A couple of weeks ago, we hosted the first official Beauty Warriors pampering morning at the beautiful Urban Bliss Wellness Spa in Emmarentia, Johannesburg.
We invited some of Jo’burg’s hottest beauty bloggers and some of our media friends to join us for a morning filled with informative trends talks, delicious food, and a healthy dose of pampering. The morning was such a huge success that we’re currently dreaming up another pampering morning soon… Cape Town friends, watch this space!
But first – here’s a quick look at what went down at our first pamper morning…
THE VENUE: URBAN BLISS WELLNESS SPA
Set in the heart of Johannesburg’s leafy suburb of Emmarentia, Urban Bliss Wellness Spa’s peaceful pool deck proved to be the perfect setting for our pamper morning. Guests were free to sip on delicious herbal teas or coffee while snacking on scrumptious coconut samoosas from World of Samoosas while settling in for a morning of informative talks. Our aim was to introduce our guests to Beauty Warriors and what we stand for, while inspiring and informing them at the same time.
Ayesha Rajah, the founder and owner of Urban Bliss Wellness Spa, kicked off proceedings with an interesting look at some of the latest beauty and wellness trends. Urban Bliss Wellness Spa seems to be right at the forefront of many of these trends, especially given their holistic approach and belief in offering guests bespoke treatments that are tailor-made specifically for them and their own needs. Some other key trends to keep an eye out for? K-Beauty (which refers to the beauty routines employed by many Korean women that focus specifically on healthy, clear, and hydrated skin), as well as a move towards skincare products that offer protection against city smog, pollution, and the stresses of modern living.
MAKEUP TRENDS: KANDYKANE MAKEUP
We were thrilled when makeup maven and YouTube queen, Marlize of KandyKane Makeup, agreed to share some of the top makeup trends for Autumn/Winter 2018 with our guests, while doing a quick demo on our creative director, Chereen. I don’t think there was a single guest that left the morning without picking up some helpful, new makeup tricks to try… and I think it’s safe to say that most of us are more open to attempting orange eyeshadow now that we’ve seen Marlize do it!
Key trends to try this coming season? Bright, bold colour, a little bit of shimmer, and a monochromatic makeup look (which basically means sticking to one overall shade… so orange eyeshadow paired with an orange lip, as an example).
HAIR TRENDS: CINDY GORMAN OF CARLTON HAIR
We were so honoured to have Cindy Gorman, Head of Department for SA Fashion Week and the principal of the Carlton Hair Academy, join us for our pamper morning. Cindy shared some of the top hair care trends for this coming season (forget balayage – it’s all about foilayage this winter), and she also showed us how to create the perfect low pony (another huge trend). We loved Cindy’s tips so much that we’ll be sharing more info on them in an article coming soon, so watch this space! (We’ll also be doing a separate piece on some of Marlize’s makeup tips. So much goodness to come!)
We were so excited to introduce our guests to something a little different, in the form of delicious Indian street food from Snap Chaat. Snap Chaat’s delicious fusion food is unlike anything we’ve ever tried before, and we can’t wait to catch them at one of the pop-up food markets at the Oriental Plaza soon. (You can also call 0845002786 for special orders).
We really wanted our guests to leave our pamper morning with some new insights on beauty, hair, and wellness that they could share with their readers, but not before we spoiled them all to an indulgent hand massage, foot massage, or quick back, neck, and shoulder massage. The amazing therapists from Urban Bliss Wellness Spa were on hand to treat our guests, and we hope that all our lovely guests left feeling a little more relaxed and ready to face the week ahead.
We’ve long been fans of Milk Solutions’ incredible range of products, so we were thrilled to have them on board as a sponsor for our pamper morning. Guests that opted for a hand or foot massage were pampered using the heavenly Milk Solutions Milk & Honey Exfoliating Cream and the Milk Solutions Milk & Honey Hydrating Heel Balm (which was also included in each media gift bag – see below for more).
THE MEDIA GIFT BAGS
We didn’t want the spoiling to end, so we made sure that our guests left with a media gift bag crammed full of indulgent beauty products to ensure that the pampering continued once they got home. We’ll be sharing an in-depth review of every single product included in the gift bag soon (and we also have a great giveaway coming up, so be sure to follow the Beauty Warriors Instagram account so that you don’t miss out), but we just wanted to take a moment to thank all of our sponsors: MatsiMela Home Spa for the heavenly bath soak and bath bomb, A&I Importers for the luxurious products from Skin Doctors and Phytomer, Milk Solutions for the incredible Milk & Honey Hydrating Heel Balm, Jessica Cosmetics for the on-trend nail polish, and to Urban Bliss Wellness Spa for the voucher. We appreciate you all so much, and we know our guests do too!
A very big thank you to each and every single one of our guests who took the time to join us at our first official Beauty Warriors pamper morning… it was so lovely to meet you all, and to have you spend the morning with us!
If you’d like to attend a future Beauty Warriors event, make sure that you’ve signed up as a Beauty Warrior and keep an eye on our ‘beauty news and events‘ section.