I have read and watched so many reviews and tutorials using products from the It Cosmetics line that when I heard that Selfridges Birmingham was getting a counter, I started preparing a shopping list immediately. The new It Cosmetics counter is on the third floor of Selfridges in the beauty hall. There is a huge display of cruelty-free brushes as well an array of products all laid out for testing. There is also a seating area for makeovers, complete with light-up…

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It is no secret that I love facials. I find them relaxing as I can close my eyes, not chat and get lost in blissful scents for an hour. I was invited to try out the Environ facial that includes a skin scan during the consultation. The consultation made it clear that the foundation of the Environ brand and its products lies in using vitamin A (other ingredients derived from vitamin A are sometimes labelled as retinol, retinoid, retinyl palmitate…

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Sponsored post in association with American Express® I love the glitz and glam of the red carpet and I often keep a close eye on social media when there are film premieres in London and across the world. I love listening to the clips of interviews on the red carpet and scrolling through Instagram to admire the styling for the whole occasion. I was once in Toronto during its Film Festival and tried repeatedly to get tickets to a screening,…

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As much as I love living in Birmingham’s city centre, there are times when it is nice to get away from the noise and crowds of the city. I grew up in Devon and enjoy a little peace and quiet on occasion. Nowadays, I like to escape the city with a little spa time and a recent visit to Moddershall Oaks was just what I needed. I went with a friend who was in need of some pamper time, with a plan…

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As well as being lactose intolerant, I am allergic to a selection of raw fruits. It has a name – Pollen Food Allergy and is also known as Oral Allergy Syndrome – but I find it’s met with a dubious look from servers in restaurants as they may not have come across it before. Sadly it has also meant that I have been served fruit that I am allergic to despite me being very specific that this would cause me…

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