Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

I have had the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray for a few weeks now and use it on certain occasions where I am going out in the evening or spending all day somewhere. I had been looking for a setting spray for a while but didn’t want to spend money on a product I wasn’t sure of. It was on a recommendation that I bought this one from House of Fraser in Nottingham. As they were going through a packaging change this one was on sale for £7, the going rate for a drugstore setting spray anyway. 

Having never used anything else from Urban Decay before I did not know what to expect but am very happy with the setting spray and the demos I saw of the eye shadows on the day I purchased it. It is definitely an investment to keep your make up on for longer and I would recommend it to others. I also love the dewy effect it gives to top off my make up giving my skin a healthy glow. The blurb about the setting spray says it will help your makeup stay put for up to 16 hours. I haven’t put this part to the test yet but it has done extremely well in the hot weather we’ve been having recently. 

With my dry skin I also find that no matter what makeup I wear by the end of the day, or even a few hours in, I have creases around my mouth and deep lines under my eyes. This spray has also decreased this incredibly helping my skin not to look dried out, tired or looking like I’ve totally overdone the concealer. 

I almost wish I had bought two of them whilst they were on offer, even though it only gets used it for special events. If it runs out before the wedding in four weeks I will not risk trying another product and will stick to Urban Decay. 

If you have any setting spray recommendations or love the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, let me know! 

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The Gin Festival at Nottingham 

Around 2 years ago the only Gin I could have named was Bombay Sapphire and that was only because it was my parents Gin of choice. That slowly started to turn around and now, since the Gin Festival came to Nottingham, I have plenty of Gin knowledge.

The festival came into the city over the weekend and held a few sessions both morning and afternoon across Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April. By Saturday lunchtime I made my way across to the Nottingham Conference Centre and the atmosphere was fantastic. There were plenty of people that had already arrived and everyone was given their own Gin Festival glass to take round with them. A great idea as you aren’t continuously wasting cups and it is a memento from the day.

I had chosen the afternoon slot to attend from 12.30 until 5pm and, as it was suggested previously, this is plenty of time to sip and sample gin. The first thing to do was collect your tokens. These come in the form of small cards and works better than taking money out each time. It works out as £5 a drink which for a Gin, tonic and entertainment is a good deal.

The bars were set up in two different spaces and were labelled A ,B, C and D. These were defined with what kind of gin each bar was serving and most people were going in order. Highly sensible, I’m sure. I decided to follow suit and got into the line for Bar A. Along with the glass you are given when you enter you are also gifted a Gin Discovery Book. This was very useful to me at that moment as there were Gin brands I had never heard of or knew what they tasted like. I decided, from the book, to go for a Daffy’s. Described as having a ‘hint of toffee’ and a ‘buttery finish’ I thought this was a very good place to start. You helped yourself to Indian tonic water supplied by Fever-Tree placed at the end of each bar or a flavoured tonic if you wished. The book recommended each pairing including a garnish, I don’t know if anyone went against the book but I certainly left it to the experts. The Daffy’s went down very smoothly as I wandered around the rest of the event and I would suggest trying it in its hometown Edinburgh.

Whilst you have a drink in hand there is still lots to see at the Festival. In another room there was multiple brand stands with a little information about each and plenty of Gin samples being handed out. I went to the most local brand that was there on Saturday which was Two Birds based in Market Harborough, Leicestershire. Every stand was busy and this one was no different. They were also holding masterclasses throughout the afternoon to learn more about the companies and the gin making process. I attended the Two Birds masterclass as it was a few minutes away and very much enjoyed learning how Gin was distilled and what elements were included.

After the masterclass I was joined by a couple of friends and we got in line for another drink. The queues, although they looked long, were not bad at all, especially when you’re having a chat. The bartenders were quick to serve you and mark off a token whilst still being cheerful and helpful. There was live music at the conference centre and it really gave the event a festival atmosphere whilst being in the comfort and warmth of the indoors with no fear of getting wet if a downpour was to happen. We got to see two bands while we were there and commented on how good both were.
We got to try a few more drinks over the next couple of hours with my next being the Belgium based Braeckman’s Hazelnoot Jenever. I’ve always loved Irish cream and this sounded like it would be similar. It was, and of course it was delicious.

