COMPETITION | 'Insneezia' & Avoiding it w/ Boots UK

Yep, you read it right, insneezia is the next health battle all us hayfever suffers are set to face the challenge of this summer - that's if it ever stops hailing/snowing etc here in the UK and we actually get to see any sort of summer, obviously. 

What is insneezia? 

Firstly, kudos to whoever coined 'insneezia'. What a ludicrously brilliant word.

On a serious note though, insneezia has an insomniac effect on a hayfever sufferers and causes a lack of sleep due to experiencing hayfever symptoms at night. Boots UK pharmacist Tom Kallis has got the legit lowdown: "Many hayfever sufferers lose sleep during spring and summer, when pollen falls as the evening temperature decreases however, there is no reason why people need to let their hayfever have such an impact."

We've all got stressful, manic lives and no one wants to be heading into the office with "Sorry I'm late. I'm suffering from a real bad bout of insneezia at the moment" rolling off the tongue, am I right? Best to nip it in the bud (sorry!) and Boots UK are about to help us do just that.

Next Wednesday (4th May) will see Boots UK throw a #PetalParty with the purpose of raising awareness about insneezia and how us sufferers can avoid the symptoms. 

From what I hear, it's going to be quite some event. St Christopher's place, just off of Oxford street, is going to be showered with 3 million petals in twenty minutes. There will even be a celebrity guest DJ. Sounds alright, doesn't it! Anyone can come down to the party to throw some shapes underneath the millions of petals too.

The best bit is, I have a giveaway for a petal afterparty - you can win a night in The Mondrian London, a dinner and botanical bar entry for you and a pal. 

Entry to win is easy - tweet, "I’m going to the @BootsUK #PetalParty with @millie_cotton to help tackle Insneezia from night time hayfever."

The party starts at 7pm - look forward to seeing you there!

Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Boots UK.

Competition Ts and Cs
·         Entrants to this prize draw must be aged 18 or over and a resident in the UK.
·         Employees and the immediate families of Boots UK Limited or anyone professionally connected with this prize draw are not entitled to enter the prize draw.
·         This competition closes at 9am on 3 May 2016
·         This prize draw is free to enter. 
·         Responsibility will not be accepted for loss, delay and corruption of any data in transit or in the incomplete nature of any entries to the prize draw.
·         All entrants agree to their names and comments being used for promotional purposes. Copyright in all material submitted as entries rests with the promoter.
·         Prizes - all entrants will be entered into a prize draw to win a night’s stay in a standard room at The Mondrian London, including breakfast, plus a £200 for food and drinks at Dandelyan in The Mondrian. To be used within a month from Wednesday 4 May 2016. This is the prize in full, travel and any other expenses are not covered as part of this prize.
·         There will be one winner in total.
·         Prizes will be confirmed within 24 hours of details being received.
·         The winner will be notified on 3 May via @BootsUK Twitter. This must be acknowledged by the winner within 5 hours. Failure to respond means an alternative winner will be selected from all valid entries received.
·         Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them.
·         We will not pass on your personal details to any other organisation without your permission, except for the purpose of awarding the prize if necessary.
·         The promoter’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
·         The promoter of the competition is Boots UK Limited, 1 Thane Road, Nottingham, NG90 1BS.
·         The name and region of the winners may be obtained by writing to the following address after 04/05/2016: Boots Social Media Team, Boots UK Ltd, Thane Road, Nottingham, NG90 1BS.
·         This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter. You are providing your information to Boots UK Limited and not to Twitter. By participating in this promotion you agree to a complete release of Twitter from any claims. Participation in this promotion is subject to the official rules.
·         All entrants agree to their names and comments being used for promotional purposes. Copyright in all material submitted as entries rests with the promoter.

On Eyelash Extensions

Photograph: Hannah Louise F

Beauty & Grace eyelash extensions by Vanessa Sandora*

MAC Halsey lipstick*

Hi, my name is Millie Cotton and I'm an eyelash extensions addict. 

There, I said it. Can I go now?

If you had told me a year ago that I'd be sat writing about my eyelash extension reliance, I'd have never believed it. "Me, the girl who's crap at make up, addicted to eyelash extensions? Never." 

Yet, here I am. My second beautiful set from Vanessa at Beauty and Grace in Soho very much intact and fluttering away as I blink, far longer and fuller than I could ever have dreamt of from my own.

Second set doesn't sound so bad, does it? That's a bit of a white lie obviously. This is my second set from Vanessa, who I found in Soho after my usual eyelash guru cancelled on me. A quick glance over my email bookings and it looks like I've now been getting eyelash extensions for 7 months - doesn't time fly!

First things first, in all honesty, the thought of seven months sends a shiver down my spine - the depletion that would have had on my bank balance, ouuuuuch. 

Eyelash extensions and their up-keep is fairly expensive. Although Vanessa kindly gave me my second set for free, usual rates for a full set of Russian Volume lashes come in at £90 for a full set and £75 for half a set. Russian volume eyelash extensions are the more expensive option - several thinner, lighter lashes are applied to each individual lash. There's also the option of a set where one individual false lash is applied directly to one of your own lashes. This is slightly cheaper at £60 for a full set and then £40 for infills.

