Alfred Hitchcock - Friday Favourites

The Amazing Blog has a major treat for all you film buffs! This June, the South Bank Centre in London is hosting a tribute to the one and only Alfred Hitchcock. We could not be more excited for the events on offer, which include special and once in a lifetime opportunities.

On the 23rd of June as part of their Classical Season, The South Bank Centre will be screening the cinematic masterpiece that has ruined hotel showers for people around the world, Psycho. Alongside the screening, Robert Ziegler will be conducting Bernard Herrmann’s spine-tingling score with the London Philharmonic. We can’t think of a better way to bring Psycho alive than to watch it on screen and have the iconic score played by one of the world's best orchestras. This is a  truly unique evening, and one we think is worth far more than the £20 a ticket costs. 

If this piques your film and music interests and you want to delve deeper and acquaint yourself with the process of the famous aquiline director, then on the 24th of June, for only £25, the South Bank Centre will also be screening a special documentary called What You Need to Know: Alfred Hitchcock. The documentary will look at how Hitchcock’s films use music as an essential tool to create the unbearable tension they are famed for. It will specifically focus on his collaboration with composer Bernard Herrmann, who he worked with to create the scores for the previously mentioned Psycho as well as Vertigo.  

We certainly cannot think of a better way to spend the weekend, perfect to go to either alone, with friends or on a date. These events encapsulate everything that makes London life fabulous; entertainment, culture and fun. You can purchase tickets to the screening of Psycho here for £20 and for What You Need To Know: Alfred Hitchcock here for £25

Antimatter Lipstick - Illamasqua

Here at The Amazing Blog, we’re working hard all day, and that’s why we need a lipstick that can last us through the day. Thanks to Illamasqua’s Antimatter Lipstick line that’s entirely possible. We were happy to receive three of their colours, but the stand out for us is definitely the colour Binary, a warm-toned coral, which is perfect as summer is rolling in.

Illamasqua’s Antimatter Lipsticks comes in 18 vibrant colours, from deep reds to bright purples to hot pinks. They even sell a pure white, so you can get as creative as you want; dare to wear opaque white, create an artistic ombre, or lighten up any lipstick colour you have. The ethos of Illamasqua is rooted in creativity and self-expression, and with this wide array of colours to choose from everyone can express themselves. The lipstick can be applied opaquely for intense pay-off, or lightly for a more subtle lip stain. Not only is this lipstick long-lasting, but it is comfortable and leaves a nice semi-matte, semi-satin finish. The finish of these lipsticks is long-wearing while still being kind to your lips. We can't be the only ones who are excited to see a comfortable, yet statement, lip product amidst this drying liquid-lipstick trend.

Not only do we love Illamasqua's makeup, but we admire them as a brand. Illamasqua promotes self-expression and celebrating who you are as a person, and they have partnered with The Sophie Lancaster Foundation which works to rid society of intolerance and discrimination. If you'd like to support this worthwhile cause, you can purchase some S.O.P.H.I.E products, including t-shirts, an eye pencil and a blusher here, where £1 of every purchase goes directly to the foundation.

Purchase the Antimatter Lipstick range here for £20.00 each, with free UK delivery on all orders.

Alkaline Infusion - Kiki Health

Here at The Amazing Blog, we know just how important it is to look after your body on the inside as well as on the outside. We also know that this can be tough at times as we try to keep up with the fast pace of modern living. Therefore, if there is a product that can help us get that little bit healthier and is also convenient, it goes straight to the top of our list. This is exactly why we love Kiki Health's Alkaline Infusion which is simple to incorporate into your daily routine.

It is easy in today’s society to develop deficiencies that can affect our moods as well as our appearance, all because of a lack of vitamins in the diet. The Alkaline Infusion is full of magnesium which helps with fatigue and mood swings. The high vitamin C content helps to improve the appearance and function of the skin, teeth and bones, improves metabolism and boosts the immune system. The powder also contains silica which is instrumental in the growth of collagen, which helps skin maintain its elasticity and youth. Our bodies are often far too acidic due to poor diets and the stress of modern living, which can leave us feeling and looking low – which in turn can lead to reduced self-esteem and bad habits. With the balance of alkaline, vitamins and minerals, Kiki Health’s Alkaline Infusion helps your body neutralise these negative issues so that your body can regain its natural balance.

