The good, the bad and the ugly: Stylist Live 2017 Review

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Three days filled with fashion, style, beauty, hair, food, drink, talks, workshops, pink gin and fun, the Stylist Live 2017 event was bigger and badder than ever before! It was my first time attending and all I can say is… it did not disappoint!

I will be back next year for sure. 🙂

I won Bronze tickets to Stylist Live via an Instagram giveaway hosted by aromatherapy products company, Scentered (@iamscentered) – thanks guys! Be sure to check them out as their products are amazing and I will be purchasing their Escape Therapy Balm which smelt amazing. That’s my fave but I also like the rose-scented Love balm and the minty Be Happy balm. As it’s a therapy balm is in a stick form, it just needs to be rubbed onto pulse points so it should last a while.

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So here’s my review of Stylist Live 2017 at Olympia (I visited on Saturday and had the Bronze entry ticket)…

THE GOOD

What I liked..

The atmosphere
even though it was really busy it still felt spacious enough to move around most of the time. The only time it felt a little cramped was between the aisles of stands – if there was a big crowd of people it was a little hard to navigate through. The event was indeed family friendly but not buggy friendly. There are lifts and stuff but the place gets so packed bringing a pram would be chaotic. I think bringing older children is fine but leave the little ones at home for this event… plus, you don’t want your bubba(s) to spoil your kiddy-free time do you?

The talks/workshops
There were 4 stages with funky, empowering names (GROW, LEAD, SPARK, THRIVE) and sessions scheduled throughout the day. Most of the good talks were in the morning but as I got there in the afternoon, I missed most of the ones I wanted to watch.

However I managed to catch the 4.30pm workshop/talk with speakers, Clara Amfo and Reni Eddo-Lodge on “How to be Brave: Speaking up against racism”. As the mother of mixed-heritage children, I know that my bubbas might experience some form of racism in their years growing up. Learning how to address it, handle it and rise above it is extremely important. Reni made a remark that left me thinking hard “if you’re not white, you can’t afford to be colour blind”. I wasn’t sure what to make of it – whether or not I agreed with her statement but deep down something told me she was 100% spot on. As a woman of colour myself, you can’t be ignorant and believe that racism doesn’t exist because it does. Sometimes in the mildest, tolerable form but it is still there. It was definitely a ‘food for thought’ kind of talk and I loved it.

The brands
There were sooo many brands to see and a lot of them were offering freebies. Gordon’s Gin gave everyone a free drink upon arrival. Diet Coke was handed out quicker than you could say low-calorie and sugar-free. Babyliss and Remmington were doing free hair styling. There were loads of brands; from natural food brands like Hippea to stylish lifestyle brands like Ella Iconic, and of course plenty hair and beauty brands.

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One of the best workshops at Stylist Live 2017 / Source: Stylist Live

The Bad

What I didn’t like…

The crowds
I know I shouldn’t really complain about crowds and to be fair, the event was managed really well however sometimes I couldn’t help but feel claustrophobic. Especially when I was down the shopping stands, those aisles felt tiny and I’m a petite girl!

The queues
This is another to be expected but still… I am buggered that I wasn’t able to get the chance to have my hair styled. Booo! There was around 4-5 different hair brands that were providing styling services but the queues were so long, it was crazy.

No goody bags (for bronze ticket holders)
I know it’s good to be exclusive but only allowing VIP ticket holders to purchase goody bags is a downer. I really wanted one and have the goody bags available as an add-on option would’ve been amazeballs as I really wanted one.

The Ugly

What I thought needs improving for next year…

The food choices
The food was yummy but there wasn’t enough choice to pick from – there was a few cafe bars on the ground floor and upstairs there were a few more eateries however it would’ve have been nice to have a dedicated food area for eating and getting refreshments. I love matcha lattes and not one food place in there served it, for a food-conscious I did expect more healthy food brands to be there. If Farm Girl could be there next year, I would like a little kid on a sugar rush – I love them!

Better microphones for talks
For most of the workshops, I was able to hear the host(s) clearly however I remember there was a workshop I attended and couldn’t hear a word the host and her guests were saying which was disappointing. I wasn’t even that far away and I think a few other people also had trouble hearing. Because of the bad sound quality, I gave up with listening and wandered off in search of other things – and I’m sure some others did the same.

Give us cheapies a goody bag!
Yep, I’ve included this one here because I really feel like everyone should’ve been entitled to the chance to upgrade their tickets with add-ons like a goody bag. It was possible to upgrade my bronze ticket with a manicure so why not a goody bag? Even if it was just a simple one, it would be nice to have the chance to buy one.

And that’s it!

