Last night was host to a very wet and windy evening, but luckily for me, 37 lovely ladies and even 1 gorgeous gent (Foxy Roxy, we love you!) were cosied up drinking cocktails and eating cake whilst learning how to create vintage inspired faces at my very first “Vintage Glamour” Makeup Workshop. It sold out quickly, which was just amazing, I wasn’t sure initially if the idea would attract a big crowd, but I was very wrong indeed – Hurrah, we filled my chosen venue and enjoyed entertaining this full house hugely : )
We were joined by the fabulous Michelle Bullivant and her team of Retro lovelies, Sharon and Suzanne, who split our guests into smaller groups and gave them hands on tuition on how to do their faces in various fashions and styles, answering questions as they went, as well as showing off their skills with demos and hairstyling tips to match.
Each guest was given a little tray and mirror and some amazing makeup for them to play with, including eyeshadows, eyeliner, lip liner, mascara, blusher, lipgloss and lots more. Guests were in their element, it was just fantastic to have access to so much at the same time. Michelle and her team also helped to match their Mineral Powder foundation for them to match their skin tones.
With the Vintage Makeup Workshop guests learnt how to re-create the glamorous looks from the Hollywood Movies and Wartime eras, of which Michelle is extremely passionate about, having helped with makeup for TV adverts and even some film, she is just fabulous!
Some guests worried about whether to wear makeup prior to the event or not, but there was no need to come without their usual makeup on as they were starting off with some basic cleansing and moisturising tips and guests were even given a hand and lip treatment too for a little pampering!
Guests were also provided with their own little form for them to jot down any notes and colours they liked as they went along, so that when they next go and buy some makeup it would help them to know what suits them best - Such a great idea.
Guests were provided with catalogues for the beautiful Mary Kay range used on the evening and they could buy their favourite make up and skin care products after having being able to try them out and a few gift sets were also available to buy for Xmas gifts too, which looked beautiful in their packaging... Some very lucky people are in for a treat on Xmas day : )
Greens Coffee & Co in Cambourne was the chosen venue, perfectly picked to provide us with stunning drinks including a WooWoo on arrival and for later on in the evening, one of the lovely Carla’s concoctions...called a Finnegans Fancy – with gin, elderflower, fresh lime juice, cucumber, mint, soda water and cava - it's pretty to look at and tastes so refreshing and summery, it was the perfect match to go with the cakes for this evening version of The Secluded Tea Party.
Cakes were baked by my lovely friends, Sherie & Julie at The China & Cakes Company based in Cambridge, as I was working in my day job throughout the day, it was time to support a local cake maker that I could trust would do us proud. And boy did they do just that, with the most delicious and larger than individual sized Bakewell Tarts with raspberry jam, freshly baked a few hours prior to the event and colourful vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream to give the tables a bright and attention grabbing view to my guests who were sat on the comfy seats offered by the superb venue.
#vintageglam was the hastag for Twitter (With me being @thesecludedtea if you don't already follow ; ) and many guests used this before, throughout and after the event, so do check it out if you are a fellow Tweeter.
Alternatively, you can see the full set of photos (coming very shortly ; ) and guest comments on our Facebook Page.
Will we be hosting another Vintage Glamour event?.... Watch this space!
Miss Sue Flay