Thursday, 31 October 2013

Amazing October Advertisers!

You may or may not have seen a couple of days ago I featured my Biggest Pixi3 advertiser, well, now it's time to turn my attention to the rest of my lovely advertisers.

Anoushka loves

anoushka loves screenshot

Anoushka has been one of my Big Pixi3 advertisers for October, her blog is full of lovely posts like her final instalment of the SO project (starting off project).  It's a project over 130 bloggers took part in, can you imagine that many new up and coming bloggers all taking part in one project! I bet that was a lot of reading to keep up with :)

You can follow her here: Blog | Twitter

Those stars that shine

those stars that shine screenshot

Sarah was also one of my Big Pixi3 advertisers for October.  She's written a record breaking 31 posts so far this month, yikes! I think it's fair to say she's found her blogging groove :)  She's written some great posts recently, one of my favs is about her 'starting off: makeup tools', a great post if you're just starting to wear makeup :)

You can follow her here: Blog | Twitter 

You might well be familiar with Shona, she's very active on twitter and in the blogosphere :)  She's recently had her blog redesigned and it looks so so pretty!  She has a really lovely blog and Shona is such a sweet person, be sure to check her out :)

What can I say about lovely Amy?  She's redesigned my blog and given me a beautiful blog header, she has a beautiful blog herself with fantastic photography.  She's been blogging for nearly as long as me and is bound for great things!

Laura is a fellow local Cardiff blogger just full of loveliness :)  She mostly blogs about fashion, lifestyle, and parenting.  She put up a beautiful outfit of the day (well, it was really about shoes) yesterday, I adore the top she was wearing!

So why not head over and have a look at these lovely blogs today, and tell them I sent you :)

This months Bigest-Pixi3 advertiser is the lovely Jess from Coffee Cosmetics


Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Smooch cosmetics

Smooch products

A couple weeks ago a nice little parcel of Smooch cosmetics landed on my doormat, excited I ripped the jiffy bag open to see all the pretties inside.

I don't know if you know much about Smooch, but it was set up by Kitty in 2011 (it's still a baby!) to combine everyday makeup with luxury - she likened it to underwear, how you have your everyday lingerie, but also extra special lingerie for those special occasions.  Kitty wanted Smooch to be a combination of the two. 

Blusher from Smooch

Above - Smooch blusher on the cheeks in the shade Glamour Puss (£8.50*) - ignore my lashes here, they're not actually as clumped together as they look :P

liquid eyeliner, mascara and eyeshadow from Smooch

Above - Eyeshadow duo in Twilight (£9.50), Liquid eyeliner (£6.95) & Black Lash mascara (£8.95)

Eye products from Smooch

Smooch merlot on the lips
Above - Lipstick in the shade Merlot (£7.50)

Blusher - of all the products, this is definitely my favourite.  It's such a pretty colour, and pretty matte too.  It's the perfect shade for Autumn/Winter.  As for quality, it's really decent.  It blends well and is nicely pigmented - not over the top so you end up looking like a clown, but not sheer either.  This I've been reaching for a lot over the last few weeks, it's just so pretty!

Eyeshadow duo - this was probably my least favourite of the products.  The colours are beautiful, but a little glittery for my liking, the side effect of that is that there's quite a bit of fallout - so make sure you have a fan brush handy if you're using this.  You can see the pigmentation is good enough

Liquid eyeliner - this is a really decent liner.  It's easily comparable to my Collection fast stroke liner or my Chanel liquid liner - it sits somewhere between the two in terms of the finish you get with it (quite shiny).  It stays put all day and doesn't transfer onto my lid at all, so it's really durable and long wearing.

Mascara - this is pretty good - not phenomenal but not terrible either.  It gives nice lashes, quite full and with length, I think it's just the brush I'm not a big fan of, I'm not overly keen on big brushes, they just don't tend to work that well for me.  On the plus side, I didn't find that this flaked off at all or move, it was pretty long lasting.

