Saturday, 25 October 2014

Autumn/ Winter Fashion Event - Intu Merry Hill

A couple of weekends ago, I headed over to Merry Hill for their Autumn/ Winter fashion event. Although Merry Hill (Dudley) is a bit of a further drive from me, it's definitely the place to go if you want to do some serious shopping. I went with the mindset of getting quite a few additions for my autumn wardrobe and that's exactly what I did.

It's always good to pop over to Merry Hill when they are having one of their fashion weekends as there are lots of discounts to be had and entertainment all round with fashion shows and craft areas. It's a nice opportunity to pick up on the new seasons upcoming trends. I collected a voucher booklet from the concierge desk offering varied discounts around the centre. I was kindly gifted a £30 gift card too.

Couldn't resist this bobble head people in H&M!

I felt that this year the fashion pods were more frequently spaced with more goings on throughout the day which was great as you could be in and out of shops and still catch the various fashion shows. I'd say that more brands took part in the fashion display this time and there were some lovely outfits presented from shops that I wouldn't generally go to.

Fashion Shows - River Island, Topshop, Primark

The best thing about Merry Hill is there is something for everyone. There's a huge selection of shops for men, women and children as well as Eat Central with a great selection of restaurants. I'd definitely recommend visiting Merry Hill if you're looking to start your Christmas shopping as the late night opening times are convenient and you won't struggle to find gifts!

Superdry Store

I was really excited to find there is now a Liz Earle counter in Boots. Apparently it had only opened a couple of days before. I'd been wanting to repurchase my Cleanse & Polish for a while so this was convenient!

Boots - Liz Earle, Smashbox, Bumble & Bumble, Tiger (the cutest, most random shop ever)

Here is a look at a few of the clothing items I picked up featuring Topshop, River Island and New Look mainly. Keep an eye out for future outfit posts featuring these!


You can sign up to Intu Merry Hill's newsletter here if you'd like to be informed of future events such as this.

xxxx
Tasha

 *Thanks to Merry Hill for gifting me with a giftcard for my attendance.



















Tuesday, 21 October 2014

LUSH Christmas 2014 #LUSHCoventry

At the beginning of October I was invited over to the Lush Coventry store to have a preview of the newly released Christmas stock. The Christmas releases are always my favourite and it's the time of year when you're most likely to find me in a Lush store. Autumn/ Winter just symbolises cozy nights in with long baths that aren't complete without a Lush product or two.

I love how usually you can smell a Lush store before you can see it. I hadn't visited Coventry town centre before so I had to work out where I was going but I made perfect time. We got the chance to look around freely and to talk to the staff about the new ranges.


Bubble bars are usually top of my list and this year the Halloween and Christmas range's haven't failed to impress. I'm a sucker for appearances and like nothing more than displaying my Lush goodies. I picked up a Wizard bubble bar to befriend The Christmas Penguin. The Butterbear bath bomb is adorable and the Star Light Star Bright bath melt is too pretty to resist. I think I need to remind you that Lush products are good for your skin too before I get carried away on looks!




The stand out product for me this year is definitely 'Northern Lights'. A cross between a bubble bar and a bath bomb, it does the best of both. We had a demonstration of this in use and the array of colours and bubbles are lovely. I couldn't resist picking one up.




The return of Snow Fairy is enough to excite some but there are more shower gels to the Christmas range with So White, Hot Toddy and Rose Jam. I'll always be a Snow Fairy lover but So White would be my next pick with it's crisp apple scent.






I love how strong the scents are with Lush soaps. Yog Nog is my favourite with a honeycomb scent and a melt in your hands feel as it is made from soya yoghurt. Reindeer Rock and Fairy Ring Soap are also new this year.





As usual, there are some amazing sets this year which would make perfect gifts including a bumper set by the name of White Christmas containing 17 of their most popular products.


Not to forget, FUN - a multipurpose product almost like playdough that you can make shapes with and wash your hair and body. The gold bar is back this year along with a black, white and orange one designed so that you can make your own snowman!


