Sunday, 26 October 2014

South Wales Bloggers Pre Christmas Tea

Today I went to an event organized by South Wales Bloggers. It was basically a meet up of us bloggers from the South Wales area at the Pettigrew Tea Rooms in Cardiff. The event was a ticketed event and was £10.00. The price included afternoon tea. At the event was a guy from Barnardo's who would give you a £5.00 Argos voucher if you donated a toy.

Pettigrew Tea Rooms is a small tea rooms located by Bute Park next to Cardiff Castle. They do a range of different tea and cakes in a really nice cosy atmosphere.

There was plenty of tea to choose from on the menu. I decided on a pot of Earl Grey. Tea was served in a nice big pot, the proper way with leaves and a tea strainer. I always prefer leaves over a tea bag, plus at the end you get leaves at the bottom of your tea cup which is great for people who like to read their leaves.

Loads of cakes and pastries got brought out. There was plenty to choose from, savory and sweet.

I can't remember what all of the cakes were. From what I remember there was scones, bara brith, these parma violet marshmallows and some savory items. All of the items were freshly homemade. I don't normally like the taste of Parma Violets but didn't mind the taste of the marshmallows. I just wasn't fussed on the texture, they weren't the normal texture of marshmallows. I enjoyed all of the other items, you can't beat homemade cakes. The parma violets also contained gelatine which makes them not suitable for veggies. I didn't know they had gelatine in them until I had started eating them.

Outside, there was giant pumpkin which for £1.00 you could guess the weight to win a prize. Money would be donated to Bobath.

Everyone at the tea was given a goodie bag full of all different things. Various companies added different items for us. All of the goodie bags looked nice and festive and I had fun looking through seeing what was in mine. There was some Percy Pigs, Raisins in Dark Rum from Marks And Spencer, jewelry from Argos, a Crabtree and Evelyn nail polish, coffee and more.

I enjoyed my tea and the meet at Pettigrew. Thanks LauraChantele and Gemma  for organizing the event.


Saturday, 4 October 2014

Lush Christmas Blogger Event 2014

Last night I got invited to Lush's Christmas Blogger event in Cardiff. It was basically an event to show us bloggers all the new products that are released for Christmas.

When I got to the store we were free to move around and check out all the new products. I get really excited for Christmas collections and products, there is always something new out and very often best selling products get brought out again.

Staff in Lush were happy to help with the new products as well as do demos with some of the shower and bath products. I had a lot of fun looking at all the new bath ballistics. My favorite out of them was the Luxury Lush Pud. It's this pink one that actually makes your hands pink if you put them in the water right away. Fortunately the staining isn't permanent and does wash off.

The great thing about blogger events is the amount of pictures you can take. All of the Christmas products were out so I began snapping away.

My favorite Lush shower gel for Christmas is Snow Fairy and its back this Christmas.

A lot of bath melts and bath ballistics have been released for Christmas. Isn't this hedgehog bath melt the cutest.

Check out all of this water. The colors these bath ballistics give off is awesome. Just be careful not to put your hands in the Luxury Lush Pud too soon or you will get pink hands

Upstairs I was shown two Christmas cleansers as well other seasonal skincare products. The two cleansers were Buche De Noel and Let The Good Times Roll. Out of the two, Let The Good Times Roll was my favorite, it actually contains pieces of popcorn in it.

There was also an orange scented dusting powder called First Snow that leaves a really nice shimmer on your skin.

Downstairs you can find Lush's selection of gifts as well as festive lip scrubs and soaps.

I decided to buy some items - Let The Good Times Roll, Luxury Lush Pud and Northern Lights. Lush also put together a goodie bag for everyone who came to the event. Lush do their goodie bags really well, they don't just give out samples but actual sized products. I got Candy Mountain Bubble Bar, Hot Toddy Shower Gel and Father Christmas bath ballistic. 

I enjoyed the event and had a great time. Thanks Lush