Saturday, 27 February 2016

London Fashion Week Blogger Party // Bloggers Hangout

Morning guys :) 

I hope that you're all well?! 

It's pay day weekend for most of you (except me) and I bet y'all are going to do some serious shopping, *weeps into my comfort food*. 

Speaking of shopping, the past week was London Fashion Week, the most prestigious fashion event like... Ever. 

Anyway I was invited to go to the Bloggers Hangout 'London Fashion Week Party' down in Hoxton, London, Monday just gone. 

I love going to these events as you meet so many new bloggers' and brands and they are always so much fun. To be honest with you this is only the second one I had been to because in the past, these events have been on whilst I have been working. 

On the way down I was... And this is SO SAD, on route to go past Harry Styles house... And if you don't know already, I am majorly crushing on him right now, not in a 'fan girl' way but in a my stomach is in my mouth when I see him kinda way. Ha. *Covers eyes*. This girls got it bad. So yeah Papa Hutt pulled over and we just strolled by his house for like a second and then went back into the car. Later that night though... And I was GUTTED. I found out that he was in fact in bloody London that day too, I mean come on!!! The only day I am there he's back from LA and I freaking missed him by god damn seconds. I couldn't believe it. I was so near yet so frickin far. I could of cried. Ha ha. 

I won't put a picture up because it would be rude to, so you can have some of London instead. :)

Now, I've got that off my chest. After my little detour we arrived in Hoxton to the studio the event was held in. 

The venue this time was pretty small compared to the last event, but it had more of an intimate feel to it.

I wasn't aware that my little blogger friend Beth Chudley was going to the event too. When I saw on Twitter that she was going I was instantly more excited because I wasn't walking in on my own and I actually got to meet her after talking online for a while.Ha. She is sooooo lovely and dinky and very talented, go check out her blog here...

If I am completely honest with you I preferred the last event that they hosted as I found that this one was based more for the foodies and there were only a couple of beauty brands. :( 

We missed out on the Bloggers Hangout gift bags too which was a bummer.

Other than that I met some really nice brands and got gifted some lovely little products. I only really went to the stands that I was genuinely interested in because I felt I would get more out of it, rather than going round them all and wasting people's time. 

The first brand I went to see is Ark 'Age Aware Skincare'. This is a brand that I haven't actually heard of before and the lady I spoke to was really friendly and informative. Their brand is designed to "treat your skin through every day life stage with products that are suited to your skin's age-related needs'.

I was gifted their 'pro remove, pre cleanse' oil. It's a unisex product that is put onto a dry face and massaged in to the skin and then you wet your face and emulsify the oil into a lather and then wash off. Its aim is to " prepare the skin for deeper cleansing for a perfectly flawless complexion.". It claims to remove waterproof makeup and also is effective as a shaving oil. 

The product contains a lot of natural ingredients and essential fatty acids.

I have left it this long to put the post up because I wanted to test the products out and give you my first impressions. 

The oil has a signature smell and reminds me of petunia oil. It glides on the face nicely, for me it doesn't majorly lather up but it leaves my face feeling really clean and soft afterwards. I really like this product. I have had some breakouts so I am unsure whether that's just happened naturally or that the new products I am using are causing it. The more I use them, I guess I will find out. Ha. 

Next I went to see the Deborah Mitchell stand. I saw this brand at the last Bloggers Hangout event but didn't really get to talk to them as again it was so busy. The lady I spoke to was really nice and really paid attention to my skin needs and she then gifted me two of their full sized products to match those needs, which was really nice of her.

She firstly gifted me their Heaven 'Cleanse & Foam Wash', which smells amazing. It contains Organic Mandarin (which is the main scent) and orange flower.

I use this after my Ark cleanse now and use it with my Magnitone. This has become my daily skin care routine. This product claims to be good for anti aging, firming, increase collagen levels, removes scars and removes pigmentation. 

I have only been using this for a week so it will be good to eventually see the effects.

They also gave me the Heaven 'Peppermint Clarifying Hydeogel'. 

