24 Hours in Manchester: Makeup, Style and Gluten Free Food

J bought me tickets to see Shrek the Musical at the Palace Theatre in Manchester as a Christmas present, so we decided to book a hotel and make a little city break out of it.

We stayed at a premier inn near the theatre, did some shopping, watched the show, had some great (maybe not so healthy) gluten and dairy free food and then headed to Old Trafford for the stadium tour (J’s part of the deal)!

I thought I’d share with you the makeup I used, clothes I wore and food I ate during 24-hours in Manchester as well as a little review of everything we got up to!


I love going to the theatre and I love to get dressed up and make an effort when I get chance to go, so I decided to go quite glam with my makeup!

Below are the products I used for the look:

  • NYX Photo Ready Primer – Green
  • B by Superdrug Liquid Illuminator
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
  • Urban Decay Naked Concealer
  • Anastasia Cream Contour Kit
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
  • MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Powder – Give Me Sun
  • Illamasqua Beyond Powder – OMG
  • Fleur De Force Brow Powder
  • MAC Studio Fix Concealer
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • MAC Painterly Paint Pot
  • Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette
  • Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette
  • Tanya Burr Cosmetics Selfie Lash Mascara
  • MAC Blankety Lipstick
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

I did my makeup pretty much the same next day but used the No7 Beautifully Matte foundation instead of the MAC one as I like that for daily wear.


Like I said before, I wanted to get dressed up for the theatre but for me, dressing up is jeans and heels, so here is the look I wore for the show:

Jacket – Ted Baker

Black Cami Top – Matalan

Jeans – Next

Heels – Primark

Clutch Bag – Dorothy Perkins

Bracelet – Monica Vinader

Rings – Pandora

For the stadium tour, I wanted to be comfy and it was raining, so being warm and dry was important too!

This outfit is pretty standard for me:

I had the same next jeans on, a plain black top for Victoria’s Secret, white Converse, my black coat is Zara, scarf is Boohoo and the jewellery is all the same!


Many of you will know that I’m gluten free and also have to try and be dairy free too, so being away from home can be tricky when it comes to eating but we had some really nice GF and DF food!

We got lunch from M&S food and Tesco, I had one of their ‘to go’ packs of cocktail sausages (GF and DF) and a pack of kettle chips!

For dinner we had Pizza Express and I had the GF base with tomato sauce, vegan mozzarella and pepperoni and for my first ever GF and DF pizza, it was so lovely!

Bit of a naughty breakfast before we headed home… McDonalds hash browns, they don’t have any gluten or dairy containing ingredients and cross contamination doesn’t pose a major threat (in my opinion) and I have no problem eating these (always research fast food, everyone is different)!

Shrek the Musical

I’m a musical lover so was couldn’t wait to see Shrek the Musical at the Palace Theatre in Manchester! I love the film and didn’t know what to expect from the stage show, but it was so entertaining, great for all ages and I’d highly recommend you try and get tickets while it’s touring!

Old Trafford Stadium Tour

J bought himself a voucher to do this tour and we decided to use it while we were in Manchester!

I’m not a football fan and don’t follow any team but J is a real united fan so he was so excited! The tour was fine for a non-football fan and I did enjoy it but from a real fan, J really loved it and would recommend it if you’re a supporter!

I hope you’ve found this interesting if you’re local to Manchester or have a trip coming up!

What are your favourite things to do in Manchester?


Author: Life With Ellie

18, full time Content and Social Strategist, beauty enthusiast.

2 thoughts on “24 Hours in Manchester: Makeup, Style and Gluten Free Food”

  1. I’m in love with the first jacket and the scarf in the second photo! Also, can I just say your make-up looks incredible. I have never actually been to Manchester but it’s on the list of places to visit. xx

    1. Thank you so much! I got the Ted Baker jacket in the sale so it wasn’t so pricey, such a worthwhile purchase!! Manchester is well worth a visit, we’re relatively local luckily! X

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