Annie’s London Lush Haul

A: As you know, Chloe and I had a little trip to London a couple of weeks ago to attend the #bloggersfestival – and we seeked out Lush on Regent Street because it’s one of our favourite shops.

Firstly, the staff were so lovely – we know this is a standard Lush procedure but they really were. They are always super helpful and recommend all sorts of lovely products to you. Here’s what I went for:

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The Comforter – Bubble Bar 

“Sometimes you just need to shut yourself off from the outside world under a blanket of fruity foam that will put you back in the right frame of mind to face the world. This bar is supersized, so you’ll only need to crumble half a bar under your tap to make enough bubbles for a long, comforting soak. Cassis absolute gives a distinctive blackcurrant fragrance, while bergamot adds an uplifting note.”

I went for the classic Comforter Bubble Bar – I had been walking around London all weekend and I was super excited to get home, have a cup of tea and a nice bath, and what better way to finish off a weekend than with a Lush bath. As you can see, I didn’t even have time to take a photo before I used it (soz, I was way too excited). I hadn’t actually tried this before and Chloe suggested I give it a go, I’m so happy she did because it really is lovely. It smells beautiful and makes your bath super pink, whilst making your skin feel super soft and luxurious. The ‘ribena berry’ scent stays with you for ages and the bubble factor is pretty impressive too – which is always a bonus in my book. These are £4.50 but you can get at least two uses, maybe more, out of one.

Ultrabland – Cleanser

“Based on an ancient Greek formula for cold cream, Ultrabland is beautifully simple and very effective. Made with almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey, this cleanser removes all traces of dirt and makeup, without stripping away your skin’s natural defences. Smooth over the face, any dirt will cling to the cream and you can remove it with a warm damp cloth or cotton wool. “

A cult classic, but something I haven’t ever tried before. I’ve been using the Benefit They’re Real eyeliner which can be a little tricky to remove so Chloe recommended this cause she said it removes her They’re Real Mascara really well (I know, she should go work for Lush). I have only used it a few times so far, and I have found it to be a little greasy but I am going to persevere. It does leave my skin looking and feeling visibly clear and clean but the morning after, I have woken up an oily/greasy t-zone – which is not something that I normally wake up with. This is £6.95 for the small pot.

Mint Julips Lip Scrub

“A gentle lip scrub with more than a hint of mint humbug about it. Turn chapped lips into mint-choc chip lips: warming peppermint and sweet vanilla combine with real sugar crystals give your lips (and tastebuds) a service, leaving them primed for smooth lipstick application. As soon as you gently rub Mint Julips on your lips, you’ll feel its invigorating peppermint oil tingling away while the sugar crystals buff away any flaky skin.”

Chloe and I both bought one of these, but she went for a different flavour (is that the right word? it smells good enough to eat so we will go with that). With the weather turning a little cooler, chapped lips are on the horizon – but this should deter them. It smells like After Eights too, which is always a reminder of Christmas and chocolate treats (can you tell I’m excited for winter?). I can’t wait to use this, so I will be letting you know what I think in a review as soon as I can. It’s priced at £5.50 and although it’s a small pot, but I think it will last a while.

What are you holy grail Lush products? #twolittleowls

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The ‘Super Fun Time Excellence Good Nice Blogger Fancy Person’ Award

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A & C: We got nominated for an award recently by Rachael from “rachwat” so we thought we had better reply with our answers to her questions! (we love these posts as we are very nosey).

1. What’s your most recent purchase?

C: We recently went to London and visited Lush. I got Eau Roma Water, MMMelting Marshmallow Moment and the bubblegum lip scrub.

A: Again, from our Lush Trip the Mint Julips Lip Scrub, the Comforter Bubblebar and Ultrabland. Post to come soon!

2. If you could get one product for free, what would you choose and why?

C: A Burberry handbag, because I love them so much and I will never be able to afford one (unless I win the lottery)

A: A mac book. I want/need one so bad :(
3. What’s you’re favourite nail varnish?

