Sunday, 7 June 2015

UMagazine and Benefit Cosmetics Beauty Bash

Earlier this week I attended the UMagazine and Benefit Cosmetics Beauty Bash in the Clarion Hotel in Cork. To be honest I wasn't sure what to expect from the evening but I went along anyway as I had heard great things from the beauty bash events in Dublin. It was so nice that such a big event had made it's way down to rebel town.


PICTURE CREDIT: @ClarionCork Twitter

The Clarion is such a beautiful hotel overlooking the quays in Cork city. We were treated to a glass of champagne on arrival and then escorted to the event by bobblehead Benebabes! The room looked beautiful... almost like a wedding. The event itself was hosted by UMagazine editor Jen and Mark Rogers, the voice of Benefit Cosmetics Ireland. The fun and energy Mark brought to the room was unbelievable. I have never been to an event with someone so entertaining presenting it. I actually think I lost weight I laughed that much!! His knowledge and experience is very impressive. It isn't often I pick up new tips but my god I learned so much from him.

So Mark kicked off the show with a little demo of Benefit's skincare products and with his beautiful model Elaine showed us how to create a flawless base for our makeup. Did you know that you are only supposed to put powder in a triangle in the middle of your face?? Because I didn't!! I whack it on everywhere and say a quick prayer for my makeup to last. Now I only apply it across my nose and the centre of my forehead and it allows the rest of my skin achieve that gorgeous dewy glow.

After Mark's first demo we got some beautiful snacks thanks to the Clarion. On the menu was Thai fish cakes with chilli mayo, mini vegetable spring rolls, delicious Malaysian beef satay and a side salad. It was so yummy. While we ate five ladies were selected for a best dressed competition. The winner was a gorgeous girly named Sophie who wore a floral jumpsuit and very impressive Kurt Geiger heels. I had actually spotted her shoes downstairs before the event and thought they were AMAZING.

Mark, Jen and best dressed Sophie.
PICTURE CREDIT: @ClarionCork Twitter
Hair genius and Today Show regular Pamela from Sobe Brown in Cork shared some tips and tricks with us on how to achieve a curly blow dry at home and how to turn that curly blow dry into a stunning upstyle in minutes!! She made it look so easy. On the night the DIY curly blow dry look modelled by gorgeous Benebabe Gail was named the ''Belfie'' as in blow dry selfie. I bought the tools that Pamela used so here hoping I can recreate it myself... watch this space!

Mark then gave us all a demo and some tips on how to create the infamous Kim Kardashian contouring and highlighting look followed by a eyebrow and flick liner look. All in all he done a fantastic job displaying the products, educating us and entertaining. Like when I get married I am hunting him down to do my makeup. The best Benebabes in Ireland were on hand on the night for touch ups and to answer any questions we had about the products.



The goodie bag from the event was great. The Clarion Hotel gave us vouchers for lunch in their Atrium CafĂ© and Kudos Bar a fab discount for their Essence Spa. I am checking out their website this evening to see what I want to book in for. UMagazine gave everyone in the audience a copy of their latest issue and last but not least Benefit gave us a voucher for a free makeup application, some deluxe samples and a generous discount on the night.
 
 

Grace Burrows (Make Me Up blog) and myself at the event.
All in all I had a fabulous night and hope to attend more of these events in future. I would like to extend a MASSIVE thank you to The Clarion Hotel, UMagazine and of course everyone at Benefit Ireland for making a regular Thursday evening a lot more fun and glamorous. Well done guys!

Now everyone excuse me while I go perfect my 'Belfie'...

Chat soon loves.
Mel x




































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