20 June 2017

We Had Our Own Festival


Last week my friends and I put a bunch of glitter on our faces, bought some Prosecco and headed down to the local park, put some music on and called it a festival!

We originally had plans to bring a tent, fairy lights and a bbq to make it more "festivally" but you really don't need all of that to have a good time, especially when you're a poor student like us!

These are the girls I have spent the last year bonding with over the stresses and successes of the second year of film school but now that's all come to an end we thought we'd have a little party to celebrate. We're all big fans of festival fashion (in fact I have a whole post dedicated to just that!) so we had to go with this theme! It wasn't as easy as we were expecting though. It took a mammoth trip around Brighton looking for somewhere that sells chunky glitter and face gems. We almost gave up until the man in a fancy dress shop we looked in suggested pound land and low and behold pound land were the ones who delivered and had loads of gems we could use! I also used some of my Barry M Dazzle Dust that I just so happened to have for another look I'll hopefully be doing soon!

So year 2 has come to an end but it's not the end for this girl gang! We have one year left to go of film school (just saying, that terrifies me!) and some of us are moving in together next year and I'm sure the other girls will be regular visitors!

This was originally supposed to be a girls only event but we decided to let the boyfriends join in. Can you all boo Tom though because he refused to have more than one sequin on his head!





















I kept that last one in just for Rowan's lovely face, I'm sure you'll appreciate it buddy! I feel like this evening kicked started my summer and I can't wait for more nights like these.

Would you like to see more photo diaries of events like this? Let me know in the comments! 

See you soon, 

Beth x




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13 June 2017

I Took My Dad To A Blogger Event! #WBFathersDay (GIVEAWAY!)



Last Monday my Dad and I were lucky enough to be invited to a special screening of Clint Eastwood's 1992 classic "Unforgiven". It's been a long time since we've been on a trip to London together so we were both very excited! My dad's not a blogger so this was his first blogger event which was extra exciting for him.

We travelled up to Warner Brothers HQ in London to watch the screening in what we were told was the "comfiest cinema in London" and they did not disappoint! The first thing my dad said when we got into our seats was "wow this is comfier than my chair at home!"

Before we went into the screening we had some time to mingle and more importantly eat some food! I think this might have been Dad's favourite part. He went up at least twice for more sandwiches! We were also excited by the statues of Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman and of course were complete nerds and got photos next to them! It was also great to finally meet one of my favourite bloggers, Sophie of Popcorn & Glitter who was absolutely lovely!

Seeing the "Warner Bros Preview Screening" sign and being given visitors passes did make us feel pretty important I won't lie! I felt like a proper film critic!








Now onto the film itself. I'm a bit ashamed to say that I hadn't actually heard of this film before my invitation to the event! I'll try and redeem myself by saying Westerns aren't my usual go to film genre but you're probably still going to judge me. I decided to purposefully not look into the film or even watch the trailer before the event so that I could go into it fresh with no expectations. My Dad couldn't remember if he had seen it before as it did come out 25 years ago so you can't really blame him.

We both really enjoyed the film and it was interesting how we took  different things away from it. For me, it wasn't as violent as I was expecting but when I asked my dad what he thought of the film the first thing he said was "violent". He was also very interested in the character development of The Schofield Kid. Played by Jaimz Woolvett, it is his character who is the catalyst of the film, convicning Clint Eastwood's character William to return to his life of an assassin and kill two cowboys who cut the face of a prostitute. The Schofield Kid is young and looks up to William as he has heard many stories about him. He begins the film extremely arrogant, claiming to have killed 5 men, but as the film goes on we learn he is not the cold blooded killer he claims to be and is in fact incredibly short sighted. When it comes his turn to actually kill a man it completely changes him. It affects him so much that he vows never to kill again. My dad found this character arc really interesting.

For me, I really enjoyed the sound design which is not something I would usually say! Perhaps it's because I've been studying it at film school recently that it was more noticeable to me. I especially liked the sound of the clink of Clint's cowboy boots as he walks through the saloon at the shootout towards the end of the film. We both agreed that the cinematography was beautiful with some amazing scenery including large snowy fields. We also both liked the silhouette that opened and closed the film and thought that it bookended it well. Overall we both enjoyed the film but I think my dad liked it a bit more than I did!

