Doing Things Alone

Recently I went to see my favourite musician in concert; John Mayer. It was the 3rd time I had seen him live and I was beyond excited but this time was different to the last 2; this time I went alone. When the tickets went on sale, I didn’t even bat an eyelid about only getting one ticket because the only thing I cared about was seeing my favourite artist live.

Nearer the time, while I was blissfully telling the girls at work about how excited I was to be going to my first concert of 2017; I was greeted with the question of ‘who are you going with’ and when I told them, I could see the bewilderment in their eyes because “omg, you’re going alone?!” I naively responded with the classic and cliche “life’s too short and no one I know likes him enough to pay £60 for a ticket so why should I miss out?”; but it did get me thinking about the whole stigma surrounding doing things alone.

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The excitement I had leading up to the event was enough to mask any anticipation I had but the minute I stepped on the tube, I couldn’t help but feel a little nervous as the realisation of what I was doing hit me. I mean, you might be reading this and think I’m over reacting but apart from the odd shopping trip or appointment, I’ve never really done anything by myself before. I had the day off work so I decided to take myself off to the O2 a little earlier so I could grab some dinner and a few drinks before heading in to the arena.

From the moment I walked through the O2 doors, I felt like I was walking around with a flashing arrow that screamed the word ‘ALONE’ for everyone to see; but I walked my way through the groups of friends and loved up couples and headed to get food. I sat down and halfway through dinner, rang my sister to have some form of human communication; during which she informed me that the reason people were looking at me funny was probably because it looked like I was on a date and had been stood up.

Still with a couple of hours to go before even the support act, I headed to the Sky bar to get myself a much needed cocktail, which again I thought was a good idea before I actually did it. I orderd my drink and found a table in a quiet corner but it wasn’t long before I was surrounded by couples, families and groups of friends. Desperately trying not to look like a complete loner, I whipped out my phone and messaged my friends who I knew I could rely on to keep me company until it was time to go in.

Once I was inside and the lights went off, it was a completely different story; I wasn’t bothered about being on my own or what people were thinking. I was just so happy to be in that arena, singing along to my favourite songs; in fact I completely forgot that I was sitting next to a complete stranger.

I think my mind definitely went into overdrive and thought I stuck out being alone more than I actually did. To be honest, I would probably go to a concert alone again, just maybe eat before I go haha.

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Have you ever gone to a concert or done anything alone?

-Hannah X

Makeup Revolution’s 3rd Birthday

Makeup Revolution is one of my favourite makeup brands so when I received an invite to their 3rd birthday, I jumped at the chance to go. As always, I arrived at the venue pretty much as soon as the door opened, so while I waited for some friends I took a browse at all of the Tam Beauty products that were displayed in glass cases around the room. I got so excited looking at some of the new Revolution products, they are so stunning and just scream Charlotte Tilbury at me.

 

After meeting up with Pao, Harriet, Megan, Sophie and Victoria it was time to really get into the party mood. We naturally found a Photo Booth that created gifs so we were engrossed with that for ages and must have made about 6 or 7 different ones haha

It was so nice to see Adam, the owner of Makeup Revolution and get to mingle with so many great bloggers and just dance the night away. I had such a fab night and definitely made some friends for life!

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Thank you for the invite MUR

-Hannah X

Halloween Crafting with Paperchase

Halloween is fast becoming one of my favourite holidays, after Christmas of course; so I was super excited to attend a Halloween themed evening with Paperchase at Intu Lakeside. After meeting up with my favourite blogging sisters Lauren and Rachel, we all entered the Intu Lakeside offices where we were greeted with two lovely ladies from Paperchase and a table full of card, ribbon and tissue paper.

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After finding out we were making Mexican candy skull headbands, we got stuck straight in. We began by picking the main colour for the headband itself; I chose black so that I could add all the colour when I got to the flowers and it wouldn’t clash. We also had to add some card to the sides of the large ribbon so that we could attach some tassels; for this I chose purple because I had decided I wanted a pink/purple/blue colour scheme.

