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Colour Me Beautiful or House of Colour (in Manchester) ?
I went to HOC as that was the only one available in my area. I also thought CMB was a naff name. It was okay (really useful actually), but it did feel like a bit of a conveyor belt, and I was glad there were only two of us when I went - a bigger group would mean less attention.
I wanted some 'me time' as well and was lucky enough to get a gift package from my husband for a Colour Me Beautiful gift package for an image consultation. I didn't really know what to expect but am now a CMB convert!
They've completely revamped their system - getting away from the colour seasons and have a more up-to-date and flexible approach. I found out what colours of clothes suited my colouring. I was a bit apprenhensive about this, but she showed right and wrong colours and it really made a difference!
I was then shown which styles were best for my body shape and lifestyle. She did touch a bit on make-up (which surprisingly I found quite interesting as a minimal make-up wearer myself) - it was mainly focused on colours & styles of clothes though.
My 'consultant' as they are called was lovely. It was kind of like having my own Trinny&Susannah/Gok session, but with a very down-to-earth lady I could relate to. Would highly recommend this to other mums out there!
I've only had the house of colour done but went with my mum who has had both and she said house of colour much better.
With HoC they not only tell you what season you are but go into more detail such as if you are Vibrant Autumn or Blue Autumn (like me so suit navy blue, peacock blue, purple) It's also great as you rate each colour in the season spectrum so for example for me, Purple is 100% which means I can wear it head to foot and look great, Lime green however is only 25% which means I can wear it but more like a scarf or a pair of shoes - more as an accent of colour.
I really enjoyed it and used to wear loads of pink which now I've had my colours done I realise doesn't actually suit me like I thought and there is more to colours than just liking them.