The sun is out in London and it’s time for the Summer London AB Meet up 2018!
Don’t worry if you’ve not been to a meet up before. Or if you’re a complete newbie when it comes to Asian Beauty. Everyone is welcome at the event, and we’re a friendly bunch.
Read about some of the past meet ups here: http://mapletreeblog.com/category/meet-up/
Asian Beauty Summer Meet Up 2018
This will be the 5th meet up that I’ve hosted, and I’ve loved being able to meet my fellow AB fans in person. This time I’ll be co-hosting with the lovely Shereen, @TheWayoftheSnail.
Everyone is welcomed, from the veterans to the newbies, so even if you’ve just learnt what AB is come along and meet some fellow fans!
It won’t just be the chance to meet everyone, there are also some great talks and an amazing gift bag filled with AB goodies worth over £200 for those who come!
Read on to find out more about the sponsors involved, the panellist line up and of course the details on how to sign up.
On the Day
Gift Bag– We’ve been incredibly lucky to have some very generous sponsor donate towards the gift bag worth over £200 each. More detail below on each sponsor and the donation, but thank you to; 107, Asian Beauty Plus, Beautius, Beauty and Seoul, Be Mused Korea, Bits and Bobs of Beauty, Bloomskincare, Buttermilkskincare, Commleaf, Japanese Taste, Glowmo, Helloskin, Instytutum, Keauty Lab, Mask Time, myBeautique, OyatSkin, Skin Library, Skinsider, Urang and Swanicoco
Charity Raffle – There is a charity raffle to raise money for Women for Women, which provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency. There are over 20 prizes to be won in the raffle, and you’ll also be supporting a great cause. Prizes will be shipped to you, and are international as well as UK only.
Find out more about the sponsors and the raffle prizes here;Charity Raffle Details
Donate at the Just Giving Page here; Charity Raffle
Mystery Bag Swap – Not mandatory, only for those who wish to be involved. You just need to bring your mystery bag with you to take part. Minimum mystery items in the bag – 3 sheet masks and 5 samples.
Beauty Brands Presentations – We have a selection of AB curators who will be presenting new and exciting products for us to try out.
Beauty Donations – If, like us, you have a cupboard full of samples and unopened products that you don’t know what to do with, here’s your chance to de-stash and give back. We’ve partnered with a local Women’s shelter, Solace Women’s Aid, to donate any of your unwanted products for women in need, and brighten their lives. This is for unopened products, and sample packets only for hygienic reasons.
De-Stashing and Swaps– You can also use the Event page to let others know what you’re offering to destash, and how much you’re looking for.
2pm – Arrive and Mingle – Greeted by myself, and Shereen, for some AB chat, drinks and nibbles
3pm – Beauty and Seoul Presentation – Maree from Beauty and Seoul will be presenting on some specially chosen products, which we in the room can try as well.
3:30pm – Domestic Prizes Charity Raffle Drawn – First raffle draw of the day, for the domestic prizes. Also live streamed on Mapletreeblog
3:50pm – Skinsider Presentation – Karolina will be demoing some of the popular and new brands that skinsider stock. Testers available for attendees to try too.
4:20pm – International Prizes Charity Raffle Drawn – Winners of the international prizes in the charity raffle revealed. Also live streamed on Mapletreeblog.
4:45pm – Keauty Lab – Keauty Lab, who recently presented at Fenwicks, will be in the room to talk about some of their latest finds!
5:15pm –Thank you from Shereen and Sophie, Gift Bags and Swaps – Time to say goodbye and thank you. Gift bags given out and mystery bags swapped.
Date: 19th August 2018, from 2pm
Location: The O Bar Soho, 83-85 Wardour Street London, W1D 6QE
Tickets: Buy Here for £10 at Meet Up, included in the ticket price is a gift bag worth over £200, access to the event and the 3 beauty brand panels.We have a limited number of tickets. Once we’re sold out there won’t be any new releases, so do purchase if you’re interested! Proceeds to charity!
We’ve been incredibly lucky to currently have brands volunteer to sponsor the event in some shape or form.
This includes the generous gifts towards the goodie bag which will be given out on the day. Below are details of those sponsors.
ONEOSEVEN is a luxury skincare brand that offers a unique spin on antiaging. By using 107 wisdom passed down from generation to generation, fermented vinegar is formulated into the products to slow down the signs of ageing and rejuvenate dull and tired skin.
Asian Beauty Plus is a leading cosmetic retail group in the UK.
They aim to bring a variety of Asian beauty products into the UK market. Their goal is to spread the word of Asian beauty products to the whole of UK, by offering a one stop Asian beauty shop with quality products.
They are kindly donating a gift box of Asian Beauty goodies to the raffle and also some goodies for the gift bag!
Maree, founder of Beauty & Seoul, has been very generous in donating to the goodie bag and will be presenting on the day as well! She tests and tries all the products that are available on Beauty & Seoul, and her vlogs are a great watch on a cold winter day. Her blogs are just as good, and really lets you know the person behind the brand.
Beautius has been around for 3 years since 2015, and we are a shop that sells beauty products from Asia, with a focus on Taiwanese and Japanese products. Tracey actually “kinda” started selling beauty products back in 2010 when she was still studying in the UK! She used to bring back asian beauty products and snacks back from Hong Kong for my friends. It was not until 2015 when Tracey got back to Hong Kong that she decided to create a business out of it and launched Beautius.com, which still has her personal touch.
