THE EMPORIUM AT BOOTS

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When myself and Kat from Laydey Katabella were invited by Boots (for my non-UK based readers, Boots is a huge health and beauty retailer) to discover ‘The Emporium‘ on a Thursday night it’s safe to say we were mystified about what we were actually attending. We were two of a select number of bloggers amongst Boots super-fans invited to the event which made it even more exciting. Immediately upon stepping into the store we were welcomed with glasses of bubbly and raspberry lemonade before heading up the escalator and onto the red carpet!


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After being handed our amazing goody bags (more on that later!), we stepped forward into the Emporium. It’s safe to say, neither of us knew where to look. The whole floor felt like it was dedicated to Christmas! And if you’re frowning at me right now, well you shouldn’t because it’s going to be here before you know it! If you are from the UK, you’ll know how Boots are well known for their 3 for 2 on Christmas presents with a fantastic range to choose from. One of the first things Kat and I did was wander through the aisles and ooh and aah over the new products. Zoella fans will find her new range (though you’ll have to move quickly!) while copper enthusiasts are catered for too with some seriously gorgeous goods. And don’t get me started on candles! Yankee Candle, Woodwick…there is a lot to love! As ever, beauty is very prominent at Boots with the usual superstars like Soap & Glory and Benefit taking centre stage while luxury brands like Ted Baker and Champneys came out to play. I genuinely feel like you could happily do all your Christmas shopping in Boots if you really wanted to and come out with presents bound to impress.

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In the middle of the floor we discovered one of the main reasons we had been invited that night. Wanting to do something different, Boots decided to introduce personalised engraving which is suitable for the majority of their products, whether it be perfume or lipstick or even the label of your favourite Soap & Glory body butter! It will only cost you Β£3, regardless of item size, letters or words. There’s also the option of gift wrapping, with three different sized boxes to choose from and to finish off you could add personalised ribbon too. This concept is something they are planning to carry on throughout the year which I was really pleased to hear as I was already planning fantastic Valentine presents and Birthday gifts where personalisation would make such a difference. Altogether, the customisation will be across 88 Boots stores with the Boots at Queensgate being one of the biggest.

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My head was whirring with the choice of products I could have engraved but I settled on a No7 lipstick while Kat chose a Yankee Candle for her Mum. It was an incredibly quick and smooth process. You chose where you wanted the engraving before the product was secured into place and the laser aimed at the centre, ready. You then chose the font you wanted before the words are typed into the machine. Obviously the larger the surface area, the more you can words you can put. So mine being small, I just went with ‘Em.’ A few more buttons are pressed and then the lid is closed on the machine before the laser begins to work, engraving your message. It finishes incredibly quickly (so there will be no waiting around) and you then choose a colour to fill the engraving. We went with gold which I definitely think will be a popular option, especially for Christmas! Overall, I was so impressed with the service and still amazed that it is only Β£3! They had lots of personalised products out on show so you could see the possibilities and a particular favourite was a Real Techniques brush engraved with your initials! I’d definitely recommend checking out if your local store will be hosting the Emporium, there will be lots more information in the coming months!

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The Emporium is a lot more than just customisation though. There was also a new beauty section with plenty of tester products you could take out of the packaging and play with before deciding if you wanted to go ahead and purchase, perfect for someone like me who has to swatch before they buy! There will also be experts on hand to provide makeovers, hair styling and make-up tips and assistance for anyone who might be a bit stuck which I think is really great as I think everyone can identify with wandering around and feeling a bit lost.
I had a fantastic time at the event and really enjoyed mooching around, playing with make-up and getting some great ideas for Christmas. I want to say a huge thank you to Boots who were really so welcoming and enthusiastic about us being there. A goody bag is never expected but always a pleasure and the two stuffed bags we were given were filled to the brim with brilliant brands. I’m sure you’ll see some of the products in more detail on Musings & More in the future but I thought I’d let you have a peek at just a few items that were included as well as a final look at my engraved lipstick. Isn’t it gorgeous?

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I hope you’ve enjoyed coming along with me and discovering more about the Emporium at Boots. I appreciate a lot of people do feel a bit stubborn about entertaining Christmas so early on but in my eyes, there is nothing wrong with dabbling just a little bit! Have a great week!

Emily x

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  • This sounds great, Boots is literally my favourite shop. I definitely need to try out the emporium! x
    A Blushing Beauty Blog x

  • You are so lucky going to this. I went to a Clinique bloggers even in Boots earlier this year and it was fab!

  • I love the engraving section, so cute!

