Bon appétit, c’est French Week at Lidl!

Lidl French Week 2014

Hands down, one of our favourite things about family hols abroad is the supermarket shopping.

Seriously. I LOVE browsing the aisles and making discoveries, trying little bits of this and slices of that and drooling over the patisserie – while my husband gets lost in the wine aisle! – to take back to our hotel for a sneaky picnique in the room, or to the campsite to enjoy on the deck.

Yesterday, we did exactly that- except we weren’t in France, but at Lidl, where it’s French Week in store until 4 October! We were invited to check out the fantastique, limited edition offerings in store and put together a French-inspired family meal. Read more.

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Clarins Feed 10 AMAZING “Gift With Purpose”!

Clarins Feed 10 make-up bag

Morning, everyone (or hello, whenever you’re reading this!!).

HOW amazing is this? It’s not so much just an offer, but an OPPORTUNITY!!

Hence, they’re calling it a “Gift With Purpose” (LOVE that!!).

Right now, at Clarins counters, if you buy any 2 products (one of which has to be skincare), you’ll get this AMAZING limited edition FEED 10 canvas make-up bag packed with 5 ‘discovery’ sizes of gorgeous Clarins goodies.

And we’re not talking teeny-tiny, travel/freebie-sized miniatures, either …

Clarins Feed 10 make-up bag

BUT! Better than that, Clarins will also donate 10 nutritious school lunches to children in developing countries via FEED Projects, a non-profit organisation which works with the United Nations World Food Programme.

The goodies you get, as pictured above, are the lovely Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate (HELLO!!), Moisture-Rich Body Lotion, Gentle Refiner, HydraQuench Cream Mask and Hand and Nail Treatment Cream (perfect for autumn and winter pampering!).

And if you’re looking for a skincare treat to pick as one of your purchases, I’d recommend the classic and iconic Beauty Flash Balm – it’s still one of the best ‘good to glow’ make-up primers I’ve come across. I’ve got an emergency tube on standby in the bathroom for when I need to look half-awake before going out after a long day (tempting though it is to use every morning, from head to toe).

Clarins FEED 10 is happening at Clarins counters nationwide now unit 4 October … go-go-GO!!!

(PS: yep, that selfie top of post meant the writing on the tube is back to front. Oops! A Monday moment, of which there were many yesterday!).

More on FEED Projects here!

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Are you ready for autumn nails?

New autumn nails

Oops, it’s Tuesday – high time the ‘Weekend Links’ was knocked off the top of the blog, but it’s been another mad week so far!

I’ve been working more on some Christmas beauty magazine features, including one for Health & Fitness which I’ve been loving doing (lots of fun party make-up ideas - more of that to come on the blog!).

Hope you’re having a great week so far!!

Well, it’s officially autumn today and, true to form, hasn’t it been feeling nippier these past few days?! Especially in the mornings and evenings – there’s definitely that crisp edge and chill in the air.

I was definitely thinking ‘slippers’ when my bare feet hit the cold laminate to make the coffee this morning!

So, I thought I’d take the beauty plunge and dip into a ‘proper’ autumn nail colour for the blog – this is the CND Vinylux (£8.95) in new Plum Paisley (one of the new collection which I posted about here the other day).

It’s a really rich, deep purple, topped with the CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat (more on the whole system here, and where to find your local salon).

Perfect for breaking out along with your boots and autumn layers (and I’ve been LOVING them on lots of the beauty vlogs over the past week or so!).

The thing is, if I’m totally honest, I’m not sure I’m ready to go there – yet!

How about you? Are you ready to go dark and glossy yet?!

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Weekend links

Weekend Links/Zara leggings

Where did this week go?!  Hope this finds everyone fine and well this Friday!  :)

Possibly the speediest of Weekend Links today, as it’s been a mad-crazy (and I’ve been madly disorganised!) week – but some fun stuff I’ve found online this week, of which there will be more next week!

PLUS! An exciting new link-up feature coming very soon, in which I’d LOVE for you to comment and post a link to your own blogs all on a specific, feel-good theme – so watch out for that! I’m EXCITED!!

Hot & Flashy You Tube

*  This absolutely links with the new link-up feature I mentioned above – I really like this video by one of my fave You Tuber mamas, Angie of Hot & Flashy, talking about her motivation to exercise. I think what she says is so true (and this is a BIG note to self, I don’t know about you!) – getting motivated to get moving (or find a way, more pertinently, to get moving every day in some way) is all about working out WHY you want to do it. Simple but true. Love this!

*  Those ZARA leggings I mentioned here earlier this week? I kept one pair (of the three I whizzed into the changing room with!), and they’re great: navy (a nice, classic change from black), sweet zip details, long enough not to look half-mast on longer legs and in a super-thick, fitness-meets-jodphur fabric (super-flattering, I’d describe the effect as like Spanx for your whole legs. And really comfortable!). Check out all the many styles online here (that’s one pair above, from the ZARA website!).

Oh, and did I mention the elasticated waist? I’ve never known so much freedom since maternity jeans. (Could be dangerous. But I’m on a mission to get fit and healthy – we’re back to that new feature again! Stay tuned!!).

*  I love catching up on The Tonight Show clips, and LOVED this duet with host Jimmy Fallon and Barbra Streisand (how impressive is Jimmy in his quick changes?!).

*  Speed cleaning – I’m always a sucker for Pinterest links to cheat sheets/get organised fast as part of the weekly blur features online. This one by Ruth of the fab Living Well, Spending Less on How To Get A Neat & Tidy House In Under 45 Minutes A Day is one I’ve earmarked to get organised with. I’m relying on it, with family coming tomorrow who have never visited (EEK!) and, yes, I’m WAY behind on my home jobs!

(From Living Well, Spending Less on Pinterest).

(From Living Well, Spending Less on Pinterest).

BTW, I think that’s another link-up series in the making. But one thing at a time!!

Whatever you’re doing this weekend, wishing you a great one with lots of time for fun and chilling!

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Autumn statement necklace trend alert!

ZARA statement necklace

What happens when a girl goes to John Lewis in her lunch hour to replace the tumble dryer and finds herself wandering into ZARA (which just happens to be on the same floor of the shopping centre) whilst her husband goes in search of sandwiches in M&S?

THIS happens!

I didn’t try it on (way too dangerous!) but isn’t a beauty? I love the colours and the shape.

I just love the look of the new wave of autumn/winter statement necklaces that are coming into the shops (just as London Fashion Week is previewing next spring/summer’s looks!).

Bejewelled and sparkly, or as chunky gold and silver chains, the new season’s necklaces will look great worn with wintery layers, as they’re being shown all over Pinterest right now.

Plus, it’s a great way to extend your summer wardrobe into the new season.

And OK, I did grab some super-flattering new leggings – thick, black, I’ll report back! – on my way out (via the changing room).

I call it multi-tasking!

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