Saturday, 11 August 2018

WAXING LYRICAL

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I am a documentary nerd and love hearing about how customs we think nothing of today actually become a popular thing. Waxing is one of those things! I have been going to the Brazilian Waxing Company in Manchester for some time now and it occurred to me that I had no idea how the trend of getting waxed started!

Cue some reading and I just had to share my findings as it is SO interesting! I have shared the sources below just so I am not accused of plagiarism...

If you thought going fully bare down there is a modern trend, think again. Turns out, women have been putting themselves through the painful routines of body grooming for a very long time — though past methods were obviously much less high-tech than the lasers we have today. According to the Encyclopedia of Hair, copper razors from 3,000 BC were found in Egypt and Mesopotamia, while paintings from the 1500s would occasionally show women with little or no pubic hairs. Meanwhile, Egyptian art showcased women with perfect little triangles.

In ancient Greece, having pubic hair was considered "uncivilised." Yep, we've all seen those seemingly hairless Greek statues — and some women, in an effort to mimic that aesthetic, would pluck or singe off all their pubic hair. Archeologists believe Samoans would scrape their skin with sharp seashells to get rid of underarm hair, and “sugaring,” a practice originating in the Middle East, called for cooked sugar and lemon to remove body hair — perhaps the first wax, ever.

But, grooming trends have changed far more in the past century than ever before. Thanks to modern technology, our celebrity obsession, the tendency to overshare, and let’s face it, porn, what people do to their body hair has become the focus of many a trend piece — and the styles are always changing. One day, Sex and the City is telling you that Brazilians are all the rage, and the next, The New York Times is saying au naturel is in. So, what’s the deal?

We chatted with Spruce & Bond wax and laser specialist Ildi Gulas, and she walked us through some of the major body-waxing trends of the last century — and what may have inspired them.

Ancient Egypt

The Egyptians may have been the forerunners of many beauty rituals, but they invested the most time into hair removal. Women of ancient Egypt removed all of their body hair, including that on their heads, with tweezers (made from seashells), pumice stones, or early beeswax and sugar based waxes.

Roman Empire

During the Roman Empire, the lack of body hair was considered a sign of the classes. Wealthy women and men used razors made from flints, tweezers, creams, and stones to remove excess hair. In fact, even pubic hair was considered uncivilized which is why many famous statues and paintings of Grecian women are depicted hairless.

Middle Ages

Just like Cleopatra was a trendsetter in her time, so too was Queen Elizabeth 1 during the Middle Ages. She set the precedence for hair removal amongst women, who followed her lead by removing it from their faces, but not their bodies. The fashion of this era was to remove eyebrows and hair from the forehead (to make it appear larger), which women did by using walnut oil, or bandages soaked in amonia (which they got from their feline pets) and vinegar.

1700s

The late 18th century ushered in a more civilized approach to hair removal. While European and American women didn’t take too much consideration into it, Jean Jacques Perret, a French barber, created the first straight razor for men in 1760 which was used by some women.

1800s

By 1844, Dr. Gouraud had created one of the first depilatory creams called Poudre Subtile. Soon after, in 1880, King Camp Gillette created the first modern day razor for men and thus a revolution was born. However, it would be another three decades before a razor specifically marketed for women would appear.

Early 1900s

In 1915, Gillette created the first razor specifically for women, the Milady Decolletée. The early 1900’s also saw ads for depilatory cream hit the masses. In 1907 an ad for X-Bazin Depilatory Powder began circulating, promising to remove ‘humiliating growth of hair on the face, neck, and arms’. A decade later, a leading women's fashion magazine ran an ad featuring a woman with her arms raised and her armpits bare, the first of it's kind.

1900s-1920s

Gillette introduces the first safety razor for men in 1904, and in 1915, the first women’s razor from the brand hits the market. (It was called Milady Décolleté). This was the start of what author Christine Hope called “The First Great Anti-Underarm-Hair Campaign,” in which ads told women to clean up their “objectionable hair.” At the same time, sleeveless dresses were just beginning to be deemed acceptable, so completely bare underarms were a new "necessity," as emphasised in this Harper's Bazaar ad from 1915.

