(clipped to polyvore.com)
This gorgeous book was pre-ordered from Amazon as soon as I heard about it! Amazing British make-up artist, Lisa Eldridge, has compiled a stunning range of images from fashion photography across the ages and shots of vintage make-up items from her own collection. She takes you through the history of make-up, including how products were formulated throughout the ages and how attitudes to wearing 'face paint' have changed. It is an interesting read and a classy edition to any cosmetics-lovers coffee table.
The Apprentice (BBC 1):
I didn't get into The Apprentice last year, but I am really enjoying this series so far. The format is largely the same as previous years, with business tycoon, (Lord) Alan Sugar, putting contestants through a series of amusing business-based tasks; the big-headed bozo's boasting about how amazing they are; and of course stupid mistakes being made left, right and centre. The edition of Claude (Alan's long-time trusted associate) as a replacement of the distinguished Nick Hewer actually works well. I was a bit unsure of how Claude might manage to step out of his former role in the show. Previously, he was part of the final interview process and took the stance of an old-school headteacher about to cane naughty pupils. Thankfully he doesn't steal Sugar's thunder and largely manages to take a step back. He also just about pulls off the pleasing scowls of disgust that Hewer was so loved for (although Nick is more of a pro).
The contestants are now so aware of the process that it is quite entertaining to see them try and blame each other for the failure of the task as soon as they even begin it. They desperately want to frame each other for the team's inadequacies as the task goes on; it's a prime example of how awful these so-called 'management-types' can be- but of course, it makes great TV!
Galaxy chocolate spread:
This stuff is like Nutella, but better! It goes well on waffles or crumpets- I even add it to unsweetened porridge to make it chocolatey and delicious.
It's not healthy, but it's good for soul!
And this is where things get exciting!
I made a purchase yesterday that may just have changed my life beyond all recognition. I bit the bullet in the early Black Friday sale at Argos online and purchased this beauty!
my eye on for a few years now. I have purchased a couple of budget-friendly vacuum cleaners over the years, but they have always lost suction after a months of use. For someone like me, who is on the OCD spectrum in terms of dirt, dust and hairs (yuck!) around the house, I wanted something reliable that would avoid me having to rely on manually hoovering with the nozzle to get any decent pick-up.
This is well and truly the vacuum cleaner of my dreams!
I do realise that it might sound daft, but I guess your priorities and outlook change as you get older! This was worth putting some of my hard-saved cash towards and I will be enjoying doing some weekly housework more than I ever thought possible!