September beauty favourites

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September was a super busy month for me – but of course there’s always time to try new products, and fall in love with ‘old’ products all over again. The weather may be getting dull but it certainly doesn’t mean your makeup has to. Here’s a round up of my favourites last month!

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How to: get rid of split ends!

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Long hair, don’t care? Chances are if your hair is past shoulder length and looking a little ratty then you might! I’ve had long hair for years now, and the longer (and older!) it gets, the worse my split ends become – especially with the added damage from heat and styling. Don’t get your tresses in a stress though, my hairdresser showed me a quick fix for ridding yourself of those nasty ends, even if they go higher up your barnet than you’d like to lose, so you can still have long, luscious locks!
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Recipeasy: Homemade Dawg Treats

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Like most modern dog owners, I sometimes wonder about the food that I give to Toby. On the whole, we’ve just carried on with the diet he was originally given by his breeder, figuring “if it ain’t broke” – but the increasing variety of options available has often momentarily stayed in my hand as I go to grab a new sack of his #basic biscuits.

Unsurprisingly, Toby doesn’t seem too bothered whether he’s eating designated dog food or chunks of truffled pecorino from a dangerously low-level cheese board (true story), and will happily chomp down on any old thing. We often joke about setting him up a street food blog where he could dispense hipsterish reviews of the rank flotsam and jetsam he picks up off the tarmac: “Old tennis ball – 4/5. Get here before the crowds do.”

Despite my dog’s inability to either confirm or deny his interest in fancy food, I can’t help but be drawn to the beautifully designed packs of organic, raw, 100% chemical free, artisan, gourmet-style dog chow that seem to be constantly encroaching on regular dawg food’s shelf space.

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Vanilla, Caramel, Hazelnut and White Chocolate Ombre Layer Cake!

 

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What a mouthful – literately. I’ve been enjoying the spoils of our own bake off at work since the recent series of the Great British Bake Off began, and this week was my turn. I’ve tasted some amazing bakes in the run up, and the competition was looking tough. I spent weeks deliberating over what sort of cake I would like to make, and since we’d had so many chocolate cakes I decided to try something a little different. Introducing the monster that is the Vanilla, Caramel, Hazelnut and White Chocolate Ombre Layer Cake!

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The ultimate long-wear lipgloss?

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Those who know me know I’m a bit of a bold-lip obsessive. I adore classic pillar-box reds and deep plummy fuchsia’s, and am forever on the lookout for that perfect catch-all shade. But what I hate is lip colour that doesn’t last.
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AW14 makeup & beauty trend report

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Charlotte and I had so much fun writing this feature for local lifestyle magazine, Cambridge Edition. We often trawl through the re-purposed trends from the catwalk feeling a dull sense of déjà vu, but for this one we got together around mine to write the copy together, which is something we haven’t done in ages – usually bouncing ideas between What’sApp and Googledocs. Of course it doubles as a great excuse for our dogs to have a play as well. Toby is fast approaching his first birthday and it’s so sweet to see their little friendship growing and developing. Two dogs who couldn’t be more different, sharing moments 🙂

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Benefit, beauty advent calendar count down!

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As a child, I have fond (if not farther excitable) memories of chocolate advent calendars symbolising the “official” start of the festive season – a time when it’s totally acceptable to pester your family about your letter to Father Christmas, and singing carols (Mariah Carey) is the norm. Has much changed?

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