COMPETITION TIME!


The lovely people at Fetch Friends who invited us to the event also gave us two bags worth of Clint Eastwood DVDS! There were way to many for us to keep all to ourselves so I've decided to give some away to you my lovely readers. So I'm giving 4 DVDs away including a copy of The Unforgiven and a set of Clint Eastwood quote badges! The films you can win are: 

The Unforgiven 

Jersey Boys

Invictus

Letters From Iwo Jimma

You can enter by clicking the link below! 


a Rafflecopter giveaway
Good luck everyone! The competition ends on the 27th June 2017. The winner will be announced here and on twitter!

See you soon,

Beth x


*The products mentioned were gifted to me by Fetch Publicity. However all opinions remain my own.
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6 June 2017

Summer Glam


I haven't posted a proper fashion post in FOREVER. I really want to do more but it takes time, nice weather and high self esteem and those things often don't come at once. Now film school is drawing to a close for the year I'm determined to do many more outfit posts and just generally up my blogging game.

The outfit in question today has been in my wardrobe for weeks now, looking at me every time I open the door, telling me to put it on.  It's an all in one suit from Quiz clothing, a brand I hadn't heard of until recently. I first fell in love with this outfit when I saw it in Debenhams, and my heart skipped a beat when I saw it was only £29! You know how much I love a bargain and I honestly was expecting this suit to be at least £50. I think it looks expensive (yes, £50 is expensive to me) so it makes me love it so much more knowing I got it for so cheap.

The second reason I love this outfit so much is because it actually fits me. Doesn't sound like that should be too much of a hard task but this is one of life's hardest issues when you're only 5"2. Anything "full length" is a no go for me and trousers alone are usually an absolute hassle to find so I was honestly in shock when I put this on and realised it didn't need any adjustments. Strangely enough I bought another, really similar suit from the same brand but that one is too big? I don't understand it. Obviously this one and I are just meant to be.



I love the red rose print and have wanted something with this embroidered pattern for a while now. This seems to be a theme with Quiz Clothing as I've seen it on many of their bodysuits, blouses and jeans so I will definitely be adding to my collection!

The last thing I love about this outfit is how it makes me feel. I am yet to wear it out properly but I think it would be perfect for a wedding or party. It also made me feel like a top executive heading into the office on a hot day. I feel fierce in this outfit and that's the first time I've ever used that word to describe myself.

I will leave you with some more photographs taken by my lovely younger brother. Ah the perks of having a photography student for a sibling!






Have you got anything from Quiz Clothing? Let me know what you think in the comments below! 

See you soon, 

Beth x
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23 May 2017

Should We Care About Wonder Woman's Arm Pits?

Photo by Clay Enos for Warner Brothers

I think this post is going to win the prize for weirdest title ever.

It's Sunday evening and I'm watching the telly. An advert for Wilkinson's Sword comes on. They're doing an advertising campaign with the new Wonder Woman film and you can get a free lipstick (woo!) I decide to look into this further because um FREE LIPSTICK! So I  google Wonder Woman and stumble across this post.


Wait, what?

I consider myself to be a feminist. I believe that women and men should be treated equally and have the same opportunities. Plus I don't know if you've noticed already but I'm starting to use this blog more and more to comment and campaign for equality in the film industry, but I'll be honest, this one threw me.

I personally prefer to be shaved, that's just my choice, but I know a lot of women don't want to and don't think they should have to and that's totally cool. I mean, men don't have to! But women's body hair is apparently so disgusting that they can't even show it in razor adverts. They don't even show the razors doing their one sole purpose because apparently it's too gross. This reminded me of how I got to this article in the first place - a women's razor company doing an advertising campaign with Wonder Woman. I can see the irony now!

