i never normally do warnings like this but... BEWARE! THIS IS A MASSIVELY PICTURE HEAVY POST! there was just so much to see at the event that i wanted to share with you! it did feel a bit weird seeing fairy lights and xmas music when it's 30 degrees outside (and fyi fairy lights make for awful photograph lighting!) there is a lot to take in so make a cup of tea, sit back and start making that xmas list!
the first set of offerings were from creme de la mer. this is definitely where to look if you really want to treat someone as the sets don't come cheap. the first set is the ageless collection, providing you with everything you need to get that radiant, youthful glow to your skin and comes in at £375. The second is the nourishing collection which is perfect for anyone and everyone, giving you product to truly pamper yourself. this set works out a little cheaper at £200. like i said the sets aren't cheap but they are a lovely gift for someone who is a big fan of the brand or if you simply wish to have a bit of a splurge.
laura mercier are releasing a brand new collection for us to enjoy this xmas entitled 'the white magic collection'. the idea behind it is to move away from the bright red lips and dark eyes we tend to see around xmas and inside move towards a more ethereal look, with pearly white shades and muted greys. i was lucky enough to have a few of the products applied and i and a particular fan of the two eye shadows pearl fantasy and opal fantasy (for the inner corner) which we used. they gave a beautiful subtle colour, the perfect addition to fresh skin look. these will be available from november. as well as make up they are also offering indulgent bath items. i already have my eye on the set of body soufflés; the vanilla scented one is just divine!
i have to say i am massive fan of the noble isle shower gels. they really do add a touch of luxury to your bath or shower and naturally when i saw this bath and body gift set i fell in love. you get six little bottles ranging from shower gel to body wash to body lotion in various different scents, for only £29. it's a lovely present for someone who is new to the brand or if you just can't make your mind up! they are also offering up 3 more gift sets for this xmas with various different items in each. from candles to hand washes, there really is something for everyone.
benefit are really spoiling us this year with 10 new sets being released for xmas. there is a perfume set containing a brand new fragrance 'under my spell noelle' (£29.50) which is right up my street, as well as a lip gloss set containing 6 different shades of the ultra plush gloss's (£19.50). my personal favourite is 'little love potions' (£29.50) which contains 10 mini's of their best selling items. it's the perfect way to really get a feel for the brand at only a smidge of the price.
before this event i'd always admired bare minerals from a far. i don't have the best skin and mineral make up scared me. but i am now well and truly converted! the lovely make up artist ioannis assured me that he could make me feel just as confident in the mineral make up as i do with my full coverage and off he went. my skin looked totally flawless and i have been singing their praises ever since! so it comes as no surprise to hear that their get started kit has shot to the top of my wishlist! it works out at £50 at contains two foundations, a warmth powder, a finishing powder and 3 brushes. bargain! they also have a new palette called the perfect 10, which contains a selection eye, face and lip products for you to have play around with. the brush sets are the perfect travel size and are £39 and £29 depending on which pick up. for someone like me looking to start trying the brand, bare minerals have got it covered this xmas.
lancome's xmas colour collection was right up my street. plenty of glitter! i was excited to see the eye liner patches as the idea has always intrigued me, and coupled with the limited edition glittery cased version of their hypnose mascara i am sure it'll be a winner.
it was nice to see burt's bees at the event as i have always liked their products. this xmas they have got some lovely little sets for us with a selection of their best selling products. they are great for both die hard fans and someone entirely new to it. in fact i'd be inclined to buy one and use it for stocking fillers as all the products are the perfect size!
this last offering was actually something i walked straight past, but luckily the lovely lady at the stand ran after me and i'm so glad she did! yes this is a tomato puree. and on paper it doesn't sound very exciting but the flavours in it are something else! it delivers all of those slow cooking flavours super fast and squirt of this into your dish is guaranteed to turn it into a gourmet meal! (within reason! i'm not sure what it would do to beans on toast!) at only £1.95 it is an absolute bargain for what it is and i have actively been searching for it ever since!
this really was only a selection of the pieces on offer at the press day but i'd be here forever if i tried to show you it all! brands really are spoiling us this year with their offerings and i for one have already added at least 10 things to my xmas list!
nb i can only apologise for how crappy the quality of pictures are! i NEED a new camera. it hasn't quite been the same since i spilt a drink on it...oppsie! when i finally get out of my overdraft i am on it!