1940s

Remington released the first electric women’s razor in 1940 after the success of a male version. Due to a wartime shortage of nylon, more products and techniques for hair removal hit the market as women were forced to go bare legged more often.

Second, the bikini was introduced to the U.S. in 1946, as Sarah Hildebrandt writes in The EmBodyment of American Culture. And, as the bikini line rose higher and higher, more and more women began putting effort into grooming their nether regions. “As this history illustrated, the more clothes women were 'allowed' (or expected) to remove, the more hair they were also expected to remove,” Hildebrandt writes. Women either tweezed or shaved their pubic hair outside the panty line (now known as the bikini line).

1950s

During the 1950s, hair removal became more publically accepted. Since many depilatory creams were still irritating to the skin, women relied on razors to shaver their legs and underarms and tweezers to groom and shape their eyebrows.

1960s

Wax strips made their début in the 1960s and quickly became the method of choice for removing unwanted hair under the arms and on legs. The first laser hair removal method hit the market in the mid-sixties, but was quickly abandoned due to its skin damaging tendencies.

The mod movement (and all those miniskirts!) meant that women were expected to have hairless limbs — and thanks to the introduction of waxing strips, getting rid of unwanted fuzz was easier than ever. But soon, things would get decidedly less high-maintenance...

1970s

Although electrolysis had been around for nearly a century, it became more reliable and safe in the 1970s with the development of transistorized equipment. The decade also saw a resurgence in the removal of bikini area hair as the swimsuit fad of the 1960s stuck around.

When the hippie movement hit the mainstream (although Nair entered the market in 1972), it ushered in an all-natural look, as Deep Throat showcased. This brief dip in grooming was soon to be over (although the expression "'70s bush" lives on). In 1974, the first “pink shot” of a bare vagina appeared in Hustler, and porn stars started shaving it all off soon after.

1980s

Today, most women rely on some form of hair removal in their everyday beauty routines, whether it is tweezing, shaving, waxing, or depilatory. Waxing bars, eyebrow threading studios, and electrolysis centers are at an all time high and continue to rise. New technologies in hair removal had made it one of the most popular beauty services out there.

One word: Brazilians. In 1987, seven sisters from Brazil opened a salon in New York City called J. Sisters (yes, all their names began with the letter J), which popularised the Brazilian wax in the States. "In Brazil, waxing is part of our culture because bikinis are so small," says the salon's website. "We thought it was an important service to add because personal care is no longer a luxury, it's a necessity."

The bodybuilding craze of the '80s meant that men were also getting into body grooming. One memorable quote from Arnold Schwarzenegger when he decided to run for governor? "It's the most difficult [decision] I've made in my entire life, except the one I made in 1978 when I decided to get a bikini wax." Thanks to Schwarzenegger and Mr. Olympia competitions, this trend continues into today.

1990s

Though it started in the '80s in the States, a completely bare look didn’t really proliferate until the '90s. "In the 1980s and 1990s, a landing strip was common," Herbenick says. “Before it was popularised, the bare look was being seen more often in strip clubs and in porn films, though this is less often talked about."

Then, celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Campbell started talking about their waxing regimes. The first mention of a Brazilian wax in The New York Times appeared in 1998, and a Salon article in 1999 noted the proliferation of celebrity photos on the J. Sisters' salon walls (Gwyneth wrote, "You've changed my life!") Meanwhile, men started grooming a bit more — mostly their chests and backs, but some sensitive parts, too — and it was dubbed the “metrosexual” movement.

2000s

Brazilians reach the pinnacle of cultural influence with a mention on Sex and the City. “It was definitely that episode that made it a major boom,” Spruce & Bond's Gulas says. “We’re starting to see now that people are going straight to laser, not even going through waxing; just lasering it all off.”

