I absolutely looooove going to blogger events, probably because making new blogger friends is one of my favourite things to do. Last Thursday, I was kindly invited down to spend the evening at Layer Marney Tower to celebrate the launch of the South East Bloggers Club.
The minute I arrived, I was blown away with the venue, a historic tower situated in the Essex countryside; it was perfect! At the door, we were greeted by the lovely girls behind the SEBC along with various drinks from prosecco to milkshakes and a lovely goodie bag filled with information about all the local brands that were at the event.
Each brand had their own space so it meant you could spend ages chatting and getting to know them and it was great to see how interested they were in our blogs and how much they valued building a relationship. The range of businesses there was amazing too including Betty Booths photo booths, Perrywood Garden Centre and Secret Hamper so there was a real mixture of people to talk to, which was great.
I loved chatting to and networking with local businesses including some local charities like Brainwave; I even had my first bit of Christmas pudding; thanks to Lillypuds. It was so great to be surrounded by so many positive, creative people and to finally celebrate the launch of the SEBC. I can’t wait to see what you girls have up your sleeve, but I’m so glad to be a part it; thanks for the best evening.
Lush events are some of my personal favourites to attend, so when Lust Straford asked if I wanted to come to their first ever event of course I said yes. The event was to showcase some of their scents some of which I was familiar with and some which were new to me so I was very excited. The evening was split between six scents and each scent had an activity related to it. There were also some amazing musicians there who were preforming throughout and their song choices varied from scent to scent.
The first smell was one of my favourites; Dirty and to celebrate that we had mojitos with the cutest flamingos cocktail sticks which were sprayed with the fragrance so every time you took a sip, you got a smell of dirty. We them moved onto Karma which is quite citrusy so for this we all sat on a rag in the middle of the store and there were bowls of oranges for us and some of the staff were walking around spritzing Karma into the air. It was probably my favourite part of the evening, I could have sat there all night just talking and listening to the music.
We then moved onto Vanillary and for this, we were each given a silk scarf which had be spritzed with the scent. Normally I’m not a massive fan of this smell as I find it can be a bit too over powering but each scarf had the perfect amount on it. We also had a go at making our own Cupcake face mask which is now my favourite Lush mask. Imogen Rose followed, which I was so excited for because I love the smell of roses. For this particular scent, the lovely ladies in Lush came round with massage bars and gave us all arm and hand massages which was just heaven. We were also given some Rose flavoured Turkish delight.
The last two scents were All Good Things and Lavender Hill Mob. All Good Things was dedicated to a relationship and how it is great and sweet at the beginning but it can tour bitter and negative. We were given candy floss to symbolise the start and beer to add the bitter element to the scent. We were also given love letters to pass around that had been sprayed with the scent. The last activity that went with Lavender Hill Mob was making our own Ickle Baby Bot while having homemade Lavender cupcakes. I love going to Lush events and being able to make my own bath bomb, it’s great to get involved and see how its done.
The whole evening was perfect, you could tell so much thought and preparation had gone into it and they all really thought about the best ways to showcase each scent. Thank you so much to Lush Stratford for inviting me and hosting THE best Lush event I have ever been to.
Lush have recently released their new Father’s day products and to celebrate, I was invited down to my local Lush store to learn all about them and see them in action. Within the new collection there are; 3 bath products, soap, a shampoo bar, an exfoliator and a moisturiser.
We began the evening by making our own ‘Big Blue’ bath bomb which was so much fun, even though I spilt most of it when we had to put the container together. We then spent some time learning all about the bath products. There are two bath bombs; Lava Lamp and Super Dad and a bubble bar which is called The Mod Father. Both the Mod Father and Super Dad products have quite a masculine smell to them whereas Lava Lamp smells very citrusy. They all smelt incredible though. The soap, which is called Thanks Dad was also just as amazing. It is moulded to look like a building block with the letters D A D on it and it a mixture of yellow and red in colour. Unlike most Lush soaps, this one felt a lot softer and looks like it would be very gentle on the skin.