So should we care about Gal Gadot's smooth pits? I'll admit that this issue didn't even occur to me when I saw the trailer, but maybe that's part of the issue? As a society we are so conditioned to seeing women with completely hairless bodies that this is how we expect them to be. In a different article by slate.com they mention that Gal's armpits have a strange green hue about them and suggest that Warner Bros digitally bleached them. This really didn't sit well with me. It's one thing to be shaved but what, we can't even see the shadow of arm pit stubble now? We all know it exists. Would audiences really care if you could see a little bit of stubble? I like to think not but maybe they would.


What do you think? Digital bleaching or just weird lighting? Hey, maybe Gal Gadot just has super-humanly smooth and green armpits.  (picture from Slate.com)

I'll admit that when I first read about this I thought it was such a non-issue, and I still think there are much bigger problems in the world, but this really interested me and the more I thought about it the more I realised it's a problem (even if it's not the biggest one).

I think another reason it has upset people is because Wonder Woman is supposed to be such a feminist icon. She represents strength, she's a freakin warrior princess fighting alongside the men and winning. This is also the first superhero movie about a female hero in recent years (Marvel I'm still waiting for the Black Widow film!) So I can see why people are angry she's conforming to these beauty standards but honestly, I'm not surprised. Movie bosses still think that super hero films are "boy films" and the best way to sell it is to make her "sexy". *cue eye roll*

Now if we look at this from a realistic and historic point of view,  Wonder Woman is an immortal Amazonian warrior and the film is set during World War 1. Now when I think of an Amazonian woman I do tend to think of the stereotypical tall, muscly and pretty hairy type woman (I think this is partly Futurama's fault.) Now obviously I haven't seen the film yet but I can't imagine someone living on a island training to be a bad ass warrior princess has either the time or the resources to worry about shaving. However I have heard rumours that Amazonian women are genetically not very hairy. Apparently this is in the comics. Now I didn't think that women would have started shaving their armpits during world war 1 as I doubt they got them out very much (modesty and all that) but actually an advertisement for a sleeveless dress in Harper's Bazaar in 1915 is what started the trend. So maybe by WW1 younger, trendier women were starting to shave, but again I doubt a warrior princess living on an island had time to read about western fashion trends.

The advert that started it all. (picture from Metro.co.uk)


In my opinion, it's sad that this is still an issue in 2017. I can understand why people were annoyed by this, but hey, maybe Wonder Woman wanted to shave her armpits and if so why can't that be ok? (digitally bleaching is not ok though Warner Bros!) I honestly feel that if they allowed at least some stubble to be shown, it could change the way society views female body hair. And I'm not just talking about Wonder Woman. We never see female characters with body hair, and maybe it's time this changed.

Well there we have it. These are my opinions on it. What do you think? Should we care about Wonder Woman's arm pits? Let me know in the comments!

See you soon,

Beth x



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16 May 2017

Lip Art With Smashbox Cosmetics Brighton

smashbox liquid lipsticks in boots brighton


I recently got to spend the evening with the lovely ladies from the Brighton Smashbox team learning how to do lip art to mark the release of their brand new lip range "Be Legendary" Liquid Lipsticks.

We met at Boots in Brighton and after about 10 minutes browsing the Smashbox counter and swooning over their new products, we were taken upstairs to a room filled with even more Smashbox goodies! On each table were a range of shades spanning from simple pinks and reds to silver and even blue! We had the chance to play around with them and see what they were like.

There are two types of the new lipsticks, metals and pigment, me being me of course I was more drawn to the metals! I've wanted to try metallic lipsticks ever since Kylie Jenner bought out her metallic lip kit range. I took my friend Kelly along with me and she went straight for the blue metal! I had a play around with some of the reds and pinks as these colours are a lot more me. My favourites were Crimson Chrome, a metallic red and Foiled Brat, a more purpley shade of metal.

smashbox be legendary liquid lipsticks

smashbox be legendary liquid lipsticks in metals and pigment pink silver red blue purple

We were introduced to VladMUA, an amazing makeup artist who specialises in some amazing lip art (including all of the ones pictured in the top image of this post!) she is also the new lip editing chief for Smashbox. Next the sequins were brought out and it was time for us to have a go!

