Beauty Resolutions!

beauty resolutionsI hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to what 2014 may bring for you!

I thought I would just do a quick post to thank everyone who read and (hopefully) enjoyed my blog in 2013 and share my 2014 beauty resolutions with you!

My Beauty Resolutions

1) Take better care of my skin. I have to admit I’m rather lazy when it comes to skincare and having spot prone skin, I should probably spend a bit longer ensuring I remove all traces of make-up from my face and moisturise daily.

2) Try some more adventurous lip colours. I love lip products, probably too much… but I would like to step out of my comfort zone with the colours next year and try out some brighter shades.

3) Eat healthier. This might not seem like an obvious beauty resolution but I definitely subscribe to the notion that we ‘are what we eat.’ I hope by eating a healthier diet, I can improve the appearance of my skin, hair and nails and not just my waistline! You can read my post on the importance of healthy eating ft. an interview with Marco Pierre White himself here: http://bit.ly/1a8uEQj.

4) Use up the products I already own. As most beauty junkies will know, the temptation to buy new makeup products when you don’t necessarily ‘need’ them is very high! This year I’m going to try and only buy things when I have run out of a similar product. Though I have to be honest, I don’t anticipate this resolution lasting very long…

5) Organise my make-up. I am probably the untidiest person you could ever meet but I’m hoping to change this in 2014 by sorting through my bedroom- my makeup organisation is at the top of my ‘to do’ list!

I hope you enjoyed reading my beauty resolutions and I will leave you with my top three most popular posts of 2013:

1) Celebrity Interviews ft. interviews with Towie’s Sam Faiers, MIC’s Jamie Laing & X Factor’s Sam Callahan-http://bit.ly/19mdTAH
2) How Much Is My Face Worth?-http://bit.ly/1cWsahX
3) Ten Top Money Saving Beauty Tips-http://bit.ly/1kA80C9
What are your beauty resolutions for 2014?
I would love to hear them in the comments section! 
Alice xxx
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Clothes Show Live 2013- Celebrity Interviews!

As well as having a fantastic, shopping-filled day at The Clothes Show Live 2013, (see my thoughts on the day here: http://wp.me/p42P0z-6b) Alice In The Looking Glass Blog was lucky enough to speak to some of the many celebrities attending the show!

Armed with my trusty mike ready to do some interviews!

Armed with my trusty mike ready to do some interviews!

Listen to my interviews with The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE) star Sam Faiers, X Factor alumni Sam Callahan and Made In Chelsea’s  Jamie Laing below! 

Interviewing Sam Faiers!

Interviewing Sam Faiers!

After she had met her seemingly endless queue of fans for her signing with gorgeous swimwear brand South Beach, I chatted with Sam Faiers, star of The Only Way Is Essex ! She told us more about her day, South Beach and how her pop-up shop was going for her brand Minnies Boutique which she owns alongside her sister and fellow TOWIE star Billie Faiers !

Listen to my interview with Sam here

Sam’s beauty tips: “Always exfoliate before you fake tan and make sure you moisturise and take off your makeup before you go to bed.”

The South Beach Stand at The Clothes Show Live.

The South Beach Stand at The Clothes Show Live.

Sam was at the Clothes Show to promote celebrity favourite South Beach South Beach are a new, on-trend swim and beachwear brand that launched this spring. Their pool-side designs are unique and eye-catching and they have also launched an amazing loungewear range to cozy up in this winter! One of their super-soft onesies is definitely on my Christmas list! South Beach have recently started an incredible sale with many of their beautiful designs at up to 70% off!

You can see their sale herehttp://www.southbeachofficial.com/products-2/sale

Former X Factor contestant Sam Callahan also spoke to me about meeting his hordes of ‘Callafans’, his new album and promoting stylish, high performance headphones brand BassBuds at The Clothes Show. 

Have a listen here:

With The lovely Sam Callahan. Photos by the talented Sara Callow Photography.

With The lovely Sam Callahan!

Photos by the talented Sara Callow Photography.

What one thing would Sam Callahan take to a desert island? “My phone because I’d have to be able to tweet, I’m obsessed!”

Everyone’s favourite Chelsea Boi Jamie Laing was at the Clothes Show promoting his young, fun (and very pink) brand Candy KittensCandy Kittens is basically a sweet shop meets fashion boutique, with added Chelsea charm. Featuring fashion collections for both ‘girls and guys’ and Willy Wonka esque lollipopsCandy Kittens is the perfect place to buy gifts for your Chelsea loving friends!

The Candy Kittens Stall At The Clothes Show.

The Candy Kittens Stall At The Clothes Show.

I'm a Candy Kitten!

I’m a Candy Kitten!

As a Made in Chelsea super-fan, I was delighted to be able to grab a (really quick) chat with a very energetic Jamie Laing whilst he was doing a meet and greet:

“Always under-dress, never over-dress!”