C: I am far too fickle to have a favourite nail varnish for longer than about a week. Currently I am loving my Soigne nail polish in Persimmon. The perfect Summer to Autumn shade.

A: I Love a black nail varnish and my Leighton Denny sees me right through the year.
4. What’s your hair saviour?

C: my tangle teezer! I have no idea how I used to cope without it, my hair is so thick and unruly!

A: gotta be the same as Chloe on this one – my tangle teezer is the best hair product purchase I’ve made!
5. What is your favourite piece of clothing?

C: my new “janket” – we made that word up. Its basically a blanket/jacket in a monochrome/tartan pattern and its amazing. I won’t ruin it too much as it will definitely be featured in an OOTD soon!

A: my Mum recently knitted me a crazy cardigan and it’s so warm and snuggly and lovely. Not the most fashionable thing I own but it’s one of those things that you can put on and don’t even care what you look like cause it’s just TOO comfy.
6. What’s your favourite candle scent?

C: currently it is my toasted marshmallow Yankee Candle, but I love all Yankee Candles!

A: I love my chocolate orange scents that I use in my Bomb Cosmetics oil burner. Not gonna lie, I’ve been very tempted to eat them.

7. What are you most excited for this Autumn?

C: Autumn clothes, having the fire going, buying loads more boots that I do not need and wearing woolly socks in bed!

A: candles, autumn food, Halloween (YES), cosy cardies, woolly tights, crisp cool mornings, having the woodburner on at home, boots, using my new umbrella, wearing my parker. I basically love this time of year and could go on forever.

8. What’s your go to fragrance?

C: Amor Amor by Cacharel. I have always loved it

A: Jimmy Choo Flash
9.What drink do you order at a coffee shop?

C: I don’t really shop in coffee shops? I like to save my pennies for make up/clothes! I drink black coffee though, because I’m hardcore like that.

A: Those really yummy (calorific) strawberry and cream coolers from Costa are my fav.

10. Do you think you’ll still be blogging in five years?

A & C: we really hope so!

We tag everyone who reads this post – let us know what your answers are, we love reading about you! #twolittleowls

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Chloe’s Top Going-to-University tips!

C: Although it has been a while (I’m not that old I promise) since my first year at Uni, I know a lot of people will be starting their first year soon and its super scary. I thought I would share with you some of the tips/facts I have learnt along the way and hopefully they might help some of you!

1. everyone else is new too – don’t forget that everybody else is in exactly the same position as you on moving in day. Very few people will have picked a University because their friends are going etc so everyone is just as nervous and in the same boat. It’s an easy one to forget.

2. cake and wine are your best friends – on my first day I made my mother hubbard make me her famous malteser cake to take with me and my dad bought me a couple of bottles of wine (and vodka) when we went food shopping. So as soon as everybody had finished unpacking (/chucked all boxes in their room but their mums had made their beds up) I cracked out the cake. Everyone likes cake and its a nice way to introduce yourself and start getting to know each other (ie if they don’t like cake pick new friends).

3. freshers week is for having fun, not for being a douche – freshers week is amazing, as you haven’t started lectures yet and you have a whole week of fun so you can get to know the people you live with. Don’t be the person who gets so drunk the first night out that everyone else has to look after you. First impressions count for a lot, and you want to be having fun and getting to know everyone, not throwing up in a dirty student union toilet.

4. its okay if you don’t like drinking/going out – everybody is different and some people just don’t like clubbing. If you are one of these people (I was in my second and third year) then don’t feel pressured into doing anything you don’t want to do. You can pre-drink with everyone/go to the bars and have a couple and then head home and be the non-hungover one in the morning who saves everyones lives with bacon sandwhiches.

5. stock up on food – I am guessing your parentals will be dropping you and your many possessions off at uni so get them to take you food shopping before they go home (probably crying because their baby is all grown up like my mum did). Don’t just buy a weeks worth of food, think about stocking up on cans/frozen essentials as when you come to do your shopping the next week you will have less heavy stuff to carry home!

