On Sunday 12th March, Condé Nast College students were lucky enough to attend the beauty event of the year: The Glamour Beauty Festival. Held at the Saatchi Gallery on the Kings Road, the festival was spread over three floors. Upon entering there was a large ‘Glamour Beauty Festival’ red carpet backdrop, causing excitement and anticipation amongst those arriving.
Once inside, I was blown away by the vast collection of exciting stalls. The ground floor held the skincare, hair and Estée Lauder Edit sections. I was firstly drawn to the ‘Fresh’ area, where I was informed that all products consisted of solely natural ingredients such as ‘Black Tea’, ‘Umbrian Clay,’ ‘Rose,’ ‘Honey’ and ‘Vitamin Nectar.’ As we all know ‘organic’ is recently the only way forward when it comes to beauty, and so I was particularly intrigued by what Fresh had to offer. With mini facials and product testing, skincare professionals were available to give instant assessments and directions as to which exact routine one should use depending on their skin type. I was hooked. Most evaluations take weeks to book and never quite turn out the way you hope, not at the Glamour Beauty Festival however. Staff were extremely friendly, constantly handing out incredible free samples and knew exactly which products worked for each of us. The Estée Edit consisted of all things Lauder, with the opportunity to stroll into a pop up studio, grab some giant makeup products, and have a Boomerang taken of you and your friends.
Moving further along was my favourite of all rooms; the Fiat 500 Pool Party. Projected onto the floor was a swimming pool illusion with blow up rubber rings, French themed parasols and a DJ placed centre stage. The room was surreal. An exotic piano melody was playing while authentic ice-cream straight from Venice was being served. I felt as if we were on a film set, certainly not a gallery in London. Fiat 500 River’s were dotted around the room in different colours; one of which we jumped into. With cameras at the ready our photograph was snapped and we were instantly on the cover of our own Glamour magazine. There was even the opportunity to book a test drive with the gorgeous car (which we did!).
On the first floor we were welcomed to the nail and makeup areas. A wide range of nail brands and colours were on offer, as well as highly sought after makeup tutorials with products such as Nars and Marc Jacobs being used. Glamour Festival goers also received the much anticipated ‘goodie bag.’ These bright red bags were dotted around each room on the shoulders of almost everyone, I then knew it was time to get mine. Once on my shoulder I peeped inside, only to discover jaw dropping products worth up to £200. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, Estée Lauder Overnight Cream and Nars blusher were just a few of the many jewels in Glamour’s treasure chest.
The Glamour Theatre held talks with influential beauty icons throughout the weekend. I attended Erin O’ Connor’s interview with Winnie Harlow. Enthralled by the supermodels talking beauty, aspirations and success, it was inspirational to hear the stories of two highly accomplished women. Winnie stated that she “feels honoured that people can be inspired by (me)” and gave invaluable advice to us all to “do what you love because you’ll have to do it for the rest of your life.”
The Glamour Festival is the ultimate beauty theme park; one I would recommend to all. There was even a Condé Nast College stand to make things even more exciting!