Monday, 1 September 2014

How is it that even when I only have 15 minutes free time in Paris I still manage to spend a small fortune in Sephora? That officially makes me a beauty nut right? I think so.

There are a few things on my Sephora list that I repurchase every time I go. The 4-way nail buffers are the best I've tried because they are rough enough to get the job done but feel soft on the nails at the same time. Also for nails I chose just one (wasn't I well behaved?) Formula X polish as they don't ship these to the UK. I went for an easy to wear, greige shade called "Virtuoso". I had to pick up another Make Up For Ever Full Cover concealer as I'm nearly out of mine and it's one of my all-time favourites for covering blemishes. 

I also wanted to pick up another Sephora Lip Cream after completely falling in love with my red one. The formula is ridiculously long lasting and matte, so I picked up one in "Strawberry Kissed" which is a matte, bright pinky red. Finally, my splurge, the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Ro(Cocoa). It's a super soft eyeliner in the most gorgeous bronze shade. You know when you just know you're going to love a product. 

So that's what I picked up on my recent trip to Sephora. It's such a shame that the European ones are missing so many of the amazing American brands but hopefully next year I'll be able to visit the mothership and go wild!  

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

I spent the first part of this month on holiday so when it came to writing up a list of favourites, apart from swimming pools and lilos, my list was pretty empty. So I decided to change up my favourite this month and add in some other categories as well as beauty. 

There's a mix including music, London restaurants and home. Enjoy! 
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Seeing as I am a self-confessed nail polish addict with an edited down collection of 135 polishes, it's surprising that until now I'd never tried any from Dior. I think it's because I've always been so content with low end polishes that I never felt the need to see what the super high end brands had to offer for nails. 

I'm happy I did though. There's definitely something different in the way that this polish applies and sits on the nails compared to even the gel textured budget polishes. The perfectly shaped brush meant I could easily paint the nails without messing up and after one coat the paint looked super glossy and opaque. I applied two coats for the sake of it but it really didn't need it. I think it's the gloss that really wowed me and made me see the difference in the quality of the polish. 

The shade Massaï is a sophisticated, deep red that'll be gorgeous in the Autumn. I always thought Dior nail polish bottles were a bit too small but I actually found it really easy to hold and it's kinda cute! 

I'm impressed. Damn... Now I'll have to check out the other shades. 
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Saturday, 30 August 2014

I needed some shoes that weren't sandals, weren't boots but were somewhere in between without being uncomfortable, rubbing pumps. I found these black faux leather lace ups in Topshop and they're perfect! With rolled up black jeans they still look smart but they're flat and easy to run around London in. They were also a bargain at £22!

Exciting news! Anna and I are going to be back in Paris for the weekend next week! Our boys are doing charity bike rides from London to Paris in 24hours. They won't get there until the Sunday so we're going to do a meetup on Saturday 6th to hopefully meet some of you guys! We haven't quite decided where would be the best place to do it (if you have any suggestions, please let us know!), but to keep updated with our plans you can follow the #lilyannaparis hashtag on Twitter. 

Whilst browsing one of my favourite London high streets I came across this patisserie on Marylebone High Street. La Patisserie des Reves is impossible to miss, it's pink and looks like an art gallery inside. Each homemade, perfect dessert is displayed under a glass dome and when you know what you want (it's impossible to decide) you order at the desk where it's likely a pretty French girl will be waiting for you. It is quite pricey but you won't be disappointed by Philippe Conticini's creations - they're delicious! Definitely worth a try next time you're in the Bond Street/Selfridges area.
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Friday, 29 August 2014

When this tiny 30ml tube landed on my desk I didn't really make much of it, but the simplistic packaging was deceiving because the product inside really did wow me. 

The idea of the Kiehl's Micro-Blur Skin Perfector is to refine the skin's texture and minimise the appearance of pores. Now, to be honest, I don't have very visible pores at the moment but what this product does to the texture of the skin is something that any makeup wearer can benefit from. The formula contains lipo hydroxy acid as well as bark and lentil extracts. 

A small amount of the beige tinted lotion smoothes over the skin easily and dries very quickly. After just using a small amount you're left with a smoother texture and primed skin ready for makeup. 

It's a really nice product and for £23 it would be worth using instead of a primer, especially if you have uneven skin texture. 

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