Afternoon Tea At The Ritz- OOTD, Hair & Makeup!

You may have seen on my twitter tumblr or instagram (if you follow me) a few weeks ago that I spent the day in London with my best girlfriends, where we tucked into a splendid Afternoon Tea session at the Ritz. I had such an amazing time that I thought I would share a few photos with you in case you have ever wondered what it was like inside the Ritz, or are having Afternoon Tea there soon and wanted a sneak peek! This will also be an OOTD, hair and a makeup post in one hit! Perfect. I'm warning you though, it will be a long one, so if you're anything like me, go and grab yourself a cuppa and your slippers and sit tight, read and enjoy!

Our experience in a long-ish nutshellI was so excited to go as the girls and I had it planned since the beginning of the year. You may be thinking what a random thing to do, but the reason we had planned it was because 2013 is the year we all turned the big '21' and thought it would be a nice way to round off our birthdays!  Plus it was also birthday presents for some of them. Sophisticated hay? We went for a quick sex on the beach and a Prossecco in the Slug and Lettuce whilst one of our friends was having her makeup done in MAC-Emily, in purple! We then hopped on the train to London Liverpool St. 1 taxi journey later and a little window sight-seeing, we arrived at the glamorous Ritz. We walked inside with our mouths open wide, gawping at how gorgeous it was and then was seated at our table. They brought out some English tea, and a menu for if we wanted to try other flavours, and shortly after arrived are mountain of food. YUM. After filling myself up on endless supplies of finger sandwiches and scones, I struggled to eat a dessert!

So. Lets talk outfit. I originally opted for this gorgeous leather dress from Missguided, (£19.99 here )However on the day, luckily another dress I had opted for turned up in the nick of time, 30 minutes before I was due to leave actually! I popped it on and it fitted like a glove. I felt so comfortable and happy in it and the best thing about it was that it was floaty. That meant I could stuff my face with sandwiches and cakes and not have to worry about getting a big bloated stomach whilst wearing a pretty tight fitting dress. You gotta think ahead here guys! The dress I wore was from ASOS, which you can find for £38, here. To finish off my look, I went for a gorgeous smouldery red/purple nail varnish which matched my lipstick perfectly! I added some open toed heels which I actually bought last year for my dads wedding, but they are so gorgeous and comfortable! My simple gold necklace that I bought in Dubai back in the summer with my Arabic name on, but any simple gold necklace will do, and a beige clutch from River Island which I'm afraid is discontinued now. Overall I was very pleased with my Essex meets the Ritz sophisticated look!

Moving onto Hair. I wanted a soft, natural, wavy look to my hair that looked textured but effortless. *yes-high hopes* The night before I plaited my hair in two french plaits and slept on it to give it that wavy look but ensured I didn't plait it too tight as I wanted long waves in between, not tight waves. The following morning, I took out the plaits, run a comb lightly through my hair and made sure my parting was where I wanted it. I took my GHD's and lightly added a few curls where needed. I think I actually only added one to the front of my hair but obviously if you wanted to add more that's absolutely fine too! I then ran my fingers through it, messed it up a little and then took my L'Oreal matte and messy spray, £2.99 here and spritzed it onto my hair, making sure I was tousling it as I sprayed to reduce it from drying and making my hair look crunchy. (This product can do that if you're not careful with it!) I then took my trusty L'Oreal Elenette hairspray, £2.40 here and and sprayed it all over, but again not too much and there you have it, my tousled, wavyish, textured hair! I was pretty pleased with the result and it didn't budge all day. It still remained soft and swishy but kept that nice wave to it throughout. Happy Alex.

Last and most excitingly- makeup. Being Autumn, it was the perfect excuse for me to bust out the berry. I knew I wanted an Autumnal berry lip, and because I was wearing black, I thought that a neutral eye was a must. I had previously watched a makeup tutorial by Tanya Burr which you can find here, and absolutely loved the look and thought it looked really sophisticated and would look great with this outfit, without being too over the top. I wanted to create my own take on it and went for a more purpley dark red lip, but what I did want to recreate was the way she had done her eyeshadow. Quite sixtys! love it. So with no further ado, these are the products I used to create my look. *A Different bronzer to Chanel may have been used as I cannot remember exactly which one! Sorry!*

Base: Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, £30.50 here, KIKO full coverage concealer in light, £7.50 here, Yves St Lauren Touche Eclat concealer, £25 here.
Contour: Chanel Soleil Bronzer, £31 here, Laura Mercier bronzer from my 'colour-to-go palette', £31 here (hurry stock is running out and the value for money is crazy good!), MAC blusher in style,  £17 here.
Eyebrows: Urban Decay Naked Palette, £37, here (same as below) I used the lighter brown through my brows in 'Naked.'
Powder: MAC Mineralised powder in Light, £25 here.
Eyes: Urban Decay primer potion, £19 here, Benefit cream shadow- (discontuined product), MAC Vanilla Eyeshadow, £12.50 here, Urban Decay NAKED palette, £37 here, MAC gel eyeliner in Dipdown, here, Maybeline 'the falsies' mascara, £7.99 here, Cheryl Cole false lashes, £3.59 here- trimmed down to size, here.
Lips: Topshop Lipstick in Wicked, £8 hereSimple

For the eyes, I prep'd them with UD primer potion, I then added my benefit cream shadow as a second base (it was a light cream colour), UD 'Virgin' all over the lid and MAC Vanilla eye shadow all over the lid. I then used a fluffy blending brush from Crown brushes (£3.99 here) which is very similar to a MAC 217 brush and blended UD 'naked' through the crease, ensuring that I didn't blend it into the outer corners, as I was aiming to create a 60's inspired flick with my shadow. I then took UD 'buck' all from the same palette and blended that into my crease on top of 'naked' to deepen the colour. I used again 'Virgin' to highlight under my brows and added a little mixture of 'naked' & 'buck' and added depth under my eyes on the outer corners. To finish it off I added the MAC gel eyeliner quite thin but noticeable to the top lash line and created a flick at the edges. Add a good lick of mascara, and then I added my false lashes making sure they were cut down to size for my little eyes! *yes I accidentally rhymed*

What I should have done to finish of the look was give my Urban Decay's 'All nighter' spray, £19, here a once over. Accidents happen ay!

You can also find reviews on most of these products here:
-MAC Vanilla Eyeshadow, here
-NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, here
-Topshop Lipstick in Wicked, here
-MAC Mineralized Foundation/powder, here
-MAC bronzer in 'style,' here

I did warn you it was a long'un however if you are reading this that means you got to the end and so I congratulate you! I do hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I loved experiencing it!
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What do you think overall of my makeup, hair and outfit? Have you had any ideas? Untill next time, Enjoy the rest of October!


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