Sunday, 26 July 2015

A SMASHBOX MASTERCLASS AND DINNER AT HOI POLLOI

Smashbox matte lipstick
So, you know that time - well, times - that I said I'd stop boring the life out of you raving about blog events I've been to for fear of becoming repetitive/boring you/coming across as a massive brag (I hope to god this isn't the case as it isn't intended that way at all)... Well, I've kinda gone back on that promise.

You see, I was invited to an event on Tuesday which involved an introduction to Smashbox's new range, launching their pop up store in Boxpark, Shoreditch - you know, where all the "trendy" kids hang - mingling with the loveliest blogger beauties and an incredible meal at a restaurant I'd heard raved about... basically, it was pretty much blogger perfection, which is exactly why I'm waxing lyrical about it today.
Smashbox UK
Smashbox UK
Smashbox matte lipstick
I arrived slightly early - #ControlFreakProblems - and used my time wisely by instagramming the life of lipsticks perusing the makeup counters, swatching every product in existence and in the process, turning my hand into a human/makeup rainbow. (As all the best bloggers do, right?)
Smashbox foundations
Smashbox o glow
smashbox primer water
smashbox foundation
Perusing done, time for the masterclass with the wonderful Janine Bird, national makeup coach for Smashbox where we were taken through some of Smashbox's incredible new launches/existing favourites - which will be popping up in a blog post soon - as well as a closer look into strobing (actually a really old technique which has now just been giving a jazzy name and lots of hype), grey eyeliner and a gorgeous burgundy lip. I've been part of many masterclasses before but Janine really is just one of those infectious people that you want to listen to/soak up her knowledge/possess all her makeup skills (please and thank you?) so it was a joy to listen to her and watch her work.
Smashboxpark
Smashbox London
Smashbox london
Smashboxpark
Myself and the lovely blogger ladies being pushed ;) jumping into the ring light/selfie stick situation. All of the ladies are tagged on my Instagram so be sure to go and check them out, total babes [insert heart emoji's here]
Smashbox eyeliners
Smashbox primers
Makeup stuffs done, time for the most important part the food...
We were taken to the Hoi Polloi which is a gorgeous restaurant in the Ace Hotel London. Despite having a tiny bit of trouble actually finding the place - just in case you were wondering, you enter via the flower shop next to the Ace Hotel which has no signage for Hoi Polloi [insert confused face emoji here] - once we were in, I knew we were in for a treat. We started with cocktails - a Vada Colada for myself because it sounded posh and I'm really not it sounded so tasty - and went on to stalk the menu with very excited faces.
Did I mention that after telling the waiter that I had coeliac disease and asking for the gluten free options, I was then brought out this gluten free bread? Oh I never? shame on me. Bread makes me a very happy girl so I knew my relationship with Hoi Polloi was a Love at first chat kinda one ;)
To start, I went for the Cured salmon, beetroot, cucumber and smoked yogurt which was actually stunning. I am the least snobbish person - give me a McDonalds (cheeseburger without the bun #coeliacproblems) and I'm happy - but this really was something special. As well as being common easily pleased, I am also the furthest thing from a food critic, so bear with my awful desciptions. The salmon combined the smoked yogurt really was just so delicious.... BRB, just drooling and day dreaming over the dreamiest starter...
For my main, I went for the Seabass, asparagus and hollandaise which again, was ridiculously tasty. We all shared a mixture of sides with the kale, garlic and peanuts being a particular favourite of mine. Not to mention those dripping chips... [insert heart eye'd emoji's here]
You know that feeling when you're fit to burst but know that if you don't get dessert and somebody else does, you're going to have all the food envy in the world? Well, that happened, and subsequently so did the Coconut sorbet, pineapple, passionfruit and lime which was possibly the freshest dessert I've ever eaten. I'd highly, highly recommend this.
After rolling home a stone or two heavier - absolutely no regrets - I thought that that was the end to the perfect event. But then I opened my goodie bag the next day to find these delights. All the Smashbox goodies (which I tried that day and am blown away by, post coming soon) as well as an amazing Diana F camera. So a huge thank you to Smashbox for totally, totally spoiling us.
So, that brings me to the end of this "Omg, best event everrr"/"Omg that food though..." roundup of my Smashbox masterclass and Hoi Polloi post, I really hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I would love to know if you have any Smashbox favourites? Have you visited their pop up store in BoxPark? Also, let me know if you've been to Hoi Polloi, any foodie recommendations for my return are very welcome :)

As always, thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!

xx 

Thursday, 23 July 2015

5 BUDGET MAKEUP PRODUCTS I CAN'T BE WITHOUT

best budget makeup
When it comes to beauty, I really couldn't be any less of a snob. Yes, whilst I swoon/stalk/dream of Charlotte Tilbury as much as the next blogger -  #ThatRoseGoldPackagingThough #ThatClicheLife - I will also happily cake my face dress my face in drugstore only products if they're what I'm loving most makeup wise.

