Monday, 21 April 2014

Bullring Birmingham's Spring Fashion Fix

With Birmingham bloggers Emily of Emily Jayne Image and Sara of Pretty in Pink

On Thursday 17th April, Bullring Birmingham hosted Spring Fashion Fix, a four-step trend, style, colour, and beauty fix to get you fixed up and ready for Spring Summer 2014.

With fashion shows, makeovers, manicures, colour consultations and blow dries available from 12-8pm, as well as a host of offers, you could easily spend the day there.

First up, I headed to Trend Fix to watch Bullring's take on the new season trends headed down the runway. Rather than the usual walk down the catwalk and behind-the-scenes outfit changes, the models showed us how versatile the items were by changing on the catwalk from one look to the next. Genius.

The key trends for this season are: Pretty Things, Sports Luxe, Going Global, Monochrome and Colour Palette.

The best thing about this fashion show? All of the clothes and accessories shown are available right here in Bullring Birmingham.

Next up, I was treated to a makeover courtesy of Urban Decay. The lovely Kiran started off by prepping my skin with Brightening and Tightening Complexion Primer Potion before buffing in Naked Skin Liquid Foundation in shade 2 with the Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush and applying a touch of 24/7 Concealer Pencil in NSA where needed. A touch of blusher in the fabulously named Fetish and the base was ready!

Next, I was treated to a smoky eye makeover using the Naked Palette. Can you believe I've never tried this?! I was so excited, and after going through the differences between the three, we went for the original palette for my olive skin. Prepping with Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin, a completely nude colour, we went in for my favourite colours on here were Sin, Sidecar and Toasted, as well as Creep for definition, which I'm pretty sure are everyone's favourites! With the addition of some serious Super Saturated Ultra Intense Cream Eyeliner, 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil for the waterline, the Arab Eye transformation was complete.

Finishing off with Naked Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss in Naked and All Nighter Setting Spray, here's the finished look.

After the makeover, I was treated to a fabulous manicure courtesy of Nails By Rosie. If you haven't already heard of her, she's something of a legend in Birmingham and beyond and I've been admiring her work on Instagram. Rosie created 10 fabulous nail art designs using Topshop, Claire's and Urban Decay polishes especially for the event and I picked the blue and rose pattern design to co-ordinate with the Pretty Things trend. It was great to finally meet Rosie and I did manage to squeeze in a few questions for her! Top tips from Rosie: do what you love and don't be afraid to take a risk!

Last but not least was a Colour Me Beautiful Colour Consultation from the wonderful Emily. At last, I was able to see Emily in action as she showed me what colours to wear based on my colouring. I'm so guilty of wearing black and lots of it, but Emily introduced me to some beautiful jewel colours for my Deep skintone, and I'll definitely be looking to her Pinterest board for inspiration.

Trying not to smudge my nails!

Just as I was about to head home, I bumped into Sara from Pretty in Pink. After a few silly shots on the podium, we headed to The Balcony in Selfridges for a quick drink and long overdue catch up.

Huge thanks are due to the Bullring team for organising Spring Fashion Fix, inviting me along and for the treats! Posts to follow on the Hotel Chocolat, Urban Decay and Kiehls products...

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Spring Fashion Fix at Bullring Birmingham

I can't wait for thursday. Want to know why? Because I'll be going to Bullring's Spring Fashion Fix!

Bullring is celebrating spring and fixing up our wardrobes, hair and nails with this fabulous event on Thursday 17th April.

I'm super excited to see Emily Jayne and finally have my colours done!

Here's a snippet of what to expect:

The Spring Fashion Fix arrives at Bullring on Thursday 17th April between 12pm and 8pm.

Get the four step Spring Fashion Fix:

Style Fix: Monochrome, pastels and brights are set to be huge trends for the season; get style tips and advice from our fashion expert at the Style Fix workshops. Book your seat here.
Beauty Fix: Some of your favourite beauty brands from around the centre will be offering complimentary pampering treats throughout the day at the Beauty Fix pods.
Colour Fix: Book one-to-one colour consultations with our colour consultant or book your seat at one of our Colour Fix Presentations.
Trend Fix: See some of SS14's most-talked about trends brought to life with the Trend Fix installations, which will include looks from Selfridges.

Nails By Rosie will be using polishes from Topshop, Claires and Urban Decay to create amazing nail art, inspired by the SS14 trends. Book your complimentary appointment here.

Umberto Giannini will be on hand with a dry bar service offering fabulous hair-ups and blow-dry looks. Book your complimentary appointment here.