6. drunk people will eat all your food – fact. Hide food you don’t want eating/keep it in your locked room. I have no other advice on this, other than the fact you should expect it!

7. be sociable – when you first arrive leave your bedroom door propped open so people can pop in and say hello (don’t leave it open if you are not there… I will get to that next). We also left our apartment door propped open so people in the flats near us could come over and introduce themselves.

8. don’t leave your bedroom unlocked/unattended – you will go back to find all of your possessions have been wrapped in clingfilm, there are strange drawings all over your walls or your floor is covered in little cups of water so you can’t go anywhere. Obviously though, if someone else has left their room open… you should do all of the above to them.

9. Go to uni – you have moved away and gone through all the stress of meeting new people so you can actually leave with a degree in a few years time. Lectures and seminars (although sometimes boring) are important and you should go. Lecturers might seem mean but they are pushing you to learn and improve. If you need help ask for it.

10. your mum WILL ring you all the time – and I mean ALL the time. Be nice and ring her/your dad whilst walking to meet your friends or walking into uni. It doesn’t take up any of your time but they will know you are safe and happy parents = easier life.

11. clean sometimes – a boring but essential part of moving out. Keep on top of it and it will be much easier. Wash your plates etc up and you wont have the problem of other people using them/breaking them. If you share a bathroom with someone make sure you do your fair share of the cleaning. This can be difficult (as I experienced) as someone I lived with liked things to be super clean alllll the time and so always cleaned it before I got a chance and then moaned about it. Don’t be the gross one – this includes you boyz.

12. have dinner parties – I use this term loosely… as student food often doesn’t live up to the term used. However, if you have a weekly dinner party and everyone takes their turn to cook for everyone, that saves you having to cook all the time. It is also a nice way to socialise with your flatmates and a good excuse to drink wine.

13. don’t spend all your money in Freshers week – I know… your student loan comes in and suddenly you think you are absolutely rich! You buy a new outfit for every night out, new make up and spend loads of money on going out and getting taxis. then suddenly… its mid November, one month until you finish for Christmas and you have zero money and eat nothing but cereal for weeks. It happens to us all, and I have to say the Frostie diet is very effective but not ideal. Budget a little bit and you will be fine.

14. Join social clubs -  everyone told me this… and obviously I ignored them as I thought it was lame at the time but I was wrong and I regret it. Social groups are amazing for meeting new people with similar interests to you and are great for putting on your CV.

15. sport social clubs - = massive drinking sessions /initiations /lots of nights out. If you like that sort of thing then wahoooooo! If that’s not your cup of tea but you are a super hockey player then still join but be warned. Don’t give in to peer pressure if it’s not something you want to do.

16. going home feels epic – I didn’t go home until the Christmas holidays and I was in absolute awe at how clean everything was, how amazing my old bed felt and how tasty my mothers cooking was. Eat as much as you can and fatten up after the Frostie diet (you will end up doing it again soon anyway).

17. be yourself - I know everyone says you can re-create yourself at uni etc etc but ultimately you need to just be yourself and enjoy it. There will be so many new friends to make and people who like you for who you are. Have fun.

18. fancy dress is essential – many student nights (especially at student unions) will be fancy dress so if you have some stuff take it with you! If you don’t then you can get stuff once you know the theme. If you don’t want to spend much money then I found Primark and a little imagination to be very effective!

19. don’t forget your friends from college/sixth form/back home – you will be super busy getting settled in, partying and starting lectures but you still need to make time to catch up with old friends. I found facebook group threads were great for this, and one of my friends used to write me letters (sometimes I got sweets in them!) which was so personal and due to posting etc didn’t take up much time as we only used to write once a week!

20. have fun –  enjoy it!

