A Long weekend away.

Hi Guys,

Last weekend my Boyfriend and I went to London for the weekend. Partly, for pleasure but mostly for Business. We were attending London Edge on Sunday so we figured we would make the most of it.

London Edge is a trade Fair for Alternative, Gothic & Vintage fashion. It’s a chance for us to see new product releases from our existing suppliers and also to discover new brands.

We traveled down to London on Friday and stayed at the Holiday Inn at Regents Park. We were upgraded to an Executive room for free, which was nice.

I don’t know if I have mentioned it before but at home we don’t have a bath we just have a shower/wet room, so when we go away I always make the most of having a room with a bath. Before we left for London I made sure that I had stocked up on Lush Bath products and the first thing I did when we got to the hotel was run a bath.

Friday evening my Boyfriend had made plans for us for date night but didn’t tell me what they were until we got to the venue.

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Every time we go to London we always try to catch a burlesque show or go to theatre and he had booked us tickets for a Burleque/variety show. It was hosted in the Rah Rah Rooms which is a Drag/Cabaret venue. There was a Burlesque troupe called the ‘It Girls’ that performed with the fantastic singer/burlesque performer Tempest Rose.

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The variety show also had a comedian, a magician, a contortionist, a fire eater and an acrobatic performance on silks. It was such a fun show and we had fantastic seats, the cocktails were good too!

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After the show we went to the ‘Angus Steakhouse’ for dinner. Unfortunately the meal wasn’t great. My steak was undercooked, the mash potato tasted awful and while we were there the waiters somehow managed to drop two lots of orders on the floor. The service was really slow too and they gave us the wrong bill at the end of it all.

Saturday was a nice relaxing day, we went for dinner at ‘Steak & Lobster” on Warren Street and had the most delicious steak & Ale pie – it was so good.

We then went to the ‘Grant Museum of Zoology’ at UCL. It was so interesting. They had lots of jars full of animal species and cabinets full of skeletons. They had an elephant skull that was huge, and a bell jar containing an Elephants heart that was bigger than a beach ball.

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If you are looking for something interesting to do in London then I recommend coming for a look around, it’s free admission but you can give donations. You an also sponsor the exhibits.

After the Museum, I went to Space.NK to pick up some of the Oskia Renaissance cleansing gel and I really wanted to pick up the Becca Champagne pop but they were sold out so I purchased the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder is shade Euphoric, which is a really nice highlighter.

We then went back to the hotel to relax for a little while and I had another bath (with more Lush Goodies). We went out for dinner to Fat Lorenzo’s Kitchen & Bar for a nice Italian Meal.

Sunday was super busy. We went for Breakfast at the Riding House Café on Great Titchfield Street. The food here is amazing and I highly recommend the French toast with a side of Bacon. I would say it’s best to book in advance as it does get really busy (we were unable to get in at all on Saturday morning).

After breakfast we checked out of the hotel and headed to the Olympia for the London Edge show. It was nice to chat to our suppliers face to face and we placed a few orders with new suppliers, which was exciting.

After London Edge we stopped off at the Ace Café, which is a biker café. My other half has always wanted to visit, as it is well known in the biker community (my other half rides a Harley). The ace café do the best toast by the way, it was so good.

When we left the café we drove up to Birmingham for the Spring Fair (another trade show) at the NEC. We spent Monday and Tuesday at the spring fair placing orders and finding new brands. It was very tiring but lots of fun. Come Tuesday afternoon, I was so happy to be heading home. We had lots of fun in London and Birmingham so I wanted to share it with you.

I hope you enjoyed it.

The Secret Girly Girl

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Skincare – An Update.

So it’s 2016! My Facebook feed is full of people posting with a ‘New Year, New Me’ attitude. I personally can’t be assed with that. I don’t want to lose weight, I may be chunky but I like that. I work hard to make my little business succeed and grow. I have a loving partner and family and I’m not trying to be an obnoxious git, but I’m perfectly happy with my life right now.

But this year I turn 34! Not quite mid-thirties but pretty much as close as you can get! So I know that I’m at the point in my life where I’m losing collagen in my skin. My skin is starting to age and I’ll be damned if I’m not going to fight it every step of the way!

I know eventually I’m going to end up with wrinkles and sagging skin, that is inevitable, but I would like to try and maintain good skin for as long as I can.

So I’ve decided to take a really good look at my skincare routine.

The main ingredients that my routine was severely lacking in are acids.

Firstly, Glycolic Acid – This is a compound that chemically exfoliates the skin (I’m too sensitive for harsh scrubs, my skin deserves better) it is also a great ingredient for treating fine lines and acne and is often used on skin that is dull. I have extremely oily skin and Glycolic acid helps treat that too (trust me it’s like magic).

