Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Paul Mitchell Blogger Event

Last Wednesday I headed along to Glasgow's Malmasion Hotel with my new blogger pals to attend a Paul Mitchell blogger event. The purpose of the event was for the brand to showcase their Christmas gift selection. When we arrived we were greeted by the brand representative, Sarah and enjoyed cocktails, mini burgers and chips. After getting to know some of the other bloggers, Sarah told us about the brand and talked us through the gift guide.
Scottish born Paul Mitchell founded the cruelty free, salon professional brand in the 1980s.  The brand now sells worldwide, offering over 150 different products.
The Christmas gift guide offers a wide range of gifts from as little as £8.50 to £70. One of the gift sets that really stood out to me was the Tea Tree Plant Me range £27.50. The range comes in 3 Tea Tree flavours Tea Tree, Lavender Mint and Lemon Sage. Each set contains shampoo, conditioner and either (depending on set) gel, body bar or body wash. The wrapping around the gift set is made from seeded paper and will grow into daisy's. Love it!!! Paul Mitchell even offers a range for pets with the Santa Paws gift set £15.
Before we left, Sarah let us choose a gift set take away with us. With me being a blondie, I went for It's Always A Blonde Moment which included shampoo, conditioner and dramatic repair (£36). I also picked up a gift set from the men's range for my man. He would kill me for saying this, but he owns more hair products than me so I knew he would appreciate the Mitch Clean Sweep Cocktail set (£20).
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For more information on the products and Salon Stockists see website
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Saturday, 19 October 2013

Beauty Advent Calendars 2013

I'm not going to lie, I am 30 years old and I still love an advent calendar!! What could be better than a calendar full of chocolate............ a calendar full of beauty products!! I already have my name on the list for the Benefit beauty advent calendar. For one day only (the 2nd November) these will be on sale in Debenhams for £50. The Benefit girl told me they were exclusive to Debenhams, with only 50 available in selected stores and the contents are worth £130. I don't want to spoil the surprise of what it contains so here is wee peak of what the calendar looks like.


Benefit

If you are looking for a less expensive beauty advent calendar then check out Boots Beauty Advent Calendar. For £30 you will find a selection of miniature and full- sized products from Boots favourite beauty brands.

Boots

And if you fancy splurging then check out Selfridges Christmas advent calendar. For £84 you will find luxury brands such as Viktor & Rolf, Yves Saint Laurent, Kiehl's, Armani and LancĂ´me. I would love this one but it's slightly out of my budget. I am still trying to justify spending £50 on the Benefit calendar.

Selfridges


Will you be buying a beauty advent calendar this year?



Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Magazine Beauty Feature

A few months ago I was asked to provide a full page beauty feature in the Autumn/Winter magazine for the St Enoch Centre. As this was such a great opportunity I jumped at the chance.

I was given a budget to purchase the products and wrote a step by step guide on how to re-create the look. I was then provided with a professional photographer to take a before and after photo for the magazine. I have to admit, I was absolutely dreading having my photo taken without my make-up on but the picture wasn't as bad as I expected.

The Products I Used


Chanel CC Cream, £41, Debenhams / Urban Decay Naked Basics Eye Shadow Palette, £20, / Debenhams St Tropez Skin Illuminator, £12,Debenhams / Illamasque Cream Blusher in Devour, £18, Debenhams / Benefit Fake Up Concealer, £18.50, Boots / Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara, £10.99 Boots /L'Oreal Brow Artist in Blonde, £5.99, Boots / Batiste Dry Shampoo, Wild, £2.99 Boots / Extra Virgin Minerals, Loose Powder Foundation in Golden Beige, £15, The Body Shop / Strawberry Eau De Toilette, £8.50, The Body Shop / Clear Flavoured Lip Gloss in mint, £7, The Body Shop

Before and After

Before
 
After
How I Created the Look

Base
For my base, I used Chanel CC Cream.  I applied a small amount using my fingertips to blend in.  I then applied Extra Virgin Minerals, Loose Powder Foundation with a brush to smooth out my complexion.  I concealed my under eye area with Benefit Fake Up Concealer and to finish off, I applied St Tropez Skin Illuminator to my cheekbones for luminous skin.

Eyes
I kept my eyes neutral with the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette. Using an eyeshadow brush I applied a light eyeshadow all over the eyelid, up to my eyebrow then a slightly darker shade along the crease and the socket of the eye.  I used an angled brush and the black eyeshadow to draw along the lash line and below my lower lashes.  I finished off my eyes by applying a few coats of Max Factor False Lash Effect, Waterproof Mascara to my lashes.

