30 September, 2013

Monday Review: Bioderma Sensibio Rich Soothing Cream Moisturiser

It's been a while but Monday reviews are back, this week: Bioderma's Sensibio Rich Soothing Cream moisturiser for sensitive skin, £14.30 for 40ml

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What Bioderma say...
Daily protective soothing, hydrating and intensely nourishing care for dry to very dry, sensitive intolerant skin. 
 A new step forward in the treatment of sensitive intolerant skin, the patented Toléridine®complex instantly and durably acts against inflammation. It raises the skin’s tolerance threshold. The skin is more resistant and thus better protected against external attack, so it becomes less reactive.

 Sensibio Rich cream instantly soothes feelings of overheating, redness and tightness, and provides immediate comfort.

 Sensibio Rich cream hydrates, nourishes intensely and rebuilds the cutaneous barrier thus avoiding the penetration of irritant agents.

 Formulated with rigorously selected active ingredients known to be harmless, preservative-free and fragrance-free, Sensibio Rich cream guarantees optimum tolerance.

 Sensibio Rich cream’s smooth texture leaves the skin soft and supple.

 Sensibio Rich cream is non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic.

Firstly, I wouldn't class my skin as 'intolerant'. Dry: yes, sensitive: yes, but perhaps not as delicate as this cream is meant for. I found it to be light, comfortable and not particularly greasy, however, I wasn't wowed by this. To me this was just a normal everyday moisturiser, and whilst I enjoyed using it, I wouldn't rush to repurchase.

I would give this moisturiser 
Compared to Bioderma's other products, notably their H2O cleanser and Pore Refiner, I wasn't overly impressed by this.

Have you tried this moisturiser, or any of Bioderma's other moisturisers? What did you think?


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28 September, 2013

Munich Adventures: Oktoberfest

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As you may know, Oktoberfest is upon us here in Munich. Here are a few snap shots of last Tuesday, I'm still recovering...


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21 September, 2013

Friday I'm in Love: Most Wanted #29

Where to buy...

After making a trip out in the rain the other day I realised that my trusty black ankle boots had a hole in both soles (how?!) 
So I'm now on the hunt for a replacement pair, but the question is... which ones?

Which are your favourite?


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18 September, 2013

2013 Book Review - September: The Cuckoo's Calling

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The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

September's book is one that is surrounded by a wee bit of controversy, namely that 'Robert Galbraith' isn't the first time crime writer we thought he was. He is actually a she... Ms JK Rowling :O 

Now that we have the shocks & gasps out of the way, let's get down to the review. The book follows private eye & army veteran Comoran Strike, a larger than life figure with a complicated past (a little cliché perhaps?) He's accompanied by his sidekick (wait for the cringe)... Robin! Together they investigate whether famous beauty & much sort after model, Lula Landry, committed suicide by jumping from her penthouse balcony, or if she was in fact pushed.

The plot itself is fairly run of the mill, I worked out who the killer was (yep, she really was pushed! But then we all knew that really didn't we?) I found the book very readable but there were a few things that niggled me. Firstly, that as clues were found along the way we, as readers, weren't privy to their significance; this meant that drops of water found on the floor, uncovered photographs & questionable alibis didn't mean a great deal until the very end of the book, literally the last few pages. This was quite frustrating because you felt as though you wanted to solve the mystery at the same time as Strike, unfortunately you were made to wait a very long time for 'the big reveal'. The other thing that I didn't like was Rowling's adult writing style. She's a good writer, some of her descriptions were brilliant, but there were also parts that made me physically cringe; case in point the swearing she uses, every time it came from nowhere & stabbed my eyes! I'm certainly not a prude but adding swearing to a book do not good adult fiction make. 

Aside from those little things, I did really like what Galbraith/Rowling was trying to achieve. I liked that the title came from a Christina Rossetti poem ('A Dirge'), I liked that each part had an epigraph from a Roman scholar (Boethius, Virgil, Pliny the Elder, & Horace), that the novel ended with a nice juicy quote from Tennyson's 'Ulysses', & I really liked that she chose to split the whole thing into 5 parts; that might not seem like a big deal but it automatically made me think of a 5 Act Shakespearean tragedy. I feel like these elements could have been played upon a lot more & used to better effect.

