Monday, 30 November 2015

My Honeymoon

As I mentioned in my wedding post, there were a lot of areas where I didn't spend much money, however the honeymoon was my largest expense!

My husband and I aren't ones for having long beach holidays. We are both extremely pale and burn very easily so we tend to prefer city breaks. My absolute ideal honeymoon location probably would have been New York but since we kind of booked things quite last minute, alongside buying a house, I wouldn't have had all of the spending money saved and there's no point in me going if I can't do it properly!

We decided that Nice in France would be an amazing location due to it's amazing coastline, opportunities for both sightseeing and shopping, along with being really close to other fab places such as Monaco, where you can get a train in 20 minutes from Nice and it costs less than 10 Euros for a return ticket. We thought staying at the Côte d'Azur, renowned for being a luxurious destination, would make this trip, our honeymoon, that little bit more special than our previous city breaks.

I would really recommend taking a trip to Nice as it was so beautiful. The weather in late September was still quite hot, in the late 20's (celsius), there was so much to see and explore. We found the old town to be great for markets during the day and eating out at night where I enjoyed many a tasty pizza! I think with this area of France being so close to Italy, there is a lot of Italian influence in the food. There is also an amazing ice cream parlour called Fenocchio's that sells every imaginable flavour under the sun, and I certainly made it my mission to try as many as I could!

There is an amazing shopping area over in Jean Medécin including a shopping centre and a Galeries Lafayette department store, not as amazing as the Paris one but still worth a look! For you beauty lovers there is also a massive Sephora on the main shopping street there too! I bought quite a lot of stuff from there and my haul is here. There are obviously plenty of pharmacies in Nice to pick up all of your French skincare essentials at a lower price too.

The long strip of beach is called the Promenade des Anglais and it's completely breathtaking. Our hotel was located on this strip and I loved waking up to the beautiful, sparkling turquoise sea every morning. To get a great view of the whole strip, and the rest of Nice, I highly recommend climbing to the top of Castle Hill.

We stayed there for 4 nights which I felt was enough time to see everything and even fit in a day trip to the amazing country of Monaco. With Monaco being such a small country,  you can pretty much see everything in a day and it's great to see how the other half live! Honestly, you really need to see all of the multi-million pound yachts and all of the designer shops. I didn't dare step into those shops mind! There was a fab shopping centre called Metropole in Monte Carlo that has some interesting shops. The husband picked up some coffee to take home that he loved and wished he'd bought more of and we got some delicious macarons from Fauchon. I would actually say theirs are better than Ladurée's macarons.

The hotel I stayed in was 100% the perfect choice and we are so glad we chose to stay there. It was the Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée and it was extremely expensive, but if you can't splash out for your honeymoon, then when can you?! I think I'll do a whole separate blog post on that one to save this getting too long!

Hope you've enjoyed this post about my honeymoon in Nice and feel free to ask me any questions if you're thinking of visiting there and would like to know anything. 
Have you been to Nice before?

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Massive Space NK Haul

I've finally taken the plunge and filmed my first YouTube video in around a year! Due to having the hugest of Space NK hauls, I thought it would be easier to capture it in a video, rather than a blog post.

It's a long one mind, so sit back, relax and please accept my apologies for any enabling! ;)

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Concealers for Dry Under-Eyes and Dark Circles

Concealer is one of the products I have to use every day in my makeup routine. I don't even wear foundation that often but I have to wear concealer. One of the main reasons I need concealer is because I have dark under-eye circles. I've spent years trying to find the best concealers for this area and I now want to share my favourites with you. I thought it would be helpful to let you know that I have dry skin generally and even drier under-eye skin. If you're the same, you'll know that this often makes concealer application a bit uneven and even a bit flaky. The products I'm about to show you are perfect for this condition!

L-R: Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer and Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector

The Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector (£28 at Debenhams) and Intensive Skin Serum Concealer (£28 at Debenhams) are recent launches and I was super excited to try them as soon as I heard about them. The original Bobbi Brown Corrector (£19 at Debenhams) and Concealer (£19 at Debenhams) are well-loved by the beauty industry for being really effective at covering dark circles and whilst I do think they are great, it can be hard to get the creams to sit right on dry under-eyes. This is where the new serum versions out-perform them. 

Due to the added skincare element and the doe foot applicator, it makes them super easy to apply and blend into the skin. They sit very well on dry skin and they cover my dark circles extremely well. For reference, I have the shades Porcelain Bisque in the Corrector and Porcelain in the Concealer. One looks extremely light and pink and the other looks dark and yellow, however once they are both on together, they are a great match for my skin tone.

Also, not a concealer, but I wanted to give a shout out to the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream (£32 at Debenhams) as this is the best eye cream I've ever tried (and repurchased!). It has a fairly light texture but it delivers a lot of moisture to the eye area and it's the perfect base for concealer. 

Another new launch is the Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand (£29 at and I've really been enjoying this one. I would say the coverage isn't as good as the other products in this post but it's still a good product. 

This is a double ended wand that has an eye cream and a concealer, both dispensed through a twist-up brush. The eye cream is surprisingly good. It feels quite light in texture but it makes the skin feel silky smooth. It's really nourishing and the perfect pre-step to the concealer. The concealer is quite a peach toned colour (well, shade 1 is anyway) which is great for covering blue toned dark circles. I find that it gives a nice amount of coverage and has light reflecting qualities. Someone with a lot of darkness, like me, isn't going to see total coverage but it certainly improves the overall look. 

L-R: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Estee Lauder Glow BB followed by a mix of the two

My final option, is actually a combination of two concealers, and I need to credit Claire (Claire Elizabeth Ellis) for the idea! I absolutely love the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (£22 at Space.NK) and find it to be the best coverage concealer I own (and have ever tried!). It's amazing at covering everything from dark circles to redness to blemishes. The shade Chantilly is perfect for my pale skin too. Another great option for pale skin is the Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush-on Glow BB Highlighter in Shade 1N (£23.50 at Boots), but there are shades to suit a lot of skin tones. This is a lower coverage concealer that is to be used for its light reflecting properties.

Sometimes, if my under-eyes are extra dry, like during the colder months, a mix of these two, buffed in with a beauty blender is absolutely amazing. The NARS concealer boosts the coverage but the Estee Lauder concealer lightens the texture and adds a little bit of glow. If you own these two, you really need to give this a go!

What are your favourite concealers for the under-eye area?
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