Thank you so much to Lush Coventry for having me. The staff were all lovely and I had a great evening catching up with and meeting new bloggers.

What's your favourite release?

xxxx
Tasha














Monday, 6 October 2014

Tenerife - Holiday OOTD #3

The final installment of my holiday attire. Excuse the crazy beach hair!going on here too.

Black Kaftan: Primark £8
Sandals: New Look - Old

I've ordered some Autumnal pieces online so keep an eye out for some haul posts :)

xxxx
Tasha

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Tenerife - Holiday OOTN #2

I went shopping for a dress a couple of months ago and couldn't find anything anywhere. Always the way when you need it for the same evening. I tried on a selection in Topshop, River Island and Miss Selfridge with no success.

River Island is usually my fail safe go to place so I went back in for a second look. I'd bypassed this dress on my first visit as i wouldn't have said it was my style and it was too in your face. However, it passed the changing room test and I absolutely love it. It's had a few outings since I bought it!



xxxx
Tasha


Thursday, 2 October 2014

Tenerife - Holiday OOTN

So here's one of my holiday outfits, who doesn't like taking balcony pictures aha...? We stayed at Sol Tenerife,  Playa de las Americas.


I love how tanned I look here but it's faded a lot already.

Necklace; Next £14 

(I've had this necklace for about a year and it's got to be my most worn necklace of all time)

xxxx
Tasha

Monday, 29 September 2014

Tenerife


I should be making the transition into Autumn's trends however, I've not long come back from Tenerife so i'm still in holiday mode. I finally went on a girlie holiday with my bestie Emma. It was only a short break as we couldn't get much time off work but it was so nice to get away!


We went to Siam Park which is a water park quite close to where we stayed. We absolutely loved it and it's definitely worth a visit if you're in Tenerife!


We stayed at Sol Tenerife, Playa de las Americas. It was a 4* all inclusive hotel .


On both the first and last days of our trip, we went to the Gara Rufa Fish Spa. It was 10 euros for 20 minutes and you got a foot massage after. I was a bit nervous about putting my feet in at first but it just tickles. Definitely the best 10 euros we spent whilst we were away.

xxxx
Tasha







Monday, 9 June 2014

OOTD - New Look and White Converse

My style has been a lot more casual lately and my white converse are my best friends. I have 3 other pairs of Converse in red, grey and lilac but I've not worn any of them as much as I've worn these. The were definitely a worthwhile purchase!






It's actually really weird looking at this picture of me as I had my hair reverse ombred a while ago so this looks really blonde!


xxxx
Tasha

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Debenhams at INTU Merry Hill

A few weekends ago, I headed to Debenhams at Intu Merry Hill to speak to the girls from Elemis, Elizabeth Arden, Urban Decay and Juicy Couture. 

Firstly, the lovely girls at Elemis gave me a facial and went through some of their products. Elemis to me is definitely a spa brand and leaves you feeling so refreshed.



I was a bit concerned about having to leave Debenhams bare faced after my Elemis facial but no fret needed, I was sent over to Urban Decay to have my make up done. I had a purple themed look created with the electric palette.

I actually ended up purchasing the Optical Blur Brush as I was really impressed with how it packed product onto my skin. I love Urban Decay for their Naked palettes but they have some exciting releases planned.


To complete my make up, I headed over to Elizabeth Arden for a Lipology talk. The ladie's here were so happy to answer our questions so don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it!

The 8 hour cream/ lipbalm is the perfect answer to chapped lips and I haven't stopped using it since. Their lipglosses are gorgeous and come with a handy mirror. I have my eye on a few colours!


Juicy Couture have released 2 new summer fragrances: Couture La La and Malibu. We tasted jelly beans of the nodes and had to guess them which I think was a really good idea. Couture La La is my favourite with fruity nodes of Apple, Mandarin and Pink Sugar Crystals whereas Malibu has Watermelon, Tangerine and Blackcurrant. 


