Thursday, 31 July 2014
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Monday, 28 July 2014
For the love of make up, sort your venue out first! We were stitched up the week before the meet up thanks to the FA Cup final. I phoned ahead to make sure everything was okay and to give a final head count to be told they couldn't guarantee we would all be sat together as they've had to let the main area go to a big group of lads wanting the TV area. Thankfully Orange Rooms in Southampton took all 25 of us in at the last minute and it was fabulous, if you're ever in Southampton make sure you drop in and grab some food.
If people are travelling in for the event, try and keep it in a central location with good public transport links to make it easier for everyone to find.
I sent the menu out to everyone a week before the event as our only condition with our new venue was menu choices needed to be in beforehand. Everyone chose things and got back to me so quickly and I also had a list of what everyone had chosen just in case any one had forgot on the day. Also make sure you check food requirements, some people have allergies, religious food requirements or it may just be a case of swapping things around on the menu. A yummy cocktail menu is always a plus too!
6. Spending your own money
Your own money may have to be spent. We had to buy the goody bags, name tags, extra products if not enough was sent from companies, and little extras that we wanted to make the day extra special.
7. Goody Bags
You don't have to have goody bags to make your event successful. Most people do as a thank you to those coming. We were in touch with PRs for two-three months before the event and were very lucky to have some fab brands involved. You will probably send fifty odd emails but only get ten replies. It's disheartening but forget about it and move on to the next. Not all companies want to work with blog meet ups so don't get offended. You may even be the 72nd person asking the same thing that particular day. Just remember to be polite, to the point and have blog stats ready to email. Also don't forget to follow up after the event with thank you emails and links to reviews.
8. Enjoy yourself
Most importantly, enjoy yourself. This is your event too. Mingle, get to know other bloggers and have some fun. Treat yourself to a cocktail and get talking shop or blog in our cases.
Saturday, 26 July 2014
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Monday, 21 July 2014
Boots is a shop we all know and love and we probably all have our trusty advantage cards tucked away in our purses, So when I noticed the new Boots app* on Android Playstore I downloaded it straight away and quickly entered my details. It is so handy to have as there are special offers and point rewards tailored to what you usually buy so you can get the most out of it. It also tells you what offers are currently in store and has a running points balance so you always know what is on your card. A few weeks ago I received an email asking if I wanted to trial the new Boots app to see how much money I could save, how many offers I could use and how many points I'd receive. I said yes straight away because let's face it, we all love a good Boots haul.
A couple of days later an envelope hit the door mat and inside was my voucher to get all my monthly essentials so off I went to Boots with the other half in tow to carry the huge bag I was planning on leaving with. As soon as I got into Boots I printed off two offers from the machine which were 10% off any two shower gels or bubble bath and double points on all Seventeen make up. From the app I claimed 450 points when you spend over £45 and 200 points when buying anything from S&G Orangasm range. I also received a third off Garnier's Micellar Water, Half price on Garnier's Ultimate Blends and Buy one get a second half price on cotton pads and Seventeen make up.
In total I spent just under £49 and saved a total of £20.38. I received 670 points which meant my advantage points jumped right up to 1578. You can see all the lovely goodies I picked up in the first picture, and no doubt I'll being doing a few more posts once I've used it all too. If you're an advantage card holder, get downloading and claiming your extra offers, especially on top of the paper ones we already receive in the post as you can use multiply offers! Hurrah!
Have you downloaded the Boots app yet? If so, what offers have you used so far?
*Gifted voucher to complete challenge.
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Monday, 14 July 2014
Friday, 11 July 2014
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
Miners Cosmetics was one of the fabulous companies that took part in providing products for the #sotonmeetup goody bags back in May and I thought I would show you what was sent through for each bag! Miners were so helpful in the lead up to the event, not only sending through new magazines but also four full size products for each person who attended. I'm only able to show you three products today as my mum has already whipped away the Tin'o'Tint in Watermelon as she had just run out of lip balm when this came through.
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Friday, 4 July 2014
I've been loving Polyvore recently for whipping up these wishlists or drain the bank lists as I like to call them. Daisy Dream has been on the list for a while, ever since I saw the first pics on Instagram a few months back. I am a huge Marc Jacobs perfume fan and I have just about every perfume he's ever released, (my poor bank account) It sounds awful as even if I don't like the smell of this which I'm sure will be unlikely, I will still be adding this to the collection. The bottles are so beautiful and they look gorgeous sat on your dressing table.
I'm trying to embrace the highstreet a little more. Bourjois is a company I have used on and off over the years and ever since I saw Anna from viviannadoesmakeup.com wearing Rouge Velvet Edition on Ole Flamingo I've been wanting to get my hands on one. I've also read some fab reviews on their CC Cream so I want to check that out too.
Next is Benefit's latest offering They're Real Push Up Liner, I love the mascara, no other makes my lashes as big, so it's only right that I try the liner. Lastly is a cult classic NARS Laguna.. I don't have a counter near me so I've always refrained from ordering until I've been able to get to one but after reading review after review of how good it is, I think it's time I just click the checkout button.
What have you been lusting after recently?
Wednesday, 2 July 2014
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
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