BIRMINGHAM URBAN DECAY SELFRIDGES BLOGGER WORKSHOP
When I heard about this workshop I really wanted to go along, I couldn't go to the last Urban Decay workshop because of work commitments so when I found out this was on my day off I jumped at the chance. Kirsty is the lovely lady who works at the Urban Decay counter in Selfridges and the lady behind these workshops. She wanted this to be a more intimate group so there was about 7-8 of us.
This workshop was all about making your make up last longer so she was showing us a range of primers and fixing sprays.
First of all she showed us the Potion Primers, I have used these before, I use it everyday. I have the original one which is a natural shade and dries clear on the eye lids. You put this on your lids to prep the skin for you eyeshadow. The Potion Primer makes your eyeshadow last longer and stops your make up from creasing but it also increases the pigment in your eyeshadow which creates a stronger colour payoff. She showed us the whole Potion Primer range including the Anti Aging formula, and the other shades available, Sin and Eden. I actually purchases Sin at the event, it's a gorgeous shimmery pink/gold shade. You could actually wear it on its own but it makes your eyeshadow look amazing!
Next up Kirsty went through the face primers with us, I didn't even know these existed but they sound amazing. There are two different face primers, there's the Complexion Primer Brightening and Tightening and then Pore Perfecting. The Brightening and tightening can be used on all skin types and is a really nice formula. It tightens the skin giving you a smooth base for your foundation.
The pore perfecting formula is more suitable for my skin as I have oilier skin and would need to combat the oil, it also minimizes pores and fine lines. Again the formula is really nice and soft.
We also talked about the Urban Decay Prep Sprays and fixing sprays. These are another product I hadn't heard of before. First up we talked about B6 which is a Vitamin infused complexion prep spray. It's designed to absorb oil and minimize pores. Its a really light spray that feels good on your skin. Its full of vitamins and antioxidants. It also reduces redness which is amazing for me as I normally have allergic reactions (i'm allergic to my cats) so this calms my skin down and stops the irritation. You can use it to refresh your make up.
The All Nighter fixing spray is another product we talked about, apparently this was sold out for quite a while but its back! It does what it says on the bottle really. You spray it onto your face and it stops your make up from sliding off. It lasts for 16 hours which is amazing! It creates smoother looking skin and keeps your make up fresh from day to night. There's also another fixing spray available, De Slick Setting Spray which again is a version for oily skin. It controls oil and deflects surface shine to keep the skin looking matte. This version would be more suitable for someone like myself who would need to control the oil on your face. De Slick still has a 10 hour lasting time which is amazing, It would keep your skin looking fresh all day. The sprays all come in a handy travel size as well so you can keep it in your bag so you can touch up as and when you need.
All the products i've mentioned are available at the Urban Decay counter in Selfridges and on the Urban Decay website.
REVIEW: CHARLOTTE'S 3 MINUTE BELLY BLITZ
As you may or may not know i've been trying to loose some weight, I was really asked if i'd be interested in reviewing Charlottes 3 Minute Belly Blitz, I was so excited as i'd heard some great things about this DVD and really wanted to try it for myself.
Charlotte is famous for being part of reality tv show Geordie Shore. She has apparently lost 3 stone from this workout so of course I was really excited to try it.
I've been going to the gym and started walking more, i've also been eating healthily aswell as doing this fitness dvd a few nights a week.
First of all I've found the dvd really easy to follow, there's a warm up and a cool down aswell as 12 3 minute workouts. These consist of about 4 moves that you repeat. The first time I did the dvd I did about 3 or 4 of the workouts and I was so hot! I could feel it working and the next day I was aching.
I can do more of the workouts now and i'm finding it abit easier to do the workouts.
You can pick to do the whole workout or pick individual workouts to do. This makes its great because you can do a little here and there. You can decide what you want to do.
There's different levels aswell so there's a beginners level which you can follow if your not feeling the normal level, this makes the moves a little easier.
It's such an easy to follow step by step dvd, I could feel it working and my abs felt firmer. As I said i'm going to the gym and eating healthy so it's not just the dvd but i've been wearing my polar hear rate monitor and I feel the workouts are good, i'm working out at a good heart rate and burning lots of calories by following the routines.
I was going to buy this dvd myself, I have recommended it to my friends. I think its really good.
Its great that you can work out from home, its great to have this handy when you have a little time to pop it on. I like to do it when i've been at work and I don't feel like going to the gym.
Thanks to Cash Generator for sending me this DVD to try.
REVIEW: NARS RADIANT CREAMY CONCEALER
I asked the #bbloggers what concealer should I try and so many people recommended the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer so I went and picked it up straight away.
I was going to pick up my usual collection lasting perfection concealer however no where had it in stock so then I was looking for an alternative drug store option. I didn't really want to spend that much but when so many people mentioned this one, I thought it must be worth the money. It was £22 which is alot more than i'd usually pay but it was a little treat.
I've been using it for a few weeks now and i'm so happy I got it. It's just so effortless and so easy to use. I've been applying my make up as usual and applying the concealer to my undereye and a few blemishes. I apply it using the wand and then using my buffing brush to blend it into my foundation.
It's so creamy and flawless, it really brightens the eye area. The coverage is really good and buildable.
