Sunday, 19 May 2013

Liberty London Beauty Event: Brushes With Greatness

Last Thursday I had the privilege of being invited to Liberty's Beauty event 'Brushes With Greatness' in their wonderful beauty hall (a place I often wonder through, lusting after the products). I attended the Thursday event where I was able to chat to Sophie Beresiner A.K.A Elle Magazine's Beauty Director, Ruth Crilly from A Model Recommends and  Sarah Coonan- Liberty's Beauty Buyer (best job, ever?) There was also the chance to chat to acclaimed hair colourist Josh Wood, but with my student budget groaning under the weight of Spring Break and my roots popping out to say hello, I decided it perhaps best not to show my face at his table *puts a hat over roots in embarrassment.*

There was also the chance to get a complimentary palm reading (apparently I have a long life line and was told to never stop writing!) or tarot reading, a fringe trim with Atelier's Bang Bar and a massive £160 pounds worth of gift with purchases over £100. I can't tell you how nice it is wandering around, playing with makeup and beauty products with a glass of champagne in the other hand- bliss! A few of the brands also had makeup artists in, including NARS and Laura Mercier.

I was lucky enough to chat with Sarah Coonan, Liberty's Beauty Buyer about her job and her favourite products  of the moment. She told me she took part in Harrod's graduate scheme after uni, which lead her to fashion buying, and then into beauty buying. She told me she loves her job and has never looked back! It was also refreshing to hear that brands as prestigious as Liberty's still turn to beauty blogs to find great products to stock- you heard the lady, bloggers, we are needed! Her favourite product of the moment is Hourglasses Ambient Powders. 
Sophie Beresiner, Elle's Beauty Director advised me internships and work experience are the way forward in the world of beauty journalism. We also had a long chat about her cult product at the moment: Ellis Faas Mascara, which she reckons is an insiders secret! She also told me that although she would write that us girls should apply our bottom lash mascara first, she always coats her top lashes first as she is always looking for the quickest way to do things when it comes to beauty.
I also chatted to Ruth Crilly who told me all about the BAFTAs, her favourite shoes of the moment and advised me to try the Alpha H Absolute Eye Complex and the Dermalogica Eye Treatment from their Power Recovery Range. I managed to get a sample of the latter from the Dermalogica counter and am already 100% sold on it. Its cooling, super light and smells like strawberries! We also had a chat about our cats, both being cat people! All the best people have cats. Its official.

I got a lovely purple Liberty's bag of goodies to show you at some point- so stay tuned for that!

Amy x

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