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Saturday, 7 December 2013


On Thursday, I attended a blogger event organised by the lovely Rachelle of Inspired by the Retired. #TBSXmasBonanza was held at The Body Shop's Preston store and involved a lovely mix of bloggers, cupcakes, beauty products, samples, cocktails, photos and chatting.
On arriving, Rachelle gave us name badges to help us match up names with faces, and we were offered drinks, mince pies and cupcakes which were so pretty that no-one dared touch them for about twenty minutes - at length, I put mine in a little bag to take home since I'm firmly convinced there's no dignified way to eat a cupcake.
Rachelle had also prepared lovely little sample bags - with a difference; the sample pots were empty! With a mug of spatulas on hand, we were allowed to roam the shop filling our little pots with whatever we fancied, which was such fun, although a little taxing for those of us with only two hands and little in the way of co-ordination (that would be me). The samples I went for were Almond Hand & Nail Cream, Vanilla Bliss Body Butter, Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask, and Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream, all of which I can't wait to try!
We then had chance to fill our baskets to take advantage of the 40% off promotion with our kindly gifted Love Your Body cards, whilst chatting, making use of the photo props and generally confusing the rest of the late-night shoppers. Rachelle also gave each of us a little red goodie bag with a Christmas-themed sponge, some gingerbread biscuits and Love Hearts sweets, which was so lovely - I thought the samples were the goodie bags she'd mentioned, but then there was more!
Afterwards, a few of us headed around the corner to a newly-opened cocktail bar, Treehouse, to continue chatting with the addition of delicious (if a little on the strong side) cocktails; mine was a Mango Daiquiri which was lovely but maybe not the best idea when I had to be at work for 7am the next day.. Unfortunately we all had to leave after an hour or so for various trains, buses and lifts, but it was a fab evening and so nice to meet some fellow North-West bloggers!
If you're interested in what I bought, here are my purchases. I picked up the Tea Tree Pore Minimiser   (£7.50) which I've previously reviewed and absolutely adore, along with the Limited Edition Ginger Sparkle Body Butter (£13) which again, I've had before and love. I also decided to try some new things, in the form of Rainforest Radiance Hair Butter (£3), and a lovely gift-set duo (£16 with a value of £27) containing Vitamin C Microdermabrasion (£13) and Vitamin C Skin Reviver (£14), along with a treat for my boyfriend's stocking at Christmas. Altogether, my shopping was worth £45, but with the 40% off I paid £27, and also qualified for a freebie; a gorgeous Body Butter Christmas Cracker Gift Set (worth £12), containing Body Butters in Shea, Chocomania and Coconut - all of which smelled amazing when I was wandering round sniffing everything in sight!
Below are the lovely bloggers who attended the event, I think I've included everyone on the list, but if I missed you I'm so sorry, let me know and I'll add you in!
• ClaireCarolineRachel Louise • YasminDanielleKatiePaulaNafisahNicolleEmmaHannahLouise
A massive, massive thank you is due to Rachelle and the rest of the lovely ladies at the Preston store for making this such a fun evening! It was lovely to meet so many local bloggers and I really hope I can attend a similar event in the future.
Have you attended any amazing events recently? What would you buy with 40% off at The Body Shop?

My December advertiser is the beautiful Sarah from Small'N'Hot, I'd love for you to pay her a visit!
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  1. Looks like it was a great event x

  2. This looks so amazing! I wish I was still in Preston haha, if I come back to do a masters I hope there is another as it would be great to meet some fellow bloggers :)
    Amy xA Little Boat Sailing

    1. Aw I thought of you actually! Would've been lovely to meet you. Hopefully you'll be able to make it next time :) xo

  3. Aw that looks like such a lovely event! xx

  4. Thanks for the mention! Wish we'd had time to talk properly :)

  5. You're welcome! Oh I know, there was so much going on it was hard to talk to people properly! Hope you enjoyed the evening :) xo

  6. Looks like a fantastic event! Just went to the Body Shop yesterday for a browse but didn't see the hair butter which is a shame as it sounds like just the thing for my very dry ends!

  7. This sounds amazing! I'd love to go to a body shop event! <3 x

  8. Seems like a fab event! Love the stuff you picked up! xo's

  9. I love tbs events
    They always have amazingggg goodies n cupcakes

  10. Aww it sounds like it was a lovely event and I'm so glad you all had a great time! <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com


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