Gorgeously Green Gathering 2015
Yesterday marked the end of Gorgeously Green Gathering; the highly anticipated green beauty networking event that was planned and organised by three of my wonderful friends: Rachel, Sarah, and Jen. The event was buckets of fun and I cannot say a big enough thank you to the ladies for organising it - they did an absolutely wonderful job!
The event took place at a hotel in Swindon so my journey started pretty early at about 5pm the afternoon before. Rhys and I (because I couldn't help but drag him along), packed ourselves in to my little car and we began the arduous two and a half hour drive to the location. We arrived at the hotel for about 7:15pm and of course I then had to swing by Sarah & Amber's room for a good chat and gossip about what was to come the following day (there may have also been some chocolate eating).
The event started bright and early Sunday morning and despite the 'strict' schedule, we got a little behind... a room full of beauty brands and bloggers? We were chatting of course! I was on a table with Amber, Tamara, and Malin and yes - there was lots of chatting. It was brilliant to meet all the brands that attended, especially Elijah from Bodhi & Birch who I've been talking to on Twitter for a while. His presentation was also incredibly inspiring and it was great to hear about the background behind the brand and all its gorgeous scents. I was also very lucky to meet Rachel from MyRoo, Olga from The Rose Tree, and Kim from Botanical Brands. A representative of Weleda also attended and although I actively choose not to use the brand, it was interesting to hear about their long history. Lots of lovely fellow bloggers were in attendance and it was brilliant to finally put some faces to the names that I have been following for so long. I didn't manage to take too many pictures during the talks because unfortunately, the lighting in our conference room was a lot to be desired!
After a slap-up lunch (which included some amazing vegan sandwiches), we were really in for a treat during the Botanical Brands portion of the day. Kim had brought along a HUGE selection of makeup from Living Nature & Lippy Girl, and we were dazzled by a wonderful makeup demo. Two of my favourite ladies, Amber & Ailish acted as makeup artist and model, and the demonstration also featured the new brushes from Bathing Beauty which I have promptly added to my Christmas wishlist. I think that you can still check out a recording of the makeup demo on Tamara's Periscope but be quick as it won't be around for long! We also received a Lippy Girl lipstick in our goody bags. I got the shade 'Surf Betty', and then later - during the charity raffle - I picked up two more! Lucky me! I'll be doing a blog post with swatches at some point over the coming weeks. Our goody bags also included lots of goodies from the brands in attendance, so thank you very much to Bodhi & Birch, The Rose Tree, MyRoo, Botanical Brands, Weleda, and everyone that contributed!
I had an absolutely fantastic day. Just want to give a final massive thank you to Rachel, Sarah, and Jen - same time next year girls?