Monday, 16 November 2015

Meeting Estée Lalonde at The Body Shop (!!!!)


As I'm sure you know by now, I'm an avid Youtuber and have been a loyal fan of Estée Lalonde for almost three years. So when Estée announced that she was teaming up with The Body Shop to release a limited edition Nail Art Kit and that she was having a launch/meet up at their Oxford St store, I jumped at the chance to go along. I followed the competition rules, although I knew it was a shot in the dark considering she has over one million subscribers and yet there'd be just 80 winners.

 Low and behold I received an email from The Body Shop's PR team congratulating me that I'd won a spot to the launch ~ I was seriously freaking out to the point that my hands were shaking! The email said that I could take a plus one, so I immediately rang my cousin Vicky, who also has a rad blog and YT channel, as I knew she loved Estée just as much as I do!


Fast forward to last Wednesday when I caught the train to London for the event. I met my cousin for a spot of pizza at Franco Manca which was otherworldly ~ I ordered the number 4 (ham, mozzarella, mushrooms and ricotta) for anyone drooling over this ^ majestic pizza! We then walked to The Body Shop and spotted Aslan though the windows, the store had a lock in with its earlier guests as the evening was split into two slots.
 

Eventually it was our turn and to no surprise, we were keen beans and first in line. Before long, we passed the guest list and were rubbing shoulders with bloggers, grubbing on canapé's and supermarket sweepin' ~ guests had a whopping 40% off everything in store, which was amazing for stocking up on early Christmas presents!
 
 
The event was an hour and what a magical / surreal hour it was ~ my cousin and I actually managed to chat with the lady herself for a good five minutes, we talked all things pizza and crystals ~ I also tried my best to persuade her to do vlogmas!
 
 <3 <3 <3

It was fascinating to discover during her speech that she actually used to work at the Body shop ~ isn't it amazing how things tend to come full circle in life? It was a delight to get the opportunity to meet Estée and see how humble and hysterical she is off camera too, what a woman!
 
A lovely photographer took some candid polaroid snaps of us chatting away and gave them to us afterwards as an endearing souvenir which I'll cherish! Estée was also kind enough to sign one for me ^_^
 
 

I ended up picking up the exclusive nail art kit which came with a wicked goody bag worth £45! Here's the gems within...
 
 
 
I've spent the weekend getting creative with the nail art kit, my favourite is the half moon and dotty designs ~ here's Estée's tutorial for anyone interested! It's also wonderful to know that proceeds of the product are going towards safe drinking water for families in Ethiopia, as The Body Shop have also collaborated with Water Aid.

 

They say don't meet your idols... I say shop with them!

 
 

My 21st Trip Around the Sun!


Good morning Petals,


I'm still bursting with gratitude (& cake if we're being honest) from my birthday last week, my friends and family showered me with love and such thoughtful gifts. As Christmas is on the horizon, I thought I'd share some bits and bobs I received ~ perhaps give you some inspo for your wishlist!
On the eve of my birthday, my dad and I had a magical day strolling around Manchester and I was lucky enough to be treated to some goodies that I've had my eye on for a while. We first nipped into Affleck's, which is always an experience ~ after pulling faces in the photo booth, I picked up some silver hoop earrings at £3 a pop. We also picked up this groovy Heinsenberg iron on patch for my brother Billy!

Soon after we bobbed into H&M where I chose these two autumnal jumpers ~ I'm obsessed with the olive and mustard shades! I wore the mustard jumper to the Estée Lalonde event and received tonnes of compliments, one from Estée herself which was pretty surreal! These A/W staples were also just £8/£15 which is unbeatable!


Next was Boots where I took full advantage of their 3 for 2 offer and stocked up on some makeup goodies. I've heard a few bloggers state that Maybelline's Fit Me concealer is s dupe for Nars' radiant creamy concealer, so I picked one up. As I'm in need of a new foundation and mascara, I was also treated to L'Oreal's Infallible matte foundation and false lash telescopic mascara ~ I'm one happy bunny!

As cliché as it sounds, I also thought since it's my 21st it's a good time to buy my first serum. I opted for this Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum ~ I also couldn't resist Una Brennan's super facialist as it was on offer!


My pops also treated me to this quirky Dr Martens scarf that
I'll be hiding under all winter...

