Last weekend I was lucky enough to attend a live make-up demo and Q&A with one of my make-up inspirations, Daniel Sandler, in association with The Simon Seminars.
Daniel Sandler

The event was held at the London College of Fashion near Oxford Circus and was attended by a wonderful cross-section of women (and men) of all ages, races, and make-up experience.

The event was meticulously planned and organised by Simon Vallance as part of his Simon Seminars series, and a HUGE thank you to Simon for organising the event. I love watching the top pro MUA’s do their thing. I always learn new tricks, even when they are creating the simplest of looks, as every MUA has their own way of doing things and showcasing their individuality with their own trademark or stamp.

Daniel trained at the London College of Fashion when he first started out over 25 years ago, and so LCF was the natural choice for the first of the Simon Seminars. Future sessions include bridal beauty seminars featuring top bridal specialist make-up artist Sarah Brock and bridal hair & make-up expert, Heather White.

Daniel Sandler

Daniel was on top form and was lovely and animated as always, talking us through 3 different looks, including a simple and subtle day to night transformation suitable for non-20-something women. Bringing out the natural beauty in the over-40’s is an area where I do need more practice, so this was the demo where I gleaned the most tips & tricks.

Daniel Sandler

This event was open to the public for a modest £45, including a goodie bag of Urban Retreat and Daniel Sandler products worth £25, and a 15% discount on cosmetics for a limited time. It was attended by women (and a few men) of all walks of life, from a few fresh-faced teenagers, to make-up artists, to Cancer survivors looking for tips on regaining their make-up confidence post-chemotherapy. Everyone had an interesting story to tell and it was lovely just meeting everyone and networking. One of the lovely ladies baked some Welsh cakes for everyone too, which was really nice and added to the fun, friendly family feel.

What did I pick up on the day? My favourite items from the Daniel Sandler range are the Catwalk Compact foundations and the Camouflage Concealers, but I’ve got a good few of those already (featured here and here). The foundation range starts from fair shades, and goes right up to the darkest ebony. The medium to dark shades are amazing for South-Asian and Afro-Carribean and African skin tones, as they add just the right tones without looking muddy orange or ashy grey. They are one of the best and most natural looking foundations I’ve used on South-Asian and African skin.

Anyway, so what did I buy? I was really keen on buying a full set of Watercolour Blushes but they sold out pretty quick and so I only managed to pick up one shade, Dare. I’ll be buying the other shades very soon online, as now I’ve finally tried these and I love them! (Review is on it’s way!)


I also bought the Baby Jet mascara, which is a great carbon black mascara with a small, fine wand, perfect for adding mascara to bottom lashes without making a mess! It’s also great for enhancing top lashes by creating a little bit of body for a more natural look. It’s a great pro product but at a reasonable price.

I can see myself using this a lot on my own eyes, as I have naturally thick and reasonably long lashes as it is, and my L’Oreal Lash Architect 4D, much as I love it, is a bit heavy on my lashes for everyday wear.

All in all, I left the seminar beaming from ear to ear, as I had such a wonderful time learning from Daniel and the fellow attendees, as well as just meeting some wonderful people. If you get a chance to attend any future sessions, I would strongly advise that you do. You won’t regret it!

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