The Bullring Bloggers Christmas event

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the second Bullring blogger event of the year, held in the hospitality suite of the iconic shopping venue. The Bullring bloggers events are always lovely, a chance to catch up with some of my favourite bloggers, a showcase for some fabulous fashion, beauty and food brands, and, if your time permits, a chance for a little bit of pampering. It was a wonderful way to start the Christmas celebrations.

This event was a great showcase for many of the brands and, in particular, the personalised gifts stocked by Selfridges this Christmas. The fabulous fun pots of personalised Nutella, beautiful necklaces from Tatty Devine, and, my personal favourite, the fairytale cosmetic bags from Alphabet bags, all received admiring looks from the many bloggers in attendance.

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Benefit were offering make up, creating smokey eyes and glossy lips, as well as showcasing their gorgeous Christmas gift sets. Umberto Giannini were creating beehives and glamorous ‘big hair’ looks straight from the era of Bardot and Sophia Loren, using the famous ‘backcomb in a bottle’.

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Of course, there was also food and drink. The drinks were served in cute little milk bottles, whilst the centre-piece of the Christmas themed buffet was a gorgeous cookie from Millie’s, and scrummy chocolates from Hotel Chocolat.

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A truly lovely night!

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How amazing does Emily Jayne look in her Christmas outfit!

How amazing does Emily Jayne look in her Christmas outfit!

Huge thanks once again to Emma Roberts and the team from Bullring for the invitation and the lovely goodie bag.

Harvey Nichols Birmingham is getting set for Christmas

Christmas is almost upon us, and the party season is all set to swing, so getting that skin perfect and your festive make-up sorted should now be a priority. So let Harvey Nichols give you a helping hand in this department with an evening of skincare and beauty advice. Join Harvey Nichols Birmingham on Thursday 1st December as it celebrates The Stylist Magazine 2011 Skincare Awards. The luxury Mailbox store will host an evening of pampering and beauty advice, giving customers the chance discover the latest tips, trends and tricks from the professionals

 Staged from 6.30pm-9pm, there will be complimentary mini treatments from top brands Benefit, Stila, Sue Devitt, Trish McEvoy, MAC, Creme de la Mer, Elemis and Space.NK, and guests can pick up advice with master classes and tutorials from the experts.

This year’s Stylist Awards looked at hundreds of skincare products before readers voted to whittle down the list to the ultimate beauty must-haves. Winners included Fake Bake, St Tropez and Soap & Glory – all available at Harvey Nichols. Tickets for the evening cost £10, which is redeemable against purchases made on the night. Shoppers will also receive a goody bag (whilst stocks last). Tickets are available in store, by calling 0121 616 6000 or online at www.harveynichols.com

This is a must attend event, which will also give you an opportunity to check out the fabulous Christmas windows, with this years theme capturing the idea of an ice workshop where handcrafted props have been frozen in production. The displays are both magical and mystical and are well worth seeing. Head of Visual Display for Harvey Nichols, Janet Wardley explains  “The idea started following a trip to our workshop after the team there had been sculpting with polystyrene. It looked as if it had been magically snowing inside with the workshop frozen in time. The overall effect was a contemporary setting and it felt like a very novel approach to portraying Christmas.”

Daringly Beautiful Shopping night at Selfridges, Birmingham

Selfridges is always at the forefront of  modern beauty, with an array of premium brands and treatments on offer for the discerning customer. But this month, as we all prepare for our Summer hols by getting our skin in tiptop condition, and choosing that sunshine make-up pallete for warm Summer days and nights, Selfridges are providing us with a beauty night to remember.

On Thursday 19th May, Selfridges, Birmingham will be hosting ‘Daringly Beautiful’ a night devoted to beauty, with live music and glasses of Bubbly thrown in for good measure. Fabulous brands like Bobbi Brown, Nars and Benefit are involved, offering demonstrations, advice and make-overs. Here are some of the promotions available on the night.

Bare Minerals
Ever fancied modelling? Have a makeover with Bare Minerals’ Naturally Luminous collection and you might be selected to be a model in a live demonstration.

RMK
Book a bespoke appointment to help you achieve perfect pre-make up skin.

NARS
National makeup artist, Rebecca Beck will be giving tropical makeovers using the new Portrait of Paradise Collection. Plus remember to pick up NARS’ Laguna Body Illuminator, which is exclusive to Selfridges.

Benefit
Book a personalised skincare session followed by a makeover.

Giorgio Armani
Armani’s face designer Thoa will demonstrate Gloss d’Armani, which isn’t launching until 1 July! Join the waiting list for the gloss to be one of the first to snap it up when it arrives in store.

Estée Lauder
Be a bronze goddess with a Goddess Summer makeover.

Kiehl’s
Detox before summer with some Acai tea and a personalised Acai skincare consultation.

Dior
Try a new look with National Makeup Artist Dina.

Bobbi Brown
Make up Artist Jo Palmer will be giving complimentary Bobbi Brown lessons. Try set Smokey Eye, Pretty Powerful or even an Evening Drama!

Plus when you spend £50 or more during the event you will receive a luxury bag of beauty treats. Tickets cost £10, which is redeemable against any purchase made on the night.

Visit Selfridges website for more information.