This Week: In Bruges

Another week, another amazing city! I'm beginning to feel just slightly like a jet setter.. although eight hours on a coach and a rather woozy ferry ride didn't feel too luxurious at the time. A few little breaks that have been in the pipeline for a long time all seemed to have fallen within the same two months and honestly, I'm absolutely exhausted!

A Skincare Update

When I last posted about my morning and evening skincare routines back in March I promised to keep a more regular update on any changes to my regular line up of products. Since then a handful of new finds (and some golden oldies!) have been introduced and others substituted out completely so I decided it was about time to dedicate a video to my favourite subject!

A New Favourite Cleansing Balm

If there's one skincare product I enjoy the most, it's a good cleansing balm. The feeling of throwing a rich, oily layer right on top of make up and watching it melt away while indulging in a quick facial massage isn't a bad way to spend five minutes in the evening and makes the tedious step of taking it all off a little more bearable.

Paris Beauty Haul

When I found out I'd be taking a trip to Paris last month not only did I start planning the sights to see and places to go, but also which beauty products I wanted to pick up on our brief visit. From the lure of the French pharmacies, stocked to the brim with amazing skincare brands and a fair few products that are almost imposs

This Week: Cake at the Seaside

Before I start waffling on about cake, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all those who commented or tweeted me about yesterday's post. You truly warmed my heart and I feel so lucky to have such wonderful, understanding readers who have left me feeling refreshed, full of positivity and ready to start a new chapter of I Covet Thee.

September 01, 2014

July & August Favourites


As last month's favourites video got lost somewhere in my to-do list (as so many things do) I've mashed together all my most loved beauty products not only from August but July as well, two for the price of one style. After spending more time away from home that actually in it recently the beauty pickings have been slim - aka whatever I can shove into an already overflowing suitcase and some hand luggage full of a questionable amount of lip products, so what you see here is the cream of the crop from the last two months!



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August 31, 2014

This Week: In Bruges








Another week, another amazing city! I'm beginning to feel just slightly like a jet setter.. although eight hours on a coach and a rather woozy ferry ride didn't feel too luxurious at the time. A few little breaks that have been in the pipeline for a long time all seemed to have fallen within the same two months and honestly, I'm absolutely exhausted! Last year Darren organised a trip for us to see the Belgium F1 Grand Prix, which I have a sneaking suspicion was more for his benefit than mine, not that I was complaining when Jenson Button drove past us in a convertible - hands up who loves the JB ladies! Not only did we get to spend a few fun (although rather soggy) days at the track, we also got to explore Belgium itself a little.

Bruges was our last stop and turned to be my favourite of them all, despite the gloomy weather following us there. A hundred chocolate shops dotted around some of the most beautiful architecture I've ever seen, with cobbled streets and horse drawn carriages around every corner, it was perfect! Of course we couldn't come to Belgium and not get a waffle so, drawn in like flies to it's beautiful lightbulb sign, we stopped off at Oyya. I went for the classic chocolate and strawberries and oh my, was it tasty - Darren had the same with extra Oreos on top!

After one last trip to the marzipan shop (who knew!?) to stock on that sugary goodness, we left with sad faces and full tummies. Until next time Bruges, you were lovely!


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August 24, 2014

A Skincare Update


When I last posted about my morning and evening skincare routines back in March I promised to keep a more regular update on any changes to my regular line up of products. Since then a handful of new finds (and some golden oldies!) have been introduced and others substituted out completely so I decided it was about time to dedicate a video to my favourite subject!




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August 21, 2014

A New Favourite Cleansing Balm



If there's one skincare product I enjoy the most, it's a good cleansing balm. The feeling of throwing a rich, oily layer right on top of make up and watching it melt away while indulging in a quick facial massage isn't a bad way to spend five minutes in the evening and makes the tedious step of taking it all off a little more bearable. Emma Hardie's Amazing Face Balm was my cleanser of choice for a long time and I'll admit it's still probably the best out there, but after three tubs of the stuff I just felt like a change and something very special came through my letterbox just in time.

Neal's Yard is a brand I'm quickly falling head over heels for and their 10th Anniversary Edition Wild Rose Beauty Balm* now takes the title as one of the prettiest packaged products I own. Its also the thickest, richest and most concentrated cleansing balm I've ever tried, injecting so much moisture that no matter how dehydrated, dry and generally dull looking my skin may be it instantly perks everything up and leaves it plumped and glowing in just a few seconds. Despite being so rich it melts into the skin beautifully, breaking down every scrap of make up, even stubborn mascara and then after a quick sweep of a damp muslin cloth is gone just as easily, no oily residue left behind and no extra scrubbing required.

Those not so into the idea of Rose need not worry as the sweet floral of the rosehip oil is undercut by a spicy note of frankincense - one of my favourite scents, and is so incredibly relaxing! Most nights I find myself feeling drowsy as soon as the lid comes off..

Suffice to say this has become a firm favourite for cleansing and one that I'm happy to pull off the shelf over and over again. Excuse me while I sit at my desk for the next five minutes smelling this wonderful little pot!

* Gifted PR Samples

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August 18, 2014

Paris Beauty Haul


When I found out I'd be taking a trip to Paris last month not only did I start planning the sights to see and places to go, but also which beauty products I wanted to pick up on our brief visit. From the lure of the French pharmacies, stocked to the brim with amazing skincare brands and a fair few products that are almost impossible to find in the UK to the various Sephoras dotted all over the place - the store on the Champs-Élysées is practically a make up lovers heaven, housing just about every product you could ever wish for. Unfortunately not everything could come home with me in my already over-packed suitcase but this handful of beauty goodies were just too good to be left behind!



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