Hola! AAAAAAND that is about the extent of my Spanish...(except for una copa de vino blanco and, of course, grassy-ass). I am currently in Sunny Spain, sipping cocktails, enjoying the sunshine, mourning the loss of my iPhone (and subsequent Instagram withdrawal - IS EVERYONE STILL ARTFULLY AND COMPLETELY UNNECESSARILY AND RANDOMLY ADDING CANDLES/PERSONALISED NOTEBOOKS/VASES OF FLOWERS ETC IN THE BACKGROUND OF their PHOTOS!!? OH HOW I MISS THE CANDLES AND FLOWERS AND NOTEBOOKS. AND THE COFFEE CUPS- OH THE COFFE CUPS!) and becoming utterly bemused and bewildered as to how and why my boyfriend seemingly becomes more tanned and toned by the second, whilst I continue my descent into a pink and sweaty (literal) 'hot' mess. 'You look a bit pink Jen, I think you should maybe use a higher factor?' 'NO I DON'T LOOK PINK. IT'S DEFINITELY NOT PINK AND I DEFINITELY DON'T NEED A HIGHER FACTOR. SHUT UP. IT WILL GO BROWN. ANYWAY IT'S DEFINITELY NOT PINK AND IT'S DEFINITELY NOT STARTING TO GET QUITE PAINFUL.. IT'S...I'M..IT WILL...SHUT UP.' (It was pink. It's not turned brown. It is, actually, quite painful. I should have worn a higher factor). ANYWAY, I digress, I will be whacking up a few blog posts about some cheeky Duty Free purchases (yes, I went to Chanel), the lotions and potions I have been using out here and the outfits - including the most amazing bag and sandals from Zara and a ridiculously over the top hat that makes me feel like I should be in Cannes (but in all honesty probably just makes me look like a bit of a dick).
As you can see me and the brightness settings on my DSLR don't really get on very well. I tried to take a decent photo in various lights using various settings (and apparently various try-hard poses) before my anniversary dinner at Duck And Waffle last Friday night but none really came out true-to-life (I don't glow like that photo on the left -sadly - and I really, really, really hope I wasn't as orange as I look in the ones on the right...) BUT what you can clearly see is the absolutely fabulous false lashes (and my brilliant bespoke 3D brows Tracie Giles). I picked these bad boys up in a massive eBay haul for only £3.69 and absolutely adore them. They are SO easy to apply as the band is invisible, bendy and light making it super easy to work with and once on they feel completely weightless. I think they look striking and dramatic without being completely over the top....
on May 22, 2013
Last Friday I scooted over to the Strip Wax Bar & Boutique and had THE most amazing Brazilian wax in their signature, infamous - and bloody amazing - chocolate room, complete with the Sex And The City film playing in the background (specifically the bit where Miranda and Steve meet on the bridge GAAAAHHHHHHH so emosh!!). 'Is it real chocolate' I asked eagerly, and now I realise, stupidly. No, is the answer, no, they do not actually wax you with melted chocolate (forgive me, it had been a long week...). It is actually chocolate-hazelnut scented essential oil infused, skin hydrating hot wax and it is this combined with the Strip Wax Bar blend of essential oils used pre and post wax and the skill of the Strip therapists which result in a pain-free, fuzz-free, seriously smooth bikini wax. No pain, bumps, redness, soreness or 'plucked chicken' effect (ewww I know - I'm sorry for the mental image - but it really does sum up the aftermath of some bikini waxes!) here. There's no fannying around (get it? get it?) with paper pants here ladies, this is a knickers-off-knees-to-chest-affair so brace yourself for the awkwardness of discussing London housing prices with your lady bits on full display - but oh, it's so worth it...
on May 21, 2013
Following on from my Date Night Makeup post I thought I'd so a super quick post to show you two fabulous products for contouring and highlighting. After watching Gossmakeupartist's Video 'How to Highlight and Contour your face' and seeing him rave about Kett cream foundations, I immediately logged on to PAM Cosmetics and picked up the exact shades he used in the video (sheep!)...
on May 16, 2013
Yesterday was mine and the boy's two year anniversary (yay!) and he surprised me with tickets to see the absolutely hilarious and wonderfully acted 'The 39 Steps' at the magnificent Victorian style Criterion Theatre in Picadilly Circus (highly recommend by the way) and this is the makeup I used to create a fresh, radiant evening look...
