It’s only been over the last few months that I’ve really put effort into my blog, after it sat dormant for 3 years or so. A poor, dusty website, sat on a shelf – desperate for a new theme and fresh content. In all that time, I’d never been to an event, I stopped reviewing, I even stopped speaking to a lot of people. I dropped off the Blogger Planet because I just couldn’t see me getting anywhere with it. I let doubt take over far more than I should have.
So when I finally got back into blogging again, making new and amazing friends, I was thrilled. I felt like I was again part of the community, with new energy! And when I went to my first event (LivHelps!) I was thrilled.
It’s through meeting these amazing people, and growing more confident because of their continued support, that I’ve grabbed every opportunity I could find. And so when an email landed in my inbox to get my hair and make up done, of course I went for it.
A few weeks later, just in time for University, I wandered nervously into the Selfridges in Manchester to get my make up done at the Charlotte Tilbury counter. I was there way too early (as is the way with me!) and wandered around for a while, taking pictures.
When I was introduced to my make up artist, Shane, I felt immediately at ease. His knowledge of the brand and all the products was outstanding. He knew all about why particular ingredients worked the best, when to use it, why it smelt the way it did, how it smelt the way it did, why it’s good for your skin and so much more. I felt I was in the presence of the David Attenborough of Charlotte Tilbury, filling my head with knowledge of make up in it’s natural habitat. He filled me in on how the new CT scent adapts to you, making it truly unique, how the Magic Cream was a nickname coined by people who used it that then became it’s official name.
I decided to go for a bold look, as I was planning to go out that night, and step by step he walked me through what he’d be using and why. He was more than happy for me to stop and take photos (“I’m a perfectionist myself!” He said, laughing.) and I snapped away through different phases of my transformation.
It wasn’t until the full finish that I looked and couldn’t believe how amazing the make up really looked. It was mind blowing. I felt beautiful! We all took a snap together, he jotted down everything he’d used and also popped on his Twitter and Instagram account (at my request, so I can further stalk his artistry!). I also bought the eyebrow pencil, because I couldn’t get over just how amazing my brows looked when he’d finished! It’s going to take practice to make them look as amazing as Shane did, but I’m glad I’ve got the tools to try!
Feeling bold and gorgeous, I wandered over to the GHD counter and was greeted by a lovely girl to get my hair done. We sat and chatted, casual and so friendly, about our lives, our days and I felt so at ease. If you’ve read my Supercuts post, you’ll know I’m wary of people doing my hair, but she was superb. She used the GHD curling tong and did a soft curl all over and it looked great. It really brought out the red in my hair and has lasted two days (shame, I know, I need to wash my hair before I push it too far!).
The tongs (at £120) are what you’d expect from GHD – amazing. I had to really hold myself back from buying them, but only until I have a job and then I’ll definitely be treating myself!