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Outfit Details: Coat – H&M, Top – M&S, Flared Jeans – c/o Tesco, Shoes – Topshop, Hat – H&M
Photos by Helen @ The Lovecats Inc

These photographs are a typical example of an outfit post that got completely forgotten about. I shot these a few months ago, and if I’m honest, totally forgot to ever upload them onto the blog, but I really like the outfit itself so I thought why not. It’s just going to be a short post as things are very hectic at the moment, if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’m currently working on the core team for a huge fashion event in Newcastle – Fashion Futures. The main event is tomorrow, a series of talks with guests such as Henry Holland, Laura Weird and Alexandra Shulman OBE (I KNOW RIGHT?!) and a lot of my time is busy helping out with bits and bobs for that. I’m incredibly excited, and a little bit overwhelmed, never did I think I’d be given the task to put together a goodie bag for one of my idols, the Editor of British Vogue, but that day has arrived. I’m sure I’ll do a post about it very soon!

I may have mentioned it once or twice (or 100 times) on the blog recently, but I can’t get enough of the 70s trend which has taken the high street by storm this season. There’s something about the fabrics and cuts that I find incredibly flattering, plus I can wear an oversized hat with every outfit! I’ve already spoken about these flared jeans in a previous outfit post, but I seriously can’t get enough of them – I must wear them at least once a week. I find that they really lengthen my rather short legs which is something I’m all for. The only thing I sometimes find is struggling to pair them with coats, but as the day we shot these photographs was rather dreary (as you probably tell) I chose to wear my trusty duster coat and I was pleasantly surprised at how it looks – embracing my inner Inspector Gadget and what not! And to add a little colour into the outfit, I went for this high-neck top I picked up in the M&S sale earlier this year. It’s a shop I wouldn’t think to look in for clothes, but there’s been some real finds in there recently – well worth a look!

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FENWICK NEWCASTLE BEAUTY WEEK

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A few days ago, I was kindly invited along by the lovely people at Fenwick Newcastle with a bunch of my favourite North East bloggers to learn all about their upcoming Beauty Week. Held between 11th – 16th May, their beauty hall will be host to plenty of complimentary treatments, special offers and masterclasses for anyone who wants to get involved.
We were greeted with macarons and rose lemonade which went down an absolute treat and introduced to the event and how it would work. There was a table of appointment cards, from the huge variety of beauty brands with stands in store all offering various complimentary treatments/makeovers, and each of us were allowed to pick a number of cards to visit that evening. Already having an idea of which brands I’d love to try out, I quickly dashed over to pick up a selection of appointments and I was away to go.
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La Prairie

First stop was La Prairie, a brand I’ve heard loads about, but with their prices being crazy expensive they’re a brand I couldn’t dream of owning. So the treatment was under-eye brightening, where I was told all about their under-eye concealer and how best to use it. Now I must admit, I’m a sceptic when it comes to concealing my dark circles, as I’m yet to find a product that does it for me. However, I was pleasantly surprised by their offering and I noticed a massive difference in the darkness under my eyes. At £50 I don’t see myself purchasing the products any time soon, but it was a nice treat to try it out.

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Estee Lauder
Now I hadn’t intended to go here, but I’ve always wanted to try out the Double Wear Foundation, and since my skin is pretty bad at the moment, thought it would be the best time to give it a go. I was colour matched to their palest colour, and I have to admit, I’m already a big fan. I tend to go for fuller coverage foundations, as I suffer with spot scarring, and I loved the way it helped my skin look flawless. The lovely MUA told me all about my pink undertones, explaining to me which colours suit my complexion the best – which I was incredibly surprised (and happy) to see I should be going for brown hues!
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Tom Ford
Now I was one of the lucky few who managed to nab a space in with the Tom Ford counter, whom were offering an eye-makeup mini masterclass. This is the one I was most excited for and boy did it not disappoint. I was introduced to their newest range of products and told all about the basis behind Tom Ford’s makeup which was all incredibly interesting. As I like to add some colour through eye makeup, the MUA suggested we try a blue and khaki Cream and Powder Eye-Colour which admittedly sounded a little terrifying. She applied a wash of the metallic eye colour over the lids, buffing it out to allow to look a little worn in (which was the look we were going for) before packing on the blue powder on top. Now blue eyeshadow is normally a colour I’d stay away from, but I really loved how it helped compliment my eye colour and it’s definitely something I’d try again. She also used the Brow Sculptor which was hands down my favourite product of the night. I’m a little rubbish when it comes to brows, but oh my, they looked incredible if I do say so myself. The staff were really warming, answering any questions I had, and I’ve already booked myself in for a little contouring masterclass with the brand in a few weeks time – I can’t wait!
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Molton Brown
With a whole new face of makeup and feeling very pampered, me and the lovely Alice went along to the Molton Brown stand for a hand and arm message. I completely forgot to take photographs for this, but it was the perfect way to end a wonderful event. They used a Rhubarb scented hand cream (which smelt insanely good) and worked their magic. I tend to suffer quite frequently with RSI in my hands and wrists from spending a lot of my time typing and writing, so I found it very beneficial and a nice treat for my rather sore hands.

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All in all, I had an amazing evening at the event. It was like Christmas for beauty bloggers, and don’t even get me started on the goodie bag. I really enjoyed being introduced to such a large amount of the brands in the beauty hall, as I often find myself too intimidated to approach the stands myself. Everyone I spoke to felt the same, and each of the brands seemed really interested in how the blogging world works which I thought was really lovely.
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What are your favourite makeup brands? Any stands that you always get the best treatment from?
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