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We cut smaller pieces of ribbon for the tassels so to stick to my chosen colour scheme, I opted for blue but I also decided to pair it with silver as I think the colours really compliment each other. The really fun part came with making the flower pom poms to go on the front. After a bit of fiddly cutting and folding, I had somehow managed to make 5 flowers that looked pretty okay (for the record, I am the least artistic person…ever!). Using double sided tape, we stuck them to our headband and voila, they were complete; and I was pretty proud with how mind came out.

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Thank you so much to the lovely ladies from Paperchase and Voice Communications for hosting such a fantastic event, it was so much fun and I had such a great time. Now I have a Halloween costume for every year.

-Hannah X

Christmas in July

Mentioning the big C word this early in the year is pretty strange but companies and brands are already beginning to showcase all of the goodies they have coming out over the festive periods. I was kindly invited two ‘Christmas in July’ events; one for Tesco and the other for Not On The Highstreet; both of which, I must admit have now made me so excited for December and the festive season.

The Not On The Highstreet event showcased a while host of products from Chocolates that are shaped like Brussel Sprouts, glittery cushions and Prosecco themed Christmas jumpers. My personal favourite were the rose gold martini glasses that decorated the long dining table in the centre of the room. There was so much selection for everyone including men and children which I thought was great as it really gave you a good view of what NOTHS have coming on their site. Each room that you went into was escorted with Christmas trees and other decorations and the quite hum of Christmas songs couldn’t help but make you feel a little bit excited.

 

The Tesco event was slightly different as it focused a lot on the food, which I definitely thought was great. The event was designed to take you through the stages of Christmas from the night before, the morning and the evening when everyone finds themselves way too full and asleep on the sofa. It was great to learn about all the new food and treats that are making their way into stores and to be able to try them. I don’t want to give too much away but all I’m going to say is red velvet muffins! Again, it was so surreal to be walking around trying turkey and stuffing, listening to Christmas music while it was boiling hot outside but it did make me feel super festive. I even had my first mince pie of the year!

 

 

Thank you so much to NOTHS and Tesco for inviting me to come along and see what great things are coming from you both!

-Hannah X

Lush Six Scents Event

Lush events are some of my personal favourites to attend, so when Lust Straford asked if I wanted to come to their first ever event of course I said yes. The event was to showcase some of their scents some of which I was familiar with and some which were new to me so I was very excited. The evening was split between six scents and each scent had an activity related to it. There were also some amazing musicians there who were preforming throughout and their song choices varied from scent to scent.

The first smell was one of my favourites; Dirty and to celebrate that we had mojitos with the cutest flamingos cocktail sticks which were sprayed with the fragrance so every time you took a sip, you got a smell of dirty. We them moved onto Karma which is quite citrusy so for this we all sat on a rag in the middle of the store and there were bowls of oranges for us and some of the staff were walking around spritzing Karma into the air. It was probably my favourite part of the evening, I could have sat there all night just talking and listening to the music.

We then moved onto Vanillary and for this, we were each given a silk scarf which had be spritzed with the scent. Normally I’m not a massive fan of this smell as I find it can be a bit too over powering but each scarf had the perfect amount on it. We also had a go at making our own Cupcake face mask which is now my favourite Lush mask. Imogen Rose followed, which I was so excited for because I love the smell of roses. For this particular scent, the lovely ladies in Lush came round with massage bars and gave us all arm and hand massages which was just heaven. We were also given some Rose flavoured Turkish delight.

The last two scents were All Good Things and Lavender Hill Mob. All Good Things was dedicated to a relationship and how it is great and sweet at the beginning but it can tour bitter and negative. We were given candy floss to symbolise the start and beer to add the bitter element to the scent. We were also given love letters to pass around that had been sprayed with the scent.  The last activity that went with Lavender Hill Mob was making our own Ickle Baby Bot while having homemade Lavender cupcakes. I love going to Lush events and being able to make my own bath bomb, it’s great to get involved and see how its done.

