If, like me, your a bit of a Twitter obsessive and join in with the entire blogger community, you may be familiar with the faces and musings of Tor and Ray. Together, they have recently started FABB Events, and after having my news feed flooded with events posts from their amazingly popular Leeds and Newcastle events when I found out they were holding one in my hometown Manchester, I knew I had to go and see for myself. So on Saturday, after double checking I had a camera with a memory card to avoid doing another #northmeetup, I went into town ready to get my blogger on with a room full of pretty people.
After a tense moment when I was stuck in traffic, I finally managed to meet up with some people in the boiling hot Manchester weather (first for everything), and head down to 2022NQ. Once we got there and negotiated to cobbles to the stairs, we were greeted by the lovely Ray, given a wristband and popped down the stairs to the main room into blogger heaven, with both fashion and beauty being represented!
I absolutely loved Propbooth and were definitely regular faces through out the event. I’ve always wanted to do one of these photo booth’s and it took me ages to decide what I wanted to use, so we ended up going back just to get new ones done! I think I need a Fez, I really suit it which a little bit scary. Anyone think I can make Fez’s the new bowler hat? Anyway I think they are perfect for weddings, birthdays, or any event really that you want to capture in a unique way! They were definitely a hit with everyone at the event, and really helped to get the event started.
Further down was South Beach Swimwear who had me lusting for a last minute getaway! As worn by Lucy Watson from MIC, the brand had some lovely bright pieces, mixed with more understated ones to suit everyone’s taste. I particularly LOVED the Lily Kaftan and the Ava cover up!
I was really happy to see Lavish Alice make an appearance, being bit of an old favorite with me. The girls were absolutely lovely explaining about the transitional and new A/W pieces they had brought along, making me wish I got a student loan this year. As soon as the paisley and dog two two-pieces come available I am snapping them up! I think cats are going to be huge as well, with both Lavish Alice and Tinned Bananas having pieces, like this gorgeous shirt with blue detailing.
I usually think more expensive is best when it comes to products, but being on a tighter budget than I was at uni thanks to no student loan, I’m now thinking a lot different. Derma V10 Tech Solutions is available at shops such as Bodycare and Poundland, and yet offers such a high-quality large range, you can really go mad without feeling guilty. We all got to choose 5 products to take away with us which was amazing! When I got home my dog was instantly attracted to the bag, and I only worked out it was because of the Chocolate Body Butter. It smells divine and I’m going to have to watch it because I can see everyone in my house trying to steal a little. Anyway with prices ranging from £0.49 for Tea Tree Wipes (which are exactly the same as more expensive brands) and £1.49 for Mascara, you can treat yourself and indulge without breaking the bank.
Since I was introduced to tan at the #northmeetup, I’ve been having a little play round. I’m deceivingly pale, and seem to be getting paler as I get older, so no doubt in a couple of years I’ll be trying to make Casper the Ghost on trend. Vita Liberata, is a Irish brand, making its suitable for any skin tone, even me! What sold me was it was long lasting, ranging between the 2-3 weeks mark if you look after your skin, meaning minimal maintenance. I’m really excited to try this new brand out, and see how it compares to one’s I’ve already tried.
I think everyone’s eye was drawn to Tinned Banana’s. Instantly the collection reminded me of Ibiza, vibrant and edgy while remaining on trend. I thought the Marmalade Sky Sunset Leggings had a stunning print, and the turtle neck on Blue Smartie Space Print Crop Top lets you wear A/W trends now! Again, ‘big cats’ were out in full force and Leopard Off The Shoulder Dress is the perfect transitional piece.
I am holding my hands up and say I don’t wear ‘normal’ false lashes much. Tame, delicate, natural ones just look lost on me, because I have really good eyelashes anyway. I do wear them for special events to feel more ‘done’, but if I’m going out, I like to opt for a more statement pair. Up until now I’ve only ever tried fuller, more intense versions of the natural pairs, but have always looked longingly at more embellished versions. Luckily for me, Eldora was there offering is all any pair from their range! To make my indecisive tendencies even worse, they said they could customize any pair there and then to exactly how you wanted it. If ever there was a moment to road test a more statement look, now was the time. Umming and ahhing, I finally settled on these beautiful ones, S110. The main body is a beautiful black feather, with a small amount of baby pink fur on top! I am so excited to try these out, and hopefully, it will get me to be a lot braver with my makeup looks.
The event was the first time I took the Mulbs out for a day out (it’s my child) and clearly I own far too many bags as it is, but that didn’t stop my eyes being drawn to La Moda. Aiming to offer designer-inspired products at an affordable price, they are the perfect way to treat yourself on a budget. I think the Yasemin bag would be ideal for a festival, and at £13, you can’t say no really!
When I got home I avoiding my mum as best I could and rummaged through the goody bags! All I can say is WOW. From £30 vouchers for ESPA to complementary OPI File and Polish treatments and plenty of products to try out, I felt like it was a late birthday present, and incredibly spoilt. One personal touch I absolutely adored was Tor and Ray including a list of bloggers.brands who attended their site, Instagram and twitter! So often I find myself talking to new people, get home and have to stalk twitter if I’ve not read their blog or heard of the brand before! It’s definitely in the details and this one made me go ‘aww’.
So thank you to Tor & Ray for putting together such a lovely event, the lovely bloggers I met and the brands for coming down and giving us such amazing discounts and treats! It was the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.