Mostly Trying: Bardou Booster Brow

https://thebardou.com/

For reasons known only to the Lord himself, I was born with just the one eyebrow – that is to say I have half an eyebrow (if that) on either side. Thus, since I could firmly grip a pencil I have been “filling in the gaps” so to speak. I am happy to report that things have come along way since then. For instance, one is no longer required to purchase both colour and applicator separately in the new era of eyebrow boosters.

https://thebardou.com/

I had heard a lot of positive feedback regarding Bardou’s Booster Brow which combines filler, a brush and colour in one swoop. I have to admit, I was rather excited when I received the package but the excitement was short-lived. Firstly, the colour is not black/brown but quite clearly brown/brown. The applicator leaves a lot to be desired and is rather similar to an artist’s fine paint brush. I found the brush to be is messy, unrefined and quite simply sloppy.

Conversely, for precision and quick application on the go, I would highly recommend Rimmel London’s Proffesional Eyebrow Pencil. Well priced and well made it gets the job done in seconds. Those with more expensive tastes could opt for Glossier’s “Boy Brow” or Anatasia’s Perfect Brow

Sadly, I feel one would struggle to apply Bardou’s Booster Brow on the daily commute for instance without ending up resembling a close personal friend of Coco the Clown… Bisous

Precise & Cheap as Chips!

Le Weekend: Simple French Cookery by Edna Beilenson

https://www.peterpauper.com/

I love a vintage cook book! I picked up this little gem in a second hand bookstore for the bargain price of £1! Written by Edna Beilenson with illustrations by Ruth McCrea it’s a great addition to any cook’s library.

First published in 1958 by Peter Pauper Press the book opens with a wonderful verse entitled “French Cookery is French Witchery” detailing how one will cast a spell upon all who dine in your company should this book employed.
My favourite recipe has to be Turtle Soup which was considered something of a delicacy but now appears to have disappeared from modern day menus…can’t think why. Grab your copy from Amazon.com and I promise you won’t be sorry. Biosus

https://www.peterpauper.com/

Mostly Lovin’: British Vogue – December Issue

Image Courtesy of British Vogue

I am quite simply obsessed with Edward Enninfu’s debut issue for British Vogue! The styling is retro-glam yet infinitely modern and cover girl Adwoa Aboah is spell-binding. I cannot wait to flick through those glossy pages. x

Mostly Lovin’: The Autumn Light

“The Autumn Leaves”

Dinner in Minerve

Le Relais Chantovent’s Beef Tataki

Cassoulet in Castelnaudary

http://www.castelnaudary-tourisme.fr/

http://www.maisonducassoulet.com/

Note the crust!

http://www.maisonducassoulet.com/

Yum!

http://www.maisonducassoulet.com/

Breakfast in Béziers

http://uk.beziers-mediterranee.com/

http://uk.beziers-mediterranee.com/

http://uk.beziers-mediterranee.com/

Veronique Branquinho & A Red too Far

Sandals Veronique Branquinho Pieds by V

I recently stumbled upon these slides by Belgium designer Veronique Branquinho for a steal on the pre-owned designer goods website Vestiaire Collective. In order to really show them off with aplomb I decided to indulge in a last minute pedicure. Unfortunately, having run out of my usual Essie favourite “Limo-Scene” I was forced to take drastic and dare I say flashy action!

As you may know, I have something of an issue with red nail polish. Generally speaking, when it comes to nail polish I tend to gravitate towards the nude opaques, clean and suitable for most occasions right?

http://www.essie.co.uk/Colours.aspx

The Norm’- Essie Polish in Urban Jungle

One of the things I find particularly troublesome about sporting red nail polish is the lingering eyes on ones hands and feet which (as a somewhat sensitive soul) I find rather challenging.

Too Rustic?

Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate there are instances when red nail polish on the toes works wonders for morale. For instance, when one is sporting the favoured Birkenstocks , red varnish can certainly lift an outfit from “couldn’t care less” to chic insouciance. What do you think? Do you lean towards a French Manicure or a bold red? Let me know your choice and why? Bisous. xx

Le Maintenance: Spotlight Teeth White Paste

https://spotlightwhitening.com/product/spotlight-whitening-toothpaste/

Whitening Tooth Paste

Nothing screams ageing like stained teeth so this week I have been trying out Spotlight whitening Toothpaste. I’ve heard good things about this brand so watch this space… x

Le Weekend

“Party On”!

What better way to spend a rainy weekend than with one’s nose in a good cook book. I loved Chef Nina Parker’s first book, “Nina St Tropez” so thought it was high time I graduated to her second offering – “Nina, Capri, Recipes from Italy’s Amalfi Coast”.

I am very loosely really considering undertaking a 500 calorie fast two days a week, madness I know but I have heard great things about the 5:2 Diet but before I commit it would be foolish not to undertake all necessary research don’t you think?