StyleNest http://www.stylenest.co.uk The Fashion & Lifestyle Destination for the Modern Woman Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:51:43 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Halloween Days Outhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/lifestyle/days-out/halloween-days-out/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/lifestyle/days-out/halloween-days-out/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:45:29 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=87916 Do your little monsters love getting spooked? It’s not too late to have a frightfully good time this Halloween weekend with scary storytelling, pumpkin carving, magic spells, ghoulish mask making, spooky trails and Halloween screenings. Here’s our round up of the best Halloween activities in London this weekend to suit the whole family. Click here […]

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Do your little monsters love getting spooked? It’s not too late to have a frightfully good time this Halloween weekend with scary storytelling, pumpkin carving, magic spells, ghoulish mask making, spooky trails and Halloween screenings.

Here’s our round up of the best Halloween activities in London this weekend to suit the whole family.

Click here to see our roundup of the best halloween decorations

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Happy Halloween With Maison Blanchttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/food-news/happy-halloween-with-maison-blanc/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/food-news/happy-halloween-with-maison-blanc/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:11:51 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=87810 Terrify and delight this Halloween with Maison Blanc’s spooktacular treats your little monsters are sure to love. From cute and creepy cupcakes to ghoulishly good sponge, the scarily scrumptious new range from Maison Blanc is perfect for adding a touch of fun to a Halloween party and has left us all shuddering in anticipation. The […]

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Cup cakesTerrify and delight this Halloween with Maison Blanc’s spooktacular treats your little monsters are sure to love.

From cute and creepy cupcakes to ghoulishly good sponge, the scarily scrumptious new range from Maison Blanc is perfect for adding a touch of fun to a Halloween party and has left us all shuddering in anticipation.

The expert patissiers at Maison Blanc have been hard at work inventing gloriously ghoulish concoctions to celebrate the spookiest time of the year, all to be unveiled on October 1. Choose from a range of creative cupcakes, sponges or tarts – or try a selection! These treats are all made in Maison Blanc’s very own bakery and are available at each of their fourteen local branches – to eat in or take home.

Cast a witchy spell with Maison Blanc’s Bewitch cupcake – a dangerously delectable chocolate cupcake filled with a fruity blackberry compote and topped with sweet blackberry buttercream. (Eat in 3.10 / eat out 2.95)

Sink your teeth into the spookily dark chocolate Batty cupcake filled with a gorgeous chocolate cream and topped with a festively orange buttercream or try the tantalisingly chocolate Spookily Saw cupcake filled with chocolate cream and topped with ghoulishly green pistachio buttercream.

Say hello to the heavenly Halloweeny Miroir – with layers of vanilla sponge so light you’d think they’d been kissed by a ghost. Each layer is filled with chocolate cream and finished with a frightfully orange glaze and marzipan pumpkins.

Dive into the Jack-O-Lantern tart – with a crisp, buttery tart shell filled with pistachio frangipane, a gloriously orange and mascarpone cream and filled with blood red raspberry compote. And finally, bite into Boris the spider – brought back by popular demand. A delicate chocolate shell filled with rich chocolate mousse and a hauntingly dark berry centre topped with a silky cream-filled profiterole.

Available on October 1st in Maison Blanc branches in Burford, Chichester, Chiswick, Cobham, Farnham, Fulham, Guildford, Hampstead, Henley, Holland Park, Muswell Hill, Oxford, St.John’s Wood and Winchester. For more information visit www.maisonblanc.co.uk

Need some last minute Halloween tips? See our roundup of the best outfits for boys.

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Friday 31 Octoberhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/new-in-this-week/friday-31-october/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/new-in-this-week/friday-31-october/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:34:05 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=87831 With the clocks only just gone back, its hard to think of a spring wardrobe already but pieces have already hit the shops. Here are the latest new in pieces this week…

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With the clocks only just gone back, its hard to think of a spring wardrobe already but pieces have already hit the shops. Here are the latest new in pieces this week…

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Top tips for Yoga for pregnancyhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/lifestyle/health-and-fitness/top-tips-for-yoga-for-pregnancy/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/lifestyle/health-and-fitness/top-tips-for-yoga-for-pregnancy/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:07:03 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=86760 She’s been practicing yoga for 17 years and been teaching for 11, we’ve teamed up with Tara Lee, a mum of two to bring you some top pregnancy yoga exercises. “Tara Lee’s inspirational approach to yoga during pregnancy helped me to get to know the baby growing inside me and my new pregnant body in […]

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She’s been practicing yoga for 17 years and been teaching for 11, we’ve teamed up with Tara Lee, a mum of two to bring you some top pregnancy yoga exercises.