The treatment takes around two hours for a new full set and then an hour or infills every 3-5 weeks, depending on how well you look after your lashes, keeping them away from oil based products and not rubbing your eyes.

Finding a beauty therapist who suits you is key. If you're after lashes that are full, long but still leave you looking fairly natural, Vanessa is the one! We've nattered for hours about London, our favourite restaurants, where we dream of travelling, our families...the list goes on. When someone is going to be literally in your face - well, staring at it for a solid couple of hours - it's important that you feel comfortable with them.

So is the time and money worth it? In my opinion, most definitely so. The time saved applying mascara and removing it over the course of a month would easily add up to the two hour application time. Justifying the money spent on it is a little harder - should I be short on cash one month, it would be the first thing I'd cut back on. It's a luxury but one that means I get up in the morning, wash my face, chuck on my gym kit and feel entirely comfortable with no make up leaving the house. 

Like strong eyebrows, long, full lashes make such a difference and no matter how much mascara you may achieve, you'd never be able to create the same effect.

Don't knock it until you've tried it and if you manage to swerve addiction, more power to you.

To book in with Beauty and Grace, you can reach Vanessa on 07713410449.

The UK Festivals You Need To Know

When the weather is glorious, the UK can make for some of the finest festivals across the globe. Line ups may feature similar names but each festival comes with a specific crowd suited to a specific crowd, and you know, the people make the party.

Over the past couple of years I think I've covered mostly all of the festivals, bar Glastonbury (feel my pain, yeah), that are dotted about the UK. There's a lot on offer this summer and these are my top 5 UK festival picks.

Glastonbury, June 22nd - 26th 

No, I've never been. So, can I actually give you any solid advice as what to expect? Most definitely not. However, like running the London marathon, whether or not you're suited to it, I reckon it's an experience everyone should have at least once. 

This year's line up is an ode to British brilliance. So, in true Brits style, criticism of Glastonbury's line up has been at an all time high. True, the festival is very radio friendly this year but there are also new acts thrown into the mix such as pop princess Dua Lipa, London grime artists Stormzy and Skepta and old school electronic group Underworld. 

If there's one things that Glastonbury's line up can't be faltered for, it's its huge variety. This year's line up is a little soft but there's still something for everyone, in my opinion.

Resale general admission tickets go online 14th April, 6pm and cost £228 plus book fee. Purchase them here.

Latitude Festival, July 14th - 17th 

Where Glastonbury failed to produce the goods on the female front, Latitude prevailed. Set in the idyllic grounds of Henham Park in Suffolk, Latitude is hosting a strong female line up of artists. Grimes is headlining the BBC Radio 6 stage, while Laura Mvula and MØ are sure to be festival highlights also.

Indie stars The Maccabees are set to perform their first major headline slot. M83 are set to make a fierce comeback at the festival at the Obelisk arena alongside John Father Misty, CHVRCHES, Chet Faker and many more.

Expect good vibes, chilled out crowds and bohemian mania.

For adults, day tickets are £77.50 plus booking fee and weekend tickets come in at £197.50 plus booking fee.

For the rest of the line up and tickets head over here.

Field Day, 11th - 12th June

Every year Field Day delivers one of the finest line ups out of the UK's festivals and this year is no different. James Blake headlines the festival on Saturday with a strong line up of a live set from Floating Points and DJ sets from Mount Kimble, Special Request and DJ Koze prior. After storming the UK with their debut single SWIMBrighton quintet Fickle Friends are one to note for the Saturday too.

Not only is the line up strong but the prospect of not having to camp is another reason Field Day is a solid favourite. There's something very comforting about drinking and dancing all day with the prospect of your bed waiting at home and a solid night's sleep before waking up to do it all over again on the Sunday.

Saturday tickets cost £54.50, Sunday tickets are £49.50 and a standard weekend ticket comes in at £94 for standard or £132 for VIP. You can purchase them here.

Love Saves The Day, 28th - 29th May

If I had to pick my favourite city bar London in the UK, the prize would easily go to Bristol. It's architecturally interesting, there's a vibrant music scene and most of the people I've met have seemed to be open-minded and somewhat eccentric. 

Tickets for Love Save the Day are pretty cheap too - if you got in their early, the first release of Saturday admission tickets were priced at only £27. When the line up consists of big names like Hot Chip, Mura Masa, Joy Orbison and Dizzee Rascal, it's an absolute bargain.

Check out the rest of the line up and buy tickets here.

Sunfall, 9th & 10th July

Sunfall is a new festival to this year but you'd never guess that from the stellar line up of the two days hosted in Brockwell Park. A festival by day with the likes of Jamie XX, Ben Klock and Zomby, tickets are bought with eight separate club nights hosted in South London as part of the package. 

The inaugural Sunfall looks like it will certainly be one to remember.

Buy tickets over on Resident Advisor here.


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