When I first encountered Paul & Joe Beaute it was way back when I’d only just started blogging and it was love at first sight. I still have both the items I was gifted that night and treasure them – they are objects of beauty!
Last night, more than a year later I was invited to hear about the Paul & Jo Beaute holiday collection. What made it really special was that the event was held in the Paul & Joe flagship store in Bruton Street London.
It was so good to see the beauty products set against the beautiful background of the stunning Paul & Joe clothes. I may not be young or stylish but I did take note of the top autumn trends when I attended the catwalk show at Stylist Live recently and spotted some of them on the rails – bold checks and tweeds and furnishing style brocade fabrics were definitely featured.
MUA Craig Ryan French introduced us to the new glamorous holiday make-up collection Masked Ball Beauty! There are two looks, both gorgeous – Oh Carnaval and Le Bal Masque. We heard how the range designed by Sophie Mechaly, the designer behind the Paul & Joe brand had taken influences from the cat mask worn by Romeo in Zefferelli’s version of Romeo and Juliet.
Craig and his MUA wife told us how Sophie had styled the look of the products on those she remembered from her grandmother’s dressing table. They have a marvelous retro look.
We were shown one amazing product after another and got great make-up tips along the way. My favourite, which makes such great sense, was that when you apply foundation you should consider the thickness of the skin you are applying to. So for example, around the eye where the skin is thinner you should only apply it lightly or use a light formulation, whereas on the cheeks and brow where the skin is thicker you can build a thicker layer of foundation without it looking too heavy. Brilliant advice!
As always with Paul & Joe the limited edition nude and gold lipstick cases are sold separately and fit any lipstick from the range. We were also introduced to the new bath and body collection in two fragrances, soothing Columbine or energising Arlequin.
After a glass or two of the ubiquitous Prosecco and a generous goodie bag we were sent off into the sparkly pre-Christmas Mayfair streets. I’m really looking forward to trying out my Paul & Joe treats and will let you know more about them in a review post soon.