Hope that has helped you guys or atleast was an interesting read! Let me know what you think/feel free to ask me any questions! #twolittleowls

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You Beauty Discovery Box September Edition

A: I received my You Beauty Box this week and as usual, I was really excited to show you what’s in it.

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I love this beauty box because you get to choose two of your products, and you receive a full size version of these. You then get a mixture of samples which can be skincare, hair care, make up or lifestyle products. This box is just £6.95 including postage and packaging – I think this is a massive bargain. Plus, YBD are celebrting their 1st birthday this month – so the boxes are even more exciting.

Wild About Beauty Nutrilips Colour Lipstick SPF15

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“Perfect summer essential. Wild About Beauty‘s beautifully lightweight lipstick will leave your lips with a wash of sheer colour and soft shine finish. With added beneficial ingredients including Wild Mango Butter, Argan Oil and SPF protection this lipstick doubles up as a nourishing and moisturising treatment for lips.”

This is one of the products I chose and I received it in the shade Eve. Sadly, when I opened this it was broken – the whole lipstick had broken off at the bottom so it isn’t very usable. I emailed the team at YBD and they replied super quickly saying they were really sorry and they will send a replacement out ASAP. The colour is a lovely coral which looks sheer but also build-able, and moisturising mango butter gives it a lovely scent so I can’t wait to use it! This costs £15 on the Wild About Beauty website.

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm

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“Packed with lip-loving ingredients, this glossy gel balm protects & hydates lips instantly. After the balm wears off, lips are left tinted with a flattering, personalized hue just for you (colour & intensity depends on pH level of lips). Twist-up crayon requires no sharpening.”

I’ve been wanting to try some Pixi products for so long so I was really excited when this was availabe to add to my box this month (I realise I chose two lip products – but hey, a beauty blogger can never have too many lipsticks, right?) I received this in the shade Unique Pink and I love it. It’s super sheer and will be perfect for every day wear. This costs £12 from the Pixi website.

Crabtree & Evelyn Afternoon Tea and NEW Green Tea with Blackberry

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“Crabtree & Evelyn recognizes that the English ritual of drinking tea is as intrinsic today as when it first became popular centuries ago. Each tea bag carefully tagged and enveloped and is carefully crafted to offer a quality blend.”

I do love a good fruit tea and I haven’t tried any from this brand before, I can’t wait to give them a go. A box of 25 sachets costs £3.50.

Toni & Guy Glamour Volume Pumping Hair Whip

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“TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe Volume Plumping Whip is the ultimate hair treat to give your locks all-day body and bounce from the roots. The non-sticky formulation lifts hair for glamorous, voluptuous volume without any fly-aways.”

This was an extra product in everyone’s box this month as part of YBD’s birthday celebration. I LOVE big hair so this is a perfect product for me, and I received a full-size version. It costs £7.19 and can be bought from Boots.

Hello Fresh Voucher

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I also received a £25 voucher for Hello Fresh – a company which sources recipes and ingredients for you to make delicious meals – and delivers them straight to you door. I am so excited to use this, and after having a browse on their website I can choose their ‘Classic Box’ which offers 3 meals for 2 people for £39, meaning i have to pay just £14 with my voucher. I will be ordering my box this week and I can’t wait to share with you what I receive and make!

I also received a Foam Puff for make-up application, which is a handy little extra. These can be bought at all most drug stores for around £1.99 for 3.

This month’s box comes to a total value £60.13, which is £53.18 more than I paid. Amazing value for some amazing products. I can’t wait to test all of these and share my reviews with you.

Have you tried the You Beauty Discovery Box? #twolittleowls

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Review: September Pink Parcel

C: my second Pink Parcel arrived today, and as my August review went down so well I thought I would write a little review on this months as well (if you would like to see my previous box click here). As mentioned previously this is a subscription based around your time of the month, supplying your period essentials as well as some extra little treats to cheer you up. This costs £9.95 (including postage) for each box, but you can have a trial box for only £5.95. You just update your cycle dates and Pink Parcel will make sure you have everything you need, you even get to pick your tampon brand/type and pads are being made available soon! So anyway… over to the box itself.

