The Debenhams Beauty Gala

30 Sep

Last week, I went along to Debenhams in the Bullring for their Beauty Gala event. The evening which was open to the public allowed shoppers to take part in beauty workshops from brands such as Bare Minerals, Urban Decay and Elemis as well as exclusive on the night discounts and samples.


It was great to see women of all ages at the event who like me are always learning new tricks and tips. After some complimentary drinks and nibbles, I took my seat for the first beauty workshop which was from brand Fashion Fair. This was the first time I had come across this brand and i’m not sure why! Apparently they have been in the Bullring Debenhams since it opened but I have never really noticed them before which I sort of felt embarrassed admitting. They are based right next to the YSL counter which I have visited several times before…

Anyway, after my confession I was keen to find out more so when I was asked to be their model for the evening I thought ‘why not?’


I was asked about my skincare by my lovely MUA David whilst he prepped my skin. I was little shy getting up on that stage but I was put at ease by the audience. Fashion Fair makeup is particularly ideal for dark and brown skin. It can be an absolute pain trying to find foundations and makeup products that actually match or go with your skin-tone. As David went through the makeup routine, giving tips, the audience and myself (no surprises there) were allowed to ask questions. The products David used were mainly from their new collection. Now, I have to admit that when David said he was going to add some blue eyeshadow to my lids I was like eek. I could see some of the ladies in the audience thinking the same. But once David did it, I could see their faces looking impressed and when I got to see what he had done I was so impressed too. I loved the blue!! I forgot to ask what the colour was though boo but I might go back and ask soon! I’d definitely recreate that look for a night out.


These close ups have to stop!

These close ups have to stop!

The rest of the evening was an eye opener too. I sat through a Benefit workshop where they told the audience of the new products such as “They’re Real” mascara and eye-liner and gift sets available. Sian from Tea-An- Toast Blog was their model and her makeup looked quite good. I have the mascara but have to admit I wasn’t too keen on the eye-liner. I have recently started getting my brows done at the Bullring Benefit Brow Bar so I was already a convert but enjoyed the brow workshop as modelled by the lovely Chloe from The Gastronomic Gorman blog.



It was a fun evening, catching up with the other bloggers and chatting to the different concessions. I also managed to squeeze in an Elemis facial as captured by Emma from the blog FashionMommy! If that wasn’t enough, we were all given an epic goody bag from Debenhams! Me & my mum have had a lot of fun going through it haha.


These kind of evenings are great for shoppers to find out more about their favourite brands and to discover new brands. I do hope Debenhams do these beauty gala’s regularly as it seemed like everyone was enjoying themselves- me included!

Do you shop regularly at the Debenhams Beauty hall? Let us know your favourite brands! 

Images taken by WardrobeMag




Say my name- Tatty Devine

24 Sep

Here at Wardrobe, we’re all massive fans of Sex and the City. I mean, it’s no coincidence that they were a gang of four and so are we? Oh and while we may not have their budget, our wardrobes aren’t half bad either. So it’s not a surprise that we’re influenced by  one of our favourite shows.


The one thing that we all wanted when we first met years ago was a name necklace. Carrie’s iconic necklace inspired us to want our own. There was a debate whether name necklaces were tacky but we were all in agreement that done the right way they could be an understated stylish touch to an outfit.

I never got my ‘Carrie’ necklace until now.

Not only did Tatty Devine gift us this amazing necklace with our blog name but they offered me a chance to get my own name designed- how could I refuse?


Off I went to Selfridges where they have a concession on the fourth floor. I didn’t know what to expect but the sales advisor Bethany was so helpful. Choosing a name necklace is really easy and actually you don’t even need to have your name. Once you’ve decided what you want on your necklace you go to step 2- picking a colour. With so many styles to choose from I went for a mirror gold finish. Note that you get a bigger colour range online then you do in store. I decided to use the font ‘Sundae’ for my name necklace after looking at an example. I wanted something quite simple and felt that style ticked that box.


You can also choose a charm to put on your necklace. It was always going to be an anchor- always. Although I do love skulls too… I decided I wanted my anchor to be a different colour so chose a glitter black finish. I needed Bethany’s help for this as I just couldn’t pick a colour! I picked a gold chain to go with my necklace and that was that- done!


A few days later I collected my necklace and was so chuffed with it. I’m glad I picked gold as it’s a colour that will go with most things.

