A Taster of Camden Market

Two weeks ago, a friend invited me to join her on a trip to Camden Market. I had seen her mouth-watering, foodie, Instagram photos, from when she’d been there the weekend before, and was eager to have a peak myself. We headed down there (or up there for me!) at midday on a Saturday. Lemme tell you, Camden is even busier on a Saturday than you could possibly imagine! My friend had no problem with it because the last time she had been was during the Easter Holidays. Think crowds of tourists and triple that!

After meeting each other, and battling our way through Camden Town Tube Station, we headed towards Camden Lock in search of lunch, or brunch for me. The food market is held everyday on the opposite side of the Canal Lock from the station. It wasn’t quite as extensive as I had assumed it would be, but that’s me being fussy and comparing it to French standards. The quality of the food was next level.

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Unlike perhaps some of the Parisian markets, Camden is far less old-worldy, with bright colours and graffiti compared to the more rustic French look. Picture 2017 Drake playing instead of live acoustics. Camden became a very hip and cool place with the kids in the late 20th to 21st Century. Therefore, expect your fair share of Urban Outfitters-clad tweens and a handful man-buns.

Our first stop was Oli Baba’s, infamous for their halloumi chips which are, according to them, the “original halloumi fries”. Not gonna lie, I loved them! They are pretty much what they say they are; halloumi deep-fried and served up in a box. We had all the toppings to get out money’s worth which included: greek yoghurt, pomegranate seeds, sunflower seeds and shredded mint. The crunchiness of the seeds combined with the rubberiness of the cheese made the texture something quite special and the cooling toppings contrasted pleasantly with the fattiness of the deep-frying. I posted the photo below on Instagram, and had LOT of positive response in the comments.

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We tried a couple more snacks as we wandered around eating our halloumi fries, and eventually settled main course with a Japanese Chicken Tonkatsu Curry from Yu Kyu mmm..! Not gonna lie, the only times I’ve eaten Katsu Curry have been at Wagamama so I had small past experience. Good, but small. But you can trust my words as my friend on the other hand, knows her stuff and she approved it! It was served on sticky, white rice with coleslaw and red onion on the side as a salad. The chicken was breaded and the sauce was the perfect mix of sweet and savoury. The portion was a apt size for the two of us to share and even then, we scraped the bowl clean. I also posted this one on Instagram and I’m sure I made many people envious!

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After this feast (!), we went and explored more of Camden and left the immediate food market. Down the stairs, behind the lock, there is a larger, more general market and tucked along that street is a veeeery famous ice cream café called Chin Chin Labs which is said to have “the best ice cream in England” and be “Europe’s first liquid nitro ice cream”! I know this post is about the market, but I have to mention Chin Chin. The café feels very much like a science lab, I suppose because the ice cream is made with liquid nitrogen. I had a scoop of the classic Burnt Butter Caramel and my friend had an amazing hot chocolate with a dollop of melted marshmallow atop.

We then delved into the darker depths of Camden Market and found a foodie’s paradise with worldwide cuisine at our fingertips. The smells and sights were incredible and the stall that particularly drew me in was the Indian one. Next time I will definitely be heading back there.

I was super thirsty at this point, so I grabbed a berry smoothie from a place with fresh fruits. It wasn’t the best I’ve ever had but it hit the spot alright.

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Next up, was dessert; Churros! We hit up La Churreria, a Spanish doughnut stall. I’m not sure there was enough room left in my belly to really get the most out of these sugary wonders but nevertheless; they were delicious. I’d had my eye on them since we’d entered the market and was eager to give them a go. I cannot complain. I mean who can when they’re presented with deep-friend, sugar coated pastries with Nutella on the side?

We then ventured on to South Kensington but I’ll leave that story for another day…

If you’re an adventurous foodie who’s eager to scan the London food scene, or just someone up for a couple of different dishes, Camden Food Market is the place to go.

XO

April Favourites 2017

♡ Beauty ♡

// Naked 2 Palette – After using the Naked 2 Palette a heck of a lot in Paris I kinda fell back in love with it again making the Naked 3 Palette, probably my least favourite of my Naked Palettes.