I love it! i'm going to be repurchasing this! I'm hoping I can pick it up in Florida as it might be abit cheaper. I can see this being a new staple in my make up bag! It's so perfect, just what I want from a concealer.
REVIEW: BENEFIT ROLLER LASH MASCARA
Everyone has heard about this the latest release from Benefit ! Roller Lash masacara will be avaliable from the 1st of March but you can get a very generous sample in this months ELLE magazine.
I've recently resubscribed to ELLE, I love getting the magazine through in the post and it's such a bargain at £18 for 12 issues instead of £4 each.
I've been using Roller Lash for a few weeks and i'm so impressed. I was a hugee fan of They're Real a few years ago but then I decided to try a few different mascaras for a change. I've been loving this, it really opens the eyes. It lifts lashes and makes them appear longer. I find it seperates my lashes aswell so I appear to have more lashes.
I tend to apply another mascara over the top to add abit more volume to my lashes, I don't always do this normally just when i'm going out on an evening.
I have to say i'm so impressed with this mascara, I'm going to pick some up in Duty Free when I go to Florida next month.
RADISSON BLU BIRMINGHAM
If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may know I stayed in a hotel this week. I stayed in the Radisson Blu in Birmingham. I've walked past the hotel a few times and I have to say from the outside it looks really impressive. I jumped at the chance to stay here!
It was so exciting, we stayed on Thursday night. I finished work early and we headed straight into Birmingham. The closest car park to the hotel is New Street Car park. We checked in smoothly and were told we had been upgraded to a one bedroom suite. So we headed up to the room. We were on the 11th floor, you had to use your room key for the lift which I thought was a really clever security idea.
We got to the room and it was huge, there was a small loo as you got in the room and a few little cupboards. There was a living room with a desk, a tv and wardrobes and inside was tea and coffee making facilities, a Tassimo machine and the mini bar. The next room was the bedroom, there was a huge bed, another tv, an ipod dock and a full length mirror and bedside tables and then the bathroom, there was a bath and a shower, another toilet and sink. There was a huge selection of toiletries and essentials like a shaving kit and toothbrush and toothpaste.
Before we could even take the room in we were greeted by room service who had brought up a plate with fruit and truffles on which I thought was a cute touch.
We had a shower and got ready for dinner in the Filini restaurant, it was really nice getting to dress up for a posh dinner. The restaurant was really nice, lots of tables. I started off with the Autumno Bellini which was like a peach and Prosecco cocktail. Clint chose a salami Pizza and I had the Paccheri with Shallot puree which was a pasta dish. Clint said he really enjoyed his food, we also shared a portion of parmesan fries which were nice. My pasta was really good, I normally go for a chicken dish but decided to try the pasta. It was so good! The service was great, the staff were really attentive.
After this we went for a drink in the Lobby Bar, I had a sex on the beach cocktail which was really good, it made me feel like we were on holiday. The bar was chilled and the service was good.
We really enjoyed our night at the Radisson Blu, I'd stop there again and i'd recommend it to friends, I would say to pay the extra for the one bedroom suite as you wouldn't be disappointed theres great views and the rooms are so big. I think the rooms could maybe do with a freshen up, some of the furniture was scratched and there was some stains on the curtains so I think just a good clean and maybe some new bed sheets and curtains would make the rooms really nice and clean this didn't put me off my stay and I was still really impressed with the room.
The breakfast is included with the one bedroom suite. Breakfast is a buffet style and theres just so much choice! I had little fry up and then some fruit and a yoghurt, some juice and a cuppa tea. It was all soo good.
Overall I really enjoyed our stay, the staff were great very attentive, the hotel was clean and tidy. It looked grand and i'd recommend it to friends and family. I think it would be a great place to stay for an occasion.
Find out more about the Radisson Blu Birmingham here
*I stayed at the Radisson Blu Birmingham to review the hotel, my room, dinner and breakfast were complimentary. I have not been paid for this review. The opinions above are honest and my own opinions and words.
REVIEW: TALES FROM THE EARTH SILVER LINKED HEART BRACELET
I thought i'd feature this gorgeous bracelet on the blog today, this review is probably a few days late. I really wanted to review this before Valentines day as it's such a perfect gift idea however it would make a perfect Mothers Day present, or anniversary gift etc.
Tales From The Earth have some really lovely products, from jewellery to keepsakes. They are small items that hold big meanings. All of their products are thoughtful and have some kind of message behinds them.
I love how dainty and cute this bracelet is, it's quite fragile and delicate which I love. The heart charm is cute and would be perfect for any occasion. The bracelet can be fastened on any link so its suitable for everyone.
Its a really shiny silver, it looks so special when its on your wrist, its such a perfect piece suitable for everyday or just on occasions.
This item retails at £50* which for such a special and unique piece is a bargain, the silver is so shiny and it looks and feels like a high quality piece.
Well I haven't done a sunday update for ever!
I just wanted to give you guys a little heads up, i'm going to be working pretty much full time for a couple of weeks so the blog may be a little quiet.
I've scheduled a few blog posts for this week so there will be new blog posts up a usual throughout the week. I'm hoping to get some posts done and up for the end of the week and next week but if not i'm sorry.
Theres so many blog posts on my blog and I hope you enjoy reading the new reviews that will be up this week.