Friday, 26 September 2014

Coronation Street: The Tour








Two weeks ago I went to see the most famous street in Manchester, Coronation Street. The soap has been running since 1960 and is one of the most popular programmes in Britain. As a proud Mancunian I've been brought up following the lives of the residents. In December 2013, the show moved from it's location at Granada Studios to it's new home in Media City. The entire set has been re-built identically at it's new location, although it is 9 10ths bigger to make filming easier. Because of the move, ITV decided to open up the old set to the public for a limited time. Of course I jumped at the chance, and have actually been round it twice now. 

The first part of the tour is lead by a local tour guide through the set's inside the actual studio. You get to look at wardrobe, make-up, some of the dressing rooms, and lots of props! Belive it or not all the houses on the street are just shells, with no interiors. The interiors are just in the studio itself. Unfortunately during this first hour your not allowed to take any photos. However, you do have an opportunity to have your photo taken pulling a pint at the Rover's Return and purchase it at the end, for around £7 for one copy, £10 for two! 

After being shown round the studio, you are then allowed to walk on those famous cobbles and look round the street  at your leisure, taking as many photos as you want. This was possibly one of the most surreal experiences of my life. Everything felt familiar as if I'd been there before, which of course I had, from the comfort of my sofa. From walking down the back alleys, sitting in the smoking shelter of the Rovers,Street Cars or grabbing a Full English at Roy's Rolls, it was like visiting a second home and something I would recommend to die hard fans and occasional watchers alike!

xoxo
J
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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

AW 4: Beauty

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Eye make up played a big part of most looks. Whilst you may have always tried to avoid clumpy mascara, it seems that spider-leg lashes are actually on trend this season. If your still not convinced though, try over-exaggerating them or even using inserts for a similar effect. Eyeliner also had a bit of a moment, with everything from heavy kohl to super extended flicks. For me, this will have more of an impact at night, and I'll be opting for statement liner and a nude lip.

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Hair wise, it's a case of the two extremes, super sleek or bed head texture. Either up or down, think 60's straight styles and you can't go wrong. However, if your hair just won't be tamed, have no fear, for the bed head look is in. Tousled waves and curls, messy up do's and a little bit of back combing was the name of the game, giving a nice contrast to the high maintenance sleek styles gracing the catwalk.

For me? I'm looking forward to playing with eyeliner and letting my hair do it's own thing.
xoxo
J

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Monday, 22 September 2014

Lush Granny Takes a Dip Bath Bomb

Granny Takes A Dip Lush Bath Bomb

Granny Takes A Dip Lush Bath Bomb
Bath Bomb - £3.25



There's nothing better than coming home from a bad day at work and having some me time, and nothing screams me time quite as much as indulging in some Lush products. I think the thing that immediately attracted me to this bath bomb was it's sheer size; its huge! A close second though was definitely the combination of bright cheerful colors. Even before popping it into a lovely warm bath, you can't help but feel a little chirpier. 

Combining lemon oil for it's uplifting properties, black pepper oil for warmth and clarity and ginger oil to refresh you, it's the perfect choice for when you've had a rough day. As soon as you place it in the water, your bath is transformed into a psychedelic tie-dye master piece. The bomb is a slow fizzer so you really get chance to enjoy the colours, especially as a pastel rainbow of bubbles eventually erupts. The scent is a subtle citrus fragrance but works miracles on your mood. After my bath my skin was super soft and the scent lingered for a couple of hours. One slight issue I have with Lush is that some products tend to leave residue on my bath, and need a whole hives worth of bee's wax just to shift it. You'll be pleased to know this bomb vanished down the plug hole without a trace. If your looking to cheer someone up who's had a hard time lately or need a boost yourself this would make an ideal treat. 

