NOTD: Deborah Lippmann - Razzle Dazzle


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Could there be a more perfect party polish than Deborah Lippmann's Razzle Dazzle? Gorgeous and ready to go in three coats with a heavy shine of Seche Vite to top it off. Have a great NYE everyone! x

10 Films list


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(1) Red Riding Hood (2011) - Fab modern twist on the old kids story with Amanda Seyfried.
(2) The Lost Boys (1987) - Have lost count of the times I've watched this cult vampire flick, one of my all time favourite films.
(3) Daredevil (2003) - I've always liked the Daredevil graphic novels and enjoyed this.
(4) Demolition Man (1993) - Cheesy blockbuster sci-fi with Sylvester Stallone.
(5) Poltergeist (1982) - This scared me so much as a child but watching it as an adult wasn't as much fun.
(6) Priest (2011) - Interesting sci-fi/dystopia.
(7) Rango (2011) - Watched over Christmas with younger family members, cute animation with the voice of Johnny Depp.
(8) The Rite (2011) - Hmmmm this was OK.
(9) The Hole (2011) - Enjoyable teen mild horror/fantasy.
(10) Trick R Treat (2007) - Silly but fun kids horror.

Have you seen any good films lately?

December Empties


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I have a crazy amount of empties this month, due to using up a lot of the contents of my travel bag over Christmas. Here's what I've used up and whether I would buy them again:-


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Cowshed Grumpy Cow Uplifting Bath & Shower Gel - this has been in my travel bag since Summer and it reminds me of a subtle version of Lush's Happy Hippy. It has a delicate citrusy scent and is made with essential oils of red mandarin, petitigrain and grapefruit. Repurchase? Maybe - I like it, but I like Happy Hippy more. Lush Vanilla Dee-Lite Body Lotion - another item that I've had lingering in the bag since Summer. It's OK, but definitely a light spring/summer time only body moisturiser for me. Repurchase? Probably not. The Body Shop Sweet Lemon Body Scrub - I got this in a gift set for Christmas and have wanted to try it for ages, but I was a bit disappointed with it. I like the scent but prefer my scrubs to be tougher than this. Repurchase? No.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Day Cream - No idea why this was in the travel bag because I love it! One of my all time favourite face moisturisers and one that is frequently half price or on offer a lot. Repurchase? Yes! Lush Curly Wurly Absolutely Gorgeous Coconut & Vanilla Conditioning Shampoo - I have a serious love/hate relationship with this shampoo. Pros: my hair seems to love it and it makes it incredibly soft. Cons: the little pieces of coconut are just too much of a PAIN to wash out of my medium length/thick hair. Repurchase? Sadly no, I don't want to take half an hour every time I want to wash my hair! Lush Cupcake Fresh Face Mask - Love this so much, absolutely perfect for my oily/combination skin and makes it feel so clean and clear. Repurchase? Definitely.


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OPI RapiDry Top Coat - This was from a minis set, it's OK but nowhere near as good as Seche Vite. Repurchase? No. Clinique All About Eyes Rich - I've used the regular version of this for nearly two years and switched to this one when I received it in a giftset for my birthday. It's thicker than the regular one so I've only ever used it at night before going to bed. Repurchase? No, I think I'll stick to the normal one. bareMinerals Flawless Defintion Mascara in Black - a fantastic mascara that I featured in a Favourites post a while ago. Repurchase? Yes.

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin - another product that I love, I've used the normal UDPP for years and switched to this when it came out. It's nice enough to wear on its own and have a gorgeous subtle gold shimmer tone to it. Repurchase? Yes. Rahua Voluminous Shampoo & Conditioner - I was excited to try these out after receiving them in a Boudoir Prive box. They were nice enough to use but I didn't really notice that much difference to my hair. Repurchase? No. Deborah Lippmann The Stripper To Go Nail Lacquer Remover Mitt - From this month's Glossybox, I had high hopes for this but found it really annoying to use. The mitt is absolutely soaked in nail polish remover when you remove it from the sachet and as I was using it, the excess fluid got all over my hands and it STINKS! Plus, it only removed about six nails worth of polish before drying up and becoming unusable. Rubbish! Repurchase? Hell no.

What beauty products have you used up this month?

December Book List


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I find that December is like a yin/yang month for me. There's usually a lot of stuff going on, mixed with quite a bit of downtime, especially this week before NYE. I've managed to get a lot of reading done this month and I've completed my personal Goodreads Challenge of reading 130 books this year which I'm very pleased with. Here are the books I've read in December:-

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood - I had high hopes for this but I didn't engage all that much with the story. It definitely gets better in the second half of the book though and has some weird/quirky things happening in this dystopia/future world setting. Plus the main character is called Snowman, how weird is that?! The Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath - Containing pretty much all of her published poems, this is a great book for dipping in and out of. Plath is one of my favourite poets and I find that a lot of people can relate to her work even if they don't usually read or haven't read a lot of poetry. Fast Times In Palestine by Pamela Olsen - Incredible memoir of the author's time spent in Palestine, I was so moved by reading this. It's hard to believe that such horror exists in a world that experienced the Nazis, yet allows the oppression and killings of Palestinians to continue. Although the book deals with this hard to read subject matter, Olsen also writes about the compassion of the people that she stayed with, the local culture and food, and how life continues to go on.

