with my family. I had been in Aberdeen for a course the week before so travelled up to Nottingham on Monday after flying down to Heathrow that morning. When I flew up to Aberdeen the weekend before I‘d left my car at the airport using the Meet & Greet service which I booked through Holiday Extras. This made it so much easier and saved lots of time as I was able to drop off and pick up my car right outside the terminal which saved the hassle of having to get a bus from the long stay car park. Unfortunately my car battery has been playing up recently and my car refused to start when I picked it up but the Meet and Greet staff were able to call someone to get it started for me! When I got to Nottingham I took the car straight to the garage so now it’s all fixed at last! Anyway, apart from the car situation I had a really lovely week. I spent a morning with my sister in the Aqua Sana spa which was as relaxing as it always is with lots of different saunas and steam rooms to try out. I also had a Decléor Ultimate Vitamin Glow facial which was amazing. My skin felt so much better afterwards and I got some tips on how to look after it. We were really lucky with the weather and were able to spend lots of time outside. One evening we all went out to Huck’s for a meal – the food was so good and we all ate way too much! Look at the size of the ice cream sundae my sister shared with my step brother – it was supposed to serve 4 to 6 people!!!
Just before Christmas I wrote about the Lanolips 101 Ointment which is the best lip balm I have ever used in my whole entire life. Lanolips have a range of lip balms perfect for summer which have a hint of colour as well as SPF 15. They are available in 5 shades: Apples, Rose, Dark Honey, Sunshine and Rhubarb. I have Apples which is quite a scary looking bright red. It actually applies a much more pinky red on your lips which I think suits me better than bright red would! You can build up the colour to make it more obvious if you want as well. I love that it feels just like a lip balm and doesn’t dry my lips out at all. It also lasts longer than I thought it would – I think I’ve managed to keep it in place for a whole morning before the colour fades. You can buy the Lanolips Lip Ointments here for £7.99 – I’d totally recommend adding these to your summer makeup collections!
Tropic Skincare is the skincare range created by Susan Ma (from The Apprentice) and is 100% natural and organic. I have been using the Organic Luxury Oil for a couple of months now and was looking forward to trying it on my hair which has been drier than usually recently. When the oil arrived I was surprised to see that it wasn’t runny but then noticed on the bottle a note saying that it can solidify when it gets cold. As it was delivered when it was snowy, I didn’t think it was unreasonable that it was solid. It is easy enough to turn it back into a liquid – just leave it in a basin of hot water for a few minutes. In the few months since I’ve had the oil, there hasn’t been a day where it hasn’t solidified which is getting really annoying and puts me off using it! Even recently when it’s been up to 24°C, it hasn’t been warm enough for the oil to stay liquid.I love the design of the bottle and the oil smells lovely and fruity. It would be such a good product if it wasn’t such an effort melting (is that the right word?) it each time I want to use it! It means that I can’t just apply a little bit to get rid of frizz before I leave the house in the morning without leaving it in hot water first. And sometimes in the evenings I am too tired to wait for it to melt to use it as more of an overnight hair mask. When I do get around to using the oil a few days running it definitely does improve the condition of my hair so I really wish it didn’t solidify all the time! It seems especially good when I use it overnight.The oil costs £25 for 100ml and I would say it is worth it if you don’t mind melting it when you want to use it, or if you live somewhere warmer where it won’t solidify all the time! The oil itself is brilliant and I barely need to use any to see an effect on my frizz!
I’ve just finished reading The Foster Husband by Pippa Wright. I’ve read a book by her before called Unsuitable Men which I quite enjoyed. This one was in the same sort of style – easy to read, fast moving with a bit of humor thrown in. I kind of wish I had saved reading this until I went on holiday as it would make the perfect book to read on the beach!
