On Saturday I headed off to the Globe pub in Brighton for the #BtonBloggerMeetup arranged by the lovely (and very organised!) Laura from Lola and Behold. Id never met any bloggers before but everyone was very friendly and I wasn't nervous for long!
At the Globe there was a demonstration from Lush of their Cosmetic Catastrophe facemask which unfortunately I missed, but after a little chat with the other girls came the distribution of the goodie bags (sneaky peak at the end of this post) and an exciting little raffle in which I won a bottle of Skinetica (review coming soon).
After a speedy M&S lunch on the go we were off to My Salon Looks at the Hove end of Western Road where we were kindly treated to hair demonstrations, a glass of Bucks Fizz and macaron or two.
We were shown the Shu Uemera experience, where lovely thick hair oils were dabbed with a sponge into the hair roots, and then combed through the hair to distribute the oil evenly and give the hair amazing softness and shine. George, the Styling Director, said the Shu Uemera products were the first in his career that he had 100% confidence in and they looked so luxurious, even the bowls and spoons used to hold the products looked chic!
Next we were shown a dyeing technique called Tissue Highlights, where tissue is used while the colour is developing instead of the traditional foil. The hair model was then sat under a very futuristic looking dryer (maybe these are common? I don't go in hairdressers often so I was fascinated!). The hair washing room is called The Oasis and it's an amazing dark and relaxing den with massaging chairs and lovely colour changing lights. After a quick rinse we saw how delicate and blended the tissue had made the highlights instead of the streaky look that a foil technique can occasionally create.Soon it was time to leave the salon but not before we were very generously and unexpectedly treated to a £15 off voucher for the salon and a choice of a professional pair of straighteners or hairdryer. I chose a hairdryer which is the TI Sensual Salon Professional 3600 and has Argan Oil technology that helps produce smoothing ions as it dries the hair. I've been using mine everyday since I so kindly received it and my hair has never looked so good, it blows like a hurricane but is definitely not as hot as my ear burning previous dryer and my hair is looking silky smooth!
Next we were off to the Body Shop where a lovely representative helped some of the girls with new purchases and I had a good swatch and chat about favourite products with Holly from HC Beauty. Finally we split into little groups and some of us went off to the MAC shop for some more swatching (spreading of Pro Longwear and Strobe Cream up my arm!).
After a very quick stop in the Seven Stars, and too soon, it was time for me to rush off. Lots of the girls stayed in town for dinner together and I was sad to miss out as it would've been great to have more of a chat with everyone!
I was really blown away by the goodie bag as when I first put my name down I didnt even know that there would be goodies! We received an amazing array of samples so definitely keep your eye out for reviews of the products soon. Ive been trying out lots of the products already and so far am particularly impressed with the ILAH Semi Permanent Brow Kit (amazing staying power and great colours for girls with confusing brown hair/black eyebrow combos like me!), Skinetica blemish lotion and Bodhi Neroli face oil. We also received a full size Birchbox, which was a lovely surprise, and a polish from NailGirls that was hand picked based on our blogs- I received Pink 7 which is a lovely bluey bubblegum pink.
I had a really lovely day and it was so nice to chat with other beauty bloggers, I look forward to meeting up again sometime soon!