What are you favorite products to use when you're feeling down?
xoxo
J
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Thursday, 18 September 2014

#Tweet4ATable







Tonight I decided to have a Daddy-Daughter meal out, and luckily the Co-operative Food invited me to their pop up restaurant in the heart of Manchester in Exchange Square. What's even better is that the restaurant is part of a Twitter campaign, letting you eat for free! Simply tweet the account with a reason why you deserve to win a table for yourself and up to three friends, and if your chosen, enjoy a drink, starter and main course on the Co-op!

After I finished work we headed into Manchester and headed to Exchange Square. On arrival we were ushered upstairs to our table, where everything was explained to us. It took us forever to decide what to eat, but in the end I decided to try a Fun Guy halloumi burger with Naked Fries, and my dad had a Head Honcho Pulled Pork Stack with naked fries. While we were waiting for our meal (which was super quick) we tucked into nachos dip! Once we started tucking into our meal though, the only conversation was about how delicious the food was. I was sure you wouldn't get much change from £10 if you tried to re-create one of the meals. Shockingly I couldn't have been further from the truth. At the end of our meal, we were presented a tip tray with a break down of how much the meal would have cost had we made it ourselves. My Fun Guy burger cost a mere £2.14, whilst Head Honcho was £3.81 and the naked fries were 29p! Even better, we were given a voucher for £2 off food at Co-op. Lucky for me, there's one just round the corner from our house ...

If you fancy getting in on this grub (yes. I went there), the pop-up restaurant is outside Selfridges in Exchange Square all day tomorrow. All you have to do is: 

  • follow @Tweet4aTable
  • Mention them in a tweet stating why you deserve to dine in their pop-up restaurant & use the hashtag #Tweet4aTable.

Good Luck!
 xoxo
J


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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

St Tropez Bronzing Mousse


St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse
St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse (*) - £20.43
As the Official Tanning Sponsors of London Fashion Week, it was only right that I share with you this product.The Classic tan from St. Tropez is a cult favorite and a product of choice for the likes of Kate Moss. Well if it's good enough for a supermodel, who am I to argue?!

The tan itself is an exceptionally lightweight brown colored foam which has none of the usual tell-tale self tan smell. In fact, it smells like a normal skin care product! The foam makes it perfect to control and apply, although you do have to be careful you don't apply to much. It didn't take long after applying for the mousse to dry, meaning their was none of that awkward standing around in your bathroom avoiding touching anything. Instantly you can see a difference, and your skin has an airbrushed quality. One thing I hate about fake tan is how unnatural it can look, especially on fair skin like mine, and even more so in winter. In England, you just stick out like a sore thumb, and for the the wrong reasons. Every St. Tropez tan I've used has produced the most natural results, meaning I have to confidence to use it any time of the year. I would say this tan is a nice medium tan, as it gives you noticeable bronzed skin without being too dark. Saying that, you could always add another layer if you fancy going a shade darker. If you keep your skin moisturised your tan should last around 2-3 days before needing another layer As always I'd recommend using a mitt to avoid any hand disasters, unless you fancy wearing gloves all day.

Do you still tan during the colder months?
xoxo
J
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Monday, 15 September 2014

AW: Warm

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If there's one thing I love about AW it's shopping for a new coat. This season it's all about making a statement, either through patterns, colour or style. Duster coats and capes are particularly on trend this season but I think my favorite is the blanket coat. They are absolutely everywhere on the high street and come in all shades and patterns so there is bound to be something perfect for you. Another trend which is key is lace-up footwear. From the knee high boots I talked about last week right the way to strappy heels, if it doesn't lace up, it's just not on trend.

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With the winter weather in England always being a little cooler, the head-to-toe knitwear trend is fashionable and practical. Either layer up different shades or look out for co-ords like the one bottom left from ASOS. Who says knitwear can't be sexy! Lastly, tanned colors seem to be everywhere this season. Although not to most out-there of trends, they are perfect for layering other trends with and will provide a solid foundation for your AW. I have always wanted a Burberry Trench and whilst I may be limited in the money department, fingers crossed I will finally be able to find a good dupe on the high street.

