Stylexplora is more than just a username. It is about exploring style in every way...not just fashion, food and makeup, but lifestyle too. I find events such as photoshoot, workhops and conference styling very interesting, and one can learn and grow so much from them.
I was so happy to be contacted by the Dream Catching Girls.
The Dream Catching Girls are beautiful sisters Nabeelah and Ra'eesah Akoon, and they were hosting and putting together a makeup masterclass, by Gina Myers Senior Makeup Artist for Estee Lauder, and Artist to celebrities.
|Nabeelah Akoon left, Gina Myers centre and Ra'eesah Akoon Right|
|Gina Myers, she is so sweet.. She posed for me.. #Totalslay|
|I love the name and the logo... Branding on point!|
|Pic by The Living Studio|
So Gina Myers, Celebrity Artist, casually comes up to chat with us, a bubbly personality and clearly the life of the party. She cheers us on and amps us up for the masterclass to ensue. At that point, the ladies couldn't wait to get started.
In the lounging area, there were clear vases with white flowers, fern printed scatter cushions on the white couches, and hanging from the ceiling were bubble decor and a clear acrylic coffee table on a grey textured carpet. It was light, airy, minimal and in hues of green, white, and grey.
|Photography by Izzy Akoon|
The classes began a little later than scheduled, as to be expected of any event, as there were lots of ladies to get their masks done including me. So masking was then postponed to the break and after the event.
We got to our seats in the studio. Tables were laid out in a v style and covered in white, with a mirror for each attendee. It was 3 to a table and enough makeup remover, cotton pads, ear buds, and tissues per table, in acrylic jars were laid out. There was also a branded Gina Myers notebook with a cute little pen for notes during the class, and a large goodie bag for each attendee.
Benefit's Lauren Engelbrecht, National Brow Artist then showed attendees how to become masters of their brows. It was super informative about the new Benefit brow Products, and how best to use them. Lauren's bubbly personality and lively attitude kept the class interesting and fun.
|She's awesome! Went into pose mode as soon as I lifted my camera... I gotta learn that!|
Gina then took center stage as she demonstrated a gorgeous on trend eye look, with close attention to technique. She then went onto perfecting the Base, highlighting and contouring, and the attendees were mesmerized by the transformation. Another giveaway was done, and we then took a break for tea and snacks.
Outside the studio, alongside the patio area, a self-serving buffet style tea table had been laid out. There were white and silver dishes, with an ensemble of sweet and savouries set up on a picnic style table. There were delectable chocolate brownies, pastel hued macaroons, chocolate truffles, open chicken sandwiches, chicken salad cups, fresh fruits and more. Compliments to the chefs, everything I tasted was delicious, and the presentation was elegant and couture like.
|Pic by @makeupbynkay|
|Pic by @makeupbynkay|
I quickly took the opportunity to get my Glam glow Mask done by Innocentia of Glam Glow. She used the Youth Mud mask, which tingled slightly at first, but that's how you know it's working. My skin did a 180 after this mask, it was tighter, smoother and refreshed. I'm definitely a fan and hope to get this one soon, who wouldn't want facial results from one mask application?
We then headed back, for another giveaway and thus ending the masterclass on yet another high note. Gina, the DCG's and Benebabes stuck around for a while to mingle and attendees got their Benefit fix before we all bid adieu!
I got to chat with Gina a little more, and she is so inspirational and passionate about making a difference, and women empowerment.
It was highly evident from the looks the attendees had recreated, that they left feeling confident in their new found abilities and knowledge.
Apart from learning more about Benefits product range, as a makeup artist, I didn't learn anything new from the masterclass. However, it was still a beautiful experience as a whole, a ladies day out filled with goodies, fine food and pampering, and one that I will treasure. Meeting Gina Myers and The DC was wonderful! I made alot of good connections and it was a pleasure meeting blogger Rogue by Nablah and Makeup by Nkay
|Make by Nkay and Roguebynablah|
The DCG pulled off a stunning well rounded masterclass with a celebrity Artist, and they did it with panache! Gina was clearly comfortable and passionate teaching the class, and worked at a pace that was great for beginners.
I wish both Ms. Gina Myers and the DCG sisters everything of the best in their future endeavors.
So, I know you want to know what was in the goodie bag....Here they are...
|So cute! A little coloring in fun from DCG|
|Sample size glam glow mask|
|Mini lip kit and nail colours from Ciate london|
|Mini gimme brow and the are real mascara from Benefit|
|A full size cooling citrus setting spray from Kiki|
|A compact led mirror from Selfie light SA|
|Sample skincare from Skinfood Apothecary|
|Discount vouchers and a Benefit brow gift voucher|