Wednesday, 31 August 2016

BECCA Flowerchild Blush Review

This blush has been on my radar for some time and when I found out BECCA was making its way to the UAE, I made a mental note to pick this up. 

After a few failed attempts at YAS Mall's Sephora, I finally grabbed this in the Dubai Mall branch - which for the record, is the most hellish place to shop for make up, ever! 

BECCA Flowerchild Mineral Blush Review & Swatches

Monday, 29 August 2016

August Favourites

Today we're talking Monthly Favourites.

Monthly Favourites posts are definitely up there with my most favourite posts to write. I really enjoy picking out the products I've been loving all month and they're some of my favourite kind of posts to read too, although the number of times I've used the word, 'favourites' in this intro is making my head spin.

Shall we just cut to the chase?

August Favourites - Life in Excess Blog

Friday, 26 August 2016

Sephora Collection: Colorful Shadow & Liners

I have, what you could describe as, 'a small stash' of these. The current total stands at six, four of which are neutrals, because obviously I have a type.

It was Stacey from Expat Make Up Addict that first brought the Sephora Colorful Shadow Liners  to my attention. She'd featured them in a blog post and, trusting her impeccable taste in all things makeup, I swiftly rushed out to purchase them.

Sephora Collection: Colorful Shadow & Liner Review

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette

I should really be catching up on Bloglovin and replying to the backlog of blog comments that I haven't replied to yet, sorry, but here I am, about to embark on a declaration of love regarding the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette

I hope you can forgive me. 

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette Review

Monday, 22 August 2016

The Slump

My current blogging process is as follows: Sits down, opens up laptop and eats five custard creams. I have less than zero motivation. I'd say I'm hovering around a solid 0.3 and yet I have a whole bunch of new products hanging around on my dressing table, crying out to be reviewed.

I don't know what's wrong with me. 

Okay, granted, I do currently have family over visiting and I know my free time slots are few and far between but even when I have tried to sit down and catch up, my brain is giving me a big, fat, hell no!

So here I am, mid-afternoon, feet up and borderline drowning in a mound of bubbles whilst my family sun themselves by the pool. After an entire morning of blinking at a computer screen and consuming an inadvisable amount of sugar, I decided to pull out my wild card and have a bath. I don't know what it is about baths but I always seem to be able to whip up a post in water.

Friday, 19 August 2016

BOUNCE Abu Dhabi

I'm channeling my inner child today and coming at you with an exciting new venue opening in Abu Dhabi - BOUNCE, the UAE's biggest trampoline park!

BOUNCE Abu Dhabi Trampoline Park

I tagged along with Lindsey (Arabian Notes Blog) to the launch night, a pinch nervous that I was going to make an enormous fool of myself, but I needn't have worried!

BOUNCE is more than just a trampoline park. It boasts a dizzyingly high Zip Line that will take you soaring over the venue, a Quick Drop 18m Free Fall for the true adrenaline junkies, three Slacklines to perfect your balance, a mammoth, 40m drop, 70 degree slide, a huge, Performance Trampoline, bouncy Dodgeball courts and much, much more. 


Thursday, 18 August 2016


Life in Excess Blog

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder so I'm going to use that to convince myself that in my being MIA for the last few weeks, the love between us all has grown. 

Am I kidding myself? I'm probably kidding myself.

If you're a hawk on social media, then you may have seen me giving a brief explanation as to why I'd dropped off the face of the Earth. At the start of August, my Dad was rushed into hospital with a serious condition and I flew back to the UK to be with him and the rest of my family. 

Monday, 15 August 2016

LUSH Intergalactic Bath Bomb Review

As far as bath bombs go, this is a pretty glorious specimen from LUSH. I mean, feast thy eyes. Is that not some kind of bath bomb art? 

LUSH Intergalactic Bath Bomb Review / Life in Excess Blog

Friday, 12 August 2016

Recent Beauty Purchases - Plus My Thoughts

I'll be honest with you guys, I haven't done an awful lot of shopping recently. In part, due to the fact that I've not had a whole load of time to hit the shops, but also because I'm compiling the biggest ever shopping list for my trip back to the UK in October. 

Is that Boots screaming my name?

So you know, if there's anything that you think I absolutely must pick up whilst I'm slogging it around the makeup counters - do let me know! 

Right, onto why we're here.

Recent Beauty Purchases - Life in Excess Blog


Friday, 5 August 2016

Beauty And Skincare Wishlist

"I am completely and utterly satisfied with my make up collection. I neither want nor need anything new - fact!" ... "OMG, I want all of the things!"

This is pretty much the circle of life that goes on inside my head on a weekly basis. About a week ago I had that conversation with my husband. And whilst you could be fooled into thinking such a conversation would be about important stuff like, who takes the bins out and why leaving socks on the floor is a valid argument for divorce, the conversation in question is the one where I self-impose a spending ban and then never actually follow through with it. 

Scott just shrugs his shoulders and accepts the fact that he married a liar. I mean, my intentions are always good but then I spend a nano-second on Twitter and I've already mentally broken my spending ban, 5748 times over. 

I blame the internet. 

Here's what I'm currently not buying but thinking about enough that I'll probably find an excuse to buy anyway:

Beauty and Skincare Wishlist / Life in Excess Blog

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Abu Dhabi Eats - Leopold's Of London

I'm back with another Abu Dhabi Eats post and this time the focus is on one of my favourite casual dining spots in Abu Dhabi - Leopold's Of London. Leopold's is essentially a cafe, but you won't find any greasy spoon style dishes here. The menu is more sophisticated than that, with ample choice and an extensive selection of specialty teas and coffees as well as a vast array of refreshing juices.  

Leopold's Caesar Salad with a twist is one of my favourite dishes from the restaurant. The spicy dressing adds a unique spin on this classic dish and it's one I've ordered time and again. However, on this visit I opted for the Roasted Vegetable Sandwich which consists of sweet, roasted peppers, caramalised onions and topped with fresh mozzarella. You can pick from a selection of breads - I chose the sesame panini but the options also include; sourdough, plain panini bread and multi-grain bagels. 

Abu Dhabi Eats Leopolds Of London Cafe Review / Life in Excess Blog

Monday, 1 August 2016

Life Through A Lens 2016 #7

Oh July. Where do we even begin?

So this month has been the calm before the storm that is our friends and family arriving for pretty much the entire of August. And by calm I mean unproductive as this month I was hit by a shit tonne of, 'I hate my blog and have no direction in life' emotions which I attempted to summarise in this post here.

Life Through A Lens July / Life in Excess Blog
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