AX Paris A/W Press Day | Cupcakes, Cocktails & Clothes!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

As I mentioned in this post, I recently joined AX Paris as Digital PR & Marketing Executive and part of my job role is to work alongside bloggers and arrange fun events! I joined the company at a pretty crazy time as we've just finished filming the new TV advert which I was lucky enough to assist on and this weekend we hosted a blogger press day to showcase our new A/W collection! I have to say, I was pretty nervous about the event - not only because it was the first at my new job and I wanted to impress but because as well as working for the company, I'm also a blogger so I knew I was going to meet lots of fellow bloggers online who I've been chatting to for a while. As much as I was excited about this, its also really nerve wracking and I'm the kind of person that always thinks of the worst case scenario (I know - bad habit) so all that kept running through my mind was 'they won't like me' or 'I'll make a fool of myself!'. 

Luckily, those things didn't happen (or so I hope) and I thoroughly enjoyed both representing the brand and mingling with fellow bloggers at the event. It was so nice to finally put a face to lots of people I've been chatting to online for a long time and get the chance to chat to them in person! It was quite surreal meeting people who already knew lots about me and who I knew lots about but it was fun at the same time! So, ramble over.. let me tell you what we got up to at the event.

The first thing I have to mention is the venue which as I said was the Black Dog Ballroom in Manchester. It was the perfect backdrop for the event as it wasn't too big but not too small, had cool features like exposed brick walls, colourful quirky wallpaper, cute flowers and hanging light bulbs from the ceiling! There was even a cute little terrace!

I also have to mention the cupcakes and cocktails because lets face it, what blogger event would be complete without some delicious food and drink! We placed a selection of vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, decorated with rather cool AX Paris photo frames on tables around the venue and they were sooo delicious, as were the vodka and gin cocktails. They seemed to go down a treat with all of our guests too - yum!

There was also a photo booth and henna tattooist at the event - both of which were a big hit and had huge queues every time I looked over! I didn't get any henna done myself as I was so busy running around but I did see lots of other peoples and they all looked amazing! 

The main focus of the day was of course on the new AX Paris A/W collection and I was so pleased to see how much everyone liked it! We arranged everything into categories and had the different collections on rails dotted around the room. They looked so eye-catching, if I do say so myself! The new range is is all about the glitz and glamour and will be sure to get you prepared for the upcoming party season - there's lots of sequins and sparkles! From metallic fabrics to faux fur, Autumnal shades and floral prints as well as our new Boutique range, there’s definitely something to suit everyone’s taste!

Blogger favourite of the day has to be the faux fur coat photographed below - I heard so many people expressing their love for it and I can see why - its the perfect coat for keeping cosy in the cold winter months! My personal favorurite collection of the day was the nude, black and gold range - I love everything in it and can't wait to get my hands on some of the pieces for upcoming nights out. I'm already planning on wearing this dress when my friends come to visit this weekend - it's stunning and looks so much more expensive than it is!

I also want to link to some of the bloggers who I got chance to meet and have a chat to on the day as they were all so lovely! Make sure you go and check out their fab blogs!

Ashleigh, LatashaVictoriaMolly, Rachel, Francessca, LauraZoe, Abi, HannahSindy, Laura, & Georgie - you girls were such babes and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to finally meet you all in person! Hopefully we can catch up again soon! <3

To finish the day on a high note, each of the lovely bloggers who attended were sent home with a goodie bag jam packed with various beauty products! I actually helped put the bags together before the event and I was really impressed to see how much was in them. There was products from Zoeva, Collection, Lee Stafford, The Vintage Cosmetics Company, Me Me Me, Barry M and Batiste just to name a few! 

Overall I had a fantastic day - it was so nice to finally meet lots of fellow bloggers and to get to know my new work colleagues better. There we all are above - awww! 

If you were there, I hope you had a fantastic day and liked the new A/W collection! If not, what do you think of the new range?

Lots of love,

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Steph from With Love Steph

After a year of writing my first blog Sunshine & Showers, I realised that my writing style was changing, what I wanted to write about was changing and overall I felt like my blog wasn't going in the direction that I wanted it to anymore.Having taken a break and missed the hobby I once loved I decided that rather than try love my blog again, I would start from fresh. So that is what I have done!

Welcome to With Love, Steph my new fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog. Expect to see a lot of lifestyle posts as these are my favourite to write and photograph, outfit posts and look books, cooking and recipe ideas, product reviews and much more.I really hope you enjoy reading!

Kerri from Notebook of Beauty

My advert: Hey everyone! I'm Kerri and I'm from Notebook of Beauty, I cover all things beauty and love to review my favourite products (and not so), I love passing on my tips and secrets and would love you all to come join me and add your own thoughts to the notebook. I hope to see you all soon. 

