Estee Lauder my life

When I was in my early teens, my perception of Estee Lauder was that it was an old lady brand. Quite literally, my gran for her 70th birthday went to EL for a make up consultation and bought all of her products from there. So it never really crossed my mind to even look at it, I always walked by the make up counters in Boots and Debenhams because it wasn’t on my radar.

So let’s fast forward to 2015 and I’m at university in Bangor, Gwynedd and I’m milling about Debenhams and due to the lack of counters in there (sorry Menai Centre) I have a gander at the Estee Lauder counter. Quite frankly, I was shocked at how fantastic the products were. I’d heard whisperings of Double Wear foundation but that was it really. The ad campaign was ran by Kendall Jenner, the colours were poppin’ the range was diverse and high quality – it was aimed at me and my generation, but without the puns and gimmicky products. Instantly fell in love.

Staples in my make up bag for EL are the Gentle Eye Makeup Remover (£21) and Pure Colour Envy lipsticks (£27) I’m too embarrassed to tell you exactly how many of these I have, we’ll just settle for over 10. My favourite one at the moment, (at the moment being the key phrase because it changes like the wind, sweetheart) is 410 Dynamic, which is an English dusky rose.

After moving back to the Midlands my nearest counter is Estee Lauder in Debenhams, Merry Hill. I’ve religiously paid pilgrimage whenever I’m in the inTU Merry Hill Centre and, of course, like any good beauty girl picked up their Christmas bundles which are an absolute steal, annually.

My current favourites in EL are the Pure Colour Envy sparkle liquid lipsticks, particularly shade Limo Lights (£17) as they work perfectly on their own or as a lipstick topper, you need to be fast with this shade though because whenever I’ve been in, it’s never in stock. (sad face)

Recently, I was lucky enough to meet Estee Lauder’s Global Make Up Artist, Alan Pan. He was hosting make overs in Debenhams, Merry Hill as part of his UK tour. I had to be there. So I was.

(I’d like to take this point in my blog to thank all of the ladies at Estee Lauder, Merry Hill Debenhams for organising this and inviting me)

Alan gave me such a beautiful look, starting off with skincare because and to quote him, ‘skincare is key, you can put makeup on any face but if the skin isn’t good, the makeup won’t be good’.

He used:
Perfectly Clean multi action foam cleanser/purifying mask (£24)
Radiant Energy Lotion Intense Moist (£44)
Advanced Night Repair serum (£55)
Pore Minimizing Skin Refresher (£47)
Daywear Moisturiser (£26)
Daywear Eyecream (£26)

For my makeup, the stand out pieces used for me, were the Double Wear foundation in shade 1CO Shell mixed with Advanced Night Repair serum to make it lighter and the Pure Colour Envy Shadow Paint in shade Midnight Fury which we used as an eyeliner.

Whilst I was there, the lovely ladies suggested I booked in for their new Paris Facial, and I love a facial, so how could I say no? The first trial facial is free and then after that the facials are £30 which is redeemable against EL skincare products afterwards. It’s pure common sense then, that if you were in the market for some new skincare products you’d book yourself in for what is essentially a free luxury facial and grab your products at the same time.

I was a bit unsure of what the facial would consist of and where it’d be, as they’re based slap in the middle of Debenhams beauty hall. However, they have a lovely side room, exclusively for Estee Lauder which is like a spa treatment room, except kitted out with Estee Lauder from top to bottom. Heaven.

I talked through my skin concerns with the Beauty Consultant and we picked out some products that we thought would benefit my skin type the most.

The whole facial lasted around 30 minutes and as a trained beauty therapist, my facial and massage was top notch. I felt completely relaxed and definitely not in a large, busy department store.

We used:
Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm (£38)
Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment (£68)
Revitalising Supreme Plus Anti Ageing Exfoliator (£41)
NightWear Plus 3 minute mask (£35)
Advanced Night Repair Serum (£55)
DayWear moisturiser (£26)
DayWear Eye Cream (£26)

The Debenhams Merry Hill Estee Lauder is one of only 5 counters in the country which can offer the Paris facial, which I would thoroughly recommend and one of even fewer which has it’s own treatment room. To book in you can contact them via instagram (@beautyrevealed8) or in store. Seeing as these facials have only recently launched, they’re going to be super popular, so I’d hurry if I were you.