Have you read The Cuckoo's Calling? What did you think?
I'm still trying to decide why Rowling chose to write under a pseudonym, but then decide to tell everyone the truth. Hmm... what do you think?


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2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Charlee has read 16 books toward her goal of 25 books.

15 September, 2013

STYLIGHT Sundays #3

My final 'STYLIGHT Sundays' post is one of my favourite dresses & an absolute bargain from Primarni a few years ago :)

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To see the full post & where to buy similar items, 'heart' the look on STYLIGHT.

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See the other posts in this series here :)


13 September, 2013

Friday I'm in Love: Most Wanted #28

Motel Mandala Print

Where to buy...

This week I have been seriously lusting after Motel's Mandala print *drools* 
It's like a beautiful kaleidoscope mosaic in dreamy Mediterranean blues; the perfect piece to end summer with.


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11 September, 2013

Tag: Books Q & A

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Being the book lover that I am, after seeing this tag on Water Painted Dreams I couldn't wait to do it myself :) So, here we go...

What are you reading right now?
At the moment I'm reading The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (who is actually JK Rowling writing under a pseudonym, ooh!)

Do you have any idea what you'll read when you're done with that?
I think I'll probably read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury but I belong to a book club (because I'm super cool) so I'll also be reading October's yet-to-be-decided-on book too.

What 5 books have you always wanted to read but haven't gotten round to yet?
I have a lot of books which I've started but not completed, the five I'd most like to finish are Cloud Atlas, Anna Karenina, I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan, The Beautiful and Damned, and Possession.

What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now?
Always UK Elle, it's the one magazine that I subscribe to & always look forward to receiving in the post :)

What's the worst book that you've ever read?
Without a doubt, The Notebook. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huuuge fan of the film but the book, my gosh, what a poorly written waste of paper. I don't know how Nicholas Sparks got away with it; it's really short & the writing is huge, there's virtually nothing there to start with but the whole thing is just pure awful. Stick with the film!

What book seems really popular but you actually hated?
I didn't hate it but I remember reading The Catcher in the Rye & just feeling a bit empty after, I just didn't see what the hype was about.

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What's the one book that you recommend to just about everyone?
Probably Chances by Jackie Collins. I was a bit of a snob when it came to Jackie but after reading one of her books on holiday she became my guilty pleasure. Chances is without a doubt her best book; if you're interested in the mafia, turn of the century New York, prohibition & a good helping of steamy love affairs on the side, Jackie's your gal :)

What are you favourite 3 poems?
This is tough, I like a lot of Philip Larkin's poems from The Whitsun Weddings, I also like Ulysses & Mariana by Tennyson & Remember by Christina Rossetti. That's three poets instead of poems but oh well!

Where do you usually get your books?
Amazon, charity shops or I download them onto my Kindle.

Where do you usually read your books?
Usually in bed before I go to sleep, or if it's a really good one I'll read it whenever I can, wherever that might be!

When you were little did you have any particular reading habits?
Yes, I didn't read. Literally, I couldn't think of anything worse than reading (says the girl who now has a degree in literature!) I didn't start properly reading until I was about 10 or 11 & I was so bored on holiday that I read the first Harry Potter book, which had been bought for me a year or so before by my Granny. It was through sheer boredom & desperation for something to do that led me to read it, but when I finished it I felt like I'd discovered a secret, I had no idea books could be so enjoyable & I haven't stopped reading since.

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What's the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn't put it down?
The Hunger Games trilogy, I raced through all three books in just over a week. I thought they were incredible. I didn't know how the story could progress after the first book but, for me, the second & third instalments were even better.

Have you ever 'faked' reading a book?
If by 'faked' you mean lied about reading a book, yes! Many a time. It's part & parcel of being a lit student :)

Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?
Yep! Sometimes it pays off, sometimes you're just fooled by clever marketing.

What was your favourite book when you were a child?
The Harry Potter series, without a doubt. Queuing up at midnight outside WH Smiths? Hello!

What book changed your life?
Wow, that's a deep question. I don't think there's one book that has changed my life, but there are lots that have enhanced it, namely all the ones I've listed so far. Reading a beautiful, well thought out piece of prose is life changing in the way that it enriches your outlook. Quotes & phrases will resonate with you & in turn will stay with you for the rest of your life. That's one of the things I love the most about really good literature.

