Day Five In Brooklyn New York

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

On our last full day in New York, we packed up our cases and left our apartment in Chelsea for Hotel Le Jolie in Williamsburg. We were planning on taking the subway, but couldn’t face lugging all the bags in the heats so hopped in a cab. I’m glad we did, as we got to see more of the city without walking it! Unfortunately we haven’t had enough time to cover everywhere we’d have liked to, but I think we’ve done pretty well in all.

The Hotel Le Jolie is in a fab location for Williamsburg and is good value, compared to the high prices of all other NYC hotels. We turned up at 11.30am just to drop off our luggage, but they allowed us to check in right away, which was a great, as rooms are usually ready for 3pm. The service was excellent and the room has everything you need for a short stay.

After dropping off our bags, we hit the subway and headed to the Park Slope area of Brooklyn and then spent a bit of time enjoying the glorious weather in Prospect park. That was followed by a visit to the Brooklyn Public Library for  a quick peek…

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Day Five In Brooklyn New York

Next stop, a late lunch (still trying to digest from yesterdays feast!) at Smoke Joint in Forte Green.
A pure meat feast – ribs for Alex and pulled pork, slaw and pickles for me. All delicious.

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Later in the day we went back to Williamsburg and moseyed around the streets, soaking up the vibe in the ‘capital of cool’. I could definitely see myself living here and would probably say this has been our favourite spot of the trip so far. Just very laid back and with more space to breath and take things easy. I wouldn’t say you need more than a few days here as a tourist, but think it would be a great place to live. I’d also recommend you come on a weekend as there were a few things we couldn’t do on a Monday.

When we could walk no more, we sat in East River State Park and soaked up the amazing views of Manhattan’s skyline.

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No visit would be complete without a visit to the Mast Brothers Chocolate shop. We may have picked up a bar or two to enjoy when we’re home. Mmm… Chocolate. I can’t wait to tuck into that little lot – After my post-holiday juice diet that is! #oink.

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Strolled around some more…

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… Before stopping for amazing cocktails at the Roebling Tea Room.

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Williamsburg we love you. Now we’re off for a very late dinner on day five in New York.

 I’ve been a bit rushed on this post I’m afraid, but will try and fill in any gaps on my return with one last NYC post. I’ve even surprised myself with the daily posts. Not such a useless blogger after all icon wink

Thanks for sticking with me! x

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Day Four In New York

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The weather has been amazing today and the pavements (sidewalks) have just bursting at the seams with crowds of people. We started this morning off by strolling around the streets surrounding the Empire State Building and at one point we happened across a rather curious street carnival, of which the best of the bunch were the NYPD band.

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It seems that like London, New York also has it’s weekend station closures, so we ended up walking further than I’d have liked (moan, moan) to get to Nolita, Little Italy and Chinatown. Before we left the UK, I had come across a little food tour of Chinatown online, narrowed the places down to a more manageable number (we eat a lot, but not that much) and decided we would work our way around some of the hot spots. Unfortunately for me, my eating buddy couldn’t cope with the amount of food we were set up to consume, so we had to reduce the stops by at least two more. I say that, but I did sneak him the larger half of everything. I’m almost certain we’ll be skipping dinner this evening… OK, make that a maybe. There’s just so much good food here!

We shared the most amazing Falafel and hummus plate at Taim… and when I say amazing, I mean it. Probably the best Falafel I’ve ever tasted.

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Then we popped into the Golden Steamer and had one salted egg bun and one pork and vegetable. I kid you not, the salted egg bun may have to go down as one of the top 5 things I’ve ever eaten. Glorious! Alex preferred the pork bun, which was also pretty darned great. All at the bargain price of $1.80 for two.

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Up next Tai Pan’s Egg Custard Tarts… yup, we’re still going (it was lunch and breakfast after all!). This was an experience and a half. No one spoke English (well, at least not to us) and the bakery was manic. It took us a while to get what we wanted and it was nice, but probably not something I’d go back for. Alex said it tasted like a cross between a Gregg’s sausage roll and an M&S custard tart… Go figure that one out! The custard bit was good, but I wasn’t sure about the pastry.

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We were flagging a bit by this stage, but I really wanted to try as many spots as possible so we hit up one last place. This time it was Prosperity Dumpling – A tiny little place that was totally jammed full of people. Always a good sign. We ordered the Fried Chive and Pork Dumplings and got 4 for $1!! We were both glad that we’d stopped because they were absolutely delicious. There were two more dumping houses on my list, but there was no way we’d have been able to manage it all so that was the end of that.

