Wednesday, 20 June 2018

SALON SUCCESS SUMMER SOIREE

Hair Products, Paul Mitchell, Neuro Style, Grand Pacific
Neuro Style Hair Products
Chandelier
Chandelier, Blogger Event

One of my favourite things about blogging is getting to form relationships with brands and other bloggers. I used to be quite antisocial (as I can be shy around people I don't know) and really struggled with networking. Being able to develop this 'skill' in a friendly and 'safe' setting with people that I know I have common ground with has been invaluable.

I have spoken about Salon Success previously as they very kindly invited me to their #JingleMingle event last year and talked to a group of us from the North West about their new product launches.

Their recent event was held at Grand Pacific in Manchester and was so lovely! Gorgeous food and surroundings and then we learned all about even more product launches and got some treats to take home and try.

I'll report back on each of the items but the new launches include the Mighty Brush from Vogetti, the new heat protection range Neuro, and the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree ranges. I'm so looking forward to trying them out properly and seeing what I think!

Thank you once again for the most lovely evening with my blogger faves 😍
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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

WORLDWIDE FESTIVALS

Paint Powder, Woman, Holi Festival India
Holi Festival India, Woman with Paint Powder
Scenic Shot of Pamplona Spain
Dia De Los Muertos Mexico
Scenic Shot of La Tomatina Spain
Monument in the Moonlight Greece
Image C/O https://greekcitytimes.com/2017/08/06/full-moon-festival-greece/
It's festival season and around the world people are preparing for their local celebrations. There's something for everyone as not all festivals include beer and music!

India

Holi in India (and other locations) is the festival of colour and signifies the victory of good over evil,  the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships.

People smear each other with colours and drench each other. Water guns and water-filled balloons are also used to play and colour each other. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders.

The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and other musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People visit family, friends and foes to throw coloured powders on each other, laugh and gossip, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks.

Spain

Spain are big on the festival front and have La Tomatina and the Running of the Bulls.

La Tomatina is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, a town located in the East of Spain, in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in a tomato fight purely for entertainment purposes. Since 1945 it has been held on the last Wednesday of August, during a week of festivities of Buñol.

The Running of the Bulls is a practice that involves running in front of a small group of cattle, typically six, of the toro bravo breed that have been let loose on a course of a sectioned-off subset of a town's streets.

The most famous running of the bulls is held during the nine-day festival of Sanfermines in honour of Saint Fermin in Pamplona, although they are also traditionally held in other places such as towns and villages across Spain, Portugal, in some cities in Mexico, and Southern France during the summer.

The origin of this event comes from the need to transport the bulls from the fields outside the city, where they were bred, to the bullring, where they would be killed in the evening. During this 'run', youngsters would jump among them to show off their bravado. In Pamplona and other places, the six bulls in the event are still those that will feature in the afternoon bullfight of the same day.

Mexico

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, but in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.

The holiday is sometimes called DĂ­a de los Muertos and it is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a public holiday. 

Greece

Archaeological sites remain open at night during the August Moon Festival, giving visitors the unique opportunity to experience these sacred places bathed in moonlight. Some will even offer outdoor music concerts within the sites – a rare opportunity!

The celebrations usually include at least 106 archaeological sites and museums around Greece which will remain open and offer free admission. 

The full moon festival in August is the only day of the year when visitors can enjoy free admission to participating archaeological sites and museums after sunset, a tradition which began in 1996.

Many of these will absolutely make it on to my bucket list as they look to be the most spectacular sights! I love seeing things that make wonderful memories and I am pretty sure the photographs would be awesome too! Definitely tales to tell the grandkids.

Click here to start making plans....
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Sunday, 10 June 2018

CITRUS SCENTS OF THE SUMMER

Citrus Fruit Oranges
Scentaddict Bottle The Fragrance ShopScent Addict, The Fragrance Shop
A lovely scent can invoke special memories and I love trying new ones.

My Nose is Happy

I was recently introduced to Scentaddict by The Fragrance Store which is a monthly subscription service where you get to try a months worth of fragrance for £12 a month. I love the concept as this means you don't end up with loads of bottles of perfume that you couldn't possibly get through before it gets past it's best!

