Lust List

My current obsession isn’t so much a ‘thing’ as a colour. Nude is my go-to at the moment, whether it’s a lipstick or heels, you just can’t go wrong!

Earrings – Larkspur & Hawk
Lipgloss – Bobbi Brown
Sunglasses – Linda Farrow Luxe
Bracelet – Roberto Cavalli
Bag – Valentino
Pumps – Manolo Blahnik

NUDE Skincare Miracle Mask*

I am always pretty dubious when a product self certifies as a ‘miracle,’ but NUDE’s offering is pretty impressive! The mask contains exfoliating particles as well as some much lauded AHAs which are designed to slough off any icky outer layers of skin.They warn that the mask will tingle when applied, and yes, it did a little, but it wasn’t anywhere near unbearable. The smell is light, and reminiscent of marzipan, but it’s pleasant. After the recommended 5 mins (or maybe slightly more) the mask had dried and washed off easily.

My skin felt super smooth afterwards – velvetly soft, and my skin tone showed huge improvement – it went from a little blotchy to uniform in colour. Moisturizer soaked in super quick, and my face felt the benefits all day long. Not only this, but even the day after using, my makeup applied better – smoother and more evenly.

The price is a little expensive, but the product holds up – you are only meant to use it once to twice a week, and only a little is needed at a time, but it does make a huge difference!

Along with the Miracle Mask, I also tried NUDE’s Cleansing Oil. I have tried similar products from brands such as Shu Uemura, and I have to say, NUDE’s offering is up amongst the best. It is thicker than the other oils I have tried, and even after washing, my face felt moisturized, as well as free of makeup.

Both products are great! They do the job they claim, whilst the natural ingredients are always a bonus!

The Miracle Mask is priced at £38
The Cleansing Oil is priced at £28

Clarins Eau Dynamisante

To be completely honest, Clarins has stayed pretty much under my radar for the past couple of years. It wasn’t a company which I though much about, relegating it as a brand geared more towards the more ‘mature’ client.

I would like to say how wrong I was. I have gone 0 – 60 with Clarins, from owning absolutely nothing to grabbing everything from lipgloss to body wash in a three month period. The products are super-high quality and way-luxurious!

I was lucky enough to get sent the 100ml bottle of Eau Dynamisante to sample and review, and I have to say – another score for Clarins. The unisex scent is described as featuring the essential oils of lemon, Patchouli, Ginseng and White Tea and it’s a fresh, pretty, and unusual choice.

I thought I would test it under some hard circumstances – an eight hour Dubai-London flight; and I have to say, the scent stayed with me for hours, and I’m pretty sure it’s the reason I didn’t have to carry my hand luggage off the plane!

The 100ml bottle retails for £29 from www.clarins.co.uk and here (US)

The Tiffany Diamond

Whilst in Dubai, I was lucky enough to see an exhibition put on by Tiffany which featured the eponymous necklace. Last worn by Audrey Hepburn, the piece was really incredible. I’ve never really been all that interested in yellow diamonds before, but seriously, this thing ruled. I hung out at least three times just ogling the stone. Shown alongside pieces worn by Elizabeth Taylor and Kate Winslet, the necklace really did put everything else into the shade. It’s heading back to New York, so if you can, go – it really is awe-inspiring!

 

With a whole lot of new-year-resolution enthusiasm I thought it would be a good idea to start a blog. I have always really loved pretty things, and am pursuing a career in fashion. I hope this site will allow me to share my enthusiasm.

2012 was a good year – I graduated from university, interned for Harper’s Bazaar, and lived in Dubai. I hope 2013 will be even better!

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