A night of Beauty at Harvey Nichols

Last week, Harvey Nichols in Birmingham was the scene of an old school beauty event, with all manner of skin and cosmetic treatments on the timetable. Beauty School dropout had a lessons in cosmetics from Benefit, Skincare from Space NK, and combined this with a tuck shop, a dress up box, and a real lesson in art from the super talented Milly Jackson. It was quite a night!

DSCN6295The beauty lessons were informative and interesting, with the team from Benefit giving lots of advice including the importance of wearing primer under your make-up, and great tips on how to apply liquid eyeliner. (One great idea was to practice with pencil eye-liner first, to achieve the steadier hand – this is much easier to wipe off if you make a mistake). Space NK were giving out spot prizes for swots with good answers and gave a great lesson in the use of BB Creams.


Milly Jackson sketches Emily Jayne.

The talented fashion artist Milly Jackson was doing pencil and sharpie sketches on the night – her skill was totally amazing. Here is the sketch she did for me, possibly the worst sitter in the world as my head was constantly on the turn!

My sketch from Milly Jackson

My sketch from Milly Jackson

No school event would be complete without refreshments. A super cute tuck shop filled with sweet treats was very popular – who could resist fizzy colour bottles and white mice. Drinks were served in school milk bottles – very school-like, except for the fact that these contained Chambord and Vodka (which is a definite yes – even on a school night – ahem!)


With Emily Jayne at Beauty School Drop Out

DSCN6302DSCN6303With discount offers on most departments, makeovers and hair styling and demonstrations, and the chance to win a prize with every purchase by spinning the ‘Wheel of Beauty’, this was a fun-filled night for the ladies. I’m certainly looking forward to the next time ‘schools out’ at Harvey Nichols.


Photo credit Ryan Phillips.


Gorgeous products available from the Harvey Nichols Birmingham Beauty section.


The fab demonstrations from Benefit made this a popular selection.


With huge thanks to Lisa Piddington for the invitation.



Sue Devitt arrives at Harvey Nichols, Birmingham.

The Harvey Nichols beauty boom just continues to grow and grow! Following hot on the heels of Benefit Cosmetics, this September has seen  the arrival of a new range of cosmetics and skincare products by Australian beauty guru Sue Devitt.  Sue Devitt, for the uninitiated, is a beauty genius who has celebrity client list that boasts  of some of the world’s most beautiful women including Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Cattrall, Elle MacPherson , Diane Kruger and Kiera Knightley. Her work has also graced the runways of the likes of  Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs. Pretty impressive if you ask  me…

After spending many years travelling the world as a highly successful make-up artist, Sue put these experience to fantastic use by creating  the first “Healthy Beauty” brand of nutrient-rich, color cosmetics featuring a palette for women of all ages and ethnicities.  Sue also revolutionised daily beauty routines by adding anti-ageing ingredients into her make-up, making it more beneficial to the skin. “I identified a niche in the market that had not yet been explored,” she explains. “I work closely with our chemists to formulate make-up that has exquisite colours and terrific benefits to improve the skin’s health.”

Along with the cosmetics line, Sue Devitt has also created a range of innovative,  high-tech skincare. I am looking forward to trying Microquatic™ Oxygen Infusion Masque (£28.50). “It does two great things to create healthy skin: The self-activating foaming experience draws out impurity while infusing the skin with oxygen to leave you with an amazing natural glow,”  Sue says about this wonder product that sounds like a must for every bathroom shelf.

And now, this cosmetics and skincare collection has arrived in the region for the first time, opening exclusively at Harvey Nichols Birmingham on September 3rd. Sue Devitt brings her own personal mantra to skincare”Beauty is an adventure”…with endless destinations. The world is my muse.”I think that  is a pretty  fantastic journey to be on!

Keep your eyes peeled at fashion-mommy.com because in a few weeks Fashion-Mommy will be interviewing Sue Devitt herself! Exciting stuff!




Benefit launching new beauty bar in Harvey Nichols,Birmingham.


Image by www.eddie-lawrance.co.uk via Flickr


Don’t you just love Benefit cosmetics! Where would we be without Benetint to add a bit of colour to our cheeks, or High Beam to highlight those (almost) non-existent cheekbones. For those of you who don’t know the brand, Benefit is a fabulously quirky collection of make-up and beauty must haves that come in the most amazing retro packaging that make them appear to have come direct from a 1950s make-up bag. They bring the fun into make-up, and from September 3rd, they will  be available from Harvey Nichols, Birmingham, when a new Benefit bar is opened.

This is great news for all beauty fans. Harvey Nichols already has an extensive beauty department, which is now being enhanced by the arrival of Benefit. You will now be able to get all your favourite Benefit products from the brand new bar. In addition, two brand new products will be launched at the 3rd September opening. These are the gorgeous new fragrance, the amusingly named Ring-my-Bella, and a brand new mascara ‘They’re real’.

Quirky, cute and 100 per cent gorgeous, Benefit Cosmetics is like a sweetie shop for grown-up girlies! Benefit bars often offer complimentary make-overs in order for newbies to try the brand, so enquire in store. This is how I became hooked on Benefit,  so I would definitely recommend that you ask about trying the products.

Ins store at Harvey Nichols, Birmingham from SEPTEMBER 3RD.