Sunday, 8 December 2013

Samsara Skin Beauty Blogger Christmas Event

Samsara BBlogger Xmas Event 2013 at Lakeside Gallery at Custard Factory Birmingham
For those of you who don't know, Samsara Skin is an organic and natural skincare clinic in my home town of Birmingham. It opened its doors during September this year. The clinic was set up by beauty bloggers Andy from Pampered Prince and Jessica from Spoilt Face (now both aestheticians and organic skincare guru's). I am so pleased they decided to set the store up as until it opened it was so difficult to find natural and especially organic products in Birmingham. The organic and natural skincare market in Birmingham was very limited to just Harvey Nichols and Selfridges selling only Ren, Nude, Dr Hauschka and Neals Yard between them. Harvey Nichols in Birmingham has in the past sold brands like my favourite Vaishaly skincare and other brands like Spiezia Organics and Omorovicza, all of which became discontinued.

Samsara skin specialises in skincare brands such as Bodhi, Pai, Honest skincare, Balmology, CosMedix and offers organic nutritional supplements like Viridian and Collagen Shots.

Samsara also offers friendly advice, consultations and beauty treatments which are top class and luxurious especially their facials and massages. They also use specialist equipment such as the Omnilux Light Therapy machine. You can see their Treatment menu here.

Samsara Skin reminds me of a young Being Content in the heart of the midlands. For those who cannot get to the clinic they also have an online store where you can purchase all the products and supplements they stock in store. 

Samsara Skin Store
Last month I had possibly the best facial at Samsara Skin with Andy who used a mystery brand. Andy is truly talented and my skin was glowing afterwards. It was truly a blissful experience and I urge anyone who needs some deep relaxation to go for a facial at Samsara Skin.

I am so happy that Samsara Skin has been opened, it's so nice to be able just to pop in a local store and buy something instead of having to purchase from the internet. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Samsara. Andy and Jess are absolutely delightful people and they are great friends. You could never want to meet more of a genuine kind hearted pair of souls.
Jess and me at the Samsara Skin opening night 19th September '13
The Samsara Skin Beauty Blogger Christmas Event on Saturday the 7th December 2013

Yesterday I attended the Samsara Skin Beauty Blogger Christmas Event. The Christmas event was held at the Lakeside Gallery in the Custard Factory just around the corner from the Samsara Store. I was greeted at door by Jessica who gave me a massive hug and also her sister who gave me a beautifully yummy collagen shot and fruit juice in a champagne glass. 
I then joined the other bloggers all of which I'd never met before apart from Jen from Bare Faced Chic. I met some lovely follow beauty bloggers such as Hephzibah from Good For Me - Good For You, the gorgeous and kind Vicki from Lets Talk Beauty and the charming and funny Sophia from Tattooed Tea Lady
Andy and Jessica from Samsara Skin
The event started with the Bodhi perfume master class. I was absolutely in my element. We were split into two groups of five. Elijah from Bodhi gave us an introduction into perfumes and fragrances and informed us of the aromatherapy and skin care benefits of essential oils. Elijah also explained the commonly mistaken difference between a true essential oil and an absolute. Elijah also gave us an in-depth explanation of Top, Heart and Base notes. Elijah demonstrated these with a few different oils so we could see the difference and complexity between them. Then we smelt the wide selection of essential oils laid before us on the table so we could identify the types of scent we liked.
Elijah from Bodhi talking about essential oils and their benefits
If you know me well you will know I'm a huge Floral fan liking beautiful sweet and feminine scents like Rose and Jasmine. I worked my way through smelling all the Top, Heart and Base Notes. Of course loving all the Floral notes, with not surprisingly Rose being my ultimate favourite. Elijah then handed out a few information handouts so we could start to design our very own perfume using the essential oils and cold pressed Argan oil (organic of course!!) as a carrier oil.
The Beauty Bloggers perfume's ready for judging
Each blogger were handed a cute mini Miron Glass roller ball and made their very own unique perfume. I went for all the Floral notes, such as Hyacinth, Geranium, Premium quality Bulgarian Rose Otto, Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood. We then got to name them, I called mine Rose Erotica as it is a beautiful sexy rosy scent. I'm so pleased with it and it is absolutely perfect for me. All of the bloggers fragrances were entered into a competition where the winner would win a bodhi gift set. I came second runner up. 

After the bodhi perfume master class the bloggers were presented with a delicious vegan food feast and a tea buffet. I really loved the tea buffet as we could choose from a large selection of dried teas, herbs and fruit. I had blueberries, jasmine green tea and elderflower. 
Some Bbloggers helping themselves to the vegan buffet 
After our bite to eat Jessica and Andy sat the bloggers down to explain about a flash facial and how to make your own mask for a quick fix. They also talked about their experiences of skincare over their years of experience. Jessica and Andy both described how to use ingredients to suit your own skin type such as oatmeal, Manuka honey, rose hip oil and chamomile floral water for dry skin and rhassoul clay, enzymes and clarifying ingredients for oily skin. 
Jess and Andy giving their talk on a flash facial
Some of the products & ingredients demonstrated for the Flash Facial
After the flash facial bloggers were given the opportunity to take part in Samsara's gift box project for Shelter which will make a huge difference to the children and families in difficult circumstances this Christmas.

After the Christmas event had finished we went to the Samsara store and were given a generous goodie bag from Andy and Jessica thanking us for attending. The gorgeous black and gold gift bag includes gifts such as a mask, bodhi - Jasmine Falls body moisturiser (my favourite), Viridan Raw - Raw Organic Coconut Oil and Almost Edible mini candle - Orange and Clove and finally but not least a Christmas card with a voucher for a Complimentary facial at Samsara Skin!! 
Goodie bag
After a day of being completely spoilt rotten, I honestly could not have wished for a better event. It was absolutely amazing and has really got me in the mood for Christmas. I hope this will be the first Samsara Skin Christmas event of many. Some of the bloggers travelled over 5 hours to get to Birmingham so they could attend the event. The event was a complete success. 

I would like to thank Andy, Jessica and Elijah from bodhi making the event so special and amazing.


  1. Thank you so much for such a lovely write up of our first bbloggers christmas party Danny. I really appreciate it and I'm so glad you enjoyed your day x

  2. You are too kind x
    I had such a lovely day, it was so relaxed and friendly. we were utterly spoilt. I can't wait to come back to Birmingham to see you all again

  3. Looks like an amazing event and a great post - loved reading about it x

  4. Fab post! It was so lovely to meet you Danni - Thank you for saying I'm funny and charming! Same can be said to you, Mr Erotica ;) xo

  5. It was lovely to meet you Danni, definitely worth going to. Loving your blog as well, new follower right here :) xx

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