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  • 09/14/15--23:00: NEW IN: JO MALONE LONDON
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    IMG_9938IMG_9936 Ask for me for a list of my favourite brands and Jo Malone would definitely be near the top of that list! I tried so hard not to get addicted, it's an expensive hobby, but I've grown up with a mother who almost exclusively wears Jo Malone fragrances... it was bound to happen! It's not just their fragrances though that draw me in, their body range is beautiful and they have some gorgeous new launches out at the moment. "A Moment for You", their most recent body launch celebrates taking a moment, breathing and just enjoying some alone time. I definitely know how it feels to be addicted to being busy and if there's anything that's going to force me to take a chill pill, it's a long, hard-earned bath! In this range is the Geranium & Walnut Body Scrub mentioned in this favourites video and a new shower oil which is available in three iconic scents. Let's start with the scrub which I've been using for over a month now and who knew I could get so excited by a scrub?! I like to use this whilst sitting in the bath and it's quite different to some of the harsh scrubs I've tried before. It's incredibly rich and creamy so it doesn't feel that scrubby but it made my skin so soft, I was really surprised. The smell isn't too sweet and has a nice clean scent that lingers on the skin. The 250g tub is HUGE and so I don't think I'll be finishing this any time soon. The shower oils are new for Jo Malone and they chose to launch with the three scents Blackberry & Bay, Peony & Blush Suede and Lime Basil & Mandarin. I'm not a huge fan of the last two fragrances but Blackberry & Bay is one of my favourites. I love the fragrance and it's perfectly fitting for a shower product. The oil is incredibly luxurious and I love how it makes my skin feel and smell. This is one of those products I've banned Rich from using. It's mine! Finally, their most recent fragrance launch, Mimosa & Cardamom. Personally this isn't one for me but let me tell you about it anyway, we all have different taste! Mimosa & Cardamom is a "bohemian" scent blending the top notes of Cardamom with the heart of Mimosa and a base note of Tonka Bean. It's spicy and woody with a slight honey scent lingering in there too. I find it to be quite a warm scent, its definitely comforting. So that's what Jo Malone has been getting up to recently, I hope the little round up was helpful for you. Do any of these new launches take your fancy?

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  • 09/15/15--23:00: HOME HAULING IN BRIGHTON
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    In this week's vlog I spent a day in town having meetings, seeing Anna and stumbling upon the coolest shop! Rich and I also went down to Brighton to visit Anna and Mark, it was so nice! I hope you like the vlog.

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  • 09/16/15--23:00: LET’S TALK ABOUT PILATES
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    This photo has absolutely nothing to do with pilates... Apologies. Another apology is for slacking in the "request a post" department. Although I read every blog post request that comes in, it's been a while since I actually followed up with a request. I dig into the folder every now and again but one came in today that made me want to reply straight away.

    I started Pilates about 7/8 months ago and my main reason was to strengthen my back. I've always suffered from a bad back and it held me back in sports at school and when I started working after University I really suffered from sitting at desks all day. It's just always been a problem and I once slipped a disk opening the shutters at work! Every time I went to the physio he'd ask what exercises I'd been doing and recommended starting Pilates but I always put it off. My mum has been doing Pilates for six years and always did general exercise classes before that (for about 25 years!) so I joined her class on her recommendation. When Pilates became hugely popular a couple of years ago I was always put off but the idea of "trendy Pilates", classes full of girls in expensive workout gear, drinking healthy smoothies and wearing a full face of makeup. That's fine if you're into it, but it's not for me.

    The class I do is local and small, there is usually a maximum of 5 of us in the class and we all turn up makeup free in whatever workout clothes we have. For me the most important thing is that I do the exercises correctly otherwise I will injure my back and there would be no point in doing it. Pilates involves such subtle movements that if you don't do it right, it won't benefit you in the slightest. I work really well in an intimate group where the teacher walks round and assesses each person individuality, making sure they're doing it right and can easily have an overview of the class.

