I loved the Last Sheckys Girls Night Out event I went to, so I was really excited when Linda from Nurturuing Force Blotting Papers told me her company was going to be exhibiting at the Sheckys Girls Beauty Night Out on August 10th and I could come as a guest! The event features dozens of exhibitors featuring their wares at a discount and five hours of cute guys serving free drinks, lots of samples, and lots of fun bonding with your girlfriends.
It was a hot, humid night, and it ultimately rained cats and dogs. But as I walked up to the Puck Building on Lafayette Street in Manhatttan, past the waiting crowd of eager women trying to get in the door, I realized that Nurturing Force Blotting Papers would be doing a brisk business, helping to wash the “dew” off of our faces, for just $14.00 a roll of scented or non-scented blotting papers. What I like about Nurturing Force papers is that you get one large roll in a mini-dispenser with plastic “teeth” so you can roll out as much or as little of the 950 sq. inches (approx. 75-125 individual uses) as you wish. The blotting paper itself is made of soft, natural fiber. Just press onto T-zone or wherever you want to remove shine–it won’t remove moisturizer, sun block or makeup, and won’t leave lint on your face (great for guys too, since it won’t leave lint on beards, either). I quickly found the Nurturing Force Booth, and said hello to the wrong woman (hey, I only met Linda once before, at the debut of the Makeup Show last Spring).
Correction and apologies noted, I notice lots of women trying to purchase blotting papers, so I said my thanks, and wandered around the myriad tables of everything from health and beauty items to hair ornaments, and lots of jewelry and handbags. True “eye candy” for “girls” of all ages.
What made this evening so delightful (other than the cute guys serving drinks…and did I mention how friendly and nice they all were??) was the opportunity to meet many of the beauty publicists I work with on a regular basis. It was like old home week. It was a blast. And, I also (finally, after emailing for many years) met Heidi Ouaknine from Make up For Ever, and Carolyn from Carolyn New York Nail (we’ll be offering her entire line of polish in our upcoming Advice Sisters “The Devil (and You) Wear Prada” contest, coming soon (visit http://www.advicesisters.net/Features/Features.html for details in just weeks).
For those who attend and buy a ticket in advance, a “goodie bag” is offered, and the lines for the elvator and then on the second level of the Sheckys Girls Beauty Night Out quickly lengthened. I took a look in the bag and noted some of the sponsors, including a nail polish, some skincare, a feminine hygiene product, a book, a small bottle of Midori liquor (my favorite part of the bag, ha, ha) and a few other things. The bags are re-useable and eye-catching, featuring a colorful, Sheckys logo. A few of the women seemed to think the bags were too heavy to lug around, but then again, who wants a goodie bag without a lot of goodies in it. Yours truly wasn’t entitled to one but then again, beauty reviwers like me don’t really need lots of extra product, anyway.
I planned to stay just for an hour, but even solo, and as a reporter doing my job, it was so much fun I ended up staying a lot longer. I learned about botox, about laser surgery, about how much I really can’t resist earrings at a great price (I walked away with a pair of faux turquoise and gold chandelier earrings I really love–for $8,00)! I took away samples from a lot of vendors and will be reviewing new brands for the What Works column, soon.
When I finally left the building, it was pouring, but even the rain couldn’t dampen my “health and beauty, high”
Well done, Sheckys, and thanks again, Nurturing Force. 😉