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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

French Beauty Giveaway

I've just got back from a lovely relaxing trip to the South of France. Whilst I was there I of course made sure I had time to visit Sephora to pick up some of my favourite beauty products. I decided to also pop a few extra bits into my basket to give you the opportunity to get your hands on some products that aren't readily available in the UK as a continued thank you for reading my blog. 

Available to win:

1 x Sephora Eyeshadow (Dying For Shoes)
1 x Sephora Kiss Me Balms (Strawberry Fizz)
1 x Bioderma Micellar Water
1 x Sephora Kiss Me Balm (Candy Apple)
1 x Lancome Hypnose Mini Mascara)
1 x Sephora Blush (Orange Pop)


To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter widget below and complete as many entries as you wish (some are mandatory). 

- This is an international giveaway - I will post the prize anywhere. 
- This giveaway will run for 3 weeks. 
- The winner will be contacted within 24 hours of the giveaway closing and if I have no response within 48 hours another winner will be chosen. 
- All prizes have been bought with my own money. 

Bon Chance!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Guest Post: How To Bubble Nails

Hello readers of Tea Party With Alice! I'm Chloe and I usually post nail tutorials and beauty posts on my blog, but today I'm going to show you how to do this bubble nail art on Alice's blog.

To do this you will need:
- Two different coloured nail polishes
- Two different sized dotting tools.

(If one of your nail polishes is dark like mine, then make sure your other polish is quite thick so that it will show up on top!). 

Firstly, paint your nails with your main colour (mine is teal), then paint just over half of it with your second colour (mine is black).

Taking your largest dotting tool, do a few dots in a vertical line down your nail, on top of the second colour.

Then taking the smaller dotting tool, create lots more dots in a line next to it.

This is when the look really starts to come to life and gets a unique feel. Taking the largest dotting tool again, take the second colour and do dots directly between the first dots and the main colour background - I realise that I have explained this awfully, but hopefully you can see in the photos!

The last step is to take the first colour again, on the smaller dotting tool and to dot in the middle of the previous dots.

I really hope you like this look and if you recreate this then please show me via Twitter, Instagram or do a post of your own!

Thank you for reading!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

My Little Place

Having blogged for coming up to two years now, it was important to me when I moved house to set aside a little place to be able to write my blog. I love this space as it's peaceful, looks out onto the garden and without sounding too contrived - it's my source of inspiration. 

As such, I've tried to keep it uncluttered with just the essentials which I thought I'd share with you. 

To keep track of time, I have this pretty clock which I've had for years and love it's vintage style. I also keep a host of candles here as I particularly like to burn them when I'm writing at night - it's so calming. These two are from Muji and I couldn't recommend them enough. 

I love flowers so always try to have a fresh bunch in my room and my favourite to have in this charming jug are pink roses. I think the contrast against the white is really pretty. 

I have my Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede candle sitting beside this beautiful shabby chic photo frame. I got it as a present so can't recall where it's from, but it holds a photo of me with my adorable Godson Seth - it's one of my favourite photos ever. 

I store my pens in this vintage tumbler which I picked up from Rose Hill Boutique in Brighton on my recent visit. I think it's so lovely and I also picked up another to store my make up brushes. 

Last but not least, is my notepad which stores all my blogging ideas. This keeps me on track with what I need to photograph, write about and any schedules that I attempt to stick to. I picked this up in Target on my last trip to America, and I think it's absolutely charming.

What's your favourite little place? 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint

The Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint was something I had been pining after for a long time. It spoke to me in all the right ways with it's promise of dewy, moisture-kissed and luminized skin. As this is generally very hard to get hold of in the UK other than online, I ran into a spot of luck when I discovered a shop right by my office (Blow Ltd) which stocks Jouer. I chose my shade, Pearl, and my obsession began.

I truly see this product as a second skin. It has a light-to-medium coverage which is perfect for looking like you have little makeup on, but just enough to cover any imperfections in the skin tone. Best of all, I don't have to go in that heavy with concealer (unless I have a totally unforgiving blemish). It has a beautiful shimmer to it that's subtle, but helps to work as a highlighter - defining cheekbones and the cupids bow. It's has a light consistency that's super easy to blend and really does leave the skin with a lovely glow. This also importantly contains SPF 20, anti-ageing anti-oxidants and a fragrance free moisturiser to keep skin looking healthy all day.

I have a pretty normal complexion, but err on the side of oily on occasion. This works really well with my skin, but I would recommend anyone with really oily skin to perhaps try the matte version instead.

