Nailed It!

OH DEAR, I haven’t blogged in ruddy ages because I got another job (yay and boo) and I am still at work now but it’s quiet so thought I would do a cheeky one.

So we all know I’m a massive shellac fan but I have really rekindled my love of normal nail polishes lately. One of them is an old fave, my gorgeous Lime Crime Pastelchio and then a few new ones…
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The first two are a couple of Bourjois ones that came in the goody bag at the Company Magazine Beauty Forum. One is a really inky black called Noir de Chine from the Ultra Shine So Laque! range and the other is a shimmery gold number which I can’t find a name for but is number 18 from their 1 Seconde Gel range. Both lasted quite well, I used my Sally Hansen Green Tea & Bamboo Strengthener as a base and top coat and they both look really nice and shiny.
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The second two are both Topshop. Now, I’ve never used Topshop polishes before and I was mildly disappointed by one aspect and v. impressed by others.
Lets start with the bad news first… They were both matte polishes, the first was a grey colour called Light Brizzle (which just doesn’t make any sense, lets be honest) and the second was a red called Cryptic. Basically they just weren’t as matte as I would have liked. They were matte but with a slight shine to them so it didn’t really look like they were supposed to be matte, just kind of looked like they were a bit cheap/ had been applied badly. The grey one looked ok to be fair but it didn’t really work with the red. Also the mate effect wore off quite quickly so they became more shiny as they day went on. In the end I just put a top coat over the red to make it properly shiny.
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Oh dear, think this was taken after getting home late on Saturday night… (They seem to come out a bit pinker tones in the pic, they are a much truer red in real life.)

The good news… Both colours are great! The grey has a kind of blueish/ indigo tone to it which was fab and looks really sophisticated (even on the likes of me!) and the red is a really great true red (doesn’t pull too blue or too orange so would suit most, if not all skin tones). The grey lasted ages! Like a week with only a few chips round the edge. Am on the 3rd day of wearing the red and it still looks great, in future I’ll just wear it as a normal nail polish with a top coat and not a matte.

I still love my shellac but my nails really needed a break plus it’s such a ball ache to take off properly that I just end up peeling it which really effs my poor nails up. It’s nice to have a break and be able to change colour around more often and with the Sally Hansen topcoat they haven’t been taking v. long to try so yeeeeaaahhhh.

In other news there is so much make-up I am craving at the mo like all the special edition Christmassy things and just general cult shizzle like Hourglass Ambient Light powders which cost a BOMB and Hydralauron which I don’t know if I really need to be honest but I just want it because I want it ahhhh!

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Company Beauty Forum

Hi hi hi,
Ok, so look. I was totally gonna up load a new video today HOWEVER my internet died yesterday and is still dead and might not live again for at least the next 72 hours, maybe more. Thanks for nothing Tesco Broadband! So I came to a café (where I used to work) to use their wifi but of course I left my damn headphones at home so can’t really edit the vid. And no, I can’t  just do it with the volume down really low because my laptop speakers don’t work DO THEY?! So basically yeah, I’m an idiot. Slow clap for me…

Anyhoo as luck would have it I attended the Company Magazine Beauty Forum last night so I’ve still got loads to blab on about.

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My Forum buddy, Tessa aka Sow Dogg (I cannot confirm at this time if it should be spelt with one ‘g’ or two…)

Company Magazine is basically awesome. They’re always putting on really good events for their readers, they love promoting bloggers, they’re all over interacting with readers over Twitter etc. and they really make you feel like part of their community. I’d already been to their Blogging Forum which was so good (you can read about it here) so I knew I had to get my ass to this one too.
It was £25 again, which included a free goody bag and glass of bubbly on arrival but this time they also had loads of free beauty-y things to do before the talk began. There was an HD Brows brow threading station, a Lee Stafford Blow Dry Bar, a Bourjois nail bar and a false eyelash bar.

