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Fresh Pasta To Your Door 🍝

I'm not usually one for subscriptions I have seen via Instagram but when I saw a account for pasta dishes through your letterbox I was intrigued. I saw Pasta Evangelist offering fresh pasta to your door I just had to try it out. I ordered Artisan Fusilloni with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto, Wild Asparagus Tortelloni with Thyme Butter and Chocolate Filled Gnocchi with a Hazelnut Crumb. When it arrived it came surrounded with small cool-packs to keep it cool on delivery.



The company started in 2017 because they believe fresh pasta is best. Their founder, Alessandro, hails from Genova in the Italian region of Liguria, and was disappointed with the fresh pasta available in the UK, machine-made & a world away from the pasta of his youth, handmade by his nonnaThe deliver  in the UK to homes across the country, as well as sauces & garnishes sourced from Italy. We then invite you to prepare a 5* pasta dish in just 5 minutes.



This is my Artisan Fusilloni with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto, I must admit I did add pancetta to this as well because I just fancied some meat with it. The pasta was so delicious and fresh as well as the pesto.  The sun-dried tomatoes came from Puglia and were crushed with basil and mint leaves and then the addition of Parmigiano cheese and olio extra vergine d'oliva. It tasted really good and I would order this one again due to it also only taking about 5 minutes, to prepare to it was perfect after a long day at work.


This dish was the Wild Asparagus Tortelloni with Thyme Butter garnished with Rosemary Grissini Crumb. The wild asparagus came from Abruzzo and to compliment it they put it with creamy ricotta cheese also sourced in Italy. This felt like a really simple dish but the flavours were anything but simple. I'm not usually a fan of rosemary and thyme but it just brought the dish together and I wish asparagus was around all year at this quality!

 

These limited edition Chocolate-Filled Gnocchi with a Hazelnut Crumb was certainly a first for me. Little gnocchi with Nutella inside made it kinda hard to work out what occasion I should eat this so I had these after a small dinner as a dessert. I did slightly burn them but they were still just as lovely with the oozing melted Nutella in the middle!

Anyway, here’s £10 off your first box. I’ll also get £20 off my next box too, so it’s win-win! 

Key Places To Visit in Chelsea Area

I have been spending quite a few days exploring London for the past couple of years and during my travels I have some favourite places to visit. One area of London I have come to love is Chelsea. I originally delved into Chelsea when I went to London Fashion Weekend with Canon a few years back, but then I got drawn to the area by visiting the instagrammable Peggy Porschen Bakery. I went for a day of pure exploration of Chelsea when Chelsea in Bloom was on a few weeks ago and I thought I would show you my highlights.



My favourite place has to be Peggy Porschen, both the interior and exterior is beautiful and perfect for getting those cute Instagram pictures. The cakes are also super delicious but I always feel guilty eating them because they're so pretty. The shops on the same street as Peggy are also gorgeous one off businesses and shops like Jo Loves.



My next stop is just over the road from Peggy Porschen which is Dominique Ansel Bakery. Offering both sweet and savoury dishes based from French techniques the creativity behind some of the dishes is amazing. I went for a Blossoming Hot Chocolate which is hot chocolate which is topped with a marshmallow flower encased by a thin layer of white chocolate which once placed unfolds to reveal the flower floating on top with a little chocolate truffle in the centre. They are world renowned for their Cronuts, Frozen S'mores and Cookie Shots. If your wanting an fantastic bakery experience I would recommend a visit here. They also offer Afternoon Tea which is super innovative and I want to try next time I'm down!



If you are more of a shopaholic its the perfect area to go with both big brands and small one off boutiques. My go to department store is Peter Jones because its the perfect place for customer service for outfits or gifting and they have so many brands and exclusives its a good all round base for shopping. Last time I went they had a Clifton Nurseries pop up selling super cute little succulents and plants and a Tanqueraygin pop up showcasing G&T's.



I also like visiting the boutiques for the big brands such as Kate Spade, Nars, Liz Earle, Zara, Monica Vinader, Club Monico and Tiffany & Co. The stores are so beautiful and feel special in Chelsea because they're so pristine and lavish.


Just round the corner from the Kate Spade store there is a road called Pavillion Road which was full of individual businesses from butchers, coffee shops and florist it was nice to explore niche shops in the centre of London. The Roasting Party, Bread Ahead and Provience Village Butchers looks super good when we wandered the street. There were also so many beautiful florists on so many of the streets I wanted to go to all of them!







These are just a few of my favourite places to go to in the Chelsea area, let me know if you have any recommendations of where to go next!

Glossier Lash Slick and Lidstar

Now that Glossier is easily available in the UK I have been keen to keep up with their launches and I have to say this one was exciting.  Its not often I venture into liquid eyeshadow, but the shade range and that they're supposed to be sheerer intrigued me.



