Thursday, 26 November 2015

Boots No.7 Blogger Event | Plymouth | LittleEllieMae

I was contacted by the team at No.7- Boots, Drakes Circus Plymouth a few weeks ago to help get some bloggers' names together for their very first bloggers event! I've always been an No.7 fan as their products always offer fantastic quality- my first ever makeup set was actually a big vanity case of makeup bits from No.7, years and years ago! So I was super excited to be part of their first bloggers event!

We met at the Grosevenor Hotel in Plymouth, were greeted by the fabulous No.7 advisers and sat down at a beautifully decorated table covered in vintage china tea cups, nibbles and personalised gifts for us all. There was a lot of thought put into this event, with the service and goody bags alike tailored to the individuals, which I thought was really lovely of the team! 

The purpose of the evening was to learn and experience their 'Match Made' service that they usually run on their counters in store. I've always found it difficult to find the perfect makeup products to suit my skin tone; they're either to orange or too pale! 

No.7 use this fantastic device which takes 200 images with LED lights on clean skin, then matches your skin tone to their wide range of 17 different foundation tones. I was matched to the colour 'Calico' which is the palest of the lot (this confirmed that I was waay paler than I thought I was...). I have combination skin and tend to go towards a more radiant finish as my skin can sometimes appear dull looking, so I was matched with their 'Instant Radiance' foundation which gives a good medium coverage. I instantly fell in love with this foundation- its literally the exact same colour as my skin tone, therefore it looks completely natural and it leaves my skin looking so healthy and glowing! I rushed into town a few days after the event to pick up a bottle and I can confirm that its one of my favourite foundations I have ever used!

Not only are you matched to foundation type, from this the No.7 advisers match concealer, blusher and lipstick too! This ensures that all makeup looks as natural as possible and really helps to brighten the face. 

I particularly loved the blush in 'Damson Mist' which is a lovely pink colour! 

I was so happy with my 'Match Made' makeover- I totally fell in love with all of the products! The lipstick I tested was 'Cranberry Kiss' which I thought really brightened my whole face, making me look a lot healthier and lively, haha. 

The team were kind enough to gift us with some lovely festive packages- the pyramid gift set included a cream blush, eyeshadow, mascara and contour eye shadow brush! The cracker gift contained a great lipgloss. 

I really enjoyed the evening- it was nice to catch up with some of the other fab Plymouth bloggers as well as learn more about No.7 as a brand and their fantastic 'Match Made' service! The service along with the products are so great and I can't wait to start using more of them!

Thanks again to the No.7 team at Drakes Circus Plymouth for a wonderful event! Can't wait for another one soon :) 

Have you had a personalised 'Match Made' service at No.7 yet? Let me know by commenting below or tweeting me @LittleEllieMae :) 

Have a great day!
Ellie Mae x

Disclaimer: The team at No.7 Drakes Circus Plymouth kindly invited me to this event and gifted me with some products but, as always, all opinions and thoughts are my own. 

Monday, 16 November 2015

Hetty Feather Review | Theatre Royal Plymouth | LittleEllieMae

I was kindly invited along to see Jacqueline Wilson's world famous story, 'Hetty Feather', bought to life on stage at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. I went along with Becca and her niece, Isabella- The theatre was packed with children and adults alike; it seemed that a varied audience really enjoyed this show! 

Growing up I had always been a massive Jacqueline Wilson fan- I read every single one of her books and of course, Tracy Beaker was my favourite TV show too! So I was really looking forward to seeing one of her newer novels adapted to a stage show through my older (whether I'm more grown-up is questionable) eyes. 

Set in Victorian 1876 in London, Hetty Feather is an abandoned baby at the Foundling Hospital; Though she gets fostered until the age of five, Hetty lands back at the children's hospital and dreams of her family, friends and of course the wonderful circus she once visited. 

The story was really heart-warming and I could definitely feel Jacqueline Wilson's personal touch on the stage adaptation. Full of music, acrobatics and jokes, this show is perfect for all the family! The show was really funny, especially for the children (though Becca did have to nudge me because I couldn't stop laughing at one joke...).

From an adult perspective, I really appreciated the gorgeous set which was designed to look like gymnastic apparatus from a circus, complete with silks and even a music corner for the live musicians who played specially composed pieces for the show. 

The cast was relatively small and so the actors took on several roles each- only using props and a change of costume, they successfully transformed into a brand new persona in seconds. Truly impressive. 

My favourite parts of the show were when the actors performed acrobatics and aerial dance- it was really beautifully done and although acting as childish characters, they performed it with vigour and such professionalism. 

Of course, this is a children's story for children- so if you're looking for a fast-paced, action- packed, thrilling show, this probably isn't the one for you. But I definitely think that is a great evening out for a family and would recommend it to anyone with children. 

Ellie Mae x

Disclaimer: The Theatre Royal Plymouth kindly invited me along to this performance but all opinions are my own :) Photos credited and are not my own. 

Friday, 6 November 2015

My Disneyland Experience 2015 | LittleEllieMae

Anyone who remotely knows me, knows that I am a massive Disney geek.

I'm pretty sure that I've been planning to go to Disneyland since I was like two years old (this may or may not be an exaggeration)- its always seemed like the happiest, most perfect and magical place on earth.

Anyway, since Becca and I have been friends (which is going on for 6 years now), we've always talked about going together one day- "Wouldn't it just be the BEST?!"