Debenhams is the perfect place to get all your favourite products, its amazing how many brands are under one roof! Thanks to Debenhams for inviting me along and thank you to all the girls at the counters, you were all so lovely and helpful!

xxxx
Tasha


Friday, 16 May 2014

Glossybox May 2014 - Superdrug Collabaration

There's nothing better than going home for lunch and seeing that the postman has delivered a parcel. This month, Glossybox have teamed up with Superdrug to celebrate 50 years of them being a beauty retailer.


 So, let's see what's inside...


I Love Cosmetics Strawberries & Milkshake Shimmer & Shine Lip Gloss £1.29 FULL SIZE

This isn't something I would've chosen myself but I like strawberry flavouring and it's a cute colour so i'll add it to my collection.

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara £6.99 FULL SIZE

I haven't tried this particular Rimmel Mascara. I'm currently using the Scandaleyes Volume Flash so it'll be interesting to see how this one compares. The brush has an hourglass shape that is meant to create a 60's look. 

B. Quick One Coat Professional Finish Nail Polish £4.99 FULL SIZE

This is a brand exclusive to Superdrug; I haven't tried anything from them before but it's a nice minty teal colour (Shade 176 Mermaid). I've actually been on a nail varnish ban all year but I've still acquired about 6 thanks to Glossybox!

BlowPro Blow Up Daily Volumizing Conditioner 50ml - £2.13 Value

I love travel sized products that I can keep to take to the gym or travelling. I always choose volumizing products so i'm happy with this.


Superdrug Large Doughnut Ring £3.99 FULL SIZE

I have a couple of doughnut rings already but you can't go wrong with a couple of spare although this is the strangest 'blonde' coloured bun ring i've seen.


BONUS PRODUCTS

Garnier Oil Beauty Lotion 
Ghost Fragrance - Eclipse

Since the postage increase, Glossybox stands at a price of £10 plus £3.25 p&p totalling £13.25. The contents of this month's box has a value of £19.39 excluding the bonus samples however, four products are full size. 

Although, this box has a cheaper value than most other times, all of these products are things that I will use and are general useful things to have so i'm quite pleased!

What do you think of this month's selection?

xxxx
Tasha

Monday, 5 May 2014

Francesco Group Birmingham Academy

Last Thursday, I attended a blogger event at the Francesco Academy, Birmingham. I've always been a local salon girl but the atmosphere of Francesco's might've converted me.

The Embrace collection was on display featuring models of all ages and ethnicities including Jean Woods , age 76 from Fabulous Fashionista's. All of the styles are so sleek but completely wearable. We were told that we could pick a style to have recreated.

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The lovely Mia Dellicompagni set my hair in rollers after discussing what i'd like. My hair falls flat pretty easily so i'm always up for some volume and bounce.


Francesco's are Wella Salons and Mia recommended the System professional Balance Scalp Mask so i'm looking forward to testing that out. 

image from: http://www.unwrittenhollywood.com/

Here's the result:


Whilst my rollers were setting, I had my skin tone analysed by Claire Chell. I was under the impression that this would involve analysing my skin complexion whereas, it was actually to look at what colours work best for you and to work out whether you had a cool or a warm skin tone.


Different drapes of various shades were held in front of me and changed quickly to show the difference that a colour can make. I was pleased to hear that my love for pink and silver jewellery were approved. Also, it was interesting to hear that darker hair would suit me as i've recently had my hair done in a reverse ombre style as a trial go darker. I have a cool skin tone as do the likes of Alexa Chung and Nicole Scherzinger. It was really interesting and informative and I can definitely see me using the tips I was given when out shopping.

image from: http://www.unwrittenhollywood.com
Francesco Group staff are trained in skin tone and colour analysis so they can give you expert advice on getting your colour spot on!

It was a lovely evening and I got to have a nice catch up with Amy who was rocking her new short hair.

