Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Addison Lee - Watch out! They will charge you double

I hate being swindled, and I have been well and truly swindled by Addison Lee London taxi company.

I try not to be prejudiced against any company, but I feel like it is my duty to innocent people not to create an account with Addison Lee.

I will not tire you with the minor details, but after calling Addison Lee to book a taxi, I was told I would receive a 20% discount for my journey.  Then we come to the end of the month - and this is where they swindled me.  For 2 journeys which were meant to cost £44.40 (without the mentioned 20% discount) - they charged me a whopping £95.00.  That's DOUBLE what I had been quoted on the phone.

I rang customer services immediately obviously believing there had been a big mistake.  I was told "the price can be more than what was quoted on the phone". That was almost amusing had it not just cost me a load of money.

They refunded me a flimsy £15.00 with no apology and no mention of what the mistake was.  I am therefore still about £35.00 out of pocket.  Apparently, the extra £35.00 they added onto my bill was VAT and admin charges.

So my readers, do not be fooled by saved money when offered 20% discount by creating an account.  For me, they direct debited almost double what I was quoted on the phone.  I have no idea how they can get away with such disgusting behavior, but I sincerely hope that Watchdog get onto them soon and to start investigating.

In the meantime, why not use a smaller local company than this big money grabbing company with ho sense of customer service.

I can assure all of you that I will be closing my account as soon as this is sorted (though by the looks of it, they will continue to insist that I pay for their scandalous behavior) and will make sure that I will tell anyone half interested to stay away.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

An amazing London Christmas Party - with incredible canapes!

Last night I went to an incredible Christmas party with my friends.  But it was hard to pinpoint exactly what made the party so good.  Of course the early Christmas carols really got us all in the festive spirit as did the cheap santa hats, but I think the beautiful location and the food and prosecco really made it one of the best.  So a big thank you to www.congustocatering.co.uk for providing us with such a delicious selection of food which made our London Christmas Party really sparkle!

The party was in a beautiful venue, decked out in white with lovely gold crackers on the tables.  And there was an abundant supply of one of the most gorgeous prosecco's I've ever tried - Colle del Principe!  I just love how the london catering company Con Gusto Catering provided such a lovely display!

The fresh smoked salmon canapes topped with fresh salmon caviar was to die for.  I definitely ate far too many of these!  They were served on hand made blinis with soured cream and creme fresh.  Below is one of the more appropriate shots of the evening with us all in our Christmas hats!

Cantaloupe melon balls with San Danielle Prosciutto by www.congustocatering.co.uk

 And wow, just what am amazing Christmas party - I hope I get to attend a few more over the next coming weeks and I hope the food will be just as good.  Looking back at those cantaloupe melon balls with San Danielle Prosciutto is making me salivate, so I better leave it at that!

But if you're holding a Christmas party, I cannot recommend enough www.congustocatering.co.uk - the staff were so helpful and the food was so amazing it made the Christmas party!

OOTD for Sushi Samba - Silk blue floor length dress

Hey lovely ladies, 

Here is my outfit of the day - it's more elegant than I normally wear as it was a special occasion - going to Sushi Samba in London.  It is a bespoke dress made to measure by an Italian little known stylist - I'd been saving it for a special occasion and I thought  Sushi Samba would have been the perfect occasion - however, as you'll see later I was so so disappointed!

The dress 

The dress is delicate floor length and elegant with a simple high neck and jeweled detail.  It is fitted on the waist with a with a ribbon belt with the same jeweled details and with low cut sleeves. I love the petrol blue of this dress as the colour is so strong it matches the dresses simple detail.  I think this sort of design is perfect for Christmas parties with its jazzy jewels and strong colour, to make a change  of the little black dress.

 Sorry for the blurry last image....they all came out like that but I wanted to show you how long it was!

The dress is in a fine silk and I matched it with a simple Zara leather jacket.

And how was Sushi Samba?????

 Sushi Samba was so cold I had to leave my jacket on all evening. They also didn't bring our drinks until 5 minutes after the food had arrived.

