Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Blistex Lip Brilliance review

Lip balm is one of my handbag essentials, I feel lost if I haven’t got one on the go with me. During the winter I used the Blistex Relief Cream and was impressed so I thought I'd give the balm a go. Inside the goodie bag from the Gorkana Beauty event I got a Blistex Lip Brilliance* chapstick. Over the past two weeks I’ve been using the balm to keep my lips soft. Here are my thoughts...

Blistex Lip Brilliance aims to condition dry lips using replenishing qualities including vitamin E, grape seed oil and silk extracts. It also features SPF 15 to protect against sun damage and hyaluronic filling spheres that penetrate the skin to fill in wrinkles and plump the lips.

I wore Lip Brilliance on its own, without anything else underneath. It can be used instead of a lipstick or with to boost your pout if you like. I used it for two weeks applying when my lips felt dry or before leaving the house. I found myself becoming addicted to putting it on because it smells and tastes like the red sweet, you know the one that is always the favourite one in a packet. I think the smell makes this balm attractive that’s probably why I couldn’t put it down.

Upon application the lip balm glides across the lips smoothly and feels light rather than heavy. I thought I’d have felt the glittery pieces in the stick as a part of the texture but I didn’t, which I liked. When I applied the balm indoors and outdoors, it kept my lips moist for a long time and didn’t dry up straight away - that was a good sign - I only reapplied when the pink tint faded.

What does it look like?

My GIF shows a before and after. In the after picture you'll notice the balm is deep pink on my lips, it is a tinted balm with a rosy tone and has a shimmering effect in the light.

Blistex Lip Brilliance (£2.49, Superdrug) is a great alternative to the plain balms on the market. If you want a balm for conditioning your lips and making them stand out at the same time, this is ideal for you.

Have you tried Blistex Lip Brilliance yet? Tell me your thoughts?

Bianca x

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Wishlist: 10 London restaurants I want to visit

After reading Rachel Phipps’ post on the ‘10 London Restaurants and Cafes I Can’t Wait to Eat At’ I noticed some of the places on her list appeared on my own. In London there’s a lot of choice when deciding where to dine out and I often go to places I know rather than somewhere new which I’d like to change. Reading restaurant reviews, magazines and tweets I made a mental note of the places I want to go and since then added more. The majority of restaurants consist of new eateries and cult favourites and the menus are full of fast food, so I guess I’ll have to make sure I space out my visits.

Burger and Lobster (various locations)

Photo: Burger & Lobster

Burger and Lobster now have four locations in London, Mayfair, Soho, City and Farringdon and I still haven’t managed to eat in one. I know my friends are interested in going so all we need is a date and boom I’m there. The menu is pretty straight forward Burger, lobster or lobster roll all with chips and salad at £20 which is a reasonable price. With such a simple menu you’d think it would be easy to make a choice but just thinking about it I want to try both. I’ll have to go more than once or hope someone I go with takes a different option so I can try all they have on offer.

The Rum Kitchen (Notting Hill)

Photo: The Rum Kitchen

The first time I heard about The Rum Kitchen was when I read a review on Just Opened London, it seemed like my kind of place – Caribbean cuisine + rum = a happy Bee. I wanted to go there for my birthday meal but when I requested a reservation the place was all booked up. That’s why it’s still on my list. Having family from Jamaica I know there’s no better food than home cooked rice and peas and chicken but I love visiting Caribbean restaurants too, just to soak up the lively atmosphere and good vibes. Looking at The Rum Kitchen’s menu online I’m particularly drawn to the Jerk chicken wings, chocolate rum cake with choc sauce and extensive list of cocktails with hints of rum all around.

Bea’s of Bloomsbury (various locations)

Photo: Bea's of Bloomsbury

Cupcakes, cakes, sweets and pastries I can’t get enough. Afternoon tea and brunch have become less formal and make a fun alternative to lunch or dinner with friends. I’d like to try afternoon tea at Bea’s of Bloomsbury because the cakes look so delicious and the choice of sweet treats goes beyond the classic afternoon tea choice. When I go I’ll definitely take a slice of carrot cake to go.

Honest Burgers (Brixton and Soho)

 Photo: Honest Burgers

It was a bad idea to write this post up at a time when I was feeling hungry. Looking at the mouth-watering meals from Honest Burgers didn't help. This is one of many British burger joints on the list that I have yet to visit, having read a couple of reviews from this eatery I’m worried that there’s no perfect time to go as it’s always busy and there will be a queue. Nevertheless it’s still my mission to tuck into one of the plump beef burgers that are encased in toasted glazed buns. YUM!

Bond & Brook (Mayfair)

Photo: Bond & Brook

My dream scenario would be to go on a shopping spree through Oxford Street and then refuel with lunch at Bond & Brook before hitting more stores. The restaurant operated by Rhubarb and can be found on the second floor of department store Fenwick on New Bond Street. I like the boutique exterior of the restaurant here, it looks really light and chic which makes it inviting. The restaurant serves brunch and afternoon tea menus as well as main courses and dessert. This would be great location for a glam lunch with friends or your mum or grandma.

