It's been a while since I toyed with nail art but, with Halloween tomorrow, it seemed like a perfect time to feature the little black cat faces that I sometimes sport on one or two nails. They're fairly self explanatory and this particular effort is far from perfect, but hey, the neighbourhood cat population isn't complete without the scrappy one with the wonky eye and mashed up ear. 

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In the depths of winter I'm happy to embrace a slightly washed out complexion; it seems like a fair trade for huge scarves, snow days and mulled wine. Until then I'm all for hanging on to the last of a summer glow without resorting to endless, biscuit-y fake tan applications....and here's how I've been attempting it.

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While my dreams of minimalism are generally thwarted by the avalanche of crumpled receipts that pour out of my upturned handbag, I'm not one for carrying around multiple makeup products on a daily basis. What I keep stashed in my bag is more akin to a 'makeup first aid kit'; anything that will patch up beauty mishaps in minimal time, and with minimal effort. Here are the products worth making room for in your handbag (or desk drawer)...alongside the inevitable fistful of lip balms and those questionable mints.

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There's a certain insouciance to 'French Girl Hair'; wavy, somehow slightly fuzzy but polished at the same time. Sported by the likes of Lou Doillon and Josephine de La Baume, I've seen this 'un-style' attributed to everything from never brushing your hair (warning - this can result in baby dreadlocks...) to the ostensibly unique properties of French tap water. Unfortunately, just like 'no makeup, makeup', the reality does involve a little work, but I've finally stumbled across the perfect duo for creating foolproof Clémence Poésy waves.

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On a chilly day late last year I went to Diptyque's Brook Street store and tried just about every fragrance on offer. Although the intention was to finally purchase a bottle of their popular fig scent, Philosykos, I kept returning to 34 boulevard saint germain EDT. Created to celebrate the brand's 50th anniversary, it's intended to encapsulate the scent of its namesake; Diptyque's first boutique. A perfume that smells like a parfumerie? A little meta, yes, but this self-reflexivity is part of its charm and the result is a wonderfully cosy, rounded scent ideal for cooler weather. 

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