Sunday, February 23

Britain's Got Talent | Audience Experience 2014


Have you noticed that I recently changed my domain? It now officially feels like my own website, brogantatexo.co.uk yipeee! Last Thursday 13th February, Rich & I took a little trip to London to see Britain's Got Talent Auditions. I went a bit crazy on Instagram and Twitter with excitement, and lots of you have been asking me questions about the whole experience since. Therefore, I thought I'd share the whole day with you.

To get tickets for TV shows, I am signed up to a website called Applause Store. It's no secret, it's how you get to see shows like X Factor and Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. Plus, it's FREE! I've been receiving the newsletters for quite some time and always wanted to go. However, due to working on weekends and living two hours from London, it's never been easy. On Tuesday night, an email landed in my inbox to say that due to the storms, they'd had some cancellations and seats were available again. Once I opened the email, I noticed a matinee performance on both mine and Rich's day off! I applied, instantly received a confirmation, then booked a coach from Bournemouth straight to London Hammersmith, it was super easy.

We arrived at 10am outside the Hammersmith Apollo theatre, and although our tickets said to arrive at 12.15pm, we thought we'd be one step ahead, pack some food and just stand and wait. Our tickets were apparently 'priority' (even though I didn't pay any extra, still free) and so we were given a gold wrist band, new tickets with seat numbers and told to come back at 2pm. Confused, we went for a coffee and came back at 12, in case we could go inside or see the judges arrive. We stood one row behind the barrier, opposite the red carpet for two hours (I know, painful) as we didn't quite know what else to do. At least it was sunny for us though!


Amanda Holden arrived first at about 2.15pm,  walked down the carpet for a few piccies and straight inside, followed shortly by Alesha Dixon at 2.35pm who did the same thing. David Walliams arrived about 2.45pm, but came over to our barrier for extra photos and a handshake, which was really nice. Last but not least, Mr Simon Cowell showed up just gone 3pm and like David, came over for photos and handshakes with us. It was a great experience and made me laugh when they asked Simon to get back in the car, so they could film him stepping out again. 

We finally made our way inside and seated at about 3.30pm, much later than they planned. Our seats were absolutely fantastic, roughly 15 rows from the judges, in the middle, on an isle. We were pretty chuffed. It lasted just over 3 hours, and in between performances was a comedian/presenter called Roycey, who chatted to the audience and directed us when needed. He was absolutely hilarious and a true asset to the company and experience. Ant & Dec made a cheeky appearance too, filmed a few lines and asked the audience to stand up and clap at certain times.

All four judges then arrived together, walking straight down the isle we were sat in! Rich managed to high five almost all of them, whilst I attempted to take some photos. It then started quite quickly, and had security flashing a torch in peoples face who continued to try and take photos. We saw about 10-15 acts altogether, some were crap as you can imagine, but other was unbelievable. Simon's comments were classic, one act was so bad he said "I can't even be bothered to say no", whilst Amanda threw an orange peel at one too! The buzzer was SO much louder than I imagined, it made me jump every time! They've also introduced a new 'gold' buzzer, but you can find out more when you watch the show. We had to wait about 10 minutes in between each act, whilst the judges said hello to a few audience members and had their make-up reapplied.
We saw several dance acts which blew me away, and a little girl who sang gave me goose bumps. The best act by far, which I will try not to spoil for you, was a group who danced in the dark with lights on their body, it was unbelievable. After the judges said goodbye, they actually filmed this act again, moving the camera on to the judges desk to get some better angles. As we were seated on the ground floor near the front, I have NO idea if any of our reactions were filmed however, it may be quite likely! Overall, we had an amazing time. The whole experience was fascinating and highly entertaining. I'm just excited to see it on TV now, hopefully in April!

Have you ever been to see a TV show before?

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Friday, February 21

Lush Cosmetics | Mother's Day & Easter 2014

You know it's almost Spring when Lush release their Mother's Day & Easter Collection, right?! All these products are now available online and across all stores from tomorrow, Saturday 22nd February. I thought I'd give you a sneak peak and share all the new products, with a brief explanation and how to use them! 


Remember Pumkin at Halloween? Well Mumkin is making a comback this year and she's brighter than ever! She's renowned for her cheerful fruit fragrance; a unique scent which smells like punnet of fresh raspberries! I love the little chocolate drop eyes, star hat and a candy stick stalk. A perfect little gift.
How to use? Crumble under running water, for a deep and delicious pink colour with lots of bubbles.
Touch this and prepare for gold luste EVERYWHERE. The glitter is PET (plastic free) and will leave your body lovely and glittery. Inspired by Wonder Woman, the gold is to replicate her golden tiara and is packed with Lush's best selling Gorilla fragrance, The Sun.
How to use? Crumble under the tap for bubbles and a gorgeous mercury effect in the water.
Mum's Flowers | Reusable Bubble Bar | £5.25
Back for another Mother's Day, this year features a range of Lush's best-selling fragrances on a wand as a reusable bubble bar for up to six baths! Madame Butterfly (far left) is scented with Rose Jam, The Mum (middle) smells of Honey I Washed The Kids and Mum Tulip (far right) has the alluring Sex Bomb fragrance!
How to use? Either hold under a running tap for mounds of luxurious bubbles or, swish the wand around as your bath is running to leave a trail of delicious bubble in the water.

