Sunday, 10 April 2016

Backstage Live



A lot of the events I have been invited to relating to blogging happen to take place in London and while it's a great place, it's not always the most convenient to get to. So when I was invited to Backstage Live which took place very close to me, I was ready and raring to go!


Backstage Live gave shoppers the chance to discover the must-have trends coming our way this Spring/Summer 2016. As someone who isn't exactly 'on trend' this was really interesting for me to find out all about! The idea behind Backstage Live was to create a sort of behind the scenes experience from a fashion show. 



All the different elements were there to enjoy - fashion, beauty, hair and skincare with all the professionals there to lend a land. There was a range of clothes on display and an expert talking us through the latest trends and the options available from a variety of shops including John Lewis, Next and Warehouse. It was really helpful to find out about the different body shapes and how to dress them. 






Hair stylists from Michael John and Pkai ran 15 minute masterclasses throughout the day and you were also able to have your hair styled which was fantastic for me as I actually had a wedding party to go to that night! The hairdresser curling my hair was really helpful and answered any questions I had about how she was able to curl my hair so perfectly (and quickly!). I always long to be able to do my hair as well as they can in a salon! I learnt that I definitely need to invest in a larger tonged curler as it's those that can create the big hollywood curls I so desperately want!



 Next up, I found myself at the Lush stall. I'm forever reading blog posts on all the other products that Lush offer other than bath bombs (which is what I tend to head straight for) so I was intrigued to learn more. A lovely lady introduced me to a massage bar, a product that was right up my street! I'd actually thought it was a soap initially, but it was explained to me that you simply rubbed it onto your skin wherever you wanted and massaged it in, leaving your skin feeling silky smooth and smelling utterly gorgeous! While it was sold as a massage bar, it actually worked just as well as a moisturiser too. I was treated to a hand massage which was heavenly. As my skin was almost quite buttery, she finished off with Silky Underwear (I love their names!) which was a dusting powder that made the perfect finishing touch with a floral sense was almost seductive. I've not seen anything like this before except talcum powder and it wasn't anything I'd ever considered using before.



I also got to experience the delights of lip scrubs on offer and it pains me I've lived so long without owning one! Coming in a variety of flavours including the above, I was impressed with the concept of a product that exfoliates and softens your lips! I was also told that a lot of people actually end up licking it off lips (it's safe to do so) because the flavour is so damn good! Made up of sugar, sea salt, polenta and coconut and jojoba oils, popcorn is definitely my favourite of the bunch with it's caramel scent!

I then trotted along to see what the Bodyshop had on offer. If you know this blog well, you'll know how often the Bodyshop has been features on Musings & More and how much I enjoy their products. I've not actually used anything from the Drops of Youth range because I wasn't sure how much I'd get out of the anti-aging element. I had heard great things however about the Bouncy Sleeping Mask which is great fun to play with, with it's memory shape texture which leaves the pot looking flawlessly like it has never been touched! I've been given a sample of this, so I'm looking forward to seeing if it's as great as everyone says it as the price is always an element which has put me off slightly.

I've dabbled in the Oils of Life collection but their new additions left me intrigued so it was helpful for me to find out more! I'm definitely keen to give the Sleeping Cream a go as it promises to revitalise and nourish your skin, all while you sleep! Again this is one that hints towards anti-aging but I'm more keen to and hydrate and brighten up my skin to save time in the morning! It's quick thick but sinks in quickly without being greasy and as with all The Bodyshop products, it smells divine.


I was kindly given a goody bag by Queensgate shopping centre who were running the event and thought I'd let you have a nose through what was in there! All of the Lush samples are products I've never tried so I'm excited to be able to test them all out and introduce some gorgeous scents into our bathroom! I'm especially curious about the dream steam which is a dab that you drop into a bowl hot water, rest your head over and soak up the steam which opens up your pores and allows the oils to be absorbed. 
No7 is not a brand I've actually ventured very far into (not that I need any more make up...) so it'll be interesting to try a different brand out. 



I really enjoyed attending Backstage Live and I learnt a lot in a short space of time! It was really lovely to see an event that was open to everyone and was free of charge. 


