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Henna by Shikha


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Well, hello! It’s more than a week since I last posted. A combination of exhaustion, Ramadan coming to an end, celebrations and my day job being considerably more demanding than usual meant every ounce of energy had been sucked out of me. And it’s been really hot too!

As I become reacquainted with eating and drinking during daylight hours and sleeping soundly without waking up in the middle of the night, I thought I would share a short post.

Last week I celebrated Eid-al-Fitr, the festival that follows the end of a month long of fasting. It’s like Christmas – getting together with family and friends, exchanging presents, buying new clothes and accessories and eating lots of food. In preparation for the day, I had my hands decorated in henna. Usually I never get the chance with time constraints and not living locally to areas with a densely muslim population but this year help came courtesy of my friend, Shikha who has recently qualified as a henna artist.

In the last year or so, I’ve happily been Shikha’s guinea pig and seen how she’s come leaps and bounds with her skills. I have big hopes for this girl and will be freely offering my limbs to be decorated as soon as she utters the words.

If you want to see her work, she’s got a Facebook page. Shikha is also on Instagram and if you fancy having some henna done, she’s based in north London.

Shikha only uses pure home-made henna so no colouring or artificial additives added which could cause a reaction. Henna usually lasts a week depending on how frequently water comes into contact. Obviously the palms of your hands will be the first to fade first. And henna isn’t just for weddings! It’s for any happy, celebratory occasion.

Any way, enough of my waffling. Hope you like the pictures!

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Five years of blogging and you would think I’ve seen my fair share of beauty products yet half a decade on, some things cross my path that give me a buzz. By Terry is one of them.

Today I had a sneak peek at the new launches from By Terry hosted by the great lady herself, Terry de Gunzburg at London’s National Gallery.

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From By Terry, the new Rose Infernale Fall Collection offers a Trio Blusher (£72), new tinted shades of the Rose de Baume Nutri-Coleur (£35) and intriguingly, Eye Powder-Kajal (£29) due for release in September.

Meanwhile the Cellularose® Cleanse skincare collection is made up of the Cellularose® Cleansing (£42) Oil, Cellularose Hydra-Toner (£40) and Cellularose® Nutri-Pure cleansing balm (£42).

On top of that there is the arrival of two new delicious fragrances from Terry de Gunzburg. Rose infused scents are my weakness and sure enough, these two new additions to Terry de Gunzburg’s collection turned me knees to jelly.


Rouge Nocturne is the red and Rouge Infernale is the violet and I can’t pick which of the two is my favourite. Rouge Nocturne is perfect for day time wear whereas Rouge Infernale is sensual and a little wicked.

The fragrances arrive in the perfumery hall of Harrods on 1st September exclusively before rolling out to other stores later.

I will have a review coming soon on them as well as more details on the other products. For now feast your eyes on these pretties…

(I’m getting heart palpitations over the I.N.G.U – I Never Give Up Making Colour eye and face palette – such pigmented colours! It’s limited edition and exclusively available to buy at the National Gallery where the Making Colour exhibition is on show.)