five reasons to look forward to girls’ day out 2016;

By this stage, it’s pretty unlikely that you have never heard of Girls’ Day Out. Glasgow’s annual warehouse-sized celebration of all things beauty, fashion and entertainment is currently displayed on a giant, day-glo billboard at the side of the M8 on your entry into the city – plus, they held a pretty spectacular blogger preview event a couple of weeks back, about which I am one of the last people to write.

Sorry, guys.

Confession? Historically, I have had zero interest in Girls’ Day Out. The idea of having to buy a ticket in order to have stuff sold to me kinda sticks in my throat, plus the whole concept comes across like a gigantic hen party right down to the strip … er, “hunky dancers”. My idea of hell.

Except it isn’t – not really. Not this year, anyway, when my little sister – a previous attendee, whose screech when she heard about the preview could be heard over Whatsapp – will be on the other side of the world over the weekend of 2nd – 4th December. If the chat from the event organisers and some of the exhibitors at Metropolitan the other night was anything to go by, a weekend of girly, glamorous fun beckons – plus the ticket price gets you two cocktails and a Dolce Dreams body scrub worth £13.50 (I’m using this one at the moment thanks to the goody bag we got at the event, and I’m not kidding when I say it smells good enough to eat) which is not a bad deal at all.

Girls Day Out Blogger Event 2016

Unconvinced? Cool, that’s what I’m here for after all! Here’s five reasons you should be getting excited about Girls’ Day Out 2016.

Get your Christmas shopping out of the way…

Now I’m not one of those people who gets all in your face with the C-word as soon as the summer holidays are out of the way – God gave us the month of December for a reason, and that reason is plenty of time to shop for your nearest and dearest. But hey, since I’m writing about a December event you’ll forgive the intrusion, I’m sure.

With more than 200 fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands exhibiting and selling their wares at Girls’ Day Out this year, you’re sure to find something for everybody on your list. Well, almost everybody. I’m not sure your dad will be up for the pink branding.

…or just treat yourself!

Beauty has always been central to the Girls’ Day Out experience and, this year, the offering is better than ever. Among high street favourites like Urban Decay and Benefit, to homegrown heroes like headline sponsor Fake Bake, you’ll find plenty of choice whether you’re after a little bit of pampering or a whole new look.

At the blogger event, we heard from just some of those brands: my babes at Urban Decay, showing off this year’s updated Urban Spectrum palette of dreams (as well as some new Naked palettes, if you’re into that sort of thing); Ashleigh Anderson of city centre-based F.A.C.E. semi-permanent and cosmetic makeup studio; and the team behind the award-winning Urban Hair and Beauty.

Girls Day Out Blogger Event - Ashleigh Anderson
Girls Day Out Blogger Event 2016 - Urban Hair & Beauty

Support small businesses

Which leads nicely into my next point, because as well a high street favourites you’ll find a huge selection of lesser-known, independent salons, brands and designers at Girls’ Day Out, some of which will be bringing their products to a huge audience for the first time. Girls’ Day Out treated us to a very generous goody bag at the bloggers’ event, and I was thrilled to see some products from independent Scottish brands in there: a bag stuffed full of exciting-sounding scent melts by Glasgow’s Candelle & Co, who I’ve been following on Instagram for ages; and something very exciting from Edinburgh-based Coco Chocolatier. Gin and tonic chocolate, guys. It’s a thing.

Have a grand day out…

Girls’ Day Out isn’t just about the shopping. There’s entertainment throughout the day including live music, fashion shows and the aforementioned “hunks”. And there will be plenty of places to refresh yourself on site including two cocktail bars, a champagne bar and afternoon tea courtesy of our hosts at the blogger event, Metropolitan.

Now, given you get two cocktails included in the ticket price, these get pretty busy throughout the day – so the smart money is on booking your afternoon tea in advance which, if you’re quick, you can do at the same time as you purchase your ticket.

Girls Day Out Blogger Event 2016 - afternoon tea by Metropolitan
Girls Day Out Blogger Event 2016 - selfie time

…with 10% off your ticket price!

Well, it was that or let you know that you get to hang out with me!

Booking your Girls’ Day Out ticket in advance gets you £4 off the price that you’d pay on the door – but, until the end of October, you can take a further 10% off if you use voucher code GDO5A at checkout. Full disclosure: this is an affiliate code, so I do get a wee somethin’-somethin’ if you use it, but there ain’t no cocktails included in my beauty blogger pass for the event so I think it’s only fair.

Will I be seeing you in December?

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Thanks to Girls’ Day Out for their hospitality, goody bag – and the use of the images on this post…