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I am very lucky to say that in my time – my time? Oh hey, I’m Elle and I’m 80 years old… – I have been to quite a lot of blogging events now. I love them. You get to meet incredible brands (and if you’re like me, become a total fangirl #Cool). Discover new launches and more often than not, take some of them away with you (i.e prepare for me to totally lose my sh*t over receiving some beauty products for free). And the best part? Meeting other completely like minded bloggers/PR’s, chatting for hours about all things beauty and blogging, and in my case… coming away with some great friends in the process.

If Carlsberg did soppy blogger of the year awards…

Moving on though – because I am aware that I made a resolution for 2015 to not bore you to death (and have significantly failed in every single blog post thus far) – to the event in question today. I was very excited to be invited along by Origins to check out their revamped counter in John Lewis on Oxford Street, have a tour of their incredible new stand, try out some new products, shortly followed by cocktails and canapes in the beautiful Edition hotel.

Now, I love a good ramble, but I also love my readers* – *or should I say, reader. Mum, that’ll be you! – so I think we should quickly get the boring bits out the way; have a little look at my boring/dull/lifeless/”ain’t nobody got time for any other colour in their wardrobe but black” outfit and makeup look.. and then we can get on to the exciting part of having a nosey around the Origins counter.

Sound like a plan to you? Great, let’s do it.

all black ehhrthing
all black outfit
Aquazzura christy dupe
Jacket – H&M (old but very similar here) / Faux leather trousers – River Island / Shirt – H&M (old, similar and cheaper here) / Incredible Aquazzura Dupes – New Look
Ellie Adams
Makeup details over on my Instagram @ellenextdoor 

Despite popular opinion, I am not being sponsored to dress like I’m going to a funeral (which is a shame because if I was, I could’ve gone crazy and bought the whole Origins counter) I just found myself with no time – story of my life – and had to get ready quick, so black, simple and well cut pieces were the way forward. On to the good bit, Origins’ incredible new counter at John Lewis.

Origins best sellers
Origins Original skin serum
Origins Plantscriptions
Origins eye cream
Origins never a dull moment
Origins haircare
Origins face mask
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Origins John lewis counter
One thing to note about Origins, is that they have a hell of a lot of products. Now, for skincare addicts like me, this is amazing news (give me all the products, please and thank you), but for skincare newbies, this could potentially be quite overwhelming. Which is why the whole concept of the new counter is amazing, as it is designed to enhance ease of navigation, it makes it so easy to find the right product for you. So if you want to take your time exploring the new “wall” of products – not only do you gain such an interesting insight into where their unique ingredients are sourced, but also the journey from plant to formula and the rigorous testing that goes into making such incredible products – you also get to sample these along the way too.
If you are someone that needs a little helping hand however in finding the right product for you, Origins’ guides are also on hand to give you a personal consultation. You little charmers Origins, you…
Origins John lewis counter
Origins ginzing face wash
Origins ginzing face wash
On to two aspects which are quite easily my favourite part of the Origins counter. The freebies (#TightArseSays) No, in all honesty, whilst I am easily keeping Primark going by my purchases alone, skincare is the one area that I don’t scrimp on. But it’s tough to splash out on products when you have no idea if they’re actually going to work for you. Enter my second home, my bae, my life-saver Origins’ Sample bar…
Origins Sample bar
Origins Sample bar
Origins Sample bar

… first of all, can we just take a moment to appreciate the Pinterest-worthy jar packaging? I think all of us lucky ladies invited to the event had a little moment for those. Secondly, despite my terriblly unfunny jokes, I do think this a life saver as it allows you to try the product over the space of 5days before buying, and potentially saving yourself a lot of money. You go Glen Coco Origins!

