Saturday, September 27

Backstage With Garnier, Meeting The Saturdays & Greatest Hits Live Tour! ♡

Last Monday, I was very kindly invited by Garnier to attend The Saturdays Greatest Hits Live tour at the BIC in Bournemouth. I have to say, having a blog and YouTube channel over the last three years definitely comes with some perks. When I received the email in my inbox, I had to read it at least three times before it sunk in! 

I invited my friend Charlotte to join me as I knew she'd be up for singing along with me. We arrived at 6pm, and were whisked away backstage into the Garnier Ultimate Blends room. There were mirrors with massive lights around them (I've always wanted one of those!), and two stylists on hand to do our hair with the latest products from Garnier. Hollie, the lovely girl who pinned and curled mine for me, said she loved using 'The Marvellous Transformer' range for dry and dull hair. I've already got the Dry Shampoo from for 'Mid-Long Hair', but I'm excited to try my Nourishing Repairer 1 Minute Treatment I was given in my goodie bag. It's full of loads of lovely ingredients including avocado and shea butter!
After our hair was styled, we got to have our photo taken with the girls before they headed on stage. You can watch the whole vlog from this experience below!

Overall, the show was absolutely brilliant. I didn't realise just how much I LOVED The Saturdays, I pretty much knew most of the words! Massive thank you to Garnier for inviting us, we had a brilliant night and experience we won't forget. :-)


Thursday, September 25

flopZ ♡

If I could live in only two pairs of shoes, flip flops in the summer and UGG Boots in the winter (absolutely no shame), I'd be pretty happy. I wear flip flops with dress, skirts and even jeans, they're the simplest pair of shoes to own and I love them so much. I literally live right by the beach and spend 75% of my time there from April-October, so as I'm sure you can imagine, I've tried multiple pairs of brands including Jack Wills, Gandys, Havaianas, Crocs, Hollister and even Betula's from Birkenstock. The moment I tried flopZ however, I knew they weren't quite like ordinary flip flops. I LOVE THEM. A lot. 
FlopZ have a special flopZgel that covers the insole, and what I can only describe as a massaging-like texture. When I opened the parcel, my mum first said "Oooh, they look like water droplets, that's ingenious!", and we were even more curious to how they'd feel on. However, I can honestly say they're super comfy and to my surprise, really sturdy too! Because the material is clear, the pretty pattern underneath doesn't fade, meaning I'll get great use out of them because they'll last me ages without needing replacing as quickly as standard flip flops. The 'straps' are also made of a nice material which doesn't rub or give me blisters, which is a big bonus too. In terms of colours and designs, there's loads to choose from and most are pretty uni-sex too. I was spoilt for choice and very close to getting ones with glitter, but went for the 'Siam Flip Flops with Silver Straps'* and white outsole from the Coral Collection, as I thought they'd go with loads of different outfits.

As they also come with their own handy bag protector, these are great for holidays, spa days, beach trips, after a pedicure and even for storing away during those colder months when you might not be wearing them as much. 

Although summer has started to fade away (boooo!), I'll definitely be taking these on my next holiday. I've been wearing them whenever I can over the last month and I can safely say I'd highly recommend them. Thanks flopZ for giving me this opportunity, I'm going to be purchasing these for friends and family now too, they're brilliant!

*I was kindly sent these for review purposes however, this does not hinder my opinion, they're honestly brilliant!


Wednesday, September 24

Olympia Beauty Show 2014 | Photos & Haul ♡

Last year, I attended the Olympia Beauty Show (read here!) and at last minute on Sunday 22nd September, decided to go again! 

Olympia Beauty is essentially a trade show for beauty professionals including make up artists, nail technicians, salon owners and luckily for me, they also allow press and bloggers too. The show is a real mix of hundreds of brands showcasing the latest trends and technology, which I personally find super exciting. You can also purchase goodies at a discounted price...who doesn't love a cheeky bargain?!

I attended in the afternoon and as I predicted, it was absolutely heaving but was much nicer to shop between 4pm-6pm. I ended up purchasing some heated rolls, gel nail varnish, magnifying mirror and a few other bits which you can which in the haul video below.