Recently, drugstore makeup is what I've been loving most lately - "Hallelujah" screams my purse - and I realised that some of my absolute holy grail/can't live without/my face would look like a pile of shit poo without these BAE'S products, all belong to the drugstore. So I thought, what better way to celebrate this than by doing an entire post based on my 5 budget makeup products.

I also used this as the perfect excuse to go out and buy back ups for said HG's and also have a bit of a splurge whilst I'm at it. Video evidence here [insert "can't look"/"purse, please don't hate me" emoji's here].
Bourjois Healthy mix serum foundation
Bourjois Healthy mix serum foundation
Bourjois Healthy mix serum foundation - First up is a product that I have used consistently for the last 6 months which, as a major foundation whore (yep, I am that girl that's forever on the hunt for the perfect foundation) is true testament to just how incredible this is. I'd say it has a light to medium coverage that is also buildable, but the thing that I love most about this is that it just looks like skin. So natural but also covers any redness, and it somehow manages to leave a dewy finish but lasts a long time too. This is almost the perfect foundation for me, which is kinda' like saying that Kanye loves someone as much as he loves himself. Yep, big things...
collection lasting perfection concealer
collection lasting perfection concealer
Collection Lasting perfection concealer - I won't bang on about this for long because I have mentioned it numerous times on my blog and youtube channel but in short, it's a very high coverage concealer that works well on my blacker than black under eyes and blemishes. It's long lasting, doesn't crease... basically, if I could marry this product, I would. Mrs Ellie Lasting Perfection... gotta ring to it right? ;)
Revlon Strawberry Shortcake
Revlon Strawberry Shortcake
Revlon lip butter in Strawberry Shortcake (£7.99) - This lip butter, in short, is pretty much what I wear on a day to day basis. I have big old lips - Oh hey there Jay Z... - so keeping my lips in good condition is pretty essential. This means that lipstick on a day to day is not really great for and me and this, this is where Revlon's lip butters come in. They are so incredibly moisturising and yet somehow, so pigmented. Strawberry shortcake is a gorgeous mid toned pink that's so brightening on my face (i.e makes me look like I've had a few hours sleep rather than none at all) and reminds me of a glossier Mac Angel, my favourite lipstick ever, putting it right up there at the top of my budget HG purchases.
Soap and glory archery brow pencil
Soap and glory archery brow pencil - I had a lot of love for this eyebrow product anyway, but it doesn't hurt when the lovely Becca Rose comments on your eyebrow game during drinks does it? ;) It's actually only when I don't have this in my life that I realise just how much I rely on it. The pencil, for me, provides the most perfect, natural filled in brow that really does just look like individual hairs almost (my todler-like description skills are out in full force today.) The spoolie is also fantastic - is that a weird thing to say? I feel like that's a weird thing to say - but it really does grab on to those brows and keep them in place. I couldn't be without this product (... well, I could, but my brows would look like utter shite) ;)
Maybelline colour tattoo on and on bronze
Maybelline colour tattoo creamy beige
Maybelline Colour tattoo On and on bronze/Creamy beige - Another product that I've mentioned numerous times before but these beauties really are the best of the "paint pot"-esque bunch. Formulation wise, they apply seamlessly and stay on all day. These things seriously just don't budge, whatsoever. Colour wise? Maybelline girl, you've got this down... They have an incredible variety of colours but my two favourites which are so me, are On and on bronze, the perfect bronze - funny that - golden, shimmery shade that works amazingly as a base and by itself. The latter being Creamy beige which is the most perfect chic, sophisticated neutral eye colour. Very work/"formal meeting" friendly and definitely one I rely on no matter what the day, what the occasion.
... and here's one I made earlier. I'm wearing each product mentioned in this photo just so you can gauge what it looks like on. Blogger of the year and all that... [insert "totally kidding so please don't think I'm a twat" emoji here].

