My Summer Bag!

Hi Everybody,

Like most women I do love a handbag! I spotted this 100% linen handmade crossbody bag on Etsy. There is always something special about people who can create one-off  handmade bags which are full of individuality and made with love. It’s great that you can buy something different from the mass-produced bags you buy from the high street or the internet.

This one is embroidered with silk flowers with a lovely combination of colours. The inside is spacious, you can’t fit in everything but you can fit in quite a bit. This is a bag for someone who, like me, loves flowers. You can almost feel you are wearing a bouquet! It went with everything, jeans, dresses and I always had people asking me about it and complementing me about the bag.

Please visit for the site to have a look at the different bag on offer.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/INOKBoutique?ref=search_shop_redirect

Rxx

 

 

 

On My Nails – Soigne ‘Peche’.

 

Hello Everybody,

Summer is still here so we must advantage of it before it leaves us! So you still need bright vibrant colours.

I looked through my collection for a bright, vibrant colour and I choose Soigne ‘Peche’. Soigné are a french company and the word Soigne translates ‘to take care of’ in English. This is a beautiful, vibrant pastel orange colour.  I have been impressed by the Soigne collection. The formulas are excellent and the brushes are good. The packaging is classy  and elegant too, typical French!

I used Sally Hansen Double Duty base and top coat before I applied 2 coats of this peach nail vanish. It did last 5 days without chipping and only on the seventh day I did need to re-fresh the nails by repainting them. Soigne nails colours are vegan friendly, free of animal testing, no harmful carcinogens and up to 85% of plant-sourced, natural ingredients.

Rxx

 

 

 

 

 

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion Exhibition at the V&A.

 

Hi everybody,

The V&A in London has had several exhibitions on fashion and fashion designers recently and I was able to go to their latest show. This retrospective covers the career and work of the great Cristobal Balenciaga. The exhibition covers the spectrum of his design and how his work has influenced other designers. The show on the ground floor looks at his work and the upstairs part showcases the work of the other designers who have been inspired by him. It is important to note that Balenciaga is notable as one of the few couturiers in fashion who could use their own hands to design, cut, and sew! He was a truly talented man and this excellent show really shows off his unique ability.

Born in 1895, he trained as tailor  and he set up his own fashion house in 1919 aged just 26.  Although he was very successful, the Spanish Civil War led him to leave and set up his couture house in Paris in 1937. It was here that his true vision and inventiveness in the post-second war 1950s become evident. He transformed the silhouette, broadening the shoulders and removing the waist. His period of the 1950s and 1960 are masterpieces of fashion, truly inventive for their time and modern even today.

This is a wonderful exhibition that brings the importance of his work and influences to a wider audience.  Christian Dior called him “the master of us all”. Coco Chanel said of him that he was”the only couturier in the truest sense of the word” and “The others are simply fashion designers”.  Nothing more can be added from me!

The show is on to the 18th February 2018 at the V&A.

Rxx

 

 

 

July Favourites!

Hi Everybody,

A wet day here in on the south coast of England, I want summer back!

Here my July favourites, not very much as I am using the same products.

SKINCARE/BODYCARE

Pixi+ Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse has been used, enjoyed and my skin has been cleansed very well by it. It removed my makeup very well and I had no breakouts from it. My skin didn’t dry out and my only gripe is that I wish it was in a bigger container, 50ml per product is simply not enough!

Time Bomb ‘Take-off Time Cleansing Cream’ has been my second cleanse choice. It has very fine grittiness to it so it is an excellent exfolitator and to slough off the dead cells without damaging the skin.  A really good product and great value when you can buy 125ml for £16.00. Recommended.

Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Eye Balm has been my daytime eye cream recently. It hydrates and moisturizers the eye area without irritating them. It reduces the appearance of the signs of aging ( I hope in time it works for me!). I had a small pot of it and it has lasted a long time as you only need the tiniest of amounts. Lovely stuff!

Estee Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Cream has been a wonderful day cream to use ( for normal/combination skin)It’s been perfect for me. No breakouts and it has really hydrated my skin. I applied make up on top and it didn’t slip. It has SPF and is also non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog your pores. It feels great on the skin.

I had to try Sanctuary Wet Skin Moisture Miracle when I saw it in Boots. You apply it onto wet skin after showering and rub in the lightweight creamy texture on to the body and then dry as normal. The skin feels so smooth, soft and hydrated and the scent is beautiful as well. No stickiness either which is even better. I am very impressed and great for people who are busy and don’t have time to have a beauty routine.

Being by Sanctuary Spa Chilli Mango  & Tonka Bean Body Scrub feels edible as the smell is so amazing! You must seek it out and just smell it. It is a sugar scrub so great for exfolitating the body and it gives a nice kick of warm spicy feel to the skin when you rub it in. The skin feels so soft and there is a subtle fragrance to it. I really like it!

ACCESSORIES

I do love a tote bag and I have been using my & Other Stories ‘Lip’ Bag a lot. It is a colourful summer bag for fans for lipsticks! You have two options, either the handles or the shoulder strap which I like.