I'd never attempted lip art before, but I new I wanted to go for something super sparkly. Similar to the Glitter Lips I had done at Move It last year. I decided to break away from my comfort zone and go for a bright purple lip shade. They just so happened to have some purple sequins to go with it which was a win. I kind of became an accidental mermaid but I loved it!

Kelly had a go at the sequins too but decided they weren't for her and went for a metallic grey instead which looked super cool. I got a bit over excited by the end and started sticking the glitter to my face to become a full on mermaid...I always have to take things just slightly too far!

lip art with smashbox brighton inspired by vladmua

smashbox products eyeshadow purple lipstick metallic liquid lipstick

mermaid makeup lip art with smashbox brighton vladmua purple sequins glitter



Overall it was a really fun evening and was great learning about this brand as I've never used any of their products before!

You can buy the new lipstick range here

See you soon,

Beth x


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9 May 2017

Working As A Runner On A Film Set

runner feature film experience

Oopsie daisy, I haven't uploaded a blog post for over a month! This blogging break was completely unintentional, in fact I have a long list of ideas saved in my phone and about 3 half written posts in my drafts. I promise I haven't just been lazy, I do have a legitimate reason for disappearing!

So I spent pretty much the whole of April on the set of a feature film working as a runner. It was the hardest yet most brilliant 3 weeks of my life. I have never experienced a film set outside of film school before and it really opened my eyes to the reality of this industry, in a good way though!

I thought I'd tell you about everything that happened and I'll try to give you some advice too. Hopefully it will come in helpful if any of you are thinking of taking on your first runner job.


WEEK 1 


Monday 10th April, I arrived at the location a complete bag of nerves. I'd never done anything like this before and I had no idea what to expect. I knew my job role was at the bottom of the hierarchy (kind of equivalent to being the intern at the office) and I wasn't sure if anyone else would even talk to me, or if they would be horrible to me because I was at the bottom. Then I remembered they all had to be in this position once and I was probably just being silly. I was also worried because I'm really not a technical person and I knew this is where I'd probably have to help out most, my skills really lean more towards the pre production and development side of things. At least I had some film school friends on the set as well, this made me feel a bit more at ease.

We were filming at the executive producers house and omg it was massive. Their garden is the size of a field and the crew got to stay in caravans in the garden! The DOP (director of photography) stayed in a tent and I honestly don't know how he managed it because our caravans were absolutely freezing at night, so god knows how he coped! Our caravan didn't even have curtains which really wasn't great. As soon as I had dumped my stuff in the caravan it was time to get to work, not even a chance to say hello to everyone properly!

runner feature film location

runner feature film location uk
Where we called home for 2 weeks


My first task was to hold up a flag pole for one of the shots. Sounds easy but it was honestly the most stressful moment of the whole shoot. I think if it had been towards the end then I would have been fine but at this point I was still so nervous. It was here that I got to meet the DOP, Director and Camera Assistant for the first time.

The first day was really difficult. Everyone was stressed and had so much to do for the shoot and I was still so nervous about everything. If I could give you one piece of advice for your first runner job it would be to RELAX. You obviously have some sort of knowledge of film to be there in the first place and most people understand you are still learning and are willing to help you. The gaffer (head of lighting) on our shoot was one of the loveliest people ever and not long out of film school himself. On the first day he took the runners on a tour of his tool shed so we had a rough idea of where everything was and what things were called. Honestly it was a lot of information given to me very quickly and I thought my head was going to explode but I learnt as the shoot went on. In fact I would say one of the biggest achievements I've taken from the set is learning so much more about lighting equipment and what it does as this is something I usually shy away from at film school.

A few days in and a couple of the runners decided it wasn't for them and went home. There was a time where I felt the same and was tempted to leave, but luckily I had the lovely Ella with me who has been on lots of film sets before and talked some sense into me. So another piece of advice I would give is to stick it out, even if it seems rough at first. I'm so glad I did because as the shoot went on it got more and more enjoyable and I've come out with all this experience, knowledge, contacts and even some new friends!