Thank you to ajcPR for inviting me.

I'll definitely be heading back to a Francesco salon soon!

xxxx
Tasha

Friday, 28 March 2014

London OOTN - Girl's Night Out

Here's what I wore for a night out recently. I don't go clubbing very often so a new outfit was definitely in order! I grabbed this from River Island on the way to catching the train to London. 

I don't try things on in stores very often so buying it to wear the next day was a bit of a risk but it fitted me really well and I love the style. 

I was feeling really ill but was determined to have an outfit picture so excuse my face!


Playsuit: River Island £40
Heels: Dune
Clutch: Ted Baker
Necklace: Next
Bracelet: Thomas Sabo



Nails: Elegant Touch Blue

I'd been thinking about getting a pink coat for a while but hadn't found the 'perfect' one. I wasn't a fan of the boyfriend fit but I really like this one.



xxxx
Tasha


Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Jelly Shoes - Yes or No

Jelly shoes were definitely a 90's trend and I can remember loving them as a kid. I'm pretty sure that I had a few pairs, some heeled and some glitter and I absolutely loved being able to wear them out.

Seeing them crop up in magazines and all over fashion sites has got me thinking whether I need a pair for my 21 year old self. My current opinion is that the clear ones where you can see your toes are a no go and I think heeled ones would look a bit ridiculous on me so I'd quite like some flat opaque pastel ones.

Available from newlook.com/asos.com

The majority of places appear to be selling them for £10ish which I think is pretty reasonable.

What's your opinion on the return of the jelly shoe?

xxxx
Tasha

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

London

I've really neglected my blog lately as life has just taken over. I have horrific amounts of coursework to do and little time for anything. I'm definitely missing writing posts though so hopefully i'll be back on track soon!

Last weekend, I went to London with my best friends from school. It was really nice to do some shopping, eat plenty of food and for us to all be together. 

Here are a few photos of what we got up too: 

St Paul's Cathedral 

Breakfast at The Diner, Carnaby Street

Bounce Restaurant




Outfit posts to follow :)

xxxx
Tasha

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Beauty Haul - Boots

It can't just be me who walks into Boots for a quick look and then ends up coming out with a basket full of things! You happen to see something you've seen on a blog/YouTube and remember that you want to try it!


Bourjois So Matte Nail Varnish £5.99

I avoided the matte nails trend for a while but rather than buying a few matte shades, I thought this matte top coat would be a better investment as I could use it on top of all my other nail varnishes. I'm really trying not to buy any as my collection has become ridiculous. This is the only one I've got this year though!

Nailene Full Cover Nails Oval £8.49

I wish I had lovely shaped natural nails but that's not the case so false ones are my best friend. I love the stick on Impress nails but by using them, I'm not using up any of my nail varnish. I've had these Nailene ones before in the square finish but I've used up most of the smaller sizes. The square ones were out of stock so I picked up the rounded ones with 200 nails. 

Super Facialist by Una Brennan £12.99

I've wanted a clay mask for the longest time specifically the Origins 'Out of Trouble' Mask but I haven't been able to get hold of it. After seeing good reviews, I picked this up for £12.99 which is almost half the price of the Origins one. I've been trying this out for the past couple of weeks and so far I'm impressed. I'm using it about twice a week. Some people have found it drying on their skin but that hasn't been a problem for me at all. I might try the mattifying moisturiser next.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Floral £2.99

I swear by this and haven't had another brand compare at all. I hadn't tried this scent so I chose this one for a change.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in 100 Ivory £8.99

It was around this time last year that I first started using this foundation. For a cheaper drugstore brand this definitely has high coverage and I know it's a safe choice! 

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 £6.99

This foundation actually comes a shade lighter than the Wake Me Up one. This is the first time that I've tried this particular Rimmel foundation and I'm impressed. The coverage is really good however it's not the longest lasting foundation and I'd say it needs topping up after about 6 hours.

What are your current product recommendations?! 

xxxx
Tasha