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Um, well actually, I lied. We made one last food stop at Dominique Ansel Bakery – The home of the Cronut. You have to get to the store at a ridiculously early time of day for one of the 200 cronuts that they bake each day, but I’d heard that the DKA’s were just as good. We picked up one each and mine is still sitting on the side here in the apartment until I recover from my food coma. Alex has eaten his (and I had a nibble)… Really good, but definitely not as good as the delicious Crodoughs we had in London a while back. They say ‘tender, flaky, croissant-like dough with a caramelized crunchy crust’  – We say ‘a fluffy and plump palmier’.

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That’s about all for our day four in New York. Eat. Walk. Repeat. Just how we like it. We’re not sure what we’ll do with the rest of our evening, but I really hope it involves a few cocktails and not a single morsel of food! It’s our last full day tomorrow and we fly back to London the following afternoon. Then it’s back on the juicing for me as I’m going to pay for eating so much wheat. Sad times.

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Until next time x

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Day Three in New York

Sunday, April 13, 2014

We both woke up a little sluggishly this morning, after our visit to the Blue Note Jazz Club last night. The venue itself was nice and intimate, but they have a few shows a night and you really felt like part of a conveyor belt system of customers being churned in and out of the club. Luckily, when the music started, all was forgotten. The entertainment for the night was Gary Burton & Makoto Ozone Duets and that, combined with a long day’s walking and a few cocktails made getting up today very difficult!

Blue Note Jazz Club

Once we finally got going we headed into Brooklyn for the obligatory bridge visit.

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It’s the best you are going to get…

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We stopped off at Luke’s Lobster and shared one crab and one lobster roll between us. The lobster was by far the best, but both were very good and I’d definitely recommend popping in if you ever get the chance. No mayo added… just the real deal.

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Crab Roll

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After a lot more walking, we found ourselves at Century 21, but feeling pretty tired out neither of us were really in the mood to shop. So we walked some more, to prepare ourselves for yet more food! I’d booked us tickets to The Big Cheesy – ‘a two-day pop-up, to determine the best grilled cheese in the city’. Oh. My!

We paid around £17 for a ticket, turned up, got given a plate, napkin, two beer tickets and a ping pong ball. We had a one hour slot to eat as many of the seven artisan grilled cheese sandwiches as we liked, voting for our favourite by placing the ping pong ball at a table of our choice. We were pretty stuffed quite quickly and didn’t actually manage to sample from every table. Two included mushrooms in their melts anyway, so we happily skipped those because neither of us are fans. As I’m not really meant to eat bread, I was  a little worried about eating too much in one day, but it was a delicious treat and some days you just have to have a little (lot) of what you fancy.

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The Big Cheesy NYC

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It’s nearly 9pm now and we’re off to the cinema. We’ll probably collapse in a heap and fall into a deep, deep sleep later on. That was our news from day three in New York… Until the fourth x

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Day Two In New York

Friday, April 11, 2014

It’s around 6pm here and we’re back in our apartment for a little rest again… Did I mention my feet are sore from all of this walking!? It’s a good job there are lots of pitt-stops for refueling along the way!  The weather is warming up here and I definitely didn’t pack for the heat. Eh, where did that come from? Not what my weather app said before I left… Hmm, may have to buy a few clothes if it gets any hotter. Such a shame!

This morning we popped to Central park for a stroll. We’ve been quite a few times before, but our past visits were always over the Christmas season, so it was nice to see it during the Spring time. There were blue skies, but it seems that when we took our pictures it looked a bit murky…

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There was lots of musical entertainment in the park, but it’s this fine looking pair that took Alex’s fancy.
Apparently one was playing a dulcimer (I knew that) and the other a harp. (I really did spot that one)

Central Park Harp

There I am…

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After our walk we  went for lunch at Estiatorio Milos, which isn’t too far from Central Park. I’d booked this in advance, after reading Trip Advisor reviews and it turned out to be a good one. They serve up a $25 dollar three course lunch (not including Tax and tips), which is pretty good value if you don’t go for all the extras.
Overall we had good service and the food was more than satisfying. Two content customers…

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Alex went for The Mediterranean Meze Plate. Taramosalata, humus, tzatziki, spinach pie & Greek olives.
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I paid a $10 supplement and opted for the crab cake, which wasn’t the best of all the dishes if I’m totally honest, but still enjoyable.

