Skin care routine!

Hello!

If you have oily-combination skin then these are the right products for you. Personally I struggle with blackheads and clogged pores that result into spots. I wouldn’t say I have acne but I tend to have and handful of spots at a time. But thanks to these products my skin has really changed.

After trying the Avene cleansing gel in April I really liked that it dried up my skin so that I lasted longer in the day without getting greasy. It has a nice clean scent but its neutral and it cleanses my skin well enough. I use the cleanser with a face brush that gets a deeper clean in my pores that clog up really easily. I would say that the use of the face brush is one way that helps me keep up with my blackheads. I purchased the brush from TK Maxx but you can find lots of alternatives online.

The next thing I am obsessing over are the Serums from The Ordinary. My cousin had told me about them before however I only tried them when I visited her for 2 weeks in the summer. That was when I realised how good they are! In those two weeks my skin dramatically changed- I noticed my spots were flat and the redness in my skin had gone. The Niacinamide and zinc serum is responsible for reducing the look of blemishes and balancing visible sebum activity. Which is perfect for anyone with a similar skin type to me. Be aware though, that it does dry your skin so 2 drops are enough.

The other serum that I am loving is the Advanced Retinoid 2%. It’s a skin treatment serum for cell turnover and elastin production. Advanced Retinoid 2% is a form of Retinoid for anti-ageing and acne-prone skin. It has a more oily feel compared to the Niacinamide so it is advised that you use both together (only at night, if used in the morning then you must use UV protection). It’s good for renewing your skin if you have old acne scars that are making your skin look worst than it really is.

They are both such good products that they keep selling out all over the internet ! And they have really good reviews!

The best mask ever! Also has such good reviews and is a bestseller at The Body shop! I was introduced to this product by my cousin also. I was shocked at the high price but once I tried it, I was more than happy to pay for it. The mask cleanses your skins impurities with the Himalayan charcoal (ideal for clogged pores). It only needs about 10 mins to dry up, while it’s on it feels tingly, hot and cold ( thats how I know it works). Once its dry I wet my hands and rub them into the mask in circular motions to gently scrub while it washes off. Right after you have dabbed your skin dry you will feel the difference. Works best when it’s used 2-3 times a week ( I use it after every shower when my pores are open).

Here is the list of products that I love-

Avene Cleansing gel RRP £10.50– https://www.superdrug.com/Avene/Avene-Cleanance-Cleansing-Gel/p/715108 

Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc PCA 1% Serum RRP £5.00– https://www.victoriahealth.com/product/Niacinamide-10-Zinc-PCA-1/12186/brand/The-Ordinary/1053

Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% RRP £8.00https://www.victoriahealth.com/product/RecentItems/12195

Body shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask RRP £17.00– https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/face/exfoliators-masks/himalayan-charcoal-purifying-glow-mask/p/p002002

T Zone Clear Out Nose Pore Strips RRP £2.00– http://www.fragrancedirect.co.uk/t-zone-clear-out-nose-pore-strips-x-6-0046567.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=merchant&utm_keyword=foo&istCompanyId=17773c4e-a26f-4631-9b91-73e6422dbe77&istItemId=xiwptwlqm&istBid=tztx&gclid=CjwKCAjw6szOBRAFEiwAwzixBQDbAet02g3bNc-zLDWhNMVIRHyxxOVklx69m2QhH0Ibi7bHuihx7hoCmgsQAvD_BwE

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Turning 21!

First of all I still feel 12😂

…But I had the best night ever ! Im super grateful to all my friends for such a good time and for making the effort to come out and spend the night with me. I received such thoughtful gifts which truly made me feel so loved 🙂

I spent the evening at Aviary in London. They have a beautiful roof terrace on the tenth floor. Sadly we weren’t lucky with the weather but still made the effort to take a couple photos on the terrace. The bar was super sophisticated and most of the time we were looked after.



Quartier de Temple.

Part two to my Paris edition.

Who knew that Temple would be another place to be. Before I arrived in Paris I knew that I wanted to go to Temple for one reason- Season PARIS, they have a high profile on social media and people rave on about how good their food is. However, little did I know that my uncle works in that district and its well known for lots of little jewellery shops and a mini china town. My uncle told me how close Temple was to Centre Pompidou and The Notre Dame de Paris, though I left those for another day.

1- First thing on my list was to have brunch at Season- https://www.season-paris.com 

I enjoyed an açai bowl with superfood toppings and some carrot juice to wash it down. While my mum tucked into what Season calls Pancakes D’Oliver- Pancakes with maple syrup, crispy bacon, orange blossom cream and pecan nuts. This place was full of hungry customers working hard to get an Instagram worthy picture as passers by inquisitively looked in.

 

2-  Have late lunch in the mini china town.

My uncle showed us around on his lunch break then treated us to a banquet of delicious Chinese food. Although it wasn’t as showy as china town in London but it felt more authentic.

3- Roam through the quaint streets.

Luckily this “quatier” (as the french would call it) wasn’t as busy as others so it was a good chance to whip my camera out and make memories with my cousins.

R E V O L U T I O N. R I C H M O N D. Review

All I wanted was a cool breeze on a summers day with a drink in one hand and a friend in the other. Then Serena suggested that Revolution had a rooftop terrace. She didnt have to say much before I put my shoes on and left.

Can I tell you though, this bar has so much to give.

