Thursday, June 10, 2010

Lunch with Leslie Blodgett & BE friends

Here is my report on the wonderful lunch with Leslie Blodgett as well as Alison from Bare Escentuals and 9 other wonderful Bare Escentuals customers who got to join us.

I posted a while ago on facebook and BE Addicts that I was hoping to get together with BE friends for a day in NYC when I have vacation from work.  I said probably sometime in August and to let me know if you are interested. I expected maybe a few people who wanted to get lunch & cupcakes and go to the boutique but no, I've had over 15 people say they are interested.  Then Leslie herself posts and asks when. I told her the dates for the week in Aug that I have off.  I did not hear back from her about it for a while, figured she is busy in August.  Then Leslie sends me a message on twitter saying she will be in NYC in June, who wants to hang out.  What? Of course I do! We message back and forth and eventually she gets me the official date. A personal invite from Leslie Blodgett, how can I say no?  Very surreal but very cool.  I ask for it off from work and phew, got approval even though I was already off for a conference the 3 days before. I got nervous that it was not going to happen because I didn't hear anything for a while. Finally I got an email from Alison at BE about the lunch and eventually with location and time details.  I kept it to myself until the official announcement about the lunch was posted and finally I could say something about it to someone besides my mom, aunt and BF.  I am sure it would have been ok to say something but it didn't feel right since BE was running the show and I wasn't sure of any details aside from the date at that time. 

Preparations started Tuesday night.  I got home from a 3 day work conference, a 4 hour drive to get home, unpacked and started to try to get things together while getting everything at home settled.  I packed my purse with info, maps, my train ticket info.  I rented a movie on iTunes to watch on the train (Leap Year since the BF won't want to watch it with me on DVD LOL). I planned my outfit and make up, much harder than it would seem with the weird rainy weather forecast.  It wasn't going to be cold but not hot either and it was supposed to rain.  So hard to guess what will feel best in that weather.  I laid out the eye colors I wanted to wear so I could not worry and run late in the morning.  Eventually, I took some benadryl and went to bed.  I am amazed that I actually slept.  I think it was only because I got up so early the day before because of the conference.

What BE did I wear for the lunch: BE Brightening Prime Time, Fairly Light Foundation, Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer, Warmth, Tinted Feather Light Mineral Veil,  Optimist Blush, Dark Blonde/Med Brown brow color, Clear Radiance mixed with Well Rested from lash to brow, a light cover of high shine sand dune lash to brow, Nice Pear Foiled on lids, Key Lime in crease, Sanctuary in V and Patio Party wetlined with Sticky Buns lipstick with a layer of Muffin Top Gloss on top.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010. I normally work 1-9pm and wake up around 9-10am.  For this lunch, I woke up at 5:30am!!!! I still can't believe I did it.  I got ready and did my make up in about an hour.  Threw some stuff for the train in a backpack and was out the door by 6:40am.  I drove an hour to the Albany/Rensselaer train station in early morning commuter traffic.  I was so nervous I would miss my train and there wasn't another one leaving in time to get me to NYC for lunch at 12noon.  Once I got on the thruway, I drove about 75-80 the whole way which I never do.  Thankfully, I got to the station, found parking and ran inside with time to spare.  I printed my train tickets once I realized I was frantically swiping my credit card the wrong way and bought a bottle of water.  I got in line to board the train.  Once I got on the train at 7:50am, I relaxed, the scariest part was behind me.  I was on my way.  I could not sleep and was too tired to read so I watched my iTunes movie. I touched up my make up, Bare Escentuals of course, on the train.  My eye colors looked great, I touched up my patio party liner and then thought, my eyes look weird...OMG I forgot mascara!!!! As soon as I get to the city, I need to buy mascara!
 