Let me know what your favourite Estee Lauder products are and if you’ve booked in for a Paris facial too!

Love,

Ruby x

Doll Beauty Secret Masterclass

Hello!

Sorry I’ve been away for a while, if you’ve read my last blog post you’ll know April wasn’t my best month and it’s been busy, but I’m here now!

I’ve been really lucky in terms of events for May, and I can never get over how excited it makes me to be invited and how lucky I feel for it. Particularly so recently with Doll Beauty.

Doll Beauty are a brand that I’ve been following for about 8 months now (I was lured in by the packaging I’m not going to lie), and from there I’ve seen the brand take off and just gain success after success. They started as an e-commerce brand (so online only) and now they’re available in Topshop stores across the country and their line has developed and ugh. I’m just so happy for them, because they’re great.

Anyway. Flashback to a few weeks ago, I was invited to a secret masterclass by Doll Beauty in Topshop Bullring and I couldn’t say no. In fact, I switched shifts at work so I would have time to go, I’m not missing it.

The event was super successful, however, I think I was the only person there who wasn’t a trained MUA, so it wasn’t my crowd in that sense and I felt a bit out of place. But! Every day is a learning day and I picked up a lot of tips and tricks from the MUA of the event, @_styled.by.abrahams_ My top 4 being:

  • If you’re into carving in your eyebrows (I can’t say its something I’ve ever done) Nip+Fab concealer is, apparently, the best
  • YOU CAN USE GEL EYELINER FOR GLITTER GLUE (potentially a game changer)
  • Helen E glitter is The. One.
  • If you’re using a bronzer, go from the tip of your ear to the bridge of your nose.

In all honesty, the heavy make up look, isn’t for me, but I 100% appreciate the artistry, time and skill that goes into the look. It’s really current and super instagram-friendly.IMG_0307

The focuses for Doll Beauty have been lashes and highlighter and I am ALLLLLLL about highlighter. They have launched two highlighters Shine Bright and Like A Diamond. I have the Like A Diamond highlighter and it’s fucking brilliant. It’s only £15 for 12g which you can buy in Topshop stores, http://www.dollbeauty.co.uk or now via Beauty Bay. Don’t be surprised if you can’t get your hands on one for a bit, they sell out fast. Just sayin’.

Let’s talk about eyelashes. I’m going to make a confession. Never before Doll Beauty have I used eyelashes that I haven’t been able to buy in like Superdrug or Boots. I KNOW. I’ve heard a lot about about different brands through Instagram but I’ve never bought any because how will I know I like ’em if I can’t see them properly in real life? I mean, now you can so get yourself to Topshop. These lashes are drama from tip to tip. If you’re going out out, or just live for the dramatic look, these will give you life.

They’re £10 per pair for a mink pair, £5 for human hair. I was given the mink lashes:

  • Jerri
  • Selena
  • Chloe Elizabeth (faves)
  • Eva
  • Jasmine

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If you’re a MUA or makeup enthusiast, I can’t recommend Doll Beauty enough, it’s sleek, it’s pretty and they’re bloody good products. (If you manage to get your hands on some of their lash glue please can you send me some, it sells out in seconds and is apparently, the best).

Other sweet little bits that came with the bundle I got from the lovely ladies was the Doll Beauty heart shaped compact mirror (£8), the gorgeous pink vinyl Doll Beauty make up bag (£15) and a Doll Addict t-shirt (£20) all of which can be bought online. The make up bag is honestly the cutest thing in my room right now. Even looking at it makes me feel like a princess.

Have a lovely day!

If you have any questions or if you’ve tried Doll Beauty before, show me what looks you’ve made so I can have some inspo for my lashes!

 

Love,

Ruby x