Wednesday, November 26, 2014

How to cope with your first Blogging Event!

I recently went to my first ever blogger event which Bloggers Love hosted at a bar/club called Kanaloa in London. It was from 4-8:30pm but I had to arrive around half 5 as I was going from work. I'm not usually shy about meeting new people and don't have a problem with making conversation, but I was so nervous that day! Walking into a room full of other bloggers seemed so daunting and Twitter suddenly seemed like such a better place to chat to other bloggers.

As I made my way there, I had to keep telling myself that this would be a good experience for me and that there's nothing to worry about and that it would be fine once I arrive.

And you know what? It was completely fine, more than fine, I loved it! I'm not going to lie, but walking into a room full of other people was definitely the hardest part of the night. But once I got talking to a lovely girl called Natalie, I felt a bit more at ease and started getting more into the flow of things.

There were lots of brands dotted around the space and they were all very approachable and very generous with giving their products away for us to try! I love how you can discover so many different brands by going to events like these.

My highlights were:

  • Obviously getting to meet other Bloggers after "meeting" them on Twitter
  • Getting to talk about skincare/beauty with so many like-minded people that were as excitable as I am about it! 
  • Receiving hair advice (and products!) from the Umberto Giannini team
  • Learning about new products on the market

If you are like me, and feel hesitant to go to your first Bloggers Event, I would definitely recommend to not think about it too much and just go! Life is too short to not get involved, and if it isn't for you, then at least you tried it. 

It was so lovely meeting Angie @chocandlipstick and Pao @paowong1

What were your first Blogger Event experiences like? Were you as nervous as I was? 



Sunday, November 23, 2014

Moisturising Winter Night Skincare Routine

Continuing from my previous post about Snail Mucus (which you can read here), you'll know that my skin is a lot drier during the Winter season. All the products that I use right now really help moisturise and get rid of random dry patches on my face!

I like to keep my skincare routine pretty simple as I, like many of you too don't have that much time every night to do a full on pamper session!

Using the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, I take off the days makeup by massaging it into my skin and then taking it off with the muslin cloth. I can't tell you how much I love this product, what's great is that you can take off your eye makeup with it too.

Double Cleanse
I soak 2 cotton pads with the Bioderma cleansing water (another cult product in the beauty world), and wipe off any excess makeup that I may have missed from my previous step. I do tend to see the remainders of my foundation on the cotton pads so it's definitely worth this extra step!

I've poured my Liz Earle Skin Tonic into a little spray bottle to make it easier to apply all over my face as I found that I wasted a lot of product when pouring out the product straight from the bottle! It also feels so refreshing when spraying toner all over your face and then gently pat it until it's fully absorbed.

I've been using Shiseido moisturisers for years now and they've been really nourishing on the skin. They are quite pricey though but I definitely think it's worth the investment as each tub lasts for ages! This was is from The Skincare range 0 Night Moisture Recharge.

Eye cream
I bought the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado in Duty Free on my way to Hong Kong and I admit it's done a good job at moisturising my eye area but it doesn't do much else other than that. I don't think I'll be in a hurry to buy another one when I finish this one, I need one that I can feel tightens up my eye area!

Moisturising Face Mask
I'm a massive fan of the Origins Face Masks. This Drink Up Intensive Over night mask has been part of my skincare routine for a long time now and I don't think I could live without it! I notice the difference when applying my makeup the next day if I haven't applied any the night before. My foundation doesn't sit properly on my skin and sometimes highlights the dry patches on my face. Thumbs up from me!

I hope this has helped you in some way.



Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Best of Origins Skincare

Origins were recently giving a free 75ml face mask with any two purchases.. I think it's still on promotion if you're quick! Two of my absolute favourite face masks - Drink up intensive and the Clear Improvement. I jumped at the opportunity as my Clear Improvement clay mask had run out for a good month and I hadn't had the time to repurchase it.

I love everything about the brand. The packaging, the smell of the products and more importantly - they work.

Here are the things I bought from there:

GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser
I decided to push the boat out and try something new from their skincare range. The bright packaging instantly caught my attention! Plus, who wouldn't want radiant, glowing and smoother skin?! Let me know if you would like me to do a review on this once I've tried it for a while.

Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask
My first ever stab at a clay mask and I was shocked at the results. It made my skin look instantly clearer and I definitely noticed less breakouts than usual (minus the hormonal ones obviously).

Drink Up Intensive Mask
This has also been a favourite of mine for a long time. I've repurchased it at least 3 times! If you think doing a face mask is too much of a hassle, then treat your face to this. It's as easy to apply as a moisturiser, I literally smooth a layer of this onto my face and then get into bed and rinse in the morning to get glowing skin!

What are your favourite products from Origins? I would love to try out some of your recommendations!



Monday, November 17, 2014

I found the secret to flawless skin? Snail Mucus.

Winter is here and so is my dry skin! My face is a lot drier in the colder months and I'm sure I'm not the only one. I have a few facemasks that I like to use a few times a week when I'm feeling diligent! 

The top two masks in the photo are a Bird's nest mask (helps brighten and improve elasticity) and a strawberry yogurt mask (exfoliates skin, brightens & helps treat acne). I've loved these masks from a Taiwanese brand called My Beauty Diary and the best thing about them is that they're so affordable, yet effective! 

Now onto the real topic of this post... Snail mucus. It's been a much talked about topic in the skincare world for some time now and I thought it was time to share my thoughts on it too. 

It really excites me when something like this crops up in the skincare world. Although it's not a completely new concept, the hype around it is phenomenal and it really shows that consumers will do anything to achieve "perfect flawless" skin. 

Skincare experts claim that snail mucus has properties to clear acne, heal scars, tighten skin and reduce wrinkles. Sounds like a miracle ingredient! 

When I was in Hong Kong earlier this summer, I saw that a lot of skincare brands were stocking the "snail mucus" ingredient in their products, which I had never seen or noticed in the UK market. I decided to give it a go and I'm so glad I did! The face sheet masks that I tried really felt like  it tightened my face and my skin felt so moisturised and nourished! 

Now, I'm not sure how much snail mucus was contained in the mask, but it definitely gave me glowing skin. I regret not buying more now as I don't know the brand of the masks to be able to find it online. Snail mucus products are a definite must-have if you're prone to dry skin in the winter. 

Have any of you tried snail mucus skincare?! 



Sunday, November 9, 2014

Top picks - Rucksacks!

If you were a 90's kid, or even 80's... remember those days where we would rock up to school with our little rucksacks full of books?! Or was that just me... Nerd Alert. If you do remember, good news! (or bad!), they seem to be back on trend again! I've always seen Rucksacks to be more of a masculine bag but there are so many designs out there now that have made them into a lovely feminine looking accessory.

I've picked out a few that I've got on my wishlist at the moment. One of which may be unobtainable at the moment... Cough Mulberry Cough.

1. Zara - Rucksack with metal fastening £29.99

2. Boohoo - Lucia Dogtooth Rucksack £18

3. Dorothy Perkins - Mi Pac Purple All Over Tartan Backpack £30

4. Mulberry - Cara Delevingne Bag with Lion Rivets

5. New Look - Box Zip Front Metal Trim Backpack £22.99

Which one is your favourite?



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Budget Winter Essentials Haul!

It's coming up to that time of year... The time when every penny counts but you still want to treat yourself to winter essentials?! I did a little bit of shopping on Sunday and thought I would share it with you. It's not much, but I'm so excited about them and can't wait for night ins where I can wear them. Here's the blogpost to for some ideas of what I would do on a night in.

It's pretty much official that I now publicly display my love for Tartan patterned things... #Tartan

New Look Red Check Reversible Oversized Scarf - £14.99 
This is so warm and snuggly, perfect for wrapping yourself in as it's getting so cold now. I love that it's reversible so it's pretty much like two scarves for the price of one! New Look are doing well on the prints front for scarves at the moment.

Primark Tartan Pyjama Shirt - £7 
What's a Budget Winter Haul without something from Primark?! This pyjama shirt is so soft and cosy, It's quite long so you could probably get away with wearing just the shirt to bed for extra comfort. I could easily stay in it all day as well as wearing these cute cream knitted slippers (£6) from there too!

I have spotted so many Christmas Primark Pyjamas in preparation for Winter.

What have your budget buys been recently?