Sunday Tittle Tattle

There’s not a Sunday Tittle Tattle every week, but there must have been a fair few this year. I think that it’s definitely here to stay! It’s quite useful for me to be able to relay little chunks of info and ponderings that I wouldn’t otherwise find space to include – like a weekly purge of my brain onto the webpage. Is there anything you’d like to have more Tittle Tattle on next year? Let me know, I’m always open to suggestions. On with the show…

alpha-h liquid gold

1) This week I have mostly been rejoicing in my return to the wondrous Liquid Gold. Oh, the tingle! Oh, the glowy complexion! I was very worried that I had somehow just imagined the power of the LG and that, after quite a long break, it wouldn’t have any effect on my skin. Worries were unfounded, obviously, and I give Alpha-H’s hero product a humungous thumbs-up once again. I’m still on the Effaclar Duo in the mornings, just to be safe, but using the Liquid Gold every three nights and the serum in between. (Read more about Liquid Gold here and Cult Beauty will ship AMR readers any Alpha-H product for free, worldwide, with the code CULTAH)

cult beauty goody bag

2) If you’re still Christmas shopping (I am. Shameful) then bear this in mind: Cult Beauty have 30 of their brilliant goody bags to give away to A Model Recommends readers when they spend over £40. It includes a DJV Fibrewig Mascara, Aromatherapy Associates Bath & Shower Oil, a Papaya Enzyme Peel and a load of other little goodies! If you want me to sort all of your main presents in one swoop then attention, s’il vous plait:

For him; the bed of nails. Mr AMR swears by it to cure just about every ailment, and he has many imagined ailments. You can find it here.

For her, you can’t beat a NEOM candle. The little treatment ones are £15, last for ages and fill the room with gorgeous, gorgeous scent. There are a few types to choose from, I like the zingy Invigorating but others may appreciate the more relaxing versions… You can find them here.

For him or her, you can’t go wrong with Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 fragrance. It’s sex in a bottle. A very few people have said that they can’t smell it, but most report back on its wondrous ability to change according to each and every wearer. It’s £38 with a travel box, see here.

To claim your free goody bag just use the code “CULTXMAS” at Cult Beauty

3) ASOS have a flash sale on today until noon tomorrow – 60% off women’s gifts! I’m writing this in advance, but hope that this flash sale includes Paul & Joe Beauty. If it does, things could get very dangerous for my AMEX card!

model recipes

4) Thank you for your salad dressing suggestions in last week’s Sunday Tittle Tattle. Very much appreciated and I shall be trying them out over the holidays! That’s when I’m NOT IN MIAMI! Had I mentioned Miami? No? I won’t go on about it too much lest I make some of you jealous…


5) I’m going to Miami for New Year! Mr AMR and I, after years and years of promising to go away over the Christmas break, have finally gone and booked ourselves a (hopefully) sunny trip to the States. We both absolutely love going to America and have done a massive road-trip before (Mr AMR a number of times) but on this occasion we’ll just be pootling about the Keys and eating lots of food. Suggestions for places to eat and things to do may be submitted in the comments section below! I will heartily take them on board!

6) Have I mentioned that I’m off to Miami? I’m going to Miami! Please see below for the song that has been in my head for the last two weeks and enjoy the rest of your Sunday!


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  1. Caroline
    December 16, 2012 / 7:02 am

    Any ideas as why cultbeauty won’t ship Escentric Molecules to Italy? :(

    Have a lovely sunday

    • Caroline
      December 16, 2012 / 7:07 am

      *any ideas why, oops

    • RuthCrilly
      December 16, 2012 / 2:24 pm

      Don’t know….they are always excluded from offers on there too… x

  2. Maggie
    December 16, 2012 / 9:06 am

    Much as it pains me to say it as obviously I love AMR, try not to work while you are on holiday in Miami. You post so loyally and so much great content all year, you deserve a proper break! Enjoy! I’m just back from Barbados- makes such a difference to get some sun. Sets you up for the long, dark winter ahead. Mxox

    • RuthCrilly
      December 16, 2012 / 2:24 pm

      I will TRY, but it’s so difficult not too – there’s always something needs doing! x

  3. MissLuxe74
    December 16, 2012 / 9:11 am

    Hi Ruth, I love America to and especially Miami and the Keys. It will be our fourth time next year but this one will be pretty special as its part of our honeymoon, YAY! If they still serve it you have to try the scallops at Blue Heaven in Key West, out of this world! And beer and wings at Kelly’s bar in KW, actually Kelly McGillis bar, really good atmosphere and the bar top is made from an aero plane wing. Sorry to rattle on but I did say I love the place.
    Have an amazing time!!!

