Recent favourites: beauty or otherwise

  • Reading this post by Auxiliary Beauty, and not just because I feature :D Her blog in general is a favourite, and I was so, so pleased to be able to meet up with her during her trip to London. We swatched at various beauty places; I bought one of the new Topshop Lip Ombre duos (which I've still yet to try on!); we had a pretty photogenic/tasty dinner at Simurgh, a Persian restaurant in Covent Garden. (P.S. I'm still so impressed that you identified the maiko. I love finding out about peoples' obsessions!)
  • This pizza from Franco Manca:

The chefs liked us sweaty netball girls, obvs πŸ˜¨πŸ•πŸ˜˜

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  • Free TV and radio tapings abound in London, and I've been to several -- mostly thanks to my friend Lillian who is amazing at scouting these gigs out. The most memorable have been QI (basically a longer, smuttier version of what you see on the telly), Live at the Apollo, and last weekend's Museum of Curiosity (taped at the BBC, where we took photos in front of that telephone box, and weren't allowed to take photos of the newsroom).
I've never seen Doctor Who.

I've never seen Doctor Who.

  • Dreaming of living in a teeny tiny house:
Searching "modern tiny house" will leave you feeling poor and inadequate.

Searching "modern tiny house" will leave you feeling poor and inadequate.

  • I've been making my way through the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch. They're magical murder mysteries where London itself is essentially a character, and I've learnt so many random facts about the city (did you know about the fake houses in Bayswater?). The main character, Peter Grant, is mixed race, and I've noticed that Aaronovitch identifies white characters as being white -- that's not something you see very often, and I like that the books reflect the diversity of the city. They're witty, and really fun to read. I've also recently come across Aaronovitch's blog, Temporarily Significant -- there's a comic based on the series coming out mid-July!
Rivers of London -- there are two more books in the series.

Rivers of London -- there are two more books in the series.

  • Planning holidays. Next weekend is Cornwall with friends; I want a cream tea (missed out while in Devon) and to eat at a Rick Stein's restaurant!

Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil


Things I’m rating lately: Balenciaga Florabotanica (a Trade Me find!), Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil, and drinking coconuts. I’ve got a lovely bunch of… etc.

A quick review of the Clarins oil:

Three drops of this warmed up between my palms and pressed into damp skin every few nights seems to be normalising the sebum levels on my face. It’s also beautifully-scented, with rosewood, geranium, and lotus concentrates in a base of hazelnut oil. Seal everything in with a dab of Olay’s Total Effects Night Cream and I’m guaranteed to wake up with soft, hydrated skin. This has been particularly good while I’ve been using products with active ingredients like retinol or alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids to treat my acne.