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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Beauty Trends Spring/Summer 2016

Hi There,

With Christmas behind us it’s time to look forward to Spring/Summer beauty trends and there were plenty of fun looks on the S/S16 catwalks. Here are the most coveted looks and the products I use to achieve them…..

Feeling Blue

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Blue/Turquoise Statement eyes were all over the catwalks for spring/summer. Wear as a bold block of colour on the lid or simply line your peepers with a subtle smudge of Navy Kohl instead of Black. My favourite products are as Follows:

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Cleopatra – £22.00

This is a fantastic Deep Green/Turquoise cream Eyeshadow. This little pot will last you a long while as just the tiniest amount goes a long way!

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Bellápierre Eyeshadow in Starry Night – £9.74

Available from Amazon this shimmery dark Blue powder is perfect for taking that party look to the next level. As this is a mineral powder it is highly pigmented you only need the tiniest amount.

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in LSD £15.50

This Eye pencil is fantastic for giving a sparkle to your look. This is a navy pencil with a bold Blue glitter running through it. It’s subtle but gives your eyes that perfect party pop.

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Sabbath £15.50

Perfect for when subtlety is key. A deep navy eyeliner with a matte finish. This is a great eyeliner for smudging out into a smoky eye.

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Black Graphics

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Spring/Summer sees the return of grunge inspired eye looks. Bold graphic eyeliner was extremely popular or for a subtle look simply tightline your waterline. Smudging your liner is a must this season too. Any black eyeliner is great for this look

 

Bat those lashes

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60’s style lashes are in this season. Think less feather-like and more spidery when it comes to your lashes. For those of you wishing to stand out from the crowd go super clumpy and be a real show stopper! Get the look with these mascaras:

Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying mascara – £ 7.99

I love this mascara, it’s a real drugstore steal. It builds thickness and lengthens your lashes. Add several layers to get that thick spidery lash effect.

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MAC False Lashes Extreme Black – £19.00

This Mascara is my everything right now! It builds volume and lengthens your lashes and just makes them 100% perfect So much so that people have asked if I’m wearing falsies when all I had on was this. I highly recommend this mascara to everyone.

 

Rimmel Scandaleyes Xtreme Black Mascara – £6.99

Again this is a great drugstore mascara and gives your lashes a great curl. Great for giving your lashes a dramatic day-time look.

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Going for Gold

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Metallics are not just for the festive season and were well and truly rocked on the s/s catwalk. From bold Golden lips to subtle washes of metallic colour on the eyelids, make it as daring or as demure as you like! These are the products that are set to make you sparkle…..

Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow stick by Kate in shade 100 Rose Gold £4.49

This is great for adding a touch of glamour on the run. As it’s a stick it’s easy to apply and can simply be smudged out with your fingers for a day-time look or layer for the Wow factor.

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Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow in 05 Eternal Gold – £4.99

This cream Eyeshadow is super intensely pigmented and will give a really high dose of colour to your lids. Great for a nighttime look.

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 L’Oreal Paris colour Riche Mono Eyeshadow – £5.49

This is a really great versatile colour. It can be used for a subtle day look or layered to create a glitzy golden eye. Fantastic value for money.

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Perfect Pout

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The classic red lip is everything this spring/summer especially in a matte finish. For a day-time look simply pat on the lips with your finger to give yourself a subtle hue. These are my favourite Matte Red’s perfect for spring…….

Maybelline 14hr Superstay Lipstick in 540 Ravishing Rouge – £6.99

This is a really nice matte red lipstick. It wont break the bank and gives a nice subtle wash of colour.

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 NYX Soft Matte lip cream in Amsterdam – £5.50

This is a beautiful Corally Red. It does take a little while for it to mattify on the lips but when it does, it pretty much stays putt. Really highly pigmented and a beautiful bright red which can take you from the office to cocktails.

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NYX Matte Lipstick in Eden – £5.50

This is a lovely Blue based Red. It feels really nice on the lips and isn’t drying. It’s also cheap as chips so what more could you want?

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MAC Lady Danger – £15.00

A stunning Orange based red this is a show stopper. Beautifuuly bright and unapologetic it’s definitely for someone who likes to be noticed.

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Beautiful Blackberry

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Forget peachy pink girly tones this spring and think dark, daring and edgy. The Berry lip trend is still going strong this season with Burberry going for ‘the darker the better’ approach, while Anna Sui went for a beautifully feminine red berry shade.

