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.

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.

Simple Summer Make Up

I may have brought enough make up on holiday with me this year to last months rather than weeks but it was this simple look using just a handful of products that I gravitated towards most days. A special mention has to go out to the Diorskin Nude BB Creme which has turned out to be the star of the show for simple Summer skin and may just be edging it as my new favourite lightweight base - it's just flawless!

This Week: A Birthday Trip to London

I've had quite the busy time this week (makes a change from my usual pyjama's on at 4pm schedule) and got whisked away to London for a long weekend which involved a good trawl of the shops - a haul could possibly be making it's way to you very soon, an amazing opportunity to go to Wimbledon to watch Andy Murray play on Centre Court and uh, not to mention probably the highest levels of giddy excitement I've experienced since I was thirteen after Darren surprised me with tickets to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. Undoubtedly one of the best experiences my inner child and I have ever had.

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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August 17, 2014

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. For those worried that it meant my blogging days were coming to an end, have no fear, I'll be here talking about junk food, make up and how much I've unwisely spent at Space NK for a long time to come!

As for the cake, it was beyond good. Darren and I drove down to Southsea yesterday afternoon to take a stroll along the seafront and indulge in one of our favourite places to eat, The Tenth Hole. It's an adorable little cafe right at the end of a pitch and putt course (for those who like to work up an appetite before they eat their oversized desserts), full to the brim with all the shabby chic decor you could ever wish for and even a stash of hot water bottles and blankets to take your pick from if you choose to sit outside when it's particularly nippy. Plus, anywhere that puts a tub of Nutella right alongside salt, pepper and the rest of the condiments on the table gets a thumbs up in my book.

The food is beautiful, but it's definitely the huge selection of sweet treats that make it worth the visit. Think monster Banoffee Pie, Mars Bar Cheesecake and the biggest Victoria Sponge I've ever seen in my life - are you drooling yet? Because I am. We went for a slice of the Vegan Chocolate Cake to share, not that you would ever have guessed it was dairy free it tasted so good, then waddled around in a very slow fashion for the rest of the day. A Saturday very well spent I'd say!

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August 16, 2014

A Few Words About Blogging


Now, I like to keep this space on the internet as professional as possible. Beauty, style and whatever else inspires me - yes, but get me talking about anything too personal and it all starts to get a bit uncomfortable. Sure, I've taken you along with me to the odd lunch date or two, will always feel obliged to share whenever a particularly mouthwatering desert/cake/burger (or all of the above) makes it's way onto my plate and even let you see me swanning around the house with wet hair and no make up while having the odd moan about life last time Vlogmas rolled around, but usually that's about as personal as it gets.

Regular readers of I Covet Thee may have noticed a slight lack of, well.. anything in these parts over the last few months. I could put this down to an obscenely busy schedule, holidays getting in the way or maybe even blame the heatwave we're having at the moment, but in reality I just haven't been putting as much into I Covet Thee as I used to and I think it's time to address the situation and stop avoiding my laptop.

The truth is - and this may even be the first time I've actually admitted it to myself, that I feel completely overwhelmed in this ever expanding online community. These days there is so much incredible talent, hard work and commitment going into blogging and I feel like everyone else is doing better than me despite the fact that I know it's not a competition! I used to wake up on my day's off and whip out the camera before I'd even thought about eating breakfast, but now I find myself in a constant state of worry that nothing's going to go my way, which all to frequently leads to extreme levels of procrastination (did I mention I've nearly finished the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series?) when really, its all in my head.

I'd never call myself a perfectionist but its definitely the minor details that get on my nerves. The white balance being off in a video, things being unfocused, sentences not making sense, overexposure, all sorts of technical difficulties that in reality no one but bloggers and videographers themselves probably ever notice. But it bugs me beyond belief, sometimes enough to discard what was probably a perfectly good post or video, wasting an entire days work and leaving nothing to show for the effort I put in, because to me average just isn't going to cut it.

In reality, this is absolutely ridiculous. I get to do what I love as a job and share it with thousands of the most lovely, brilliant and considerate people from all over the world - you! There will always be someone else doing what you do and doing it better, but that doesn't mean that what you accomplish yourself matters any less. I should probably get that tattooed on my forehead as a constant reminder. Just know that I'll never give up on this little space of the internet. Blogging has become my life, my passion and my obsession! For now, I just hope that you haven't given up on me.


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August 12, 2014

Simple Summer Make Up



I may have brought enough make up on holiday with me this year to last months rather than weeks but it was this simple look using just a handful of products that I gravitated towards most days. A special mention has to go out to the Diorskin Nude BB Creme which has turned out to be the star of the show for simple Summer skin and may just be edging it as my new favourite lightweight base - it's just flawless!



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June 29, 2014

This Week: A Birthday Trip to London







I've had quite the busy time this week (makes a change from my usual pyjama's on at 4pm schedule) and got whisked away to London for a long weekend which involved a good trawl of the shops - a haul could possibly be making it's way to you very soon, an amazing opportunity to go to Wimbledon to watch Andy Murray play on Centre Court and uh, not to mention probably the highest levels of giddy excitement I've experienced since I was thirteen after Darren surprised me with tickets to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. Undoubtedly one of the best experiences my inner child and I have ever had.

By the time it got around to Wednesday and actually celebrating my birthday I was thoroughly exhausted and settled for a quiet dinner at Jamie's Italian with my family. The Baked Chestnut Mushroom starter is possibly the greatest thing I've ever tasted and the Homemade Brownie with Salted Caramel Ice Cream wasn't too shabby either. Suffice to say I was throughly worn out after my lovely week, Birthday's are the best!




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