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 Día 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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