As I expected this colour is really pretty and surprisingly pigmented than what I thought it would be. Once it dried down it didn't budge and took a cleaner to remove the swatch because water didn't even move it! I've been wearing this over the last week or so giving it a good trial and I'm hooked. Its super quick and easy to add a wash of colour to my lids and is pretty pigmented but can be sheared out. Its longevity I've found is often better than some powder eyeshadow's I have used, and because it is shear it doesn't look as patchy when it wears over the day.



As for the mascara I am yet again super impressed, though after 248 formulations I would imagine they would have it nailed. Lash Slick curls and sculpts as it lengthens, enhancing the look of your natural lashes instead of clumping them together. Teeny-tiny fibers coat lashes from root to tip to create a lengthened baby-extension, while flexible film-forming polymers lift and lock each fiber into place. It has a tapered brush so you can get to all of your lashes with precision and ease. And it’s water-resistant, so Lash Slick washes off easy with warm water at the end of your day. I found it made my lashes super fluttery and "your lashes but better". It added length and definition without being clumpy or heavy feel on my lashes.



Here's a quick pic of me wearing the Lid Star and Lash Slick, this was simply one coat of both of the products so you can build them up for a more dramatic look but I was just milling around so didn't want to go too full glam.

Have you tried Glossier out? Let me know your go-to products! You can also get 10% off using this link! http://bff.glossier.com/i6Wim 

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Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Volume 2

When Charlotte Tilbury brings out a new product she doesn't mess about. She just had a relaunch for her Legendary Lashes Mascara Volume 2 *which is part of her Beauty Filter collection. I had used her original one last year, I was obsessed with the length and volume I got from it I had to try this new version out. Its still in this gorgeous rose gold packaging making it feel super luxurious.



The bristles head is quite large so it does require a touch of attention because I can find the bristles hit my eyelid through my lashes if I try and apply it quickly but they really do hit every single lash coated in a few sweeps. It layers really nicely if you want them to be super volumized, but I tend to stick to one coat because I find its enough for my lashes. The formula is super black, called black vinyl but its perfect compared to some other black mascaras that don't quite give the same colour payoff.



Here is a little before and after of my lashes and one quick coat of the mascara. My lashes are currently going through a bit of a crazy grow in every direction phase so they're prone to interlocking at the moment, but the mascara does separate them out a bit but I think it adds significant length, colour and volume. It really is a push up for your lashes and I find the curl holds all day, formulated to be long wearing, humidity resistant and smudge proof.



Have you tried out Charlotte Tilbury's mascaras? Let me know what you think and leave meyour favourite mascara suggestions xox

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Lush Father's Day 2018

Of course its come around again when Lush launches a seasonal range so I thought  would jump on here to show you their new Father's Day collection for this year. My dad is a hard one to buy for but I do know he likes a good relaxing bath after working out or a long day at work, so buying him bath products is always a good present. They did have a new naked beard oil and naked shower gel but I went with the bath products.



The first thing I picked up was this Superdad bath bomb because its a fun design and smells super fresh and clean. With uplifting and soothing Sandalwood Oil and sweet an woody Olibanum Oil it doesn't just make your bath smell amazing its also perfect for unwinding after a long day at the office. I definitely think it will be hard to not keep this for myself! It also turns the water a fabulous shade of blue making it inviting to dive into the warm relaxing waters.



The Fun For All The Family is a new concept product to me being a bubble spinner. This sparkly spinner is designed like the infamous fidget spinners that were so 2017 but this one fills your bath with hundreds of citrus bubbles. You simply hold the little wooden centre and let it spin under the running tap and then set aside to dry for use again. This has a much sweeter scent with Sweet Wild Orange Oil and Lime Oil as key ingredients to this bubble spinner, also giving you protective, refreshing and toning effects from the ingredients as well as the fabulous scent.



The Modfather  is perfect for those fathers wanting to revisit their youth through this Royal Air force roundel shaped bubble bar. The fresh uplifting scent of Brazilian Orange Oil makes for a refreshing and rejuvenating bath with Cornflower making your skin feel clean and soft ready for a trip out on your motor scooter. I really like bubble bars because a little goes a long way and they can be used for multiple baths so I think they're worth buying over the bath bombs. 

What are you going to treat your Dad to this Father's day? I think mine will get a beer and a relaxing bath!

AND/OR and Modern Rarity Jewellery

John Lewis is the home of exclusivity this year with many of its own brands extending their products this SS18, especially AND/OR and Modern Rarity. Only available here both brands have just launched their own jewellery lines and there is something for everyone with the different tastes.