This costs £29 and is available online from Cult Beauty or Blow Ltd if you're near Covent Garden. It comes with a glowing recommendation from me (see what I did there?)

Have you tried anything from Jouer?

Monday, 13 October 2014

Food: Ivy's Mess Hall Dalston

This weekend I went to check out my sister's new pad in the deepest depths of hipster Dalston. After giving her new home the once over and meeting Syd and Petunia the cats, we headed off for some brunch at Ivy's Mess Hall. 

Ivy's Mess Hall is a quirky East London space used as a coffee shop during the day and a restaurant at night. It has a super-casual vibe, attracts the hip and trendy from the area yet manages to retain a well balanced easy going feel. Despite a less than friendly welcome, we had a great time and the majority of the staff were really nice. 

Let me talk you through what we had... 

The menu is good, with a real mix of breakfast and brunch delights - including the traditional (and my favourite) as well as some more unusual finds on the specials board.

The coffees were beautifully presented and the smoothies and juices were fresh and delicious. 

But best of all, the food. I went for my favourite - Eggs Royale. Layers of fresh pink salmon on ciabatta with perfectly poached eggs all smothered in Ivy's signature hollandaise sauce. 

Egg's Benedict for my sister (swap the smoked salmon for ham).

The real show stopper however, was this guy. Avocado, thick cut halloumi, tomato and fried egg - towered upon a brioche bun. Utterly delicious. 

I will definitely be coming back to Ivy's next time I'm in Dalston. The prices were really reasonable and a lot of effort clearly went in to the flavours and presentation of the food. They don't have a website so it's best to go to their Facebook for information. Don't make the mistake I did and book via a third party site as you may well be looked at like an idiot when you walk in, as apparently they don't take bookings. Other than the frosty welcome (which I'm sure was a one off) - Ivy's was brilliant. Huge thumbs up from me.

Have you been to Ivy's Mess Hall? What's your favourite London brunch spot? 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Percy & Reed - Eau My Goodness Shine & Fragrance Spray

At a recent beauty event I was introduced to Percy & Reed, a brand I'd previously never heard of. Percy & Reed are a hairdressing duo with salons in London and they've created their own range of products for use at home to keep hair sleek, bouncy and beautiful. 

Their Eau My Goodness Shine & Fragrance spray* is as it says on the tin - a multipurpose product. It adds shine and gloss to your hair, but also adds a light fragrance meaning you can swish your hair with pride. It has a lovely fresh fragrance of rose (apparently 'sprinkled with dew' - but really, it's just rose). As a fan of rose scented products I love this scent so happily spritz it on my hair once I've styled it to leave a lovely glossy looking mane that looks healthy and smells great. 

I think if your hair is in good condition, this is a nice little product to add as a finishing touch - particularly for a special occasion. However if you have particularly dry hair, theres only so much a shine spray could do so it's probably not worth the purchase. I wouldn't necessarily race out to buy the full size of this as it's £22 which I think is rather steep, however I have enjoyed using it and would definitely consider it next time I was browsing Feel Unique and feeling a bit spendy. 

Have you heard of Percy & Reed? What are your favourite shine sprays?

Friday, 10 October 2014

The Lacquer Lab: Novella Collection

I love supporting British brands, so was excited to receive some beautiful nail polishes from The Lacquer Lab - a brand I hadn't heard of before. The Lacquer Lab create hand-blended polishes which are completely toxin and cruelty free. 

Their newest release, the Novella Collection is a six-shade range (5 luxe cremes and one glitter) created for the Winter/Christmas season. The colours range from a perfect plum red to a beautiful winter nude and perfectly epitomise the femininity and glamour that comes with this season. I was sent three shades: The Wonderous* - a creamy, sugar-spun polish that's the perfect elegant nude, Lover At The Ritz* - a beautiful autumnal plum and Pocket Full of Jewels* a bejewelled mix of gold glitter dust and shards of opalescent flakes. 

The lacquers have a great formula - they're easy to apply, nicely pigmented and non-streaky. I generally found two coats was sufficient to reach opacity and they were glossy without a top coat, although I always use one anyway. They lasted 4-5 days chip free. 

These are £9 a piece or £48 for the full collection, which would be a lovely Christmas present for any other nail polish fanatics. They're available from from the 1st November. 

Have you heard of The Lacquer Lab? What's your favourite brand for Winter nail shades? 

*The Lacquer Lab site is relaunching today for anyone having issues. They'll also be a 25% off voucher codes for new sign ups on re-launch. 

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