We pulled into Penn Station around 10:30am.  I wanted to check my backpack so I didn't have to carry it all over NYC with me and conveniently, as soon as I got to the top of the staircase I was in view of the bag check.  That was a random chance depending on which staircase I took to go upstairs.  Never happened before when I got there! Lucky me! I debated, should I bring my hoodie or umbrella with me?  I opted for hoodie, umbrella might have been better but I always get stuck on people when I carry an umbrella in NYC LOL

I checked my bag for $4.50 and headed out into the city to 7th avenue.  I decided I might have time to go shop but wasn't sure.  First mission was Sephora, there is one right around the corner from Penn Station on 34th across from Macy's so I ran to the BE section and grabbed a flawless mascara in espresso.  At least I didn't already own that shade.  I applied it as soon as I walked away from the register and felt better.  Phew!  Then I decided to walk north in the direction of lunch to see if I had time for some shopping at Grand Central Station.  It wasn't hot but it was humid in the city, I felt pretty gross and hoped I wasn't going to look melted by the time I got to lunch.  Thank God for Skechers Shape Ups, I managed to walk to Grand Central, got in the door, went on a ramp and looked to my left and the main store I wanted to go to was right there! I had no idea.  Lucky girl again! Pylones is such a fun store, one of my fave places to go in the city. I got some fun stuff and got a free flashlight with my purchase.  Then I went to head back in the direction of lunch because I didn't want to be late.  I looked to  my right while walking and saw a Crumbs Bakery...totally by chance.  I usually plan all this stuff out but didn't have time with the conference right before my trip.  Lucky girl again!!!! I got 2 cupcakes to bring home and put everything in my shopping tote and was on my way to lunch.

I walked up to Carmines early and instantly was spotted by a fellow BE friend, Denise.  I better get used to people knowing me from my picture if I plan to keep getting together with BE friends LOL Since it was humid out, we decided to wait inside at the bar and cool off.  Once we got in there, we ran into Robin and Karol who were there for the lunch.  We all waited together until they seated us early. We went upstairs and bumped into Danielle on the way up.  We all sat and the restaurant staff kept asking me questions like I knew what was going on. It was kind of funny.  "So you are a party of 12?" "I think so?" Eventually I just said yes and they seemed happy and went on their way.  Leslie and Alison showed up and seemed to feel bad until they realized they weren't late, we were all early.  Other BE friends started to trickle in and lunch got started.  Carmines is a family style Italian restaurant so Alison ordered various items for the group and we all took what we wanted.  I just let them know I needed something with no cheese and I knew I was safe.  Salads & bread came out first, then penne alla vodka, angel hair with tomatoes, garlic and oil, meatballs, chicken marsala, mixed vegetables. For dessert they got chocolate cannoli and fruit but I held off as I was pretty full from all the pasta and wanted to make sure my food allergies didn't get too angry on my fun trip. Leslie didn't eat anything as she just had breakfast before lunch.  She was on San Francisco time so you have to realize, this was 9am for her.  I understand not wanting to eat 2 meals at that hour, I am usually barely awake at that time myself. 

Over lunch we chatted a lot.  Leslie asked us all to introduce ourselves, talk about ourselves a little and she did the same.  We would have to take breaks for food orders and drinks, etc.  Then they did a BE trivia game to win prizes.  You could only win one prize but I knew far too many answers for my own good LOL What can I say, I was a brainy nerd in school and that memory is now applied to random quiz knowledge, pop culture facts and BE.  I got the first question right and the prize was a full size Purifying facial cleanser.  Alison asked if I already had it, I said yes but you can always have an extra cleanser!  Everyone left with something.  Denise got the new full size wrinkle plumping concentrate and others got items from the upcoming Rethink Beauty Collection TSV on QVC (see QVC on Sat June 12 for info).   I pre-ordered the collection and have to say it is fabulous, definitely worth the price.

Leslie gave us tips for how to use the new Brightening Prime Time and Brightening Eye Primer.  They are a bit different than the originals.  I'm sure she will demo on QVC this weekend.  She also told us that there might be some of the eye primers coming out in colors eventually, I think she said to keep an eye out in the Fall.  She also said she is hoping to get more involved in media, not just make up and was wondering if we had thoughts or suggestions.  She also let us know that she is not allowed to call the Wrinkle Plumping Concentrate "plumping" on QVC this weekend because a QVC lawyer says no to that word.  She was trying to think of what to call it instead so she doesn't slip up on the air. We all suggested things and she said it is kind of like a buxom so I told her it is "Wrinkle Buxom." 

We all got bracelets from one of the other ladies at lunch which was super sweet of her and Leslie and Alison gave us all XL samples of Leslie's Golden Light fragrance in adorable little pink bags.  So cute!  Leslie asked us questions, wanted feedback, input and to hear anything we had to say while Alison took notes.  It was such a warm and comfortable lunch.  We all felt so special and appreciated.  Leslie showed us her new cognac leather jacket which was to die for!  When we posed for pics I got to touch it, buttery soft leather and the leather smell, yummy! Nice quality and fabulous color and style.

