Vichy Idealia Life Serum Event - Better late than never!

When it comes to skincare, I could probably be likened to a bit of a slag, trollop, Katie Price, floozy. (Floozy? Is it possible to go to sleep a 20 year old girl and wake up an 80 year old granny?) Forever in search of 'the one' (excuse me whilst I'm sick in my mouth) I could literally chop and change on a day to day basis with my ridiculous skincare stash. However - yeah, it's not an 'Elle' blog post without a big fat contradiction change of tune, I've been so happy with my skin care routine of late that I'll never even sniff in the direction of another product again, let alone use or buy one.

What complete and utter bullshit rubbish!

Yes, whilst I am really happy with my current skincare, the product whore in me will never be satisfied, so when I was invited to a Vichy event recently by Hana, I lapped that s**t up and legged it over. (Literally, I was coming straight from work - you know that thing that I constantly blame for my lack of social life? Oh get over yourself you boring bitch - hence the sweaty, "I was in a rush, don't judge my face" appearance)

The event was held in Centrepoint tower on the top floor (erm...OK, being totally honest I can't remember which bloody floor it was on but I know it was riiight near the top, and very high up. Ladies and gents, I present you the biggest dumb arse of a blogger ever to exist. Ever!) And without sounding like a complete rambling ponce, the view, and just the venue in itself really were breath taking! (Yep, still feel like a complete tit using that phrase)
After entering the venue, having photo's taking by their own professional photographer (which by the way, if anyone knows how I can get hold of one, please let me know in the comments below) and having alcohol shoved in our hands - and then forced down my throat, obviously - we were left to wander around the venue where there were Vichy samples and testers of all their cult products, and newly released lines scattered around everywhere. Shite terribly taken picture evidence below....
Love these Dermablend starter kit's, it feels ever so slightly like having the Bobbi Brown university palette. Only the brand being totally different, the amount of concealers being less than 1/10 of Bobbi Brown's, oh...and the fact that I'm about as far away from a professionally make up artist as humanly possible. So nothing like the Bobbi Brown university palette at all then...
Vichy's new BB Cream. I'd heard so much about this (confessions of a sad, 'need to get a life' beauty tweets stalker!) and after chatting to some of the lovely Vichy ladies - we all know that means I've forgotten their names too, sorry ladies - I ended up being introduced to the lovely Julia who matched me up and sent a sample only a few days later. I've been using this ever since I received it and in short - of course I'll do a full review asap but of course asap in 'Ellie land' will probably be in a year's time. That was exaggeration Julia, it'll be up soon, promise! *turns off Keeping up with Kardashian's and starts writing* - I bloody love it!
The actual event in itself was the launch of Vichy's Idealia Life Serum, as well as re-promoting their other cult 'classics' (another phrase, sure to make you feel like an absolute tit!) We were lucky enough to receive a full size sample of the serum and so far, I only have good things to say. Despite the fact that I am about 4weeks late posting about the event (story of my life) I haven't used the serum consistently enough to judge whether it's actually making a difference to my skin yet (jesus, over use of the old italics today or what?!) But of course, once I've made my extremely thickle mind up, there will be a review to follow. (...probably in a year's time)
After many drinks, skin care chats and gossiping with lots of other bloggers (Tanya Burr also being one of them. Tanya Burr also being one that I didn't have the balls to go up and talk to!) the lovely Scarlett, Sophy, Hana and I headed off to another event in Shoreditch. As per usual I could quite easily waffle into 2015 (I'm doing really well with my 'try not to over-exaggerate' news year's resolution aren't I?) so I'll leave you with a couple of pictures instead. And a plug, check those girls blogs out because they're brilliant. Oh I do love a good plug!
"What an absolute dick" poses - on my part - are completely acceptable in a photo booth aren't they? Thank god for that!

And finally, because if there were pictures in a dictionary, I would be next to the word cliche, here's my 'snack' at The Diner, Carnaby Street. 
So, to round up an extremely long, rambly and picture heavy post (can I use "could bore the arse off a donkey" as my blogging 'USP'?) I just want to end by saying a massive to thank you to Vichy and Hana, for inviting me and putting on such an amazing event! I genuinely had a brilliant time, met some lovely people and discovered some fantastic new products. (And no, I didn't just challenge myself to squeeze as many adjectives into one sentence as humanly possible) 

If you went along to the Vichy event, have tried some of  their products etc. please feel free to let me know in the comments below, I'd love to know your thoughts! Oh, and links to any posts regarding these are so more than welcome. I love a good perve nose of your blogs :)

Hope you enjoyed this post girls (and boys, in the highly unlikely chance any boys will read my blog) As always, thanks so much for reading!


OOTD: Stripes and Skorts

The outfit featuring in today's post, you may have seen before. If you're meticulous/pay attention/have great eye sight - 100% doesn't apply to me - then you may have seen the outfit in this post before. If, however you're a bit inabservant/inattentive/have completely shite eye sight (ooh, I'm a poet and I didn't know it. Also a massive knob) then hopefully this will feel a bit new for you. A bit seasonal. A bit fresh. (Please, please - if you ever see me in real life - feel free to slap me in the face for using the word 'fresh')

Either way, what I'm basically saying is...I've worn it before. But you know what, sod it...I'm all for a bit of clothes recycling. If it's good enough for Kate Middleton, it's good enough for me!

