Dirty Dancing – The Musical

Happy Sunday guys,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend, I spent it chilling as I had a really busy week.

With having Pippa’s Fashion Factory on Sunday and then on Tuesday night my sister and I headed to the Bord Gais Theatre in Dublin to see Dirty Dancing – The Musical.

I am a massive Dirty Dancing fan, my favourite film of all time, I know it inside and out. I have watched it countless times and still never tire of it so I was really excited to see the musical.

The plot is almost exactly the same as the film, with a few extra scenes added in to change it up. The acting and dancing is brilliant. It is a little more theatrical than the film but it is theater so I had to tell myself stop comparing it to the film. Once I did that, I fell in love with the whole thing again, I got lost it. I even turned to my sister at one point and said I wish I was in my pj’s sitting watching this.

The music and the singing was superb, the cast selection is very true to the film so it doesn’t stray too far away. The dancing, ooooh! I would love someone to teach me the steps so I could dance like that too.

The audience was a complete mix, all ages, women and  men (even if the men were dragged along lol)

My stand out favourite moment from the show was that iconic line “Nobody puts Baby in the corner” , I have told everyone about this. You could literally feel the anticipation just before he said it, the audience sitting on the edge of their seats holding their breath, willing Johnny to say those 6 little words. The split second that he did, the whole place erupted in cheer and applause from the crowd. It was electric.

So if like me, you are a Dirty Dancing fan, I would highly recommend going to see this show. Especially if you weren’t able to go to the cinema to see the original when it was first released.

Has anyone seen it? I would love to know what you thought!

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Lots of Love

Laura

Xxxx

 

Pippa’s Fashion Factory! <3

Happy Monday guys!

I hope you all had a good weekend and took Monday by storm!!

I had a lovely weekend with some of my girls! We went to dinner in Yeats Tavern Restaurant not far from here on Saturday evening! If you are ever in the Sligo area I strongly recommend you check this place out. The food is always class!

My friends, my sister and I then set off bright and early on a Sunday morning with Lough Rynn Castle in Leitrim being our destination. We were one of the lucky ones to secure tickets to one of Pippa’s Fashion Factories there this weekend. We had been wanting to go for so long we were very excited.

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We arrived around 10:45 and went up to the registration desk where we were greeted by Niamh and Susanna who gave us our goody bags. There was tea and coffee available on arrival also. My friend’s mum had been up at the crack of dawn to prepare a big fry for us all for the day ahead, so we opted not to have the tea.

The room was filled with lots of ladies of all ages, taking selfies or happily chatting away. There was a great air of excitement for the day ahead.

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First up was our host for the day, the lovely Pippa, she greeted us all and then gave us a little background to the fashion factories, a run through of the plan for the day and gave out a few little surprises to some lucky ladies.

Then on with the day, first up to join Pippa on stage was the lovely Jennifer Rock aka @theskinnerd. I could literally listen to this lady talk all day, her knowledge on skincare is incredible and she delivers it in such an easy and friendly fashion. She gave us a little presentation on skincare, her top tips and a couple of cardinal sins we are all guilty of! She then took questions from the audience on their own skin concerns.

Next up was a tanning demo by Clara from Vita Liberata. Clara explained how to achieve the best tan results with different types of tanning products. How to avoid a streaky lines and how to perfect tan on your hands, feet etc. She also took questions from the audience and gave her top tips.

Then it was time for our afternoon tea. I won’t lie, the four of us were a little concerned at the amount of food we would receive. There was 10 of us at the table and we had visions of little tiers of sandwiches to feed all of us. Thankfully there was no need for any concern, there was plenty to go around. We received plates of sandwiches, scones, buns, donuts and macaroons. There was food left over we didn’t eat. We were also offered top ups on our tea or coffees.

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After the hour lunch break, the show started again. This time is was a fashion show with looks from various shops like River Island, H & M , Zara and of course POCO! There was also a segment on new items to Penney’s. Pippa also gave us some styling tips and showed us some of her staple pieces from her own wardrobe.

