Une journée à Paris

A few weeks ago I ended up in Paris for the day, it was one of those surreal days when you're not quite sure if you're dreaming or not. I think I was awake... I'm pretty sure.

Paris to me is the complete unknown - everyone assumes that because I'm French, surely I know Paris like the back of my hand (as well as smoke a lot and eat frog's legs at every meal) Flash News : I can count the times I've been to Paris on one hand, I don't smoke and have never eaten a frog.

Hotel Costes Paris
Hotel Costes Paris
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Hotel Costes Paris
Hotel Costes Paris
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Chanel Store Paris
Eiffel Tower Paris
Hotel Costes Paris

I've said this before but Europe is just wonderful, you can literally jump on a train at St Pancras around 7AM, end up in Paris by lunch time, eat all the food, shop (look at) all the Chanel and still be able to sleep in your own bed by midnight. 

I discovered Hotel Costes which is all kinds of dreamy, said hi to Miss Eiffel, ate all the bread and walked around feeling so nostalgic for everything French. It made me realise how much I miss France. In the past year and a HALF I've only been at home (my parent's house) for 2 small weeks, that's just straight up crazy. I'm planning on going back at the end of the month for a few days and I cannot wait. I'm also thinking a weekend away in Paris is also needed asap... any Airbnb recomendations?!

The Hunt For The Perfect Face Cream

We already established that I am not a beauty expert. So I won't go into minute details about the consistency of each of those creams and how they affected each of my pores, but when I find something I love, I just want to spread the love..

This journey begins with one cold hard fact: 3 weeks ago I ran out of face cream..

No you did NOT! *suspense* As a consequence, for the past 20 plus days, I've been using literally everything under the sun to moisturise, including several body lotion, coconut oil, and a serum (with nothing else) which if you ask me is not THAT bad, just not the best. At least I didn't pop open the bottle of olive oil - it was a close call though.

I started noticing my skin wasn't feeling so hot and wondered why... blaming the water and my poor diet decisions (too much pizza). Until it hit me in the face - quite literally. How could I expect my skin to do great when I was feeding it - excuse my French - cr*p. 

So it began : The Hunt For My Skin Savior. I ran into Space NK begging the lady at the counter to save my pores, I scrolled through all the corners of Content, and inevitably ended up in an Aesop shop.

I tried all of these in the shop, added some to my wishlist (looking at you Chantecaille) and yesterday decided to buy the Aesop Camelia Nut cream because... you can never go wrong with Aesop? (I've been using their Amazing Face Cleanser for a whole year now and it's the BEST) 

I thought I'd share with you my discoveries on this ridiculous journey, because sharing is caring? 

1. Camelia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream, Aesop - perfect for my sensitive skin, smells heavenly too (you know that Aesop smell) works perfectly as a night cream too.

2. Flower Harmonizing Cream, Chantecaille - the ultimate crème de la crème, I'm a big fan of the brand, they give back to a lot of causes (wild bees, butterflies and elephants amongst others) which I admire. The cream smells like a fresh bouquet of roses.. it's next on my list!

3. Vital Moisturizing Cream, Trilogy - I found this one while scrolling through many online beauty shops. The price is what really got me. It has Rosehip oil (my fav) and had SPF which is a win-win situation.

4. Rosehip Oil Antioxidant, Trilogy - Did I ever mention I love roses, the smell of roses, rosehip oil? No? Surprising! I've just finished a bottle of this, I smudge it on my face post cleansing, pre-moisturising. It rocks my world.

5. Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF25Dr Jart - I rediscovered this superhero at the bottom of my makeup bag. I've been using it every morning ever since. I don't wear much makeup, and normally go with a little concealer and bronzer but this baby is a moisturiser, sunscreen and treatment serum all in one. It's made out of 50% of water and feels light yet smoothes out any imperfections (now I sound like an ad.. I swear it's not!)

6. Cell Revitalise Day Moisturiser, Aurelia - I've been obsessing with taking probiotics for the past few months after listening to a very interesting podcast on This American Life (which you should check out if you don't know about it already!) about the importance of all the good bacteria living inside us, but never considered the ones that live on the outside you know?

Ps: spill the beans on your favourite moisturisers.. pretty please? 

Our Irish Road Trip | County Clare | Part II

More of Ireland! So much more of Ireland, while still being in the same county - so.many.photos. We spent the day driving around the little countryside roads, across fields of green and beautiful dry stone walls. We would stop every time we saw something resembling a ruin - exploring old 'houses' and 13th century churches - right there on the side of the road. Lizzie entertaining us (always) by singing some French rap, because obviously what other music genre would you pick in such surroundings...

I must mention that the Lizzie singing French rap was also the Lizzie taking a lot of these photos. She's got a love affair going on with my SLR, she hadn't used it in a while and would once and a while ask for direction, 'how do I change the aperture thingy again..?'

I'm so proud of this girl, she can do anything. She picked up photography while being forced to take outfit photos of me (see here) with me shouting instructions from a distance. She's got a good eye, and she can get a smile out of anyone - secretly I wish she was be my blog sidekick at all times, maybe one day - we'd make a killer team.

| You can see more of our Irish adventures on Instagram by checking the hashtag #ouririshroadtrip |