My Purse is Happy 

It is also a fantastic way to try a more expensive fragrance without buying the full bottle and perhaps not using it as much as you would expect to. Perfume smells so different on people so it means you get to try it at all times of the day.


Gimme all the Orange

You can express an interest in the perfumes you would like to try and as I love a citrus based fragrance for Summer I basically checked allllllll the smells with those notes.

Bronze Goddess Eau de Parfum

My first fragrance to come through is Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau de Parfum. I already knew I loved this, it is a more sexy musky version of the Eau Fraiche version and is perfect for sandy feet and beach hair at night.

I am not sure what is next but I am so looking forward to my second summer scent to try!

Click here to start your subscription today!
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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

BIG FAN OF THE TAN

Polished Toe Nails in the Sand
Female Sunbathing on the Beach

5 tips to get an even tan

Self-tanning at home doesn’t have to be difficult or frustrating. In fact, with the right product and the right method, you’ll soon wonder how you ever suffered from a patchy, flaky fake tan.

How do you choose the right tan?


Sometimes half of the battle is deciding which fake tan to choose. These days, there are a lot of products out there that work to mimic the colour of your own skin to create the most natural looking tan. Choose an organic fake tan that’s free of chemicals and that you can use on your face and body.

Exfoliate from head to toe


One of the biggest problems you can face with fake tan is a patchy application. This tends to happen when you fail to exfoliate beforehand properly. If dead skin cells are still present on your skin, your fake tan isn’t going to last very long. Use a natural, oil-free exfoliating scrub the day before you’re planning to apply your tan. Make sure to rinse off with cool water to help your pores close up; otherwise the fake tan formula may be absorbed.

Moisturise problem areas


When it comes to tanning day, make sure that you hydrate areas that are likely to soak up a lot of colour. If you’ve used fake tan before then, you’ll know how frustrating it can be to come away with orange patches on your knees, elbows, and heels, so to prevent this apply a lightweight, oil-free moisturiser that will create a barrier between the product and your skin. 

Don’t forego the use of a mitt


You should never apply fake tan with your bare hands. No matter how light it looks on the bottle, once you’ve lathered it across your whole body, it will develop into a much darker colour that will be difficult to remove.  Applying it with a mitt won’t only keep your hands a normal colour but help to prevent streaks and provide flawless coverage. Try to hold the mitt as flat as possible during application.

Wipe away any excess formula


Once you’re done, if you still have excess formula in places you don’t want it then wipe it away as soon as possible with an oil-free makeup wipe. The cuticles on your fingers and toes have probably picked up the majority of this excess formula so don’t be afraid to give them a scrub before you gently apply a thin layer of tan.

Rinse away


Some products may require you to rinse it off with warm water. When you do so, make sure to pat yourself dry with a towel rather than rubbing aggressively as to prevent the removal of any of your perfectly applied tan. You can also enlist the help of your hairdryer to speed up your tanning process, especially if you’re in a rush to get ready for a big night out.
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MERRY AND BRIGHT #SWATCHTHIS

Neon Green Swatch Watch
Neon Swatch Watches Display
Bee Swatch
Nautical Swatch Watches on DisplayShopper Bag Swatch Collection
Swatch Event Studio White Background
Graffiti Hearts Board
Graffiti Boards
Graffiti Stars Demo Board
Graffiti Lesson
THE VIBE COLLECTION BY SWATCH
A few weeks back I was invited to check out the new NEON Collection by Swatch and learn how to Graffiti - and it was one of the most fun Blogger events I have been to for a long time, if ever!!

Introducing the Swatch Vibe Collection

The new timepieces in the collection are gorgeous and perfect for summer and beyond. I am firmly in the 'my entire wardrobe is black' camp so I always enjoy a splash of colour to liven things up.

There are lots of variants of colour ways so definitely something for everyone in the collection. My personal fave was a matte frosted white/clear watch with neon green accents and visibility of the inner cogs within the face.


There are 16 watches in the collection, ranging from £38 to £76.

