So, it’s been a month since the last East Midlands Meet Up. I’ve spent the last 4 weeks talking to lovely bloggers I met and became reacquainted with and trying out the fabulous products provided in the fantastic gift bags.

East Midlands Meet Up 2016

The East Midlands Bloggers Meet Up, 2016

So, let’s start with the event itself; hosted at cocktail bar/speak-easy Manhattan 34 in Leicester, it was an ideal location – not too big, not too small – with a great atmosphere and, most importantly, drinks selection. It hosted us all perfectly, allowing us to mingle without getting lost, but without being overcrowded – as it’s so close to Leicester Train Station, it was also ideal for those training it to the event.

Manhattan 34 Leicester

Just one of the gorgeous looking and amazing tasting cocktails from Manhattan 34, Leicester

A variety of local businesses – from specialist wineries, to hair dressers, to local coffee shop, Brü – kept us busy and buzzing. We had a really insightful talks from Gabby at Leicestershire-based PR/publicity agency, Cool As Leicester, and the editor/founder of Blogosphere magazine – a magazine by bloggers, for bloggers.

Blogosphere Magazine, by Bloggers for Bloggers

A wonderful talk from Alison, Editor and Founder of Blogosphere Magazine

Raising money for two charities, Rainbows Hospice and Bowel Cancer UK we all entered a raffle to win a variety of different prizes. I was so excited to not only win, but to choose my prize! Having had my eyes on a Sensational Kit for ages, I couldn’t help but squeal as I picked it up to take home. Having successfully used it 3 times in the last 4 weeks, I can vouch that the Polish to Gel kit is worth the money, and I get one perfect week’s wear, and if I’m doing well, most of a second without chips too.

Sensational Polish to Gel Starter Kit

The perfect kit for nail varnish hoarders, the Sensational Polish to Gel Starter Kit gives 1-2 weeks of chip-free wear

As we left the event we were also handed the most incredible goody bags (with particular thanks to Matalan and Lush) and I’ve spent the last few weeks trying out products:

The Merumaya Melting Cleanser Balm is fantastic at removing my make up, leaving my skin silky, soft and feeling hydrated.

Already a fan of Boots No7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define eyeshadow crayon/sticks, I was super pleased to find Gun Metal Grey in my goody bag! These are fab for lining as well as shading the eyes – also fab to stick in your handbag for on the go touch ups.

However, my favourite product by a mile is the Witch Daily Primer & Clearing Serum. I’ve been using it solidly for a month and cannot believe how amazing it is – no really! Lightweight and smooth, the gel-like serum melts into skin instantly providing a gorgeously smooth base for make up with a fresh, not cakey feel. In terms of its clearing absolutes, it’s hard to judge, however I can safely confirm that it has prevented break outs on my skin, even on hot sweaty days when you can almost feel spots forming under thick foundation. It’s amazing stuff, I’ll be buying this again in a heartbeat once it runs out! The only downfall I’ve found, is that because it’s a pump, and the tube/opening is quite large, I can’t control how much product I dispense, and because of that, always end up with wasted excess product.

Witch Daily Primer and Clearing Serum

Great for every day use, the Witch Daily Primer and Clearing Serum is lightweight and quick-absorbing, perfect for oily, combination and spot-prone skin

The hugest well done and thanks to Lianne (The Brunette Says), Kirsty (Kirsty Ralph) and Emmie (Carpie Diem Emmie) for organizing such a fantastic event and for the amazing goodie bags. I am also really looking forward to the regular coffee mornings and catch ups at Brü that will follow as of October!

Having taken a haitus from my blog for the last year, the East Mids Meet Up has helped me find the spark I needed to get back into my blog, as well as remind me why I love the blogging community – everyone is so lovely, chatty and really welcoming.

If you aren’t already part of the East Midlands Bloggers Community, and are local, I can’t recommend it enough!

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