Next up, the mini facial. Did you know that you can get a free mini facial where you can relax, try new products and get a personalised skincare consultation? – Well, they do now dumbass… – You do now. So if you’re around Oxford Street with some spare time, I highly recommend heading in for a little pamper. *legs it off to Oxford Street for all the samples and facials*

Origins counter
Origins mini facial
Oh, and did I mention that they also gift wrap for free too? #FanGirlOfTheYearAlert
origins free gift wrap
I’m sure I’ve probably missed out some vital information here, but I’m so aware of the fact that I’ve rambled into 2017 anyway, so I’m going to leave that there. Basically, if you’re in the area, the Origins counter in John Lewis on Oxford Street really is gorgeous. Innovative, informative, engaging and just an amazing shopping experience. With freebies to boot. [insert hand clapping emoji here]
After a full tour of the counter, the lovely Origins/John Lewis ladies took us to The Edition hotel for Cocktails, punches (as in the drink, no fisticuffs over face masks or anything.) lots of catching up and gossipping, incredible canapes and olives. Oh, and chips. Literally, the best chips I have ever eaten in my life. 
*Runs off to plan funeral as I practically died and went to heaven*
*Voms at the amount of cheese in former phrase*
The edition hotel food
the best chips ever
the best chips ever

Basically, we were treated so amazingly well and I had the best time talking to the loveliest bloggers and PR’s ladies. And as if that wasn’t enough, let’s just take a look at my goodie bag. [insert all the heart eye’d emoji’s in the world here]

Origins skincare
Origins blogger
Origins facial brush
Origins Night a mins
Origins Clear improvement mask
Origins Charcoal body scrub
Pretty incredible right? I cannot wait to do a full review of each product. Stand by for more Origins fan-girl action in the coming weeks.
Right, I have now sufficiently bombarded/overloaded/photobombed you with all the photo’s/information/fangirling in the world so I will take this as my cue to wrap up. I would just like to say a huge thank you to Origins and John Lewis for inviting me to such an incredible event. I have never been to an event as intimate – there were just 5 bloggers – as informative and as lovely as this, so I am a very, very grateful lady.
Also a quick shout out to said other bloggers – Josie, Hayley, Josie and Ally – who all have the most dreamy blogs. I had the loveliest time talking all things blogging, stalkers and cheese with them, so go and check them out and give them some love.
So, will you be checking out Origins new counter in John Lewis next time you’re in town? Have you checked out the counter already? And what are your go-to Origins products? I would love to hear your thoughts. πŸ™‚
Thank you so much for – having the patience of a saint – and reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!


  1. Love the smart all black look, so professional. Can't wait for a review on the clean improvement! Also, food looked great. Ugh. x

  2. Beautylyme says:

    Would love to hear what you think of the Night-a-mins oil when you've tried it because I love the cream version! Sounds like a lovely event! xx

  3. Ohhhh my god. So many great products! I've always been very curious about this brand before.

    XO Naomi in Wonderland

  4. I have heard so many wonderful things about Origins, it really is probably about time that I tried something from their range! Also, LOVE the shoes πŸ˜‰ you wear them better than me haha but who cares! πŸ˜‰ xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  5. I love your outfit! sounds like an amazing experience! x
    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

  6. Leah says:

    I am so incredibly jealous you lucky thing! You deserve to be invited to such things though, you're blog is swoooon-worthy ha ha. I love Origins, gonna have to check this out next time I venture into London..
    Leah xx

  7. WOW! What an incredible event! I do wish I was in London to possibly be invited to these sorts of events (Ok, I wouldn't get invited – but one can dream πŸ˜‰ haha). I'm ashamed to say I've never actually tried Origins, but I always hear amazing things. I love that they can cater their skincare for you too – will defo have to pop into John Lewis when I'm in Cardiff next to see what they're all about. Oh, and btw, your photos look fab πŸ˜‰ worth all the extra effort I'm sure! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

    • Ellie Adams says:

      Oh Jessie you definitely have to try Origins, so many amazing products! Thanks so much lovely, such a pain in the arse but finally got there πŸ™‚


  8. LBG says:

    I will have to try Origins! Looks like a fun event. Love the all black look you chose

  9. Millie Rose says:

    i love the way they display their products at events like you said 'very pinterest worthy' haha πŸ™‚ x x

