INTERIORS: MALIN & GOETZ DARK RUM CANDLE

April 09, 2014

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Welcome into my life, the Malin & Goetz Dark Rum candle. If you like a 'heady' candle scent, then this one is for you. Though it doesn't necessarily complement my decor in the way it's predecessor did (The White Company Spearmint candle), the scent of this one is even more up my street.

It's dark, heavy and romantic. Definitely an evening scent or one for a cold, rainy day when you want to feel warm and cosy.

It really makes me want to try more candles from Malin & Goetz - perhaps the Tobacco one next? Have you tried either of them? I'd love to know any candle recommendations you might have.

LIFE: LUCKIES OF LONDON TRAVELOGUE

April 06, 2014

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I love to travel. Now, I'm not kidding anyone here, I don't mean in the gap-yah-giant-rucksack kind of way, I just like to see the world in short bursts. I travelled relatively well (far) as a child, but now I'm blessed that my job allows me to do an awful lot of travelling too.

I'd been eyeing up the scratch off maps you can buy but the reality is that I didn't want one actually hanging on the wall of my apartment. When I found the Luckies of London Travelogue, which allows you to scratch off the countries you've been to, loosely based on continent. I think it's the perfect alternative and so cute. It makes me want to travel even more - just look at how few European countries I've actually been to. It's outrageous!

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I just really wanted to share my discovery with you as I'm so taken by it.

You can buy your own Travelogue here, if you do, let me know on Twitter.

FASHION: EBAY COLLECTIONS

March 31, 2014

If you're a long time Miss Lucy Loves reader, you're probably thinking that a) I've not posted in an absolute age (sorry - more on that soon, life is good but busy!) and b) I've not talked about an eBay purchase in a little while. And lord knows I do love an eBay purchase. In fact I'm typing this very post on my iPad at 38,000 feet (en route to Florida for work) - my iPad lives in its very own Mulberry case, which is my most recent prized eBay bargain.


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If you read a lot of blogs, no doubt that you've seen lots of chat recently about the newly launched eBay Collections. This revolution in eBay shopping is designed to make buying things your bank manager says you shouldn't even more fun and much more visual. You can create boards and then 'pin' whatever you like to them. It's especially good if you're like me and fancy some inspiration - I follow a few different Collections by people whose style I love in the hope that if I buy a whole Collection of theirs I will look just like them.

I've pulled together my own Collections which I'd love you to take a look at. I've got everything from a tailored collection, an airport style collection to a loungewear collection (of course). Lots of inspiration hopefully and there are definitely some items that have snuck into my basket over the last couple of weeks. I've even got a sports inspiration collection in the hope that the gorgeous trainers and running leggings inspire me right into the gym. Wishful thinking on that one.
Do go take a look and see what you think. I'd love to see some of yours too so leave a link if you've got your own in the comments so I can check them out!




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BEAUTY: GOING FOR THE CHOP AT GOOD OLD DAYS

February 11, 2014

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My hair, at it's longest point, was almost getting to the point where I could tuck it into my Topshop Joni jeans. Not good. I was desperately in need of a good, thorough cut. A big fan of Bumble & Bumble products, I popped along to Good Old Days salon on Broadway Market for a cut and blow dry with Ashley.

The salon is very East London. It's cool but not so cool that someone like me (very not cool) would feel uncomfortable. I had a wonderful head massage whilst my hair was washed and Ashley and I nattered on for the duration of my trip. I don't normally love to talk to hairdressers but we had a few mutual friends etc. and I grilled him about the Bumble products he was using.

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These are the products that were used on my hair, after using the Creme De Coco shampoo and conditioner, to prep and style my hair.

And check out the finished result.. I'm so pleased. I love it, it feels so much healthier. I'm going for a colour at another salon this week so I'll update you on that too!

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TRAVEL: LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW

February 09, 2014

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Is it outrageous that my first Chamonix post didn't include any snow? Perhaps! Hopefully this post should make up for it. This was our chalet. With ten of us (more than that some nights) we needed somewhere seriously big. This chalet was perfect. I even got used to the lack of wifi (kind of.. my phone bill will be huge).

The whole back of the chalet was basically glass. With a view like this, there's no real wondering why they decided to build it like that.

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We had a lot of snow whilst we were there and it was so much fun. Being in England, we don't get proper snow like this, so I did revert to acting like a five year old.

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And just to prove that I did actually put a pair of skis on at some point (every day, in fact!)...
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A huge thanks to the wonderful Maddie for loaning me all my ski gear. Mwah!

TRAVEL: FIRESIDE FONDUE

February 06, 2014

My feet are firmly back on London ground (rain? Check. Tube strike? Check) and now I can fill you in on my skiing trip to Chamonix. First things first, let's talk food. We were in France after all. We were there for one of our friend's birthdays and in honour of her birthday we did this...

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That's right.. four cheese fondue (two French cheeses, two Swiss cheeses, cooked by a Parisian) followed by baked Camembert. Just in case one vat of cheese wasn't quite enough. That was then followed by... snail pâté and frogs legs pâté. We were really trying to French it up here.