This contains, peppermint, spearmint, lavender and coconut. 

It is really soothing and I put this on my face after I have cleansed. You can use this as a primer too under your makeup. That's cool. 

I told the lady that I have been getting breakouts so she gave me this to help calm down my skin after cleansing as this acts as a toner. It closes pores, is great for pale skin and apparently it helps with morning sickness. This obviously won't affect me, but preggo ladies out their, this could a the product for you.

I am liking these products a lot at the moment especially the gel. I think I like gel formulas as for me they seem to have more substance. 

I then moved on to the food area's as the beauty was basically over. One stand that caught my eye was PopKakery. They are a brand who make products that are gluten free, which is awesome. Their range includes gluten free cake pops, brownies, marshmallows and cookies. 

I was given a cake pop to try which is one of their best sellers. I swear down, it was one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth. It tasted amazing.

The only thing I wasn't keen on was the fact that palm oil is used in this product. I am against animal cruelty and I know they test palm oil out on animals, so that did put me off a bit. Other than that the product is beautifully presented, the concept is great and they bloody taste amazing. 

Other products I tried was from a brand called Get Buzzing who produce 100% natural nut free flapkjack bars. 

These were really nice, I particularly liked the date and seed one that I was given.

Other brands I tried was Cocktail Mania. They served alcoholic cocktails and they were amazing!!! It literally tasted like there was no alcohol in it. I tried the passion fruit one.

I tried out Coconuts natural 'Mint Choc Chip' ice cream that's made out of natural ingredients and raw chocolate.

And finally I grabbed some samples of the Bluebird Tea Co tea bags. I didn't try any there so thought I would at home. I haven't actually got around to trying them yet but they had a lot of varieties. I picked up 'Ginerbread Chai' and ' Skinny Minny'. I picked up the gingerbread one because who doesn't love that taste. I don't know how it's going to taste within a tea but I am hoping it's going to be great. The second one I picked up because it claims to boost your metabolism (score) and calms you stomach. This sounds like something I need.

I was there for about an hour and then left as my interests lie in beauty and fashion, but it was nice to try out new things and meet new brands. I had a real nice time and it's great that these events are available, especially for us smaller bloggers' who want to get involved but can't in the bigger events in and around London. 

I'll leave you with some of the pictures I took on the way home out of my car window, driving at 60mph. :)

Thanks for reading and I will see you in my next post. 



Sunday, 21 February 2016

Huge Haul // Ft New Look, Urban Decay, Topshop, Primark & More.

What a horrible weather day it is today where I am. It's grey, wet but that just makes everything cosier. 

It's Sunday, we are allowed to chill, eat crap and watch awful television. 

I am so excited because tomorrow I am in London for London Fashion Week at a blogger's event. I literally cannot wait. I have planned my outfit, makeup and hair. I am one of those people anyway who plans things way in advance. I will soon be planning my birthday and that's not until August. Ha. Yep, I am THAT girl.

I am switching it up today and presenting you guys with a huge haul. The things that I have been buying have been collected over the last couple of months. As you know (if you have read my previous posts) I am on the job hunt so currently I am having to be careful on what I am spending. 

There are some fashion and beauty bits as well as other miscellaneous items. There is sooo much I currently want at the moment it's mad. I swear my mind knows that I don't have a job because right now I am seriously craving a massive shopping trip. Grrrr. 

I hope you like what I have bought and maybe you might spot some things you like yourself.

 I bought this cute makeup/wash bag from Primark. I liked it because it matched the colour scheme of my bedroom, it's super cute and big enough to put some of my makeup in. I think this was around £3.

I bought a few of these t-shirts from Primark because I am currently 'trying something out'. These are men's t-shirts and I love the oversized look so that's why I got an 'XL' as it hangs better. This was £2.50.
Again, these black skinny jeans are from Primark. I mainly get my jeans from New Look because they always fit me perfectly. I bought these so I can customise them myself. I want to rip the crap out of them, they are around £7-8 so you can't really go wrong.

