Tuesday, December 6, 2011

PrettyCity Beauty Sample Sale Goodie Bag

Here is the goodie bag given to attendees of the PrettyCity Shape
Beauty Sample Sale Chicago tonight. I think it included Lavanilla Lip
Shines, Milani Baked Bronzer, Haken Body Butter, Mirabella Beauty
Colour Palettte, Ouidad Control Heat & Humidity Styling Gel, a hair
product from Redken, and a product from Tria (maker of the hair
removal device). I am not sure of the contents because I revived a
press pass to the event minus the goodie bag. As a result, I quickly
took a photo of the goodie bag before leaving.

PrettyCity Shape Beauty Sample Sale

I attended the PrettyCity Shape Magazine Beauty Sample Sale tonight at
Flirty Girl Fitness in Chicago. Lots of
women enjoyed themselves as they took advantage of free beauty
services such as nail polish changes and dry hairstyling and mini
makeovers from salons (Blueberry Moon, FM Hair Studio, Nails Naturally) as well as manufacturers like Eveline Cosmetics Kryolan and
PurMinerals. Making a custom lip gloss for $15 at the Bomber Betty
booth was popular as women waited and waited to create their perfect
lip gloss. Skin care companies in attendance included AnthroSpaLogic, Cosmedicine, Sella, Eveline Laboratories, and TreSkin RX.

I spun the wheel at the Cosmedicine booth and won an eye
cream. Also got a skin diagnosis from Cosmedicine - I have combination skin with hyperpigmentation. At the Shape Magazine booth I won a "Jurassic Park" blu-Ray 3-
disc set.

Disclosure: I received a press pass to the event minus the goodie bag.

Hairstyling by Elnett at Shecky's

L'Oreal's Elnett Satin hairspray offered hairstyling at Shecky's Girls Night Chicago.

You can read about this hairspray was banned in the US, reformulated and relaunched at http://www.haironthebrain.com/2010/03/l’oreal-elnett-satin-hairspray-2/

Shecky's Girls Line Up

Lots of women showed up for the latest Shecky's Girls Night Out in Chicago's Union Station. Makeovers were offered by BeneFit and Maybelline while beverages were offered up by Budweiser, Cointreau, and many others.

Mariano's Fresh Market in Loop

Mariano's Fresh Market finally opened in Chicago's Loop so I went the first week of its opening. It was warm out on a weekday evening so they had the patio open and were selling grilled-to-order beef sandwiches. Inside they sell hand-dipped apples and have a sushi bar, fresh pizza, and a huge wine & spirits department.

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck

Macy's held a huge launch event for Taylor Swift's first fragrance - Wonderstruck at its New York City Herald Square store. Taylor made a live appearance at Herald Square while Macy's live broadcast parts of the event to other stores across the country.

Macy's State Street in Chicago was one of the stores to get a live feed. The store offered karaoke of Taylor's songs. I held the mike for the phone but did not sing. I have done karaoke publicly only once in my life. Macy's also offered free makeovers from Elizabeth Arden (creator of the fragrance) and feather application on hair for those who made a purchase.

Nordstrom Cosmetic Trend Show Oct 2011

There were so many beautiful dresses including an Elie Saab gown worn by the models during the Nordstrom Oakbrook fall cosmetics trend show in October. Glamour was a big theme for the morning as hundreds of women showed up before 8am on a Saturday to see the latest trends.

Many vendors showed up for the event. The Oakbrook cosmetic trend shows are the most attended in the entire country according to the company. Chantecaille, Osmotics, Tela Beauty were some of the companies represented.

Mariano's Fresh Market Arlington Heights

After hearing one of my colleagues rave about Mariano's Fresh Market (and reading the mostly positive reviews on Yelp), I had to check out the original Mariano's in Arlington Heights. It was crowded on a Saturday afternoon as he warned me. Took a lot of pictures at the store. A unique feature is the cooking demonstration area pictured. They also have live piano music on the weekends, fresh fried dough, gelato,   and fresh-made pizza and sandwiches.

Nordstrom Fragrance Nov 2011

I attended the Nordstrom fragrance breakfast at their Oakbrook store a few Saturdays ago. A lot of women showed up at 8am to learn about new fragrances, win prizes, and eat a delicious breakfast of finger foods including panini, salmon blini, and mimosas.

Many vendor representatives showed up to talk about their new fragrance launches. Prada Candy was a big focus for the event. You can see that the event host wore hot pink in honor of the new scent. Bottega Veneta, Burberry Body, Elie Saab, and Jimmy Choo were some of the highlighted new products.

Back to Blogging

Okay, I've gone too long without blogging. I have been swamped at work. And any time I've spent on social media has gone to tweeting at @virginiaalee. I'm now back to blogging and will be reviewing some old events I've attended to see if I should do a blog post on them or not.