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As I mentioned last month, the packaging is super discreet so any of you that are embarrassed by your time of the month (you shouldn’t be!) can rest easily as no one will be able to tell what the postman has brought. Each box contains a “for now” bag which contains 5 tampons to put into your handbag (I found this very useful last month as I ALWAYS forget, I’m not very good at being a girl), along with two boxes “for later” which both contain 10 more tampons – so 25 in total! Once again these are nice to put in your bathroom cabinet as no one can tell whats in them.

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On to the fun part – apologies for the bad photo, the tree outside/clouds did not make it easy for me.

Elizabeth Arden, Beautiful Colour Maximum Volume Mascara - Described as being able to dramatically thicken lashes as it separates and defines. It is also claimed as being smudge-proof and lasts all day. I was really excited to get this (I had cheated and looked at a spoiler already!) as it is a mascara I haven’t tried before and a well-loved brand. 10 points to Gryffindor Pink Parcel.

Witch Naturally Clear Anti-Blemish Redness Relief Moisturiser - apparently corrects redness and helps soothe skin. Clinique is my HG moisturiser provider but I am happy to try out others, especially those that apparently will reduce redness! My father-in-law apparently loves Witch products so they must be good!

Garnier 5 Sec Perfect Blur Smoothing Protecting Primer - another welcome addition to my box! I am currently using Benefits Porefessional primer and previously used a Mac one so it is great to try something that is more affordable/pink so will look nice in my make up bag.

As some other little extras I also got a Teapigs, tummy tonic peppermint teabag, perfect to reduce bloating during this troublesome time of month (I’ve got a food baby from eating too much carrot cake earlier, so hopefully this will help!). I also got another bar of Doisy & Dom’s maca, vanilla & cacao organic dark chocolate, and although I received the same bar last month I am pretty happy about it as it is AMAZING!. I’m still not entirely sure maca is, so please do enlighten me if you know! And last, but not least I got a little voucher for a free glass of bubbly at Cafe Rouge when purchasing any main meal – winner!

Overall I am really happy with my Pink Parcel this month! Unfortuately I will have to pause my subscription this month as my bathroom is over run with tampons (any chance we can just get sent the treats?!) but I really do love this subscription. An absolute bargain at £9.95! What do you guys thing? #twolittleowls

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#bloggersfestival: Meet the Brands

A&C: we recently posted a little teaser post, including some of the people we met at the bloggersfestival and a few selfies so now we would like to show you the brands that we met! Scarlett London did an amazing job at getting such lovely brands to showcase their new lines/products and we loved our little sneak peak into the Autumnal trends, here are our favourites/photos:

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We started at Quiz Clothing and we loved their designs for next season especially a full length silver sequinned dress – unfortunately we cannot justify spending pennies on something we would probably end up wearing around the house, as we don’t go to many balls!

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Urban Outfitters were next, and their Autumn collection looks AMAZING! Chloe fell in love with a beautiful monochrome jumper, which is definitely getting bought when it becomes available online. We love UO anyway, so it was a massive treat to see their future lines before they are released.

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Izabelle Hammon were doing manicures with their beautiful nail stickers, unfortunately our nails had studs and glitter on (of course) so we couldn’t have ours done but we got a few treats to take away and try at home.

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We then got to try out Bee Good‘s current range of skincare products (who apparently started out by making the products in their kitchen!) and got to take away a lovely honey and vanilla lip balm (and Annie obviously got a bee shaped biscuit to eat later) a review of which will be coming your way soon.

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Ecco and Minimum were showcasing their products, and although they weren’t somewhere we normally shop we have definitely changed our minds! Just look at this amazing jacket from Minimum and the Ecco shoes Annie wanted to steal!

