August Beauty Roundup

August 26, 2015

Another month has passed and it’s now time for the usual beauty roundup- with all the nice things I’ve tried and bought.

Makeup Brush Scrubbing Tool – I found this through someone’s blog (I honestly forgot where) and thought I’d give it a go. Can’t go wrong for 99p, right? It’s a great tool for cleaning your makeup brushes, all you have to do is pull it over your fingers, drop some soap on it and rub the brush hair on it. A lot easier than doing it with your hands.

Topshop Gel Liner in Ink – I had never tried liquid liner before so gave this one a go. Keep in mind that you need to apply this with a small and thin brush. Easy to apply and no smudging, which is just what the doctor ordered.

Topshop Chameleon Glow in “Shuffle The Cards” Eyeshadow – I saw this one on the makeup stand and being the magpie that I am, I had to snag it. It was the first time I ever bought a Topshop eyeshadow, by the way. It’s got a lot of glittery particles, but it’s not too pigmented, so you can wear to the office without looking like a total drag queen. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just that it doesn’t really work for the office. I used it over the Urban Decay primer and it held for almost all day and you can layer it on other colours for a more dramatic effect, if you do want to stand out a bit more. Doubles up as a facial highlighter.

Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation (*) – As always, you will see me gushing over anything by Make Up Forever. The new 4K is the latest in their range of foundations, replacing an old formula. This foundation is easy to apply and provides extremely good coverage without appearing caked. With 40 different shades to choose from, it’s easy to find a perfect match. Finish it off with the Make Up Forever HD powder.

Unite 7 Seconds Condition (*) – Brought this sample back from my visit to Blo and no I don’t want anything else. It’s just the best hair detangler I’ve ever had the opportunity to try, especially as I dye my hair – it repairs hair and locks in colour, among other things. I think I’m going to invest in a full sized bottle.

Too Faced Melted Metal (*) – I have to say that I’d never tried this brand before, but I think I like it. The colour you see above is called Tutu and makes your lips look all pink with a nice shimmery finish. It also smells rather sweet, which I think is nice. I would think of this as an upgraded gloss.

Hugo Boss for Men (*) – I got it as a gift and although it’s a fragrance for men, I find it quite refreshing. As there is no Mr in my life, I shall wear it myself, thank you very much.


Batiste New Stylist Collection (*)- We already know Batiste makes great dry shampoo but they’ve decided to take it up a notch and come up with the new Stylist range. This range includes the Frizz Tamer and the Texturizing Spray you see on the photo above. The Frizz Tamer has been invaluable over the last few days of rain (who knew it was still the Summer, right?) to help keeping my silly hair in check. For tips and ideas on how to use the products to their full potential, check out Batiste’s youtube channel.

CK One Perfume – What can I say about CK One? I walked into Superdrug one day, looking for my usual shampoos and ended up coming out with the shampoos and a bottle of CK One, that cost me only £20. They have amazing promotions every now and then, and for some reason I thought I’d buy this one as I’ve used if when I was in uni. Proust’s madeleine and all that, I guess.

Unite U Oil (*) – another little sample I brought back from Blo. A luxury argan oil that leaves your hair feeling soft and despite having silicones mixed in with a very high percentage of argan oil, it’s still fairly light. It also helps cut down on the blow dry time, so it’s especially useful on those days when you just have to fly out the door but still need to wash your hair. Instant moisture and shine in a small bottle!

Have you tried any of these? Any pressing recommendations?

Items marked (*) have been received as samples.

London, Style

Uniqlo sent me to the London Craft Beer Festival and this is what happened

August 24, 2015

Summer is the time for festivals, but sometimes it can be hard to leave the city to attend – they can get really expensive or if you’re like me, I can’t really be arsed with them. For that reason, I’d much rather go to festivals and gigs in the city, that way I can always go home and sleep in my bed and not drown in mud! I’d never been to the London Craft Beer Festival before and as I have over the years I’ve been living in England developed a taste for it. Saying no wasn’t an option. I enlisted my friend Jackie to come along and we had a great time, taking photos, tasting beer and checking out the boys.

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art, London

London – Street Art Photography Walk #LumiaStreetArt

August 21, 2015

If you’ve been following my blog for long enough or at least on social media you will have noticed how much I appreciate street art. There’s just something about it that has always fascinated me, something that started years ago when I still lived in Lisbon. It’s not like I’m an expert, but I know when something catches my eye or appeals to my sensibilities.


