Friday, 26 October 2012


So, the weekend has arrived once more which means it must be cocktail time.
My favourite cocktail is definitely a good Caipirinah.
It's pronounced kie-purr-reen-ya and it took me ages to get used to saying :))
Its made from Cacacha which is a very sweet Brazilian style of rum made from sugarcane juice.

  • 1 lime, quartered and muddled (crushed and squeezed)
  • 2 teaspoons of granulated or caster sugar
  • Crushed Ice
  • Cacacha
  • Place lime wedges and sugar into a glass and muddle - if you don't have a muddler, just crush and squeeze the lime well, mixing with the sugar.
  • Fill glass with crushed ice
  • Pour in Cacacha
  • Stir well

The best ever Caipirinah's I have ever tasted are at Las Iguanas. I've never found a barman who can make one taste as good as they do in that place.

Not for the faint hearted, but definitely delicious - have you tried a Caipirinah?

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Sole Sister Foot Scrub

So, autumn is well and truly upon us now and I have promised myself that even though they won't be on show to the outside world for a while, I am definitely going to continue to look after my feet over the next few months. Hopefully this will avoid any panic when/if we get an odd sunny day next spring and summer whereby the flip flops can't come out due to the state of my trotters :))

My foot exfoliation of choice would obviously be walking along a beautiful white sandy beach in The Maldives, however as this won't be happening this year, I picked up some Sole Sister Foot Scrub whilst doing the weekly shop in Sainsbury's. 

I've had my eye on the Dirty Works range for a while now and this is my first purchase from them.
I couldn't believe the price - its on offer at the moment for £1.49 (usually £2.99) for 100 ml.

The foot scrub is packed with loads of finely ground pumice and like many foot products, it has a mint scent.
The pumice feels quite course, but this is just what I need from a foot scrub.
I normally use a dollop of this a couple of times a week, massaging into each foot, paying attention to the heels before showering.
Once out of the shower I follow with a foot file and lashings of foot cream which seems to do the trick for me.

This has most definitely impressed me enough to try some other products from the Dirty Works range.

How about you - are you familiar with this range? What have you tried from Dirty Works?

Monday, 8 October 2012

Mens Fragrances

Who doesn't love their man to smell good?

Frequently worn by Mr B Tails is Chanel's Allure Homme Édition Blanche and Molton Brown's Recharge Black Pepper.
Both are sexy clean fragrances, not only leaving your man smelling great, but your bathroom too :))

Allure  Homme Édition Blanche

A sporty little number, this is beautifully fresh and perfect for Summer days and nights. 
It contains Lemon, Bergamot, Cedar, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, White Musk, Vetiver, Ginger, Amber, Vanilla, White and Pink Pepper.
Instantly the Lemon is picked up but after settling down, I can also detect the Vetiver and Vanilla. The Lemon scent stays with you throughout, but in a very unobtrusive way.

Recharge Black Pepper
This is more suited to the Autumn and Winter months.
Top notes: lemon, madarin, bergamot and corianderMiddle notes: cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and violet
Base notes: oakmoss, sandalwood, patchouli and musk.
I find this one hard to describe, but the fragrance is warm, rich, very spicy and completely invigorating.
Packaging is cute too, a little wardrobe style box. 

Do you have a favourite fragrance for your man?

Sunday, 7 October 2012

The Nude Lip

I would love to be able to wear a deep berry coloured lip, especially at this time of the year, but deep dark colours just don't suit me so I tend to steer towards a nude lip with a more dramatic eye.

My on the go Lipsticks at the moment are...

Revlon Lip Butter in Crème Brulee (well used)
Rimmel Moisture Renew in Nude Delight
Avon in Beige Nude
Rimmel Lasting Finish in Undressed
Laura Geller in Berry Banana

Do I really need 5 of them?

This is Rimmel Undressed which I am favouring at the moment

On the go Glosses are both by Laura Geller
Shine & Shield in Fresco Gelato
Light Beams in Passion Fruit

What are the shades you love to wear? Are you Lipstick or Lipgloss?

Friday, 5 October 2012

September Empties

I like writing these posts - I save all my empties throughout the month and then convince myself how thrifty I've been!
This is what I used up in September
  • Lee Stafford Argan Oil Heat Defence Spray - would never be without this. I love Lee Stafford products and was once lucky enough to have him cut (just a trim) my hair :)) I wash and straighten my hair every day and spray this before blow drying and then again before using my beloved GHDs
  • Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel - does what it says on the tin
  • Gatineau Activ Eclat - one of my favourite exfoliators, you can read my review here
  • Sole Sister Foot Scrub - a find from Sainsburys which I will review later. A definate repurchase
  • Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector - thanks to the sun (and my age) I do have a couple of hyperpigmentation  marks on either side of my nose. I use one pump of this serem each morning (once my Ultrasun has sunk in) and in the evening (on a non Liquid Gold night) and this has definatley helped fade the  marks. I dont think it will ever fade them completely, but they are not much of an issue to me any more. I have been using this for the last 18 months and will continue to purchase
  • Gatineau Floracil Eye Make Up Remover - my favourite eye make up remover ever! This is also lovely to use as an eye treatment/compress
  • Gatineau Anti Aging Gommage - this was in a travel kit and is a strange roll off exfoliator. This didn't wow me so I wouldn't repurchase. I didn't feel this did anything for my skin
  • Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm - a staple product, you can read my review here
  • YSL Eye Make Up Remover - a travel size that I recieved with a Mascara kit. Lovely to use and I would welcome this addition in further YSL kits
  • Sure Maximum Protection Anti Perspirant Deoderant - Can I get excited over a deodorant? No, not really, but this is my repeat purchase of choice. The description states you should apply after a shower in the evening and the formula adjusts and lasts throughout the following day, but I don't use it this way. I apply each morning after a shower just as I would with any standard deodorant and am protected throughout the day
  • Figs & Rouge Rambling Rose balm - another definate repurchase, you can read my review here
  • Laura Geller Eye Spackle - a waterproof eye primer. I always use an eye primer before applying any eye make up, it really does make a difference. It gives an even blank canvas to give true colour pay off, stops any creasing and holds eye make up in place for hours and hours. I will repurchase this in the future but am trialling another make at the moment which I will review later.
So there is is, my September Empties - I think I've done pretty well.
Did you mange to use much up in September?

Monday, 1 October 2012

Shoes of the moment #2

I bought these shoes for a Christmas party a few years ago - haven't worn them since but am planning on bringing them out of retirement this year :))
These are definite car to bar shoes (couldn't walk too far in them) and I love them.
A deep copper colour, over the top sparkle, high and pointed.

I would love love love a nail polish (or combination of polishes) that gives the same colour and with the same finish.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.