For your viewing pleasure, I have decided to film a beauty haul with a difference! Instead of simply showing you the new beauty products I am excited about, I decided to go from makeup-free to full face using only products I have never used before. There is even a temporary hair colour thrown in, for good measure!
Watch the full haul and first impressions try-on, above, and let me know what you think in the comments.
Nude by Nature Luminous Sheer Liquid Foundation in Ivory
Nude by Nature Perfection Concealer in Ivory
Nude by Nature Flawless Pressed Powder Foundation in Ivory
Nude by Nature Buffing Brush
Nude by Nature Natural Glow Loose Bronzer in Bondi
Nude by Nature Kabuki Brush
Vichy Normaderm daily exfoliating cleansing gel
Vichy Normaderm 3-in-1 micellar solution
Soap & Glory The Perfect Ten Palette
GOSH Boombastic Swirl Mascara in Black
B. Vibrant Lip and Cheek Colour in Goji (swatched on arm)
GOSH Velvet Touch Lip Liner in Raspberry Dream
MUA Power Pout Acrylic in Decorous
Pixie Lott Paint Spray on Colour in Silve
As something of an international playgirl, one of my favourite perks of travelling is getting under the collar of a new neighbourhood. Without fail, every street tells a different story, sings a different song, and my beloved hometown of London is the supreme example.
With this in mind, Hotel Indigo recently launched ‘Sounds of the Neighbourhood‘ – a campaign designed to inspire guests and audiences by bringing the music of its local neighbourhoods into its boutique-style hotels. In collaboration with the wonderful Edith Bowman, the campaign has called on musical greats to curate a collection of city-specific playlists. Musical greats and me, that is.
The campaign is set to come to life by way of three Sunday Socials – held in Hotel Indigo Glasgow, Liverpool and London Kensington Earl’s Court. I caught up with Edith and her co-curator of the London event, Soul II Soul legend Jazzie B, during a promo shoot around the neighbourhood and cannot wait to see both of their live DJ sets come November 1st (1 to 7pm, be there or be square – details below!).
To get you warmed up, I have partnered with Hotel Indigo to create a personal playlist of hometown glory. While I have included some fantastical London-based ‘ones to watch’ like Samm Henshaw and Izzy Bizu, I have also thrown in a number of feel-good tracks from artists that I’ve fallen in lust with during live London performances.
It’s a real treat for the ears, this one.
‘London calling – speak the slang now!‘. Enjoy, loved ones!
Edith Bowman has launched Sounds of the Neighbourhood with Hotel Indigo. Experience the live DJ sets from Edith, Dave McCabe (formerly Zutons), Mylo (DJ / Producer) and Jazzie B (Soul II Soul legend) at the free Hotel Indigo Sunday Socials in Liverpool, Glasgow and London Kensington throughout November. Visit www.hotelindigo.com/music for more information and to listen to their playlists.
Though I wouldn’t be able to call myself a beer aficionado, I am fortunate enough to call quite a few of them my friends and have thus spent many a night in BrewDog‘s national drinking holes.
After almost ten years of hard graft and record-breaking crowdfunding, the irreverent craft beer brewery just unveiled their first gourmet hot dog bar – Dog Eat Dog – featuring a carefully considered craft beer selection alongside some truly decadent hot dogs and sides.
With options for vegans, pups (Dog Eat Dog is, adorably, dog-friendly!), and non-drinkers (unlimited refills on Square Root soda), the Islington-based hot dog bar has something for everyone.
On my first visit, my champagne-loving accomplice and I indulged in a Tandoori Chicken Dog (with mango chutney, raita, red onion, carrot, tomato, coriander & crushed poppadoms) paired with Lizard Bride and a Kimchi Dog (with kimchi, teriyaki, nori strips & coriander) paired with Dead Pony Club. There is no better test for a restaurant than taking its least-likely customer for a bite.
Initially assuming this would be enough for two, we made the mistake of glancing at the other diner’s trays and were quickly persuaded into adding 1000 island slaw, sweet potato fries, and beer-battered onion rings (the best I’ve ever had) to the line up.
We spent the afternoon dipping every piece of food imaginable into the onion rings’ authentic ranch and sending photos of the doggie menu to all eligible puppy mummies. Islington, you’ll be seeing much more of me.
I was honoured to call the five-star InterContinental Geneve my home for the duration of my galavants across Geneva. Built in 1963, the 18-storey tower has recently been refurbished by world-renowned interior designer Tony Chi and now acts as the elegant centre of Geneva’s diplomatic district (it is just a 3-minute walk from the United Nations and International Centre of Congress).
My steadfast love affair with polenta chips started two years ago at The Gate. Back then, I was an altogether more carnivorous individual than I am today yet left the vegetarian restaurant literally rejoicing.
When my nut-allergic, sober & vegan friend (I know, right?!) and I found ourselves with a string of successes to celebrate, The Gate was the only rational option.
Over fresh juices, we kicked things off with the soup of the day and Vietnamese rolls (filled with smoked tofu, cucumber, mango, mint, alfalfa sprouts and served with soya dip) before allowing ourselves the long-lost pleasure of perfect polenta.
In between bites of our aforementioned garlic aioli-covered vegan chips, we shared the vegan Aubergine Teriyaki and Thai green curry. The former – breadcrumb coated chargrilled aubergine – was layered with coriander pesto, roasted red peppers, shiitake mushrooms & horseradish and served on stir-fried noodles with a pickled ginger & mango salsa. The latter – a vegan and gluten-free curry – combined lotus root, fried tofu, baby corn, mange tout and mushrooms in a Thai-spiced creamy coconut sauce and was served alongside wild & basmati rice with green papaya salsa.
With sauteed kale thrown in for good measure, natch.
Though we were incredibly satisfied at this point, my dietary requirement-ridden amiga could not ignore the promise of a pear and rhubarb crumble with vegan chantilly cream so I threw in a lemongrass, lime leaf and coconut cheesecake (with chilli and pineapple confit) for good measure.
Every single plate served up fresh “HOW IS SOMETHING THIS GOOD VEGAN?!” Realness. The Gate is the vegan restaurant of vegan restaurants.