Monday, 15 July 2013

LA ROCHE-POSAY: Redermic R


Try out La Roche-Posay's latest innovation: Redermic R (retinol for sensitive skin)

"La Roche-Posay, a worldwide leader in dermatological skincare has developed Redermic R with 0.3% retinol. Redermic R has clinically proven anti-wrinkle efficacy. It helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots and is suitable for even sensitive skin."

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WIMH is an online network helping you discover and try luxury beauty through exclusive features, recommendations and free samples.

*Tries are free, limited and exclusive to WIMH, subject to availability. *This is not a sponsored post, I am only sharing this offer with readers.


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Friday, 28 June 2013

LAURA MERCIER: Secret brightening powder




The Laura Mercier secret brightening powder doesn't seem to get talked about all that much, yet has some strong cult following with rave reviews, maybe thats why its 'secret'.


A while ago when I purchased this powder I couldn't for one moment work out what the greatness of it was. It didn't seem to do anything for me. Fast forward some months and I was fed up with the Mac concealer under my eyes creasing. For whatever reason I resorted to this thinking it may be a good idea.

Did it work?

One month on and I have used it everyday without fail.

On the first recent occasion I used it to set my concealer I was amazed at the end of the day when I looked into the mirror to see that my concealer was still in place and had not creased. It didn't take me long to work out what it was because thats the only thing I had changed. THE WONDEROUS OF JOY! :)


The transparent white powder of micronised pigments is very fine with a subtle shimmer but the shimmer you see above is barely noticeable on the skin. The good thing is you only need a tiny bit so this product itself will last you an extremely long time. It's supposed to 'lighten and brighten' the under eye area but thats definitely not why I turn to it as I don't really notice it doing much of that and I think concealer helps to do that alone, however for a weightless product to beat the crease and keep the eye area lovely and soft this is a dream. If your a lucky one that doesn't need/wear concealer obviously this may not be of any use.


How I use it: Using a bare minerals concealer brush I swirl it in the lid where there will be a sufficient trace of powder ideal for each eye (as in the photo above). I gently tap and/or brush it along the under eye area, corners of the eye and along the lid. It's so soft and weightless it doesn't feel like anything.

Pros:
Effective for setting concealer/eyeliner and avoiding the crease
Light-as-air
Mistake-proof application
Lasts a very long time

Cons:
The packaging isn't great, the product can easily go everywhere once opened so you have to be careful


Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder available at Laura MercierSpack NK and other big department stores.


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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Champagne: Epernay and Reims


Found myself chocolate fondant!  ;)
We even found a little french friend... and had a bit too much fun with him after one too many drinks!

The Champagne trip went better than I expected, although its a long journey! The Eurotunnel is the quickest part of it, it only takes a quick 35 minutes from leaving UK to entering France. The drive itself from Calais to Epernay in the Champagne region took us around 3.5 hours. When we drove off the Eurotunnel the weather was absolutely awful, we wondered where on earth we had arrived to! It was torrential rain, thunder and lightening so we probably lost a bit of time due to the driving conditions. The storm eventually passed and we picked up on some time and surprisingly when we reached Epernay it was absolutely beautiful, the sun was shining and it was perfect conditions to start tasting champagne!

We spent a day and a half in Epernay before we drove on to Reims (apparently pronounced 'rance' according to a French woman we met at a winery in Ay) we made a few stops for tastings along the way before we reached Reims. 

I definitely preferred Epernay to Reims, Epernay was a very pretty town and I would have liked to have spent more time there. We also went to a Michelin restaurant in Epernay La Grillade Gourmande which was lovely.

We went to the champagne caves at Moët et Chandon in Epernay, which was a good experience. I would recommend doing at least one of the caves for the big champagne houses (we ended up doing two in total but for me one was enough). The other caves visit we did was at Mumm in Reims.

It was good to taste the champagnes and get an idea of what you prefer, especially for me as I am not a big drinker but I do enjoy champagne. It was insightful because you discover a lot more about the process behind the champagne houses and actually realise a lot more goes into it than you probably first thought. One of my favourite parts of the journey was stopping at a small independent champagne house that was this little thing in the middle of all the fields of vines, infact I think the champagne from there is one of my favourites.

We bought back quite a few cases so I am looking forward to trying them, we even popped open a bottle when we got home!


Next stop... Napa?


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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Champagne, FR



I am off to Champagne! (France)

I have no idea what to expect but there will be lots of tastings involved so hopefully a few photos too and no doubt some cases of bubbles bought back :) We leave tomorrow morning and are back late Sunday... (hopefully not too drunk!)

More details to follow...

Happy Wednesday!

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(Image credit: Hôtel Villa Belrose)

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

RICHARD NICOLL: Resort 2013 Collection



Fresh, summery, simple yet sophisticated, the Richard Nicoll 2013 Resort Collection is simply beautiful!

The jacquard print mixed with the neon-pastel like tones and sleek design makes this style distinctly elegant yet uncomplicated. 


Resort? Cruise Ship? Vacation? Anyone?

Richard Nicoll Resort Collection available online at mywardrobe and net-a-porter.com


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Sunday, 9 June 2013

HOME STYLE



I love this big white floral candle (hence probably why I went a bit crazy with the photos!) infact I am not sure I will ever be able to light it! I may just keep it as decorative. Its a lovely statement piece I would definitely be sad to burn!

This little trinket box was also a unique find, I was immediately drawn to its unusual design. It has a slight Moroccan feel with a modern edge. The mirroring in the lid helps keep the contents enclosed hidden and just adds to that perfect touch of beautifulness. I haven't permanently decided what to hold in it but for now its been storing some of my jewellery but I am sure it will be perfect for any bedside/table contents.


White flower candle / Flower box


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