    • RuthCrilly
      December 16, 2012 / 2:23 pm

      Excellent, thank you so much! xx

  4. Indi
    December 16, 2012 / 9:16 am

    Hi Ruth,
    I do so love your site and I would look forward to more Sunday Tittle Tattle in 2013! Perhaps you could do a total look of the week each week, whether it be for a casual day, casting or date night. Also as you seem to travel a fair bit could you review your favourite hotel product finds? This year I discovered Penhalligon’s Quercus after staying at The Langham in London and my husband and I became totally obsessed with it (clearing out all the products before the room was made up!) Also I don’t think you have ever reviewed Aesop products and they are amazing! In particular the body moisturisers which smell divine and the exfoliants. Every store is designed differently to reflect the area they are in, so whever you are in the world it is worth checking them out. Happy travels (and shopping) in Miami!

    • Indi
      December 16, 2012 / 9:19 am

      That was meant to be Penhaligons!

    • RuthCrilly
      December 16, 2012 / 2:23 pm

      I will check them out! xx

  5. Renee
    December 16, 2012 / 11:02 am

    When in Miami – make sure to try the Café Con Leche, the Cuban coffee. It’s brilliant! And I recommend Maoz – a great vegetarian falafel place downtown.

    • RuthCrilly
      December 16, 2012 / 2:23 pm

      Will do! xx

  6. Becky
    December 16, 2012 / 11:13 am

    Oh god. You fiendish enabler you! Farewell £40, hello free gift!
    Money well spent though, as I have been dying to try out Kai perfume oil and haven’t found samples anywhere, and also that Bliss mask, and the bath oil…and lip venom…ok I’ve justified it to myself! And anyway, I desperately needed new concealer, bought one by RMS beauty plus some other bits I actually needed for myself! Like deodorant, and tea tree oil. Nothing too frivolous. I behaved. Phew.
    Love your Sunday tittle tattle, have a wonderful time in Miami! x

    • RuthCrilly
      December 16, 2012 / 2:23 pm

      Oooh, have wanted to try that RMS one for ages! Let me know how it is x

  7. Charlie
    December 16, 2012 / 12:04 pm

    Thanks for the free gift code, been wanting to try molecule 01 for a while and that just the little push i needed. I’m a sucker for a free gift. Whilst in Miami try the Front Porch Cafe for breakfast/brunch. Its on Ocean Drive in South Beach.

    • RuthCrilly
      December 16, 2012 / 2:22 pm

      Thank you, added to the list! x

  8. Tan
    December 16, 2012 / 12:05 pm

    oh gosh oh gosh…. just splurged on cult to get the goodie bag. my back account now has a frowny face.

  9. Gaya
    December 16, 2012 / 2:14 pm

    Havent’t finished reading your post yet and I already am on asos and culbeauty. Ruth, you should be on the wanted list of bankers. ;)
    Well, you’re on my favorite list though. Thank you for the info, as always. XX

    • RuthCrilly
      December 16, 2012 / 2:22 pm

      I’m on there about ten times a day! It’s an illness! x

  10. December 16, 2012 / 3:15 pm

    LOL! You want to go to Miami for Christmas and I want to go to London for Christmas…one of these days it WILL happen! Have fun!

    • RuthCrilly
      December 16, 2012 / 11:10 pm

      Ha! x

  11. Andrea
    December 16, 2012 / 3:58 pm

    Ruth, you have to visit Coral Castle while in Miami. I’m kind of a science geek who loves makeup and beauty so it might not be your thing but google it to learn more. Thanks for the cult beauty tips!

  12. Jess
    December 16, 2012 / 4:02 pm

    That’s so weird, I’m off to Miami too! Do you mind me asking when you fly out?

