Your 5 || Highcross Leicester beauty & fashion event

Today I was invited along to Highcross Leicester for their Your 5 beauty and fashion event where fashion stylists were on hand to help you shake up your wardrobe and make up artists to help find a look that works best for you. The event is on today and tomorrow and is totally free! You can choose between fashion and beauty. To be honest it was a tough choice for me but I didn't really want a makeover in full view of all and sundry so opted for fashion. 

I have so many items in my wardrobe that I just don't wear and I've always loved the idea of a capsule wardrobe but am too scared to take the plunge, but today I was dipping my toe in to find 5 key pieces that will work for me, can be styled in many different ways, worn casual or dressed up for a night on the town. 

My stylist was the lovely Rachel and she talked me through the items on each rack encouraging me to  pick a piece that would work with items of clothing I already have. 

The first rail was the cropped trouser with Rachel politely informing me that the culottes would not work for me as I'm too short (tell me something I don't know!) but that the khaki satin tapered trousers would be perfect. They're not something I would have picked up but really liked them and went to Next to get myself some after my style session but they didn't have my size. I sobbed. I tried the next size up and although they were mahoosive they looked bloody fab. Damn, Rachel knows her stuff! 

My selected 5 

Next up was the shirt and I opted for this one from Karen Millen, trust me to go for the most expensive, although Karen Millen have 25% off at the mo. Good choice as Rachel pointed out, as not too long in the body (for us shorties) and if you've no boobs like me (God, I don't have much going for me do I?) then the ruffles give the illusion you have a bit more that you do! Give me all the ruffles. 

My jacket choice was between two, again the two most expensive, this one from Hobbs and the other was Ted Baker and very Chanel inspired.

Option 4 was silk and I chose a beautiful one from Phase Eight in what I call an oyster shade, great to wear with jeans or dress up for a night out, it really is a versatile piece. Last were the sneakers, with my choice being the baby blue/light grey? ones from Aldo. They have velcro fastening and gold buckling on the straps which for me takes them away from looking too much like trainers which I'm not a fan of (apart from in the gym). 

You can see the pieces I selected have a more neutral palette, I'm not a fan of bold statement colours. These 5 pieces would transform my wardrobe and totally refresh it, sadly I can't afford everything right now but Rachel and our lengthy chat (booked for 10 mins, more like 20) has given me some food for thought and straight after this I'm ordering my khaki tapered trousers online from NEXT.

All the bookable appointments have been taken for tomorrow but they may be able to squeeze in some walk ins so if you're in town go along and ask. They'll talk you through all the key trends this season and help you find what works for you and don't  worry about remembering everything, they'll email you Your 5. 

What do you think to my choices? 


REN Instant brightening beauty shot eye lift

REN instant brightening beauty shot eye lift review skincare

I waited a good while before writing this post as I wanted to give this product a good trial run. I've had lot of eye creams to try just lately and was actually using one and thinking of doing a review on it when the REN Instant brightening beauty shot eye lift arrived. For a while I used both of them, one product for each eye to see how they faired against each other. Whilst the product I was initially using was VERY good, and I won't say which one it is here because this post is about REN, the beauty shot eye lift took over and became the clear winner and I've been using it ever since.

The beauty shot eye lift is from their Anti-ageing range.

It's a lovely, extremely light gel texture with 'a liquid mix of Hyaluronans' said to lift and tighten the delicate skin under the eye and that it dramatically brightens the eye area. I wouldn't say it's a dramatic change but it certainly does brighten and improves the overall look.

REN instant brightening beauty shot eye lift review skincare

Application is easy but I do find it a little sticky as it starts to dry, this doesn't put me off in any way, because it absorbs quickly leaving smooth skin. The skin under my eyes is really dry, (I hate it) and my foundation/concealers always sink into my lines but I have to say that one little pump of this beauty shot really does help to hydrate my skin and my concealer goes on really well when I use this. I'm always going to have a little caking and sinking into the lines, what can I say, I'm old, I'll always have lines and wrinkles but this product helps a great deal with that. The info does say you can re-apply through the day over make up for a refresh but that's not something I'll be doing due to it's stickiness! If you don't wear make up, no problem. 

Apparently with regular use it will help to reduce the appearance of fine lines (mine are not fine) and wrinkles but that I'm not sure about, all I do know is that it makes my eyes look better on a daily basis and that's good enough for me! 

REN uses only 100% plant and mineral derived actives, clean skincare, with ground breaking product formulation to deliver results. They have a huge range of face and body products so they have all your needs covered. You can find details of the whole range here including the wonderful beauty shot eye lift. 

Whats's your go-to eye product? 


The Great Manchester runners || The Christie

On Sunday Mr C and our friends John and Sharon participated in The Great Manchester run. Mr C and I only got back from Spain very late Friday night, emptied the suitcase on the bedroom floor, got a few hours kip, then repacked and hotfooted it off to Manchester for the weekend. Talk about living life to the max!

This is their second year of running and Mr C was once again raising money for The Christie, one of Europe's leading cancer centres. They looked after Mr C's very dear friend Steve, who passed away 2 and a half years ago now. The Christie provide the highest quality care and support for patients and their families and supporting them is very close to Mr C's heart.

After carb loading at breakfast time our extreme athletes headed out. We'd had mixed weather reports and was expecting a little rain, but as you can see the sun shone for everyone. Great for the spectators and supporters but no so great for the runners. It was TOO hot for them and it made it tough, you could see the exhaustion on everyones faces as they crossed the finish line tipping bottles of water over their heads. 

As usual the atmosphere in the city was electric and the runners were buzzing with nervous excitement. 

Sharon headed off in the wave of runners just before Mr C and John and when she crossed the line it looked like she'd hardly broken a sweat, (she is super human), John came in next followed by Mr C, all of them proclaiming how hot and how tough it was to get to the finish because of the heat.

But they all did it.

There were over 35,000 runners taking part this year, it is the UK's biggest 10K and it's organised so bloody brilliantly, Manchester do any amazing job. 

After the run we had a quick snap with the athletes and then headed back to the hotel so they could shower and change. 

They were amazing and I am super proud of them all. Another medal to add to the collection. 

I couldn't leave it there without showing you my collection of selfies with the celebrities that were there from Coronation Street and Emmerdale. We did have a giggle trying to get them and I think I won the competition of getting the most!!! They were all running for their chosen charities and they were so lovely and friendly, happy to stop and have pics. 

We weren't allowed to bother the England manager though!

A quick mention too about where we ate on our weekend up North.  Saturday lunchtime we went to a Lebanese restaurant called Comptoir. I don't think I've ever been in a more photogenic and Instagrammable restaurant in my life. I mean look how pretty it is. 

For me though, the food disappointed a little. Mine certainly was lacking in flavour, which really surprised me as I thought this type of cuisine packed a punch in the flavour department. (yes my first time in a Lebanese restaurant).

Saturday evening we had a table booked at Avalanche, one of Manchester's favourite Italian restaurants. We went there the year before too and liked it so much we wanted to go back. BUT, second time around, not as good as the first, but that's just my opinion, I can't put my finger on why really. Maybe if you have such a great experience first time round you're best to just leave it at that? 

A great weekend was had by all. To be honest it doesn't seem like five minutes since I was writing up last years post, (read that one here) especially when I was looking back it earlier, and they're already talking about next years!!!! A big well done to Mr C, John and Sharon and congratulations to Manchester for pulling it off in style. 

Are you a runner?