10 Things To Do This Autumn In London

Sugarcoated Exhibition

Sugercoated Exhibition

Sugercoated is a one week art gallery exhibition in Hoxton by The Ilaka Project. Ten artists interpret the concept of candy with plenty of visual sweet treats. There will be interactive art installations as well as miniature works and 3D sculptures. Expect pink sandpits, giant lollipops, parachutes for love notes and floating teapots. The pop-up runs from Sept 7th- Sept 13th at Hoxton’s Basement, 12-8pm.

Tickets are £12, with student tickets available and children under 5 go free. To buy tickets visit eventbrite.com. Read More »

London, What's On

Beauty Advent Calendar Guide 2017

Beauty Advent Calendar 2017 Guide The LDN Diaries

I can’t quite believe I’m writing about beauty advent calendars again, where has this year gone!?

Nevertheless I am so excited for the selection this year and again we have an amazing choice of calendars. Trusty favourites such as the Marks & Spencer beauty advent calendar, which this year sees it come in a cute house set-up, as well as Liberty London and of course The Body Shop return. New for this year we have some really exciting additions from Harrods, a luxury beauty calendar filled with some absolutely amazing brands and ESPA have also joined the line-up this year with a beautiful calendar filled with ESPA treats. Not coming back this year however are Rodial, Paul & Joe and sadly The Sanctuary.

As before I will be updating this guide regularly so do bookmark this page and keep checking back. Catch up on last year and watch this years unboxing videos here. And if beauty advent calendars aren’t for you, check out these alcohol advent calendars. Read More »


Golden Or Orange? I Tried Out Three Express Self-Tans

Model Co One Hour Tan Mousse Review - Beauty Blogger UK

Can you really get a golden glow within just three hours, in fact maybe even one hour? I put three express fake tans to the test.

Now a bit of background first, I have used fake tan for a long time, in reality I’m very pale and always love to have a bit of a golden glow. I have tried my fair share of tans and it wasn’t until recently that I tried out these more express versions that promise to deliver bronzed skin within up to three hours. Long gone are the evenings of tanning, getting overly hot in bed and having orange sheets. These tans rinse off after your chosen number of hours, enabling you to choose the colour you would like. The tan will then develop after that, which personally I think is one of the best ways to tan. Whether you leave it overnight or want a quick tan for an evening out this is your go to.

Here are my thoughts on three from Model Co, St Tropez and Bellamianta. Read More »


How To Spend A Weekend In Lisbon

Lisbon Things To Do - Travel Blogger - Paula Holmes

If you follow me over on Instagram, you will have seen Danny and I were in Lisbon for a weekend. We wanted to escape London for a few days and so we chose Lisbon to visit. I have seen so many beautiful images and videos of Lisbon recently, so I was very much looking forward to going. It did not disappoint.

Lisbon as a city is so pretty, everything is very colourful, imagine yellow, pink and blue houses with orange rooftops as well as buildings decorated with picturesque patterned tiles. The weather was warm and sunny, hitting around 34 degrees celsius – definitely better than London at the moment, so it was a perfect break away in the sunshine. Read More »

Lisbon, Travel

Sisley Black Rose Collection

Sisley Black Rose Review - UK Beauty Blog The LDN Diaries

Whenever I go for a facial I always end up ticking every box on the form when asked what types of products I use and so it got me thinking how many people would do the same. Being a beauty blogger I get to try a lot of products and this has developed into me having quite an extensive skincare routine. I value my skincare and so when it comes to beauty I would happily splurge on skincare over a cosmetic. Luxury make-up is lovely and some of it is great, but I would much rather spend the money on a really good skincare product than say a mascara I’m going to be done using in three months. Everyone is of course different, but being in my 30’s it’s important for me and I want to invest in my face, I want to keep my youthful look and if skincare products can help maintain that then I’m all for it. Read More »

Beauty, Face, Skincare

Strawberry Tequila Refresher

Strawberry Tequila Refresher Cocktail - Tequila Cocktail Recipe

Margarita cocktails aside, when it comes to tequila in a cocktail I’m not always sure what to mix it with. So if like me and you love a margarita but fancy trying something new, then how about a Strawberry Tequila Refresher.

This is the perfect summer cocktail to enjoy come sun or maybe more predictably in British weather, rain.

It’s a fruity cocktail that definitely packs a punch and is super easy to make with just a few simple ingredients. Read More »

Cocktails & Drinks, Food