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Elizabeth Daniels, 5/10
Since Shecky's Girls' Night Out Events are famous for their overstuffed goodie bags, we couldn't turn down a chance to check out the event at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The moment we walked in the door, we were handed a full-size bottle of Veet hair removal cream and offered the chance to have our picture taken with two supersmooth, shirtless hunks. (Which we did, and you will never ever see that picture ever in the history of ever.) The rest of the night was pretty much a whirlwind of similar experiences.
The event spanned a two-room space in the Civic center, crowded with vendors and excited shoppers. The booths were pretty hit or miss—either the stuff was totally awesome or totally janky. We'll let you decide which was which.
We saw repurposed vintage clothes from B. Artist of Born-Again Vintage; leather bags from Marcelle Decaille; jewelry from Rockolica; free samples of Oscar Meyer deli meats and the chance to enter their mani-pedi giveaway; unlimited Bud Light, Michelob and other beers; and a Phantom of the Opera closing performance package that, for $99, included a ticket to a show, a jar of Glamglow Mud Mask, and a mini oxygen blast facial at Bliss Hollywood. There were free-flowing cosmo-like cocktails; discounts on The Body Shop's Nutriganics organic skincare collection; coupons for 50% off Luna bars; and designer clothing discounts at The Rehab Clothing, where we saw Rebecca Minkoff bags for 15% off retail, Geren Ford tanks for $60, True Religion jeans for $99, and tons of Voom and Va Va by Joy Han. We were also offered the opportunity to start our own home business selling Jockey clothing, to lose 2 dress sizes in 10 minutes, to try Epicuren skincare products, and so much more.
Most people got their goodie bags first thing, but we were glad we waited—they were seriously, seriously heavy. They're like a drugstore explosion—full-size bottles of Dial soap and body wash, Listerine whitening rinse, Colgate toothpaste, fabric Band-Aids, a Venus razor, Rembrandt toothpaste, Lady Speed Stick, Softlips spf 20 lip protector (we got five of these in one bag), Biocare body butter, Dentek floss picks, Astroglide and more. The goodie bags are actually nice in their simplicity and usefulness—how often does someone give you free toothpaste, deodorant and, uh, personal lubricant? We sat looking at our loot and telling ourselves, "We are going to open our own CVS now."
The party's still happening tonight from 5pm to 10pm, and it's $35 at the door if you want the Portable Drugstore Goodie Bag Package.
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