As a brand AND/OR works as a base from Great denim works with everything and it makes everything work. AND/OR is a new brand inspired by this simple formula. Californian design duo Calvin Rucker bring their denim pedigree and LA style to a curated collection of authentic cuts, heritage washes and ultimate finishes. London’s urban edge is the inspiration for a brilliant edit of day-to-night heels, vintage-style jackets and easy blouses to complement the jeans. With West Coast cool and London style, this collection takes you wherever you want to go. AND/OR's jewellery is in collaboration with Made. Focused on creating a positive change through fair trade and ethical practices with pieces handmade in Kenya.  


 

One of the most versatile pieces I think is this Gold Long Multi Bevelled Disc Curb Chain Necklace with matching Multi Bevelled Disc Curb Gold EarringsChannel your fashionista with these striking drop earrings from AND/OR. The necklace is perfect to add a nonchalant and bohemian inspiration to your look. Perfect for layering or wearing as a single-strand design, the necklace has a traditional curb chain with multiple disc charms. Each disc is presented with a hammered texture for a maximum impact. Matching with the necklace these The classic drop design on the earrings is reinvented with this pair by offering multiple hammered discs; The long design will flatter your profile. I teamed the jewellery with my favourite scarf from the SS18 collection is the Nevada Floral Tassel Scarf  which is perfect for dressing up or down an outfit with being such a tactile and contemporary fabric, with the dark colour against bright yellow floral pattern.  



 Modern Rarity redefines luxury for today. Inspired by the ethos of fewer, better pieces, the collection offers a fresh take on wardrobe staples. These are unique, effortless pieces that complement one another. Defined by sophisticated cut, luxurious fabric and understated silhouette, they create a contemporary look. Dedicated to design, devoted to quality. Luxury redefined. I really like the simplicity of the design of these pieces and they're timeless. It is a higher price tag but it is designed in the UK, comprises diamonds, gemstones and sterling silver with gold vermeil plating – beautifully finished in contemporary shapes.



My favourite pieces are the Diamond Linked Hoop Gold Pendant Necklace with matching Diamond Large Link Hoop Drop EarringsThis chic and fine piece will elevate any day-to-night ensemble effortlessly. It comes in solid sterling silver with an optional gold-plated finish. It presents two irregular interlinked circle elements. One of the circles is adorned with sparkling brilliant-cut diamonds. The necklace fastens with an extension and a spring ring clasp. The earrings are crafted from sterling silver, the earrings offer a high-shine finish. The smaller element is set with dazzling brilliant-cut diamonds. I also love the Diamond Teardrop Rings that come in Silver, Gold and Rose Gold. They stack beautifully together if you so wish and sparkle away like a dream. The teardrop design also has a coordinating necklace and bracelet. 

What are you favourite jewellery pieces of SS18? Let me know in the comments!xox

Rimmel Match Perfection

I just received a complimentary Rimmel London Vox Box from Influenster to celebrate their Match Perfection Foundation*. The foundation is now available in 25 shades that match 99% of UK skin tones. They also sent the Match Perfection Concealer* which has 6 new shades and their 7 new nude shades of the Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour. 
Thought I would include a little half face shot of just the foundation and then my full face with foundation and concealer. The Match Perfection foundation claims to blend with the skin's real tone instead of masking it. Also described as a weightless, smooth texture its designed to deliver visibly perfected and healthier looking skin with Smart-Tone technology for natural looking skin. It says it has a 24 hour moisture complex, soft-focus powers help reduce imperfections, pores & dark circles and up to SPF 20 so not only is it evening your skin out it has some extra benefits. It says its a medium coverage which I would say if you want a natural base this is good but definitely not full coverage. I did find the shade range pretty good for budget makeup so thumbs up to Rimmel for that and the shade suited my skin pretty well (Light Porcelain 10) and didn't really oxidise which I often get with budget foundations. 
The Match Perfection Concealer has been  interesting to try out as I never tend to try budget concealers. I did find the brush tip a good alternative to a doe foot applicator but to get the product from the squeezy part of the packaging to the brush wasn't the easiest and I imagine once it starts to get a bit empty it'll be near impossible to get it out. The colour match was really good for me but the shade range is still quite small. Its more of a light to medium coverage which wasn't quite enough to cover any blemish I have at the moment or the vein I have under my eye quite to the level I get from my Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer. But it didn't crease and it super comfortable to wear so I think I need to try it out a bit more before I truly decide if this could make its way permanently into my makeup bag. 
I finished off my look with the Rimmel Magnif'eyes eyeshadow palette, Wonder'fully Real mascara (see my previous about them here) and finally the Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Stripped and Be My Baby* to create a slight Ombré lip. They were super pigmented and went on really easily. They're kiss-proof, touch-proof, waterproof; after eating brunch and having drinks it still stayed strong so I'm very impressed in the lasting power of these lipsticks. 

Have you tried this Rimmel range out? Let me know what you think! Thank you to Influenster for sending me these products complimentary to try out!
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