2010s

Brazilian bikini waxes got so popular that researchers began to predict that pubic lice would become extinct. But, as it happens with pretty much everything, there was soon a backlash. In recent years, many started shifting back to the full bush — or, at least, bush in the front, Brazilian in the back. Original Brazilian proponent Gwyneth Paltrow started talking about the beauty of going au naturel, alongside celeb BFF Cameron Diaz. In The Body Book, Diaz published an entire section titled "In Praise of Pubes," referring to them as a "lovely curtain of pubic hair." It's even popped up on American Apparel mannequins.

Sources:
The Encyclopedia Of Hair: A Cultural History by Victoria Sherrow; Gillette archives
https://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/tips/g8155/history-of-hair-removal/
https://www.refinery29.uk/body-grooming-history
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Friday, 10 August 2018

MANCHESTER EATS: BANYAN BAR AND KITCHEN

Sparkling Water and Aperol Spritz Banyan Manchester
Spring Rolls and Belly Pork Banyan Manchester
Aperol Spritz at Banyan Manchester
Stylish Cocktails at Banyan Manchester
Gin Paradise at Banyan Manchester
The CrossFit Burger at Banyan Manchester
Crispy Duck and Watermelon Salad at Banyan Manchester

Sampling the Menu at Banyan Bar and Kitchen

Since I attended the Cocktail Tour at Manchester's Corn Exchange I have been keen to try more of the bars and restaurants within to sample the food on offer. I was given the opportunity to try the food at Banyan Bar and Kitchen and head there last week with my friend to see how it was.

Naturally, any good catch up and gossip with a pal includes cocktails and we tried their Aperol Spritzes which were delicious! And let's be frank, just tooooo easy to drink!

I opted for the glazed belly pork to start and my friend opted for the spring rolls. The belly pork had a lovely flavour and was very tasty, me being slightly greedy would have probably enjoyed even more of it!

For mains, I went for the crispy duck and watermelon salad and my friend had the CrossFit Burger.I definitely got food envy I can't lie.. The salad was actually really very nice, the combination of the crispy duck and the watermelon was perfect, kind of sweet and sour!

My only negative comment really would be that there was not alot of duck for the price and the menu stated that there would also be pomegranate seeds and there wasn't any. I don't think this made a massive difference taste wise but I do think this is quite expensive for what you get.

The CrossFit Burger looked really good.. it is a low carb burger so served without the bun and accompanied by sweet potato wedges and an avocado salad. Definitely a good option if you want an ok cheat meal!

I was impressed with the food and drink and will definitely be back! Thank you Banyan for a wonderful evening!

*In the interest of full disclosure, this meal was complimentary but I was not under any obligation to post about my experience. My post is my genuine opinion.
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Tuesday, 31 July 2018

MORE CITRUS SCENTS OF THE SUMMER WITH SCENTADDICT

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SCENTADDICT BY THE FRAGRANCE SHOP

You may have read my last post all about ScentAddict and my first month's atomiser containing Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess!

This month was another citrusy scent and it was the heady Tom Ford Orchid Soleil.

I had not smelled this perfume at all prior to trying it and when giving ideas for my subscription I just outlined that I wanted summery citrus fragrances. Tom Ford's Orchid Soleil absolutely did not disappoint!

Top Notes

Bitter Orange
Pink Pepper
Cypress

Heart Notes

Red Spider Lily
Tuberose

Base Notes

Vanilla
Chestnut Cream
Patchouli
Orchid

Any Fragrance that combines Orange and Vanilla is right up my street and this is such a unique scent - I have had many compliments on it and it was great to be able to try something new without forking out for the full bottle.

I am sure you will all be aware of the higher price point of Tom Ford Fragrances so ScentAddict is literally the perfect subscription service to try before you buy. There are no contracts involved but I bet you get slightly hooked on trying a new smell month by month! I know I am!

The new inserts are really easy to pop into your ScentAddict atomiser, you just twist up to reveal the spray part and then pull the spray lid up and out. At just £12 per month it really is a bargainous way to find a new signature scent.
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Friday, 20 July 2018

PERSONALITY PROFILING

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Working in HR means that I often have an abundance of personality profiling type questionnaires available to me. Reminiscent of the 'which shoe / OC character / scent are you?' quizzes that I used to do in the almost EVERY magazine I bought back in my teens, I do love tools which give you a little insight into what makes you tick.

