Last week, I went along to Debenhams in the Bullring for their Beauty Gala event. The evening which was open to the public allowed shoppers to take part in beauty workshops from brands such as Bare Minerals, Urban Decay and Elemis as well as exclusive on the night discounts and samples.
It was great to see women of all ages at the event who like me are always learning new tricks and tips. After some complimentary drinks and nibbles, I took my seat for the first beauty workshop which was from brand Fashion Fair. This was the first time I had come across this brand and i’m not sure why! Apparently they have been in the Bullring Debenhams since it opened but I have never really noticed them before which I sort of felt embarrassed admitting. They are based right next to the YSL counter which I have visited several times before…
Anyway, after my confession I was keen to find out more so when I was asked to be their model for the evening I thought ‘why not?’
I was asked about my skincare by my lovely MUA David whilst he prepped my skin. I was little shy getting up on that stage but I was put at ease by the audience. Fashion Fair makeup is particularly ideal for dark and brown skin. It can be an absolute pain trying to find foundations and makeup products that actually match or go with your skin-tone. As David went through the makeup routine, giving tips, the audience and myself (no surprises there) were allowed to ask questions. The products David used were mainly from their new collection. Now, I have to admit that when David said he was going to add some blue eyeshadow to my lids I was like eek. I could see some of the ladies in the audience thinking the same. But once David did it, I could see their faces looking impressed and when I got to see what he had done I was so impressed too. I loved the blue!! I forgot to ask what the colour was though boo but I might go back and ask soon! I’d definitely recreate that look for a night out.
The rest of the evening was an eye opener too. I sat through a Benefit workshop where they told the audience of the new products such as “They’re Real” mascara and eye-liner and gift sets available. Sian from Tea-An- Toast Blog was their model and her makeup looked quite good. I have the mascara but have to admit I wasn’t too keen on the eye-liner. I have recently started getting my brows done at the Bullring Benefit Brow Bar so I was already a convert but enjoyed the brow workshop as modelled by the lovely Chloe from The Gastronomic Gorman blog.
It was a fun evening, catching up with the other bloggers and chatting to the different concessions. I also managed to squeeze in an Elemis facial as captured by Emma from the blog FashionMommy! If that wasn’t enough, we were all given an epic goody bag from Debenhams! Me & my mum have had a lot of fun going through it haha.
These kind of evenings are great for shoppers to find out more about their favourite brands and to discover new brands. I do hope Debenhams do these beauty gala’s regularly as it seemed like everyone was enjoying themselves- me included!
Do you shop regularly at the Debenhams Beauty hall? Let us know your favourite brands!
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