Last Friday me and a couple of the Southampton bloggers girls made our way down to the Clarins get together held in John Lewis Southampton. The event was a chance for Clarins to showcase their Christmas collection and skin care favourites. After checking in we made our way to the food court in John Lewis where were greeted with a glass of bubbles and a festive mince pie to get us in the festive spirit.
Before the demonstration started there was a chance to go round and try out the different stations set up including complimentary hand and arm massages, skin analysis, complexion perfection hints and tips as well as a competition to find the perfect pout. I tried out some of their gorgeous body care range including the Body Treatment Oil in Tonic and the Tonic Body Polisher which smell absolutely gorgeous. I also tried some of the treatment fragrances which they have to offer with my favourite being Eau des Jardins where you can really smell the citrus tones including grapefruit. Next we had a quick lip exfoliation treatment before picking our favourite lipstick and trying to get the perfect pout – Jess was lucky enough to win this in the end.
Next we moved onto the demonstration where Me, Jess and Alice all volunteered to take part in the demonstrations. First they displayed a range of their skincare items including the Water Comfort One Step Cleanser, Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner, the award winning Double Serum and a different selection of their daily moisturisers. They demonstrated the Super Restorative Day Dream and Total Eye Concentrate on me which is aimed at rejuvenating and replenishing anti-ageing and reducing wrinkles. Next up they created three make up looks 5 minutes, 10 minutes and 15 minutes. Alice was the 5 minute look where they used the bb cream as a light base applied with fingers to speed up the process, with a blusher to highlight the cheekbones and a quick coat of mascara, finishing the look with one of their instant light perfecting balms. Overall a very quick and easy, no fuss, no make-up, make-up look. Next up was Jess where they focused on a smoky eye look using three shades again all applied with the fingers. She built up the colour using the lightest shade first adding more of the darker shades towards the outer half of the eye and then blending with the fingers. They then finished the look with a strong brow using their eyebrow pencil which is a dual ended tool perfect for shaping and taming the brows.
Finally was the 15 minute look where she used the Everlasting Foundation in shade 114 Cappuccino which was a perfect match for my skin and left a glowy and dewy finish. She then used the Instant Light Brush on Perfector in Number 2. You can use this to highlight the cheekbones, brow bones and all over the face and this also works as an illuminating concealer. Last up was contouring where she placed a simple bronzer on the hollows of my cheeks, side of my nose, forehead and under the chin and then used a large fluffy blusher brush to blend. She finished the look with one of their new lip liners which match your skin tone so you can put any colour on top followed by one of their new Joli Rouge lipsticks in a gorgeous Autumnal berry shade.
Next up we made our way downstairs to have a quick shop before they announced the raffle. I actually picked up the Instant Light Brush on Perfector because I loved the way this highlighted my skin and the Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner. They had a free gift with purchase where you could chose 4 samples so I chose the one-step gentle exfoliating cleanser, water comfort one-step cleanser for normal or dry skin, a mini of the Joli Rouge lipstick in shade 705 soft berry; and a mini of the blush prodige in shade 02 soft peach. Unfortunately I didn’t win the raffle but the prizes were worth up to £155 so I bet they were incredible and the winners were so lucky. Overall the evening was very eye opening and Clarins is definitely a brand I will be using more of now that I have had a proper introduction into their make-up, skincare and fragrances.
Have you tried any products from Clarins?