The press office was really lovely this year, lots of open space to go and have a coffee. Whilst upstairs, I also particularly enjoyed 'The Business Of Beauty' show; the women were super empowering and inspired me to wake up everyday knowing that I am prepared to fail, but always strive to succeed.  

Baring in mind I was on my own, everyone was super friendly and the show itself was another huge success. Celebrating 10 years is an incredible achievement, I can't wait until the next one!

I'm also really excited about the launch of their 2015 Blogger Awards. They will coincide with the launch of the first ever beauty bloggers conference and exhibition to take place at Olympia Beauty in September 2015. You can count on the fact that I'll be there! Find out more on their website here.

What do you think? Do you make it to Olympia Beauty this year?


Friday, September 19

The Book That Changed My Life...

I need to tell you all about this book, it's completely changed my perspective on so many aspects of my life. It's actually 11.15pm as I'm typing this; I've just spent half an hour, snuggled up in bed reading 'Who Moved My Cheese?' by Dr Spencer Johnson. I've finished it so excited, I've switched open my laptop to tell you all about it!

I actually came across this book on Wednesday at my workplace. In our head offices, we have a little 'library' full of books for staff to take, read, keep, swap and share, varying from novels to self-help type books. I'd heard and seen a few colleagues with it and was really intrigued. I had just returned from two weeks away, which my doctor has signed me off due to a high level of stress and exhaustion, and I thought it would be a great place to start.

Yesterday, I sadly handed in my four week notice to leave. I can't quite see clearly right now, I'm unhappy and I know I need to take this leap of faith. Before I read the book, the main thoughts going through my head were "What if my plan doesn't quite work?", "What if I'm not as happy?", "Maybe I should just stay where I am and hope things will change?"...

After reading the book however, I can now totally relate to the 'Cheese' story in so many aspects of my life. It has taught me that no one really wants to be a 'Hem', it's much more exciting to be a 'Haw' and that I should look at life more optimistically. There will always be my comfort zones, like a job or an relationship that I might be holding on to, that are easy to go back to but quite frankly, the old cheese won't change and will eventually just grow mould and hold me back. It helps you view change as a good thing, and that entering into the 'maze' of life isn't as bad as we first imagine.

Basically, buy the book and read it. It's simple yet effective and will only take you half an hour to read. You'll easily by able to apply it to parts of your life and see different people within the different metaphors. This post definitely isn't sponsored, I just loved the book, a lot. *Off to read One Minute Manager...*


Tuesday, September 16

Discovering An Allergy, My Eczema & Green People!

After having a patch test via my dermatologist at the beginning of the year, I discovered I have an allergy to 'Fragrance Mix II'. It is essentially a group of perfumes which are added to beauty products to make them smell nicer. This has made my life extremely tricky, because some brands use fragrances from only one group, but other brands use mixes of fragrances from all the groups, meaning I might/will be allergic to that product. I get bad eczema on my body which I have managed to control pretty well with Lush's Dream Cream however, my biggest challenge to date is finding a shampoo and conditioner that doesn't irritate my scalp and make it itch like CRAZY.

I have turned away so many opportunities to review other brands of hair care for you, purely because I know they won't work. They might work great for you, but it's pointless me reviewing a shampoo that 'smells nice' and 'makes your hair soft' but will make mine itch. I've previously worked with Aussie and love their products too but sadly, they now make me itch and look like I've got extremely bad dandruff. Or worse, feel like I've got nits. *SHIVERS and flashes back to school days. Bad times*.

Since also working for a large cosmetics company, I've been conscious of using brands who do not test on animals or use unnecessary harsh chemicals in their products. Luckily, this shampoo and conditioner is made without SLS, alcohol, parabens and artificial fragrances, yipee! With September being 'Organic September', I was super excited to be trying a brand that caters for so many different types of skin, whilst also remaining true to it's word. Like when you buy organic fruit and veg, organic skincare means your product will last longer and will deliver real active-packed goodness to your skin. YES PLEASE.