In HR you almost ALWAYS get asked to do the Myers Briggs Type Indicator which is 'an introspective self-report questionnaire with the purpose of indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world around them and make decisions.'

It can be a really useful indicator to help identify how you will go about things, especially when you consider working together within a wider team.

There are 16 personality types which you might be. You can take the test here for free.

Are you;

An Introvert or an Extrovert
Sensing or Intuition
Thinking or Feeling
Judging or Perceiving


I recently undertook the test as I am working on a career plan and used some resources available to me with my CIPD membership. My MBTI is INFP.

What does this mean?

NFPs are very sensitive and intuitive, often creative and enjoy helping others to develop through insight. They have strongly held values and need to feel they are living their lives according to those beliefs. They are excellent listeners and make very good mediators, but they dislike being personally involved in conflict. They are driven, sincere people, genuinely interested in understanding others and will fight passionately to defend a cause they believe in. 

They have a strong ability to express themselves on paper – many great writers have been INFPs. They are idealists, always looking for meaning in their life and striving to make the world a better place. INFPs tend, however, to be unaware of the more mundane aspects of life and find it difficult to deal with logic and hard facts. They are often perfectionists, which can make them uncompromising members of a team. Under stress they may struggle with their own inner critical voice and will delay both starting and finishing things.

INFPs work best where good intentions and gentleness are valued, where it is possible to practice what is preached and where it is possible to be alone in a crowd.

INFPs work least well under pressure of tight deadlines in an impersonal or regimented environment.

INFPs would be happiest in a role that resonates with their core values and is more of a career than a job.

Tips
  • Do it now! Take more action
  • Learn to give and receive feedback in a timely and constructive way
  • Learn to share doubts and dilemmas with others more
  • See deadlines as a helpful framework rather than a creativity stifling process

Examples of commonly chosen career paths:

  • Design / Designer
  • The Ministry / Clergy / Religious Workers
  • Academia / Teachers / Professors
  • Technical Specialist
  • Psychologists
  • Musicians
  • Writers
  • Counsellors / Social Workers


My Preferences

Introversion


As an introvert, you are likely to:

Be often perceived as quieter and more reflective than an extravert
Be comfortable working by yourself
Want to think things through carefully before you act/speak
Prefer not to be the centre of attention
Like depth over breadth, often working well with thoughts and ideas
Prefer a job in which you have plenty of time to think alone and where there is less need to be sociable

Intuition


As someone with a preference for intuition you are likely to:

Enjoy making links between different concepts
Be creative, curious and interested in possibilities
Enjoy finding the relationships between things and /or ideas
Look forward to the future and all the possibilities you see in it
Enjoy learning new skills, facing new and challenging problems
Be seen as visionary by others
Prefer to take note of the whole picture rather than the details
Shy away from facts and figures, finding them boring or irrelevant
Often work in bursts of energy

Feeling


With a preference for feeling you are likely to:

Make decisions and come to conclusions on the basis of feeling
Avoid hurting people’s feelings at all costs
Appear more emotional to others, believing it is ok to show how you feel
Find it hard to make difficult people-related decisions
Make relatively less use of logical analysis in making decisions
Be good at empathising and knowing how others will feel
Want to be liked, even at the cost of being seen as being right

Perceiving


With a preference for perceiving you are likely to:

Prefer to be spontaneous and flexible rather than planned and organised
Approach the outside world in a perceiving attitude, gathering information, exploring and discovering new things
Enjoy going with the flow, being last-minute and often late for things
Prefer starting things to finishing them
May be prone to procrastination and/or disorganisation, but usually managing to pull everything together at the last-minute

So how about you? How did you score? Was it a surprise or just described you down to a tee??
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TOOT TOOT BEEP BEEP

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Earlier this year I talked about my experiences with buying a used car here – I wanted to follow up on this with some further information about the positives of buying a used vehicle over a newer one.

