Getting Glam for the CIPR Media Awards 2014

I always get a vision in my head of what I want to look like for a certain occasion. Call me odd, but it is what helps me get excited for events. Dear bless us all if I ever make it up the aisle....!

I was so honoured to make the shortlist for "Digital Journalist of the Year" at the CIPR Media Awards. I was in a category with the Belfast Telegraph, which for a little blogger like me felt like a big deal! I whipped out my graduation dress from last year. I had only worn it the once and the dress code was "business/casual" so I felt it was appropriate. I had bought it in the M&S in the Outlet Banbridge. It was a huge bargain as it's a a linen Autograph dress. 

I had a picture from Nigella Lawson many years ago on the cover of the Radio Times and I loved her hair. It was in a really big faux bob and she looked a bit like Sophia Loren. So, with this in mind, I headed to Peter Mark in Arthur Street to have my hair done. Peter Mark kindly offered to do my hair for the event which I am so grateful for. Peter Mark have recently launched a new campaign entitled "Masters of Hair" which highlights some of the great talent within their company. One of the Masters, Alanda, did my hair. Alanda is usually based in the Forestside salon but also works on a lot of their fashion shows and shoots. She was really lovely and great craic. Often salon visits can drag in but she put me at ease. After my Kertain Lisse Treatment (which is still holding out great!), my colour had lifted a few shades. I also had some root growth (all grey... why me!?) which needed patched in. Alanda opted to fill my roots in with colour which has a gorgeous red sheen off it. She then toned down my bayalage with a complementing colour. I am so happy with how the colour turned out. When washing my hair, she used a Nioxin shampoo. This is a brand I haven't used before but it renown for its ability to give people hair thickness. The shampoo contains peppermint and felt amazing on the scalp. She then gave me a big blow-dry using lots of amazing Redken products (which all smell divine!). 

As I was going to the CIPRs, we opted to put my hair up in the Nigella faux bob. Alanda copied the look to perfection. I revealed at the end that I knew the Radio Times cover was a wig- and I had real hair which was a direct copy! My hair fitted in so well with the 50s theme of my dress. I would highly recommend Alanda for her amazing creative ability. I know I will have her tortured in the future!

Following my visit to Peter Mark, I visited Claire at Laura Mercier House of Fraser to have my makeup done. With my hair already done, I think she was clear on the 50s vibe! I am a huge Laura Mercier advocate, particularly of their Silk Creme Foundation. Claire created a really flawless base. I loved my eye-makeup. Claire used the Laura Mercier Cream Eye Liner in Noir to create a cat-eye flick over a simple champagne eye base. I also loved the Laura Mercier Candlelight Powder which she used to highlight my face. It was a great way to get to know my favourite brand even more.

The CIPR Media Awards were an amazing experience. Although I didn't win, it was an honour to be in a category with other well respected journalists and be representing the growing blogging community here in Northern Ireland.

Thanks to Alanda at Peter Mark,  Mark Kelly and Claire at House of Fraser, Danielle at Smarts and all at CIPR for a great evening!

That Belfast Girl