The final part of the day was a makeup demo from one of Ireland’s top makeup artists, Aimee Connolly. Aimee showed us a simple makeup look with some affordable products. Pippa and Aimee again answered questions from the audience and shared their tips.

Finally there was the chance to meet with Pippa after the show and she was the lovely person you see on television. Very warm and friendly, time for a chat and a photo with everyone who wanted one.

Now the bit everyone gets excited for, the goody bag 🙂

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In each bag was

A Cleanse Off Mitt worth €5

(I already have one of these, get one, they do exactly what they say they do)

A necklace from Betty & Biddy worth €15

A lipstick, nail polish and a contour kit from Rimmel €20 approx

A Blank Canvas Cosmetics F32 Brush €8.99

A Sally Hansen Nail Corrector Pen, bottle of nail polish remover, and a nail file €20

A bottle of Mi-Wadi concentrate

A 50ml of Vita Liberata self tanning lotion

A 7 day trial sample of Perfectil

A selection of voucher codes and some Lindt chocolates (most of which didn’t survive to be photographed 🙂 )

This in my opinion was a really decent goody bag. Filled mostly with full sized or really decent sized samples. Is it worth the €100 ticket price, no I would say not but it was close enough when I totted up the contents. But was the day worth the €100? Yes, I think it was,we got afternoon tea that was lovely and more than enough for everyone. I have been to afternoon tea in other venues and paid half that with no fashion, skincare and beauty! We had a lovely girly day out, it was relaxed and informative and despite Pippa being the owner of POCO, I didn’t feel like they were being pushed on us. There was no hard sell element to the day. It was also a long day, things kicked off about 11 and didn’t wrap up until about 5 so it really is a whole day out.

Would I go again, honestly probably not but that is not because I didn’t enjoy the day it’s simply because it’s kind of a bucket list thing to do and I now have that item ticked. But if you are looking for a lovely girly day out I would 100% recommend Pippa’s Fashion Factory.

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Lots of Love

Laura

Xxx

 

Buff & Blend Brushes! My thoughts….

Hello lovelies! 

Hope you are all enjoying the gorgeous weather! 

I recently bought some of the Buff & Blend brushes and I thought I would let you know what I thought of them. A lovely reader requested a review! 💜

I first heard of Buff & Blend when I saw Sinead from the Beautiful Truth mention them before Christmas. So when I saw them at the Irish Beauty Show in March I decided to pick up two brushes from the collection and I bought a further two recently. 

First thoughts on them I love the colour combo, the purple & gunmetal grey! The size of them is also perfect for make-up bags, they are slightly shorter then most brush brands but it means they don’t get squashed in your bag which is a mega plus! 

I have the BB06 & BB08 eyeshadow brushes. The perfect blending duo! The BB08 with the blend tip is by far the fluffiest blending brushes I have come across! Perfect for a soft smokey eye. The BB06 (the cream tip) is a slightly denser blending brush but still quite soft. Ideal when you want a stronger colour on your eye. 


I also have the BB01 & BB05 brushes! When I tell you I have been searching for the perfect powder brush for literally the last 2 years, I have searched high up & low down. No brush fitted what I was looking for, either too dense, too fluffy, no round enough no brush I found was exactly what I was looking for until I found the BB01! It is literally the perfect powder brush! Just dense enough & just fluffy enough, perfect for applying powder. The BB05 is a slightly angled contour brush! It’s on the fluffy side too, I have only used this brush twice so far so I’m going to hold out giving a full review but I do like how it applies my highlight to my cheek. 



So there you have my thoughts and of course the obigatory I am not paid or sponsored by the brand, I have no affiliation at all & I bought all brushes myself, I’m just a big fan! And I intend of adding to the collection. Buff & Blend also stock a range of fabulous eyelashes!
Check them out

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Lots of Love

Laura

xxx 

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix

Happy Sunday everybody! 

