Ladies Day at the Races | Intu Lakeside

Horse racing isn’t really my cup of tea but when I was kindly invited by intu Lakeside  I jumped at the chance.  I’d never been to Ascot or anything of the sort, and hearing a lot of buzz around these types of events, especially in the beauty world, I thought it would be crazy to let this opportunity slip past. Surprisingly I already had a few special dresses hanging in my closet that I knew would go perfect for this kind of event, so all that I had to worry about was my hair and make up!

On a beautiful Thursday afternoon I found myself arriving at the Chelmsford race course for the Ladies Day event, where I quickly realised the effort everyone had gone to, to make this day perfect. The staff were all just as well presented as the guests, the place was immaculate and the weather was stunning. Walking into the grounds I was met by several different stands from companies such as Pimms, Love that Hat, Elms boot camp and, of course, intu Lakeside.

intu Lakeside had got together a beautiful range of dresses from all different companies that are situated in the centre and brought along some fantastic make-up artists from Dior House of Fraser. Now, I have been going to intu Lakeside on a regular basis, it is probably considered my hub of retail therapy, but after all these years even I was still ignorant to the services that they offer. After spending around 20 minutes speaking to Carlene, I was advised about the stylist service that intu Lakeside provides to its customers if and when they require help. She explained to me the 9, yes 9, different packages that intu Lakeside offer to its shoppers. The packages are detailed, consistent and cover all your fashion worries. If you’re a new mum and need clothing that is appropriate yet still young and fun then Carlene has you covered. Or if you are still trying to figure out what ‘smart casual wear’ is, then Carlene has the answer for you! Carlene explained her approach and technique she has when giving you style advice and her vibe was completely friendly and welcoming. Let’s face it, having another woman, or man for that matter, looking at your body shape, the current clothes you’re wearing and judging your overall appearance is down right unnerving, but Carlene’s approach is refreshing and allows you to be honest with yourself. I have booked a stylist session with the beautiful Carlene, once I have spent the day with her and got all the facts about the sessions offered I will write a full, detailed blog post so you have all the information you need.

After hearing about some of the services that intu Lakeside has to offer, I spent some time with the lovely girls from Dior House of Fraser. They gave my lips some much needed attention, topped up my perfume, gave me a foundation match for the Dior Star foundation and booked me in with their regional make up artist. I also received a goody bag with samples like the Diorshow Mascara with its initiative locking packaging to stop drying.

Intu Lakeside also offered a wealth of brochures, showing all the services they offer including the customer lounger situated in the Central Atrium level 1. The customer lounger offers the perfect shopping retreat where you can pick up gift cards, click collect & return, centre information, free WiFi, Concierge service, free phone charging with more to come. 

The rest of my day was filled with spending time around the Chelmsford Race course which was beautiful and immaculate! I really enjoyed the fashion and beauty from not only the women but men as well! Thank you to Intu Lakeside (Voice Communications) for inviting me along to an amazing day!

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intu Lakeside Information

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Dior Stand

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Dresses from shops found in Lakeside

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My Favourite dress…

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My Make up Look!

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Did you know all about the services at Intu Lakeside?

Did anyone of  you go to the Chelmsford Races Day?

Harriet

XOXO

New addition | A new puppy…

Growing up surrounded by what felt like the cast of Noah’s Arc, I felt a little empty space in my new home. Going from a packed family house of five which was host to cats, tarantulas, rabbits, hamster etc etc etc etc, meant that when I moved in with my boyfriend that although our home is smaller it felt quiet!

Myself and Adam have decided to bring in a new addition to the family… A beautiful little boy called Cooper who will be joining our family on the 20th of July! This is a massive commitment for us and I couldn’t be happier!

I will be doing a whole segment about breeders and choosing the right puppy for you…

Has anyone got any tips on training and integrating a puppy into apartment life?

Harriet
Xoxo

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A little something something…. | The Body Shop Vitamin C Energising face spritz

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One of the perks of having combination skin is that you can often get dull, lack lustre looking skin. It’s true… our plight is real and very frustrating. We combat dryness and oiliness on the same canvas, but now we have to put up with skin that’s got as much life oozing from it as a baked potato. I may be a little dramatic but my pain is real and really affects my self esteem.

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Whilst skin care shopping in the Body Shop, this little bottle of Vitamin C Energising face spritz magically found itself in my basket (that happens a lot aye) and for the price of £10! You might think that’s expensive, but you get 100ml and this product has lasted a while!

