french skincare wishlist

Next week I’m going away on a much needed holiday. It’s not been too long since my last one but I honestly feel like I need another break, so I’m going to the South of France to stay with some relatives and I’m super excited as I love where they live. It’s so relaxing and it’s just food, sunshine and easy living which I think will be some good therapy for my anxiety and the chronic hustle and bustle of English city life.

Another reason I’m really excited is the unbridled access I’ll have to French skincare, I’ve got a rather long shopping list for when I’m over there but here’s a condensed version of what I really want! A lot of these products you will have heard of and can get over here, but not only are they cheaper over there, it’s hard to build a wishlist of things you’ve never used or not yet discovered! I’m hoping I’ll discover some new treasures whilst I’m there as well as tried and trusted favourites, and I’ll probably do a haul once I’m back so I can show you new discoveries! Exciting!

1. Cattier Clay Face Mask
I heard about this firstly on Amelia’s blog, but she had purchased the one for dry skin and I think with my skin being oily this one is probably better suited. I’m hoping it will agree with my skin as well as I think generally French skincare is very gentle so I won’t have problems with it irritating my skin.

2. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse
I think this is probably quite a hyped up product and it is purely on my list out of curiosity as I’m notorious for not using body moisturisers/oils and the like. However as I’ve heard it’s a dry oil and it has a beautiful scent I’m hoping it will be enough for me to use on a regular basis!

3. La Roche Posay Serozinc
I think this is probably on most peoples wishlist but I’ve heard great things and the fact that you can’t get it over here makes it all the more desirable. I think it will definitely help with keeping my skin under control and I’ll probably be coming back with a can…or three.

4. Bioderma Sebium Micellar Water
I always need micellar water and have about half a bottle of this left, having been predominantly using my Garnier Micellar water, but I want to perhaps grab a couple of bottles while it’s cheaper over there.

5. Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre
In all honesty this is probably an item I’m wanting purely for the hype/curiosity. I’m not entirely sure where in my beauty routine it will go- being quite a rich cream- but I do get dry skin on my elbows so if it turns out that it doesn’t agree with being on my face I can always use it for that.

6. Caudalie SOS Thirst Quenching Serum
I love this stuff, it’s honestly one of my holy grail skincare products so I cannot wait to get my hands on it. I’m currently squeezing the last few drops out of my current bottle so I definitely need to stock up!

7. Bioderma Sebium Mat Moisturiser
I’ve been on a bit of beauty use up and I’ve manage to finish all my moisturisers. I’ve had my eye on this bioderma one for a while as I think it’d be perfect for my skin- giving me the moisture I need without turning my face into an oil slick.

There are a few others on my list, like Homeoplasmine and Biafine so this is definitely not an exhaustive list. What’s your favourite French skincare and what’s on your wishlist?

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Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla swatch

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer – £22

The Nars radiant creamy concealer is a cult classic among beauty bloggers and the industry alike. I tried not to succumb to this as it is on the pricey side, but a couple of months ago, I was perusing the Nars counter in Selfridges and just couldn’t resist.

I like the packaging, particularly the matte black lid- oh so chic! and it comes with a handy doe foot applicator. It’s very creamy and pigmented, you don’t need very much at all and I don’t find I have any problems with it as an under eye concealer. It covers dark circles well and doesn’t crease which is excellent, but it also does a fairly good job of covering blemishes well too, as long as I don’t use too much then we start delving into thick and cakey territory!

It’s also long lasting- not so much on blemishes- mainly because my constant face touching and hand resting but on under eye circles it lasts most of the day.

The only issue I have with this otherwise wonderful concealer is the shade range. It’s rather impressive that they offer 10 shades, which is far more extensive than the one or two shades drugstore offerings tend to have. But I’m one of those awkward so-and-so’s that is in between colours (Chantilly was far too pale), so although I opted for Vanilla which -on the whole- matches fairly well. However, with some foundations it’s just far too dark and orange on my skin, likewise on my bare skin- I’m not one for going out with bare skin anyway but imagine my horror when I look in my car visor mirror and see orange splotches all around my chin. Not good!

So what do I think? I think it’s well worth the hype. Pigmented, creamy, it doesn’t crease and the tube lasts such a long time that it makes the price tag a little more bearable. However because of the shade issues I mentioned and the fact things can get a little cakey around my blemishes if I’m a bit overzealous, it’ll never be the sole concealer in my kit, but it’s one I reach for a heck of a lot!

