Elisabeth Rilatt

31 January 2016

Cailyn O! Circle Foundation Brush




Oh Hi....I'm Lis and I'm a sucker when it comes to a new product launch! *raises hand in the air* :) 

And here we have my latest 'new product' obsession - a very odd shaped foundation brush! (stick with me here though!) The eagle-eyed amongst you may have seen me banging on about this on Twitter and Snapchat recently and after a few weeks of using it I now feel it's time to share the foundation brush love! 

So.. a bit of background info, let me set the scene! ha! 

Whilst flicking through the latest issue of 'Vogue' a few weeks ago I spotted a new make up brush with the following description - 

"looks like a shaving brush but feels like a chamois.  It has more than a million micro-fine bristles, sliced at a 35-degree angle to make it easier to get closer to the hairline and into the creases around the nose....we're now utterly addicted to the finish it gives - like airbrushing without the air."

It took all of about five minutes for me to find this brush online and purchase it - I mean - hello? airbrush finish? Give me some of that immediately!! 

Now of course, I'm always a little skeptical of what I read in magazines, so in the back of my mind there was always the possibility that this was going to be a duff purchase. You win some you lose some and all that! 

But... 

Let's just say I had no need to be cynical! This was a personal revolutionary moment in make up application for me and a lot of joy was sparked!! 









Wow. Just wow.  In short, I love love love this brush! 

I apply my foundation straight to my face (this is important), dotting it around and next take the O! Circle Brush  and effortlessly use it to buff said foundation into the skin.  It's halved the time it takes me to work my foundation into the skin and indeed creates the 'flawless' and 'airbrushed' finish it promises.  Not a streak or brush stroke in sight!

I'd even go as far to say that it's so effective that it actually minimises any enlarged pores and fine lines.  This is probably because the bristles are so soft and densely packed (I still can't get over the fact that there are over a million bristles!) 

I've used it with various different foundations to trial it with different textures (Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Estee Lauder Double Wear, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, Laura Mercier Creme Foundation) and the brush has made easy work of all of them (even the bitchy to apply Charlotte Tilbury!) 

The finish it gives is not only flawless but it also looks a lot more 'natural' than it does when I use other foundation brushes.  The foundation doesn't appear so thick but yet the coverage is still the same.  I especially noticed this with the Estee Lauder Double Wear. 

I doubt if I will ever pick up another foundation brush again (ok, so maybe that's a lie! haha) 

But.. 

I am obsessed with this foundation brush and if you want flawless skin without having to spend several minutes buffing your foundation in with a brush or a sponge then you should be too! 

This isn't widely available at the moment in the UK but you can get it HERE from Victoria Health (Who also happen to sell Niod Photography Fluid, the stuff I've also been raving about recently!)  You can also get it on Amazon.com HERE

A bit more info and sciency-technical stuff on the brush HERE 

Get it, I guarantee you won't be disappointed! I actually get excited about putting on foundation on in the morning at the moment because of this brush (I probably shouldn't admit this!! ha!)

Have a great start to your week! 

Lis x 


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24 January 2016

Bagsy....A New Discovery!



I have to admit, I stumbled across this new beauty brand by pure chance on a visit to Debenhams recently and I'm incredibly glad that I did! 

'bagsy' - I just love the name! 

Initially, I was drawn in to the counter by the packaging.  I mean come on, could it be any more beautiful?! 

Each item is exquisitely packaged in an intricately designed box and before you even get to the contents you get the feeling that a lot of thought has gone into these products. I like that :)

I needed to get a new bronzer (the sole purpose for going into Debenhams in the first place!) and immediately homed in on the 'Ray of Sunshine' bronzing powder.  This is available in two colour options and I chose the lightest one to swatch on my hand. It took all of about 30 seconds to make the decision to buy this! It's a high quality, finely milled bronzer in a very natural sun kissed colour (not too muddy, not too orange) and has the added benefit of being matte. I actually prefer it to the ridiculously expensive Tom Ford bronzer I've just finished. Sorry Tom! 




So, bronzer...tick!

