Sunday, 20 December 2015

A View from The Sky Garden

The Sky Gardens
Botanical Gardens in London
The View From The Sky Gardens
The Shard London
THE SKY GARDENS

So, it appears that I'm still rolling out the film from my birthday weekend, I hope you don't mind! It's nice for me to have another chance to look through the photos and remember all of the sweet times. Anyway, as it is Sunday I thought I would pop up a relaxing view of London city - from The Sky Gardens, the highest botanical gardens in London. I really think you could say this is the best viewing platform if you want to see the city at it's best, away from the hustle and bustle and with some botanical beauty thrown in for good measure. 

Adam booked our tickets for 4pm, just as the sun was setting, so when we took the lift up to the viewing platform it was bright daylight, and by the time we left the building was surrounded by pure night sky. It was so nice to take a moment to watch the view transition as the sun went down around us, whilst strolling around the botanical gardens - oh, the pretty plants. We also took a step out onto the balcony - on the 37th floor. Damn high. You can spot everything from The Shard, to the tower of London, Saint Pauls Cathedral, and even winter wonderland glittering away in the distance. 

Eternal Sunday Sky Gardens
Botanical Gardens in London

If you are ever in London, you should check it out! I couldn't think of a better way to spend an afternoon. Surrounded by plants.

NEXT ON MY LIST, THE BARBICAN GARDENS. I'M OBSESSED.

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Saturday, 12 December 2015

The Beauty Collective

You will rarely find beauty chatter popping up around these parts, discounting the odd mention in a monthly favourites, because to be quite honest it is not my strong point. Don't get me wrong, I love to swoon over beauty hauls and try new things - I'm just not great enough to shout about it.  BUT, with some birthday cash to spend and a London trip on the cards, I had a chance to pick up a few things I'd wanted to try - all brands that I would call 'high end', so when better to throw caution to the wind and have a little spend than on your birthday?

THE BURBERRY BEAUTY BOX
This Burberry purchase came around purely because of Estee Lalonde. I'd been obsessing over her eye make up in her #ForeverNovember vlogs and when I found out it was Pale Barley I had to pop down to the Covent Garden Burberry Beauty Box to check it out in person - and oh my oh my it is a beauty. Eye shadow isn't usually a product that makes it into my every day 'in a rush and have to get to work' face, but this neutral shade is a dream to apply all over the lid and just what I needed in my stash. The perfect golden taupe with a formulation that you can wear dry, or wet for fuller impact, and a staying power like any other. Definitely worth the £23 price tag - It is bloody beautiful. The lovely lady that served me also popped in the bag a tiny sample of their Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base (another banger of a product) and their fragrance, which is also gorgeous! Burberry, I'm impressed. 

HOURGLASS
I don't have particularly sparse, but they do need some definition! I've been around the drugstore options, but I've never seen a product quite like the Hourglass Arch Sculpting Brow Pencil. So, when browsing the beauty that is Liberty at Christmas time, I stopped by their counter to swatch it, and when they applied it on me and Adam noticed the difference - I was sold. I'm sure you all know the deats on this one, but with a spooly on one end, and a slanted wax formulation on the other, this pencil is really easy to control and creates awesome definition, whilst still looking natural. I also picked up a sample size of their Veil Mineral Primer, which is amazing at keeping my oily complexion composed and fresh faced for as long as possible. (Because lets face it, the oil, will come).

EMMA HARDIE AMAZING FACE CLEANING BALM
My favourite way to remove my make up and cleanse my face is by either using a balm, or an oil, and the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm is the best of both worlds! A balm, which turns into an oil when mixed with water. I've heard so many other ladies raving about this product, so when my current cleanser had its last pump, I moved onto this tub - and I really like it. Firstly, it smells amazing. Secondly, it does a great job of removing almost all traces of make up meaning I don't need to double cleanse (because I read that is a thing? Haha). This product is like a facial, all in one.

AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES - THE STAR
There is nothing I love more than treating my body to some luxurious smells. Whether is is body oils, bars or sprays, I find the scents so relaxing and comforting and have always got something on the go. Aromatherapy Associates have a divine range of scents in their bath and shower oils, and as it is Christmas they are selling a miniature of their Revive Morning in a very festive star bauble for £10! A cut of the price of a full bottles, and a fantastic chance to try out a scent of theirs. I douse this on my body before hopping in the shower and let the mix of rosemary, geranium, grapefruit and citrus oils (to name just a few!) work their magic. The best way to start the day, if you ask me.

WHAT ARE YOUR MOST CHERISHED HIGH END LUXURIES?

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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Monthly Lifestyle Favourites: November


Welcome back to another favourites! November is always a particularly nice month for me as it brings around Adams birthday, and mine too, so lots of gift giving and celebrations are had! With that in mind, it has also sprung some fresh favourites, of course...
THE WHITE COMPANY
The White Company Eternal Sunday

Speaking of birthdays, Adam, as per, did an ace job with his gift giving. How beautiful is this bag from The White Company? Ah! I just love it. I've spent all summer using canvas tote bags, so I'm really welcoming a more structured bag for my winter wardrobe.

THE BODY SHOP
Hemp Body Butter Eternal Sunday

I don't tend to suffer with dry skin (hell, I'm constantly try to battle oil) but this winter I've found a thick moisturiser is working wonders in my routine. I'm a huge fan of the ranges from The Body Shop, particularly their body products, and this rich Hemp Body Butter is another brilliant product. They use the non-medicinal variety of hemp to extract the hydrating oil, typically used for very dry skin, to provide an intense treatment and it cleared up the dry patches on my legs (thanks, shaving) almost overnight! I've even got Adam using it, so it has been a real winner for us this month.

GLASSES
Glasses Eternal Sunday

If you are also a glasses wearer, then you will know it is nice to have a bit of variety in your frames, since you are wearing them on the daily, and for me, they are the statement feature of my outfit. Up until now I've had one pair that I have wore day in, day out, so when I saw that Glasses Direct were having a mega deal (40% off, buy one get one free!) I had to pick up some new additions. I went for the East frames from Scout which is a larger frame in a classic tortoise shell design (my usual go to) and the Fitzrovia frames from London Retro which is slightly smaller and a nice rosey shade which I thought would look awesome in the summer months.

ASOS BOOTS
ASOS Boots Eternal Sunday

With it being the run up to Christmas, and the few get togethers I have on my calendar, I needed a pair of smarter boots that I could pair with different outfits, but were sensible for my clumsy self to walk in. I'm really not a heels wearer. But these Western Pointed Chelsea Ankle Bootswell, they are everything. Comfy, smart, pointed and black! ASOS hits the nail on the head, again.

ESTEE LALONDE FT THE BODY SHOP NAIL ART KIT
Estee Lalonde Nail Art Kit Eternal Sunday

When I heard Estee Lalonde was bringing out a Nail Art Kit in collaboration with The Body Shop I was eagerly refreshing their home page until it dropped! I'm always eyeing up her nail colour of choice in her videos, so I knew she would pick some bangers - and she did. With 'Deeply in Love', 'Got the Blues' and 'Gorgeous Grey', she really has covered all bases. I'm not one for nail art, I've given it my best shot from the handy tool in this kit, but the colours alone are enough to warrant a purchase. A hardy chip resistant formulae, with a professional fresh shine. (didn't snap a pick with it on, my bad, but see first image for a distant view of colour on nails!)

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN INTO THIS MONTH?

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