Saturday, 19 September 2009

21st Birthday Part 2 :D

*Pre warning this is a very snap happy blog post!!!*

I had such an amazing birthday, everyone put in a great deal of effort to make sure that I had a great time. I am so lucky to have received so many nice things.

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[In all my glory, Look at my scarf eeeee loves it]

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[Quick snap of me before the meal :)]

Speaking of which Kelly’s mum and dad (Susan and Andrew) bought me some beautiful Swarovski jewellery which was a total surprise.They wrapped my gifts in 3 packages and told me that I had to choose a package and that in fact only 1 contained my gift and the rest were empty.

I chose the middle one which I was informed that Kelly had guessed I would pick ;) (you know me all too well) . I opened the present and found a pair of gorgeous earrings *Squeals* Here is a photo :)

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[Above: How bloody nice are they!]

Andrew then said to me so are you going to open your ‘empty’ boxes! Yes there were in fact gifts in all 3 boxes, all of which are stunning. I received a Disney thumper charm with tiny little Swarovski crystals all over it :). I also was given a necklace to match my earrings, the photo really doesn't do it enough justice.

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[My super cute Thumper charm]

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[Andrew would be proud to see i managed to take a photo showing the reflective colours :) ]

As you can imagine I was over the moon with all my gifts I really can’t believe how much effort everyone made for me.

I need to give special praise to Kelly and Adam who not only bought me my absolutely amazing Louis Vuitton scarf and my Tiffany Necklace (I cant thank you enough guys :) ). They also went through the trouble of arranging personalised helium balloons, mini 21 confetti all over the table.

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[“That’s me!” Yep this is what I squealed when I saw my name.. deerrrr lol]

Not only this but they had a cake specially made for me, equipped with a mini me (edible may I add), and caution sign because I define ‘Accident Prone’ :/

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[How cool is that, Seriously!! :)]

My mum and her partner (Iain) also bought me a cake decorated with mini handbags and mobile phone. Thank you Mum it was lovely! The entire thing was demolished there and then lol.

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Being a little ‘Kleptomaniac’ that I am (Thanks Nicola lol !), I have saved all of the little decorations edible or not. They are far too cute to eat.

Hopefully I will be able to show you guys some more photos at the actual meal at a later date. Kelly has them all on her camera so she may even do a post, who knows ;)

So Thank you Kelly, Adam and Gaz, Mum + Iain, Susan + Andrew (mum + dad number 2!), Grandma + Grandad, Gordon and everyone else for all for making my day!!!

Love you all very much! xxxxxxxxx

Friday, 18 September 2009

21st Birthday Pressies! :D

Hello ladies
Well today is my 21st Birthday as many of you who follow me on Twitter already know by now!
What can I say.. I am sooooo lucky to have such fab people to spend my big day with. I have recieved some AMAZING gifts, I cant believe it im so happy with them all.
I have recieved an absolutely gorgeous Louis Vuitton Scarf and Tiffany & Co pendant with todays date engraved on the back (I really cant thanks you guys enough, I love them!xx).
From my boyfriend Gaz, I recieved a silver and gold Michael Kors watch with a beautiful mother of pearl face. Oh and for those of you who read my Tweets last Saturday about how stressed my boyfriend was choosing my gift. This was all just a big ploy, cleverly thought up to throw my off the watch trail! (Damn I got kicks out of the fact he was sweating over it ;)lol).

Gaz also chose me a DKNY purse, which I have to say Kelly did a great job at noting that there was 'spare change' left over from the watch. So being a bloody good friend as she is she lets say, gave him a gentle nudge towards Selfridges lol (You know how the shit goes down KP lol).

My mum bought me a Tiffany & Co Key pendant necklace which again is fab. My mums manfriend (Note:- too old to be a boyfriend!) bought me a silver bracelet. I also got the 21st birthday key and keep sakes.

The plans for the rest of the day are firstly to make the most out of doing absolutely nothing but pampering myself and resting. Later on this evening all my family and close friends are going out for a meal and few drinks (Few?! who the hell am i trying to kid because it certainly isnt working on myself!
Hope you all like my pressies as much as I do!.

Thankyou to all of your who have sent birthday messages to me :D
Im sure there will be lots of candids to update you all with after tonights events.
So thats It for now, I am one happy gal ;)


Saturday, 5 September 2009

Manchester Illamasqua Event

(Please!! No more photos lol)

(Top Right:- A work of art in the making)

(Top Left: Mmmm Cocktails :D )

( A little snap of Ithaca, the photo really doesnt do it justice may I add!)

