Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Finding the Perfect Dress

If you follow me on twitter or Instagram, you have probably seen me umming and ahhing about getting the dress. I first fell in love with the dress when I was in London for London Collections: Men in January, I had popped into Debenhams to charge my phone in their press lounge when something rather beautiful caught my eye.

I'd been looking for a dress to wear to The Man's brother's wedding (which is next weekend, eep!) but hadn't seen anything remotely suitable but when I saw this beautiful, lilac tulle dress in Coast, I knew it was 'the one'. I didn't have time to try it on so quickly took a snap so I could hunt it down and try it on when I was back in Manchester. I headed to the Trafford Centre, tried it on the week after and fell in love. Lots of you lovely people left very nice comments on twitter and Instagram, but because of the rather hefty price tag, I decided not to buy it and carry on looking for another dress.

I carried on looking, trying on dresses that just didn't compare but I kept hoping that I'd find a dress that would capture my heart as that one had. But, alas, nothing did.     

So a few months and hundreds of dresses later, I decided to buy the dress! I headed to the Trafford Centre after work, went straight to Coast and... they were out of stock. Typical!

This is my fashion disaster, as illustrated by Erica Sharp as part of the SimplyBe #SimplyBeReal campaign, I love it! They are encouraging people to share real moments, and I thought I'd share my dress story, so if you see the perfect dress (or anything!) grab it while you can!

p.s. This story does have a happy ending, I hunted the dress down online and it's hanging up waiting to be worn to the wedding! We shall live happily ever after.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Travel Sized Beauty

The long awaited wedding of The Man's brother and his lovely fiance Sarah is next weekend, it's come round so quickly! The day is going to be pretty special, they are tying the knot in St. Pancras in London and then we're all hopping on the Eurostar to have the reception (and a little holiday) in Brussels!

Everyone is really excited about the day, not only to see two of our favourite people get married but also because it's a pretty unique way of doing it. But, it does mean we have to pack for the wedding as well as a long weekend away, and packing light is not my forte.

With that in mind, I've been collecting mini and travel sized beauty products to make sure I can keep my beauty routine intact without having to drag a massive suitcase along with me for the ride. There is something I love about mini and sample sized beauty goodies, I think it's because they are every so adorable AND useful!

For my skin I have a couple of La Roche Posay skincare samples (Lookfantastic have just started stocking the brand, absolute dream!) for cleansers, Suqqu exfoliator, Vichy skin perfecting creams (definitely will be needed to hide the post wedding hangover), Estee Lauder Clear Difference to ward off any spots and Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream to keep my skin hydrated. 

The lovely lady at Bobbi Brown in Selfridges also let me pick a couple of samples when I bought a blusher last week so I opted for a mini mascara and eyeshadow, ideal for keeping my travel make up bag as light as possible. I also love this tiny little Shiseido lipstick, perfect for a pop of colour.

If you have any suggestions for sights we need to see in Brussels, please let me know!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Confession: I'm a Selfridges Beauty Hall Addict

My name is Clare Potts and I'm a Selfridges Beauty Hall addict. It is my guilty pleasure, even when I'm on a spending ban, everything else goes but Selfridges Beauty Hall stays!

This month has been no different, I've finally invested in the legendary Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation as well as sampling new beauty treatments so I thought I'd share my new favourite things from my yellow bag with you.

Double Wear is a foundation that I've heard so much about from other bloggers (thanks for the tip Hannah!), but never got round to trying out but with an all day wedding coming up and my current foundation just not cutting it anymore, I thought it was time to invest in a long lasting foundation.

I got colour matched and took home a bottle of Double Wear in Ecru which is a perfect match for my skin! I didn't realise quite how bad my previous foundation was until I tried out Double Wear, it instantly covered up all my blemishes, dark circles and redness, I was a convert. I've been wearing it along with Clinique All About Eyes Concealer this week and it can even withstand a 12 hour stint in the office under air conditioning, that's pretty impressive.

The Man has been juicing recently which I was totally against at the beginning but after seeing the results, I couldn't really argue with it as much as I want to seeing as food is my favourite. I'm not quite ready to be 24/7 hangry just yet but I've been trying out the Beauty and Go drinks that work from the inside out to detoxify and boost your skin's natural radiance. The range is exclusively available at Selfridges, I definitely need to try more to see the results but they taste yummy!

Last week I was invited to the Suqqu counter at Selfridges to try out their famous Gankin facial massage, after a long week of work it sounded like the ideal way to relax! I hadn't done much research on the massage before I went but Natalie explained the process before she got started and I'm very glad she did because it wasn't what I was expecting! Facials I've had in the past have been soft and gentle, focusing on the cleansing and moisturising of the skin but the Gankin massage was something SO different! It's an incredibly firm facial massage that tightens pores, increases blood flow, improves sagging of skin and makes a visible difference instantly. Afterwards, my skin looked brighter, firmer and glowing after just 3 minutes, kind of a mini facelift!

I also accidentally picked up a Bobbi Brown blusher and brush while I was there, I'm not entirely sure how it happened, I have a problem...

Is anyone else as obsessed with the Beauty Hall as I am? Please send help. Or a personal shopper...
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