Jet Set Beauty

20 December 2014

Because who doesn't love both beauty and holidays?

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A few weeks ago I attended Biza Tax and Duty Free Jet Set Beauty event at Manchester Airport, where I was treated to a night of beauty, cupcakes and champagne to talk to the teams at Jo Malone, Bobbi Brown, MAC, Clinique and Clarins (to name a few) about their products and services within the airport and all about the top beauty essentials and deals to buy before boarding the plane to go on holiday, which unfortunately, I was not going anywhere on this occasion, but I did get to stay at the Radisson Blu hotel at Manchester Airport, which I will be reviewing soon.

I had such a great evening so I wanted to say a big thank you to the Biza Tax and Duty Free team alongside sharing a few photos from the evening with you that I took of my favourite products that I saw on the night.

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If you are flying anytime soon from Manchester Airport, I hope that this post may give you some inspiration on what to add to your duty free beauty list! Also, if you are interested in any of the products, when you next visit the airport for your holidays you can get free 10 or so minute trials and tutorials of the products you love and I would definitely recommend the arm massage / product testing service at Jo Malone, as the smells are just divine!

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Text Santa

19 December 2014

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Text Santa Onsie c/o The Hut Group

Text Santa is ITV's Christmas charity initiative, which was set up in 2011 and looks to raise money and awareness to support UK Charities during the Christmas period. Usually supported by a plethora of celebrities and televised across programmes getting involved on the ITV network, tonight Ant and Dec will be hosting 'Text Santa' the live show on ITV at 8pm tonight, so don't forget to tune in for some fun and a great cause.

You can also help to support the Text Santa charity by purchasing Text Santa merchandise from The Hut Group Here, where you will find my pink star onesie. For each sale made a minimum of 25% goes to charity and items also have free delivery!

Text Santa help charities such as the Alzheimer’s Society, Guide Dogs, Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Teenage Cancer Trust (amongst others) and you can find out how you can make a donation to support the charity here.

Holiday Memories | New York, Rome & Santorini

18 December 2014

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As the year is nearing to a close, it is always nice to reflect on the year gone by and moments from the past. So when I was asked by Love Holidays if I would like to share my holiday memories in a post with my past, present and future trips (to also be in with a chance of winning £1,000 vouchers towards my next holiday), I thought it would be a fun opportunity to share some snaps with you all of the favourite places that I have travelled to, so hopefully you may be inspired to visit one of these destinations in 2015!

*WARNING: Picture Heavy Post!*

Holidays Past: New York, New York!

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For one of the best city breaks in the world, for me, it has to be The Big Apple! I first visited for my 21st birthday at New Year, which was an amazing experience to see the ball drop in Times Square, and James and I were able to return together (for his first visit) with my whole family to celebrate my Sister getting Married in Central Park!

Not only do you walk down the streets in awe, but the food is also amazing and if you want to live the 'American Dream' it doesn't get much better than pounding the pavements of the 'concrete jungle' and making the most of taking every experience in during your stay. Hitting Broadway to see a live show is a must alongside shopping on Fifth Avenue and heading up to the top of the Empire State building for some pretty spectacular views over the whole city - which you can also enjoy with a drink at a Rooftop Bar -  and the 9/11 Memorial Site is also definitely worth a visit. Oh, plus don't forget to visit the M&M store for a novelty snap with Red!

Holidays Present: The Rome Proposal

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I have always wanted to go to Rome and this year I was lucky enough to be swept off my feet by James for my Birthday and taken to the stunning and historic Italian capital, where he surprisingly popped down on one knee for what I can only call the most romantic proposal ever - I think that under the moon light in front on a beautiful fountain deserves some pretty good brownie points for James, don't you?

We had a short stay of two nights and 1 1/2 days, so I would love to go back to Rome to explore Vatican City & St. Peter's Basilica as well as re-visiting all of the colossal monuments that I saw during my trip - including the Colosseum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain and Palatine Hill. Also, an other obvious high point of visiting Rome is the amazing Italian food that you will experience, which really can't get any better than from it's birthplace. My personal favourites have to be eating pizza at Li Rioni and getting gelato from Giolitti, which is situated near to the Pantheon.

