Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara

*New favourite mascara alert!*
*New favourite mascara alert!*
*New favourite mascara alert!*

So I was lucky enough to receive a tester of this mascara with my perfume (La Vie Est Belle) at Christmas. It is the simply wonderful Lancôme Hypnôse.

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This mascara is incredible – it gives so much volume to my lashes without clumping my lashes together, the perfect combination for me.

The wand, aka the PowerFull™ Brush, is tremendous at separating each lash and can build up to 6 times more volume (according to Lancôme!) And whilst I can’t calculate the actual amount of volume it gives me I can assure you my lashes look huge! I often get asked whether I am wearing false eyelashes or what mascara I’ve got on – it really turns heads! Another plus point is the wand is quite slim, making it really easy to use it on your bottom lashes too.

IMG_0896666The packaging is sleek and understated, beautifully put together – to me it screams quality.

The one downside of this mascara is the price – at £22 each this is not cheap but its the price range we’ve come to accept for high end products. At the minute though there are offers around offering two mascaras for £32 pounds, like Boots or John Lewis. £16 each is still a lot but when you consider how expensive high street mascaras are getting now, I’d happily pay the extra few quid for a far superior product.

Have you tried this mascara before? Which is your favourite mascara? Leave links and comments below!

Rx

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PYLOT Magazine

I wanted to share with you lovely people a new project I’ve been working on lately… May I introduce PYLOT magazine.

PYLOT magazine is an all-analogue fashion and portraiture magazine. There are a number of reasons for choosing the analogue medium, not only is it due to the quality and depth you receive when photographing with this medium, it is also due to the fact that even the most talented photographers have to be more selective and careful when creating their images. This way of working is challenging and rewarding, it will produce strong and well-selected images.

The world of fashion photography is one that currently uses Photoshop in order to create some of the most spectacular results. As a modern magazine using a not-so-modern process, we shall be using Photoshop to sharpen, brighten, colour balance and edit the images. However we do not administer any beauty retouching when editing any images produced for PYLOT. As a fashion magazine we will be photographing genetically blessed models, wearing beautiful clothing, that have had their hair and make up done. We think that this is sufficient in order to create the images we require. This method helps to promote a more ethically conscious perspective of the fashion photograph in 2014.

I’m so proud of PYLOT and what we’ve achieved so far. Please check out our website www.pylotmagazine.com

If you want to get involved in PYLOT as a photographer, or you want to write a piece for the next issue then please don’t hesitate to contact me. My email is rachel@pylotmagazine.com

Peace and love,

Rx

Jo Malone: Blackberry and Bay Cologne

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Santa was very kind to me this year and this is one of my very favourite gifts.

I have been a fan of Jo Malone fragrances for a long time and Santa finally started picking up my hints. There are a huge range of scents available at Jo Malone, twenty to be precise, and each is as unique as the last. Fusing natural plants, fruits and spices there is a scent that everyone will love. And mine is Blackberry and Bay.

Childhood memories of blackberry picking… stained lips, sticky palms. A burst of deep, tart blackberry juice, blending with the freshness of just-gathered bay and brambly woods. A vibrant and verdant fragrance.

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Having never described perfume before I thought I’d leave it to the experts! However, what I can say is that the cologne is fruity but not too sweet. It’s definitely a mature perfume, one for the grown ups in the room. For me, this is heaven in a bottle and I implore you to go to a counter and have a smell!

The scent is really pungent (in the good way!) and lasts all day which is great seeing as its not the cheapest of perfumes… £39 for 30ml or £70 for 100ml is a little steep! The packaging is classy – an understated glass bottle with the signature white and black label. It feels like a quality product in your hand.

Overall, I adore this perfume and I am excited to try more of the Jo Malone scents, even if I do have to save up for a bit before I get them!

What is your favourite perfume? Have you tried Jo Malone before? Leave links and comments below!

Rx

Review | Shame

Shame is the story of a sex addict.

Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan star in this utterly compelling drama about the life of broken siblings Brandon and Sissy.

Brandon is a slick executive working in New York with an all consuming obsession with sex, prostitutes and pornography. His whirlwind of a sister arrives to crash at his pad and pursue her career as a singer. This fragile relationship is key to the film and seeks to explain the extreme and erratic behaviour of the pair.

We’re not bad people. We just come from a bad place.

Michael Fassbender was truly brilliant in this film. Wandering around Brandon’s beautiful flat with the beautiful view and the beautiful women strewn over his bed, Fassbender simply highlights the ugly inner turmoil that consumes his character’s life. The most crushingly touching moment of this film comes when Brandon is unable to have sex with the one woman he actually cares for. The whole sequence was emotionally charged, choreographed expertly and perfectly executed – Fassbender was completely absorbing.

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The musical score is a triumph and helps tell the story as well as Fassbender does. In Brandon’s evening of debauchery as he starts to unravel the music was tremendous; the delicate, controlled and quiet violins contrast starkly with the sex on screen. The depth of the score ignites more passion than Brandon is enjoying; you end up pitying Brandon, his life, his addiction and his self-destructive revulsion.

But what I most loved about this film was that it wasn’t crass. A film about a sex addict could become a glorified porno but what director Steve McQueen manages to do is keep it all about the emotions involved. At times this is a difficult watch, but that is credit to the stellar performances from Fassbender and Mulligan and the superb direction of McQueen. The raw, painful scenes are the most compelling; this is a sad tale of modern times. Loneliness, isolation, family problems, our career-driven, busy, busy lives. It’s all echoed in the situation we find Brandon in. Whilst we’re not all sex addicts, ‘normal’ people all suffer these same emotions and burdens, they just find other means of escape.

I would really recommend Shame, it’s a wonderful film. But as a word of warning, maybe don’t watch it with your parents… There’s a lot of sex and a lot of Michael Fassbender’s penis. Just sayin’.

Have you seen Shame? What did you think to it?? Leave links and comments below!

Rx

In the Nude Collection, Nails Inc

So I bought myself a few treats in the January sales…

My first purchase was this gorgeous nude collection from Nails Inc called, inspiringly, In the Nude. As previously mentioned on this blog Nails Inc is my favourite brand of polish – for me, the quality cannot be beaten for the price.

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In the Nude collection consists of:
George Street – A pastel, mink pink
Sheraton Street – A ‘NEW Trend Shade’ pale blue
Kensington Gore – A deep nude
Hyde Park Place – A soft, pale grey
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IMG_0882222The colours are bang on trend for the up coming season and I love them all. The picture right is what I’m wearing currently, Sheraton Street and Kensington Gore. I’m a big fan of nude pastel nails for an everyday look, they are classic, sophisticated and just plain beautiful. I managed to bag the collection for £20 instead of £44 for them all individually – bargain! As a quick tip, if you’re a big fan of Nails Inc (as I am) check out their newsletter, they send out offers all the time!

What do you think of the collection? Are you a fan of nails inc? Leave links and comments below as I’d love to know your thoughts!

Rx

Hello 2014!

Hurrah! It’s a new year!

I do hope you all had a wonderful festive period and an excellent new year. I just wanted to give a little update of what you can expect from A Lot of Lovely Things this year…
Firstly, more posts! I’m aiming for two uploads a week so make sure you’re signed up and following my site for the latest updates!
Secondly, more London! I recently bought Tired of London, Tired of Life and I’m keen to try as much of the things in it as I can!
Thirdly, more books! One of my new year resolutions this year to is read everyday something that isn’t internet news – so novels, interesting magazines, articles, essays – the lot. So they’ll be posts about my latest readings too.
Finally, more lovely things! As the title suggests… 😉

So a new year means a new start. 2013 was a bit of a mixed bag for me but I have high hopes for 2014. So onwards and upwards. Let’s go!

Peace and love,

Rx

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