Illamasqua event - Manchester

As some of you know, Illamasqua held two events this week; one in London and one in Manchester. I was invited to the Manchester event which took place yesterday evening. The events were both centered around the new Dystopia collection which you can read all about on the Illamasqua website.

I headed over to Manchester with Hele and Holly and before the event we had time to do a bit of shopping and makeup browsing! I picked up a lovely tshirt from Zara which I will blog about seperately.

The relaxing afternoon took a turn for the worst when I witnessed a man stealing a woman's handbag while we were having a drink in Starbucks. I shot out of my seat as soon as I realised what had happened but by this point the 'tea-leaf' had looked round, noticed we had all noticed and started to run away!

Next thing I know, me, Hele and Holly are running after him into Next! We even blocked the exits so he couldn't escape!

Kind of like this....

He must have legged it out of the back entrance of the store as we couldn't find him, and the poor lady didn't get her handbag back. But we did our best for her! :(

The event itself was really good and I had such an enjoyable evening!

The venue, Ithaca, was gorgeous and on our arrival we got an interesting looking cocktail which went down a treat after our hectic crime-fighting antics! There were makeup samples on the tables for us to look at. I particularly liked the bright pink lipstick. Also the food was SO yummy and there was plenty of it. Lots of sushi and oriental -style food, and lots more alcohol!

Alex Box and Jen aka MizzWorthy after having her makeup done

Alex spoke to us about the new Dystopia range which is a "futuristic vision of a fractured and dark society. A world of broken shadows and stark light. A distorted, nightmarish, mad reality". To read a little bit more about Alex, click here.

The lovely Kelly

There were also 2 ladies who spoke to us about The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, one of which was Sophie's mum, and it was very moving to hear. You can read all about the foundation if you click here. Please do! Sophie was brutally attacked and killed just for looking "different". The foundation has been set up to stamp out hatred and also to make people more tolerant and accepting, and not to judge on appearance.

Finishing the evening off with huge ice cream sundaes at Hard Rock Cafe :)

Thanks to the Illamasqua team for a great event! I love the concept of the brand and the staff were a really friendly and welcoming team.

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