On Sunday night, 8th March 2020, a group of some of the biggest nail industry VIP’s gathered to celebrate the GelBottle’s spring collection ‘Animalia’ launch.
The event took place on the 39th floor of the Herron Tower in London, UK, fueled by custom cocktails courtesy of Sushi Samba’s mixologists and a DJ to accompany - how fitting on International women’s day?
The latest collection is inspired by the animal kingdom and the world around us, with The GelBottle donating £5 from every Animalia collection sold to animal charities around the world.
After arrival drinks in the jungle themed bar (with themed cocktails to match - jungle juice mojito anyone?) nail pros’ sat down at the wildlife inspired table decorated with exotic flowers and plants overlooking London’s skyline. A fully Vegan menu was served, as guests talked and drank (hellooo free-flowing wine) the night away.
Daisy Kalnina opened the event with an inspiring speech about the importance of the animals of the world.
“I believe we should all love animals, I am one after all!’ she said, “I am so blessed to be surrounded by so many powerful ladies on international women’s day!”
She was followed by speakers from PETA and NAWT who emphasised how essential it is to support vegan brands and boycott cosmetic brands who still use animal testing.
Attendees were reminded why Animalia is such an important concept for The GelBottle. As a brand with their vegan and cruelty-free status at the core of their ethos, Team TGB spoke about why it’s so important to them that we, as an industry, can look good whilst doing good - and why beauty regimes shouldn’t come at a cost to animals or the planet.
Each new gel shade is named after a endangered animal species, taking inspiration from the beautiful creatures we share our planet with as Team TGB do their best to raise awareness and donate to make a difference so that we can continue to love these animals for many years to come.
Anouska Scarlet Anastasia of Nuka nails @anouskaanastasia said: “Wow!! @the_gelbottle_inc are doing BITS! This is insane”
Every guest was given gift bags full of Vegan products and goodies designed to inspire a change to ethical, vegan lifestyle changes, whilst of course in true TGB style - encouraging a good old fashioned pamper and owning the badass woman you are on International Women’s Day 2020.
Faace donated their “Period” face masks - the new skincare essential for that time of the month, Hanx threw in Vegan personal lubricant and condoms (cause self-love doesn’t stop at nails - amiright ladies), Friendly soap LTD and Beauty cubes shampoo bars included their fantastic products to keep clean and fresh without the need for plastic, Freedom Mallows gifted delicious vegan Marshmallow bars and Tisserand included a full set of essential oils to help us unwind and relax on IWD 2020.
Team TGB also included one of our favourite books from the OG climate queen Greta Thunberg, hoping her wise words can help inspire everyone to give our planet a little pampering too. Of course, it wouldn’t be a launch party without a full set of TGB Animalia, all inside a super cute Animalia tote bag - cause plastic bags are soooo last decade.
The night concluded with dancing, drinks, laughs and a DJ set from @djlp - who also helped so many of us get down to boogie at our 2019 Peacci party.
It was a night nobody wanted to end - but the reason we all turned out remained clear - we want to raise money to help protect our beautiful planet and we hope you will join us on our quest to do so!
If you’d like to read more about our Animalia collection check out our last blog post (The Ethical Manicure is arriving this Spring) You can shop the collection at www.thegelbottle.com - let out your wild side and pick you #animalia shade.