Yesterday I headed off to Co Clare, to the stunning Bunratty Castle Hotel. The Hotel itself is situated across the road from the Castle and was the perfect location for Marissa Carter’s first ever Masterclass. This Lady Boss is a very abled business Woman and since Cocoa Brown exploded onto the scene in 2012, the brand has grown from strength to strength. this is all down to Marissa’s determination, hard work, excellent public relation skills and her kind,generous and grateful nature which is infectious.
Registration was for 10.30 onwards, and whilst queing I got chatting with some of the lovely ladies whom travelled from all over including Dublin, Tipperary, Cork and Clare. We all waited with anticipation at what was to greet us once we walked through the doors. We were not disappointed. The gorgeous girls Stephanie, the lovely Ashling and foxy Kate greeted, us with glasses of Pink lemonade. They oozed such warmth and attention, that I knew this was going to be a great day.
As we made our way into the room, the excitement, and energy was palpable. I first noticed a POP UP store at the back from Cara Pharmacy & Beauty. The Event was held in association with Cara Pharmacy & Beauty and they stock some amazing brands like La Roche for skincare to Benefit, Sleek and NYX for your makeup needs. Did I mention their must have Cara Brush Set, which was a big seller on the day, and are a steal at less then €30 …yes a set of beautful brushes in a stunning brush holder…€30! Sweet!
I made my way to my table where I sat beside two lovely girls from Kilrush, Co Clare. It was like Christmas morning with the array of beauty on our tables. I didn’t know where to start…so I dived into my sunglasses from Catwalk which are on fleek!! The Blingleys glasses were hand made by the lovely Hayley Doran, who also made the lush KIM K inspired Rose Wall (pictured above & below).
The photos don’t do this justice! Wowsers! There was a gift voucher from The Bunratty Castle Hotel’s SPA. Oh! Did i mention the gorgeous pastries with fluffy fresh cream and glazed fruit popped on top?! They were handed out by the attentive and curtious staff at The Bunratty Castle Hotel. I noticed a Rose in my cup…which had me baffled (every table had one and whoever had the rose won a spot prize) oooh!. The spot price was a RALPH LAUREN weekend bag. Thank you Ralph.
Marissa greeted all of us (lovelys) with a very warm welcome. She wore a beautiful lace sleeveless blouse, a pair of black wide leg trousers, and finished the look off with a pair of Louboutins…nice. Her sister was her model for her Makeup Class and the banter between these two was nothing short of hilarious, without being forced. Not only are these ladies, articulate and intelligent, they are funny too and the Class flowed very naturally and organically which allowed us to relax into it.
Marissa swears by the following products as used on her sis: Primer: no 7 Instant Illusion, Concealer: Marissa loves Rimmel’s Match Perfection, which retails @ €7. If you suffer from dark circles under the eyes, which is something that Marissa and her sister have to watch as it is hereditary. She recommended YSLs Peach concealer for under the eyes. Foundation: was by Bourjois radiance which I purchased myself and really like it so far, €13. Mascara: CODE which Marissa herself raves about and adores.
This was followed by Cocoa Brown’s tan applied lightly over the foundation. She used a Clarins Blusher on the cheek bones, and at the end added the all important Cocoa Brown’s Golden Goddess.
Joyce Bonelli who is a makeup artist to the Kardashians, and the Brand Ambassador for Cocoa Brown. Joyce adores this product, and Khloe Kardashian even featured this on her app last week! Marissa applied the Golden Goddess onto the the cheek giving a lovely glow.
Marissa’s tip, when applying makeup its all about preparing your skin first, then you apply your make-up. Sweet! There were Spot Prizes given out from Cailyn Ireland, The Body Shop & Robes4you, who gifted these gorgeous robes with Cocoa Brown written at the back! Adore!
After some afternoon tea and treats and a quick change of outfits from Marissa who wore a little black number, tan high heels from Penneys/Primark, and a Kim Kardashian inspired necklace which i think she got in River Island (she snapchatted a similar one last week). Sweet!
