VIP Event at Rush Hair, Birmingham

rush-front-of-houseThis is a bit late in being posted up, for which I apologise, but on the evening of  Thursday 24th November, Rush Hair on Corporation Street in Birmingham threw their doors open for a bloggers event.  Under new Management, and with the roadworks on Corporation Street having finally been completed, this was an ideal time to invite some potential new clients to have a look around.

I arrived straighrush-christmas-cakest from work, and therefore was operating on an empty stomach. I was immediately welcomed in, my name checked off the list, a glass of bubbly put into my hands and a pass (which I got to keep afterwards) with my name, twitter id and blog name on it (other events people – please take note!).  We were kept topped up with bubbles and there were plenty of snacks around the place.

The salon is relatively small and all on one level, but judicious use of clean white walls and mirrors on the main back wall helps make it look bigger.rush-main-salon rush-mirrors

 

There is also the basin area – an area that is traditionally ugly, but here is tucked in a seperate room, made to be dark and a little nest-like with products nicely laid Rush Hair Braiding rush-braiding out.

On the night there were a number of people doing dry hair makeovers, including braiding and use of the GHD straigners (something I went through, to the shock and awe of the head stylist).  I didnt take photos of myself, but I know people did, so look out for images elsewhere around the web!

 

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Scheduled for a number of hours, we all seemed to leave en masse at around 8pm, most of us with goodie bags in hand and some with a stack of business cards from other bloggers. Rush Hair Goody Bag

In Summary:

Rush Hair salon is well placed to get the newly invigorated traffic coming along Corporation Street now that access has been sorted out. It is bright and open and appears to be bigger than it really is due to judicious use of mirrors.  A 90 minute session (on an empty stomach) with no wet treatments or cuts makes it difficult to judge washing, cutting or blowdry capabilities, however my straightening did last until the following Tuesday. It could have lasted longer had my hair not needed a wash.

I have oddly challenging hair and I am in the process of going shorter – it took over 10 years of same cut, and 5 years with the same stylist before I had enough trust him to do a restyle. Let’s just say it takes me a while to change things!  In the immediate future, I would consider going in for a straighten, and possibly a blowdry.

From the blogger event, it was also not possible to judge the likely target audience – there were a lot of (much younger than me)  lifestyle and fashion bloggers, and it’ll be interesting to see the age range attracted to the salon – the staff seemed to be fairly young, which can help with keeping the energy levels up high and styles on trend.

 

 

Elemis 6 Piece The Gift Of Great Skin Face & Body Collection

It’s been a while since I went “proper” shopping for Beauty products in any great shape or form, but it’s the run up to Christmas, so that everyone is bringing out Collections and reducing prices on many of their exisating pieces. I’ve been following Elemis on Twitter for ages, and so saw that their    six-piece Gift of Great Skin Collection was on offer over at QVC at £42. It comes in 2 scents – the new “White Lotus & Lime” and  Frangipani Monoi – I went for the latter optionelemis-box-setn as I have other products in the range.

It arrived a few days after ordering as the Today’s Special Value, and came in a golden gift box (see left), which makes a change from the usual “travel bag” – of which I now have about a thousand. elemis-wrapup

Opening the box up shows the items. surrounded by buble wrap as per the next picture.

 

 

The pack contains:

  •  1 x Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil (195ml; full size) – this cleansing oil has a lightweight, fluid texture and is designed to maintain your skin’s natural acid mantle while softening your skin and removing make-up and impurities without stripping your skin. Blended with 90% natural oils, including winter rose oil, chia seed oil and pomegranate extract.  *this is new to me and so should be interesting to use*
  • 1 x Soothing Apricot Toner (200ml; full size) – effectively tones the look of your skin and helps maintain its natural pH level, soothing the feel of your skin without the use of alcohol or other harsh detergents to leave a fresh and radiant complexion. Contains extracts of apricot, quillja wood and sweet betty flower *this is new packaging, and I have previous editions to use*
  • 1 x Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (30ml; special size) – an award-winning beauty icon, this light-weight gel cream is designed to help reduce the depth of wrinkles and increase hydration, leaving your skin feeling smoother and improving the look of your complexion.  Blended with a cocktail of three seaweeds – padina pavonica, porphyridium and chlorella – along with ginkgo biloba and rose and mimosa absolute

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  • 1 x Frangipani Monoi Bath & Shower Nectar (300ml; full size) NEW – a luxurious creamy lather that delicately cleanses and envelops your body. Sesame oil is blended with exotic Tahitian monoi oil and leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated
  • 1 x Frangipani Monoi Body Balm (120ml; full size) NEW – this intensely rich body balm melts into the skin to soften, smooth and moisturise the feel of your skin. Contains lipid-rich shea butter, rosehip seed oil, exotic Tahitian monoi oil, and is fragranced with frangipani flowers to your skin gorgeously scented
  • 1 x Frangipani Monoi Hand & Nail Cream (20ml; travel size) – helps to moisture and comfort the feel of your hands, to leave them delicately scented. Enriched with shea butter and macadamia nut oil, and a blend of vitamins
  • the image on the right shows what actually turns up in the pack – most of which are full size.