Monday 8 April 2013

#bbloggers: Manchester North Meet Up

Hello girls, I hope you've all had a good weekend! I did something a little different on Sunday afternoon and attended the meet up that Em from Em Talks organised for all us little bloggers based up in the north of the UK. She did an absolutely fabulous job planning and sorting everything for the meet up and everybody needs to appreciate her amazing-ness! It was great to meet her after being a fan of her blog for so long and she's such a gorgeous, enthusiastic and down to earth girl who really put her all into making sure that everybody enjoyed their day.

The day was much more than just 'drinks at a bar' (although we did have a couple of 2-4-1 cocktails and a tipple of Prosecco), as there were a couple of brand representatives who had come along to give talks and demonstrations to us about their products, including: Xen Tan/Glam Glow, Neal & Wolfe, Arbonne and Blanx, as well as Capital FM there to take some red carpet style snaps of us all. It was a beauty bloggers dream situation: to be surrounded by other bloggers and beauty fanatics that are all on the same wave length when it comes to the excitement of a new fake tan or face mask, to be able to chat away to them all while sipping on cocktails, sneaking your 3rd or 4th Krispy Kreme when you think nobody's looking, and to be in a room surrounded with hundreds and hundreds of beauty products! There were a couple of competitions running throughout the day and some of the prizes were amazing, I would've loved to have bagged myself a Neom candle.. they seem to be a blogger essential! But along with making new friends and having a pocket full of contact cards and blogs to check out, we also walked away from the meet up with our arms weighed down with a huge selection of goodie bags, which you may have seen a few sneak peeks of if you follow lots of bloggers on Instagram as I think everybody was a little bit overwhelmed with the extent of the contents; no wonder we struggled to carry them home!

I thought I would take the opportunity to give you all a more in depth look at what we walked away with and see what goodies I'll be trying out over the next few weeks - some of them are really exciting! Em, you must have some amazing contacts to have sorted all of these!

Goodie Bag from In Fashion (

Goodie Bag from Arbonne:
Eye Shadow | Make Up Primer | Lip Moisturiser | Body Cleanser | Information Pack

Goodie Bag from Anne Semonin:
(Brought by the lovely Nikki Wilson - you need to check out her blog!)
Shower Gel | Shampoo | Pack of Face Masks

Bits that I won/was given throughout the day:
Ortigia Hand Cream | Ilah Brow Kit | Arbonne Hair Mask

Popchips, sweets and a great big stack of contact cards!
(And a free hair cut from Celeste Arnold!)

The huuumongous bag sorted by Em herself! (

Lets take a closer look inside.....

Bittersweet London Ripe Pear Drop Sweets (link):

That toothpaste everybody is talking about!
Blanx whitening toothpaste with LED accelerator:

Some bits from well known brands:
Elemis Exfoliating Face Wash | Lee Stafford Hair Growth Shampoo | The Body Shop Lipgloss | Macadamia (selection of a range of products) | Xen-Tan Moroccan Tan | Glam Glow Mud Mask

Samples from Dr.Organic:
Coconut Oil Skin Lotion | Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo | Dead Sea Mineral Mud Mask | Dead Sea Mineral Anti-Aging Stem Cell System

Offerings from SheSaid Beauty:
(You'll have seen all of these before if you've seen any of the past beautybox reviews on my blog)
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil | Collection Primer | Redken Treatment Spray (see my review here) | S-File nail file | The Vintage Cosmetics Eyelash Curlers (I swear by these! Love them!)

Nourish Smoothing Hand Lotion | Fillast Lip Plumper:

Tinted Moisturiser and Micellar Water from Etat Pur:

It was like Christmas rooting through these bags! I've got a lot of testing out to do!

Thanks Em! 
It was a really lovely day and I look forward to attending more events and meets in the future.

If you want to see more pictures from the day and the actual event, rather than just the goodie bags then I will pass you over to The Uni Lass's fantastic post on it here. (I didn't have a camera to take pictures while I was there!)


  1. omg i cant believe how many goodies you got! hope you had a good time! x

  2. Sounds like you had a lovely time! Wow! What an amazing goodie bag!! :)

  3. I feel sorry for poor Em, how on earth was she able to walk around her house on a daily basis with all that stuff in there!!! :P

    Glad you had a nice time!

  4. So jealous! Em did an amazing job!:Dxxx

  5. Such an incredible event! I wish I lived up North!! XX

    Hannah; Glitter and Sparkle

  6. Adorable goodies!

    Emma x

  7. Sounds like you had such a wonderful time! Em seems like such a sweet and funny girl and she really pulled out all the stops to make sure you all enjoyed yourselves. <3

  8. Awww wow you got some absolutely fab goodies! Glad you had a good day I really enjoyed looking through all the photos on Instagram that people had taken it looked really good! Xxx

  9. Wow this sounds amazing and what a generous goody bag! I really want to try some of those nail tattoos xx

  10. Wowee I am SO jealous right now!! Those goodie bags are amazing!! I'm really gutted I couldn't make it, it sounds like a fantastic event!! I look forward to reading your reviews of the goodie bags ;) haha!! Xx.

  11. Wow how amazing are those goodie bags! Looks like a fab day :)


  12. I'm so jealous of those goodie bags! Hope you had a good time :)

    Becky xoxo

  13. Shame I didn't get chance to speak to you yesterday, was an amazing event! Em did an amazing job and I can't wait for the next northern event! :)

    Paula ♥ | xo

  14. Wow sounds like you had a fab time, the goodie bags look beyond amazing, so many things to try out, like you said a beauty bloggers dream :)

  15. How amazing is Em?! This is the most amazing goodybag I have ever seen from a blogger event! Just incredible goodies for everyone xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

  16. It was such an amazing event, well organised and the goodies, wow! Great post :) I missed out on the Blanx whitening toothpaste though, sad times! xx

  17. Sounds like a dream!
    It's fair to say I'm very very jealous, I'd love to meet some other beauty bloggers!

    Emily x -

  18. Amazing goody bags! Sounds like one amazing day! :)


  19. Wow, you really did receive some goodies! Look forward to seeing some reviews :) xx


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