“Tara Lee’s inspirational approach to yoga during pregnancy helped me to get to know the baby growing inside me and my new pregnant body in a profound and moving way.”  – Rosamund Pike

Move your body every day during pregnancy with gentle exercise such as yoga, walking or swimming. It will improve your circulation, make you feel energised, help you sleep well and improve your mood.

Yoga stretches will help you feel more comfortable as your baby gets bigger and give your baby more space.

Lie with your legs up the wall for a few minutes if you are under 28 weeks and still comfortable lying on your back. This will relax you and help with swollen ankles and heavy legs. When you come down, roll to the side before you come back up slowly. If you are over 28 weeks,  or uncomfortable on your back, lie with a cushion or pillow between the knees on your left side.

Leg up Wall

Stand facing the wall and place your hands on the wall, shoulder width apart. Walk the legs back until you make an ‘L’ shape with your body. Lean back through the heels and and draw the hips back while pressing the hands to the wall. Bend the knees and feel the stretch through your back. Feel the stretch down the backs of the legs. After  5 – 10 slow, deep breaths, bend the knees more and gently walk towards the wall to come back up. This is great if you have been sitting down for a long time or just want to stretch your back and  can be done anywhere.

Wall Down Dog

Learn some yoga breathing techniques to keep you calm during pregnancy and to help you with your birth. Sit on the floor or a chair. Lengthen upwards as tall as you can, either with cross legs or kneeling (you can use a cushion for support). Close the eyes. Breathing in though the nose and gently out through the mouth. See if you can slow down your breathing and focus on lengthening the exhale. Keep the face relaxed. Notice how the mind  calms. Keep the breath soft and fluid, with no strain. Continue for a few minutes. Notice how you feel. This can be useful for labour or any time you are feeling anxious or stressed.

Yoga stretches on the hands and knees can help your baby get into the optimum position for labour. With the knees under the hips and the wrists under the shoulders, circle the hips, making the circles big or small depending on what feels comfortable. Change direction after 10 circles. If your knees feel uncomfortable, use a blanket for support. Practice these during pregnancy and they may be useful during labour.

child Pose

From all 4s on the hands and knees, open the knees wider (unless you have any pain) and rest with your hips back towards your heels. You can either reach the arms forward or make a pillow with your hands, resting the forehead on the hands (or use a pillow). This position is good for releasing tension and may be helpful for your labour.

Tara Lee has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and has been teaching yoga for 12 years.

She began teaching pregnancy yoga while pregnant with her first child 10 years ago and developed her own dynamic fluid style. Tara has taught thousands of pregnant women, guiding them through their pregnancies and births as well as celebrities including Cat Deeley and model Laura Bailey.

Tara ‘s yoga DVD boxset “Bump, Birth and Beyond” has been a bestseller (over 60,000 copies sold) in the UK and her new Pregnancy Yoga DVD is now available.

Tara currently teaches ‘Pregnancy Yoga’, ‘Mother and Baby Yoga’ and ‘Vinyasa Flow Yoga’ at The Life Centre, Notting Hill Gate in London. She is a mother of two, a trained doula and Shiatsu practitioner. www.taraleeyoga.com

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Seaweed Menu At Aqua Kyotohttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/restaurants/seaweed-menu-at-aqua-kyoto/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/restaurants/seaweed-menu-at-aqua-kyoto/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:21:53 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=87725 Set on the top floor of the old Regent Street Dickins and Jones department store, one cannot help but be blown away by the striking views, chic interiors and buzzy atmosphere of Aqua Kyoto. An early Tuesday evening and the place is electric, bustling with city-slickers enjoying post work cocktails and nibbles on the side. […]

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The new Aqua Seaweed Menu at Aqua Kyoto, London Picture   -  David BebberSet on the top floor of the old Regent Street Dickins and Jones department store, one cannot help but be blown away by the striking views, chic interiors and buzzy atmosphere of Aqua Kyoto.

An early Tuesday evening and the place is electric, bustling with city-slickers enjoying post work cocktails and nibbles on the side. It feels like it’s almost Friday and it’s no wonder that Aqua Kyoto has become one of London’s quintessential Asian hotspots.

