Gorgias London Honey & Rosehip Oil Moisturiser

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With the uptick in the weather, I’ve felt the need to give my skincare regime a bit of an update. Out are the heavy, moisture-rich balms I rely on in the winter, and in is fabulous new Honey & Rosehip Oil Moisturiser from The Gorgias London. Designed to both hydrate and soothe skin, thanks to its clever mix of honey and reship oil, this is the moisturiser to try if you’re after soft, glowing skin right in time for spring and summer.

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Packaged in a dark glass jar (so that the product doesn’t brake down so quickly inside), I only need a finger full each morning. Smoothed directly on to skin after cleansing, the cream is beautifully rich, and sinks right into skin. After applying, skin feels instantly hydrated, as well as a good bit plumper. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for a cream to use as an almost primer – foundations and skin tint absolutely glides on after using it!

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The effects last all day too – there is no dryness or tightness by the end of the day, and it works so well in keeping my skin looking fresh and glowy, even when I’m not wearing makeup. I just adore the use of natural, organic ingredients and the cream is a must-have for Spring Beauty!

Gorgias London Honey & Rosehip Oil Moisturiser is priced at £39.95 and is available here

DAYLESFORD COSMOS ORGANIC ROSEMARY HAND BALM

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Whenever we go to the Cotswolds, there’s one spot we have to make a pilgrimage at least three or four times per trip – Daylesford. I’ve written about visiting the Kingham location for lunch here, and it’s a spot I just adore. Whether you’re after a coffee, breakfast, a hearty meal or just looking for a beautiful spot to spend an hour or so,  I’d heartily push you in the direction of Daylesford.

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When we were down last week, we made sure to head over for lunch (twice) as well as for some spa-time and a little home-wear shopping. In between picking cups and plate, I stumbled across their Cosmos Organic Rosemary Hand Balm. I’ve long been a fan of sister-brand Bamford (I even blogged about them waaaay back here so I was excited to try something new, and I’m so glad I did!

DSC_0681As you would expect from a brand which curates every element of life, the Hand Balm’s packaging is beautifully chic – it would look as beautiful left on the kitchen counter as it would in your handbag, and I just adore the the fresh rosemary scent. You can also get the balm in Bitter Orange (I have this too, and it’s wonderfully fresh) as well as Geranium. The formula itself is ideal for when you’re busy and on the go – it’s hydrating without feeling too sticky or goopy, and it sinks in fast, leaving just the beautiful scent behind. Over the past few days of using the balm, I can already see an improvement in my hands – they feel better, and I’ve not been picking away at my cuticles like normal!

The best part might just be how affordable the Hand Balm is – it’s priced at £10 and is available here

Misslyn Chocolate Brow Duo*

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Still in the midst of a post-Easter chocolate coma? Yep, me too, which is why I thought it was the perfect time to talk about Misslyn’s gorgeous new Chocolate Brow Duo. Packaged in a handy little cardboard booklet, the duo comes in a choice of three shade options (Light, Medium and Dark) and there is even a dinky little brush in there which is perfect for using on the go.

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I’m a big fan of brow powders in general, and I’ve been absolutely loving using Misslyn’s version each morning. The two powders are great for creating a natural-looking defined brow. Using my trusty Benefit Brow Brush (this one) I brush my brows up then get to work with the powders. I use the lighter tone in front end of my brows, and work in the darker tones as they taper out. The powder gives brows an easy definition which looks polished but not overdone. I finish things off by coming through a little Boy Brow (here) and I’m good to go!

Misslyn Chocolate Brow Powder Duo is priced at £8.75 and is available here.

Visiting Elan – London’s Most Instagrammed Cafes

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As much as I love finding a hidden jewel when travelling, I don’t mind heading for the more ‘basic’ options too. After all, a coffee shop which is entirely pink, and covered from floor to ceilings in velvet and flowers basically sounds like heaven – so I had to to visit.

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Elan Cafes have become a popular spot in the city, with six locations in central London to choose from. I’d been warned off the Selfridges’ in-store cafe, so when we were heading to the V&A to visit the Dior exhibit, we stopped into the Brompton Road branch, to see what all the fuss was about.

From the oversized floral heart in the window, to the full-sized cherry tree draped over the bar, the cafe truly is dreamy. Jewel-like confections sit in the window, and you can enjoy everything from coffee to full-on meals from morning until late evening. There are some real instagram-only confections (I’m looking at you Lucky Charm Latte) which you’d be pushed to actually order, but there’s everything from avocado on sourdough to patisseries to enjoy.

Since neither of us are particularly breakfast-y people, we opted to enjoy a couple of iced lattes, which were delicious, and I even headed back for their Lime Iced Tea when I needed to sit and deal with a few emails for an hour.

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Since the cafes are so busy, they operate on a walk-in basis, so if you’re planning those instagram shots, you might want to get in early!

Checking In: by Mansley’s 44 Curzon Street*

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It had been literally years since I’d been in London. Considering I used to visit at least once a year, it felt long overdue, so when 44 Curzon Street got in touch to see if I’d like to visit, I absolutely jumped at the opportunity. Situated right in the heart of Mayfair, it is one of the most centrally located residences possible. It’s on the same street at the Saudi Arabian Embassy, so you know it’s incredibly safe too – a bonus if you’re travelling alone.

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The location also made it perfect if you’re after a base for a longer stay. When we were checking in, a fellow guest was actually extending their stay for a few weeks (which is always a good sign!) so we knew we were good hands! The building is divided into studio and one bedroom apartments, and there is an adorable vintage lift to use if you have mobility issues, or if you’re staying on a higher floor.

We were in apartment 4, which had been divided into twin beds, and offered prime people-watching views to the front of the street. Cleverly designed so that the bedroom overlooked the rear of the building, it meant nights were quiet, whilst the hustle of bustle was contained to the front of the property.

Having an additional sitting room was such a bonus during our stay. Not only was it beautifully decorated, but it was the perfect spot to relax, unwind and even catch up with a little work in. I loved starting the day with a coffee (the kitchen comes fully equipped with Nespresso machines and some capsules to start you off) and we enjoyed sitting in here in the evenings to unwind before heading out to supper.

Even if we hadn’t had supper plans, it wouldn’t have been an issue thanks to the apartment’s fully equipped kitchen which had everything from microwave to grill oven. We only had the time to enjoy some cheese and biscuits as a bit of an evening snack, but having cutlery, crockery and space to enjoy it in really did make all the difference.

What we absolutely loved about 44 Curzon Street was how homey the whole place was. Staying there felt like visiting a friend or relation – super cosy and very convenient. The concierge is available throughout the day, and can help with recommendations for where to go and what to visit during your stay, whilst the space and freedom of staying in an apartment was a real treat.

Since 44 Curzon Street is so well-located, getting out and about each morning was incredibly easy. The street directly outside of the apartments is pedestrianised, but we just headed up to Half Moon Street and always managed to grab one within a minute or so. It’s location in the heart of Mayfair is perfect if you’ve got some shopping planned – it’s under a mile away from Harrods and I strolled up to Selfridges within 15 minutes or so.

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As you can probably tell, we had an absolute ball staying at 44 Curzon Street, and have already recommended it to everyone who will listen. From it’s wonderful location, to the cosy interiors, it’s the perfect choice if you’re looking for where to stay in London – in fact, we’ve already discussed our return!

You can find out more about by Mansley’s 44 Curzon Street here.

 

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