    I never really got into Yoga, it's the "be one with yourself" side of things I can't quite handle. Pilates for me is great because it's all about the exercising and building inner strength, it's not really to do with the mind. You definitely get those extra benefits of feeling great and feeling healthy, but that's a result of the strength. The better you get at Pilates, the harder the exercises feel because when you're really using the right muscles, it hurts. It's a bit like when kids try to do sit ups... they make it look so easy! But in Pilates, a sit up is so subtle and when you position your pelvis in the right place and hold in your stomach and bum, it's like you've never really done a proper sit up in your life. All those years paying a gym membership wasted because you weren't doing the exercises correctly.

    I have the world's tightest hamstrings, I can't touch my toes, I can't lift my leg up straight, I can't even sit with my legs flat to the ground and my back up straight! When I started I was completely useless and even eight month's later I still struggle a lot, but the improvement is definitely visible. I'm much stronger, my hamstrings are slowly getting there and I can now "roll like a ball" which I could never do before.

    Pilates isn't cheap, not if you want a good instructor and especially if you want to do reformer pilates (which uses a machine and is really good!). For me, it's instead of a gym membership so I don't mind paying for it once a week. The great thing about Pilates is that you can do it yourself at home in between classes (I really should start doing that!) but I would recommend if you've never done it before, do a few beginner classes to make sure you're doing it right. There are tutorials online, but I personally worry that without an instructor assessing you, you won't do it right. I often feel like I'm doing it right, but I'm not.

    So that's where I'm at with Pilates and I hope this was helpful to those of you thinking of starting. If you have any other questions, tweet me @lilypebbles and if you'd like to request a blog post yourself, send it in here.

    Thanks Jenny Louise for requesting this post!

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    Something a bit different today whilst my makeup and clothes are all packed away in boxes! I've been reading this book casually over the past month and it's really made an impact on me so I wanted to share my thoughts. There were some things I loved and some I absolutely hated but either way, here's my opinion on Marie Kondo's "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up".  

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  • 09/18/15--23:00: WEAR LIFE EATS 19.09.15
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    IMG_9996 WEAR // Hmmm.. What have I been wearing this week? Well considering that most of my stuff is packed up in boxes, not much really, not much. This whole packing thing though has forced me to pick a very small selection of makeup items for the week, so only the very best and essential could stay out of boxes. I'm sure you can guess what they all are but I'll tell you anyway. Estee Lauder CC Cream, NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher Concealer, Soap & Glory Solar Powder, Illamasqua Naked Rose Blush, Becca Champagne Pop, Anastasia Brow Wiz, my MAC Palette, Tom Ford liquid eyeliner, Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara, Clarins Tea Rose Lipstick and Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 05. Ok so that seems like quite a lot, but it's really just a face of makeup and hopefully something that can work for me every day whilst I'm in the process of moving. LIFE // Eylure have recently launched a new app called "Try Lash", a free app to download onto your phone. As you guys know I don't often wear lashes, I find them quite daunting, I don't really know how to apply them and I wouldn't even know where to start. The idea of Try Lash is to take away the confusion of the lash world and make it easier for people like me to learn more about them and to try them out virtually in the comfort of my own home before giving them a go in real life. The app allows you to compare all the different Eylure lashes and teaches you how to apply them but the best bit about the app is the "Apply Lashes" function. It's really easy to use, you take a selfie, pick your lashes, move the diagram to fit your eye shape and then the lashes are virtually placed onto yours so you can see what they all look like and how they compare. I thought it would be creepy but it actually looks really realistic and gives you a good idea of which lashes suit your eye shape and face. Warning, it's a little bit addictive. And I'm not going to lie, I went for the biggest, fullest lashes first... just to see! It's here for iPhones and here for Android... give it a go yourself and let me know what you think! EATS // One of my favourite things to eat when I'm out and about in London is the aubergine tagine at Comptoir Libanais. It's completely delicious, leaves you feeling satisfied but not overly full and I can't get enough of it. My mum and I thought we'd give it a go ourselves one night this week so after a quick google I came across this recipe from the Foodie in Berlin blog, which I'd never read before. It seems really similar so we gave it a go and it was delicious! It was pretty much exactly like the one in the restaurant and if we did it again, all that we'd change it we'd make the aubergine chunks smaller and maybe cook for a tad longer. So yummy, so easy and I'd really recommend it.   *This post was sponsored by Eylure. 