I really enjoyed Stylist Live 2017 and will definitely be making my way back to Olympia for it next year. I hope they can out-do themselves too because this year was really spectacular! If you attended this year, let me know what your thoughts were below… I leave you with our cool Google Pixel 2 photo we took at the event. 🙂

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Having fun at the Google Pixel stand at Stylist Live 2017

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Look Fantastic August beauty box review

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I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since I wrote my LookFantastic July beauty box review – it was quite popular review on my blog. I’m not going to deny it, it was a pretty good box. I never got round to posting this beauty box review last year so thought I would do it now… now that it’s August again! 🙂

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Look Fantastic August Beauty Box

LookFantastic’s August box has a bold British theme, “Best of British”. I liked this box because it contained products just from UK brands. 100% British, high quality brands! Some brands I had heard of but others were new to me.

My top three products from this August box are:

  1. REN Flash Defence anti-pollution mist toner (60ml, £24.00)
  2. Balance Me congested skin serum (15ml, no longer available individually)
  3. Bee Good honey & vanilla lip balm (10ml, £4.75)

REN anti-pollution mist toner
The REN anti-pollution mist was really nice to use. Whenever I needed to freshen up my face, a little spritz was very welcomed. It felt light and fresh on my skin and because it doesn’t have a scent I could use it again and again without being sick of a smell. It’s the ideal product on a hot, sticky summer’s day. The packaging is sleek and minimal which I really love – let the product do the talking right?!

What I didn’t like about the spray was that for a sample size it’s teeny weeny at 9ml. I used it daily and it was almost finished in two weeks but saying that, the full size version is 60ml so you’d get six times of two weeks worth (12 wks) which is pretty decent but slightly pricey at £24.00 a bottle.

If you do fancy giving it a try, I’d recommend going for the REN Urban Grey skin kit which is cheaper at £13.00 and has the mist (in the 9ml sample size) as well as the flash balm 1-minute facial cleanser (15ml) and the anti-ageing day cream moisturiser (15ml). This sample sized kit would be great if you’re travelling or need something small you can take on holiday.

Balance Me congested skin serum
This facial serum was also extremely lightweight and easy to use. I love the tube of the serum. In terms of packaging, its tip-application tube means that you could squeeze out every last bit of product before throwing the tube away. Definitely cost-effective.

I think this product is no longer available as a stand-alone product. Maybe Balance Me are planning to discontinue it… I dunno but it’s a little disappointing because it is actually a really good product. If you’re familiar with the Balance Me range and want to give this serum a try, it’s available in the Deluxe Clearer Skin kit which you can buy from LookFantastic.com.

Bee Good’s honey & vanilla lip balm
This lip balm smells absolutely divine! I love the smell and the consistency of the lip balm. It goes on very smoothly and feels very lightweight on the lips. The packaging is cute – the yellow colour I guess represents the honey and vanilla and the honeycomb design goes well with the bee logo and the brand name, “Bee Good”.

The honey and vanilla provides a good amount of moisture for the lips however for me personally I felt the lip balm was too lightweight. I’m used to the thicker consistency of Carmex balms but most days I can overlook this because of its delicious scent. 🙂

The other products in the box:

RENU Lip And Eye Active Lift (25ml, £11.00)
This is a lightweight lip and eye cream. The natural ingredients in this eye cream helps to stimulate collagen in the skin which plumps and firms the skin. The arnica extract in this product will also help to combat puffiness. If you have ageing skin or looking for a product to help give you a more youthful appearance, this RENU lift cream is right for you.

Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm (75ml, £18.00)
A great little hair saviour. Percy & Reed is a brand that I am familiar and this wonder balm has some great reviews. It can be used alone or as a hair primer for other styling products. It’s best to apply it to towel-dried hair but can also be used on dry hair sparingly to give volume.

Bloom And Blossom Rejuvenating Facial Spritz (100ml, £15.00)
Two facial spritz in the same box! This one was bigger than the REN one which was my personal favourite out of the two. This Bloom & Blossom spray has a scent which smells quite earthy but don’t let that put you off because it’s a very light scent. The spray can be used over make-up and at anytime of the day. The aloe vera extract soothes the skin and leaves it soft to the touch. This spray is made without any parabens, SLS or synthetic nasties and is not tested on animals. Perfect for those who are looking for a green and ethical product.

And that’s it!

Out of all the six products, I had three faves but that’s not to say the other three weren’t good they just weren’t to my personal taste. If you liked this review, check out my other box reviews using the search bar at the top of the blog page.


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The #ArtyProject: Update 2

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I cannot believe that it has been two weeks already since my last #ArtyProject post!

It’s crazy how quickly time flies. Anyways, let’s get cracking on our second update – yay! 🙂 So I started off my creating another collage and then followed up with a mind map. The collage looks at the application of makeup – as we use makeup as a way of ‘beautifying’ ourselves I thought this was a cool little collage to do for fun and to help me come up with some more ideas.

