Earlier this month I attended the Glamour Beauty Festival an event hosting some of the most influential brands, celebrity talks, facials, brow and lash treatments, manicures, make overs and hair styling all included in the ticket price. Oh, and did I mention the very generous goody bag packed full of products…?
It was my first year attending the festival held in the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, the venue is the perfect back drop for many Instagram worthy photos, plus the bright airy lighting is a fantastic setting for beauty and makeup application.
On arrival we went straight to the HD brow bar, however they were only letting people queue 6 at a time so we walked around to see what the other brands had on offer and picked up our (very hefty!) goody bags resisting the urge to rummage through them to see what it contained!
We were very determined to get our brows done so returned half an hour later to take our place in the queue at the HD area, and managed to get seen relatively quickly. I had heard tales of people waiting for up to 2 hours for the treatments the day before, but we only had to wait about 40 minutes. The treatment itself lasted about 45 minutes and I was massively impressed with the results, I will go into further detail on the products and treatments in a later post.
After visiting the brow area we went to look around skincare with bransd such as Elizabeth Arden, Fresh, Caudalie and Pixi who we sat down at to have a fantastic 15 minute mini Glow Facial with. The staff were all really friendly and spoke lots about each product without it feeling to sales driven.
We then ventured into the hair zone which had GHD, Redken and OGX offering some amazing hair styling, especially at the OGX Braid Bar who were also giving away travel size shampoo and conditioner when you followed them on Instagram. The wait was pretty long in this area so we decided to give this bit a miss.
As time was running out we decided to grab a glass of prosecco at the bar and head to the makeup zone, browsing brands such as Marc Jacobs, Laura Mercier, Nars, Eyelure and Estee Edit. We wanted to get our lashes done with Eyelure but again the wait was pretty long and there was less than an hour left at this point.
Finally we ended up in the nail zone where Nails Inc, Elegant Touch and Cheeky Nails were offering manicures, nail art and false nails. Here we made a rookie mistake and qued up for the false nails at Elegant Touch. Neither of us wear falsies so I have no idea why we thought this was a good idea, we had taken them off before we even boarded the train home!
Overall it was a lovely pampering, girly day. Considering the treatments are included in the ticket price (£45 or cheaper if you buy early), plus the amazing goody bag which is packed full of almost £200 worth of products, it is definitely worth going. The only downside that I found is you really need to prioritise which brands you visit as each session is only 4 hours long and considering how long you have to wait for some of the treatments a lot of that can be spent queuing. Each area is very one on one so unless you get the double session ticket there isn’t time to get more than a few treatments done, and even that can feel a little frantic.
If you are a beauty junkie it really is the perfect day out. I will definitely attend again next year, but this time it’ll be with a game plan of what I want done as I wasted too much time wandering around the first time!
Let me know if you also attended, and what you thought in the comments below.