Tuesday, 23 June 2015

My experience at the makeup course with Freedom Makeup and House of GlamDolls

In my recent Freedom Makeup haul I mentioned that the brand is offering short makeup courses in collaboration with House of GlamDolls, makeup school in London created by David Horne, makeup artist with 25 years experience in the makeup industry, who has held managerial roles at Mac and Illamasqua and Chinyee Chu, creative director with 15 years in the industry.
I was invited to attend one of the available courses and as weekend is the best option for me I went there last Saturday.

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There are 4 different courses to choose from: Sculpted Beauty, Rose Goddess, Sultry Metals and Foxy Vamp which was the one I attended. Each of them lasts 2hrs and focuses on practical learning the chosen makeup look, using provided Freedom Makeup products. The price, £50, includes a goodie bag with most of the products that are used during the course plus, for a limited time, the Pro Makeup Artist Starter pack containing Pro Conceal palettes. I think it's a fantastic deal as you get your money back in products.

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When I arrived at the studio I was greeted by the lovely Chinyee and David and soon the rest of the girls joined us in a casual chit chat about makeup and skincare. There were only 6 people attending the course which made it really personal and the atmosphere was very relaxed.
We were advised to cleanse our faces and soon after we started the makeup lesson, re-creating on ourselves the makeup look David was doing on his model. He explained every step, answered any questions and was ready to help with the application process if any of us had any problems.

House of GlamDolls makeup course

To create the look we used Freedom Makeup products and Makeup Revolution brushes and they all performed very well. I actually really liked the Pro Matte foundation and the setting powder and I will definitely buy them soon to test them properly as they were not included in the goodie bag.
Even though I know that Freedom Makeup eyeshadows are very good quality, we all were seriously impressed how pigmented are the ones from the Pro Decadence Rock&Roll palette that we used.
We also used GlamBase Wheel created by David Horne which contains 6 shades perfect for concealing, correcting, contouring and highlighting.

It was so much fun to be in the same room with few other beauty obsessed girls, doing our makeup and chatting about it. But I have to say that if you're expecting a makeup course to learn all the basics this is not the one. Obviously these are short classes on a specific makeup looks and they're more about interacting, getting to know the brand, the makeup school and the overall experience.
Of course it was a fantastic opportunity to see the great David Horne in action and this is the result of his work on this beautiful girl whose name I, sadly, don't remember.

And that's my take on the Foxy Vamp :)

After we finished doing our makeup we had some time to chat, have a look around the studio and take some pictures.
I had the pleasure to meet the lovely Mikhila from Miss Budget Beauty but unfortunately I didn't get to talk to her properly, not because she wasn't approachable but because I was kind of embarrassed to look like a teenage fan girl :) Anyone else acts like this in a situation when you see a well known/famous person? I'm totally like 'yeah, I know who you are but I certainly don't need your autograph', LOL!
I also got to meet and had a bit of chat with Adam Minto, the creator of Makeup Revolution and Freedom Makeup which was a lovely surprise and added bonus of the course :)

I really enjoyed the makeup class and I wish more of them were available during weekend as traveling to London on weekdays is almost impossible for me, unless I go with my boys :)
I can't say I learnt a lot, which I was not really expecting from a 2hrs course, but definitely I've got a new fantastic experience. I've had a look at the House of GlamDolls professional courses and I'm very tempted to attend some as David, undoubtedly, has an amazing knowledge.
What do you think of these makeup courses organised by Freedom Makeup? Are you tempted to attend them?


  1. I am so jealous that you got to spend time with David Horne. I love him!

    Anoushka Loves xx

  2. This looks like a really fun day! I'd love to do a course like this - it sounds like a great way to test out some of the products. It really suits you too.

    Antonia x | Fifi and the Diamonds

  3. Wow looks awesome!!! Love the makeup looks


  4. Sounds like a good 2 hours spent and shame that you didn't get to talk to Miss Budget Beauty but I would have felt the same...love the make up look too :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

  5. Oh, that sounds like a good 2 hours well spent, Dagmara! And I really like the finish look on you. With your new gorgeous shorter hair, the makeup gave a classy, sophisticated retro glam to you.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  6. Oooh this sounds like fun; I've never done to a makeup course before but lord knows I need it. :]

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  7. Sounds like so much fun. I would go if I had proper availability, though even a Saturday is a hard day for me.

    You look amazing at the end. The dark lippie is so you.

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  8. Ooooh I love the smokey eye look on you, this class sounds so interesting!


  9. Sounds like you had a fun tie at the course, shame they didn't pair you up with someone do you could do each other's makeup as they would have been more useful as a makeup course as such. But you look amazing regardless & this look really suits you x

    Beauty with charm

  10. I agree that doing someone else's makeup would be definitely more beneficial but considering it's only a short class it would be quite hard to achieve. Thank you hun! x

  11. It was so much fun to take part in it :) x

  12. Thanks Angie! I know what you mean, with children, no family around and hubby working long hours it's so difficult to find time for events like this. x

  13. Thank you Shireen! Love the retro glam description :) x

  14. I know, I'm kicking myself in the butt for not making friends with her, LOL! x

  15. Thanks Antonia! It was a great opportunity to test new products and learnt something from a great makeup artist :) x

  16. He's so nice! I hope to come back for more courses with him :) x

  17. Looks like you had a great time and I absolutely love, love your final look. The colours look stunning on you and really suit your hair colour too. xx

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  18. Thank you hun! It was a fun day :) x

  19. Looks like you had an amazing time! Even if you didn't get to learn a lot, it's still a great opportunity to network and get to know so other beauty mad people :) Your finished look was gorgeous xx

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  20. Absolutely! I would do it again if I lived in London :) Thank you hun! x

  21. I think it was a great networking opportunity. I was originally tempted to book a spot but these one look per course doe not appeal to me. I would much prefer to attend a perfect base, or contouring or more advanced course. I think its still a great idea for people woth little to none experience in makeup to get their hands on new products and learn some techniques from the experts in the industry. Glad you had a lovely time x

  22. I agree! But for the price you can't really expect an advanced course. Anyway it was fun and great experience :) x


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