Buying a car is likely the second biggest purchase that a person generally makes, the first being, buying a house. And if you want a quality vehicle that isn’t going to break down, you’re probably going to have to pay a pretty penny for a new ride. The average cost of a brand new car was about £25,858 in 2015, compared to £14,492 for a used one.

Bringing me nicely on to;

CAR DEPRECIATION

According to the AA; ‘Depreciation is simply the difference between the amount you spend when you buy a car and the amount you get back when you sell or trade it in. It's often overlooked or ignored when buying a new car but for many, depreciation is the single biggest factor affecting running costs adding more to cost per mile than fuel.’

The average new car will have a residual value of around 40% of its new price after three years (assuming 10,000 miles/year) or in other words will have lost around 60% of its value at an average of 20% per year.

While the percentage drop may be similar the actual cost of deprecation clearly varies hugely between a small cheap car and an expensive luxury car. Buy a car for £10,000 and it might cost you £2000/year in deprecation and be worth around £4000 after three years but spend £50,000 and the bill for depreciation will be more like £10,000 per year.

Unfortunately it's not quite as simple as that though because, as well as age, depreciation is affected by mileage and condition and also varies a lot between different models. Focussing simply on purchase price when you buy a new car might mask the possibility that a more expensive car with good residuals could cost you less in the long run than a cheaper car the value of which drops like a stone.

USED CARS

Nearly New


Depreciation slows as the car gets older so you may find that a nearly new car (one to two years old) is better value than a brand–new one.

If your annual mileage is low then a high mileage ex-fleet car could be a good buy. You get the benefit of higher depreciation when you buy but the total mileage might be closer to average for its age by the time you come to sell.

Five Year Old Car


Buying a five–year–old car may be an even better option. You won't get the latest features, but it won't lose so much in value. And you won't be shelling out so much each month on interest to repay a loan.
But it's only better value if your mileage is low – under 10,000 miles a year.
Your repair and maintenance bill will be higher and less predictable the older your car is and these costs will increase as your mileage goes up.

Eight Year Old Car


By the time a car reaches this age it's pretty much done all the depreciating it's going to do. Risks are higher too though and it's more likely that a one off repair bill could cost you as much or more than a year's depreciation would have done on a newer car.

So if you are looking to find a used car to avoid too much car depreciation, you can enjoy hassle-free booking of used cars at KAP Motors Folkestone Branch!

Happy Car Hunting…

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Friday, 13 July 2018

COCKTAILS AT CORN EXCHANGE MANCHESTER

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Corn Exchange Manchester Building Photo
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Interior Corn Exchange Manchester Photo
Welcome to Vapiano Manchester
Prawn Caprese Salad at Vapiano Manchester
Aperol Spritz at Vapiano Manchester
Centre Piece and Corn Exchange Cocktails Scorecard
Cosy Club Corn Exchange Manchester
Interior Decor at Cosy Club Corn Exchange Manchester
Pineapple Old Fashioned at Cosy Club
Taster Platter at Cosy Club Manchester
Shhh Neon Light at Alston Bar and Beef Corn Exchange Manchester
Home Infused Gins at Alston Bar and Beef Corn Exchange Manchester
The Cathedral Honey Bees Knees Gin Cocktail at Alston Bar and Beef
Cabana Manchester Caipirinha Menu
Interior Photo of Caipirinha Bar Neon Sign and Greenery Wall Cabana Manchester
Neon Sign Caipirinha Bar Cabana Manchester
Interior Decor Greenery Wall Cabana Manchester
Pho Manchester Sign Vietnamese Street Food
Pina Pho-Lada from Pho Manchester
Taster Platter from Pho Manchester
Margarita Jugs at Wahaca Manchester
Pistacho Espresso Martini at Banyan Bar and Kitchen Manchester
Pistacho Espresso Martini at Banyan Bar and Kitchen Manchester

I have been to the Corn Exchange several times but mainly knew it for it's variety of food establishments rather than cocktails, so when I was invited to try out the signature cocktails from 7 of Corn Exchange's Restaurants I was curious to see what was on offer.

