Wednesday night is ladies night. Well it most definitely was at The Beauty Event at House of Fraser in Belfast’s Victoria Square! This fabulous event was hosted by the lovely Diane, founder and blogger of The Style Studio, and recently appointed exclusive blogger at House of Fraser. As a self-confessed beauty junkie this was right up my street, so when tickets were released, myself and my friend Debbie quickly claimed our spot. Good job we did as all 50 tickets were snapped up upon release!
On arrival at the event, we were shown to our seats and greeted with a delicious pink cocktail and chocolate covered strawberries. DELISH. Diane then introduced the beautiful Amyleigh, who was our model for the evening. Amyleigh is a fellow follower of The Style Studio, and she had entered the Blog Model search for the event. Both Diane and Amyleigh were wearing fabulous pieces from Polo Ralph Lauren at House of Fraser.
Clarins were first up to show us how to achieve the perfect canvas for your makeup with a good skincare routine. They talked about the importance of cleansing, toning and moisturising twice a day, as well as the importance of using a facial oil or serum and removing your eye makeup gently. The skin around your eye is a lot thinner there ladies, so tread carefully!
Next up, Laura Mercier talked us through creating the perfect base. Prime, prime, prime. This is one step I personally have adopted into my own skincare routine over the last couple of years, and it really does make all the difference. Benefit then showcased their brows, eyes and cheeks products, including the ‘They’re Real Push-Up Liner’, Benefit ‘Cheekathon’ Kit, and a personal favourite of mine ‘Yes They’re Real’ mascara. Having road tested hundreds of mascaras over the years, this is one I adore and keep coming back to- it’s not hard to see why it’s one of the best selling on the market.
Fresh from London Fashion Week, Estée Lauder’s Premier Makeup Artist Michael Curran, was giving out the lip tips. Their ‘Micro Essence: Skin Activating Treatment Lotion’ is particularly useful for exfoliating the lips before applying a lip stick- I cannot wait to try this out! I know with the colder weather my lips have been really dry and flakey and this is not a good look with a matte lipstick! We also got to colour swatch their new Double Wear Matt Lipsticks, which have an AMAZING colour payoff and like the rest of the Double Wear Range, great longevity.
Finally, the fabulous Brenda Shankey from Jason Shankey Hairdressing showed us how to recreate one of the most sought after hair looks- The Hollywood Wave. Curl, spray, and brush out. Amazing! They were also launching the new ghd wand (fab!!) and ghd Split End Treatment. If you want to give this a whirl, you can find them on the second floor of House of Fraser. With every purchase of any electrical ghd styler they are also offering a FREE gift, worth £32, containing a ghd paddle brush and bottle of ghd heat protection spray (while stocks last).One lucky winner from The Style Studio’s facebook page also won a complete ghd Set worth £182!
Throughout the evening Diane was also giving away a £100 skincare hamper, which was won by follower and attendee Paula Smith, and ten of Lancôme’s new Juicy Shaker LipGlosses. These are the new ‘Juicy Tubes’, which I think every girl, including me had in their makeup bag at one point! The packaging of these are absolutely gorgeous, they are shaped like a little cocktail shaker and come in thirteen beautiful shades. These smell and taste amazing and most importantly are non sticky and non-drying-a big plus in my eyes. Hello plump, natural looking, glossy lips!
Well done to Diane for organising such a fantastic night.Thank you to Clarins, Laura Mercier, Benefit, Estee Lauder and Brenda Shankey for sharing their knowledge and arming us all with those beauty tips! And to the lovely Anna, Polo Ralph Lauren representative for helping attendees browse their range after the event.
Thanks to Skinny Lambrini who supplied us with unlimited amounts of prosecco (only 28 cals per glass!) and to the fab waiters from The Ivory Restaurant who willingly served us drinks all night! Behind the scenes, decor for the night was kindly provided by Changing Events, Dungannon. I know Diane would personally like to thank Emma at Jason Shankey Hairdressing, Natalie at Laura Mercier, and Nails Inc all located in House of Fraser for taking care of her hair, makeup and nails for the event.
Finally, a big mention must go to House of Fraser. They not only made us all feel like a VIP, but also gave away £130 worth of skincare in conjunction with The Style Studio-Blog to lucky follower Sharon Crawford White. Cocktails consumed, prosecco sipped and our beauty brains buzzing, we were gifted with a House of Fraser goody bag, including a £10 voucher to spend in store. What more could a girl ask for?!
Have you tried any of the products or brands mentioned? What is your one beauty staple?
Lots of Love,