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Making Beautiful Lipsticks with MDMflow

The Saturday before last I was invited by Liberty at MDMflow to the launch party of the brand at Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar in Liverpool. The event began with a glass of prosecco and involved a Q&A with founder, Florence, and live lipstick making.

We were able to have a look around the collection of MDMflow lipsticks before being being invited to watch as Florence started her lipstick making masterclass. I’ve never seen lipstick being made before and I have to say, it was an amazing experience! Florence showed us her lipstick making process step-by-step; from melting the lipstick base and adding the colour pigments and scent to setting the lipstick before fixing them to the golden MDMflow bullet. Needless to say, we each watched in awe every step as Florence made a nude (named ‘Snog a Blogger’) and an amazing sparkly pink (‘Unicorn Barbie’).

If there is any better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than with a glass of fizz, lipstick and fellow bloggers then I’m not too sure what it is to be honest! A huge thank you to Liberty, Florence and the MDMflow team for inviting me to a fabulous launch event. You can find out more about MDMflow – and shop the range – on their website.

When it comes to spring and summer, it’s all about floral and pastel dresses that compliment a tan and are floaty enough to help keep you cool. With the seasonal shift comes a change in dress styles on the high street; florals are swapped for lace and pastels make the change to shades much deeper on the colour spectrum. The below three going out dresses are from the Quiz clothing autumn/winter 2016 collection and are perfect for any autumnal events right through to Christmas parties.

Going Out Dresses from Quiz Clothing

Berry and Black Frill Shoulder Bodycon Dress – £22.99 // Navy & Cream Crochet Trim Two Layer Dress – £24.99 // Grey Glitter Lace Sweetheart Neck Skater Dress – £34.99

The berry bodycon dress would look perfect with black accessories for an evening of drinks – a black clutch and black heels are all you’d need as the frill adds some excitement without having to go over the top with accessories. The navy crochet trim dress is perfect for any work Christmas parties (there I go with the ‘C’ word again… sorry!) with cream accessories. The grey glitter lace dress is my favourite of the three, I just love adding some sparkle to my wardrobe when it comes to autumn/winter dresses!

Harry Potter Studio Tour Bus Watford Junction

Hogwarts Castle Model Studio Tour

Like many a muggle, I’m forever in a state of devastation when I realise that my letter to Hogwarts will probably never arrive and I’m unlikely to be headhunted to become digital marketing manager at the Ministry of Magic. Sigh. So, you can imagine my disbelief when on the 24th August 2016 – my 25th birthday – I received my letter from Hogwarts. A mere fourteen years late. The letter may have been fabricated by my boyfriend and arrived via Ford Fiesta rather than owl, but it was there and I was to be heading to Hogwarts.

The letter was still not my actual Hogwarts acceptance letter but it was a letter inviting me to (finally) visit the Harry Potter studio tour and to have breakfast at Hogwarts for my birthday!

I’ve wanted to visit the Warner Brothers Studio Tour ever since it opened all those years ago, but have never had the chance to visit. Every time they’ve had a special event on (especially their Valentine’s meal) I’ve been desperate to go, so when I saw they were hosting Breakfast At Hogwarts on two select dates in August I got incredibly excited. Unfortunately with only 300 guests being able to go to each event, by the time I got to the site and told my boyfriend about it, the tickets had all sold out! As it turned out, sneaky Lee had already called up and booked tickets for us. Boyfriend points right there.

Breakfast at Hogwarts: The Breakfast

Breakfast at Hogwarts Castle Model

The event was fantastic, we arrived at the studio early (at 8:30am) to register – and for me to get an ‘It’s My Birthday’ badge! – before heading in for breakfast. Breakfast was served around the amazing Hogwarts castle model canape-style including little pots of yoghurt and compote, fruit kebabs, bacon/sausage rolls, hash browns and pastries amongst others. Drinks were tea/coffee or bucks fizz. Obviously, being my birthday, I indulged in a few glasses of bucks fizz. The atmosphere was lovely, with music playing in the background and the lighting being used to represent dawn breaking over the castle.

After breakfast we were taken in groups to begin the studio tour. I was very glad to be in the last group so we could fully enjoy the atmosphere and experience of breakfast around Hogwarts. When we entered the tour, the Great Hall was set up for breakfast with toast and boxes of Pixie Puffs and Cheeri Owls on the tables. We got to take a photo of us having breakfast at Hogwarts with a Hufflepuff and Slytherin student – of course I went for the Slytherin side of the breakfast table.

After our photo-op we were able to enjoy the rest of the studio tour, which took us a good three and a half hours to walk around. I won’t go into too much detail, because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone but it is just amazing. Even Lee who isn’t too familiar with Harry Potter loved it!

Breakfast at Hogwarts was a special event but you can find out more about it on the Warner Brothers Studio Tour website here.

Breakfast at Hogwarts Castle Model

Hylamide HA Blur Primer Review Review of Hylamide HA Blur Finisher

When you suffer with acne and dehydrated/oily skin, when you find something that works you tend to stick to it. From cleanser to primer, I never used to change up my skincare often but over the past year, since finishing up my course of roaccutane, I feel as though the world of skincare has opened up to me. I’m no longer scared of trying new products and whilst I haven’t been going too crazy, I’ve added to my skincare arsenal and found some fantastic products.

One of these products is Hylamide HA Blur*, and I just can not rave about this product enough. Pesky acne for years has left my skin in a bumpy state, and this primer leaves my skin looking smooth, feeling silky and ready for make up! It has a lovely thick consistency which feels almost luxurious when applying yet a little goes a long way.

I use a small amount and apply from the inside of my face outwards, starting from the sides of my nose and working out to my hair and jawline. My makeup applies so much better, I’m using less foundation and it stays put for much longer without the need for top ups. I highly recommend this if you wear makeup. Or have skin. Or have a face. 

Hylamide HA Blur is available at £19 for 30ml from DECIEM – buy here.

I chose and was sent this item to review free of charge by DECIEM but as always opinions are my own, I really do think this product is absolutely fantastic. So much so, I’d probably call it my ‘holy grail’ primer.

I really love a good blogger meet up, and #LivHelps was no exception. I was a last-minute addition to the guest list but on Saturday just gone I wandered to Dough Bar in Liverpool for an afternoon of drinks, giggles and topped-chips.

Liv Helps Dough Bar Liverpool

Liv Helps Pop Chips

Dough Bar Liverpool Board Games

Dough Bar Liverpool Wall

The event was put on by Sammy of Little Fickle who did a cracking job at organising. There was a raffle with some ah-mazing prizes where the money raised from the tickets sold went to charity, a table of sunglasses for us to try on and a selection of pop chips for us to snack on. Dough Bar was a great location – right next to Lime Street station, with incredibly well-priced cocktails and food (some of the cocktails are £3! Say whaaat!) They had loads of retro games as well as a pile of board games you can play with whilst you enjoy your drinks and pizza which I think is a great idea!

It was a lovely and casual afternoon with lots of laughs, as is always the case when we all get together. We left with bulging goody bags, full of loads of lovely products to try out, some of which I’ll be featuring in upcoming blog posts.

Liv Helps Goody Bag Snapshot

A big thank you to Sammy for letting me come along at short notice and for the lovely ladies who I spent the afternoon with; Hannah, Helena, Sarah, Alice, Antonia, Sam & Danielle.