The speakers were:

  • Hairdresser Lee Stafford
  • Bloggers Lily Pebbles and Fleur de Force
  • Lisa Potter Dixon- Head make up artist at Benefit
  • Beauty Therapist and Makeup Artist Nathalie Eleni
  • Rachael Houghton- PR Executive for Bourjois
  • Sophie Qureshi- Company Beauty Director
  • Victoria White- Editor of Company

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Lily Pebbles and Fleur de Force

All the speakers were pretty damn inspiring actually and gave really good advice, as per. It was useful for me as I’m seriously thinking about a career in beauty now that I’ve QUIT ACTING! Yes, it’s true, dry your tears. I asked the panel a question again (you know how I roll) about age being a factor when applying for internships and work experience. It was encouraging for an old bat like me to hear from both Rachael and Sophie that age doesn’t matter, they’re not only looking for fresh faced graduates and their current intern is the same age as me *cough28cough*.
Everyone also made a big point about believing in your abilities and not letting lack of experience put you off {points finger at self} because everyone is always learning, no matter how high up they are.
It was just bloody good all round really and it sounds lame but everyone was just so nice! I got to chat to Sophie Qureshi briefly afterwards which was ace and got a few extra tips about applications and shizz from her and Victoria White was just generally fab as always.

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Lee Stafford and Sophie Qureshi

So yeah, gold star for you, Company! Sorry if I’ve gushed a bit but I was genuinely impressed so whatever Trevor.

Just for lolz here is a pic of me in the cafe, looking uber cool… Photo on 2013-10-23 at 15.29

Smell ya’ later.
: )

In Good Company

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So a while back I was scrolling through Twitter, trying to kill time at work when I saw a tweet from Company magazine advertising their blogging forum. It was £25 for a ticket (which included an amaze goody bag) and featured speakers such as Susie Bubble of Style Bubble fame. Anyway seeing as I’m new to the “Bloggersphere” (I kind of hate using that word, sounds so pretentious) I thought I’d better bag myself a ticket and get some tips from the pros.

I went along with my pal Tessa, who’s musings can be found at Sow-blog (her last name’s Sowry, people call her Sow Dogg, it’s a thing ok?!)

Upon arrival it was clear that most people in attendance were style bloggers, aka super trendy and had made LOADS of effort to sit in a lecture theatre for a couple of hours but I guess if style is your “thing” you’ve got to look super stylish at all times. Needless to say, Tessa and I felt slightly under dressed. Even more so when we were approached by a couple of Candy Kittens in black Lycra and platform heels… but they gave us free lollipops so thumbs up! Ooh, we also got a free glass of pink bubbly on arrival which always goes down a treat.

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After a bit of milling around, judging each other, we were let into the lecture hall where everyone promptly tore into their goody bags. There was loads of good stuff in them, namely; Batiste Dry Shampoo which, personally I can never have enough of. A bottle of leave in conditioner from somewhere or other (yet to be used), a copy of Company (natch), a bottle of ginger beer, some other stuff that I can’t remember and A TEMPERLY FILOFAX! It’s really pretty, it looks more like a clutch and even has a built in purse! The design is kind of like a yellow and black tribal print but it’s hard to explain so I’ll put a photo up when I get home from work (yes, I am blogging at work. Ever the professional…) Anyway I feel well profesh with my new Temperly Filofax so whatever.

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All the speakers were great, got a lot of good advice on how to make your blog unique and the importance of interacting with other bloggers in the community etc. I even asked a question about swearing on blogs and got told it was a good one by Victoria White, the editor of Company! (@Companyedvic) I later tweeted this fact and SHE STARTED FOLLOWING ME! Such a social media pro… ahem. Also glimpsed Charlene of struttlamode.blogspot.co.uk who’s style blog I love because she always looks AMAZING and I want all her clothes!

The other speakers were; Rhiannon Ashlee of Fashion Rocks My Socks, Roxanne Nejad from boohoo, Sally Burlison – PR and Social Media Manager for OhMyLove and Krista Madden – Managing Director at Handpicked Media.

So all in all I’d say it was £25 bloody well spent. Let’s see if my blogging technique improves. Back to “work”…