The Sinking House in Montmartre

March 31, 2018

The Sinking House is located next to Sacré-Cœur on the right (if you're looking at it).  Now before you go out and search for the sinking house in Montmartre you must know that the "sinking house" is, in fact, not sinking at all.  That's right folks.  It's just a camera trick that is quite simple.  Just tilt your camera to the left until the hill is leveled.  Or you can just use the SKRWT app to rotate the image. 



Remember, don't believe everything you see.

EOS Must-Haves and Beauty Hacks

March 16, 2018

If there is one beauty item I must have in my purse it's lip balm.  Yes, I am a lip balm fanatic.  Ask my family and they'll tell you I have a habit of buying different ones.  However, the lip balms I've always adored are the ones from EOS.  I recently partnered up with EOS to share with you my new favorites from their product line that I carry with me and a few beauty hacks to show you their versatility.

My new favorites from EOS
I use lip balm as a primer before I apply lipstick and to keep my lips from getting dry.  I had recently tried three of EOS's lip balms:  Visibly Soft Pure Hydration, Organic Stick, and Crystal.  Honestly, I really love all three and how they make my lips feel.  They've kept my lips soft and nourished.

Visibly Soft Pure Hydration in Neutral flavor
If you want long lasting, intense hydration without any fragrance or flavor, this is it!  It's enriched wtih cocoa and shea butters, plus a blend of moisturizing oils.

Crystal Lip Balm in Hibiscus Peach
It's 100% wax free, vegan, and made with Shea, coconut, avocado, and other natural oils.  Plus, it smells delightful and it's clear as crystal!

Organic Stick in Sweet Mint
Parched lips no more!  This stick is certified organic and packed with vitamin E, shea butter, and jojoba oil.  The Sweet Mint feels cool and soothing on my lips.

Beauty hacks using EOS lip balms
Below are a few ways I use my EOS lip balms aside from using them as a primer for my lips and keeping them hydrated.
  • Taming Flyaway Hairs:  Rub your fingers on the EOS lip balm and apply to the loose strands.
  • Soften Cuticles:  Swipe EOS lip balm over the cuticles
  • Tame Eyebrows:  EOS lip balm can act as a brow gel to keep them in place.
  • Eyeshadow primer:  Use EOS lip balm as a primer to intensify the color and help your eyeshadow stay on longer.
  • Fix makeup:  Take a Q-Tip and rub it on your EOS lip balm and then use the Q-Tip to rub off your makeup mistake.  Dry off the area with the dry end of the Q-Tip.
You can purchase the Crystal Lip Balm, Organic Stick, or Visibly Soft Pure Hydration lip balms by EOS in Target or you can click here for your nearest retailer.  Try them and let me know what you think!

Thanks EOS for sponsoring this post.

Photography Walking Trail: A Scenic Stroll through Montmartre

March 4, 2018

I often get asked for recommendations on various things regarding Paris.  In the subject of photography, I try to geotag my photos on my Instagram account (@ruemargaux) to make it easier for everyone to find the places I photograph.  But sometimes geotag is just not enough, which brings me to the subject of this blog post.

As I was drumming up some topics to discuss on my blog, I thought about my first time in Paris.  I walked for hours and hours discovering as much of the city as I can.  Aside from the typical tourist stuff, I longed to discover the Paris seen by locals, but like many who have come to Paris for the first time, I asked myself "where do I start"?

Recently, I asked many of you following me on Instagram if you would like to see future blog posts of photography walking trails in Paris.  I was happy to receive an overwhelming "yes" vote!  So as promised, today's first photography walking trail post, one of many photography walking trails I plan to post, will take you through Montmartre.  I know many of you will benefit from this guide, but I encourage you to explore Paris on your own to make your own discoveries.

Prior to your walk around Montmartre, I encourage you to read my very first blog post, Exploring Montmartre, for some information on the things you'll see.  Montmartre is situated on a hilltop in the 18th arrondissement.  There are many stairs to climb so keep that in mind.  Take your time and enjoy the views.  Although this guide was created to give you a nice scenic walk that flows nicely, you don't have to follow my photography walking trail to the "T".  And remember you can always take the Funiculaire de Montmartre if you don't feel like taking the stairs to the top of the hill (it is marked on the Google Map below).  This guide starts at the Blanche metro station where you will see Moulin Rouge once you exit the metro.  It will take you through sites like the famous Cafe des Deux Moulins as seen in the movie "Amelie"; the singer, Dalida's home and the bust dedicated to her; Basilique du Sacré-Cœur; and through the historic quaint village of Montmartre.  The trail ends at the Le murs des je t'aime (Wall of Love) near the Abbesses metro station.  Enjoy!

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