About 2 weeks ago, I had the great privilege to attend my first Cork blogger meetup! In fact, it was the first blogger meetup I had attended anywhere, let alone Cork :).
It was all organised and put together by the lovely Marian of The High Life of Mars. The amount of hard work and time she put in to getting this meetup to happen was exception and she deserves a big bualadh bos!
Our first port of call on the day was The Body Shop on Patricks Street (which has since moved to 82 Oliver Plunkett St for those interested!!) This is where we all met for the first time and to be honest I was more than a little bit nervous! I headed in alone, have never met any of the ladies before, but it turned out I had nothing to worry about!
We were greeted by the lovely Donna-Marie who treated us to some tasty treats, in the form of vanilla cupcakes, gingerbread men and cranberry juice. I wasn’t able to grab a picture though as most of it was scoffed pretty quickly! However, you can trust me when I say it was all very yummy :). And clever too! Each item was there to represent one of the Christmas scents. Which I am sure you can now guess, are Ginger Sparkle, Vanilla Bliss and Cranberry Joy!
Donna-Marie gave us some great information into the Christmas range as well a some of the new additions to the make up range, including a fantastic Universal BB cream of us fairer skinned Irish folk which I will definitely be picking up at some stage :D. If all that was not enough, we were also given a make up demo by one of the girls from the store and offered free eyebrow threading!
Keep in mind, this was still just stop number 1 on our meetup adventure!! We were then told about the amazing work of Paper Industries in Nepal who have provided the handmade paper for the gift bags and boxes used by The Body Shop Ireland since 1989. They are an amazing company who employ mostly woman and pay a fair wage, which is rare in that region. They have helped to build schools in the area and are also helping in the battle against sex trafficking.
I have always been a fan of The Body Shop but when you get to know more about how they run their business and how much they care about where their products come from, you will be a bigger fan than ever.
After all that, we were then presented with some goody bags and to say we were spoilt would be an understatement!! Off we trotted though to our next destination :).
Next stop was the Pixy Natural pop-up shop in Merchants Quay. Right off the bat, I knew I was going to love it in there. So many gorgeous looking lotions and potions to test out and smell, and the store was a lot bigger than I had expected! Huge in fact :).
You may already be familiar with this local Cork brand if you are a fan of the show Dragon’s Den. They were actually featured on the show last year and while I turned down the offers they were given, they have still managed to grow the business at a massive rate since their appearance :).
When we arrived in the store, we were invited to try pretty much EVERY SINGLE ITEM that they make! We started with the shower mousses, which are not only beautifully scented, but fabulously presented as well. They have every scent from pineapple (made with real pineapple juice!) to strawberry, cocoa, lime and coconut ice. Something to suit everyone really!
Then there were the bath bombs which smelt divine. They even had a mini set with 5 different bath bombs so you could try out a few before you settle on a favourite.
The items that caught my eye though and I definitely with the heading back to try out, are the soaps and the bath oils. Namely the Mango Bliss soap, the handpainted Honeysuckle soap and the Citrus bath oil. There were a few things I noticed about all the items in the store though that really got me interested.
I was amazed how “real” everything smelt, if that makes sense! Nothing smelt perfume laden and artificial like a lot of other allegedly handmade items do. It was refreshed to come across products that had the exact scent that they were describing on the label!
I also could not believe the quality of packaging for the price you pay. The bath oils come in the most beautiful little bottles that I would be happy to put on display in my own house, and pretty much everything I saw for sale that day was in a very low price range. Always a bonus :)!
Once again, when it was time to leave, we were sent away with a lovely gift each and I was lucky enough to score my favourite thing in the whole store! I won’t tell you just yet though, as there will be a review on it’s way very soon ;).
After that, we headed off somewhere slightly different in the form of a pub called The Roundy. Here, we had been planning to meet Anita from Precious Polishes but unfortunately she couldn’t make it :(. All was not lost though as Marian then held a raffle which included some of Anita’s polishes! It also featured 2 items from Jasper Jewellery, and by some miracle, yours truly was lucky enough to win one!
After a drink or two, the meetup drew to a close and most of the girlies headed home. A few of us popped out for dinner first though and had a great time :).
I was laden down with bags on my way home as Marian had also arranged goodie bags for us which featured a ridiculous amount of treats from Waxperts, Sure, Dove, Ziaja, Blank Cosmetics and loads more! I have whole load of bits and pieces to keep me going for ages now and will definitely be reviewing a few for you here!
All in all, I had a fantastic time, met some amazing ladies and can’t wait for the next one!! If you want to check out any of the other girls who were there on the day, I really recommend that you do and I will link them all below 🙂
Marian: The High Life of Mars
Aundrea: Dancin With Disaster
Sarah: At The Beauty Desk
Dawn: Aurora La Petite
Edel: The Beauty Dial
Fiona: Dolly Dowsie
Dita: Dita Time
AnneMarie: Girl Friday’s Beauty Blog
I would like to give a final big thank you to Marian for pulling the whole thing together! Also a big thanks to The Body Shop Ireland, Pixy Natural and everyone else who was involved in such a great day 🙂
Until next time!