H&M beauty palette…

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I’ve been a big fan of Urban Decay’s Nude beauty palettes for quite some time. The range of colours they offer in one shiny metallic box is enticing, practical and of course, beauty enhancing. Judging by their enormous success, I share the opinion of many.

But, I recently snapped up a new beauty rival. Check out this gorgeous mini-palette from H&M beauty.

HM palette

HM smoky

It’s the ‘Smoky Essentials’ selection – we’re talking nine, nude-esque, smokin’ and coordinated shades.

It’s part of the Swedish brand’s fabulous new beauty collection that includes a complete skincare, bodycare, hair styling and make-up range. Like its incredible clothes range, it’s inspired by seasonal trends and colours. That means we can match our make-up to all of our new fashionista purchases YO!

HM beauty

I’m excited.

I have a long-term love affair with H&M. It started from a very young age when my stylish aunty used to send me fabulous birthday fashion from London town.

I then went on to work for the company in much later years, where I had some of the best fashion, care-free and fun years of my life. It also helped to spark my PR career which, I will always be thankful for. And, mustn’t forget the Scandi-love it’s brought into my life, be that via friendships or sheer style inspiration.

It goes without saying then, that it’s a brand that will always remain close to my oh-so-stylish heart.

If you need some Scandi-beauty in your life… get on it with H&M beauty.

Prices are great too. This palette is only £9.99 ….and it fits in your make-up bag!

#LOVE

Nadine XO

Any other new beauty recommendations? What do you think of this new, ambitious range from H&M?

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Mighty Mexicana at El Cartel…

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Depending on my mood Mexican is my absolute favourite food. The tacos, tortillas and tequila however, must be dished up right (no ol’ el paso here). Thank God then for El Cartel. One of the newest Mexicana eats-on-the-block in Edinburgh.

el cartel

For a start, it’s an authentic street-food offering. So, it’s going all out with its incredible tacos…and they’re soooooo super tasty .While the food is traditional, it’s sexy too and the dining space is styled to match. It’s hip yet casual, and its vibe is a chilled as its frozen margaritas.

margarita

If you know me by now, you’ll know I properly love a margarita…or three. And El Cartel gets ten out of ten.

It was a sad day for me when Tex Mex closed its Thistle Street doors. I have many-a-margarita memory thanks to Fat Donny and his wee empire back then. While, it was good news that the Bon Vivant brigade were taking it over (with BIG plans for an all new Mexican place) it was sad too…end of an era and all that.

Sometimes you need a renaissance though. And, the time is definitely now!

cactis

The current menu has nine starters and six tacos. The steak, duck and fish tacos are all piquant chic, making you just want more! While starter dishes like the salmon ceviche – served ‘Mexico city style in soy sauce, cucumber, red onion tomato and avocado’, and the chorizo Quesadillas will definitely make your day.

salmon

tacos

It’s not a huge menu, which I prefer (being Libran, too much choice is never a good thing!). I did however, find myself contemplating whether I could chomp my way through the whole thing, there and then….hmmm probably, as long as I was sharing. Well, the food is that good.

sombrero

Don’t forget to sample the chilli-chocolate ice cream either – super tasty, and the perfect end with a bite to a perfect meal. The home-made hot sauce is spot on too.

Arriba Arriba!

Any more Margarita / Mexicana recommendations?