When I was asked to attend an afternoon makeover with John Lewis, I was excited and surprised. John Lewis do makeovers? I was aware that you could get a quick tutorial or colour match from a product you were wanting to buy. But a total party makeover? Yup! This was the full package. A full face of make up and hair styled by none other than 2 of my top beauty brands. So of course I said yes, who doesn’t like a makeover?! So I headed into town to Get Party Ready with John Lewis and experience all they had to offer.
My contact told me that a professional at Bobbi Brown was going to do my makeup and I was ecstatic. Bobbi Brown is one of my go to makeup brands and I was beyond excited to be able to get a makeup tutorial with their products. Some of which I already own. Check out my no makeup look using Bobbi Brown products
Leanne and Alex greeted me when I arrived and I told me that Leanne will be doing my makeup. Having got my everyday look down pat I wanted something a bit more glam. Something that made my eyes pop on a night out. “If you can think of a celebrity’s makeup that you would like to imitate, who would it be?” Leanne asked me as she examined colours that would suit my skintone. I cringed. I knew exactly who I wanted to imitate but was embarrassed to say it out loud. Looks like my Keeping up with the Kardashian obsession was about to be revealed. I squirmed in my seat hoping not to be judged as I said ” Kim Kardashian”.
To my relief she didn’t bat an eyelid at my request and went on to show me some colours to create a “Kim style” smokey eye and nude lip. We established some neutral colours with a hint of shimmer and she went to work starting with my eyes. This really surprised me. I always thought that foundation was the first step, especially under eye concealer. However according to Leanne the eyes should be done first as you are likely to get a lot of residue on your face. Which could then muck up your foundation or leave dark circles under your eyes.
After my eyes where done she proceeded with my skin. Giving me a natural dewy look with good coverage. Blusher, highlighter and lipstick were then applied and we were done! Meanwhile Alex listed all of the products and drew a picture of my makeup so that I can replicate it at home.
The girls were so friendly and approachable, and were happy to answer any questions I had about makeup and beauty. I must admit I am usually the “ask google” type but after speaking with Leanne. I realised that it is a lot more beneficial to actually go in store and ask for some advice. Plus they encourage it!
I walked away feeling very confident with my new makeup tips and had a huge list of products i am dying to buy. Especially their small mascara designed just for the under eye lashes! Maybe next month.
Good Hair Day
Next up it was hair time, I was taken to the GHD stand where I met the lovely Jacqui who was going to style my hair. I was so surprised to see their little hair salon set up. I had no idea that there was even the possibility to get your hair styled in John Lewis. “I’m thinking a nice wave would suit you” she beamed as I came over. “Sure” I said. “I love a wave”.
She proceeded with my hair while I asked questions about the GHD services. All personnel are fully trained with GHD and every 3 months they attend classes to learn about new hair styles and how to use all of their products to suit customers needs.
I watched as she effortlessly curled my hair into the most perfect waves i have ever seen. Considering the speed at which she curled my hair. She didn’t burn herself once which impressed me more than it should have. “Please give me some tips” I said. “Almost every time I curl my hair I burn my fingers or my head”. “Its the gloves” she said showing me her hands. I made note. I need a pair of those! She set my hair with some hairspray and viola my makeover was complete.
I walked out of John Lewis looking a little more glamourous than I would usually on a wednesday afternoon and wondered what the Nursery staff at Gabriel’s Nursery were going to think when I walked in. My hair looked amazing and my makeup flawless. It seemed a shame that I didn’t have a night out or event to show off my amazing transformation. At least my son could admire their handiwork.
If you would like to get a makeover at John Lewis (and I highly recommend it). Book your appointment with Bobbi Brown to get the full “Party Makeover” for just £30. Bobbi Brown has a range of How To tutorials such as How to Do Your Brows & Get ready in 5 mins. Designed for the every day woman looking to up her makeup game. For more information and to book an appointment Click here.
For a GHD hair makeover, just pop in to John Lewis and to test out their straighteners and curlers. You will not regret it.