What does it actually do? If you’re having a dull day or you want a pick me up, this product is the one for you! Enriched with Vitamin C, it gives an instant boost and subtle glow to your face whilst drying to a matte finish – so all you oily girls (and guys!) don’t shy away! Its also made with aloe Vera to smooth the skin if its feeling a little irritated.

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When do you use this? I use this product before applying moisturiser (and after if its looking particularly dull) and allow to sink in well. Its great because it doesn’t affect the application of your foundation or concealer, if anything it makes it glide on more evenly and gives you a radiant boost… who doesn’t want that? I love to give my face a good few sprays during a hot day at work to re-awaken myself! Don’t worry about this product smudging your make-up, even if you have a smoky eye!

Is it convenient to use? Yes! If you want the short answer ha ha! The bottle is compact, sleek and the perfect size to throw in your handbag so you can take it on the go! It comes in a spray form so you don’t to worry about using your hands! The spray covers a large area on my face, so two or three sprays and you’ll be good to go!

Is it worth the money? This question is always hard to answer because it depends on your budget and how much money you want to spend on an ‘accessory’ product like this. These types of products are always a luxury rather than a necessity but I would miss it if it wasn’t in my collection!

Overall verdict… its good, but not a show stopper! 

Would I recommend to a friend? Yes!

Scoring out of 10? 8

Have you tried this product, if so… what did you think?

Harriet 

XOX

Is it right for me? | The Body Shop – Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask Review

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I’m going to cut straight to the chase here because lets face it (excuse the pun), when it comes to skin care we don’t have time to mess around. You want to know if ‘The Body Shop – Drops of youth Bouncy sleeping mask‘ is any good, and I am going to tell you!

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So how much is it? Depending on your lifestyle and the how much you budget towards skincare, some might think that its a hefty price tag, others may not. For £22 you can take this baby home, which for me was a little bit of a sting for one product. But its lasted around 3 weeks with every day use (sorry… I mean every night use) and its still going strong.

Is it worth it? You all know that I have combination skin, which is a pain at its best. It dries out quickly and can become overwhelming oily 5 seconds later, so I am always on the look out for a product that can give me moisture but doesn’t make my make-up slip and slide. I had heard a little buzz around this product and was intrigued by the ‘bouncy’ aspect and the fact you use it overnight. This means I can give my skin the moisture it needs without risking the staying power of my foundation. I won’t lie, the consistency is strange -it is exactly as described… bouncy. If you open up your jar, stick your finger in it… it will slowly reform to its original shape. According to The Body Shop, 70% of users agree that their skin looks bouncier and 80% that their skin feels replenished. Take those figures whichever way you wish, I would agree with both and expected more people to feel the same!

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Is it convenient to use? You’ll be able to see from the photos what the product looks like if you have never seen it before and I think we can all agree that the packaging is quite luxurious. It sounds odd, but I really like the wide and thin dimensions it has going on, its sleek and neat! You do have to keep the box it comes in because you do get a handy spatula which, unless you want to fish it out of the product every night you may need to find a safe place for it. Now I just slap this on like I do my moisturiser… hastily. But, if you would like expert advice, then click here to find out how to apply it most effectively…there is something about over the rainbow hands in there. I would definitely say to only use this at night because it can leave your skin feeling a little oily, unless you’re staying home all day then more power to you! I also so stick to the guidelines on how much to use, because it takes a little while to sink into your skin.

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The difference? I have never purchased a ‘night time moisturiser’ before this one, so the comparison will be difficult. I would always just slap on a super healthy helping of my daily moisturiser and think it would do the trick. Oh.. how wrong I was. This moisturiser is super charged, super smoothing, moisturising and refreshing. You wake up feeling completely refreshed and replenished. I have also noticed a difference with my scarring and acne too! Is this product a miracle? Most probably not, but it has made a big difference to my skins appearance and I will continue to repurchase this baby… until I find something better! haha.

Is it right for me? No matter if you have oily, dry or combination skin I think this product is worth a try. I am not skin expert, nor do I know anything about your skin so therefore I cannot say for definite if this product is going to work for you. What I would say is that, if you’re happy to spend £22 giving this a shot, then go for it girls (or boys), you could be onto a winner!

Will I repurchase? Yes!

Would I recommend to a friend? Yes, to all ages to!

Score, out of 10. 8 or 9!

Have you tried this product? If so, what did you think?

