On Saturday July 12th mine and Sarah from At the Beauty Desk's beauty blogger meetup took place. This was a day which we had spent two months planning and we were so excited for the day to arrive and for everyone to meet, have fun, see some beauty demos and get some surprises along the way, most notably the goody bags! The five brands which hosted us and gave us beauty demos gave us their own made up goody bags and they were all so generous to us, seriously, we were well and truly spoilt! I also had the task of putting together the goody bags for the brands who weren't showcasing at our event but who wanted to be included in some way/ I spent a month planning the bags and so many wonderful brands got on board and once again were so generous to us. At one point my spare room was full of fifty bags full of goodies, I couldn't even see out the window! The above picture is everything we got on the day from all the brands involved, it was like all our Christmases had come at once! I got 84 products in my bags, seriously, how lucky were we all?!
After our wonderful experience at Lush Cork we were sent on our merry way with a bag full of goodies which we got to choose ourselves. We were show how to make bath bombs with Paul and we each got to make our own bath bomb and got to keep it at the end of the demonstration so I made that bath bomb! I also got a handmade bubble bar from the lovely Dee. My Lush goody bag contained -
Think Pink Bath Bomb
Feeling Younger Skin Tint
Ultrabland Facial Cleanser
The Comforter Bubble Bar
King of Skin Body Butter
At the end of our beauty event with Debenhams we were each presented with a goody bag full of gorgeous things and lots of samples. We were also given a €50 voucher to spend on whatever we wanted in store on the day, so unbelievably generous of Debenhams, we all really couldn't believe it and the fact that we were getting vouchers was greeted with gasps all around the room! My Debenhams goody bag contained -
Two Red Herring floral headbands
Dior Addict pink mascara sample
Bonbon perfume samples
Gucci Guilty samples
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide capsules
Benefit The Porefessional
Designer at Debenhams press information
John Richard press information and press discount card
Urban Decay b6 prep spray
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Hand Treatment
Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream
Out of my €50 voucher I bought -
Urban Decay customizable palette which came with an eye shadow
Urban Decay 'Bordello' eye shadow
Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette
When we got to the Debenhams event we were given a talk on some of Clarins wonderful sounding serums by a lovely lady named Sarah who had left goodie bags for us - so spoilt! In the Clarins goody bags were -
BB Skin Perfecting Cream
Super Restorative Day Cream SPF 20
A plastic zipped cosmetics bag which included a mini sample of BB Skin Perfecting Cream, Instant Light Natural Lip Perfecter and Be Long mascara.
Shiseido were one of the lovely brands that put on demos for us and they provided us all with a very generous goody bag. Included in the Shiseido goody bags were -
Refining Body Exfoliator
Ibuki Eye Correcting Cream
Ibuki Softening Corrector Lotion
Ibuki Protective Moisturiser
Anti-Aging Foundation sample in 'Medium Beige'
A bottle of SunSational water
Zen Sun perfumed soap
Ibuki Gentle Cleanser
Advanced Body Creator Super Slimming Reducer Anti-Cellulite
Gosh and MeMeMe were the other two brands which showcased for us on the day of the event and they also spoilt us with products! Gosh let us chose our own products and I chose -
Lip Lacquer in '002 Lovely Lips'
BB Cream Foundation Primer Moisturizer in '03 Warm Beige'
Frosted Nail Lacquer in '06 Frosted Soft Pink'
The lovely Joan from MeMeMe gave us a really gorgeous gift bag which included -
Arch Angel Shape & Define Tinted Brow Gel and Highlighting Cream
Beat the Blues Iridescent Complexion Highlighter and Illuminator in 'Oyster Gold'
Paese were one of the lovely brands which contributed to our overall goody bags and a big thanks to the wonderful Anne Marie for organising these bags. Each bag they gave us contained -
An Acrylic Nail Hardener (this is an amazing topcoat too!)
Three polishes, the ones I received were - 'Sea Shimmer', 'Jade Green' and 'Peony Pink'.
The lovely people at Rachel Dalton Communications were very generous with their goody bag offerings and sent us a great selection of the brands they represent. In my bag I received -
TanOrganic Certified Organic Self Tan
Oil Arganic Certified Organic Moisturising Multi-use Dry Oil
TanOrganic Tan-Erase Exfoliating Mitt
TanOrganic Bronzing Powder
Academie Bronzecran Sun to Drink
Jessica Cosmetics Nail Polish in 'Orange Zest'
The lovely Lynda from L'Oreal Professionnal sent us Kerastase products and we each got three in our goody bags. I received -
Bain Satin 1 shampoo
Chroma Captive for colour treated hair conditioner
Ciment Thermique leave-in conditioner
The wonderful Anne Marie who represents Burts Bees sent goody bags which contained four products each -
Coconut foot cream
Tear free baby shampoo
Nourishing milk and honey body lotion
More lovely brands who contributed to our overall goody bags were Ziaja, He-Shi, Eylure, Skincan and Karora. A huge thank you to Niamh, Mary and Barbara for organising these products to be included in the bag.
Karora Tanning Mist
Karora Tanning Mitt
He-Shi Rapid 1 Hour Liquid Tan
He-Shi Tanning Mitt
Eylure eyelashes (there were a mixture)
Ziaja body butter
Ziaja skincare samples
Lancome also offered us an amazing goody bag offering! A big thank you to Roisin for sorting this out for us. In my Lancome bag I received -
Visonnaire Advanced Skin Corrector
Advanced Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate
Hypnose Mascara Volume
Galateis Douceur Gentle Softening Cleanser Face and Eyes
Tonique Douceur Softening Hydrating Toner
L'Absolu Rouge lipstick
Absolue Precious Cells Moisturising Day Cream
Finally, the final generous brands to contribute to our goody bags were Pixy Natural, Emmas Soy Candles, Heathcote & Ivory, The Body Shop Ireland and Blush Nail Bar in Cork City. Thank you to Patrick, Emma, Donna-Marie, Amanda and Angie for supplying these products from their amazing brands.
From Pixy Natural we received -
Solid foot scrub
Lip balm in honey
We each received an Emma's Soy Candles Lemongrass wax tart melt
Heathcote & Ivory Gardeners hand cream
The Body Shop Ireland sent us two exclusives with their new hand creams and smoky 2 in 1 gel liner
Blush provided a little goody bag which included three sample products and a packet of sweets, Tyler Lee ate my mini eggs!
I just want to say another massive thank you to all the brands involved not only for the goody bags but for the experience they gave us and a huge thank you to all the brands and PRs who wanted to contribute to the overall goody bags and be part of our event. I am so overwhelmed by everything and really can't believe the amount of products everyone received, we really are lucky ducks! Thank you!!! Expect lots of reviews to come as soon as I can work my way through this lot! I've already used some of the products and am super impressed!