I anxiously stood on the escalator that took me to the second floor of Bloomingdale's in King of Prussia, specifically to the cosmetics department. I had arrived early to get my makeup done before our event began, and wasn't sure what to expect.
Almost immediately, I was greeted enthusiastically by a group of GORGEOUS women who were excited for the night ahead. I was quickly informed that I'd be starting off my night with a complimentary facial in Bloomingdales' private spa room (did you know that this was there?!). Nina, the young woman who handled my facial was super sweet and was knowledgable about all of the products that she was using on me (Kiehls... I'm a new fan!). Not only did the facial help me to relax a little pre-event, but it helped to prep my skin for makeup application.
After my facial, I walked over to the Bobbi Brown counter and Kristen glammed me up. Right away, I could tell that she was passionate about her work. She tried a few shades of foundation on my cheek before settling on one that matched me perfectly, and only after making sure it went with the natural tones of my neck/chest. She asked what my favorite feature was and if I'd want to play it up a bit (my eyes, and boy did we play those up!). I got glimpses of what was to come in a handheld mirror, but I truly wasn't prepared for the end result.
For those who know me, I'm not particularly risky with my cosmetics. I'll use a little bronzer and blush and occasionally a lipstick, but that's about it. Our evening at Bloomingdale's showed me that it's ok to take risks with your makeup. When I first looked in the mirror, I will admit that I was totally shocked. My eyes had multiple layers of winged liner, highlighter graced my cheeks for the first time and my lips had a matte pink lipstick that I never would have chosen for myself, but that actually complemented my complexion.
It took me about 30 seconds to realize I was in love with this new look. I would have never experimented with a look like that for myself, and am so grateful that I had the opportunity to see that I could pull this off. I advocate for stepping outside of your comfort zone with everything else... so why haven't I ever tried with cosmetics!?
I'm not the only one who had an 'AHA!' moment that night. I engaged in conversation with other women who joined us and who had the opportunity to get their makeup done by artists in the department who also said the artists who did their makeup looked at them and saw a beauty that they didn't see in themselves everyday. This is when it really hit me: makeup isn't just for covering up flaws, it's for taking a beautiful blank canvas and highlighting it. For me personally, it took more guts to wear all of the make up and be confident with rocking it than it did to walk into a mall with no makeup on.
When I first rode up that escalator for our Glow All Out For Girls Night Out, I didn't expect that I'd be leaving with a new inner glow too. Thank you to the ladies of Bloomingdale's Cosmetics for making us look and feel even more beautiful!
Special shout out to California Pizza Kitchen for providing tasty treats for us to nibble and for DJs Available Sound and Light for the upbeat music that had us seat-dancing in our makeup chairs.
All of our guests left with fabulous swag provided by Bloomingdale's King of Prussia cosmetics department. Thanks for treating the Philadelphia Housewives for such a fabulous evening!
Photo Credit: Miriam Sandler Photography