Next week is the last in the series and is dedicated to all the beauty trends!
xoxo
J
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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

AW 14: Chic

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This week AW post focuses on the sleeker, "cooler" trends to grace the catwalk. Two looks that played key roles were Cubism and Androgynous Fashion. As I've always been a girly girl and never once gone through a "tomboy phase" I do feel daunted at the prospect of dressing in a more masculine way. However after finding these pictures, I think I have some inspiration. Taking Emma Watson's lead, I'm going to keep the suit fitted and my make-up glam. Combined with heels and a waist clinching belt, it's possibly the most chic look possible. If black and white is not your think, you might be more interested in the Cubist trend. From flat printed shifts to full on 3D pieces, you can choose how much of a statement you want to make. Bright and bold to muted and simple, the choice is yours and you can find a piece to fit with your style. I absolutely love the idea of layering different pieces of material on top of each other, and think it creates such a unique and elegant look.

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Always one for vintage fashion, this season gives a nod to mod. Embracing your inner twiggy by either committing fully to a retro look, or simply adding touches such as a cute collar, smart shift dress, A-line coat or dogtooth tights. Like with all trends, its up to you how far you want to take it, I really love how a mod look has been incorporated into the bottom left outfit with a crop top and skirt, ideal if you want to get more use out of your summer wardrobe! One trend I'm not convinced will be for me is knee high boots. Although they were seen everywhere, the look doesn't appeal to me. Saying that, I do like the cape & boots combo so I may eat my words in a month or two. Watch this space ...

Are you daring to try new trends or sticking to your comfort zone like me?
xoxo
J
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Monday, 8 September 2014

Illamasqua Vintage Metallix


Illamasqua Vintage Metallix
Illamasqua Vintage Metallix

Illamasqua Vintage Metallix
Top: Courtier
Middle: Emebellish
Bottom: Bibelot


Illamasqua is quickly becoming my favorite high end brand. Every collection makes me ohh and ahh, forcing me to make sneaky orders. Rather than the usual daring products, their new collection 'Once' is their most wearable to date, and I think it will be their most popular. Cream Eye shadows are something that I may have a small obsession over. I'm not sure whether it's their silky smooth texture or the sheer effortless application, but I always seem to be adding more to my collection. However, despite being a magpie, I haven't got any glitter cream shadows! Of course this had to be addressed, and Illamasqua were happy to oblige. 

The 'Once' collection contains a trio of cream shadows in beautifully luxe gold top packaging. As the name suggests, all three are metallic cream shadows with small particles of glitter thrown in for good measure. None of the shades give a 'glitter ball' effect and you'll be pleased to know the particles stay where their meant to. I think my favorite is Bibelot as the shade is so unusual and completely different to anything in my collection.  Even with my semi-oily eye lids, these shadows stay put for a good 5-6 hours without a primer. With a primer, your shadow looks pristine all day. Either sweep the shades over your entire lid for a wash of colour, use as a base shade or place in the crease for a more complex look. Courtier could even pass as a subtle highlighter if you use it minimally. Fingers and toes crossed more shades are released in future collections!

Have you fallen for Illamasqua's new collection? 
xoxo
J
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Friday, 5 September 2014

Glam Glow Face Masks




When you find a good thing, you stick with it til the end. If it's one thing I love, it's face masks, and out of all the gems I've found, these are three of the best. Loved by both celebrities and bloggers alike Glam Glow has really expanded over the last year. The range includes three face masks solving different concerns and working their own little bit of skincare magic.

