Last Tuesday I attended the 3rd Annual Beauty and Spa Media Party that was put on by Style & Image Network and Neuprofile and hosted by Kara Manos of Politics of Pretty. It was held at the lovely T-Square, the event space located above Tari Boutique. The party was created to “introduce established and newly launched brands, product offerings and services to leading members of the media in the Washington, DC region”.
I arrived early because I was double booked that night (See Tasting at 876 Cafe). I was a little surprised that the event started at 4:30 pm since that is quite early for the fashion crowd but to the surprise of the event staff (and myself) I arrived there right at 4:30. Being the first one I was able to walk around, take it all in uninterrupted and enjoy the gorgeous venue. The lounge was set up by Fox Venture and the beautiful clear tables were loaded with individually wrapped Georgetown Cupcakes. Tucked in the corner dressed in black sat a table covered in various shades awaiting someone to come get the color of the season brushed on. Manicures were being provided by Nail Taxi with China Glaze Cirque du Soleil colors.
When I reached the top of the stairs right as I arrived, I was greeted by the glorious site of beautiful overflowing gift bags. I had to resist the urge to drool over the different prints poking out the top of each bag.
There was a great table from Cindy Bliss representing Mary Kay (she’s got the Cadillac to prove it) with gift bags loading down the table and while I waited for things to get started I had my kiss analyzed.
I was found to be a “Divine Diva” which I thought was pretty fitting and I definitely had a blast trying to match my kiss to my personality profile!!
Sea Catch Restaurant was still getting set up and it looked delicious. I knew I was going to have to save some room though for the tasting later. While I waited, I sipped on a cocktail from Emperor Vodka.
When these gorgeous trays came out, I knew holding back would be a struggle. The Ginger Shrimp, Scallop Ceviche, Ahi Tuna Tacos and Crab Rolls were much too taunting. My favorite by far though was the tacos!! (*shhhh don’t tell but I think I had like 6 of them).
A few tacos in I realized that I needed to step away so I headed to the Aveda Georgetown table to check out the products. Little did I know that I was about to get a special treat. (Well two treats because I won some gorgeous Aveda Lip Shine in Pomelo that was not only a great shade but also felt AMAZing and I now use it all the time.
Meet Michelle Marcello, stylist and makeup artist at Aveda Georgetown. She is a true genius and has lead quite an interesting life. Also meet her first subject, Nikki Schwab of Yeas & Nays in the Examiner. As she worked her magic on the adorable Nikki, Michelle gave us a peak into the wonderland that is her brain. She has been an artist for a while and it shows in her work and the awesome stories she told about her years in the business. Every few strokes she named dropped little diamonds in our laps, gems of stories about major players in the DC area but it was never pretentious or false. She was delightful, charming and quite genuine.
When she finished dolling up Nikki, it was my turn! She gave tips as she talked and explained everything that she did. It was like meeting the makeup whisperer!! She was phenomenal and look what a great job she did!!
I will definitely be working with her again!! She was great!
You will definitely see this ladies work on here again! I got so caught up in talking with her that I was late heading out for the second event but I did make sure to grab my swag bag on my way out and boy was I excited to get home and see what was in there. Especially when she handed me one pink bag and one white bag.
Included in the bag was Lierac samples courtesy of the Look Boutique at Walgreens, Sonia Kashuk bags for Target, Kiehl’s, Arbonne, a complimentary appetizer at Sea Catch, Beyoncé’s Heat (which I am currently totally obsessed with!!), and other nail goodies from Deborah Lippmann. Definitely so glad that I attended, just with I hadn’t had to leave before most of the other girls arrived.