Fenty Beauty Boots Launch

Unless you have been living under a rock, you will know that Fenty Beauty was launched in Boots here in the UK and to celebrate the launch, I was kindly invited down to my local Boots at Intu Lakeside to see the collection and test out the products.

The Boots at Intu Lakeside has recently had a makeover so as well as seeing the Fenty collection, we were also there to see the new store layout; which can I say was amazing.

We were shown around the store by the loveliest lady called Dee who took us to literally every counter so we could see what product they had and test the out. It was great because Boots have recently launched some new brands in store including Becca and It Cosmetics so it was a fab way to try out some new products that I hadn’t seen before.

After seeing all of the other brands, it was then tine to drool over Fenty which j was so excited for. They showed us some of the newer pieces as well as the much loved classics and honestly I was blown away with the amount of shades of foundation there was, literally something for every skin tone and type.

I must admit I was a bit reluctant about trying the Fenty foundation as it is matte and I had quite dry skin so I always assumed it would just cake itself on and stick to all the dry patches. I was kindly colour matched by one of the girls who then proceeded to give me a full make over with all of the Fenty line which was so generous and kind. I am still wearing it now as I am writing this and it feels amazing. It’s been about 4 hours and it doesn’t feel cakey or heavy at all which is definitely what I thought it would do. The colour matches my skin tone perfectly and completely cancels out my pink undertones.

 

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As we we’re leaving we were also gifted with a lovely goody bag full of products from the brands that are stocked in Boots and honestly I am blown away by the generosity of it and I can’t wait to get stuck in to some of the products.

Thank you Boots and Intu Lakeside for having me and showing me around the new store. It’s stunning and you made me feel so special and welcome.

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

Menchies Frozen Yoghurt

It’s fair to say that we haven’t had much of a summer this year but that doesn’t stop us from having cold snacks. Intu Lakeside have just opened up a new frozen yoghurt store in the food court and I was kindly invited down to see the store and make my own.

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Menchies was established in California and has branches all of the US and now in Europe; in fact Intu Lakeside is the first store to open in Europe, so we are lucky! They have so many different yoghurt favours to choose including cookies and cream, mango and chocolate. Once you have chosen your yoghurt favour, its then time for the best part; picking your toppings!

For the toppings, you can choose to go healthy and have fruit or if you’re like me, then there is plenty of sweet toppings like Kit Kat bits and gummy worms. I decided to have a mix of fruit and chocolate so I went for some banana slices mixed with chocolate raisins and Oreo pieces. There is also an area where you can add a syrup to your yoghurt which included chocolate and toffee. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it was amazing! All of the toppings were so fresh and the plain yoghurt that I chose was so refreshing and cooling. I would definitely recommend going in there if you are ever in Intu Lakeside.

-Hannah X

Intu Lakeside App Launch Event

I was kindly invited by the lovely lot at Voice Communications to attend the launch event for the new Intu App which was held at Intu Lakeside Shopping Centre. We were greeted with possibly the nicest prosecco I’ve ever had and got to speak to the marketing team and general manager, Mark to learn about the app and its features. One of my favourite things is the fact that as you walk past a store, the app will alert you if there are any sales or offers on, how cool?!

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After having a chat with the lovely people of Intu Lakeside and catching up with Sophie and Stacey, we then began a scavenger hunt around the centre. Using the app to navigate ourselves from store to store, we travelled around to lots of different shops to try out some products. We began by going to Hotel Chocolat where we were met with some peppermint tea and a taste test game where we had to guess what flavour the chocolate was (side note: 100% raw cocoa is not the best haha). While we had some time to look around, I went over to their Valentines range to see what I can treat myself too haha!

We then headed to Patisserie Valerie; somewhere that I have never been to but have heard so many good things about. We were lucky enough to pick a piece of cake to take away but since I was full of chocolate, I opted for a bag of Macarons and they were amazing, especially the coffee one, ah heaven.

Moving onto my favourite shop, Lush! We were able to pick a section that we wanted to try out so we all opted for their skin care. I love Lush’s skin care and could not wait to learn more about what would work for my skin. My favourite thing that we got to try was the Ocean Salt face exfoliator which is now a major part of my skin care routine, it smells amazing and leaves your skin feeling so clean and soft.

After Lush, we headed to Love Aroma which sells Yankee Candles. Honestly, I spent the whole time in here stopping myself from buying them all especially the ‘Peonies’ scented one. We then rounded the night off with a trip to Hamley’s where we all turned into big kids watching magic pens, playing with frisbees and meeting the Hamley’s bear himself.

Thank you so much Voice Communications and Intu Lakeside for hosting my favourite ever blogger event, it was so much fun and if you haven’t already, go and download the new Intu App!

-Hannah X

 

 

 

Intu Lakeside Christmas Event

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Christmas is probably my favourite time of the year; so when Voice Communications invited me to visit Intu Lakeside’s Christmas street, I couldn’t say yes quick enough.

This year, Intu Lakeside have gone bigger and better with helping customers get into the festive spirit by creating ‘Christmas Street’ which makes you feel as though you are wondering around the winter markets in Germany.

As you walk out of the centre, you are greeted by the sounds of Christmas music and obviously some Frozen songs thrown in too; which fits in nicely with the giant Frozen snow globe that you get into for a photo with Anna, Elsa and Olaf.

There are also game stands and rides for Children which looked so fun, but being 22, it wasn’t exactly acceptable to have a go haha. As well as rides, and games, there are lots of stalls around the outside which sell all the things you expect from a Christmas market including; mulled wine and beer, bratwurst and burgers, crepes and hot chocolate and probably my favourite stand, the sweet stand!

Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without Santa’s Grotto but this year, Intu Lakeside have really upped their game. Not only is the grotto in the shape of a cute little cottage but the inside waiting area is all interactive to keep kids entertained while they wait, which isn’t usually any longer than 10 minutes!

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After seeing Santa, we wondered around the area to see exactly what was on offer, so obviously I went straight to the sweets and chocolate. I had the nicest hot chocolate I have ever had, I’m not even joking; it was Cadbury hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream and gingerbread. I’m actually craving some right now!

It was such a lovely night, such a good atmosphere and it was so nice to meet Michelle from MichelleLousieLove. Thanks again for the invitation Voice Communications!

-Hannah X