What is your favourite passage from a book?
I've probably got a list as long as my arm but the two that spring to mind are:

'Why didn't you tell me there was danger? Why didn't you warn me? Ladies know what to guard against because they read novels that tell them of these tricks; but I never had the chance of discovering in that way; and you did not help me!'
   - Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

'He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.'
   - Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

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Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
Hmm... Number one would have to be Thomas Hardy; JK Rowling for Harry Potter, I'm not sure how I feel about The Cuckoo's Calling yet; Oscar Wilde; Christina Rossetti; and of course, Ms Jackie Collins :)

What book has no one heard about but should read?
I'm not sure how well-known Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor is, but I think everyone should read it. It's a brilliant little nugget of Irish history wrapped around a gripping mystery. I was completely hooked from start to finish.

What is your favourite book from a first time author?
The Time Traveler's Wife. I remember reading it & being so impressed, especially as it was Niffenegger's first book. The film was pretty average, but then adaptations usually are aren't they?

What 3 books are you an "evangelist" for?
I don't think I'm going to be able to pick 3... I loved A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, it was brilliant. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks blew me away, as did Atonement by Ian McEwan, my God that was sad. A cheeky fourth has to be Notre Dame de Paris (or The Hunchback of Notre Dame as most of us know it) by Victor Hugo; I surprised even myself by how much I enjoyed this book but it was so interesting & so beautifully written.

What is your favourite classic?
Another tough question, either Tess of the d'Urbervilles or The Return of the Native, both by Thomas Hardy.

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Wow, that was actually quite long!
If you've seen this & decided to answer the questions yourself, please let me know, I always love reading other people's book suggestions :)


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08 September, 2013

STYLIGHT Sundays #2

Second in my STYLIGHT Sundays series: this "off duty" look. I love that dungarees have made a comeback, I couldn't resist these Minnie-esque ASOS pair

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Heart the look & buy similar items direct from STYLIGHT. Winning!

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For more information about STYLIGHT, have a quick peek at my first post in the series.


06 September, 2013

Friday I'm in Love: Most Wanted #27

Moschino Cheap & Chic Jumper

Where to buy...

I am obsessed with this Moschino Cheap & Chic cashmere jumper. I love the bubblegum pink, the studs & especially how it's been styled here, 
uhh 400€ anyone?


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02 September, 2013

Monthly Favourites - August

I haven't done a monthly favourites post in a while (mostly because I've been trying to save money & not indulge in new beauty bits!) 
However, August deserves a 'favourites' because these products are the mutt's nuts!

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Diorskin Nude BB Creme - shade 002
Review here
The coverage is as good, if not better than foundation, yet lightweight, beautiful packaging & the colour is perfect for summer sun-kissed skin 
- what more could a girl want?!

Vaseline Spray & Go moisturiser - Aloe Fresh
Review here
The ideal summer after sun moisturiser. Super easy to apply & travel with - a must for everyone's suitcase.

Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer - shade 010 Ivory
Review here
Another brilliant Rimmel product - amazing coverage & application + a bargain at just over £5 a pop

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Essie nail varnish is 'Sugar Daddy'
This has become my go-to nail varnish. It's such a beautiful, subtle colour that can be applied with just a couple of coats for an everyday nail, or built up for a pretty, feminine look. It's really easy to apply, drys quickly & lasts around a week before chipping - I love it!

OPI nail varnish in 'My Vampire is Buff'
My nail colour of the summer; My Vampire is Buff is perfect for fingers or toes & gives you a really quick yet modern look. This will be a firm favourite of mine for a long time.

What products have you favoured this month? Let me know in the comments below


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01 September, 2013

STYLIGHT Sundays #1

I recently discovered STYLIGHT, a fashion site based in *dum dum dum* Munich! I signed up immediately & started to put together looks & fashion mood-boards (think: anything that inspires you - as many photos as you want, music, quotes, videos, & of course, the products that went into making your outfit)

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Over the next 3 Sundays I'll be showcasing my latest STYLIGHT looks/OOTDs 
- the beauty being, if you like the look you can head straight over to STYLIGHT & buy it; amazing!

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'Heart' the look & find out where to buy similar items :)

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