Keziah Connections: Nurture & Network event

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 On Tuesday a friend and I made our way to the third Keziah Connections: Nurture and Network event. I have been meaning to attend previous events but I was either working or away so when Natalie invited me to this one I cleared the diary to make sure I would be there.

The events are the creation of Natalie, marketing consultant and founder of BeautyPulseLondon. The mission of the event is to encourage women of colour to make a bigger impression on the beauty industry. Did you know? Black British women spend on average six times more than their Caucasian counterparts on their hair alone!*

The events are all about sharing knowledge, learning and networking in a relaxed and friendly environment. Previous events have all taken place in plush surroundings and this one was no exception. The Mandara Spa at the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster was the venue for the event and this gorgeous setting completely set the tone.

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A glass of prosecco in hand we explored this gem of a place and discovered that it really is so much more than a normal hotel spa. The Spa’s originated in Bali and have now expanded to places such as the Maldives and Phuket. Having visited Thailand on my honeymoon, I noticed the spa had a distinctly Far Eastern feel as soon as we entered and the smell alone transported me back. Ahh blissful memories!

The focus of the event was PR and Communications in the beauty industry, and so Natalie had a line-up of talented speakers including Deborah Johnson of Pure PR who shared her wide experience in the beauty industry. She even picked out one lucky entrepreneur from the audience and gave her some feedback on ways she could improve her packaging. I work in Marketing and I still found the talk informative and engaging.

I asked Deborah a question, as I wanted to know from the perspective of a beauty insider what her top predictions are for the beauty industry in the future. Her answer? A renewed focus on skincare, taking it back to basics and making sure the skin is in the best possible condition and secondly appliqué make-up. You heard it here first!

This was then followed by a tour of one of the therapy rooms and a demonstration of a Balinese massage, unfortunately the demo wasn’t on me, but just seeing it being done was enough to make me want to book a massage.The demo was accompanied by a talk from Louisa Durrant of Monty PR who looks after the Mandara Spa account and we also got to get up close and personal with products.

The evening was also about networking and unlike other events it was all very natural,  and I met a variety of ambitious, interesting and approachable women.

To top it all off the goody bag was good! Two full-size Mandara Spa products and also a nail varnish courtesy of new brand Dielle. All in all it was a fantastic event, which I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to crack the beauty industry or even just has a passion for it.

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*Source: As quoted in the Guardian, 19th August 2005 via Keziah Connections

 

Beauty buys: Autumn 2012

I do not proclaim to be a beauty blogger, but I do like my make-up and skincare products. This week I went on a bit of a splurge and picked up some products that I have had my eye on for a while as I had heard such good things about them.

I always promise to share the products I find along the way that I like, so here is a sneak peak at my stash.

Bobbi Brown lip-stick, lip gloss and gel eye-liner – I went to the Bobbi Brown counter and had a bridal make-over for my wedding. I then brought the products that I liked the best and my make-up artist on the day did my make-up for me. The good thing about doing it on this way was that I was able to get a whole haul of new make-up. These items have become firm favourites in my make-up collection.

 

Urban Decay eye-shadow primer – I suffer from greasy eyelids and this works a treat.

 

 

Mac tinted moisturiser - I really like the coverage this offers, its nice and light but combined with using my select cover concealer in the problem areas, it gives a really nice natural base.

Feels like Honey Moon Skin Base – This primer received rave reviews in the States as the US bloggers went mad for it when it was included in one the of the Glossybox subscriptions. Although I like it, It hasn’t been life-changing so I am yet to decide whether or not I will purchase it again. It is however perfect for those days when you don’t want to wear any make-up but also don’t want to be completely fresh-faced. Using this and some concealer is adequate for those days when you just cannot be bothered.

Here are my internet purchases which are yet to arrive:

Aztec Indian Facial Clay – This is a natural calcium bentonite clay which is renowned for deep cleansing. I was attracted to this product as I do sometimes experience break-outs and I’m also always on the search for products which reduce pore size, this clay promises to do just that and I am a sucker for a good review.

 

Biolage Matrix Conditioning Creme – My hairdresser used to use this ages ago when my hair was still relaxed, I looked for it myself at the time but couldn’t find it anywhere. It seems it now has wider distribution and so isn’t just for the professionals any more  I have been looking for a deep conditioner for a while now so
hopefully this will do the job. Also I have been seeing it on a few natural hair blogs so I thought I would give it a try.

 

Egyptian Magic - This was recommended to me by my friend, she encouraged me to try some whilst we were in Ibiza and I was pleasantly surprised. When I woke up I saw a visible difference, my skin felt smooth and with continued use it’s been known to help with reducing scars and pigmentation. Since getting home I’ve been doing more research and it looks like it is a bit of a cult classic. I love the packaging…so old school!

 

Apicare beeswax lip balm – I have a thing about lip balm and I’m in a constant pursuit to find the perfect one…until now. This is the best lip balm. Ever. It is made from beeswax, it’s natural, it contains SPF 15 and most importantly it keeps lips moisturised for hours. It deserves a post all of it’s own, and it shall receive one very soon.

 

 

What new beauty buys have you guys made recently?

