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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Week review #7

Hello lovelies! This week has been chocabloc for me and I have been up to quite a bit for a change. Early in the week I went to Westfield in Stratford for a spot of shopping and grabbed a meal at GBK burger. I love a good burger! I got some goodies from Neal's Yard and Kiehl's, which I am looking forward to trying out.

On Valentine's Day Asif surprised me with flowers at work, which was lovely of him, and then took me out for a nice romantic meal.
Later in the week we went to Wagamamas, which I haven't been to in years. I had a gorgeous Thai green curry type dish, my favourite. It was yummy!
On Friday night I was enjoying the start of London Fashion Week and went to the Susie Stone catwalk show. I will be posting about this this week. There were some gorgeous outfits, and lovely jewellery pieces.

I was invited to the Sex and London City party, but couldn't attend as I was ill. Boo. But yesterday I met up with Ayshe, Aysha, and her sister Hattie and went to Shoreditch to the Bourjois Pop-up shop. We grabbed so many bargains it was unreal! We then went to Oxford Circus for some yummy food and a catch up, followed by shopping on Oxford Street, and then a coffee at Costa. I bought some lovely goodies from Topshop, and a desperately needed lipbrush.

Today I am heading to central London for a couple of events and will be meeting Julia from work. We are going to a LFW presentation, and a drinks reception and another presentation at Somerset House in the evening.

So that's it from me. How has your week been? Have you been to any LFW events? And have you had a chance to visit the Bourjois pop-up shop?
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Bourjois Pop-up shop

 Yesterday I went to the Bourjois pop-up shop in Shoreditch High Street with Ayshe, Aysha, and Aysha's sister Hatti. The shop was in the Beach Blanket Babylon and was a haven for make-up lovers with heavily discounted products.
 We were amongst the first to enter and received a lovely gift bag with some lovely products. There was the chance to get a manicure, and hair and make-up done, and even get some bodyart. I took advantage of the four products for £14, and got myself about 12 things including foundation, nail polish, lipsticks, lipgloss and eyeliners for a fraction of the price they would be in the shops!
The limited collection of eyeshadows and blushers above was a steal at £20! There were some great bargains there and it is definitely worth a visit if you have the chance. The last day will be on Monday. 
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Review: MUA Cosmetics 3 in 1 Extreme Contour liner

A couple of weeks ago I went to the launch of MUA Cosmetics collaboration with Love Hearts in time for Valentine's Day. I promised you some reviews of products, and after trying out my favourite from the collection here is the first one.
I have been trying to find these 3 in 1 Extreme Contour Liners in the shops ever since they were launched but failed miserably, so when I had the chance to try them out I jumped for joy! I was lucky enough to receive Fresh Mint, Dark Brown and Gun Metal. As you can see from the pictures they come in sleek black matte packaging which looks very expensive. The actual liner is a rectangle point with the aim of being usable in three ways - with the point, with a thin line, and as a flat rectangle to fill colour.
The first point I have to make is that the crayons are ultra smooth. The aim is that they do not drag on the eye area, and I had no problem with this. They glided on really well and were highly pigmented.
Secondly, I used the colours as eyeliners, but also used them as eyeshadows and blended them into the lid area. The first time I tried this it collected unattractively in the crease area within an hour- not a good area. So the second time I used it with an eyeshadow primer underneath, and it really helped keep the colour in place, without it collecting in the crease area - definitely woth investing in a primer to get this use out of it.
When I first opened the Gun Metal liner I thought it was a grey/purple colour, and not one I would use as a liner, but once used it does come out darker, and works lovely alone to line the eyes. This collection was the most anticipated by me, and I am very pleased to finally have these! Have you tried them? What do you think of them?
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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Valentine's Day treat

I was spoilt wrotten for Valentine's Day this year! Now anyone who knows me knows I am not a romantic and hate Valentine's Day, but I couldn't help but melt at all the things I got from Asif. He sent me these lovely flowers at work and the balloon. Highly embarrassing trying to get that home on the Underground - thanks Asif. And he sent me this lovely card, with a romantic message inside. This was followed by a lovely meal at our favourite restaurant - Baburchi Indian restaraurant in Leytonstone. Their food is amazing, and the people there are lovely.
What did you do for Valentine's Day?
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My new business cards

I thought it was about time I got myself some business cards for my blog. What do you think? I have been to a few events lately and find it is so much easier giving out a card then scribbling down my details on a scrap of paper. For my card I decided to go for the mini designs from Moo Cards and used my header design. On the back I have included my contact details.
I am still undecided if to stay with the mini designs or to go for the standard business card size, but regardless, 100 for £10 is a great price.
Do any of you have business cards? Where did you get yours from?
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Friday, February 17, 2012

London Fashion Week

So London Fashion Week kicks off today, and I for one am very excited! This will be the first season I am attending the shows, and I have quite a few lined up. I will be kicking it off with the Sex and London City party to launch London Fashion Week tonight, followed by a few presentations, and a couple of catwalk shows.

