21 March 2016

My First Blogger Event: SK:N VIP Launch Event

SKN Clinic Launch - Chester - Blogger Event
This is a very special post to me (I hope I don't say that a lot haha) because I am about to share all about the very first event where I was invited as a blogger. Those of you who follow me on Twitter probably remember how over a week ago I went to the sk:n VIP Launch event. My hubby joined me as my +1 and it is safe to say he was one of very few men present there. He was such a good sport though. It was a really interesting, educating and fun occasion to attend. I wouldn't call myself a skincare expert or a beautician but I did learn a number of things and was introduced to various great products and treatments suitable for any age or skin condition. Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post, all impressions and opinions are my own and 100% genuine. Without further ado, let's dive it. 
skn clinic in Chester - VIP Launch
Before I gush about the event itself, I have to introduce those of you who are reading about the sk:n clinics for the first time or know very little about them. sk:n is the UK leading skin clinic that prides itself on having more highly medically trained staff than any other chain of clinics as well as offering a diverse variety of skin treatement: from non-surgical anti-ageing injectables to tattoo removals (!). So whenever a new clinic was due to open in Chester, I got a lovely email with an invitation to attend as a blogger. There was no request or a requirement to write a follow-up post so this is purely me sharing my impressions and giving you an idea of what it was like to be at this VIP launch.
Samia Ghadie at sk:n clinic launch
As we were running a little late we did miss the opening when Samia Ghadie, the star of Coronation Street, was there to cut the ribbon. So this is the only photo in this post that wasn't taken by moi or my hubby but was kindly emailed to me. At the entrance we were greeted by the lovely staff and offered a drink. A tall glass of water later and we were inside the reception room full of excited people and press. It was a lot of fun as we were able to go from one room into another, check out all the treatment areas and take a peek at all the products the clinic offers.
Abi Fisher collection
Along with everything skin-related (which I am going to talk about in a minute) there was a presentation of a new Spring/Summer '16 collection by Abi Fisher, the UK luxury womenswear brand. Abi Fisher was there herself sharing all about her new designs. There were also extremely kind and attentive consultants who offered to answer any questions related to each piece or the collection as a whole. AF brand is known to source the finest classic pieces with a twist. The clothes were far out of my buying ability but they were still very pretty to look at and touch :)
Abi Fisher clothes
100% candid shot thanks to the genius photographer that is my hubby :) Hence, me balancing two glasses of water and checking out a few pieces from the AF collection. After having a bit of a browse, I had a lovely brief chat with one of the consultants about the special treatment sk:n clinic offers for those who struggle with acne and acne scarring. Ironically, when I was a teenager my skin was flawless but when I hit my early 20s things started to go downhill. Maybe it was due to the fact that I was studying and living in the US at a time (=new food, new lifestyle, etc.) or the amount of stress I went through after coming back. We won't go into detail on that but yes, I am the one who sadly has to face the consequences of adult acne. Thankfully I only get an occasional spot here and there each month, and it's fine, but other than that it was educating to learn a bit more about how to treat scarring.
skin treatment products
Soon enough it was announced that in a few rooms there would be live presentations of different treatments. We ended up at the botox injection demonstration and it was somewhat eye-opening and interesting to watch. Unfortunately, I can't share the photos from it but I will try to paint the picture. That particular demo was really popular as the little treatment room became full of "spectators" within a few minutes. We were given a presentation on the types of wrinkles and the main causes of ageing on your face. Then it was time for a practical part and that was the treatment itself. The consultant used a special white marker to dot the spots on the "patient"s face where the injections were supposed to go into. She explained that the procedure itself isn't painful and feels like a pinch but it requires special care after you leave the clinic. Apparently, if a person who had botox was to rub the freshly-injected spot, they could end up with a drooping eye lid. We were warned that if the treatment wasn't done professionally the person could have a "frozen face" aka blank and plastic (and creepy!) look. Also, I discovered that our immune system attacks botox as an alient to our body, meaning, the effects of it wear off so the person comes back for more. I had to look away a few times because needles are not my cup of tea :)
Karren Brady - HydraFacial
While I am never going to be a customer for botox injections (I do hope though that I will be ageing gracefully lol), HydraFacial was one treatment that was recommended the most and got me very curious. To my surprise, it was pretty impressive to find out that Karren Brady (hello to other "The Apprentice" fans!) is the one who loves HydraFacial treatment which isn't specifically aimed at ageing skin - it is for any type of skin that needs extra TLC. What I learnt is that this treatment combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and anti-oxidant protection. Basically, you are supposed to get glowing, clear and smoothed skin. I wouldn't say no to that. 
skincare products - skin treatment - sk:n - Avene
skincare products - skin treatment - sk:n - Avene
There is a number of products I am very curious to try specifically designed for my type of skin and I am definitely interested in booking a free consultation and possibly a treatment based on my skin needs. It was a great event full of happy faces, a few lovely fellow bloggers, helpful staff and a bunch of amazing skincare products. I really enjoyed it and can definitely recommend to pay a visit to your local sk:n clinic to find out more if you are based in the United Kingdom. Also, my hubby managed the whole thing perfectly even though he still disagrees that people consider wrinkles an issue :) I think he's right. It's not about the amount of wrinkles you have as long as you look after your skin and you are happy with your life. The absence of ageing on your face won't automatically make you happy. While dealing with acne is a whole different issue, it's reassuring to know there are so many treatments out there which can give you that extra boost of confidence and, as a result, help you to enjoy life a little more.
skincare products - skin treatment - sk:n clinic
That was my experience from my very first event where I was invited as a blogger.
Hope you enjoyed reading about it and that I was able to paint the picture.
I had fun that evening and definitely hope to visit many more blogging (and not only) events in the UK and abroad. The best part about it all is meeting new people, enjoying the new experience 
and learning more to be able to share with you guys later on the blog.
Little shout-out to my North West girls:
if there are any upcoming events in the area, shoot me a message ;)

