On Monday I attended my first ever blogger event!
Since I started my blog – which wasn’t THAT long ago – I have heard nothing but good things about The Bloggers Hangout events, so I signed up to attend the evening soiree in Hoxton, and it was nothing short of an amazing experience!
On the day of the event I didn’t really have any expectations, but I was a bit anxious, worrying about what to expect, wondering what the atmosphere would be like and if I would talk to anyone… but, to be honest, I had nothing to worry about.
So let me rewind – Just before the event, I had arranged to meet up with a few lovely bloggers that I had become friends through Twitter chats – Laura, Christine & Shannon x
The venue was a short walk away from Hoxton station and was in a cute kind of derelict building. I wasn’t really sure what to expect in terms of layout but at first glance it appeared quite small, however, as I made my way throughout the stalls I noticed there was actually two rooms filled with bloggers and great brands!
So, when we first entered the venue, I kind of felt out of my depth, and the best thing to do, for me, in these types of situations, is just dive in. The first brand that caught my eye was a drinks brand called ZEO.
To be completely honest I didn’t really know how to approach the stall, but I went up and the lady was sooo kind. She went through the brand, telling me a little about the drinks – check them out here! They had five flavours to taste, including: Peach and Grapefruit, Zesty Lime, Blood Orange and Citrus, Mixed Berry and Cloudy Lemon, but, I opted for the peach and grapefruit, as I normally got for a safe lemon kind of drink.
I know everybody expects us bloggers to rave about the brands in these blogs, but I was pleasantly surprised about Zeo’s refreshingly fruity taste, which wasn’t too overpowering or too fizzy, making it a great treat if you’re trying to ween yourself off of fizzy drinks, yet still want to fill the void with a sparkling treat.
After tasting, I got talking to the brand representative and she basically explained the drinks in more detail: “We add a tiny amount of South American Stevia and just a touch of beet and cane sugar for sweetness. Our six bright, crisp and refreshing flavours are carefully crafted in small batches and are under 30 calories for a 275ml bottle.”
I’m not a fan of juices or fizzy drinks, but this is a drink I would genuinely buy from time to time. What really interested me though is that the drinks are perfect for experimenting with, say if you wanted to make a low calorie Mojito or create a zesty icing for a cake!
After speaking to Zeo, I felt a lot more confident about talking to other brands. At these types of events it’s so easy to feel out of place, but I just went to the next stall which was Jurlique!
I’ve heard of Jurlique before through some of my fave vloggers on YouTube, but had never tried them for myself. Jurlique is a natural skincare brand from Australia and they are amazing!
I was immediately drawn in by their cute stall, which was decorated with their new hand creams – I’m sure you know how much I love hand creams and lip balms now – so I had a peruse and the representative, Claire, got talking to me. I told her my obsession with hand creams like a complete nerd, and she offered to give me a hand massage using the new hand cream range! Let me just say… this hand cream DOES work. I dunno if it was the hand massage combined with the cream but my hands felt supple and moisturised. Normally if I wash my hands they get tight and really dry, but I woke up the next day and they still felt soft, even my boyfriend noticed, and that says a LOT! So check them out!
Claire was so personable and I feel like we really got on, she also kindly gave me this rosewater balancing mist that smells divine. It refreshes and revitalises your face and can be sprayed over your makeup after a long day or just used to calm and rebalance you.
Next up was Kenneth Turner, I am a huge candle fan, I have so many sweet homely scented Yankee Candles in my room but, Kenneth Turner is master florist who embraces floral couture and has turned his passion into a niche – floral scented candles that are long lasting!
This was the amazing Kenneth Turner table, all the scented candles and incense sticks were on display and truly smelled divine. Not to blow my own trumpet or anything, but I was actually quite good at deciphering the ingredients in each candle – the lady was suprisingly impressed – my favourite being Spirit.
I chose to take the scented room cologne in Signature a quite spicy and classic scent, which is a completely different scent from what I would normally, but I’ve never had a room cologne so I thought I’d try a different type of product.
During the event, there were a lot of stalls to choose from, but I tried to only go to brands that I thought I would be genuinely interested in… I feature nail styles and trends quite a bit on my blog which is why I had to visit ThumbsUp a brand that specialises in cool graphical nail wraps – just look at their amazon patterns *dreamy eyes*
I don’t know if you know this, but I work in the jewellery industry, which means I’m always drawn to really sparkly pretty jewellery. Dolly’s was one of three jewellery stalls featured at the event, but out of all, I really liked her pieces. Dolly’s pieces were all handmade – she was kind enough to gift me this gorgeous skiver feather charm bracelet which will look wicked stacked against my watch and other cool bracelets.
By this point, I had nearly been around all the stalls for the event, but I feel I really had left best until last – I found a stall for L.A.B2 and SensationNAIL !
L.A.B2 are a brand that creates professional makeup products and tools for makeup junkies – making it easy for normal people like me with a real interest in makeup to make our makeup look flawless. I received a gift bag which contained some makeup brushes and a cute sponge applicator – The box also featured a diagram on how to actually use the sponge applicator which will come in handy as I’ve had no luck in the past.
I’ve actually used the makeup brushes once to create a glittery eye look and they were so nice to use. The brushes were fluffy and dense and picked up product quite well. They are simply designed too, which I love!
SensatioNAIL is probably the brand I was most excited about trying after I left the event, offering shiny gel nails that are achievable from your own home. I don’t know how to explain just how excited I was, but getting shellac every two weeks can become expensive, so this is a great and affordable alternative, especially as you don’t have to use special gel colours, but can use your own nail varnish and mix it with a gel formula to created a gel polish from your already existing collection! whoop whoop!
The pack contained an easy three step guide and to set the nails AND it comes with a snazzy LED Lamp! I mean – this is crazy!
As you can probably tell from all the amazing goodies I picked up, the event was totally beneficial, although, I do wish it was more social, in terms of meeting bloggers as everyone was occupied with talking to brands – It seems like I walked passed many Twitter friends without even knowing lol
As a new blogger, The Bloggers Hangout event was really cool, and a great way to interact with brands I wouldn’t have, from behind a screen.
Have you been to a Bloggers Hangout event? Do you recommend any other blogger events? Hit me up x