FABB Liverpool Event
So last Saturday was a first for me – I went to my very first bloggers event. Fabb Liverpool was advertised as an event run for bloggers, by bloggers. To be honest I really didn’t know what to expect. I knew there would be bloggers to chat to, exhibitors displaying their fashion and beauty products and a goody bag (…there was, and it did not disappoint!)
However, I was also a little (a lot) nervous that there would be a lot of young bloggers clamouring for attention, stalls with pushy sales people, and going alone was worried that I’d be feeling a bit left out. In order to combat the nerves of going to the event alone I checked out Twitter to see who else was going and managed to tag along with three other bloggers.
The choice of venue, Pan America Bar in Albert Dock, was a great location. Close to the city centre but formal enough that you felt as though you were attending a real exciting event. The upstairs bar was out of the way of drinkers and diners; we were given wristbands to get into the event proper.
Stallholders were friendly and helpful; they took the time to explain and demonstrate products and clearly knew their stuff.
LUSH – A brand that needs no introduction. Purveyors of handmade, animal friendly, and strongly scented bath and beauty products. A lovely activity they had at the Lush stall was the Emotional Brilliance colour wheel. The idea is you close your eyes, spin the wheel, then choose 3 colours by instinct on opening them. The order you choose the colours in represents your greatest strength, your subconscious feelings and your aspiration. I’m not sure how accurate the reading were (admittedly I am a total cynic) but it was definitely a fun activity that got us all involved and talking. The main question I wanted the answer to though – one I have thought many times before – when are they finally going to produce a range of nail polish? Soon I hope!
Derma V10 – affordable skin and beauty products have landed! This was one generous brand; allowing each attendee to take away six products to try. Amongst which I chose two hand creams that I intend to review fully in a future post.
ESPA – I have been lucky enough to try this brand before in my favourite spa. On walking in and smelling the ESPA products I was transported back to days at the spa and instantly relaxed – reason enough for me to use this brand as the aromas were emotive in the loveliest way.
ARK – A clothing brand many will already know. They brought along some lovely, eclectic and original garments; definately blogger-style fashion.
Tropic – A beauty brand that I had not tried before. They not only produce 100% plant derived skincare but had the most beautiful make-up brushes. I was also tempted to try out their brow kits (like many a Liverpool girl I do like a defined brow)
Crystal Clear – I’d heard of this skincare specialist treatment before but seeing the live demonstrations just proved to me how well this brand really works. Some of their products are a little pricey but I’ve no doubt that those with specific skin problems could find the solution here – I’m lucky enough to have pretty good skin at the moment but would definitely look into them again in the future (when my wrinkles become a little more noticeable perhaps!)
I just want to say a big thank you to the event organisers Tor and Ray who did a wonderful job. I would have liked to chat to them more (and other bloggers too) but was happy to have met the people I did: three of the loveliest bloggers I’ve met Laura (of elledeesbeauty.com), Leanne (of little-babble.com) and Sophie (of What-Sophie-Says.blogspot.co.uk)
I look forward to future Fabb events. I can see this just getting bigger and better.
What I loved: a lovely laid back atmosphere, good mix of products (some I’d heard of, others were up and coming brands), a jam-packed goodie-bag, a well organised event overall, meeting fellow bloggers for the first time
Would I change anything? The layout could have been better, once you got into a corner it was difficult to navigate back out – maybe spread stalls into the whole upstairs area. Wait to give goodie bags on the way out – they were a little heavy and more than one person’s handles bust! The giveaways were done at the very end of the event – this meant a lot of people had already left the venue (so their entries were invalid) – doing them midway through, with a fully captivated audience would have created more of a buzz. Most importantly, can we have more nail-related products next time please?
After the event: I now have many products to try out an review (watch this space) and have made connections with some lovely people who I hope to meet up with again
Overall, I’d highly recommend other bloggers attend a FABB event. Check out the Facebook page to see if there’s one near you: https://www.facebook.com/fabbevents/info
Have you been to a Fabb event? Or any other bloggers’ event? Which is your favourite? Do you think there should be more events planned? Have you ever tried to organise your own bloggers event or meet-up? I’d love to know!