Neutral/Scent Free Shampoo*
I love how this has 82% certified organic ingredients including Aloe Vera, Green Tea and Pineapple. On first impressions, I liked how clean this made my hair feel but on the flip side, you definitely need to follow up with the conditioner, otherwise it does leave your hair feeling a bit dry. As promised it doesn't have any scent, and the Green Tea extract adds strength and shine. Sadly though, after using this for 4 different washes, each time it made my hair itch so much that after a week of washing, I had to stop. :'(

Neutral/Scent Free Conditioner*

Similarly the conditioner contains Aloe Vera, Green Tea and B Vitamins to leave your hair feeling silky, shiny and smooth. I found that my hair dried really nicely and was easy to style too. On the first few washes, this did leave my hair looking like I had a little bit of dandruff and after wash 3/4, my scalp hadn't adjusted to the change and I was itching. A lot.

Neutral/Scent Free 24-Hour Cream*
The lovely team at Green People also kindly sent their 24-Hour cream, containing avocado and seaweed! It's an anti-ageing moisturiser, meaning it reduces the size of wrinkles too, not that I need to worry too much about those yet ;) On first impressions, although it is 'scent free' I could smell what I can only describe as play dough?! It wasn't very pleasant but with that aside, it's actually a really lovely moisturiser. A little definitely goes a really long way though! The packaging is gorgeous and has a super easy pump, but deceiving because you don't actually need a big full pump. It didn't irritate my eczema AT ALL and I'm really enjoying using it (despite the odd 'scent').

Moving forward, I can't sit here and say I'm going to use the haircare as I did experience itching from the shampoo/conditioner. The moisturiser however is leaving my face feeling lovely and soft, which is really exciting for me so I think I'll keep it in my routine!

Although the hair products didn't work for me, I love everything Green People represent; their website, catalogue, products and brand as a whole are simple yet very effective, and I can honestly say I'd recommend trying them. You only need to have a sneak at the reviews on Amazon to see that people (especially families!) are loving using Green People too.

*I was kindly sent these three items from Green People to review however, this does not hinder my opinion.

Friday, September 12

Trying Google Glass!

On Wednesday 12th September, I was kindly invited to an event at ASOS HQ. Whilst there, I was also lucky enough to try out the new 'Google Glass', a completely surreal and futuristic product.

I'm pretty sure my description will not do it justice however, it's essentially a pair of super high tech glasses. They're available in different shapes and sizes, frames and no frames, and are designed to fit in your lifestyle. There's a tiny camera on the front and a screen that is projected in front of you which you can adjust to your eye level.

You start by saying "okay glass" using the built in speaker, followed by the command you'd like. For example, you can say "Google" and then "What's the weather like in London tomorrow?", to which the female voice told me "21 degrees and partly cloudy", whilst also displaying the results on the 'screen' in front of my eyes. Mind blown.

If you run, you can use GPS to track your location and if you get lost, you can turn on navigation overlay for further instructions with turn-by-turn directions. You can send texts hands free and see your friends responses right in front of your eyes. You can also take photos, record videos, translate words, set reminders, get travel alerts and tons more.

If you've got a spare £1,000 then it's a very cool gadget. Sadly I don't, and I highly doubt I'd use it that much, but I'm still very impressed. The glasses are really lightweight and comfortable to wear too! I also filmed my first impressions over on my YouTube in a vlog from the evening which you can go and watch here - Coke Life, Google Glass & ASOS HQ #BeautyChat.

What do you think? Have you heard/seen Google Glass before?

Ps. This post has not been sponsored, I just thought it was too AWESOME not to share! Pps. Photo credit to the beautiful Emma from Bloomzy, thank you!

Thursday, September 4

August Favourites '14

I'm going to be honest, although I've loved having summer here I'm so glad August is over. It started off really great with a trip away to Fuerteventura, but when I returned, it was a real roller coaster of emotions. On a positive note, I have enjoyed a few products and was super excited to share them with you! Let me know what you think!

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