Saturday, 25 October 2014

Event: Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2014

Its taken me an embarrassingly long time to blog about the Cosmo Blog Awards 2014, and for that, I apologise. However, I have written a university essay, daily vlogged and started a new column called 'The Style Slice' for TenEighty Magazine. Am I forgiven yet? Okay, good. 
This year, I attended the Cosmo Blog Awards with two shortlists under my belt ('Best VLOG' and 'Best Established Fashion Blog') I was excited, as Cosmo know how to throw a party, and pretty relaxed as I was having my hair and makeup done by the fab people at Remington. It was fab not to have to worry about hair and makeup malarkey myself, and getting ready with lots of blogger friends and glass of bubbly is a good time, in and of itself!
Here is Hannah, getting her makeup touched up.
The event was held in the OXO tower, in London, which meant we were treated to fantastic views whilst we drank, danced and got snap happy with Thomson holidays, tropical inspired photobooth. Bloggers love a good photo opportunity. 
Megan and I getting our 'great white shark on shark week' on
As is always the way with Cosmo blog awards, the awards were only half the fun, with cupcake decorating, hair and makeup touch ups from MUA and Remington and lash applications from The London Dolls. There was also the photo booth, a DJ and of course, Cosmpolitans (in magazine and alcoholic form). 
This year I failed to place in the awards, but massive props and congratulations to those in my categories and all the others who did! All well deserved. 
Crop Top: H&M
Skirt: Miss Selfridge
Shoes: Primark
Clutch: *Michael Kors
Necklace: Unknown (gift)
I was super pleased with my outfit this year, a lace and floral power combo that made me feel confident. It was a fairly cheap outfit, too, nearly all high street and the skirt was even on sale!

A big thank you has to go to Cosmo and the team for putting on a fab event, all the sponsors who filled the goody bag and of course, to you guys, for voting for me. I love you all!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Luna Cinema With Benefit Cosmetics

Benefit Cosmetics choose not to pay for traditional advertising, but rather rely on awesome collaboration projects, word of mouth and their genuinely great products to make a profit. Benefits latest collaboration took place this Summer, with the 'Luna Cinema.' Think the 'drive in' scene in Grease, but with all the perks of modern technology. Pretty cool stuff, right?
Benefit invited me along to a screening of my choice and a plus one of my choice. I chose my Mum, as she has always supported me and The Camera's Lying, and had yet to reap the benefits of it. We decided together to see '12 Years a Slave' set in the beautiful backdrop of Hampton Court Palace. Walking up towards the Palace to find the screen was atmospheric enough, combine that with the smell of hot dogs, a gorgeous sunset and the glowing 'luna cinema' orbs and you have a pretty good idea of how 'cool' the whole set up is. 

'12 Years a Slave' stars some of the industry's biggest names and tells the true story of a free man, abducted and sold into slavery in 1841. It is shocking, sad and beautifully shot. Its one of those films you watch and then you need a moment or too afterwards to recollect yourself. Thoroughly recommend watching it, if you haven't already. 

Luna Cinema has been showing some of the new 'must see' films and some of the old classics, such as 'Dirty Dancing' and 'Breakfast at Tiffany's.' They are set in a plethora of backdrops from parks, to castles and even an outdoor lido, where 'VIP' guests can watch the movie, floating in their own rubber dingy. They also set up all around the country.

Both my Mum and I had a great evening, and were, as always, well looked after by the lovely Benebabes. Thank you to benefit for inviting us along to the Luna Cinema, we had a fab night!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Outfit: Lady Vamp

When Fragrance Direct got in contact with me and asked if I'd like to take part in their 'Halloween Lookbook' project, I said yes, almost instantaneously. Halloween is one of my favourite traditions, I love the decor, the pumpkins, the horror films, the vampy colours- I love it all! Their brief was this- 5 bloggers would each be sent a different box of goodies from Fragrance Direct and a brief of a look to create. Mine was 'Lady Vamp.' Fragrance Direct challenged me to create a look based on the idea 'lady vamp,' but putting a more modern, glam twist on a Halloween classic. 
Makeup*: Fragrance Direct
Top: H&M
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Topshop
Cocker: Claire's Accessories 
I donned my Invogue eyelashes, and using my Technic Electric Beauty Smokey Eyes Kit, I created a vampy, dark eye look. To add a modern twist and a bit of glamour, I popped a bit of the W7 Perfect Eyes Pressed Pigment in 'Lovely Lilac' onto the outer third of my eye and under my lash line. L'Oreal's Whitening Foundation created a 'night owl' paled skin base and I finished the look off with Shimmery Red/Orange nail polish (Orly's Cherry Bomb) and Calvin Klein's CK Lipstick in 'Eros.'

If you'd like to see me unboxing my package from Fragrance Direct, you can see me do that in my 6th vlogtober video, here. If you like Autumn or vlogs or are just plain nosey, I suggest subscribing to my second channel as I'm vlogging everyday this month- yay!