HEY Bloggers x Hobbycraft Decopatch Event

For those of you not in the know, HEY Bloggers is a group of girls who are all bloggers themselves, who have developed a blogging community in the Hull and East Riding area. They support bloggers through their social media and also through events and meet ups!

When this event was advertised, I had to take part as it’s so different to anything I usually do and it’s a networking and relationship making opportunity. It also seemed like the perfect way to end my school holidays!

A group of bloggers arrived and we were assisted and welcomed by Louise and Rich from Hobbycraft Hull. A massive thank you to them both – nothing was too much trouble for them and they made us feel really welcome!

In our goody bags, there was a guide to teach us how to decopatch and we were provided with a variety of papers, gems, paints etc to create our masterpieces. We had a laugh talking about music and just putting the world to rights. It was massively relaxed and I think that’s important especially if any new bloggers came to the event.

There was something cathartic about making these lamp bases and honestly, it makes me excited to see what else Hobbycraft have to offer in terms of workshops! I chose a cute apple print that reminded me of a Cath Kidston style print! This is during the drying process so it looks better now, promise!

I think it’s fair to say we were all happy with what we created and it was definitely obvious that we have some creative minds and artists amongst us (Jenny and Emma, I’m looking at you!)

Finally, thanks to the HEY blogger girls for organising this. It’s always great when the blogging community meets and this was so different to usual events! The people who attended are all awesome, brilliant women and I’ll link their insta profiles below because, why wouldn’t you want to follow them?

Local Bloggers You Need to Follow

Emma Picks (Emma P) – Click Here

Iamjennychat (Jenny B) – Click Here

Violet Glenton – Click Here

Callmeamye (Amy E) – Click Here

Jennifer Gilmour – Click Here

Hollie (Thrifty Mum) – Click Here

Until next time! Kat xx

Tessies Humber St Launch!

Hello 👋

Friday 12th April was the day of Tessies Launch of their new store on Humber Street. For those of you who aren’t in the know, Tessies is a indie retailer, both online at http://www.tessies.co.uk and they also have a store in Hull.

Tessies are known for their sweet and feminine clothing pieces but more so for their incredible range of accessories from bags to sunglasses and jewellery. I personally love their jewellery as it has such kitch value and totally vamps up my outfits.

Their aesthetic fits in perfectly on Humber Street but doesn’t stray away from the strong, welcoming vibes it had when the store was on Newland Ave.

The attention to detail is really carefully thought out. I almost didn’t want to touch anything tbh!

I have to be honest, the stand out parts of the store now, with the exception of the amazing products, are the fitting rooms which are filled with positive messages and quotes. We were also informed they are breastfeeding friendly and there are story books in the changing rooms for quiet time when mums bring their little ones shopping.

The cute touches such as the personalised mirrors and positivity tabs mean that you feel so good about yourself, no purchase necessary!

Finally, the stand out piece in the store are the neon lights. Everyone loves a good quote and just reading Tessies makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

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If you’re from Yorkshire, it’s certainly worth you visiting Tessies for yourself but if not, you’re check out their awesome stock here.

Until next time!

Kat x

Remembering the Movies at Bonus Arena, Hull

Monday 25th March 2019

I was lucky enough to win tickets to this event as part of the HEY bloggers Christmas party and in all honesty, I almost forgot about it after a busy few months.

Although I’m not a strictly nut, I do like it and I’ve been a fan of the dancers for a while! I was unsure about how a show like this would work but excited to experience this high culture on my doorstep. Firstly, I have to say the seats were brilliant! We were at the back of the stalls but the stage is at such a height that you can see everything from any part of the arena. It’s very well built.

The movies covered by Alijaz and Jeanette were really varied – from Gene Kelly and Ginger Rogers all the way up to the present day with the Greatest Showman and A Star is Born.

There was one very emotional point where they played the theme from Armageddon and I just cried 😭

I was absolutely blown away with the skill of the amazing team of dancers that they worked with, the costumes and omg, the singers were absolutely superb! I’m definitely up for more nights at the Bonus arena if they book more superb talent like that!