Enjoy treats from your favourite shops and restaurants with bespoke offers and activity for the day, find out what colours work best for you with one-to-one colour consultations, get expert advice on how to wear the new season's trends, and enjoy fabulous beauty pampering treats too.

There's a whole host of discounts and goodies to be enjoyed on the day so if you've got your eye on a gorgeous top, eyeshadow or pair of shoes, don't miss it!

For more details or to see the full list of offers click here.

See you there!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

An Oasis Outfit with a touch of Kim K

It's been a while since I did an outfit post so sorry this is long overdue! Here's a really simple outfit I styled from Oasis that I wore for a meal and drinks out with the girls.

Blue shirt // Oasis // Black leather effect skirt // Oasis // Black kitten heel pointed courts // Marks and Spencer // Gold lion chain necklace // New Look 

Apologies for the lack of accessory close ups and weird lighting but we were running late as it was so this is all we managed to get before the obligatory 'where are you?' text...

As it happens, the clothes are all from Oasis, the shoes are from Marks and Spencer and necklace is New Look. Shame you can't see the necklace as it's a chunky gold chain with lion discs!

The whole outfit feels a little Kim Kardashian to me, mainly due to the tight leather effect pencil skirt, but I love it with this loose blue blouse and think it would look equally great styled down with a casual jumper.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Payday Beauty Treats ft L'Occitane Clarisonic and Laura Mercier

Super quick post for you guys to show you what I got after payday! It was all thoroughly essential and I can't help but love these (high end) products. Oops. However, I did get to use the £5 off voucher from House of Fraser which made these a little bit more affordable

Clarisonic Brush Heads - Delicate

A little bit of a dilemma here, I usually use the Sensitive brush heads but House of Fraser doesn't sell the double packs so I settled for these instead. Has anyone used both the Sensitive and Delicate heads? is there much difference?

L'Occitane Jasmin and Bergamote Fragrance

I tried this out at the L'Occitane bloggers event last year and have been lusting after it ever since. At £49 it is a little pricey but I'm all out of everyday fragrance so this will definitely be used!

Laura Mercier Creme Silk Foundation - Beige Ivory

My current favourite foundation, this is my second tube and I'm still in love. Delivering all the coverage of Double Wear with a far more natural finish, this is great for covering redness and imperfections. I use this everyday without fail and the colour match is spot on. I'll continue to wear this until summer when I might have to switch to something lighter.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Collective Empties ft Dior Bioderma Crabtree & Evelyn and L'Occitane

It’s that time again! So here goes another huge collective haul. I’ve really been focusing on using up all the miniatures I seem to accumulate and I think I’ve done a pretty good job.

Bioderma Micelle Solution – This makes light work of removing make up without tugging at skin. I’ve repurchased this about 3 times already and can see myself buying this for a long time to come, even if it is a touch pricey.

Dior Addict Eau Fraiche  - A Christmas present from a while back, I;ve only just got round to using this and managed to finish it in a matter of weeks as it’s only a 30ml bottle. As much as I like it, I’m in no hurry to repurchase as I love trying out new scents!

Elemis Tranquil Touch Creamy Body Wash – A feminine, floral scent, as lovely as this is I don’t think I’ll be treating myself to such a pricey shower gel as this 100ml bottle is worth £7.50!

Sure Clear Aqua Deo – Not really worth commenting on this but it does the job!

Sensodyne Classic – As above!

Glucosamine Sulphate – I think these are good for joints, not entirely sure but I’m trying to be good and take my vitamins daily.

Crabtree and Evelyn Rosewater Hand Therapy – Lovely! I adore rose and jasmine scents and I managed to use this up really quickly.

L’Occitane Rose Tenderness Hand Cream – Another lovely hand cream finished, luckily I have a few in the stash as I really do seem to get through these.

Macadamia Rejuvenating Shampoo – Love these! The range really does make your hair feel soft and shiny. I might just treat myself to the full sized bottle in the future.

L’Oreal EverRiche Shampoo – A great all round shampoo that I’ll consider repurchasing but for now I want to try something different as I definitely feel that hair looks better when you switch your shampoos around.

Andrew Barton SOS Help Me Super Repair Shampoo – I don’t know quite how repairing this is but it certainly smelt like caramel and toffee, which is nice! It definitely did the job but I’m looking for more specialist shampoo at the moment.