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♡ Haircare ♡

// Middle Parting – I tried out a middle part after being sick to death of my current hairlook but not wanting to trim or dye it. To my surprise, I love it! People have mixed opinions on it: my friends supporting me and my parents… Maybe not so much! I’m personally a fan so I guess that’s all that really counts, right?

♡ Fashion ♡

// Brandy Melville Aleena Honey Embroidery Top – I bought this t-shirt back in Paris with my friend, Scarlett, after walking for about 25 minutes to the Brandy store (#basic I know) which was very worth it, if I do say so myself! It is super comfy and looks amazing with my Zara Mom jeans (which I mentioned in last month’s favourites post) or tucked into black jeans under a light-wash denim jacket.

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// Primark Denim Jacket – …Speaking of denim jackets! I have rediscovered mine from a couple of years ago. I never wore this all that much because back in the day (lol) I had a few other options. Now-a-days, money isn’t quite as available; student budget and all that, so I have found myself reaching for this on most Paris and London days when it’s not quite cold enough for my winter coat.

♡ TV Shows ♡

// 13 Reasons Why – I jumped on the 13RW band-wagon a bit later than some others but once I did, I was fully addicted. It’s one of those shows that’s so engrossing that you don’t even see Netflix flicking on over to the next episode until you’re already 3 episodes in. I adored the character of clay and probably related to him the most out of all of the characters. I’m just about as awkward as him but not nearly as cute! I also really liked the soundtrack especially Billie Eillish’s song, “Bored”.

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♡ Music ♡

// Cornerstone by Hillsong Worship – I discovered and really got into worship music in the month of April and have been loving all sorts of artist’s work; mostly from Hillsong and Passion. Their music is incredibly powerful and inspiring and I love and am in awe  of how many people can be captured by  Christianity just through music. Give one of their live-performance videos a watch; they are truly amazing.

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// Redbone by Childish Gambino – I love the beats at the beginning of this song and the singer’s voice throwing it back to a very 90s/00s era. It’s funky and I can imagine listening to it on a road trip at night; hence why I put it in my Spotify playlist named, “late night drives”.

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// Passionfruit by Drake – Drake never disappoints, I swear. Passionfruit is kind of different from some of his other tunes but has an awesome vibe nevertheless. It’s very groovy. I’m sure that it’ll be great listening to it while on holiday or just in the summertime.

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// Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby by Cigarettes After Sex – I’m a huge fan of Orion Carlotto and found this song on her Insta Story. I thought I’d take a listen as I like a lot of Orion’s favourite songs. This one was no exception. I like the rock-y sound of the bass guitar and the grungy audio. It’s a bit different but good-different.

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// Promises by Jhene Aiko – I found Jhene Aiko through Lindsey Hughs’ first travel vlog from Bali. I love all of her songs. They’re enchanting and dreamy and some of her lyrics are like poetry. I particularly like the lyrics to Promises. The meaning behind the song and lyrics is incredibly moving. It’s about the struggle of life after losing people so dear to us. The lyrics “promise I’ll be alright”, which are repeated continually throughout the song, are directed at her lost loved ones, Jhene willing herself to live. The first verse is about the passing of her daughter and the second, her brother. The beginning of the song even contains a home-audio recording of her brother and daughter interacting.

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// Like It’s Over by Jai Wolf (feat. MNDR) – This was a song that was playing in Topshop which I shazamed. I don’t have anything inspirational to write about this one, other than it’s a good tune. Look it up.

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// How Far I’ll Go – Auli’i Cravalho (Moana Soundtrack) – I watched the film Moana at the start of the month and loved the main tune in it. I much prefer Auli’i’s version from Alicia Keys’ as it’s full of so much more passion and life. Somehow I know every lyric to it without having listened to it all that much. I guess that’s just Disney for you.

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XO

Indulgent Dum Dum Doughnuts

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After class one day, a couple of new friends invited me to tag along with them to a new doughnut place one of them had heard about. It was a fair way from the class we were coming from, but I’d say worth the distance.

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I was surprised to see that the store had a hygiene rating of 3/5. It is rare now-a-days to find a reputable place with anything less than 4 or 5. The shop itself seemed clean enough but look unfinished in terms of decor. The decorations that were up were definitely attractive and insta-worthy though!

