Friday, June 24, 2016

Marissa's Masterclass

Look up Girl Boss in the dictionary and you are sure to see a photo of Marissa Carter; entrepreneur, owner and founder of the one and only Cocoa Brown. Marissa is a wife and mother to two young children and she is one inspirational and ambitious woman!

Marissa has created one of Ireland's most successful beauty brands, and it is a brand which keeps on growing. Starting off with the best selling One Hour Original Tan Mousse, there are now twelve products in the range including the much loved Golden Goddess Oil which is even loved by Khloe Kardashian! Marissa's range has just recently branched in to haircare and skincare with the new Kind collection to add even more products to her ever expanding empire. And have you seen the new Rose Gold Goddess Oil.... oh. em. gee. So pretty!

So when Marissa announced she was starting to do a series of workshops, called Marissa's Masterclass, throughout the country, a day full of beauty and skincare, I knew it was a day I would not want to miss out on. When the Donegal date was announced, in Harveys Point on June 11th, Lynette and I immediately got online and got ourselves tickets.

In the week leading up to her Masterclass in Harveys Point, Marissa was letting us see what was going to be included in the goody bags and we were very excited for what was in store in her Masterclass!

On the 11th, the time had arrived to head to Harveys Point to see Marissa and the Cocoa Brown team in action. We arrived in Harveys Point to a 'Welcome Tea and Coffee' in the bar area.
Lots of ladies were starting to gather, some super glamorous ladies at that and the excitement of a day of beauty and skincare talk was palpable! 

We then started to make our way into the function room and we were greeted by Stephanie from Cocoa Brown and, and our very own Aisling from Powder 'n' Pout. And just behind them, was the lady herself, Marissa! Marissa was very obliging to having photos taken with all the ladies arriving to her Masterclass.
Lynette and I got our chance to get a photo and meet Marissa, and I can safely say that Marissa is the sweetest lady, an absolute diamond. I can't speak highly enough of her and I am not surprised she is as successful as she is. As Lynette and I walked up to her, she exclaimed that she felt 'so small'... you could put her in your pocket!
Me, Marissa, Lynette at Marissa's Masterclass, Harveys Point, June 11th
The Masterclasses are sponsored by Ramona from Cara Pharmacy and RTE's Dragons Den. Cara Pharmacy had a pop-up shop at the Masterclass, full of affordable and high-end beauty and skincare products that were called 'Marissa's Must-Haves'. There were opportunities before the Masterclass kicked off to browse and buy the products... SO many beautiful products, from Flawless to Lancome to Pestle and Mortar ~ one. of. everything. please. (I obviously bought some products.. post on those purchases to come!).

Marissa took to the stage shortly after 11am and held the attention of every lady in the room in the palm of her hand throughout the day! She was an absolute delight to listen to and is a fountain of knowledge on beauty and skincare.
I took notes upon notes about all the products Marissa would recommend, the lady sure knows her stuff so I will be taking her advice.
Ramona then joined Marissa on stage twice throughout the day for a Q&A session and both women are such inspirations.

Marissa gave out spot prizes all throughout the day, everyone in the room got a spot prize ~ I was the lucky winner of the Holos Skincare goody bag, a lush new Irish skincare company. The goody bag included a Sweet Mandarin soy candle, Love Your Skin hand cream and Good Morning body oil. Each one of the products smell divine and all products are natural and aromatherapy based.

Holos Skincare Goody Bag ~ Spot Prize, Thanks Niamh from Holos!
Afternoon Tea was served at lunchtime, and it was delicious. A selection of savoury and sweet treats for everyone, along with tea and coffee. Lunchtime was also a good time to browse the pop-up Cara Pharmacy shop and spend some €€€; the girls from Cara were extremely helpful and knew their products inside out.

Marissa then took to the stage again and introduced Aisling from Powder 'n' Pout in Carndonagh. Aisling and her team of girls; Andrea, Sinead and Julie, were lucky enough to be the hair and makeup team for Marissa and her team that morning! Marissa then sprung it on Aisling asking her to stay for the Masterclass and do a makeup demo on stage! Aisling did a fabulous eyebrow demo look on a lady from the crowd.
Marissa then completed a full makeup look on her own sister Colleen; mainly how to apply your under-eye concealer and contour correctly. The difference your under-eye concealer makes to your face is incredible, below gives you an idea of how to apply.
Marissa is a big fan of colour correcting and she mentioned the CC creams by Flormar several times. These CC creams are available in four shades; green, peach, pink and violet. I have talked about the green shade in a previous post you can read here. I am a big fan of these CC creams and recommend them alot! The full Flormar range is available in Brennans Pharmacy, Carndonagh.

After a day full of information, laughs, spot prizes, product talk and so much beauty related chat, the day had come to end and Marissa thanked us all so much for making the day fun for her and saying she wanted to move to Donegal as we were all so glamorous!
We were given our goody bags which everyone was so excited about! So below you can have a nosey at just how much was included in the goody bags...

Cara Pharmacy 12pc Brush Set

iwhite Instant Teeth Whitening - Marissa herself is a big fan of this range

Sleek Cream Contour Kit in the shade Light

Nivea Double Effects Eye Make-Up Remover | Sally Hansen Nail Polish | Instant Effects Lash Volumiser | Giorgio Armani Si EDP | Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Samples 
New Cocoa Brown Tanning Wipes
To say the goody bags were generous is an understatement! Every single item is something I would use. We were the first to get our hands on the new Tanning Wipes too - something which Marissa said she wants everyone to start to trust again! I have tried them; there are no streaks and they are great for topping up your Cocoa Brown tan ;)

If you have ever have a chance to meet Marissa, do! Or a chance to go to one of her Masterclasses, do! I have followed Marissa on Twitter since her days of owning her own salon in Dublin and then when she was off on maternity leave, she developed the idea for Cocoa Brown.

It was a great day and I would thoroughly recommend Marissa's Masterclass, perfect girly day out!

Thanks for reading :)

Danielle x


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