Thursday, 28 August 2014

NAILS: PEARLY BLACKS BY ALEXA CHUNG


Nails inc. are celebrating their 15th anniversary in serious style. 

They've announced a swanky new redesign (a modernised logo and bigger, sleeker bottles) AND a collaboration with fashion's darling, Alexa Chung. She is the new face of the brand and the co-curator of six fabric inspired polishes, each of which reflect the brands greatest strength - innovation in colour and finish. Reportedly inspired by their coveted Black Leather polish of years gone by, Alexa worked with the brands founder Thea Green to bring together a range that play with the textures of pearl, lace, cashmere, leather, camouflage and sequin. Swoon.

I got my paws on Alexa Silk - a deep, smooth black ran through with a fine pearl that switches the shade up to something a bit more dark and interesting than your usual flat black mani. The finish was thick and glossy, with two coats being more than sufficient to keep everything opaque. The new bottle feels a million times more luxe than it's predecessor - it has a great weight to it and holds its own in my polish line up. A big thumbs up from me, I can't wait to try out the rest of the line.

Find The Alexa Collection here at £15 each.
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Sunday, 24 August 2014

STAPLE BLACK FLATS


Every girl needs a pair of black ballerinas, but to keep things from looking a bit same old I opted to pick up this pair in inky velvet. They're timeless, easy to throw on, and a perfect match with anything from jeans to a shift dress. Reminiscent of classic French Sole's but racking up at at around a tenth of the price, they were a very easy purchase decision.

Find them for £9.99 at New Look here.
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Sunday, 3 August 2014

EASY ROSE GOLD EYE

A smokey rose gold eye that's easy as pie to apply? Sold.

And you can have that little slice of rhyming genius for free.

Rimmel Kate Shadow Stick in Rose Gold Review
Rimmel Kate Shadow Stick in Rose Gold Review
Rimmel Kate Shadow Stick in Rose Gold Review
Rimmel Kate Shadow Stick in Rose Gold Review

Rimmel have added to their Kate line with yet another stellar offering - chubby eyeshadow sticks. Rose gold has really been doing it for me recently so my pick of the shades was always going to be an obvious one.

The formula is buttery smooth, and builds nicely depending on how intense a colour pay off you fancy. 'Rose Gold' swipes on gold with copper tones - perfect for a smokey eye with an edge. I apply it across my entire upper lid and into the crease, smudge things out with my finger then add a thin slick of black liquid eyeliner to my upper lash line to create some definition. A quick swipe and smudge under my lower lash line and a couple of coats of my favourite mascara (Benefit's They're Real) and I'm done.

Thoughts?

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

EATS: CLEAN PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIES

Here's a recipe for guilt free peanut butter brownies with ZERO added sugar, butter or flour. 


They're nutty, gooey and packed with protein. The secret ingredient is chickpeas. Yep, chickpeas.

Here's what you'll need:

2 cans of chickpeas (600g)
1 egg white
1 tsp baking soda
2/3 cup honey
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup soya milk 
1/3 (or to taste) peanut butter

Prep is ridiculously simple. Preheat your oven to 180 C, then chuck all the ingredients (besides the peanut butter) into a food processor. Whizz until smooth.


I battled on with an extraordinarily crap blender which I'm pretty sure is only built to handle liquids so I couldn't get things as smooth as I'd have liked - perhaps best to use an actual food processor folks.

Pack your mixture into a tray lined with baking paper, spread on nice thick swirls of peanut butter then pop in the centre of the oven for 13-15 mins.

Indulge in them warm from the oven then seal the rest up in an airtight container where they will keep for a few days. I kept mine in the fridge as we've had such hot weather and they were even great cold. If you feel like you need to amp up the sweetness, drizzle over some more honey and give it time to soak through.


PS. You can also swirl your peanut butter through the mix pre-bake, they come out looking pretty incredible!


Adapted from Sophie's original recipe.

Any takers? Tweet me your baking snaps @foxonthehunt_
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Monday, 28 July 2014

CAMDEN POP UP BEACH

This weekend we hunted out the closest thing you can find to the seaside in London - Camden Beach. Tucked away on the roof terrace of the Roundhouse it's a fun spot to while away the weekend with some pals and copious amounts of rum. 


When you emerge onto the terrace you'll find lots of people crammed into not very much square ft of sand. If you're not into crowds then you're best off booking one of the beach huts which start from £250 per day for up to 8 people but come equipped with comfy seating, snacks, a TV stuffed with beer, platters of hotdogs and loads more. Totally worth it for just over £30 each (though considerably more if you choose to book a weekend slot). 

Irregardless of where you decide to set up shop there's a lively atmosphere, fun music and bunch of stuff to get involved with.

We started with rum cocktails.


Swiftly followed by dirty dogs. 


Mine was bbq bacon with cheese and a kick of mustard.


If you head over to the Y Plan area (Y Plan is a fab app for keeping on top of fun events) a nice chap will ask you to tweet about the event and in return he will hand you a bunch of tacky merchandise including the most ideal bucket and spade. 

I made some sand boobs.


V mature. Someone trampled on them not too much later which upset me greatly.

We were blessed with hot weather which meant it was dreamy up top, but no so much when we had to stand in a queue for 15 mins inside before we could get up onto the roof. Two words for you Roundhouse: air con. Before 5pm you stand a reasonable chance of getting in without too long of a wait and nabbing yourself  a patch of sand (I hear you have to get down real early to stake out some deck chairs). We left at 6.30pm and there was a huuuuuuuuuge queue at that point so definitely head down early.

Camden Beach is open all week long until August 23rd. It's free entry and opening/closing times differ by day. All details here.

