23 October 2014

#sheffieldbbloggers event

We do seem to be spoilt for events and meet ups at the minute, and last weekend was just another great example of this! Georgina, Heather and Ashleigh put on a great event in Sheffield so when Saturday morning came we hopped in the car and set off down the road!

It didn't take us long at all to arrive at our venue for the afternoon, the South Indian Restaurant Maveli, where we were promptly welcomed and invited to wander round and see what was happening around the room.

One important element of the event was the focus on the charity Look Good, Feel Better. Jan from the charity had come along to explain a bit about the important work they do - providing a much needed confidence boost for cancer patients by offering a fun and friendly makeover session including their own 'confidence kit', full of products to just help the ladies feel a bit better about themselves at a time when it might be hard to do so. It did seem like the perfect charity to be involved in a beauty bloggers meet up as I'm sure many of the attendees know all too well how much difference a face of make up or a bit of a pampering session can make to how you feel. Through selling raffle tickets (for some amazing prizes!) we raised around £250 for the charity!

Lush Sheffield had also come along to show off their wares, including some gorgeous new Christmas products! Anything where Lush are involved is always good with me - I could stand around sniffing their bath bombs for hours.... and more or less did! They were also giving arm massages and letting us have a go at making our own bath bombs too!

christmas gift products from lush

Here's Jenna demonstrating an expert bath-bomb making technique. We were making Ickle Baby Bots, one of the bath things I've never tried! It was designed with children in mind, but this one is all mine!

Of course it'd be a huge shame to be in such a nice restaurant and not have any food so I think everyone was very excited about the spread put on for us by Maveli. I didn't actually get to try a lot - too much going on and too easily distracted - but the bits I did nibble on were very tasty and I heard nothing but good things about the food from everyone else!

The next treat in store for us was the arrival of HD Brows specialist Kim from Boudoir Salon - this girl knows her brows! She got to work her magic on a few lucky ladies (as modelled below by Simone) and the rest of us managed to pick up a trick or two just by watching - especially as she gave us a little tutorial in threading! I can't imagine being let loose on anyone, including myself, with a piece of thread is a good idea but at least I now have a basic understanding of how it works - something that had always confounded me in the past! Kim also kindly donated a full HD Brows treatment as one of the raffle prizes - what a hero!

Oh and speaking of the raffle! What am amazing selection of prizes - I think the four Vivienne Westwood rings donated by Silvertree were the most highly sought after prizes - but there were plenty more amazing things like the Bee Good Bundle, a set of OPI nail polishes from coloristiq, and more lovely jewellery from Taupe and Pearl. My car-load were quite lucky as we ended up with a bunch of goodies from The Balm, Handmade Burger Co vouchers, a Cocoa Brown tanning gift set, and a pair of sunglasses from Sunglasses Shop ... and I think something else that I can't remember ... between us!

Georgina had also brought along a bunch of her own 'dress up' things which proved a very popular form of entertainment throughout the day, as demonstrated by Sammie and Carrieanne...

You'd have thought that would be enough to keep us all entertained all day, but there was one last surprise - and it was a really good one! Costellos Cakery - a Sheffield based company who deliver cakes (yes, deliver cakes, right to your door!) - swung by with boxes of their gorgeous goodies for us to try! I had a couple of little tasters - all incredible - and bought myself a rather sizable portion of the Peanut Butter Stack to take home. It was not only completely delicious but did me that evening for dessert and the next day for breakfast! If I lived in Sheffield and had easy access to these guys I'd be in big trouble!

It was eventually time to wander off home - though not without a goody bag so full of stuff it'll need a whole post to itself (so keep your eyes peeled for that!), but we all agreed it was a really fantastic event, fun and friendly with lots to do but while still having a really cool chilled out atmosphere. Huge thanks to the ladies who planned it and everyone else involved! 

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