Wednesday, November 19

- #BloggersSecretSanta14: Nottingham Bloggers Meet Up...

On Saturday, I headed to The Ned Ludd in Nottingham for #BloggersSecretSanta14 which was arranged by the lovely Hannah & Emma. It was obvious from the start that they had done a marvelous job as the room was decorated appropriately and we were all greeted with a drinks reception & fabulous name tags! I sat with Jess, Leah, Gemma & Alex which was really lovely as it immediately felt like we had been friends for ages!

Four speakers visited to introduce us to their brands and products. First was Ian who spoke to us about The Ultimate Fix which is a spray used to increase the longevity of nail varnish. He also spoke to us about Hello Breath Spray which is available is 3 different flavours - Supermint, Grapefruit Mint & Mojito Mint!

Next was Lekha who gave a really informative talk about MERUMAYA skincare. She told us how Maleka took initials from her relatives in order to form the name of her brand which I think is a lovely touch. We were given samples to try which I was really pleased about as I had previously tried a sample of their Melting Cleansing Balm & Iconic Youth Serum and was left super impressed!

Then there was Suzie from The Xenca Way who gave us an in-depth talk about the importance of being healthy. She passed around samples of the Five A Day + and I was surprised at how nice it tasted! This green powder is mixed with fruit juice or water and provides you with the nutritional equivalent of 5-7 servings of fresh fruit & veg - a great way to ensure you lead a healthy lifestyle.

The final speaker was Holly from Lush who told us about their strong views against animal testing and passed around some of their new massage bars & shampoo bars. Their coffee massage bar smelt amazing, as did the new honey shampoo bar! We then got the opportunity to make our own Lush bath bombs! I chose to make 'Cinders' which contains popping candy and has a sweet & spicy cinnamon scent. It was really interesting to see just how their products are made behind the scenes and was great fun!

At the end, we were kindly handed an overflowing goodie bag. Hannah & Emma really did do wonders with these and I'm so excited to try out everything! Highlights for me is the Crabtree & Evelyn cracker which contains their spiced ginger hand cream, the Leighton Denny nail shade, the Your Tea tiny tea, Dream Dots which I have heard so much about, and the generous gift card from Personal Planner!

I in fact graduated from the University of Nottingham last year so a couple of my friends visited the same day. After the event, I headed to Las Iguanas which was amazing as per usual and then we headed out for some drinks! A wonderful blog event combined with a mini-reunion - perfect weekend!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

Also, don't forget that UK Blog Awards is still running - I would absolutely love if you could spare a second and vote for me here.

Thank you in advance!


  1. No way, This Event sounds aswesommmme I wish I was in Nottingham, you got some pretty goodies too :)

    Serene xoxo

  2. Wow looks like such an amazing event, so jealous you got to make your own Lush bath bomb. The goodie bag is packed with products from great brands x

    Beauty with charm

  3. I wish i'd mingled a bit more on this. I ended up just sticking to my corner :(
    Glad you had a good day though! My arm looks so orange in the bathbomb making picture!

  4. looks like a fun event honey, wish i could join one!
    I would really appreciated, if we could follow each other on BL and GFC!
    Just started following you and would be delighted if you could do the same!
    xoxo Colli // my blog - tobeyoutiful // Bloglovin'

  5. so cool!

  6. This looks like so much fun! Super jealous, I'd love the opportunity to attend something like this :) glad you enjoyed it! x

    Always, Alice x

  7. The event looks absolutely amazing and such a good goodie bag too! xx

  8. The event looks interesting and fun!! Amazing goodie bags.. Lucky Girl :D

    Btw I voted you for my favorite blog for 2015 :D

    1. Thank you SO much, I really appreciate it! :) X

  9. Looks like such a nice event. And the goody bag you managed to get is amazing! :D x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  10. Looks like you had a great time. Awesome event and cool goodie bag.

  11. Ohhh how cool is this having a Blogger meet up where do you find these things?
    Not that I would go because my social anxiety stands in the way of anything like this. oxox

  12. Lovely post, looks like a lot of fun! <3

    I have a new post up today, and I would love to know your thoughts:


  13. Lovely post and looks like you had a lot of fun! I really like the personalised table cards and the two ladies have done an amazing job in organising the event. Jealous you made some Lush soap and the goody bag looks great, too. I think the Crabtree & Evelyn cracker would have been my favourite, too :)

    Hope to see you soon on my blog, I have a Christmas gift guide published today plus you can win a journal :) xxx

    Caz | Lunch Break Adventures

  14. Wow this looks like it was SO much fun! :) That goody bag <3 omg!

  15. The goody bag looks so good! It really does sound like you had an amazing time :) x x

  16. This sounds amazing, what fun! I love reading about events when people meet up with others they've met in the blogging community. I've met some great friends at blogging events. That goody bag sounds pretty awesome too! xx

  17. Sounds so lovely and the goodie bag looks amazing :))

  18. The goodie bag looks great, the event sounds like it was so much fun. :)
    Mind checking out our blog, about fashion. beauty, lifestyle, DIYs and MORE!

  19. glad you had fun! looks like a great event. nice goodies too

  20. Oh wow what an incredible goody bag! I bet it was so much fun looking through everything xx

    Gemma |

  21. These meet ups/events always look like so much fun! And Lush seems to participate a lot which is nice - their massage bars are awesome.

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  22. Aw you're so lucky I'm so jealous! It looks so nice and all the treats look lovely! Abi :)

  23. Sounds like you had a fab time! I'd love to attend a bloggers event like that, sounds like so much fun! I'd love to try the massage bars from LUSH, so jealous you got to make your own bath bomb! Hope you had a lovely time x

    Hannah xo | hannatalks

  24. Wow what a lovely idea! And a place where you are guaranteed to get nice little gifts haha xx

    Blog With Laura

  25. AHH that looks amazing and so fun!!

  26. how awesome it is that you have your own bloggers meet up locally. i wish my city would have one too!! great event, it seems!

    Animated Confessions

  27. I'm glad you enjoyed the event honey! It finally paid off all 6 weeks off planning 😉 Hopefully I'll see you again soon was lovely meeting you!


  28. You look like you had so much fun!
    Lovely post!

  29. Looks like it was fun and what a great goodie bag! :) xx

  30. The event looks like it was really lovely and look at all those goodies - hope to see reviews soon! Everything looks really nice!!! :)

    Hope you're well hun!!! :)

    Layla xx

  31. It looks like you had a great (and informative) time. I love that brand like Lush are against animal testing. The googie bag looks great indeed!

    Glam O’Clock | Beauty Blog

  32. Was really good to meet you! :)
    We shall have to do it again some time.

    Leah @ Peaches and Smoke.

  33. That all sounds amazing! xx

  34. Sounds like you had a wonderful time always nice to meet other bloggers and what a massive goodie bag Lucy x

  35. Blogger meet ups are one of the things I definitely missed whilst not blogging! Gutted I missed this one as it's so near to me! Looks super fun though :)

    And The Expectations
    Becky x

  36. Looks like such a fun event and check out that goodie bag, so much cool stuff! :)


  37. This looks like you had a lot of fun :) the goody bag looks amazing

  38. That looks so fun! So jealous at the bath bomb making as well,
    millie x |