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  • 09/20/15--23:00: NON-BEAUTY FAVOURITES
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    I'm afraid there won't be a September Makeup Tutorial... well I haven't currently got one planned. I don't like to fake videos or force them and with the move I haven't been wearing anything new and interesting this month. So I hope you like this non-beauty video, talking about all my fave non-beauty bits!

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    IMG_9991 IMG_9990When I started thinking about the decor of my new place I kept going back to the idea of lots of plants and greenery. I love neutral colours in a home but what I think really brings it to life is plants. They bring freshness into the home and add some colour where it's needed. So I know how I want my home to look and feel and I know I love plants, but which ones and how to look after them? No idea. I already have a few succulents that I picked up in Brighton and I recently bought some pretty hanging ivy to go on my shelves. Unfortunately I didn't inherit my dad's gardening skills, so I've come to you guys for some help. What are your favourite house plants? How do you look after them? Any tips? I'm going to sit down tonight and read through all the comments because I trust you lot with some good advice. So don't be shy and please share with me your plant-y wisdom. I can't wait to fill my place with some gorgeous greenery. Thanks so much for your help!  

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    I had SUCH a fun weekend moving into our new place, going to IKEA, celebrating Anna's birthday with breakfast AND seeing the real Friend's set. Catch up on my weekly vlog & thanks for watching!

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    IMG_9936 IMG_9937 IMG_9938 Ok, ok, don't panic! I know how us beauty junkie's can get around the words 'limited edition'... Anastasia Beverly Hills, the brand that brought us the brilliant Brow Wiz, has released a collection of highlighters that are available on Cult Beauty for a limited time. So let me tell you about the one I've got and then you can decide whether to rush to the site to get yours or whether to sit back and let the hype pass. There are four shades in the range, Peach Nectar, Riviera (rose gold), So HollyWood (gold) and Starlight (white gold). All four highlighters are powder with a slight art-deco embossing that's completely beautiful. I chose So Hollywood as I do love a gold highlight and I thought it would be good to compare with Becca's Champagne Pop. One thing I would point out is on the website it looks like it's two toned but in real life it's all just one tone. I love the fact that the highlight, once on the skin, is actually really noticeable. Sometimes I find highlighters to look great in the pan but hardly show on the skin so this definitely doesn't have that problem. It's gorgeous and glowy and the perfect golden shade. I do find it to be a bit more glittery than Champagne Pop which is more smooth. The texture of So Hollywood is still buttery though and applies nicely onto the cheekbones. The shade is really wearable, so much so that I definitely think it would also work as an eyeshadow. The highlighters are £28 each and as I said, they won't be there for long! So what do you think? Which shade do you like the look of? Will you be rushing to pick one up?

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  • 09/24/15--23:00: SEPTEMBER FAVOURITES 2015
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    This month's favourites is a little earlier than usual (and a little shorter too!) but I hope you still enjoy it and find some good recommendations from the products I've been loving this month.

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  • 09/25/15--23:00: WEAR LIFE EATS 26.09.15
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    Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 16.28.23 WEAR // Can you imagine being able to shop the clothes in your favourite store by seeing them modelled on your gorgeous best friend first? Well yeah, that's me. I already had a love affair with The White Company but seeing my best friend (of 24 years!) all over the website, catalogue and in store is just making me want all the clothes even more! I'm loving the A/W collection and I've already picked up one sweater. When you think of The White Company I think most of us think of bedding and candles but their clothes are so gorgeous and are made so well. I'd definitely recommend checking it out because the clothes are to die for... the model's not that bad either! LIFE // I've really been enjoying the "Future of Fashion" series on the British Vogue YouTube channel. It's hosted by Alexa Chung who is still my all-time girl crush. She's so great at interviewing and the whole series is a really interesting look at the fashion industry and what goes on behind the scenes. I'm all for teaching younger students what other jobs there are out there and I think this is a really nice way to open up more opportunities to work in fashion. Have a watch and let me know what you think! EATS // Nope... still not much to report here. We've only just done our first big shop for the new place so I've been eating beans on toast all week. I did, however, pick up this book for Anna's birthday and I think it looks great. I'm sure she'll let you guys know if she finds anything groundbreaking but if you're a breakfast fan I think this will be right up your street!

