A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to an event at Birmingham’s Bullring shopping centre. When I received the invite, I was really excited as the Bullring really knows how to put on a blogging event! Every one I’ve been to so far has been fantastic! I went along with my favourite blogging pals, Chloe, Sophie and Paige.

We had a couple of presentations from Umberto Giannini on their Curl Friends range and from Karen Millen on the new season. After that, we could roam around the different brands who were at the event and try out products and get a little goody bag from each one. My favourite was Giorgio Armani where we got to try out the new Maestro Fusion blush shades and Clarins who gave us an amazing little goody bag. There was also a great spread on from Wagamamas, Nandos and Millie’s Cookies. 

It was great to be introduced to new brands that I’d heard of but never considered before such as Folli Follie, RMK and Shu Uemura who I’d heard of because of the famous eyelash curlers but I didn’t realise they did such beautiful lipsticks! I’ll definitely be heading to these counters the next time I’m in Selfridges.

Before we left we were also given the most amazing goody bag. The Bullring really knows how to spoil us, I’ll be posting about one of the things we got in there very soon. 

Last week I was invited along to Selfridges in Birmingham to try out the Umberto Giannini Blow Dry Bar which is located in the brand new Beauty Hall. I’ve been to the Umberto Giannini salon on level 4 a number of times for events and hair cuts, however I’d never tried out what they have to offer downstairs. At the blow dry bar, they offer a number of different styles from straight blow dries, to up dos, to glamorous curls, to hair chalking. 

I chose to get my hair curled as it’s so short that I can’t do anything with it myself so having it curled makes a great change. The stylist said that it would be best to just curl the ends to avoid making it look any shorter than it already is which sounded like a good idea. My hair was curled with a pair of straighteners and it took around ten minutes. The style was then held in place with a gel spray which lasted the rest of the night. 

I was so pleased with my hair, I wish I could do something like that to mine on a daily basis but to be honest, I struggle to straighten it a lot of the time as it’s just so much hassle. I’d definitely make a trip to the blow dry bar if you feel that your hair needs a bit of a refresh before an event. For more information, click here.

The good thing about living in Birmingham is that there’s a lot of other bloggers around however, the bad thing is that there’s not that many events compared to London. Luckily, every so often a couple of bloggers will organise a meet up and I get to spend the day socialising with like minded people and spending a fortune on food, soap and lipstick. Sounds perfect doesn’t it?
Last Sunday, the lovely Jess and Paige organised a meet up starting in Ming Moon which is the best Chinese buffet ever. I don’t have any photos of this as nobody wants to see me stuffing my face with egg fried rice and crispy shredded beef, it was bad enough for the people who were there.. While we were there, we also had a talk on Motives cosmetics from Kirsty Lo and we were given our lovely goody bags. 
After I was rolled out of Ming Moon (I ate so much, I love that place!) we all split up and went shopping. I stuck with two of my favourites, Sophie and Rachel and surprisingly didn’t spend a penny apart from on a Starbucks. I was very pleased with myself for sticking to my spending ban but I soon spoilt that when we then went on to Lush for an after hours event..
The staff at Lush were kind enough to stay behind for a couple of hours to give us a tour of the shop and to talk us through the products. There were various things going on, like hand massages and Emotional Brilliance consultations and we were also treated to prosecco and fruit. We were given some really generous goody bags after the event and I also purchased a few old favourites myself.  
Thank you so much to Jess and Paige for organising the meet up, it was so great to finally meet you!