I know I won’t get any sympathy but I’m going to say it – my two month holiday is over:( So to finish the holidays in style, I spent my last day off enjoying some fashion and beauty.
First up, Fashion Week Launch (more about that later…), then off to the relaunch of the Beauty Hall at Debenhams in Foyleside.
I am a bit of a stickler for the same products – I spent so long buying brands on offer when doing my weekly shop, but since sorting out my beauty regime and actually spending money on products, I now find it hard to divert from what I like! I love getting pushed into trying something new – it’s laziness I stick, and a lack of knowledge.
The first thing I noticed on entering the new beauty hall was the space – not only was the floor so open, but the counters are laid out in a way to make it easy to wander and find something new. The lighting was also perfect for a beauty department – I hate coming away after testing products and feeling caked!
But also, and very importantly for me, the staff were more than happy to help with the most basic of questions – and my questions are generally pretty basic! They were full of knowledge about not only the history behind the brand but the development of the products and therefore what best suited me – at this point I am sucked in and ready to buy!
We got to spend a bit of time with the girls at the Benefit Counter…
We were shown how to create the perfect Benefit Brow – I currently use Brow Zings along with a powder but now plan to purchase Gimme Brow for a perfect finish! We were also shown Air Patrol, a new product offering sticking power for eye shadow along with hydration for your lid and protection against the sun and pollutants. This was part of our fantastic goodie bag so I’ll let you know how I get on! We also got a tour of the new treatment room which offers a waxing service – shop and beautify all in one go!
The Urban Decay Counter…
On our approach to the counter a slash of colour from the Naked Flushed palette decorated our arms and to that the girls sprayed the All Nighter Make-up Setting Spray which stuck the make-up in place! Perfect for a night out, I’d like to test it after a bit of dancing;) We were then given a demonstration of what is offered to customers whether you are going for a night out or you need some help with application. Some of the services offered are complimentary and some come at a price.
And the Clinique Counter…
The Clinique girls were showing off the Sonic Cleansing Brush which transformed the feel of your skin, my hand just drank the moisturiser added! But most of all I loved Clinique Take the Day Off Balm, a lightweight cleansing balm and make-up remover that changes from a solid balm to a silky oil when applied. This I plan to buy with the very generous voucher given by the Debenhams team!
And then a little treat from Clarins and for Debenhams…
The only problem now, is that this space is a little further away and cannot be visited by me on a regular basis. But on a plus point, I have already planned a visit to Derry/Londonderry for a whole day of shopping – I may add in some waxing to the shopping and hopefully get my make-up applied for dinner before our journey home! If you live a little closer – take advantage! This is an amazing space and with the help and advice given, anyone (even me!!) could become a make-up pro!
Thanks to the team at Debenhams and Sasha and Vicki at ASG for organising such a fantastic and very generous evening:)