The only downside to having an ‘after dinner’ drink was that there wasn’t enough of it so we got into the queue for Bar B shortly after. This time I decided to try something more local and went for the Sir Robin of Locksley distilled in Sheffield. This was described as having a ‘lingering citrus finish’ and it did indeed, whilst still tasting sweet and smooth. It was recommended that it go with the Fever-Tree Elderflower tonic and together they made a perfectly fruity drink garnished with pink grapefruit. This was probably my favourite gin and tonic mix from the day and I would certainly have it again.
The one that we didn’t particularly take a taste to was the Black Tomato Gin but I’m sure if you’re a Bloody Mary connoisseur you’d enjoy it as it had a similar flavour.
Other stalls at the festival were the shop to purchase drink tokens and various gin related gifts. You could also have your picture taken at the photo booth. This queue took longer than the ones at the bars but no one seemed to mind and you didn’t have to pay.
The last drink I was able to try was the Two Birds London Dry Gin. After hearing about it in the masterclass I learnt that it had five botanical’s and they had kept it as a ‘top quality gin’. This was paired with Fever-Tree Indian Tonic and garnished with cucumber. It certainly tasted the neatest. 

After a few drinks it was time for something to eat so we followed the signs for street food. We stopped at the Alimento tent to have tapas. It was incredibly good food and I wish we could have tried more from the other couple of tents but it was now time to go. Last orders were called and slowly people made their way out.

On returning home the Gin Festival was all I could talk about for the next few days and we are hopefully planning to attend the Sheffield Gin Festival. I would definitely go again as I feel there was so much more to experience and a lot more Gin to try!

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Kiehl’s Skincare Samples: First Impressions 

A couple of weekends back I headed into Nottingham city centre and saw the Kiehl’s Van parked up in the market square all opened up and serving customers. I walked over to take some photos and see what they did. By this I mean what products they offered as I had never tried their skincare range before or even read any reviews despite walking past the shop in town multiple times! 

The ladies in the van were very welcoming and gave me some samples to try after asking what my skin type was. I need all the moisture I can get so was kindly handed the Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil along with the same in a Concentrate, their Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream and the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate. All of which would be good for dry skin and problem areas including my uneven skin texture at the minute and dehydrated dark circles. 

The Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil and Concentrate are the ones I was intrigued to try first as I love applying products in the evening and being able to sleep in them. I feel that for me this is the prime time to take care of my skin as I am not sweating at work or washing products off. 

Next I tried the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate. The name itself gives it a lot to live it up to. The smaller print on the front of this got me excited to see the results by saying it reduces the look of dull, tired skin, which most of the time I think I have. Not good I know but there are products like this one to combat it! A little of this product certainly went a long way and on the first use I could have applied it twice. My thoughts were that being a sample size there wouldn’t be much in it. How wrong was I? The Concentrate is somewhere between a liquid and gel so goes on easily without running everywhere and spreads very well. The proof is in the pudding with this one and I did see a visible result with my skin definitely plumper and a great deal smoother. 

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FrezyDerm Product Review

I always stick to my usual skincare products. A few times I have strayed off course, most of the time trying to save a bit of money. With a lot of skincare products I have tried and tested over my time, what with samples from previous spa jobs and various facial treatments, I have unfortunately found that spending a little more gets you a little more. Whenever I have attempted switching to a cheaper drugstore alternative it hasn’t worked for me – moisturiser, cleanser, nope! They seem too heavy or too runny and don’t heal the skin but simply sit on the surface until you wipe it off. I also try to save my more expensive spa products until I absolutely need them, which also probably does my skin no good, so I needed something that worked and didn’t cost the earth. FrezyDerm products are fitting the bill right now after I was sent two full sized tubes, one to be moisturiser and one to be serum. With my constant dry skin and season-changing t-zone I was sure going to put them to the test. 

I tried the moisturiser at the perfect time, a major flare up of dry skin. After three gym classes without a sip of water and washing my face fairly vigorously I found my skin felt incredibly dehydrated. I will admit that because my skin was so sensitive at the time I was hesitant about applying a new product but I needn’t have worried. Almost immediately the moisturiser soothed the dry skin on my cheeks and the area around my mouth which had started to become uncomfortable. The moisturiser hydrated the rest of my face which had previously felt very tight before application and made me feel much more human.

Applying the product was great as it is a light texture that doesn’t feel like it’s clogging the pores or simply sitting on the face. It slides easily, soaking into the skin, and moves around so you do not need as much of the product. I use two pumps for my face and one for my neck which works well for me. I have been using the moisturiser once a day, in the morning before applying any make up, as it also states it can be used as a base.

The Revitalising Serum was another product I was able to try from the range and this was one I was wary about. Every time I have previously used a serum it has blurred my vision. Not in such a bad way I couldn’t see just so much that I repeatedly ended up drying my eyes. After this happened a few times I applied less each time, finally trying it just on my cheeks, yet nothing worked. Serum use stopped after a few times when different products gave the same results. This one from FrezyDerm however did not give me that issue, no blurry eyes and no wiping, perfect. Another plus point for this serum is also its texture. It is thicker than most so there is no waste. Some serums with a more watery consistency tend to slide through my fingers before it has reached my face, not this one.