 As for the food - I was so disappointed.  I inquired about the Moqueca Mista and asked if it came with sauce or not - and the waitress didn't seem to understand me.  It turns out that this sharing plate is in fact pints of sickly sweet sauce and with just one prawn and some scarce scatterings of mussels There's also overcooked bright green rice in the middle.  I know I'm spoiled having my other half who is a chef, however, I think anybody would have returned this dish.  I complained about it and the waitress didn't understand, smiled and waltzed off.

We ended up spending a fortune there and didn't enjoy unfortunately, despite it being an anniversary celebration....oh well....... maybe I'll have better luck next time

Fiocco xxxxxx

Monday, 13 October 2014

YSL Le Teint Encre De Peau Review

Heyyy pretty ladies!

Sorry it's been so long - I've been travelling around, moving house and been so incredibly busy this last month!

But I'm BACK!

This is a review I've been meaning to do for ages on YSL Le Teint Encre De Peau.  If you read my posts you'll know I'm a firm favourite of YSL's last 'model' of foundation - Le Teint Touche, and use it religiously.

So when they brought out this new foundation called  YSL Le Teint Encre De Peau on August 10th I was one of the first in line. As always, they have brought out a beautifully packaged product with their signature gold top and strong square glass bottle.

 YSL Le Teint Encre De Peau
Wearing  YSL Le Teint Encre De Peau

Shade - 
So there's a pic of me above with YSL Le Teint Encre De Peau in shade b40 on....in the picture you can see it comes out quite  a nice shade. HOWEVER, do remember that the YSL shades are not universally the same shades across the different YSL foundations which is quite frustrating - in Le Teint Touche I wear b50.  But, they do have a large selection of colours and I think do cater to a lot of skin tones.


 The texture of the foundation itself is something I'm finding hard to get used to.  It's a liquid, but when you apply it it has an almost matte finish and feels like powder. I like how it's not 'tacky' or 'sticky' and you can almost get away with not applying powder after.  This is a far cry from the 'gel' style foundations I'm used to setting with heaps of powder.  Because of the texture, it means the finish won't ever be light or super natural, but I do think it is great for a night out and full makeup look like in my picture above.

 YSL Le Teint Encre De Peau also has very heavy coverage, so don't buy a shade too dark otherwise blending into your neck / jaw will be near impossible combined with the fact it has a powder finish.  This is one of the biggest drawbacks for the YSL Le Teint Encre De Peau.  However, if you take your time and choose the right shade it may end up being one of your favourite foundations.

Ok, so I feel like I've been hard on this foundation.  It's because it's forerunner, YSL le teint touche is still my absolute favorite so I think it was always going to be impossible to match up to it.  All that being said, I would still probably buy this foundation  again as it has a really good coverage and is great when you're getting ready quickly as you don't need powder which is a great time saver. 

 YSL Le Teint Encre De Peau retails for £30.50 and is available from all the usual - big Boots, Debenhams, John Lewis and House of Fraser.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Eye of Horus Liquid Define review

Hey Ladies, 

For the last two weeks I've been using a felt-tip eyeliner by Eye of Horus called Liquid Define.  There has been a reason why I've been trying it so long, and that is because in the past I have always been let down by felt-tip eye liners t which give up the ghost after a couple of uses.
I LOVE the packaging on all Eye of Horus products!

It all started when I was about 17 years old and I bought my first 'high end' one for an arm and a leg.  It was brilliant on its first use, but for some reason (I think because I used it on my foundation primed eyelids) it never worked again.  This has happened again since with another brand.

So when I was invited to try the Eye of Horus liquid define I really was curious to see if it would make the cut and continue to work after multiple applications, even on top of other makeup.  The below swatches are from a liquid eyeliner which has been used continuously after 2 weeks. 

As you can see from the swatch the Eye of Horus Liquid Define liner still draws a heavy pigmented black line, both finely and thickly.  I GENUINELY am impressed as I haven't found another felt-tip eyeliner which still works after so long.  They tend to dry out and draw gray / transparent lines which make the Cleopatra look impossible.  This Eye of Horus eyeliner, however, is working just as well as its first use.

