2015 marked the 30th anniversary of the iconic Color Riche range which resulted in the beautiful L’Oréal Paris Color Riche 30 Years Lipstick Collection. I bought these lipsticks in February (that must be a record) but completely forgot to blog about them *slaps wrist*.

L'Oréal Paris Color Riche 30 Years Lipstick Collection

L’Oréal Paris Color Riche 30 Years Lipstick Collection

There are lots of shades in the range but I picked these 5 as they stood out to me as the colours from which I would get the most wear over different seasons. The colours I chose, from left to right, were:

  • 130 Androgyne (matte) – A pretty, chalky baby pink that looks amazing with a smokey eye.
  • 132 Magnolia Irreverence (satin) – A striking fuchsia pink with a blue base.
  • 134 Rose Royale (satin) – A slightly softer, but still very eye-catching, pink.
  • 229 Cliché Mania (matte) – A true orange lipstick that I was nervous to wear but looks beautiful on, especially in the summer.
  • 430 Mon Jules (matte) – A dark berry red that has really come into its own now the weather is colder.

L'Oréal Paris Color Riche 30 Years Lipstick Collection

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A long weekend in Paris

A long weekend in Paris

A few weeks ago, I went to Paris for a long weekend with Aaron as we had some free Eurostar tickets (after last year’s Eurostar broke down for 5 hours!). We had such an amazing time as always. Paris is one of my favourite places: the style, the food, the buildings, the atmosphere. Just everything!

We both took a ton of photos so I apologise in advance – this is the cut down version of the blog I wanted to write!

On the first day we went to Montmartre for sightseeing, wine and wandering through the art market.

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Look at my adorable Eiffel Tower collar clips from the amazing Jaymie! I bought them especially for this trip and could not love them more.

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My typical tourist nail art for the weekend.

On the Saturday we were up and out early to do some more sightseeing. I love how elegant and pretty the metro entrances are, especially compared to London’s underground ones!

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Last year when we went to Paris we visited the Pont Des Arts: in case you haven’t heard of it, it’s a beautiful bridge where people attach padlocks to the wiring of the bridge. There are similar bridges all over the world, but with Paris being the city of love this is the most well-known.

We put a padlock on it last year and decided to go see if it was still there. I was so nervous as I knew I’d be really upset if it had gone (the council remove them in waves as they damage the bridge, but they are soon replaced with more!)

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It was still there!! Eeee! We had City and Colour lyrics engraved on it as that is our song 🙂 (sorry, there should have been a soppy warning in this post!)image

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This picture shows how tightly they’re all packed in! This bridge makes me so happy, every single lock represents people who are in love and it’s pretty overwhelming when you see them all together. There must be over 30 panels on the bridge and each one is crammed with little love declarations. It is beautiful.

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Obligatory soppy photo of us!

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Moules Frites: I could live on this stuff. I would be the size of a house but I would die a happy girl!

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Then we went to the best bookshop in the entire world: Shakespeare & Co. I could live here. There are two little cubby holes upstairs where people leave notes: love notes to others, love notes to Paris, secrets…

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On Sunday we did a bit more sightseeing before we had to return to London. Starting with the Pompidou Centre, as I missed the Lichtenstein exhibition when it came to London.

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The view from the top of the escalator is pretty spectacular:

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And finally we went to visit the Eiffel Tower (it’d be rude not to, right?)

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If you made it to the end of this post I am very impressed! Have you been to Paris? Where are your favourite places to go there?

Lex

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Why I Hated Benefit They're Real Mascara

Why I Hated Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Benefit’s ‘They’re Real’ mascara has been on my want list since it launched and I was so excited when it arrived in the post, which was made even worse by people on Twitter and Instagram raving about it when I posted my sneak peek.

Which is why I think I am so disappointed with it. I have blonde eyelashes and small eyes so mascara is my best friend. I put tons on, at least 3 coats or I feel like I look like a mole.

But ‘They’re Real’ layers like a nightmare. It says on the box that you can layer it to achieve the look you want. They lie. The pictures show two coats and it was clumping and flaking and looked awful. It felt really dry and cheap (which it isn’t at £19.50!!). Strike one.

It’s called ‘They’re Real’ because they’re meant to make your eyelashes look fake. I don’t think they look any different to normal. In fact, I think they are less curled and less separated than when I use my regular (cheaper!) mascaras. Strike two.

It also made my eyes really dry and itchy. I was rubbing them all day, which made the mascara flake even more. It went everywhere, it was dreadful. Three strikes and you’re out!

The packaging is lovely… but that’s about it. That is the only plus to this mascara. I am so disappointed as so many people seem to adore it. My search continues…

Lex

Why I Hated Benefit They're Real Mascara Why I Hated Benefit They're Real Mascara Why I Hated Benefit They're Real Mascara Why I Hated Benefit They're Real Mascara

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