Lipstick - what a pretty colour!  This lipstick is quite hydrating, it's not thick and dry like some lipsticks can be.  It lasts reasonably well and has quite a shiny/glossy finish.  It smells quite sweet too!  I really love the colour as well, that pinky red with a hint of sparkle really looks lovely on the lips.

On a sidenote about all these products, the packaging is really high quality, think NARS!  It's a lovely matte finish and doesn't feel cheap at all.  All the products are pretty long wearing and durable, the lipstick probably the least, but that's to be expected.

I think Kitty did a great job of combining luxury and affordable makeup, I mean, just look at the packaging, high quality, lacy print but not too expensive.  I hadn't tried Smooch before, but from what I've tried I'm really impressed, I'll definitely be trying them again in the future :)

This months Bigest-Pixi3 advertiser is the lovely Jess from Coffee Cosmetics


Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Lets talk about tea

One of the things you may or may not know about me, is that I love tea.  Yep I like the usual assam and English breakfast, but my favourites are flavoured tea and herbal tea.  So I thought I'd talk about tea today :)

camomile tea

My first love is camomile tea - I used to drink this all the time when I was younger and it wasn't until there was a sachet of the Teapigs camomile flowers tea in a beauty box that I rediscovered it.  So after that I went out and bought a big box of it :)  The trick with Teapigs is to buy a big box of them, otherwise each teabag works out to be nearly 50p each, if you buy a big box is less than half of that :)  The big bag on the right is loose camomile flowers from Harrods - I know that sounds really expensive, but it's actually the same price as that box of teapigs on the left, and there's a hell of a lot more of it!

Chai tea and latte
A recent discovering of mine is Chai tea, if you're looking for it in a cafe, the best (in my opinion) is Cafe Nero - I think they use the same powder (Drink me chai) as above.  If you're not familiar with Chai, it tastes a lot like cinnamon :) I've even taken to making it at home just like they do in Cafe Nero, warmed milk, powder whisked in and a shot of vanilla syrup, it's so yummy I've been drinking one while sat here typing this :)

Peppermint tea
 Next up - Peppermint tea - boy oh boy is the Teapigs one amazing!  Quite strong (strong in peppermint, not 'tea' flavour if you know what I mean?) - you can get a couple of cups out of 1 teabag too.  The tassimo strawberry/rose tea is really lovely too - I love that Tassimo (who primarily make coffee) have thought of other things as well as coffee.

Twinings green tea

These?  these are my work tea's.  My favourite by far is the pomegranate green tea - especially if it's mixed with some runny honey - the two go so well together.  The mango & lychee tea is lovely too - the peach is probably the most 'green tea' tasting of the lot, still lovely though.

I hope you liked this different kind of post today - what's your favourite kind of tea?

This months Bigest-Pixi3 advertiser is the lovely Jess from Coffee Cosmetics


Monday, 28 October 2013

My weekly food shop

waitrose website

Back last October I wrote a post all about my weekly shop with Ocado - I spent a few hundred words raving about how awesome they were, but after a while, things went stale.  Entire carrier bags of food would have to be sent back as they'd smashed something over all the produce, they'd turn up too early (just as Chris was leaving the house to come and pick me up - meaning he'd be late to get me as the delivery that turned up 1 hr early delayed him leaving the house).  So we went back to shopping at Sainsburys each week.

waitrose soups - always offers on

Then a couple of months ago Chris' uni work got a bit crazy so I suggested shopping online again. We've tried all the big brands who all come with their own flavour of incompetence;
  • Asda - we'd get random carrier bags of other peoples shopping
  • Tesco - products would go off the same day, but not be discounted
  • Sainsburys - similar to Tesco + lots of substitutions
  • Ocado - service became poor
I figured it was time to try a new one, Waitrose.  I've always been a fan of Waitrose, when I was a kid I remember mum doing 'special' shops there when she wanted to get really nice food, and we've recently had one open up here in Cardiff.  I'd spotted a promotion online for the first 5 shops (£5 off the first shop & then £10, £15, £20 & £25 off the next shops).  It's free delivery if you spend £50 (which we do every week) and online they price match Tesco for a lot of brand products.

