A few weeks back, I was asked into Debenham’s by Dior’s Counter Manger, the stunning India Harvey, for an invite only event which was on Thursday night. It was a night full of skincare, makeup, style and the latest fashion trends.
And some of my favourite makeup artists and bloggers were there too, so it was great to catch up and have the chat! I was actually thrilled to be invited and was so happy I could make it, as I haven’t been well lately and missed a hair care event earlier in the week.
All in the Detail
The event was on upstairs in Debenham’s and India had the place looking smashing…she thought of everything; balloons, champagne, cupcakes, lots of perfume, even more makeup, product testing stations….the works!!! I mean, is an event even an event without Champagne and Cupcakes??? And for the non drinkers, like me, she had coffee at the ready.
There were gorgeous goody bags for each of us that attended and we were literally spoiled!!! There was a HUGE hamper up for grabs too, worth€250!!! All you had to do was buy 2 products to be in with a shot! As usual, I wanted everything!
India kicked everything off giving us a little background information on Dior. It’s a French brand and was founded in 1946 by Christian Dior. In 1957 after a very successful career Christian Dior died. The following year in 1958, 21 year old Yves Saint Laurent took over as Artistic Director of the company…and the rest, as they say, is history!
The Iconic 999
One of Dior’s Signature Products and a must have for any kit is their Rouge Dior Lipstick 999…a red that anybody can wear and will suit all skin tones. It’s iconic! The Rouge Dior formula provides long wearing comfort with no drying of the lips. No surprise really, since one of the ingredients is hyaluronic acid, which, if you follow me on Snapchat (sarahdwan1), you’ll know is a humectant that attracts and retains water.
India tells us that all Dior Skincare is 84% natural and contain active plant ingredients grown in Dior Gardens in Tokyo. The only chemicals present are there only to preserve the product. This was music to my ears because we put a ridiculous amount of chemicals onto and into our bodies on a daily basis, so it’s VITAL to try reduce them in any way we can.
Dior Hydra Life
Dior’s Hydra Life Range is highly concentrated in natural ingredients that penetrate deep into the layers of the skin and helps activate the skin’s natural defenses protecting it from external factors. India went through the whole range with us and we got to test them out. What really stood out for me were the Hydra Life Masks…you only leave them on for 3 minutes!!! Not 20, not in even 15, but 3!!! Perfect for people who lead a hectic lifestyle but still want to give their skin some TLC.
Dior Hydra Life Glow Better Fresh Jelly Mask
Both a mask and a gentle exfoliator. It would be suited to all skin types but particularly dry, dehydrated, or dull skin needing a boost. It is a dual exfoliator; 1. a chemical exfoliator containing fruit extracts which have enzymatic properties 2. a physical exfoliator due to the apricot kernel extracts. Both taking away dead skin cells from the skins surface and increasing cell regeneration. After 3 minutes, your skin will be softer and smoother to touch, more radiant with each use.
Dior Hydra Life Pores Away Pink Clay mask
This mask would be perfect for oily, congested, acne prone skin and for anyone who is looking to control shine and combat large pores. It’s a clay mask that’s enriched with natural minerals and jojoba extract that deeply cleanses the skin removing toxins and impurities from deep within the pores.
Dior Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask
This mask would be suited to all skin types but particularly if you’re looking to combat the signs of aging and wanting that “bounce” in your skin. It instantly plumps, hydrates and improves the production of elastin the skin helping to smooth lines and wrinkles.
My Skincare Product of the Night
***Dior Capture Totale Dream Skin Advanced***
I will own this product one of these days, I need it in my life yesterday!!! You can use it with your moisturiser to make your own moisturiser more powerful or you can use it as a primer or you can use it as a serum. It’s a multi-correcting product that fights redness, dark circles, any blue undertones and completely transforms the complexion. We tried it on the back of one hand and left the back of the other hand free of product and the difference?! It was like magic!!!
It plumps, hydrates as well as giving the appearance your skin is glowing from within. India explained how its the must have product for makeup artists kits as well as for brides-to-be for their big day! Packed full of antioxidants and active plant ingredients that have anti-aging effects, if you’re looking for a product to transform your skin, this could be it! We got tonnes of samples of this in the goody bags so I cannot wait to get it on my face and I’ll keep you posted.
India showed us some gorgeous highlighters and bronzers. They were like velvet on the skin. Not that real glittery highlight but the kind of highlight that makes it look like it’s your skin that’s glowing. Each one more stunning than the next.
India went through all the difference foundations by Dior, each one designed for different needs.
Dior Skin Forever
This foundation would be more suited to oily skin types. It’s long wearing, full coverage, mattifying and pore minimising. It’s not cakey or powdery at all and blends really well unlike some full coverage foundations.
This foundation is more suited to dry, dehydrated skin types. It’s full coverage but yet doesn’t dry out on the skin or sit in fine lines and wrinkles. This is the exact foundation I have been on the search for. I bought it in 2 shades, 020 and 030. 020 for days when I’m not wearing tan and 030 for when I am wearing tan. It contains silica beads that diffuses light and makes the complexion look so much clearer.
Dior Capture Totale
This foundation is suited for more mature skin types. It actually blurs fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation marks making them less obvious. It has built in triple correcting serum to give the appearance of younger more radiant looking skin. It supports our natural collagen and has a visible plumping effect on the skin
Dior Nude Air
This foundation has a lighter coverage than the rest of the foundations. It has a built in serum, so it treats the skin as well as acting as a foundation. It gives a real fresh and youthful look to the skin. Perfect to bring on holidays.
Dior Air Flash
This is a spray foundation that is so light its like a mist. It basically looks like your skin is airbrushed! It has a buildable coverage so you can have it as sheer or as full coverage as you wish, you control it. Very easy to use and very quick too, it instantly gives a perfectly radiant complexion.
Genius Makeup Product
***Airflash Matte Touch***
This is a matte spray!!! i think this is absolute genius! Instead of having to bring powder and a brush on a night out you just bring this little can of magic. It instantly takes away shine and will help your makeup last longer. One spray and you’re perfectly matte – brilliant!!! I think this is another must have for brides or if you’re going away on holidays.
Personal Shopper in Debenham’s
Elaine Douglas, stylist and personal shopper in Debenham’s was involved in the event too, which I loved, because I CANNOT dress myself! Herself and India took turns throughout he evening talking to us. Elaine filled us in on all the latest fashion trends and must haves. She explained how you can have 4 key pieces of clothing and mix and match to make various different outfits. Elaine also told us the importance of being correctly measured for bras and that is a free service in Debenham’s that anyone can avail of. Wearing a bra in the wrong size can put unnecessary pressure on your neck, shoulders and back, so a bra fitting is super important.
The personal shopper experience is a free service and definitely something I’m going to do. It would actually be lovely do with a friend or you Mam. You make an appointment with Elaine, tell her what you’d like and your style and she will choose some outfits for you to try on. Afterwards, you’re treated to a tea or coffee in Debenham’s cafe and a mini makeover with India on the Dior Counter. Sounds like the perfect girly day to me!
I absolutely loved the event and I’d just like to say a HUGE thank you to India for inviting me in. You will find her on Instagram here => IndiaHarveyMakeup_ The girl really knows her stuff, go into her for a consultation and have a chat. She will tell you your exact skin type, what you need, which foundation would suit you best and what shade you should go for. Dior is a high end brand so it is a little bit more on the expensive side but you have to see your skin as an investment…we only get one! I learned so much and as usual took a million notes!!! And just look at the goody bag we got!!!
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