Hey, so I filmed a video! I did it a few weeks ago but have only just been able to edit it. It thought I’d try something new by giving my first impressions of a new beauty box for women of colour called “Beauty Cocoon Box”.
There are two boxes to choose from: a beauty box which is makeup and makeup tools costing £21 (not £20 as I said in the vid) and a skincare box which costs £25. I went for the makeup box obviously!
Keziah Connections is a networking platform. The name Keziah is unique representing “beauty”, “equality” and “legacy”. You can read more about it here. I was intrigued so I attended my first Keziah Connections event which also happened to be the 3rd anniversary in conjunction with the French make-up brand Black|Up.
When I initially walked in, Natalie Clue, the founder of Keziah Connections and Beauty Pulse London was immediately warm and welcoming. She introduced me to some other women and we just chatted from there. I spoke to bloggers, business owners and make-up artists. There was a really positive vibe and a fun, relaxing atmosphere which made it easier to network. In case we needed a little push, Natalie set us the task of speaking to three people we didn’t know and finding out what their greatest achievement was. I was naughty and didn’t really do this. I spoke to at least three different people but we ended up talking purely about beauty…and children!
Also during the night I had my make-up touched up by a Black|Up make-up artist. Although I was already wearing a full face of make-up, and had just one hour before tried the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow in medium/dark as I walked through Selfridges, I just couldn’t resist! After my mini-transformation at BeautyCon London I guess this is not a surprise. I have made a Pinterest Board here of what was used.
Although it is aimed at black and Asian women, I had not used Black|Up before as I was somewhat deterred by the name. My friends and family also had similar views. In the UK to “black-up” has negative racial connotations conjuring up images of black and white minstrels but it seems that this is indeed unique to the UK. As this is a beauty blog, I’ll leave it at that.
The brand name “Black|Up” is decidedly more positive – the “Up” carrying much of this as being elevating, raising the women who use it. Indeed, the adverts convey this by using bright colours, the models look like they are having fun and they always ooze sophistication. Elizabeth Tulloch, the Area Manager for the UK explained about the name of the brand, gave us the background into the brand and answered our questions, including “which are the top five products?”. I enjoyed learning more about the brand, which incidentally, I would have tried already but for the name, but now that’s not an issue for me. I feel I can buy with confidence now that I know more, and have tried some of the products. I definitely felt elevated and ready to wear Black|Up with pride!
We all received a goody bag containing a deluxe sample of the Perfect Matifying Primer, one of the top five products, and a set of Matifying Fluid Foundation samples in each of the five shade families, although I have two sets of family three and none of 4! Nevertheless, this was particularly useful and I think this is essential for online ordering. You can get these samples from the website too.
Overall the night was very enjoyable and I had stimulating conversations with all of the women I met. I even got to meet some people I had communicated with by email and social media so that was a nice treat. You really can’t beat face-to-face communication. I had so much fun I can’t wait until the next Keziah Connections!