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One of my friends ordered a box of 6 doughnuts for £15 to share with friends and family back at home while the other bought just one; the famous chocolate cream doughnut. I bought the Salted Caramel and Lotus one The individual doughnuts were £3.50 each. I would say that £3.50 is a lot for just one doughnut but the size and quality of them just about justifies the price!

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We then went on to a Vietnamese place, about 10 minutes walk away, and had pho and fried noodles but were really itching to tuck into our desserts! Once we’d gobbled up our dishes we (subtly and sneakily) shared around my friend’s chocolate doughnut, my caramel one and our other friend’s “Eat and Mess” (eton mess inspired) doughnut in the restaurant. My favourite would have to have been the latter; a dense and fluffy “cronut” dough filled with the lightest, creamiest strawberries and cream mousse. It was “sheer heaven” as Mary Berry would say!

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If you have a sweet tooth, Dum Dum is definitely one to try!

XO

“The Best Coffee in Paris”

So there you go. We’ve solved it. Coutume is the place to go for your coffee in France’s capitol. We can stop searching now.

According to many, Coutume claims the title for, not just some of the, but the best coffee in all of Paris. Whether that could possibly be true, I had to check out for myself. Among friends, family & followers, I am infamous for my love of, and quest for, the best coffees. So, it comes to no surprise, that a girl, also in my class at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, came up to me and asked whether I’d ever been to Coutume. After hearing the entire WORLD talk about it on Instagram, and everyone and their mother writing about it on their blogs, I decided to head along after an 8AM practical one day accompanied by a few fellow students in my class.

There is a thing in Paris, that many of the places with the nicest coffee are either Australian or New Zealand-owned, aesthetically pleasing, hipster-filled oasis’s crawling with students camera-to-hand and eyes on enchanting latte art. Apart from being owned by an Australian and a Frenchman, Coutume is none of these things (except maybe just a tad aesthetically pleasing) which is a much appreciated difference from the others like it. That was probably what first struck me.

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The next would be the aesthetics. The decor is very science lab-esque which pushes aside the typically slightly feminine, marble feel that is so common now-a-days. This made me feel uncomfortable at first but so many of the subtleties, such as water being served in a beaker, were just SO cool.

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Now, the part we’ve all been waiting for. The Coffee. In my opinion, the taste of a “good” coffee is very subjective but there are several universal standards that must be met that I will discuss with you.

The coffee was served in a glass cup, which could’ve been more creative but I liked the simplicity of it. It wasn’t piping hot, but at a drinkable temperature. I know some people might’ve liked it a bit hotter but I was eager to try out this infamous beverage as soon as possible.

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The coffee itself was more bitter than some that I have tasted before and the amount you got was quite small for the price of 3.50€ for a café-crème. Usually I wouldn’t have been a fan of how strong it was, despite even loving black coffee, but I drank it alongside Coutume‘s Pancakes and the sweetness of them were balanced well with the more savoury latte.

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We sat around the table and my friend and I photographed our food (obvs) and then tucked into it. The photographs didn’t turn out as insta-worthy as most places I go to and actually didn’t ever make it to the gram so you’ll have to enjoy them on here instead.

I wouldn’t say that I had the “best coffee in all of Paris” but I did enjoy my brunch there and would recommend checking out Coutume if you can.

XO

February Favourites 2017

This is my first favourites post of 2017 and my first favourites post since November’s… It’s crazy how quickly this year is going!

♡ Beauty ♡

// Revlon Super Lusterous Lipgloss (Super Natural) – Generally, I am not a lipgloss fan by any means but if I’m feeling it, this is the one that I will go for. It isn’t sticky or very thick at all but makes your lip both moisturised and natural looking with a tiny bit of colour. I enjoy the size of the doefoot applicator too.

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♡ Skincare ♡

My skin has had many ups and many many downs in the period of time since I last spoke to you. I have however enjoyed using a couple of products which I will now show you.

