16 May 2016

New Skincare Must-Haves | Antipodes

Hey, hope you're all doing well! Today's post is all about Antipodes and some new skincare products that I've been absolutely loving.

 I had a few friends recommend these to me, and as you can see I've only included two products in todays post, mainly due to the fact I've firmly learned my lesson not to try too many products at the same time because if you react to anything, you'll have absolutely no idea which one caused it (nightmare I do not wish to repeat). Luckily neither of these irritated my skin so I've been able to actually use them without any worries!
First up is a moisturiser in the form of Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream. This stuff is so rich and creamy but when you put it on your skin it sinks in straight away and leaves literally no shine or residue on me - I would quite like to know how they've managed to pull that one out of the bag! Usually the creams which are moisturising enough lead to the lovely greasy look which only leads to an inevitably rubbish makeup application as well. It does have a scent to it... Vanilla yes, but there's something else that I can't put my finger on, either way I don't mind the scent at all because it hasn't irritated my skin so it's fine with me. 
The only thing I would add is that you should probably use a cotton tip to take the moisturiser out as dipping your fingers in might lead to bacteria getting in etc etc (I really do wish it was in a tube of some sort just for hygiene reasons), but that method has been going well for me so far.

Secondly, and probably my favourite of the two is the Juliet Skin Brightening Gel Cleanser. This is such a beautiful product, and so refreshing for me as I have gotten so used to using balms and oils. I use this both for first cleanse as a makeup remover, and then as a second cleanse just to make sure I've got everything, and it leaves my skin feeling so clean - but not in a horrible tight way that has stripped your skin of everything it ever had. It goes from a gel-liquid texture to something a bit more foamy, but only subtly, and removes makeup with ease - even better than the balms and oils I've used previously when it comes to my eye makeup too.

I have also noticed that my pores are so much smaller now that I'm using this cleanser, and since I've cut out the other cleansers it seems that my skin is so much brighter and just has more life to it compared to when I was using balms/oils.

I'm not saying I won't use balms or oils again, but for now, this stuff is an absolute dream and I will definitely be repurchasing because I use about half as much product as I did before and achieve even better results. So even though it is pricier than a lot of drugstore cleansers, the fact it lasts me longer makes it work out the same really.

Have you guys tried anything from Antipodes? If so, give me your recommendations for what else I need to try. Have a lovely week and speak to you soon!

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2 May 2016

City Break to Nice, France

I didn't realise how much I missed being in Nice until I sat down to write this post while it poured with rain outside, wishing I could swap the grey clouds for al fresco dining and sea views. It's quite a photo heavy post but hopefully you'll see why I fell in love with it and make you want to go just as much!
As soon as we landed we made our way onto the airport shuttle from Nice airport to the city centre (it was so much easier to get to and from the airport than I expected!), which stopped right outside Hotel Mercure on the Promenade des Anglais - honestly couldn't have asked for a better hotel in a more perfect location, right on the waterfront and minutes walk from everywhere we wanted to visit. 

The room was huge with really simplistic decor which I love, and we couldn't have asked for a better stay. We seem to have really good luck with hotels, and hoping it stays that way haha!

Even though we were pretty tired, there was no way we were wasting any time and dropped our bags off and went to look for a refuel straight away. I'd seen people post about Bar a Tapas Movida and knew it was just a bit further down the promenade from the hotel, and we managed to bag a spot on the balcony even though it was pretty busy! 

The views were incredible and I don't think there was a better way to feel like we'd arrived than nibbles and cocktails in the sun and watching the world go by. 

Vieux-Nice was next on our list and it was honestly one of the prettiest places I've ever seen, I felt like I'd been transported in time and just being there can make anyone feel relaxed and transported from the rush of the real world. All the better with four scoops from Fenocchio between us (you need to get ice-cream from there, seriously good!).

So colourful, I honestly couldn't get enough and I don't think I've ever been more inclined to look up the entire time so I didn't miss anything.

To be quite honest I wasn't too sure what to expect from Nice, but I fell in love with it beyond any expectations. I felt like I was in some kind of movie and at every turn we were like 'is this place even real?!' too quaint for its own good. 

After all the walking around and smelling pretty much every kind of cuisine possible, we decided we needed some pizza in our lives (how creative of us) and stopped off at La Favola which you can check out right here. The pizza was great and I definitely outdone myself on the cheese front, but the real star of the show was this Chocolate l'eclair Gianduja. It was too good for words and we genuinely considered getting a second one, if you're ever in Nice, go and get it (and possibly bring me one back too?). 