My first shop was great - they turned up on time, the delivery driver was really friendly and they brought the food into the kitchen and helped us unpack.

waitrose brand match

Now I'm about 8 shops/weeks in and I couldn't be happier.  The cost of my weekly shop is about £10 a week cheaper (without their discount codes), I used to spend about £85, now I spend £70-75 and I'm buying better quality food overall - the Waitrose own brand food is amazing and really fairly priced.

They do some great things like;
  • If they deliver food to you that goes off the next day, you get it free
  • If they substitute something for a more expensive product, you pay the original price
  • Plus, they do loads of offers too :)
I'm completely converted, I love the brand, the fact that you get to put some money towards a charity of the month every time you shop and the fact they're a cooperative - all the staff own the company :)

I thought I'd share this with you as so many people think they're really expensive, but if you shop online at least, they're really reasonably priced :)

If you're looking for someone new to try and you have a Waitrose in your town, I'd highly recommend them :)

This months Bigest-Pixi3 advertiser is the lovely Jess from Coffee Cosmetics


Sunday, 27 October 2013

Biggest Pixi3 Advertiser - Coffee and cosmetics

It's that time of the month where I turn the spotlight on to my lovely advertisers, particularly my Biggest Pixi3 advertiser who this month is the lovely Jess Coffee and Cosmetics.

Jess blogs about everything from beauty reviews, to recipes, to lifestyle posts, to NOTD posts and more, so if you're looking for a blog with a good dose of variety then you might well love hers :)

She's only been blogging for a few months and has already amassed nearly 200 followers, so Jess might well be one to watch.

Here's some of my favourite posts of hers;

Her post about the passing of Talia Joy (still can't believe she's gone)
Talia Joy picture from coffee and cosmetics blog

Her post about her favourite makeup brushes (which she could have understandably got away with calling I <3 You Real Techniques :P)
real techniques makeup brushes on coffee and cosmetics blog

And her post about her skincare routine, which is actually fairly similar to mine (I also use Bioderma and the same Boots cotton pads - they're amazing!)
skincare routine over on coffee and cosmetics blog

Jess also does blog design, she's recently redesigned Tattooed Tea Lady's blog which looks great, you should definitely check it out.

Thanks Jess for being this month's Biggest Pixi3 advertiser & being part of the pixi3 family for October :)

Jess' links:  Blog | Twitter | Bloglovin'

If you're interested in advertising on makeup pixi3 just click on the advertising tab at the top of this page, or if you're viewing the mobile version, just visit the page here.

This months Bigest-Pixi3 advertiser is the lovely Jess from Coffee Cosmetics


Saturday, 26 October 2013

Spending ban

spending ban logo

After starting 2013 by doing the 100 day spending ban, I've decided to end 2013 on one too!  The only difference is, I have no idea how long this ban will last, it'll finish when I've managed to save up about £700 - once I hit that target, I'll be able to buy my DSLR (most likely the Canon E600), a good lens and a tripod.

I've gone a bit crazy with the old makeup shopping recently, so this is quite timely, especially as Christmas is coming soon.  I do have some rules to get me through the next few months or however long it ends up going on for, which are;

1.  I can only buy beauty items to replace something that's run out and I don't have a suitable replacement.
2.  I'm allowed to keep my monthly subscription to Birchbox.
3.  I can buy 1 magazine per month.
4.  Presents for other people is fine.
5.  Products for hobbies is fine (i.e. wool for knitting).
6.  The spending ban ends when I've saved up £700
7.  I'll be doing weekly updates of how each week has gone, how much I've saved and what I'm lusting after.

