Newcastle beauty lovers, you are in for a treat if you head to Fenwick between Monday 11th May and Saturday 16th May! Beauty week is on at the Beauty Hall and it's the perfect chance to try lots of new products, get advice from the professionals and take home a few samples.
I was kindly invited to a beauty bloggers event to celebrate the launch of Beauty Week last Tuesday and had a wonderful time. I got the chance to have treatments on three of the counters, something I've never done before this event. I only wish I'd taken my proper DSLR camera as the iPhone photos haven't come out as well as I would have liked!
First up, I headed to Clinique to have a makeover featuring nude eyes and their brand new Pop Lip lipsticks. The lovely consultant talked me through all of the products she was using and tailor made the look to suit my skin tone. My own foundation was left on and my eye and lip products were removed to have the Clinique ones applied. The lady told me that you can book in to have your makeup done which I didn't actually realise. So if you're a fan of Clinique, definitely check their counter out.
My next appointment was with Clarins to learn more about the new Aquatics Treasures Collection. The collection features some really beautiful products including an amazing bronzer with four different shades in, cream eyeshadows, base illuminators and a gorgeous shimmering body oil that would be fantastic for use on holiday as it's actually an after sun too. As well as talking me through all of the new products, the brilliant consultant Jemma, applied skincare and makeup to suit my skin type and makeup preferences.
I was really impressed with every product that was put on me as everything seemed to have such a light texture and didn't feel heavy on the skin at all. I was given a very fresh, Spring-time look that I really liked. I discovered some wonderful products including their Double Serum, Everlasting Foundation and Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Balms. I came away wanting to buy everything (but didn't as I was trying to be good!) and I received some samples of the skincare products used on me. Clarins also have a booklet with all of their products on that Jemma filled out to show me every single skincare product that had been used on me as it helps you come back at a later date and buy anything you were impressed with. You can book complimentary facials with the consultants too which is a great way to learn which products are suitable for your skin and try them out.
The final stop of the evening was at the Laura Mercier counter to sample their new Silk Creme Photo Edition Foundation. The make up artist began by asking about my skin type and colour matching me to the foundation. There are two varieties of the foundation - Moisturizing and Oil-free. Having dry skin, the moisturising one was obviously going to be the best for me and I got matched to the shade Rose Ivory. The make up artist set away to work her magic on me, explaining all of the products she was using along the way.
As well as discovering this amazing foundation that gives flawless looking skin, I realised how good their secret concealer and secret camoflage products are. I need to buy those at some point! They covered my dark circles and blemishes so well! I really liked the cheek products used on me too. At Laura Mercier they fill out a sheet of the all the skincare and makeup used on you, including the shades so you can remember what was used. Again, this means you are not pressured into making a purchase immediately! I was also given a 3 day sample of the foundation to take away on the night.
New discovery - Fenwick have a private treatment room!
Sometimes going up to a high-end makeup or skincare counter can feel intimidating and you might be worried that you are going to be pressurised into buying a product you don't want but this honestly isn't the case at all. All of the ladies at Fenwick are lovely and they are passionate about the products they are using. You can learn so much from chatting to the ladies at the counters and they will show you exactly how to use the products to make sure you are getting the best from them. This means, if you do make a purchase, it's going to be worth the money as you know it's going to be right for you. The other great thing is most counters have samples you can take away and try the products in your own time before making a decision.
Fenwick is one of my favourite places to shop for beauty as they have such a big range of brands there. If you fancy heading to Beauty Week, here are some of the things you can look forward to:
Daily live beauty demonstrations
Luxury gift with purchases (while stocks last, exclusions apply)
Makeup and skincare masterclasses on counter from houses including Kiehl's, Tom Ford, Sisley, Clarins, Lancome and Dior
Springtime fragrance sampling including new launches from Mont Blanc, Hermes, Boucheron, Dunhill, Kenzo, Bvlgari, Cartier, Roberto Cavalli, Marc Jacobs and Angel.
There are also visiting makeup artists including:
Tuesday 12 May
Benefit Cosmetics Regional Make-up Artist
Wednesday 13 May Chanel Regional Make-up Artist Alexis Gray
Thursday 14 May Lancôme International Make-Up Artist Marc Sinclair Sisley National Make-up Artist Paulina Siembor
Friday 15 May Dior – National Make-Up Artist Rachael Timpson Laura Mercier Regional Make-up Artist Heather Moore Dermalogica Educator Jon Paul
Saturday 16 May
Bare Minerals International Make-up Artist Jay Miller
It's certainly going to be an exciting week and as an extra bonus for my readers, if you quote my blog name at Clinique, Clarins and Laura Mercier you'll receive a deluxe sample!