About a month ago, I was invited to attend the launch of P&G's new beauty blogger ambassador program; Beauty United! I cannot even tell you how excited and nervous I was from the moment I was invited to the day of the event. I was so honoured to have been chosen as one of the 30 up and coming beauty bloggers in Canada.
To give you a little more of an understanding of what Beauty United is.. it's a blogger community consisting (so far) of 30 Canadian beauty bloggers. We are all essentially given the privilege to network with one another and with beauty experts, behind-the-scenes coverage with P&G's beauty brands, new products and samples, and the honour of being chosen as a P&G Beauty United Blogger!
Photo Credit: Msl Group
I've been wanting to tell you all about my amazing experience attending this event! This post should have been up sooner, but I have just started my 3rd year of college and it is much more work than you might think!
The bloggers who lived in the GTA were lucky enough to be picked up by taxis, and brought to the Trump Hotel, where the event was taking place. The bloggers from across the country had the luxurious privilege of being flown in and escorted to their hotel room.. yes.. in the Trump Hotel! When I arrived at the hotel, I was asked by a porter if I needed to use the bathroom! Was I really walking that odd in my new heels? :p
At the event I was so happy to see Steph and Christine, who I had met earlier in the year at the Blush Pretty Beauty Board. I was super nervous.. so seeing people that I had previously met was very comforting! We mingled and got to know many of the other beauty bloggers, while enjoying the delicious chocolates and appetizers being brought around.
We then proceeded to the presentation room, where we were going to be taught all about skincare and studies on makeup! Unfortunately, the P&G scientists were unable to physically be with us, so they instead spoke to us through the microphone, and presented us with very informative slideshows. They were so knowledgeable, it was hard for me to keep up with the information being thrown at us! We learnt about why natural ingredients are not always the best for your skin... and we were shown studies that women were rated lower by others than themselves (ouch..) and the way they do their makeup can have an affect on whether others think you are a 'bitch' or not!
After the slideshow presentations, we were given Fall 2013 hair and makeup tips by celebrity hairstylist, Justin German, and celebrity hair and makeup artist, Greg Wencel. On the brunette model, they both explained how her slicked back hair and red smokey eye were achieved. CoverGirl's Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Red Hot Flame was used for her eye makeup and the lips were kept soft an subtle due to it being paired with such a bold eye.
Next, Pantene and Clairol spokesperson, Denis Binet, and Fashion Week Makeup Artist Amelie Ducharme were brought in to show us another fall 2013 trend. Big, teased wavy hair, a bold lip, but subtle eyes. Denis explained how the hair was achieved, by teasing only the bottom, creating a messy but classic look.
Photo Credit: Msl Group
After the fall 2013 hair and makeup tips, we were allowed to wander the room that was set up with individual booths of P&G's different brands, and ask the experts. I wish I had taken a photo of the room, but some of the brands set up were Vidal Sassoon, Crest, Secret, Clairol, Pantene, Covergirl, Olay, Venus...
Photo Credit: Steph of Fun Size Beauty
I met so many wonderful people at the different booths, I wish I had been courteous enough to get their names! I was able to capture a picture with Clairol spokesperson, Luis Pacheco, over at the Clairol booth! I wanted hair colour advice, and was told my natural colour was beautiful and to stick with it! (I didn't listen.. my hair is red now!)
Some Instagram photos above to help sum up the night! I got to meet the lovely and super friendly, Aleeza of Stylish and Literate, who I have been a fan of for quite some time!
This was truly an amazing experience for me.. I never thought I'd have been chosen for such a special event like this. I had such a fun time and I hope to see all of the wonderful people I met at the event again! Thank you to Jenn of MSL Group, and P&G for finding and inviting me to this wonderful Beauty United community.
Ps. we got 2 bags full of goodies! I cannot wait to begin sharing them with you all :)
Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.