In the Arndale centre, I popped into Next as I was on the hunt for NYX'S Transylvania matte lipstick, turns out they don't stock NYX there anymore :-( I did however buy my mum a treat as although it's my big day, I wanted to get my mum a small present to say a BIG thank you for putting up with me all these years! I treated her to her favourite Next perfume which she used to wear religiously many moons ago!
A fresh green floral fragrance with soft fruits and pink blooms.
Notes of green mandarin, jasmine, musk and patchouli.

One of the last stops was Harvey Nichols where I picked up this HEAVENLY hazelnut syrup ~ the nectar of the gods! From Topshop I picked up some glitter socks as I love the instant pizzazz it gives any outfit ~ the 3 for £8 deal was also pretty sweet.


My dad and I originally waltzed into Selfridges hoping to make a beeline for the Monica Vinader boutique, but we soon discovered that it no longer stands :( We did however hit up Mac where I was treated to two lip liners that I've been lusting over for as long as I can remember. I bought their darkest shade Nightmoth and their classic brown shade Chestnut.


As cheeky as it sounds (yes, I am aware), when asked a billion times this year what I wanted for the big 2-1, I asked for mula as hostel hopping / commuting from Manchester / London life isn't cheap! I was, however, treated to a few other goodies from my loved ones...

My best friend Caitanya got me some groovy plant pots and dainty jewellery, as well as this cosmic Iris Apfel documentary from Fopp!


My cosmic cousin Livvy designed two personalised pieces to hang in my bedroom, which her wildly talented friends created. The Manchester / Corfu / London creation made me especially teary as they're my three homes <3 I'm also utterly in awe by the intricacy of the thread daisy artwork!

If you love the location print as much as I do and would like your own bespoke piece, search 'H&L Handmade Crafts' on Facebook :-)

My brother and his wonderful girlfriend Beth also went all out and bought me this AMAZING Fujifilm instax! I can't wait to whip it out at all of the Christmas / NYE doos :-)


Sticking with the eponymous theme, I also received a camera case adorned with daisies and a MAGICAL Daisy necklace that started off as a rough sketch by my brother. There's also a canary yellow diamond in the centre which is the cherry on top ~ I'm so in love with it!!


My grandparents also treated me to some special gifts including some groovy earrings and a bookmark that my nana made for me one crafternoon. I've mentioned before that my grandparents are in a band ~ big up The Oakmere singers :p ~ well one of the members knitted the band and as a gift I was given my nana and grandad *heart eyes emoji*


One of the most unique and unexpected birthday presents was getting to meet Estée Lalonde the following day as I was one of her competition winners! I'll be spilling the beans soon, so stick around!


Anyway I'll have to love you and leave you ~ I have a bunch of thank you cards to write...


Monday, 9 November 2015

Monday Blues #13 Fortune Favours The Bold

On a recent jaunt to Chinatown, I picked up a bunch of souvenir fortune cookies for my friends and family back in Manchester. You wouldn't believe my Aunty's bewilderment on Halloween when she opened hers to discover:


Pretty sure she thinks I'm a witch more than ever now! In the spirit of all things mystical, I thought I'd share two fortune cookie messages that have resonated with me which I stumbled across on - of all places - Instagram!

Drew Barrymore / Lily Collins



What mantra guides you through rough seas?





Monday, 2 November 2015

Style Crush #007 Elektra King

To celebrate the release of the upcoming Bond movie Spectre, I thought I'd dedicate a #stylecrush to the franchise's best dressed character: Elektra King. I almost gave the crown to Melina for her role in For Your Eyes Only, but as it's set in Corfu I may be a little biased.


I remember watching The World Is Not Enough - Pierce Brosnan will always be my James Bond - and how striking Sophie Marceau's character was. It wasn't just her allure or the way she straddled Bond that entranced me, but her wardrobe. Lindy Hemming at her finest - you may recognise her name as she's also worked her magic to design costumes for Batman, Tomb Raider and Harry Potter!







My favourite thing about Elektra King was how she manipulated the bond girl* stereotype - she was, after all, a villain. For similar reasons, Miranda Frost was also in the line up:


What's your favourite Bond film?



* I can't stand that term. It's 2015, they're not bond girls... they're bond men. Ha! They are WOMEN and are ACTRESSES. Besides - anything men can do, we can do bleeding. ;-)