  10. Rita Ramos says:

    You have an amazing blog! May I follow you?
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  11. welovefur says:

    I love this outfit. So simple so chic
    I love your blog too.
    I hope you will like mine

  12. I really do love me some Origins but looking at all this I can see there's so much more stuff from them I need to try! xx

    Magpie Jasmine

  13. Vicky says:

    I will definitely be popping in to check it out (I'm *that* girl that's been asking for progress updates when I've been in!) because I'm dangerously low on my ginger body soufflΓ© which is just heavenly, especially in the summer xx

  14. Kate says:

    Wow, you are beautiful! Such a simple outfit but you look so good in it. I keep seeing those shoes everywhere and I think I need to get them, they look great! I think Origins is a brand I need to rediscover. I've had stuff from them in the past but not for ages. Sounds like now is the perfect time to get reacquainted! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  15. Haha! Great post!! I had NO IDEA Origins did samples? This is perfect! Their GinZing stuff smells gorge, I really think I need some more Origins things in my life actually… xx

    Rock On Holly – Fashion Blog

  16. Fab look! The shoes are so cool

    Made in Mauve // Bloglovin

  17. Looks like you had an amazing time! The store looks amazing and I will definitely have a look next time I'm there! Those chips make me very hungry haha!

    X Marjolein

  18. All black everythannng is the classiest look you can go for and you look amazing, I adore origins so I couldn't think of a better event. The samples in jars really do look amazing and I love using them when they come with my order, even better the mini bottles too, I totes didn't know they did mini facials, I really want one now xxx

  19. Love Origins, yet to try something I don't like from them! It's been ages since I had one of their facials. And you can't go wrong with an all black outfit. Xx

  20. Jana Helandi says:

    Love your outfit. Origins is such an amazing brand x

    Jana // Life of Jana

  21. Imogen Smith says:

    Such a flawless outfit! Love the different textures, you can't go wrong with an all black outfit! And that food also, the chips look amazing x

    Miss Imogen Smith

  22. Paige says:

    Looks like a great evening and you look lovely!

  23. Your outfit is gorgeous and it looks like you had a great evening x

  24. I actually LOVE the outfit, black leather pants make literally any outfit look good imo. The event looks like so much fun, that's so exciting that you got invited, love origins stuff!
    xx emily

  25. Annabel B says:

    Can I just be you please?! And please give me leather trouser tips…I defiantly look like a Ross Geller attempt!

    Annabel β™₯
    Mascara & Maltesers

  26. Love your outfit girl!! Killin' it in the all black! And those shoes!!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  27. Honest mum says:

    You look stunning, I'm obsessed with black too, classic, flattering and works for everything-love the look of this event. I live in Yorkshire but spend a lot of time in London but sadly I have to say no to a lot of ah-mazing events, premieres (cry) and spa days (full on tantrum) but when I can I block out days of meets with fun events, really is such a joy being a blogger isn't it x

    • Ellie Adams says:

      Haha totally understand the full on tantrums in regards to turning down spa days… so, so sad πŸ˜‰ It is such fun though isn't it, I certainly feel lucky for every opportunity πŸ™‚


  28. Anonymous says:

    These products are so amazing, but so are your shoes!! xx


  29. India-Robyn says:

    You are so gorgeous! & I'm totally with you #OriginsFanGirls Haha πŸ™‚

    Looks like you had an amazing time!

    ❀ The Jewel Beauty Blog ❀ || Beauty & Lifestyle

    • Ellie Adams says:

      Ahh thanks so much lovely, and an even bigger than you for helping me with my photo's, such a lifesaver πŸ™‚ Haha I'm so with you on that hashtag!