Last weekend I had the chance to visit the Intercontinental London Westminster to indulge in their Chelsea Flower Show Afternoon Tea with Laurent Perrier Rose Champagne. The menu has been inspired by the flower show and the room was decorated with gorgeous flower displays. When we arrived we were shown to our table where our waiter introduced himself and then left us with a glass of bubbly to choose our tea. There were so many to choose from including black teas, white teas, green teas, flowering teas and herbal teas. In the end we went for the White Peony described as “Delightfully refreshing, rounded and full-flavoured with sweet and fragrant notes of melon” and the Taiwan Li Shan – “Highly floral complex and refreshing with a glycerous and wonderfully creamy texture”. I wasn’t too keen on the Taiwan Li Shan but the White Peony was lovely.Once we were settled with our teas the first plates of foods arrived. The bottom layer was a selection of finger sandwiches – the beef and horseradish ones were so delicious we asked for seconds – and the middle layer was a blackberry Eccles cake and slice of fruit loaf each. The top layer was by far the most exciting and looked so pretty! Every perfectly formed cake/pastry tasted divine and looked so beautiful I just had to take photos of all of them….
1. Lavender and strawberry tart
2. Jasmine and jivara mille feuille
3. White chocolate and orange blossom shot with pistachio crumble (this was exquisite!)
4. White chocolate marshmallow teacake infused with White Peony tea
5. Raspberry macaroon
6. Violet éclair
After we had finished the cakes and pastries, a plate of freshly baked scones arrived with Devonshire clotted cream, homemade strawberry jam and lemon curd. Again, these tasted amazing! Even though we were feeling full from all the food and champagne we both managed to squeeze in two scones topped with masses of cream and jam.After another glass of champagne, we were brought the finishing touch – a glass teapot containing one mango and one raspberry mousse lollipop and a white chocolate butterfly. It was the perfect way to end a wonderful afternoon! The service was faultless and our waiter couldn’t have done more for us, explaining what was on each plate and topping up our champagne whenever it looked as though we might finish a glass! The atmosphere was relaxed, with a live harpist in the background, and even though there were lots of staff ready to help, they weren’t hovering near the tables making us feel as though we were being watched all the time. I would love to go back to the Intercontinental and would definitely recommend the afternoon tea if you are looking for something special to do.
I was looking for a bright green nail polish in Superdrug the other day but all I could find was Barry M Spring Green which wasn’t quite as bright as I was hoping for. I bought it anyway even though I knew it wasn’t quite the right colour and although I like the cute flowers I stamped on, I wasn’t a massive fan of the colour. What do you think?
Today I thought I would tell you about my new perfume, Victorinox Victoria Eau de Toilette. It smells much more flowery than the sort of scent I usually go for but also smells quite sweet – it’s a lovely combination. It is described as having freesia, plum and blackcurrant top notes, Bulgarian rose, lily of the valley and viola heart notes and cedar leaf, sandal wood, white mush and myrth base notes. It is quite a strong scent so you don’t need to apply more than a squirt or two and it lasts well throughout the day. Victorinox Victoria is from the makers of Swiss Army Knife and costs £51 for 100ml. It’s not a brand I had really heard of before but I am glad I found it!
I’ve mentioned how much I love Aldi beauty products before and this week I have been trying out some more of the range – I haven’t been disappointed! The first product is the Lacura High Balance Night Cream. I have only actually used one night cream before – the Angela Langford Rest & Regenerate Night Balm. I liked that one but it was quite heavy and took hours and hours to sink in so made me look very greasy! The Aldi version seems to have the same moisturising effect on my skin but sinks in fast so I definitely prefer this out of the two. It costs just £3.99 which is a bonus.The next two products I have tried are the Lacura Cleansing Milk and Toner. The cleanser isn’t the best one I have ever used but for 99p I think it is great and will definitely buy it again. The toner also costs just 99p. I’ve said before that I don’t really notice any effect from toners and this one if pretty much the same as every other toner I’ve tried. This is the only product I wouldn’t buy again from this batch of products.My favourite out of this batch of Aldi products is the Lacura Perfecting Primer. I haven’t used a primer before, mainly because they always seem to be expensive and whenever I have tried samples they seem to make me look shiny, even though they say they can be worn without foundation. This one is only £4.99 so I had to give it a go. I love it! Recently I have noticed I have more open pores on my cheeks than I used to have but this primer actually makes them almost disappear. It has a mattifying effect so there is no shine meaning I can use it without foundation if I am in a rush in the morning. I think the packing makes it look like a much more expensive brand than it really is.
What do you think of the Lacura range?