Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Cork Beauty Blogger Meetup Part 2 - Debenhams

Hey guys!

So this is part two of the Cork beauty blogger meetup, click here to see part one if you missed it. So after a great start at Lush we headed over to Debenhams on Patrick Street for more fun. There we were greeted by Paul, Alma and Emma who brought us upstairs to a private room for some yummy cupcakes, prosecco and a talk about the activities they had planned for us. 

We were put into groups, I was part of the Brow Beauties (they had cute beauty names for all the groups!) along with Stephanie from Polished and Primed and Lara from Letters By Lara. We had a demo from Clarins to start us off with an introduction to their new products and a goodie bag, can't wait to try them out! Then it was off downstairs to the beauty hall for a beauty treasure hunt! :) We had a chance to win a HUGE hamper full of beauty goodies and we had to tweet pictures of certain products using the hashtags #corkmeetup and #beautifix so if you saw those hashtags floating around on Saturday now you know what it was about! 

So we set out to the Benefit counter which was our first stop. There we were given a demo of the new 'They're Real! Push Up Liner' by Lynn. She also showed us the mascara and remover to go with it. This stuff is like concrete! It does not budge so it is essential to get the remover if you are going to purchase either of them. The remover is like a cream that you massage onto the eyes to break the product down. You can then wipe it away with a damp cotton pad.

Next we were off to Urban Decay to test out the new 'Flushed' palettes. Three more colours were launched due to the success of the first palette so now there are four to choose from. They consist of a bronzer, a blush and a highlighter. My favourite was the shade 'Native' as it is the palest option for us ghosties. I also tried out the Chill setting spray. I have just run out of my All Nighter and wanted to try out Chill before I purchase another to see if I preferred it. I think I'm going to go with the All Nighter....if it ain't broke don't fix it! :)

Then it was Elizabeth Arden's turn to demo their new 'Flawless Future Collection' skin care products. This was an exclusive as we got to try and test out the products before they were released which was awesome. There are three new products in the range which are the Flawless Future Powered By Ceramide Caplet Serum, Flawless Future Powered By Ceramide Moisture Cream SPF 30 and Flawless Future Powered By Ceramide Eye Gel. I will do a separate post on this collection as I'm sure you'll want to hear more about it.

My favourite counter Dior was next. I crumble whenever I see a Dior stand, the products are gorgeous and I'm a sucker for the slick packaging. Brian, Dior's makeup artist talked us through the new Dior Addict range which is AMAZING by the way! They have three new Dior Addict It-Lash mascara and liner in purple, pink and blue, the black is already in the permanent collction. These babies are pigmented let me tell you! They also have the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer, Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum and the Dior Addict Fluid Sticks. The Addict Fluid Stick in 575 Wonderland was definitely my favourite out of everything Brian showed us. I was so busy playing with all the products that I only took one photograph so apologies for that!

Lancome was calling us next so we popped over for more information on the new Génifique collection. These products have been fourteen years in the making (yes you read that correctly!) and is reflected in the price tag, ouch. The Advanced Génifque serum helps to restore skins youthfulness and improve the signs of ageing. The Génifique Yuex Light Pearl is a new eye illuminating serum with a roller massage ball applicator which helps to fight under eye bags and dark circles. The Génifiqure Eye Cream has a refreshing gel texture and is also very cooling on the eyes. After testing this on my hand you could really see a brightening effect on the skin. 

Finally our last stop was Clinique for a demo on their three step system. They have introduced a new product called the Clinque Smart Custom Serum which claims to understand your skins past and change it's appearance in the future. Five years of research have gone into the making of this and it targets lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, radiance and firming. It is available both a 30ml or 50ml bottle.

When we had finished with all the counters we headed back upstairs to find even more surprises! There were goodie bags for all of us filled with tons of products along with a €50 voucher to spend there and then on ANYTHING we wanted in the beauty hall! There were  screams of delight and shock all round! :) Obviously I headed straight back down to Dior to pick up the Amber 002 Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Power and the Dior Sailor Vernis Nail Polish. I will do a separate post on these beauties soon. 

Paul, Alma and Emma went above and beyond to make our experience at Debenhams so much fun so a big thank you is in order! :) Also thanks again to Sarah and Fiona for organising the event and for everybody at all the counters for being so helpful on the day. 

Part three of the meet up which is the final installment will be up in a few days so keep your eyes peeled to see what we got up to after visiting Debenhams! All products mentioned are listed below for more information.

Bye beauties!