Paris

I went to Paris to celebrate my birthday with a few of my friends. It was amazing. I love the laid back attitude of Parisians, the café culture and the style of Paris – it is a classy city that just oozes style, charisma and good taste. I love Paris at the best of times, but in Spring with blossom everywhere, glorious sunshine and the best food and drink in the world, it was heaven.

Here are a few photos from my hundreds…

Have you been to Paris? What did you think of it?

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Rimmel Salon Pro by Kate

Hello lovelies! It’s been a little while, I’m afraid I’ve been dashing around the country (and the continent – more to follow) so my poor blog has been suffering. But I am back and have found lots of things to tell you about. Here is the first one:

This is Hip Hop from Rimmel’s Salon Pro with Lycra by Kate range (mouthful). This nail varnish is beautiful and my absolute go-to colour for this Spring. Bright, block colours are going to be a big thing this season and this is one way to achieve that trend. I can’t get enough of this colour, it just makes me smile. I was tipped off about Hip Hop from Anna at Viviannadoesmakeup (great blog, you should check her out!)

So about the product generally, firstly, the brush is massive! I mean huge. It takes one swipe to do each nail, its brilliant. Orange is one of my favourite colours and I think it really compliments my skin tone. The colour is really pigmented and gives a gel-type effect on the nail. It claims to last ‘up to 10 days’ – I’ve had it on one day so far and I did manage to chip it (but that was my fault) another quick dab of polish and no-one is none the wiser… shh. I rarely keep polishes on for more than 4/5days anyway (short attention span) but I’ll keep you posted in the comments on the result of this little one.

Available at all Rimmel counters, you know the drill, Boots, Superdrug etc. It retails for £4.49 but there’s usually an offer on Rimmel if you have a hunt around. There are 10 shades in all but in my opinion, Hip Hop is the best.

Have you tried this polish? Which is your favourite Spring nail colour? Leave links and comments below as I’d love to have a read!

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Rebel Bingo

I write this from my bed. So far today I’ve managed to get in the shower, make some toast, have a cup of tea and get back into bed. It’s 4pm.

The reason for this most unproductive of days? Rebel Bingo.

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It’s not just a game anymore

Rebel Bingo is bingo as you’ve never seen it before. It’s a massive party with loud music, alcohol and a lot of red pen. It was an amazing night and you should definitely try and get tickets for the next one if you can (be quick, it sells out super quick!). I really don’t want to give too much away but here are a select few photos from last night:

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Highgate Cemetery

My housemates and I visited Highgate Cemetery recently.

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Highgate Cemetery has some of the finest funerary architecture in the country. It is a place of peace and contemplation where a romantic profusion of trees, memorials and wildlife flourish

When I told my parents I’d been to visit a cemetery their reaction was ‘What?! Why would you want to visit a cemetery’ They couldn’t understand. And I’m guessing a lot of people will feel the same, especially because I know no-one (personally) who is interred there. There are however, many famous and well regarded individuals in Highgate Cemetery and its truly lovely to be able to pay your respects to figures you admire.

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Karl Marx is perhaps the most famous resident of Highgate. All around him were fellow communists and political thinkers. It was interesting to see how some people wanted to be close to their heroes in death, even if they weren’t in life.

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My housemates

My housemates

The cemetery itself is wild. Overgrown trees and ivy fill every crevice of the grounds. Some of the graves have been disrupted because of this which is a shame. But on a glorious day like I visited on, it’s absolutely beautiful.

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Wandering around graves makes you think about the futility of life and how fragile us humans are. It makes you think about death and how you’d like to be remembered. It was an incredibly peaceful place which gave me a lot to think about afterwards. It’s a place that stays with you.

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Learn more about Highgate Cemetery on their website.

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Rimmel BB Cream

I want to tell you today about Rimmel’s BB Cream because it is flippin’ brilliant.

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BB Cream means Beauty Balm (but I’m sure you already knew that) and they’ve been around for ages! But I was looking at my make up collection this week and realised this cream is one of the long-standing members of the group. I’ve been using it since it came out!

The BB Cream is a 9-in-1 skin perfecting super makeup, apparently. The nine things it claims to do are:
Primes
Moisturises
Minimises Pores
Conceals
Covers
Smoothes
Mattifies
Brightens and
Helps protect

Now, to me, conceals and covers are pretty much the same thing, right? And I’m not sure how you can mattify and brighten at the same time… Regardless of what it claims to do, here’s what it actually does. It perfects your skin. By that I mean, it evens skin tone, adds a hint of colour and gives a healthy look to the skin. For me, it brightens the skin and has a slightly dewy finish – but I feel this is because I have slightly oily skin. I doubt it will give such a finish on dry skin.

I use the Rimmel BB Cream on the days when I don’t want/can’t be bothered to wear foundation. It’s a really creamy formula which blends beautifully into the skin. I use either my fingers or my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply the BB Cream after my moisturiser. I then usually add a bit of powder to set the cream and to prevent any shine throughout the day.

I use the shade light as I’m paler than pale but it also comes in Medium. There is also now a matte version if your skin is super oily, or you don’t want a dewy finish. Also, it has SPF25 which is brilliant to protect the skin from those harmful sunrays! You can pick this up from Superdrug, Boots etc for £6.99.

Do you use BB Creams? Which is your favourite? Leave links and comments below!

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