The rest of our time was pretty much spent in the same way - exploring, eating and just generally wishing it wouldn't end. 

We walked along the promenade and discovered these cliffs and obviously had to get involved and start climbing and before we knew it we'd been sat on the cliffs for hours just chatting and looking out onto the water without even realising it. 

Next on our agenda was to go and check out the best views of Nice from the Colline du Chateau, a little further from the promenade. Wear sensible shoes, there are a LOT of stairs.

But when you get to the top, those stairs are more than worth it. Nice was seriously showing off and the sun and blue skies made all the colours come to life. 

 After the walk back down, the sun was setting and we decided to have a seat on the infamous white benches and watch - perfect ending to the day and made me feel so grateful that I could be there to see this little part of the world that I never expected to love so much.

 Just a few more of the old town, in case you haven't had enough!

I really hope you've enjoyed this post, we also went on a day trip to Monaco while we were there and that post will be going up really soon!

Let me know if you've visited Nice before and if you haven't, let me know if I've tempted you! 

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25 April 2016

Avo-Toast Heaven | Angie's Little Food Shop, Chiswick

Hey guys! I've got a great new London foodie recommendation for you today, in the form of Angie's Little Food Shop in Chiswick (which is in west London if you're not familiar with the parts!).
For starters, the decor is ridiculously cute, I can only describe it as rustic meets pastel with a hint of scandinavian - because that's a thing. You can't walk past it without being intrigued about what they have to offer inside.
You're immediately hit with the smell of fresh coffee, juices and fragrant salads which are the first things you'll meet at the counter. I also noticed just how friendly and relaxed the vibe was in there, which is always a hit.
There's a mix of platters at the counter, and if I remember correctly they rotate different ones on different days meaning that you'll never be stuck for choice. Aside from the meaty platters, there are some seriously colourful veggie options available - all seasoned to perfection and the portions are pretty generous too (some of us have to eat enough for two apparantly...)
There are also pastries and delicious cakes up for grabs - which I definitely eyed up before I'd even stepped inside. Mini bundt cake anyone?

This time I opted for the avo-toast with smoked salmon, mainly because the lady next to me had it and it looked and smelled like I needed it in my life.

GUYS. It was so good. Honestly the creamiest avocado ever, perfectly seasoned and accompanied with crusty sourdough it was the best combo, if you're going to go for anything, make it this!
Bonus - it was so filling that I actually refrained from a cake. Yes me, refrained. You couldn't bet on it.
I really want to try some more of the salads next time I pop in, but I'm that person who has one thing and loves it and then never tries anything else. Only thing to it is just order two meals just to be on the safe side. One thing I know for sure is that I'll be coming here a lot, and dragging my friends with me!

What do you guys think? You can check out the menu right here if you like the look of it and do tag me in your tweets/instagram's if you ever post a visit!

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18 April 2016

The Perfect Throw-on Dress with H&M

I hadn't shopped in an actual shop in a while (so easy to be lazy online!) when I walked past H&M and spotted their colourful window displays that had spring wardrobe written all over them. Obviously I had to go in and see what there was to offer (can't let that all that window display work go to waste now can we...). 

Straight away I was hit with just how many items in the shop were this beautiful burnt orange colour, and after spotting some amazing pieces here and there that sadly wouldn't really suit my body shape, I finally came across this Trumpet Sleeve dress and just bought it there and then. I didn't even try it on because I was quite strapped for time so I was relieved that it fit pretty perfectly! It's the type of dress that I think would be flattering on anyone, and that's hard to find. 

It has such a striking colour that will grab anyone's attention, and beautiful lace detailing along the front, just above the waist and also across the sleeves too, which I thought were really lovely touches. The details as well as the flared shape of the sleeves means you can pretty much throw this on, pair it with your shoes and bag of choice - and go! It really doesn't need much accessorising at all. (The boots looks slightly killer but I've found them to be so comfortable beyond my expectations!) It's safe to say this dress has kick-started a little obsession with bright reds and oranges. 

Thanks so much to Ally for snapping the outfit - go and check her out right here, you won't regret it!

Dress - H&M
Boots - Truffle Collection at Asos (now in the sale!)
Bag - Old (Similar here)

Which colours have you been loving wearing lately? and what do you think of the dress?
Have a great week...
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