A Long Weekend In Paris

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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Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

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Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

I mentioned in my Dermalex review post that I have recently rehauled my skincare regime and have seen great results. Dermalex really helped with controlling my rosacea flare ups and redness but this product is what has helped with everything else.

When I researched Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair before buying it, everybody raved about it’s magical properties but they also made sure that I was under no illusions that it was a instant miracle product. I don’t trust skin care products that promise an instant change – a true, positive change to your skin care regime takes time and patience.

I have been using this serum for about a month and the changes were so subtle that I didn’t even notice them happening.

All of a sudden I realised that my skin was better than it’s ever been: the tone is more even, the dry patches on my cheeks are gone, my skin looks more luminous, smoother and plumped up. If I sound like I’m raving…I am. This stuff is my new ‘can’t live without’ product. As you can see from the pictures, I even got a mini version from eBay so that I can still have it with me on holiday! This product is an investment – by which I mean it’s fairly expensive. It’s £70 for 50ml from Boots. But I only use half a pipette per day so it will last me ages. Plus, from what it does to my face, I don’t begrudge paying it!

You can buy it HERE.

Lex

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Bioderma Crealine H2O Micellar Water

Bioderma Crealine H2O Micellar Water

Bioderma Crealine H2O Micellar Water

Bioderma Micellar Water has been a secret weapon of many make up artists and knowledgable skin care obsessives for a long time but it was only available in France. Luckily, it launched in the UK this year to much fanfare! It’s still a lot cheaper in France so I stock up whenever I go over. Bioderma hoarding formed a big part of my French parapharmacie haul which you’ll be seeing a lot more from on the blog in the coming weeks.

Micellar water is a gentle cleanser with microscopic oil molecules. It doesn’t foam, it doesn’t need to be washed off and you can do it in bed. What more could you possibly want? You apply it to a cotton pad and it takes off all make up in a few swipes (even stubborn mascaras and eyeliner). Washing my face with normal, foaming cleansers aggravates my rosacea sometimes so this option is wonderful.

I think you can get this for about £10 at Boots but this was about 5 euros so I am still going to stock up whenever I nip over to France!

Has anyone else tried Bioderma, or any other micellar water cleansers?

Lex

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Kiko 372 Nude Nail Varnish

Kiko 372 Nude Nail Varnish

Kiko 372 Nude Nail Varnish

This is another of the polishes I got in the Kiko sale in France (2.50 Euro per polish… it would’ve been rude not to take advantage of that so I got loads!)

Kiko 372 Nude nail varnish is a creamy blush coloured polish with more than a hint of grey (and regular readers will know how I feel about grey!) I really like this barely-there polish, it is so classy without being boring and will go with absolutely any outfit.

This nail varnish needed 2 fairly thick coats to get full coverage, but Kiko polishes always apply and dry very well so that wasn’t a problem. This is shown topped with Seche Vite.

You can get Kiko polishes HERE.

Lex

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Kinetics Orange Pop Review

Kinetics Orange Pop Review

Kinetics Orange Pop Review

I bought this in Dubai on my last holiday when it was sunny and hot and all I wanted was a neon polish on my fingers. And this was perfect.

Back in the cold, miserable UK it seems slightly too bright… but I still love it. I did have to do a base coat of white polish before painting my nails, and this needed 3 coats of colour. It took quite a long time to dry, even with Seche Vite which is a definite no-no for me. Also… I only noticed when I was taking these photos that it says ‘for artifical nails only’. What a strange thing to say, I’ve never seen that before. Have you? Does it mean that it’s not safe/hasn’t been tested on natural nails? *panics slightly* Well, I wore this for about a week and didn’t see or feel anything of concern.

This is not the best polish I’ve ever tried, but it fulfilled my holiday neon craving so I’m happy!\

 

Lex

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