Friday, 26 June 2009

Well, what a lovely day that was.

In fact I've had more than one lovely day. On Wednesday I spent the day at Chester Zoo with my b/f and housemates, yesterday I attended the Garnier event in London, and today I had a job interview - and got the job! Fab!

These lovely days and the fact I am moving house next week may explain why I have been a bit slow on the blogging front lately (for which I do apologise). However I plan to make up for this over the weekend and by also telling you all about the wonderful Garnier event that I attended yesterday. Now I am aware you are probably a bit sick to death of hearing about this event, but it really was a fantastic day and I wanted to share my experience with you. Warning: This may be a bit of a ramble style post!

So when I first arrived at London I met up with Rebecca -panda does make up, Jen -Mizz worthy and Janaka - JJ26. I was extremely nervous about meeting them as I was pretty sure no-one would know who I was, but luckily everyone was absolutely lovely and made me feel at ease. Thank you so much guys! A big thank you to Rebecca, you made the day so much easier and it was wonderful to finally meet you - oh and cheers for showing me how to use my oyster card :-P

So next we moved on to the make-up mecca that is Selfridges, where I got my first look at illamasqua; true to form it didn't disappoint. The MA's were very helpful and the products speak for themselves - I ended up getting 2 blushers (Lover and Lies - thank you Jen for helping me pick them!). Other than that nothing stood out for me make up wise, so we left and managed to navigate ourselves to the Loreal headquarters where the event was being held.

The building itself is beautiful; modern interior with plenty of 'power dressed' women running around looking busy yet immaculately presented. We had security badges with our names on given out to us and were taken upstairs where a beautiful spread of drink, food and sweets were laid out for us.

After after a spot to eat (the buffet was amazing, I could have scoffed the whole thing) we sat down and were given a talk about Garnier and all the ranges they produce - I never knew there were so many! The presenter was lovely and whilst there were a few buzz words being thrown about the talk itself was very enjoyable and it was interesting to hear about Garnier's ethos and environmental commitments - of which there were many you'll be happy to know :-)

Finally we got onto what the event was a bout, the launch of a new range of skincare called 'pure active'. This is a medicated skincare range with a stonking 2% of salicylic acid - the highest amount any consumer brand has (this acid is basically the stuff that stops spots appearing). The marketing behind this stuff is that results should be seen from day 1.

The range itself.

From left to right we have the scrub - which we were advised was to be used as a weekly deep cleanse, a moisturizer, daily wash, roll on spot stick and then a toner.

I can't remember the prices of these products, I think they ranged from around £5-8 which I think is reasonable for these sort of products. Also these products are also aimed at reduced red marks that spots can leave on the skin, which is pretty impressive - can't wait to see if it actually works!

Now I do have sensitive, dry skin so am not sure if I am going to be able to use all these products, however my boyfriend says he will happily try them out (he is such a girl) so will keep you updated on how they are working for him. However since I got home I have been using the roll on spot stick and moisturizer, the spot stick I absolutely LOVE - this thing is going to be as big as the caffeine eye roll on in my opinion and I have already noticed the spots on my chin have reduced in size and redness since using it. Also I was pleasantly surprised as to how nice the moisturizer felt, it was slightly tingly and very refreshing on the skin but doesn't contain an SPF so will probably apply a thin layer of this before my SPF.

So what do you guys think, do you like the sound and look of the range? Does it appeal to you, if so why, if not why not? I'd love to hear your opinions :-)

After the talk was finished we got to look at the products (not just this range but all ranges from garnier - hair care, ambre solaire, anti-aging stuff - you name it, they had it!) This event was originally billed as a Garnier and Maybelline event, however there wasn't enough time for the maybelli e event but we did get some maybelline products in the goodie bags which was fab - it would have been too much to look at maybelline products as well.

Speaking of the goodies...

Major haulage. A right pain to take on the train, but worth it! We got some great stuff - and if you think this haul is big you should have seen some of the others! I got loads of the suncare range, because I love this range. I was also really excited to try the after sun with a hint of tanner. We also got 3 mascaras (lash stiletto, great lash and colossal volume express) in the maybelline stuff, and also the dream matte mousse - which I am very excited to try. I also picked up some anti-aging creams to give to my mum, which she is very pleased about, and some of the sensitive face products - wipes, cleansing milk and wash, which I am looking forward to trying.

So overall I had a fantastic day, the event was very well organised and I felt really honoured to have been invited. It was wonderful meeting everyone - you were all so lovely and thank you to everyone for being so kind and making me feel welcome. You stars :-)


Victoria said...

The new range sounds really good! Anything that promises to blast away spots is a winner in my eyes!


PeachykeenCheeks said...

Congrats on the job hun!! That's fab news!
Eeee, it was a hectic day, wasn't it!? But so much fun! =) Was lovely meeting you.

mizzworthy said...

Was such a lovely day, and I really enjoyed meeting you! I am already loving the spot roll on thing too - its actually worked!

mememe89 said...

I'm majorly jealous - Garnier is one of my fav brands and you got tonnes of their stuff!
The new range really does sound amazing, I'll have to check it out. If Alex won't want to try some of the stuff you place on the 'rejected' pile, I'm more than happy to be the guinea pig ;)


bubblegarm said...

congrats on the job, yay :) xx

Rebecca said...

Conratulations on the job!

Was great meeting you, you are so lovely :) Had a fab day! Still can't believe all the goodies we got!

Cris said...

Congrats on the job :D!
And being a beauty blogger in England sounds wonderful :), look at all the events & free stuff ;D...Jealous :-P.

Cat said...

Thank you for your lovely comments! I have also used the blackhead clearing scrub today and it's lovely, really refreshing and not at all harsh on my skin like I thought it would be!

@ Victoria - it's a great range, I will keep you updated on how I'm finding it.

@ mememe89 - I wondered how you knew my b/f's name - then I checked out your blog and was like aaa Karo! lol! I was worried I had a stalker for a min :-p

@ bubblegarm, peachykeen, rebecca & mizzworthy - lovely meeting you all too!

@ Cris - it has it's perks :-)


Lauren said...

Sounds like you had a really great day.
Were you at the Barry M event in May? x
ps. congrats about the job!

Cat said...

@ Lauren - it was awesome, I felt so lucky to have been invited! No I wasn't at the barrym event - I had only started blogging about a week before - that event looked amazing though!

It's Nicola said...

Hey Cat. Is it ok I pinch your pic of all the products lined up, just that I've given lots of mine away and forgotten to take a pic of it all :( I will credit your blog!
Nicola xxx

Cat said...

Hey Nic - yeah that's fine :-)


Lil said...

Aw this looks awesome, wish I could've gone, I love Garnier!

And congrats on the job :)

Tali said...

Im still trying to get trhrough my stuff! I had to give half of it to my mum

But the hydromoisturizers (all 3 I had) and the srubs are all gone.

I hope they do a maybelline event!!
COngrats on the win..your look was magical!