    • RuthCrilly
      December 16, 2012 / 11:10 pm

      30th x

  13. Em
    December 16, 2012 / 4:49 pm

    If you end up going to the everglades (which you should!) be sure to try Camellia Street Grill in Everglade City, looks like a dive but the food/seafood is amazing and amazingly fresh. Also, check out Canadian export Gee Beauty in Bal Harbour, oh so chic!

  14. December 16, 2012 / 4:50 pm

    I love NEOM candles and Miami seems so perfect for you and the boyfriend

  15. Liz
    December 16, 2012 / 6:10 pm

    You HAVE to check out the art deco hotels and other buildings around Miami! Also, if at all possible, check out Hemingway’s Home in Key West. There’s polydactyl cats!

  16. December 16, 2012 / 6:27 pm

    hi ruth, ive been reading your posts and watching your videos for a very long time now but am still confused on to who Mr.AMR is? have a great holiday in Miami! and thankyou for the free goody bag x x

    • Madii
      December 17, 2012 / 9:17 am

      Mr. AMR is Mr. A Model Recommends – Ruth’s mysterious husband :)

      • December 19, 2012 / 3:59 pm

        ok thankyou, very mysteriously hidden away. Ive never seen a picture or any video of him x x

  17. LouLou
    December 16, 2012 / 7:47 pm

    For the most amazing steak there is only one place in Miami – Smith & Wollensky

  18. Jenny
    December 16, 2012 / 9:08 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    I have been to Florida Keys so I will leave some suggestions for you!

    Duck Key, FL has a resort called Hawks Cay. Great place to stay. and was accessible to everything. Also has a dolphin pool in hotel, and a Dolphin Center nearby where you can swim with them.

    Westin off of Key West, FL is also another great place to stay.

    Food wise:

    La Trattoria- great Italian place on Duval street (which is the party part of Key West) has amazing food! They had the best gnocchi ive ever had.

    Better than Sex- in Key West, FL. Its a dessert place which is completely dark and very little lighting. Its so much fun if your a couple! They give you menus which you read under flashlights, and you order desserts! Its all about chocolate :). Must check this out for the experience.

    Have fun!

  19. ashley
    December 16, 2012 / 10:58 pm

    Is there a difference in the dark bottle of alpha h liquid gold and the white bottle?

    • RuthCrilly
      December 16, 2012 / 11:10 pm

      Just new packaging x

      • Ashley
        December 19, 2012 / 5:46 am

        Thanks! Happy holidays!

  20. Hannah
    December 16, 2012 / 11:28 pm

    While in Miami, you should definitely get some Cuban food! I don’t have a particular place to recommend… every time I’m in Miami I eat in a different restaurant in Calle Ocho and every place I’ve tried has been delicious! Also, just walking around South Beach is gorgeous… Enjoy!

  21. disqus_o9vcQ1dmBg
    December 17, 2012 / 3:54 am

    Hi Ruth, I’m currently holidaying in Miami with my best mates & you have to try these restaurants!

    Doraku on Lincoln
    Prime 112 on South Beach
    Zuma at Epic

    Gee Beauty at Bal Harbour carries Rodin oil that every model is harping on about, & Tata Harper as well.

    Have fun! The sun is absolutely wonderful! x

  22. December 17, 2012 / 3:20 pm

    hi ruth, need some advice! i just purchased an alpha h set with the Micro Cleanse, Liquid Gold Smoothing & Perfecting Mask and the Triple Action Cleanser. I know you’re supposed to use them in different frequencies a week, but can I use them altogether at once for a night? For example, using the Triple Action Cleanser and the Liquid Gold Mask together?

  23. tilly
    December 17, 2012 / 4:05 pm

    hi, can you let me know what shade you are currently using in by terry cover expert foundation. is this shade similar to the givenchy foundation in shade 4?
    thank you

  24. beautyrx1
    December 18, 2012 / 2:30 am

    Definitely go to the Sunset Show in Key West. Most gorgeous sunsets I’ve ever seen! The street performers are cool to watch too! Gotta go to The Point (southern most point in the continental US) and rent some mopeds. Hemingway’s house is there too which is cool. There are like a million kitties there (some kind of genetic similarity among them because they were all decendents of his cat that only had three toes (or something like that). Have a great time!

  25. Sarah A
    December 19, 2012 / 12:25 am

    what are your thoughts on the 200ml size of liquid gold? Do you think it is possible to use it all up before it goes bad?

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