Happy Birthday to Me & Vogue!

Happy Sunday everyone!

I’ve just received a notification from WordPress saying ‘Happy One Year Anniversary’ which has shocked and quite frankly scared me! I really cannot believe where that year has gone….

Another big birthday I’m sure a lot of you will be aware of (and that possibly out does my blog’s first birthday) is the big 100 for Vogue which is extremely exciting. London is awash with past Vogue covers, with everyone from retailers to restaurants to arcades celebrating this momentous occasion with gorgeous displays. Amongst some of the celebrations there was the Vogue 100 exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery which was fantastic but has sadly closed now! And over this weekend, the Vogue Festival is taking place; which, I was lucky enough to attend yesterday!

When you imagine a tent in the middle of a park, scarring memories of a damp-ridden, cold Glastonbury tent come streaming back; but oh no, not at Vogue! Nestled within Kensington Gardens is the most beautifully white structured tent that is as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside. Upon entering, you’re welcomed by a hallway of past Vogue covers where it was selfies galore! The hall itself was a gorgeously bright, open plan room, where the clear roof gave a lovely natural quality to the space. Within it, there was a space where style and beauty talks took place; an extremely popular pop-up shop where exclusive items were being sold alongside a counter for book signings and t.shirt personalisations. I knew I was in a Vogue wonderland when the portaloos were constructed of a beautiful wood laden with Elemis products to cleanse and moisturise your hands before stepping out back into the madness!

Walking through, I then entered my heaven – the beauty hall. If you read my blog regularly you’ll have seen when I visited the Glamour Beauty Awards, and it was reminiscent of that. The stands you were able to pamper and preen yourself to perfection at were: Jo Malone, Bobbi Brown, Tom Ford alongside a Kerastase braid bar and a nails bar which sadly my shellac meant I couldn’t visit! I took full advantage of the offering visiting all (bar the nails bar) and had a great time! I even got to have a one to one with Bobbi Brown make up artist Hannah Martin which was so exciting where she shared some great tips and tricks of the trade!

I then signed up to a beauty masterclass of ‘How To Launch Your Beauty Idea’ with leading industry experts which was so much more interesting and useful than I had imagined! I scribbled note after note whilst listing to Annalise Fard, Director of Home & Beauty at Harrods. Marcia Kilgore, founder of Bliss & Soap & Glory amongst other things! Kathy Phillips, founder of This Works. Anna-Marie Solowij, founder of Beauty Mart and Vogue Beauty Director, Nicola Moulton. There were other talks throughout the day which involved the likes of Kim Kardashian (amazing!), Charlotte Tilbury, Lisa Eldridge, Alexa Chung and many more!

It really was a great day where not only did I get to pamper myself, but I really did learn a lot that I hope will stand my in good stead for where I hope to be in the beauty industry! If any of you lovely lot were there I’d love to know what you thought!

Thanks for reading! X

The Bloggers Market

  

On Saturday I headed down to the Hoxton hotel in Holburn where a group of lovely bloggers were holding ‘The Bloggers Market’. They Invited fans along to go and shop some of their wardrobes alongside being fed up by the fab baker blogger Afternoon Crumbs, whose cakes and biscuits were delicious! There were lots of other exciting treats to tempt you, as well as a fab room put together by Oliver Bonus, where you could snap your purchases alongside home bits from Oliver Bonus. As part of a competition to win a hamper packed full of Oliver Bonus goodies, we were asked to tag a picture on Instagram of either our purchases on the day or the delicious treats on offer. The below pictures were taken in this particular area….

   
    

  
     
How pretty is the bag! 
I went along in the morning, so missed the mini beauty treatments and caligrahpy which was a shame, but I had a great time anyway when I went, and came away with two pairs of shoes (which I love!) I took a few pictures when I was there, so enjoy! 

   
    
   

June Favourites!

 

I realise that this is a very common post amongst bloggers now, but I thought why not jump on the bandwagon and show you all a few of my favourite discoveries from June!

Firstly, I just had to include these silk cami pyjamas as my background for this post, as they are my new favourite things!! They are the perfect summer pyjamas, as they are so light and cooling on hot summer nights, as well as being super comfortable and so soft against your skin! I also love that they have a gorgeously delicate pastel floral print. I am the biggest fan of the Rosie for Autograph range as not only are they beautiful pieces, but they are without doubt the most comfortable things around! Marks and Spencer triumphs again! There are so many amazing patterns that reflect seasonal changes; from silky underwear sets to cotton pyjamas to the most amazingly fluffy dressing gowns. If you haven’t tried anything from this range, I seriously recommend you do!

 

This Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water is the perfect cooling remedy for all of this hot weather we’ve been experiencing recently in the UK! I definitely am not complaining, but it would be a lot nicer to have a swimming pool, or the sea nearby to cool down. (Being slap bang in the middle has its disadvantages when it’s so hot). So, in my quest to cool down I found this amazing cooling spray by Avène. It gives the most amazingly light water spray, which not only acts to cool you down, but also helps to hydrate and refresh your hot and bothered skin. I lay in bed spraying mine over me last night, and it was heavenly! As it’s essentially composed of water, this is amazing for all skin types as it basically acts to soothe the skin, so is a must have for anyone!

 

I’m not really sure why I stopped using this Benefit eye brightening product, but it really is amazing at doing what it says on the tin. I’ve been really run down recently, which always is reflected in my eyes; so, I needed a product that would help to lift and freshen my eye area, even when I’ve not been feeling so fresh myself! I use this on the inner corner of my eyes, and then cover with a reflecting shadow (I love using Bobbi Brown’s shimmer brick). I also apply on the arch of my brows to give them extra lift, and sometimes on the water line of my lower lashes to really help open my eyes up. This product is called Eye Bright for a reason – it really does leave your eyes looking brighter and more awake!

 

I have always been the biggest fan of Aussie hair care, so when I realised they had released a ‘Shower Smoothie’ shower gel I HAD to have it! There are so many things I love about this product from the amazing macadamia nut oil scent, to the luxurious consistency; to the product actually being a subtle purple colour- amazing! For a few minutes every morning, I feel almost like I am back in Australia…. If only!

 

I’d been eyeing up this Lancome Hypnôse Eye Artistry Collection Hypnôse Palette in Star Eyes for a while because of the beautiful colours, so I decided to treat myself! I was looking for a small set to take away with me that had similar colours to my Naked 2 palette, and stumbled across this. There are four gorgeous metallic colours, with a pinky undertone, which I find works really well to take you from daytime through to the evening. There are two handy mini applicator brushes and mirror inside the compact, which makes it even more ideal for carrying around. I can’t really find anything I don’t like about this product!

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Showing Off My Summer Toes

 

So you may have seen my post recently about this amazingly bright Revlon nail varnish that I am slightly obsessed with…. I won’t ramble on about how much I love it AGAIN, but you can take a read of my post here

 

I went sale shopping recently, and found the perfect sandals to accompany my bright toes! These beauties are the Iris Snake Skin Sandals from Kurt Geiger and not only are they super comfortable, but are now £49 compared to their original price of £85! The neutral colour scheme is great because I can throw them on, knowing they’ll go with anything! I also love that the snakeskin/zebra type pattern gives them a different twist!

These will definitely be first in my case for my summer holiday!
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