Freebies and cake galore at the Selfridges Big Beauty Bang
Hosting the Olympics and the Queens Diamond Jubilee is turning out to be way more fun than we anticipated: so much fun stuff is going on, I don't know how we can fit it all in! Selfridges London is making the most of the great opportunity for a party, and throwing it's own!
From Thursday 31 May until Thursday 7th June the beauty hall is hosting the Big Beauty Bang, where the beauty counters will be giving out champagne, cakes and sweets as well as special offers, competitions and makeovers for the entire week. On the start and closing dates (that's May 31st and June 7th) there'll be an 'extravaganza' in the evening with even more great stuff to do (and eat and drink): tickets cost £10, which you can redeem instore on any purchases made on the evening. Amazing, right?
Check out what's on offer from brands including Chanel, Clarins, shu uemura, YSL, Clinique, Dior, Origins, Creme de la Mer - and loads more - below. It really is going to be epic.
The Kiehl's counter will be transformed into the Great British Rock Bang as the team swap lab coats for leather jackets. Enjoy mini skincare facials (31 May-2 June and 7-10 June) and sticks of Union Jack rock with a glass of traditional British pear cider!
Stop by the counter for a 'Japanese Tea Ceremony meets English High Tea' with Geisha girls serving tea and sandwiches. While you're there pick up a pair of shu uemura Union Jack eyelashes, available exclusively at Selfridges.
Mini facials, beauty tips from a professional artist, a master class on 'achieving a royal glow' and free ice cream from an Italian gelati bike.
bareMinerals are hosting an English garden party with Pimms, champagne, lemonade and flowery cocktails, plus you get a packet of garden flower seeds and a compact mirror with every purchase.
Clinique are offering custom-fit consultations of their Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm and having a jelly and ice cream party to celebrate.
It's bunting and Union Jacks galore at Clarins, where you can enjoy a pampering Royal Hand Treatment (running from 21 May to 10 June- we tried it here) and have your lips bejellewed with Swarovski crystals.
Award-winning and emerging fashion designer, Georgia Hardinge will be decorating and personalising Lancome's Genifique and Visionnaire serum bottles to create the perfect keepsake or bespoke gift.
Have a one-to-one consultation with YSL National Make-up Artist Fred Le Tailleaur with a glass of champagne and sweet treats while you're there.
Illamasqua have a mini throne for you to sit in as you have a makeover, which you can get from Illamasqua Art team artists Mika Johnson and Ross Andrewortha on 31 May and a manicure from nail artist Rebecca Wilson on June 7th.
Enjoy a one-to-one 'Royal look' make-over and manicure with Dior's UK make-up artist team over a glass of Pimms, before jumping into their Dior branded London black cab for a photo.
Laura Mercier are celebrating one of my favourite things about the UK: the Great British afternoon tea. There'll be patisserie cakes along with arm, wrist and hand massages and a consultations with an international make-up artist. Plus you get a complimentary compact mirror with any purchase and an exclusive cosmetics bag with any two purchases.
Origins is going back to nature: they'll plant a tree for every purchase made and you'll receive a map of London's parks. There's also express mini facials and goody bags, as well as the chance to win afternoon tea and Hunter wellies.
Guerlain are having a rose champagne tea party and recreating iconic British beauty looks, and if you buy something you get a bracelet.
Crème de la Mer
The attendants at the Crème de la Mer counter will all be in black tie offering skincare advice, champagne and cakes.
La Prairie will be serving complimentary bubbly in tea cups and saucers and offering 'a royal facial'.
Get to Estée Lauder for mini facials and 'Pretty Princess' and 'Drama Queen' makeovers, and, intriguingly, for a game of 'pass the parcel'.
Chanel are honouring British icon Audrey Hepburn, with makeovers recreating her 1950s look.
Check out who else is getting involved (including NARS and Sisley) and buy tickets for the special evening events here.