Being a blogger means that you become part of a wider community of people all with a common interest to yourself. I'm lucky enough to have three genres in my blog - parenting, beauty and lifestyle, meaning that I get to talk to a lot of different people with similar interests to myself on a daily basis. These chats usually take place online but once and awhile us blogging folk like to get together in person, to celebrate the brands we love and to enjoy some chats and giggles. Yesterday I attended the #corkblogmeet15, organised by Zoe from Zoe With Umlauts and I loved the fact that there was another meetup happening in Cork after mine and Sarah's The Cork Meetup last July, only this time I could sit back and enjoy the day to it's fullest, without having to worry about organising everything!
We all met in Debenhams at 11.30 and our day was kicked off with a bloggers brunch of croissants, Danish pastries, juices and Prosecco - once again Debenhams had outdone themselves with their displays and hospitality for all us bloggers. I enjoyed some giggles with the lovely Kayleigh from Cheerful Beauty Nerd before we headed down to the cosmetics hall to see some new releases from Elizabeth Arden, Urban Decay and Clarins. The Debenhams staff are always so lovely and friendly and I thought it was great and a huge testament to them that they remembered some of us from last year - it always feels good to be remembered.
My favourite picks from what we were shown were the Clarins Blue Orchid Oil for dehydrated skin, the smell was just gorgeous and I'd love to use something so luxurious on my skin everyday, although I was well informed that their Lotus Oil would probably be better suited to me and my oily skin. I also loved the new range of Sheer Revolution Lipsticks that Urban Decay have to offer. I'm such a fan of Urban Decay anyway, you may have seen me mentioned them on my blog a few times before... and I really couldn't resist picking myself up one of their gorgeous new lipsticks in the shade Obsessed, a real Barbie pink as the lovely makeup artist Carolyn put it, expect a review on this very soon. The lovely girls on the Urban Decay counter also treated us to an eye shadow and eye liner each, I was given Laced and Yeyo, two products I have never used before and at this part of the day I was feeling extremely lucky. Debenhams very generously gave us all a €50 voucher to spend on the day too so I swiftly picked up another beloved Naked3 palette for myself - a girl can never have enough of it's prettiness, right?!
My lucky stars were in on the day too as I won 4th prize in Debenhams mega prize raffle. I won three Estee Lauder lipglosses which have the most pretty packaging ever and two of Estee Lauder's advanced repair eye creams. Funnily enough I knew I was going to win this prize before my name was called out, I even said it to Kayleigh - psychic I am!
After Debenhams we moved onto The Body Shop and I have to admit that this is where my picture taking stopped - shame on me being a blogger and all that jazz. I was just enjoying myself too much chatting to the other girls to stop and take pictures. We were all kind of let down by The Body Shop and their lack of anything happening for us, as well as being told that the two girls working there didn't even know that we were calling in there until that morning... however, we did receive some lovely, bright and cheerful makeup bits from their spring/summer range so thank you to The Body Shop for those treats.
We then moved onto Suas where we were able to quench our thirst and hunger with some cocktails and food from Captain Americas. I sat next to the lovely Rebecca from Give A Posy and Aine from Social Onya, who made me want a selfie stick of my own so bad! After some much needed water and taco fries we got to enjoy demos from Inglot - a brand who I've never used before but am now lusting after their Sparkling Dust - Inglot Ireland website why won't you work for me, why?! We also saw demos by two of my favourite cosmetics brands right now - MeMeMe and IsaDora. MeMeMe and IsaDora were very generous to us all too, they showered us with goodies from their ranges and I really can't wait to try out everything and share my thoughts with you all, everything looks amazing! We were also treated to some Strawberry Daiquiri's by the lovely Aine from IsaDora, she wanted us all pepped up for her demo and these really did the trick, they were so delicious, thanks Aine!
I am so glad that I got to experience another blogger meetup and in my home city too - I love when events happen in Cork because I can't easily make it up the country to attend other events due to childcare and other restrictions, ah the joys of being a mammy not wanting to leave her baba eh?! I would love to attend another event in Cork sometime in the near future or even organise my own again, but we'll see...
The goodie bags were absolutely amazing, filled to the brim with some fab products from some of my favourite brands. WaterWipes, Wet n Wild, Rimmel, Elizabeth Arden, Urban Decay, Physicians Formula, Emma's Soy Candles, Dream Dots, IsaDora, Daisy Mae Jewellery, The Body Shop Ireland, Eylure and Paese all made contributions. As you can see we were all very much spoilt so a huge thank you to these fantastic brands for giving us all these treats to try out.
A huge thank you to Zoe for organising such a fun day, all the other bloggers who were up for the chats and giggles (nothing worse than being left to sit on your own at an event), Debenhams for another great slice of hospitality, The Body Shop Ireland, Suas, Inglot, MeMeMe and IsaDora. As you can see we were given a day full of chats, laughs, great experiences and happy memories. It's a day I won't forget, that's for sure!