WEEK 2


By the end of the first week everyone was knackered and longing for a day off and that seemed to be exactly what we needed. The start of week 2 was great and we were joined by some new runners, Gina and Bud, who were amazing and really changed the atmosphere of the set.  The runners were also given more specific duties such as 2nd AC (helping the camera assistant) 3rd AD (helping the assistant director) or helping the art department, makeup and costume. I started the week off being the 2nd AC which was fun but I really found my element within the art department and makeup. This is something I've always been interested in but it's not really covered in my film school course so it was great to see how important these jobs really are to a film and to be able to help with them. The highlight of this entire experience was assisting the make up artist (the lovely Britney!) with the SFX makeup she had to do on one of the characters. Unfortunately I'm not allowed to say much about it or show any pictures as it's top secret stuff! This experience really opened my eyes to SFX makeup and just how much I enjoy it. I know that writing/directing is where I want to go but I really want to get more into SFX too.

runner feature film advice


The end of the second week was actually really hard for me. Our hours were really long and strange. Where as in the first week we were doing pretty much the same sort of time every day, this time it was different and my body was definitely feeling it. I was also upset by some of the sexism on set. It wasn't massive or really horrible, it was just little things I noticed, for instance whenever cups of tea were wanted or something needed to be cleared up, it was the female runners who would be called. If something needed moving then it was the male runners who would be called. It wasn't all the time but it was noticeable. There also wasn't one woman in the camera, lighting or sound department. It showed me that everything I've read and researched about women in the film industry really is happening. It's really worrying, especially as this is the industry I want to go into.

We finished the second week with two night shoots which were awesome. One took place in a tennis court filled slightly with water to become an eerie dream/memory sequence and the other was an american cop car chase. This was interesting to film on a British country lane! We tried to stop the traffic as obviously they had to drive on the opposite side of the road, but no one really listened to us!

WEEK 3

The final week was being shot in Brighton which meant we could finally say goodbye to the caravans! I've never been so happy to use my own shower or sleep in my own warm bed! By now everyone was comfortable with each other and I was a million times more confident in myself. 

The week flew by and it was actually really sad to leave at the end. We just spent 3 weeks with each other, pretty much cut off from the rest of the world and soon we were going to go back to reality. Luckily for most people, working on films is their reality. I found it really inspiring to be around people who are actually doing what they want to do with their lives and it's what I want to do too. 

On the final day I also got to be an extra in one of the scenes so I'm probably going to be famous now, just saying. 

runner extra feature film
Recognise anyone in this picture?


Wow this post was pretty long! But I hope it gave you an insight into my crazy month and helped you if you're thinking of taking on a runner job. If you've got the opportunity then I definitely think you should do it! It really is amazing to be part of a film! 

See you soon,

Beth x

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8 April 2017

Power Rangers: Stuck In Stereotypes Or Ultimate Girl Power?

(picture from inverse.com)

Today I am writing about the Power Rangers because I went to see the film at the weekend and I bloody loved it. I don't think I've ever gone into the cinema with such low expectations and ended up enjoying it so much. It says a lot that the only people in the cinema were myself, Tom and our friend Lauren but also that added to the enjoyment of it. I've been wanting to do a blog post about it all week but I wasn't sure what angle to take it from. I thought about doing a Power Rangers inspired make up look but lets be honest that's boring af. So I thought about why it is I loved it so much and I realised that  it was mainly the nostalgia of watching Power Rangers SPD when I was young, but also it was the feeling of wanting to be one, and feeling I could be one. Most super heroes are boys or targeted towards boys. Growing up the boys are told they can be the super heroes whilst the girls can are the ones who need to be saved. But in Power Rangers, the girls stand with the boys. They are a team and they are all equally powerful. This is what I loved and still love about it!


