Sunday, June 23, 2013

Emerging Beauty Brands Blogger event!

Hostesses with the mostest-Sarah from EBB, Jay from Hair Works and Catherine, founder of EBB

Treats from Hey Sugar!

More delicious cupcakes

Jay demonstrating Sleeprollers

Susie modelling the hairdryer hood

Jay using the bun ring on Aseya from Pretty In The Desert.  This was my favourite look and I loved finally meeting Aseya!

Bun ring in Aseya's hair

Bun ring in Aseya's hair

Sarah and Jade with their Sleep Rollers bun rings

Sarah's hair by Jay

Bun ring in my hair but going for a curly up do

The up do Jay created for me using the Sleeprollers bun ring

Xen-Tan goodies

Xen-Tan Daily Self-Tan

Xen-Tan Daily Self-Tan for face

Goody bags!

As a relatively new beauty blogger I was truly delighted to get an invite to my first blogger event, hosted by Emerging Beauty Brands.

Emerging Beauty Brands is a company I have followed on twitter for what seems like forever!  I've chatted a lot back and forth about brands with the founder Catherine but today I got to meet her for real!

Emerging Beauty Brands was established in 2010 by fellow beauty addict Catherine as a platform to introduce unique beauty brands to the Middle East.

I'll be honest, it took conversations with two of my friends this morning to convince me to go-not because I didn't want to but because I was SO nervous!  I am so glad my friends said 'GO, you'll be in your element' as the event was so much fun and I met the most lovely people.

The hosts Catherine and Sarah were so welcoming and instantly put me at ease.  And wow did we get looked after-delicious cupcakes from Hey Sugar!, treats from 1762 deli and gorgeous biscuits and haribo were scoffed as we settled down to have presentations from Xen-Tan and Sleeprollers.

Catherine had brought in Jay from Hair Works as the stylist for the day and she did an amazing job.  She created fantastic but re-creatable styles using Sleeprollers products.  She used of course the Sleeprollers themselves which have almost instantaneously reached cult status in the UK.  Their drawstring pink bags are instantly recognisable and I knew this product would go down a storm in Dubai.  They have expanded their range and Jay also used their bun rings, their clip in extensions and the hairdryer hood.

I have tried a bun ring in the past but because of my fine hair I just couldn't get it to work.  When Jay asked me if I would like to try the bun ring in my hair I sheepishly admitted that I didn't think my hair would be thick enough to cover it.  Jay said she liked a challenge and a challenge indeed she took on because there were no small bun rings left, only the medium size.  I am amazed and delighted at the style she created.  I don't want to take it out I love it so much and wonder how much I would have to pay Jay to come and style my hair every day!!!

I also had an in depth tanning consultation with Catherine who definitely knows her fake tan and sported a flawless no sun tan.  I am a tan-phobic.  This is after years of unsuccessful applications of fake tan.  Catherine recommended I try the Xen-Tan gradual tan and I was given a bottle to try which I will definitely be testing out the next few days as I am currently so pale I am practically blue.  The first thing that struck me was the smell-I hate the smell of fake tan but wow, this smells of vanilla!  One of the other tanners we talked about smelt of chocolate.  Such a pleasant change from the traditional pong of self tanners!  Xen-Tan has such a huge range of products, there literally was something for everyone in the range.
Catherine told me Xen-Tan was created by a redhead who was sick of all fake tans making her orange.  As a pale and interesting person this gives me immediately an internal sigh of relief as I definitely don't want to look like I have been tango-ed.  It also has an impressive list of celebrity clients-Lady Gaga and Kate Middleton to name two-pop royalty and actual royalty, so that appealed to the Princess in me!

I met some absolutely lovely people but I was particularly delighted to meet Aseya from Pretty in the Desert.  I knew from following her on instagram, twitter and her blog (stalker alert) she was going to be lovely and she truly was!  I also chatted to Sara from Sara in Dubai and Azeen from The Monroe Affair and Zein from The Beauty Residence-all such fab girls and new blogs to discover!

You can keep up with all the latest happenings with Emerging Beauty Brands on their twitter account (@EmergingBeautyB) and their blog.  They're always up for some beauty banter!

You can get Sleeprollers in Bloomingdales Dubai Mall and Areej across the UAE.  Xen-Tan can be found at Sephora and Dubai Duty Free.

Jay can be found at the new Hair Works salon on Jumeirah Beach Road 04 385 4777.  She was so good that I'm definitely going to be booking an appointment to see her for the full works over the next couple of weeks.

It was such a lovely event and I was delighted to be invited-thank you to Team EBB for looking after us all so well!


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