Only a few days before the Summer Celebration Market!

Asian Essence, Handmade organic jewellery from across Asia. Current collections from Thailand and India. Jewellery made from wood, bone, horn and shells and have all be soured from small manufacturing companies.

Lu Boutique studio is home to a carefully conceptualised range which bring women a combination of timeless, chic and on-trend pieces to complement their unique personalities.

Jam Tarts will be bringing all kinds of wonderful handmade goodies including these little owls who will be looking for homes on the 4th on November.

Simon is bringing these wonderful hand crafted planters made from wooden railway sleepers. So many goodies for you and your family to enjoy!

Annick will be bringing her beautiful Concept Jewellery range as well as hand embroided white cotton table cloths at reduced prices on Sunday the 4th of November for our Summer Celebration Boutique Market. 

Holiday Boutique on December 1st

We hope you'll join us for our Holiday Boutique coming up on December 1st in Seal Beach! We are opening up another section of the ballroom to make room for FIFTY amazing vendors!
Sneak Peek of our vendors shops coming soon. 
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Limited Edition Metallic ghd Collection

I've always been a huge fan of ghds and have had numerous pairs in my life since I was about 15.
Though they have never failed me and I have never needed to purchase a new pair through them being broken etc, I was always intrigued by the Limited Edition Straighteners and have consequently received them for many Birthdays and Christmases through the years.

The various colours and styles are always so eye catching and a lot more fun than the original Black ones, which were in fact the last ones I had in replacement for a Pink Breast Cancer Awareness pair that my mum "borrowed" one day. 

Limited Edition styles are released into the ghd Collections quite regularly, though the latest on the market are the glamorous Metallic ghds. They come as a part of a beautiful gift set, which features the classic styler in either Shimmering Silver, Sahara Gold or Rich Ruby* along with a quilted case that also works as a very useful heat resistant mat. Before this, I was forever burning surfaces or bed covers which is extremely dangerous, so this is a very handy addition!

I've never actually tried any other brand of hair straightener, because quite frankly I don't need to. I'm really passionate about ghd as a brand and haven't ever felt the need to use anything else. The quality of the straightening irons are excellent and they work on my hair incredibly well, leaving my locks beautifully straight with a professional finish and shine with minimal time and effort. I know there is often quite a worry about using heat on coloured hairstyles, but I have never experienced any problems and my hair is always left looking shiny and feeling soft, although I would highly recommend using a heat protectant spray as always.  

  The appealing features are also what make ghd second to none. The high temperature Ceramic plates are very smooth and so run through your hair with such ease and no snagging what so ever. They are also contoured in shape, which makes it a lot easier to create curls and waves. The swivel cord adds to making this function easier. I can be a little clumsy at times but having a 360° function in the cord is a huge help. 
Something that I was quite late into finding out about ghd, though when I did find out I was very pleasantly pleased, is the universal voltage function and the fact that hidden underneath the standard plug is in fact a European plug which makes life a lot easier for me when going on trips with work.

The overall experience with ghd is really lovely and if you're interested in this sparkly gift set, it is available here and costs £135.

Are you a fan of ghd like I am? What pair do you have? 

Look Scary at The London Dungeons with o2 and Blackberry

Last week a bunch of bloggers were invited down to the London Dungeons where Lily and Zoe hosted a scary frightful evening with o2 and Blackberry.

If you follow anyone that attended, including myself on Twitter then you may have seen the #lookscary hashtag floating about which was all in aid for this event. o2 and Blackberry worked together to put on this event in celebration for the launch of the new Blackberry Curve 9320 in Pure Red and put together a stream of fabulous videos of how to look scary this Halloween. 

The majority of us attended in scary themed fancy dress, which was fantastic but there was also the opportunity to be made up whilst there too, which was great to learn a few tricks. 
As well as a touch of special effects make up, after the tour we were all given the opportunity to mingle amongst each other, tarot card and even mind readers in the dungeons which was a first for me, but certainly added to the spooky feel of the evening.

I went a little crazy with the special effects wax and fake blood but if you fancy trying a scary look this Halloween, then have a little look at the Look Scary videos that were made here.

Are you going to Look Scary this Halloween? 

Umberto Giannini Frizzi Range

Yesterday I attended a Science lesson-like launch for the new range of Umberto Giannini hair products, all aimed towards banishing the effects of the enemy- Frizz! 

