FENWICK NEWCASTLE BEAUTY WEEK

16800081204_eb80496ca9_o

A few days ago, I was kindly invited along by the lovely people at Fenwick Newcastle with a bunch of my favourite North East bloggers to learn all about their upcoming Beauty Week. Held between 11th – 16th May, their beauty hall will be host to plenty of complimentary treatments, special offers and masterclasses for anyone who wants to get involved.
We were greeted with macarons and rose lemonade which went down an absolute treat and introduced to the event and how it would work. There was a table of appointment cards, from the huge variety of beauty brands with stands in store all offering various complimentary treatments/makeovers, and each of us were allowed to pick a number of cards to visit that evening. Already having an idea of which brands I’d love to try out, I quickly dashed over to pick up a selection of appointments and I was away to go.
xxxx
16802322863_d46929a281_o
La Prairie
First stop was La Prairie, a brand I’ve heard loads about, but with their prices being crazy expensive they’re a brand I couldn’t dream of owning. So the treatment was under-eye brightening, where I was told all about their under-eye concealer and how best to use it. Now I must admit, I’m a sceptic when it comes to concealing my dark circles, as I’m yet to find a product that does it for me. However, I was pleasantly surprised by their offering and I noticed a massive difference in the darkness under my eyes. At £50 I don’t see myself purchasing the products any time soon, but it was a nice treat to try it out.

xxxx

17234847068_6a30f541cc_o
Estee Lauder
Now I hadn’t intended to go here, but I’ve always wanted to try out the Double Wear Foundation, and since my skin is pretty bad at the moment, thought it would be the best time to give it a go. I was colour matched to their palest colour, and I have to admit, I’m already a big fan. I tend to go for fuller coverage foundations, as I suffer with spot scarring, and I loved the way it helped my skin look flawless. The lovely MUA told me all about my pink undertones, explaining to me which colours suit my complexion the best – which I was incredibly surprised (and happy) to see I should be going for brown hues!
xxxx
17420644922_01c6bf974b_o
17236367639_bbe1ae8dfa_o
17236368959_97859599b9_o
Tom Ford
Now I was one of the lucky few who managed to nab a space in with the Tom Ford counter, whom were offering an eye-makeup mini masterclass. This is the one I was most excited for and boy did it not disappoint. I was introduced to their newest range of products and told all about the basis behind Tom Ford’s makeup which was all incredibly interesting. As I like to add some colour through eye makeup, the MUA suggested we try a blue and khaki Cream and Powder Eye-Colour which admittedly sounded a little terrifying. She applied a wash of the metallic eye colour over the lids, buffing it out to allow to look a little worn in (which was the look we were going for) before packing on the blue powder on top. Now blue eyeshadow is normally a colour I’d stay away from, but I really loved how it helped compliment my eye colour and it’s definitely something I’d try again. She also used the Brow Sculptor which was hands down my favourite product of the night. I’m a little rubbish when it comes to brows, but oh my, they looked incredible if I do say so myself. The staff were really warming, answering any questions I had, and I’ve already booked myself in for a little contouring masterclass with the brand in a few weeks time – I can’t wait!
xxxx

Molton Brown
With a whole new face of makeup and feeling very pampered, me and the lovely Alice went along to the Molton Brown stand for a hand and arm message. I completely forgot to take photographs for this, but it was the perfect way to end a wonderful event. They used a Rhubarb scented hand cream (which smelt insanely good) and worked their magic. I tend to suffer quite frequently with RSI in my hands and wrists from spending a lot of my time typing and writing, so I found it very beneficial and a nice treat for my rather sore hands.
xxxx

All in all, I had an amazing evening at the event. It was like Christmas for beauty bloggers, and don’t even get me started on the goodie bag. I really enjoyed being introduced to such a large amount of the brands in the beauty hall, as I often find myself too intimidated to approach the stands myself. Everyone I spoke to felt the same, and each of the brands seemed really interested in how the blogging world works which I thought was really lovely.
xxxx
What are your favourite makeup brands? Any stands that you always get the best treatment from?
Screenshot2013-06-17at115627PM_zpse6418177

BAREMINERALS EVENT @ FENWICK NEWCASTLE

16512343873_c23a2bb0b2_o

16925125007_143abced65_o

17106550486_03d0b320c2_o

16946318459_aab535ac67_o

16510077714_4c04e5a6c4_o

17106547056_bea1c38eae_o

Last week, myself and a few other North East bloggers were invited along by the lovely team at BareMinerals to our very own bloggers event. We were greeted with drinks and nibbles (I’m talking party rings over here, OH YES) and given a little time to take photographs and generally just have a nose around before taking to our seats. The event was primarily to introduce us to the brand, and in particular their newest release – the Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel, but more on that later. The MUAs did that thing and demonstrated how the newest releases work, applying their products onto a client and I think I can speak on behalf of everyone when I say we were sold.

