Tuesday, 17 March 2015

High Street / Drug Store Make Up Haul

I really don't know where the time is going lately. One moment I was away flouncing about in Paris having the time of my life, then I'm back at work (luckily I like my job) and it's been busy busy busy and suddenly here we are in March and I'm preparing for my next holiday (off to Fuerteventura with my mother. Yes, my mother). 

Stupidly I had let my make up stores run low and in between work and (my new found enjoyment of) gym classes I've not had much time for nipping into my local Boots to peruse the make up aisles. Luckily, my faithful old pal, Amazon, is always there to back me up and I whacked a few of the W7 items into my cart - then hit up Tesco for the rest. 

Some of the items I've purchased before and have an existing love for but all the W7 stuff, the L'oreal mineral foundation and the lasting finish concealer from Rimmel are new additions. I've been meaning to get a mineral foundation for a while; I dabbled before and liked the effect of mineral foundations but just seem to stick to liquid ones. In truth, mineral foundations are less messy and sometimes easier to blend - perfect for morning make up applications before work.

The W7 stuff is new to me but I like the quirky packaging (even if it does appear to be the long lost sister of Benefit) and the pricing is pretty purse friendly too. Fingers crossed I 'll be impressed as I'd love to experiment and try some more of what they have to offer. 

It's all here just in time too as I'm now organising what make up I'm taking on holiday with me. It may not all make the cut this time around, but I definitely think a few of these items will be making it to the suitcase. Speaking of which, I need to go and figure how to cut down some of what I'm taking. 15kg... honestly.

Shel x

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Eating Out #3

On Saturday evening my friends and I decided to go out for a meal (shock horror) and on the recommendation from another friend, we booked in to a new-ish restaurant in Norwich - Lust and Liquour. I'd never heard of it before, but it's on St Benedicts Street in the city, which is home to a plethora of trendy and arty type bars / restaurants.

The menu is perfect for meat lovers - veggies, I'm not sure how you'd feel about the ribs, burgers etc on offer but fortunately for me, I ain't no vegetarian. We did actually order some chilli beef nachos but we virtually inhaled them, so there was no time for a picture of those (though they were extremely tasty). 

For main course (sandwiched in between the nachos and wine) I ordered the Texas Beef Tacos. They were really tasty although I did think that the beef slices could have had more seasoning / flavour. The home made coleslaw was very aptly 'lush' and I'm not usually a fan of corn on the cob, but I seriously enjoyed tucking into that corn. There were some chunky chips on the side which were just the right amount of crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside - it looks as though there is only a small amount of them but trust me when I say you'll be full and it's just the right amount.

All in all, I was one very happy (if a little over - full) gal. So what do you do after you've stuffed yourself full of Tacos? You go to the Gin Palace of course! 

The Gin Palace in Norwich is one of my favourite spots which I only found out about (also through a recommendation from a friend) a few weeks ago. It's like stepping into a time - warp... think Agatha Christie and you're there. It's very decadent and over furnished with lavish lamps and wooden, ornate furniture with a vintage soundtrack to match. 

The drinks only come as doubles (so take plenty of cash) and they have something like 150 different gins to choose from. I actually usually despise gin (but I do love tonic) but under the tutelage of the helpful bar staff, I picked the Edinburgh Raspberry gin which makes for a very fruity and refreshing drink - seriously scrumptious! If you're ever in the Norwich area, it's definitely worth a visit.

Shel x

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The New Lipstick

I fell a little bit in love with Milani after I bought their scrumptious blusher 'luminoso'. It's subtle and adds just the right hint of colour where you need it. So when I was trawling through Amazon and needed to make a purchase over £10 to get free delivery, I figured I'd rather have another lipstick than pay a delivery charge and the next thing I knew, the 'Naturally Chic' lipstick from Milani magically appeared in my shopping cart.

I was after a nude-ish colour that's easy to throw on and wear on a daily basis. My last such lipstick (one of the Bourjois shine lippies) is basically scraping the pan so I was drawn to the 'naturally' part of the name and on the website it looked a little on the paler, pinkier side. In real life it's much warmer, and has a slightly more reddish tone to it than I had ideally wanted, but it's still easy to wear and actually, it's a shade that I don't already have and it's been a welcome addition to my collection - especially when paired with my neutral browny coloured lip gloss from Ted Baker (KMI TW11 8EE). 

 Plus, it smells like water melon. If your lipstick smells like delicious fruit, then that's always going to be a bonus in my books, so long as hungry, water melon obsessed people don't try to eat your face off. It could happen.

I cannot for the life of me remember how much this was, but I'd say around the £5 mark so not bad on the price front and the packaging is quite decadent for a not-so-pricey lippie. The gold bullet and the slick 'milani' font whispered across the front of it screams class (so I don't know what the hell it's doing in my handbag) and I think it could easily pass as a higher end product. It's not too drying on the lips and the pigmentation is decent, again, especially for the price. 

Would it be terrible if I bought one in every colour?! Surely not...

Shel x
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Sunday, 8 February 2015

A Day at Disney

A trip to Paris wouldn't have been complete without a visit to Disneyland right?
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Thursday, 5 February 2015

A Tourist in Paris

So far I've shown you around some of the specific sights of Paris that I encountered on my trip there. This time I thought I'd show you more of my wanderings around and... OK who am I kidding. This is mainly a foodie post. An excuse to show you pictures of food and the occasional church or bridge that I happened across. There might even be a little big of Moulin Rouge thrown in (three words: vastly over - priced). 
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