Benefit New They’re Real Liner & Remover

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Yesterday was the 14th of July which in France means fireworks, celebrations and most importantly, a Monday bank holiday!  The three days were filled with potential for an incredibly exciting long weekend and yet with the never-ending rain and grey weather, it quickly turned into a dull and depressing time which actually had Tuesday seem scarily appealing! Obviously in this situation I had only one solution…

Well, is there a better refuge than a shopping mall? And just look who I discovered on my way out of Sephora! The brand new They’re Real Eye-liner and Remover from Benefit Cosmetics. I’ve read so much about this duo since the launch last month but seeing them for myself was all it took to convince me they were necessary additions to my beauty bag.

Benefit always seem to be one step ahead in the beauty industry with innovative products and unique formulas which rarely disappoint and the new push-up liner is a new star product in my eyes (literally!). The custom AccuFlex tip (I have no idea what this means!) ensures the application is super precise and as close to the lash line as possible resulting in bigger, brighter eyes and the gel formula is the perfect matte black which is totally smudge-proof and lasts all day.

I hadn’t intended to buy the They’re Real Remover too but as I tried a little of the tester to remove the endless liner tests on the back of my hand, I was so impressed by the soft texture and ease with which it removed the dark black lines that I had to add it to my basket. I love the gel texture and it really does wipe away the darkest of eye make-up in seconds. Perfect for waterproof mascaras and gel liners!

My verdict? These two new items have been a real hit with me and have proven once again that Benefit really do know best!

Shop They’re Real Push-Up Liner and Remover from Benefit Cosmetics online and in-stores now.

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Interview with Alain Rondini, Les Sandales Tropeziennes

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They used to say ‘see Naples and die’, but I say it of Saint Tropez.  This little gem of a village, discovered by Brigitte Bardot, is synonymous with the luxurious lifestyle of the rich and famous; impressive yachts rival one another along the quays lined with top designer boutiques and fashionable cocktail bars where you can watch and be watched.  Madonna, Tom Cruise, Karl Lagerfeld, … For some, it is all they will see, and they’ll be perfectly happy. But step away from this dazzling façade, into the heart of a charming fishing village and you’ll be rewarded with one of its best kept secrets: L’Atelier Rondini.

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Coated in Coral for Summer

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Since moving to Paris I seem to have morphed into the stereotypical Parisian uniform of skinny jeans, plain-coloured jumper and black jacket. Seriously, there have been weeks during which the only touch of colour to my outfit is the shade of polish on my nails!

So to start summer 2014 as I mean to go on, I went big and bold, choosing this ZARA statement coat in bright coral/red which I paired with my brand new Armani heels for a weekend away in Reims, the birthplace of all great champagnes including Veuve Clicquot, Pommery and Mumm!

What do you think, is a red coat too much or does it brighten up an outfit?

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Donc, pour commencer l’été 2014, j’ai choisi ce manteau statement chez ZARA… Un rouge corail que j’ai porté avec mes magnifiques talons Armani pendant un super week-end à Reims avec dégustation chez Mumm !

Qu’en pensez-vous, est-ce qu’un manteau rouge c’est un peu too much ?

Summer Chocolate Love from Marks and Spencer

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For all those who, unlike me, are successfully keeping away from all things chocolate, carb or calorie-infested, please look away now! Everyone else read on to find out where I found these delightful little tins of summer chocolates which I’ve been chain-eating for the past week…

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[Featured Post] Cruising to the Fjords of Norway in Cotton Traders

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Over the past week my Instagram feed has suddenly switched from snapshots of busy city life between Paris and London to the breathtaking and relaxing landscapes of the spectacular Norwegian fjords. Last year, when my Monsieur came home with an incredible offer of a week’s cruise to the fjords in Norway, we leapt at the opportunity without thinking twice. It was only the week before the trip that I suddenly panicked at the thought of spending seven days at sea but, with the exception of one stormy night onboard, it was an amazing experience and without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places I have visited. The full post about the trip will be up very soon but first I have some exciting news to share!

Everyone remembers the classic Cotton Traders polos and fleece tops from childhood days but since then I’d pretty much totally forgotten about the British label. It was only when the brand contacted me recently informing me of the new shipping service abroad (they now ship to France too!) that I started browsing through the website and actually found myself wondering why I didn’t check it out more often. Once on the website, you’ll find that some of the collections are really cute and I definitely recommend you head to the super girly summer dresses and light evening jackets!

For me, it had to be this very comfortable pale blue Chambray Parka in Soft Blue (complete with hood which was perfect for the unpredictable weather in Norway!) and a smart navy print front top which works perfectly dressed up for the evening or worn casually with skinny jeans and  sandals. Both these pieces were ideal additions to my holiday outfits and I’m very excited to be reunited with Cotton Traders after all this time… I’m sure I’ll be checking out the site more often now for my wardrobe essentials!

So to share some even more thrilling news with you, I have just teamed up with the brand, offering one of you lucky readers the opportunity to add a little Cotton Traders to your own wardrobe with a £50 gift voucher to spend on the website. You’ll have the chance to pick whatever takes your fancy on the company website to the value of £50 – and with summer holidays just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to treat yourself to a flirty new dress or stylish swimwear… Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win.

Good luck everyone!

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La semaine dernière sur mon flux Instagram, j’ai changé des clichés de la vie urbaine entre Paris et Londres pour des paysages à couper le souffle dans les fjords spectaculaires de la Norvège.  L’an dernier, quand mon monsieur a reçu une offre incroyable pour passer une semaine en croisière, on a tous les deux sauté sur l’occasion sans même y réfléchir. Ce n’est que la semaine avant le voyage que j’ai eu un vrai moment de panique à l’idée de passé sept jours en mer ! En fin de compte (à l’exception d’une nuit d’orage à bord !) c’était tout simplement une expérience incroyable et sans aucun doute, l’un des plus beaux endroits que j’ai visité. Le poste complet sur ces vacances sera en ligne très bientôt, mais je dois d’abord partager quelques nouvelles très intéressantes !

Tout le monde se souvient des polos classiques de Cotton Traders, on les a tous porté pendant notre enfance, mais depuis, il faut dire que j’avais totalement oublié cette marque so British. Ce n’est que lorsque la marque m’a contacté récemment pour m’informer du nouveau service d’expédition à l’étranger (ils livrent maintenant en France aussi!) que je suis retourner sur le site et, effectivement, je me suis demandée pourquoi je n’y aller pas plus souvent. Une fois sur le site, vous verrez que certaines collections sont vraiment très mignonnes … je vous suggère d’aller directement vers les robes d’été ultra girly et les petites vestes très chic !

Pour moi, j’ai choisi le Chambray Parka en bleu pale (avec capuche donc parfait pour le temps imprévisible en Norvège) et un petit top bleu marine qui s’habille parfaitement pour une soirée ou en tenue décontractée avec un jean skinny et des sandales. Ces deux pièces étaient idéales pour mes vacances et je suis très heureuse d’avoir retrouvé  Cotton Traders après tout ce temps … Je vais surement checker le site plus souvent maintenant pour les nouveautés !

Et le petit bonus? En collaboration avec Cotton Traders, j’ai le plaisir de vous offrir la possibilité de gagner votre propre nouveauté de la marque avec un chèque cadeau de £50 à dépenser sur le site. Vous aurez la chance de choisir toutes vos envies à la valeur de £50 - et avec les vacances d’été qui arrivent à grand pas, c’est le moment idéal de vous offrir une nouvelle petit robe élégante ou un super bikini… Participer des maintenant via le widget Rafflecopter ci-dessous pour tenter de gagner.

Bonne chance à tous!

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