First up, my best blogging bud Charli took me along to an event to celebrate the launch of omogelondon.com at the Illamasaqua store near Carnaby Street.
We we treated to manicures with Illamasaqua polishes - check out all that choice!
I decided to relive my childhood days of always mixing pink and purple - I love this look! (photo taken with my new camera - much much better quality, hoorah!)
We also got to spend lots of time having some one on one consultations with the lovely MUAs (Jessie James in particular was so patient and informative) and I got a little haul of Illamasaqua Skin base foundation (this looked amazing when she tried it on me and the other girls), loose powder (which Jessie recommended to combat my shine issues) and a lipstick in the shade Test. Sadly I can't play with these as they're going to be for my birthday.
I mentioned before that I'd done a swap on the beauty box swaps facebook page. My swap stuff arrived - I swapped some bits from the January Glossybox as I wanted the Clarins creams :)
I went along to TOWIB on Saturday - can you spot yourself in these pictures?
I thought I'd just include my opinion on the day, as there has been a bit of controversy on twitter and what not. I think the main thing for most people is how different the day was from the previous two TOWIBs (I went to the first and second and they were very similar). The day wasn't focussed on beauty blogging, more on blogging generally, so I think some people were disappointed there were no beauty brands there demoing makeup. I was disappointed about that, but I was aware before I went of what the presentations would be.
The talk with PRs didn't offend me in any way and I did learn a few things. I think the reason this bit has been taken badly by some is that there were some very new bloggers in the room, and when you're first starting out I don't think you need to know all of these things - in some ways it may have made a few people think that getting PR samples is the be all and end all aim of blogging. The panel was asked questions, and they gave their opinions - it was just their opinion, but I know some bloggers went away feeling that these were golden rules of blogging and were disheartened if their blog didn't match up. Just an unfortunate misunderstanding really.
The Handpicked Media comments were a little controversial and a little bit 'in-jokey' for my liking, but again it didn't bother me to any great degree. It just left me intrigued as to why Louise from Get Lippie was apparently thrown out of their community!
The talk from E-Buzzing was unfortunately pitched at the wrong level and was totally not engaging. Brand new bloggers must have been totally baffled! About two thirds of the room actually left after the E-Buzzing chat, which was a shame. Although a lot of people left simply because it was lunchtime and they were hungry!
I didn't stay on for the Wigs session as I'm not really into that and I needed to get going , although I would have liked to have stayed for the final blogger Q&A panel at the end, so it's a shame I missed that.
Finally I'd like to add that I think Hayley does an amazing job of organizing the events - I certainly couldn't do it. I heard a few people complaining they'd had to pay £5 for a ticket and I guess they just didn't have an appreciation of how much it might cost to hire a conferencing suite in a 4 star central London hotel and to lay on tea, cakes and scones!
My main criticism would be the number of people crammed into the space. It made moving around difficult and there was always a queue for the loo or to get a drink. I do appreciate though that it's a tough balance as so many people wanted to go to the event, and a larger space would probably have doubled the cost.
Will I go next time? I'm not sure - I think it depends on what the line up is - personally I'd like to see the event focussing back on beauty blogging as it did originally.
After TOWIB Siobhan, Natalie and I made a cheeky trip to the Hummingbird bakery and this is what I got for me and the bf to enjoy :)
On Wednesday I went along to an MUA event to introduce their super cute love hearts make up range, which I'll be posting about soon. Naturally, we munched on lots of love hearts!
I received this sample of Moroccan Oil and can't wait to try it. I got the light version as I have hair that gets greasy quickly. Anyone got any tips on how they use this? Sounds like a silly question I know, but I want it to improve the look of my dry straggly ends without turning my freshly washed hair into a greasy mess.
I decided it was time I got involved in all this kitkat chunky business and tried the orange one. I can confirm that it's particularly nomilicious.
It's been so ridiculously cold this week, I've mostly been wearing my thickest fluffiest pjs and super cosy slipper booties! I've also rediscovered a love for hot water bottles!
I had a night in with my best friends from school last night and wow did we have a massive feast! We made pies in a pie machine - so cool - and....
....we had slutty brownies! They're truly amazing, you NEED to try them! My friend found the recipe here.
While I was in London this week I made a little trip to Superdrug near Marble Arch as I'd found out on Twitter that it stocks Look Beauty, Fashionista and MUA (£1 line and pro). I was a bit (actually a lot) disappointed to find a lot of the lipstick testers were missing, so I couldn't try everything I wanted to, which was a shame. But, this is what I bought from the stuff I could swatch.
This Tropicana pink lemonade is the nuts. That is all.
I hope you've all had a lovely week =)
I haven't got a list of new blogs to follow for you, but I will be working through the list of bloggers I met at TOWIB and will post that next time.