Interviewing Jamie Laing!

Interviewing Jamie Laing!

I  bumped into TOWIE star, the lovely Gemma Collins who was promoting her plus-size clothing rangeThe Gemma Collins Collection  and spotted former TOWIE cast member Amy Childs on the stall for her fashion range! 

Gemma Collins and Amy Childs!

Gemma Collins and Amy Childs!

I also spoke to some of the exhibitors at the Clothes Show about the exciting products they had for sale!

With the likes of Cara Delevingne, Kim Kardashian and Beyonce all sporting big beautiful brows, eyebrows are a current beauty must-have. I spoke to Laura, a trainer from eyebrow specialists HD Brows about how they can help you to achieve this coveted look:

Confectionery king Jelly Belly UK were another crowded stand at the Clothes Show. With their trademark jelly beans and a whole host of Jelly Belly themed products on offer, customers had plenty of choices to satisfy their sweet tooth! The world’s most famous jelly bean may be renowned for its varied and exciting flavours, but are you brave enough to try their latest addition…?

Jelly Belly UK’s managing director told me more: 

I hope you enjoyed listening to my interviews and I’d love you to comment below with your style tips!

Alice xx

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Clothes Show Live 2013! – My Experience

Clothes Show Live At The NEC Birmingham.

Clothes Show Live at the NEC Birmingham.

I consider 7am far too early for any self-respecting person to rise on a Sunday morning, but the first week of December saw my doing just that. One coach that failed to stop, a taxi, a short train ride and a two hour drive later, I had arrived at The Clothes Show Live 2013 with my mum and sister in tow!

After being subjected to the £10.00 car-parking fee (a bit steep considering we had paid thirty pounds each for a ticket), we hopped on the free bus provided to arrive at the entrance to the venue, The NEC in Birmingham.

The Clothes Show is best described as a five day fashion and beauty showcase, with shops to splurge in, new brands to discover, fashion shows to watch and celebrities to rub shoulders with! The Show celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, so this is clearly a winning formula! Indeed, as soon as we entered, we were greeted with an arena packed full to the brim with clothes shops, makeup stalls and catwalk areas- basically a fashion and beauty obsessive’s dreamIt looked like it was going to be worth the early wake-up call…

One Of The Shows On The Day.

One Of The Shows On The Day.

It was my first time ever attending the Clothes Show Live and overall, I had a fantastic day and would definitely love to go back to the Clothes Show next year. See my top Clothes Show tips and my haul below:

My Top Five Clothes Show Tips! 

I composed a short list of my tips on how to make the most of your day if you’re planning on attending the show next year.

 1) Wear Flat Shoes! -With a seemingly endless arena to get around and plenty of shopping to be done, comfortable, flat shoes are a must for you to make the most of your day!

2) Bring your own food! -This will save you money on the limited and expensive food options I saw on offer at the show. Further, having a packed-lunch you can easily eat while walking around will mean you don’t waste precious shopping time queuing for food! Also, note that the choices available for specialist dietary requirements were very limited.

3) Bring the cash you are planning to spend with you! -There’s limited cash-points available at the show and the cash-machines there often have long queues and charge you for the withdrawal. Bringing the money you wsant to spend rather than putting it on the plastic also means you will think more about what you’re spending and are less likely to overspend!

4) Take a camera or phone to take photographs with! -There’s plenty of opportunities to get snapped with your favourite celeb at the show so you you can get that perfect shot at one of the organised meet and greet sessions!

5) Arrange a meeting place with your companions! -The Show covers a massive area and it’s so easy to get separated from your friends while you’re all browsing at different stalls. I found the mobile phone signal to be surprisingly bad inside so it’s possible you may not be able to contact your companions if you lose sight of them. Arranging a central place to meet if you can’t find each other means you can split up without worrying where everyone is!

My Clothes Show Haul! 

All My Shopping!

Now on to what you’ve all been waiting for- what I bought! As a serial shopaholic, I was actually surprised to have some cash left at the end of the day! I certainly took up the opportunity to buy more (and probably unnecessary) makeup however! The deals on the beauty stands were amazing and were certainly the highlight of the shopping for me! There were lots of different beauty brands to choose from at prices you would never see in the shops! The December show dates also meant it was the perfect time to pick up some Christmas stocking fillers (or just buy gifts for yourself like me…)

I have to admit, I was pretty disappointed with the clothes and accessories for sale, as being at The Clothes Show, I would have expected the offerings to be a bit more…well fashionable. The clothes stalls had a mostly market- place kind of vibe as a lot of what was on offer looked a bit cheap and un-original and many of the stands seemed to be selling the same things.

So here’s all my Clothes Show buys…

 Cosmopolitan and Company Magazine Goody Bag.

My Goody Bag From Cosmopolitan And Company Magazine.

My Goody Bag from Cosmopolitan and Company Magazine.