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Travel – If I had unlimited airmiles…

August 19, 2015

I love traveling, but the reality is that I don’t do it as often as I’d like to as there’s just so much that I can afford. I can’t complain too much, as this year I already went to Berlin, Lisbon and will be going to Norway before the year ends. But a girl can dream, so this is my definitive travel bucket list.


PicMonkey CollageAngkor Vat circa 1870 05309” by G.Garitan  /”Facade of Angkor Wat” by Henri Mouhot /”Buddhist Monk at Angkor Wat 1” by Gunawan Kartapranata.

Angkor Wat – Located in Cambodia in Southeast Asia, Angkor Wat is listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites and for good reason. This temple system is fascinating, not only because of the way it looks, which is nothing short of impressive but also because of its history. At first constructed as a place of Hindu worship and dedicated to Vishnu, it slowly became a Buddhist site after the 12th Century. I remember watching a thorough documentary years ago about this transition and what changes were made to the art and bas-reliefs, the symbology that remains from Hindu and how it mixed with Buddhism are extremely captivating. Although nowadays it’s a popular touristic destination, I would still love to see it.

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Kali Fatakeshto Arnab Dutta 2010” by Jonoikobangali / “Brown bodies” by Abhishekkolay / “Shantadurga temple” by Nkodikal

India – A country that’s been for a long time on my “to visit” list. The colours, temples and culture are intriguing. A place of contrasts but nonetheless worth visiting, as there is so much to see and learn. I would be mostly keen to visit Goa, see the Kali Puja festival dedicated to the goddess Kali as well as the world famous Khajuraho Temple and its erotic sculptures. One day I’ll make it there!

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Thakuri village near Khartuwa 2013” by Ashishlohorung / “Panorama phoksumdo lake from camp” by Carsten.nebel /”Kaligandaki ghasa” by Michał Sałaban

Nepal – The appeal of the mountain is strong with this one. One of those places that I would love to visit but will probably remain on my dream list forever – it’s the kind of holiday that you have to walk and trek and be in good physical condition to go to, if you want to get around and actually see things. Unfortunately, this is not my case and will probably have to stay on my list for a long time. This country’s landscape is beautiful and I probably sound like a broken record, but I’d like to visit the temples as well.

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San Diego Skyline Day JD111107” by JDrewes/ “San Diego Comic Con 2011 – waiting for exhibition hall to open

San Diego Comic-Con International – Having been a professional comic book colourist back in the day and still enjoying reading them from time to time, I think this is one of those things I should do at some point – mainly to go take photos of the amazing cosplayers, they are pretty sensational. Geek power!

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Jigokudani hotspring in Nagano Japan 001” by Yosemite / “Skyscrapers of Shinjuku 2009 January (revised)” by Morio / “Meiji-jingu wedding procession – P1000847” by Shinichi Sugiyama (chez_sugi) from tokyo, japan.

Japan – Sushi! Pocky! Mount Fuji! Sakura! Manga! Samurai! Geisha! Kimonos! Anime! Love motels! Chopsticks! Tokyo! Shibari! Noboyushi Araki! Etc… Need I say more?

There are plenty of other places in Europe that I’d like to visit but those can be easier to get to, as there are always cheap flights to be found. But, all other longer haul destinations always seem like a distant dream that I’d have to save for years to be able to go to. I have now registered to Avios, as I could be collecting air miles when I do my shopping – and  make one of these dream destinations come true. Try the calculator and you’ll be surprised that you can do more with Avios!

What are your impossible destinations?

*Thanks to Avios for making this post possible!


OOTD – Growing older and dressing one’s age

August 17, 2015

For a variety of reasons, I’ve been ditching a lot of the cutesy dresses and accessories that I own. The reality is, I’m getting closer to 40 and sometimes dressing like a 5-year-old feels a little bit silly and it’s getting a little bit old for me. I’d like to think that I still have my own style, but it’s been evolving and less infantilised. However, sometimes there are dresses that come along that you can’t just say no to.


Mod Dolly’s Margot dress was one such garment, as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it, although it’s short and has the obviously cute heart pockets. I’d like to think that I can still carry it well, despite being designed for much younger ladies than myself.

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