I waited a long time to get a ‘Carrie’ necklace but instead I got a ‘Sunny’ one and you know, I’m glad. It’s individual, just like me! :)

Have you got a name necklace?


The Selfridges Beauty Experience

23 Sep

Ah Selfridges. A place where all my hard earned cash seems to go.

If it’s not the beauty counters it’s the Paperchase concession- but mainly the beauty counter.

Recently, the whole beauty floor has had a refurbishment. It has got bigger and a lot better. I’ve had a browse around since the new floor opened but a few weeks ago, the lovely Rose (personal beauty shopper at Selfridges) invited me down for a tour. Now, as you know my beauty knowledge is not that great so I jump at the chance to learn something new and to annoy the hell out of the assistants with my constant questions ha!

Selfridges Birmingham

Now, there are so many skincare and makeup brands- not only on the beauty floor but in general that it is hard to know what to try and what to avoid. Obviously, the brands in Selfridges are a lot more pricier than your high street brands so I only like to buy something that I know is a worthy investment. How do I know that though? Mainly from trying the items through makeovers, asking my friends and of course reading beauty blogs.

Selfridges Birmingham

When I spoke to Rose about this, she gave me a quick synopsis of all the brands and took me to the counters she thought I should definitely try.

First up was RMK- a Japanese cosmetics and skincare brand. How have I never noticed them before???  Two words: cleansing balm. BUT more on this over the next few weeks as I was invited down to have a little makeover – trust me you don’t want to miss that haha.

Selfridges Birmingham Bobbi Brown

Then I was taken to Bobbi Brown- now this is a brand I have used in the past. In fact, when I wanted to learn how to wear makeup, I actually bought her makeup manual. Godsend! However, my last visit to the counter at Selfridges wasn’t the best. I was ignored, despite me being ready to part my cash with them. Out of frustration, I left and vented my disappointment via Twitter- standard. Rose & the Bobbi Brown staff apologised and asked me to give them another go, which I did. With my friends wedding looming, I wanted to learn how to do a daytime smokey eye. You can book in for free masterclasses at the concession which is really handy. My MUA went through every step with me and answered all my questions. I was so impressed with my look, I bought one of the cream shadow sticks (£20.00). I did try it myself a few days later at the wedding. Of course it wasn’t as good but practice makes perfect right?

I hate doing these poses! But trust me, my eyes looked good.

I hate doing these poses! But trust me, my eyes looked good.

The beauty hall is full of lots of other brands such as Charlotte Tilbury. Also new on the beauty hall is the beauty workshop- a place to go to for all your beauty needs. You can get your nails done, brows and your hair at the Umberto Giannini dry bar. No doubt, I’ll be visiting the dry bar when the Christmas party season starts.

Image from Selfridges

Image from Selfridges


My last stop was Jo Malone. Again, one I have heard lots about but i’ve never really investigated the brand. I thought they just did candles but they also do bespoke fragrances. I’m not really a ‘fragrance’ person but that didn’t stop me sniffing all the bottles! I sat down with the sales advisor and we found what kind of smell I liked- it was quite interesting (fruity and light FYI). I also didn’t realise they do hand and arm massages using the products. Bonus, because my right arm REALLY needed it. That’s what you get for carrying a Mary Poppins bag. The fragrance I chose was ‘Peony & Blush Suede’ which was nice. However, I sneezed all the way home boo. I think I’ll avoid having it all over my body, my nose is obvs too sensitive.

Selfridges Birmingham


I enjoyed my tour and especially trying out the ‘new’ brands. However, after spending FAR too much money on makeup in one day, I might have to keep away from the beauty hall for a bit…

Oh I also stopped by at Urban Decay...

Oh I also stopped by at Urban Decay…

Have you visited the new Selfridges Birmingham Beauty Hall? Which makeup or skincare brand do you recommend? 

Images taken by WardrobeMag unless stated


Shop the AW14 Collection for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

18 Sep

Next month will be Breast Cancer Awareness Month and once again you can help raise funds for charity by simply popping to the shops and spending some hard-earned cash!

Breakthrough Breast Cancer have unveiled their AW14 collection for Breast Cancer Awareness and it’s full of beautiful things for your wardrobe, make-up drawer and home. They’ve teamed up with Debenhams, Stella & Dot, Laura Ashley and many more this year and I really love what’s available.

At least 10% of each item sold will be donated to charity, so you can definitely shop knowing it’s for a good cause.