Anya Hindmarch Leather/Nylon Jewellery Travel Case has been a useful companion when travelling.  It has two compartments and  three separate zip-fastening pockets for necklaces, bracelets and rings and a small panel for earrings. I also use it as my daily storage for my jewellery. A really nice, compact well-made accessory.

Rxx

Mary Greenwell ‘Plum’ EDP.

Hi Everybody,

We all know that Mary Greenwell is one of the great make up artists and of course she loves perfume!

Plum was created in 2010 with Francois Robert and was her first scent on the market. I have reviewed my first Mary Greenwell perfume, Cherry which my husband bought as a wedding anniversary present. My mum share a love for Mary’s perfumes. We both have the same fragrances: Cherry and Plum. Mum also has Lemon in her collection.

The perfume share the same bottle design. Clean, elegant and classic. The metal top is so heavy, I think it could work as a paperweight or door stop! I love it. The packaging is of nice quality. No flimsy boxes here. Other markers should take note..

The opening notes is citrus, bergamot and lemon are there. A sweet touch of peach and a hint of blackcurrant and plum in the background. Don’t think it is just another citrus /fruity perfume. The middle notes is white floral with  jasmine, gardenia and tuberose in abundance. This lovely scent is heightened by the warmness of amber and sandalwood. The hint of patchouli, musk and moss give depth to the perfume.

It is a beautiful perfume in my view. It is an individual perfume. It is not an old fashioned scent, it is an classic exotic, sexy perfume for all women.

Rxx

 

Gatineau Skincare!

Hi Everybody,

The French really do know how to make skincare. Is there a country that has so many skincare brands producing such high-quality  skincare products? We are now blessed that availability is easier in the UK than ever before. It used be specialist shops/salons but now Boots and online sellers have wide ranges of French skincare to try.

I have never tried Gatineau products before but I took advantage of an offer on the UK website. Instead of buying one or two products,  I decided to buy one of the gift sets as they have a wider range of products.

The first product is the Eye Make Up Remover.  It is a lightweight, non-oily eye make up remover. It feels like a micellar water but with an acetone smell, similar to a nail polish remover! It is quite strong. My eyes did become quite watery but it removed mascara and make up very well. I don’t think I will purchase it again because of the smell!

The Melatogenine Refreshing Cleansing Cream is a creamy consistency cleansing cream to remove impurities and make up. After use the skin felt so squeaky clean and refreshed. The skin did feel a bit tight but that’s because of the anti-aging ingredients.

The Peeling Expert Radiance Enhancing Gommage is my favourite. You do have to read the instructions carefully to benefit from it. You massage onto dry skin for 1-2 minutes and it feels like you are applying honey into your face!  It feels sticky and difficult to massage into the skin. It will eventually turn into a liquid as you massage it into the skin.  You then remove it with the Gatineau cloth. It’s worth the effort as my skin felt radiant, glowing and fresh. The vitamin C, AHA and the pearlescent orange gel with enzymes are the reason why it works.

The Melatogenine Futur Plus Anti-Wrinkle Radiant Mask is another creamy consistency mask. It gives a fresh and radiant feel to the skin while helping to fight these pesky wrinkles! Ten minutes is all your skin needs with this mask then rinse with warm water. My skin looked nice and radiant, really impressed with this mask.

The Melatogenine AOX Probiotics Plus Advanced Rejuvenating Cream is a rich face cream that boosts skin’s elasticity and restores an even and glowing complexion. Anyone from age 30 upwards should use this cream. You need to warm it between your fingers and massage it into your face. I found it a bit rich for my skin, probably perfect for the winter time.

Overall, they are really great quality products and although expensive the quality of the ingredients and the technology behind them is worth the extra you pay. I don’t believe you should skimp on quality skincare and Gatineau are among the best.

I now look forward to trying the other great French makers of skincare…

Rxx

 

 

 

On My Nails – ‘ Fishscale Nail Art’.

 

 

Hi Everybody,

I thought I would experiment with a nautical theme nail design. I bought some thin netting from a fabric shop as I had an idea to use it for a design.

I painted base coat first with Sally Hansen’s Double Duty Base & Top Coat. I then used Barry M white nail polish and let it dry. I then cut a small piece of netting for the design. When  the white polish was completely dried I placed netting over each nail and then with a dry sponge I dabbed Soigne ‘Kiwi’, (which is a light blue) on to the nails. On top I used Nails Inc’Old Burlington Street’ which is a much deeper, darker blue to create a fishscale effect.

Lightly dabbing until I was happy that the colours created an ‘ombre effect’ but keeping the pattern of the netting intact. It is important not to have too much polish on the sponge. You then let your creative mind take over! Letting it dry, I then applied top coat to finish it.

This was the first time I had used this technique and I am pretty happy with the result. The great thing is that you can use any colour scheme to create the look you want.

Hope you like this and inspires you to create your own look!

Rxx