Glam Glow Youth Mud Mask
Youth Mud Tinglexfoliate Treatment was the original mask, and is a thick, green clay like product. Unlike a lot of masks, Youth Mud is the solves all, best all-rounder perfect if you can't put your finger on specific areas of concern but want a bit of a pick-me-up. Using a cheap foundation brush, I smooth a thin layer over my skin, and leave it for 5-10 minutes. You can feel it gently tighten and tingle, letting you know the magic is happening. The mask contains Green Tea, which you can actually see in the product and this helps to make your skin look more radiant once it's been removed. For days after your skin literally glows. I'd recommend this mask before an event as it has instant gratification and improves your skin's overall appearance.

Glam Glow Supermud Clearing
Supermud Clearing Treatment is more of a "wet" mask compared with the Youth Mud, and is like grey mud. Rather than an overall skin detox, Supermud targets problem skin and targets concerns such as blemishes, acne, large pore and blackheads. I apply it the same ways as I apply Youthmud, and wait until the mask has fully set. There's no tingling with this mask, but it does harden and you can actually see all the oil and impurities it's drawn out. I have combination skin, leaning on the dry side, and luckily it doesn't feel tight after using this. After removing the mask, my skin looks a lot clearer and seems to sort itself out a lot faster than normal.

Glam Glow Thirsty Mud Hydrating Treatment
The newest mask to the Glam Glow collection is Thirsty Mud Hydrating Treatment. Looking a bit like a tub of caramel, this is the smoothest out of the three and is more a thick lotion than a clay or mud. Targeting the effects of extreme dehydration on the skin, this mask aims to moisturise, restore and calm your skin. Again, I apply this with a cheap foundation brush but leave for 10-20 minutes. Unlike the others, this mask is absorbed into the skin. Simply use a cotton pad to wipe away any excess. If you have oily skin, it's recommended you wash it off. If your skin is especially dehydrated and you want an intense treatment, try leaving it over-night. You could even put it on during a flight or post shave! After using this for a month now and again, my skin has never been smoother. My pores are less noticeable and my skin is a lot less tight. If you suffer from dehydrated skin, meet your new best friend.

If you are desperate to try these, have a look on the Glam Glow website for their mini try packs!

What do you think of the Glam Glow masks? Do you have any mask recommendations for me?
xoxo
J
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Monday, 1 September 2014

A/W 14: Pretty


It's that time of year again. New session trends and lots of new looks to try out over the coming months. A/W is definitely my favorite time of the year. There is nothing better than cuddling up in an oversized knit with a mug of hot chocolate and watching a film with friends. But who says you can't look good whilst doing it?! For the next month I'm going to break down some of the key trends from the catwalk and show you what should be hitting the high street soon.


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As soon as you see Kendall Jenner stepping out in a fluffy mohair knit, you know it's going to be a trend that sticks. Personally I can't wait to indulge my girliness and find the perfect mohair cardigans. Perfect for work and weekends, I think I might invest in a few good quality pieces that will stand the test of time. On the other end of the scale is pajama pants. I love the concept of these, but I'm very unsure about trying them out. Unless you live in a country that usually has some sort of sun in winter, I think these would be pretty hard to pull off, and in the English winter, frankly freezing! A cami or blouse that you can layer up is much more appealing to me, whilst still giving a nod to the sleepwear trend. 

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Top Right, Bottom Right, Right


I am so happy that my vast collection of midi dresses and skirts will not be wasted. The 50's are still alive in fashion with full midi skirts looking to stay for the near future. Possible the most flattering cut possible, team with sequins and crop tops for nights out and tops and jumpers for the day. Appropriate for office and cocktails, this is one timeless trend I will wear all year round. Lastly, Chanel may have some high street competition this season, and not just in the bag department. Quilted textures are to appear on everything from skorts to skirts, coats to tops. Whilst I'm a fan of a classic Barbour jacket, I didn't expect to like this trend as much as I do. Even Mulberry have got in on the act with the new Cara bag's! Fingers crossed I can find a high street version of that beautiful  Chloe coat. Choose one piece and keep your outfit simple to avoid looking like your Nan's throw.

Any trend your looking forward to or avoiding like the plague?
xoxo
J
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