The Only Way Is Blogging + FOTD

Suzie, My Sister & Me (yes we look nothing alike, but look we both share the big brow trait!)

If there is one good thing about blogging, aside from the interaction with readers and other bloggers it’s meeting other bloggers in real life (or ‘IRL’ if you are feeling cool). So I was pretty over the moon to attend the 2nd ‘The Only Way Is Blogging’ event this past Saturday. If you are not familiar with the concept it is an afternoon for bloggers arranged by London Beauty Queen (who is a blogger herself), full of informative talks, Q&A sessions and demonstration from brands. It is open to anyone – no invite needed – all different types of bloggers attend! Having attended the first TOWIB a few months back now, I was really excited for the second one which promised to be bigger and better and it sure delivered! 
The day started off with a presentation from the guys at FashionistA who did some fantastic makeovers on GeorginaAnnabel and Gem, got a wicked palette from them as well which I will show you at a later date. FashionistA are destined to be the MAC of the high-street. Then there were some great informative talks from Faye, who spoke about HTML and Zoe and Lily who shed some light on photography and blogging. Tesco-based budget beauty brand VIVO also did some really pretty wearable makeovers, I loved the one they did on Steph! The day cumulated in a general Q&A sesh with ZoeLily and Hayley (the lovely lady who arranged the whole thing), they did a great job answering all the questions fired at them! Overall I had a lovely time, and I met so many gorgeous bloggers, they really are a lovely bunch! Special mentions have to go to YuGeorginaSuzieGem & Siobhan who I spent most of the day with ,they had me in stitches –  funny girls πŸ˜‰ 
For the trip I brought my sister with me, which was very entertaining! She found the whole concept a little strange, me meeting up with my ‘Internet Friends’ and all that, but her main purpose was to come along with her bezza Suzie who has her own blog (it’s awesome and it’s called Hello October). Although  Suzie and I tried our hardest, my sis is adamant that she will never start her own blog! Boooo! Ah well, some lovely person snapped a picture of us all together and thought it would be a great chance to give you guys a little FOTD πŸ™‚ 

Chanel Mat Lumiére in 30 Cendre
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Sand
Vivo Translucent Powder
MAC Instant Chic Powder Blush
MAC Espresso (for the brows)
Urban Decay Naked (through the crease)
Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Black Ink
L’oreal Telescopic Waterproof Mascara
Nothing in this photo! But wore Avon Nude Peach πŸ™‚ 
I kept the makeup really simple, nothing too crazy and used products that I knew would hold up well in flash photography (yep, I thought ahead!). I even used eyeliner for the first time in yonks, and I actually quite liked it – I didn’t draw all the way in as I have quite small eyes, but I kept a little wing at the outer corner. There are a few products that I used here that I will be posting about soon as I have been LOVING them, so keep an eye out for that! 


  • Sounds like you had a really lovely time! I was just about to say your sister has amazing eyebrows just like you! I tried growing mine out, managed for about a week and a half and then just HAD to get the tweezers out (I have no self-restraint lol). I’m definitely very tempted to go to the next one in February! xx

    • Oh yes it would be great if you could come to the next one! xx

  • Anonymous

    Ah great post πŸ™‚ wish I’d gone now! Sounds like a great event! I’m glad you and your sister look nothing alike too, it’s the same with me and my sister, she’s blonde and I’m dark! Though you both have fab eyebrows πŸ™‚ x

    • Oh yes you should of! Ah well, get to see you again soon πŸ™‚ It sounds like your sister and my sister look more related! Haha xx

  • Anonymous

    Ahh it was a good day, you got some excellent photos πŸ™‚ Glad you did a FOTD cuz I was wondering what foundation you were wearing! πŸ˜›

    • Haha oh yes Chanel Mat Lumiere all the way baby πŸ˜‰ xx

  • Katie

    Great blog… glad you enjoyed it…

    Katie (FashionistA)

  • Sarah S.

    Me and my sister look nothing alike, too! Isn’t it funny how you can have totally opposite coloring of a sibling? πŸ™‚

  • Soph@Beautycfw

    Wow, you look absolutely nothing like her! I’m her colour etc, hate it.. so difficult to find foundation. I’d rather look like your skin tone and hair etc! hehe. Love the brows on you both πŸ˜‰ xxx

  • It was lovely to meet you there!

  • Anonymous

    love the photos you got! the slr envy continues!! was so lovely seeing you and gutted your sister doesn’t want to start a blog! hopefully one day πŸ˜› xx

    • Haha! One day πŸ˜‰ We will break her down! xx

  • Gem

    Wow your photos have come out so well even though the lighting in the bar was a bit dodgy!  I love the collage, especially that photo in the middle of lots of us.  The pink blush on my temples is looking a bit full on there though, lol! xx

    • Thanks Gem πŸ™‚ I love the picture of all of us too! xx

  • odd_buttons

    you and your sister have the most amazing eyebrows i have ever seen! Looks like you had an awesome time πŸ˜€ xx

    • Aw thank you! I will let her know you said that πŸ™‚ xx

  • Looks like you had a great time! I’m hoping to go to the one that’s being organised in February – fingers crossed πŸ™‚

    • Oh yes, definitely come down to the next one – it was great! xx

  • Wow you guys look so different, but both gorgeous! Also wanted to thank you for the Dove conditioner recommendation, it has seriously saved my hair xx

    • Aw thank you! Pleased to hear you love the Dove! xx

  • you look beautiful as always, Vivianna! major hair and eyebrow envy over here!!   I always get invites to these cool UK events on my blog (I guess people forget I’m Canadian haha) and I always wish I could attend, they look so fun… maybe one day πŸ™‚ xox

    • Aw thanks Sandra πŸ™‚ If you ever pop over to the UK  again on one of your many travels then I’m sure there are a load of beauty bloggers that would want to meet you! xx

  • Anonymous

    you look lovely, looks like you had a great day πŸ˜€ xx

  • You look lovely, I went to TOWIB too but was too shy to come and say hello, next time I will xx

    • Oh yes next time definitely come over and say hi! Hope you had a good time xx

  • Ayshabaig1

    Was really lovely finally meeting you hun! Your are even more stunning & kind in real life lovely :)  Thanks so much for the ickle chat, had a really lovely time at the event. Truly hope to meet your gorguz self again soon πŸ™‚

    Love Aysh xoxo

    • Aw thanks hun you too!! Was great to meet so many bloggers πŸ™‚ Hope we bump into each other soon xx

  • Its amazing that you got to meet your blogger comrades! :]

  • Anonymous

    I went to TOWIB too! It’s just a shame we didn’t meet! Probably because I was a bit too shy to come and say hi… Oh well, next time I will do, I swear! : )

    • Oh yes next time definitely come over and say hello πŸ™‚ xx

  • princesselfy

    Gutted I missed it as was looking forward to meeting lots of girlies, but I’m sure there’ll be other opportunities! Can’t believe the difference between you and your sister! Both rocking statement brows though!x

    • You have to come to the next one!! It would be great to see you finally! Yeah it’s strange we look so different, but like you said we both have the big brows πŸ™‚ xx

  • looks like so much fun! i need to go to one of these, i think it would be awesome to have so many like minded people in one place! your hair looks so glossy and amaze! xxx

    • Oh you should – they are so much fun! Thanks for the comment xx