Adeola Ariyo for Elizabeth Arden is revealed with a fab party

Last night Elizabeth Arden SA had a huge bash to announce the gorgeous Adeola Ariyo as their new African ambassador for the Visible Difference, Skin Illuminating and foundation lines. Adeola is from Nigeria, started modelling in London at 13, and now lives in sunny SA.

Adeola Ariyo for Elizabeth Arden Africa
Adeola Ariyo for Elizabeth Arden Africa

The event was held at Katy’s Palace, where they comfortably accommodated a couple of hundred media people and celebrities for a sit down dinner. While we were eating the most tender fillet (followed by possibly the best chocolate tart I’ve ever had) Musa Sekwene, the last Idols winner, serenaded us to make us feel like we’re on one big pre-valentine’s date.

Somewhere in between, MC Jonathan Boynton-Lee (who was announced as Cosmopolitan’s sexiest man a couple of weeks ago, check out the details here) announced that we should go help ourselves at the sample stations upstairs and next thing you know, chairs were being kicked back and dresses hiked up for better sprinting.

On seeing this, my date for the evening, Leigh (Really? Don’t recognise the queen of local beauty blogging by her first name? Shame on you. Go check out her site, I’ll wait) and I did the same. She ‘s surprisingly quick on stilettos but I got stuck behind a herd of tall girls, slowing me down considerably. The great thing about being at the sample stations at the same time as someone as shameless as Leigh, is that no-one notices when you *cough* double up yourself.

The best of my loot - two old favourites are 8 Hour lip balm and a mini fragrance free 8 Hour cream; and I'm excited to try 8 hour Nighttime Miracle Moisturiser.
The best of my Elizabeth Arden loot – two old favourites are 8 Hour lip balm and a mini fragrance free 8 Hour cream; and I’m excited to try 8 hour Nighttime Miracle Moisturiser.

While we headed back downstairs in a post-loot bliss (one of us with an armful of samples, we won’t say who), we not only ran into two of Leigh’s fans, but also the PR Manager for Arden who politely asked her whether she had taken enough. By this time I was hysterical; the sight of the sheer determination of madam strutting through the venue with samples spilling over her arms* while nodding hello to celebs en route had just about finished me.

Thank you for a lovely event Elizabeth Arden, and congratulations to Adeola!

C xx

PS – Elizabeth Arden SA is now on Twitter, click to follow them.

*Leigh might loot like a thug but she’s a total softie – by the end of the night she’d given away at least half of her clutch bag’s contents to others who didn’t get to the sample stations quick enough. Aaaaaaaw….

The view of Sandton Central from Katy's Palace at sunset, during a storm.
The view of Sandton Central from Katy’s Palace at sunset, during a storm.

 

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