This past weekend I spent time indulging in a seriously girly venture - visiting the Glamour Beauty Festival at the Saatchi Gallery which was showcasing beauty brands like Nars
, Estée Edit,
showing off new products, and also luxuriating in complimentary beauty treatments.
It appealed to me that the event was hosted at the glorious Saatchi Gallery, re-opened in October 2008 in the former military barracks of the Duke of York's Headquarters with 70,000 square feet of contemporary artists, established and brand new stars alike. Check out the Saatchi Online website www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk
featuring a rotating selection of artists chosen by the online magazine's critics, absolutely fabulous!
Unfortunately the gallery itself was kept closed/cordoned off on the day and there was no opportunity to browse around, understandable but for me disappointing nevertheless.
It was my first time at this type of event and so I bought tickets for both full days; to be fair I wouldn't have done so just to browse around for 2 days and do my make up / try new beauty products: yes I do like it but I am not a make up buff.
I am more of a lifestyle, travel, foodie, fashion, bags and shoes kind of girl if you know what I mean.... ;-)
What I was interested in were some of the talks and I managed to attend 3, 2 on the first day ( Insider secrets
with iconic hair extraordinaire Sam McKnight
and make up artist Mary Greenwell
and The art of modern male beauty
with television personality Dermott O'Leary talking about male grooming and its brand new line for M&S 24 h) and 1 on the second ( Desert Island beauty picks
with Frankie Bridge, Niomi Smart
, Samantha Maria
and Victoria Mcgrath -Inthefrow
There were the obvious plug ins but overall they were upbeat sessions, full of funny and insightful advice and annedotes from behind the scenes.
I particularly enjoyed day 1 and listening to Sam Mcknight and Mary Greenwell : their careers span decades , there is obvious chemistry and friendship there and listening to stories from the supermodels' era, how it all started plus stories of how some iconic photograph of Princess Diana were shot was fascinating.
Dermott is as charming as he is on TV, he told a very a funny story about a gift Simon Cowell gave him which included Botox - how Simon!!!
The goodie bag, worth around £190, was a selection of Glamour-approved essentials from the exhibiting brands including skincare products, high-end make-up samples, and hair and nail treatments from award-winning brands. I'm currently working my way through them and I will be posting pictures and my thoughts on Instagram , follow me there for updates (@the_alchemist_about_town
So what are my views: would I recommend this 2 days extravaganza or not , and would I go again?
Definitely , the goodie bag alone is worth much more than the price of the ticket (and as I went for 2 days I got 2 - happy days); next time though I would only choose to go half day (both Saturday and Sunday were divided in two halves each) and/or pick the half days when there are talks I want to go to.
One tiny suggestion for Glamour Magazine to improve would be that there should be a difference in the goodie bag for people who are buying 2 sessions each day and even more if one buys for both days. There should be more and different products to recognise the difference in spend ( and it is easy from a technology point of view to recognise who to give the bags with extra goodies in) just a thought....
Beside that, Thank you Glamour Magazine et à l'année prochaine xxx