Monday, 12 October 2015

ICEBAR ROCKS!

On Monday night I was lucky enough to be invited to the ICEBAR in London for the press launch of ICEBAR ROCKS, a celebratory theme in honour of their 10th Anniversary.

When we arrived at the ICEBAR we were welcomed by two ladies who ticked our names off the list and ushered us downstairs into the function room, where we were greeted with several different cocktails and some beautiful appetizers, including mini burgers and a chilli and mozzarella bowl. It was a very special experience and as more guests arrived it was interesting to see the wide range of invitees, from bloggers like myself, to the press and execs.

Speeches were given by Tom Hunter, Head of Sales and Marketing, and Jens Thoms Ivarrson, Director of Design at ICEHOTEL and lead designer on ICEBAR LONDON ROCKS, who explained how ice is hand-selected from natural rivers in Sweden and transported to the UK, where it is then hand carved and sculpted by Ivarrson and his talented team. Almost 40 tonnes of natural river ice was used to create the stunning ICEBAR ROCKS theme and Ivarrson described how he and his team used a ‘new technique’ to create the new complex designs. A block of pure ice was then brought to our attention, and the clarity and pureness of the ice was obvious.

Once the speeches were over and we had all had a chance to ‘wow’ over the block of ice, the doors to the ICEBAR were open and we were allowed to come and go at our leisure. We donned the metallic blue cape and gloves and ogled at the incredible designs before making our way to the bar area, where we were served complimentary 10-year-old Champagne to celebrate the 10 year Anniversary in pure ice glasses. I must admit, even though I had the thick gloves on, the glasses were still freezing cold to hold and so I had to put it down every few minutes on the ice-tables!
The drinks menu was themed around classic rock songs and so featured cocktails such as November Rain, Dirty Little Secret and Back in Black.

Joey Hi-Fi, a South-African illustrator, was commissioned to design a life-sized image of a tattooed rock singer which was then carved into the ice on the main wall. Each individual tattoo on the singer’s arm is so detailed and so clear and features classic rock legends such as David Bowie and Jimmi Hendrix. 

        


The skull even had a BRAIN!!    (I wonder if he has brain-freeze?)
Jens Thoms Ivarrson seemed pretty proud of it!!

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Birchbox at Selfridges


A couple of days ago I wrote about the Birchbox subscription box that I had received through the post, however when I visited Selfridges in London the other day I noticed that Birchbox had opened a pop up stall for a limited time, selling pick and mix style boxes for £15, incluuding some full-sized products as well as samples. You were allowed to pick 6 products; 2 make up, 1 skincare product, 1 haircare product, 1 body care product and 1 beauty treat. 





As usual the proucts were presented in a box and drawstring bag




The products I chose were:
Wild About Beauty Nutrilips Balm in 001 Lorella (FULL SIZE) - RRP £14
Clarins Hydra-Quench Mask (FULL SIZE) - RRP £34
Macadamia Professional shampoo (FULL SIZE) - RRP £18.95
Benefit Air Patrol BB cream eye primer (SAMPLE SIZE)
Korres Bergamot Pear Showergel (SAMPLE SIZE)
Birchbox Keyring










So far I'm realy happy with the products I chose. I've already started using the lip balm, which I especially love because it is petroleum free, paraben free and not tested on animals, and the Macadamia shampoo, which is also paraben and cruelty free, and smells *amazing*. It makes my hair feel really soft and nourished. I've used the Clarins cream mask once so far and admittedly did make my skin feel really soft and cleansed, but I'm not completely convinced that it was 'moisture-quenching' as such. Maybe I need to use it a couple more times to be able to make a better judgement! I'm yet to try the body wash and eye primer, but having been impressed by other Benefit products I've used in the past, I'm expecting great things!