I hope your all enjoying your Sunday. I’m chilling at home after shopping today. I was on the hunt for a hair piece for a family wedding next week. Thankfully I found something I think is a little different & goes with my outfit! I’ll reveal all next week 😃 

But today I’m going to share my thoughts on this new foundation I picked up a few weeks ago. 

I was looking for an everyday foundation that I could wear without tan. I picked this up because well it was on offer and I had never used a Bourjois foundation before.

  
 I choose the Vanilla shade, I thought it matched my skin tone the best. The foundation claims to be hydrate and give the skin a lumious healthy glow! I have to say I think it does give the skin a glow and it has a very lightweight feel. It also claims to last up to 16hours now I think the longest I have worn it would be 12 but it did last. It was near perfect without only the normal touch ups. 

  
It is a very blendable foundation to work with. I used my Blank Canvas F20 foundation brush to buff it out and a little went along way. 

  
I used this with the Bourjous Happy Lumious primer which gives a dewy look to the skin. They were a great combination. 

  
I picked mine up in Boots, the primer and foundation on offer for €19 that offer isn’t running but there is a 3 for 2 offer now on Bourjois. The foundation is €12.99 buy Here and primer for €15.99 buy Here.

Thanks for reading,
Lots of love,

Laura x

Spa Break at White’s of Wexford

Hello,

Sorry I have been a little quiet on the blog front, just haven’t had the time to sit down 🙂 but I am back now to tell you about a lovely spa break myself and my best friend Patrice had in White’s of Wexford last weekend. We had planned a girly trip away for ages, and with our busy lives we wanted to chill and relax. We chose Wexford as neither had even been before and it was somewhere different, a new place to see. When we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted in a lovely spacious and modern reception by a very friendly girl called Sarah. She chatted with us about where we were from and told us all the info regarding the hotel.

We then proceeded to our room, (possibly the only down side to the stay the room was a good walk away at the very back of the hotel) but that didn’t put us off, the room was bright, airy and very comfortable. We were advised we would have a restricted view as you could see the roof from our room but in my opinion we had a lovely view the room looked right over Wexford Harbour and if you looked up instead of down out the window that was all you could see.

We chilled in the room for a little while, before getting ready for a night out. We headed for dinner to a lovely little Chinese that was a few minutes walk from the hotel. We then went for a few drinks before heading back for some cocktails and live music in the hotel bar.

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We didn’t have a late night as the break was more about relaxing. We arrived down for breakfast the next morning all rested, and ordered our breakfast from the buffet counter. Being a big child the highlight of breakfast for me was a pancake machine where you literally pressed a button & then watched as this machine made 2 pancakes for you. I definitely want one of these. 🙂

We had booked in for the Thermal Suite for 2pm so after we checked out we went for a stroll down along the harbour, it was a gorgeous day even if a little windy. We arrived back to the hotel just before 2 and as I have never been to a spa before (I know shock horror) so I wasn’t sure what to expect. We were greeted by a lovely girl called Andrea who showed us around and explained everything to us. She could not have been more helpful. We chilled and relaxed in the hydrotherapy pool, the sauna’s, the steam room, we even took a dip in the plunge pool which was literally freezing :O But when we left, I actually felt as if I had a whole new skin, I couldn’t believe how of soft and clean it was. I had presumed I would have to cover myself in moisturizer when I came out being in so much water would dehydrate the skin but I only had to apply a little and mainly to my face. I couldn’t recommend this treatment highly enough. If you are not into your facials or massages but would like some pampering then I would definitely recommend this. I will definitely be back.

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One final little thing I need to mention, I  left some items I had just bought in the locker of the spa, the next day I rang the spa to ask if they wouldn’t mind would they post up the items to me and I would pay the postage and packaging. The girl on the phone was so nice, and no problem doing so and wouldn’t even let me pay postage. My items arrived a few days later.Now that is customer service. I couldn’t thank the staff enough.

So there you have it guys, my stay in Wexford, if you are looking for a break away on the sunny southeast I would definitely recommend White’s of Wexford.

Lots of Love

Laura

xxxx