Next is the most important thing - these spending bans are very hard, and what got me through the last one was the support of so many other bloggers also doing a 100 day spending ban.  So, if you'd like to join me in my spending ban, whether you're saving for a holiday, something special or just want to do it for a set period of time leave a comment below to either show support, or if you want to join in too.

If you do want to join in, I'll add each of your blogs to this post so we can keep track of each other :)

This months Bigest-Pixi3 advertiser is the lovely Jess from Coffee Cosmetics


Friday, 25 October 2013

Recent empties #2

recent empties

It may not look like much, but these are my recent empties :)  I have lots and lots of other products close to finishing so hopefully my next empties post won't be quite so short :)

Method handwash
I discovered this about a year ago when watching MissGlamorazzi's vlogs on moving into her new flat (now old flat!) - she'd bought loads of method products but I'd never seen them over here.  Then a couple of months later my local supermarket started stocking them, so of course I grabbed some!  I'm really glad I did, I've been buying it ever since, now I have all different scent handwashes, wood polish and an all purpose cleaner - I know, I know, this isn't the exciting stuff you usually come to my blog to read, but it's used up so I'm sticking it in here :)

Happy Hair Days argan oil shampoo
I cannot say enough good things about Happy Hair Days - they're not very expensive (about £5 each) but they're amazing for your hair.  They're free of nasty chemicals and full of good ones :)  This is my 4th set of their shampoo & conditioners, I absolutely love them, their coconut & marshmallow on is my favourite :)

This needs no introduction - it's my second large bottle I've managed to get through - it's amazing at removing makeup and leaves my skin feeling lovely and soft, simples.

Pantene conditioner for coloured hair
Oh my was this hard to finish! It's an extra large bottle and just didn't do my hair any favours.  When I was using this shampoo & conditioner my hair just felt so dry.  What I did like though was how it made my hair smell, I've always loved the scent of Pantene.  But sadly, not one I can imagine repurchasing.

Tropic body love body butter
This I really loved.  It's one of the few body butters that actually feels like a butter, and to top that it smells amazing, like zesty lemons.  My problem is I have so many body butters it's hard to get through them and ever finish any off, but it was really easy to get to the end of this one :)

Macadamia hair mask
This is my last little sachet of this wonderful mask, but fear not, I have a giant tub of it now!  Managed to find it at TXMaxx a couple of months ago for about £25 (great price!).  I use this every Saturday morning as part of my Saturday morning pamper shower (I look forward to a good pampering all week!) where I use all my best products, feels like a great way to start the weekend.

This months Bigest-Pixi3 advertiser is the lovely Jess from Coffee Cosmetics


Thursday, 24 October 2013

John Frieda frizz ease

frizz ease shampoo and conditioner

There are many things my parents blessed me with when they had me, high cheekbones from my late mother, blue eyes from my father and nice hands from my mother again.  There are however, some less desirable qualities they passed on, and in this case that was frizzy hair.  Mum always suffered from the frizz and never really found a way to tame it.  Now, my hair isn't quite as bad as hers was, but if I don't straighten it, it's still quite frizzy.

Over the last couple of weeks I've been trialing some John Frieda products to help control my frizz, I've been using hair oil for curly hair (I know mine isn't curly!) and their smooth start hydrating shampoo and conditioner.

First off, the shampoo and conditioner.  When I'm actually using these in the shower the shampoo does make my hair feel a little dry, but that's ok because when I follow it up with the conditioner my hair feels lovely and soft, but at this point it's still wet so a bit early to tell just how it performs.  Then I towel dry it a little, and wrap it up on my head.  I spend a while doing my makeup and then go to dry my hair. This is where the hair oil comes in - it's separated in two parts so you need to give it a good shake first, you place 10 drops of it in your hands and work it through your hair.  This certainly didn't curl my hair which I was relieved about.

