By Punch Correspondent AttieÂ Poirier
Last month, Kara Manos of Politics of Pretty teamed up with Style & Image Network, to throw DC media a sneak peak to some of the goodies in store at the annual Beauty Night Out this spring. Tentatively set for April 24, BNO offers DC women an opportunity to primp and pamper the night away with all of their best girlfriends (details coming soon).
Kara, a PR-professional by day, launched her blog Politics of Pretty last February to cover the niche beauty, fashion and style scene at the local DC-level. She and her partners at SIN treated guests to complimentary make-up touch-ups, manicures by Nail Taxi, delicious seafood and lots of beautification tips and chit chat. Guests enjoyed catering by Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar in Georgetown, so much so that the tuna tartar tacos were scooped up before I sampled them! Other hand-passed hors dâ€™oeuvres included mini martini glasses brimming with a lime-citrus ceviche and spoons topped with spicy curry shrimp served in an avocado tomatillo base. An ice station served crisp, full, slightly briny Chincoteaque oysters on the halfshell, fresh from the Chesapeake. We washed down the seafood with smooth Versaille-label Emperor Vodka and Honest Tea concoctions, but happy hour at Sea Catch offers half-priced wine, beer and rail drinks to accompany their $1 oysters (Mon-Fri, 5-7 p.m.).
As an attendee, I made out with a load of goodies to smear, smudge and sample over the last month. Here are some highlights from my beauty swag bag… To score your own swag bag, stay tuned for details about SINâ€™s next Beauty Night Out coming in April 2013 â€“ enjoy!
â€¢ Lips â€“ Lip&Line in Peony Pretty by Pixi smears on a sweet and subtle pink hue perfect for a professional meetingâ€”or for a cocktail the daily 9 to 5. PixiBeauty.com, $18
â€¢ Eyes â€“ The All That Glitters Gel Duo in Rio De Janeiro by NP Set perfectly accentuated my girlfriendâ€™s eyes for our New Years Eve celebrations. Target.com, $10
â€¢ Hands â€“ Among the many Deborah Lippmann products included I discovered much needed relief in the Rich Girl hand and cuticle cream. The balm boasts hints of jojoba that soothed my cold-inflamed cuticlesâ€”all without greasy residue! LippmannCollection.com, $28, 3 oz.
â€¢ Nails â€“ China Glaze polish in Water You Waiting For from the Cirque du Soleil collection enlivened my toenails with a glittery splash of deep aqua blue. Between the cold weather and the cracked cuticles, I definitely found myself yearning for a Caribbean beach! AngelsBeautySupply.com, $6
â€¢ Legs â€“ Products by The Art of Shaving help to smooth and sooth, impressively so for someone who typically uses soap. TheArtOfShaving.com, $25, 5 oz shaving cream
â€¢ Scent â€“ Beyonceâ€™s Heat Rush eau de toilette refreshes with sweet, citrusy and bright accents. Perfumania.com, $35, 3.4 oz
â€¢ Bag â€“ The Ultimate Weekender cosmetic bag from Sonia Kashukâ€™s new collection packs the right number of pouches and pockets to live up to its name. Target.com, $30
â€¢ Sweet Tooth â€“ So, what Georgetown visit is complete without a treat from Georgetown Cupcake? My night cap was a scrumptious red velvet cake confection. NomNom! $15, half dozen
As a Punch Correspondent, Attie contributes stories from the local philanthropic, cultural, foodie and and professional scenes. She always enjoyed visiting family in the D.C. area while moving around as a kid, and decided to make D.C. her home after graduating from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Attie works as a management consultant at a federal government agency and likes dedicating some free time to giving time back to the dynamic D.C. community that she loves. When not working or volunteering, she can often be found playing or refereeing community sports or enjoying good food and great wine in the company of friends and family. She is a travel, photography and art enthusiast who loves to learn what makes others tick. Follow her on Twitter at @attiep21.