Friday, 27 February 2015

Last week was round two of our #BeautyChatLIVE tour and I filmed it all for my weekly vlog. I hope you enjoy seeing behind the scenes of what we got up to in Brighton, London and Nottingham. You'll only have to wait 'till Tuesday for the next weekly vlog, so I'll see you then! 

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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Having grown up in London it amazes me that I can still discover new parts I haven't explored before. A couple of weekends ago, Anna and Mark took myself and Rich to Broadway Market which is East London just by the canal. It's not huge but it has two parts to it and the whole market is very foodie, which is just my kind of thing! 

There are a few flower stalls as well as accessories and baby clothes but the amount of food on offer was overwhelming, in a good way. After spotting an amazing hot dog, some intense brownies and fudge we walked around the corner to the smaller school yard part of the market where we settled on pulled pork served in a bun with homemade pickles. We also tried out some fresh juices, although Mark's choice was so much better than ours - see this vlog

I loved the whole atmosphere of the market and I would definitely go back... I need to try that hot dog! So if you're ever stuck for ideas and you're in East London on a weekend, head over to Broadway Market for something a bit different and delicious! 

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

So this weekend was pretty exciting for me... On Sunday I visited Burberry HQ to preview the AW15 Burberry beauty look a day before it was announced and then on Monday I went to the actual catwalk show! 

It was amazing to meet Wendy Rowe and she even did a bit of makeup on me too! I talk about it more in the video above before I try to recreate the look myself. So how do you think I did? 

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

As promised my By Terry Ombre Blackstar review is coming but until then I have a budget alternative that is a serious contender in the cream shadow game. 

The Bourjois ColorBands are brand new and only recently launched this month. There are six shades in the collection, but I definitely have my four favourites. 01 is black, 06 is grey but let's forget about those for a moment (not my kinda thing) and focus on the four gorgeous shades in between. 

02 is a traditional brown with a slight metallic, shimmer finish and 03 is a pretty light gold that goes really nicely with the brown. 04 is slightly more pink toned, with a rose gold feel and a pretty shine when it catches the light. The star of the show for me is shade number 05 Mauve Baroque as this one is a great dupe for By Terry's Misty Rock. It's a purple-ish taupe with silver shimmer running through which gives that wet lid effect that I love so much with Misty Rock. 

The formula of these are great and you have a few seconds of blending time before they set in place and stay put. There was absolutely no creasing for me, although worth remembering that I don't have oily lids. I love the ease of the giant crayons although they will need sharpening which is a bit of a pain. 

These shadow "& liners" as Bourjois like to put it are only £5.99 which is a complete bargain for the quality. I have a feeling 05 is going to be hard to get hold of but if you spot one in store, grab it! 

Have you tried the Bourjois ColorBands yet? 
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Monday, 23 February 2015

You know that feeling you get when you watch a haul video? Curiosity, excitement, that bubbly feeling you get when you go on a shopping spree... well this is how Anna and I felt whilst looking through your #BeautyChatLIVE shopping baskets. 

It was so nice chatting to you all and seeing how excited you all were to make your purchases and there was definitely a pattern amongst all the stores we visited. We saw the same products over and over, some of our all-time favourites! It was great to chat with other beauty enthusiasts and so for those of you who couldn't make it I wanted to talk you through some of the must-have products that you all wanted to buy! 

Quite a few of you went straight for the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray, both the mini and full size (although a lot of you had to listen to my "the bigger can is better" speech - see this post). It really is the best quick fix for flat and lifeless hair. 

I wore the By Terry Ombré Blackstar in Misty Rock for two of the events and Becky, the lovely makeup artist who travelled with us used them on so many lovely girls that she made up. It wasn't just Misty Rock that was popular though, lots of you were daring and went for the purple and green shades as well as the more neutral Bronze Moon. You won't regret it, I have a review coming up on these soon - they're incredible. 

The base of choice was definitely NARS Sheer Glow whilst some of you with oilier skin types opted for the new NARS All day Luminous Weightless foundation. Sheer Glow was my foundation choice throughout the whole tour and it often came up as a recommendation during the beauty chats. It's still my favourite and I'm sure it always will be. 

The star of the entire show was definitely the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel and it was a sellout every night. I'm not surprised, it's an incredible cleanser that we both highly recommend. Some of you with drier, more dehydrated skin were opting for the more nourishing Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. It seems quite a lot of you would have really enjoyed removing your makeup after #BeautyChatLIVE.

We found it so funny how many of you told us about your "terrible" skin when we thought it looked flawless, but when many of you asked about hydration and moisturising we recommended Sarah Chapman. The Intense Hydrating Booster is a twice a day saviour adding  boost of hydration into the skin and the Overnight Facial for something a little more special in the evenings. 

It was so exciting seeing so many of you try our favourite products so I really hope you all enjoyed your purchases. So if we had to put together our top picks from Space NK... I guess these would be top of the list! 
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