After drying after the first time I used these my hair felt amazing, it was soft, sleek, less frizzy and had a nice weight and sheen to it.  It wasn't greasy at all and felt lovely.  After a couple of weeks of use I think it's best placed not as an everyday shampoo, but one for weekends or for days when you want your hair to look really lovely.  I found if I used it every other day some of the benefit was lost, so using it less often makes it more effective, that's at least what I found with my hair.

If you're interested, until the 28th Oct (2013) they have a Facebook competition running to win lots of John Frieda prizes too.

You can pick these up at good high street stores like Boots and Superdrug for just under £6* each.

This months Bigest-Pixi3 advertiser is the lovely Jess from Coffee Cosmetics


Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Elf comes to Cardiff

Most bloggers aren't a stranger to the budget makeup brand Elf (Eyes, Lips, Face).  With cute packaging reminiscent of NARS and good quality cheap makeup brushes, Elf have firmly made a name for themselves.

The British arm of Elf is run by Distribeauty which is based here in Wales (Swansea) since 2007, and the best bit is they're opening the first ever European shop here in Cardiff!  This makes me very excited!

Quoted in the press release "The store has undergone an extensive refurbishment, including the creation of a boutique area for make-up enthusiasts to experiment with a range of 600 cosmetics and beauty tools. Starting from as little as £1.50, the products aim to bring affordable, quality make-up to the masses.

Also boasting a brand new multi-media studio, the store is set to be a central hub for social media activity and by the end of this year, Distribeauty are planning to create an exclusive web TV channel streamed live from the store, designed to engage with its existing 1.5 million social media fan base and beyond."

The store is opening on the 24th October in the Royal Arcade just off St Marys St, they'll be open from 9:30 - 6pm Monday - Saturday, and 11:00 - 5pm on Sunday's.

This months Bigest-Pixi3 advertiser is the lovely Jess from Coffee Cosmetics


Tuesday, 22 October 2013

October Birchbox

October Birchbox

A few days ago the October Birchbox landed on my doorstep.  For once, I hadn't Googled it to see what everyone had received, so it was a complete surprise.

Let me just say, this is an impressive box!  I won't mince my words, LAURA MERCIER!!!!  Yes, Laura Mercier was inside this box, more specifically, the tinted moisturiser.  This excited me a lot!  I haven't used it yet so I can't comment on whether I liked it or not.  Aside from that excitement inside was also a generous sample of the KMS California Silk Sheen styling creme.  Then we have the Dr Brandt microdermabrasion skin exfoliant.  I'm looking forward to seeing what that can do for my skin :)

Next is the Ultra Dex whitening toothpaste, I always quite like the toothpaste that comes in beauty boxes, it's much better than the perfume samples that you get in other boxes :)  Next up is theBalm Stainiac - a cheek and lip tint.  I'm really loving theBalm at the moment after recently discovering them, so I'm really excited to try this out.  Then we have the famous Dr Lipp nibble balm!  Slightly random, but it doubles up as a lip balm.  I've heard amazing things about this so I'm looking forward to trying it (on my lips that is!).

And finally, there are three sachets of Egyptian magic all purpose skin cream.  I have some pretty dry skin on my elbows so I might task this with tackling that!

All in all this is a great Birchbox, having Laura Mercier in there is fantastic and a real treat :)

This months Bigest-Pixi3 advertiser is the lovely Jess from Coffee Cosmetics


Monday, 21 October 2013

Sigma extended wear eyeliner

The Sigma extended wear eyeliner

The end of the Sigma extended wear liner box

There's been quite a bit of hype and chatter about these, Sigmas extended wear eyeliners.  Available in 9 shades from Cocktail Cosmetics for £8.95* each.

