A Notting Hill brunch.

Top and Joni Jeans - Topshop//Blouse and Shoes - New Look//Bag - Zara//Hat - Portobello Road

A few weeks ago, me and Stu made a spontaneous outing to Notting Hill for a quick brunch. As an only recent Londoner, it's a place I'm not very well acquainted with but first impressions were pretty darn lovely. We took a stroll along the beautiful Portobello Road but with it being a Sunday, it was far from the bustling street market that its known for but there was still many a bric-a-brac and vintage shop to have a quick nosey around. With a huge craving for poached eggs, we hunted around for a bite to eat and stumbled across Toms, an uber pretty delicatessen/cafe. Toms has a pretty sophisticated menu but in a fresh and calm relaxed setting. I opted for the slow cooked duck eggs which were cooked to absolute perfection and served with some dreamy creamy mushrooms, shavings of parmesan and an incredibly tasty bacon and onion brioche *mouth fills with saliva*, whilst Stu went for poached hen eggs with avocado on sourdough. I have a feeling I'll be spending a few of my Sunday mornings there...

They're Real: The Full Lowdown.

So I raved about the new Benefit Push-Up liner before I even knew that it was Benefit, then I raved some more and now I'm about to rave again as I give the full lowdown on Benefit's full They're Real threesome as we reach just a week until the blogger hype of the moment hits the shelves. 

So I know I've spoken about this till the cows came home and then a bit more but this week the They're Real Push-Up liner stood the real test...Winged liner application whilst standing on a rickety train, can it be done? A few months ago I'd have shouted "HELL NO" but I can now officially confirm that it can with this eyeliner. The Accuflex tip on the product makes application a piece of cake and allows the liner to glide seamlessly, it's a perfect matte black and although I'll admit, things can get a little flakey around the edges at the end of long sweaty day, its staying power on the whole is very very impressive. Also, the fact its in pen form makes on commute application far less of an ordeal. 

On to the highly acclaimed original, the miss They're Real Mascara, otherwise known as the UKs No.1 Best Selling Mascara. I go through phases with this one, its definitely not the most volumising mascara in the world which doesn't always get on too well with my fine lashes but it does give crazy amounts of length. Its name is certainly apt, it separates every single lash to give that doll like flutter giving the illusion of false lashes. It's definitely in my good books at the moment, the two work together like an lash-enhancing dream.

So my major gripe with the mascara had always been how bleeding difficult it was to get off and then after my little trial period with the unbranded liner- I felt very much the same. Tugging at my eyelids is not a practice I particularly enjoy. But the Benefit gods listened and with their new liner they've brought a much-needed remover to the party. This is a cream formula that does the job a lot better than most removers, taking off the liner and eyeliner in a few quick swipes of a makeup pad however the formula is not the kindest to the skin, its pretty drying and a tad stingy. I think something with an oilier consistency with have been much friendlier, hopefully they'll look into bringing out something for the more sensitive skinned among us....

The They're Real Push-Up liner hits stores on 28 June and is available for pre-order now at Boots here. The remover can be bought exclusively at John Lewis here.

Park life.

Skirt, Jacket and Top - Topshop, Shoes - New Look.

Last Sunday, me and Meg took advantage of the glorious summer weather that has finally hit us and headed down to St James Park for some serious chill time. St James' is one of my favourite places in London with beautiful views of London, gorgeous gardens and moments away from Buckingham Palace- no complaints.  We indulged in a hefty M&S picnic (including a token abundance of Percy Pigs), had a stroll through Green Park then down the Mall to see the sites and fell victim to a spontaneous urge to visit Space NK, #sorrynotsorry. Attire of choice consisted, most notably of my new favourite item in my wardrobe, this contrast floral, jacquard skirt (or tapestry skirt as I prefer to call it). Admittedly this wasn't the most practical choice for lounging around on-grass but it does look beaut.

Nothing beats a picnic wind-down and I'm sure it will be the first of many through out the summer....

The Barn: Take Two


Last weekend a bunch of my Uni friends returned to the Suffolk coast for a second round of country walks, seaside frolics and more outrageous games of truth or dare than you'd want to imagine at one of my best friends' barn conversion. Our last trip to Dunwich was during a disgustingly damp  and dreary autumn weekend, (look at the photos and my rat-like appearance as evidence here) so it was amazing to see it in glorious sunshine and see the plush green countryside in all its glory. It was, as always so great to be reunited with the gang- these photos do nothing to portray the true lack of sophistication we brought along with us....

May Favourites

It's been a while since my last favourites post and there have been a lot of products tickling my fancy recently with a few investment purchases proving to be well worth it...

The latest addition to the Benefit Box O' Powder line-up and it's a good'un. A gorgeous rose gold that gives a subtle pinky sheen and goes with pretty much any makeup look.

They're Real Push-Up Liner*
Benefit are really bringing it this year and their new They're Real Liner Push Up liner is possibly the best of an incredible bunch of new releases. The forumla is black, matte and so long-lasting and the push-up pen is genuinely genius, making my train-ride attempts at winged liner a piece of cake. I actually already reviewed the liner as part of Elle's subscriber programme, #ElleInsider, before I knew it was Benefit so you can read my totally unbiased rave review here. The liner hits UK counters on 28 June.

Definitely late to the party with this one, after being convinced that the shades wouldn't suit me I suddenly decided that I couldn't be without this. I don't know what I was thinking before, the shades are perrrfect for Spring/Summer with the potential for so many gorgeous looks. As ever, the shadows are incredible quality; buttery, pigmented, with great staying-power. 

Essie polishes are by far my favourite, the formula has unrivalled longevity, always opaque in two coats and an incredibly thick brush which makes application so easy. Go Ginza is a gorgeous pale lilac and is feeding my pastel obsession extremely well.

Dior are the next brand to venture into the liquid lipstick department with the release of their Addict Fluid Sticks and they've done it incredibly well. Unlike any others on the market, these aren't matte but have a glossy balmy texture which is far more sumer friendly. These apply like a dream and my shade of choice; 754 'Pandore'- a vibrant coral red, is proving to be the perfect lip companion.

It took me a while to get used to it but Nars Sheer Glow has fought its way to the top of my favourite foundations list. This gives an airbrushed, satiny finish with a subtle glow that has good coverage without being cakey. Full review to follow shortly. 


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