(The lovely Jen AKA MissWorthy and Alex Box after the make over!)

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Hey guys

I was lucky enough to attend my very first Blogger Event, which was Illamasqua. It was really great to finally get the opportunity to meet and talk to all you lovely ladies in person!

The event was held at the very luxurious Ithaca, which specialises in Asian fine dining. The event took place upstairs in the exclusive lounge bar, I don't think that Illamasqua could have possibly chosen a more fitting venue. It really felt as though Ithaca had been designed with Illamasqua in mind!
The decor was all a magnificent glossy black, with glass chandeliers hanging from the ceilings.

We were all given an odd looking cocktail on arrival, which was pinky red in colour with a black layer across the top! I really had no clue what the hell I was drinking and to be honest wasn't that keen. However after the third I decided that I quite liked the taste (thanks guys ;)). I then discovered that the bar was a free! Yes free, I felt like a kid in a candy shop at this point.

Eventually after a bit of ice breaking chit chat we all started to have a play with the new Illamasqua range named Dystopia. This range is described as 'Makeup for your alter ego'. Now I must admit that I personally have never tried any of the Illamasqua product range at all. Quite honestly I have never really understood the brand before, and thought it was all a little too out of my comfort zone.

I am pleased to say that after a fantastic speech by the highly influential makeup artist Alex Box. I now have a better idea about what Illamasqua are all about. The concept is to develop makeup that is different and alternative to the norm. The new makeup range Dystopia has been designed to be the opposite to Utopia and is described by Illamasqa as:

'A strong statement of defiant confidence. Where monochrome shades build and blend, brought alive by flashes of intense pink and lurid purple, while dazzling pigments, metallic textures and iridescent finishes all add to the drama of this strikingly uncompromising look'.

After swatching a few of the products I found that the majority was actually very wearable. Even the more bold colours when worn in the right way were really nice.
I was given a mini make over by one of the make up artists at the event.
Now Initially I cannot lie that I was really quite panic stricken by this! I really believed that I was going to end up looking like a charactor from The Rocky Horror Show. However I was pleasantly surprised to find that I quite liked the smokey eye look on myself. Now I cant speak for everyone but for some reason whenever I attempt to create a smokey eye on myself, I some how feel like I have too much makeup on!? :/

I really do think that I will be more inclined to experiment a bit more with eyeshadow from now now on. I have begun to staple myself some what to 'safe' neutral colours which isnt very fun I have to admit.

Another reason why I find myself warming to Illamasqua, is because of the S.O.P.H.I.E Charity which the brand work very closely with. Illamasqua have helped to raise awareness as well as money for the charity over recent years.
We were lucky enough to meet Sophie's mother, Silvia at the event who gave a really heart warming speech about the charity and the progression made towards stamping out hate crime.

I also got chance to watch Alex Box work some of her magic on her model for the evening the lovely MizzWorthy (Jen). The finished look was really fab :)
So flawless that it was almost doll like I would say. Towards the end of the evening we even had the opportunity to speak with Alex. She seemed very keen for us to voice our opinions about the brand and makeup in general. I personally thought this was great, It is nice to voice your own opinions!

Now admittedly I am a complete event novice, therefore I really wasn't at all sure what to expect from Illamasqua. I have to say that it was a little touch and go to start with but overall I had a lovely day! The makeup was surprisingly nice and the food and drink was great too!

As we left we were handed a pink goodie bag to take away with us. Now I was a little puzzled by this because each of us received one product, £20.00,A poster and members card to Ithaca. The downfall to this was that I actually had to return to get my freebie product, because there wasn't one in my bag! :/
I can also speak for a few other people who suffered similar problems.
I must say that It was a little embarrassing returning to retrieve a missing goodie bag item. Due to this fact I think that the goodie bag should have been better oraganised in order to prevent this. Also we all recieved different items so it was a little hit and miss as to whether you would like the product or not :?

Luckily enough though I recieved a grey eyeshadow in shade F2094 (Matter), which is particuly nice may I add so I cannot really complain.
So thats it really I had a great time and I even learnt a thing or too along the way!

Thankyou Jen, Illamasqua and all the gals :D. Hope to See you all soon at Maybelline :D xxx