Sunday, 26 August 2018

Dior Backstage Pro @ Jesmond Dene House...

Oui, monsieur! Je m'appelle Kayleigh et j'adore Dior!

Hello lovelies!  At the end of July I attended a lovely event at Jesmond Dene House with my best girl Krissi and wanted to share it with you!  You may remember that a couple of years ago, I attended a Dior Backstage Pros event which was so much fun (read about it here), that I decided to go to it again!

A similar format to the first event, we were treated to a glass of fizz on arrival and then lead into the Great Hall, to find our tables and check out some amazing Dior goodies before a makeup demonstration and a yummy afternoon tea.

Unfortunately, International makeup artist Jamie Coombes was unavailable for this event, so a great MUA from Manchester (who's name I've totally forgotten-sorry!) filled his shoes.  Demonstrating some great new products, including Airflash spray on foundation and the highly acclaimed Pump 'n' Volume mascara, the MUA built up a full face of makeup, from skincare through to a spritz of perfume to finish the look.  The Dior Couture perfumes are absolutely amazing, so it was really great to have the opportunity to try some out and to learn a little bit more about them.  I was lucky enough to sample lots of the scents at a Dior perfume exhibition in France last year (which you can read more about here) and they smell delicious!

Krissi was in love with the Oud scent, but my favourite was Colle Noir, as I love a floral scent.  I was intrigued by the Airflash (spray-on) foundation too, but I'm not sure how I'd apply it without it going EVERYWHERE!  Once the demonstration was over, it was time for our afternoon tea.  I love afternoon tea at JDH and I'm pleased to say that once again it didn't disappoint!

We started with hot smoked salmon sandwiches on white bread, cucumber, chive and cream cheese on wholemeal bread, spring onion and goat's cheese quiches and a sage and onion sausage roll.  I really enjoyed all of the savouries but I have to say that the quiche was hands down my favourite; it was delicious!

The scones were little ones; a fruit, plain and cheese one each, however I had to sacrifice my plain one in favour of saving room for cake!  The scones were warm, but I was a little disappointed with my fruit one as it only had one currant in it!

As always with a JDH afternoon tea-the cakes were spectacular.  I started with the little glass, which was a mango and passion fruit panna cotta sundae.  I loved how rich and fruity it was; a great little palette-cleanser after the savouries.  Next up was the little pink sphere on the biscuit base, a rhubarb and custard tart which was super creamy and melted in the mouth.  I finished with the white chocolate and blueberry macaron (you know I love a macaron!) and it was utterly magnificent! Crunchy to bite and chewy in the middle, it was just as a macaron should be and the flavours married together beautifully.  It did leave me with a bit of a blue tongue though...

Krissi and I really enjoyed our afternoon tea.  We paid £36 per person for the event, but with afternoon tea on it's own being £25, it really was great value for money.  If you plan to stay on for drinks however, be aware that the bar is pricey, as you'd expect from a good hotel-a round will set you back almost £20 if you're drinking wine, fizz or gin!

The verdict...

I had a really great time at Jesmond Dene House and I especially loved that I got to spend time with one of my favourite people (and that my lovely friend Lisa-another of my fave people was there too!)  I was slightly disappointed that Jamie Coombes wasn't in attendance, as this was one of the main reasons we booked; he was amazing at the first event and although the make-up artist and Dior ladies were great, the event just wasn't the same without him.  I also thought that the pressure to purchase something was a little off-putting this time, although I did enjoy learning about the new products.  The afternoon tea was the highlight of the event and never disappoints, so I'd always recommend JDH for that; it's always a lovely afternoon.  Finally, the goody bag was a little disappointing too-it contained a few perfume samples, but as it was advertised as part of the event I thought it would have been a little more special (at the first event it was full to the brim with samples!).  

Until next time,

Kay xx

Afternoon tea at JDH can be booked here.  If you're interested in finding out more about the Dior Couture range, visit Fenwick in Newcastle to book your appointment, or a Fenwick near you to find out more.  This event was not gifted to me; I purchased a ticket for it and was not asked to write this review.  All opinions are my own.


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