Thursday, 2 August 2012

Best of... Beauty, Cocktails, Classic Movies, Delicious bites & Tech

With the arrival of each new month I'm perplexed at how fast time just simply flies by... If I were anywhere else in the world I'd probably be thinking about transitional clothing and even switching up my wardrobe for that odd time between seasons or going for a seriously good clear out. But I'm not, it is hot as Hades in Athens, I can barely function in this heat!!!

Anyhow, I thought i'd share snippets of the past month in tiny flashbacks with you today.

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It wasn't my birthday, but there were 2 celebrations last month, my name day & also my 6 year anniversary with Mr. Perseus. What better way to celebrate than with a martini eh? This one's a bit girly, the man likes his the classic (gin based) way, but for all you vodka lovers, I suggest the Dirty Martini!

Birthday Cake Martini 
What you need:
1.5 ounces vanilla vodka 1.5 ounces cranberry juice 1/2 ounce champagne
Make it!
Rim glass with Sprinkles. Combine vodka and cranberry juice in an ice shaker, half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into glass. Top with Champagne. Drop in cherry. Enjoy each sip!

Meringue sandwich kisses, with white chocolate buttercream filling!
It's basically egg whites and sugar!!! I love this lemon meringue kisses recipe.
Here's a basic recipe for white chocolate buttercream, I tend to just go with instinct when it comes to playing with taste and texture... it's so damn hot here everything just melts! ... So it probably comes as no surprise when I tell you guys that I always manage to inhale everything in nano seconds once it's made! ;)

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer £5.99
This has to be my newest highstreet buy and it works wonders! Goodbye dark circles! This is also Rimmels first full coverage concealer that conceals (really well) with it's creamy texture and illuminates too. I still prefer my mac studio for heavier coverage on random break outs, but this is as good as Touch Eclat for a bargain price of £5.99 (remember to always pick out a slightly lighter shade than your skin tone!)

The Body Shop Shea Beautifying Oil £9
I love oils, be it olive oil (yes, I also use this on my skin & hair and not just for cooking), coconut oil (organically pressed stuff - amazing for both health and beauty), Argan oil (seriously good stuff)... Then I came across this yummy smelling Shea Beautifying oil by The Body Shop.
It's a great oil for the body and hair, but if you have oily/combination skin, I'm not sure that it's great for the face.... but it does absorb well, so that illuminating glossy skin effect (on your body) may well disappear in half an hour! Since it also contains sweet almond oil, for those of you who have weak nails, this is brilliant! Great for applying at bedtime or after doing the dishes everyday... your nails ought to get stronger & less brittle.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist £7 
I love this (non-aerosol) product to the point I put it in the fridge each night ready for my walk to work in the mornings! It is a great refresher, smells awesome and also does a pretty good job for setting your make up. If you've just done a work out/gone for a run this is lovely to spritz on your face and body afterwards too!

p.s. If you're shopping on the UK site, make sure you've signed up to Give as you live! You'll be able to donate 6% to a worthy cause of your choice! You get to choose which charity you want to donate to eveytime you shop online & it costs you NADA!!!
Holy banana's where would I be without this application for my phone??? I used to spend a fair amount texting photos or texting generally to my friends and family across the globe, and all I say this is just genius & even more genius because this app let's you send sms/photos in real time for FREE to peeps on your (iphone, Blackberry, Android, Nokia, Windows) phone! You can also create groups too, make those BFF or work groups work for you - just make sure all your other friends/family have this app too. All you need is Wi-Fi. What's not to love, download now!!!

Note: I did download this once before & as I have a Nokia symbian phone the application did not switch off from wi-fi/internet connection at all so it was constantly eating up my battery. I wanted to use this app and only use wifi that I had available at work/home only rather than via the network supplier & be connected all the time (you'll have to pay otherwise) and I couldn't get the settings sorted out. I If this is the case visit your network suppliers shop and get them to sort it out. I changed my network mode to GSM rather than dual mode & changed my connectivity settings too! If you are abroad, DO NOT USE 3G CONNECTION unless you are minted, switch off Data Roaming asap.
Worked a treat, now I can text mindless stuff to my friends and family all day long! Yay!

Net-a-Porter Magazine A/W Report  click to take you there!

Last but not least.... If there was one movie I wish they'd play on the outdoor cinema's here in Athens it would be this!
An Affair to Remember starring Cary Grant and Debora Kerr, image via here.
I forgot I had this DVD and only discovered a stash of DVD's last weekend. It's a beautiful film, watch it!

How was your past month for you, did you make any new discoveries technology, beauty, film, fashion or travel wise?

Well, that's all folks! Wishing you a wonderful month of August! 
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