Digital Beauty dinner, Blaze – #AfterDinnerRoundups

We finished our jam-packed week of dinners with MyBeautyMatches’ latest Digital Beauty dinner and our Tech Stories dinner with Blaze’s founder on creating ultimate products for urban cyclists. If you haven’t done so already, please do check out the highlights from the first three dinners we had this week here.

avenue Digital Beauty dinner – the dos and don’ts of creating your own brand
We dined in the sumptuous surroundings of Pall Mall restaurant, The Avenue, and it was the perfect setting to an exciting evening of debate and discussion surrounding beauty blogging. We were joined by both Hayley Carr, aka London Beauty Queen, and Nidhima Kohli from, they both shared an insight into what retail websites and beauty bloggers expect from new brands.

New beauty brands, take note! This is what Nidhima advises to new brands who are seeking to be stocked on a retail website…

  1. Build your brand profile and presence before you approach a retailer.
  2. We believe there are too many brands out there and we want to know which products are of high quality.
  3. Everyone claims that their product is the best thing – so make sure you are clear when you are approaching blogs.
  4. When approaching retailers, your email should contain:
      • > How many products you have
      • > Where you are listed
      • > How long you have been trading
      • > An attachment
      • > Your USP, e.g. ” X number of women loved it…”

To find out from Hayley Carr on her tips for new brands approaching beauty bloggers, check out this post.

blazeDine with Emily Brooke from Blaze, creating ultimate products for urban cyclists
Also on Wednesday night, on the other side of town, we were at dinner with our speaker Emily Brooke, founder and CEO of Blaze. Emily shared her fascinating tale about how she got into got into her business after several attempts by her parents, incubators etc to push her in other directions. She spoke about what drives her and how to deal with constant suggestions from others as to the direction the company should go in. Emily’s philosophy on pivoting is as follows:

Always focus on the end goal…it makes difficult short term decisions easier to make.

Our speakers this week were joined by: MyBeautyMatches, Atosho, Janiro Ltd, The Hut Group, Type the Hype, Fighting Fifty, Mrs Jonas Recommends, Beauty Seen, Qmarkets, Coppr, Khunu Limited, Williams Powell, and Space Synapse amongst others.

Special thanks to Nidhima Kohli, Hayley Carr and Emily Brooke.

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