Competitions, Gigs, Lifestyle, Music

Win A Pair Of Tickets To See Lady Gaga At The O2!

September 8, 2014

As promised I wanted to run a competition to celebrate the rebranding of my blog to The LDN Diaries and to thank you all for taking the time to read my ramblings and support me over the two years it’s been running.

So I am very excited to announce that I am giving away a pair of tickets to see LADY GAGA in concert next month at The O2 in London on Thursday October 23rd! You could be dancing away to Gaga’s top hits such as Bad Romance and Just Dance at the superstar singers artRave tour. If you would like an invite to the ARTPOP Ball then it couldn’t be easier, as I wanted to make this competition as simple as possible to enter.

Win Tickets To Lady Gaga ARTPOP Ball

HOW TO ENTER

All you have to do is make sure you are following The LDN Diaries on Twitter and RT the competition tweet.

1. Follow The LDN Diaries on Twitter

2. Head to Twitter and RT the competition tweet!

Easy peasy right? Now get entering and GOOD LUCK!

T&C’s
The competition runs from Monday 8th September 2014 until Monday 22nd September 2014. Entry is valid through Twitter, by following The LDN Diaries on Twitter and RT’ing the competition tweet. A winner will be chosen after the closing date at random. The prize is a pair of tickets to see Lady Gaga at The 02 on Thursday 23rd October 2014. No travel will be provided so you must be able to make your own way to the event. The winner will be contacted via DM, if no reply within 48 hours The LDN Diaries have the right to choose another winner. The competition is open to residents of the UK and NIRE only.

A big thank you to Timbre for making this competition possible!

Beauty, Beauty Reviews, Face, Lifestyle, Make-Up, Nails, Skincare

A Night In

September 7, 2014

I enjoy nothing more than a night-in catching up with my programmes, Made In Chelsea, Scandal and X-Factor currently. It’s also good to take some time off from the blog, I’m normally at an event, taking outfit photos or writing away my next post, which I absolutely love doing and find myself working away from morning to-night quite happily, but once in a while it’s nice to take time out and recharge the batteries.

So what I do is I pour myself a glass of wine, naturally a good white and light a candle. I was sent a bottle of New Zealand Te Pā wine to try, the Sauvingnon Blanc is an award-winner and has aromas of Grapefruit and Lime Zest combined with floral notes for a really crisp and refreshing taste. I absolutely loved this wine and was a bit sad when the bottle ran out. Find it at The Wine Society for £9.95, I’ll definitely be ordering another! I always find candles so relaxing and some of my favourites right now are the Heidi Klein Coconut Beach candle and also this one seen below from Next. I smelt this at the Next New-In event just last week and fell in love with it straight away. It’s called ‘Noir Black Dark’ and has such a gorgeous Autumnal smell, quite like that of Jo Malone’s Pomegranate Noir. It’s been making my room smell amazing!

Te Pa Sauvignon Blanc

Night-in’s are the best excuse to run a bath and also have a bit of pampering. I’ve been trying out this bath soak from The Bathory, who are an English company and all their bath soaks are put together from their workshop in the English countryside. You can choose your own ingredients that go in the soak to suit your mood. I was lucky enough to be asked to try one out, of course being such a big bath lover I jumped at the chance!

The Bathory Bath Soak

First of all you choose your salt mix, this is what kind of bath you want. So either ‘Bask’ which is packed with three luxury mineral salts, ‘Detox’ which includes pure Epsom salts and Rhassoul Clay to draw out toxins and finally ‘Soothe’ which hydrates with oatmeal, honey and buttermilk. I opted for ‘Soothe’ as I love a bath that’s really moisturising. The next step lets you choose your own oils to add to the mix, you pick three and there is plenty of choice including Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Lemon and Grapefruit plus many more. Each has a little bit of information of each to help make your choice. I went for Lemon, Grapefruit and Ylang Ylang and loved my unique blend when it arrived in its own glass pot, which makes a great make-up brush holder afterwards. It was wrapped up in it’s own packet and I loved the cheeky ‘Let’s Get Naked’ card that came with it.

