For the past 50 years, Boots has played a big part in the lives of many – from the firsts to the dependables. It is where I bought my first eye shadow, experimented with lipstick, pondered the many options for making my hair thicker and also where I bought most of my little boys baby clothes!. But ultimately where I frequently go to pick up the essentials…and then leave with a bag full of other goodies!
And as a bargain hunter, resisting the 3 for 2, the free treats when you spend a certain amount, but mostly the Advantage Card points, it has always been my go to location.
So when I was invited along to celebrate Boots 50 years in Northern Ireland, I of course couldn’t wait to see the new treats on offer.
In the Penthouse Suite of the Europa hotel, the floor was set up like any Boots store you would see on the high street. A range of counters with an array of products just waiting to be tested! As Boots advertising says, ‘More ways to feel good’!
I was heading on for a night out after the celebration so my make up was already just as I wanted it but I will never argue with someone willing to transform my hair! A little back combing, a little bit of Bumble and Bumble, and voilà!
My outfit for the event/evening ahead…
With tips on how to recreate various looks, a bag full of products to make the look happen and an open invitation to visit any counter in store for a little bit of assistance, I think Boots will remain my go to for the next 50 years to come!
Thank-you Boots for making us all feel good…and thank you Jane at JComms for the invite!
Anyone who reads silverbrogues regularly will know that I will happily spend my hard earned cash on new clothes or shoes, but it takes an arm twist to invest in beauty products. I have my beauty routine, I style my hair pretty much the same way every day – some may call it habit, but if it works, why change it?!
Well, that is where Beauty Bootcamp steps in. Started by TV3’s beauty editor Liz Dwyer after spending time behind the scenes and watching transformations happen, she decided she could provide an opportunity for all women to have a taster of the techniques needed for the everyday transformation. With a team of international make-up artists and hair stylists, help is on hand to give you the opportunity to learn the techniques you know you want to learn and a few more besides!
So how does it work? A full day includes tips on hair and beauty. We began the morning with coffee in hand and a browse of the make up and styling products on offer. I had actually signed up to go alone, but ended up going with a friend. However, there were many mixed groups of people – some alone, some part of a family, some friends, all ages, all females looking for a little guidance whether they had lost their way or never really got started.
We were given the choice of which area we would like to begin with. We chose hair with many of the group interested in curls. The last time my hairdresser cut my hair, she left it a little longer so I could style it with curls but of course my hair remains straight everyday. I ultimately wanted to know the quickest way to curl my hair so it was an everyday option and what to do if it went wrong!
Best tips learned when curling hair? If a strand goes wrong, let it cool before you try again. After you have curled, don’t be afraid to put your hands through it – you can always go back and make a few changes.
Next up, make-up. We were going to learn both how to chose products and how to apply them for an everyday look into an evening look. Having a hands on approach definitely meets my learning style – if I don’t practically try it out, I will always find it hard to apply it. The make-up products needed were available for us to use including brushes. Naomh took us step by step through the layers, with a final focus on the eyes and lips. I love heavy evening make-up but was unsure of how to soften this for the day.
Best beauty tips – first up, buy yourself a beauty blender sponge. Great for blending your foundation and concealer, but also useful for fixing mistakes! Using when it is damp is best; recently someone mentioned applying your primer with it first so it doesn’t soak up your foundation. Secondly, you know when you are applying liner to your top lashes and then you get to the gap between your lashes and your nose. On that part, apply the liner along the inner eye line to make it look more natural. And finally, when putting on lipstick, apply, blot and apply again. That way, your first application should encourage a longer lasting hold.
Ultimately I think however, practising the techniques is the essential component to finding out how to make it work for you. Time consuming, but true. And again, that is what a day at Beauty Bootcamp offers. Time to explore, try out and also to get expert advice. The girls were great – they showed different techniques on you and then gave you the chance to do the same. The professionals were there to help with any questions or to guide you when fixing any mistakes. You also came away with a handbook which gave a round up of all you had learned.
My conclusion. Beauty Bootcamp offers a great day out with the girls where you come away relaxed, having learned an array of new skills. At a price of £65 it seems a bit steep for anyone who just wants to ‘try something new’, but a £20 discount comes with a friend. And it is a whole day where you can literally revamp your beauty regime. My tip – go with a few things you really want to learn, write down any questions, and photograph or video what you learn on the day.
Thanks to Liz and CMPR for the chance to attend Beauty Bootcamp and Naomh for organising the day.