What a brilliant day the first day of Spring 2012 turned out to be.
The weather was superb and I got to experience what it is like to be part of a beauty blogging community in person – in Adelaide – and not from behind a computer!!
It was with some trepidation that I headed to Media Makeup Academy at the allocated 12.30 timeslot. It is easy to be forthcoming and friendly when you are communicating with people online, but it can be a totally different experience when you meet in real life – but I had no reason whatsoever to be nervous – I was met with smiles all round.
It is really funny that you feel that you know your fellow bloggers even though you have never actually met. You know them through their blogs, tweets, facebook, or youtube so you instantly have common ground – and a lot to talk about.
I absolutely love the gorgeous personalised name tags. It is proudly hanging in my office where I can see it whilst I am writing blog posts and will remind me of the lovely network of people that are here in Adelaide and are happy to share their knowledge with me ‘the Nanna’ of the group
Watch my video for a summary of my feelings about this wonderful day:
The food was absolutely sensational – the cakes were from Cupcake Treats and the savoury was from Zed’s café. Just look at the size of that cupcake!!
We were given a tour of Media Makeup Academy which was extremely interesting. They offer brilliant training for makeup artists and even have a course on prosthetics! I am definitely visiting them again to explore their range of Makeup Forever cosmetics as they offer the full range and offer free shipping on orders over $200.
Our first speaker was from haircare brand EVO. They are proudly South Australian and have a wonderful range of hair and beauty products that are sulphate, paraben, dea, tea and propylene glycol free. They are sold exclusively in Salons and their philosophy of telling the truth without the use of gimmicks is something that really impressed me and I am looking forward to exploring more of their range.
We were next treated to a wonderful talk from The Purist company which involved some hands-on experiments.
I was really impressed with their philosophy of only using the finest ingredients once they have been proven to work. They follow the rule of skin efficacy without the side effects which is something that really resonated with me.
In the experiment above we were asked to feel the difference between Moisturiser A and Moisturiser B. Everyone in the room could feel the difference between the 2. The natural/pure moisturiser was much more nourishing and felt more luxurious on the skin – I know which one I would rather put on my body
I left that session feeling excited about how great the Australian skincare industry really is. I am going to investigate our wonderful Australian brands as I really believe we have Companies here which can stand up against the well-known International brands.
Then the Beauty Games began!
We were split into groups of 5 for a game of Beauty Pictionary. As I am the world’s worst at drawing I was quite happy to delegate that task to one of my other team members. The drawer was given cards which had Australian Beauty Brands on them and she had to draw them. It was a lot of fun but was harder than it looked. Try guessing something like Mirenesse! How the ……. do you draw that??????
The winning team were fantastic and were ably led by the lovely Sarah from abeautifulstory.net.
They were there to discuss the question behind why we blog – is it for fun or for money, and is it possible to do both?
Our committee chair and ‘Energiser Bunny’ Celeste from Becoming Beautiful was also included on the panel and all three of them made extremely valid points regarding both sides of the argument. I learnt so much from these wonderful women that I hadn’t really considered and am eagerly awaiting the video so that I can revisit their points going forward on my blogging journey.
Before we knew it, our time was up and we were rewarded with the most amazing bags of goodies to take home.
As you can see, we were absolutely spoilt by the wonderful sponsors. You can review who they were by checking out this post.
I must pass on huge thanks to the committee of Celeste from Becoming Beautiful and Travelling in Mary Janes, Stacey from Add to Cart, Stephanie from Jeneara and Sherry from Sherrywoo.com. Your drive, persistence and passion is extremely infectious and I cannot wait to meet with you and the other lovely Adelaide Beauties in the near future. xx