Besotted with the bagsy counter, I wanted to try something else and spent about ten minutes playing around with all the different products and having a chat with the lady on the counter (her name escapes me but she was in the Cardiff branch of Debenhams and she was really helpful!) It's not a huge range at the moment but I get the feeling that they'll be adding to it.  I kind of like the fact it's a small though, it's not overwhelming!

It was a hard decision because I actually wanted to buy one of everything! Eventually I settled on one of their dinky Lip Velvets in 'Spinning Plates' though.

This is a matte lip cream in a mauvey-pink offering and I'm really impressed with it.  It's not like anything else I have in my collection texture-wise, it feels very lightweight and isn't drying like most matte lip creams. It's quite sheer but buildable and I like the way it wears. 





bagsy 'Ray of Sunshine' Perfect Glow Bronzing Powder in Light / Medium
bagsy 'Lip Velvet' Softe Matte Lip Colour in Spinning Plates

One of the other things I really like about the brand are the slogans that are placed on the products and packaging, a charming little touch and one I won't spoil for you! (although the bronzer one I may have given away in the photograph!) 

So, who are 'bagsy' with their easy-on-the-eye packaging and impressive products?...

'bagsy' (www.bagsybeauty.com) are a relatively new brand and have just launched at Debenhams in the UK (you can also buy their products at Feelunique.com).  It's a British brand with plenty of experience behind it (years of working for global beauty brands and have now launched their own!)

I'm excited about this brand and keen to try more of their products based on the two I purchased recently.  Has anybody else tried anything from the range? What are your thoughts? What have you 'Bagsy-ed' (sorry, couldn't resist!) 

My terrible sense of humour and I are pretty much done here, but I urge you (if you're in the UK) to pop into your local Debenhams or go online to Feelunique here  and have a nose at the Bagsy makeup.  They're also doing an offer at the moment on Feelunique - not that I'm trying to enable you or anything! haha! 

Have a great start to your week!

Lis x 





  






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23 January 2016

Currently Loving...



It's almost the end of January, well that went rather quickly didn't it?! 

Not that I'm complaining though, January is my least favourite month.  It's normally this time that I'm tiring of the cold weather and hankering for Spring to arrive so I can get out of jumpers and scarves and start wearing pretty 'Spring' colours (who am I kidding - more 'lightweight' blacks and greys in my case!)

Anyway, let's get back to the point of this post. 

A few random favourites for you, or rather 'things that every time I pick up I get enjoyment from and consequently I've been using a lot this month' - but that was a far too long title for this post! 

Some, you will be familiar with because they've been featured in previous posts.  I included them anyway, because quite frankly they're worth another mention!

Converse Dainty in 'Dolphin Grey' 

I had been on the fence about getting some of these for a long time, but then Laura (Laura etc) mentioned she'd got a new pair of Converse in the sale on Asos and it spurred me to go online and have a look.  I spotted these ones on sale and they were promptly purchased in a matter of seconds. I love them! I'm picturing them with the aforementioned grey 'Spring'outfits! haha.  These are sadly sold out on Asos now but I've googled them and you can get them on quite a few other websites. 

Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser

Well you could age a year just saying that couldn't you?! This is a fantastic cleanser that I bought before I went to Dubai because I don't like taking a bottle of oil cleanser with me on holiday in fear that it will leak all over everything. I have actually noticed an improvement in the texture of my skin over the 4 weeks I've been using it religiously to take my make up off.  

Celine Sunglasses

I'm gravitating to my Celine's all the time now over other sunglasses in my collection.  I feel a Spring sunglasses purchase coming on! :) 

Charbonnel et Walker Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles

My absolute favourite.  Anyone wanting to buy me a small present...this is it! I'm actually not a huge chocolate fan normally but these are my absolute weakness! 

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in 'Lolita'

See last blogpost - obsession still continues, and can you believe after less than a month of owning this I've almost finished it!!!

Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Aka 'Sleep in a bottle'  I'm using this every other night at the moment because the weather is so dry and I've been so ill, it's miraculous stuff! If you buy one thing this month / next month make it this!! 

