This year I attended Stylist Live twice – once as a standard ticket holder and once as a VIP. Last year I attended on a standard ticket only and was quite impressed so I expected even more from my VIP ticket. Here are the differences I spotted.
On arrival my wrist was stamped and I was given a little token for one Chambord cocktail and an empty tote bag for all of my purchases.
There was a cloakroom but it was upstairs on the way to the catwalk so I didn’t realise until I was ready to go home!
I picked up my VIP lanyard and a wristband and entered the Secret Garden via the escalator. The lanyard gives you one filled tote bag, a chance to win a prize and three drinks from the Chambord bar.
Inside the VIP Secret Garden there was a lot going on! There was a funfair “grabbing” machine where you could try and win a prize. I failed but Beauty Breaks with Vicky managed to win a Hershesons tourmaline professional waving wand!
I picked up my tote bag from the bag hut which was filled with goodies and put my coat and umbrella in the cloakroom. Unfortunately we were unable to put shopping and tote bags in the cloakroom because it was quite small and I guess everyone was buying very similar things. I think an improvement for next year would be for VIPs to have lockers or a whole cube rather than just a hangar, a bit like what you get a some museums.
There were a couple of places to eat and lots of snacks and there was also a spa area where you could book either a Dyson blow dry, Shavata strip lashes, Nails Inc manicure or Urban Decay makeup.
I liked the full-length selfie mirror but as you know, selfies are not my strength!
On the main exhibition floor there were plenty of beauty stands to get treatments and makeovers. Urban Decay could do eye, lips, contouring or a foundation colour match. I went for smoky eyes using the Naked Smoky palette. As it was quiet my lips were also touched up with a sheer hot pink but I can’t remember what it was called.
Liz Earle had 10 minute facials, Clarins were doing hand massages, Caudalie also had beauty treatments, Lancôme were doing makeovers and you could get your nails done at WAH London. You could get other treatments from other stands, some of which were included in the ticket price.
I didn’t see anyone having a Nails Inc manicure or Shavata lashes on the main floor so I think those were Secret Garden exclusives. Although you could get the blow dry or the makeup on the main floor, the main benefit for me was you could wait for all of the treatments while sitting on a comfy chair.
There were places to purchase food and drink and the food stands had samples and offers.
There was a Chambord bar where VIPs had to get their complimentary drinks. I had brunch at Pip and Nut and dinner at Mac’n’Cheese. There were two food stations and snack and soft drinks everywhere such as water, Bottlegreen, Propercorn, Jude’s ice cream, Graze snacks and much more. Brilliant to keep your energy levels up for the whole day.
I was seated on the third row. The bench was so high I my feet couldn’t touch the ground! Clearly I don’t cope very well when I’m not on the front row.
Front row, of course!
Will you be a VIP next year? I will!