Monthly Archives: August 2012

The moisturiser method

It’s the evening and you’ve just arrived home after a long day at work. You can’t wait to slip into your pajamas, take your makeup off and let your skin breathe. You open your bathroom cabinet and paw around, when all of a sudden you realise your bottle of makeup remover is dangerously empty, and probably doesn’t contain enough liquid to remove your full face of makeup, no matter how vigorously you shake. You thought it might stretch for one more evening, but you were wrong. You wish you were more organised, promising yourself you won’t let your preening products dwindle again, unless you find yourself penniless.

Either that, or in my case, your makeup remover is nowhere to be found. It’s gone, like the wind. It has somehow miraculously vanished while you were at work. (I still haven’t found it, and both Mother and sister deny all knowledge)

What to do, what to do. It’s not a pleasant experience when you have to leave makeup on. It blocks pores, dulls, exhausts and tightens the skin and for many the effects are clearly visible the next day. Having very dry sensitive skin the whole year round, I had to remove it with something…within reason, of course. I rooted in my cabinet and figured my best bet was moisturiser, as hand soap would definitely prove diasterous.

I wet a handful of cotton wool under the tap and applied Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser to my skin, using the cotton wool to clean my face. It worked incredibly well at removing every last inch of makeup! I first tried this method three days ago, and constantly forgetting to pick up makeup remover meant I continued with it all weekend. Today, to my surprise, my skin is glowing, and looks healthier than it has in a long time. Not even the tiniest bit of makeup was necessary.

I highly recommend it if you’re in a bind. What are some of your stumble upon methods that work for you?

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Notes from my kitchen table

While moving into a new apartment is an exciting time for anyone, some may find it even more exciting to envision themselves cooking up a storm in their newly acquired kitchen, with a well stocked fridge; the shelves bright with fresh and colourful ingredients. I am definitely one of those people. I want to take total advantage of the city around me, sourcing the best local fare to follow and enjoy the recipes in my new cookbook, Notes From My Kitchen by Gwyneth Paltrow.

I have always been a Gwyneth fan. Admittedly, I couldn’t tell you much about the movies she’s appeared in, but anytime she has been interviewed, she comes across as an incredibly warm, intelligent and genuine person. When I discovered that she had spent some time living in Madrid as a teenager (she cites her host family as her second family to this day) and is also fluent in Spanish, I thought this book would be the perfect choice for trying healthy and creative dishes. It’s designed beautifully, as well as being incredibly thought out and personal. She talks about her late Father’s love of good food and wine, their close relationship, and how cooking is something they will always share. The book is filled with lots of tips and variations to suit any occasion, and her Spanish influence and her love for the Spanish way of life resonates throughout the book.

I’m looking forward to trying and testing, taking lots of pictures along the way.

What are some of your favourite cookbooks?

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Ankle Strap Heels

Ankle strap heels are most definitely an obsession of mine at the moment, and it really came out of nowhere. As someone who isn’t all too comfortable with the idea of feet I can’t stop looking for the perfect pair. There’s something so dainty about them, I love the barely there shape and the fact that they never seem to go out of style. I think the idea of feet is forgivable with a little bit of height.

 

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Gorgeous Chiara Ferragni from The Blonde Salad in Miu Miu glitter heels

Celine

Zara

Naf Naf

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