Kate Spade Planner

I got so excited about having a proper planner this year I actually bought stickers to go in it and I'm not ashamed to admit it! ha!  On a serious note though, I made a decision around November time last year that I was going to get something decent for 2016 to plan things.  Two reasons really, one to be a bit more organised and two so that I could actually make more plans to do exciting things! It's working :) I take this planner everywhere I go now. 

Ne'emah 'Laya' Perfume 

After meeting Laura for a coffee in Dubai earlier this month the topic of perfume came up and she mentioned a fragrance that you can't actually get in the UK (sorry!!). It had been recommended on one of Tijan Serena's recent YouTube blogs and had been described as 'sexual'!! Intrigued... I had to try it! So before parting company we made a swift trip to Sephora. After smelling this just once I fell in love instantly and purchased immediately! It's an oud based perfume with vanilla and its gorgeous.  I'm wearing it every day at the moment!

Barry M Gelly Nail Polish in 'Almond'

I've been saving all my grey nail hues for January but have been stuck in a rut with this one! It's such a gorgeous grey / lilac colour and for such an inexpensive nail varnish it performs exceptionally well! 

Niod Photography Fluid

You've seen this before and be prepared to see it again (and again!) because it's definitely my 2016 obsession and as necessary as water to me at the moment! Stacey bought be this and I'm eternally grateful to her for introducing it to me!! :)

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara

Have I mentioned I like this stuff?! haha!  See my full review here 


So that's what I'm loving at the moment...tell me, what are you obsessing over currently? anything you're using day in day out?! 

Lis x 








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17 January 2016

January Make Up Rut



Everyone else is getting into a fitness routine in January and then there's me,  abandoning my fitness routine in favour of a new kind of routine....a make up routine! (insert laughing face emoji here!)

November and December saw me trying to rotate all my beauty products so I was using them all a bit more often (you will recall my Snapchats on a Sunday running through what eyeshadow I was going to use that week) but I eventually got bored of all that (far too much effort and thought involved!) and since 1st January this is pretty much what I've been slapping on my face every. damn. day. 

And do you know what? I kinda like it that way!

The time it takes me to do my make up every morning has almost halved (less faffing!) leaving me with ten more minutes to binge watch Tijan Serena  YouTube videos (you'd think I'd have better things to do with my time wouldn't you?!) 

Oh and another thing I've discovered this year - I look marginally better when I don't look directly at the camera!..... 





So a quick run down of what I'm wearing...


  • NIOD Photography Fluid - Stacey (Expat Make Up Addict) kindly bought this for Laura , Laura and myself when I was over in Dubai and I have to say, I've used it every day since and I'm addicted.  It's wonderful stuff (Laura has done a full review here if you're interested) Link 

  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in No.5 (better match for my skin now I have a slight tan from Dubai) Loving this a lot more than when I originally used it, I'm putting this down to the change in the UK weather.  I'm actually a big fan now!  Fickle much?! Link 

  • Naked Skin Concealer in Light Neutral - I've raved about this before and I still love it.  If you haven't tried it yet. Get it. Immediately! Link

  • Tom Ford Bronzer in 'Gold Dust' housed in new case these days (mine is from last year) nevertheless a good bronzer, I've almost finished mine - probably wouldn't repurchase, it isn't ground breaking for the price. Link 

  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in 'Mood Exposure' - I love this, I've worn it on my cheeks pretty much all Winter and it's almost finished - perfect colour with a hint of highlight. Link 

  • Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in ' Candlelight' - cult highlighter and rightly so, it's perfect for daytime because it's not too 'in yer face'! Link

  • Soap and Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush - wow, that's a mouthful isn't it? I got this when my Anastasia Brow Wiz ran out and I have to say, apart from the colour selection, there isn't a lot of difference! I wear it in 'Hot Chocolate' - Link 

  • Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base - my eyeshadow will not last a whole day unless I use this.  This is my 3rd tube.  I love it! Link 

  • MAC Macnificent Me Palette - every combination I've tried from this palette has been a winner.  For the Winter months, before I warm my eye makeup up a bit, this is pretty much perfect! I don't think you can get it now though sadly because it was limited edition but MAC should be able to sort you out with some similar colours if you ask! 

  • Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara - I've just reviewed this mascara on a separate post and it's phenomenal. Read more here. I doubt I'll ever buy a different mascara again! Link

  • MAC Eyeliner in 'Coffee' - an oldie but a goodie, when black is just a bit too 'harsh' this is what I turn to. Link 

  • MAC Lip Liner in 'Soar' one of Kylie Jenner's favoured liners, works perfectly with the KVD :) Link 

  • Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in 'Lolita' I got this in Dubai and I have worn it every day since. I am obsessed. Link 

And that's that! 

I've made a promise to myself that in February I will pick up where I left off with my 'fitness' routine but until then I'm more than happy with this make up 'rut' as an alternative! (and sitting on the sofa watching Netflix!)

Hope you've all had a good weekend :) 

Lis x  






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16 January 2016

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara





Here's something you should know....I'm ridiculously fussy with my mascara.  

It has been known for me to purchase a mascara, use it once, be hugely disappointed and bin it the same day!  Of course this probably wouldn't apply to something I've spent more than a tenner on, I might give it a little bit more of chance, but generally as a rule I won't persevere with something that just isn't working for me.  

So, there are a few main things I look for 

1. Volume - and heaps of it! I'm not good at applying fake lashes on a daily basis so I want a mascara that makes me look as though I have! 
2. Length. I want to look as much like a doll as possible!
3. Longevity, but without it being waterproof - I don't want to have to scrub my eyes to get it off and I don't want a mascara that gives up the ghost half way through the day. 
4. A brush that makes it easy to apply and doesn't involve too much faffing around to get the perfect lashes. 
4. Something that isn't too 'wet' I like things to be little bit claggy - if that makes sense! This adds the volume. 

So when the new Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara arrived on my doorstep a week ago I was dubious to say the least, would it live up to my mascara expectations?! 

And in short, it did, in a big way!!! 








I've been using this mascara for over a week now and I have to say, it's quite possibly one of the best mascaras I've ever used.  

Now I realise that's a pretty bold statement to make but honestly I am in love with this mascara! It ticks everything on my mascara 'wishlist' and more. 

Marc Jacobs are advertising it as 'Instant Volume, Epic Lashes' and they are not wrong.  The brush is designed to place the most volume at the centre of the lash line and the tip of the brush enhances the rest of the lashes.  It lets you create long, thick and fluttery lashes with ease.  The mascara is also very pigmented (he wanted to mimic his Mother putting particles of black velvet on her lashes to add volume) so lashes are super black and super thick.  

You don't need to spend ages applying coat after coat either to get the desired look. The photos I took are of just one application.I did try another coat for a night out for even more drama and the effect was also fantastic. 





I have experienced no problems at all with this mascara smudging or flaking, something quite unusual for such a volumising mascara!

Removal is also an absolute dream, I use my normal Klorane Eye Make Up Remover on a cotton pad at the end of the day and this does the trick perfectly. 

Oh and I couldn't possibly write a full review of this without mentioning the gorgeous packaging.  Minimal, chunky and uber-luxurious! The wand is also easy to hold and use  - another important factor I forgot to mention above!




Marc Jacobs Beauty is about to launch in the UK and will soon be available exclusively in Harrods and on Harrods.com. (I believe it will be in January) so all those living in the UK will need to keep an eye on the website over the next couple of weeks. 

If you're lucky enough to live somewhere in the world where you can buy Marc Jacobs make up you will be able to purchase this now from you're nearest stockist.   

Since writing this blogpost Marc Jacobs Beauty has now launched online at Harrods and you can get it HERE!!!

I will definitely be repurchasing this and I strongly suggest that if you like long, thick lashes that look as though you're wearing falsies, run out and get this immediately! 













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12 January 2016

Dubai Outfits




So I managed to persuade my FiancĂ© to take a few photos of me in Dubai for my blog.   It wasn't something he particularly enjoyed (that and the constant "you can't eat the food until I've photographed it" moments!) however I am very grateful and thought I'd give him a special mention to say thank you! :) 

Side note - if you google 'Instagram Husband' and watch the video....THAT is HIM! ha! 

Dubai dressing is a much talked about topic.  Friends and acquaintances who know that I spend a lot of time out there often ask what they should take to wear, bearing in mind that dressing a certain way in some parts is frowned upon and can cause unwanted attention. 

