BeautyCon London 2015: My Preparation and Survival Kit

The make-up kit

The emergency make-up kit

BeautyCon London 2015 was the first BeautyCon I had attended. I didn’t really know what to expect so to prepare I studied the floorplan, schedule, FAQs and I scheduled in the panel talks using Cortana.  She’s the closest I’m going to get to a personal assistant for a long time (if ever!).

I looked up the businesses on the floorplan and followed the ones I liked on Instagram and Twitter so I could receive their live updates during the day. For the talks I had scheduled, I received a 15 minute reminder to get myself to the stage area to go to the panel talks.

The FAQs were great, especially regarding what to wear and what we were able to (and should) bring.  I planned to wear flat shoes anyway but this was recommended. Each to their own – if you can survive a full day in heels that’s great but as I have got older I’m just not prepared to tolerate the pain anymore, even though I love my heels! I also brought the following:

  • A sealed bottle of water – never travel in London without a bottle of water – trains and tubes can get very uncomfortable, especially if they are delayed;
  • My phone for tweeting and instagramming;
  • My iPad for periscoping, instagramming and tweeting when my phone battery was low;
  • My camera to take loads of photos;
  • A portable phone charger because as predicted, my phone threatened to die on me with all of the social media activity;
  • The usual handbag stuff like money to buy food, hand cream which was needed because the soap in the bathroom was so incredibly drying, keys, travelcard etc., and
  • Nails that were “on fleek” – their words, not mine!

Finally, I brought an emergency make-up kit for touch ups and minor face changes which contained:

  • Spare Elegant Touch adhesive tabs (not pictured) just in case one of my lovingly hand-painted falsies came off;
  • Kiko Eye Base primer;
  • Sleek Au Naturel eyeshadow palette;
  • Bare Minerals Mineral Veil;
  • Bobbi Brown lipstick in Cocoa (my perfect warm nude);
  • Bobbi Brown lip pencil in Cocoa;
  • MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack;
  • Givenchy Phenomen’eyes mascara;
  • Soap and Glory Smoulder Kohl waterproof eye pencil in Superblack;
  • Duo eyelash adhesive;
  • Bobbi Brown pencil sharpener;
  • Eyeko Mascara Off eye make-up removal wipes;
  • Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant;
  • Givenchy Mister Light;
  • MAC brush 235;
  • Teeze flat stiff brush;
  • MAC brush 219;
  • MAC brush 209, and
  • e.l.f. complexion brush!

I probably didn’t need all of this because once inside, you could get your make-up and brows done at Benefit (and possibly at NYX – not too sure), your gel nails done at Red Carpet Nails or applied at Elegant Touch and your eyelashes applied at Eyelure. Next time if I’m feeling brave, I might just do that!

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