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I soon remembered back to my A-Level Art project that I picked vanity as a subject and did a lot of work with photos of myself in portrait form and combining it with magazine cuttings to create a mixed media collage. I looked on my beloved Pinterest and went searching for similar work. I typed in Art Beauty Collages or something along those lines and found so many pieces that fit in perfectly with what I am doing but these artists’ work are most similar to what I’m doing; Gabi Trinkaus and photographers Metra Bruno and Laurence Jeanson

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I have written that this my mixed media piece is an interpretation of Trinkaus’ work however when I did this collage, I hadn’t yet found that image so it’s very strange that both pieces look so similar! I was actually trying to re-create that self-portrait collage that I did in collage using the same technique. I then started looking at natural faces vs plastic faces – loads of people have surgical procedures on their face to make them look more ‘beautiful’. The two photographers, Bruno and Jeanson explored how people would look like with plastic surgery using tape and magazine cutouts like myself. 🙂

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The Greenwich Mummy | The #ArtyProject Update 2

My response to this was by doing a sketch of my face – this time from observation by looking in the mirror instead of using a photograph. I played around with various magazine cuttings and snipped out facial features that I saw as ‘beautiful’ such as narrow noses, bigger and wider eyes, and fuller lips. Apart from the full lips, this is what most Asian women would deem as being beautiful – especially the wider eyes and narrow nose. I’m quite fortunate to have a small nose but deeply remember my mother criticising my Asian friend’s nose as it was “too low and ugly”. Not cool. However, most Asian cultures are brainwashed into believing that if you want to be beautiful, you need to look like the westerners.

There’s a piece by Esther Honig that shows how an untouched photograph of a young girl would look like when it is retouched by different countries to depict that country’s view on beauty. I’ve extracted a few of the photos and put them side-by-side below so you can see exactly what each country has done to the photo and you can really see a significant difference between all of them. Indonesia was the only “Asian” country they had on there but as you can see, the perception of Asian beauty is exactly what I had thought; lighter skin and brighter wider eyes.

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All the stuff I found out was very interesting as I didn’t know other countries tweaked their images to portray their vision of beauty like the Asians do. I now want to move away from just makeup and explore aesthetics and cosmetic surgery a bit more.

Most Asian women that I know (i.e. my mother and her friends) have ALL been under the knife for something. Whether it’s for a boob job, nose job or facial reconstruction – they’ve done it. All to be more youthful, more beautiful. What does this say to their daughters or grand-daughters? I don’t really know. I personally have thought about work done but I am unsure whether I would actually go ahead with it (this is hypothetically speaking as I can’t afford it anyway). Although, botox is only a few hundred pounds per area and lip filler is about £300 so I could get those dreamy fuller lips and wrinkle-free if I saved up. I found another Pinterest image that I thought would be great for the next step in my project which I will look into more and explore Bruno and Jeanson’s work a little more. The Greenwich Mummy | The #ArtyProject Update 2

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project update and don’t forget to look out for it in about two weeks time. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out all of the other girls who are also taking part in this project and see what they’re getting up to…

ZOE | VICKY | MARYAM | ANNABEL | DANIELLE
MILLI | SARAH | ULI | CLARA | EMMA | JHO | CIARA

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Beauty: What’s in my makeup bag?

What’s in your makeup bag?…

A question that each girl wants to know from their favourite beauty blogger. Now, I’m not a biggest beauty blogger/vlogger however I would like to share my makeup bag staples with you in case you ever would like to know what I use for my super natural day time look.

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Face
Cheeks
Beauty Tools
Eyes

Occasionally, I also wear Superdrug’s MUA beige/brown creamy eye-shadow stick or Collection 2000 black liquid eyeliner for a more defined look.

Lips

The Maybelline lipstick is the perfect brown/beige shade for me and it’s a semi-matte so it still keeps my lips hydrated. I had been searching hi-and-low for months on end before I found this and I cannot live without it. I have a similar colour from Boot’s Natural Collection range in Figleaf which is a more muted beige-brown and it’s a moisturising lipstick so it doesn’t look matte like this one.

Most days, I skip the lipstick and just go with my Carmex lip balm or a pink-tinted balm instead. Here’s how I put everything on using a step-by-step process:

stepbystep-makeup

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This is my everyday, casual daytime look. I do put more on and/or use different products for when I am doing my makeup for a night out or a special occasion. As my MAC foundation is a tad light for me, I do add on more bronzer when it’s night time. That reminds me, I need to buy a darker shade now that summer is approaching because my face gets tanned quite easily in the summer.

Do you prefer a natural look or the super contoured look instead?