10 February 2015

PHOTO DIARY I: Mont Saint-Michel

I have recently come to the realization that there are over two thousand photos saved in my photo library just begging to be shared somewhere, so I thought, why not start a new photo series right here on Annesque? These photos were all taken at the top of the beautiful Mont Saint Michel during my tour of France and Normandy last year.
"Amongst the quicksand, disorienting fog, and that sea, [which could] encircle unwary hikers, they found solitude...a dramatic abbey reaching to heaven...perched on a rocky islet in the midst of vast sandbanks exposed to powerful tides between Normandy and Brittany...the Benedictine Abbey of Mont Saint Michel."
Mont Saint Michel is a small tidal island located only about 600 meters from the mainland, and absolutely unlike anything you will ever see in your life. It was founded in the 8th century for the Archangel Michel, and was settled by Benedictine Monks who sought solitude in prayer and closeness to God in this rocky fortress community. The massive historical abbey, with its beautiful stone architecture, stands today surrounded by colorful shops and restaurants. Exploring the island made quite the work out as we walked on an incline along the steep passageways, narrow roads and winding alleyways. Warning: not for the faint of heart, but such an amazing experience! 
Hope you enjoyed this little look-see into my day at Mont Saint-Michel. I apologize for the quality, they are not all the best. I wish I could show all my photos to you! Be prepared for more travel posts coming your way soon!

Until next time, 

L x

17 January 2015

Three Cheers for Color That Stays

When it comes to nails, I am the worst. There's nothing I hate more (too dramatic?) than doing my nails. I am a smudger, a chipper, a mess maker. In a nutshell, I suck beyond compare. Seriously. Let me tell ya a little story. *whispers* I have a problem with nail biting. 

Shock horror, I know. That's so gross. Ewww! I know. Thanks. But you're a beauty blogger how dare you! Dishonor on you, dishonor on your cow, dishonor -- Nice Mulan reference but, can we get back to the point now?

All my life, I have gone through phases where I would chew on my nails. At any given time, you could probably tell by the state of my nail beds whether or not I was in a high stress situation. Disgusted by the ugly habit and determined to become a prim and proper young lady, I have tried my absolute best to knock the addiction. I've found that having nail varnish on has helped keep those urges at bay, and you should be proud of your girl cos' I think I've knocked it out for good. 

I am a bit late to the party (as per usual) on the at-home gel manicure trend, but boy, I am glad to have finally arrived. I'd been dying to try the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel since I saw the colour Up the Ante on Estée's nails. Side note: not ashamed to admit I am totally obsessed with all things essiebutton - if you haven't familiarized yourself with this bomb ass beauty maven I don't know what you're doing with your life. She's spunky, super cute, funny and basically everything I love rolled into one. So go check her out - I love her instagram, I love her videos, her vlogs, her dog...Alright, daily dose of fangirl done. That being said, if Estée raved about dis shiz, it had to be a good-un. 

And she was right cos' never have I ever fallen in love with a nail polish...until now. Only thing I wasn't crazy about was having to scrape off excess because loads of product oozes onto the brush, but the brush itself is a good size. The color I have pictured is Checkmate, a lovely nude that has me feeling like a sophisticated mama. Great staying power with a quick drying hard gel finish makes this a must have. I think I need to purchase every color available asap. Obsessed. 

10 January 2015

Oribe Obsessed | Dry Texturizing Spray

I had been itching to try the famous Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray for absolutely ages, but wasn't so keen on shelling out twenty two dollars for the mini can (...I mean, really?). After much ooo-ing, ahh-ing, and hair envy-ing, I finally gave in. Now I see what the fuss is all about. What once was flat and lifeless now has sky-high body in an instant. Just a spritz at the roots gives instant lift, and what's best - it doubles as an alternative to normal dry shampoo. Grease is zapped and you're left with tons of volume and texture. And as if you needed more persuading, Ellie Goulding just posted a picture on Instagram as I type featuring this little beauty on her shelf of favorite things. Boom.

Have you given this product a whirl? Do you know of any dupes or cheaper alternatives? What are your favorite hair products? What have you been dying to try? Leave your answers in the comments below - or you know, you could just say hello.