Peter Thomas Roth Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Lotion and Body Wash – I have no idea where these minis came from, certainly a hotel somewhere, but the entire range smells so good, I can’t get enough of it! It’s hard to tell how good the product is when you’re working with such small quantities but I really enjoyed using them and would love to know where these are from!

H20 Spa Hydrating Body Butter – Another hotel miniature, this was surprisingly nourishing and did a good job.

The White Company Flowers Bath and Shower Gel – Wow! The scent of this really does hit you, although sadly doesn’t stick around on skin too much. Very luxurious at £12 for the 250ml bottle.

How are you guys getting on with your empties?!

Monday, 17 March 2014

March Clothes Haul ft Primark, Oasis and New Look

One of my new years resolutions was to stop buying anything unnecessary and focus on buying just a few key pieces to keep my wardrobe looking current. I don't know about you but I just seem to accumulate stuff! 

I've been really sticking to this and my Primark hauls are definitely a lot smaller than they used to be! However, a girl needs to shop every once in a while so here are a few of the essentials I've picked up in the last few weeks.

Here's a collection of the accessories I've been purchasing. The massive black bag is from Primark and was a steal at £12! I bought this for my holiday in May to use as hand luggage but I've got a sneaky feeling this is going to be too big!

I've been searching a gold triangle/bunting necklace for ages and managed to find 2 in Primark at just £3 each. One is in peach and one is just gold so I may return one of them in keeping with my resolution.

I haven't used the giant hair bun but these are always great on bad hair days.

I am in love with the black heels! They're from Marks and Spencer and a very easy to wear mid-heel in a classic point shape. I've worn them a few times and they've just perfect for work or casual wear; perfection!

New Look has really upped their dress game lately and I can't seem to stop buying them! These are both black tunic style dresses with a twist. The first has a gorgeous maroon coloured top section whilst the second has an unusual drop waist and I'll be wearing this one for work.

Hello leather skirt! I've already got a flippy leather effect skirt from Oasis, but I fell in love with this pencil style as soon as I saw it. Paired with this electric blue blouse and the Marks & Spencer heels, that's an instant outfit right there. 

Every girl needs a leather jacket, and whilst I still haven't found the perfect real leather jacket, this faux version will do just fine. Another Oasis find, this has a real biker feel to it with it's round neck collar and full length zip. It also has an elasticated arm which makes it really comfortable and a great fit.

Last but not least, some stripey PJ's! Another Primark find, these are so cute and they had a few different designs too.

What have you been buying this month?

Friday, 14 March 2014

MUA Make Up Academy Haul - Blusher Bronzer and Pressed Powder

As you'll have guessed by now, I love to try out affordable make up products from lines such as ELF and MUA. The MUA range just keeps getting bigger and with prices starting at £1, it would be rude not to try out more.

I picked up a relatively small haul the other week from Superdrug of 2 blushers, 1 bronzer and 1 pressed powder, all of which cost just £1! I've heard a lot of recommendations on these products and wanted to give them a shot. Here's my verdict...

Make Up Academy Bronzer Shade 3

I was really impressed with this product and it's my favourite from the haul. A matte shade with great pigmentation, this gave an easy to use and even application that worked really well on my light olive skin. For anyone who prefers to stick to a bronzer that's closer to their natural shade, I'd recommend a shade lighter for and other light olive skins out there. However, I really liked this shade and think it'll look even better once I've caught a little bit of sun as Spring arrives.

Make Up Academy Pressed Powder Shade 4 

This is a great product! The perfect shade for my skintone, it's easy to apply with no fallout and gives an even application. Result!

Make Up Academy Blush in Shade 4

In the package, this looks like a brown-red shade, but upon application it comes out much more red toned than I had imagined. More like a dark red terracotta, the product has great pigmentation and is a little uneven in application (although I'd suggest trying this out with a primer). For my skin this was much too dark but this would be great on darker skins.

Make Up Academy Blush in Shade 3

This looks so similar to Shade 4 in the packet that I had to buy both! Although it looks a little peachier in the package and in the second picture, this is actually more of a brownish red colour. Not as dark as Shade 4, it is slightly earthier and I did feel a little patchy. Although this was better on my skin tone that Shade 4, it was still a touch ark for my skin.


As you can imagine with budget brands, it really is a case of trial and error to find the producys that suit you best. However, at these prices you could buy the entire blush collection for less than the price of a drugstore lipstick and really experiment.

I really like the packaging and on the slightly more expensive products it is even better and it doesn't feel any cheaper to other drugstore brands to me.

I would however like to see them name the products as the numbers are not very memorable!

Best for: Anyone looking to experiment with their colours