The Glamour Beauty Festival 2017

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 16 Mar, 2017

A weekend of oh so pretty things - Britain's only beauty theme park

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, Elizabeth Arden, Laura Mercier 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

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By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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