We started our Cocktail Tour at Vapiano where we were presented with our score cards to assess the Cocktails on. Scores out of 5 were awarded in the following categories; Taste, Appearance, Individuality and Explanation.

Aperol Spritz at Vapiano

Hailed as an 'Italian Classic', Aperol Spritz is a refreshing mix of Aperol, Prosecco and Soda Water. I have since become OBSESSED with this cocktail as it is just so godamn drinkable in the sunshine!!!

Spiced Pineapple Old Fashioned at Cosy Club

I have a few male friends who LOVE an Old Fashioned and I have always struggled at the thought of drinking a full one as they are VERY alcoholic. The Pineapple Old Fashioned however was so nice and the sweetness of the pineapple made it alot easier to drink!

Here's the recipe - a double shot of Bulleit bourbon, stirred down with Cosy Club's own spicy pineapple syrup and touch of orange bitters.

Cathedral Honey Bees Knees at Alston Bar and Beef

Anything with Gin in it was always going to feature quite highly on my score card and this cocktail was my FAVE!!! Containing just 3 ingredients; Manchester Three Rivers Gin, Manchester Cathedral Honey and Lemon Juice, the Cathedral Honey Bees Knees was absolutely delicious!

The 1837 Bar is really cool - it is Prohibition themed so dark, good music and dare I say it, a bit sexy!!

Caipirinha at Cabana

Next up, (after some water to ensure I didn't get toooooo merry) was the Caipirinha at Cabana. Made from Cachaca (Sugar Cane Rum), Limes and Sugar, this was nice and refreshing and got us ready for the next!

Pina Pho-Lada at Pho

Pina Colada is one of my all-time fave cocktails so I am glad that one was featured! The Pina Pho-Lada was a nice addition to the line up, along with the snacks provided to soak up some of the alcohol as by that point we were getting a little squiffy...

Margaritas at Wahaca

Our penultimate drink was a Margarita at Wahaca. Another refreshing one, the last time I had Margaritas was in Mexico many many years ago and they were just as good!

Pistachio Espresso Martini at Banyan Bar and Kitchen

The Pistachio Espresso Martini was a welcome caffeine kick as the alcohol had started to kick in and that combined with a long day at work meant that I was starting to feel a little sleepy...

Made using Reyka vodka, Tia Maria coffee liqueur and real espresso. Their homemade pistachio syrup finishes the ultimate pick-me-up!

The Verdict



In first place was The Cathedral Honey Bees Knees and joint second place was the Pina Pho-Lada and Pistachio Espresso Martini!

Thank you so much to the Corn Exchange for letting me try all those cocktails - it was a lot of fun and I will definitely be back in for more!
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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

MANCHESTER EATS FESTIVAL 7-8TH JULY

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Manchester Eats a brand new foodie festival is taking place this weekend in Manchester’s Heaton Park. Manchester is well-known as the ‘Food Capital of the North’ and it's massively exciting to be welcoming a whole host of exciting exhibitors, celebrity chefs and entertainment for the weekend.

Here’s the run down:

Manchester Eats 7-8 July 2018

Location

Heaton Park, Manchester

Overview

Brand new fine food family festival bringing the very latest in food trends and cuisine to Manchester’s Heaton Park.

Chef Headliners 

Celebrity chef demos with Marco Pierre-White, Britain’s Best Dish’s Ed Baines, Channel 4’s Matt Tebbutt, Head Chef at Manchester’s Midland Hotel Adam Reid and award-winning Manchester chef, Mary-Ellen McTague.

Included within the Ticket Price 

Live demos, Prosecco Tent, Cookstars Kids cookery classes, The Vegetarian Society cookery classes, In Truffle We Trust chocolate masterclasses, Diane Modahl Sports Zone, Mixology, Children’s Village and Live DJ Sets.

Exhibitor Highlights 

Cottonopolis, Proove Pizza, Red’s True BBQ and Manchester Gin, Chester Petting Zoo, Vintage Fairground Rides.

