Always ready for another fun outing, my friend, Debbie and I opted for the Southern Beauty Boot Camp that one of my blog friends, Shannon, holds about once a month or so right here in Birmingham. Shannon had invited us to sign up and come and we finally made it last weekend. The weather was dismal, so it was a good day to stay inside and learn some new beauty and skin care tips. Shannon’s blog, Southern Beauty Magazine, is chock full of great makeup and fashion tips, so if you’re into that sort of girlie thing, check it out. And those of you here in town just might want to sign up for Beauty Boot Camp yourself. Lots of good and practical information on skin care and makeup. And several of us got makeovers from the Dior pros that were on hand. THAT was fun!
As a bonus, the Beauty Boot Camp is held in the Southern Progress building, home of some of our favorite magazines, Southern Living and Coastal Living. Right after moving to Birmingham, I took a tour of Southern Progress (owned by Time, Inc. by the way) and it was so exciting to see where Southern Living magazine is born and edited after reading it for so many years. It was very fun to walk through the test kitchens where all those recipes are hatched.
The building itself is so remarkable and if you have to work, you would wish that you work in a building like this. Inside is beautiful and the outside has the most remarkable views. They are perched in the treetops right off Lakeshore Drive, with the added benefits of a pond, waterfall, and absolutely stunning woodsy views.
Talk about letting go of stress, I suppose just staring out the windows at this everyday would encourage creativity and low anxiety.
Inside, the building is decorated very sleek and stylish and feels very warm and inviting.
Lots of pretty artwork is hanging everywhere.
Check out one of the conference tables. Can you imagine holding a meeting in this location? I’d be totally distracted.
More of the gorgeous artwork that graces Southern Progress.
Right outside, one of the patio areas that encourages savoring those outdoor lunches and if I worked here, this is where I’d spend my lunch hour for sure.
So, back inside we’re ready for the Boot Camp. The tables were set and we heard a great presentation on skin care.
And enjoyed some delicious munchies, including cupcakes that weren’t just pretty, but also tasty.
Dior cosmetics was represented at this Boot Camp and several beauty professionals were on hand to give 4 of us makeovers using Dior products.
Everything was beautifully displayed.
And ready for the makeovers.
The 4 of us sat here for our beauty treats.
Debbie and I before our makeover.
And after. I don’t think you can see a drastic difference and we were under the harsh glare of fluorescent lights. The makeup did feel good, but we didn’t purchase anything, although we all got some freebie samples to take home, which was nice. I use Bare Minerals foundation and really like it a lot, so it would take something special to sway me from it.
I did like how he did my eye shadow though. I’m going to experiment on combining some different colors for a fresh look. I use to be a lot crazier with my eye colors and bought those huge eye shadow kits, but now I tend to stick with browns and neutrals with my blue eyes.
We had a great time at the Beauty Boot Camp! Fun way to spend a Saturday morning and it was nice getting pampered by the pros. I left with a new determination to arm myself with toner, serum, and eye cream once again. I’ve been a little lax with my skin care products and feel the need to add those back into my arsenal.
How about you?
Are you disciplined with your skin care routine?
Do you have a favorite skin care brand that you are loyal to?
Me, I jump around from one to the other and don’t spend a ton on my skin care products. I’ve been sticking with Oil of Olay for awhile now and have heard great things about their Regenerist products.
Thank you ALL for signing up for the book giveaway. The Making a Family Home book giveaway winners are:
Stephanie from Bona Fide
Becky in SC