Last week I was invited along to a Photography Workshop in Birmingham which had been organised by Goodman and Joe Blogs Blogger Network. 
It was an early start for a Sunday morning, which meant we had a chance to start snapping away before town got too busy. We started off at the infamous Floozy in the Jacuzzi where Simon, who was running the workshop gave us some tips on how to hold our DSLRs properly and we took some practice shots of the Council House before moving on to the new library.
The library was an interesting one to shoot as its a very modern building sandwiched between older (and much prettier) buildings. To be honest, I think it’s a bit of an eyesore and I really don’t like it. However, I managed to capture it using the manual mode on my camera – something I’d shied away from in the past.

We then went for lunch at Jamie’s Italian which I wasn’t a fan of – what sort of Italian doesn’t do pizza? Afterwards, we headed over to the outside of Selfridges to take photos of it’s spaceship exterior. I really like the iconic Selfridges building, it’s a whole lot better than the library at least.
I had a great day, despite leaving early as I still had some birthday presents to get for the next day. I learnt how to shoot in manual and took some great photos of my city.

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited along to Debenhams in the Bullring to take a look at the Elizabeth Arden range. I went along with Paige after having a curry date at Itihaas inside Selfridges.

When we got there, we were treated to bubbly and some sweets while we were introduced to the range. Personally, I’d never tried anything from Elizabeth Arden before but I had heard a lot about the famous Eight Hour Cream. We were each given a fantastic neck massage by Steph who used the Ceramide Capsules – it felt fantastic, I’ve never been so relaxed! 

We then had a skin consultation using a couple of scary looking skin scanners. The first one shows the condition of your skin. As you can see from the image above, I scored B on everything but Moisture in which I scored a C. This was no surprise to me as my skin is quite dehydrated and I have been a bit lazy with the serums and moisturiser recently, oops. The second scary looking machine was used to determine what shade I would be in the foundations. 

It was a great chance to sample some new products and to catch up with some of Birmingham’s finest bloggers. We also got the nicest little goody bag before we left which I wasn’t expecting.

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.