Wednesday, 25 February 2015

My First Blogger Event - The #BloggersLoveLFW Fiasco

BloggersLoveLFW Event

WARNING: This post is full of dissapointment.

Until Tuesday I had never before attended a blogger event and I cannot say my first experience of one was all too enjoyable. On the surface it seemed like a blogger's dream - Gossip girl themed with a meal, gifting lounge, and a chance to meet some fellow bloggers. Who could say no, right? However, when you throw in a massive guest list, tiny venue, extreme overcrowding, cold takeaway pizza after a caterer cancellation, and a hell of a lot of queueing and pushing, all for the fee of £28 on top of your travelling costs, that wonderful day out suddenly seems...not so great.

The overcrowding meant that it was extremely difficult to talk to both brands and bloggers, making networking impossible, and it seemed to take forever to visit a handful of stalls - at least 8 less than the 19 brands stated! Even after having visited the stalls, one was left with the question - now what? With swarms of people around me queueing and pushing and nowhere to go to simply chat with fellow bloggers, there was little to do but go home.

Having sold out of tickets very far in advance and having been organised by Bloggers Love, an event company which I had heard such good things about, this was an event which I had been looking forward to for weeks. As I returned home, I found myself feeling rather dejected. Was that it? Is that what a blogger event is like? Were my expectations too high or are blogger events simply not for me? However, a quick look at twitter proved that this was not the norm and I was relieved to find that I was not the only blogger who had left disappointed. I'm sure even those who did not attend the...interesting event  will have heard the 'gossip' on twitter (please excuse that awful pun).

BloggersLoveLFW Event

However, let's focus on the positives, shall we? It was wonderful to see so many bloggers in one place, even if the venue could by no means accommodate them, and those brands and bloggers I did briefly talk to were very interesting and friendly. I feel this event had the potential to be amazing, even though it was very poorly executed. One saving grace was the presence of the ever-so talented Willa Gebbie who drew some beautiful sketches of those that were willing to queue for half an hour (I was not in such a cramped setting, although I kinda wish I had). The gossip girl theme was also a wonderful idea, leading to some amazing, and easy to put together outfits worn by the attendees, although the theme did not really seem to extend to the event itself beyond the dress code.

In the end this event has at least served as a learning opportunity, and I have so many things to bare in mind for the future, perhaps most importantly:
  • Bloggers shouldn't pay for events. It should be a chance to make new connections, not to get free stuff and attend something over hyped.  I believe @hollycassel put it best - "Never pay for the privilege of attending a blogger event. You're paying for a fake status, an illusionary experience."
  • Get off your ass and get your damn business cards printed because people will be asking for them all night!
I'm determined not to be put off my this experience, having been reassured by other attendees that not all events are like this. For now though, I'm dieing for a small, relaxed meetup, without pressure and brands where one can have some real interaction. So if any London bloggers fancy a girly blogger's shopping trip, feel free to tweet me! @elesaurusrawr

xoxo (sorry, I couldn't resist)

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

The Lipstick Tag

This post has been on my 'to write' list for a while now, lipsticks having become one of my favourite makeup items! Rewind to a year ago and I was largely a lipstick virgin, convinced I would surely look like a clown if I attempted to rock a bold lip. Oh how, things have changed!

How many lipsticks do you own?
I own 18 lipsticks, including liquid lipsticks and lip lacquers. A rather small collection in comparison to most bloggers but I'd say it's pretty respectable for someone that has only been wearing them for the past year!

What was the first lipstick you owned?
I can't remember the exact shade or brand but I am ashamed to say that the first lipstick I ever bought was a very transparent and horrible-looking black shade. Yep. Black. I bought it for a Halloween costume and, as I'm sure you can imagine, never touched it again.

What is your favourite lipstick brand?
My favourite brand for lipstick changes almost every time I purchase a new one but, for the moment, is probably Bourjois because I am in love with Rouge Edition Velvet. I'm very much a fan of matte lip lacquers at the moment and I have found these to be the longest lasting and least drying thus far.

What is your most worn lipstick?
My most worn lipstick is definitely Valentine by Collection, being one of my oldest lipsticks. Also, who can go wrong with a classic red?

What is your favourite finish?
My favourite lipsticks, and those which I wear the most always have a matte finish. I know they're rather drying, especially for someone as prone to chapped lips as I, but I'm simply not keen on how glossy and satin lipsticks look on me.

What was the last lip product you bought?
In typical Eleanor fashion, the last lipstick I got was a burgundy one, in this case MUA lipstick in shade 3. I always have a fair few burgundy lipsticks and this one was kind of an impulse buy but at £1, who can say no?

How many lip products do you currently have in your handbag? (including balms and glosses)
None, actually! I'm proud to say I cleaned out my handbag today.

How do you store your lipsticks?
My lipsticks currently occupy a drawer in a WHSmith multi-drawer unit in which I keep all my makeup. However, my makeup collection is quickly outgrowing in so I may have to start looking for an alternative.

Which lipstick do you use to rock a red lip?
In the past it has always been my aforementioned Collection lipstick in Valentine but recently I've been reaching for Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Hot Pepper a lot more because I don't have to dig out a lip brush to apply it.

What lip products are you currently lusting after?
Oh, where do I start? I suppose I'm most lusting after MAC lipsticks because, bad blogger that I am, I've never actually used one! Any shade will do!

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