Becoming a Graffiti Star

I always love viewing new collections and getting to see the latest looks hot off the press, but this part of the event was the stand out bit for me! I am creative and enjoy arts and crafts so learning something completely new is always a plus point for me. I have never used a spray paint can (I don't think!) so being handed a blank board and lots of spray paints was great fun!

The workshop was hosted by Graffiti Stars and covered the basics of Graffiti and tips and tricks of how to achieve certain styles of painting. It is more difficult than you would think but we all had a great time creating our own masterpieces which ranged from Banksy style numbers, to my print style created with a template and a graffiti Chanel No5 Bottle - which I must say I was rather jealous of when it was completed!

I decided that simplicity was probably sensible and made my own heart template to spray over/around - and it worked nicely I think! I had plans to try and make a Manchester Bee template but the lack of scissors meant that I couldn't make it work, but I definitely have plans to hit up hobby craft and make something involving bees!

I can honestly speak for all of us who attended when I say it was a fantastic event and thank you again to Swatch and Graffiti Stars for a really fun evening 👍👍😊



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Thursday, 31 May 2018

FIRST AID BRIGADE

Glitter Pills
Vintage ApothecaryPoppies and Wildflowers

I was never in the brownies or girl guides but I seem to have picked up on the ‘always be prepared’ front and frequently find myself carrying around lots of bits and bobs just in case! When I bought my own place I also assembled a home first aid kit too so that I wasn’t caught out needing something and not having it.

I’m often laughed at for my emergency kits I carry around but I always seem to have what people are looking for!

My super preparation stems from really hating feeling like I could solve a problem by having something to hand and easily sorting it rather than feeling uncomfortable or unwell until I am able to source what I need.

In my handbag I carry plasters, antacid tablets, painkillers, antihistamine tablets, safety pins, hair clips and bobbles, lip balm, handcream, hand sanitiser etc and I find that from day to day this can solve the majority of problems or discomforts!

At home, I think there is nothing worse than waking up feeling pants and not having in a quick remedy rather than having to go out. I keep my stocks up of general medicines, throat sprays and cold and flu medications so that when I need something I can just grab it from my first aid kit.

I find that this is even more needed in summer when the hayfever hits, I find products like Avamys spray can be useful as they are best taken in the morning before the pollen takes too much effect and you can attempt to go about your day as normal.

My handbag supplies do sometimes restrict the smaller of bags being possible for me to use but for me I have to take those things out with me otherwise sods law will mean I start to feel ill or get a blister or heartburn or something!

What are your home and handbag health essentials?

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Saturday, 21 April 2018

#KAHLUABRUNCHCLUB

KAHLUA BRUNCH CLUB AT THE LOFT MANCHESTER
One of my ULTIMATE fave cocktails is an Espresso Martini, so when an invite dropped into my inbox to attend a preview of the #KahluaBrunchClub at The Loft Manchester I was like- 'hell to the YES'.

An otherwise boring Monday night was improved dramatically by the Kahlua setup at the Loft Manchester with Kahlua cocktails aplenty and samples of the food that will be served at the brunch clubs.

Want to know more?

Attendees will enjoy a delicious brunch, expert-led Espresso Martini masterclass and member-only access to the games area and bar

Where: Brunch Club, hosted by KahlĂșa at The Loft, 13 Quay Street, Manchester M3 3HN.

When: Sessions run 21‌st & 22‌nd April and both May Bank Holidays 5‌th – 7‌th May and 26‌th -28‌th May. See calendar for availability.

Cost: £20, including 2 course brunch and 2 KahlĂșa Cocktails (Booking Fee included) (discounted early bird tickets are available right now on the website!)

Contact: Email Kahlua.UK@pernod-ricard.com for booking queries.

Grubs Up

The Menu is amazing! Here's what you will enjoy on the day...

The Eggcellent KahlĂșa Stack
Smashed Avocado and Poached Hens Egg on an English Muffin topped with KahlĂșa and Maple infused Ham.
Or
Smashed Avocado and Poached Hens Egg on an English Muffin topped with seasoned raw spinach and toasted pumpkin seeds.

Course Two

KahlĂșa Rainbow Pancakes
Colourful Pancake Stack topped with warm KahlĂșa Chocolate Sauce and Chocolate Coated Coffee Beans. Decorate your own stack by adding a selection of toppings.

