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 Future of Beauty Event

 

  
On Wednesday evening after work I made my way to Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge for a night filled with nibbles, bubbles and beauty – aka all of my dreams rolled into one! They were hosting ‘The Future of Beauty’ in association with Marie Claire, where there was the opportunity to attend a variety of talks as well as testing out various products and speaking to professionals at the make up counters. There was also an AMAZING goody bag, but I’ll talk about that later!

I sadly had to work during the day, otherwise I would have happily spent the whole day there. However I managed to see a demonstration of the new Nails Inc spray on nail polish, Giorgio Armarni foundation master class and a talk by make up and skin care industry experts.

 

The Nails Inc spray on nail varnish looked amazing! You basically spray on your fingers, wash under the tap and they’re ready! To then really tidy up the technician went around with a nail corrector pen. The effect was great and they looked really professionally done; apparently they only last a couple of days, but with how indecisive I am I would be ready to change my colour after two or three days anyway! I’ll definitely be buying this product so watch this space for a review!

 

 The class after that was by Vanessa D’Ambrossio Make Up Artist for Emporio Armani. She showed us how to create two looks; a natural and a more done up look using both new and older products from their collection. The foundations all looked great, and the reason I actually went was because I’m interested in investing in one. After payday I’m going to head down to a counter for some advice on the the best one for my skin! It was also great to get some of her top tips for make up application as well as skin care (as she is one of the top make up artists for the brand!).

 

The final talk was by Mary Greenwell, Fluer Deforce and two skin doctors. They offered some great personal and industry advice, which for a beauty fanatic and some one who simply wants to look after their skin, it was both interesting and extremely useful. It seems like natural skin care is the way forward, as well as all these amazing masques and peels that seem to be dominating the beauty sphere!

 

As part of the event I also received this fantastic beauty bag which I was giddy to open and look inside! I won’t go into every product as I’ll be doing reviews on these, but I was definitely most excited by the Rodial Dragons Blood under eye mask as I’ve been wanting to test this range for a while now. I cannot wait to use this so keep posted for my review!!

Were you there? Would love to hear how the other talks were!

Thanks for reading 🙂

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The Glamour Beauty Festival 

 
Yesterday I headed to what can only be described as a paradise. The Glamour Beauty Festival. The event runs all weekend, with brands from Rimmel to Liz Earle there with their own section offering amazing free treatments as well as great advice (I particularly enjoyed seeing how to really conceal my black under eye bags that you may have heard me moan about before…)

 The festival was held at the Saatchi Gallery, which admittedly I’d never been to (but definitely will be going back), where the aroma of beauty obsessives filled the gallery. There were four main sections; hair, make up, skin care and nails, where brands were set up ready to pamper and preen to perfection! I tried to get around as many as possible, but there was so much choice I just couldn’t!

 


 

In the makeup section I first headed to Laura Mercier where an artist showed me how to conceal my under eyes as well as any other areas of concern. I bought this little pot of magic, which amazingly concealed my sins from my work drinks the night before.

 I then headed to the Nars counter where I was shown how to properly highlight, contour and apply blush…


They developed this exclusive colour called Goule for the event which I absolutely loved, and so felt it was rude not to buy it….

After that, I headed to the skincare section. Balance Me were offering an amazing skin assessment service. I put my head into this box with curtains where there was a blue UV-type light with a small mirror.


The specialist then looked in from the other side to assess my skin. I had this done years ago before I underwent treatment for blemishes, so it really was amazing to see the difference it had made to my skin! The only issue she could see, which she said everyone would have, is the dehydration on my under eyes *grabs for water*. They had a pick and mix type shop, where 3 sample sized products were £10, so I bought….

I then headed over to Elizabeth Arden, where I had this amazing treatment which I sadly can’t remember or find the name of (if you can help please let me know!). It essentially looked like a mini spray tan applicator, which she filled with vitamins and sprayed over my skin. She then went back over when there was purely air pressure to massage the product in. It was supposed to be a ‘Madonna effect’, which for the rest of the day, my skin really did glow. I have to also say that on a slight hangover, this was the most amazing treatment! It was so soothing and refreshing that I asked her to do it again! She said they offer a 15 minute treatment for £15, so I would definitely pay for another.

They were the only treatments I had as the queues were fairly long, but I loved spending time just mooching around looking at products.

 

 

As part of the ticket you could also choose a talk to attend. I went to one where Jo Malone, Liz Earle and Thea Green (founder of Nails Inc) were talking about how they started and grew their businesses. It was so interesting and actually really empowering to hear about their journeys. Also, Liz’s skin was literally glowing from around 5 metres away, so I am SO excited to try the hot cloth cleanse and polish. Yes I finally have it!

Now for the best part, another perk of your ticket was that you received a goody bag full of amazing products (a lot full sized!). These are the fab things I received….

So stay posted as I’ll be posting a few product reviews of the great products I discovered at the event!

Would love to hear if anyone else was there and what they tried!

Thanks for reading 🙂

My Lush Trip – Literally! 