Terrifying, non? Sheet face masks may not be the prettiest - but they're effective. With so much buzz surrounding them I decided to take the plunge and took advantage of a recent online sale at Dr Lewinns and picked up the High Potency Hydrogel Treatment Mask, to see for myself if these sheet masks really are all they're cracked up to be...
on May 13, 2013
After ditching the heavy duty foundations in favour of sheer tints and creams I decided my updated my blush routine needed a good old mix-up and update too. Lately I've been swapping powders for creams and adoring the resulting lit from within glow they give. I just love the natural, illuminating effect cream blushers provide - plus the buildable coverage and fool-proof application. These are the beauties I have been reaching for the most: The Cream Dream Team...
on May 10, 2013
Pro Volume Extension Professional Hair Extensions by Louise Bailey at FOUR London | Before and After Photos and Review
I've been debating hair extensions for months now, but after dabbling with them about five years ago (with disastrous results) and dreading ending up with wig-like-locks, I've been biding my time, waiting, researching, hoping to find the best of the best. My quest for the best ultimately led me to London's hair extension guru Louise Bailey and her brand Extension Professional. In awe of the before and after photos and the rave reviews I set my heart upon seeing Louise and yesterday I excitedly made my way to FOUR London in the heart of Mayfair for a set of Pro Volume Extension Professional hair extensions and, as you can see, the results are phenomenal. Louise really understood my desire for natural, healthy expensive-looking hair as it's the exact 'look' she specialises in ('Sloaney' not 'TOWIE' style!) and she is the genius behind Caroline Flack's (who I actually ended up sat next to at the Salon as Louise put the finishing touches on her new extensions before starting mine!) Ellie Goulding's and Yasmin Le Bon's hair. The pro volume extensions are so subtle and expertly applied it's achieved a breath-taking (I was literally open-mouthed when we first put together and looked at the before/after photos) yet totally undetectable, flawless transformation. I cannot stop staring at my hair, it looks like I've had a million dollar celebrity red carpet blow dry and I'm officially in love....
on May 09, 2013
Drinks at The Prince Of Wales, Relaxing at Riverside, Head To Toe in Topshop (Dress and Jacket) & Roland Mourett Sunglasses, Mint Choc Chip at Nonsuch Mansion and Sunny Sunday walks through Nonsuch Park
The boy and I took full advantage of the glorious Bank Holiday Weekend, beetling around with the windows down as we decided to sample a variety of the delights that Surrey in the Sunshine has to offer. First on our agenda was a sleepy Sunday spent idly wandering up and down the riverbanks of Kingston whilst demolishing out 99 Flake Ice Creams topped off by my very first -and certainly not my last - visit to Byron Burger (I opted for the Byron Burger and it was ah-may-zing, the boy had a skinny Roquefort and had the sense to chose the home made skin-on chips which were infinitely more delicious than mine so naturally I ended up eating half of his!).
Monday's festivities started with a stroll through the beautiful Nonsuch Park in search of home made mint chocolate chip ice cream....
on May 07, 2013
Earlier this Month I had the absolute honour of attending one of my best friends (and my very first ever!) Hen Do's at the oh-so-decadent Café de Paris, where we enjoyed the 'Wam Bam' show and Supper Club - a divine three course champagne meal accompanied by the the most fabulous, over the top, decadent and exciting Burlesque Show I've ever seen - and I've been to The Moulin Rouge! Once the delicious food and god-knows-how-much Champagne and wine had been polished off, the supper tables were whisked away, revealing a dance floor for us to dance the night away on (oh and we did, we really, really did- and then I went to McDonalds and had twenty chicken nuggets, chips and a cheeseburger - keeping it classy as always). I would highly, highly recommend Wam Bam for a Hen Do or Birthday as it's completely unique and a great evening of entertainment. I opted for my new favourite party dress, the TFNC Fit & Flare Plunge V Neck Dress (£40 - yes you can wear a bra underneath - the Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless £26 is your friend) MAC 36 Lashes (£10 night-time only lashes ladies-they are HUGE) and Lord&Berry Jumbo lipstick pencil in Mandarin (£8* such a vibrant, long-lasting, creamy lip colour - I need one in every shade!).
on May 03, 2013
on May 02, 2013
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