Hey everyone! Ah, so seriously, I am still so overwhelmed whilst writing this. But, yesterday, Sunday 7th April officially goes down as one of the best days of my life. Back in February I decided that I wanted to give something back to the community, so I set a tweet to see if anyone would attend a Northern event, and was overwhelmed with the hundred and something responses that I got. I asked everyone where they could travel to, and 95% of people said Manchester, so Manchester it was. I got to work, and like a lone wolf, started emailing anyone and everyone I knew to find sponsors for the event. And sponsors did I get. Wow. I am blown away by the companies who helped to make this event possible. On this photo you can see an array of beautiful candles etc from Amara, John Frieda prizes, Make Believe Beauty Prizes, John Lewis Prizes and more .. I can't wait for you to see the photos...
I made around 65 goodie bags, all of which went! I bought some pretty pink bags and some ribbon to put around all of the handles, but this ran low on supplies and only ended up on half the bags boo.
My house has been like a shop for the past few weeks.
DermaV10 also kindly sent some of their own goodie bags to my house.
I turned the conservatory into my office and got to work packing the bags, with lots of help from my Mum. Most people went away with 4 goodie bags each, one of mine, a Derma V10 goodie bag, a Soinfashion goodie bag and an Arbonne goodie bag.
We had the beautiful VIP Mezz section of Revolution Bar, DeansGate Locks. The party planners at Revolution are fantastic and helped me with any need on the day, including supplying yummy prosseco, which quickly went! So many bloggers came that Revolution kindly also let us use the downstairs section of the bar as well, which actually worked out great as it meant that we had beauty stations downstairs. I had eye brow technicians, fake tanners, nail artists and make up artists. Not to mention Blanx toothpaste who were there to show off their incredible LED light product.
Crazy amount of goodie bags behind the prize-filled bar.
Left: Me and Charlotte from http://atrendimadeearlier.blogspot.co.uk and Charlotte Lewis from lurchhoundloves.com | Middle: Me and the lovely Bryony Dodds from the-life-edit.blogspot.co.uk and then me and the gorgeous Victoria from inthefrow.com, one of my favourite blogs. So amazing to meet these lovely girls, finally!
Big hair day...
Everyone looked absolutely fabulous, we particularly loved these gorgeous shoes worn by Laura Hyatt of heroineinheels.blogspot.co.uk, such a gorgeous girl!
Capital FM were kind enough to run give aways to win Bruno Mars and Mcfly tickets, they also supplied us with a red carpet paparazzi area.
The lovely Tahila from Ilah brows came along with her great brow sets and mascara, offering everyone complimentary eye brow kits. She also came along with a great nail technician who was on hand to make everyones hands look their best.
The lovely Natalie from Xen-tan came to do a talk about Xen-tan and glam glow, she's such an inspiration and I love her and what she stands for, she also represents two of my favourite brands of all time, as you all know, Xen-tan and Glam Glow.
I was lucky enough to have three of my all time favourite make up artists on hand on the day. They're all amazing at special effects make up and normal make up, so it was great to have them giving out tips throughout the day, experimenting and showing people what they can do! Please do have a look at their Facebook pages/YouTube channels.
Some of Anchal's beautiful work. The make up artists are seriously talented.
Megan showing off her amazing special effects talents.
Emma and Celeste from Celeste Arnold hair came to offer everyone hair consultations, free Neal and Wolfe hair goodies and a complimentary cut and blow dry in their Manchester salon! Not bad ey?
Here is the lady herself giving everyone some great advice.
As you can see, she has styled a range of celebrities hair. She even said she liked my hair, yay!
Emma, author of Get Rich Blogging Zoe Griffin from http://livelikeavip.com and Celeste.
Again, me and Zoe, the lovely author of Get Rich Blogging.
Keil from Arbonne supplied us all with some incredible products.
Here are just a handful of the lovely girls who came!
The bloggers went away with some gorgeous Anne Semonin goodies, the beautiful Nikki Wilson kindly sorted this out for us, so thank you!
Cupcakes made by the gorgeous Lauren from cherrylovesit87.blogspot.com - thank you so much!