Be Mused Korea, who I’ve separately reviewed as an online shop here, not only is donating a prize to the Charity Raffle, but also to the goodie bag. Be Mused Korea is based in the heart of Korea, Seoul, and stock amazing brands such as A. By BOM, Oneoseven, Earth’s Recipe, and Bonair. They offer fully translated ingredient lists, and are very responsive if you have any questions.
Bloomskincare, a Korean skin care online retailer based in UK. Bloomskincare has been created for people who believe that HEALTHY skin equals BEAUTIFUL skin. All their products are free from harmful, suspicious and controversial ingredients, including parabens, mineral oils and GMO’s. They are passionate about providing women with a clever mix of science and nature, to give you the best results for beautiful looking skin! At the end of the day beauty is about enhancing who you are, not hiding it under the layers of make up! Celebrate your own beautiful skin instead of masking it! It’s your time to Bloom!
Bits and Bobs of Beauty was established in 2015, during that time there were limited choices of Korean skincare products in the UK.
They brought these great finds into the UK for everyone to explore the most advanced and innovative cosmetic brands that they have to offer and don’t forget their unique packaging.
Jenna is the founder of Buttermilk Skincare and an amazing person to speak to! She’s very responsive to questions you may have as she seeks to provide every customer with tailored skincare advice. Jenna’s mission is simple – curate the best skincare products from Asia so you can have the best skin possible. She works directly with suppliers to guarantee safety, quality and provide a great selection of beauty products from the East to the UK.
Commleaf is a combination of Comma and Leaf, where comma implies to rest and leaf implies nature. Comma and leaf together present a new meaning for Rest in Nature, which describes this brands natural cosmetic products.
Glow Mo are a new UK based store, which also ship to Europe as well. They have great blog posts, reviewing products as well as going into depth on the benefits of ingredients. Glow Mo can also be found on youtube as well. In their own words “we also have a special curating team filled with different skin tones and types testing Korean and Japanese products, to make sure that only the best of the best products are chosen + that we have a focus on education about skin care ingredients, empowerment to help everyone be more comfortable in their own skin and confident on how to manage it to achieve the glow they want.”
Through various ways, HELLOSKIN seeks to become a company which provides inspiration to everyone’s life. Our brand name ‘JUMISO’ is just one of the examples of how we do our work and achieve our mission.
JUMISO means ‘make you smile’ in Korean.
Instytutum is a results-driven brand offering targeted solutions with instant results and long lasting benefits. The innovative formulas combine efficacious levels of anti-aging and cosmoceutical ingredients that the skin needs to address skin concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, dehydration, uneven skin tone, redness and more. They will generously be providing some of their luxurious products for the event gift bags.
On Japanese Taste you can find beauty products, skincare and food! Among other delights, and there is a pretty good selection, in my opinion at least. What I liked the most though was that the worldwide shipping fee is just $2.99, and free if you spend over $49.
Keauty Lab sources innovative Korean skincare brands that work and helps distribute these brands across Europe. Their current portfolio includes : Whamisa, Cosmetea, FEMMUE, Dr. Oracle, J.One, ASIS-TOBE, Son & Park, and more.
Mask Time is a funky Korean sheet mask subscription service, the latest trends in sheet masks plus added goodies delivered straight to your door each month! Inside your box you will find 4 – 10 masks depending on which plan you choose and maybe a bonus beauty item! Also included is your ‘Masking Guide’ which has all the details of each mask and how to apply. Everyone deserves some “Mask Time” because happy skin is the best skin!
A two woman duo are behind myBeautique, a London based online store opening for skincare and beauty enthusiasts. Our goal is to discover and retail some of the most exciting brands and products from around the world while still being a fun community where you can come to us for advise or even forward your own suggestions. Even though skincare is a journey for better skin, it’s also about self-care and enjoying yourself. So we want to be stocking not just the latest innovations and forward-thinking ingredients but also have space for gimmicky trends (because who doesn’t love the occasional sparkly glitter mask) and cute packaging.
Our logo is a pictogram for the Mandarin character fruit – “果”. The word “Oyat” originates from an ancient branch of Taiwanese aboriginal languages, and closely translates as “strength” in English.We consider sheet masks as the fruition of nature and we pride ourselves to bring its beauty and strength into your daily skincare routine.
Skinsider is a UK store which offers a great selection of cruelty-free Korean skincare loved by influencers and editors around the world. Karolina and her team focus on creating a strong product range full of natural cosmetics such as Klairs, Atoclassic, Blossom Jeju, Urang and derma cosmetics such as Dr G and Real Barrier.
At Skin Library, we specialize in curating a wide range of the best beauty products from South Korea so that you can glow and go. Our quirky team of librarians have devoted themselves to curating the best skincare products, ensuring that everyone can attain the best version of their skin.
Swanicoco specialises in natural products, most prominently in ones with fermented ingredients. They blend science with nature to bring the best skincare products for your skin.
Founder, Jina Lee, a mother and aromatherapist, created a skincare line with high-quality natural, organic ingredients, safe for the whole family.
URANG strives to become a leading brand in Korea as well as overseas, a true natural and organic skincare beauty brand. Our team focuses on the safety and well-being of customers, so we limit the use of synthetic substances or any ingredient that may cause harm to people.
URANG has multiple meanings. It is the founder’s nickname as well as her motto. Her organic love(uginong sarang) lead to her own brand URANG. “U” (you) + “RANG” (with), equals to ‘safely-made products for you and I (the whole family).’As URANG’s philosophy lies in the trust of its customers, our team promises to make safe products of high quality that can be widely used among all ages.