Are you familiar with elf Cosmetics yet? If not, you really should be. This is a brand that started online, offering high-quality cosmetics for less-than-drugstore prices. I remember my first order with elf - pretty sure I got about $100 worth of makeup for around $20, plus shipping. I've been a loyal fan ever since, utilizing mostly their online store, but occasionally picking up brushes and eyeshadow palettes in stores like Target. Last year they launched a flagship retail store in NYC, and last month they launched the first European store in Cardiff.
Remember a couple of weeks ago when I got so beside myself because I got this:
I wasn't really sure what to expect, having never been to a store opening party before. Hubby spent a lot of time beforehand talking about how he wanted to meet a celebrity - wanted his picture taken with a Welsh rugby player. Despite my repeated instructions for him not to get his hopes up, he persisted, even speculating at one point that since John Barrowman lives in Cardiff and might like makeup, maybe he would show up. Well, we did see one celebrity there - Miss Monmouthshire 2013. Hubby was not impressed. Cardiff isn't even in Monmouthshire.
Since I know a few of you will be wondering, here's the mani I wore to the event:
I also went and got my hair did because I am so not on the ball with hairstyling anymore, so I had the curls piled high and added a rhinestone butterfly to the side. Unfortunately I didn't think to have hubby take pics of that. Continuing with the black and fuchsia look, I wore a black cowl-necked top with fuchsia sequins over a black skirt and black leggings with black boots. Pics didn't happen this time, sorry.
Anyway... a little over an hour after setting off, we arrived in Cardiff and only had to drive around the city for a half hour before finally figuring out how to get to the same parking garage we go to every time we go to Cardiff. Hubby swears they keep changing the roads around, and I can't argue because lord knows I have no idea where I'm going!
For my American audience, let me describe the Cardiff city centre. We parked in the huge multi-story parking garage over the mall. This garage always makes me a bit nauseated because you have to drive in a tight spiral up several floors before you finally get to a floor where there's parking available, and my vertigo kicks in if I'm not careful coming up or going down this spiral. After riding the elevator (or "lift") down to the ground floor of the shopping center, you basically wind up in the food court. Now, around the mall are several side-street alleys called arcades, which are covered but open-ended. Inside there are shops of all different sorts - clothes, food, gifts, you name it. Luckily, the arcade where the elf shop is located is directly adjacent to the main shopping center, so we only had to walk out the door of the mall and across a cobbled pedestrian street to enter the arcade, and the shop was about 3/4 of the way down the strip. The arcades were all lit up with white Christmas lighting, which I found quite beautiful.
The other person I was able to meet was Chelsey, who is one of the makeup artists in-store. I gave her my card when she rang up my purchases from the event, so Chelsey if you're reading, "HI!"
So, I spose maybe y'all wanna see what was in my mini-haul?
Besides the copious amount of booze that was going around there were also deliciously adorable cake pops, both round and shaped like little lipsticks! We got round ones.
|I mean, seriously, how cute can a simple cake pop be?|
In addition to my purchases, we got swag bags! Since hubby has very little use for makeup, even the free kind, that means I've got a spare VIP Gift Bag from the event to giveaway! Entering is easy, using the Rafflecopter widget below. I'm going to run the giveaway for 3 weeks, so it ends December 10, 2013, at 6:00AM GMT.
The prize package consists of the elf Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette in NYC, the elf Powder Brush, and the elf Eyelid Primer in Sheer, all in a cute black "I <3 elf" tote bag!
|Retail value £15.25 (about $22).|
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