Pure Lochside’s Organic Skincare Range

Pure Lochside

Recently I had the wonderful task of reviewing a beautiful, organic brand of skincare, Pure Lochside, from Scotland. Having never come across this particular brand, I was immediately taken by the stunning packaging of the recently launched Capsule Collection with it’s great attention to detail, even the muslin cloth is wrapped in a little tartan bow! I’m such a sucker for a brand with wow factor but that’s not all there is to it…

Pure Lochside was founded by professional aromatherapist Fiona Tulle, whose aim was to launch a range of organic skincare with minimal chemicals and packed full of pure plant oils and natural ingredients… and I can confirm that the result is a delightfully simple and deliciously scented range of essential treats for your skin. I think it’s safe to say that the Organic Orange Cleanser and the Orange and Echinacea Toner have become absolute neccessities for my skin now and I’ll certainly be adding the full-size versions to my beauty cupboard!

So if you’re looking for a healthy and natural alternative to chemical-ridden cosmetics and creams packed full of nasty parabens, have a browse on the Pure Lochside website or head over to the Harrods Urban Retreat and pick up this little box of goodies for just £48.50. It’s perfectly sized for holidays or weekend getaways and your skin will love you for it!

Pure Lochside Capsule Collection, online or at Harrods Urban Retreat, £48.50.

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Récemment, j’ai eu la chance de tester une très belle marque de cosmétiques organique, Pure Lochside, d’origine écossaise. N’ayant jamais entendu parler de cette marque, j’ai eu un vrai coup de cœur pour le packaging de la toute nouvelle Collection Capsule!

La marque Pure Lochside a été fondée par une professionnel en aromathérapie, Fiona Tulle, dont le but était de lancer une gamme de soins bio sans produits chimiques et en utilisant des ingrédients naturels … et je peux confirmer que le résultat est une gamme simple, efficace et délicieusement parfumée. J’ai vraiment adoré le Nettoyant Organic Orange et je vais certainement ajouter le format grande taille à mon placard de beauté!

Alors si vous êtes à la recherche d’une alternative naturelle aux crèmes pleines de parabens et de produits chimiques, je vous suggère de faire un tour sur le site de Pure Lochside ou lors de votre prochain weekend a Londres de visiter la boutique Urban Retreat chez Harrods pour découvrir cette petite boîte de merveilles… Parfaitement adapté pour les vacances ou un week-end, vous découvrirai tous les best-sellers de la marque et votre peau vous en remerciera!

Pure Lochside Collection Capsule, en ligne ou en boutique chez Harrods Urban Retreat, £ 48,50.

Sonny Angel x Laduree Collaboration & Giveaway

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As you can see I’ve fallen for yet another adorable and very fun collaboration, this time not so much fashion-themed but more macarons and childhood… another perfect combination! These cute figures named Sonny Angel are a total hit in Japan and have just arrived in Europe thanks to a clever collaboration with the Maison Laduree (available in both London and Paris).

During a guilty afternoon of macarons and tea at Laduree, I couldn’t resist picking up a couple of these ‘patisserie heads’ myself and I’ll be giving one away to a lucky reader on the blog at the end of the month! All you have to do for your chance to win this little collectable is enter through the Rafflecopter widget below and then cross your fingers… I’ll pick a random winner on the 31st of August.

Limited Edition Laduree x Sonny Angel collection online and in selected Laduree boutiques.

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Comme vous pouvez le voir, j’ai encore craqué pour une collaboration super adorable et très amusante, cette fois-ci il ne s’agit non pas d’une marque de mode mais plutôt de macarons et de la joie de l’enfance … autre combinaison parfaite ! Ces petits personnages trop mignon, nommé Sonny Angel, sont déjà un véritable succès au Japon et ils viennent d’arriver en Europe grâce à une belle collaboration avec la Maison Ladurée (disponible à Londres et à Paris).

Lors d’un après-midi afternoon tea et macarons chez Ladurée, je n’ai pas pu résister et je suis parti avec quelques petits personnages ‘têtes de pâtisserie’ donc je propose d’offrir un petit personnage de collection a l’un de mes lecteur chanceux sur le blog à la fin du mois ! Pour tenter de gagner votre propre Sonny Angel x Ladurée , il suffit simplement de participer sur le widget Rafflecopter ci-dessous puis croiser les doigts … Je choisirai un gagnant au hasard le 31 août… Bonne chance à tous !

Edition Limitée Sonny Angel x Ladurée disponible en ligne et dans certaines boutiques Ladurée .

Sonny Angel Laduree

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A Working Weekend in London

Sonny Angel Laduree

Last weekend, I headed over to London for a work trip which, between meetings with beautiful designer brands and catching up on emails in Starbucks, resulted in a lot of shopping! Especially with the brand new beautiful Wild About Liberty collection in Liberty London… if you haven’t yet seen the prints, go there. Fast.

With my beautiful new earrings from Gas Bijoux and trusty Miu Miu card holder, I headed over to the Eurostar check in where I honestly thought I might die from the suffocating heat (32 degrees in Paris does not work for me!), hence the much-needed Avene Thermal Spring Water to keep cool.

After a whirlwind weekend, it was already time to head back to Paris but not before discovering the brand new selection of Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows with my favourite shades, Callisto and Subra.

Back in Paris, the weather had turned a miserable grey but I was soon cheered up by the launch of the cutest Sonny Angel x Laduree collaboration! Mini patisserie heads and macaron characters, what’s not to love?

Benefit New They’re Real Liner & Remover

Benefit They're Real Liner

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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