We got emails from Zoe giving us the outline of the day she had planned for us. She kept details to a minimum though, so when I actually saw all the effort and time that went into our day I was blown away! I just thought it was a little meetup, but she really went above and beyond.
On the day of the meetup we were to meet up in Debenhams Cork. I was there a little early but I managed to find Amy from red lips red hair and Melissa from lipstick and louboutins and I am so glad that I did because before this I have to admit I was pretty nervous, I had never really met any of the other girls who were going to the meetup before, so when I met up with the two girls and saw how friendly they were all my nerves turned to full blown excitement! More and more girls started arriving and I have to say everyone was just so friendly and genuine it was amazing!
Once all 21 of us had gathered at Debenhams, Zoe gave us out little name tags with our name and our blog names written down which I thought was great idea! Remembering 21 different people's names and blog names isn't the easiest ha ha (Especially for me, head like a sieve!) Debenhams then came to meet us and brought us to a room they had set up for us.
Debenhams very generously gave us each a 50e voucher each to spend on the day, this was very unexpected and I wasn't really sure what I was going to spend it on but I know a few people from the ITWBN blogger event were given some Debenhams vouchers as well and they seemed to spend it on Urban Decay so I think that influenced me ha ha. After this we were broken down into three groups and brought down stairs again so we could talk to several of the makeup houses including Clarins, Urban Decay and Elizabeth Arden.
My group was brought to Clarins first where we were talked through some of their products. Honestly Clarins was never really a company I would think to buy things from, I always associated them with a different age bracket than me, but honest to god since I spoke with the girls in cork I cannot stop lusting after their products. Its actually becoming an unhealthy obsession. They talked us through their Body lift Cellulite Control treatment and their treatment oils. I'll definitely be investing in these products! I wish I had bought them on the day, nothing haunts us like the things we didn't buy ha ha. Clarins were going to give us a gift each but it was sent to the wrong store, but the generously said they would post it out to us and they did very quickly which was great!
After Speaking with Clarins we moved on to Urban Decay. The Girls at the Urban Decay counter are just so down to earth and easy to get on with. We were having a great time! They talked us through their new sheer lipsticks, their new Naked Skin lightweight concealer and Naked Skin Foundation. They answered any questions we had and very generously gave us each a eye shadow and a eyeliner. They told us some of the trends for the new year and the big one that I remember is that a softer version of berry lips will be staying. Which is great to hear, as its a favorite of mine.
After chatting to the various makeup houses we were given 15 minutes to spend our vouchers so we wouldn't be late for the next part of the day. There was bloggers running everywhere ha ha. I was really unsure of what to buy (Im clearly not great under pressure ha ha) but in the end I went the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray and the Urban Decay lipstick in Rapture.
After Debenhams we all walked to The Body Shop where we we given a demo on some of their new makeup range and given free samples of items to test. Some of the girls also got free threading done. The girls in there were lovely and considering they only found out about us that morning and handled it very well.
After the Body shop we all went to the cocktail bar Suas were we got demos from Inglot, Mememe and Isadora. It was also a chance to refresh our batteries and get some yummy food and cocktails. When we got there we were handed out ANOTHER goodie bag this one organized by Zoe! The amount of products in these bags was unreal. I honestly had no idea that we would be gifted so many things, it was just overwhelming! Zoe really put so much effort into everything, I cant thank her enough.
The first demo was by Rebecca from Inglot. Having never tried their products before, I had a whole mental list of items to try after their demo. The gorgeous Mei from Darling Buds of Mei was their model and she really sold the products to me. I wish there was an Inglot in Galway, hopefully one will come here soon!
And last but certainly not least was Isadora. Aine from Isadora was just so generous to us on this day. Not only did she start off by buying everyone pitchers of cocktails but she gave everyone a wide selection of their new products and also some of their hero products. Aine talked us through all of these products and how they worked. She explained that they may have been quiet for awhile but they are back with a bang and I couldn't agree more! If you follow me on social media you've probably seen my posts about their products but I'll definitely be doing reviews on my blog soon.
After Isadora's talk it was time to head home. I was absolutely buzzing, I didn't want to leave but I had to catch my bus. It was an absolutely fantastic day, Zoe managed to pack so much into such a short time, she really is amazing! So to end this post heres a selfie of all of us on the day. Picture by Aine from social onya