Rose | Bubble Bar | £2.95
Inspired by the enchanted rose from Beauty and the Beast, this gorgeous little rose smells similar to Amandopondo. It's made from rose petals from the Damask rose, picked at dawn by local villagers and Roma Gypsies in Seni, Turkey! This contains rosehip oil and cocoa butter which will leave your skin feeling silky smooth too.
How to use? Crumble under water to create pink and white bubbles that will float to the top and is enough for two baths. 

Inhale Exhale | Bath Bomb | £3.25
This ballistic uses two halves of the Breath Of God fragrance, Inhale & Exhale. The inhale half fizzes quickly, allowing you to breathe in the neroli and rose oils, helping you to relax. You can then lie back, and enjoy the grounding effect of Exhale, which fizzes more slowly to allow the opportunity for a long-lasting, indulgent soak. 
How to use? Pop in the bath and you may even discover a little note inside too!

Secret Garden | Bath Bomb | £2.95
This smells absolutely gorgeous, perfect for spring as this lovely floral ballistic will make you feel like you're in your very own secret garden. Once placed in the bath, you're treated to your very own bunch of flowers as there's rose petals, marigold and blue mallow flowers, red cornflowers and yellow rose buds inside!
How to use? The green part of this is partly made using bubble bar mix, which means it fizzes slowly for a long relaxing bath under a green carpet of foam.



Bunch Of Carrots | Reusable Bubble Bar | £5.95
This product originally arrived in stores last year however, now it's available in a bunch! Each trio of carrots creates several baths and the buchu, lemon and grapefruit oils create a blackcurranty and refreshing fragrance.
How to use? Take your bunch of carrots, choose one and swish it around your bath (holding onto the green leaves), then pop it on the side of the bath and reuse next time!
Golden Egg | Bath Bomb Melt | £3.50
The outer shell of Golden Egg is soft and coated in a bath melt but has a hard, bath bomb centre! Inspired by chocolate cream eggs, it has a honey-toffee fragrance and a gorgeous glitzy exterior. The outer shell is also made from Fair Trade, certified cocoa butter leaving your skin super soft.
How to use? Pop in the bath, it will sink to the bottom before bobbing back to the top to reveal the bomb within. 

Immaculate Eggception  | Bath Bomb | £6.95
When you crack open this giant egg, you'll discover a mini bunny or chick bath bomb hidden in the centre! Fragranced with a beautiful blend of grapefruit, lemon oils and Fair Trade vanilla absolute. You'll be able to get 3 baths out of this however, I like using the whole thing in one!
How to use? Give it a firm knock or twist to reveal the inner bath bomb, then pop in the bath and watch it fizz different colours. Also available in either Pink or Yellow.
Bunny | Bubble Bar | £3.25
Inspired by the White Rabbit in Alice In Wonderland, this is my favourite. It's so cute and hidden in the centre are blue cornflower petals to float around your bath! The shea butter & coconut oil are great for softening the skin, and has the same fragrance as Creamy Candy.
How to use? Crumble under running water to create lots of lovely bubbles, similar to the bubbleroons!
Brightside | Bubble Bar | £4.50
This bar first launched for Easter last year and will now be staying all year round! It contains an uplifting trio of orange fragrances - mandarin, tangerine and bergamot oils. It turns the water an orangey sunset colour and will leave you feeling cheerful and looking on the bright side of life.
How to use? Crumble under running water, plenty for one bath although could be cut in half for two.
Fluffy Egg | Bath Bomb | £2.95
If you're a Snow Fairy fan, you'll like this one, so be sure to pop it into your Easter basket! It has a wonderful sweet candy fragrance, similar to Mmmelting Mashmallow Moment and Creamy Candy. Fluffy Egg has returned year after year and is always super popular. 
How to use? Drop into the bath for a fizzing pink, candy scented bath.
Carrot Soap | Hand & Body Soap | £3.95 (100g)
Looks like a carrot, smells like a refreshing tropical fruit juice with buchu, lemon and bergamot essential oils. Carrot soap is made from moisturising carrot seed oil in the orange part, and Fair Trade cocoa butter in the white, with bunnies leaping through every piece! Carrot oil will soften the surface of the skin as it is cleansed by the action of the soap base.


There we have it! 15 new products for Mother's Day & Easter. I'm personally most looking forward to Rose, Secret Garden and Bunny however, there's lots of new bubble bars in there that I need to try too. Have you noticed it's mainly all bath products? I think more of a variety would have been nice for those who don't use baths however, I am still super excited. There's lots of gift sets worth having a little look at too. Let me know if you pick up any this weekend!




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Wednesday, February 19

Wednesday Wishlist | February 2014


I haven't done a wishlist post for SO long and I have to admit, it felt lovely putting it together and lusting after all these items. I turn 20 next month, so I'm hoping a little hint hint to my family may work (maybe minus the Louboutins). 