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  • 09/27/15--23:00: MY AUTUMN STYLE
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    I worked really hard on this video and loved creating it so I really hope you like it. Keep watching to see how I did my makeup and nails to go with the outfit. Enjoy!     *This video was sponsored by Zalando

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  • 09/28/15--23:00: ROUGE NOIR EVERYTHING!
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    IMG_9942 IMG_9954Prepare yourself for all the heart eyed emojis... Chanel have created an entire Rouge Noir collection! *squeal* Chanel's iconic nail polish, Rouge Noir, was first created 20 years ago but until now it's never been more than that. For their Christmas collection this year they've added a whole range of Rouge Noir products and it is seriously beautiful. The Rouge Noir nail polish has always been a favourite of mine for Autumn as it's a deep wine that's so flattering on the nails. The lipstick is incredibly intense but although scary when you first apply, it's actually quite easy to wear. The texture is soft and velvety and I think it's the perfect statement lip. They've added three Rouge Noir eye products to the collection too and although I was desperate to pile them all on I think I would have looked a bit too Rouge Noir so I just went for the eyeliner and mascara. The eyeliner is a really nice alternative to black and once it's warmed up a bit it's really easy to blend and smoke out along the lash line. The mascara is also great, it gives really good length and volume and makes a nice change from black. Not too purple, not too red, just right! Something that really got me excited is the Illusion D'Ombre in Rouge Noir. Their Illusion D'Ombre eyeshadows are so strange in texture, like a bouncy, creamy powder. This plum, slight glitter shadow is really pretty and can be used quite sheer or really built up for an intense Christmas look. Also in the collection is the Highlighting Blush in Coups De Minuit which I actually like to apply with my fingers. It's not at all glittery or shimmery, it just adds light to the skin where you want it. It's very fine so it won't look powdery on the skin. It's a gorgeous highlighter. There's also the Gold Sparkle Top Coat which looks like you've applied gold leaf onto your nails. I can't wait to wear this at Christmas! The Chanel Christmas '15 collection looks the best yet in my opinion. There's definitely a few sellout products so when 6th November rolls round you better be ready! Got your eye on any of these products?  

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    A very normal weekly vlog and a wild Saturday night in where things get plucky! Enjoy!

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    IMG_0024My two favourite primers have been the Too Faced Hangover primer and the Make Up For Ever Hydrating Primer for quite a while now. I reach for one of the two on most days and I find they help to add hydration to my skin as well as prep it for makeup so that my skin doesn't drink up all my foundation. The only problem with both of these primers? Make Up For Ever (£13), despite now being in Debenhams is still quite hard to get hold of and Too Faced is quite pricey (£23). Well there's a reason why Soap & Glory is one of my favourite drugstore makeup brands and they've once again created a great product at a great price. The One Heck Of A Blot Instant Perfecting Power Primer is a new addition to the One Heck Of A Blot family along with a new liquid foundation that I haven't yet tried. The primer is actually aimed at those with oilier skin types and it aims to control shine and give a slight mattifying finish to the skin. I wouldn't usually go for this kind of product but after giving it a go, it's not quite as mattifying as you expect and it's actually quite similar to my hydrating primers. It's not as 'wet' as my other primers, but has a nice silky feeling and works really well before applying makeup. The Vitamin E gives hydration whilst their Pore-Shrink and Shine-Bloc technology helps combat pores and shine. It's fragrance-free to would be a nice option for those with sensitive skin and at £10 I think it's a really good deal. Don't let the shine-fighting terminology scare you off, this works well for us dehydrated girls too! Soap & Glory, you've done it again!