I have the shade drift, which is the shimmery yellow gold shade.  I love the packaging, that they come in a cute little box :)

Sigma extended wear eyeliner with the lid off

Sigma extended wear eyeliner on the eyes

As you can see I used it to line my lower lash line.  It's a pretty creamy formula so it doesn't drag the skin too much, but it's best quality is it's staying power.  Eight hours on and it looks identical to the pictures above, no smudging, flaking or melting.  The photo's really don't do the product justice either, the colour is quite strong whereas in the pics, it looks almost muted (that's not what it's like in real life!).

It's not a wooden pencil but sort of plasticy, so I'm not sure how well it'll sharpen - might be better than a normal wooden pencil but I won't know until I come to sharpen it, I'm sure it'll be fine though :)

These liners are all paraben free too - it's actually really nice to see more and more brands start to make more of their products free from nasty chemicals - all we need now is for no makeup to be tested on animals and none to have any parabens or mineral oil in etc :)

All in all I really liked this eyeliner, I love how long wearing and pigmented it is, it really is good quality :)  I've always had great experiences with Cocktail Cosmetics too - I've ordered quite a few things from them in the past and delivery has always been quick and more importantly, well packaged :)

What's your favourite eyeliner?

This months Bigest-Pixi3 advertiser is the lovely Jess from Coffee Cosmetics


Sunday, 20 October 2013

October Cardiff blogger meetup

Yesterday was the Cardiff meetup, a day Helen and I had been planning for months.  The guest list was limited to 20 people, as we didn't want it to be too big.  All together about 35 people signed up so we had a few on the wait list too.

The day before the event nearly half the people dropped out, and on the day a couple of others just didn't turn up.  But, that left us with 8 in total, which actually turned out to be the perfect amount :) There were 20 goody bags prepared and a prize to be won on the day (kindly donated by Ginvera), so as there were so few of us, everyone got 2 goody bags, hopefully the lovely brands that donated products for the bags won't be too disappointed :)

Camomile tea at the Bunkhouse

At 10 am I headed to the station to get to the Bunkhouse by 11am to meet Helen so we could assemble the goody bags, I'd bought the bags and the bows, and Helen bought some little boxes of Smarties for everyone :)  I grabbed a camomile tea and I ended up getting there really early so by the time Helen got there all the bags were already done :P

Bloggers at the Bunkhouse

By 11:45 everyone had pretty much arrived and bought some yummy tea.  Then at 12:30 we headed off and did some shopping.  First we went to John Lewis and hit the NARS and Laura Mercier counters. (purchases at the bottom of the post).


Then we went to Boots where five of us all bought the same product (new Bourjois primer, 4 of us bought the matte one, 1 bought the illuminating one).  Then we headed to Superdrug and witnessed 15 year old girls (who looked like they'd been shot in the face with Homer's makeup gun) opening new makeup up and applying it (GROSS!!) - I'm not just talking about foundation, oh no, this was mascara! *shudders*

Lunch at Cozy Club Cardiff

After that we headed for lunch at Cozy Club where another blogger joined us.  They were quick to take our drinks order, but the drinks took a crazy 20 mins to come!  The food was lovely though, I had a falafel burger with chipotle sauce and grilled halloumi.

After that we paid up and parted ways.  Gemma & I went to TKMaxx for a bit of a browse where I picked up the scrub and Too Faced palette pictured below.  I spent a few minutes watching a band playing outside there for the SWN festival and then took advantage of a break in the rain to head home on the train.

It was a lovely day and I'm so grateful to the people who showed up, I was terrified that it was going to be just me and Helen with 20 goody bags and no one to have them :P

Here's what I bought & was in the little goody bags :)

Vanilla sugar scrub
 This sugar body scrub I picked up in TKMaxx for £3.99 - you cannot imagine just how AMAZING this smells!!!!

Too Faced Glamour to Go palette
 RRP £19.99 - I picked it up in TKMaxx for £7.99 - it's an 8 shadow, blusher, bronzer & gloss palette - review coming in the next few weeks!

Essie good to go top coat
 I grabbed this in Boots, it's a replacement for my favourite top coat since mine is more than half empty now.