The whole evening was perfect, you could tell so much thought and preparation had gone into it and they all really thought about the best ways to showcase each scent. Thank you so much to Lush Stratford for inviting me and hosting THE best Lush event I have ever been to.

-Hannah X

Lush Father’s Day Event

Lush have recently released their new Father’s day products and to celebrate, I was invited down to my local Lush store to learn all about them and see them in action. Within the new collection there are; 3 bath products, soap, a shampoo bar, an exfoliator and a moisturiser.

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We began the evening by making our own ‘Big Blue’ bath bomb which was so much fun, even though I spilt most of it when we had to put the container together. We then spent some time  learning all about the bath products. There are two bath bombs; Lava Lamp and Super Dad and a bubble bar which is called The Mod Father. Both the Mod Father and Super Dad products have quite a masculine smell to them whereas Lava Lamp smells very citrusy. They all smelt incredible though. The soap, which is called Thanks Dad was also just as amazing. It is moulded to look like a building block with the letters D A D on it and it a mixture of yellow and red in colour. Unlike most Lush soaps, this one felt a lot softer and looks like it would be very gentle on the skin.

 

The last 3 products are more skincare related than bath and all have the same name ‘Smuggler’s Soul’. The first one we looked at was the Shampoo bar. Now, I’ve never used a Shampoo bar before so I wasn’t sure what to expect but it looked so good! Once it was wet, it lathered up and you could tell a little would go a long way. Also this particular Shampoo bar is good if you have a dry or itchy scalp. The last two were a facial scrub and a moisturising gel. The scrub was so gentle, I was actually tempted to buy it for myself. This would be great for an everyday exfoliator that wouldn’t break out or dry your skin. The last product was the moisture gel, which again, I was to tempted to buy for myself. It is so moisturising without being too heavy and thick which is always a great thing and the smell was amazing. Although most people would think to put this on their face, you could use it as an all over body moisturiser.

 

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Like with any Lush collection, there are also gift boxes available which are always a good way to make sure you try out every product.

Have you seen the new Father’s Day collection?

-Hannah X

Makeup Revolution Party

Its no lie that Makeup Revolution is one of my favourite makeup brands so when I got invited to celebrate their second birthday party in London, I jumped at the chance.

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The party was held at Cafe de Paris in Central London which was honestly the prettiest place I have ever been; it was like something out of The Great Gatsby. I arrived at the venue for the first section of the evening which was Afternoon Tea where we were met with fizzy elderflower and canapés.Around the outside of the room, there were booths which were laid out with new and soon to be launched products from Makeup Revolution and its sister brands; Freedom, I love makeup and Colourless. It was so much fun learning about each brand, their products and of course swatching them all!

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After trying out and lusting after all of the new products, I spent the next hour or so talking to the other bloggers and trying out their GIF making Photo Booth. I bumped into some familiar faces and met some lovely people including Annie and Brogan. Also Makeup Revolution’s founder Adam bought his pug Blondie so I spent an unhealthy amount of time with her thinking of ways I could smuggle her home because she was the cutest thing I had ever seen.

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7pm quickly rolled around and the party was really getting into full swing with more canapés and cocktails (which were so scummy). We had been told that there was a special announcement so we were all excitedly waiting for the news. Adam said a lovely speech about the brand and how it has achieved great success in such a small amount of time and it was great to see how much love and effort is behind such a fantastic company. The time finally rolled around and were told what the announcement was; Makeup Artists, get excited.

 

Freedom are hosting a competition called #IAmFreedom, launching in April where Makeup Artists will battle it out in live challenges to win a place in the live final which will be judged by 3 celebrity judges. Four runners up will each win £1,000 and the winner will receive £10,00, a year’s supply of Freedom makeup and a year long partnership deal with Freedom! How amazing does that sound? But it gets better; on the night, team Superdrug said they would match the prizes so the runners up will receive £2,000 and the winner will win £20,000!