    Parie x

    Class and Glitter

  • OMG, this is what I imagine heaven will look like.

  • You lucky girl! Congrates and thanks for sharing your experience with us. It definitely something I will be looking out for. Sounds great!

    http://missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

  • Aw wow I will be definitely be heading up to the Emporium this Christmas, I think it's a fantastic idea! I was gutted that I couldn't go myself but I'm so glad that you both had a great time. We need our catch up soon!

    Laura xx | Loved By Laura

  • Wow, what a fun event! I would have loved to go to that! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  • This looks like an amazing event, I wish I could have gone!

    Lauren x | http://www.huggled.co.uk/

  • What a great haul! Boots is way cooler than our drug stores here in the US. I love all the boutique areas, especially for the beauty section.

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  • I love that they brought out personalised engraving – it will make every gift so much more special! Your engraved lipstick is too cute!!! You’ll feel so cool taking out your lipstick places and people noticing that it says Em! πŸ˜› The event looked (and sounded) amazing, and thanks for the peek inside your goody bag! Hehe, would love to see what you think of the million lashes mascara πŸ™‚

    Raashi
    reflectionswithraa.blogspot.com.au

  • Well this is exciting! I hope we get an Emporium in Dublin!

    Emma | http://www.fluffandfripperies.com

  • Emily, Super Congratulations on being chosen! What an honor! I don't live in the UK, but I'm always amazed at the quality of products AND low prices at Boots. Wish we had something like that here in the States. I think it was so cool that you got to see all the Christmas previews. I love Yankee Candle, Soap & Glory and Benefit. Amazing goodie bag! They spoiled you ladies rotten and there's nothing wrong with that.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

  • This looks absolutely awesome, what a lovely event to be invited to . VERY excited for a Soap & Glory GLITZMAS!! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing,
    Betty x
    The Betty Stamp

  • Boots it's amazing, congrats! The products would totally make great Christmas gifts for sure.

    xo,
    Tania
    http://inspiremyfancy.blogspot.com/

  • Looks like such a fun event! Thanks for sharing!

    Darriyanβ™‘ | http://www.darriyancateland.co.uk

  • That looks like an amazing event, Emily! And gosh, I too wouldn't know where to start if I was there, so many goodies and products. Love the shade of lipstick that you engraved your name on, will you review it?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • Love the idea of custom engraving! That would make simple gifts so much more heartfelt – I love the lipstick that you had done. That perfume bottle is awesome too. We need something like that to open up in Canada (or at least a Boots in general haha)

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

  • Oh my god! This sounds like such an amazing time/opportunity! I would freak out if Boots chose me for something like this haha. I am in the states, but some of my best and favorite products have been purchased at Boots. I freaking love that store. What a grand experience and your goody bag sounds awesome. The engraving is seriously amazing!

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

  • So many nice products! If I even lived in London, I would definitely visit Boots every week! This looks an amazing event, I would love to attent something like this in the future!

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

  • I'm so jealous I absolutely love Boots at Christmas time so this must have been so fun!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

  • Kay

    I'm kind of loving the idea of personalised engravings like these! There are usually quite a pricey thing to do, so I'm glad that this was so affordable! Sounds like you had such a lovely time – I wish my Boots would invite me to something like this, haha! And look at all the gorgeous goodies you both got, I'm totally loving the look of Versace gift set! <3

    Kay
    http://www.shoesandglitter.com/

  • That is so amazing! So many wonderful things and custom graving? That is impressive. Sounds like you really had a fun time at this event πŸ™‚ x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • That engraving section is great, I will have to check if my local boots have it. Personalised products are the best and they make a great present πŸ™‚

    Ela BellaWorld

  • Wow it looks so good!

    Nicole xx | http://www.nicolesbeautybabble.com

  • There's always cosmetics/perfume for someone on my Christmas shopping list, and so it's great to know they now offer an engraving service – what a brilliant idea! This event looks like a lot of fun; I'm drooling over the macarons and such gorgeous gifts πŸ™‚

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • Oh this looks and sounds fantastic. I love beauty products and there are so many fantastic products here! I fancy a trip to boots now!

  • Love that lipstick shade. Sounds like a fab event.

  • What a great opportunity. I love Boots, I like that they are now doing personalized engraving. That's a really good idea and would just add that little nice touch to gifting πŸ™‚
    Look lik eyou had a really good time there πŸ™‚
    xo
    Sauniya | Find Your Bliss β™‘

  • OMG, this is so amazing! I love the look of everything, including those macarons.
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog