Advantages Professional hair cut, friendly staff, drinks topped up, great looking make up
Disadvantages All seemed a bit rushed, lots of waiting around, expensive prints
The big man in red for Christmas last year threw up some surprises in my stocking: my favourite tv series box set , a perfume I’d been lusting over for months, Lush goodies galore and.. what’s that? A voucher for a deluxe makeover and photoshoot as New ID studios in Manchester? “I’m not going,” I decided almost instantaneously. Don’t get me wrong I’m not ungrateful but I did wonder why the present-giver had chosen this voucher for me, granted I am quite girly but the idea of sitting around for hours all dressed up in a poky room having a few photographs taken and then being fleeced for a post-it note size image of myself didn’t sound like my idea of fun.I think the voucher had a life span of 12 months to redeem my photoshoot and makeover experience and in March last year I’d completely forgotten about it and put it at the back of a drawer attempting to put it off but ofcourse I got a phonecall from the present-giver asking if I’d been to the New ID studios yet I made a quick excuse and immediately felt guilty so I dug out my voucher.
A typed up letter came with the voucher which told me everything I needed to know, the first step to claiming my makeover and photoshoot experience was to ring the studios and book an appointment as they are in high demand so I took the plunge and rang the nearest studios which was in Manchester they booked me in for 3 weeks time.I read the rest of the letter and learnt that I had to take 3 different outfits with me, take my lunch as I could be there for several hours and take some cash in case I decided to purchase any of the photographs taken. Fat chance, I thought. I also read about what the experience entailed : a professional make up application, a professional hair cut, a blow-dry and finish, a professional photoshoot, private viewing session, a complimentary 12x8 print and complimentary drinks throughout. I began to come round to the idea when I learnt that I’d be getting a hair cut and complimentary drinks.
**My experience begins**
As 3 weeks came and went it was the day of the photoshoot I’d already picked out a few outfits and jumped on the train with my packed lunch. I had printed out a map from Google from Manchester Victoria train station to the studios it was about a 15-20 minute walk and was very easy to find. I was expecting to see a beauty salon type exterior to the studios which is was once you take the life inside an official looking building as the New ID studios is located above an office.
It was an hour before I was called into the make up artists room, this room was average sized and there was 3 other ladies having their make up done at the same time and it felt a bit like being on a factory production line once one of us had finished having nail polish applied we moved on to another ‘station’ where we were prodded as and brushed to perfection.
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