// Nivea Men Aftershave Balm – This is a well renouned primer in the beauty world. While you might get some strange looks buying this at the drugstore, it is definitely worth it! I apply a very small amount on my face (so as not to clog my pores up) and leave it to sit for 30 seconds to become tacky so the foundation can adhere nicely. It smells exactly like a cologne/aftershave (duh!) but this scent does wear off throughout the day. I think it is important to wear perfume with it though not that men’s products don’t smell amazing! I’m not sure whether my makeup genuinely lasts longer when I put this balm on, my if definitely applies a lot smoother, giving an airbrush finish, and I love it for that. NOTE: This product isn’t designed to be a primer, resulting in it containing different ingrediants and quanitities of those ingrediants, so go easy on it!

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♡ Haircare ♡

My friend and I have worked out that the reason why our skin, hair and diets have been sucking is down to French tap water. I’m not sure what it is about it but we could do without it! Interestingly, I think going home soon will definitely improve both my skin and my hair emensley. Fingers crossed anyways!

♡ Fashion ♡

// Polo Ralph Lauren Hoodie – I wear this out and about and have recently got into the (bad) habit of wearing it to sleep in. I don’t know about you, but I feel like Polo Ralph Lauren should only be worn to bed if it is pyjamas due to its beautiful quality and purpose but I just can’t help myself! It is way too comfy…

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// Zara Mom Jeans – Ever since Mom jeans were released (or rather I should say re-released) I have wanted to give them a go. Funnily enough, the pair that I own, were actually first worn by one of my good friends here in Paris. We were in Zara trying to find her some new jeans and she tried these on but found that these particular ones didn’t suit her as well as she had hoped. On a whim, I asked whether I could try them on instead and about 10 minutes later I was at the cash register swiping my card (or rather inserting it as we’re not in America!). I love the vintage look and the bagginess which makes a pleasant change from my past 7 years of skinny jean-wearing!

♡ TV Shows ♡

// House M.D. – In January, I got into the habit of watching one (or more!) episode(s) of “House M.D.” every night before bed. Despite focusing on people with life-threatening, undiagnosable illnesses, I, suprisingly, find it pretty comforting. Gregory House’s sarcastic humor is fantastic and I love the engagement of the other characters as well. As I am writing this, I am currently on Season 2, Episode 24 and still thoroughly enjoying it.

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♡ Music ♡

// Five Minutes by Her – VIBEEEESSSSS. That’s it. This is one of those songs that you click along to the beat, almost subconciously, immediately. It would be a very fun song to edit a video to. In fact – it was used in an apple commercial (click here)!It feels very old school in parts and is a great one to listen to whilst walking on your commute. My Uber driver actually had ‘Five Minutes’ on his playlist and I asked him what song was playing (in French might I add!) because I was enjoying it so much. The duo are French based so I have heard it a couple of times on the radio, although not as much as I would like! The lyrics have been said to seem very “suggestive”, but they remain mysterious throughout.

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// I Found by Amber Run – ‘I Found’ is truly different. Its uniqueness caused the binge-listening of all of Amber Run’s music in the one night. I feel like it would be very difficult to do a cover of this song. The harmonies and the sound recording make it hauntingly beautiful and atmospheric. It feels very powerful but remains gentle like you should be listening to it up on the Scottish coast or the Yorkshire moors or something like that!

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// Except For Us by Austin Mahone – After finding out that Jim Chapman, Cameron Dallas and Marcus Butler were walking in the Dolce & Gabanna FW17 Show in Milan, I decided to give it a watch. To much controversy, funnily enough, Austin Mahone sang for the show. I personally think it’s cool how Austin started out on YouTube and is so young at only 20 years old but I am aware that his presence had mixed reactions> I did enjoy a couple of the songs he sang, one of which being ‘Except for Us’. I love the edit at 1:33 and again the beats of it.

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// Issues by Julia Michaels – I could’ve sworn ‘Issues’ came out in 2011 or something like that but apparently it was only eleased this year! It feels nostalgic of an old YouTube video or 6 second Vine (#RipVine). I love the lyrics of this song and how the beat hops between playful and heavy.