It was the turn of the lovely Make up artist Michelle Fox from Inglot, Limerick. Using Inglot products, she demonstrated, the Inglot signature eye, Brow and Lips. Without boring you too much about the ins and the outs, and ensuring that I leave something for you WHEN you decide that #marissasmasterclass is the best thing since sliced bread. Michelle gave a little tip regarding our eyebrows. She was thought this at beauty school, and it is simply that “eyebrows are sisters and not twins” essentially, they will never perfectly match, and let’s face it, so simple ! Great advice too!
Marissa then accompanied the lovely Lisa from Laserderm Clinic (who gifted us all with a €20 voucher) on stage and scared the life out of us all, with her Skin Analysis Machine. Marissa herself shared with us how she worshipped the Sun, and at twenty Five started to look after her skin. She, was also a guinea pig for this demonstration, along with her dream team which included her sister and Ashling shanahan (Ashling’s demonstration is pictured above). If you look at the darker picture on the right, this is the Sun damage.
The scariest snippet of information for me, was when three ladies from the audience (non of them were sun worshippers) came up to try out the machine, and yes…you guessed it, there was still sun damage. Moral of this story Ladies, is to LOOK AFTER YOUR SKIN and Marissa stated that it is never too late to start. Here are some of products that Marissa Swears by: Skinceuticals CE Ferulic which has Vitamin C and helps to reduce pore sizes, fine lines and wrinkles, she also recommended Neostrata Illuminating Serum. Revidox+ is a firm favourite of hers (pictured above) and contains that all important Vitamin C. For removing makeup Marissa recommended Declaré which is a cleansing milk, where a bottle was kindly gifted to each of us. Shisedo cleansing oil was also mentioned. I suggest you write these down as Marissa Carter knows what she is talking about.
After a short break, it was the turn of the lovely Danielle Mahon, who is not only beautiful, she is talented too. She was demonstrating her makeup on non other than Marissa herself, who, is quite particular about who does her makeup. Danielle is one of a lucky few. She concentrated mainly on the eyes, eyeliner, and the flick. Danielle encouraged us to try the flick, and like everything, practice makes perfect. She knows, as she locked herself up in her room until she nailed it, and boy…didn’t she do a good job! She swears by Inglot’s liquid eyeliner and finds it very easy to apply. Danielle Mahon is a gifted makeup artist and not only that..but look at the picture above, where she is wearing a stunning pair of shoes (River Island €60 odd).
Our Swag bags were full to the brim of lovely products, including the Inglot Lip tint Matte, which is a must have, and Marissa has likened it to the Candy K by Kylie Jenner (pictured above), and if the lip kit was anything to go by it will sell as fast. The lovely people at Meaghers Pharmacy gifted us a Purcell & Woodcock candle in Summer Mist. They are an Irish owned company and each candle is hand poured. The scent is lovely without being too over powering. Thank you Meaghers Pharmacy. Cocoa Brown gave us the lovely Instant Tan Bronzing Gel, which I can’t wait to try out.
This fabulous Flawless Contour Palette, along with their Flawless Wonder Brush were also gifted to us and guys, I was at the Beauty Show a few weeks back in Dublin, and these all sold out super quick. The reviews of this palette have been nothing short of astounding, and at €13 for eight shades, it won’t break the bank. The Creator Paul Mooney seems like a very down to earth, motivated, and a very hard working guy. You can follow him on snap chat @paulmk21 for more.
Thanks to all the brands and to Cara Pharmacy & Beauty who are the main Sponsors for Marissa’s Master Class and having the POP UP shop was a super idea.
Marissa said she was nervous, but it didnt show and if any of you are interested in attending one of her Masterclasseses, then i would secure a ticket, as they will be gone fast! I had such a super day, Marissa Carter is my new girl crush and really is the Master of Class.
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