When a direct message appeared in my inbox from Florence inviting me to the first ever John Lewis, Norwich blogger event I felt overwhelmed with excitement. My first thought was- what am I going to wear!?! Being a weekday I knew I would have work during the day therefore I needed an outfit that was smart/casual, so I went for the classic white shirt paired with khaki skinny trousers.
Shirt (Next sale)
Trousers (Next sale)
Sandals (Next sale)
Eventually the day came of the event and in all honesty, I had no idea what to expect. All I had to go off was the formal invitation I had received via the post, which read:-
“Join us on the night for;
A chance to view our exclusive women’s summer fashion collection
Try beauty products from Clinique, Dior, Mugler, Origins & Sisley
Hair styling demonstrations by GHD & Dyson
Nail polish updates by Jessica Nails
Cocktails by the Rooftop Garden
Nibbles by Waitrose”
I had organised to meet Hannah Marie, a fellow Norwich blogger beforehand, we took a few photographs nearby and then headed for John Lewis customer services where we were told to meet for 6 o’clock. We were two of the first to arrive, we were seated before being shown through to a room that had been set up purely for us- Yes, it was off the shop floor which made it feel that little bit more exclusive. The room was set up beautifully with counters from the following brands Sisley, Dior, Clinique, Origins, Jessica Nails, Mugler, Dyson, GHD, IzziRainey and Boden. In addition to this the Rooftop Gardens had their own bar area serving cocktails & mocktails- unfortunately I was driving so opted for the Virgin Strawberry Collins mocktail (£4.50) which was so refreshing. Waitrose & John Lewis had put together some nibbles which included a mixture of both savoury and sweet options- there was even a vegan selection. I headed straight for the breaded king prawns- OMG yum!
On arrival everyone was every polite, it took all of about 10 minutes before everyone got there cameras out photographing/video recording. Gradually as everyone became more comfortable the room got louder and louder…
I was greeted by a lovely lady offering a small sample shot of gin- I didn’t need asking twice. There were two options to choose from, either Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Liqueur (50cl £15.00) or Firebox Unicorn Tears Gin Liqueur (50cl £40.00). I love something a bit fruity so I went for the Edinburgh Gin- it was delicious, you could definitley taste that it was infused with rhubard & ginger, but it wasn’t overpowering. It would be lovely served straight over ice or simply added to a glass of prosecco.
I watched a demonstration by the lovely stylist Lydia showing how to blow dry your hair into pin curls to achieve big, volumised, wavy hair. When it comes to my hair i’m super lazy, currently I go to the salon to have my hair washed and blow-dried for pure ease. However, after seeing how super lightweight and easy the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer is to use my hair routine might be changing sooner rather than later! Apparently, it’s all about the airflow not about the heat- Dyson have enhanced the size of the airflow to create a high-velocity jet for faster drying. They’ve also made all the attachments magnetic making it extremely quick to click them on and off during styling/drying. Finally, the feature that sold it for me was the weight of the product- its superlight meaning you don’t end up with an aching arm half way through, instead you can achieve the perfect salon blow dry in the comfort of your own home.
Debbie on Sisley showed me the wonderful Black Rose collection :-
Black Rose Cream Mask (60ml £105) InStyle Best Beauty Buys Award Winner
If you’re looking for ‘instant youth’ this is the product for you. Debbie applied this to my hand first explaining you’d leave the product on for about 10/15 minutes (in this case she didn’t as time was getting on) then removed it using a cotton pad- it left my hand so soft!
Black Rose Precious Face Oil (25ml £150) InStyle Best Beauty Buys Award Winner
The face oil was then moisturised into my hand which I have to say, smelt incredible. It does seem rather expensive, 25ml of product for £150 but Debbie explained you only need the tiniest amount- a little goes a long way.
Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream (50ml £134)
Debbie finished the with the infusion cream leaving my hand visibly brighter.
I was surprised how silky my hand felt after all three products had been applied, there was no stickiness from built-up of product. I would recommend popping to the Sisley counter in John Lewis, Norwich for a skin consultation. It’s definitley not the cheapest skincare range but whats the saying? You get what you pay for.
Origins x Madeleine Shaw Glow-Co-Nuts Hydrating Coconut Moisture Mask (100ml £26.50)- Simply Wow! Lorna pampered me with this limited edition moisture mask which is made with coconut, apricot, orange and lime oils- it smells amazing. You can either apply it morning or night after cleansing for 10 minutes or you can leave it on overnight to let it work its magic whilst you sleep- that’s what I’m going to be doing once a week! I have very dry skin so more hydration the better, I can’t wait for my skin to feel soft and hydrated. Go and see Lorna on the Origins counter in John Lewis, Norwich for your FREE feel good mini facial. Also follow her on Instagram to be kept up to date with new launches, offers and advice.
The talented Jessica styled my hair on the evening. I popped my bum on the seat allowing her to do what she wanted with my hair in hope that she would curl it- which she did! Jessica began curling my hair with the GHD hair straighteners whilst informing me about the limited-edition stylers available. The GHD Limited Edition Hair Straighteners (£139) are available in two shades earth gold and pure gold both coming with a heat-resistant bags which would be so handy for when I’m travelling! The new straighteners are curved making curling your hair so much easier- Genius! They reach up to 185c in 25 seconds and have an automatic sleep mode that turns them off after 30 minutes of non-use, I don’t know about you but I’m forever leaving the house then calling my mum to check I’ve turned my straighteners off! Overall, I think the new improved GHD’s are stylish, practical and well worth the money, I’m going to be adding them to my Christmas list- too soon?
The evening went so quickly that I didn’t get round all of the brands- some people say I talk way too much! In this case it’s clearly true. On exit we were all given personalised (yes, personalised! I know…) gift bags filled with lots of goodies and treats for us to try. A huge thank you to John Lewis for putting on such an amazing first event, I can’t wait to see what’s next…