  30. Alina Bostan says:

    I love your outfit, even if it's black (it suits you and you like it so why not wear it). Your shoes are amazing, will definitely check them out in New Look. Love the new re-vamped Origins counter and it sounds like such a good event x

    Beauty with charm

  31. This looked amazing! What an awesome event to be invited to πŸ™‚
    And that jacket is seriously cool. And loved your little comment on the freebies πŸ˜›


  32. Glam O'Clock says:

    Love these shoes! Might have a look at New Look! Origins is an amazing brand. I love their plantscription eye treatment and eye cream. Next on my list to try out is a moisturiser and serum. xx

    Alexandra | Glam O’Clock

  33. What a gorgeous evening! I'm Origins obsessed, will definitely be heading down to their new counter soon. Obsessed with your photography as always!! <3

    X Emma |

  34. You have such a fantastic and humorous writing style! I found myself laughing. Your all black look is sharp and perfect.

    xo, Bry


  35. You have such a fantastic and humorous writing style! I found myself laughing. Your all black look is sharp and perfect.

    xo, Bry


  36. Bash Harry says:

    Gosh, congrats on going! The event looks amazing! I've never used Origins before but now I have to check them out! <3

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

  37. - Karen says:

    What a fun event! I love Origins as a brand. they seem to have nailed everything, and those olives & nibbles = yum! Absolutely love the samples bar idea too as there really is nothing worse than splurging on a product to then find it's not suited for your skin type

    Style Sunrise β˜€


  38. Charlotte says:

    you look so pretty and I adore your shoes! I don't think your outfit is boring at all just because it's all black! I love all black looks πŸ™‚

    Charlotte Harvs Style Blog

  39. Girl. GIRL. That outfit is slaaaaaying. And I'm always so envious of these events, mainly because FACIALS AND MASKS AND SKINCARE!!! And food. Who can say no to that?

    Sara //

  40. S Jones says:

    I really should get around to trying out some of the Origins products, they sound amazing! And your outfit is just flawless as per usual (;


  41. Anonymous says:

    I love the GinZing line by Origins. Btw I love your all in black outfit! (:
    Nati xx

  42. I've never been to a blogging event and would REALLY love to, but as I live in Manchester I find it hard to get to anything southerly-based! Maybe one day πŸ™‚ I've also never tried anything from Origins (guess this whole post was just a revelation for me haha) so I'm going to pick up the Clear Improvement mask next time I'm by a counter I think – I've heard so much good about it! Looking forward to your reviews πŸ™‚
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings

    • Ellie Adams says:

      Oh no that's a shame Rebecca, there must be some local events in Manchester right? Maybe have a little search on twitter, they're so much fun! I can't wait to review it, so incredible πŸ™‚


  43. I've always liked the Origins store/brand. My mom uses/d their products… When I was little, and at the mall with her, the store always had their own gum and I was obsessed with getting a white gumball. Lol. Anyway… GREAT photos! Lots of products to choose from!!

    All the Cute
    Today’s Post: Cropped Top & High-Waisted Denim Shorts (Earrings giveaway post, too!)

  44. Katie Leask says:

    I just bloody LOVE reading your posts. You could write about anything and I'd read it.

    (Sorry had to whip that out there). In other news, this counter looks errrrmazing and I'm so jealous of the post origin-worshipping canapΓ©s!


  45. Rachel-Beth says:

    Hahah your posts always make me giggle! That is one hell of a freebie bag :O! and those samples in the jars look awesome. I think your outfit is incredibly chic too πŸ™‚

    Rachel xx

  46. Lovely outfit! This event looks like such a cool one to attend! Seems so chic and sophisticated XD xx

  47. Elizabeth says:

    I've honestly never heard of this brand before! Do you know if they are available in Canada? I really love discovering new brands even though I am pretty brand loyal to a few, I'm definitely not closed off to go outside these brands if I read enough good reviews:-) Thanks so much for sharing! Can't wait to read the reviews on these products.

  48. Love this post and your style πŸ™‚ <3

  49. Georgia Jade says:

    What a lovely event elle! πŸ™‚ The goodie bag looks amazing.

    G.J – A Personal Style, Beauty & Lifestyle blog.

  50. Your makeup is flawless! Loving the all black look. xx, Hayley

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