 

After reading great review after great review of Lush products, I somehow found myself in there the other night. I have bought from Lush before, but the fantastic feedback I’d been reading made me realise that I needed to take a long overdue trip asap! I work near to Oxford Circus, so I took a stroll to the one on Oxford Street, which, if you haven’t been is amazing!


  

The store itself is huge, with a whole section upstairs dedicated just to bath bombs – I was instantly sold! The staff in there were so lovely, and offered me help in a non-intrusive way which is very refreshing! As well as that the shop itself was so inviting, where I probably spent a good half hour just wondering around and smelling all of the delicious products.

 

How cute are these!

I set myself a budget of £10, which I went over by £1.85 oops!! But I couldn’t resist the gorgeous bath bombs I bought….

 

The first one i picked up was the intergalactic bath bomb. The sales assistant was dissolving it in the display sink, and it was actually the smell that drew me in first! It has such a lovely cooling menthol fragrance, which if you’re like me and love mint, you’ll love this! She also mentioned how the ingredients help those who suffer with headaches and muscle tension. So I was sold! I used this the same night I bought it, and I was not disappointed! First, I loved watching the water turn all shades of blue. There was also a lovely subtle glitter within the bath bomb, which left such a pretty effect on my skin. I was thinking this would be perfect for before a night out when you want to give your skin a glow! Also, I loved breathing in the menthol fragrance as I lay and relaxed in the lovely warm water. It was very soothing, and I could really feel the scent going into my lungs (in a good way – like olbas oil!).

   

The second I picked up was the Rose Bombshell, and the third the Tisty Toasty bath bomb.
I haven’t tried either of these two bath bombs yet, but I’m sure they won’t disappoint! My room smells amazing just from leaving them in there, so I can only imagine what the bath itself will be like! Keep a look out for my reviews of these coming soon 🙂

Thanks for reading! If you have any Lush bath bomb recommendations, I’d love to hear them!

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! 

   
    
   

Clinique Pep-Start Launch Event 

 

Hello you lovely lot!

So tonight I headed down to Clinique in Covent Garden where an event was being held for the launch of the pep-start eye cream. To celebrate, the store was filled with prosecco and cupcakes galore (which was amazing). I was walked through by a lovely team who all donned a gorgeous colour of lipstick, to a Clinique make up artist who miraculously managed to refresh my face after a very long day at work!

 

She used a dark lip liner first (which I can’t remember the name of!) and then the colour ‘Berry Pop’ in the Pop Lip Colour which is slightly lighter, to create an ombré effect on my lips, which I love! She then followed with the pep-start eye cream to brighten the area and then the airbrush concealer to really conceal any dark spots. I have to say I really was impressed by the pep-start! It has a ball-style applicator, where you squeeze a small amount out and then apply to your under eye area using the applicator. It was so soothing as soon as she began applying it, as the cool lotion alongside the smooth circular shape really helped to massage the area. On appearance my eye area really did look instantly refreshed and brighter, which for me is fantastic news!

 

What I also love about this product is that you can use it both on top and under make up. So you can pop it in your bag and top up throughout the day! Unfortunately I’m currently living on a diet of beans until payday, so I didn’t buy then; however, I can safely say I will be going back to invest!

Alex Steinherr, beauty editor of Glamour magazine was there on hand after the mini-makeovers to take a Kardashian-worthy selfie! I’ll let you decide if I’m red carpet ready (St. Tropez is definitely needed!)…

 

Everyone then received a goody bag with some goodies! Mine included a sample of the pep-start eye cream, the chubby stick in Super Strawberry, a sample of the superprimer universal face primer and a packet of jelly beans (which I’m currently sat in bed eating).

 

It was a great event put on by the team at Clinique, and I’m so pleased I went down not only to meet Alex, but also to try this wonder product that I genuinely believe will become my best friend!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Shimmering Down The Catwalk 

  London was awash recently with beautifully long legged creatures and a selection of clothes to rival even Alexa Chung’s wardrobe.

One of my favourite shows was the Mermaid- inspired Sophia Webster show, where the make up look created was the most gorgeous glow, designed to mimic the reflective qualities of the water. The models were dressed to look like mermaids, and they absolutely did. Skin looked beautifully soft as it shimmered in the light, accompanied by soft eyeshadows and lipsticks. Stunning pastel colours were just one of the main attractions, with the footwear being of course the main spectacle of the showcase.

Some of my favourites shots from the show…

  

Make up artists from Benefit created the look which I found so exciting. I love Benefit make up, and to see products in my make up bag feature so heavily in a show was amazing! It’s great to be able to recreate catwalk inspired looks, without having to take out a mortgage! It’s a shame you don’t develop the modelesque legs at the same time…

The mermaid inspired look is a really simple one to copy, just as long as you have a good highlighter to hand. The one used for the Sophia Webster show was this Benefit High Beam (see below), which I use religiously; however, achieving the same effect doesn’t have to be pricey – it’s just finding something that gives your skin a beautiful glow. (In fact drinking a lot of water can help heaps in this!)

This is definitely a trend I’ll be jumping onto the bandwagon of, as glowing skin will always win over the dull days that define winter!

Have you guys given this look a try yet?

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