A Fairytale Evening at Duane Reade

I was lucky enough to be a special guest along with the other Duane Reade VIP Bloggers and some of New York’s top Fashion and Beauty bloggers at Duane Reade 40 Wall Street’s LOOK Boutique this past Friday.

Every time I enter that space, I am amazed at how glitzy and relaxed it is. This is not your Mama’s Duane Reade!

From nail polish change, to blowouts, eyebrow shaping and eyelash application we were getting the works from the friendly and talented team of Beauty Advisors. I started with just a quick makeup touch up, keeping it real and simple – I was very impressed. Tania let me in on a little Wall Street secret…the ladies in the area will often pop in between work and heading out on the town to freshen up their makeup or update it for a nighttime look. A little blush (which I never use) and creative work on my eyes and I was looking lively again!

I managed to sneak in to the long line of us waiting to get eyebrows plucked and shaped. I am so thankful that I did. Makeup made a difference, but nothing can top an actual eyebrow shaping. A eyelash extension virgin, the experience was easy and painless – you’d never know that they were fake except for the obvious fact that my real lashes were hardly as noticeable a few minutes before.

Big shoutouts to Brenda and her team for making it a relaxing and spa like experience in the heart of Wall Street – Tania for the makeup tips and making my face come alive, Noora for adding the eyelash extensions and Krystal for turning my eyebrows into sheer perfection.

On top of all the salon and beauty services, the fragrance tester and Fragrance Library from Demeter are among my faves. Marie explains here a little bit more about Demeter. Some standout fragrances are “New Zealand” which smells green and woodsy, “Big Sequoia” and “Pomegranate” yummo!

The subway awaited to whisk me back home before I turned into a pumpkin after an evening of pampering.

I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. I did receive a gift card in exchange for my honest feedback of the above mentioned services. My views and opinions are 100% my own. 

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14 Responses to A Fairytale Evening at Duane Reade
  1. Jan Messali
    April 16, 2012 | 2:27 am

    What fun!! I didn’t know there was such a thing as eyelash extensions. I wonder how long they last? You look gorgeous!

    • Ghada V
      Twitter: OMGhada
      April 16, 2012 | 5:05 pm

      I’m hooked now. I just need to find more places to go to wear them lol

  2. Angela
    April 16, 2012 | 1:57 pm

    What a fantastic opportunity! Looks like you had a lot of fun!
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  3. Anna
    Twitter: Anna_Sandler
    April 16, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    What a fun night and you look great – it was also my first time with some extra eyelash love, which is my new favorite thing!
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  4. Danielle
    Twitter: simmworksfamily
    April 16, 2012 | 3:25 pm

    How awesome! And you totally deserved all that pampering :)
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  5. cancan
    Twitter: MomMostTraveled
    April 16, 2012 | 3:43 pm

    you were totally BAM, mama!

    • Ghada V
      Twitter: OMGhada
      April 16, 2012 | 5:05 pm

      haha! Dod you notice your cameo appearance in the video :)

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  7. Onica {MommyFactor}
    Twitter: MommyFactor
    April 16, 2012 | 4:59 pm

    Those beauty helpers were really helpful. LOL I think your eye lash and makeup came out great.
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    • Ghada V
      Twitter: OMGhada
      April 16, 2012 | 5:06 pm

      I needed all the help I could get…can’t wait to see the actual pictures :)

  8. chelesa sims
    April 22, 2012 | 7:05 pm

    you look great! this place looks Amusing .thank you for the video about the fragrances, it was very informative.

  9. Seyma Shabbir
    April 23, 2012 | 1:02 pm

    Love it! I would love to have a makeover! Thanks for the pics!

  10. Kelly A. Tanner
    April 24, 2012 | 12:20 pm

    That looks so fun! Wish I could do this! Thanks for sharing!

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