The range is called Frizzi and is made up of eight hair transforming products, to suit the needs of all hair types that suffer with a touch of frizz every now and then or in my case- most days. 

Unfortunately with any type of humidity, damp or moisture in the air, frizz is never going to disappear all together but with the right products and the right care it can be tamed and controlled. 

Umberto Giannini have used lots of science and trials to figure out the best ingredients to put together this affordable range and the final eight products that the range consist of are;

Umberto Giannini Frizzi Bad Hair Day Smoothing Shampoo- £5.29 
Umberto Giannini Frizzi Make My Day Smoothing Conditioner- £5.29
Umberto Giannini Frizzi  Miracle Worked with Argan Oil- £6.99
Umberto Giannini Frizzi Transformation Fluid Silicone Serum- £5.49
Umberto Giannini Frizzi Rebel Without The Coarse Dramatic Results Styling Spray- £5.99
Umberto Giannini Frizzi Frizz Off Blow Dry Cream- £5.49
Umberto Giannini Frizzi When Nothing Else Will Do Intense Recovery Mask with Argan Oil- £5.29 
Umberto Giannini Frizzi Day After Day After Day 3 Day Extreme Taming Spray- £5.99

I was very kindly gifted these products, so I will definitely give them a go and let you know how they work for me. This is quite a huge range, so to get through them all may take a while, however if you are after a more speedy review of any particular product, do comment below and I'll try to get one put together for you as soon as possible. 

I must say I am most excited by the Intense Recovery Mask and the 3 Day Extreme Taming Spray, is there anything that stands out to you?

These products are all available in Boots and Umberto Giannini Salons.

What I'm Wearing

Avon Ideal Flawless Invisible Coverage- Natural Beige*
Benefit Boi-ing 02*
Hourglass Illume Light Bronzer Duo
MAC Melba
HD Brow Pallete Ash Brown
Bourjous Queen Attitude Mascara*
MAC Vamp

Yesterday, on a little bit of a whim I decided to pick up a darker hair dye to colour my hair. It was previously coloured with my Garnier Olia Permanent Hair Colour in Light Golden Brown but because I have been having a few scalp issues and have been using more treatment shampoos the colour really faded and wasn't looking very shiny. I really enjoyed using Garnier Olia though, so picked up the same product, just in Brown this time. I really like it and it looks so shiny now. I can never really decide how I prefer my hair but I think when it's dark my eyes look a lot more Blue and I also think my Red lip phase matches with it quite well. 

The Red lip that I wore today was Diva. I couldn't decide previously whether I preferred that or Deeply Adored, but I think I have decided on Diva. They're both the same formula but I think the colour is just that little bit more rich and special.

Today was a non-stop day of press events and so I have lots of exciting things to share with you in the next couple of weeks, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Looking forward to hearing Jesse's Acoustic vibes at the market!

Jesse: "I am really looking forward to playing at the River Club Boutique Market on 4 Nov with JP Crouch on Percussion playing some new music as well as some of your favourite tunes with our own twist on it.

We have been working on some stuff over the past few months and are excited share it with you.

Please like my new Artist Page and check out the links below to stay up to date..."

Oh my....this sounds too good for words!!!
Creamy melt in your mouth handmade fudge using only the finest ingredients. The fudge's quality and silky texture is probably the best you have ever tasted.

I can't wait to see what Lu Boutique has to offer at the next market!!
Genuine leather flap shoulder bags in-store shortly! Love this! (Handmade in Cape Town)

Yummy Cupcakes
Homemade delicious cupcakes for any occasion-birthdays, baby showers, weddings,corporates and more. Choose a basic cupcake or design your own by adding yummy fillings and various toppings.

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour- Limited Edition Silver

I'm not really very much of an eye shadow girl and when I do opt for little more than a stroke of mascara on my eyes, my colours tend to be on the natural side. Earthy hues and nudes are what appeal to me most. But for those of you that do love a fancy eye, I thought I would share this Laura Mercier Baked Silver Eyeshadow* with you. 

Coming from a girl that only really ventures out with colours on her lips, I must say this is a rather special Silver. It's super pigmented and the slightest touch of this leaves behind a true Silver, shimmery pigment.  
Though a baked powder eyeshadow, the consistency of this feels not powder like at all and instead a beautifully soft, smooth, velvet texture. It feels really lovely and doesn't seem to have any fall out which is great.
I'm starting to see a lot more wet and dry eyeshadows on the market now and this is one of them. Used dry as pictured in the top swatch, this is more of a subtle sheer shade and applied with a brush with a spritz of Fix + as pictured in the bottom it is a lot more opaque and vibrant.

