Sunday Tittle Tattle

Sunday Tittle Tattle (noun?): everything from the week that I have forgotten to post about, in easy brunch-sized chunks…

1) ARGH! I have no idea why this didn’t post this morning – many apologies to those who were left disappointed, weeping over a cold and pointless plate of scrambled eggs. I’m actually not at home, having de-camped to my Mum’s for half the week, and I’m a little unwell. So, I update this with a pounding head, not helped by the fact that my parents have their Mac screen on “4 times” magnification and each letter is almost three inches high. Anyway: apologies – normal service will be resumed on Wednesday, when I’m back from filming at the Clothes Show Live.

2) I tried to make a chicory, blue cheese and pear salad the other day but it turned out to be a bit disappointing. I used a recipe from BBC Food. I really want to get that bitterness of the chicory and the strong blue cheese and the sweet pear, but with a knock-out dressing, and the dressing failed to really pull it all together. If anyone has an excellent recipe then please let me know!

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3) From cooking to beauty; FeelUnique have up to 20% off fragrances until after Christmas, I think. Pretty good if you’re gifting perfume or thinking of snapping some up for yourself. I was browsing the virtual shelves looking for a mammoth version of Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Classique scent (see Fragrance Wonderland video) and saw that lots of things were nicely reduced. Fragrance department is here<

4) Two products that I just can’t get enough of now: one old, one newer, but both used on an almost daily basis. Considering the amount of makeup that I test and use for shoots, filming and so on, it’s quite something to be coming back to certain products again and again. These will always be in my favourites, I think. The first is the Diorskin Nude Sunlight compact from Dior (above) – it gives a natural, barely-there glow to the skin. It comes in four shades (Sunlight is the second down) and the packaging is heavy and luxurious. It’s £37 with free delivery here.

The second is the Mary Lou-Manizer from The Balm – it’s a pressed illuminating powder that can be buffed onto the cheekbones and browbones for some sexy shimmer. It’s powerful stuff, so don’t go over the top, but this compact would probably last you a lifetime. It’s one of the first things that I ever reviewed for A Model Recommends and still amazing – it’s £15 with free delivery here.

Right, that’s me. I’m returning to bed with my new Hilary Mantel book and my iPad mini. If you’d like to sign up to the daily emails then the link is below – there’s one every single day, apart from – ironically – today!

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  1. Hanni
    December 9, 2012 / 7:27 pm

    Hello Ruth, I’m glad that you’re well! I was actually a little worried about that when I didn’t receive your daily email – which I thought was perfectly fine, by the way! I hope you can be cosy today and relax a little and get even well-er. Now, I have to add a couple of things concerning previous posts: Thank you for recommending the Effaclar Duo, it helped, and I love the Body Shop Banana Conditioner, too, and sorry, I don’t have such a recipe for you (Maybe you could include walnuts or walnut oil? Or macadamia?), but I really like the cookbook Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights by Sophie Dahl, which came to my mind when I read about this salad.

  2. Lisa
    December 9, 2012 / 7:46 pm

    Missed you this morning but knew from twitter you weren’t feeling the best. Get well soon! X

  3. December 9, 2012 / 8:14 pm

    I have loved the dior palette ever since i saw your recommendation f it a while back, such a great buy! Hope you feel better soon, rest and stay hydrated x x x

  4. Paula
    December 9, 2012 / 8:17 pm

    Hello Ruth, a great salad recipe is romaine salad with sliced almonds, dried cranberries, cubed green pear, crumbled feta cheese and raspberry vinaigrette! Get well soon x

  5. June
    December 9, 2012 / 8:54 pm

    Knockout Vinaigrette:

    In an old clean jam jar combine
    !/4 cup good virgin olive oil
    1/8 cup red wine vinegar
    1/2 tsp dijon mustard
    1 tsp. good honey
    salt and pepper to taste
    I know, it sounds too easy to be good but its addictive. My mom always made homemade dressing so the oils would be healthy and good.

    Shake it up hard…amazing on blue cheese and fruit combo salads and sweetens up bitter greens like raddichio and chickory…I like endive in pear and blue cheese salad as well. I triple this recipe and stash it in the fridge, amazing, easy, and good for you. Why buy dressing?

  6. December 10, 2012 / 3:31 am

    I absolutely love the Mary Lou-manizer, though you aren’t kidding about the light hand! Will do the Hilary Mantel book as it seems
    you like it – I loved Wolf Hall. Hope you feel much better very soon! xx

  7. December 10, 2012 / 10:15 am

    Mary Loumanizer is one of the best products I’ve bought, and I found it for $10!

  8. Sue
    December 10, 2012 / 6:49 pm

    Get well soon, Ruth, and yeah, I did miss my daily fix! xxx

  9. January 12, 2013 / 10:14 am

    STILL haven’t tried the Dior bronzer or ANYTHING from theBalm, though I’ve heard nothing but good things. I know I will get around to the bronzer eventually (possibly when summertime rolls around again) but I’m not 100% on the highlighter. Oh it’s definitely pretty, but I just recently realized I’ve been acquiring mainly beigy highlighters lately and I think I’d like to get a few gold and amber ones first before getting another beige

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