Cottons Rhumshack (Shoreditch)

Photo: Cottons Rhumshack

Cottons have opened in a new location at Boxpark to bring the Caribbean sunshine to Shoreditch. This looks like the perfect place to enjoy atmosphere, food and drink the newly opened venue has hosted soca nights and happy hour with samba dancers so it seems there will be lots more fun events coming up. Much like The Rum Kitchen, Cottons has a laid back island exterior decorated like a beach shack. This will probably be the only way for me to experience the holiday vibe this season. As a pop up this restaurant is high on my list to visit, I think it’s only at Boxpark for the summer so I had better get there quick.

Patty & Bun (Marylebone)

Photo: Patty & Bun

P&B started off as just a pop up appearing at The Doodle Bar in Battersea and The Endurance on Berwick Street. Now it’s a permanent fixture right in the heart of central London, nicely tucked away on St James Street just off of Oxford Street. The thing that attracts me to P&B is how much sauce there is on the burgers, judging from the menu there’s lots variation (‘Lambshank Redemption’ burger - hello) and they have sides and desserts on offer too.

La Bodega Negra (Soho)

Photo: La Bodega Negra

I love Mexican food and La Bodega Negra serves Mexican street food so it’s a match made in heaven. I’d like to try the tacos, quesadilla and churros and see how they compare with other places I’ve tried them at. La Bodega Negra has a Mexican taqueria and cafĂ© upstairs and an underground tequila cellar bar (nice). Being in Soho it’s no surprise that the restaurant access is through a sex shop around the corner but I’ve heard once you’re inside you can drink yourself happy with their huge selection of tequila.

Wishbone (Brixton)

Photo: Wishbone

When I eventually visit Brixton Market I will be sure to stop by Wishbone before I leave for some fried chicken to satisfy my food craving. I’ve read some reviews that were mixed so it would be good to decipher my own opinion. Looking at the menu it seems pretty straight forward with variations of chicken cuts and spices, the sides on offer are interesting too. I hear the Thai chicken thighs hit the spot so I’ll give those a go alongside the deep friend mac’ n’cheese.

Bubbledogs (Fitzrovia)

Photo: Katherine Poole

Last year I close to making a visit to the newly opened Bubbledogs restaurant for a friend’s birthday meal. However when we arrived the queue was over an hour’s wait and none of us could hold out for food for that long. I have yet to return and since then I’ve good things about the champagne and hotdog eatery. It makes a nice alternative to other posh-junk food venues and is in a central so it’s easy to pop by in you’re in town.

What London restaurants would you like to visit?

Bianca x

Thursday, 16 May 2013

#ThrowbackThursday – My style

I love looking back at old photographs of the family. When I was going through the huge boxes of pictures, I thought I’d pick out my favourite fashion styles from back in the day and share them with you. Some of these photos are so random I’m sure my parents would just take photos to finish the film in the camera nevertheless those pictures capture so many funny memories and great style.

In my collection of photos I noticed I had thing for yellow and matching sets, two trends that are actually in season right now.

Yellow was one of my favourite colours growing up. I had no problem pretending to be the yellow Power Ranger in the playground, while the rest of the girls fought over who would be pink. As you can see most of my formal wardrobe consisted of yellow dress or sets with matching hair bobbles and clips (thanks mum). I had some really colourful clothes when I was younger, I wasn't too fussy with what things I wanted to wear - to be honest I don't think I had a choice, but I trusted my mum with her choices and complained if I didn't feel comfortable.

The first two pictures are photos taken for play group when I was two and three, I can't image they do professional pictures at play groups now but mine must have been a posh one - ha. The picture below on the beach was taken in Blackpool on a sunny yet windy day, notice the layering there? My final yellow outfit must have been taken between the ages of one or two, the cardigan is massive on me but looks cute.


Co-ordinates, two pieces, matching sets - whatever you call them I wore a lot of them. Mine consisted of t-shirt and shorts combo for the summer holidays. Two of these photos were taken in Florida and the other just in our back garden. I think this look only works well if the clothing is in print, I'm going to try and redo the style for this summer but chose crop tops and skirts and maybe casual suit sets instead. 

What's are your favourite #ThrowbackThursday styles?

Bianca x

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Friday, 10 May 2013 business cards for bee's hive

I ordered free sample business cards from to see what their service offered. I never have thought about getting business cards for my blog, as I wasn't sure I needed them but since I'm thinking of attending blogger events soon I thought it would be beneficial to have at least a couple on me just in case.

I've heard a lot of good things about moo so I went online to make cards up last week. Looking through the sample designs I spotted some creative and quirky designs but I settled for something simpler using text and the dotted template design. One the reverse are my details, blog url and a short description of what the blog contains.

It was hard to decide on just one colour so I chose 10 that I liked to see how they all looked once printed. I chose to print on classic matte laminate card, this gives it a thick feel with a nice smooth finish. I'm happy with the results.

Do you have business cards for your blog? Tell me where you got them

Bianca x

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