Last Wed eve I popped into Palladium Hair Co in Cape Quarter for their “Pamphair party”.
If you don’t know who Palladium Hair is? Well listen up. They’re the guys behind the beautiful locks of folks like Jeannie D and Liezel van der Westhuizen. Palladium’s very own international celebrity stylist, Clint Goncalves, has quite an impressive résumé. He’s lived & worked in the UK for about 14 years and worked on the tresses of celebrities like Geri Halliwell, Jemima Khan and Cat Deely (Welcome to… So you think you can dance! Love her.) as well as male clients such as Hugh Grant.
Palladium does 5 star hair in a 5 star environment. The salon is beautiful and also boasts some awesome views over the city. You definintely feel like you’ve stepped into a place where you will leave looking the best you ever have. Let me show you what I mean:
Now of course no party is complete without flowing cocktails and yummy canapes. But we were in for a special treat as the food for the evening was prepared by local chef extraordinaire Jenny Morris aka “The Giggling Gourmet”.
I’ve actually been to one of her cooking evenings as a company team building thing and I have to say, this lady is fantastic. Also, let me tell you, anybody who can get me to accomplish something quite edible in the kitchen without burning the whole place down, deserves a bloody medal.
Clint played host for the evening, along with Palladium Hair Ambassadors, actress Natalie Becker and SABC3 Expresso presenter, Kia Johnson. Both Natalie & Kia looked absolutely flawless in their Errol Arendz dresses and stunning Uwe Koetter jewellery.
Basically the idea for the evening was that we would be introduced to all the latest & greatest trends in haircare, beauty & fashion. And as an added bonus there were also mega prizes up for grabs as part of a little tweeting challenge. Kinda like a “tweet for your life” situation.
First up I browsed through the new Errol Arendz Summer collection – their store is just a hop, skip & jump away from the Palladium Salon. It makes sense really because fabulous hair needs a fabulous dress, right? The Errol Arendz range includes some gorgeous printed gowns, cocktail wear in bright colours and some seriously sexy heels. Also good to know is that they have their own denim range called B Insane. Prices for their jeans range from about R799 to R1200 and the fit & fabric looked really nice. Might go back to try a few on when I have more time.
Hot tip: They have a winter sale on at the moment which means you’ll get 50% off all their winter items, like these gorgeous boots:
After that bit of retail therapy with my eyes (pre-payday blues!), we sat down to learn about TIGI haircare products. I really loved their Mega Whip Hair texturiser, mostly because it smells like marshmallows…
And then also this really cool Bed Head After Party product which promises to refresh your hair and leave it smelling like it’s just been washed. Perfect for those mornings when you have to drag yourself to work with a killer hangover but you haven’t had time to wash your hair because you overslept and you need a caffiene filled intravenous drip to just stay awake. Not that this has ever happened to me of course… I’m super professional.
I have to show you a close up of the bottle because this is so me after a big night out. Party dress & make up still on. Shoes kicked off. Handbag with phone and wallet all over the floor (well hopefully – there was that one time I left it in the bloody taxi – smart girl):
Next up GHD who showed us some great hair tricks, like these 1920s flapper style curls:
Of couse, never attempt these kinds of things without the proper protection. Get your minds out of the gutter people, I’m obviously referring to some heat styling protection. And on this front, GHD has you totally covered:
Our 4th stop for the evening was a sit down with wardrobe expert, Duncan Papé and his make up artist partner-in-crime, Kirsty da Costa from Style360. They do everything from personal & wardrobe styling, beauty & make up analysis and consulting, events, shoots, bridal styling and more. I told him I’m in need of a major wardrobe cleanse myself. It’s gotten so bad that I buy stuff I actually already have! But I don’t freakin’ remember or realise that I already have it because my cupboards are sooooo jam packed with random things that most of the time I don’t know where to find anything… aaarggh. Then when I get stressed out about it, I just buy more things to make myself feel better. Hehe.
Our last stop was with Margaux from the Rubybox team. If you haven’t yet heard of them and you loooove all things beauty, you’re going to dig this. For only R100 a month you get a box of beauty goodies delivered to your door. The box will contain different things each month including things like make-up samples, fragrances, skin care, body care, etc. We spoke about the new BB cream craze (Google it – this stuff’s gone viral) and good anti-aging ingredients like retinol and idebenone. So I picked up a few little tricks to help me looking good through my… cough-cough… 30s. Almost 2 years in and it still hurts to admit that.
By the end of the evening, my fingers were pooped from all the tweeting, but it was totally worth it because I won a R1500 pair of Errol Arendz shoes!!! I can’t show you a pic just yet because I need to go online and select which pair I want (awesome!). Other prizes included Uwe Koetter jewellery, a weekend away, a R4000 voucher from Skin Renewal and Clouds won a R5000 Palladium makeover, lucky girl.
With my goodie bag filled with girly stuffs and my Errol Arendz voucher in hand, I obviously left grinning like the Cheshire cat himself. A huge thanks to the guys & girls at Palladium Hair as well as all of the sponsors for the evening. This was definitely a party to remember.