A new year, a new Glamour Beauty Festival. And, may I add, it was so fabulous. I didn’t think it could get better than last years, but it so was. There were new brands there, from hair care, makeup, skincare and nails as well as food stands and an incredible line up of industry speakers. I decided this year to go both days, purely because there are so many brands to chat with and there were amazing panellists both days.
The first day we stuck to the skincare and Garnier Zone (the room with industry speakers, such as Carly Rowena, Winnie Harlow and The Lean Machines, as well as food stalls – of course I went to the food stalls!), which had so many amazing things to see and try out. As there were so many things to see and do we thought it was best to save the beauty and hair section till the Sunday so we could stroll and see it all. For skincare there was Pixi Beauty, Fresh Skincare, Caudalie and Elizabeth Arden. Each brand was representing their most well known and loved skincare picks, and doing demonstrations and facials. I so wish I went without makeup as a facial would’ve been incredible. However, with Fresh Beauty I did get a lovely skin consultation and hand therapy that resulted in being gifted a small selection of the products that will work best for my skin.
After the skincare treats we stopped off at the Champagne Bar because why not, it was the weekend. I devoured a lovely Strawberry Champagne which went down a treat. I really could get used to all this pampering you know! We headed into the Fiat Pool Room before going to the talk just to have a lil boogie ya know, as there was a DJ playing and glitter makeup being done!
Then was on to the panel of choice for Saturday, which was Louisa Johnson and her Behind the Beauty Shoot talk hosted by Lisa Snowden and Glamour director Alessandra Steinherr. Alongside Louisa was her Glamour shoot hair stylist Syd Hayes and makeup artist Zoe Taylor. We were taken behind the scenes with all their tips and tricks of the trade as well as hearing all about their favourite types of shoot and all sorts of gossip. It was so interesting to find out top tips from the leading experts, as well as hearing all about Alessandra’s favourite bits of working on Glamour shoots. On the same floor was the Garnier Zone so after the talk we headed there to see the Garnier stand and have a test of their latest release, the Moisture Bomb Face Mist and then test out the food stalls. Of course you’d catch me at the food stalls! There was Sun Soul, a range of 100% natural energy drinks – the Spiced Mango & Pineapple flavour was a dream. Then we tried some flavours of nut butters from the lovely guys at Pip & Nut. Day One was over and we headed out for dim sum at Dim T, because why not.
Up bright and early and ready for day two, order doxycycline which I was so excited for because today’s talk involved some amazing blogging girls. We started the day with the talk as we arrived just beforehand and I was so excited. On the panel was Alessandra Steinherr chatting to Frankie Bridge, Victoria from InTheFrow, Samantha Maria and Niomi Smart about their desert island beauty picks. During the talk we heard all about their favourite makeup, skincare and hair products from drugstore to high end and why they’re their holy grail must haves. I saw so many new products that I just need to try out and loved hearing some of my favourites being mentioned, such as the Maybelline mascaras and Carmex lip balm. The Q&A session at the end let us dive into their beauty knowledge and more about the behind the scenes of blogging. Samantha told us all about her new baby and Niomi about finding your USP in the blogosphere. It was such an incredible talk, and I indeed took away many good tips.
Then was onto the makeup rooms, and I don’t know how I resisted for so long. The brands being represented were Nars, Laura Mercier, The Estee Edit, Marc Jacobs, Eylure and High Definition Beauty, as well as a section for Fragrance. All the stands were presenting their own products as well as doing treatments such as full face makeup sessions, techniques and more. I visited the Nars stand to get my lips all pretty, the makeup artist chose the nude range (my absolute favourite) and taught me a few tricks about contouring and defining. I went for the Glide On Lip Velvet in Bound, a beautiful nude mauve. I had a browse around all the other stalls, and headed back to Pixi to personalise my own bottle of their famous Glow Tonic, which you can read all about here.
We did visit the nail room to have a look, but already had our nails done (a reminder for next year to go with bare nails). The brands represented were Elegant Touch with their gorgeous range of stick on nails and Nails Inc doing mani’s.
The last part of the day saw us in the hair room, looking around the GHD, Redken and OGX stands watching all the beautiful hairstyles being created. We headed for the OGX stand to get braids done, I went for half up half down, with the tied up part being braided. The hairstylist from OGX used their Coconut Oil Mist that I instantly fell in love with and had to pick up as soon as I left the festival – it smells like holiday heaven and makes your hair so soft and lightweight. And, that’s a wrap.
It was such a fab weekend being able to talk to so many brands and people of the beauty industry, as well as taking away so many tips are TWO goody bags worth almost £200 each. I’ve been going through one of the bags already to test out the new products, and one I will be doing a giveaway with real soon, so stay tuned!
Have you ever been to a beauty festival?
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