Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Cosmopolitan Summer Party 2015

Last weekend I was invited to the first ever Cosmopolitan Summer Party at the Artillery Garden Marquee in London. I decided to invite one of my colleagues and as we made our way to Moorgate Station we were super excited about what would be happening and who we would see there. I'd been sent a schedule of the running order, so I had a rough idea, but we were so engrossed in conversation that we completely missed our stop and had to quickly jump off and go back the other way!

As we arrived and gave our names to the security guy on the door, we were given tokens to spend on Proscecco, cocktails and food. I'm not really a drinker so after a couple of sips of Proscecco I decided I didn't like it and instead opted for a non alcoholic cocktail - yum!

We were then invited to watch a Q&A session with Fleur De Force, which was really interesting. She spoke about different products that she uses and recommends, such as tanning products and also gave her opinion on the products to spend or save on. I'm not obsessed or anything, but I would consider myself a fan of hers and so I watched her interview while my friend had her eyebrows threaded by Suman Brows.

The catwalk was the main event of the night, featuring the current high street styles for summer. The outfits were all stunning and my friend and I were lucky enough to be in the front row, so I got some really good photos!

The event was sponsored by Surf (the washing powder) so we were approached at one point in the night by the photographer and asked to pose with a bottle of Surf and pretend to smell it. We both felt really silly but I must admit it did smell really nice!

We wondered around having a look at all the brands who were there, including Rimmel, Gandy's Flip Flops, Lee Stafford, Freya Lingerie, Mii Cosmetics, Emmi Choco Lait, Seekers of the Sun, and Soft & Gentle and enjoyed

As we left we were each handed a goody bag which was filled to the brim with beauty products, food and drink and even a huge bag of Surf, haha!

Dealing with a Hangover

At the Cosmopolitan event at the weekend A-list trainer Dalton Wong and health writer Kate Faithfull-Williams gave their advice on how to feel happier, healthier and slimmer in just 15 minutes per day.
With summer fast approaching; light nights, BBQs and summer parties, there are likely to be cocktails, beers and wines served. Here are some top tips from Dalton and Kate for dealing with a hangover...

1. Don't take a painkiller before you go to bed!
Although you might think you're attacking the problem before it starts, you're actually putting your body under more strain. When you drink alcohol your body has to break down the toxins etc, but if you have a painkiller as well your body then has even more chemicals to break down!

2. When you wake up in the morning have a glass of water.
This is the first thing yu should do when you wake up. If you can't quite tolerate plain water, you can always add a slice of cucumber, fresk lime and mint.

3. A pinch of salt in your glass will help you hydrate faster.
This is basic science and works through the process of osmosis!

4. Partake in some light activity.
Activities like yoga or pilates can help you sweat out any of the bad toxins in the body and recover faster, however make sure this is low intensity and high intensity workouts may have an adverse effect on your health!

Follow Dalton and Kate on Twitter: @thefeelgoodplan
The Feelgood Plan book will be released January 2016 from Amazon.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Ellie Goulding for Mac

I can't believe summer is just around the corner and already there is a huge part of me wishing it was December! I'm a complete wimp in winter; I'm always complaining about the cold and the bad weather, so it would only be the prospect of Christmas, cosy nights in and hot chocolate that would have me wishing away the summer... but not this time!
As you may have gathered I'm a little bit of a Mac lipstick fan. If I had infinite money I could quite happily purchase one lipstick a month week until I had the whole collection for any occasion - and of course the limited editions! But because I know that is an impossible dream (until I win the lottery) I decided that I would only buy a couple of 'everyday' colours from the permanent line to get me through the days and then obsessively collect only treat myself to the limited edition lipsticks as they are a bit more special.
When I found out that Mac were teaming up with Ellie Goulding to release a collection I was completely ecstatic - I love Ellie Goulding!

Annoyingly we'll have to wait until December/January for the release, but for now Mac have leaked these photos for us to gaze lovingly at for the timebeing. Look at the beautiful packaging!
Ellie Goulding is known for her 'natural' look so at the moment it looks as though there will be a subtle nude pink lipstick, a glittery lipglass, a rose crayon (for cheeks and lips), a glittery eye quad, false lashes and a bronzer.
I just hope I can get hold of the lipstick before it sells out - I'm guessing this will be quite a popular collection!