pink power rangers

Now many people would be surprised that I find Power Rangers so empowering and would argue that is is extremely stereotypical. Looking at the original cast from the TV show you can't deny it. The girls were stereotypical "girl colours" pink and yellow, the yellow ranger was played by an asian actor and the black ranger played by an african american actor. It definitely raises questions such as, why are the girls always pink or yellow? Why is the leader always a boy? Well as the series went on this started to change. For example, the pink ranger was the leader in Power Rangers Time Force, the blue ranger was a girl in Ninja Storm and the yellow one was a guy. However we're yet to see a male pink ranger, which I think would be cool to see. Looking at the new film, yes the girls are still stereotypical "girly" colours but it is trying to be more inclusive with the introduction of LGBTQ and autistic characters which lets face it are even less represented than female characters in the film industry and especially within super hero films. Many high profile comic book heros have been openly gay such as Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman and Catwoman, but when it comes to the screen they are portrayed as straight. Having the yellow portrayed as gay/struggling with her sexuality is a big step for blockbuster films.

Another argument is that the pink ranger is too girly, but I think this is what makes her great. She is a girly girl but can hold her own against the bad guys just as well as the boy rangers can. If you were a girl growing up in the 90s/00s then I can bet you played power rangers at break time and I can almost guarantee you fought your friend to be the pink ranger. Not because we thought she was the only one we could be, but because she was who we wanted to be. She showed us we could be more than one thing, that it was okay to be girly but that didn't mean we couldn't kick some ass too if we wanted.

And so that brings me to the end of possibly the nerdiest post I have ever written on this blog. I sincerely hope the film sold more than 3 tickets because it opened for a sequel and I am so ready to get behind this franchise.

Did you want to be the pink ranger growing up? Let me know in the comments!

See you soon, 

Beth x

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15 March 2017

We Don't Need To Be F-Rated

female cinematographer

The equality of women in the film industry is something that's very important to me, in fact, I wrote THIS post on my thoughts about it a few months ago. So when I heard about IMDB approving the new F Rating system you think I'd be thrilled, but in reality I can't think of anything worse for us!

For those not in the know, the F Rating is a classification for any film which is directed by a woman, written by a woman or stars two significant women on screen in their own right (not a girlfriend or mother character.) Films that have all 3 of these requirements receive a special "Triple F Rating". Popular F Rated films include Moana, Girl On The Train and Hidden Figures just to name a few.

Founded in 2014 by Holly Tarquini, head of Bath film festival, her goal was to help support women and drive equality into the film industry. Unfortunately I think the F Rating does the complete opposite.

film student with clapper board

female film maker

Giving these films a special rating shows that they are different from the "norm", the norm being films made by men. It makes it a novelty thing when what we really want and need is for our films to be treated and valued the same way that films by men are. I realise this paragraph can come across as quite man-hating and that's the opposite of what I want. I want men and women to be treated equally, not one more than the other or one better than the other. I found a quote by Gloria Steinem (feminist, journalist and political activist) which I think explains it perfectly.

"Just as there are "novelists" and then "women novelists," there are "movies" and then "chick flicks." Whoever is in power takes over the noun -- and the norm -- while the less powerful get an adjective."

Making a list of "female" films does just this. Rather than taking a step towards equality, the F rating takes a big step back. 

Another issue that bothers me is that it's only female directors, writers or actors who qualify for this rating. What about female cinematographers, sound recordists, gaffers or producers? There are so many women bossing it throughout the film industry so if you're going to celebrate them, you need to celebrate them all. Technical jobs such as cinematographer and gaffer are thought of as "men's jobs" possibly even more than writer, director and actor roles so it's really important to champion these. 

girl film makers


Some people may also actively avoid these films, missing the point entirely and just thinking they are feminist rants rather than normal films that just happen to be made by or about women. 

One last thing that bothers me is that there are only 22000 F-Rated films on IMDB. This sounds like quite a lot until you realise there is a total of over 4 million films on that site. This just shows that something needs to be done to improve equality in the film industry, but I don't think this is it. 

So, what do you think? Do you agree with me or are you backing the F-Rating? Let me know in the comments!

