Meeting other bloggers can be a scary and daunting idea to some, including myself, but after attending my second local meet up, I have found the experience to be very enjoyable and I am already counting down the days until the next event. For a couple of months now I’ve had the #SotonOctMeetUp on my calendar and I’ve been so excited to be reunited with some of my blogging babes from the last meet and also meet some new faces. After a few slight mishaps the day had finally arrived with Alice from Annie Writes Beauty stepping in as the new host for the day.
This event was held at the exclusive and luxurious Room Service cocktail lounge which is available for hire within the Orange Rooms, Southampton. A quirky and unique bar in Bedford Place offering delicious gourmet burgers and sticky buffalo wings complimented by the most dynamic cocktail menu with something to suit everyone’s tastebuds.
There was a lot of last minute changes to the event with the original host dropping out so there wasn’t a lot of organisation to the day, it was very casual and relaxed with people being able to come and go, grab a drink when they want and eat whenever they chose to. First up on my agenda was food shockingly! I had the nacho chicken wrap with fries with onion rings which did not disappoint as per usual! Next up was catching up with everyone and chatting away about all things blogging. Everyone was so friendly and chatty and I definitely felt like I spoke to most people who attended.
The afternoon was filled with demonstrations from the 4 brands attending the event: In Situ Cosmetics, ESPA Skincare, Lush and Merumaya with each doing something slightly different helping to break the day up. First I had a skincare consultation with ESPA where the lovely ladies introduced me to the brand and the products on offer before taking me on a sensual journey to determine which products would be most beneficial to me. Next up was a talk from In Situ Cosmetics where we were introduced to the concept of customising skincare to our personal preferences. Personalised skincare products are something I have never seen before but I am very intrigued to try. Lush were showcasing their Christmas and Halloween collection, which we were able to play with and test and see in action! I was one of the luckier ones to receive the most relaxing arm massage I have ever have had and its safe to say I will definitely be stocking up their massage bars ASAP!
The stand out brand from this event for me has to be Merumaya! I had never heard of this skincare brand before the event but I am so glad that I have now been introduced to them especially by such a friendly and welcoming member of the Merumaya family. Lekha is the most passionate and enthusiastic ambassador for the brand with her excitement in the products really encouraging us all to want to try them and find out more. Although anti-ageing is not a worry for me at the moment, one day it will be and products that give me a head start in preventing these signs are welcome with open arms. I could have sat and talked to her for hours as the idea of integrative skincare really interested me and I am very keen to get my hands on the other products in the range. Its fair to say Lekha created quite a buzz between us bloggers and thats down to her clear belief in and dedication to Merumaya. If you haven’t heard of them I would 100% recommend taking a look at their website and finding out more, you won’t be disappointed!
After everyone had visited all the brands and made any last minute purchases, the goodie bags were handed out and the raffle was held. I was lucky enough to win one of the prizes available which was a package of skincare saviours from a brand called Bee Good that I am very excited to try. There will be a post to follow showing everything I picked up on the day and my first impressions going live over the weekend so keep an eye out for that!