Glamour Beauty Festival 2016

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Yesterday, me and my friends ventured to London for the Glamour Beauty Festival. It definitely made the 5am start worthwhile!

Our tickets gave us entry to the Saturday morning slot (10am-1:30pm) and booked to go to the Mary Greenwell and Fearne Cotton talk. I chose this talk because I knew that Mary had worked with so many famous faces and makeup is something that I am passionate about so I was really intrigued to hear what she had to say about the industry!

We caught the train from Derby station at 7am and at arrived at St. Pancreas at around half past eight. And, eventually, after getting on the wrong tube and having to completely redirect, we arrived at the Saatchi Gallery in Sloane Square; I don’t quite know how we made it on time!

As we entered the gallery, we were welcomed by so many lovely members of staff who gave us a map of where everything was (YES, there was that much going on, that you needed a map!). Naturally, I made my way up to the makeup and skin care sections first where I was greeted by all things Elizabeth Arden, Liz Earle, NARS and Laura Mercier – heaven, right? We had a good look around and received some very good advice from the professionals.

There was a wall full of previous Glamour covers and a whole wall covered with quotes from so many iconic people!

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We made our way over to the hair section, where all of us were treated to a complimentary hair do at the Redken Done/Undone Bar. Redken were also handing out free samples of hair products, I received the Diamond Oil and the Multi-Benefit Treatment – thanks Redken!

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The talk with Mary Greenwell and Fearne Cotton was so fascinating and inspiring. I am such a big fan of Fearne, and was so intrigued to hear more about Mary’s life and career as a makeup artist. It was so inspiring to hear how much of an important part makeup and beauty has played throughout her life and how she got to where she is now. It was amazing to see some of the people that she had worked with too!

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Not to forget the Chandon Bar where over 18s could enjoy a free glass of bubbly and of course, the Glamour Shop. Which, I am really kicking myself about for not buying the mug, the t-shirt, or any of the goodie bags that were for sale – not that I didn’t already have enough with my free goodie bag! But, if anyone knows if these are still available to purchase, let me know!

The Goodie Bag was such an amazing bonus, with products worth well over £150! There were some incredible items in this bag, including my beloved Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish! Here are the items that were included in my goodie bag;

  • Balance Me Congested Skin Serum
  • Benefit Roller Lash Mascara (travel size)
  • GHD Straight and Smooth Spray
  • Illamasqua Nail Polish
  • Rimmel Love Glitter Nail Lacquer
  • Sally Hanson Hard as Nails
  • Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, with Muslin Cloth
  • Laura Mercier Deluxe Size Lip Glacé in Pink Pop
  • Redken Fashion Work 1 2 Hair Spray
  • Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream – Intensive Moisturising Hand Treatment
  • NARS Lip Gloss in Gold Digger
  • Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb
  • Lancôme Bi-Facil
  • OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner

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I am such a big fan of Glamour Magazine and the editor, Jo Elvin, who I did see but didn’t actually get chance to meet or speak to! However, I had so much fun and would most definitely go again! I just hope next time (if there is a next time), they offer full day tickets, or even a weekend pass because I would have loved to attend all of the talks and it is SO hard to choose just one!

Thanks, Glamour, I had a brilliant time!

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