  1. Its by the river✔️
  2. They make the prettiest cocktails✔️
  3. They have a cute rooftop terrace✔️

Why go into central London where crazy tourists always stand in the way, (although Richmond was quite busy) when you can actually get a table in a bar just outside London? Not to mention short queues at the bar ! Btw, Richmond doesn’t actually count as London but Surrey.

Revolution have a short menu of plastic cupped cocktails and disposable snacks, for those who would rather sit along the edge of the river. We had our cocktails at the rooftop terrace then spent the rest of evening watching the sun set by the river edge. This way we got to enjoy both. They have a nice feel inside and not to mention the MARBLE tables !

Other than Revolution being decorated so nicely, Richmond is such a nice place to be in on a summers night while the sun sets. Especially on a friday night when everyone is in good spirits.

L E. M A R A I S.

This is the first part of my Paris edition posts – Le Marais. 

Although being a historic district within Paris, there is a swanky vibe about this place. The juxtaposition of the cobblestone streets and the fashionable cafés make you feel ever so chic. My favourite thing about this area was the graffiti, it wasn’t the regular rude words a Frenchman would turn his nose up to, but more so small creative pieces. The Parisians tend to convey a message  through their graffiti but in a less explicit way.  A subtle and chic version of “IN YOUR FACE” BRICK LANE.

Here are a couple of things to appreciate in Le Marais.

1- Le Voltigeur Café- http://www.levoltigeur.fr

Order a cappuccino and wait for the look people will give you when your coffee arrives. This place brings a smile to people who are in need of their daily dosage of caffeine, before they have even started drinking it. Sit outside on the pastel green bistro tables and absorb the social graces of Le Marais. (BTW this place was really busy around lunch time so be aware that you may not get seated right away.)

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2-  Voguish streets with effortlessness

Stroll through these streets and snap away at the politically correct graffiti considerably placed on the historic beige coloured walls.

Lots of love,

Michelle 

XOXO

Dominique Ansel Bakery- London

Hey guys,

If you have a sweet tooth then this is the perfect place. I have a sweet tooth and ordered 2 things of the menu which I have been dying to try. I got the cookie shot and the frozen smore. We ate the cookie shot first but then struggled to get through the smore. 

Other than having a major sugar rush … I was also digging the attention to details in the interiors. Part of me came here because of the marble tables, but also the modernish take on desserts and pâtisserie. 

I hope u enjoy the imagery below….

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Glad I made you dribble. 

Love, Michelle

XOXO

Do Ho Suh! Passage/s 

Spent my last free day at the Victoria Miro Gallery to go see this incredible installation by Korean artist Do Ho Suh which was made up of a fabric structure.  Can I tell ya … I fell in love 😍 when I started to think about how it was constructed and all the little details ugh amazing ! And then when you find out the idea behind it, it just makes it a whole lot more incredible. I defo recommend. 

I wanted to wear an old stripe shirt in a more current way so I chucked it off the shoulder ontop of my Balmain Tee and a V-neck lace cami. Paired with a sporty wide leg trouser and accessorised with an oversized choker.  

Went along with Sarah 💕 I love having friends who takes pictures the same way I do ! 

Love,

Michelle

XOXO

Pancake day with a banana recipe! 

Hey guys,

Happy pancake day!

Im no stranger to making pancakes 🥞 its something that I have done with my mum since I was a kid. And it was something we did way more than once a year.

Heres a recipe that I found and adapted to what works for me.

Ingredients (makes 10):

  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • About 1 cup of milk( use more or less to get consistency right)
  • 2 tsps of baking powder
  • 1 tspn of vanilla essence
  • Pinch of salt

Step1- mash the banana in the bowl then wisk the eggs in too.

Step 2- put half a cup of the flour, all the baking powder and a pinch of salt and wisk. When the mixture has thickened add half a cup of the milk.

Step 3- add the remaining half a cup of flour and half a cup of milk and mix well. Finally, just the vanilla essence. 

Step 4- put the frying pan on medium heat and add a tiny bit of butter. Once melted,use a ladle to pour the mixture in the middle of te frying pan (because its the hottest part). Once you see the bubbles pop then its ready to flip. Once flipped give it about 2 mins but keep checking so that it doesn’t burn. Repeat this process until you have finished all the batter.


Step 5- add toppings. My favourites are nutella, peanut butter and golden syrup( btw they go so well with the banana pancakes).

Enjoy! 

Michelle

XOXOX

Weekend in Bristol & Bath 

Hey guys,

After having some free time before going back to uni I decided to make a quick trip to Bristol to see a childhood friend (Serena)✨

Friday I arrived and she made dinner for us which was impressive because how often does a student make prosciutto wrapped cod with asparagus and wedges with a heavenly chocolate cheesecake for dessert? Then we went out for drinks to a bar in Bristol then a club with a couple other gals which can only be described as funny. I will leave it at that.

Saturday we took the train to Bath which was only 15 mins away. We had some brunch at The Cosy Club which was so cute. I had salmon and poached eggs with a pink lemonade and Serena had a burger and chips with a milkshake (cos hey it was way past brunch time). Then we went around a few shops and walked through the streets for some candids. I grabbed a rustique hand crafted coffee and we did some more walking around. 


Got home, stuck a pizza in the oven and chilled for abit. Later one of Serena’s friends drove us around for a tour of Bristol (how cute?).

Sunday was home time day 😢 didn’t get to make breakfast but there were many breakfast opportunities on the way to the bus stop. A quick toastie and juice did the trick and on the bus I went…

Michelle

XOXO