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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

NEW IN FROM SELFRIDGES BEAUTY


Back when I was on holiday in Greece this amazing box of beauty goodies (and exclusives) arrived from Selfridges and it was such a lovely surprise to come home to! I couldn't wait to get stuck in (after photographing them of course - #BloggerProblems!) and try all the products out. The first thing that caught my eye was the Bronze Goddess by Estee Lauder as I'd wanted to try it for so long, trust me when I say I wasn't disappointed! See my thoughts below...


First up is the *Aerin Gradual Tan for Face & Body a really nice natural product if you're wary of using fake tan or are looking to a gradual glow that can be built up daily. I really love this product and it smells great too (unlike most tans which smell of biscuits!) - I would definitely use this product after holidays to maintain my tan, just by applying it after showering as if it were a moisturiser.


So, if you haven't tried the *Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess fragrance then I urge you to drop what you're doing and dash to the nearest Estee Lauder counter, now! It's seriously one of the best perfumes I have ever smelt and I know this will be my 'summer scent!'. This perfume to me smells like summer in a bottle - all of your happiest summer memories; suncream, sea breeze, the beach all rolled into one! I just can't describe it but trust me you'll understand as soon as you smell it!


Next up is the *Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in 'Antigua', a beautiful light bronzer with a sheer and illuminating finish, perfect for a barely there glow or for paler skin. If you don't like bronzers too pigmented then this is the one for you, it has a beautiful finish and looks really natural!


When I spotted this *Nars Ultimate Lip Pencil Set I actually let out a squeal of excitement - I absolutely adore the Nars lip pencils so this was a massive winner for me. This product is actually exclusive to Selfridges and only cost £29 which I think is great value, it wold made a great present too! They offer various shades so make sure you head into store to pick out your favourites!


The *Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream eye shadow in 'Cleopatra' was probably the product I thought I wouldn't use as much as it seemed quite daunting - I'm not usually big on eye makeup and the thought of a green eyeshadow made me a little nervous. I gave it a whirl and was pleasantly surprised! The colour is stunning, it's like a pearlescent shade and blends in really nicely with a smokey eye, green eye shadow is also a great call for hazel/brown eyes so I can see myself getting lots more use from this gem!

Spot any of your favourite beauty products in this post or anything you'd like to pick up this Summer?

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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

#TIPSTUESDAY: HOW TO SHOOT A FLATLAY

This year seems to have been the 'year of the flatlay' for me - everywhere I look bloggers and Pinterest are posting beautiful arrangements of makeup, clothes and pretty items! Last year I had no idea what a 'flatlay' was and for those of you who aren't sure, it kind of is what it says on the tin, a flat lay of products typically shot from above. I love creating flatlays and getting creative with my images, I've recently received a few lovely comments saying how much people love my flatlay images so I thought I'd share a few tips on how I shoot mine!

Colour co-ordinate: I always tend to opt for a colour theme when shooting my flatlays, this isn't essential but I think it always looks nice in the image when you stick to a colour. My favourites to shoot have to be rose gold, monochrome or pastel pink. 

Fill the frame: I set my camera on square so it's ready to take my Instagram snap then I tend to either create my flatlay in a square so it fills the frame or shoot it at a more creative angle like above, but always making sure there isn't too much space. 

It doesn't always have to be relevant: When I first started seeing flatlays containing slightly random objects I never really got it but now I always have props to use as gap fillers such as watches, jewellery (especially rings or nice bracelets), flowers, cacti and many more! It doens't always have to be relevant or stick to a theme - if it looks good, shoot it!

Are you a fan of the flatlay? Any tips for taking yours?
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Saturday, 27 June 2015

THESSALONIKI WITH #BLOGTROTTERSGR - DAY 2


On our second day in Thessaoloniki we woke to cloudier skies but we were off on lots of walking tours so this didn't affect our beach day which was great. We started with a gastronomy tour around Thessaloniki's local market; Kapani. We tried lots of delicious local good such as cheese, nuts, red wine and much more - the trip was an incredible experience and it was great to see the local culture and explore the town this way.