I’ll admit I had reservations at first, with the idea of sheer coverage absolutely terrifying me (I’m definitely more of a full coverage kinda gal) but I have been swayed and can’t wait to give the product a go myself. It’s a product described as somewhere in-between a BB creme, a CC creme and a tinted moisturiser, but with a slight twist – it’s actually formulated with the reverse technology of your typical tinted moisturiser. So basically, it has all the benefits of all of those products in one. Now what does this mean? Mineral infused water which is injected with the pigments, offering some coverage and ensuring your skin is much more hydrated (and within a week of use, you’ll notice a big difference!). It also contains Mineral Electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium which will help to improve the skins texture, as well as Marine Botanicals which help to lock in moisture. With all of this in mind, I was keen to give it a swatch and the first thing I noticed is that it gives a cooling sensation after application, which leaves the skin feeling fresh and plumped for the day ahead – certainly something I personally look for in bases. You can apply the product with your fingertips or their new Smoothing Face Brush, which gives a nice airbrushed finish (trust me, it’s pretty magic!). It can be used on it’s own to balance out skin tone, or if you like a little more coverage like me, under any foundation and will leave you with a dewy finish perfect for these summer months. What more could you want? Oh, and did I forget to mention it has a mineral SPF 30, which means none of that pesky flashback and blocked pores? Perfect!

We also had a little play with their other products, such as the lipsticks (I already have a few on my wishlist… oops) and blushers. As someone relatively new to the brand having only tried their eyeshadows in the past, the staff were incredibly informative and willing to tell us all about each and every product. I learnt a lot about the brand on a whole and I can certainly see myself visiting their counter in the very near future. We were all very kindly gifted a rather generous goodie bag filled with things to try, all which I’m very excited to try out – reviews coming soon!

All in all, it was a lovely event with the staff making me and the others feel very welcomed. If you’re based in the North East (or are just visiting Newcastle), if you pop along to the counter in Fenwick Newcastle and quote my blog name, you’ll receive a free sample of Complexion Rescue Gel! Plus, they’re now offering girlfriend parties, which allow you to sit down with a member of the staff and talk through all things make-up and skincare, they’ll help direct you to which products will work best for you and your preferences. So basically, it’s just a free chance for a good pamper and hour long talk about make-up, what else could you ask for?!

xxxx

Do you use any BareMinerals products? I’d love to hear your recommendations!
Screenshot2013-06-17at115627PM_zpse6418177

FIVE PRODUCT FACE #1

16216401977_2d6f055573_o

16214911780_0675d59756_o

With my skin looking the clearest it has in a while, I’ve been cutting back on my makeup and challenging myself to wearing less products than I normally would. I’ve found it much easier than I expected to, and already found myself with a new daily makeup routine that I’ve been loving.

Instead of piling on the foundation, I’ve been using a high-coverage concealer in favour to cover up any redness, my dark circles and some scarring. I go through concealer like there’s no tomorrow, and whilst I can find the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer to be too heavy on my skin – it applies wonderfully without foundation when buffed into the skin with the Real Techniques Contour Brush.

As someone who wasn’t graced with very obvious eyebrows (I’ve never even had to use tweezers on them before…) a product to enhance these in a must for me. I normally tend to fill them in using a matte brown eyeshadow and Zoeva liner brush, with my recent choice being the Natural Collection eyeshadow in Crushed Walnut. For a mere £1.99, I find its forumla to be well pigmented for the price, and it’s a colour that doesn’t budge throughout the day. I’d certainly recommend it!

To create some definition around my eyes, the No7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define in Coffee Bean has done the trick. I’ve heard that this is very similar to the infamous By Terry Ombre Blackstar, but at a much more affordable price. A multi-use product, I’ve been applying it roughly along my upper lash line and blending it out – but I think the chocolate brown colour would also look incredible applied all over the lid.

Mascara-wise, I’ve mentioned this product various times on my blog so I’ll keep it short. Easily one of my favourite mascaras, the Rimmel Lash Accelerator is pretty close to perfect. Since this look doesn’t involve any heavy eye makeup, I like to make my eyelashes really stand out and this mascara certainly does the trick. It lengthens, keeps a good curl and gives that much needed volume, without going clumpy in the slightest.

And finally, what better to finish off a minimal makeup look than to add a statement lip? I’ve heard a lot of rave reviews over the Maybelline Color Drama Lipsticks recently, so I decided to pick up a few shades and give these a go myself. They glide onto the lips perfectly, with a lot of colour pay-off. I don’t find them to have a matte finish so much as others I’ve tried, I’d definitely say it’s more satin – but I think that makes it much more comfortable to wear. I tend to reapply once throughout the day, but that’s about it even with meals and drinks, as its lasting power is very impressive. I’ve been wearing the shade Keep It Classy most days, which is a red-toned deep plum. And for less than a fiver, I can see myself picking up a few of the other shades… Nude Perfection, I’m looking at you!

xxxx
Screenshot2013-06-17at115627PM_zpse6418177