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 🙂

Recipe: Valentine’s Heart Biscuits

Happy Valentine’s Day you lovely lot!

 

So as today marks the official day of love, I thought that it would only be right to bake some Valentine’s-themed goodies. I’ve given up chocolate for lent (sob) which is proving rather difficult; however, staying strong-willed I decided (forced myself) to make some pretty pink biscuits without the need of chocolate. I was watching Sunday brunch when I saw Will Torrent baking these lovelies with a mixture of raspberry and rose flavourings, so decided to give them a go (he also described them as reminding him of party ring biscuits, which were just the best thing ever).

 

The recipe is fairly simply, however there were a few bits I had to nip out and buy. They’re not essential for making the biscuits, but they definitely add a lovely, delicate flavour. I also changed parts of his recipe slightly depending on what I had and my taste preference.

 

Ingredients:

For the Biscuit:

25g freeze dry raspberries (I only used 10 and this was plenty for me!)

100g icing sugar

200g softened butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon rose water

Zest of half a lemon

2 beaten egg yolks

250g plain flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

A pinch of salt

 

For the Icing:

125g fresh raspberries

400g royal icing sugar (normal is also fine)

 

Method:

  1. To make the biscuit, beat the icing sugar and butter together until pale and light
  2. Add the lemon zest, vanilla extract and rose water. The rose water adds such a lovely taste, which you don’t often get; however use with caution as too much will easily overpower

3. Add the beaten egg yolks a little at a time, beating between each pour

4. Sift in the flour, salt and baking powder, and finally add in the freeze dried raspberries until a soft dough is formed

5. Mould this into a flat circular shape and wrap in cling film. Place in fridge for around an hour to let chill

6. Once chilled, place onto a surface dusted lightly in flour and roll out until the dough has a thickness of just less than a pound coin

7. Cut out heart shapes using a cookie cutter (or any other shape you like!) and place onto a baking tray with greaseproof paper
  
8. Set your oven to 170°C and leave your cut out shapes to chill again for around 10 minutes

9. Place the biscuits in the oven for around 12-14 minutes, or until they start to turn golden at the edges

10. Take out and leave to cool on a cool rack

 

To make the Icing:

  1. Crush and push the raspberries through a sieve into a bowl to remove all seeds, until you end up with a puree

2. Gradually add 300g of the icing sugar until the consistency is that of sticking to the back of a spoon

3. With the remaining icing, add drops of water until you achieve the same consistency as the pink icing. Place this white icing into a piping bag and cut the bottom to reveal a small hole

4. Coat each biscuit in the raspberry icing, following with horizontal lines of white icing. Then, take a tooth pick and drag up and down the lines to give a pretty, waved effect

5. Leave around half an hour before serving to make sure the icing has set

6. Enjoy!

These biscuits were delicious, and the icing really did remind me of the time old classic party ring biscuit in both appearance and taste, so top marks all around!

 

Would love to hear if you give these a go, or if you have any other recipes to share!

 

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

XXXX

 

Review: Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Scrub

I’m sorry for those of you out there who love this product, but I can’t say I do! I bought this in the hope that it would act as a gentle cleanser on my skin to help relive any clogged up pores. But unfortunately, I haven’t got the results I envisioned!

There are a couple of positives that I’ll share with you, but honestly I feel like my spots have worsened in the two days since I started using this product. I realise that a couple of days isn’t that long to trial a product; but, if you have easily reactive skin like mine, you’ll understand that sometimes persistence isn’t the best option!

What it says on the tin….

It’s designed for everyday use as the powerful MicroClear technology and exfoliating micro-beads unclog pores to clean deeply and help eliminate spots and blackheads. The refreshing scrub gently purifies the skin without over drying, while a wave of pink grapefruit uplifts the senses with a burst of invigorating freshness.

The Positives: 

– It smells beautiful. The grapefruit in this product gives it such a lovely fresh smell that made the mornings more bearable.

– The price tag is very reasonable! Although it’s frustrating to spend money on something you’re unlikely to use again, at £4.99 I’m not overly bothered.

– It’s pink!! I know this may sound like an odd reason to like something, but it’s so rare to see a pink beauty product.

