I am writing tommorow’s post completely overwhelmed at the day I’ve just had! I was lucky enough to meet Caroline Hirons today (Monday) at a Sunday Riley event in Space NK, Belfast. Like most of you out there I have been a fan of Caroline’s since she did that video with Pixiwoo way back when. Her blog is something I rely constantly upon for advice and I’m always going on about it to friends and well, whoever will listen!
When Caroline announced last week she’d be doing an appearance here in Belfast I was completely beside myself! No, not because it would give me the chance to “meet someone famous” in the blogging world at least. I have met famous people in the past, seen them in the flesh and that’s great and all but there’s something really special about having a conversation with someone whose advice has genuinely helped you and your skin when almost everything else has failed.
For years I have struggled with my skin and the worst part apart from the effect on my confidence is actually what bad advice I have had over the years from “experts” and professionals alike. Caroline is different, she knows her stuff but best of all she cares and is bloody lovely.
I got to the Space NK store just before 1pm when the event started and there was already a queue forming right around the shop. During this time the representative from Sunday Riley got us to fill out a prize draw to win a goodie bag of products. The staff offered us champagne and the atmosphere was really lovely and calm. Then halfway through the lady decided to do the first draw, and my name was read out! The whole shop applauded me and I was genuinely dumbfounded! I could barely speak when she came to give me the products and demonstrated how they work. I love skincare but there’s so way I could ever have afforded all those products so I was genuinely blown away! I said to her “This cannot be real”. She said “It’s reality, believe it!”
I got the Ceramic Slip Cleanser, Good Genes Serum and Juno facial oil. I had only this morning been watching a video with Zoella demonstrating one of these products thinking maybe one day I will be able to afford it. It’s true that you never know what’s in a day!
It took a couple of hours before I was in the hot seat as Caroline was being really thorough with everyone which was nice because it showed how much she cared. I had written a list of the products I currently use for her approval along with my non made up face so she could see my concerns up close (lucky her!) 😉
It was a little gut wrenching to have Cleanse & Polish crossed off my list as I’ve been using it for years now. However I found her explanation quite informative and she recommended two other cleansers she felt would better suit my skin. She also suggested a few products I had heard of and also told me that some of what I was using was unnecessary for my age and skintype. She also gave me a telling off for using Sudocreme on my scarring and I then accidentally gave her a telling off for offering me a sweet (sugar is the devil as it says on her blog!)
Also had a funny moment when she confused my use of fresh cucumber within my routine for some kind of toning lotion from ASDA. “Noooo, I mean cucumber. Like actual cucumber”… “Ohhhhhhh!!”
Overall the day was just incredible and quite overwhelming. I got to meet someone I genuinely have a lot of respect for and whose advice has really helped me, and hopefully will continue to help me get better skin. Not only that but I won some incredible products which was totally unexpected! Thankyou very much Sunday Riley and most of all thankyou Caroline!
P.S: No judgement if you did finish off that bag of sweets! 😉