Tickets

Day passes from £7.50, Weekend passes £12, Kids under 14 go FREE.

Website / Social

http://www.manchestereats.co.uk
@MCREATSFEST
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Sunday, 1 July 2018

#CANTLIVEWITHOUT BOBBI BROWN

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#CANTLIVEWITHOUT Pastel Cookies
#CANTLIVEWITHOUT Pastel Cookies
#CANTLIVEWITHOUT Mix and Match Makeup
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Bobbi Brown #CANTLIVEWITHOUT Demo Area
Influencer Masterclass #CANTLIVEWITHOUT Setup
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I love love love makeup as you probably all know so to be invited to try out Bobbi Brown's #CANTLIVEWITHOUT products was a 'pinch me' moment!

Hosted at Manchester's Artzu Gallery, each influencer had a cute little setup to learn how to use the 10 #CANTLIVEWITHOUT Products along with some other Bobbi Brown Faves.

The concept is very simple. 10 products that customers and MUAs tell Bobbi Brown are their holy grail items, grouped together and can form an 'everything you need' box of treats to create a lovely look.

So what are the products?

Vitamin Enriched Face Base £43*

This. Smells. Dreamy.

A Bobbi Brown Bestseller, this glorious pot contains a primer plus hydration for smooth makeup application, giving you the best of both worlds. Never greast, this oil-free formula with shea butter and lemon scented instantly hydrates, softens and cushions skin.

Corrector £19.50*

Carrying some baggage? Lighten the load and apply this wake up call for tired eyes. The corrector brightens and covers discolouration under the eyes using a bisque or peach-based formula to neutralise undereye darkness.

Instant Full Cover Concealer £23*

This wonderful creamy concealer has a concentrated, highly pigmented coverage that visibly brightens stubborn dark circles and softens hollows and tired lines in an instant. No sleep required!

Skin Long Wear Weightless Foundation SPF15 £31*

This has some serious staying power.

16 hour wear, full coverage foundation with a natural, multidimensional matte finish that's comfortable, breathable and weightless. Created through a high-speed cold-fusion process, this ultra silky emulsion features a perfectly balanced blend of skin loving ingredients, oil controlling actives and skin-true pigments.

Skin Foundation Stick £31*

Designed to look and feel like skin, this award winning foundation is formulated with a unique transparent base and skin tone correct pigments for the most natural looking, skin like finish. A Bobbi Brown original, the innovative formula features smart technology for targeted moisturisation or oil control depending on what the skin needs. It is available in 31 skin tone correct shades.

Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks £22*

Best selling, multitasking cream colour for lips and cheeks comes in a mirror flip top compact for on the go application.

Perfectly Defined Long Wear Brow Pencil £30*

An automatic brow pencil with a unique slant tip for ultra-precise definition. 16 hour wear that is sweat and humidity resistant and waterproof. Formulated with a combination of waxes and emollients, this long wearing formula won't smudge or fade so brows look fresh and polished all day.

Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick £23*

A long lasting do-it-all eyeshadow that's a stroke of genius - just swipe and go! This budge proof formula in 18 shades stays put for 8 hours.

Smokey Eye Mascara £24.50*

The perfect complement to a smokey eye look, this kajal pigmented mascara delivers high drama by creating black, stretched out lashes in an instant. The long-wearing formula holds it's own against flaking, smudging, sweat and humidity.

Luxe Lip Colour £27*

The boldest and brightest of colours, a sumptuous formula that dramatically boosts moisture levels and intensely rejuvenates the lips keeping them comfortable and conditioned. Available in over 40 shades, the gorgeous gold tube is luxury redefined.

My Thoughts

So far I am really enjoying using the products - the stand out ones have to be the Vitamin Enriched Face Base, the mascara and the cream shadow stick - I've not worn the foundation really due to the heat so I will report back with my thoughts! We also got to try the Hydrating Face Tonic which was SO nice, the lipbalm and 2 brushes which were fantastic! 

Thank you once again to Bobbi Brown for a wonderful afternoon and allowing me to try your #cantlivewithout products!
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