Kat xx

Revolution Cut Crease Canvas

I’ve been a make up enthusiast for as long as I can remember but only recently began to invest time into practicing and honing my skills. Back in the noughties when I began using make up, you just shoved eyeshadow on your lids. You didn’t think about shade placement, priming and prepping but over the years many products have been developed to help your eyeshadow last longer.

I’m notoriously pants at eyeshadow and I spend a lot of time practicing how to blend shades together. I used to used concealer to prime my lid for shadow but there was never much longevity for the shades. I may have been using it incorrectly, who knows!

Recently I purchased the Revolution Cut Crease Canvas which is essentially a thick base for eyeshadow. You are supposed to use it to carve out cut creases. As I rarely do cut crease looks (I have hooded lids and I haven’t perfected the technique yet!) I use it as a base for other styles of shadow.

It’s available in a couple of shades to suit your skin tone. There is also a pure white shade called 😇 halo which is the shade I purchased. The product comes with its own applicator and I use a combination of sweeping and patting the base onto my lid.

Application is better when the product is still a little bit sticky. I usually pat the shadow in too to begin with and build up the colour gradually. What I noticed is how much brighter the shadows appear when you use the base! I wouldn’t use it when having a natural day, let’s put it that way!

I think the best feature for me is the longevity of the product and how bright it STAYS!

Revolution have 4 shades; halo, illustrate, create and etch to match to every skin tone! I would definitely recommend this product as an essential addition to your kit, especially if you’re trying to up your eye look game.

Top tip: use a concealer brush for the application not the one it comes with, which is pointless in my opinion– but see for yourself!

Kat x

Lush Soak and Float Shampoo Bar

Throw your hands up if you’re a Lush fan! 🙌

I ADORE Lush but I’ll be real with you, the smells that wander out of that shop can sometimes be so overpowering that my visits are sporadic. However, on my last visit, I had a specific product I needed – a shampoo bar! I’d had one previously and loved it although I cannot recall the name of it; it’s something that’s not stocked anymore.

I pootled into Lush and promptly found myself awash with various shampoo bars. Luckily for me, an assistant was on hand to assist me. My requests were few – something that settled an angry scalp due to my psoriasis and something that didn’t strip colour as I am planning on colouring my hair again very soon.

Presenting ‘Soak and Float’ 😀

How it looks

It’s a cute creamy colour with what I can only describe as green and brown grainy bits embedded into it! 😂 sound appealing!? All those ‘bits’ come from the natural ingredients such as the cade oil, rose and marigold petals.

Note the tin that mine is in! Such a good idea and brilliant to preserve and manage your shampoo bar BUT I will say this – they cost £2.50, which I wasn’t told so when she asked if I wanted one, I was like “oh yeah if you have one!” as you would. Just be transparent with your customers so you don’t get a shock. I didn’t mind but some people would mind and would probably expect it to come with.

The benefits

This is supposed to treat problematic scalps – the marigold and rose petals are there to reduce the redness of the scalp whilst the cade oil is the natural ingredient responsible for naturally having a go at that nasty psoriasis! Additionally, Cade oil also has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties meaning it has that healing, caring effect. The somewhat intense but still beautiful fragrance comes from the inclusion on Tonka absolute, which provides a double whammy as Tonka Absolute also reduces inflammation. Exactly what we need!

Anything else?

Yes! It’s £7.50 for a 55g bar BUT I can absolutely attest that these bars last a bloody lifetime! I easily go through more than £7.50 worth of plastic bottled, silicon filled shampoo in the time it takes go through this bar.

I love that it’s so natural and it’s also cruelty free and vegan friendly – two important things to me! It’s very compact making it ideal for travelling; hotel shampoo and psoriasis does not male a good match!

Plus if you buy one of these bars you are promoting plastic free, zero waste, eco friendly and silicon free beauty meaning you’ll definitely be doing your bit for Mother Earth!

I’d love to do more Lush reviews in the future 🙂 this is not an ad, all products were purchased using my own money and opinions are my own.

Which Lush must haves do you recommend? Comment below or get in touch through the socials.

Until next time!

Kat xx