P.S I am in no way comparing myself to the beautiful (in my dreams) classy (where's the nearest McDonalds?) Posh (I'm 100% one of the most common/cockney people you will ever meet) Kate Middleton.

P.P.S Don't judge me for the Maccy D's comment, you know it's the only thing that hits the spot when you're hungover!

Said 'recycled' outfit -
Minus 10points for the ridiculously creased shirt and 'skorts' Minus another 10points for the vacant, "hurry up and take the picture bitch!" smile. 
Clearly going for the "let's choose a blurry photo to phase out my face/stance/entire body" technique with this bad boy today! 
To the guys at work who discovered my blog recently and absolutely ribbed me for it, this one's for you. I can't wait to be the brunt of your piss taking banter.
Shirt: H&M
Skorts (write that word and tell me you don't feel like an absolute knob doing so? told you!): Zara
Shoes: Primark
Tan worthy of David Dickinson/Wotsit/Snooki status: courtesy of Utan Brazillian Bronze

Any TOWIE fans out there will know that our final episode aired last Wednesday. Any 'TV types' out there will know that an obligatory Wrap Party post is absolutely on it's way. So a warning in advance - the next post (well, the wrap party post anyway, typically I have at least 3 drafts that will probably go out before then) will contain a lot of posing (hello, I work on TOWIE after all). A lot of photo booth snaps (what's a wrap party without one) And a lot of very intoxicated people. (I have no excuse for that one) Don't say you weren't warned!

As always, hope you enjoyed this post. Thank you so much for reading :)


#LDNBloggersParty - Better late than never!

If there's two things in life I love - well, apart from shopping (standard) chocolate (who doesn't?) nando's (classy girl!) Ryan Gosling (now you're talking)....Ok, Ok, you get the jist - it's cocktails and gossiping with the girls. Which is why when an invite popped up on my email (not sure where else I thought it was going to pop up) from Scarlett inviting me to the #LDNBloggerParty I was straight in touch with the culprit of my social life death work, making sure I could have the day off. I'd say that was dedication. Some would probably say alcoholism/being a typical girly girl. I'll leave the verdict to you. Dedication 0 - 'Superficial-ness' 100!

It's quite a common misconception that if you're a "blogger", you must be a pretty confident person. I think it comes from the assumption that if you're "putting yourself out there" on the net, you must be pretty happy with your lot, basically. Well, let me just tell you that that may be the case for many other bloggers, but for me? not so much. Despite meeting up with a few bloggers for lunch beforehand that I'd spoken to over twitter, I was quite honesty shitting a brick petrified at the thought of going to my first event, and meeting people for the first time (in real life. well, not the 'cyber' world anyway) however like most things in life, I was wrong! *you know what time it is...wack those violins out!!*
I genuinely had such a lovely day, which started with lunch at The Diner with - if I forget anyone, I'm sorry girls. My memory is as good as Britney Spears' miming - Jess, Shay, Ellie, Emma, Annie, Becky and the lovely Hana (who I have been practically inseparable from since the event) Let's just be blunt and say it how it is, I'm shit when it comes to photographs. Taking them? I always forget. When I do take them? Blurry and out of focus (Watch your back Mario Testino, watch your back!) so why change the habit of a lifetime? This is my poor attempt at capturing steak, fried eggs and chips. Someone say fat bitch? FAT BITCH!...
Move over me some steak!

Before heading over to Dirty Martini in Hanover Square for the main event. Oh, and how can I forget, no day is complete without getting caught up in the Gay Pride parade is it? Nope, didn't think so!
Finally, we all made it to the event to be greeted by a shit load sea of bloggers. I met so many lovely girls - especially lovely meeting Laura who I 'know' from twitter and Jess who I discovered I had so much in common with including schools, mutual friends and a love Nars Sheer Glow - discovered so many great blogs and came away with a pretty lovely goodie bag. Can it get any better? Erm, maybe if you wack David Beckham in the mix. Or Paul're not fussy love! Obligatory goodie bag shot/evidence that I am quite possibly the worst photographer ever to have graced the planet, below! Oh, and some pictures that I stole borrowed from Laura and Scarlett (...thanks for saving my 'terrible blogger' arse girls!)
...and on to the girls. And more importantly Laura's photo's. Clear, in focus, nice pictures on the blog. Well, there's a first time for everything isn't there ;)

After many Lychee Martini's - which if you haven't tried, you haven't lived - and much girlie chat, it finally came to end. *wipes away the tears, "I'm fine, I'm fine"*  With a little bit of time before we both had to make tracks, I headed off to & other stories with Hana (Hi, I'm Ellie, and I've become a massive cliche) and Topshop (would be rude not to really wouldn't it? Yep, I thought you'd think so too ;)) to have a little browse.

I could waffle on about how I then went on to Costa for a Frap, carried on shopping blah blah blah but in all honesty, if you're still awake and reading this now, you're a better person than me! Time to wrap this up, I had such a lovely time (if I had a pound for every time I've used the word lovely in this post, I'd never have to work again) met some amazing girls, basically...I bloody loved it! So thank you Scarlett for putting on such a brilliant event, if you ever put on another one, I promise I'll try to remember my camera, oh...and get business cards like everybody else had apart from me. Like I said, I'll try...

Hope you enjoyed this post guys, if any of you reading this went to the event yourself, I'd love to hear what you thought of it. Also, don't forget the links to any posts on the #LDNBloggersParty so I can perve stalk scout out all the bloggers I got to meet. As always, thanks so much for reading!

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