Sleek Makeup Eau La La – Shade Venom £4.99

I adore this lip pencil. It can be used on it’s own as an all over lip colour but I tend to use this every time I apply a berry lip. It’s so versatile and the formula is wonderfully creamy. Highly recommended.

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NYX Soft Matte lip cream in Transylvania £5.50

I love a nice dark berry lip and this is one of my favs. I am a huge fan of anything horror/gothic so the name of this product is just perfect. A nice dark plum colour.

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NARS Velvet Matte Crayon in Damned £18.00

This is a nice subtle berry shade. It’s more pink than purple which makes it a fantastic daytime berry shade.

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Urban Decay Matte Lipstick in Blackmail £15.00

I adore this lipstick. It’s the deepest shade of Berry that I own and I love it. I tend to wear it on special occasions where I’m attending a gothic event or want to unleash my inner goth chick. A stunning colour!

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Inner Glow

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The phrase being banded around this season is ‘Gym Skin’. So forget those thick full coverage foundations and allow your natural glowing skin to shine through with a BB or CC cream.

It is all about illumination and making the best of your skins natural features. Freckles are also huge this season. Don’t have freckles? Simply add some using a brow/eyeliner pencil but don’t get too carried away they need to look natural.

Clarins Instant Light radiance boosting complexion base in 01 rose £26.50

I have wrote about this before, this product looks like your skin is lit from within. It gives your skin a beautiful rosy pink highlight and smells absolutely delicious.

Max Factor CC Instant Complexion Enhancer in 50 Natural £9.99

I wore this a lot last summer. A light to medium coverage this is definitely a your skin but better product. I wore this over my Clinique Super City block for high SPF coverage with a subtle amount of colour. I love it.

MAC BB CREAM

MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30 £25.00

I really liked this last year so I’m bringing it back again. It counteracted my redness really well without looking cakey. It is quite a greasy formula so I would recommend setting it with a powder. But a great product to carry in your hand bag.

So they are all the trends to get you through Spring/Summer 2016! Which trends will you be rocking? What are your favourites? Let me know!

 

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl xxxx

August Birchbox – First Impressions

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This week I received my August Birchbox and the theme was #BeautyJunkie. The Birchbox itself came covered in little Beauty Emoji’s, which was just adorable. Inside the box there was seven items in total. These were a mixture of beauty products, a beauty bonus and a lifestyle item.

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The first Item was the Rituals fortune invigorating body Scrub with Sweet Orange & Cedar. I was really happy that I received this in the box because this item was in last month’s empties and I haven’t had chance to repurchase yet so this was a great product to receive.

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The second item I received was a Lord & Berry Blush in the shade #8214 Lotus. I really like the monochrome packaging it’s so cute. The Blush is a Dusky Pink colour that I think will suit most skin tones. It came just as a pan, which is means that you can add it to any magnetic palette. I have tried this, and I found that it was highly pigmented and a little does go a long way. It can be blended out for a subtle look or built up for a more striking look – another fantastic product.

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The third item I got was the Huygens Le Gommage visage, which is an exfoliating cream for the face. I have a love/hate relationship with facial exfoliants. I love to try them but my skin hates them. This scrub uses rice powder particles to buff away dead skin cells. By the looks of it, they do seem to be quite large grains, which have a tendency to irritate my skin so I probably won’t be giving this a try. The packaging is cute though.

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The fourth Item I received was the Clarifying Shampoo by Kebelo. This isn’t a brand I have ever heard of before so I did a little research. They are a British company and the product themselves are manufactured in the UK which I love. This shampoo works by removing any product build up on your hair while at the same time nourishing the scalp. It recommends that you use this product twice a month in the same way you use regular shampoo. I’m looking forward to giving this a try for sure.

LM Mascara

The final beauty product in the box was the Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Supreme mascara. I love Laura Mercier bath & body products but I always falter when it comes to makeup products. Unfortunately this mascara didn’t change that. This mascara claims to Curl, lengthen and Volumize lashes I personally thought it did none of those. For me this was a very basic mascara and I personally think there are much better mascara’s available in the drugstore.

The Extra Beauty Bonus was the Grab & Go Ponytail Holder by L. Erickson. This is a hair tie that is metal free and won’t snag your hair. This band retails for £11.50. To me this is just so expensive. You can go to Primark and buy a large pack of metal free bobbles for £1.00 and still have £10.50 to spend on makeup, which makes far more sense to me.