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We then saw Want Her Dress and their team were lovely. Carol, the owner was especially lovely and we spent ages talking to her about the amazing collection they had brought with them to showcase. They are also running a campaign around body shapes, and dressing for your shape. Want Her Dress aim to dress real women, with real shapes – something we agree with due to our extra lady lumps (sorry this is a little blurry, we had just finished out champange cocktails and it’s the only photo we had of this brand). This was Annie’s favourite dress – a pleated maxi dress in a gorgeous deep green.

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Then, we met the Very team and we chatted to a lovely man (we didn’t get his business card which is sad, cos he was nice) and tried to steal (jokes) a dress which Annie was in love with and some sequinned shorts which had Chloe’s name all over them. You seriously need to keep an eye out for their new Autumn clothes as there were so many beauties, we were given a voucher for £10 off their website and I think it will be put to very good use!

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We then went to visit Lee Stafford (not Lee himself, alas) where we could discuss our hair problems (basically we have too much/crazy hair) and what products would help. This was great, as it meant everyone got personalised advice and could take a few treats home to try too.

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Oriflame were also showcasing some of their beautiful products, which we got some lovely photos of. The colours of the nail varnishes look AMAZING and Francesca was super helpful, talking us through the products and just having a lovely chat in general.

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We then met Natalie from Search Laboratory - a digital markteing agency who specialise in PPC and SEO. Natalie was so helpful, explaining about all of the internetty stuff which we definately need to know more about. Again, she was so lovely to chat to, which was one of our favourite things about the event – the fact that people just want to talk and get to know who you are, what you’re about and about your blog.

We apologise for all the photos/rambling, but we hope you enjoyed a little sneak peak into the Autumn trends/lines that will be coming available! Let us know what you think #twolittleowls

*A special thank you to Jennifer from Search Labs for permission to use some of their amazing photos.

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Our First Blogging Event: #bloggersfestival

A & C: on Saturday (6th September) we were invited by Scarlett London to our very first bloggers event! We absolutely loved it, and wanted to share our experience with you lovely followers, so apologies in advance for the large amount of photos and excited rambling that may be associated with the next few posts from us – we’ve decided to break the weekend down into a 2 or 3 posts because we managed to fit in so many exciting things.

First of all the event took place at Paramount, Centre Point in London. Probably one of the most amazing venues we have ever seen! The views were amazing and we felt super posh going to an event in such an amazing building.

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As we came out of the lift (floor 31!) we were greeted by waitresses with raspberry and strawberry champagne.

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We then went round the many different brands areas, which included: Quiz Clothing, Urban Outfitters, BeeGood UK, Izabelle Hammon, Want Her Dress, Very, Lee Stafford, Ecco, Minimum, Oriflame (who brought along Gary Cockerill to do makeovers!), Sweet Pizzas and Search Labs. We took so many photos that we shall be posting about them in a separate post, so we can show you their future collections and the items we loved.

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As it was our first blogging event we were unsure of what to expect but it was such a brilliant day. If you haven’t been to a meet up before, it is amazing for networking with brands as well as meeting lots of like minded people (you can take strange pictures/selfies without everyone thinking you are a weirdo). It was great to chat to lots of other bloggers, especially Beth (from Beauty in Beta) and Monica (from MothLoves) both bloggers who we follow and love – check out their blogs, you won’t regret it! We now have plenty of inspiration for posts as well as finding some lovely new blogs to read.

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Here’s an obligatory selfie we took whilst we were at the event, looking pretty happy with ourselves. Annie’s hair was super ginger, but she went for the classic winged eyeliner and a matte lipstick in a brownish/nude. Chloe was very daring and wore bright purple lipstick with a grey and silver smokey eye and winged liner. Let us know if you would like a post on how we created these looks!

We have to admit, this is a bit of a teaser post; we shall be posting about all of the amazing brands that showcased and our super exciting goody bags, as well as the rest of our weekend in London in the next few days – so keep following!

Let us know what you think! #twolittleowls

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