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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Girls' Night Out Idea: Facials and Fondue
My sister-in-law (SuSu) and I plan outside events for our local MOPS group, and we really wanted to do a shopping event for November. Unfortunately, our first choice (a very well known jewelry and accessory chain store) turned us down...for both a shopping event and a group discount code. Bummer. Not to be discouraged, I called my sis in Alabama and asked for a Plan B idea. She suggested stopping by our local Ulta beauty store. We did, and the response couldn't have been more enthusiastic.
We ended up planning a fun makeover class with Ulta for a Friday night, followed by chocolate fondue just down the sidewalk at The Melting Pot. It was really meant-to-be, as the managers of both places were easy to work with and willing to accommodate a group of moms desperately needing a night out! Obviously, there weren't any "facials," but we needed a good title to draw some interest. (wink)
About 26 moms showed up at Ulta on Friday night; most of us with bare faces. I was completely freaked out about showing up without any make-up on, but excited about the prospect of trying some new beauty products.
The reps from Ulta did a fabulous job of transforming the front of the store into a little beauty workshop. There were mirrors, make-up applicators, and skin care surveys waiting for us. The line Ulta chose for us to work with was Bare Minerals, which I ended up not caring for...but it was fun to try out new things and watch everyone else get beautified.
We learned some basic make-up application tips, and the rep offered a few ideas for changing up your look from Day to Night. She did a great job of explaining each product that we used, and they even offered us samples and a special discount on some of the starter packs. The moms had a chance to chat and shop after the workshop.
And the best part? Ulta offered the class for FREE! Obviously, their hope was that moms would come in and shop (which we did), but it was so generous of them to offer a fun night out when many of us are on budgets in this tough economy.
Any good evening is rounded out with a good dessert, and The Melting Pot didn't disappoint! The manager reserved a private room for our group, and each table choose a selection of chocolate fondues for the $8 special. The wait staff was most attentive, and willing to answer questions. My table ended up choosing the Flaming Turtle, Original (dark chocolate and peanut butter), and the Creme Brulee. Yum!
Of course, events are no fun at all unless you're with a good group of friends. SuSu and I were pleased to see ladies mingling and chatting with people they might not connect with otherwise. I call that a success!
Have you had any fun nights out lately?
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