I'm not sure if I would be able to pull off such a cool shade in my make up, although maybe it would be more fitting for me coming up to Christmas.  

This unfortunately was Limited Edition in the Summer Jewels collection, but Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colours are available in other fantastic shades costing £18.50 and are available at Laura Mercier Counters, Selfridges, Liberty and Space NK

What do you think of Wet and Dry eye shadows? How would you use this shade?

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MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection- Deeply Adored

Top- MAC Diva, Bottom- MAC Deeply Adored

When I decided to pick up a deeper Red toned lipstick for the Autumn, I was unsure whether to get MAC Diva or Deeply Adored from the Marilyn Monroe collection. In the tube as well as swatched, they both looked extremely similar and I didn't really need both. I finally made the decision, and decided on the one that looked ever so slightly darker- Diva, which I blogged about here. Following my blog post about it, a lovely friend of mine from work, picked me up Deeply Adored from Florida and I was absolutely over the moon.

I hadn't tried Deeply Adored on the lips previously, as it has just been released into the very popular Marilyn Monroe Collection, but as soon as I received it I couldn't help myself and immediately got applying.

Deeply Adored is also a matte formula, which I am really pleased about. I much prefer the matte look to anything shiny. 
Swatched and in the tube the two colours are pretty similar though Deeply Adored is ever so slightly more Red toned, rather than the Plum hues in Diva. This does play out on the lips too, they are very similar though the Red tones in Deeply Adored seem a lot more intense. 
Deeply Adored still looks quite dark on me though how it appears swatched, in the tube and on my lips in real life isn't how it comes across when photographed on the lips. It seems to appear so much brighter. I'm really confused about this lipstick and as you can probably tell I'm finding it very difficult to describe. I have tried to take a photo of how it appears to the eye but I'm unfortunately finding it near impossible.

I do really like this lipstick, though if the colour you're wanting on the lips is similar to the one in the tube, I would probably recommend going for Diva, which is identical on the lips to how it appears both in the tube and swatched.
I'm not sure why but I found this colour pretty difficult to apply. Without a doubt, this shade needs a lip liner. I haven't used one in the photos, because I didn't want to distort the shade, but this bleeds pretty quickly after application and so to save any trouble I would definitely recommend quite a deep Red liner.

The Marilyn Monroe collection is really lovely and athough I'm not sure on the Marilyn Monroe image on the tube, I very much like the shiny Black effect.
The collection is made up of some really lovely products especially the lipsticks, and if you're after anything I really recommend that you pick it up when you see it as it is selling out incredibly fast.

What do you think of this shade? Have you got anything from the Marilyn Monroe Collection?

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

I'm quite a firm believer in "if something isn't broken, don't fix it" so really, I shouldn't have even needed to purchase this Real Techniques Expert Face Brush because my love for the Real Techniques Buffing Brush is still going extremely strong and gives me my perfect foundation application. 
However, when I met Sam from Pixiwoo (the creator of these beauts) at the Avon launch she gave us a little heads up about this brush coming to Boots and so there was no justification needed and it was top of my list.

This brush is extremely firm in terms of density and is made up of short "ultra plush" taklon bristles. It's quite wide and has been created to give you the perfect experience when applying and blending cream or liquid foundations. I've used this a few times now, with liquid foundations and yes it is brilliant, but as yet it isn't even close to how much I love my buffing brush which comes as a part of the Core Collection. Personally, I wish they sold the Buffing Brush separately like they do this, as I would probably stock up for life. Thankfully, the Real Techniques brushes are made with synthetic hair, which I find wash up really well and tend to last longer whilst staying extremely soft anyway.

Although this brush is super soft, I think because it is a lot more dense it seems to takes a little bit more work when applying my foundation, which is probably why I'm not getting on with it as much. There's no doubt about it that it's a great brush and I will continue to use it, it does give me a great flawless finish which looks beautiful but my hearts still with the Buffing Brush for now.

 If you're on the hunt for a really amazing foundation brush, I would strongly recommend the Buffing Brush, although if you're quick, Boots have them on 3 for 2 so you could just do what I did and get both!

This brush costs £9.99 and is available in Boots.

Have you tried any of the Real Techniques brushes? What's your favourite?