The Bathory Personalised Bath Soak

The Bathory Bath Soak

The Bathory Bath Soak

You can use a little bit, half or empty it all in for the best bath of your life! I decided to go for it and poured it all in. It had a really lovely smell and felt very relaxing, especially topped with my candles and wine. The Bathory is £18 for each bath soak and is such a great way to personalise your bath or give to someone as a special gift.

The Bathory Bath Soak

Finally I like to pamper with some of my favourite products right now. First up is Rodial’s Dragon Blood Cleansing Water £29, this is such a fantastic cleanser. I love nothing more than wiping all my make-up off when I’m chilling in the house and with this I just put some on a cotton pad and it takes my make-up off so easily, leaving my face nice and refreshed. It includes rose-water to help remove all make-up and the dragon’s blood (not real dragons of course) to soothe sensitive and stressed skin. It definitely gets one of those ‘aah’ moments!

I like to use a facial treatment when I get the time, so something like GlamGlow’s Thirsty Mud is usually my go to, but recently I’ve tried this Aesop Damascan Rose Facial Treatment £51. This treatment is for extremely dry or distressed skin, it includes plant extracts which deliver doses of Vitamin A & E to nourish, relive and hydrate parched skin. This product is pretty expensive but goes a long way. Like with most oil products you only need a few drops each time you use it so lasts a long time. As this product is natural it is pretty strong-smelling, but the benefits of my skin are totally worth it!

Rodial Dragons Blood Cleanser

When I get free time, I always paint my nails, I convince myself that more time equals better nails, but the reality is usually not the case. This Leighton Denny polish in ‘I Love Juicy’ has been worn throughout the latter part of the summer, I really love the colour and the durability is fantastic, this lasted me all holiday and longer without a chip, seriously impressed. I’m definitely going to look into more of these polishes. Get yours online for £11.00 at lookfantastic.com.

How do you pamper yourself on a night-in?

Events, Lifestyle

Havana Club Pop-Up At Kettner’s

September 6, 2014

On Tuesday this week I headed to the press preview of a new pop-up event that takes place at Kettner’s in Soho next week. The pop-up is all about Havana Club rum (my fav!) and takes you on a journey of the history of the Cuban rum. ‘Nothing Compares To Havana’ offers you the chance to learn and get a flavour for the Cuban culture, with lots of rum, some speciality cocktails and sampling some of the best Cuban food prepared by Kettner’s head chef Yosef Edri.

At the preview we got a little taster of what you can expect on the evening. Armed with your Cuban passport, you explore the culture of Cuba through four different rooms each with its own unique activity. You can learn how to make a Mojito and discover the history of the origins of rum. Sample sugarcane, molasses and aguardiente; which are some of the key elements in the rum production process. Have a unique tasting session led by Meimi Sanchez, Havana Club’s International and UK Brand ambassador, which will pair Havana Club Selección de Maestro, one of the higher end rums with a selection of chocolates to help you drink a straight up rum, plus who doesn’t love chocolate?

Nothing Compares To Havana

Make A Mojito With Havana Club Rum

Havana Club

Havana Club Rum

Havana Club Event at Kettner's

Alongside all this there will be plenty of cocktails on hand to try. My favourite was the Pina De Plata, which is a blend of Havana Club, Chardonnay, Pineapple Juice, Lime and Sugar and on hand lots of Cuban nibbles including Empanadas de Queso and Papas Rellenas to satisfy your appetite.

Havana Club Rum

‘Nothing Compares to Havana’ takes place at Kettner’s from the 10th-13th September kicking off at 6pm each evening. Tickets are £18 and include two Havana Club drinks. Buy your tickets here www.billetto.co.uk/en/users/kettner-s

Beauty, Beauty Reviews, Body, Hair, Make-Up, Skincare, Videos

VLOG – August Favourites

September 5, 2014

I say this every month, but I really can’t believe where August went? I was counting down the days to my little holiday in Barcelona, then it came and went in a flash and now it’s September. X-Factor is back on telly and before I know it will probably be Christmas argh!

August Favourites - The LDN Diaries

So to keep in the Summer spirit, my August favourites are some beauty products I took on my trip with me and one that worked perfectly afterwards for a flight delay!

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Beauty, Beauty Reviews, Body, News

Library Of Fragrance Launches In UK

September 5, 2014

Have you ever wondered what a thunderstorm or sunshine smells like? Or better yet wanted to smell just like clean laundry? Well now you can with these new fragrances from Library Of Fragrance!