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The Lifestyle bonus this month was a sheet of cute emoji stickers that match the decoration of the box. The design of the box and the stickers are by far the cutest I’ve ever received from Birchbox. Although there were one or two items I didn’t like in the box I would say that overall this was a really good box. Super cute and with seven items inside it was well worth the money. Well done Birchbox!!

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl

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New Product Purchases

Over the last two weeks I have bought quite a few new products so I wanted to share my purchases with you guys. So these are the items I added to cart…

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Sleek Blush by 3 in shade 366 Pink Sprint (£4.99)

I picked this up from the sleek website where it is currently reduced from £10.00 to £4.99!

I was drawn to the bright colours of this blush trio. The first shade is called pink parfait but I found that this is more of a rich Burgundy red colour. The second shade, Pink Ice is a nice hot pink colour and the final shade is Pinktini, which is a dusky purple/pink. As with most sleek products these are highly pigmented colours, a little definitely goes along way. On my pale skin they are quite bright but are easily blended for a nice subtle flush. They are so versatile so would suite darker skin colours too. They would also make fabulous eye shadows.

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Sleek True Colour Lipstick – Mystic 783 (£4.99)

In the past I have purchased Pout paint from sleek and I love them but I have never purchased lipsticks so this was my first one and I was impressed. The matte black packaging is so adorable. Recently I have been obsessing over Purple lipstick and I have purchased quite a few over the last few weeks. I wont go into too much detail as I am going to do a blog post about them but I will say that this lipstick is perfect for anyone looking for a Pinky purple lipstick shade.

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MAC Matte Lipstick – Heroine (£15.50)

This is an iconic purple lipstick and was a must for my collection. This lipstick is a darker blue-based purple that is a truly beautiful pop of colour.

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MAC Pro Longwear Concealer 9ml – NW20 (£17.50)

This is a great concealer, and this is a repurchase for me. It’s really creamy and covers my dark circles perfectly and suits my warm tone.

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Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (£38.00)

I am not going to do a full swatch and review of this palette because in all fairness it has been done to death by pretty much every beauty blogger. However this is a perfect palette for ladies who like to rock a smoky eye on a regular basis. I will go ahead and list the shades and their finishes below for you:

High – This is a champagne coloured shimmer

Dirtysweet – A beautiful Rose gold shimmer

Radar – This is a Taupe colour with a Micro Glitter finish

Armor – A dark brown metallic glitter

Slanted – A slate Grey coloured shimmer

Dagger – A charcoal micro shimmer

Black Market – A Black satin finish

Smolder – A deep plum shimmer

Password – Cool Brown/Grey Matte

Whiskey – A Tan/Brown Matte

Combust – Pinky Taupe Matte

Thirteen – Beige/pink satin

There really is something for everyone in this palette

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Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick – Blackmail (£15.50)

When I went to collect my Naked palette I was introduced to these Lipsticks. All the colours in this range are amazing. I fell in love with Blackmail, which is a beautiful Purple/Black colour. It really is hard to find a nice wearable black colour but this is just perfect. I will definitely be purchasing more in this range.

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Urban Decay All Night Make up Setting Spray (£9.00)

I have heard nothing but good things about this product and now I understand why. I felt this spray really did lock my base in place all day. I also found this really refreshing on the hot days we had over the weekend. It’s oil free & Paraben free and has a subtle, fresh scent. A definite repurchase.

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye pencil in LSD (£15.50)

This is a nice glittery Navy colour. I’m not usually a fan of anything with glitter in it but this was so fine that it looked more like a shimmer. This pencil is perfect for adding a subtle pop of colour to your day look or can be smudged out for a colorful twist on the smoky eye.

***** The Ladies on brand counters don’t always get the praise that they deserve so I would just like to take this moment to give a shout out to Nikee at the Urban Decay counter in Debenhams, Preston. She is always extremely helpful and is so passionate about the Urban Decay products. She always knows the products that I’ll love, and makes buying from Urban Decay a pleasure! Thanks you so much for your help Nikee, I appreciate it!!!

Those are all the products that have been added to my collection over the past couple of weeks. There are quite a few but I don’t usually purchase so many in such a short amount of time which is why I wanted to share this mini haul with you. Have you purchased any of these products? If so, which ones? What products have you purchased recently? Let me know!

Love & Bubbles

The secret Girly Girl

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