The Sandman: Dream Country by Neil Gaiman - I'm going to try and read more graphic novels in 2012 and picked this at random as a taster. It's split into four bizarre, downright weird and fantasy inspired short stories. The artwork is interesting too. The Time Machine by H.G Wells - A classic and despite it being a novella, it's quite an epic story of time travel and a future vision of mankind. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger - One of the most famous coming-of-age novels, I missed out on reading this when I was younger, but I can still relate to some of the teen angst that the main character Holden experiences. It's not one of my favourite classics (although Holden is supposed to be a stereotypical teenager, I found myself just wanting to yell at him constantly, perhaps its an age thing?!) but I'm glad that I've finally read it.

Rosalia de Castro Selected Poems rendered into English verse
by John Howard Reid
- *Won via GoodReads Giveaways* - A lovely collection of emotional and dramatic poetry that deal with love, death, hope and despair, combined with many references to nature and the seasons. I hadn't heard of the revered Rosalia de Castro before, but I enjoyed reading her works. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson - One of the best end-of-the-world type books I've ever read and I loved the fusion of science-fiction elements with classic horror. From the start, it is filled with suspense and you are instantly sucked into the story leading you to believe that Robert Neville, our tortured sole survivor, really is the last man standing amid a world now filled with vampires. The sheer desperation of Neville's dialogue with himself is brilliantly done and the ending is really good too. The Call of The Wild by Jack London - This is a difficult book to read if you're a dog lover due to the graphic scenes of animal cruelty, but if you can get past it, you are treated to some of London's beautiful writing.

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut - There's really only one word that can sum up Cat's Cradle and that is simply: Hilarious! If you enjoy proper funny and clever satires, then you will love this. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini- Beautifully written but I found it a little difficult to get into the story, mainly because Amir is so hard to like as a character. I'm glad that I've read it, and I enjoyed getting an insight into a seemingly different world, but it's not something I would choose to read again.

What are you reading at the moment?

Joliebox - December


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It's finally here, my Joliebox arrived today! As a regular subscriber to Boudoir Prive, I was really excited to hear about their merger with Joliebox, the bestselling beauty box in France and to see what they would come up with for their special launch/Christmas box. Unfortunately my Joliebox seems to have gotten lost by Royal Mail (the post has been particularly dreadful in my area, the same thing happened with my Glossybox, so annoying!), so Joliebox dispatched a replacement box straight away. Although I'd already seen the contents of the box from other blog posts, I was still excited to open it and unwrap the goodies.

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As you can see, the box is still wrapped beautifully and has now changed over to a sleek and chic black box with white tissue paper. The contents leaflet has also changed to a luxe feeling menu layout on textured paper. Out of all of the beauty boxes that I sub to, I think the new Joliebox is the most well designed in terms of class and elegance. It just screams luxe and high-end to me.

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This launch box is filled to the brim, with an additional two bonus items included. Certainly impressive. Here are the contents:-

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(1) OPI Gold Shatter Nail Lacquer, full size - WOW. Being a nail polish junkie, I already have this, but I can certainly appreciate that most people will find this the standout product in the box. When I first heard people squeeing over this on Twitter, I was convinced that it must have been a mini size given that Glossybox had a mini OPI polish a couple of months ago, but no, Joliebox included a FULL size. I think this gold shatter polish looks great over black nails.

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(2) Mitchell and Peach Shower wash, 50ml travel size - "an invigorating shower wash containing natural English honey, Vitamin E and wheat proteins." Not a brand I've heard of before, but happy to be introduced to as this features 100% natural fragrance and uses pure essential oils from a family run Kent farm. It smells fresh and the packaging makes it look like its from an expensive hotel.

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(3) New CID Cosmetics i-gloss in Coconut Ice, full size - Like the New CID lipstick that I received in a Carmine box, this lipgloss has the same light up gimmick. The gloss is a very pretty and wearable everyday nude with a touch of shimmer which I love.

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(4) Jane Iredale 24 Karat Gold Dust Shimmer Powder in Rose Gold, full size - "a multi-use shimmer powder to apply to cheeks, eyes, lips, body and even hair, contains real 24 karat gold flakes." You don't get much more high end than a product which has gold in it do you?! I can't wait to play with this because Jane Iredale are a brand which I've been wanting to try out for like forever (they're cruelty-free, mostly natural, paraben free etc). Swatched above with the New CID lip gloss.

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(5) Yon-Ka Vital Defense Anti-Aging Cream, 5ml sample - "anti-aging prevention, antioxidant and anti-pollution cream to help the skin preserve its youthfulness." Although I find anti-aging creams as exciting as watching paint dry, I do like the sound of this being like a 'shield' against pollution, so I'll probably put it to the test next time I'm in London.

