(Sorry for the photo quality I had forgotten to charge my SLR (silly) so iPhone it was )
From L-R - The apartment was beautifully decorated with roses, a MUA just can't help herself, beautiful products, Sian - a Neal's Yard Consultant demonstrating a facial and all of the beautiful products, coffee table with lots of wonderful Neal's Yard Products, SNEAK PEEK ... squeal.
So last Thursday I headed on the train to Bristol after a busy day at work to Cleyro Apartments (link) in Temple, Bristol. Now if I was flat hunting in Bristol I would definitely consider relocating here, even if it was just for the beautiful eye candy rowing on the river. The location was different to other events I have attended but was perfect for creating a very 'homely' feel, especially the added touch of fresh roses in the classic blue Neal's Yard bottles. The whole apartment was filled with the scent of essential oils, and all together was just beautiful.
Now Neals Yard has always been a brand I've been aware of, ever since I was younger. The factory is just down the road from where I grew up, and the brand was always one I had admired, and always found myself fascinated by. A friend of mine recently became a consultant for the brand and we are due for a catch up soon to talk all things NYR, I hope she will be excited to hear about this event.
We were greeted by Jess (PR coordinator) & Jane (Head of PR) from Neal's Yard, Sian (Consultant for NYR) and Emma & Hayley from the Soil Association. I was amongst some other very lovely bloggers, and it was really lovely to meet everyone, so after a little mingling and chatting about make up, beauty, cameras and rowing we all took a seat, ready for the pamper party to begin.
After a welcoming introduction Hayley & Emma from the Soil Association spoke to us about what it really means for products to be 'certified' including both beauty and food products. This was something I found fascinating, and something I feel deserves a more in-depth post. Let me know if you would like to read more regarding this. I will explain briefly Soil Association's role in certifying beauty products, now what they do is they make sure all products which are claimed as organic are in fact organic. Now legally there is actually no legal requirement for beauty products to be certified, hence why some brands may claim they are 'organic' but really 1% of their ingredients may be organic and the other 99% well that could be just about anything, yet the company can claim that they are organic. If that makes sense? But like I said I feel this needs more of a thorough post, especially as of Monday it's Organic Beauty week ...
The next part of the evening was the pamper part, Sian who is a NYR independent consultant gave us a brief history into the brand, talking about Peter Kindersley, owner and family man who for the last 30 years has been a massive part of showing how powerful taking products directly to people can be. Peter is a Gentleman I have fortunately met on several occasions when I used to work in hospitality, and I can honestly say he is the loveliest man.
Sian began with a quick test to awaken our noses to the power of scents. Demonstrating the power of essential oils and the effect they have on your body, especially how they make you feel. We were handed different oils on a piece of card and asked how they made us feel. The three oils were as follows -
Lemon - which I found incredibly energising.
Rose - I got this completely wrong as I felt it reminded me of winter evenings, and was surprised to hear it was rose.
And finally Lavender - which for me personally I find extremely calming.
The amazing power of these oils and as Sian demonstrated is your body knows the oils you need, for example if you're stressed you will be drawn to the oils that will calm you.
The next part was the facial, Sian showed us a step - by - step guide an ideal skin care routine.
Starting with a Cleanse, using a cream cleanser, Sian explained how important it is to use circular motions which will bring impurities to the surface of the skin, and it will also help boost circulation.
The second stage was Tone - this starts the process of rehydration.
The Third Stage was Serum - a really important stage of skin care which many skip. It's a stage of my skin care routine I recently started using, and the one step I feel has made the most difference. Serums aim to work really deep down in the skin, they moisturise and nourish new cells which are formed in the deeper layers, and once they reach the surface the skin will look plumped and nourished.
The final stage was Moisturiser, both under the eye and on the face. The under eye area is very delicate in comparison to the rest of the face and are unable to cope with normal moisturisers. The final moisturiser was for the rest of the face, this will help to balance the moisture levels in the skin. Which is particularly important if you have extra dry or oily skin.
The rest of the evening consisted of playing with the make up, and asking lots of questions. The make up is something I want to test out, and potentially start using in my professional kit. Sian kindly let me demonstrate a simple eye look, and the eyeshadows blended beautifully. And close up the foundation was almost invisible on the skin, but gave a beautiful glowing appearance, definitely a product I think I need in my life.
Thank you so much Jane & Jessica for the invite, I really appreciated it! And I can't wait to try out more Neals Yard Products.
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