Is Gwyneth your choice??? What’s your P.O.V.???

What’s your P.O.V.??? Gwyneth Paltrow named most beautiful woman in 2013 by People Magazine!!! Is this a good choice and why??? If not, who would you choose and why???

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Just My P.O.V. – Shecky’s Girls Night Out

Shecky’s Girl’s Night Out
Shecky’s Girls Night Out is a social event that started in New York where boys are not allowed!!! Over the past 10 years, it has grown form NY to Chicago, Atlanta, LA, DC, Philadelphia, The Hamptons and Boston. This is where you and your girlfriends get together and just have a fun night out with shopping from different vendors, drinks, goodie bags and more. It is usually held in a fairly large location to accommodate the vendors and all the girls hanging with their gal pals.
My first Shecky’s event was 2 years ago in Chicago at Union Station with one of my good friends and I must say, we had a ball!!! There were so many vendors and a huge goodie bag with all sorts of products to try (and that was just perfect for a product junkie like myself) LOL. Most vendors had something they wanted you to try so there were plenty of demos and samples galore!!! So when I received my email that Shecky’s was returning, I was excited and ready to go!!!
Last Friday I met 2 of my blogger friends Toya Nicole of http://www.mstravelchic.com and Toni Carr of http://prettydarkgirlstyle.blogspot.comto experience a girl’s night out blogger style!!! We went, we saw, we conquered every vendor, free demo and sampled anything we could. We even sat in on a few Girl Talk Workshops like Spring Forward Your Fashions with Aramide “Dee Dee “ Esubi and Celebrity Beauty Secrets with Tia Dantzler. The workshops were filled with good tips and tricks with fashion and beauty trends for spring. Dee Dee’s outfit is a great a example of what to wear this spring and Tia did a great spring look before and after on her model.
The workshops were a great addition from 2 years ago and I am glad they added them. There were just a few things that could be improved for the next girl’s night out… the microphones were too low to hear over the music. The makeup artist should have had a microphone pinned on her clothes so we could hear her at all times and the door should have been closed to the room during this time to help minimize the loud sounds of some of the music. I may not be an event planner but I think this is just basic event planning 101 but that is just my P.O.V. IJS!!!
I was excited to see new vendors and companies that I have never heard of as well as local companies to represent Chicago. Some of my favorites were: Tru Blossoms Chicago, a fragrance company made from locally sourced ingredients grown by the residents. OMG…the scent is so amazing that I can’t wait to get my very own bottle!!! Another brand that I was excited to meet was Natural Passions Inc. They offer therapeutic natural and organic personal care products that smell and feel awesome!!! I also found a new skincare line called Lulu Blossom, which is a vegan/vegetarian bath and beauty line. They are all about good, nature, natural ingredients that are great for the skin and body!!! Tgin is another merchant that believes in a healthier natural lifestyle from the inside out. I tried a great hand cream that was so moisturizing without the stickiness or greasiness. Yes, I was introduced to some marvelous new companies and I can’t wait to try out some of their products to review and rate them for you!!!
As you can read, I really enjoyed myself but I was disappointed in the lack of vendors from 2 years prior. I was also disappointed with the goodie bag giveaway; it do not have as many products as before. This bag included snacks, books and products. Don’t get me wrong, the snacks were good and I love to read but the books offered were not of my liking. Now don’t get me wrong…I will be back next year with bells on but my expectations will not be as high as before. If you are interested in finding out when and where Shecky’s Girls Night Out is coming to your area, check out sheckys.com and get some girl time in with your gal pals!!!

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Service Review on Walgreens Look boutique by Beauty School ScArlet

Service Review on Walgreens Look boutique by Beauty School ScArlet
Walgreens is all about beauty with the Look boutique flagship store in Chicago, IL located on State Street. They have revamped the appearance of the beauty department, upgraded the brands offered added a nail bar and as if that wasn’t enough, they have a section for brow touch ups and makeovers too…who knew???
On my first visit, I had to take a step back as I thought I had entered the twilight zone…LOL. The lighting is bright, the beauty area mimics an upscale salon or mini Sephora and they offer chic brands like Beauty Blender, DDF, The Balm, Lierac and purminerals. For those of you who want to stick with the more traditional brands, don’t worry…they still have them available and I have the receipt to prove it 🙂
The customer service was very good; the Beauty Advisors welcomed me and they were eager to answer my questions, show me around and or book an appointment for me!!! When I expressed my interest in attending future store events because I am a beauty blogger, I was offered a complimentary mani and I could not refuse…LOL. My nail tech was quick yet efficient and my nails look AMAZING!!!
As you can see, I was very impressed with my overall experience; however, I have 3 small issues to point out. Being the beauty snob that I am and working in the industry for several years, I was a little disappointed to not have an area to hang my coat (seeing that it is winter time), not being offered something to drink (which usually happens in salon when you are receiving a service) and it would have been a plus to have been told where the powder room was upon my arrival in case I needed to powder my nose 🙂 While these are not the end of the world issues, it would be amazing if they would add this in the near future.
Even with the few minor concerns, it was a great visit and I shall return soon!!! My final grade for the Look boutique is 4.5 out of 5 smooches!!! MUAH. If you live in the Chicago area or if you are here for a visit, the Look boutique is a must try!!! It is located inside of Walgreens on State and Randolph on the 2nd floor. Happy shopping and enjoy your experience!!!
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