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ASOS Harlequin Heeled Sandals
ASOS Harlequin Heeled Sandals
ASOS Harlequin Heeled Sandals
ASOS Harlequin Heeled Sandals – £30

Recently I added these lovely heeled sandals to my shoe collection. My collection is quite large but surprisingly I didn’t own any light coloured heels so there was definitely a gap in my wardrobe. I have to say I’m loving this heeled sandal trend, I think they make your feet look so dainty and elegant so when I needed a new pair of shoes for a wedding, (as I was wearing a light coloured dress) I went to a few weeks back, I knew I wanted some in that particular style.

I knew I didn’t want any really high heels as I was going to be on my feet for a lot of the day and I hate when my feet hurt and I have to sit down so when I saw these cute Harlequin Heeled Sandals from ASOS I just knew I had to pick them up.

Firstly they’re not as shiny as in the pictures, I was a little bit worried that they would succumb to the same fate as the three dresses I ordered for the wedding (which promptly went straight back) but once I popped them on my feet I was in love. They’re really soft and comfortable, I was on my feet for 6 hours and I had little or no pain. Result! It also meant I could dance and walk with ease.

I’d definitely recommend you size down with these if you are between sizes as I found that with similar styles there was a huge gap between my heel and the back of the shoe, so I went for a 4 and they fitted comfortably.

I have to say I really love these shoes and I definitely think I’ll be cracking them out again for weddings, or any other occasion where I’m wearing light coloured outfit. These are definitely a mainstay in my shoe collection.

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Week 9:
Weight Loss: -0.4lbs
Total Weight Loss: 4.4lbs

I’m feeling really positive this week, I’m the lowest weight I’ve been since March 2014. I honestly thought it’d been longer than that but I digress. I also had a couple of friends tell me they thought I’d lost some weight which made me feel really happy as well.
I finally got some more news on my tiredness, my blood’s came back fine, so I spoke with the doctor at length and he diagnosed me with generalised anxiety disorder. I know a million and one people in the blogger community have mentioned anxiety so I’m not going to go to great lengths about it, but when I look at my behaviours and symptoms it makes sense.

Some things have settled down and I’m feeling better and the doctor has given me some sleeping tablets for now so I’m hoping these will mean I get a good night’s sleep and I will be able to feel more alert.
Back to my weight loss, I’m noticing more how my body is changing, the tops of my arms and shoulders are becoming more sculpted and I’ve noticed the biggest change to my legs and bum. My stomach is being a bit stubborn but it is the part of my body I struggle with the most. I’m hoping with more sleep it’ll help reduce it. My clothes are fitting better, there’s a few items that still are a little on the snug side so I know I’m not down to my slimmest but I’m getting there.
I pounded the gym hard this week, I really pushed myself for the first time in a long time and I’ve been sore for pretty much the whole week, which is nice in a way as I know I really tried. My eating wasn’t too bad, I did go to Byron Burger on Saturday night with my friend which was nice and we had Dominos on Friday night, but aside from that I was fairly good, I kept up my smoothies until Friday when I really wanted some proper food so I had scrambled eggs and a bowl of fruit and a cup a soup with some oat cakes.

I’m thinking of taking up yoga to increase my flexibility, help me with my weight and to help my anxiety so I’ll let you know how I get on!

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August Degustabox Food

Degustabox August 2014

Now it doesn’t seem such a long time ago since I got my July Degustabox, but if you read my last post, you’ll know I had a lot of trouble with them and was considering cancelling. Well after receiving this month’s box I’m happy to say I’m not going to be cancelling for now.
Firstly it arrived on time, no messing about, no wrong addresses, nada! Very prompt, got a text to inform me and bish bash bosh, my box was on my desk. Next it wasn’t broken or damaged in any way, hurrah!. I did see quite a few people moaning about the fact Degustabox are now using Parcelforce instead of DPD but to be honest I’m so glad. I and many others received absolutely shocking service from them and I’ve never had any problems with Parcelforce, plus they still tell you when your parcel will be delivered so you’re not missing out on that aspect of the service.

Anyway down to the products, I’m really happy to say I received some great products this month in my box, it’s probably one of the best I’ve received since I started subscribing and I really feel like I got my moneys worth this month.

Cawston Press Apple and Pear Juice
I rather enjoyed this little carton of juice. I’m not one for juices normally because of the sugar content, but as these are not from concentrate, blended with water and there’s no added sugar, they’re quite good! They’re marketed at kids, of which I don’t have, but if you’re looking to put something healthy in your kids lunchbox next term, they might be worth a go!!