Having paid my £3.00 for this goody bag in advance when I bought my Clothes Show tickets, I was very excited to pick this up on the day! I was however, really disappointed with what was included.

Let’s take a look at the contents:

The Contents Of The Cosmopolitan And Company Magazine Goody Bag.

The Contents of The Cosmopolitan and Company Magazine Goody Bag.

So included in the goody bag was: The December issues of Cosmopolitan and Company Magazines and a Men’s Health Christmas 2013 Gift Guide for Him, a rather bizarre tasting lemon and mint drink (which I drank at the show), a mini Andrex Toilet Tissue, two sachets of Kenco Millicano Instant Coffee, one Lindt Lindor Chocolate, a sachet of James Bond 007 Quantum Aftershave, a small tube of Colgate Max White One Toothpaste and a mini Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation. 

Although in terms of value for money the goody bag was worth buying as Cosmopolitan and Company Magazine together retail for well over £3.00, I was expecting more from my favourite magazines. I was certainly surprised to see toilet paper included and a sample of men’s aftershave was also a strange choice for a goody bag from a women’s magazine.

The best picks from the bag were the mini toothpaste and foundation– although the foundation was perhaps a poor choice as the colour ‘Ivory’ included would only suit some of their reader’s skin tones. All in all, I think this was a poor effort for a ‘goody bag’ and the magazines were the only inclusion I will actually enjoy.

– Barry M Goody Bag

The Goody Bag From Barry M.

The Goody Bag from Barry M.

I’m pleased to say I wasn’t let down by Barry M and their goody bag was definitely worth their £10.00 charge! Their stall was easily one of the busiest in the beauty section and it’s easy to see why when you see what was in the bag:

Barry M Bag Contents!

Barry M Bag Contents!

There were slightly different products included in the goody bags but I was really pleased with the selection I received. My bag held an intense black mascara, a lipgloss, several eye-pencils, two dazzle-dusts and a selection of their infamous nail paints. 

The nail polishes alone retail for £2.99 each so this bag of treats was a real bargain! Barry M is one of my favourite beauty brands so I can’t wait to try out all the products in my bag!

Models Own Goody Bag

Models Own Goody Bag.

Models Own Goody Bag.

Models Own Goody Bag Contents.

Models Own Goody Bag Contents.

The Models Own goody bag was another great £10.00 buy at the show! There were rows upon rows of nail polish colours to choose from and you could choose any three you liked to go with your free gifts. I chose red, white and black glitter polishes for the Christmas season and received a goody bag with them including a copy of Closer Magazine, a bubblegum flavour lip-balm, eye-shadow applicators, four eye-pencils, a purple powder eye-shadow, a nail file and buffer, a pocket mirror and the official Models Own Clothes Show nail polish. 

This was my favourite buy from the show as not only were you able to pick which three polishes you wanted, but the goody bag contents were absolutely amazing for the mere price of £10.00! 

Jelly Pong Pong Goody Bag

Jelly Pong Pong

Jelly Pong Pong Beauty Bags.

Jelly Pong Pong Beauty Bags Contents.

Jelly Pong Pong Beauty Bags Contents.

Jelly Pong Pong isn’t a brand I’ve tried before so I can’t wait to sample the products included in my beauty bags! I love the quirky name of the brand and the packaging on the products is pretty and colourful. Included in my beauty bags was a bronzer duo, an illuminating palette , a 2 in 1 eye-pencil and eye-shadow and a lip and cheek stain. Best of all, it was only £5.00 for two goody bags which was certainly too good to miss!

Sleep In Rollers Gift Set

My Pink Sleep In Rollers!

My Pink Sleep In Rollers!

I’ve wanted to try Sleep In Rollers for a long time so I was really excited to see them for sale at the show. This set was just £10.00 and included the gorgeous pink glitter rollers set, a velour pouch with kirby grips, an instructional DVD and two reusable bags! The exact same set is on the Sleep In Rollers website for £29.99 so I’m really pleased with my buy! I’m planning on doing a review post when I try out these rollers so I hope they meet my high expectations! 

Candy Kittens Bauble

My Candy Kittens Bauble!

My Candy Kittens Bauble!

As a massive Made in Chelsea and Jamie Laing Fan, the pink-filled Candy Kittens stall was a must visit! I picked up this pink bauble for my tree for £5.00 so here’s hoping for a ‘Candy Christmas!’ 

Oh My Love Top And Skirt 

Oh My Love Top And Skirt.

Oh My Love Top And Skirt.

Although I wasn’t overly impressed with most of the clothes stalls, I did spot this gorgeous, glittery top and matching skirt on the Oh My Love Stand! At just £20 for the set, I think this sparkly outfit is perfect for the festive season and I love that I can wear it together and as separates!

Did you go to the Clothes Show this year or are you planning on attending next year? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments! 

Alice xx