Here is what most of the bloggers all went away with! Some people got different things as some brands sent 30 of some items, whilst some sent 55, and so on, but hopefully everyone was happy with their goodies. Most girls should have gone away with at least 3 goodie bags!
Amazing sugar free sweets from Bittersweet.
Gorgeous bits and bobs from Dr. Organic.
The lovely Burt's Bees. The Authentic Cocktail company supplied some seriously cool cans but I didn't want to give these out at a bar, so instead I just gave them out to the girls at the end.
My favourite brand, Xen-tan.
Lee Stafford kindly supplied products, SkinMed kindly supplied Fillast lip balm for the event...
I gave away these gorgeous candles, and other beautiful gifts from Amara, which is now my favourite website for all things home, arhh I need every candle from there.
Amazing Neom candles were given out as prizes throughout the day, also from Amara.
HollieDollie and Bellus Jewellery kindly gave everyone jewellery and discount codes. And yes, that is tea pigs in the corner, tea pigs for everyone!
Derma V10 gave us lots of goodies including fake tan, a tanning mit, day cream, lipbalm, moisturiser and more. Also in the corner there some Neal and Wolfe shampoo and some Anne Semonin goodies.
I have an obsession with Popchips ever since getting them in my Cosmopolitan Blog Awards goodie bag, they're so healthy yet taste so yummy, so we had these in the goodie bags and lots out on the day for people to nibble on.
Dr.Hauschka (sold in Harvey Nichols) bronzers were in most of the goodie bags.
The bloggers got some lovely Anne Semonin treats!
Basically what each blogger went away with, some went away with more if they won the numerous giveaways, including Neom candles, Boohoo vouchers, Make Believe Beauty sets, Murad Skin sets and more. I had around 40 prizes to give away.
Calcot Manor items are incredible, you can also see The Body Shop lip glosses were in the goodie bags.
Ah Keil from Arbonne gave us some gorgeous goodie bags, I cannot wait to review these products, you can look at the website here, but basically, they're incredible swiss products made with like, the best ingredients. such good products.
SheSaidBeauty kindly supplied us with little goodie bags, including RedKen products and a Stylfile.
Ah my favourite things, gorgeous Washi! Skin Polishing kits.
Most people will have got some Elemis goodies in their bag, including a 15% off voucher.
Murad supplied quite a lot of these for give away prizes!
ah thank you Revolution for my pomegranate vodka.
I love these Calcot Manor items that were in the goodie bags.
I can't wait to use these eyelash curlers from TheVintageCosmetic Company.
This is hands down the best skin product i've ever used for spots, a full review will be up asap.
I just want to say a huge thank you to all of the girls who came and made this happen. Also, the incredible make up artists, brands who spoke, a few of my lovely friends who popped down to support me, my family who have supported me from day one, the generous brands who included items for the goodie bags. It was great to bring an online community together, in the flesh I suppose. I still can’t get over the turn out, over 70 people which is just insane and probably makes this the first and biggest Northern blogger-organised event yet.
*Some products arrived later than the date of the event, but the lovely ladies at Zaggora have offered a gift voucher to someone so I will be choosing the best blog post about the event to award this to!, Barratts shoes also have a £50.00 voucher to give away and this will be the same!*
It would be impossible to list all of the brands who supported this event, so I hope that you can see them through the photographs. There are some fantastic blog posts flying around already about the event, and the hashtag on twitter, #northmeetup was going wild and actually trended on the day! How exciting, I think we created history that day. We probably also drank Revolution dry of their incredible 2 for 1 cocktails. I’m still speechless to be honest when it comes to the event, it just goes to show, that a lot of hard work really does pay off when you see so many girls with smiles on their faces, I wish I could have spoken to you more but I was running around like a headless chicken making sure everyone was happy. It was just incredible to see everyone chatting about things we all love, and seeing everyone get on. If anyone would like any high res photos please email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you some! Again, a massive thanks to the incredible brands featured in the photos who made this possible, oh and Krispy Kreme for delivering us doughnuts throughout the day!
I would love to organise another event in the future - lots of stress but SO worth it! I had such a good day. I can't wait to show you the video very soon! Lots and lots of love, Em x