12 Feb 2012

Little updates

So I usually do a 'little updates' every couple of weeks, but this week my intagram's looking rather full already, so I thought I'd do it now.  Plus I want to blog my thoughts on yesterday's TOWIB.

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.

45 comments:

  1. With the morroccan oil i just put a bit in the ends of my hair when its damp and let it dry naturally but you can put some in when its dry as well.

    Lovely photos, the mua event looked fun!
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  2. oop i see the back of my head in the towib pics! i was disappointed too i thought it would showcase some new beauty brands! i think maybe it would have been beneficial if they'd released the schedule a lot earlier to give people a look at what it'll include and whether it'll be of interest!

    sounds like you've had a lovely week! :) xx

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    1. I agree hun, although I can imagine it's a nightmare getting the schedule confirmed as speakers might pull out etc! I know Hayley had a brand let her down at the last minute for the second TOWIB - must be so stressful!

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  3. I loveeeeee this post :))))) hehe xxxxx

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  4. I think its silly to complain TOWIB event costs £5.00 as you said, by the time you factor in the room hire etc its quite a steal.

    Love the look of the new MUA cosmetics!

    Jen xx
    http://kitsch-n-sync.blogspot.com

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    1. I thought I'd point that out as I guess a lot of people wouldn't realise that if they're never been to a convention type event in a hotel before. I've been to quite a lot for work.

      Watch out for my MUA post this week, all the love hearts products are so cute, I love them!

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  5. Great post and photos again, with Morroccan oil, i wash my hair, leave it till its a little damp still then work a little through before blow drying and then, the next day a little on the ends. P.s if you get dry skin it works wonders.

    Lucy
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  6. really glad you enjoyed the mua event - thanks for coming again xox

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  7. Wow looks like you have had a blooming packed week and all fun fun fun :)
    I love your blog, a recent subscriber actually also I have a fairly new blog, would be lovely if you gave a cheeky glance at it.

    http://whatsindelilahsbox.blogspot.com/

    Ellie <3

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  8. Wow you had a busy weekend!

    I was at TOWIB and the difference between people there was MASSIVE. There were completely new bloggers mixed with seasoned beauty bloggers who go to loads of events and get lots of freebies so not sure anything would have please everyone. For me it was totally worth a fiver, I met some great people and it's so nice to talk to them about blogging without getting a blank expression like what are YOU talking about? that happens in real life :)

    Also totally with you on hot water bottles and.... Pie Machines??? What holy amazingness is this!? Off to google.

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    1. I agree, totally mixed crowd, so impossibly to please everyone, but worth a fiver of anyone's money I think! The pie machine is fab, I'll have to ask her where she got it from!

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  9. I was really surprised to hear about TOWIB but i'm glad the negativity didn't affect you, it must have been great to meet so many bloggers!

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    1. It was hard to meet people in a way due to the layout, but I did meet some of the lovely people who read my blog because they recognised me and said hi, which was fabby =)

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  10. I used to do the same with pink and blue on my nails when I was younger :)
    What camera are you using? your photos are really clear!
    x~x

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    1. Yep and there's me doing it as an adult, haha! It's a Samsung MV800 multiview xx

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  11. It was lovely to meet you yesterday at TOWIB. I agree with your view on the event. I didn't go for any of the previous meet-ups, so it was a little bit strange for me - but I thought that's only me. I've also left after the ebuzzing talk - I think it was a waste of time, even for the newbie bloggers, because its focus was generic - not beauty/fashion...


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    1. It's a bit of a shame, you might have loved the previous TOWIBs. Hopefully you'll like the next event you go to, would love to chat to you more next time xxx

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  12. interesting to read a slightly different take on towib! the pie machine looks amazing, i didn't even know pie machine's existed haha. also, i put morrocan oil through my hair when its damp before blow drying, but i also run it through my dry hair during the day. you would imagine that the oil would make your hair look greasy but it absorbs really quickly and never leaves any residue! x

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    1. Thanks for the tips. I hope my friend reads this post and sees all the attention her pie maker is getting haha!

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  13. Good post hun, the coverage of TOWIB is totally in line with my opinion. I think its really imateur of people to moan about paying £5 ... for the hotel, catering and general organising of that event, £5 is nothing. I don't think the presentations were pitched to the right audience either, Ebuzzing and SEO was too intense for laf the audience, and an hour for each presentation was too long. 30 minutes and then an opportunity to go and chat would have been perfect. God knows what the handpicked media bit was about either haha. I think Hayley did an awesome job overall :) Annoyingly I too missed the wigs as had to head home for 'valentines' night with my boy. That would have been my fave bit I think. I just generally liked getting to see so many bloggers in the 'real life' haha :) xxxx

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    1. There was just a really wide range of people there, all with lots of different expectations! Still worth going though I think. I hope you had a fab valentine's date night xxx

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  14. i always looked forward to your little updates :D..xx

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  15. Moroccan oil in your hair. . .use sparingly.I found that 3 drops in my long hair not 4, rubbed vigorously and spread very well in the palm of my hands works best and then start at the ends of your hair and work upwards. Sometimes that extra drop, can just be too much. Blow dry and the heat disperses it more evenly.

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  16. Really good read - was just recommended to read this post by another blogger. Good realistic view of the day - or at least the least-heated of the ones I have read. You definitely have a new follower. xxx


    South Molton St Style

    PS - how jammy with the morroccan oil! wait till your hair is a little bit greasy before you use it though, just a tip x

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    1. Oh really? Thanks a lot =)

      Thanks for the Moroccan oil tip - if I waited until my hair was greasy though, I'd be washing it! I'll have to give it a go and see if I can tell what you mean!

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  17. I love the manicure! your nails are so fab looking. I wish I could grow mine past my fingertips. And those brownies - drool.

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  18. Aww thank you for the little mention :) I loved your nails although mine were so much better ;) Ha! Can't wait to see what you think about the Fashionista primer (Not that I need another one!) xxx

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    1. No way, no way, mine rock! I'll let you know about the primer xx

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  19. Oh wow love your nails the pink and blue look great together! I must try this one day!

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  20. Love this post Gem, sorry didn't get to see you much at TOWIB, we mad a run for it just before the Ebuzzing talk, it wasn't what I thought it was going to be and quite formal. I want some slutty brownies! xxx

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    1. I don't think I even saw you there :( must catch up next time we're in the same place! xxx

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  21. Love your post, I wasn't around for the eBuzzing talk as I did go out for lunch on the break after the PR talk which took longer than expected so I missed it. I can spot myself in the second picture :) I did recognise you at TOWIB but with most people I recognised...I was too shy to go up and say hello! Although the PR talk wasn't 100% my thing, I did pick up on a few helpful tips and I got to meet some lovely people so it was a great day for me.

    I am so making slutty brownies at the weekend - they look lush! xx

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    1. Aww it's a shame we didn't get to chat. I know what you mean though, worrying about going up to people, you never know what reaction you'll get! In all honesty though, about 90% of the bloggers I've ever met have been truly lovely.

      Don't blame me when you get a slutty brownie addiction! xx

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  22. Love the nails, they're adorable!
    Thanks for the brownies receipe as well, they look delicious!
    Adorable blog, I followed. :D

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  23. I'd probably suggest using morrocan oil after you've washed your hair, then blow dry it in and if your hair feels dry then put the tiniest amount on when its dry! Its amazinggggggggggg.

    Jazz xo

    www.jazzreallyloves.blogspot.com :)

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