Musings of a self-confessed beauty addict from the heart of London!

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Chanel 'Peridot' - A love that came late

This was given to me back in September for my birthday by my little brother G and his adorable girlfriend, miss A.

In fact I have a huge back-load of birthday polishes to upload, 2012 had been a good year for lacquer!

I never jumped on the Peridot bandwagon when it first came out. I wasn't into metallics at the time and somehow despite other bloggers raving about it until they were blind I couldn't see what the fuss was about.

Chanel - Peridot

Until, that is, I glazed my nail-beds with this liquid gem of a colour. It's like painting King Solomon's Mines onto your hands. The way the colour changes is so distracting that I periodically stop what I'm doing to slowly rotate my hands under the light. Sometimes peridot green, sometimes a rich golden liquefied metal.... it's a stonking colour.

Peridot in the bottle - how many colours can you spot?

Chanel Peridot

 Couple that with the fact that it's now my 'lucky' nail polish (fingers crossed I'm not jinxing myself by announcing that to the world). Good things happen when I wear this.

The formula is great, just like Black Pearl. Two coats and a topcoat and you're done.

If you don't have this then you're missing out. No photo can really do it justice, which is why I wasn't feeling the love before, but better late than never, eh?

Monday, 28 January 2013

Dior 'Prune Smoking'

I can't imagine a prune smoking, surely that would reduce it's health benefits.

Sorry, I'm totally sad, I know.

Anyway, this beautiful colour was a birthday gift from my lovely O. With my birthday being back in September it is quite shameful that I'm only posting it now, but to be fair I'd only used it on my toes so far and I would not ever, EVER inflict my feet on the internet. So once I got it on my fingers I got snap happy.

Dior - Prune Smoking

This is so chic. Undeniably so. It just oozes laid-back sophistication and implies that you do your weekly shop at Prada.

 This is essentially a blackened burgundy. It's got quite a strong brown-black base to it which keeps it original. This is a straight cream with no shimmer, my favourite kind of finish. Two coats plus top coat.

So yes, this is the colour Dior call 'Prune Smoking'.... and sniggers aside about the name,  I like it very much indeed.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Hello stranger!

Yes, you there.... HELLO!!! It's been a while and I'm very sorry for that. I cannot believe that my last appearance on Blogger was on the 10th November! I

'm so out of the loop, can you believe that I didn't even know what the new Chanel 2013 Spring collection looked like until yesterday? Yesterday! The blogging community has known since way before Christmas.

And by the way it's very nice indeed. All three eyeliners are calling to me as well as the new eye palette. 

I'm so behind.... *sobs*

Today I thought I'd kick my creative juices into flow and at the same time let you know about some products that may or may not change your life. There have been a few things over the last month or so that I've been practically idolising and it wouldn't be fair if you didn't know about them, right?


Just buy it, your skin will thank you for it. In fact Mr P thanks me for it, although he doesn't really know the reason why my skin is both silky and juicy (??) at the same time. I suppose I mean plumped up, rather than juicy, but it gives you an idea of what this gloriously golden oil does for your skin. It's part of Weleda's anti-ageing pomegranate line but just ignore the whole ageing element of it and just go for it, even if your in your twenties. The skin on our bodies is so neglected that we all need a bit of 'regeneration' in our body care.

Apply after showering and massage it into your skin. It's not one of those dry oils, it's a proper oil although it's not too heavy and sticky and I have no problem dressing right away. My skin just glows since I've been using this and it even looks firmer. Mr P thinks  I've been working out (which I have.... massaging myself is hard work).

It smells delicately fruity and clean and doesn't interfere with perfume. 100% natural. What's not to love? I bought mine at Planet Organic for £19.99 but Weleda is sold in so many places and so many countries, it shouldn't be hard to find. It's not cheap I know, but I don't believe that there are many better things you can put on your skin.

Next, LANCOME 'IN LOVE' DEWY MIST (for Spring 2013)

The product that I've been searching for my whole make-up wearing life. I love when my make-up has been on the whole day and kind of sets into my skin and becomes one with me. This spray gives me that look as soon as I put my make-up on, even if I've used powder. I hate my skin looking 'made up', somehow it lacks the radiance that I've been craving. This is radiance in a bottle. No shimmer, no cheap tricks, just a beautiful little bottle of orange blossom scented dew that kisses the skin with health. Spritz on after you make up or later on in the day to refresh make up for that youthful fresh skin you've been hankering after. I also use it before make up and it primes the skin by softening it. My only complaint is that it's limited edition and the bottle is too small. I'm using it too generously I think, but I can't help it. It's one of the most beautiful little products I've come across in a very long time and I'm going to need a back up bottle.

It's £22 (ouch!), but so worth it. Let's call it 'Princess spray'.

Following that, another Weleda PINE REVIVING BATH MILK

Warming, cooling, refreshing, relaxing, liberating! A bath of contrasts you might say. This is the only thing I've been using in my Sunday night baths for the last month. It's so restorative and leaves the bathroom smelling like it can heal you. Mr P likes it, it's pretty unisex. Nothing nasty in here, all natural goodness. You can feel like Cleopatra in a mountain forest for all of 20 minutes. Eyeliner and headress optional.

I picked this up from Planet Organic for £10.95. I reckon you can get between 6-10 baths out of it. I'm very generous so I'm nearing my final, and 6th, bath from this bottle. If you have a smaller bath or are just more restrained than me (not hard) then you can make it last longer.

Well my lovelies, I hope you'll forgive my absence and I apologise in advance for the next few months as I will be preparing for a show and my mind will be in LaLa land. Actually on that note, I've been thinking for a while that it might be interesting to write about beauty prep and make-up for stage performance, my routine and various looks and products that I employ. What do you think?

Don't forget to let me know what products have been rocking your world recently!