A night of Beauty with Elemis and Debenhams

A special night of beauty demonstrations and the opportunity to try lots of products is not something to turn down, especially if it is being hosted by one of your favourite brands. This is what I experienced last Thursday when Debenhams Bullring organised a night of skincare fun with Elemis.

I must admit that I was already a huge fan of Elemis before the event, I love their Pro Collagen Marine Cream, the Cleansing balm, and all their bath products, particularly the Milk Bath. But learning how to use the products as part of a complete weekly routine was a brilliant opportunity, and getting chance to try new products at the same time was also a fab experience – a real try before you buy chance that we don’t often get.

DSCN8187The first thing we did on the evening (after a glass of wine and nibbles) was write down our current skin routine. I do cleanse, tone and moisturise daily, but often miss things like eye cream. I also use a face scrub/exfoliator weekly, but no longer use a deep cleansing mask – time constraints unfortunately. The programme that we were shown (and tried) was a weekly programme that involved all of these steps. By the end of it, my skin felt amazing.

We delved straight into a weekly skincare routine. It was rather hilarious, we all put on a headband and neckcloth that made the room resemble the cast of ‘Sister Act’ and caused lots of giggles. It was all very girly – there was a real atmosphere of Girls Night In that only lacked Chaka Khan ‘I’m Every Woman’ in the background with us all singing into hairbrushes!

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First we looked at cleansing. I already use the Pro-Collagen Cleansing balm which I totally love, so I tried the Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser. I must admit that I still prefer the Cleansing balm – this is a personal preference, it feels lighter on my skin than the cream cleanser which is a much deeper cleanse. However, the cream cleanser did leave my skin feeling very clean, and despite the thicker consistency, it was soaked up by the skin surprisingly quickly.

Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser £29 click to visit Debenhams

Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser £29 click to visit Debenhams

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Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 100ml £39.50 click to visit Debenhams

Next we moved onto toner. This seems to be a step that everyone feels is less important, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Toner is needed every time water is used on the face, it rehydrates and nourishes the skin. I tried the Rehyrating Ginseng Toner, which not only smells amazing, but makes the skin feel alive and refreshed. I was interested in the tip to use cotton wool to apply the toner, I have often just sprayed it on and then left it.

Rehydrating Ginseng Toner 200ml £22 click to visit Debenhams

Rehydrating Ginseng Toner 200ml £22 click to visit Debenhams

We then looked at some of the things that can be added to a skincare routine each week, a facial scrub and a cleansing mask. I tried both of these items, particularly loving the Herbal Lavender Repair mask, which is great if you are suffering from blemishes, or if you have combination skin.

Herbal Lavender Repair Mask 75ml £29 click to visit Debenhams

Herbal Lavender Repair Mask 75ml £29 click to visit Debenhams

The final steps in the fun and illuminating evening were the one that most of us remember, and the one that most of us forget. Eye Cream is something that we all need to think about if we are trying to abate the signs of aging, but I must admit that I rarely bother with it now, even though it was once a step I followed religiously. The Absolute Eye Serum is a real hero product, and the one thing I will definitely be adding to my daily routine.

Absolute Eye Serum 15ml £29 click to visit Debenhams

Absolute Eye Serum 15ml £29 click to visit Debenhams

And, of course, we finished with moisturiser. This being Elemis, there was only really one choice, the award-winning, huge selling Pro Collagen Marine Cream. This is something I already use and dearly love, and I believe many other people in the room will now be converted.

 

Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 50ml £80 click to visit Debenhams

Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 50ml £80 click to visit Debenhams

I left with a fabulous goodie bag filled with Elemis Products and skin that felt super soft and revitalised. Elemis products are just fantastic, and currently Debenhams has a great offer where you get a free gift with two purchases from the Elemis range (one of which must be skincare.) Click here to view the offer.

With thanks to Kim Stephens, Elemis and Debenhams Birmingham for a fabulous night.

Super Busy Mum

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debenhams Summer Beauty Buzz

Last Thursday I had a truly lovely day in London attending a whole host of press days. I started my day with a real feast of beauty, and a mini celebration of all that is great about Summer, at the Debenhams Beauty press day, aka the Debenhams Beauty Buzz. This was a showcase for all that is new in Beauty for Summer, and also an excuse to try some new beauty products first hand.

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The weather outside was glorious, almost like a summer day, and inside the press office at the Debenhams flagship store on Oxford Street there was a definite flash-forward to holiday season. Candy striped deck chairs sat invitingly (covered with a beach towel of course), whilst a giant ice cream cone attracted lots of attention and made for a perfect photo opportunity. There was a gorgeous barrow with all my favourite pick and mix sweets, and freshly squeezed lemonade and Cranberry juice, ideal for sipping through candy striped straws.

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Inside the beauty room there were plenty of things to admire and experience, if you could pull yourself away from the ice cream machine. There were massages from Elemis, who were also showcasing some of their new products, including the Pro Collagen Super system. There were also beauty treatments including skin scanning from Balance Me, manicures and nail treatments from Nails Inc, make-up tips from Urban Decay, and information about lots of fake tanning programmes, perfect for those preparing for summer holidays, or just wanting to get the legs out after the winter cold.  There were also lots of new fragrances to try and test, and some brilliant new colours and make-up trends, including a gorgeous, irridescent nail colour from Calvin Klein that I just adored.

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Some of my fave treats from Elemis.

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That nail colour from Calvin Klein (on the left) is like a mermaid – a must for summer nails.

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Abba-esque mascara with an adjustable brush.

All in all, a fabulous event that was the perfect way to say that summer is most definitely on its way.

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Balance Me goodies showcased to perfection in a beautiful picnic basket.

Tromberg goodies

Tromborg goodies

Adored the pots of SteamCream - vintage and pretty.

Adored the pots of SteamCream – vintage and pretty.

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New fragrance offerings.

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Too Faced Sweetheart Blush £22 click to visit Debenhams

Too Faced Sweetheart Blush £22 click to visit Debenhams

Pro-Intense Lift Effect Super System Gift Set £155 click to visit Debenhams

Pro-Intense Lift Effect Super System Gift Set £155 click to visit Debenhams

Electric Pressed Pigment Palette £38 click to visit Debenhams

Electric Pressed Pigment Palette £38 click to visit Debenhams

Nails Inc Spring Summer 2013 collection £22 click to visit Debenhams

Nails Inc Spring Summer 2013 collection £22 click to visit Debenhams

Nails Inc Soho Place Gel Perfect Polish £14 click to visit Debenhams

Nails Inc Soho Place Gel Perfect Polish £14 click to visit Debenhams