Mexican Dave’s Tortilla chips
Tortilla Chips are Tortilla Chips at the end of the day, but it’s nice to see there’s no nasties in these products and they’re only £1 which is much cheaper than Doritos for the same size bag!!!. I’m sure Harry will enjoy these he’s a bit of a tortilla chip fiend. I think I will definitely be choosing these over Doritos for the price alone!!

Brioche Pasquier Pains au Lait
I was so happy when I saw these in my box. I absolutely love Brioche Pasquier and I know you can get their products over here but I always buy some when I’m visiting my aunties in France. I love French pastry and these pains au lait made me very happy.

Brioche Pasquier Pains au Chocolat
Again I’ve had these before as well and I love them. I was happy that they were individually packaged as well as opposed to the pain au lait which all come in one bigger bag.

Berry White Peach and Goji Berry
Another cool organic drink again this month and I very much enjoyed drinking this. I’m really pleased I got the Peach flavour as well as I looooove peach drinks. It also has goji berries and echinacea in it so it’s super healthy for you. Loved it!

Dr Oetker Edible Wafer Cases
When I first opened the box I thought these were the silicone cases which I would totally would have been excited about anyway but upon closer inspection I noticed they were edible cases, which is even better! I’m really excited to try these out so watch out for a recipe using those!!

Schwartz Flavour Shots Spanish Smoked Paprika Chicken and Mexican Fajitas
How cool are these?! Little sachets of flavour mixes in plastic shot glasses. I’m not a big fan of packet mixes and the Maggi ones I tried last month didn’t really float my boat, but I’ll definitely be giving these a go, if only for the novelty factor of the shot glasses.

Lindt Hello Just for You chocolate tin
I love Lindt chocolate, so this was definitely a welcome item and the tin is super cute too so I’ll be definitely be reusing the tin once I’ve eaten all the chocolates!

Caribbean Twist
I think this was the only product I wasn’t really enthusiastic about, mainly because I got very drunk on Caribbean Twist in university and there was an unfortunate puking incident, so all my memories of Caribbean twist relate to that!

MOMA Muesli Multipack Coupon
I think this was a bonus item of such, but I got a nice little coupon for 100% off MOMA! breakfast pots, which I think I’ll be picking up next time I’m in Sainsburys.

Overall I’m really happy with everything this month, the service and the products I received, so I definitely think I will be subscribing for the foreseeable future.

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Week 7 & 8:
Weight Loss: -1.2lbs
Total Weight Loss: 3.8lbs

I apologise for a lack of posts last week, I wasn’t feeling well and as such I couldn’t muster the strength to concentrate on writing this post, however I’m back this week and miraculously I somehow managed a loss this week, god knows how as my eating habits were terrible this week, eating out again at TGI Friday’s and Nando’s. I also went to Red’s True BBQ with a friend for lunch and Est Est Est for an Italian.

As I was chatting with Harry over dinner, I realised that we had slipped back into some of our old habits, and that was why we weren’t losing weight. Harry agreed. Truth be told I’ve rather fallen out of love with cooking and combined with all the fatigue I’ve been experiencing of late, it’s much easier to eat out or order in.
What I’ve realised is that it’s much harder to break old habits than people think, and we should cut people some slack especially when they fall off the wagon and support rather than chastise.

With only 21 days until my holiday, I’m desperately trying to organise myself. This week I’m trying out Nakd bars, I’ve looked at them for a while now and decided to eventually pick some up as they were 4 for £3 in Tesco. They are delicious and a great way to fill me up. I also purchased some almond butter after weeks of trailing the aisles of Tesco and I really like it!
Finally I’ve been making my own ‘meal replacement shakes’. Yes I know, it’s not the way to go, but I’m constantly tired to the point where I don’t want to think of ideas for my lunch every day and yes I do want to drop a larger amount of weight and slash my carbs without much effort. Who else has never wanted to do that?

I made a delicious shake on Monday which I’m thinking of posting the recipe for as it was just too bloody good- a chocolate, banana and almond butter shake. I may, in time reduce this to one meal replacement a day instead of two but I think certainly this week I will be sticking to shakes to drop as much weight as possible. I’m realistic that in three weeks I’m unlikely to hit my target, but I’d like to drop as much weight as I can. I’d really like to lose another 4lbs which I think is achievable.

I really hope this week goes well and I have a really positive post for next week. I’m really excited for my holiday and if I manage to lose these stubborn pounds then I’ll be at my lowest weight since December 2011.

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