New Zealand born Head Chef Paul Greening can attribute part of his success to his cutting edge culinary techniques and his focus on using locally sourced exotic ingredients. And his fascination for aquatic foods is no stranger to his heritage; his grandfather was a fisherman by trade and his father, a marine biologist.

As we made ourselves comfortable on the plush banquette seating, the decadent interiors could not go unnoticed, making it the perfect cosy date night spot. And with a magnificent roof-top terrace which couldn’t go unnoticed, even in the chilliest of temperatures, a drink set against the glowing London skylight is a must.

To kickstart the evening, we are presented with the signature seaweed Umami Cocktail, a misty coloured cocktail glass holding a delightful and light concoction of fruit and flower flavours including elderflower and apple, splashed with a seaweed and Oba Leaf infused Gin, Tanqueray of course.

To follow, we are given a set menu with three options per course, with an assortment including salads, sushi, meat stews and vegetarian options. Our first courses arrive promptly and are impeccably presented. The miso sea trout with kombu crust and miniature nukazuke vegetables (typical Japanese pickled vegetables) are delicately embellished with edible flowers and globules of zesty sauce. Whilst the wild seaweed and sea vegetable salad is presented in a black sesame covered mountain of delight. Offering an assortment of textures and flavours that surprise with every bite.

For our vegetarian main course, we opted for the samphire and kombu tempura plate – something we are going to attempt to recreate at home. But for those craving something more meaty and warming, opt for the beef and chilli nikujaga, descried by our waiter as a beef and vegetable stew infused with seaweed flavours and spices.

To finish off and cleanse our palettes, a white chocolate parfait is the seaweed dessert on offer. Again, Chef Greening keen to include seaweed flavours at every turn, even the parfait is nori-infused and covered with an aonori (also known as blue seaweed) layer. The creamy coloured log comes crowned with a piece of crystallised seaweed.

It is no surprise that the kitchen uses a daily mixture of up to eight different locally sourced types of seaweed in the winter months and up to fifteen in the summer. Aqua Kyoto’s seaweed menu is a marine adventure for any palette, and definitely an experience for any lover of experimental cuisine and superfoods.

At £29 per person this menu offers great value, stunning surroundings alongside wonderful and attentive service. A flavoursome seaweed extravaganza, we are excited to see what innovative chef Paul Greening will produce next.

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Blueberry, orange and polenta cakehttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/baking/blueberry-orange-and-polenta-cake/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/recipes/baking/blueberry-orange-and-polenta-cake/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:30:05 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=87319 This moist Italian inspired cake, bejeweled with blueberries, is more pudding than cake, especially when served with a spoonful of mascarpone flavoured with your favourite orange liqueur. Serves 8-10 Prep: 30 minutes Cook: 35 minutes What You’ll Need: 125g (41/2 oz) butter, at room temperature 125g (41/2 oz) caster sugar 1 orange, grated rind and […]

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Blueberry, orange and polenta cake 2This moist Italian inspired cake, bejeweled with blueberries, is more pudding than cake, especially when served with a spoonful of mascarpone flavoured with your favourite orange liqueur.

Serves 8-10
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes

What You’ll Need:

  • 125g (41/2 oz) butter, at room temperature
  • 125g (41/2 oz) caster sugar
  • 1 orange, grated rind and 3 tablespoons of the juice (about ½ an orange)
  • 75g (3oz) polenta
  • 75g (3oz) self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 50g (2oz) ground almonds
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon orange flower water, optional
  • 150g (5oz) blueberries

To finish

  • Extra blueberries to decorate
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur
  • 250g (9oz) mascarpone soft cheese
  • Few pistachios, sliced
  • 1 orange, grated rind of half and 5 tablespoons of the juice
  • 75g (3oz) caster sugar

What To Do:

  • Preheat the oven to 170oC (150oC fan assisted), Gas Mark 3. Grease and base line a 23cm (9inch) springform tin.  Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl or food processor then add the orange rind and beat together until light and fluffy.
  • Mix the polenta, flour, baking powder and ground almonds in a bowl.  Gradually mix alternate spoonfuls of beaten egg and the polenta mix into the creamed butter and sugar and beat well after each addition until smooth once more.
  • Stir in 3 tablespoons orange juice and the orange flour water, if using. Spoon into the lined tin and sprinkle the blueberries over the top.
  • Bake for about 35 minutes until the cake is well risen, cracked slightly on top and a skewer comes out cleanly when inserted into the centre of the cake.
  • Mix 50g (2oz) of the remaining sugar with 3 tablespoons of orange juice together in a bowl. Remove the cake from the tin and put on to a cooling rack, peeling away the lining paper and set the rack over a plate. Skewer the top of the cake then drizzle over the orange syrup and sprinkle with the pistachios. Leave to cool.
  • When ready to serve, mix the mascarpone with the grated rind of ½ an orange rind and the rest of the sugar then gradually mix in 2 tablespoons of orange juice and the liqueur.
  • Transfer the cake to a board, top with extra blueberries then cut into thin slices. Serve with spoonfuls of the mascarpone mix.

