Friday, 30 January 2015

Simply soft skin, that’s all I want and here’s how I’m getting it

Here’s the truth, the only truth I know for sure, when it comes to my skin: it’s getting old. This face has been around for nearly 35 years now. It’s had no work, no special treatment, just some special TLC now and again when I have time to think about it. I have the products I love and adore. Not a day goes back when I don’t slap on my magic eraser – Dr Perricone’s Cold Plasma. I refuse to exist without it and would happily eat PB&J for a month, if I had to, to be able to afford it. Then the moisturizers are pretty much on rotation depending on what I’m trialing from one day to the next. My face is starting to become a warzone of sorts – scarred by the various run ins with products that didn’t agree with me or clogged by the many creams that are toyed with day in and day out.

However, occasionally I come across a tool I love. Quite honestly, these usually end up being expensive tools and I keep those ridiculously expensive splurges to myself, unless they are super special and worthy of an over the top fabulous review. Now all this being said, I have come across a beauty tool that I’m quite literally obsessed with and feeling rather chuffed at the fact that it’s only £6.50. Oh yeah, that’s bargain basement prices, people! Drumroll please…. My magical discovery is the Soap & Glory A Brush with Greatness. Alright, alright, I feel like you’re saying, “hello, woman, brushes for your face have been around forever.” You would be right and yes I’m a bit slow on all these things. But, I tripped upon this and have been using it now for two weeks. It’s two parts goodness – a bristle brush on one side and a massage reverse side. I keep mine in the shower and give myself a mini facial every morning and somehow feel like I’m doing my part to keep things real.

I start by wetting the face and then gently running the bristles in a circular motion to exfoliate. I then apply cleanser and use the massage side to work the cleanser into a lather on my skin. Rinse and go! Yeah, that ain’t too difficult. Yet, after a few weeks of repeating this, my skin feels incredible. Seriously, so soft!

Bottom line, if you are looking for a cheap and easy way to step up to soft skin, why not give this tool, or something similar, a good old fashioned try? Just one tip – avoid areas of your face that suffer from rosacea or any similar redness issues. This will just inflame the situation. Happy brushing!

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Falling in love with London all over again from the window at the Mondrian Sea Containers

Around November time last year there was a buzz in the air in London about a new swanky hotel opening on the other side of the river. It was a bit off the beaten trail, but had Londoners moving and shaking over to the Southbank for cocktails, dinner or a night or two away from it all. London finally had it’s very own Mondrian.

The Mondrian Sea Containers in London is just about everything you’d expect it to be for a hip and happening new place. The lobby is massive and the space is filled with odd shapes and light fixtures, otherwise known as art. The staff are dressed as if they were chic guests themselves, which ends up being both confusing and comforting at the same time. Then there are the very many twists and turns involved in navigating your way around the space.

If you are headed to the bar or restaurant, life is a lot more simplistic. That being said, the hotel is still laid out in a way that can easily make you look like a fish out of water if you don’t know the lay of the land. Even going into the bar I wondered which doors to use, which clipboard commander to approach and what seating was allocated versus free for all. It all adds to the excitement, the adventure perhaps, of being one with the in-crowd.

Just don’t have too many cocktails or you’ll be in for a shock as you open the lift doors to find an astronaut and a rather dapperly dressed man staring back at you. No, you weren’t slipped hallucinogens in your Cosmpolitan. These are actual prints on the lift walls. I liked to think of them as my lift buddies as I made my way up to my loft suite on the fourth floor.

I wandered the halls down to my room to find a rather contemporary, yet comfortable setting behind the first door. The furnishings were cool, way too cool for me. Yet, they were approachable and perhaps even inviting.  The true invitation to sit, however, came with the view from the furniture. The room offered the most spectacular view of London, one which came alive when the sun went down and the lights came up.

In short, the Mondrian was a pleasant experience and a VERY comfortable night’s sleep. However, I am more appreciative of the viewpoint that the space offered. In one night the Mondrian restored my love for this beautiful city I call home. London, by day or by night, is seen in a most glorious light from any riverside view at the Mondrian Sea Containers. This is definitely a perfect night away for a romantic rendezvous or restorative retreat. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the beautiful spa.

Fashion Foie Gras stayed as a guest of Marks & Spencer at The Mondrian Sea Containers London.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Work it Out: The new M&S Sportswear is my new live-in wardrobe

Marks & Spencer has been in my life for 13 years now. The first day I moved to the UK I found myself walking the sandwich aisles of the local M&S shop. Weeks later I was referred back to Marks & Spencer for easy purchases for everyday essentials. Fast forward a decade and I now attend their presentations at fashion week where they showcase collections that rival those found on the catwalk. It's been an incredible timeline for the folks over at M&S and they continue to deliver surprises year after year. This season, as many of you will already know, the Marks & Spencer brand has taken a step up in the sportswear department. In fact, they join dozens of other retailers who have discovered women are spending more time in workout gear than in jeans these days. Truly, the yoga pant has replaced the classic jean. Watch any high street for ten minutes and you'll see what I mean. 

For a while Lululemon held a majority share in the chic workout department. I think they'll always get the credit for making workout gear an everyday run-around-town look. However, high street brands are giving Lulu a run for their money by bringing us great gear that doesn't require selling a kidney to purchase. Marks & Spencer's latest launch is a perfect example. They've put the time and money into figuring out what works for seams, ventilation, patterns and pairing. In short, their offering this season is genius. There are even socks that have a magical ability to keep nasty odours at bay. You'll find leggings that breathe... yes, breathe, and sports bras that actually hold stuff together as you run. Thank heavens!

So, rather than running away with all your hard earned money to buy one pair of leggings, take a step into M&S this week and check out what's on offer. I have a feeling you'll be pleasantly surprised by what you find hanging on the rack. 

Now, whether or not you'll wear the items to actually work out in is up to you. I haven't hit a gym all week but I've been wearing these goodies religiously as I run about doing what needs to be done. 

Fashion Foie Gras was a guest of M&S for the launch of M&S Sportswear this season. 
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