Secondly, I'd like to say in general, how much more easy it is to apply eyeliner when using a felt tip eyeliner compared to one with a brush.  The hardened nib doesn't fan out and by slanting it on it's angle makes it easy to draw a thin, then gradually thicker line which can't be achieved with liquid eyeliners. 

An important point for women with sensitive eyes

One more pro is that this felt-tip eyeliner does not run or get in the eyes - a godsend for people like me!  Have you ever used a 'liquid' eyeliner where you dip the nib in the pot like a nail varnish.  These types of eyeliners have a tendency to flood into your eyes....it it stings like mad and makes the white of your eyes swim in black - (Don't use Collection 2000 Fast stroke!!).   I swear this puts a lot of women off eyeliners.  Whereas, using a felt-tip liner like the Eye of Horus Liquid Define absolutely eradicates the possibility of that happening. So, if you have sensitive eyes or just hate eyeliner running in your eyes then you should probably check this out!

Below are some unflatteringly close pictures of the Eye of Horus Liquid Define in action.  As you can see the black line gets gradually thicker towards the outer edges and only takes 2-3 seconds to achieve.  It really is a great way to glam up with very little effort! 

Well that's it for now, I hope you enjoyed my review of the Eye of Horus Eye Define - I was definitely impressed by it and I would definitely recommend it.

 It has an RRP of £17.00 which I believe is great value for money as it works brilliantly and doesn't dry up.  It is also a fab alternative to liquid liners.  You can see it on the Eye of Horus website 'here'.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Keeping hair beach healthy with NUXE

Hey Sweeties, 

If there's one thing which long hair hates, it's the beach.  All day long with the sun bleaching it, the salt drying it out and the wind ravashing it. It tends to leave it dry, split and for the most part, dead.

This is a bit of a problem for someone like me, as lots of my time is spent in Italy...invariably at the beach.  So to keep it nourished, healthy and rich I slather the ends in dry oil after washing and towel drying my hair.  I've been using NUXE Huile Prodigieuse (link) as it is a super rich dry oil that leaves hair supple and I've found restores it after a day in the elements.

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse

I find that a deep conditioner isn't enough to make my hair feel healthy again, and this oil really seems to add that moisture back.  It smells nice and gets absorbed easily but a word to the wise -  don't put too much in your roots otherwise it will look greasy. Don't worry about overloading it on the ends of your hair though, it will bring it back to life.

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse can also be used on the body, but I personally find it too precious to waste on my skin when it could be used on my hair haha!
Adriatic Coast - my favourite coast in the world

As you can see my hair looks shiny despite being in the sun and sea.  It's been absolutely slathered in oil after washing it the night before.  It made me feel like my hair was being restored and protected and was an absolute holiday must.

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse is available from LoofFantastic for £17.00 (link)

*Product sent for consideration and review

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

OOTD Zara Pink Jacquard Coat with Pockets

Hey sweeties, 

Those of you in London have probably seen that this August is pretending to be Autumn already.  The weathers turned, and it's pretty much freezing the whole time now.  I needed a jacket which was great for Autumn as all my heavy Winter ones were far too much for August - whipping out the fur trim is just a bit too far.

So I snapped up a bargain in the Zara sale, purchasing for just £29.99 (from £89.99) this pretty pastel pink Jacquard coat with double side pockets (link).

You can see best in the picture above how nicely this coat just sits with its beautifully cut round neck line and long cut. The material is just beautiful made from almost pure cotton and is in a lovely pink and cream shade
Zara Pink Jacquard Coat with Pockets

The three quarter sleeves are just perfect for keeping you warm without being too stiffling but what I really love about the coat is the cut.  The neckline is so elegant and the front just drapes down.  There are no fastenings, so it's just a light, throw on coat.  I also got it a size larger than usual as it looks great a little over sized as it sits loosely on the shoulders.

What to wear it with? This Zara Jacquard Coat looks great dressed up or down.  I dressed it down with some black J Brand skinnies and leather boots, but I can even see Zara coat going with cute plain summer dresses.

So, that's my OOTD, don't you just love snapping up a sale coat from Zara! Let me know if you got anything!