So this brings me to the end of this post. I have to admit - prepare for some loser vibes here ladies - I had so much fun rummaging through my makeup bag and picking out the pieces I really couldn't be without.  It definitely made me rediscover some old favourites, as well as discovering that sometimes it really is best to stick to your - very limited i.e pink lips neutral eyes and "please turn me into Cara" brows - comfort zone.

I would love to know what your top budget makeup items are? Please feel free to leave them in the comment below. I read and reply to every single one :)

As always, thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!

xx

Monday, 20 July 2015

TWO WAYS WITH THE PERFECT #SUPERDRYSUMMER MAXI

I would like to think that I'm known for being quite a brutal blunt honest person when it comes to this blog. Not in a bitchy way - ain't nobody got time for that... - at all, but I just like to keep my readers (oh hey Mum, looking at you over there!) well informed and keep some integrity in what is starting to become a slightly non-transparent world.

So I have to be totally honest, when Superdry started to "get big" - i.e all the cool kids started wearing it - a few years back, I'd never really considered it for my own wardrobe. I always kinda' just assumed that it was more up teenage boys/young girls' street and not my (very exclusive) Primark, primark and more primark avenue. Time to eat humble pie because this assumption couldn't have been any more wrong. Yes, if you're looking for cool beach wear - flip flops, beach bags, bikini's, shorts, [insert your own choice of beachwear item here] - then Superdry is for you. However if you're also looking for beautiful maxi/summer dresses, stunning sequinned skirts and sunglasses to put Rayban to shame... then Superdry has your name all over it too.

Today's post isn't just any old outfit post it's an M&S post but more of a homage to Superdry for creating the perfect maxi dress for any occasion.
white crochet maxi
white crochet maxi
white crochet maxi
suede fringe bag
Dress that I am beyond obsessed with and won't leave my body - bar washing it of course #NoScrubs - all summer: Superdry*
Fringe, suede bag: Matalan (old but similar here)
Gladiator sandals: Linzi

My favourite way of wearing this dress is the slightly dressier option. The gorgeous halter-esque/mermaid/nipped in at the waist cut, paired with some grecian sandals and a fringe bag makes the perfect summer evening outfit. Chic, sophisticated but effortless... the perfect "No, I haven't tried hard at all, LOL JK... I've been getting ready for the last 5 hours but you wouldn't have guessed it" look. I am all about that bass look.
maxi dress converse
maxi dress converse
That same dress that I am more obsessed with than Kanye is with Kanye: Superdry*
Denim top: Shop Style
Trainers: Converse
Bag: Superdry*

On the other hand, whilst I love looking sophisticated and put together (because if you can't be it, you may as well look it) I've also equally loved pairing this gorgeous dress down for a much more day time, casual but cool look. We all know that Converse are the eptiome of casual cool and luckily for me, they only look better with dirt age (Right? Right?...) so I've really been enjoying wearing them alongside my "does it all" Superdry maxi that I've totally fallen head over heels for.
Superdry mini alumni
Superdry mini alumni
To finish off this casual cool look - is it even possible to say the phrase "casual cool" any more than I already have?... casual cool - I paired it with Superdry's Mini alumni bag which I've also fallen in love with. The mini is the perfect size as it fits all of my essentials (aka 20 almost identical pink lipsticks) without being too large and heavy to lug around with you in the hot weather. Perfect for summer!
mirrored aviator sunglasses
mirrored aviator sunglasses
mirrored aviator sunglasses
These Superdry Mirrored aviator glasses* which have quickly become the new love of my life - soz future husband - are also beyond perfect as the classic aviator shape and stunning red/orange lens works so well for a dressier and casual look, making it totally OK to never take these off of my face.

So that brings my little #SuperdrySummer/"OMG girls I've found the perfect maxi, bag and dress now go and buy it all" rave to an end. I really have been so incredibly impressed with Superdry's holiday shop and just their clothing line in general. If I had to sum it up in three words, they would be; chic, cool and effortless. And I am all for having those three things in my wardrobe!

I would love to know what your thoughts on Superdry are? Anything you've purchased recently that you've fallen in love with? What has been your favourite Summer shop this year? I would love to hear your thought :)

As always, thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!

xx
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