This year Cosmopolitan magazine held their annual Cover Girl Workshop on 23 August at the Protea Hotel on Umhlanga Ridge.
It was my 1st year attending so I didn’t really have an idea of what to expect except that we had to be there at 9am with clean nails and faces and clean, dry hair.
There was a beautiful breakfast buffet laid out with scones and tartlets and tea, coffee and juices. I went there alone because I could not coerce anyone into joining me to I was lucky that I recognized the lovely Jane Tennet while I was at the breakfast spread. Being the kind soul that she is, she let me hang around with her and her friend while we had small intro from Vuyo Varoyi from Revlon and Poppy, the fashion director from Cosmopolitan.
We were given cards with our schedule for the day.
My first stop was at the nail station. I loved the Revlon nail polishes. And they lasted a good week before the edges started chipping, which with my lifestyle,is equivalent to a month.
Next was the makeup station. I got my makeup done by Lelo. To be honest, I’m not someone that loads on the makeup regularly and having my face literally painted with makeup was a long way out of my comfort zone. The makeup did photograph beautifully and Vuyo did explain to us the difference between everyday makeup and photoshoot makeup,so props to Lelo. My favourite part of the makeup was without a doubt the way my eyes were done. And I walked away with a new Revlon mascara, so happy happy happy me.
My hair was done by Melissa from the Scott & Wells in Musgrave. I felt like I had an Adele kind of vibe going on when she was done.
The last stop was clothing. Now someone from Cosmo had called me a few weeks earlier to find out my dress, pant and top size (eeeek) and they really did have clothing for all sizes and shapes of women. Poppy was on hand to help us choose our clothing and accessories and the stunning Candice Boucher was there to help us and give us a few tips during the photo shoot.
Once we were done, we could head down to the restaurant for lunch. By this point I had lost Jane but luckily I ran into Raeesa, Nazneen and a few other ladies. We were some of the first people done, so we relaxes for a bit in the foyer while we anxiously awaited our Cosmo magazines.
Finally when everyone was ready, a few lucky draws were done and the goodie bags that contained a Toni and Guy shampoo, Revlon lip crayon and a R200 voucher for Foschini were handed out and then our magazines.
There were lots of oohs and aaahs and a few aaws as well.
I really enjoyed the pampering and will definitely be back next year and I’m sure I won’t be alone.