You might know Library of Fragrance as Demeter Fragrance Library which it was known as in the States but from this September the brand launches in the UK as Library of Fragrance and I am just a little bit excited. The brand originally started back in 1996 with its capsule collection of three scents ‘Grass’, ‘Dirt’ and ‘Tomato’ to now today spanning over 300 unique scents including ‘Thunderstorm’ ‘Gin & Tonic’ and ‘Snow’. Instead of trying to capture the ‘essence’ of an idea like many other perfume brands they aim for ideas that are real and familiar, such as ‘Ginger’ or ‘Pure Soap’. The scents also work well layered together to create your perfect smell.

Library of Fragrance UK

I’ve been giving three of the fragrances a try out, which are ‘Moonbeam’, ‘Snow’ and ‘Marshmallow’. I was so intrigued to see what moonbeams would smell like, a fantastical glitter image springs to mind, but what does it smell like? Well for me this one really appealed, it actually reminded me more of an aftershave and after Danny’s opinion he agreed and decided he would quite like this.

Library of Fragrance Moonbeam

I love the sweet smell of marshmallows, but this one had more of a fiery cooking marshmallow smell, I found it a bit weird to wear on its own but I’d definitely layer this for a sweeter smell.

Library of Fragrance Marshamllow

My favourite of the three was most definitely ‘Snow’. I’m not sure I had a pre conceived idea what snow smelt like, just that I guess it’s very white and clean, but I loved this one! It’s hard to explain what it smells like as it doesn’t really smell like anything familiar it’s just really nice! I’ve been advised to layer this with ‘Thunderstorm’ or ‘Fireplace’ so I’m eager to see how that goes.

Library of Fragrance Snow

I love the idea of these fragrances, they really play on the sense of smell and now I want all 101!

Library of Fragrance launches nationwide in Boots next week and will be rolling out into stores between September 8th – 19th, where 28 of the fragrances will be available priced at £15 each for 30ml. There is also going to be a ‘2 for £25′ promotion running. The wider collection of 101 scents will available from www.thelibraryoffragrance.com from September 9th. Dare I say it, the perfect Christmas gifts.

Fashion, Outfit Of The Day

Tom Ford Valentina

September 4, 2014

When a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses arrive in the post, everything stops. At first you are in awe of them for about ten minutes, then you decide to admire them for another ten and then of course you take pictures!

I was sent this gorgeous pair of sunglasses from SmartBuyGlasses and I couldn’t be more happy with my choice. They sell such a fantastic range of designer sunglasses, everything from Chanel to Rayban and when I was contacted about choosing a pair, I couldn’t resist these Tom Ford babies. I bought Danny a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses and ever since have been pretty jealous as they were the most brilliant lenses I have tried. When you look through it may as well be clear but obviously they have complete UV protection.

Tom Ford Valentina Cat-Eye Sunglasses

This pair is the style Valentina and I love the oversized cat-eye design, I was worried they might be a bit big for my small head but I think they fit just perfect. The colour is a brown/black which is very flattering. They have Tom Ford on the lens and also on the leg, as well as the signature T on the side.

Tom Ford Valentina Sunglasses

Tom Ford Valentina Sunglasses

I couldn’t wait to wear these, so last weekend when there was a glimpse of sun again, I rushed to put them on and decided to take a few outfit pictures whilst I was at it. I teamed the glasses with this H&M sweater which is old season but the numbers reminded me of the glitter sequin Tom Ford dress. Paired with ASOS skinny denims and my new New Look silver metallic brogues. I have been dying to wear these too and so gave them a first outing. There was some slight pain I must admit, but I really want to wear these in as they will hopefully be a go-to shoe for Autumn for me. The bag is by JOY and featured in my JOY blogger feature from last month.

Tom Ford  Sunglasses - The LDN Diaries

Tom Ford Sunglasses The LDN Diaries

Tom Ford Valentina Sunglasses - The LDN Diaries

Overall it’s a very casual and laid back look for a Sunday stroll, I think the glasses add a certain chic vibe! I cannot wait to wear these, especially at London Fashion Week. It’s the first year I have been accredited and I am so excited to get involved with all the events!

The LDN Diaries wearing Tom Ford