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// FFYL by Quinn XCII – I really like listening to FFYL (or Fool For Your Love) by Quinn XCII when I am “on-the-go”, as the album art would suggest. Even though it was only released in 2015, the singer’s voice feels very 00s, especially the raps – if you could call it that. Have a listen for yourself…

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// Love by Lana Del Rey – If you didn’t already know, Lana Del Rey is one of my all time favourite vocalists. Her voice is magical and completely enchanting. She definitely has a style that may not appeal to all but she is worth the listen! Recently she anounced the news of an upcoming album  with singles being released gradually. ‘Love’, was the first of those singles. I’ll just say that she’s definitely started on a high…

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// Everyday by Ariana Grande feat. Future – Ariana Grande’s 2016 album ‘Dangerous Woman’ was probably my favourite release of the year. I believe I mentioned songs that I liked from it in this post but I never remember ‘Everyday’ particularly standing out to me. As, Ariana is on her Dangerous Woman Tour at the moment, and has just released the (very weird) music video to ‘Everyday’, this song was brought to my attention. It’s just a bit of fun, no incredible music genuis but I enjoy how upbeat her music is, and it’s always fun being able to learn the lyrics.

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// La La Land Soundtrack 
OML. LA LA LAND THOUGH !! I cannot express how much I loved this film. It is honestly now in my top 3 favourite films. If you haven’t seen it yet, run to your local cinema because you won’t regret it. I honestly think that people who don’t like it don’t understand it. It is magical. My favourite songs from the album are “What a Lovely Night” and (of course) “City of Stars”. 

XO

My Top 16 Products of 2016

This post links with a YouTube video which you can find at the given link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3e81sCXV0c&t=21s

1. It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Product

Quite honestly one of the only hair products (besides shampoo and conditioner!) that I use on the regular. After washing my hair I will throw it up in a towel and after a bit, while it’s still damp, take it down and try to comb it through once over. Even if it’s easy to brush through, I will take a couple of sprays into my hand and run it throughout the ends of my hair. One more brush through and the products in. What’s great is that it makes my hair have little to no knots anymore. This product has so many benefits including strengthening, detangling and making your hair smell amazing! RRP: $12.98 USD

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2. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions All-Over Clearing Treatment

Mum and I took a trip to Debenhams, when my skin was taking a turn for the worse, and stocked me up on Clinique skincare. This moisturiser is designed for people with skin problems, in particular: acne, and is therefore very light on the face and great for people with a combination/oily skin type. 10/10 would recommend; besides the price of course! RRP: £21.00

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3. Zoella Beauty Hungry Hands Hand Cream

This product came from Zoë’s Christmas range that arrived in mid October. I bought it very early on, before the whole gingerbread scent was that appealing to people, and have been obsessed with it ever since! I seriously wish I’d stocked up on them though as I know I’m still going to want to use it even when this 90ml tube has run out. Also, quickly, how cute is the packaging!? RRP: £5.50 (could only find the Wonder Hand Hand Cream)

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4. Original Beautyblender

Before using the Beauty Blender, the only sponges I had tried out where the simple, drugstore makeup artist sponges and the Real Techniques Sponge. To be straight up honest with you, the cosmetic sponges suck! The Real Techniques one works but after using the Beauty Blender only one time, it made the Real Techniques one seem very insignificant indeed. I have no idea what it is, I’m guessing the material, that makes the Beauty Blender that good and that unique. It does cost more money than the others on the market at the moment, but it makes your makeup look light, flawless and full-coverage. Go and grab one for yourself if you want to know what I’m on about! RRP: £16.00

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5. NYX High Definition Eyeshadow Base

After months of telling you guys that I was applying the Rimmel Eyeshadow Primer just because it was the only eyeshadow primer that I owned, I finally upgraded and bought the NYX Eyeshadow Base for myself. Soooo much better than the Rimmel one! It doesn’t feel nearly as greasy, it acts as a concealer due to it’s shade as well, it makes your eyeshadows more pigmented, and it actually lasts! RRP: £5.50

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6. Sleek Contour Kit (Light)

I only purchased this product back in early December but I have loved it that much that it has made it into my yearly favourites. My friend (whose name I won’t mention for privacy reasons) has been nagging me to try this kit out for the longest time and after convincing her to try out many products that I have recommended to her, I decided to buy it for myself. The bronzer side is the perfect shade for bronzing and contour as it isn’t too orange or too grey-toned. The highlighter, while not being as incredible as the Mary-Lou, is one of my favourites to use on an everyday basis because of how well it suits the bronzer alongside it and you don’t have to worry about blinding anybody! RRP: £6.99