NARS creme shadows
 I saw these when I was at the John Lewis event on Tuesday and thought they were gorgeous then.  They're like a cross between a gel eyeliner and a cream shadow - you can use them as both and the colours are amazing.  Sadly, my camera didn't pick up just how awesome this is, but it's basically black with lots of green glitter in it, so pretty!

Bourjois matte primer
 This is the new Bourjois matte primer that lots of us picked up in Boots, it was on offer for about £6 :)

Goody bag products
These are what was in our goody bags :)  So a big thank you to the House in Town, Benefit and Dirty Works for these :)  And to Helen who bought little packs of Smarties for everyone :)

All in all it was a great day, but I will say that it's not a great idea to sign up for an event if you don't think you'll be able to make it, or if you think you might change your mind.  At least, if you do, please notify the organiser and ideally give them more than 24 hours notice, as at that point it's too late to invite people who are on the wait list.  

A big thank you to Helen, Gemma, Leanne, Linda, Laura & Mia, Nina and Elle.

This months Bigest-Pixi3 advertiser is the lovely Jess from Coffee Cosmetics


Saturday, 19 October 2013

A John Lewis Christmas

It's that time of year again when shops start filling up with beautiful Christmas decorations and showcasing the looks they've put together for the festive season.  Earlier on this week I was invited to see first hand what John Lewis have in store (<-- see what I did there!).  I'm sad, I know.

You'll have to excuse the slightly fuzzy photo's it was quite dark in there.

Some of the 'rooms' they set up, like this one which is a 'Vintage Market', how cute does it look?

 How amazing is this lamp!?  I love how it looks in the dark, great for a feature.

 They set this up in the middle of the room - it's showcasing some of their edible bits and bobs they're selling for Christmas, as well as some little treats we could put into a bag to take home, so cute!  My biggest memory of this was trying what I thought was a green olive stuffed with pimento, when it actually turned out to be a very hot chilli!!! So, so, so hot!

 NARS were displaying some of their new foundations, they're a cream formula in a LOT of shades, I think they retail for about £28 and you need to buy the palette separately for £6 I think - but you only need to buy that once, then you can just pop out the foundation and replace it with a refill & new sponge.  I only tried this on the back of my hand, but it looks like it has a soft dewey finish.

 This is NARS new gel eyeliners/shadows - they're a two in one product that sets fast and is designed for very long wear - some of the shades available were amazing!

Sadly I didn't get a photo of Laura Mercier, but they were there too showing some of their new eyeshadow trios and a stunning palette with several eye shadows/blushers and other bits and bobs combined.  Laura Mercier did give me a gift too (eye shadow duo and mini mascara), I've been wearing both of them all week (my first LM products!).  The quality is amazing, one of the shadows is quite glittery and there's next to no fallout, the mascara is really long wearing too - both are great.  I'll be doing proper reviews of these so keep your eyes peeled :)

I can't keep it a secret, the John Lewis Haberdashery were there and doing card making with everyone!  This was my favourite part of the night (above is the card I made & below are lovely fellow bloggers with the lady from Rowan wool), I really felt at home there and the ladies were so so lovely.

As you know, I've just taken up knitting, and when I was talking to the Haberdashery ladies they mentioned that John Lewis do free knitting classes with Rowan - in the Cardiff John Lewis the classes are on a Tuesday from 11am - 12am, teaching beginners.  You just need to call in advance and book - how amazing is that!!!

 I love these cute signs they made :D

Finally, John Lewis have some quirky gifts for sale this year, I took a pic of these ones as I love their 60s/70s vibe.  By the looks of it they're cordless too, how cool is that!?

Thank you to John Lewis for inviting me to their fab event, and for a lovely goody bag too!

What are you looking forward to about this Christmas?

This months Bigest-Pixi3 advertiser is the lovely Jess from Coffee Cosmetics

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