You can book your tickets online by clicking the link HERE.

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Thursday, 12 April 2018

THE REVERSE BUCKET LIST


Have you ever noticed how everyone does bucket lists, (me included) wishlists, dream travel destinations and other aspirational chats about the things they want to do, see and experience?

I thought I would try something new and talk about my reverse bucket list and take you through the things I have been fortunate to do and experience in my 33 years on this earth!

Just a little disclaimer though.. I am not bragging and I appreciate that I have had some amazing opportunities over the years. I feel that rather than constantly wanting something new or better we should stop and take stock of some of the special memories we have built and celebrate those instead.

Everybody Going Surfin'


This is up there in terms of the most random but special things I have seen! Not only was the holiday destination pretty damn spectacular (The Ritz Carlton in St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands), but a record label was holding their annual conference at the hotel and as one of only two families who were not involved in the conference, the invite was extended for us to join them at their gala party dinner. 

This was held in the most idyllic location on the hotel's private beach and their musical entertainment was none other than the actual Beach Boys. This was a fair few years ago and I remember at the time me and my sister were disappointed that it wasn't the Backstreet Boys, but I definitely think seeing the Beach Boys on a beach was pretty damn cool!

Walk, Walk, Fashion Baby..


I'm hoping everyone gets the song reference rather than thinking what a weird title?!

I have always loved fashion and each year I would read all the magazines and blog entries on London Fashion Week and lap up those style spotting snaps around Somerset House. When I got an opportunity to attend a blogger hangout at #LFW with one of the top influencer agencies of the time, I was SO happy and merrily headed to London for the weekend. As basic as it probably sounds, I am really glad I went as it was something I had been interested in for so long and I did find the experience really exciting and fun. Moral of the story is if there is something you want to do then find a way to do it rather than listen to all those internal voices telling you reasons why not to do it.

Radcliffe's Great Runners


As these opportunities usually present themselves by email, this was no exception and was along the lines of  'could you help us out here at Francis House?'

Francis House Children's Hospice is a charity that I feel compelled to lend my support to in whatever way I can. Without going into too much detail, they do the most amazing work but get no support from the government, my grandad also wanted to support them and when he passed away I promised myself I would continue what he started.

Francis House had been asked if they knew anyone who had done the Manchester 10K and would be interested in doing some promotional activities with Paula Radcliffe who was launching 'Radcliffe's Great Runners' with a view to helping people achieve their fitness goals and run the Manchester 10K.

What followed was a really random but fun day doing radio, tv and interviews with Paula Radcliffe and talking about my experiences of doing the Manchester 10K. If you have been reading my posts for a while you will remember that I set myself the challenge of doing the 10K when I had literally zero running experience. It was hard work but actually very fun and extremely inspiring on the day reading all the reasons why people do it!



That time I tried on a ring that was almost as expensive as my mortgage...


Oh this was such a fun day. Hancocks Jewellers invited me in to their gorgeous store in Manchester and I could basically try on whatever I wanted and they educated me on their heritage and approach to fine jewellery - I blogged about my day here. My fave was the yellow diamond (pictured above) but at approx £142,000 it's probably not something I will ever get to wear ever again! As much as it was stunning it does blow my mind that you could wear something that is the equivalent cost of a property. I don't feel like even if money was no object I would think to spend this amount of money on jewellery!

Meeting Charlotte Tilbury


I loved both times I met Charlotte Tilbury (blog posts here and here) she kicks ass, is realistic about why people wear makeup and she knows her shit. I know if you aren't a makeup fan to the extent I am, you may question what is so special is about Charlotte. I think for me it is about the fact she has some serious experience behind her, has consulted on a number of other luxury beauty brands and didn't just rush to release a collection that was sub-par. She is super sassy and a really nice woman!

Beauty School Dropout


My contingency plan if I didn't go to uni was to study beauty therapy and my love for all things beauty has never gone away so I randomly decided to study Manicure and Pedicure at night school. I LOVED it... I was the class geek and even though I don't do nails I really enjoyed learning about something that interests me.


So there's a few of my reverse bucket list activities. What would be on yours?
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