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For mains I had Loup de Mer (Sea bass), grilled, served with steamed crown broccoli.

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Alex went all out and paid a little extra for the Lobster pasta in a light garlic tomato sauce. I obviously had a little taste and it was delicious.

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He followed that up with the biggest slice of Baklava I’ve seen… I have only ever eaten the mini ones from Waitrose though. It was divine! (Yes, I sampled that as well)

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Finally, I finished with a lovely fresh-tasting strawberry sorbet.

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Phew! We needed to walk some of that off so next we hopped on the subway to Roosevelt Island. Not much to see over there, but we walked for a bit and then got the Aeriel Tram back over the bridge, which gave us some good views from up above…

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Roosevelt Island Tram View

Tired out, we did a bit of mooching around a few shops and decided to come back to our apartment for a rest before heading out to Blue Note Jazz Club this evening. So, there you have it… Day two in New York and we’ve still got three and a bit more to go!

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Day One In New York

Friday, April 11, 2014

We arrived in New York at about 8.30pm last night, after one of those flights that seems to take an absolute age. Neither of us were feeling great, but once we arrived at the AirBnb apartment we are staying in, we felt miraculously better and could finally get into holiday mode! We’re staying in Chelsea for most of this trip and have yet to book our last nights accommodation… Living on the edge because I can’t bring myself to pay the crazy prices the hotels are asking for and I still haven’t found someone who wants to rent their home out to us for one night only. There’s no doubt we’ll end up in the first hotel I looked at months ago!

Today we decided to stroll around until we could stroll no more. I’m exahuasted, but we’ve had a great day. The weather has been lovely and we’ve just about sussed out where everything is from our last visit five or so years ago. I thought I’d just do a picture heavy post for you as I currently resting my weary legs and relaxing for a few hours.

Here goes – Some of the things we did on day one in New York…

Alex waiting for me to get ready, as usual.  We’re staying in a great little place with everything we need.

Our first stop this morning was Chelsea Market. The place is packed with what looks like some great places to eat, but we were a little early for lunch, so I made the logical decision to have some gelato for my mid morning snack…

I read somewhere that L’arte del Gelato does the best gelato in town, and I have to say that it was extremely delicious.


Next stop – Blue Bottle Coffee for Alex. He said it’s the best coffee he’s ever had… I’m not sure whether to believe him as he says that every time he discovers a new coffee!

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Then we hit the High Line (a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side), which wasn’t here last time we visited. Was a bit blustery up there as you can see… A really great and alternative way to see part of the city.



Our #Selfie which was nearly ruined by someone asking if we wanted her to take our picture. Not so cool.

All that walking had made us hungry so we stopped in at Bill’s Bar and Burger for the juiciest burgers you ever did eat (despite their slightly non-glamorous exteriors). Alex went for the bacon and cheddar…


… and how could I not have the Fat Cat?!

Wasn’t that Fat, but was sure filling!


I wish we did sweet potato fries as well as the Americans…


All served with two ice cold beers, which went down very well indeed – Bill’s Brew and Cold Ass.

Then we took a stroll through Hell’s Kitchen before heading back to our apartment for a pitt stop.
Then it was back out again for more.

Now, I’m off for a snooze.

Until next time x

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These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things # John Lewis

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

I’ve always been partial to a department store and it has to be said that one of my favourites is most definitely John Lewis. I can often be found roaming around their Bluewater store, browsing the women’s clothing and accessories with a certain man (Alex) dragging his heels behind me!

Actually, If I’m totally honest, John Lewis is the one shop that Alex doesn’t mind spending time in. I have tactics you see… If he’s getting a little huffy puffy, I simply just move into the tech or sunglasses section of the store and all is forgotten. He’s a sucker for those things, you see.

The John Lewis women’s wear section is pretty much the ideal place to go if you are in a rush to pull together a whole outfit. I’m talking shoes, clothes, sunglasses, handbag, lingerie… The works. What’s not to love?! It is my go-to store for so many occasions, but mainly it’s the shoes… hmm, and the bags… um, okay and the sunglasses! I just love the ease of having it all in one place, and the staff are so lovely you usually don’t feel pressured into buying anything.