The Negatives: 

– I immediately developed tiny spots on my nose, as well as increased oiliness on my T-zone. My skin seems to have reacted with this product, and I can really notice. Not only have I developed more spots, but there is a significant increase in oiliness. As a result I’ve began wearing more make up to try and cover up, which isn’t great in this muggy weather.

– The texture doesn’t feel nice. I prefer exfoliators that have a soothing creamy texture to them, with the individual beads easily distinguished. This wash on the other hand has the same fine consistency, which feels grainy, and actually similar to rubbing fine sand grains against my face.

I’ve heard stories of how good others have found this product, so I’d be really interested to hear anyone else’s thoughts! Unfortunately for my oily/sensitive/combination skin this was not a winner!

X

Thank you for 100 followers: Nails Inc Nail Polish Giveaway!!


 

I am so grateful to all you lovely people who have started following my blog! I haven’t been blogging for long, so it’s great that there’s a small community of you out there supporting me! Since planning this post when I first reached 100, I’ve now gone up to 121 which is even more amazing!!

As a huge thank you I’ve decided to do a small giveaway. If you follow my posts regularly, you will realise how much I love nail polish. So, I thought it was only right to do a nail varnish giveaway!

 

This is a polish from the Nails Inc Nailkale polish range, which is the first superfood nail range made with kale extract to give you stronger, smoother and healthier nails; and, is worth £14. The colour I have chosen is called ‘Regents Park’, and is a fab colour for summer!

To enter just follow these simple steps:

1. Follow my blog if you aren’t already.

2. Like and repost this post.

This competition is open internationally, and closes on Friday 3rd July at 11:59pm GMT. A winner will then be picked at random and told the following day.

Good luck, and thanks again 🙂

Xx

Product Review – MAC Blush in Peachy Keen

 


This is one of my absolute favourite blushes to date! I bought this to wear as a daytime colour, but I’m so in love with it I wear it all the time! 

 

It’s a really pretty, subtle colour as it has a lovely pinky/peachy shimmer to it. It has great coverage yet feels weightless when you wear it, which is great! I apply it in the morning and would only reapply a small amount if I’m going out after work, just to make me look more awake!

 

I’m now on the hunt for a soft nude blush to wear for an upcoming wedding. I think another trip to MAC is needed!!

Pink, Pink To Make The Boys Wink!

 

After going through my make up drawer earlier today, I realised how many lipsticks I actually own that I never wear (oops). It’s surprising how many pink lipsticks I found seeing as I wouldn’t consider myself to be a wearer of pink. So, to show them some love, I’ve chosen four of my favourite colours to show you…

 

  1. Crème Cup by MAC. A bestseller from MAC for a reason! A lovely light pink that will suit any occasion.
  1. Romantic by N07. A beautifully subtle colour to wear that gives your lips a perfect coverage.
  1. Vintage Pink by Rimmel. Such a pretty colour, this is perfect for like me, those with typical ‘English Rose’ colouring.
  1. Pink by Bobbi Brown. If you’re feeling brave this is a fantastic colour. Popping with vibrancy, and super moisturising, Bobbi’s lipstick is a winner for me!


  

Walk Of Shame… (not literally)

 

I wanted to share with you this lip colour by Charlotte Tilbury! This is the first item I’ve bought of her products, and I will definitely be returning. She doesn’t have a huge collection, which I like because it makes choosing a whole lot easier!

(Not my lips, although I wish they were!)

This particular lipstick is called Walk Of Shame, and is a berry tinted rose colour. It’s a really deep colour, and I love it against my pale skin! This is part of the Matte Revolution collection, in which Charlotte has aimed to create a range of 10 lipsticks that are long-lasting, hydrating, and with a buildable formula. They’re enriched with lipstick tree extract which protects lips and acts as a natural anti-oxidant. Plus, there’s orchard extract which soothes and hydrates for a soft, buildable cashmere look.

The colour is so easy to apply, and is so soft with a beautiful smell. I don’t usually wear matte lipsticks, but with this I really don’t feel like I’m wearing matte. You can see from the picture that there is a subtle glitter to this colour, which not only makes your lips look nourished and glowing, but also makes them look a lot fuller, without looking caked on in make up!

 

If you’re not sure whether you’ll like this, go to a counter (I bought mine in Selfridges) and try out some of the colours. The staff are really helpful, and weren’t overbearing, which was very refreshing!
There’s a nude colour called Kissing Hepburn Honey I’d love to get my hands on now!