…gosh, who am I kidding – it’s ALL about the goodie bag haul!!!
Right … so, I am an admin on this fancy-pancy, awesome Facebook page called Makeup Obsessives (with accompanying website here). Three or four times a year, Kirsty – the Queen of MUO – travels to different parts of the country with some of her admin team and holds a meet up where about 80 or so lucky ladies get to meet fellow Makeup Obsessives and talk about … you guessed it, makeup!
But … it’s more than that – oh yes. You also get the.most.fabulous.goodie.bag when you attend! As much as I love meeting all the faces and checking out their stunning makeup, I do quite like me a goodie bag!!! Anyway … in January, I attended the Auckland meet up at The Paddington in Parnell and this post is all about it (and yes, it is quite after the fact – but better late than never, right?!)
Read here about
my first goodie bag – I mean, my first meet up in Hamilton!
So … in my incredibly generous Auckland 2015 Makeup Obsessives meet up goodie bag were 33 fabulous items including:
♥ A $10 discount voucher – courtesy of Nicola at Blush Baby
♥ Elvive Total Repair shampoo and conditioner – full-sized products – these are awesome products – I got one in my Hamilton goodie bag and they make my hair feel really silky.
♥ L’Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur skin smoother/finishing cream – 30ml. I think this is full-size; if not, it’s a VERY generous sample. Anyway, this is supposed to magically blur my fine lines and wrinkles, so I have high hopes for it!
♥ A contouring makeup brush from Makeup.co.nz UPDATE: this is great – I’ve been using it a lot.
♥ Garnier BB cream in light – this is lovely, and sadly – even though it’s the middle of summer – it’s not too light for me! I’ve tried it already and its a lovely light product to wear when you kinda don’t want to be wearing makeup! It gets the tick. UPDATE: this is currently my every-day foundation!
♥ Trilogy Very Gentle Cleansing Cream sample – love Trilogy products so am looking forward to trying this one.
♥ Schwarzkopf Omega Repair Shampoo and Omega Repair BB Beauty Balm samples. These are both for damaged hair, so unfortunately they are perfect for me!
♥ Schwarzkopf Omega Repair Shampoo & Conditioner samples – see above.
♥ Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser sample. I’m thinking this could be a “mud-type” product – will let you know. UPDATE: it’s not a “mud-type” product – it’s like a charcoal-coloured gel. I thought it was a mask for some reason but it’s not – it’s a cleanser. You know when you have one of those REALLY strong little mints and it makes your mouth all tingly? Well this stuff is like that – but for your face. So far, so good – my face feels amazingly clean.
♥ Schwarzkopf BB 11-in-1 Hair Beautifier – 100ml. This stuff is fab and is really great for imparting a bit of shine and smoothing down those pesky little flyaways.
♥ Schwarzkopf 6 Miracles Oil Essence sample – one miracle is probably enough for my hair, but I’m more than happy to take six! This is a leave-in so I will give this a go over the next little while and report back.
♥ Tan Wash Off Bronze – instant tan 40g. I think they call this a deluxe sample? Anyway – it’s great and I am looking forward to trying it very soon – as you can gather from the name, it’s an instant, wash-off tan.
♥ Le Tan Flash Tan 45g – tan in a can Sounds like Doctor Seuss! Anyway, fake is the only type of tan I sport these days – it says it’s streak-free and natural looking. I will be the judge of that!
♥ Schwarzkopf Instant Volume Powder – I must admit, I already have this in my little “hair arsenal” and love it, so I was very pleased to get another. Full-sized product.
♥ L’Oreal Professional Infinium hairspray 75ml. Perfect for the handbag and seems to hold pretty well so far. I must admit to having two of these – there was ahem, a bit of a scrabble when Kirsty emptied a “left-over goodie bag” on the table and in the melee I managed to pick up, in a very dignified manner of course, another one of these!
OK – at this halfway juncture, I thought I’d include this fabulous group shot of all the attendees. Awesome huh!
So, back to the goodie bag stuff …
♥ Lush soap – which smells delicious and strawberry-y.
♥ Innoxa Pure Silk skin primer – am looking forward to trying this – I love Innoxa stuff – it reminds me of when I was young!
♥ Perfect Platinum – shampoo and conditioner samples – 50ml. Miraculously these have appeared in my daughter’s shower, so I guess I won’t be reviewing them any time soon!
♥ Designer Brands – Hi-Lights Illuminator – shhhhh, I’ve never used an illuminator before! And my goodness, I am LOVING this one. Soooo pretty. UPDATE: I’ve been using this every day and I love it!
♥ Elizabeth Arden Precision Glide eyeliner pencil in Black Velvet – this is lovely and has a really nifty little thing at the end that is a) a smudger and then b) that bit pulls apart to reveal a sharpener. Well played Elizabeth Arden!
♥ Designer Brands – Natural Ground Minerals Bronzer 316 – full size. This is really nice and I’ve been using it in my contouring attempts – so far, so good.
♥ Maybelline Colour Whisper lipstick – in Orange Attitude. This is a lovely summer colour, and as the name suggests, is a “whisper” of colour – kind of like an intense gloss I guess you’d call it. Am.liking.
♥ Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel – claimed by my daughter, moisturing gel to combat pimples, blackheads and the like – not that she needs it, but I’m happy for her to have it. I looked on the internet and it gets pretty good reviews.
♥ Schwarzkopf Live Colour Ultra Bright – bright pink hair dye! Certainly not for the faint-hearted that one, and in fairness, probably won’t get used at our house! UPDATE: still in my drawer!
♥ Living Nature mineral eyeshadow – in slate. This is lovely stuff, and when I get around to a smoky eye again, this will be perfect.
Also … there were giveaways!!! For everyone!!!
(Including Micro Mini Beauty Blenders, LORAC palettes, perfume, nail polishes, eyeshadows, a hairdryer, a candle … ALL SORTS!) I got a gorgeous neon orange nail polish (you can see it there in the box – next to the blue one) – and yep, you guessed it – my daughter’s got it!
So … that was my goodie bag … in a blog post! Goodie bags are an awesome opportunity to try new products without the financial commitment of purchasing the full-sized version – let’s face it, you don’t always like or suit everything you try!
I’d like to give all the sponsors of the goodie bag items a great.big.thanks for supporting Makeup Obsessives – as an MUO, and as an admin, I can say it’s most appreciated! And thank you too to Kirsty and Nicola for all your effort in making the MUO meet ups such awesome events – I know they put their heart and soul and a great deal of their time into these meet ups to make them the fabulous events they are. It’s not often enough that you get the opportunity to meet your “like-minded, social media friends” in real life!
And to round this post off, here is a picture of the fearless Makeup Obsessives admin team – some of them anyway – they are scattered all over the country (and one in Australia **waves frantically at Arna!**) so can’t always make it to the meetups. It seems that it may be near impossible to get a serious pic of this team!
I hope you enjoyed this second sneaky peek into my goodie bag … please share the love and support these fabulous brands if you can – you won’t regret it, I promise!
And lastly, for the meetup from another blogger’s perspective, click here for Lena Talks Beauty’s blog post about it.