This supplement is an easy and tasty way to get the vitamins you need. With a delicious sweet and citrus flavour, you can easily mix your daily two teaspoons into a glass of water or to a smoothie for some added zing! This product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and is naturally free from wheat and gluten, making it suitable for everybody.

You can purchase Kiki Health’s Alkaline Infusion here for £27.00

Correct & Conceal – ReCover

Everyone suffers from an uneven skin tone at one point or another, it's completely inevitable, but that doesn't mean that it can't knock your confidence. We here at The Amazing Blog fully understand the struggle and toll an uneven skin tone can have on your self-esteem, so we've decided to let you in on our little blemish secret; ReCover. ReCover's Correct & Conceal is our must have product for red skin as it instantly corrects and conceals uneven and red tones.

The Correct & Conceal uses yellow-toned pigments to cover facial redness seamlessly. The product is thin but packed with pigment, making it untraceable and leaving you with an even finish. The benefits of this product are seemingly endless, with promises to conceal thread veins, disguise flushing, tone down sunburn and neutralise high colour.The product comes in an array of shades, from Very Light through to Deep Tan. The diversity in this range is one of the reasons that the product is so perfect, and we love that if you are unsure of which colour will suit your skin tone best, you can purchase a discovery pack with three potential shades. What’s more, their products are free from parabens, sulphates, fragrance, propylene glycol and animal-derived raw ingredients

The founder of ReCover, Annabel Jardella, is an expert makeup artist who has spent 25 years working on films such as Sense & Sensibility and Gladiator and teaching at the UK's leading makeup academy. In fact, Annabel learnt how to perform camouflage makeup after a cooking accident scarred her feet at the age of 16. It is, therefore, no wonder the product is so effective at colour correcting in a natural way. This product is easy to use at home or on the go, without having to rely on the thicker and heavier concealing products previously on the market.

Purchase the Correct & Conceal here for £28, or if you are unsure of your skin tone try the discovery pack here for £9.95

Gourmet Hot Chocolate and Signature Thins by Paxton Chocolates

All of us at The Amazing Blog are self-proclaimed chocoholics, so it's a real treat when we get to review some indulgent and delicious chocolate for you. This week we were lucky enough to review a brand we've previously featured, Paxton Chocolate. All of their chocolates are handmade in Brighton, and they source the chocolate couverture from a company in Belgium that has been producing the finest chocolate for over 100 years from sustainably grown cocoa beans. This week we tried Paxton's Gourmet Hot Chocolate and their Signature Thins

The Gourmet Hot Chocolate was decadent and luxurious. Available in five distinctly delicious flavours, we tried the Hazelnut and Pistachio and Earl Grey and Orange flavours. These were rich and decadent drinks which are the perfect accompaniment for a cosy evening in. We can think of nothing better than curling up with a warming mug of the Gourmet Hot Chocolate, putting on a face mask and watching our favourite film! If you’re feeling really cheeky, we found adding a splash of amaretto to the Hazelnut and Pistachio Hot Chocolate was a great way to jazz up the drink and our evening.

The Signature Thins were both delicious and beautiful. Looking at them left us feeling conflicted, we didn’t want to ruin how stunning they were, but they were just too tempting. The box contains six tantalising flavours: White Chocolate Raspberry and Rose, Milk Chocolate Orange and Earl Grey Tea, Milk Chocolate Chestnut and Vanilla, Dark Chocolate and Candied Chilli and our personal favourite, Dark Chocolate and Lavender. Despite the fact that you won’t want to share these with anyone, we think they would make a great gift.

You can purchase the Gourmet Hot Chocolates here for £8.50 and the Signature Thins here for £25.00