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7. The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter

When I found out that the supermarket 5 doors down from me in France had a ‘The Balm’ stand I knew that the Mary-Lou Manizer was at the top of my shopping list. I had heard such great things about it. It is by far my favourite highlighter for that drop-dead gorgeous glow. I am yet to find anything that comes close to it although I am eager to try out the Becca X Jaclyn Hill collaboration. RRP: £20.00

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8. Makeup Revolution Blush Palette (Sugar & Spice)

As I said in the video that links with this post, yes, I did mention this palette in last year’s favourites. However, this year it has been one particular shade that has stood out to me. I’m sure that I’ve used it in several tutorials so it will probably be no surprise to you. It’s a peach-toned, nude/pink coloured blusher. I’d say that it was matte with a very, very subtle shimmer running throughout it. The only drawback is that it is not available singularly but the good news is that the whole palette is extremely inexpensive and contains 4 other, very pretty shades and 1 really cool highlighter! RRP: £6.00

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*the shade in the top left hand corner of the palette*

9. Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

I always have a significant palette of the year in these posts. This year’s was the original Chocolate Bar Palette by Too Faced. It was a spontaneous buy the day before I went on holiday to Mallorca in June. While it was on the pricier side, I’ve already definitely got my money’s worth out of it! I am a complete sucker for warm-toned eyeshadows. RRP: £39.00

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*the shade on the bottom, right-hand corner is can be used as a highlighter as well*

10. L’Oreal Superliner Perfect Slim

Another product that was mentioned in ‘My 15 Favourite Products of 2015’, but unlike the palette, this product is simply my favourite because it has constantly stayed my favourite and as of yet, nothing has beaten it to the top. It is very black and the skinny nib makes it easy to create a precise line along your upper lash line. 2016 was also the year that I feel like I (finally!) mastered the perfect wing and I can’t say that using this product didn’t help me out the tiniest bit. RRP: £6.99

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11. Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Too Faced, you did it again. While definitely not the cheapest of mascaras you can 100% see why this mascara is so pricy. The packing is super different to other products available today and is quite weighty which I think is important at showing the costumer the quality of the product. It makes your lashes longer, more separated and wider. I’d definitely recommend that you just bite the bullet and spend the money! I have had countless compliments on my eyelashes when I where this mascara. It truly makes it seem worth it to me when it’s not just me noticing the difference. RRP: £19.00

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2. Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit (Koko K)

I can’t do a 2016 makeup post without mentioning Kylie Cosmetics. I only bought one product from her line this year and that was the Lip Kit in Koko K. A beautiful, light candy-pink colour in the form of a liquid lipstick with a matching lipliner. Positives are that it’s pretty long lasting (especially when on the go drinking and eating, which is great!) and that it feels very light on the lips which stop you from worry about it’s condition. The only substantial negative that I have with it is that if you build up the layers too much it flakes off as it dries so I really wouldn’t recommend layering it at all. RRP: $29.00 USD

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6. Too Faced Melted Lipstick (Fig)

I purchased one of Too Faced’s Christmas Sets back in November at my closest Sephora store here in Paris. It only cost £22 for 3 minature Melted Lipsticks and 1 minature Melted Matte Lipstick, which for Too Faced is a pretty good deal! The Melted Matte Lipstick has become one of my favourites but the product that really stood out to me was the Melted Lipstick in the shade, ‘Fig’. Fig is a unique, almost vampy, purply, pinky colour! It glides on your lips and has the perfect staying power and shade for an evening out such as a nicer meal. I actually opted for this instead of a red for Christmas dinner! RRP: £19.00 (full-size)

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7. Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick (Child Star)

Another Too Faced product! Are we even surprised now? I bought this product back in November on a complete whim and it has (clearly) been one of the best purchases I made in 2016.  At first I thought that it was too light for my skin tone but after a couple of uses I was already obsessed with it! I have honestly never been disappointed with a Too Faced product. The shade ‘Lady Balls’ came in the Christmas set that I got ‘Fig’ in and that has now become one of my favourite reds so I am very keen to try out other shades from this matte range. RRP: £19.00