Cook’s tip

  • The cake freezes well wrapped in baking paper and foil up to one month. Defrost at room temperature for 3 hours then serve.

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Fortnum & Mason’s masterclass with Jose Cuervohttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/food-news/fortnum-masons-masterclass-with-jose-cuervo/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/food/food-news/fortnum-masons-masterclass-with-jose-cuervo/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:06:42 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=87806 This Thursday evening 30 October, Fortnum & Mason are offering an exclusive tequila masterclass hosted by tequila expert Jose Cuervo – the man behind the Jose Cuervo tequila brand. Taking place in Fortnum & Mason’s ‘hidden treasure’, The Crypt, there could be no better backdrop to celebrate this historic Day of the Dead.. In celebration of […]

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CryptThis Thursday evening 30 October, Fortnum & Mason are offering an exclusive tequila masterclass hosted by tequila expert Jose Cuervo – the man behind the Jose Cuervo tequila brand. Taking place in Fortnum & Mason’s ‘hidden treasure’, The Crypt, there could be no better backdrop to celebrate this historic Day of the Dead..

In celebration of Day of the Dead, a high-spirited holiday of remembrance, Jose Cuervo will be hosting two evening master classes on Thursday 30th October which are open to the public. Fortnum & Mason’s historic crypt seats only 10-16 making each masterclass an exclusive affair.

The master classes will guide guests through the world of tequila, teaching them about the different styles, production, how to drink it and how to use it in cocktails. Guests will also be given the chance to try Jose Cuervo’s premium spirit, Tradicional Silver, the brand new 1800 Coconut, and the limited-edition seasonal serve, the Cuervo’s Autumnal Tradicional Sour – a delicious margarita made with fig puree.

These master classes are sure to transform any tequila novice into a cocktail champion, right on time for the festive season!

This masterclass with Jose Cuervo Tequila takes place on Thursday 30 October, from 6 – 7pm or from 7.30 – 8.30pm. Tickets are just £30. To reserve guests should call 020 7734 8040, places are limited. 

Visit www.fortnumandmason.com

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LDN : SKINS Tanning Top Tipshttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/top-tips/ldn-skins-tanning-top-tips/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/top-tips/ldn-skins-tanning-top-tips/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:41:09 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=87428 Professional tanning brand LDN : SKINS know a thing or two about re-creating a Hollywood glow, combining elite salon treatments with easy to use at-home products. With cold winter nights closing in, and dull weather taking its toll on our skin, LDN : SKINS’ range of products are easily absorbed for a flawless and effective […]

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LDN SkinsProfessional tanning brand LDN : SKINS know a thing or two about re-creating a Hollywood glow, combining elite salon treatments with easy to use at-home products.

With cold winter nights closing in, and dull weather taking its toll on our skin, LDN : SKINS’ range of products are easily absorbed for a flawless and effective tan.

StyleNest team up with LDN : SKINS to bring you ten tanning top tips, ensuring you keep that post summer holiday sun-kissed glow, even during the chillier months.

  • Ensure you wax or shave at least 24 hours before applying your tan to prevent irritation to your open pores.
  • Make sure to exfoliate at least 24 hours before applying your tan using the Foaming Exfoliator, to cleanse and polish your skin for a more even long lasting tan. It’s also great for removing a build up of un-wanted product if you’re a tanning addict.
  • Keep your skin hydrated and nourished with our Moisturising Lotion for a more radiant glow. Pay particular attention to typical problem dry areas including wrists, hands, elbows, knees, ankles and feet to stop your tan being patchy. Alternatively, applying Vaseline to dry areas can be a quick fix for the perfect Tan.
  • Before application, your skin needs to be clean and dry and free of perfume and deodorant to get the best out of your LDN : SKINS tan.
  • Cover your palms with our Professional Tanning Mitt to prevent miscoloured hands. The velvet-touch mitt with non-slip lining also gives a smoother application by gliding over your skin.
  • Use 2/3 pumps of product at a time to avoid tan build up.
  • Use long circular motions to gently smooth the tan over your skin, there is no need to over rub as the product will dry quickly.
  • Use the guide colour on each LDN : SKINS box to see where you have already applied the tan and ensure you are fully covered from every angle.
  • When applying to your face, use the Self-Tan Lotions and Mousses like a face moisturiser, gently massaging around your features and blending into your hairline and down your neck.
  • Make sure you gently swipe over the tops of your hands, feet and knees – remember you want a natural looking glow.