The lovely Becki from Borders of Adventure snapping away!
An old photo of a market stall owner who we were lucky enough to meet, he still works at the market!
Bloggers doing what they do best!
Colourful fruit stalls were brimming with fresh produce!
Top: Primark (current season) | Jeans: River Island | Sandals: Mango | Jacket: Quiz | Necklace: Happiness Boutique | Bag: Bershka

Once we'd finished at the market we had a few hours of free time so me and a few lovely bloggers hit the pool for some downtime before getting ready for the evening. We met up again around 5pm and embarked on a Handpeak tour where we visited five different creative spaces across the city, from a photography studio to a fashion designers workshop. It was a really interesting afternoon learning about the incredible creatives based in the city, my favourite stop had to be our visit to Make - a creative workshop where they can 3D print and laser cut just to name a few!
  

We ended our day by taking a trip to the top of the Opera House where we could see the beautiful views of the city, then we went for dinner in a huge function room which was great as we drunk lots of great wine and chatted for hours. We were all awarded with medals and there was lots of group blogger shots - an amazing end to an incredible day! 

Stay tuned for my final instalment of our last day in Thessaloniki and Halkidi! 

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*A huge, huge thank you to Discover Greece & BlogTrotters for an amazing trip!

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

THESSALONIKI WITH #BLOGTROTTERGR - DAY 1


If you follow me on social media (@Frockmeimfamous) you'll know that last week I went to Thessaloniki for four days with Blogtrotters - there were 45 lifestyle, travel and fashion bloggers who all set off to discover why Thessaloniki was young at heart. We had an absolute blast and I fell head over heels for the cultural city that had a vibrant nightlife and engaging community.

As there were so many of us we were split up into different hotels, I arrived at my hotel; Les Lazaristes with my group around 9pm on Tuesday evening, we all dumped our bags off in our rooms then headed down to the pool for some canap├ęs and cocktails (which I can vouch that they did taste as good as they looked!). It was a really great way to meet the incredible hotel staff and lovely bloggers that I was staying with, we sat up swapping travel stories and sipping on cocktails before retiring to our rooms for the night.


On the second day we headed to the harbour to meet the rest of our group before we had a fun workshop learning all about Thessaloniki and what makes the city tick. There are 120,000 students living in Thessaloniki due to it's five universities, which has resulted in the city being voted the 'Youth Capital of of Europe 2015' which is amazing! On our last night our local tour guide took us to some incredible bars and we witnessed street parties, gay pride celebrations and lots of dancing in the street - this is the place to go for incredible nightlife with some of the friendliest people you'll ever meet!

Top: New Look | Dungarees: *Missguided (the best £20 you'll ever spend!) | Sandals: Mango | Bag: Bershka | Sunglasses: *Carrera via Sunglasses Shop
We had the most delicious lunch at the harbour in a restaurant called Kitchen Bar!
 With my beautiful lady Megan!

After lunch we all headed back to our rooms for a few hours down time and a quick change before our evening adventures. First of all we headed to the White Tower which is a famous monument in Thessaoloniki and has been adopted as the 'symbol of the city'. We climbed to the top of the White Tower and managed to get some great views and snaps of the city (whilst getting blown away in the process - see a very windswept me and Megan below!).

#FromWhereIStand with Megan and Amelia!
This umbrella sculpture was beautiful!
 Top: River Island | Jeans: River Island | Sandals: Mango | Bag: Bershka
Megan snapping away!
 The view from the White Tower!

Our first day was full of so much exploring, laughter and excitement! It was instantly recognisable why Thessaloniki is the city that's young at heart and I can't wait to share the rest of my snaps with you all! Stay tuned for day 2 & 3's picture-heavy posts on this beautiful city! 

Have you ever been to Thessaloniki before? Did you love it as much as I did?

SHOP MY HOLIDAY OUTFITS:



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*A huge, huge thank you to Discover Greece & BlogTrotters for an amazing trip!
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