My first impressions of the packaging were mixed. The products certainly look like they have come out of the lab with their test tube appearance but on further use I actually love it. It’s different and completely shows off the FrezyDerm company background and origin (being made for dermatologists). The pumps are also great giving you just the right product amount without waste as some tubes can do.

As I hadn’t heard of the brand before I undertook some research on who they were and what else they provide. The brand has many areas including baby care products, skincare including treatments for skin issues such as acne and sun protection products. Due to their history in dermatology they can be seen as a trustworthy and knowledgeable brand and even though I had not seen their lines in stores previously I would now purchase online. The 24 hour moisturiser I had been sent cost £16.50 from the FrezyDerm website with the Revitalising Serum priced at £24.50. These to me are very reasonably priced and lie inbetween the high street and spa prices but certainly have the quality in their products results.

If you have tried anything from FrezyDerm tell me how you got on! Did you like it or are you wanting to try it now?

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The National Wedding Show Manchester 

I had been determined to visit one of the multiple events this year that The National Wedding Show were holding and a week before their final show was invited by friend and fellow blogger Sherry over at Sherry Scribbles. A girly day out was on the cards to gather ideas for our own 2017 and 2018 weddings and to take plenty of photos. 

On arrival we were excited to head in to EventCity Manchester and see what the new wedding trends were, watch the fashion show and get our hair and make up done with Revlon. I have to start on a negative I’m afraid as when we got into the arena, after checking the cost of a VIP ticket, we were charged £40 instead of the £35 stated on the internet. The lady behind the desk did not know that this was the case and wasn’t interested in our statements. We then still bought our VIP tickets for the new cost of £40 and asked where the VIP area was to go and treat ourselves to a glass of Blossom Hill wine after a two hour drive and collect our gift bags. She didn’t know. We were off to a good start. 

We carried on through to the main hall and were greeted with everything that you could need at your wedding. Apart from the registrar, of course! There was a multitude of decorations, venues, floral companies and dress stands selling and advertising their companies. Almost immediately, like it was meant to be, we found ourselves looking at the beautiful wedding cakes from Pink Cocoa.  The colours, detail and flower decoration on each cake showed impressive skill and an eye for precision. On walking around more stalls we soon found the Black Tower wine stand where we had our photo taken as well as at a Magic Mirror supplied by ProBooth. 

It was pure coincidence that we were walking past the Joseph Massie flower stand when we saw the florist setting up for the next event. It was an English Buttonhole Making session so we chose our place at the table and took some photos as the roses, greenery and tools were laid out in front of us. A tutorial with clear instructions and a visual demonstration was given and we had created some beautiful buttonholes. From the day I would probably have to say that this was my favourite part. The florist giving the workshop was nothing short of lovely and incredibly helpful even giving extra tips as and when needed. They run their own flower school with a range of courses including a 3 day wedding course and I personally would love to attend one. They show you how to make your own bouquet and any other flowers you would need for your wedding. Perfect for the DIY bride or anyone with an interest in the business. 

Continuing around the event we visited make up stands, venues holding competitions and saw as many wedding dresses as you could possibly see in one day. There were some seriously stunning embellished dresses and some that were completely identical with their feathers or more revealing styles. We later found the VIP section in the corner of the room and it was clearly time to put our bags down and grab a refreshment. This was also where the Revlon stand was performing hair and make up trials. Heading over we found it was completely booked up for the rest of the day which we found extremely dissapointing. It was on a first come first served basis which was understandable but there wasn’t enough staff or chairs for the amount of visitors that day. My hair is one of the crucial things I have no idea how to style on our wedding day this Summer so was looking forward to a few ideas. We sat for a while sipping at our drinks, mine being elderflower (so good!) and decided to get back up and seeing what else was being shown. 

Further time was spent looking at and purchasing decorations, seeing pianists and being amazed by magicians. Bags on bags were handed to us with various gifts and leaflets and we left with armfuls of items and magazines to look at later. 

The National Wedding Show also held a catwalk to view dresses, suits and shoes sold and shown by the stall holders. It was a fantastic show with modern music and plenty of gorgeous styles. We were in awe of the beautiful dresses and I particularly liked the striking pieces with the glittery tulle skirts and in contrast the structured dresses. 

With our feet starting to tire and in need of a strong coffee we headed back to the car, but not before picking up a sample of Shropshire Petal confetti and a Wedding Ideas magazine. It is safe to say that the gifts, samples and demonstrations given by the stall holding companies and sponsors were very generous. Sherry even left the show with two bottles of Black Tower wine, later kindly handing me the rosé – what can I say, the girls got my back. 

The day overall was great, informative and entertaining. It gave us both plenty of ideas and was better than any wedding events I have been to so far. The only downside was the charge and the fact we couldn’t get in to have our hair done even though this is primarily what you pay the money for. Next time we would probably go with the usual entrance fee. 
If you attended any of The National Wedding Show events tell me what you thought. Did you book anyone or anything? Did you go VIP? Would you go again? 

