The Body Shop VIP event with the Bloggers Parlour

Last Thursday I popped along to The Body Shop on Birmingham’s New Street to attend my first event with the Bloggers Parlour. It was a fabulous night of beauty, games and cocktails in a beautiful store that has just been refurbished and looks, quite frankly, amazing.

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The Bloggers Parlour organise blogger events in the Midlands, trying to offer something a little different in terms of activities and opportunuties. Social media plays a big part of the events, with lots of opportunities to win spot prizes through sharing photographs on Twitter and Facebook, and using the #Bloggersparlour hashtag as often as possible. There were also opportunities to be creative – choosing a wishlist of current Body Shop products and setting up a stunning photographic scenario for Instagram.

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The new store really is a lovely space, and a beauty fan’s idea of heaven. It is bright and spacy, with all the different collections given their own dedicated space, so it is very easy to find your favourite products whilst discovering new ones. I like the fact that there are testers for just about everything, and that the staff are very knowledgeable about the products – they managed to find me the perfect illuminating concealer for the under eye area.

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It was a beautifully warm night so cocktails were definitely most welcome. We created our own with delicious coconut liqueur, a range of fruit juices and a fizzy tropical drink. This finished product look delicious and had a really unusual flavour. We had to give our cocktails a name and I christened mine ‘Fashion-Mommy’s Ruin’.

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Cheers! With Chris from Mummy of three Diaries

 

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Chris from Mummy of three Diaries

I really enjoyed this event that offered a perfect combination of beauty and fun. A brilliant goodie bag containing favourites like body butter and hand sanitiser was a final, brilliant touch.

 

You can follow the Bloggers Parlour on Instagram here and on Twitter here

Tried and Tested – Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

Christmas is a time for over-indulging in everything except our beauty regime. We burn the candle at both ends, eat too much, drink too much and basically make merry, often falling into bed without any thought for removing all that slap we have been wearing. Is it any wonder that our skin suffers, looking drawn, tired and lacklustre, just as New Year’s Eve hits and we want to usher in 2016 looking our best?

This Christmas, one of my favourite beauty products of all time has been celebrating its 20th birthday with a very special festive edition. Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish is legendary in beauty circles due to its use of natural ingredients, its fuss free approach and its proven great results, and with gorgeous commemorative packaging for the festive season, this is one gift you should treat yourself to as 2016 approaches – start the new year as you mean to go on.

I was so lucky to receive a touch of Liz Earle this Christmas.

I was so lucky to receive a touch of Liz Earle this Christmas.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish hot cloth cleanser was the first and the best of the hot cloth cleansers. It is very easy to use, and this makes it a product that can be applied both morning and evening to get the optimum results. The bottle is pump action, and one or two small pumps is enough per application. You massage the cream into dry skin with your fingertips – it feels lovely and soothing and has a very gentle scent that is due to the Chamomile. Once it is in the skin you then remove the excess with a hot cloth cleanse. This is achieved through a muslin cloth that both removes the excess and polishes the skin at the same time. Your face feels instantly soft and revitalised, so much so that this is one product I use constantly, and also introduced my sister-in-law and best friend to.

Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser from £9.75 click to visit Liz Earle

Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser from £9.75 click to visit Liz Earle

This is a product that is very gentle, and so works for all skin types. If you are looking for some nourishment for tired, winter skin, or are just looking to improve your skin care routine in 2016, I would definitely recommend Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish as your number one purchase.

 

Beauty Review – Antipodes Divine Face Oil

I love discovering new products and new brands, especially when it comes to beauty and skincare. This year I seem to have paid even more attention to my skin than usual, possibly due to a big birthday I have coming up next month – hitting the big 4-0. It is as if I have suddenly realised that you truly only have one skin, and therefore need to take extra time looking after it. The Divine Face Oil by Antipodes in Organic Avocado oil and Rosehip is the newest wonder product I have added to my bathroom shelf, and it is a product that I take no time in recommending.

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Antipodes Divine Face Oil £19 click to visit Selfridges

Antipodes is a brand that takes a great pride in using natural and organic ingredients in their product. For the Divine face oil, it offers 100% ingredients from natural origin, (a base of 100% Avocado Oil) and 95% of ingredients from organic cultivation. This means you are not pumping lots of chemicals into your skin, but giving it a natural treat. I tested this product daily for a month, and have to say that it was super easy to fit into my skincare regime, and has definitely shown some positive results.

The bottle makes application simple. It has a simple stopper that enables you to measure out a small amount, stopping wastage – this is one of those products where a little goes a long way.  I used this after washing in the morning, massaging it into my face and neck. I paid particular attention to the lines on my forehead, and my cheekbones which suffer from redness. These are my noticeable problem areas, but this would also be good for sun damaged skin, acne scars and tired looking skin.

DSCN7564[1]DSCN7565[1]The product is an oil, so it does take a while to absorb into the skin, but it feels so soft and silky I really didn’t mind about this. There is also a gorgeous scent of essential oils that comes from the Rosehip, it lingers and is just lovely, very soft and almost sensuous. Once I had applied the oil, I left it a few minutes and then applied my daily make-up as usual.

The oil is non-greasy, and the scent is just gorgeous.

The oil is non-greasy, and the scent is just gorgeous.

After using this for a month I have noticed that my skin is definitely softer. The redness of my cheeks is not as pronounced, and this product has just become a regular part of my daily routine – quick and easy to apply and offering an instant boost that makes it a new beauty essential, especially for those who like their skincare products to be natural.

The Antipodes Divine Oil is available at Selfridges. A 25ml bottle costs £19.  You can view all the Antipodes products by clicking here.