As well as roaming their stores, I can also be found spending time on the John Lewis website and have recently been eyeing up a few items, in the hope of nabbing something nice before I head to NYC next week. I know that a lot of people wait until they go away to do their shopping, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually found much to purchase on any of my trips abroad. Well, nothing that I’ve actually worn after buying. Oops!

Here’s a little selection of what they have on offer at the moment…

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From top to right – Top to bottom.

1: Ralph Lauren RA5154 Transparent Cats Eye Sunglasses, Grey – £108
2: John Lewis Women’s Colour Block Round Acetate Sunglasses – £25 (I love these!)
3: Dolce & Gabbana DG4171P 277313 Cat’s Eye Sunglasses, Sand – £136
4: Ray-Ban RB4171 865/13 Wayfarer Sunglasses, Havana – £98 ( I also love these!)

These are a few of my Favourite things John Lewis

1: Mulberry Bayswater Leather Grab Handbag, Bluebell Blue
2: East Leather Hobo Handbag, Tan
3: Somerset by Alice Temperley Ennismore Large Top Handle Satchel Bag, Tan
4: Ted Baker Jamun T Clasp Clutch Handbag, Pale Green

John Lewis Womenwear

1: Boutique by Jaeger Floral Tea Dress, Red / Multi – £150
2: Louche Dornay Dress, Navy/Cream – £69
3: Jigsaw Tencel Dress, Blue – £75
4: Miss Selfridge Assorted T-Shirt Dress, Blue/Orange – £42

Do you love John Lewis as much as me?

 This is a sponsored post, but every word is the truth… I really, really want all of the above and Alex really does get all ‘huffy puffy’ icon wink

 

Raclette Night at Aga’s Little Cafe

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A few weeks ago, whilst browsing my local area forums (always good to keep up with the goss), I happened to read a comment that had me hot-footing it over to Twitter as fast as I could. Someone had mentioned that Aga’s little cafe were hosting a Raclette pop up in Kirkdale (Sydenham) on Friday nights and at the time, there were only a few weeks left before they were to close. I booked us in for that week without really knowing anthing much about what we’d get for the £20 we were being charged -  All I knew was that we’d get fed cheese, lots of cheese… SOLD!

There’s a bit of a funny story behind our night out -  We were the second couple to arrive and the first couple happened to include an ex-girlfriend of Alex’s from a very, very long time ago. All perfectly fine, but we were very conscious of the fact that they were out for a quiet night alone as they had a babysitter taking care of their child for the night. What can you do in that situation? We were seated at a table next to them and thought it was rude not to make conversation, but like us, they most probably wanted to dine out as a couple and catch up on things. Anyway, we ended up  chatting all night and had a lovely time, but I didn’t really go into blogger mode and failed to take any pictures of our food – I’m useless at doing that in front of people I’m not too familiar with. What a rubbish blogger I am.

Luckily for us all, Aga’s Raclette night has been extended until the end of May, so I booked again and we returned last night. This time round I took some pictures and we were a bit more relaxed, being alone and not worrying about being in anyone else’s way – we were also pretty elated that we’d be eating yet more delicious cheese!

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The lovely hosts are friendly and attentive. You can just about see on the board there that it’s says ‘all the cheese you can eat’ – We haven’t been able to manage more than one serving though.

Raclette Night at Agas Little Cafe

Upon arrival, you are seated and can nibble on generous servings  of salad and bread until the main attraction arrives…

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Red and white wine is available to buy for £4 a glass. They are very generous with the amount that is poured, however this is my only on gripe… I’d rather the white wine were a little more expensive and a bit nicer to taste. Alex opted for red each time and was more than happy. I think red is definitely the best option.

They also serve ale and beer from the Kernel Brewery.

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The star of the show… Raclette is so simple yet so delicious!
Ogleshield cheese (which I heard them say was from Somerset – This is an ‘English version of Raclette’) melted and scraped onto boiled new potatoes, home cured pork, gerkins and chutney. I’d eat this everyday if I could!

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After your main you are served with a shot of complimentary raspberry and chilli vodka. On both visits we have been offered a second shot and I been left with a satisfyingly fuzzy head each time!

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To finish things off you are served a refreshingly tasty plate of fruit. A perfect ending to a perfect night.
You can also opted to have a coffee made from Monmouth coffee beans, if that’s your thing.