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Urban Beauty United Brush Review 

I have been using these new Urban Beauty United brushes since they arrived a few days ago and certainly want to carry on with them. Apart from being a mix of gorgeous rose gold, cream and bright pink colours they are incredibly soft. I am in love with the colour of these brushes as I have never had any fuschia pink brushes to apply my make up before. Black and brown is as crazy as I have ever gone. The handles of these are cream in colour with a rose gold ferrule and like many at the minute I am firmly on the rose gold loving bandwagon. 

In my make up kit at the minute I have a few brushes but not many as I’ll explain. Some have been a part of my Bareminerals starter kits and a Smashbox set for contouring that I was gifted for my birthday. I truly love all of my brushes and if ever find a brush I can not get along with it goes straight to brush heaven i.e. the bin. In the past I have had a couple of brushes that have been washed and not held their shape and some that became unusable even after being rinsed of product throughly. This being said I was looking forward to trying the Urban Beauty United selection to see how they would fare. 

The Berry Blush angled blusher brush has been used to apply both a pressed and loose powder contour.  Before this I used a thicker rounder brush without the sculpted bristle style and can’t believe the difference in my cheek contour. It has been more precise and natural looking for that last week and I wouldn’t go back to using the old brush. The bristles on the Berry Blush brush are all natural and with this being so are super soft and smoothly apply the powder. 

I have also been trying the Picture Perfect stippling brush to apply my liquid foundation. Again I have been using a similar shaped brush for a while but have been more than happy to try the Urban Beauty United version. This, like the Berry Brush, was soft to touch and glided smoothly when applying my make-up. Others I have previously used tend to pull on the skin and move the make up round leaving a stripy foundation look. Not really what I’m going for. The stippling brush, being made of both natural and nylon bristles, gives a smoother feel and didn’t pull, this is especially important around my eyes as I hate pulling the skin anywhere near them.

The Smoke Screens Smokey Eye Brush Kit has also been in rotation with my other eye shadow brushes recently. I do not often apply eyeshadow unless it is a special occasion and even then I tend to stick to similar colours. In this look I used pinks and purples as I don’t tend to wear a black smokey eye, I can’t get it to suit me. After trying all three brushes from the set I found that they were very good for the pressed and loose powder shadows I used.  They held onto product, applied it gently to the soft skin around the eye and held their shape after use. All very important things when considering brushes so I would definitely recommend them but not too different from what other eyeshadow brushes also offer. Apart from the wicked colour, that is. 

Urban Beauty United do offer more and different shaped brushes along with sponges and other beauty tools over at http://www.urbanbeautyunited.com so check them out if you fancy something a little bolder! 

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Elemis Facial Review 

I use and love Elemis. If you didn’t know this (maybe it’s your first time to my blog-hello!) please read here and here. None of these posts are sponsored I just keep using what works for my skin. 

Now that we are all caught up! 

There was a recent offer on at a salon near me for a 30 minute Elemis Facial for £5. I know right, how could I not? Taking up the opportunity the therapist explained she would use products suitable for my skin type (dry), apply a mask and give a scalp massage whilst the mask was on. She also took time to ask what products I usually use which of course, under pressure, I forgot. After a little explanation she knew what I used anyway, good beauty therapists are like that. 

The treatment was extremely relaxing and exactly what was needed in the midst of wedding planning. During the experience there was a little chat about what products she was using. The Pro- Radiance Cream Cleanser which she explained that in the winter months this may help relieve my dryness rather than my usual product. It was applied smoothly and left my skin feeling soothed. Other products included the Papaya Enzyme Peel. After trying a fair few Elemis products I had never tried this. Maybe the word peel put me off. The scent of the Papaya was heavenly and I shall definitely be adding this to my product list of things to use. 

As the mask was on I received a relaxing scalp massage and started to drift into that chilled state you don’t usually reach day to day. On application of the facial products the therapist also moved the creams and gels onto the skin pressing into the temples, tapping the skin and adding pressure where needed. I love a face massage (who doesn’t?) and I know that there is a little science behind the tapping and increasing blood flow to the surface. This is definitely something I need to research more to be able to do it at home too. 

The finishing product was also one that I hadn’t used before – the Eye and Lip Contour Cream which will also be purchased closer to The Big Day. To end the super relaxing treatment I was offered a drink of water and was taken through some of the products that the therapist had used on my face. Some of these have now made their way into my Wedding Day Skincare Wish List. A list which, closer to our wedding day, I plan to use regularly to get my skin in pristine condition. 

If you have had a treatment recently with or without Elemis product, tell me how it went. Do you enjoy hitting the salon or not so much? 

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