Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Cork Beauty Blogger Meet Up Part 1 - Lush Cosmetics

Hey guys! 

I'm so thrilled to say that I attended my very first Cork beauty blogger meet up last Saturday! Sarah from At The Beauty Desk and Fiona from Dolly Dowsie were so kind to organise the event and made a HUGE effort so a big thank you to them both! :) 

We had a jam packed day full of events so I'll jump straight in. Our first stop was Lush on Oliver Plunkett street. I'm going to concentrate just on Lush for today's post as there's so much stuff to get through and I want to make sure to give every brand enough time in the spotlight as they deserve it! :) 

Beauty bloggers posing!

As I'd never been to a meet up before I was quite nervous but everybody was so nice and welcoming. The staff at Lush were amazing and so helpful and great fun! 

We were broken down into groups of three and given demonstrations of the various products. My group consisted of myself, Susie from Spring Summer Susie and Sarah from Never Fully Dressed. Our first station was with Paul who taught us how to make bath bombs! This was so much fun and definitely the highlight of our stop at Lush for me. All of Lush's bath bombs are made fresh and shipped over to the store within 2-3 days of making them which is awesome! We made a Think Pink each and got to take it home with us afterwards. I'd say there were many baths running the next day in Cork as a result! Think Pink has a sweet vanilla, neroli and lavender  fragrance with pink rice paper confetti hearts that float in the bath once the bath bomb has dissolved.  It's probably the girliest bath bomb they make. 

Think Pink bath bombs

Next up was scrubs and body bars with Hilda. She showed us some of Lush's best selling body moisturisers and scrubs.....we were all smelling divine for the day. My favourite product she showed was the King of Skin body butter, it leaves your skin feeling like a baby! What I love about this product is that it's just so easy to use. You wet the body bar (you can do it at the end of your shower to make it even easier) and then you literally rub onto the skin and massage in. It has cocoa butter, shea butter, avocado, banana, oat milk, coconut oil and almond oil. 

Scrubs and body bars

Then it was onto the lovely Kaz who explained Lush's new suncare range. The range was launched a few weeks ago and are the first suncare products to be released from Lush. The Sesame Suntan Lotion was my pick from the range. It has an SPF of 10 and it literally smells like Reese's peanut butter cups. I was tempted to eat it! It leaves your skin feeling silky smooth with a nice glow. It has organic sesame seed oil to nourish tired skin, aloe vera extract to cool and rehydrate the skin, organic cocoa butter which conditions and moisturises and walnut leaf infusion which provides natural protection from the sun. 

Suncare Range

We were then treated to a great skin care demo from Andrea who showed us how to use the different cleansers and masks. The masks look good enough to eat, especially the Cupcake one! I really liked the Ultrabland cleanser and the BB Seaweed mask. You can see me trying out the masks on my hands below. The BB Seaweed mask is lovely and refreshing. It soothes and softens the skin, removes any excess dirt and oil and exfoliates. The Ultrabland cleanser is very effective for removing makeup as well as calming, soothing and hydrating the skin.

Cleansers and facial masks

Our last stop was over to Dee to play with Lush's makeup range. I had no idea that Lush also did makeup and was surprised at the colours on offer. I was drawn to their cream eyeshadows and we were lucky enough to pick out a product to take home with us. I choose the colour 'Sophisticated' which is a gorgeous taupey brown with shimmer. I will do a review over the next few weeks once I've had a chance to test it out properly for you guys. 

Makeup!

Lush also do parties which would be great for birthdays, hen parties or just a girly day out with your friends. They can cater for groups and parties can be held after store hours which means you get the whole place to yourselves! Prices start at €20 per person and includes €5 to spend on products in store.

Lush parties

Thanks again to Corner, Paul, Hilda, Kaz, Andrea and Dee for a fun experience and for making us all feel so welcome. No doubt I will be back in soon to feed my new Lush obsession!

Part two of the meet up will be up in a couple of days and will be all about our shenanigans at Debenhams on Patrick Street. Everything I have mentioned in this post is listed below along with Lush's Twitter and Facebook page if you'd like to be kept up to date with special offers and new products.

Bye beauties!

Xxx