Photo credit – Carl Sukonik 

Tuesday night saw a huge student takeover of Manchester’s City Centre with exclusive shopping discounts, competitions and entertainment, and I was super excited to go on the press tour of the event (after some much needed retail therapy of course)!

Before the event I met up with Alex and enjoyed a nice frappucino from Starbucks (absolute fave) before heading to Lush to pick up a few goodies. Manchester Arndale very kindly gave us a gift card to use at the event, and so I put mine to good use by purchasing The Sacred Truth face mask and Rock Star soap. Two of the lovely members of staff gave me lots of information about the different types of masks and what would be best for me, and even did a little demo on the back of my hand so I could get a rough idea of what it would be like on my face. The mask made my skin so soft, I couldn’t stop rubbing my hands together! Lush also had an offer running, where if you bought any product you would be given a student survival pack consisiting of a couple of products. I received the Carrot soap and a Vanilla Dee-Lite body lotion. The soap isn’t something I would usually pick up but I’m looking forward to trying it out as it smells quite sweet, and the body lotion was a real hit with me because I love the smell of vanilla! As if the goody bag wasn’t enough, Lush were also giving a raffle ticket to each person that bought something which entitled them to make their own bubble bar. I hadn’t done anything like this before and so I was really excited. According to the lady who was running it, I was a real natural. Go me!

Afer we had finished in Lush we met up with Megan and made our way to Topshop. From past experience I know how crazy Topshop can get on student night, so we quickly made our way round, picked up a few bits, didn’t bother trying them on and then joined the very long queue. I picked up a two scalloped crop (ish) tops in burgundy and white, a grey slouchy tee and some burgundy scuba material cigarette trousers. Unfortunately the trousers didn’t look great on me so I sadly had to return them, but they would be a great piece for Autumn!

Later on in the evening it was time to head to Harvey Nichols for the ‘Beat The Buyer’ competition. Entrants could dress a model of their choice in any of the pieces on offer from this season. The looks were then photographed and entered into a competition where the winner would receive two tickets to Harvey Nichol’s fashion show where their own look would be on the catwalk. It was so interesting to that even though everybody chose from the same selection of pieces, the looks were all different and tailored to the individual’s style and taste. The last stop of the night was House of Fraser, where Mille Mackintosh made a personal appearance at the launch of her fashion collection. We were given the chance to have a photograph with her, receive a signed photo and have a quick chat. It would have been nice to have the opportunity to spend some more time with her and maybe ask a few questions about her collection, but there were plenty of other people waiting in line so we only had a couple of minutes.

I had such a great time at the Manchester Student Takeover, just like I always have at Manchester’s student shopping events. There was so much going on, from pop up DJ’s in the streets, live catwalks in St Ann’s square, complimentary beauty treatments in Selfridges and up to 30% student discount in stores around the city centre, it was hard to cram everything into the time I was there! The first city centre wide student takeover was definitely a huge success and I’m already excited for what they will do next.

Manchester Arndale are hosting another event, Meet The Trends, on the 10th and 11th of October so look out for a very exciting post on that coming up next week! Did any of you attend the Manchester Student Takeover? What did you think?


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