The Nurture & Network event

If you are an aspiring beauty entrepreneur and would like the chance to hear from top beauty insiders, then you need to be making a date to attend the Keziah Connections Nurture and Network evening.

This is the second event by one of my favourite bloggers Natalie of Beauty Pulse London. Natalie is also a beauty marketer and consultant and has a passion for encouraging the progression of women of colour in the mainstream beauty industry.

Nurture and Network takes place on Tuesday 25th September and is a chance to gain from the experience and knowledge of prominent figures in the beauty industry.

The keynote speaker on the night will be Christine Benson, CEO of Unique Brand Partners. Christine has a career spanning 20 years and has worked in a variety of beauty buying roles at high street and luxury brands including House of Fraser, Selfridges, Crème de la Mer, Jo Malone, La Prairie and Miller Harris amongst many others.

Christine will be sharing her insight and expertise on how to successfully tackle business essentials such as:

* Developing a business plan & strategy

* Strategic planning for improved profitability

* Identifying potential new markets

* Developing a marketing strategy

* Managing sales & marketing

You’ll also hear from Dr Yana Johnson MBE, owner and creator of Yana Cosmetics. She will be speaking about her experiences of creating a product and a brand and will be on hand to offer you advice on getting your businesses off the ground.

And of course an event of this calibre is in a venue to match. The Nurture and Network event has partnered with Illuminum Fragrances, they were the creators of the perfume Kate Middleton wore on her wedding day no less! Their perfume lounge is located in Mayfair and will be the perfect space for you to enjoy an evening of inspiration, networking and connecting.

There will also be a chance to partake in the Illuminum Fragrance Lounge Experience during the evening!

Unfortunately I am unable to attend as I am going to be away (more on that coming soon) but the lovely Natalie is offering BelleNoirBride readers 20% off the ticket price, simply use promo code: Keziah20PC.

Visit here to book your ticket.

Treats – Confessions of a Chocoholic

This week my best friend treated me to a post wedding day out! We didn’t have a chance to do it before the wedding and it actually worked out really well as it was nice to have some girlie catch-up time now that the wedding madness is over. We  went to to the Hilton Park Lane’s very trendy Podium Restaurant for Afternoon Tea. The tea was aptly named the Confessions of a Chocoholic, love it.

The tea consists of 4 courses of pure loveliness it started with a selection of teas to choose from, we went for Silver  Needles which is a white tea. As soon as we heard that it is the most expensive tea that the Hilton import, we knew it was  the one for us. We then each got a selection of open sandwiches including the egg & cress, smoked salmon, cream cheese,  prawns and ham & mustard.

This was accompanied by a peach bellini, and followed by the prettiest tiered cake stand. We were  advised to start from the bottom and work our way up; the feast that was afternoon tea then continued with scones (chocolate, plain, and raisin with a selection of praline chocolate spread, clotted cream and strawberry jam. The middle tier housed four beautiful cupcakes and the top tier displayed a selection of French Fancies. Amazingly the stand that mini table the fancies were sat on was also made of chocolate…S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G!

It is immense and it was amazing. There was too much for us to finish so the ever so  helpful staff packed them into a cute carry box for us to take away; loving the posh doggy bag.

And it isn’t over here; we were then escorted downstairs to the hotels Purity Spa. The Spa is quite small but the staff were attentive and friendly. We both had 30 minute hot stone shoulder, neck and back massages which were divine  and this was then followed by a pedicure. We were given champagne and the offer to refill our glasses was a really nice  touch.

All in all a lovely day, which I would highly recommend whether it be for a hen do, a birthday treat or just a nice way to spend time with your friends.

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Mascara obsession…

What’s you thing? Without a doubt mine is mascara, big gorgeous long fluttery lashes, I just can’t live without them! Big lashes are hot at the moment and everyone seems to be rocking them, I LOVE them! And even if you don’t in ‘normal’ life, I know lots of brides-to-be consider lash extensions for their weddings, I certainly did.  The benefit of false lashes is the full thickness they give, therefore making your eyes look super pretty and photographing incredibly well.

I am lucky enough to have been blessed with fairly long lashes, but despite this I can’t help but constantly embark on a pursuit to make them longer, thicker, darker and glossier. I have tried lots of different mascaras and none of them have really stood out. Some of my favourites are MAC Zoom Lash, YSL and Benefit Bad Gal. MAC False Lash is my current mascara of choice and although like it, I’m not 100% sure I would buy it again. I’m just not in love with it.

I’ve had eyelash extensions in the past and although I love the look and effect they give, they do damage my lashes and inevitably end up taking some of my own lashes with them as they fall out. I’ve never really got on with strip lashes but have vowed to keep preserving with them, any tips very welcome!

 Last month a ‘revolutionary’ new mascara was launched by the Australian brand Models Co with heavy endorsement from the lovely Danni Minogue. The mascara uses 2 products one extension and the other lash fibres. The idea is to create long voluminous eyelashes by applying lash fibres which are then coated to apparently give ‘false-looking, luscious lashes’. I am so sold!!! At £35 it is a tad more expensive than my usual mascaras, but this isn’t for everyday use (she says), if it works then this will be an alternative to having actual false lashes applied.

I’ll be purchasing the mascara this week and so will share with you know how it fares. I am willing this to work, we’ll see!

BelleNoirBride X x