Here are my picks from the collection.

ghd Coral Bird of Paradise Styler

ghd Coral Bird of Paradise Styler, £129.00

Debenhams Floozie by Frost French Flower Statement Necklace

Debenhams Floozie by Frost French Flower Statement Necklace, Debenhams, £22.00


River Island Tee, £18.00

River Island Tee, £18.00, 30% goes to Breakthrough BC

Debenhams Think Pink Tea for One Set, RRP £20.00

Think Pink Tea for One Set, Debenhams, £20.00

Darcey Spot China Cup and Saucer, Laura Ashley, £12.00

Darcey Spot China Cup and Saucer, Laura Ashley, £12.00

Hope Necklace, Stella & Dot, £32.00

Hope Necklace, Stella & Dot, £32.00

Inspire Bracelet, Stella & Dot, £35.00

Inspire Bracelet, Stella & Dot, £35.00

Strength Bracelet, Stella & Dot, £35.00

Strength Bracelet, Stella & Dot, £35.00

I absolutely love the Stella & Dot bracelets and think they would be perfect stacked together. I also have my eye on the Debenhams homeware!

Will you shop pink this year? What is your favourite piece so far?


Introduction to Elizabeth Arden

31 Aug

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the Debenhams store in the Bullring to check out the Elizabeth Arden counter. Now, I’ll be honest. I always thought Elizabeth Arden beauty was more for the older lady so although I knew of it, I hadn’t really tried any of their products.

Upon arriving at the counter, I was given a little introduction to Elizabeth Arden. As I edge closer towards 30 (cries) i’ve realised that I do need to start taking more care of my skin. One of the things that Elizabeth Arden do which is quite handy is a free skincare analysis. During the free consultation, the Elizabeth Arden experts bust out a skin scanner which analyses your skin on: texture, pigmentation, radiance and brightness, moisture and elasticity. I knew that I was feeling quite dehydrated that day as my mouth felt quite dry. After my skin analysis, it showed that even though my skin is generally in really good condition (‘A’ for elasticity woop) I was really lacking in moisture.

Elizabeth Arden Skin Scanner

Elizabeth Arden Skin Scanner

My Skin Scanner results

My Skin Scanner results

I’d started to make more of an effort to drink enough water and I thought I was putting enough moisturiser on but the skin scanner doesn’t lie.

It was then that I was introduced to the miracle cream… the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Skin Protectant. Now this is one Elizabeth Arden product that I’ve heard mentioned in conversations but I didn’t realise just how amazing it is! They say it’s an absolute must have for EVERY ONE and I get why.

The wonder cream: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

The wonder cream: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

This award winning cream soothes, restores, calms and helps relieve chapped, cracked, dry skin. It also soothes roughness, redness and minor skin irritations. As I mentioned earlier, my mouth and lips felt quite dry and I was told you can put a little bit of this cream on your lips too. I never realised how versatile it is! It’s slightly pricey (from £26) but considering how much you can do with it, it is a worthy investment. I’ve been using it since and I am now a convert.

As well as skincare, Elizabeth Arden also do beauty products. Although I’m quite happy with my current foundations (Max Factor Miracle Touch for every day and YSL Touch Éclat for special occasions) I did have a foundation shade matchmaker analysis done using another impressive gadget. Technology these days, huh.

Foundation shade matchmaker

Foundation shade matchmaker

At the event, I was kindly given a goody bag from Elizabeth Arden which included a few beauty products. I’m looking forward to testing them out especially the Beautiful Colour Eye Shadow Quads palette in Chic Brown.

If like me, you are not as clued up on skincare and beauty then do take advantage of free consultations such as these to educate yourself. I’m determined to go back in a couple of months to see if my moisture level has gone up from a C to at least a B!

A huge thank you to the Elizabeth Arden ladies at Debenhams, Bullring for introducing me to the wonder cream and to Kim from Retail Birmingham for the invite.

Are you a fan of the Eight Hour Cream? Have you ever had an Elizabeth Arden skin scan?

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Boosting Mind and Body with Adidas and Stylist

23 Aug

Last week I was lucky enough to attend an event hosted by Stylist magazine and Adidas. The Boost X event at the Adidas performance store on Oxford Street was focused on getting tips for keeping a healthy body and mind, as well as giving us a chance to check out the Boost trainers. Thank you Chloe for winning us tickets!

Our first set of talks were from sisters Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley of Hemsley+Hemsley fame. The healthy eating duo have written weekly recipes for Vogue and have recently had their first book published.