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Well and truly stuffed, we curled up in front of the fire. This fire didn't go out the whole time we were there. Every morning the first to crawl out of bed would use the embers from the night before to get the fire going and keep it burning all day. I miss it so much.

Birthday macarons were on hand. Quite literally.

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These are some very tired eyes, ready for a well-deserved 12 hour sleep!

BEAUTY: LUXURY BEAUTY FAVOURITES

January 29, 2014

And here we have my luxury or high-end beauty favourites, for those of you that like to splash out from time to time.
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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Kit in Dim Light, £38.
There has been a lot of hype about this product. I don't know if creates that 'inner glow' I am looking for but it's a bloody good powder. And that's coming from somebody who doesn't believe in powders.

Burberry Dark Trench Nail Polish, £15.
My new favourite nail shade. I love the name and it's just a simple, gorgeous nude colour.

Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil, £31.
I've not long started using this but it's brilliantly lightweight, not at all heavy like some hair oils can be.

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne, £39.
One of my very favourite Christmas scents. I packed it into my suitcase earlier in the week as I'm off to Chamonix today, and I've missed it so very much.

Jurlique Love Balm, £10.
Brilliant little balm. I'm going to get a lot of use out of this on this ski trip!

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara, £24.50.
Another newbie. I tried out The Body Shop's Define and Lengthen mascara recently when my Ellis Faas one dried up and we just didn't get on. Fortunately the Armani Eyes To Kill has stepped in to keep my lashes looking long with no smudges.

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, £26.
Anna totally sold this one to me. I wanted something that was more portable and less fuss than a little brow palette and two brushes (one to apply, one spooly) and this seemed like a fab solution. It's taken me a while to work out how to best use it but I now love it. So easy and looks natural.

Unite 7 Seconds Leave In Conditioner
I can't find a link to this in the UK! It's as good as everyone says. I can confirm the rumours.

YSL Pure Chromatics Dessin Du Regard Waterproof Eye Pencil, £19.
World's best eyeliner? Stays put on my waterline all day. Blooming miracle worker.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £34.50.
Now I've listed this as a favourite, but I have a shade too dark so I think I'd love it even more if I didn't have to mix it with a D&G foundation to get it right for my skintone. Hopefully some time abroad in the sun in March might help!

NUDE Advanced Renewal Moisturiser, £72.
Only just started using this but so far really enjoying it. I love NUDE stuff as a whole, but this is pricey, pricey, pricey.

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Twist & Spray, £64.
Such a classic scent and I adore this twist packaging which means I can throw it in my handbag without worrying about it and there's something so satisfying about twisting it and then spraying. Love!

What high end or luxury products are you loving at the moment? I've got my eye on Jo Malone Incense & Embers candle.. not technically beauty but it counts in my book.

Right, I'm off to catch a plane! I won't be blogging for a few days until I'm back in the UK so follow what I'm up to on my Instagram.

BEAUTY: CURRENT BUDGET FAVOURITES

January 27, 2014

Stay tuned later this week for my high end beauty favourites, but for now, let's stick to the more purse-friendly options given that January is usually a frugal month for most.

These are the budget beauty items I've been picking up the most in the last month or so...

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Soap & Glory Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel, £13.
Smells good (though not my usual kind of shower gel scent), industrial size container that lasts forever. Does the job.

Timotei Brilliant Repair Shampoo & Conditioner, £1.99 each.
Absolute bargain of a product which smells divine and leaves my hair nourished and beautifully swishy.

The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes Palette 06, £16.
I used this a lot when I was in Dubai and the Canaries because I find it easier to wear shimmery shades when I've got a bit of a tan but I was really impressed by this little palette which is affordable and practical, as well as pretty.

Carmex Limited Edition Balm, £3.99.
I always come back to Carmex when my lips are struggling which they are right now. This cute packaging is a limited edition version from Selfridges, very cute addition to any make-up bag.

Pretty Quik Instant Nail Polish Remover, £2.50.
An obvious competitor to the Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover, but at a cheaper price point. Presumably it won't last as long but bloody hell does it do a good job. It's changed my manicure regime.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, £14.75.
It's been years since I used a bit of Liz Earle but I'm loving having this product back in my life. Soothing and effective, you really can't go wrong with it.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation, £8.99.
I always come back to this drugstore favourite when I realise that spending £30+ on a high end foundation is silly when I've got this one which does the job perfectly. Remind me to immediately repurchase this when I've used it all up, please.

L'Oreal Superliner Black Lacquer, £6.49.
I know not everyone loves this but I do think that with liners, everybody is different and has a different liner that is perfect for them. This one makes cat eye liner easier for me so I'm sticking with it!

Lord & Berry Shining Lipstick, £18 for three.
Fell in love with these when I was abroad as on top of a balm they just give the tiniest bit of colour and they come in such beautiful shades. Big fan!

What are your budget beauty favourites? I'm always open to trying new products! Stay tuned for my high end or luxury favourites on Wednesday.



P.S. I've been trying super hard to have a post for you every other day - do you like this posting routine? I'd love some feedback.