This makeup bag is so freaking cute. I love everything about it. It's from H & M and I love the fact it's a nude blush pink in a patent fabric and it's big enough for my carry about makeup. This was £4.99, they also have it in black too.

Mason 'Love Heart' jar from Tiger. £2.

This top coat polish is gorgeous, I have been using it on it's own without any polish underneath as it's really buildable. I love anything sparkly and this hits the spot. This is in a gold shade, I also have it in silver. £4.99.

This shade was always sold out in Superdrug, so I purchased the gold version first, then when I found this I had to grab it. This is from Model Own's 'Chrome' range and this is obviously their copper shade. I will be honest, I am not as impressed as I thought I would be, I think I expected it to be more like the packaging. A girl can dream. £4.99.

I love Real Techniques brushes a lot. I now have the Nanshy brushes too which I haven't used yet but currently Real Techniques are my go-to. I love copper/rose gold and this brush is awesome. I also have their 'crease' brush in their 'Bold Metals' collection too. £22.

Real Techniques 'Core' collection. £21.

Soap & Glory 'Eyes Box' £18.

New Look purse £14.99

Love a Yankee candle. :)

This is seriously cute, I am actually looking for a card holder similar to this but I saw this and thought that this was the next best thing. New Look, £3.99.

Oh what's this?! Another Yankee candle? Yes it is!!! Ha. I got this in the sale it was half price. I found this tricky because in their store they also had one that actually smelt like Christmas Trees and it was a toss between that smell and this one. I had been searching high and low for a candle that smelt like 'Christmas' and couldn't find it, I then find it but because Christmas was nearing it's end I thought it would be weird to burn it in the new year. So I went for this one. I love this smell, cinnamon is my fave. £12.

I have suddenly become addicted to buying Urban Decay's pallets. I always swore that I would NEVER spend almost £40 on a pallet but I got their smoky one for Christmas (which I still haven't used as it's too pretty) and I had some Christmas money that I had saved so I bought the Naked 2 (which again, I haven't used yet). I 100% want the Naked 1 as it is a lot warmer and I feel that suits my skin tone more. £38.

"Got a secret, can you keep it?!" It's no secret that I am a fan of Pretty Little Liars and I love reading, so why not get the book. £6.99. 

I saw a trailer of the 'The Mortal Instruments' film and it looked pretty good. I am a fan of Jamie too so again a good buy for me.
I love rose gold and this cute little wallet is to die for. I don't know what I will use this for yet but I am sure it will get its use. I got it from Accessorize in a sale for around £4. I did buy some sterling silver midi rings too but they went a weird brassy colour which it shouldn't of gone, so I had to take them back. 

This cute little ring is from Topshop, again I picked this up in a sale. It was £20 and I got it for £10. It's sterling silver too which is awesome.

I re-purchased some of my essential beauty products. Y'all have seen those before somewhere on this blog. Ha. 

Okay, right so the ear cuff situation, I cannot for the life of me work out how on earth they sit on my ear. They keep falling off. Can anyone please shed some light?! I got those from Topshop too. 

Topshop are also selling these cute necklaces and there are quite a few to choose from. There are one's for luck and power etc. I chose this one because I was drawn to it more. As you can see this was also in a sale so I think it was around £5.

All the above clothing items are from New Look. I cannot actually remember how much each item was, so I do apologise. 

I wanted a camel 'waterfall' coat for a while now and I found this and it was the last one in my size, so I grabbed it. At the time of trying it on I thought it looked really cool. Now I am a little unsure if it actually suits me. 

The black lace shirt is so beautiful. I love things like that, a little different and unique. I thought it would look lovely when you're transitioning from Spring to Summer. 

And finally, I love a bit of leather (this is faux leather, I never wear real leather) and this dress teamed with a long sleeved white tee and military boots would look super cool.

Always think ahead. 

I did buy some Lush products too but I couldn't wait and had to use them. I bought one of my favourites 'Razzle Dazzle' and I got given a bomb too. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I have bought and I will see you in my next post. 


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