Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Kiehl's Launch Fashion Cultures

I spent last Friday night at an absolutely buzzing Kiehl's store, that was jam-packed with the best of what Glasgow has on offer!

Kiehl's hosted a pretty epic launch party for Fashion Cultures, as part of The Merchant City Festival.

The Merchant City Festival brings together Glasgow annually with an impressive range of free events, including street art, dance, live music and a whole tonne more. The festival also encompasses Fashion Cultures, 'an exciting programme dedicated to the tools of adornment.' Doesn't it sound glamorous! There's loads to do there too, with exhibitions, workshops and pop-up shops on the programme.

All sounds pretty fabby doesn't it? So we popped of down to Kiehl's flagship store on Buchanan Street to celebrate!

Kiehl's was found as an old-world apothecary in New York in 1851 and stocks a range of beautiful products, all put together with a 'unique blend of cosmetic, pharmaceutical, herbal and medicinal knowledge.' You can tell as you glance around the beautiful shop that this is more than just aesthetic skincare, there's science and learning that has gone into building these formulas and you come to fully believe that they can work wonders. It's all about high-quality skin and hair care that uses ingredients that are carefully chosen and are only used if they are truly beneficial - basically it looks how you wished science class did!

The evening was absolutely buzzing and the air was filled with the laughter of old and new friends. Everyone sipped on West Beer or cocktails and eyes gazed in wonder at all the little delights popped about the store.

Soon after we arrived we were entertained by The Kennedy Cupcakes, a 1940/50s inspired dance troupe - who were every bit the vintage beauties. Once we'd got our bearings we headed straight over to the cocktail bar.

Now I'm not normally one for whisky, but Haig Club were there with their stunning, glowing blue bottles and I decided to give them a try - delicious!

They weren't overpoweringly whisky-ish (if that makes sense) and it added more of a subtle under note that an overriding flavour. The cocktail had more of a spice and an amazing orangey scent.

Filled with warming whisky cocktails we decided to give the photo-booth a go, but as you can see there's no photographic evidence as we failed miserably! It seems that Maisy Meow, The Girl in the Tartan Scarf, Miss Linny O and myself just aren't cut out for photo-booth snapshots - oooops.

After making our escape from the photo-booth we could now wander around and check out all that was on offer. The products lining the shelves are gorgeous and you could spend hours pouring over the labels finding out what little skincare woe they could fix up for you. We also stumbled across Dower & Hall who were there with their beautiful collection of jewels. I've never come across this make before and believe me it's absolutely stunning, it's simple and really delicate and elegant.

I was absolutely blown away by the amount of gorgeous goodies we received on the night! There were some delights from, Fake Bake, Gap, Sweaty Betty, The Cambridge Satchel Company - to name a few. Some really nice stuff, including the perfect summer snood, from Only and a £20 coin for Dower & Hall - so I'll be saving up to put it towards something from the amazing Feather Collection.

There was also a huge array of Kiehl's goodies that I can't wait to try out, as I've heard so many good things about them!

Thanks again to Kiehl's for having me along and putting on such an amazing event - it was a gem of an evening!

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