Sunday, 29 March 2015

Smashbox Double Exposure Palette + Smashbox lipsticks

Smashbox Double Exposure Palette + Smashbox lipsticks

Rating 4.5 out of 5


Double Exposure Palette

I just got this wonderful 'Double Exposure' new palette by Smashbox, which includes 14 shades of lovely colours. The palette contains shimmer, satin & matte shades that you can use as they are or get them slightly wet for deeper pigmentation (I mixed them with eye gel and they looked amazing). The palette comes with a lovely double-ended brush that you can easily use to apply the shades – the quality of the brush is really good.

I was worried about sing colours on my face as I usually go from smoky or neutral palettes  but the colours come out quite understated so I wouldn’t recommend it if you are going for a strong or bold colour look.

The palette is quite versatile so you can mix and match various colours to for day/night makeup. In addition to all the colours, the palette contains highlight colour as well as crease and depth enhancing shades.

Here's what some of these look like dry vs. wet...
You can see the difference in colour depth(wet colours on left hand side)

Texture is smooth when wet but if you use them dry they tend to be quite dusty unless you use a primer underneath.
I love this palette and it is really worth buying. Just to add, my gorgeous salesgirl at the Boots Kingston counter was super helpful in helping me select this and showing me how to use the palette!
Price £37
Available at and among other stores.
Smashbox counter, Boots Kingston

Lovely makeup salesgirl, Natasha, at the Boots Counter - superhelpful
Smashbox lipsticks

So in addition to the palette, I bought the Smashbox Primrose lipstick and they have an offer at Boots where you got two lipsticks free with two Smashbox products! All the lipstick shades are gorgeous and give you a natural warm colour to your lips.


Friday, 27 March 2015

The Tower hotel,London E1

The Tower hotel
St Katharine's Way
London E1W 1LD
Rating; 3 out of 5

Good hotel but their attention to detail was really lacking. They have no in room breakfast cards so if you order breakfast in the morning be prepared to wait about 40 min even if it's just toast 
 There are some really good restaurants nearby in St Katherine's docks area but the hotel food is not very impressive 
Rooms are nice with good views on both sides (docks or tower bridge) but bathrooms are tiny
Re their attention to detail- although the staff are willing to help, they don't seem adequately trained for example they forget things when you order food or drinks, their serving techniques are not refined and they generally hurry you out of their brasserie which I found annoying

All in all, it's ok not great 

Sunday, 22 March 2015


Colbert French restaurant


T: 020 7730 2804

Rating: 4 out of 5

Delightful little French bistro. I went for dinner with family and both good and service were excellent. It was surprisingly busy for a Sunday night but it is very popular! so book ahead.
The steak was great and the they have a great sandwich selection for light bites. Other dishes included grilled prawns, grilled chicken and yummy mash. 
The food was very well presented and though the restaurant is very busy, it is not too loud (even though we were sitting at the bar side rather than the restaurant side)