See you soon,

Beth x



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7 March 2017

Latest In Beauty | Beauty And The Beast Boxes


If there is one thing I know about little girls, it is that we all spent one time in our lives wanting to be a Disney Princess. Whilst most girls nowadays dream of being Anna or Elsa, girls my age all wanted to be Belle.

I am so looking forward to the live action remake of Beauty And The Beast, especially after falling in love with the Cinderella remake a few years ago. I am excited by anything Disney Princess themed anyway, so imagine my reaction when Latest In Beauty invited me to try their Beauty And The Beast themed box! 

In case you don't know, Latest In Beauty are a monthly subscription box that allows you to pick and choose the beauty products you receive each month. However their Beauty And The Beast Box is slightly different. They have curated two limited boxes, one for the beauties and one for the beasts! Obviously I received the Beauty Box, but I'm really glad they have included the guys in this because they often get left out. 

Latest In Beauty teamed up with a number of french brands for this box which is a nice touch as the film is set in France. The products inside include:

BURT'S BEES LIPSTICK
L'OCCITANE ROSES ET REINES HAND & NAIL CREAM
SOIGNÉ BETTERAVES ROUGES NAIL POLISH
LATEST IN BEAUTY GOLD COMPACT MIRROR
GATINEAU RADIANCE ENHANCING GOMMAGE
ORIBE GOLD LUST DRY SHAMPOO
CAUDALIE VINOSOURCE MOISTURIZING SORBET







My favourites so far are definitely the Soigne nail polish and the Burt's Bees lipstick. I got the shade Blush Basin which is the perfect nude shade for me which is great as I've been looking for a new one to wear when I'm at work or don't feel like wearing a really bold lip. Due to my job I haven't worn nail polish for nearly 6 months now but this one has tempted to me to wear it on my days off! I also really like the L'occitane hand and nail cream as my hands get dry really easily. It's small size means it's perfect to fit in my bag or even just my coat pocket and take everywhere! I am yet to try the other products but I know the Oribe dry shampoo won't last long in my house!

Now you may think this is the end of the blog post, but the treats from Latest In Beauty didn't end there! A couple of days after the initial email about the box, I received an invitation to their Beauty And The Beast themed event in London. The invitation arrived in the post with a wax envelope seal (well done to Emma for that!) I was beginning to feel like a princess already.



I hopped on my carriage (also known as the Gatwick Express) with my blogging bestie Georgia and we made our way to the Lanesborough Hotel. We met fellow blogger, Izzy, at Hyde Park and crossed the road to the hotel. It took us a few minutes to actually pluck up the courage to go inside. We spent a moment looking at how grand it was with the posh cars outside, much too fancy for two Lancing girls! We eventually made our way to the entrance where we were met by two doormen. We expected them to ask us why we were there but instead they opened the doors for us and said "Good afternoon ladies, enjoy your stay." WOW. That was one of the highlights of my night.



I don't think we were quite prepared for what the inside of the hotel looked like, the room the event was being held in was especially beautiful, I really felt like I was in a real castle. We were greeted by the lovely ladies from Latest In Beauty who made us feel so welcome! I soon spotted something at the other end of the room...the infinity rose!





It was even more beautiful in real life and I want one in my house. There was a rumour that it was the one used in the film, but I'll let you decide if you think that's true or not! This wasn't the only attraction. There were hand massages and manicures being offered and a man playing the piano (very classy) as well as champagne and yummy canopies being offered all evening.

If the evening wasn't great enough already, we soon met up with 3 more blogging girls - Sara, Alicia and Mel. Georgia and I had met them before at the Blogosphere Christmas event so it was great to catch up with them! We chatted and giggled all evening, it's great to have a group of friends who all blog because we all understand each other and the issues that non blogging friends may not understand!




I just want to thank Latest In Beauty for inviting me to such a wonderful event and giving me one of their limited edition Beauty And The Beast Boxes. If you would like one then you can click HERE.


Beauty And The Beast comes out on the 17th of March. Are you looking forward to the release?

See you soon, 

Beth x




*The products featured in this post were sent to me for review, however all opinions are and always will be, 100% my own


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