Clayton Hotel, Cork – February 2018
This was the second time I went to Pippa’s Fashion Factory (I went last November in Limerick to Part 3 & last weekend in Cork to Part 4). I think this in itself was testament as I returned for a second day out!! I’ve also been to Marissa’s Master Class and Lisa Lust so I feel I have some basis to go on for a review!
I absolutely love days out like this, I think it’s a great way to spend time with family and friends. This time I went with all my in-laws, we haven’t gone out all together in a long time as we weren’t all in the one country so it was a real treat!
First piece of advice is to arrive at least an hour early to get your seats! We arrived an hour beforehand and were greeted by really friendly members of the Pippa team, who were ready to register us and provide us with our goodie bag (more about them below). Then there was free tea and coffee to take to the table which is a nice touch. Even arriving an hour beforehand I would say over half the room was already filled!
The show kicked off on time, and while the line-up was similar between Fashion Factory 3 and 4, Pippa and co have simply created a formula that works.
First up was make up guru Aimee Connolly who has recently rose to fame and no wonder with her amazing and flawless make up skills, I found her tips and tricks practical, realistic and useful. She’s so full of enthusiasm and passion. On stage she demoed a look and had a good discussion with Pippa where they recommended a whole series of products that they liked, not in a promotional way, simply in a “we like these and they work” type of way – similarly they weren’t shy of discussing products that don’t work so well.
The day progressed with Pippa showing how to apply Tan which she did so on a model. Also handy tips and no major product pushes, more about technique which in a world of product pushing was refreshing!
Pippa went on to showcase some staple pieces and how she would style them, again useful tips, trucks and some style inspo!
Wrapping up the first half of the day was a fashion show with outfits from H&M, Pennys, River Island, Littlewoods and Coast – I wanted it all… enough said!!!!
With an hour of a break for Afternoon Tea (served by the hotel and seriously yummy) we were all well fed with some time left over for shopping at a couple of pop up shops – Betty and Biddy, Cloud 10 and The Pippa Collection.
The second part of the fashion factory featured The Skin Nerd Jennifer Rock. Jennifer gave her views on good skin care routines and recommendations and again some really useful tips. I liked that she spoke a lot about the ingredients in the products to look for as oppose to pushing particular brands. Pippa did ask her to recommend products which she did but for Jennifer it was more about the routine and the ingredients!
The goodie bag is fab, really nice selection of products and plenty of full size ones to try out!
I believe these vary from show to show but here’s what was in our one:
There are a number of prizes on the day, they have hidden a number of tickets for spot prizes and then there are prizes for best dressed, best shoes, best twitter and best instagram. JustTwoCailini were lucky enough to win best Instagram so needless to say we were thrilled! While there aren’t a huge number of prizes, they are really generous!
Definitely a lovely girlie day out.
Whether you are a Pippa fan or not I think you will like her after the day out, she is extremely down to earth and knows how to connect with the audience.
Pippa & co have nailed the content of the fashion factory, she appears to have a great team behind her and has put the proper set up in place such as the lighting and sound. I’ve been to events with poor sound and inexperienced sound guys and trust me this is an important feature!
The content of the show is definitely informative and not a product push (products mentioned ofcourse but not shoved in your face and no representative there from the brands saying how great the brands are!!)
Tickets sell out in minutes so if you are lucky enough to get them I would have no hesitation to say go for it…
Love T xxx