After all of the speeches and announcements were over, it was time to continue the party which was DJ’ed by Scott Mills from Radio 1! At the end of the night, we were gifted an amazing goody bag with lots of Revolution and Freedom goodies which I will definitely be doing a review on. Also Makeup Revolution now have an App which you can download to get news, updates and special offers!

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Thank you so much Revolution and Tam Beauty for the invite, I had such a great time celebrating with you all and can’t wait to see what the next 2 years brings

– Hannah X

Ingham’s Winter Closing Party

I kindly got invited to the Inghams Winter Closing Party to celebrate the end of the Ski season. I had no idea what to expect but seeing as Inghams specialise in Skiing holidays, I knew I was in for a fun filled evening.

I arrived at The Montague on the Gardens hotel in Holborn and was greeted by the lovely ladies of Branded3 and Inghams. I found a cosy chair by the beautiful log fire and snuggled up with a blanket and hot cider, yummy! After chatting to the girls hosting the event and the other bloggers that were invited, we played a game called higher or lower where we had to guess is certain ski resorts were higher or lower than the previous card. ( I was rubbish btw)

 

The majority of the evening consisted of food, hot cider, chats, laughs and dressing up in ski suits and taking pictures under the snow machine for Instagram. It was such a relaxed atmosphere and it was so great to meet some lovely bloggers and just chat about all sorts of things. I had such a fun evening and just want to say a massive thank you to Branded3 and Inghams for having me; I am now even more desperate to go on a skiing holiday!

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-Hannah X

 

Lee Stafford Event

I was invited by the lovely Emma from Anomalous Me to attend an evening at the Lee Stafford Academy in Chelmsford, Essex. I had never been before so I was super excited, especially as Lee Stafford himself would be there and I was even more excited because I was going with my best friend, Zoe.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by Emma and led upstairs where we were met with wine and canapés. After mingling with new bloggers and catching up with familiar faces, we were given a tour of the facilities; which were outstanding. They had everything from spa beds for massages to salon chair for manicures and of course hair cuts/styling.

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Once we had finished the tour, we then went on to my personal highlight of the whole evening, having a talk from Lee Stafford! He was so lovely and told us all about how he got into hair dressing, his products, ethos and how he decided to start the academies. Once we all had a group photo, we were then treated to two complimentary treatments of our choice. I opted for a manicure and a massage; because there is nothing better than getting your nails done and I’ve never had a proper back massage before so I couldn’t turn it down and just as I thought, it was amazing!

Once the treatments were over, we headed downstairs where we were kindly given a goody bag which was full of lots of Lee Stafford and Redken goodies which I can’t wait to try.

Thank you again to Emma for hosting a great event and having me, I had such an amazing time; and a massive thank you to Lee Stafford and the lovely lot at the Chelmsford Academy.

-Hannah X

Bloggers Hangout LFW Event

I’ve always wanted to go to London Fashion Week and when I saw that The Bloggers Hangout were hosting a LFW event, I knew I had to go. The event was at the ProVision Studios in Hoxton, London; which was so exciting for me seeing as I’m a Photographer.

The whole atmosphere was amazing, the music was playing and there were lots of new and exciting brands to discover. I really enjoyed walking around and getting to know each company; their ethos and their products. As well as networking with lots of great brands, it was also so lovely to meet so many fellow bloggers.

 

Some of the brands that were there were;

Beauty: Ark Skincare, Heaven Skincare, JD Beauty, Naturigin, Pacific World Cosmetics, Perphone, Shea Decadence London, Skin Doctors, Urban Veda.

Food & Drink: Bluebird Tea Co., CocoNuts, Cranes Drink, Natural Fitness, Pics Peanut Butter,  Popcycle, Popkakery, Pudology, Raw Gorilla, The Coconut Collaborative.

Thank you so much Bloggers Hangout for having me, it was such a lovely event!

-Hannah X