01. I absolutely adore this White Quilted Shoulder Bag from a website called accessoryo, which I spotted in Company magazine last month. It's been out of stock for a while and I'm patiently waiting for it's return! At only £21.99, it's a great dupe for Chanel and super versatile for shopping or nights out. 

02. I am desperate for a new iPhone External Backup Battery Pack. After a recent trip to London reminding me how important this handy little gadget is, I'd quite like to get one that actually works. After reading a few reviews, I'm hoping this may do a better job that my current one.

03. I've been making videos for almost 3 years and STILL haven't invested in a soft box (why Brogan why?!). You can buy this handy Speed Lite Box with the stand and tripod which just screams easy peasy to me. As I invested into a new camera last year, I think it's about time I got myself a soft box. 

04. I love Tiffany & Co. I wear one of their necklaces and bracelets every single day, it makes me feel the tiniest bit special. After browsing their site, I fell in love with this pretty little Infinity Bracelet. Although you can get a much cheaper one from places like ASOS, I think this would go nicely with my collection.

05. Rich recently treated me to a MAC Quad (yaaayyy!) with two colours I'd be lusting after. With two spaces left, I'm struggling to decided on which ones, but I always end up swatching and leaning towards Satin Taupe. So pretty and great for everyday on the crease. 

06. I just couldn't resist. What girl doesn't want a pair of Christian Louboutins eh? *Keeps dreaming*


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Monday, February 17

M·A·C Cosmetics | Haul


Over the last couple of weeks, I've been really into M·A·C again. I've created a new 'wishlist' of products I've got my eye on, and found myself happily swatching the products more frequently. Here are a few products that I purchased!

01. Whilst at Gatwick at the end of January, I firstly picked up the Travel Sized Wipes. I'm not really a wipes girl anymore, I do generally remove my make-up with Bioderma. However there are times (especially after a night out), where I've preferred to reach for a wipe. I've always wanted to try these; they're very luxurious, super soft and remove make up really well. I can't say I love them enough to purchase a massive pack however, they're sat on my desk waiting to be used every so often.

02. My second purchase at Gatwick was a new paint pot in the shade Painterly. This is my third longwear paint pot and it didn't let me down. It's really just the colour of my skin however, it's great as a base for eyeshadow and to block out any redness on my lids. They last absolutely ages and the glass packaging is really sturdy.

03. The final product I threw in my basket was a Travel Size Fix + Spray. I already own the large bottle (much better value and lasts ages!) however, I couldn't resist this to carry in my handbag. It's great to freshen my make-up, especially if it starts drying during the day. 

04. Last but not least, Rich treated me to a Quad Palette for Valentines! I can't even tell you how long I've been wanting to create my own, perfect for eyebrows and a simple everyday look. The two colours I also picked are Charcoal Brown and Naked Lunch. I love the magnetic packaging and concept of seeing which colours I own however, I think a mirror may have been handier. I now have two slots left, any recommendations? I've got my eye on Satin Taupe!


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Saturday, February 15

Seafolly Oasis Bryon Dress | Simply Beach Review


At the end of January, I went on holiday to Fuerteventura and shared lots of my holiday photos on my blog (here). It was so relaxing and I thoroughly enjoyed some winter sunshine! My lovely friends at Simply Beach got in touch and asked if I'd like to write a review again. Last year, I blogged about my Seafolly Bikini which you can read (here), however this time I suggested about trying a kaftan/cover up, as I never seem to find decent ones to take away with me!

After a little bit of posting back and forth (I'm quite fussy and don't like reviewing anything for you that I'm not happy with!), I finally settled on this b-e-a-utiful S/S '14 dress from the same Australian brand, Seafolly. Priced at £41.00, this Oasis Byron Dress doesn't come cheap but was my most worn, versatile piece of clothing I have ever taken on holiday. Let me tell you why!

Firstly, the fabric is to die for. 100% Rayon, this reminds me of my cashmere pashminas. It's super soft and comfortable, it doesn't stick to my skin and arrived knotted up in a ball, so I didn't even have to worry about creasing as that's 'the look' it's meant to be! In terms of sizing, I'm a UK 12-14 and knowing that Seafolly comes up quite tight, I went for a size Large which fitted perfectly.

2013's biggest hair trend has also been increasingly popular in fashion over the last year, and the ombre design on this was a big selling point for me. I love the pink tones and contrast white rope for the straps, even though I'm quite pale this didn't wash me out. I also loved the little tassels on the bottom however, it did make the dress feel quite long, almost to my knees! The tie concept is great, you can pull the straps/rope and adjust the height position of the neckline. Once I had it perfect (almost a scoop style), I tied a small knot and it never came undone.

Although the dress is pricey, I loved it so much and wore it to breakfast, around the pool, for beach walks and shopping in town. To highlight just how fab I believe this is, my mum has gone and bought herself the blue version from Simply Beach in preparation for her holiday to Dubai in a few months - yipee! 

What do you think? Have you got any essential items of clothing you take on holiday?



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