Last week I had the opportunity to go to Meadowhall shopping centre and meet fellow bloggers based around the North East. Beth, who invited me, is the fashion and beauty advisor at Meadowhall and along with Amy and Kelly, who also work for the centre, did a fabulous job of hosting! I vlogged the day which I’ve put a link to at the bottom of this post!
The breakfast at Caffé Rizzoli in the centre of the mall was top notch. Quite a few of us went for the scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, and I opted for a freshly squeezed orange juice on the side. It was all delicious and by the looks of other people’s satisfied faces they enjoyed it too! There was a fantastic range, from granola with yoghurt and berries to a full english. They serve food all day too, so if you’re in the mall for a spot of shopping I recommend it! The menu looked great with a variety of dishes including salads, risotto, seafood and award winning Swiss ice cream! The only thing I would say is that it is located right in the centre of the mall so I can imagine it can get very busy (and noisy) as people are shopping all around you, so if you’re looking for a quiet meal or drink then there are probably better options. It was very quiet when we went as it was so early, in fact they opened especially for us! The staff were were excellent and extremely attentive.
After breakfast we went to the Lush store where we were able to sample some of their products. We made one of their famous fresh facemasks (try saying that really fast), which was a bit of a messy job and involved squishing fresh blueberries and mixing them up with a concoction of Almond oil, rose absolute, talc and calamine powder. The result was their Catastrophe Cosmetic* mask, which is particularly calming and moisturising. The great thing about Lush is that all their products are natural and vegetarian, which makes it a guilt-free shopping experience, right? Well, that’s what I tell myself to justify buying the array of bath, makeup, skin and hair products that line their shelves.
I came away with their Ocean Salt Cleanser*, which takes the word exfoliator to a whole new level. This thing is gritty. I personally love that, because I like to feel like it’s really doing something to my skin, and this definitely gives your face a thorough deep cleanse. I think it’s best to only use it once or twice a week as it is very intensive, but the great thing is you can also use it as a body scrub! The smell is incredible. It smells so fresh and clean. One of the ingredients is lime juice and boy can you tell – it’s really citrusy, which I love! So far, good impressions of this one. The other thing I came away with was their Breath of Fresh Air toner water* which also contains sea water, so I was clearly having a bit of a seaside vibe that day. The shop assistant said this is good for brightening the skin. I’ve been spritzing this on my face in the evening, but I wouldn’t say I’ve seen a massive difference. I am a bit sceptical about toners as I tend to think they’re just extra bumf for your skin you don’t really need. You can also spray this on a cotton pad and use it to wipe away any dirt or excess makeup which I do like, and I think that’s what I’ll be using this for most.
After becoming skincare experts, we moved on to the makeup range. Lush offer a range of liquid lipsticks, eyeshadows and eyeliners which all come in cute little glass pots and are all incredibly pigmented. The true novelty of them is that all the colours represent an emotion or characteristic. Each store has a ‘colour wheel’ and the idea is that you close your eyes, clear your mind, and someone spins the wheel. You then pick the first 3 colours you see after opening your eyes. My colours were In Control, Sophisticated, and Calm. The first colour is a lovely dark blue eyeliner which represented what I was feeling at that very moment. The second choice represents what’s lacking in your life. Sophisticated was a gorgeous Bronzey Taupe eyeshadow which reminded me of the Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze. Finally, the third colour is what I generally am all the time, and Calm was a gorgeous light blue eyeliner. Lush have worked with a hypnotist in London and spent 3 years developing this system, but to be honest I don’t really buy into this sort of thing. I think this is a bit of a marketing ploy, but nevertheless it was a fun activity! I would buy their makeup because it was good quality and there are some stunning shades, but I wouldn’t hold much stock in the psychological side of it. We also tested some of their cream highlighters which are gorgeous. While I was there I picked up Feeling Younger which gives skin a gorgeous subtle glow. You can use it to highlight cheekbones (or wherever you want) or you can mix it with a moisturizer and apply it as a really light base if you’re having a no-makeup makeup day. It can also be used by itself as a primer if that’s what you prefer. A great all-rounder which I think I’ll be getting a lot of use out of! I also picked up their mini charity pot, which was an impulse buy at the till. Only one pound, and all proceeds go to charities (hence the name), it’s a deliciously rich smelling hand and body lotion. Think coco-butter. All of the coco-butter. Mmm.
After experiencing Lush’s products first-hand, Charley and I spent the rest of the day mooching around the mall. I may have bought a lot of stuff. I had a fab day and all the other bloggers I met seemed lovely! I’ve listed their blogs below if you fancy a new read!
- Charley – Rambling of a Beauty Blogger
- Beth – The Modern Girl’s Guide
- Pheobe – North of London
- Becky – The Little Blog of Beauty
- Georgina – She Might Be Loved
- Jade – The Beauty Butterfly
- Mary and Rose – Strike A Pose
- Jemma – Bamboozle Beauty
- Clare – Pink Little Bean
Watch my Vlog of the trip!