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Live mannequins surprise shoppers at The Rock

Visitors to The Rock Shopping Centre had to look twice when they spotted live mannequins in store windows at the retail destination over the weekend.

The centre held a two-day ‘Fashion Through The Glass’ event where shop window mannequins were swapped for models showcasing the latest summer looks.

Shows took place on Friday 5th July and Saturday 6th July and were held to inspire shoppers updating their wardrobes ready for the holiday season.

Retailers including Next, M&S, River Island, Primark, Vanilla, FME, Superdry and Vision Express took part in the shows.

Arnold Wilcox-Wood, centre director of The Rock, said: “We’re always thinking of new and engaging ways to support our retailers and inspire our shoppers. This event was a great way to showcase our retailers’ product lines and encourage our visitors to head into our stores.”

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Summer make-up must haves

Ahead of our Style Your Summer event taking place from 31st May – 4th June we thought we would let you in on our make-up must haves for this summer.

1) Hoola bronzing powder – Benefit (£23.50)hoola-bronzer-23-50-benefit

This is one of our old favourites and really is hard to beat, this matte bronzer comes with a handy brush perfect for chiseling out those cheekbones or dusting this bronzer along your forehead. Whether you’re looking to create the perfect contour or achieve a sun kissed tan, Hoola can do it all.

Although slightly pricier than other bronzers this product really does last as you only need a small amount of powder as it is so pigmented (we’ve used it every day for a year and still have half left!).


2) Chocolate Bar eyeshadow palette – Too Faced (£39)

As far as eye shadow palettes go Chocolate Bar is one of the most wearable in terms of shades and lasting power. Not only do the antioxidant-rich cocoa powder infused shades smell amazing (so much so you almost want to eat them) they are silky soft to apply and highly pigmented so you only need a small amount of product, they also last all day.web_chocolatebar_open_updated

With a mix of 16 matte and shimmer shades, this palette can create an endless number of looks all year round and also includes a how-to guide with three looks to get you started. Our favourite summer look consists of Salted Caramel in the crease (transition shade), Creme Brulee on the lid and Gilded Ganache under the lower lash line and outer corners of the lid. Delectable!


3) Doublewear stay in place eye pencil – Estee Lauder (£16.50)

This long-wearing eye pencil comes in a variety of shades, it lines and defines your eye with an even colou1ES838Y14001r that lasts all day and you will rarely need to re-apply. It’s lightweight, creamy formula glides on easily and it has a smudger on the end of the pencil to create a smokey or softer effect if desired. You can wear it alone or on top of eye shadow or liquid eyeliner, on both the lower and/or bottom lash line.

For a summer look we love Teal (a bluey/green shade) on top of dark brown powder on the lower lash line, also the shade Night Violet on it’s own gives your eyes a gorgeous purple pop of colour.


4) Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter  – Urban Decay (£19)Sin

You can use a little or a lot of this product depending on just how glowy you want to go, it comes in three shades and our favourite is Sin (right) which is a pearly shimmer colour that would suit most skin tones. It has a soft creamy texture which is easy to blend.

Use above your contour (between your cheekbone and eye) where the light would naturally hit your face for a subtle summer glow.


5) Juicy Tubes lip gloss –Lancôme (£17)Juicy tubes

Not only do they look great but these lip glosses taste and smell amazing!  The tube-tip applicator helps you to apply the gloss easily and the result is a glamorous shine on your lips with a hint of colour.

They come in a range of sorbet colours with a fruity flavour perfect for summer, we love the shades Sorbet de Cerise (coral / pinky shade) and Fraise (a hint of bright pink – right).

All products shown above are available at Debenhams.