Glowing skin is always in

On Thursday I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch event of the Illuminate Sonya Skincare range from Forever. Hosted at Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden, I’ve been to a few events in a range of different locations, but this place was beyond gorgeous.

As of 1st November, I have no qualms in releasing my inner festive diva and need no encouragement to deck those halls, so walking into Petersham Nurseries I felt like a child in a candy store. Twinkling lights, chandeliers weighing down from the ceiling, decadent tables filled with gorgeous looking products, baubles displayed by colour palette and the clinking of margaritas. Hashtag, dream.

On arrival, we were each handed a cute little gift bag containing the below items.

Sonya Skincare Range

• Sonya Refreshing Gel Cleanser: aloe gel and natural cleansers help remove dead cells, dirt and makeup. • Sonya Illuminating Gel: a quick-absorbing gel that gives a soft, smooth and even complexion that glows. • Sonya Refining Gel Mask: an over-night mask that controls oil and brightens the appearance of skin. • Sonya Soothing Gel Moisturiser: a gel-based lotion that uses powerful ingredients to moisturise and improve the look of combination skin

Hearing from the experts

During the event product expert, Jeannie Ginnis talked through each product from the range, the benefits of each ingredient used and how they work on different skin types. Sonya skincare is an Aloe Vera based range geared towards combination skin which is basically me. My skin is in equal amounts oily and dry which is a big old pain when it comes to choosing what products to use, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what magic they work on my skin.

Samantha Freedman – beauty journalist

Another great element of the event was hearing from Sam Freedman – freelance beauty journalist and previous beauty editor of Grazia magazine. Firstly, ridiculously flawless skin and secondly an absolute gem to chat to. It was nice to hear about current skincare trends, her thoughts on the illuminating gel (a top tip is this can be mixed with fake tan) as well as some advice on finding your niche and growing your audience.

There was also an opportunity to enter their flat-lay competition to win a hamper and spa vouchers (for all you non-blogging types, a flat lay is a creative display of items taken from above). I opted out of the challenge, why? To be totally honest, I suck at flat-lays. I know my strengths and arranging things nicely is not one of them, you should see my wardrobe! But it was nice to have a creative element to the event, something I haven’t seen before.

It was great to be surrounded by so many like-minded ladies (who were all totally down for getting that shot with the lush botanical backdrop). It was the first blogger event that I’d been to on my own so once I’d got past thinking I was going to fall over my own feet or knock over a £400 lamp, I settled in and met so many lovely creators that I can’t wait for my next blogger meet up!

#IlluminateWithForever

Check out the range here

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