Monday, 20 October 2014

Professional Beauty 2014

October means one thing for me. PROFESSIONAL BEAUTY comes to Manchester! A chance for beauty aficionados like myself to run wild amongst all my favourite beauty brands ALL under one delightfully pink themed roof.

This year was just as great as other years and I have included a few snaps of some of the sights! I also headed back to Nouveau Lashes and tried LVL Lashes! My natural lashes have been transformed with a lift and tint and I am really happy with the results.

Amy Childs was also there and I have zero idea how she trotted around on her stand in the heels she was wearing!


I had a great day and will definitely heading back next year!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

A Facial at Clarins Selfridges Manchester

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of being treated to a facial by the lovely team over at Clarins in Selfridges Manchester!

I was whisked into the Skin Spa and shown through to a treatment room, seated in possibly the most comfortable chair I have EVER sat on and we discussed my skin. As I have previously mentioned, I suffer with excess grease, some breakouts around the jawline and sometimes random dry patches on the cheeks. Lovely.

The chair then moved back into a BED, and provided me with a light massage to the back. It was absolute bliss! I can't pretend I know what was being done to my face other than the fact it felt like a dream. I really really need to stress how comfortable I was during the treatment - I often find that lying on the usual spa treatment beds can leave me with a sore back afterwards but this chair was seriously so amazing!!!

I was left with brightened skin, feeling really relaxed and in the week post treatment I have noticed that my skin looks much healthier!

If you want a treat to get ready for the festive season then I cannot recommend Clarins Skin Spa enough!

Thank you Clarins :)

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Dinner and Cocktails @ Revolution Manchester


Last night I was very kindly invited to sample the menu at Revolution on the Deansgate Locks in Manchester!

Having checked out the menu before heading down, I thought the menu was really good and catered for all tastes and dietary requirements!

I opted for butterfly prawns to start, a 'skinny burger' with sweet potato wedges for my main and then me and my pal shared salted caramel chocolate fondue for dessert. This was all washed down with a couple of porn star martinis!

I am really impressed with the food and service - my only previous experience of Revolution food has been the party platters, which have always been nice but fairly basic. I think the new menu means that Revolution can be a great option to consider if you want to head out for a bite to eat that doesn't break the bank.

Big thumbs up from me!! :)

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Sweetie Darling: Awesome Treats and Tasty Sweets

www.sweetie-darling.co.uk
Much as people don't like to admit that Christmas is looming fairly soon, it is. So get over it ;)

This little gem of a gift website popped onto my radar earlier this year and I just haven't got round to posting about it (possibly saving such lovely unique gifts for myself?!) but now is the time.

We all have that friend who is pants at saying what they want. When you need to get something cute and quirky then Sweetie Darling is JUST the place.

I have a quite unhealthy obsession with Paris so if I am ever labelled as the awkward friend that is hard to buy for, chances are something with an Eiffel Tower on it will make me a very happy gift recipient.

Go and check it out this afternoon, but apologies for the basket of random things that you may end up with on route to you.. everything is reasonably priced and you will inevitably find things you don't need but just want. And that is A-OK in my book.

Downton Abbey pencils are a MUST have office stationery item don't you know?! :)

Monday, 29 September 2014

Clarins in Selfridges Manchester

A lovely email popped into my inbox a couple of weeks back from the ladies over at Clarins in Selfridges Exchange Square, inviting me in to try out some Clarins products and also to learn a bit more about the brand.

Clarins is obviously a brand I had heard of but not really used much myself, so off I toddled to the stand which is housed in Selfridges Beauty Hall! I did not realise that there is also a Clarins Skin Spa down there offering a range of treatments so I will definitely be back to try that!

I sat down with Jennifer and we ran through my skin woes. For me, it's that I have oily skin but random dryness at times on the cheeks and around the nose area. I am also prone to hormonal breakouts around my jawline. Annoying to say the least.

Jennifer set to work, removing my makeup and gave me a mini facial, talking through what she would recommend for me. I need to be honest now, and admit that I had had one to many gins the night before, AND had gone to circuits class that morning so I literally felt not a care in the world being sat in Selfridges Beauty Hall without a scrap of makeup on on a Saturday. So if you saw me sans make up then I am very sorry, I am sure that was probably not a very pretty sight!!!

The facial was so relaxing and I felt thoroughly spoiled being pampered in such a way. The products were gorgeous and I was also waved off with a very generous gift of some bits and bobs to try! If you need a refresh on your skincare or fancy a treat at the Clarins Skin Spa then definitely pop down to Selfridges as not only are the surroundings and products amazing, Jennifer was really lovely too :)
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