So as my friend, Talia, and I finally turned 18 we decided that it was finally time to make my Disney dream a reality and along with Becca and Megan we booked our trip to Disneyland Paris for October 2015!

I literally counted down the days over the 7 months waiting period but after a veeerrry long coach journey, we finally arrived at the Santa Fe Disney Hotel. The hotel was nice enough; it had a mexican 'Cars' theme (I obviously would've preferred Princesses but y'know)- the biggest perk was it being such close proximity to the parks. And also because we were guests at a Disney hotel, we were granted 'Magic Hours' which meant we had an extra 2 hours in the park before it opened to the general public! We used this time to go on our priority rides (Space Mountain 2 at 8:30am definitely woke me up...) and just generally get to grips with our plan for the day.

We were so lucky and we managed to make the absolute most of the park; there's nothing I can think of that I regret not doing. We really had the best time ever. We did all the rides, met the characters, saw the parades and light show- GAH I COULD GUSH ABOUT IT FOREVER.

Okay, now I'm going to go through all the characters I met because, for me, this was the most exciting part. Everything was so real and I fangirled so much and I want to look back on this post in the future and recall all the magical memories:

First up, my absolute fave- Gaston. *cue me getting extremely flustered* 
Okay, I know that technically Gaston is a villain, but his flirtatious ego and dashing good looks cannot go amiss. After I embarrassingly fangirled whilst he was dancing on stage- "WE LOVE YOU GASTON!", he literally swept me off my feet, made me feel his muscles, pouted and posed for photos. He's no prince, but he was so very charming and made me laugh so much. We also got a group selfie with him which is actual #squadgoals (ew did I just say that..?) 

Marie from Aristocats is one of my favourite Disney characters- shes so adorable. She was so cute accessorised in a fitting orange bow to match the Halloween theme; If I'm honest, I just wanted to stand and hug her forever because she was so soft and cuddly and just lovely. gah. 

I feel like Daisy Duck and I really hit it off and we are basically bffs now. Both as girly and happy as each other, we held hands and posed fabulously together for photos. She especially loved my Polaroid camera!

We spontaneously bumped into Chip and Dale and Perla and Suzy from Cinderella whilst walking around the parks! They were both quite brief meetings but they welcomed group hugs and photos. Aww. 

I was SO excited to meet Jack Skeleton from 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' (I had been watching fan videos of him on YouTube beforehand and he seemed so fun). He was very much a gentleman (/skeleton); he shook my hand, introduced himself politely and wished me a Haunting Halloween! He was so quirky which was really amusing and he gave us marshmallows- which always makes him the winner. 

Yep, ok... IT HAPPENED. I met Minnie and Mickey Mouse. They are both so iconic to Disney and they are really meaningful characters to me as I used to have all the toys of them as a child (not much change as an 18 year old though... cue Minnie Mouse top, ears AND sunglasses...). Minnie loved my sunglasses and wanted tonnes of photos with me wearing them. I actually got a bit emotional after meeting them as I'd always wanted to, and the five year old in me was bursting with pure joy. It was so so exciting.

I'm not usually a roller-coaster kinda gal, but when in Disney you have to try out some rides, right? So I pushed myself to go on Space Mountain first thing in the morning and I spent 98% of it with my eyes shut. But I agreed to go on it again and actually really enjoyed it! My other favourite rides were the Peter Pan ride which took you on an adventure over London, to the second star to the right and straight on 'till morning! I also really loved Crush's Coaster (from Finding Nemo)- despite the hour long queue- which took you on a spinning adventure through the ocean. The newest Ratatouille 3D ride was incredible and so cleverly done- it was from the point of view of one of the rats, scurrying through the kitchens of Paris. Big Thunder Mountain was lots of fun and lasted longer than the others too which made it more worthwhile!

Here's some more photos: 

With Alice In Wonderland being one of my all time favourite films, I was ecstatic to visit the Queen of Heart's castle after skipping through the maze! It was incredible to oversee the rest of the park from the top balcony.

Most people know that Cinderella is my Princess- I couldn't contain my excitement when I caught a glimpse of her in the parade and this is me posing next to her carriage. I will own one like this one day.

As we visited during October half term, the whole park was beautifully decorated for Halloween/ harvest time. I adored it! The tiny details in all the decorations were just amazing.

The pride and joy of the park- Sleeping Beauty's castle was perfect. Just perfect. And strengthened my ambitions to be a Princess. 

Just before closing time, at 10pm, the park showed Disney Dreams which is the most spectacular light, firework and water show. Lights are projected onto the castle, showing all of the most iconic Disney characters with the best songs. I shed tears both times that we watched it- it was beautiful and very emotional. I keep watching YouTube videos of it to reminisce. 

I love this photo- Becca and I have always had such a strong bond over Disney so it was really special for us to share these moments together. I felt so very happy and grateful.

I had the absolute best time ever with my friends in the happiest place on earth. I really was completely filled with joy for the entire trip- After months full of stress and hard work, it was the perfect way to disconnect from reality for a couple of days and just live in a dream world. I wish I could visit again and again (anyone up for purchasing an annual pass with me..?). We are already planning our next trip! I couldn't recommend Disneyland enough. What a perfect trip :)

Have you visited Disneyland before? Let me know what you think by commenting below or tweeting me @LittleEllieMae :)

Have a magical day!

Ellie Mae x