Holiday Planning: A Santorini Wedding

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In October of this year James and I visited Santorini, Greece to start looking at potential wedding venues for our big day. Having never been to the island before, I didn't know what to expect, but as soon as the sun rose on the first morning, I knew that this is where I would love to get married. As you can see from the colour of the sky and sea, the views really are breathtaking and looking back at these pictures I had forgotten, just slightly, how beautiful this island really is.

Although we are yet to set an exact date - although some time in June 2016 is the date that we are hoping for - this is the future holiday that I am currently planning and most looking forward to.

What are your favourite holidays of the past, present (2014) and to come?

From The Office To The Christmas Party

17 December 2014

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Attending an office Christmas Party this year? Here are some His and Hers tips for taking your look from day to night!

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Blazer, Trousers and Heels c/o Matalan | Bag - New Look | Tee c/o Fashion Union

For Her

If you wear work-wear to the office, by wearing a slim cut and more dressy blazer - see a great selection here - on the day of your Christmas party, you can just change your top, shoes and accessories before leaving the office to head to the venue, rather than having to adopt a full outfit change.

High waisted, slim fit trousers, like this pair here, are flattering when worn in the evening as they show off your figure more than a wide or straight legged pair, especially if pairing with a loose top or experimenting with sequins and sparkles, like my sequin top here.

Another simple way to switch up your look is by swapping your work bag for a novelty clutch or across body bag, like my faux fur clutch from New Look here and then putting on a pair of killer heels, which may as well be more sparkle, seen as though it is Christmas after all!

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Blazer & Trousers c/o Matalan | Shoes - Cricket | Shirt c/o Hawes & Curtis

For Him

I don't know about you, but I love a man in a suit, so to take an office look to the Christmas party for men, I would suggest removing your tie, taking a new shirt to change into and donning your favourite comfortable pair of smart shoes.

If you want to get a good quality suit for under £100 then Matalan have a surprisingly good selection, which you can shop here and there is currently a number of nifty suits on sale, like this navy number that is now only £50 for the blazer and trousers combined! Also, if you are unsure of what fit to go for you can try their helpful suit fit guide, which personally I prefer the slim suit style for James and other tall guys (as he is 6 ft 6).

Tonight is actually the night of my work's Christmas do, for which we are heading to the Casino for some food and fun! Have you had your Christmas party yet? If not, I hope this post has given you some outfit inspiration!

Get Fuller, Plumper Lips With Envyderm

16 December 2014

Because we all need a little help, every now and again...

Envydern Lip Product Review

Intense Lip Renewal & Plumper Lip Gloss c/o Envyderm

For some people, the search for plumper lips is at the top of their beauty wishlist, but if you don't fancy invasive lip filler injections, which can start from as much as £180 per session, then if looking to lip plumping products available on the market for your answer, you might be surprised at what you may find.

When asked if I would like to trial some Envyderm lip plumping products, I definitely wanted to see if the formula could actually stand up to what it says on the tin. Fortunately, I already have quite full lips to begin with, but since the Kylie Jenner lip has got the beauty world going stir crazy I wanted to try and maximise the fullness of my lips with a little help from some new products.

Plumping your lips with Envyderm products

Envyderm's Intense Lip Renewal Therapypictured on the left, is a lip cream that promises to reduce fine lines around the mouth, define and boost your lip's appearance whilst conditioning your lips for a softer pout. Previously I have relied on Blistex cream for looking after my lips during the colder months - as daily dog walking in the cold does a really good job of giving me dry and chapped lips - so initially £30 is not the type of money that I would spend on essentially a lip conditioning product, when a faithful chapstick can be bought for a couple of pounds instead. But, if you are looking to boost the appearance of your lips, I found that this product definitely pronounced the contour of my lips and also made my lipstick look flawless when worn on top.

For a slightly cheaper option, and to add some added volume to your lips alongside colour and shine, Envyderm also do a range of colours in their Lip Volumizing and Conditioning Plumper Lip Gloss, for under £20. Which personally, I think does a much better job in making your lips appear fuller and an added quip to know that this product is working is the tingly, warm sensation that you can feel as the formula gets to work. I went for this product in 'Fleur' as I love a nude, natural glossy lip in the day, but if you were looking to go all out at night I think that 'Je T'aime' would really give a killer lip.

Have you used Envyderm products before? If so, I would love to know what you thought of them and their 'lip plumping' ability.