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I’m so glad we heard about Raclette Night at Aga’s Little Cafe and the bonus is it is just a five minute walk from our house.  A little dangerous as we’ll definitely be going back for more.

Aga runs a deli & cafe in Forest Hill and the Pop up is located in Kirkdale, in a shop that has been empty for ages.
It seats around twenty and is open from 7.30pm on Friday nights.

You can book via Twitter, in the Deli or by calling 07889 760915.
I’m sure you can probably just walk in if you are passing if they are not fully booked.

I suggest you book soon!

Oh and here’s one I snapped on my phone the first time we went… How can you resist!?

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Escentual French Pharmacy Brand Haul

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Whenever we go to France, I spend quite a lot of my time trying to sneak into the pharmacies, to see if I can stock up on any new skincare products. I generally have a very small window of time to do this before Alex starts huffing and puffing and it’s always a bit of a mission because 1) I don’t speak the language well enough to know what exactly I’m actually looking at and 2) I’m always wondering if it would be cheaper to purchase it online in the UK.

Since we last went to Paris I’ve become a lot more aware of the popular French skincare brands, which means things should be a bit quicker and easier when we head there again this Summer. Alex will be pleased! However, if I’m totally honest, I feel like nothing seems to be working for me at the moment – even those recommended and raved-about products that every other blogger seems to swear by. I mean, I’m in my mid-thirties and my skin is definitely worse than it has ever been. What’s that about? Sad times.

When I was on a mission to change my routine the other week, I decided to head over to Escentual, as they have had up to a third off French Pharmacy brands throughout the the whole of March. I managed to fill up my basket pretty quickly (never a problem) and soon after checkout, this little lot was delivered to my door…

French Pharmacy Brands

Klorane Nettle Shampoo

I got into a nasty habit of washing my hair daily quite a long time ago and I’m not quite sure how it happened, but now many years down the line my hair gets greasy after 24 hours and near impossible to ignore if I’m heading out. Since I’ve been working from home I’ve reduced the washes to as few as I can, but it’s still not great. The  Klorane Nettle Shampoo is aimed at oil control, so I’m going to give it a shot and see if there are any improvements.

Unfortunately, it does contain Sodium laureth sulfate, which is something I’ve been trying to avoid, but I might rotate this with other shampoos and hope for the best. I’m thinking that maybe it contains a little less SLS, as it doesn’t seem to foam as easily as a lot of other shampoos I’ve used in the past… Can’t be sure though. No science expert here!

Avene Cold Cream

The Avene Cold Cream is a fair bit lighter to apply than the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Lait that I’ve been using for the winter months. It seems to have good reviews, and the large bottles always last quite some time. One thing that has annoyed me with the consistency of the Lipikar Lait is that I can’t actually get any out via the pump (due to the thicker consistency) now it is running low. I think I’m going to try and transfer it to a smaller pot and use it as my travel cream and stick with the Avene for daily use.

The Cicaplast hand cream is absolutely amazing and I’ll definitely be gifting a few of theses sometime soon. Not much else to say about that really… As good as hand cream gets!

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I definitely only bought the La Roche-Posay Thermal Water because it was a cute mini can and was only a few pounds. I’m not convinced I really need it, but if we get a heatwave sometime soon then I’m sure I’ll be more than happy that I’ve got it!

I’ve been tempted to try the Caudalie Beauty Elixir quite a few times, but never quite made the purchase due to it’s hefty price tag. Not being something that I class as ‘essential skincare’, I decided to leave it until now. Anyway, I snuck this one into my order and will give it go to see how I get on with it. It does smell lovely and fresh and claims to boosts radiance, minimizes pore size as well as set make-up – All of which I need help with!

Vichy Dermablend

Annoyingly, all of the products that I invested a little more money in have ran out all at once. I’ve absolutely loved using my Clarins Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Cream, but didn’t really want to spend as much on my night cream this time round. I thought I’d test out the  La Roche-Posay’s Nutritic Intense Riche, and at £11 for 50ml it has definitely been worth the change. I wouldn’t say it’s as good as the Clarins, but at this price point I’d say it’s worth the purchase.

I decided to buy Vichy’s Dermablend Setting Powder for use in the warmer months. The reviews for this are good and I actually quite liked it the way it sat on my skin when I used it for the first time last weekend. I’m looking forward to testing it out more when my skin has decided to repair itself.