We all posed and took pics.  Alison took a lot of the group pics for us though a waiter took one or two.  Then we all helped each other take pics with Leslie and Alison.  There was one point where Leslie put her hand on the right side of my face.  Things were so hectic, I'm not sure if she said anything to me or not but it was such a sweet affectionate gesture.

After we all took pics, a group of us headed to the Time Square boutique along with Leslie and Alison. Leslie changed out of her leather jacket because of the rain and into her new sweater.  It was raining now so most of us had umbrellas while I was incognito in my hoodie.  It wasn't too far from Carmines and what a fabulous boutique.  All the girls there are great, love the manager Kathy (we are now facebook friends, I talked with her about my August get together with BE friends in NYC) and we all chatted and shopped.  I got some lippies, 2 for me, 1 for my mom with the special deal to get 3 lip products and a pink bag for $36.  I had a full stamp card so an even better deal, yay! The boutique is so nice and spacious.  I felt very welcome, sadly not always the case depending on where you go.  I can't wait to go back in August.

Eventually, most of our friends had to head home and Leslie and Alison had to get going.  Then there were 3.  I spent the rest of my day with Denise and Robin.  A BE friend who missed the announcements about the lunch and lived in NYC wanted to get together so we eventually met Rima at Rockefeller Center.  She came with her adorable baby who kept sleeping even though Leslie was at the boutique.  She had to wait for her to wake up to avoid cranky baby so sadly Rima missed meeting Leslie. We all walked around 30 Rock. I have to say, go to this site and look at the 2nd pic, I want it!  It is like a Swarovski Crystal beaded curtain around a U-shaped sparkly bench. So perfect for my tower room LOL  Eventually we headed to a nearby Sephora. I decided that since I am fragrance sensitive and Rima missed out on the fun lunch, I wanted to give her my XL Golden Light sample. Why be greedy and keep it when I can't wear it, I say.  Then we went to the Time Square Sephora and parted ways to head home.  Rima and I took the subway while Robin and Denise walked to their buses.  I got to Penn Station, saw that my train was on time and grabbed a pretzel and lemonade to tide me over.  I played on my IPOD with the wifi at the station and then totally zoned out and almost missed my train.  I ran over and the man said 1 minute!  Yikes!  I was on my way back home.  What a fun and surreal day.  

If you would like to see all the pics I took of this trip, please visit my photo album on facebook.  You don't have to have an account to view them, I set them so everyone can see these pics: Heather's Lunch with Leslie Photo Album Pin It StumbleUpon

16 comments:

  1. It was so much fun reading about your experience. Thank you for sharing it. Lschief from BE Addicts.

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  2. Thanks for telling us about the lunch in such detail! I can't wait to see what the coloured primers are like--that could be a lot of fun. Leslie seems like such a sweet person.

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  3. Omg, sounds like you had a fabulous time. Great pics. too.

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  4. Sounds like you had a great time!

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  5. thanks for sharing all the details, Heather..sounds like a very nice get-together

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  6. Wow!! Thanks for the recap of the day... it sounds so exciting! Awesome pictures!

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  7. Heather, thank you for sharing!! as with SF trip- you make us feel like we are there with you!!

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  8. What a great day, Heather! So glad you had a fabulous time.

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  9. Great report! You certainly have a gift for words. I'm terrible at it, I guess that's why I post so infrequently...too self concious. It was great meeting you at lunch and look forward to another BE NYC day in Aug

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  10. So glad you are all enjoying this!

    Ack, I typed this while I was distracted. I caught my typos and fixed them but my lack of commas and semi-colons is upsetting me LOL

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  11. Heather, it sounds like you guys were treated to a really good time. This makes me feel like I was there with you. Thank you so much for posting this!

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  12. Sounds like it was a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing Heather!

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  13. It must have been so much fun. Thanks for letting us all enjoy it vicariously!

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  14. So glad you and the rest of the girls had a good time. Heather, you do such a great job of conveying the sense of the experience. Thank you for sharing.

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  15. Lucky girl! Thanks for the blog...felt like I was there!

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  16. Heather - Thanks for such a nice report on your lunch with Leslie & Allison. Lucky, lucky ladies!

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