The Oracle Reading : Debenhams Beauty Launch. Plus Bare Minerals counter experience.

Monday, 2 July 2012

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I am a bit behind with this post so firstly I apologise! A few weeks ago I was invited along to the launch of the newly refurbished beauty hall at Debenhams in The Oracle, Reading. Along with some of the current brands getting fancy counter makeovers, two new brands were introduced to the hall ; Urban Decay and Bare Minerals. We were greated with champagne and various counters had some sweet treats for us all to indulge in. We were left to mingle our way around the department, swatching products at any given opportunity and chatting with the lovely girls working there. The Dior counter had brought in their national makeup artist Dominik Sacchetti to give customers makeover's while Hannah (Dior Counter manager) talked the crowd through how to achieve each look while Dominik got to work.

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After having a bit of a mooch around the counters, I headed over to the sparkly new Bare Minerals counter to meet with Satty the lovely girl working on the counter. Bare Minerals is a brand I had always been intrigued about but had never tried out their products. The thought of using mineral powder to conceal and then as a foundation baffled me. Would I really achieve the look I like without my beloved heavy coverage liquid foundations? Satty and I had a little chat about the event first, she was so friendly (counter girls arent scary!) We then set about getting to business. First we dicussed my skin type so that she could use the correct products on my face to prime it before we set to work to make me beautiful! 

She used the Prime Time Brightening foundation primer and the BareVitamins Eye Re-ver-upper on me. Unfortunately at the time of the event a lovely little blemish decided to make an appearrance on my chin, Satty used the BareMinerals Blemish Remedy on it, this nifty little product reduced the redness of said spot and also prevents further breakouts, bonus! Once I had been colour matched (light FYI) She proceeded with using the appriate products for my transformation! Using the BareMinerals concealer in shade 'Bisque' She concealed that pesky blemish on my chin as well as any redness around my nose and dark circles under my eyes. You really didnt need a lot of product to do this. Meaning the 2g pots of product would last you such a long time! The coverage was really good. I was actually pretty shocked. Like I said before I never thought you could get it with mineral powders. Following this Satty used the Original SPF15 Foundation in 'Light' all over my skin. Literally taking the smallest amount of powder, swirling it around in the lid of the pot, then buffing it into my skin. As I had explained to her my bewilderment at the fact a powder could provide good coverage, she only did half of my face so I could see the difference.. well I could definately see a difference! I couldnt believe the coverage. There and then it got me thinking... 'Jeeze! I need to get some of this!'  As a final step for my base she applied the BareMinerals blush in 'Lovely' and a combination of the Mineral Veil and Flawless Radiance to finish my base. 

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For my eyes, we decided to just go wild and do a look that I wasnt used to even though I was drawn by some of their neutral/gold shades! Satty wanted to introduce me to their new collection of eyeshadows from the 'READY' Collection. Unlike the original collection of BareMinerals products that are mainly loose powder based, the products in this range are in pan form.. Meaning they are more suitable for getting made up on the go! No powder spillages here! The eyeshadows come in either Quads or Duos. We decided to go for a very dramatic smokey eye - (something I havent been able to achieve myself without it resulting in looking like I'd been punched in the face) So I was looking froward to seeing it done properly by Satty. The Eyeshadow duo used was called 'The Last Call'' and featured two blue shades "On The Rocks" (Electric Blue) and "Shaken Not Stirred" (Dark Navy Blue with shimmer). For a base she used the Prime Time Primer Shadow. These can be used on their own for a wash of colour over the lid or under other shadows to make them more intense. 'On The Rocks' it was applied all over my eyelid, this is a very bright colour, so in order to make the look into a smokey eye, Satty simply too the darker shade of 'Shaken not stirred' and used it on the outter corner of my eye and around the socket, blending the two shades together on the edges. Resulting in a beautiful dark, dramatic smokey eye. Using the Weather everything Liner Sealer mixed with a black mineral eyeshadow, Satty lined my upper eyelid with a subtle flick and then finished off with a couple of coats the Flawless Definition Mascara.

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Ha how serious do I look in that last picture! As you can see it is a very edgy smokey eye, perfect for a night out! I really loved it, and I dont look like I've been punched in the face! Always a winner in my books when going for a dramatic smokey eye! It's much better than what I could have done. Overall my experience with the Bare Minerals counter at Debenhams in the Oracle, Reading was great. The whole evening was fun in fact. At the time I hadnt been paid so couldnt pick any of the products Satty used on me, even though I was really tempted to get the Get Started Complexion kit! - I've now added quite a few items to my birthday wishlist! If you live in the area or are visiting Reading any time soon, I advice you to go and have a mooch around and check out the counters. I spoke to a lot of the girls and they were all lovely!

Much Love