Nuxe Lip Balm

Yup, another lip balm to add to my collection!  This Nuxe balm is a greatly talked-about product amongst bloggers. I don’t know if I would have ever got round to paying full price for this because I’ve still got a ton of balms to get through, but I’m not one to miss out on a good offer! It’s a nice balm – smells more like lemon than honey, but is nourishing and I like the little pot. Sold!

Do you have any French Pharmacy favourites / recommendations? I’d love to hear them.

Just Plodding Along

Monday, March 24, 2014

I know, I know… It’s been quite a while since I last blogged. If I’m honest it’s because I really haven’t had enough banter to do so. Not much has been going on here and we all know that doesn’t really result in great blogging conversation. As usual, I’ve spent a lot of time visiting my dentist – another tooth removal. Boo. hoo. Unfortunately, there is now a great whopping space in my mouth awaiting another expensive implant. This time round things were a lot more traumatic than the last, which resulted in much sobbing in the dentist’s chair… who knew it could get any worse!? Anyway, I’m over that now (not really) and I’ve stopped feeling sorry for myself (all lies).

The good news is that we’ve got a trip to New York to look forward to in about three weeks. This was booked before I knew about the new boiler that we need and the new tooth. Our year of saving has been a little dented, but we managed to get flights for only £305, so I’m clinging on to that little bit of luck and hoping it will be a holiday to remember. I’m sure we’ll have a great time!

Some more good news is that one of my good friends in Australia is due to have a baby any week now, and another has just announced the news of her pregnancy. Alex and I spent a few shopping trips looking for gifts to send them and had an amusing few hours looking like total novices in baby stores in Bluewater shopping center. I never thought that shopping for such tiny things could be so time consuming! If you are trying to stop someone feeling broody, then my advice is to just take them shopping for baby goods… How much money do you need to spend on one little person? Cripes! We were particularly flabbergasted at the price of the push chair with gloves built into the handle bar… We all know that’s the one I’ll be needing, if the day ever comes, but for now I’ll settle with my terrible twosome icon wink

 

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Dry Lip Saviours

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I’m not quite sure how it  happened, but I seem to have accumulated quite an array of lip care products. Last weekend, I was having a little clear out of my dressing table and just kept pulling out one after the other… Where are those dry lip saviours when you actually need them, eh? Not in my bag, that’s for sure!

Unfortunately, I often suffer from dry cracked lips, even though I drink a lot of water and try very hard to keep out of the winter wind. For many years, I have just used the original Vaseline tin, but somewhere along the way my collection seems to have been growing from one tin to all of this… and there are definitely more floating about somewhere in this house.

Dry Lip Saviours

My most recent purchases were two Maybelline Baby Lip Balm Repair sticks. I’m currently using them daily as I work from home and they just add a bit of glam to my day face. I tend not to wear make-up unless i leave the house, so it’s great to add a  little lip colour to brighten things up. They provide nice sheer colour that you can build on, which isn’t greatly long lasting, but make my lips feel soft and hydrated for a lot longer. They smell amazing and are just £2.99 – Often on offer in both Boots and Superdrug.

Maybelline Baby Lip Balm

Who hasn’t had one of these Vaseline tins at one point or another… I’m not so keen on the smell of the Pink Bubbly and I don’t think I’d buy it again. However, I love the Paint The Town red lip tint. It’s great for using when I’m working outside on the club door, as there’s never enough time to whip out a mirror and apply more lipstick (yes, I need a mirror for lipstick application). I use the original on my elbows, face and hands as well, which is certainly not something you want to do with the tint!

Vaseline

I’m in two minds about the Ren Vita Mineral Lip Balm. On one hand it’s a great balm – very thick and long lasting on the lips – but then there is the hefty £9 price tag to consider. I guess it’s larger than some other balms and will last longer, but it’s always hard to part with that amount of money when other cheaper products have the same effects. I love the tube and for some reason I find myself applying it more often when it’s in my bag because it feels really great. Not the best tactic for something so expensive.

Ren Vita Mineral Lip Balm

Finally, not much to say about these two really, other than I keep them by my bed and they are my absolute best solutions for chapped lips. Best used overnight for lovely soft morning lips.

Lip Saviours

What products do you love to keep your lips feeling in tip-top condition?