They made everyone green smoothies for the evening, containing a whooping 17 ingredients! They were very delicious!

Hemsley+Hemsley, green smoothie

Delicious healthy smoothies!

The sisters spoke to us about the importance of eating our food properly (chew chew chew) and busted the myth that fat is bad for us. In fact we should be eating fats like butter rather than things like margarine and olive oil spreads which have trans-fats in them that our body can’t break down into anything that’s good for us. They also spoke to us about healthy breakfasts (their secret is eating savoury foods which will see us past the 11 o’clock slump) and mixing up smoothies as a quick, easy nutritional meal.

Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley

I want skin that looks that good!

I really enjoyed hearing them talk, and judging by how healthy they looked I think I’ll definitely be taking their advice and checking out their new book, The Art of Eating well.

Hemsley+Hemsley The Art of Eating Well

Hemsley+Hemsley The Art of Eating Well

We also heard a few talks from life coach Beth Reacher, who spoke to us about mindfullness and even helped us with a bit of a meditation exercise where we imagined talking to our future selves. It was a really interesting session, and I think her advice about thinking positively to attract more positive energy to ourselves was worth listening to. In light of the sad news about Robin Williams, I think we could all do with taking some time out of each day to remind ourselves of what we’re grateful for and to be kind to ourselves as well as to others.

Finally, there was a Q&A with Foxes, who spoke about her love of cake, and cake, and more cake, as well as how she always fits in running with her schedule and trying to eat healthier while on tour. I must admit, I don’t know much about Foxes, but she came across as very fun and likeable and she has the seal of approval from Pharrell Williams!

Foxes singer Adidas

In love with that jacket

It was a great evening overall, and has definitely inspired me to live a more healthy lifestyle. Activity has taken a bit of a backseat at the moment as I’m injured, but hopefully focusing on eating healthy will make sure my return to training.

What are you doing to Boost your training?




Bullring Bloggers Event

19 Aug

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the Bullring Bloggers event. Us Wardrobe ladies love the Bullring- as we’ve mentioned before it’s become the venue for a Wardrobe catch-up. There’s nothing better than shopping, food and gossip with your best friends is there?


Unlike other Bullring events, this was one followed a different format. Held in the management suite, we were taken to a room with lots of different stalls. I quite enjoyed this format, it meant that you could go around and speak to the brands and businesses that you wanted to. It was mainly makeup brands such as Urban Decay, Shu Uemura, Giorgio Armani Beauty (I didn’t even know that existed!) to food stalls such as Wagamama’s.

Events like these are great to catch up with my fellow local bloggers and in particular Clare from Pinklittlebean who had travelled all the way from Sheffield!

The first stall I went to was Urban Decay. I’ve heard so much about the Naked palettes so I wanted to see what the fuss was about. MUA Jack was on hand to tell me all about the palettes and test the second one on me. With a few weddings coming up, I wanted to experiment with some different shades. Have to say I was really impressed. I may be late to the party but a Naked palette is definitely on my wish list.

On the night we also had two presentations: one from Umberto Giannini and one from Karen Millen. Wardrobe faves Umberto Giannini are currently promoting their Curl Friends range which is perfect for people with curly hair. It’s time to embrace those curls girls! I was given a sample of the ‘Flirty Curls Scrunching Jelly’ which I am looking forward to testing. The lovely Elca gave us a talk on Karen Millen’s AW14 collection. Karen Millen isn’t a store that I shop at- purely because of my lack of funds. However, I’m intrigued to find out more at the AW14 preview which Elca is organising soon especially on the trend ‘Modern Mod’.

It was a fantastic night and I have a bag full of goodies to keep me occupied with over the next few weeks! We also got an AMAZING gift- a personalised Tatty Devine necklace with our blog names. Seriously, HOW COOL?

Oh and one last thing… there was a raffle which the lovely Bullring team organised. Guess whose name was picked out of the hat to win a pair of Ray-Bans? MINE. I was in shock cos I’ve always wanted some Ray-Bans!

It was such a fun evening and not only did I leave with some new shades but a list of new make-up products to buy. Hurry up now payday…

Umberto Giannini

Umberto Giannini Curl Friends

Karen Millen AW14 presentation

Karen Millen AW14 presentation


Urban Decay Makeover


Clare from Pinklittlebean getting the Urban Decay treatment


Wardrobe WIN!


Amazing Tatty Devine necklace and my new Ray-Bans!

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