If you have any advice for me, or will be going to some shows yourself let me know what to watch out for! x
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Review: Lush's It's Raining Men

If you are a fan of Lush's Honey I washed the Kids soap you will love this bodywash. It is a repackaged limited edition version called It's Raining Men. I say limited edition, but it has been around for a good few months now.

I have been using it for a while now and can't get over how gorgeous it smells! I have come to the end of my current bottle and I am ready to buy another - that's when I know it is a good product. So I thought I would share my thoughts about it with you.
I started using the small bottle just before Christmas and I think it has lasted quite well. The gel is thick and honey scented, it feels quite luxurious, and a little goes a long way. And it leaves a lovely honey scent on the skin long after you have showered.

It's probably my favourite from Lush. Have you tried this or the original shower gel? What do you think of it?

It costs £4.25 for 100g and is available here.
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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Week review #6

Hello all, I hope you have had a good week. I spent most of mine in bed with the flu. But I did manage to recover by the end of the week thankfully.

During the week I attended the MUA Cosmetics event to mark their collaboration with Love Hearts in time for Valentines' Day. And what a way to mark it! The event was lovely, and I had lots of lovely samples to try out, which I have over the weekend. I wanted to get the full use out of them before I posted my reviews, which are sure to follow this week. Some of the new collection is already available, and the limited edition lipbalms are definitely my favourite. Check them out if you haven't already.

This weekend was the first of my hen weekends. I originally had one big one planned, but had to change my plans as it didn't work out. But instead I have four separate ones planned! Can't really complain about that! This weekend was in Manchester, and probably the most fun I have had in ages and made me realise how much I love and appreciate my friends. x

On Saturday I received my new Moo cards! I have never had business cards other than for work, so this seems like a bit of a luxury. I went for the smaller mini cards, which seemed like a good idea at the time, but seem a bit too small now. I have 100 to get through so think I will be giving them to everyone so I can justify getting the bigger ones next time! Will post pictures of them this week.

I have managed to get five invites to parties and shows at London Fashion Week and I am very excited! It may be my first and last one, so I wanted to make the most of it while I could. What does one wear to fashion week?! Ideas appreciated below.

My dad made the yummiest banana and chocolate chip muffins today. He wanted to try something out in the new oven in our new kitchen we have just had built at my parents' house. The muffins were gorgeous! Didn't know my dad could make them, and I must nick the recipe.

And lastly, this week has had many ups and downs, but it has made me realise that you must appreciate what you have and live in the here and now. Planning too far ahead in the future is nice, but not always possible, and pray to God for everything to work out.
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Friday, February 10, 2012

MUA Cosmetics Love Hearts launch

Who needs a valentine after feasting your eyes on this lot?! The other night I went to the launch of the new make-up collaboration between MUA Cosmetics and Love Hearts, just in time for Valentines Day! The event was held at the Piccadilly Institute at Piccadilly Circus, and was probably one of the sweetest events I have ever been to. There was gorgeous cupcakes topped with the names of their latest products, macaroons, retro sweets, Love Hearts, and cocktails in jam jars.
We had the chance to check out some of the products which include these lovely lipbalms with cute names like Hot Lips, and Sweet Kiss. They are limited edition and have a light vanilla smell. These are probably my favourite out of the collection. There were also nail varnishes with names like U & I and U Rok. I loved the pastel shades, especially the purple and yellow.
We also had the chance to try out some of their latest products including the plumping lipglosses, glitter quake nail varnishes, the three-in-one contour eye liners (which I have been wanting to try for ages) and their new Blemish Balm, which doesn't go on sale until March. This was a particular favourite of mine as it blended into my skin easily. The 'dark' shade was a perfect match for me, which I was quite impressed with.
Above is a collage of a few snaps I took. I am especially loving the Love Hearts ring Zoe wore, which were especially made for the MUA girls. I want one!
I have to say that we were given probably the most generous goody bag I have ever had at an event and so many sweets! Above are only some of the sweets, as me and Asif have already made our way through some of the others I was given!

