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!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Moroccanoil: Inspired By Women™

In the female based industry that is the fashion and beauty scene, women are rarely put up on a pedestal and focused on, for themselves, for their charity, for there good work rather than simply what they are wearing. When Moroccanoil got in contact with me about their new 'Inspired By Women' campaign, I was excited- one of my favourite brands taking a stand and celebrating the women behind just their cosmetics and fashion, they were already onto a winner.

Moroccanoil and the campaign feature 6 inspiring women with Rosie Huntington- Whiteley as the figurehead of the campaign and aim to empower women all around the world. At its core, the campaign features a short film series shot and directed by industry heavy weights. Each film shows a different inspiring woman (all pictured above) and details their story from the moment they had a game changing idea, to putting that idea into play and changing lives. I highly recommend you check out the videos, they are beautifully shot and feature some incredible women. 
Moroccanoil sent me a few products to try out, a Shampoo and Conditioner from their 'Hydration' range, a Mousse to add volume and, finally, a hand cream. I may not have had my inspiring, life changing idea yet, but at least I am ready to face the day with good hair! Since using the products my bleached, dyed hair has been very grateful to me, drinking up the hydration with gusto. Moroccanoil is a brand I will always trust and go back to, time after time and I highly recommend you checking them out. 

Amy x