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    It’s been a while since I popped into Boots just for a browse and those are always the most dangerous trips that result in a haul. I picked up a mix of stuff from skincare, to makeup and nails. Hope you like the

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  • 10/02/15--23:00: WEAR LIFE EATS 03.10.15
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    WEAR // I finally have a wardrobe! It was so nice to be able to unpack my clothes, hang them up and actually see what I have (I even managed a round two of clearing out!). It was an awkward space to fit a wardrobe so we weren't sure for a while what to do. The space isn't very deep and the celling is slanted so to just buy a wardrobe and slot it in wasn't really an option. My very good friend who owns Manhattan Closets came to the rescue and created a simple, but effective open wardrobe where we managed to fit two drawers, two shelves and two separate poles for hanging space. I'm sure I'll be giving you the grand tour soon! Their expertise in wardrobes came in extremely handy although my dinky little space isn't exactly what they're used to. Manhattan Closets specialise in amazing walk in wardrobes and sliding door wardrobes. Their creations are beautiful and have me dreaming of a Carrie Bradshaw walk in wardrobe. The system works; shelves, hanging space and accessories galore for your scarves, jewellery, shoes, underwear. Ir's all completely customisable depending on how you like to use your space. Definitely worth checking out if you have the budget, the space and you're ready for your dream wardrobe. I'll be back one day when I've convinced Rich to let me take a whole room for my wardrobe!

    LIFE // I found the most perfect spot for the illustration that Rich proposed to me with. I've placed it on a wide IKEA picture shelf, just above my chest of drawers in the bedroom and then added these photo booth prints of us. I love how it looks and I get to see it every morning.

    EATS // This week I made Chilli. It's not something I eat that often as my mum has always hated minced meat, but I for some reason fancied it and found this Jamie Oliver recipe online. A lot goes into it and like all Jamie recipes, prep is key! It was really delicious though and this recipe made enough chilli to last Rich two weeks worth of packed lunch! Yum.

    Have a great weekend!


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  • 10/03/15--23:00: ESSIE COCKTAIL BLING
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    IMG_0032 (1) Cocktail Bling is a nail polish I've owned before but it got thrown out somewhere along the way as the formula had gone bad and it wasn't getting enough love. Last week when picking up one of the AW15 Essie polishes I took advantage of the buy one get one half price deal and couldn't resist picking it up again. It sits somewhere between a grey and a lilac so I love it for around this time of year. It's like cashmere for your nails... Cocktail Bling is an Essie classic. Have you tried it?  

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    Today's video is a look inside my new bathroom cabinet. When we first moved in, our bathroom had zero storage so one of the first things I bought was a new cupboard from IKEA to fill with all my products. Watch the video to see and hear more...  

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    I remember discovering the "Back to MAC" scheme many years ago and thinking why didn't anyone tell me about this?! So today, although most of you may already know, I wanted to talk about Back to MAC for those of you who don't. It's MAC's way of doing their bit with the environment, so all you have to do is take back 6 empty (or unwanted) MAC primary packaging and then you can pick from any of their main collection lipsticks! They accept empty eyeshadow pots so if you buy the pots and then like to depot them for a palette, that should be fine.

    I tend to keep my empty or unwanted MAC items in a drawer and when I recently checked I had well over 6! I always like to swap them for a lipstick I've never tried or heard of and this time the one I went for was Fast Play. It's an Amplified formula so it's creamy but still intense and it has a nice mix of pink and brown making it an almost bold nude lip. It's less purple than Syrup and it's very  similar to Mehr, just not matte. It's ever so slightly darker than Mehr but if you like the look of Mehr and find mattes hard to wear, this one is for you!

    I love it and I'm so happy with my choice. It's my daytime Mehr... It's amazing. What do you think?

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