Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Carnival colour explosion!

So I mentioned that I was going to the carnival a few days ago and the carnival did not disappoint! Colour explosions to fill anyone's imagination of dancing, singing and generally enjoying life.

I love how after all the crap London has gone through with the riots, joy, fun, and happiness still come out on top fighting.

I definitely enjoyed my day, every street corner that we turned down lead to new adventures. I followed my nose and ended up guffling down jerk chicken, curried goat, festival, corn on the cob, and fresh young coconut juice.

It reminded me of the St Pauls carnival which I attended in Bristol, just on a much grander scale. The atmosphere was similar though, people being happy, dragging you to dance, commenting on how much they love your outfit, offerings of free food.

If you haven't been before, I would highly recommend that you go next year, and I can guarantee that it will bring a smile to your face :)

Sunday, 28 August 2011


As a celebration for *not* finishing off my dissertation, we had some guests come to visit resulting in card games til 2am, and me trying to show off my sushi making skills!

My mum bought some really fresh fish the day before so we had some really yummy fresh sashimi and the leftovers were fried to make salmon for my sushi :D Look away now if you're feeling peckish and like Japanese food!!

Today we went to Southend-on-sea. A place where I used to visit a lot during my childhood and since family friends have moved to the area, we find ourselves going there not for the Sealife centre or the Adventure Park but more for the fresh sea air and crabbing. It's a very down-to-earth place, if you can describe such a place using the phrase, windy day, wind surfers, children catching crabs with bacon, eating fish and chips in the rain, making the most of the summer by eating ice cream shivering.

It was a nice place to contemplate about life. How far I've come yet how far I still have to go. When is life going to completely make itself known to me? But at the end of the day, I'm looking forward to the future, especially looking forward to relaxing walks on beaches =)





I'm off to the Notting Hill Carnival tomorrow! How are you spending the long August bank holiday weekend?

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Benefit - Dr Feelgood

So today's review is on a product which I have been using for a while now. It's by the make up brand Benefit which is a pretty high end brand, have quirky names for their products and good packaging.
You must excuse the used look of these pictures, just say that this is a well loved product of mine :) The paper packaging opens up to a metal tin and included is an applicator sponge. The product itself has a gorgeous lemoney smell, the colour is of pale lemon but is invisible upon application. Application is smooth and gives skin a matte finish, though with some sheen I have found. It's hard to describe the consistency of it but given that the main ingredient is corn starch, just think of it as a soft moisturizing powder. You must be careful when using the sponge as sometimes if you have too much, it can flake off on your skin; however, this can easily be rubbed in with fingers.

Benefit describes this product as:

Because I have combination skin, I use Dr Feelgood on my T-zone and it is absolutely amazing for soaking up any oils without clogging up my pores (I use a little on the nose too). The wear is fairly long depending on how much you put on, for me, it's just a thin layer.

I like to wear it without any other face products but sometimes will put it on under BB cream as a primer. Like it says, it evens out fine lines which at my age, there is still some, but generally it will liven up your face for a natural fresh look!

Benefit Dr Feelgood costs £21.50 for a generous amount and you can buy this at the Benefit website, Benefit counters, or any large Boots stores.

Have you tried Dr. Feelgood or any other Benefit products? What are your favourites?

Upcoming posts will consist of a sleek palette, BB creams, cream blushes and adventures around London!

Friday, 26 August 2011

Notting Hill Carnival

Hurray, tis going to be a long weekend! This year, I'm off to the Notting Hill Carnival which is one of the biggest carnivals in Europe and held every August bank holiday. Normally, I'm not in the country but due to my evil term times, I'm moping in the dreary summer pining for the sun to come. I'm using Sunday as the deadline to finish the first draft of my dissertation which is about the oh so interesting topic of male factor infertility (yes, I had to interview infertile men.... just imagine!).

I'm going to be there on Monday (the 'adult' day, as I'm an 'adult' you see) in full 'costume'! I haven't been since I was teeny tiny, though that hasn't really changed.

Costume ideas I have thought of so far, I'm sure it will get more ridiculous on the day when I arrive at my friends to get ready:

Will you be at the Notting Hill Carnival this year? What are you looking forward to most?

(ppsssssttt: I also have a Twitter! :D

Thursday, 25 August 2011

A bit about me?

  • I like pretty things (handmade beautiful African beads. I also love guinea fowl)

  • I buy too much make up yet wear very little and they all get put to the side. (It's pretty awful so I'm going to review as much as I can now!)
  • I like to make things (I recently learnt how to crochet!)
  • I love to eat, and that has been a slight downfall especially when it comes to weight management. (Laduree macaroons are just delish!)

  • I religiously read other people's blogs and gasp at all the pretty things that they view and swatch.
  • I like making new friends.

  • I love to travel but find that I don't have enough time (Zimbabwe 2011)

The start

So where do I begin.... I've always been a fond blogger and blog reader, and after years on the stalk, my taste and *cough* obsession with guilty pleasures such as make up, skincare, and fashion have surfaced with a vengeance lashing at me and wanting a spotlight of its own.

I care not for karma, but more so that this blog will be full of life, excitement, and a place where I can indulge in and share my love of pretty things and strange hobbies. It shall also be a place for adventure sharing and friends.

I've had many inspirations and many late nights reading the likes of Worship Blues, Vanity Fashionista, Park&Cube, Vintage Shop, Fenua Beaute, and ofcourse my favourite blogger who started (though she may not know) the craze in me, Moonbeamstarlight. Some I secretly stalk, others I've chanced upon in my hours of searching the net for inspiration.

The inspiration for the name of the blog is from my love of the word resplendent, it describes my pleasures well and the la at the end? Well, many of my friends tend to put the 'word' la at the end of sentences and it gives the blog a more fun feel. I'd like to thank the internet for being so awesome and I hope that any dear readers that I have will be kind to me =)

~ Rin