I did try most of the make-up out today (what else is a girl to do on a three-hour train journey) and I was quite surprised as I thought I would like the nude shades of balm and lipgloss more, but have ended up falling in love with both the darker shades of gloss and lip balm - something I have never dared to try before. Thumbs up to MUA for converting me!
I will be trying out the products more and hope to include a detailed look at each of them soon. Have you tried any of the new range? What do you think of them?
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Review: MUA lipstick shade 11

It' no secret that I am a massive fan of MUA make-up, and when I came across this shade I had to try it. I have been on the lookout for a good, moisturising lipstick, that doesn't need a balm underneath, and is suitable for everyday workwear.
The MUA packaging is simple, sleek and black and the colour can easily be seen through the see-through bottom.
 The colour itself is a natural pink/rose colour that glides on smoothly. There really is no need for a balm underneath to help moisturise the lips, which is a plus.
 The swatch below does look a bit darker than it does in bullet form, but on my lips the colour seemed about right.
 The only downside about it, and maybe because my room was warm, was when I swatched it the bullet was very soft and almost broke off. I think it would have done if it was rolled up out of the tube more. But the lipstick ticks all the other boxes, so I will have to remember to store it somewhere cool.
 Overall, I was very impressed for a lipstick that only costs £1. As it is my first one from the MUA range I am defintely encouraged to check out other shades.
Have you tried this shade or any others from the range? What do you think of the colour above?
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Week review #5

Hello my lovelies!
Last week has been a bit of a whirlwind for me, and I can't say I remember much of it, not helpful when writing my week review, hmmm.
I have been ill for the latter part of last week and spent most of it in bed. I was feeling faint for most of the weekend, and now have a full blown flu - lovely. Not impressed, and not been able to make the most of the snowy weather, but to be honest I would rather be warm indoors. I did venture out for a short while on Sunday morning as I really wanted comfort food, and had to go to the shops. The worst thing about not being at your mum's when you are ill is that you have to look after yourself. Asif was lovely looking after me, but on Sunday I made myself some yukhani -  Asian chicken soup/broth. It's the first time I have made it on my own, and I have to say it was amazing! I did feel better after having it, and what a great dish to have on a winter's day?
If you want the recipe it is:
A baby chicken cut in pieces,
Enough water to completely cover the chicken,
An onion
A tomato
A green chilli
A tablespoon spoon of garlic and ginger paste.
some yakhani pilau mix (I don't know what exact ingredients are in this, but got a Shaan packet from an Asian foodstore)
and half a teaspoon of chilli powder.

Put all the ingredients in a saucepan, cook on full heat until the chicken is tender and falls off the bone. You can add more water during cooking if you want more broth. It takes about half an hour to 45 minutes.

I am currently off work ill, and this was meant to be a scheduled post, but didn't go up in time. So boo. Let me know what you have been up to. x
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Sunday, February 5, 2012

#ZOMGbloggersbash

Last week I was invited to an event in central London to celebrate the launch of a new lipstick by Zozo from The London Lipgloss for Rockalily Lipstick.
It was a packed out event, with I think 150 bloggers in attendance. A great place to meet people whose blogs we have been reading!
ReeRee had set out a stand with her latest lipsticks on for us to try. And the collaboration with Zozo was definitely my favourite. I am wearing the lippie in the top photo, and on first glance I didn't think it would be a colour to suit my skin tone, but I actually love it! It is a lovely pink, which glides on smoothly and looks matt, but is very moisturising. A thumbs up from me!
And no, I didn't get a drastic new hair do at the event, but it was a good chance to check out new looks. There was a stand with lots of amazing wigs, hats, and costumes to try on, and a cupcake stand. We even had the chance to make our own cakes!


And at the end of the event there was a prize bingo, and amazing burlesque routines. Sorry I haven't got any pictures of these, my camera was being rubbish at the end of the night.
I thought it was a great event, with lots of lovely bloggers and lots to do. Thank you to Reeree and Zozo for inviting me!
A kissing board we all kissed as a souvenir of the night. What a fab idea!
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V&A Museum - part 2

A couple of weeks ago I went to the V&A Museum in central London. I posted about it here. But as there were a lot of photos I decided to include the clothes posts separately. Here are a few snippets from the new collections that caught my eye. Note: the fashion section will not be re-opened until the spring, but these are the ones that are currently on show.
This Pac Man dress is from Giles by Biles Deacon. If you look closely you can see the iconic image from the 1980s video game on the silk dress. I love the intricate neckline and the cut of the dress.
The Atlantis Dress below is from Alexander McQueen's last full collection before he died. The satin dress is made with digital prints and images of reptile skins.

And finally, this outfit was worn by Chris Martin from Coldplay while touring during promoting and performing Viva La Vida. It was made by Stella McCartney and  Sara Jowett and is reminiscent of French revolutionaries.
What do you think of the outfits? And which is your favourite?
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