Magical Lantern Festival At Chiswick House

Magical Lantern Festival

You may have seen the Magical Lantern Festival mentioned in our 10 Things To Do In London For Valentine’s round-up last week. The festival has now began and Danny and I were invited down last night to Chiswick House & Gardens to the VIP opening evening.

The evening started off with drinks and nibbles and then we all moved outside into the gardens, it was pitch black and we were led to the stage where proceedings began. After an amazing drums, glow sticks and fire performance we were treated to the lion dance just before the Mayor of Hounslow turned on the lights. The gardens which are absolutely huge, appeared lit up with beautiful lanterns and everyone leapt out an ‘aaah’. Finally we could see it all!

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5 Easy Ideas For World Nutella Day

5 Easy Recipes For Nutella Day

Nutella is life. Well that’s what I called my most recent Pinterest board and it’s probably true, I absolutely love the stuff, whether it’s Nutella Pizza or fried Puffnuts, I will definitely will be celebrating World Nutella Day on Friday 5th February. Here are some of my favourite easy ideas that you can make. Apologise for the Nutella thoughts coming your way all day long until you make them.

Grilled Nutella & Marshmallow Sandwiches

Toast? love. Marshmallow? love. Nutella? What’s not to love. I couldn’t think of an easier way to make something for World Nutella Day and I bet it tastes delicious. Hangover special anyone?

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Crystal Contour Facial At Cadogan Cosmetics

Cadogan Cosmetics Chelsea Review

Last week I tried out a new type of facial I had never experienced before – the Crystal Contour at Cadogan Cosmetics in Chelsea. The facial uses a series of techniques as well as laser light to renew the cells and encourage them to stop being sluggish and in turn produce more collagen to keep skin looking plump and your face looking contoured. A course of these type of treatments can really help if you are slightly older and can encourage sagging skin to become plumper and tighter. I don’t quite have sagging skin just yet but was really intrigued and was a great way to get my skin looking smooth and at it’s best in this awful weather of winter.

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What’s On

Mardi Gras London

If you were taking part in Dry January then you will love this week’s What’s On, as it is packed full of events that all have a little alcohol and a good old party theme, where you can enjoy a tipple or two….or three!

Kansas Smitty’s and Shotgun Carousel’s Mardi Gras

Get ready this weekend for a late night Mardi Gras Festival at The Vaults on the Southbank. It’s a whole weekend of fun with live music from The Kansas Smitty’s House Band who will show a different side of the sound of New Orleans, bringing you gritty funk, soul, zydeco and brass band classics that define ‘swamp rock. A costume parade by the glorious performers of Shotgun Carousel and there will be prizes for the best and most outlandish costumes on the night. Friday 5th- Saturday 6th 10pm-3am, tickets are £12 and available at www.mardigrasldn.com.

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Valentine’s Makeup Look

I’m finally back with a new video this year and it’s a timely video, with a Valentine’s make-up look, perfect for a date night. You might notice the ‘Take 5 ‘ on the thumbnail, well it’s a sneaky intro into my new improved YouTube coming very soon, but more on that later.

Enjoy the video and if you do recreate the look, share it with me on social @theldndiaries. Remember to subscribe for brand new videos each week.

How To Get The Look

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London’s Top 5 Blow Dry Bars

DryBy Blow dry bar London

I don’t think I’ll ever not enjoy going to a blow-dry bar. Having my hair washed and blow-dried to ‘I’m worth it’ perfection will always leave me with a spring in my step throughout the day. I don’t know what it is but when my hair is done, I just feel much more confident. I hate washing and drying my hair at the best of times, as it’s so thick and takes forever, never mind the styling. So when I go for a blow-dry it’s definitely a treat. I’ve tried my fair few blow-dry bars in London and I am always getting asked my favourites, so here they are, my top 5 blow dry bars in London.

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