Something else you'll find in Camden. DJ Grandpa. Wicked.


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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

THE BEST 'NO MAKEUP' MAKEUP


The Body Shop can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned. After much experimentation, I've resolved that their skincare and makeup lines are seriously great. Like really really fantastic. I know it's hard to get past the strawberry and chocolate scented shower gels, but just give it a shot. I promise you won't regret it.

Today I'm talking bare faced 'no makeup, makeup' essentials: the mother of all BB creams, and a sheer 'wide awake' concealer-highlighter hybrid.

First up, The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream (£12). I could wax lyrical about this stuff all day long. If you're after a quick, fresh face that doesn't feel at all heavy then this does the job - it's my go-to for lazy weekends that demand a more laid back look, though it definitely sits on the lighter side of 'light to medium' coverage and so to feel fully 'done' I still need a few dabs on concealer on my problem areas. It dispenses from the tube as a white cream which is crammed with pigment-filled beads that burst when worked into the skin (the theory being that they adapt to your skin tone). Foundation? What foundation?

In need of a concealer without the cake? The Body Shop Lightening Touch (£14) has your back. My eye bags are my problem area, so I'm no stranger to under eye concealers. I have tons in my arsenal and often end up reaching for heavier formulas to try and deal with my deep, dark circles - but sometimes I just feel like I need something a bit lighter. This concealer/highlighter pen gives a wash of sheer colour that gives you a bit of comfort coverage, but packs a real punch with it's lightening properties. It feels like you're not wearing anything but everything just looks a bit fresher and brighter. I go with a salmon shade to go that one step further in counteracting my dark circles.

I'm a tiny bit sad I spent so many years dismissing The Body Shop as a one trick pony (the trick in question being those big tubs of body butter) - we have so much lost time to make up for! Lots more on this front to share soon.
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

EATS: HOMESLICE

I reckon I've found the best pizza London has to offer.

homeslice london review

If you fancy deciding for yourself, head for the bustling streets of Covent Garden and escape into Neal's Yard (a small alley which opens up into a courtyard, it can be accessed off Monmouth St.) 


You'll find Homeslice tucked away in the colourful mish-mash of quirky shops and eateries.


homeslice london review

It's a popular place so heading down at peak lunch and dinner times will inevitably mean a bit of a wait. 

We popped in at around 2pm and were seated straight away, so it's sometimes worth seeing if your tummies can hang on for a bit.

homeslice london review

It's a cosy spot filled with wooden tables and utilitarian lighting, and there's a gorgeous wall crammed with moroccan tiles (all of which I wanted to steal for my future dream house). They have an open kitchen with a wood fired oven in the corner and the front of the restaurant opens up as shutters which gives the whole place a lovely chilled vibe.

homeslice london review

You're not offered a menu, you just pick your favourites from the chalkboard near the door.

It's £20 per pizza (they are HUGE) so tackle one between two of you, or you can grab a slice of some for £4 (I wouldn't recommend, you will be green with envy when you spot the full pizzas sitting on your neighbours tables).

You can mix and match your flavours so we opted for half salami, rocket and parmesan and half pulled pork, radish and mint pesto.

homeslice london review

Your pizza is served up on a giant wooden board complete with a slicer so you can decide if you want to tackle it in big or small servings. You eat from paper plates and beware, it gets messy. 

Nothing can prepare you for the size of these beasties. They are genuinely ENORMOUS. 

homeslice london review

We got stuck in. And it was incredible.

homeslice london review

Homeslice pizzas have the best kind of base - thin, crunchy and smothered with fresh tomato.

I'm all for a thin base. Too much dough and you lose all the flavour of the toppings (plus you can't squeeze as much in!)

homeslice london review

We were super happy with our choices. The crunchy radish and tangy mint pesto offset the heaviness of the pork beautifully.

homeslice london review

And the salami was deliciously oily and flavourful, perfect against the backdrop of rocket and salty parmesan. 

We didn't opt for wine this time, but if you fancy it you pick your colour (red, white or rose) and are brought a huge jug from which you have as much as you fancy. When you've finished up they bring over a ruler, measure how much you've guzzled and charge you accordingly. Dangerous!

I'd really recommend Homeslice. It's much like most popular eateries in London in that it's a bit cramped, and the wait can be a bit of pain. But it's worth it. Totally, totally worth it.
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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

SEPHORA'S PERFECT RED LIP

sephora creamy lip stain always red
sephora creamy lip stain always red
sephora creamy lip stain always red
sephora creamy lip stain always red

Hands up, who loves a red lip? Me too.

A few weeks back I spent a few days in Milan and found myself picking up one of Sephora's Cream Lip Stains in Always Red after Carrie recommended it so highly

Texture wise, I'd sit it somewhere between Lime Crime's Velventines and Rimmel's Apocalips. It's a bold red that lacquers on smooth and glossy then dries down to a silky, velvet finish that stays put for hours. Happily, I found the finish to be a little more forgiving than some of the other lip stains on the market which I find often end up cracking and generally looking a bit tired.

It took a some scrubbing off with my trusty Bioderma but I had no issues with it drying out my lips, which was likely down to some preemptive prepping with my balm of choice (Nuxe Reve De Miel - which I talk about in this post). 

This has fast become my go-to red lip. It boasts a brilliant depth of colour, feels comfortable on the lips and quite frankly at around £8, it was a steal.

I'm a bad beauty blogger, so I have no super close up on-the-lips swatchin' action for you. But here's a snap of me sporting it on Instagram just in case you'd like to see how the colour sits.


PS. On a side note, how great are the samples I got chucked in my teeny tiny Sephora bag? That's my perfume supply sorted for weeeeeks.
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