There are lots of places where the dress code is pretty much as it is in the UK (the beach, nightclubs, some restaurants, bars in hotels etc), however I always like to remain fairly conservative when I'm out there,  just to be respectful.  So that means keeping shoulders and legs covered up, particularly in places like the shopping malls.  At the time of year I went it's also fairly chilly in the evenings so you need a jacket to keep you warm! 

Having said that though my first outfit contradicts that completely! And thats because I was near the beach where things are a little more 'relaxed'! 




I bought this top some time ago from River Island when I spotted Laura (Buynow / Bloglater) with it.  I love the cut around the neck and shoulders and the shade of grey (yes, I love the colour grey so much I can actually appreciate different shades!!)

Sunglasses - Linda Farrow for The Row
Top - River Island 
Shorts - Zara
Flip Flops - Valentino
Bag - Smythson


Jeez, could I look any more 'smug bitch' in this picture?! Sorry about that.  I have a nasty tendency to either look snobby or miserable in photos, mainly due to the fact that I'm not a huge fan of my teeth!

Sunglasses - Chloe
Shirt - Topshop
Jeans - Zara
Shoes - Christian Louboutin
Bag - Chanel



Ok, so hotel room lighting isn't the best, but needs must and all that! Probably a good thing really since I was incredibly tired that evening and the shadows are hiding a multitude of sins on my face!!! 

Blazer - Zara
T-shirt - Zara
Jeans - J Brand
Shoes - Christian Louboutin Pigalle 100's
Bag - Sophie Hulme



Another photo with some 'interesting' lighting and a pensive look!  This was just after dinner in JBR (not far from Sephora and I'd just bought Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita and slapped it on my chops before having this photo taken!!) 

Blouse - Zara
Jeans - J Brand
Shoes - Valentino 
Bag - Chanel



And finally one of my many t-shirt and jeans combos (I spared you the rest - but I did take all of those Zara T-shirts from my previous blogpost with me!) 

Sunglasses - Celine 
T-shirt - Zara
Jeans - J Brand
Shoes - Valentino
Bag - Sophie Hulme

I have actually purchased a new camera since arriving back from Dubai and I'm still getting to grips with it at the moment so expect better quality photos coming your way soon! 

In other news, I made a little ASOS purchase today which I'll share with you soon, as well as some impressive beauty and non-beauty products I'm loving at the moment.  Struggling to take photos after work currently because it's so dark by the time I get home :(

Anyway, hope you're having a good week so far, mine has been busy busy busy! 

Lis x 






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9 January 2016

Dubai....again!






Firstly, a very Happy New Year to you all! I have been absent from these parts for a few weeks because quite frankly, I've been too busy enjoying myself! 

After a stressful period at work before Christmas I wanted to take some time out over the holidays for family, friends and to really relax and refresh myself in the sun for a bit.  I feel so much better for it and already this month has been a successful one for me, both from a personal and work perspective! :) 

Anyway.

Let's get back to the blog subject!

My FiancĂ© and I wanted to get away for a bit over the Christmas period and after debating destinations we decided upon Dubai again. Not that I'm complaining though, this was my third visit in 2015 and every time I go I enjoy it so much that I'm planning my next trip back on the plane! 

There's something about Dubai that I just connect with.  I feel comfortable there and enjoy the multicultural 'vibe' it has.   I like that I can spend a few hours by the pool with a good book and zone out but also do a bit of shopping, go to some fantastic restaurants and coffee shops and then if I'm not feeling like a Granny - a few drinks in the evening! I'm also lucky that through blogging I've met some lovely ladies over there who I meet up with when I can whenever I'm visiting! 





We touched down in Dubai at about 7.30pm on Boxing Day night and headed over to our hotel in JBR.  After dumping our luggage we resisted the temptation to go to sleep in an effort to adjust to the time difference and headed out to grab some food.  I say 'food' we actually plumped for Shake Shack in the end! (aka burgers and chips!) 




After a good night's sleep,  we walked across to Eggspectation for breakfast and let's just say I wasn't disappointed! After the previous night's burger I was craving something healthy and this ticked every box! Yum! 







