Monday, 4 July 2016

♡ The Blogger Hangout Summer Event ♡


I had the opportunity to attend my first ever bloggers event last weekend, and boy, did I enjoy every single moment of it! I was extremely nervous at first, as I was attending all by myself, but after reading such kind-hearted tweets, from lovely bloggers about them going by themselves also, well, I didn't feel so alone and nervous!
I arrived at the Strand Gallery, literally, five minutes before the event opened - thank goodness public transport into London was kind to me that day, especially with Pride happening (literally) next door to Charing Cross station! I was shaking with nerves, but I did it! I went in by myself, and I spoke to all the brand representatives there! Everyone was super friendly, and just so welcoming. I, honestly, cannot fault anyone there. The gallery was narrow, but I managed to squeeze myself between everyone and natter away about things i.e. blog stuff, what we like, what the brand was about and so on, and so forth. It was, just a relaxed atmosphere, and I cannot find anything to complain about!

So the brands. First off, there was Regenerate - a company that specialises in products to help enamel erosion in your teeth - and I enjoyed learning about this company, especially as I have dull, yellow teeth from years of smoking and the amount of caffeine I've consumed. It'll be interesting to test the products I was gifted from them too! The next brand I met was Home Brewtique - a company that specialises in making your own craft beer, in the comfort of your own home - and even though I don't drink myself, I learnt enough information from them to take home to my dad, who is an avid beer 'collector' aka wherever he travels to, he brings home beer from the region.
The next brand was Sass & Belle - the cutest company, that specialises in what is on trend, and turning it into quirky and innovative home-ware and gifts - and what they had on offer that day... well I was in love with a few items! I could have just easily walked out, with everything they had to offer on the table... oops! The next brand along, was the super sweet Dinkibelle - a company who specialises in nail wraps - and after telling her about the awful past I've had with nail wraps (never stayed on, never looked nice blurgh) she managed to convince me about her brand. I haven't tried the nail wraps yet, as I'm trying to grow my nails every so slightly, but she did say that I could just cut the wraps in half, and have double the amount... how cool is that?!
Next in line, was T-Tox - a brand who specialises in matcha powder, and loose leaf tea specialised to help your diet slash become a part of your everyday routine - and I'm not obsessed with matcha, unlike a couple of my friends, who seem to be matcha fiends, but I was intrigued by this, especially as a couple of the matcha products were infused with other items. One had ginger and gingko infused into it, whilst the other had peppermint and nettles - the one with ginger helped boost your energy, whilst the peppermint one helped relax and regenerate you after exercise I believe? I managed to try them both (they had been mixed with coconut water) and omg, absolute delicious. And you can add them to your cooking... hello matcha cupcakes or muffins anyone?!
I had to skip a couple of brands, as it was getting busy at this point, and as it was getting hot, I scooched over to the front door to take a breather, before heading downstairs and meeting Pink Parcel - a brand specialising in THAT time of the month for us ladies. It's a subscription box, that caters to your needs during that particular time, where you feel like absolute shit, and just need a bit of pick me up, to make you feel more human again. I loved chatting away to the ladies there, and spending time picking out my gorgeous goodies, but they seriously sold this subscription box for me... I am signing up on my payday next week.

Finally; I managed to speak to United Beauty - a brand who specialises in gel nails, but the product turns any nail polish into a gel style manicure... if that makes sense?! It came with a portable UV lamp and a gel coat - either clear, or with glitter pieces embedded. I was lucky enough to have a manicure and a lovely natter with the girls there and before I knew it... it was 4.30! I had spent, almost, the entire time the event was on, there!
I did have such a wonderful time, meeting so many new people and just being in a warm, and generous atmosphere. I'm glad it was such a beautiful day for this event, and I really hope that I'll be able to go to more in the future, now that I have a little bit more confidence to go to them by myself! Oh, before I finish off, here are all the amazing goodies I received - I, legit, feel slightly like a spoilt brat because of these! So, a massive thank you to all the brands, who took time out to talk to me and gave me gifts, and a massive thank you to the Blogger Hangout crew for having me!
Thanks for reading!

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