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13 comments

  1. Sounds like fun! I don't think I'd be able to watch the botox either haha. It is nice to hear about skincare from professionals for sure. I wish when I was a teenager I had a chance to visit a dermatologist because I wasn't as lucky as you! Thankfully now I think I've got it figured out and it's much better.
    The hydrafacial sounds awesome! Definitely want to know how you like it if you do decide to get it done :)

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

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  2. This looks like such an awesome opportunity, Nadia! Haha...I hope to join you in the effortless, natural aging process too :)

    Mallory // Perhaps Bananas

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  3. Sounds like a great event! You're very lucky to be invited! I find the concept of botox interesting... I am quite curious and I would also love to see the procedure. I think it's too early to try it myself though.


    GG Memochou

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  4. I have never attended a blogger meetup or even but I would love to! As far as receiving skincare treatment? I get regular facials at Massage Envy, and they sell only Murad products. So my cleanser, toner, mask, eye cream, serum, and day cream are all from Murad! I hope you have a great start to a new week Nadia!

    Hannah
    http://floraful.blogspot.com

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  5. I loved reading about your first blogger event diary! It sounds as though you had a lovely time and at the same time learned a lot. Skincare is definitely something I would love to learn more about too! I've only ever had a couple of facials done, the other one was more of a relaxing treatment and the other was all about cleaning my pores. I definitely enjoyed the first one more, as the second hurt a bit :D
    I used to have a bit of acne too in my early 20's. It troubled me so much that I decided to get medication for it, which helped quite a bit. I don't know if I would have been comfortable with anybody touching my face at that point though...
    I attended my first ever blogger event about a year ago. It was for wedding bloggers and we had so much fun trying on wedding dresses, tasting different wedding cakes and sweeties from the sweetie buffet :D I'd attend another one anytime!
    So glad you enjoyed the event and wrote about it, it sounds amazing! I'm sure it won't be the last one for you <3
    Have a lovely week Nadia dear! Love ya! <3
    PS. Thanks for the support yesterday <3 Really needed it :))
    Emma xxx

    www.wellemma.com

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  6. It really was a lot of fun but yes, I had to look away a good bit lol. I haven't been to a dermatologist, ever (how crazy is that) so I sort of went about my skin by the method of trial and error. Hoping to get a consultation and sort out the scarring that's left. I'm glad things have worked out for you lovely. HydraFacial does sound really intriguing ;)
    xox

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  7. Exciting times! I'm glad you got to finally experience your first event. It sounds like a lot of fun :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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  8. Thank you for sharing your experience. I can understand how excited you got, attending events is one of the things I hoped for as well, but sadly so far haven't managed to do.
    I am a fellow adult acne sufferer, and scarring is one of my main concerns, so anything that claims to help with that has my full attention.
    Your husband deserves a badge of honor for accompanying you, he really is a keeper!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  9. Thanks, Emily :) He is incredible and was there for me all the time. I can say the same about your beau - loved reading about the glamorous event you guys went to!
    Botox demo was interesting to watch and it did confirm it to me that I'd never do it lol.
    xox

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  10. It was a great experience, hon. The fact that he was there made it so much more fun. I think I might have not gone in if it wasn't for him who encouraged me :)
    Isn't it super frustrating to live with adult acne - I definitely want to try a few of their products and see how they do on my skin. HydraFacial was especially recommended as it's quite gentle yet effective. Thanks for popping in with a sweet comment, lovely.
    xox

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  11. It was a great event and I did learn quite a lot :) Thanks so much, Charlotte.
    Have you been to any events in your area?
    xox

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  12. Thanks, girlies! :) It was great!
    Glad you enjoyed reading about it.
    xox

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  13. Thanks, hon :) It was a great experience and I definitely felt super special because my hubby was there. I think I might have not gone if he wasn't coming. So intimidating to enter the room full of people you have never met before lol. Thanks for much for a lovely comment, babe <3
    xox

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