After picking up our New Year's Eve tickets from Mina A'Salam Hotel (whilst taking a picture!!) and much exploring / sauntering around I wanted to pay a visit to the much talked about Friends Avenue (if you follow any Dubai based bloggers you will definitely have heard of this great little place!)

I loved it here and wanted to go back and try some of their food during our stay but sadly didn't get time (I'll be back though!) 



In the evening we went for a little stroll around the Marina and then went for dinner at P F Changs in JBR (if you love Chinese food, you will love it here!!) 




I put in some sunbathing time in the morning of day 2.  Now, let's be clear, I'm not a huge sun worshipper by any means.  I get bored relatively quickly lying in the sun but my pasty legs were in desperate need of some rays! Throughout the holiday I spent a couple of hours most mornings devouring my book by the pool and listening to Justin Bieber! 





In the afternoon that day we paid a visit to Mall of the Emirates and stumbled across Common Grounds for a late lunch.   I really enjoyed it here and will definitely be returning next time I'm in Dubai.  The food was superb! 











That evening because we were really tired and worn out we opted to stay in the hotel for dinner, let's just say it wasn't 'blogworthy' material! haha 

On Tuesday afternoon we went to Dubai Mall for a mooch around and a coffee, this time in Social House.  I did make a joke on my Instagram that this trip to Dubai was becoming a 'coffee shop' sampling holiday!! What can I say? I love coffee! 








Well, it wouldn't be a trip to Dubai without a quick snap of the Burj Khalifa would it?!  You can't help but be totally mesmerised by this building!! The sheer size of it is breathtaking!





That evening we headed out to JBR for some food at 'Eat Greek' and I had a Greek salad (because I'm imaginative like that!!) then afterwards we made a quick stop at Magnolia Bakery to feed our new obsession..... Banana Pudding! If you haven't tried this amazing, addictive dessert I urge you to do so! It will leave you wanting more though, you have been warned!





On Wednesday evening I met Laura (buynow/bloglater) , Stacey (Expat Make Up Addict) and Laura (Laura etc...) for drinks and all important shisha at one of our favourite places, Shades at The Address 

It was a fun evening but you could definitely spot the non-expat sat in a vest top whilst everyone else was freezing! haha! 





New Years Eve during the day, was spent mainly relaxing.  We didn't stray too far from our hotel and walked across to the Marina mall, had Five Guys for lunch and then I spent a couple of hours leisurely getting ready for the evening.

I opted for a similar 'get-up' to my work Christmas Party attire but wore my hair down this time.  A 'tried and tested' look! ha!  

I'd booked to go to Bahri Bar for our New Years Eve celebrations because it has a fantastic view of the fireworks by the Burj Al Arab at midnight.  Although the tickets were expensive, the food and cocktails were fantastic and it definitely surpassed my expectations!  Here are a few snaps from the evening...
















The picture quality of me in a mask isn't the greatest admittedly, but I couldn't not include it! I'm thinking that I might wear it more often! haha! 

On New Years Day I woke up feeling surprisingly fresh (albeit quite late!). Craving something stodgy to eat we walked over to Cheesecake Factory and pigged out on what can only be described as 'all the food'! We always seem to have a habit of over-ordering in restaurants! 





I met Laura again in the afternoon for coffee and shisha on the terrace at Shakespeare and Co  We chatted and watched the sun go down (so romantic! haha!) then managed to also squeeze in a quick trip to Sephora to check out (and buy!) some new perfume under Laura's recommendation! (it was a good one, I'm obsessed with it!) 

After moseying back to my hotel we spent our last evening having a stroll by the beach and grabbing some Italian food, sometimes you just want a bit of pasta and nothing else will do! 

The last day involved getting up at 4.30am (ouch!) for an early flight back to the UK. 





So.....

Another fabulous break in Dubai over (and as I type this, the rain is lashing against the window in my living room - Spring please hurry up!!) 

After a couple of weeks away from blogging I have quite a few posts planned for the next few weeks.  If there is anything you'd like to see this year though, please let me know! I'm all ears!

Hope you're all having an enjoyable weekend!

Lis x 






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