Monday, 14 July 2014

Summer brights

A couple of weeks ago I ventured to Asda Living in Dartford for a little look around. I happened to come across the George make-up section and some lovely Brazilian themed nail polishes caught my eye.

They are from the George Gel Pro collection. I have bought a couple of the other colours from this range before and have been really impressed with them. So I treated myself to Festival - a bright yellow - and Samba Parade - a deep lilac.
I had actually picked up a bright yellow dress as I was walking around, so thought that the yellow polish would go great with that. And purple is one of my favourite colours, so I couldn't resist getting that one too. They were only £2 each and I knew I just had to have them. Even though I have a couple of other colours in the Gel Pro range, I was a little uncertain of what the coverage of these would be like. I was prepared for them to be a little opaque on application as I have had that with the pastel colours from other brands before. But I was pleasantly surprised.
They both covered with intense colour on pretty much the first coat. I was really pleased with the yellow as it didn't lose any of the brightness when I applied it, and was really popped after applying the second coat. The lilac was the same, and was really vibrant after I applied the second coat. They both dried pretty quickly, within 4-5 minutes of application and lasted really well.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Fun in France - Part 1

In May, I was lucky to be invited to France for a week with my good friend Caroline and some of her friends. She has hit the big 3-0 and is a mother of 3, so wanted a nice week away in the sun as a treat. As soon as she asked me, I knew I had to go!

Caroline's dad, David, lives in France and offered us his caravan to stay in in the South of France for the week. 4 of us got a plane from Gatwick to Geneva, where we met up with Karisse as she was travelling from Manchester. Once we were all together, David was our chaufer to the campsite.....which took just over 4 hours, but we did stop for a lovely lunch half way.

After arriving at the campsite and having a little rest, we got dressed up and headed out for dinner. David took us to a restaurant in the town centre and then came the task of trying to translate the menu..... with David's help, and the waiter, we all managed to choose something. And I have to say the food was amazing! I ordered a pizza rocket, dried beef and parmesan cheese. It was so yummy! We had some wine and just had a good chat over the lovely food.
The next day, we went into the local town as there is a weekly market that we wanted to have a look around. It was so big, and busy, with such a wide range of stalls. There were amazing fruit and veg stalls, olives, dried meats, jewellery, clothes and everything you could imagine! We got to have some samples of some lovely food, and the locals were very friendly, especially with our limited French! The town was also a lovely place to look around, lots of old buildings and architecture.
We then met up with David for Lunch at a restaurant in the town. We had a lovely table outside and got to soak up the sun, along with some beer and wine of course. Then came the food....
Caroline showing off her new hat and scarf! Down the right is my lunch. I had an aubergine tart and salad for was massive! Then I had lamb shank for main, and a chocolate fondant for dessert. It was so yummy. Not to mention a nice beer, and some wine, and a nice coffee to finish.