The Second Is Hyaluronic Acid this is a compound that has the ability to retain water so is great for hydrating the skin. It is often found in anti-ageing products as it temporarily plumps fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps maintain a healthy skin barrier for those with Acne.

After much research on the web I thought I would try three new products:

 

The first items are the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads.

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They cost me £22.00 from Look Fantastic and these contain Lactic and Glycolic acid and are an ‘Acid Toner’ which means they are used to chemically exfoliate your skin and remove dead skin cells. They are said to make your skin radiant. I’ve only used them for 24 hours so I cant really give them a full review just yet. I heard that they can sometimes give you a little sting when you first apply them but I didn’t get that, but then I don’t suffer from acne and I didn’t have any blemishes.

The Second Item was the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum.

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Jesus that’s a mouthful! I was lucky that Boots currently have a 3for2 on their skin care so I picked up two of these. I opted for this serum because as I mentioned I have oily skin, and being a water-based serum this won’t put any more oil onto my skin. This serum also contains Hyaluronic acid so is highly moisturizing and is so light-weight that it seems to just absorb into my skin really easily. It usually costs £24.99 a bottle but it is on 3for2 at the moment.

The last Product I bought was the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly by Indeed Labs.

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I was reading a post on Caroline Hirons Blog where she suggested the Hydraluron serum as it contains Hyaluronic acid and is really hydrating to the skin. Once in boots though, I opted for the Moisture Jelly as this is more like a moisturiser but with the added benefits of Hyaluronic acid. I’ve decided not to add this into my routine just yet as I want to ease myself in gently with the acids and I have moisturisers that I need to use up first.This cost £24.99

It has only been 24 hours so I’m not going to write a full review until I’ve seen the results of incorporating these new products into my routine for a few weeks.

Already I have noticed that my skin isn’t nearly as oily as it usually is so we will see if this is a permanent effect of these products or not.

I just wanted to let you ladies know what I’ve learnt and let you know what items I went for.

Have you got a new skincare routine? What new products have you bought?

Let me know!

The Secret Girly Girl

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Selfridges Beauty Calendar 2015!

Hi Guys,

The festive season is now upon us and that means I can finally open my Christmas Advent Calendar! U usually always purchase the You Beauty advent calendar but when I looked this year it seemed to contain all the same things I had last year so this year I opted for the Selfridges Beauty calendar.

Selfridges launched two calendars this year. A premium calendar that cost £95.00 and that unfortunately sold out right away and then the Beauty Workshop Beauty Advent Calendar that cost £60.00, which is the one I went for.

At first I was going to post each day about what was behind each window but I went to London for the weekend so was unable to open my advent calendar so I just figured I’d post a weekly overview about the contents of the calendar.

So these are the goodies that were waiting for me behind those little doors this week:

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Day 1: Time Bomb Take-Off Time Cleansing Cream 30ml

I love a good a cleanser and this is a brand I have never tried before. An exfoliating cleanser that buffs away dead skin, what more could you ask for?

I am yet to try this product but it has now been added to my cleansing drawer so I’ll post an update once I’ve tried it.

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Day 2: Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel

I was so excited to get this. I have tried Rodial Products in the past and have really enjoyed them and this is a range I that has been on my radar but I have never purchased it as this product carries a £79.00 price tag. Now I finally get to try it without having to shell out so much money.

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Day 3: Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation 7.5ml

I have received this product before in a beauty box and quite liked it. It is a mineral based SPF that evens undertones and minimizes wrinkles and the appearance of pores. Although I didn’t notice any difference in the appearance of my pores I did like the silkiness on my skin and I enjoyed using it as sunscreen.

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Day 4: Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm

This came in limited edition packaging, which was quite fun. I’m not a fan of Carmex as it is quite tingly on my lips, which I don’t like, but my Boyfriend was more than happy to take this off my hands.

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Day5: BareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara

This travel size Mascara is perfect for carrying in my handbag, taking my daytime eye look to a more intense evening look. I love the twisting wand, which is unlike any wand I’ve seen before. I cant wait to try this!

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Day 6: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Gold Glitter

This is perfect for Christmas time. The website says to use in your hair or sprinkled onto wet nail varnish. This item is not safe to use on the eye area but would look great applied over lipstick for an intense party look!

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Day 7 – Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

This is a foaming gel cleanser, which will be perfect for using with my Clarisonic Brush. Another fantastic product!

I can’t wait to see what this next week brings! Which Advent Calendar are you guys currently opening? Let me know!

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl

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