Madrid: Highlights

I've just returned from a long weekend in Madrid with my boyfriend and it has quickly become one of my favourite cities in Europe. From lively tapas bars to stunning architecture, I can't recommend it highly enough.

So if you're planning a visit here is my list of things to do...

1. Mercado de San Miguel - This beautiful indoor market is packed with tapas bars offering a wide variety of treats. Grab a glass of prosecco for just three euros and weave your way through the bustling crowds for some of the best tapas in Madrid. Don't miss the langoustine croquettes and the scallops au gratin.

2. The Royal Palace and Almudena Cathedral - Situated next door to each other these historical buildings are well worth a visit. The modern multi-coloured ceiling panels of the cathedral set it apart from any other I have visited. 

3. El Retiro Park - Possibly the most beautiful spot in Madrid, this impressive park is home to rose gardens, marble sculptures and a peaceful rowing lake. We were lucky enough to visit on a Sunday afternoon as the sun was setting through the trees.

4. Chocolateria San Gines - You have to try churros con chocolate whilst you're in Madrid and this is the place to do it. We queued outside the doors of this famous cafe at 1 o'clock in the morning and the slightly salty crispy batter dipped in dark chocolate didn't disappoint. 

5. Sephora - Back to work... I always visit Sephora when I get the chance, it's home to all my favourite brands as well as their own line of makeup and tools. I picked up some kit essentials including brushes, blotting sheets and empty palettes. I just wish they would (re)open their doors in London!

Scroll through the gallery below to see what I bought...

Superfood Shampoo

I've never been a fan of Spirulina in my smoothies, lets be honest it tastes disgusting.  So when I discovered my hair could reap all the benefits of this sickly superfood without actually consuming it I began stockpiling Bumble and bumble Seaweed Shampoo & Conditioner. The mild, moisturising formula uses spirulina extract to nourish hair, add shine and supposedly stimulate growth (the jury's out on the latter).  So whilst I'm not boosting energy levels or encouraging weight loss I am doing my bit for beautification by feeding my hair with this nutrient packed superfood.

Bumble and bumble Seaweed Shampoo & Conditioner available at Space NK.

Five Minute Makeup: Smoky Eyes

Only a few minutes to get ready? Try this seasons smouldering smoky eye seen on the runway at Roberto Cavalli. With three super simple steps you'll have time left over to tousle your tresses...

Step 1. Apply Mac Smoulder Eye Kohl to your waterline, an all time favourite of mine this liner is unbeatable in terms of intensity.

Step 2. Using Mac 214 Short Shader Brush smudge Bobbi Brown Thunderstorm Gel Sparkle along your lower lash line - the creamy formula will prevent any glitter fall out so no need to have cotton buds at the ready. 

Step 3. This look requires LOTS of mascara. With clumpy lashes back in fashion layer on Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara

TOP TIP: This is not supposed to be a graphic look so don't waste your time on clean lines. The smudgier, the sexier!

Get the Look: Country & Town House

For the November issue of Country & Town House magazine we shot a 10 page jewellery & watches special in the penthouse suite at The Connaught Hotel. With one Boodles necklace alone costing over half million pounds we were joined on set by nine security guards.

That Boodles necklace...

Coco wears Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation.

My makeup brief... to match the glitz and glamour of the jewels. For this I turned to MAC Cosmetics Black Tied Eyeshadow, a highly pigmented black with a silver sparkle that delivers shimmering smoky eyes. To complete the look I layered on my favourite Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl Eyeliner and lashings of mascara.

To get the look at home here is the full product list...

From L to R: Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation, Mac Cometics Black Tied Eyeshadow, Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl Eyeliner, Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara, Charlotte Tilbury Nude Kate Lipstick.