Armani Acqua For Life #1dayon10liters

Today 22nd March is World Water Day, I wanted to share with you a challenge I’ve been asked to undertake, as a way of brining attention and awareness to the Acqua For Life Campaign.

Giorgio Armani have teamed up with Green Cross International on their Acqua For Life Campaign and are working to give water access to more people that need it. According to Green Cross International 10 litres of water a day is considered a luxury in water scarce areas – in developed nations we use on average 100 litres of water a day.

I’ve been challenged to use only 10 litres of water over 24 hours. For me this is going to be a tough challenge because I like to have long showers & use water to cook with, not to mention I normally have a bath every night. So I think I am going to get through my 10 litre allowance quite quickly.

Acqua For Life 2015

The blue jerry can holds 10 liters, that really isn’t a lot when you look at it. Would you be up to the challenge? Am I? Make sure you check back tomorrow to see how long it took me to use up my water. Also follow the #1dayon10liters on twitter for lots of updates. 

‘Acqua for Life is a humanitarian campaign on a global scale that was launched in 2011 by Giorgio Armani. The project was created in light of a simple, yet fundamental, consideration: water is one of the most important elements of life, yet in many parts of the world, access to this essential is a daily struggle. 768 million people are deprived of a safe source of drinking water around the world. Children, being the most vulnerable, are the primary victims: 4,000 children die every day across the globe from diseases contracted by consuming unclean or contaminated water. It is a Programme / Campaign which aims to stimulate greater awareness about water safety and scarcity.

The Acqua For Life campaign is there to help provide clean drinking water and sanitation for people all over the world. Over 800 million people around the world live in water poverty which means they don’t have safe, reliable access to clean water.

Armani Aqua For Life

They also provide education, for example in Morelos, Mexico Children and parents were invited to participate in educational workshops, where they learnt about water contamination, how to avoid water-borne diseases and how to purify water in their homes. Which is so important to keep people safe and let them know how they can safely drink the water.

For myself and the other people taking part it is a bit of fun, an attempt to raise awareness and see how hard it is to have access to so little water, but this is a reality for millions of people.

If you’d like to get involved, donate or just read more about the project then you can do so here

*I have not been paid or sponsored to write this post.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara Benefit Roller Lash Launch Party

The new Benefit Roller Lash Mascara* is the latest addition to Benefits makeup range & it will sit alongside their two already very popular Mascaras, They’re Real & Bad Gal. I was always more of a Bad Gal fan, They’re real was a little too crispy on my lashes & it didn’t separate them enough. Now on to Roller Lash which has been a long time in the development & I think its safe to say they have a fabulous mascara on their hands. As you would expect from Benefit the packaging is fun, girly & very cute, but the product itself lives up to expectations.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara Launch

I went along to the launch event in Manchester in the cutest pink lorry which Benefit had converted into a retro hair salon. It was so much fun & the Benebabes where so sweet. We learnt all about this new release whilst eating cupcakes & drinking Champagne (of course!).

The formula isn’t going to crisp up your lashes or clump – NO CLUMPING AT ALL – hallelujah I hate my lashes to look clumpy & messy. Roller Lash grips your lashes with their fancy new brush which has tiny hooks with which you hook & roll the brush up your lashes. Simple & effective, it coats each individual lash so you get thick separated fluttery lashes that look so long and fluttery. I have been using it everyday for a week and really like the effect, my lashes feel soft & bouncy.

Benefit Roller Lash Brush

One coat of Roller Lash

This mascara has been formulated so it holds a curl & I would say it does a good job at that, better than the other two Benefit Mascaras. It lifts the lashes & helps make your eyes look open & wide awake (just what I need). I wouldn’t say get rid of the eyelash curlers but why not use them to add even more curl.

So for me this new release is a bit of an all rounder & I even picked up a copy of Elle magazine to get my free deluxe sample so I have a back up. It was just too cute to pass up. If you haven’t already then make sure you get this months Elle before it sells out as Roller Lash isn’t available to purchase in stores until March & will retail at £19.50.

Elle Magazine Freebie Benefit Roller Lash

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

Biza Beauty Lock-in

Last Thursday I was treated to an evening in the newly refurbished Radisson Blu at Manchester Airport as well as a beauty lock in at World Duty Free / Biza. A beauty lock in, isn’t that every beauty addicts dream?

Biza Beauty Lock in

Radisson Blu Manchester AirportThis Works Hotel ProductsHotel Breakfast

The newly refurbished Business Class Suites are beautiful & have everything you’d expect of a luxurious hotel such as bathrobe and slippers, free high-speed wireless Internet access, mini bar, Nespresso® coffee maker and a selection of This Works products (which were lovely). The Business Class Suites also offer exclusive access to the Business Class Lounge situated on level 9, between 07:00 – 21:00 you can relax and enjoy complimentary soft drinks, teas and coffees are available throughout the day and light snacks in the evening. The Lounge also has views over the runway so if you’re a plane buff you will be able to relax and watch the aircraft taking off & landing.

Biza Beauty Lock In

At the Beauty Lock in at Manchester airport we learnt all about the beauty brands they stocked and treatments they offer. I was so surprised at just how many products they had for sale & so many big name brands.

Gone are the days where you only bought perfume as you were rushing through the airport, they now offer a whole passenger experience. Once you clear security you’re greeted by familiar & luxurious brands such as Jo Malone, Bobbi Brown, Clarins, Mac, YSL and Benefit. It feels like you’re in the beauty hall of a department store but they have so many duty free exclusive products that you can only get your hands on at the airport. Not only are you able to shop some amazing brands but you’re also able to take advantage of all the beauty services Manchester Airport now offer, there is a whole menu of treatments and services & they are all complimentary. These are a great way to relax before your flight and an excellent way to be introduced to a brand.

