Pamper Me Fabulous: A Shinier, Enlightened Me

— by Caroline on Crack

Who knew that downtown spa event Pamper Me Fabulous last week could be so chock-full of valuable information. Well, at least for me it was. Before you dismiss this spa event as merely a place where women go to pamper themselves at the various local high-end salons here, know that you can take away so much more from it than a shiny, new you. OK, nothing deep but still interesting.

What I learned:

  • Plastic can be recycled only three times before it is no longer usable. That’s why Nettie Davis of NettieScrub uses tin containers for her products, plus it’s lighter to transport than glass.

  • There are two kinds of people: short hair and long hair. Short hair people are sassy and outgoing while long hair people are more reserved and sophisticated. “You’re definitely a long hair person,” Aimee, hairstylist of Crowned Studio, told me as she cut me some blunt bangs. Aaaaah! Don’t worry, I’ve come to terms with it. And I’m definitely not a sassy person. Oh and FYI, Crowned Studio teaches finishing school where you can learn what’s the right shampoo for you as well as how to style your hair without that handy-dandy hairstylist.

  • Chanel, although the brand responsible for many hot-selling It colors, actually doesn’t have many to choose from. The company only develops colors to go with its makeup lines. But OPI not only has a vast variety of colors but its nail polish only requires two coats. On a side note, my new fave is OPI’s Overexposed in South Beach, a shimmery purple color that complements my olive skin nicely.

In any case the event itself was sooo much better than last year’s not only for its bigger space at Vibiana, a gorgeous reconverted church, but the ample cabanas out back and the new marketplace area where girls could go shopping for purses, jewelry and beauty products between their beauty treatment. Found an awesome vintage rings vendor.

BTW, the swag bag that you get with the VIP ticket price is awesome. Definitely pays for the price of the ticket and then some. I got a 30-day supply of Glowelle, a dietary supplement beauty drink sold at Neiman Marcus, that usually sells for $112 as well as a bunch of great OPI nail polishes and product from Philosophy, Murad and Lierac to name a few.

Even though I came to the event alone and would have had a ton more fun with some girlfriends in tow, I still enjoyed myself. But looking around at the gaggles of bffs enjoying the tables of chocolate, cupcakes and pink Nuvo sparkling liqueur and laughing over their manicures, I did feel kind of jealous. I’ll definitely have to organize a girls’ day out at Pamper Me Fabulous 2010. Who’s in?