I do love a good cocktail, and Leeds definitely isn’t lacking for places to grab one. Unlike Sheffield, fancy cocktail bar’s are in abundance (sorry Sheffield, your cheap vodka and sticky floors still holds my heart) and this event was held at one such hight class place, The Liquourist.
Despite it being really close to the station this bar felt almost hidden away down a quiet side street, with gorgeous decor and full of light. I headed straight for the bar on arrival to get a cocktail despite it only being midday, a meet up is a good a reason as any to celebrate! I decided to get away from my usual sugar and vodka combos and went with a fruity rum based number. It looked great and tasted even better after I’d chatted to all the bloggers I am now fortunate enough to know, we headed upstairs to out exclusive area.
Holly-Lucy and Lorna introduced themselves and The City Girls format once we were all upstiars. They did a great job and their passion really showed. They introduced then introduced Suzie of Leeds Women’s Aid who the charity raffle was benefiting. Suzie is a fantastic speaker who gave an amazing speech on the importance of this charity for women and the community. As someone who has been in an emotionally abusive relationship, and knows more than one person who has been in a physically abusive one, this moved me greatly. I was almost in tears, it’s good to know that as well as a social event, we are helping such a worthy cause.
Then we were left to explore the brands. Unlike your average blog meet, the brands here had stands that you could explore a your own pace, meaning you weren’t fighting for photography space and could spend lots of time with the brands that excited you the most. As well as this there were tables full of gifts all around the room for us to take home. All this was in addition to the official goodie bag! For this post I will focus on the brands that attended the event, and will show the gifts and goodiebag in a post later this week. So here are the companies I met on the day:
I have been a fan of The Body Shop ever since I was a child, when I used to sneak into my sisters room to smell her collection of animal shaped soaps (anyone remember those?). These days, it’s their skincare that really impresses me. They had brought the Neutriganics collection but the thing that excited me the most is their new perfume. It is based around Italian Figs and is so light and refreshing it will definitely be on my future shopping list, I also got a sample of their cult product, Drops of Youth which I am looking forward to trying out.
I first came across Manuka Doctor at my first ever blog event, when we were given samples of their bee venom face masks. Unfortunately, they did nothing for me. However this time around we were given a new product to try, a bee venom lip enhancer.
A brand I hadn’t heard of before, they have a selection of real on-trend pieces that seem great for summer. They kindly gave all the bloggers in attendance 20% off their range.
Oh Benefit, how I do love you! I have been a big fan of Benefit for years, so I was super excited to find them at the event. I was actually wearing the They’re Real eyeliner on the day, so I was happy to see they had an MUA on hand giving us a chance to check out their new colour range for ourselves. I went for a purple eyeliner with a blue mascara. I was skeptical, especially with the mascara, as every time I had tried a coloured mascara them in the past the colours couldn’t be seen. However this provided my eyes with a real pop! We were also given sample of their Licence To Blot, which is perfect for popping in my handbag. I have already got it put aside for Florida next year.
Stupidly even though I was really looking forward to it, I didn’t put myself forward for getting my nails done. Just as I was getting better at putting myself forward for things, I allowed myself to miss out. I did see her work on other bloggers though and it looked amazing, especially the designs she had created just for the event.
After this it was time for the raffle draw, the prizes were incredible, everything from Lightwater Valley tickets, to a MooGoo hamper, to an underwear and swimwear set of your choice from Panache and so much more. I won the very last prize, a gift from Benefit that was a mystery as it hadn’t arrived in time for the event. When it arrived it was so much more than I had expected. Want to know what it was? Well you’ll just have to check out my second blog post onTthe City Girls goodiebag to find out! How tease-erifick is that!