Amanda from Amandas Escape
Hi, I'm Amanda from Amandas Escape, I am 18 years old and as well as a blogger I am a Disco Freestyle and Rock and Roll dancer. My blog is fairly new and I am really only just starting out. I blog about beauty, fashion and lifestyle and other bits and bobs along the way. I love what I do so I hope this comes across to you in my photos and writing. I blog every other day so keep up to date with me on bloglovin and my social media to see when my posts go live. If you fancy a chat then pop on over to my Twitter or Instagram :-)

Hi everyone, I’m Carly and I blog at I set up my blog a couple of years after I gave up my beauty salon to pursue a different career. I had been in the beauty industry for 15 years and wanted to continue to share my knowledge and help people. My friend suggested that I write a blog and I’m so glad that I did.

At Carly’s Beauty World you will find that amongst the product reviews and fun posts, I also write about and specialise in specific areas such as skincare and other beauty related topics. If you want to diagnose your skin type or learn how to choose skincare products you can come to my blog and find the advice you need easily.

I’m always chatting to people on my various social media sites so come and say hi. I look forward to meeting you all. 

Carly x

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Make sure you go and check these fab ladies out and let me know if you've found a new blog to add to your reading list!!

Lots of love,

The New & Improved Love Me Beauty Box (plus 10% discount)

Monday, 29 September 2014

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Love Me Beauty box* | £10 + p&p | 10% off with the code 'CG10' | Link

As I'm sure you all know by now, I'm a big fan and supporter of Love Me Beauty and their monthly beauty box subscriptions. In my opinion, they're one of, if not thee best beauty box out there and one I'd highly recommend signing up for! The reason I love the brand so much if because they really care about what their customers want and ensure everyone is always happy with the items they receive each month! Now although I was already a big fan of their concept which gave their subscribers the choice of three menus each month, I'm an even bigger fan of their new concept which allows subscribers to make their own beauty profile and pick exactly what goes into their box!

When you sign up to the website you'll be asked about your skin type/hair colour etc which then allows Love Me Beauty to give you product suggestions that suit you. They then give you six credits to pick the contents of your box. Most of the products are worth one or two credits depending on whether they're a sample or full size so that means you'll get at least three but potentially up to six products from their 'boutique' each month! There's also the option to add extras items to your box for a small cost - the prices are shown before you add them!

As well as the concept, the box itself has also had a revamp and I'm just a little bit in love with it. It has a more sophisticated and luxurious feel and the grey/silver and rose gold combo is so pretty! The products themselves are also packaged differently and now come in a cute drawstring bag which can be reused! It will feel like a real treat receiving this in the post each month! The only thing that hasn't changed about the box is the value for money - it still costs only £10 including p&p or £9 if you add my discount code 'CG10' in at the checkout.

Here's what I chose from the boutique with my six September credits ...

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Oriflame Skin Dream BB Cream | Full Size
I really enjoy wearing BB creams so I knew I had to give this one from Oriflame a try! It promises to cover imperfections, provide all day hydration and add a glow which sounds like everything I could want from a BB cream and more! Its also oil-free and has SPF 30. 

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Percy & Reed Dry Conditioner | Full Size
I love the brand Percy & Reed so I just had to use two of my credits on their 'dry conditioner' which is perfect to use when your hair is looking a bit lackluster and needs a dose of moisture and shine! This product alone is worth more than the whole box and there was few other Percy & Reed products up for grabs in the boutique.

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Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer | 29ml sample
I have to be honest, I've got enough moisturisers to last me a life time so I'm not sure why I picked this product - I think its because its quite a nice size for travelling and because it says its suitable for the most sensitive skin types, I thought it would be well suited to me. My skin has been crazy lately and I've been getting spots for the first time in my life so I want to strip my skincare routine back to basics with really simple products to see if that helps. Malin + Goetz is also sold at Space NK, I guessed it would be pretty good quality stuff. Lets face it, they only stock the best of the best! 

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Anatomicals Joint + Muscle Rub | Full Size
So most of you will probably think this is a really strange choice and a bit boring, especially when there was other makeup products up for grabs! However, I suffer with a bad back and when it gets bad I often get sore muscles in my leg so I thought this would be worth a try to see if it can help! I've not tried it yet but I'm hoping it works! If this doesn't take your fancy, there were lots of other fun anatomicals products up for grabs.

I'm really chuffed with the products I received this month and I'll get use from all of them which is why I love Love Me Beauty so much - I know I'm never going to get sachets or teeny tiny samples I'll never use! I realise the products I picked won't be to everyones taste so be sure to check out their boutique here to see the selection of products up for grabs. There's everything from makeup to skin, hair and body care!

What do you think of the new and improved Love Me Beauty box?

Lots of love,