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(6) Joliebox Concealer Brush, travel size - like everything else in this box, this little brush feels really high-end and hasn't shed at all, impressed! Definitely another addition to my travel bag.

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(7) Kusmi Detox Tea, - "a delicious blend of Mate, chinese Green Tea and lemon grass full flavoured with lemon." This smells gorgeous, can't wait to try it. I love, love, love teas like this and the packaging is so beautiful and it's good for you too, what more could you ask for?

Summary: Out of all of the Christmas beauty boxes, Joliebox definitely wins in my opinion. I am so pleased with this box and really hope that it's not a fabulous one-off. Given the fact that I've loved all of the previous Boudoir Prive boxes, I don't think it will be and looking on the French Joliebox website tells me that these boxes really do have the edge, if you're looking for a beauty box which has luxe/high-end products.

NOTD: Nails Inc - Picadilly Circus


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After constantly wearing darker colours on my nails for what seems like months, I decided to brighten up with Nails Inc's Picadilly Circus today. In sunlight (as above), it looks like a pretty pink berry shade, and in doors, it looks more purple pink plum. Easy application with two coats.

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas!

Beef Noodle Bowl {recipe}.

Beef Noodle Bowl
Image via Google.

It's not very often that I can make a meal and have ALL 3 kids snarf it down.  My kids normally eat like little birds.  But not today ladies and gentlemen.  Thanks to my friend Tiffany and her YUMMY Noodle Bowl recipe....my kids FINALLY went to bed with their bellies full on food other than snacks and junk!  Which is why it is a MUST that I share!  So enjoy!

Beef Noodle Bowl

8 oz. linguine, uncooked
3 cups broccoli florets
3 medium carrots, peeled, sliced (about 2 cups)
2 tsp. oil
1 lb. beef sirloin steak, cut into strips
1/4 cup Italian Dressing
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1 tsp. ground ginger


COOK pasta as directed on package, adding broccoli and carrots to the cooking water for the last 2 min. of the pasta cooking time. Drain pasta mixture.

MEANWHILE, heat oil in large nonstick skillet. Add meat; cook until browned on all sides, stirring occasionally. Stir in dressing, teriyaki sauce and ginger; cook until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally.

TOSS pasta and meat mixtures in large serving bowl.Add peanuts for an extra crunch!

***Side Notes - I doubled the Italian Dressing and Teriyaki Sauce.  I also cooked my noodles for 5 minutes and then added the veggies for 5-6 MORE minutes...I like my veggies more cooked than not. 

Jewelry Inspiration: {An Exquisite Diamond Bracelet}

* Insieme Collection by Damiani, Diamond Link Bracelet, in 18kt White Gold via Birks



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3.1 Phillip Lim Jolie square-frame acetate sunglasses via The Outnet.



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A Christmas Story ala Coombs.

Does anyone else feel like they're now in a coma since Christmas has ended?  I'm pooped!!  Here's how our December 25th went down.

The kids came in our room at 5 AM.  Yes, 5 AM.  We told them to come back in in an hour.  And then 30 more minutes.  And then 30 more.  We finally all ventured downstairs together at 7 AM.  


The two favorite items of the day?


Nintendo Wii


And a trampoline fresh from the North Pole with frost to prove it!!  

We headed over to my sister Stephanie's for Christmas brunch.


Kiddie table.

Lamoreaux adults.
And we feasted! 



Aren't those place settings cute?  They're made out of candy canes.  We had egg casserole, hashbrowns and I tried out a new french toast souffle recipe found HERE.  It was yummy.  Super yummy.

We had just enough time before heading to church for some Kodak opportunities:

ALL of the Lamoreaux cousins!
Cousins WITH Grandma and Grandpa.  They sure are lucky kids!!
 After church {which consisted of my kids being incredibly irreverant and high on sugar - - Grant got the giggles over something and even regurgitated the Sacrament water BACK INTO the tray...good thing it was blessed, right?!  Poor row next to us!} - we headed home to play with toys and relax.  

Then...it was onto Grandma Lamoreaux's for ham dinner and more gift exchanges.  The kids made out like bandits!


Sparky pillow pet

Cardinals pillow pet and new flat hat.

The adults of the fam started a SUPER FUN new gift exchange.  Instead of giving to siblings and mom and dad...EACH COUPLE was in charge of purchasing ONE $40 gift. And ALL of them were good.  It was a win win situation.  {Cheesecake Factory gift card, Texas Roadhouse gift card, movie tix to name a few!} We got in a circle and then played a little game with the gifts.  We were allowed to 'steal' a gift up to twice and it was TONS o' FUN.  Everyone came out a winner.

We capped the night off by.....celebrating Hannukah?!?


That's right!  Nothing says MERRY CHRISTMAS at the Lamoreaux's like lighting a menorah!  For reals.  How lucky were we?  Eric brought his Hannukah loot and was able to show the kids how the Jewish get it done.  LOVE that my kids are becoming culturally diverse!  

The day was...well....perfect.  We are blessed.  So blessed.

Thanks to my darling parents for making it all possible.