25/08/2016

East Midlands Blogger meet up

East Midlands meet-up Leicester

The other weekend I attended a local meet up. Not an event or invitation from a brand but a meet up arranged by some of our local bloggers. It had been in the planning for quite some time and Emma, Kirsty, Kirstie and Lianne worked tirelessly to bring it all together and make it happen. This was no small meet up either, some 40 bloggers had put their name down and everyone turned up! It was held at Manhattan 34, a trendy cocktail bar in the cultural quarter of Leicester city centre. 

The place was filling quite quickly and a few people had ordered this cocktail, I think it was called the secret garden and I wanted a piece of the action! Oh my, it was THE best. 

East Midlands meet-up Leicester cocktails

We were treated to a taster of sparkling rosé wine from Rothley wine estate, I do love a good sparkling wine and this was very drinkable!! We also had some lovely delights from the team at Brü, perhaps THE best independent coffee shop in Leicester, who came with lemon drizzle (my favourite), brownies, millionaires shortbread and I'm not kidding you the pieces were humungous, great big slabs they were, I'm not complaining though! Whilst guzzling our cocktails and filling our faces we were entertained by a young singer, Becky Bruce. She had a beautiful voice and sang for most of the afternoon.

East Midlands meet-up Leicester bru coffee

East Midlands meet-up Leicester Bru coffee

East Midlands meet-up Leicester
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The oh so lovely Emma guiding us through the events of the meet up. I know the girls felt strongly about it not just being a meet up for everyone to come together for a quick natter, chat to a brand or two, grab a goody bag and then run! They had invited some brands along but they also wanted the bloggers to get something out of the event, and to offer some inspiration. 

That inspiration came in the form of Gabby from Cool as Leicester PR who gave guidance on how to form great relationships with PR's and an insight into the PR side of things and two lovely ladies from Blogosphere magazine, talking about the magazine that's written by bloggers for bloggers. Both of the talks were very different but I have no doubt that all the bloggers in that room went away feeling a little more inspired and motivated. I know I did.

East Midlands meet-up Leicester

Blogosphere magazine East Midlands meet-up Leicester

Danique hair who I've visited and blogged about before were at the event to offer mini consultations and curl hair for those that wanted it, and the lovely ladies from Angel eyes were happy to apply their lash extensions to willing volunteers. I was not one of them, I was not taking my eye makeup off in front of 40 strangers, not a chance! 

East Midlands meet-up Leicester

Emma and the gang had also put together a fabulous raffle with proceeds split between two charities, Rainbows hospice and Bowel Cancer UK. Two very worthy charities indeed. A lot of companies had donated very generous prizes, many of which I praying I would win but sadly it was not to be. Damn, I wanted that happiness planner! 

There were so many bloggers at the event it was hard to get round to speak to them all but I'm sure they'll be another in the pipeline before long. We all went away with a generous goody bag too supplied by various local companies/brands. Thanks to Matalan for the homeware goodies, Vita Coco, LAB2, Merumaya, LUSH and all the others (too many to mention!)

 It was a fabulous afternoon with chit chat, cocktails and the sun shone for us, what more could you ask for?! 

East Midlands meet-up Leicester







24/08/2016

RUSH hair comes to Leicester

RUSH Leicester hair salon

A new salon has arrived in Leicester. RUSH. Located on High Street in the city centre so it's easily accessible for everyone. Last week I was invited down to their preview event so we could have a chat about their shiny new salon and talk all things hair! 

RUSH Leicester has been opened by franchisee Sandra Hopkins who has a wealth of salon experience under her belt and of course she can't run the show without a great team. And a great team they are. 

RUSH Leicester hair salon

RUSH Leicester hair salon

After being greeted with a glass of fizz (and tempting nibbles) we were left to mingle and chat with the stylists. They had lots of different stations allowing us to sit and chat about colour at the colour station, (obviously!) have our hair curled at the GHD station, or get plaits or buns at the style station. 

RUSH Leicester hair salon

I sat myself in a chair and had my hair curled by the lovely Rosie who explained that this would be her first job since qualifying and said although she was very nervous, she was excited to be getting in to a 'proper' salon environment. Fellow blogger pal Lianne came and sat in the chair beside me so Rosie hopped over to curl Lianne's hair and passed the straightener baton to Hollie to finish mine. I didn't chat with the colourists as I have no intention of getting my hair coloured any time soon. Until the grey creeps in of course, (shouldn't have said that should I?!)

RUSH Leicester hair salon

RUSH Leicester hair salon

The stylists were happy to chat about products and items that would suit you best for using at home. They're all extremely knowledgeable and happy to help and guide you in the right direction with whatever you're after for your hair.

RUSH Leicester hair salon

The salon is bright and modern and quite big actually but then in contrast, although still modern, the wash basins are tucked away at the back of the salon in a little room with a handy dimmer switch to offer that zen-like experience when having your hair washed and your head massaged. And relax.

RUSH Leicester hair salon

RUSH Leicester hair salon

The salon officially opened on the 13th August and they have some amazing opening offers, that are on for a good few weeks I believe. If you're in the market for a quick trim or a drastic transformation then give them a call or pop in for a chat. 

You can find details of their very reasonable prices on their website here. You can also book yourself an appointment on line. How easy it that?! 

Thank you so much for the invite, the very generous goody bag, and I wish Sandra and her fabulous team lots of success for the future. 









21/08/2016

TILI beauty box first edition from QVC

TILI beauty box QVC review

Say hello to the first edition beauty box from QVC. TILI. I love the name and it stands for Try it, Love it. I love a good beauty box, allowing you to sample products before you part with cash for the full size, only to find it's not really for you. I'm a big fan of the Latest In Beauty boxes but I've a feeling these TILI boxes will be right up there too. I am literally excited by every single one of the products in this box. 

Great value at just £20! 

TILI beauty box QVC review

TILI beauty box QVC review

TILI beauty box QVC review

TILI beauty box QVC review

TILI beauty box QVC review

TILI beauty box QVC review

TILI beauty box QVC review

I haven't had chance to try it all yet but I wanted to get the post up quick so you guys could see what great value this is and still have time to get one for yourself or even a present for someone?! 

TILI beauty box QVC review

I have managed to try the BECCA backlight priming filter and I really like it, so much so that I've ordered it in another set by BECCA from QVC. That one comes with two different highlighters and a blusher! The other item I'm really excited about is the Alpha H liquid Gold as I've heard so many good things about it. To be honest I'm looking forward to trying it all as all they're totally new to me, I've never tried any of them before. This box is such great value at just £20 (including p&p), I mean an Essie nail polish retails at around £8 so it's a no brainer surely? You'll find the link here if you're interested in ordering and don't worry it's also easy to register online if it's your first order. Also, a quick point to mention, this is not a subscription box, it's a buy when you like kind of box.

I'm already looking forward to the next TILI beauty box! 




Are you a fan of beauty boxes? Which is your favourite?