One of the most exciting things about working as a journalist is being the first to see, hear, watch, experience, and try out new things. But these benefits are no longer restricted to the press. In recent years PRs have been taking much more notice of the power of bloggers; inviting them to ‘dos’ that were previously restricted. This is great because I’ve always been inclined to believe what ‘real people’ think, rather than someone who’s job it is to review things. I fall into both categories but given a choice I’d much rather wear my blogger hat: what you read on my blog is me being me; not me working for someone else.One of the things that land in my inbox as a writer and blogger, on a daily basis, is invitations to ‘press launches’. I don’t go to all of them, only things I’m genuinely interested in like trying out new lotions and potions. Last month I went to the Christmas Press Day for Kilpatrick PR, and decided to reveal what actually happens on a ‘press day’.
|If only my beauty shelf was like this!|
|Shame they weren't hot!|
As an Xmas gift there was also a selection of complimentary pampering treatments – none of which I needed, having recently got my eyebrows and nails done, and the ‘hair-up service’ wasn’t really for me as I don’t have a huge amount of hair! But what I did opt for was a 1-2-1 with a psychic. A strange lavender lady seated in the corner…she was dressed in ‘pale purple’ from head to toe so I knew I’d get on with her. I’m afraid I can’t reveal what she saw inside her virtual crystal ball, but she certainly instilled me with a confidence boost.
|'Me time' treats|
Ones I’ve never seen before like Voya; a luxury Irish organic beauty brand. Their products are made from coastal ingredients like seaweed and are available in Selfridges, priced around £50.
|Can't wait to try it!|
My favourite discovery of the night was this amazing gelSpa Luxury Bath Soak, which you pour into a bathtub. The water turns into a huge vat of comforting jelly that you can relax in. It contains aromatherapy oils and tiny beads that exfoliate your skin as you lay back. A perfect addition to my Sunday Bath Ritual, the gel also retains the bath tub temperature four times as longer, giving you an excuse to stay in the bath tub for hours. Bliss! There are three types; Revive, Relax and Sooth and they are available in Boots for £9.99.
|Yay! I won!|
Yippee! Inside mine was a £25 Ted Baker voucher. I’ve never been to a Ted Baker store (though I love the smell of Ted Baker beauty products) so this winter in the sales, I shall be treating myself to a TB item.
|To try & test|
Best of all though…a light up lipstick…what an invention!!! There’s really not a lot to say other than ingenious! The lippy by New CID Cosmetics comes in eight shades and costs about £12. It has a mirror and in-built light so you can say good bye to smudges, even inside a dark club! I’m sold!
So these are some of the lovely new beauty products to look for when you’re next out and about. I’m much more of a ‘read about them’, then ‘go to scary department stores and deal with shop assistants’ kind of girl, so if you are too, I hope this post was useful : )