I was also given a voucher for a meal at the Handmade Burger Company which I thoroughly relished and thought I'd tease you with a lovely photo of...enjoy! ;-)


Emily x

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40 comments

  1. The idea is great. It is a experience from a fashion show.

    Fresh Skin at Spring

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  2. seems like an awesome event!
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  3. This event looks amazing, I love Lush products & the food looks so yummy! <3

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  4. This event looks amazing, I love Lush products & the food looks so yummy! <3

    Serene | I Am Serene L

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  5. It's so annoying that most events are in London! This looks like a great day out. I love the Lush massage bars, particularly the Therapy one.

    Roxie | The Beautiful Bluebird

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  6. Awesome event! Lush heaven ;) That food looks to die for, just made me so hungry!

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  7. The seriously sounds like the best event ever. I would love to go to London for an event or London in general since it's so far for me. :]

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  8. I totally thought a massage bar was soap when I first used one too! I remember thinking how lousy of a soap it was until I realized it wasn't! haha anyway, this event looks like it was wonderful! :)

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  9. I don't know of this event but sounds really great! What a fab goody bag too xx

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  10. Oh gosh that hamburger looks really good. I've always wanted to get my hair fully done in a hair salon as well. It'd be such a cool experience I think but people usually struggle with my hair because it's SO thick!

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  11. wow great pics, nice post
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  12. Looks like an amazing event!
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  13. Looks like a fun event. I should attend more events really xo

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  14. Oh my gosh this look awesome! I love the Lush massage bars, they're so underrated.

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  15. This is such a cool backstage experience.
    Love the photos

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  16. Wow! I actually think the burger is the best part, haha! :D Jk, I would love to attend an event like that! I think living in a bigger country definitely brings some perks... I would attend all of those events if I was in England :D xx

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  17. First, that burger looks too good! Now I feel hungry, haha. And this event looks amazing! I am a bit bugged that lots of events happen in London, it's so far away from me! :)

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  18. wish i was there! saw lots of goodies there!

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  19. Ohh, that looks like a brilliant event, Emily and how cool is it for your to attend! And naughty, naughty teasing us with the buyer picture, it looks so good!

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  20. Love Lush

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  21. What a fab post. I love behind the scenes shots like this. Also love LUSH, every time I think I've tried most items, I find something new in the store. <3 Happy Monday. /Madison
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  22. Sounds like you had a fab time, dear, and how nice of them to gift you such a lovely goodie bag! :) I hope you share your thoughts with us on all the Lush products! That burger meal looks super yummy, also... ! <3

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  23. Wow the backstage live event looks so amazing! It is so nice to get lost in lots of great items to find.

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  24. Wow, seems like u had a great day!

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  25. This looked like so much fun, the Bouncy Sleeping Mask is honestly amazing!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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  26. Those Lush products all sound so nice, what a fun event to attend! Thanks for sharing :)

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  28. The event looks amazing, love Lush products so much ;)

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  29. This must have been a lot of fun to get involved in - particularly checking out The Body Shop products. I reviewed their Drops of Youth range recently and was really impressed! Oh and YUM to the burger ;)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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  30. How amazing! This looks like such a fun event!

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  31. Just waiting for a fancy invitation to one of these glamorous events haha xx

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  32. I so want to try those lip scrubs and those fries look delicious!

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  34. Sounds like such a fun event! :) Glad you had a good time and picked up lots of tips :)

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  35. those lip scrubs I love em!:) x x

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  36. It sounds like you had such a good time there! Hand massage must be so good, I love how good Lush products smell! Also that burger looks damn delicious!

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  37. All seems like great products! And that burger looks yum!

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  38. Coming back to your blog after two heavy uni, and non-heavy blogging weeks, has made me so genuinely happy <3 Haha, those lip scrubs! They look amazing! SOOOO many lush samples - enjoy!!! Your bathroom will be smelling amazing! :P Also, oh my goodness that burger. I have a burger shop voucher sitting in my wallet and I'm waiting for a really rainy, cold day to use it, hehe.

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