Jo Malone Manchester AirportJo Malone Christmas

We started our beauty lock in at Jo Malone who share a stand alone unit with Bobbi Brown, so two beautiful luxurious brands in one shop. They both offer beauty services and I was treated to a Jo Malone hand and arm massage which was lovely. You’re able to pick out your favourite scents and they use them in your massage. I love Jo Malone products and after having used it in my massage I now want their Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne, it smells incredible.

Clarins also have their own store at Manchester Airport and they have so many Travel Exclusive Sets which are a great way of getting value for money as well as owning something that isn’t available outside of the airport. The staff are so friendly and offer some great beauty services, such as 5 Minute Morning Makeup, Hand & Arm Massage and  Instant Radiance Plus. They’re a great way of getting pampered and starting your holiday at the airport.

Clarins Store Manchester Airport

The main Biza shopping area is home to so many brands & its huge. They have so many beauty counters and products, its a real treat and wonderful place to shop. I spotted so many of my favourite brands and a few that were new to me too. I had no idea they sold Glamglow, L’Occitane & OPI. This is one well stocked beauty department.

Beauty Brands at Manchester AirportYSL Counter Manchester Airport

Sisley, Lancome, Bobbi Brown, Dior and Creme De LaMer all offer complimentary beauty services and to learn more click here I will be making sure next time I jet away on holiday I have enough time to enjoy the shopping & beauty services on offer. I have my eye on the Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful Makeup Lesson. Sounds great!

Please note that all beauty services are free and subject to availability.

Haig Club Whiskey BarBobbi Brown Manchester Airport

I have flown from Manchester a few times but I had never noticed just how extensive the beauty shopping was, I was pleasantly surprised at both the range of affordable brands and also your more luxurious brands. Manchester has stepped up its game & it felt like I was in a high end department store not an airport, although the purse friendly duty free pricing was very tempting. Sadly because we weren’t flying anywhere we couldn’t take advantage of the offers or the airport exclusives but I’m going to shop twice as hard next time I go on holiday.

It was strange being airside and not actually travelling. I had a fun evening meeting all the staff at each counter & they made us very welcome and pampered. They really do make the airport a destination & somewhere you want to relax, so let me know if you make use of the services they now offer! Remember they’re all free.

Before heading back to our rooms we all had nibbles and drinks in the hotel bar. It was so nice to meet some new faces & catchup with some lovely ladies.

*My stay at the Radisson Blu was complimentary and I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

Essence Makeup Launches in the UK

I was invited along with lots of other lovely bloggers to the Essence Makeup launch in Manchester & to say I was excited was an understatement. I’d read a few posts about their London launch and that looked like it was a lot of fun so I was looking forward to hearing all about the brand & meeting up with other bloggers (doesn’t happen often enough).

I met up with Natalie from Your Almost Alice & we managed to find The Studio without too much trouble, the room was really nice, it was lovely & bright with plenty of space. We were each given cute name badges – very handy when you only know peoples Twitter Handles. There were lots of tables laid out with all kinds of makeup on them, we were encouraged to try out the makeup & have a play – there was so many lovely products & people on hand to colour match us to the bases & give us advice on what best suited skin types. I have tried a few Essence products & I was so excited to see just how big the range actually was. I was lucky enough to have my nails painted by the Pamper Puff Girls & almost a week on my nails are still looking great.

Makeup

Beauty Event

They had a full size makeup stand, like the ones you see in a shop full to the brim with their whole range & we were given an overview to the brand by their German Team. they spoke of how Essence is sold in over 70 countries & that Britain will be getting the range Nationwide in Wilkinson Stores, so keep your eyes open for that in mid July. Also quite excitingly The Manchester Arndale & London Westfield will boast a huge 3 meter standalone Essence Booth, which will carry all of the limited edition products and a whole selection of exciting Essence Products so if you live near either location you need to pop in & have a look.

Essence

Essence Products

Essence ltd edition collection

Essence is a fun budget friendly brand that is focused on quality & they excel at being on trend with their range. Although their packaging is quite fun & youthful looking their brand is aimed at people who are young at heart (thats me for sure). They are proud to be manufactured in Germany & even though they have purse friendly prices they don’t compromise on quality. Of the few products I have tried I can honestly say this is something I have found, the nail polishes are long wearing & very pigmented, also the eyeshadows are buttery and blendable so they get a thumbs up from me. Essence prices start from as little as 99p & only go as high as £6.99 so very affordable. Another plus point is they are proud to be Cruelty Free.

Nail Polish

Essence Makeup

Essence

We had hours to spend chatting to the Essence Team who came over from Germany, they were lovely enough to tell us about their favourite products and spoke with a real passion for their brand. Also we were given free reign to test, try and get excited about the products, Heidi from Flipside PR was excited for us to really take the products that caught our eye & for a beauty addict that was dangerous, although I was very restrained & was already overwhelmed at how incredible the Goody Bags were.

Essence UK Launch

Its safe to say that we all had so much fun – nails were painted (by the lovely Pamper Puff Girls), beauty secrets were shared, food & drink were consumed & we all welcomed Essence to the UK & think they will be a huge success. They will be tough competition for other budget brands to compete with as their quality and product range it HUGE. I have quite a few Essence products to try out so expect a few reviews coming your way.

Let me know if you’ve tried any products from them & if so what you’d recommend.