Brows
To define my brows I used L'Oreal Super Liner Brow Artist. This 3 in 1 pencil can be used in 3 ways. I used the coloured pencil to draw and intensify, the brush to shape the arch and the wax to fix my brow.

Cheeks/Lips
To finish off the look I used Illamasque Cream Blusher in Devour on both my lips and cheeks. I applied a small amount and blended with my fingertips then applied clear lip gloss along my lips for a glossy finish.

Hair
My hair was styled by Regis salon and to add extra volume I sprayed Batiste Dry Shampoo (£2.99 Boots) to my roots and massaged in with my fingertips.


The Magazine Page


A copy of the magazine is free in the St Enoch Centre and it also features a competition to win all the products I picked to create the look.
 
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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

FABB Glasgow

On Saturday afternoon I attended FABB Glasgow which is an event that brings bloggers and brands together. FABB Events is organised by two bloggers Tor and Ray. I almost never went to the event as I was unsure about going alone but after seeing many fellow bloggers tweeting about attending the event, I purchased a ticket and arranged to meet a group of bloggers in Central Station.

The event was held in Italian restaurant Fanelli's in Merchant Square which was a fantastic venue as it was held upstairs over looking the square. There were many brands at the event who had set up tables with their latest products and then talked us through them. I think I left with a goodie bag from just about every table. We were well and truly spoilt. I browsed the tables, talked to brands and fellow bloggers, stuffed my face with cupcakes and had nails done by the very talented Tammy from DIY Nails.

There were a few brands in particular that stood out to me and they were Cocoa Brown and Beauty Kitchen. Cocoa Brown is the No1 selling tan in Ireland and is really starting to take off in the UK. I have wanted to try this tan for ages so was very excited to see them at the event and very happy to take home a goodie bag full of products. Beauty Kitchen a Glasgow based company in the Merchant City, sells freshly handmade products made from 100% natural ingredients. We were treated to goodie bag that contained Himalayan Salt & Honey Body Scrub, (which is amazing btw) a fizz bomb and a voucher to for the 2 hour beauty experience session where we can learn how to make our own beauty product.

Other brands at the event were Lush, Mallzee, Appointed, Crystal Clear and The Pokey Hat.

As well as having an opportunity to be introduced to these brands I met bloggers whose blogs I already read and discovered some new blogs to read. These were:

Maisy MeowGlasgow Fashion GirlFabuglossLynnie Bop, Behind These Closed EyesScott Nothing To Do With You, and Frocks and Fairycakes

FABB Cupcakes

Goodie Bags

DIY Nails

Beauty Kitchen

FABB Glasgow

DIY Nails
It was a great afternoon and I really hope more events like this come to Glasgow. My favourite part of the day was meeting fellow bloggers.

Feel free to leave links to your FABB Glasgow post as I would love to read them all.










Sunday, 6 October 2013

St Enoch Centre, 3D Body Scanner

If you are regular reader of my blog then you will know on Friday I was invited down to the St Enoch Centre to try out the 3D body scanner which was in the Centre over the weekend.  As I mentioned in my previous post, the 3D scanner uses state-of-the-art technology to tell you the shape and measurement of your body. Once my body shape was determined there was a stylist on hand to advise me how best to dress for my shape. Here is the result:


The 3D body scanner told me I had a full hourglass figure and should be wearing more fitted, tailored styles that show off my curves and enhance my small waist. I was pleased to hear this as that is the style I tend to go for myself. I was then set a challenge where I was given a £100 gift card to spend in the shopping centre, buying an outfit based on the results of the scanner.
What to Wear for a Full Hourglass
Neat shapes and lines which follow my body line, lower necklines,  half or full length sleeves, tailored skirts and jackets.
What not Wear for a Full Hourglass
Large, baggy, shapeless and fussy clothing.
So I took to the shops bearing in mind the above advice and purchased...............

1. Dress, £22 Dorothy Perkins 2. Blazer, £47 Miss Selfridge* 3. Dress, £29 Topshop*

I went for this look as I thought the tailored jacket would work both day and night with both dresses. The first dress being ideal for work and the second for night out on the town.
*Both Topshop and Miss Selfridge are concessions which can be found within Debenhams.

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