Harriet

XOXO

Feeling Honoured | The Liebster Award

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I’ve said it once (or twice ;)) before and I’ll say it again, no matter how many times you’re nominated for the same (or different) award it always brings a smile to my face. I really believe that supporting others is a reflection on your own success. I am feeling really honoured that Emilia has nominated me with the liebster award. Her blog is fantastic and I especially love looking at her outfits… she has great style so go and check her out!!!

She has given me some great questions to answer, so read below for my response….

1. What makes you really happy?

My family, my boyfriend and my dogs!

2. What do you like best about yourself?

Feature wise, my blue eyes. Personality trait I would have to say my dedication to work.

3. How do you define success?

When you’re proud of what you’ve achieved.

4. What love means to you?

Not feeling like compromising is compromising. You’re naturally happy to adapt to eachother and it feels right.

5. What is the kindest thing you ever did?

Giving up my time to help someone else, you can never get time back.

6. What do you do when you feel sad?

When you feel like you can’t help your loved ones when they’re sad.

7. What do you do for yourself?

Buy make up 😉

8. What is your hobby?

All things beauty 🙂

9. What quality you appreciate most in others?

Loyalty

10. Did you follow your own way in life or did you follow what others wished for you?

I followed the path that just seemed to happen.

11. What habit would you like to change now and why?

self doubt!

These have to be my favourite questions, they really made me think about things deeply.

Congratulations to all the nominees and thank you Emilia!

Ladies, please answer some of these questions… I think they’re great!

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IMATS 2015!!!!!!!!

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Hey Lovelies,

Being beauty freaks like myself, I am sure that you have heard of IMATS. For those you aren’t familiar, it is the international make-up trade show which I believe is held once a year in London, Sydney, Toronto, LA, New York and Vancouver. It allows brands to promote themselves and their products within the beauty industry. It’s a great place for make up artists and make up lovers alike to go, check out the brands and grab some great products.

I have never been to IMATS, but would love to go this year. I would love the idea of setting up a meet with fellow bloggers from in UK as I would be attending the London show! Has anyone ever been? Are you going?

Thank you for reading

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20 Questions Tag!!!

Hello you beautiful people, I have stolen (cheeky) this tag from the lovely Jen. Hopefully by the end of this tag you will get to know me a little better 🙂 Ohh and tag, you’re it!!!

Do you remember your first makeup item? 
Being make up obsessed, it’s a shock (and I am a little ashamed) that I can’t remember my first make up item… sorry!

Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications? 
My eyelashes are long, but go straight out, so my perfect mascara would be one that thickens and can hold a curl better.

What kind of coverage do you prefer from foundation? 
I am not going to lie, I want to cover those scars and pimples, I am a medium to full coverage kinda girl!!!!!

Favourite high end brand? 
I like Urban Decay and Mac

What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t? 
YSL

Favourite drugstore brand? 
Tooooooooooooooooo many to choose from. I love MUA, Make up Revolution, Soap & Glory, W7 and Rimmel.

Do you wear fake eyelashes? 
I am RUBBISH with fake eyelashes, I only wear them on special occasions.

Is there any kind of makeup you can’t leave the house without? 
Surprisingly, I do often go out without make up on. But I think you can always look more ‘put together’ with a little brow grooming and a dash of under eye concealer.

What is your most cherished beauty product? 
Probably foundation… nothing beats a flawless canvas.

How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once? 
Too often! Its becoming a problem!

Do you have a “beauty budget” or you spend freely? 
I try to stick to a budget, trying to save for a house an all, but if I really want something I find a way to justify buying it (oops)

What type of product do you buy the most of?
Concealer… it’s an issue!

Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates? 
I really should pay more attention to this sort of thing because it may cause breakouts but I don’t!

Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup? 
Boots and bigger department stores like House of Fraser or Debenhams.

Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine? 
I stick with what I know…

Favourite bath and body brand? 
Soap&Glory allllllll the way. Lush is great too!!!

Do you like multifunctional products like lip and cheek stains? 
I would actually say that I don’t really own any multifunctional make-up products.

Are you clumsy in putting makeup? 
Sometimes, I can be very sloppy. Especially if its 6:30am and I am rushing to get to work.

Do you ever consider taking makeup classes? 
I would love to, I have never been to one. However there are so many great YouTubers out there that teach me so much… for free 😉

What do you love about makeup? 
It’s like art I suppose, it allows you to be creative and what better way to show off your artwork on your face.

I hope you have enjoyed reading.

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