www.ldnskins.com

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Open Storeshttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/styleden/open-stores/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/fashion/styleden/open-stores/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:53:04 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=87550 New London menswear brand seem to have chosen to deal head-on with the elephant in the room. With a few notable exceptions, it’s often beyond tricky to find pieces on a decent price-point which have a proper design aesthetic, attention to detail and aren’t the domain of teenagers and those who have given up the […]

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New London menswear brand seem to have chosen to deal head-on with the elephant in the room. With a few notable exceptions, it’s often beyond tricky to find pieces on a decent price-point which have a proper design aesthetic, attention to detail and aren’t the domain of teenagers and those who have given up the ghost on style altogether. 

For years now our female partners and friends have had the luxury of mixing high-end and high-street with nary a gap between the two, while we have had a gulf in well designed and constructed pieces to put alongside those which could bankrupt us. 

Step forward, then, OPEN for a range of affordable pieces which don’t look like it; which will have you gleeful telling your pals how little, rather than how much they cost as, well, you look fresh in them. Add in a range of super-affordable T-shirts and more, and OPEN should swiftly be a staple for affordable winners in our wardrobes. Launching online this week. 

See slideshow for some of our StyleDen choices from their new AW collection…..

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Double dutyhttp://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/the-beauty-bird/double-duty/ http://www.stylenest.co.uk/beauty/the-beauty-bird/double-duty/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:25:37 +0000 http://www.stylenest.co.uk/?p=87792 Is cleansing all that your cleanser does? How lazy of it. I want my cleansers to do other things too, like work as a masque or even exfoliate. We spend all day multi-tasking after all, so why shouldn’t our products? I’m talking balms you can leave on longer to calm and hydrate, masques that rinse […]

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Is cleansing all that your cleanser does? How lazy of it. I want my cleansers to do other things too, like work as a masque or even exfoliate. We spend all day multi-tasking after all, so why shouldn’t our products?

I’m talking balms you can leave on longer to calm and hydrate, masques that rinse off in the shower just like a cleanser, and milky lotions that blitz makeup but work as a masque as well. Who doesn’t love a hybrid? Here are my top five.

First up is Willowbee Mask & Cleanse (£59.40) from Heaven. It has an uncanny ability to deep cleanse and refine, while firming and moisturising at the same time. Deliciously scented, it contains rose and lavender oil, as well as shea butter and marshmallow. I slap it on while I’m making the packed lunches in the morning, then jump in the shower and rinse off.

Heaven

Another morning favourite is Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser (£16.50) from Nourish. It’s quite the superfood product: it contains pomegranate enzymes to gently exfoliate and organic kale to increase suppleness. I love that you can use this as a quick rinse-off cleanser, leave on for longer as a masque, or massage in as a kind of mini-facial. Perfect as a pre-party booster.

Nourish

My go-to for break-outs and dullness is Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Masque (£27). Even though this dries on your face (it has a clay base), it doesn’t make your skin feel tight when you remove it, which is probably down to the aloe vera. Also a bit obsessed with Aesop packaging.

Aesop

When I’m after something more soothing, I love applying my Face Matters 24/7 Balm (£55) before I soak in the bath – or even before bed as an overnight treatment. It’s a cleansing balm that contains collagen to restore and plump, and leaves skin so soft it’s quite disconcerting. This is an occasional treatment for my normal/combination skin but if you have a dry or mature complexion you’ll be hooked.

Face Matters

Finally, Embryolisse, one of those ‘cult classics’ that thoroughly deserves the title. It’s been around since 1950, and the Lait-Crème Concentré (£13) doubles as a cleanser, moisturiser, masque, after-shave cream… you name it. I love this old school beauty secret which is used behind the scenes on photo shoots and catwalks the world over. A great pick-me-up after a late (boozy) night.

Embryolisse

 

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