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8. M.A.C Lipstick (Mehr)

This, along with ‘Twig’ which I mentioned last year, would have to be classed as my top favourite M.A.C lipstick of all time. It is a satin which is my favourite finish that M.A.C do, feeling creamy on the lips whilst still being long-lasting and very pigmented. I think that it is a shade that really suits my skin tone so I would try and swatch it in store or get one of the makeup artists to put it on your lips before purchasing it. RRP: £14.50

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9. Maybelline Color Sensational Nudes Lipstick (Velvet Beige)

Another product that I bought on a complete whim. Maybelline had just released their line of nude lipsticks and the shade name reminded me of ‘Velvet Teddy’ from M.A.C. The colour, however, is very different to the M.A.C lipstick so don’t go buying it thinking that I said it was a drugstore dupe because it’s not. It has a much creamier, sheenier texture and is more of a peachy shade than ‘Velvet Teddy’ is. It still quickly became my favourite, go-to everyday nude and I’m sure that I will be repurchasing it at some point sooner rather than later. RRP: £6.99

*For some really weird reasons I can’t find a photo of this lipstick a-n-y-w-h-e-r-e*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Favourite Paris-based Lifestyle Bloggers & Instagrammers 

Something about Blogging has always appealed to me. I love how people can use their own aesthetics and creativity to brand themselves and invent an online persona. The same goes for Instagram, just to a varying extent. Regularly reading a blog can seem quite overwhelming, so I have decided to give you a snippet into what you might find were you to delve into the world of Parisian Bloggers.
Carin Olsson //

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Instagram: @parisinfourmonths

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Blog: parisinfourmonths.com

If you know Paris-based Bloggers, you mostly likely know Carin. She has close to 1 million followers on Instagram and many, many engagements on her blog. Carin was born and raised in Poland but moved to France in 2011 to pursue her dream of living in Paris. She was only originally meant to be in the city for four months (hence the name of her blog and instagram) but fell in love with the city and never left! She has a very light, minimalistic, feminine style to both her blog and her Instagram. What I really love about Carin’s work is her blog layout. I love how she arranges the photographs alongside the text and manages to ace that word:picture ratio. Both her photographs on Instagram and her blog work, look very clean and pleasing to the eye. Once, a modest blogger, you could now say Carin was some sort of B list celebrity taking her followers and readers along to luxurious Dior, Cartier and Louis Vuitton events with a beautiful dress on and, of course, a camera in her hand. Carin also has a private Instagram account where she posts more photographs. I won’t post a screenshot of it simply because she chose to allow me to see them but not necessarily spread her personal photographs around.

Alina Kolot //

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Instagram: @alinakolot & @alina.sepp

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Alina Kolot is a young, Russian photographer based in Paris. You can find her on her themed account @alina.Kolot as well as her personal photography one @alina.sepp. @alina.Kolot is the epitome of the Parisian dream. It is the pastel world of peonies, macarons and beautiful architecture that attracts 100k+ followers from all over the globe. You may recognise some of Alina’s photographs even without having ever heard of her, as they have been reposted on Tumblr and Pinterest many times. Her account is airy and fresh whilst still claiming the indulgent luxuries that we love from bloggers around the world. @alina.sepp feels much cooler and more sensible as it really shows a portfolio of Alina’s professional work as a photographer. I love both accounts very much indeed. The only drawback that I can find is that most of Alina’s captions are in Russian!

Anna //

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Instagram: @paris.with.me

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Blog: pariswithme.com

Anna was born and raised in Russia but like Carin, moved to Paris in 2011, this time to study photography at the Sorbonne and pursue her work as a photographer. While she has a smaller following than Carin, her photographs give me heart eyes every time! The lighting and composition of them is A1 and you can tell that she doesn’t tamper with them too much. This is great as it shows genuine, original talent and respect for her work. Her photographs are also much more warm toned which appeals to me, meaning that I draw more inspiration from Anna than I do Carin. Unlike Carin, Anna does not travel too much so if you want pretty much all year round Parisian posts I would say Anna is the one for you!

I hope you enjoyed this little sneak-peek into some of Paris’ top Instagrammers and Bloggers! I love them all and there are many more I could touch on in a future post if you liked this idea…

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