On Wednsday, 23rd April, we were invited to an evening at Bellamias Party, in Barker Street in Norwich (near to Halfords), by the owner, Karen Williams. Bellamias Party is housed in a commercial unit with some parking off road (parking is also permitted on the road).The purpose of the visit was to find out how Oasis could use the facilities, or other ways we might benefit from Karen’s expertise.
Beccie, Vicky, Serena, Carole, Petra and Geri were warmly welcomed by Karen and her friend, Victoria, who helped her throughout the evening. We were given coffee and tea in very comfortable (and very pink) surroundings.
Bellamias Party is designed for parties aimed at young girls so the facilities are very much geared to experimenting with make-up, wigs and dressing up. There are make-up tables with mirrors and lights and a studio with backdrops and lighting for photo sessions. There is a large room upstairs.
The first part of the evening was a demonstration of a facial and make up with Beccie as the model. Karen explained that she sells a make-up called Tropic, developed by Susie Ma, a runner up on The Apprentice. Her philosophy is very much about natural ingredients and animal welfare. Beccie’s facial consisted of make-up remover, toner and exfoliator, followed by a facial mask for hydration and face lift to create clear skin. A supergreen serum (rather like a smoothie) was applied. There is also a daily moisturiser.
There was more experimentation with hand creams and other products. Beccie and Petra also opted for a foot spa.
More coffee and tea followed with a lot of congenial chatting with Karen and Victoria. The evening ended with a “bitch raffle” – a new experience for all of us! Three prizes were on offer, prosecco, Disorono chocolates and a make-up collection. All the tickets are drawn and, if you have a winning ticket, you can choose whichever prize you like, even if it has already been won. Very quickly, Serena had all three prizes, only to have them snatched away! (She ended up with nothing as usual!)
It really was a most enjoyable evening, due in no small part to Karen and Victoria’s bubbly and outgoing personalities. It would be great if they could come to Oasis to tell us more about skin care and make-up or we could arrange another visit to Bellamias with more ladies to learn about make-up or use the photographic facilities. Obviously, there are plenty of changing and make-up facilities.