The last 3 products are more skincare related than bath and all have the same name ‘Smuggler’s Soul’. The first one we looked at was the Shampoo bar. Now, I’ve never used a Shampoo bar before so I wasn’t sure what to expect but it looked so good! Once it was wet, it lathered up and you could tell a little would go a long way. Also this particular Shampoo bar is good if you have a dry or itchy scalp. The last two were a facial scrub and a moisturising gel. The scrub was so gentle, I was actually tempted to buy it for myself. This would be great for an everyday exfoliator that wouldn’t break out or dry your skin. The last product was the moisture gel, which again, I was to tempted to buy for myself. It is so moisturising without being too heavy and thick which is always a great thing and the smell was amazing. Although most people would think to put this on their face, you could use it as an all over body moisturiser.
Like with any Lush collection, there are also gift boxes available which are always a good way to make sure you try out every product.
Have you seen the new Father’s Day collection?
I was kindly invited by the lovely lot at Voice Communications to attend the launch event for the new Intu App which was held at Intu Lakeside Shopping Centre. We were greeted with possibly the nicest prosecco I’ve ever had and got to speak to the marketing team and general manager, Mark to learn about the app and its features. One of my favourite things is the fact that as you walk past a store, the app will alert you if there are any sales or offers on, how cool?!
After having a chat with the lovely people of Intu Lakeside and catching up with Sophie and Stacey, we then began a scavenger hunt around the centre. Using the app to navigate ourselves from store to store, we travelled around to lots of different shops to try out some products. We began by going to Hotel Chocolat where we were met with some peppermint tea and a taste test game where we had to guess what flavour the chocolate was (side note: 100% raw cocoa is not the best haha). While we had some time to look around, I went over to their Valentines range to see what I can treat myself too haha!
We then headed to Patisserie Valerie; somewhere that I have never been to but have heard so many good things about. We were lucky enough to pick a piece of cake to take away but since I was full of chocolate, I opted for a bag of Macarons and they were amazing, especially the coffee one, ah heaven.
Moving onto my favourite shop, Lush! We were able to pick a section that we wanted to try out so we all opted for their skin care. I love Lush’s skin care and could not wait to learn more about what would work for my skin. My favourite thing that we got to try was the Ocean Salt face exfoliator which is now a major part of my skin care routine, it smells amazing and leaves your skin feeling so clean and soft.
After Lush, we headed to Love Aroma which sells Yankee Candles. Honestly, I spent the whole time in here stopping myself from buying them all especially the ‘Peonies’ scented one. We then rounded the night off with a trip to Hamley’s where we all turned into big kids watching magic pens, playing with frisbees and meeting the Hamley’s bear himself.
Thank you so much Voice Communications and Intu Lakeside for hosting my favourite ever blogger event, it was so much fun and if you haven’t already, go and download the new Intu App!
I was kindly invited to intu Lakeside shopping centre to celebrate their 25th birthday with them. I was so excited as I knew it was going to be a fun filled evening and I was so happy to be apart of Lakeside’s first ever blogger event.
I met up with Lauren and Rachel from theflowerthatblooms beforehand and we headed to the 360 Champagne Lounge, where the event was taking place, where we were greeted by a glass of prosecco and the cutest little bag of sweets. After having plenty of time to mingle with old blogging friends and meeting new ones, we sat down and were told all about the new A/W trends to look out for in the stores, which made me so excited to go shopping haha.
We then had even more time to get to know each other before cocktail making. We could pick whatever cocktail we wanted from the menu and then we had the cocktails made for us; I opted to try something new so I went for a cosmopolitan (yes, I’m 22 and never had a cosmo) and it was delicious. While sipping on our cocktails, we were given a master class from Urban Decay, which was probably the best part of the night for me. It was so much fun learning about all the different UD products and how to create the best neutral smokey eye look.
The event was so much fun and it was great to see some familiar faces as well as meeting new ones and I can’t wait for the next Lakeside event!