If you guys follow me on twitter then you'll know the one thing I complain about the most is the lack of events we have here in the States. I'm always so envious of all the amazing brands that host parties to celebrate beauty bloggers by letting them play with their products or have early access to some new ones. So you can imagine how excited I was when I got an e-mail telling me about an event that Benefit + Birchbox were hosting together, on Thursday! My expectations were high and I was bursting with excitement on the way over. My mom came with me and we were the first ones through the door. We were told to walk in, grab some bubbly and cupcakes (which looked delicious, but agh, I just couldn't, haha) and then just take a look at the products. The store was really tiny which became apparent as more of the guests started to arrive. It was really hard to walk around, but hey, I was optimistic. They offered free makeovers and brow services, which I was more than happy to partake in the latter- my brows were in need of some TLC ;D I was super excited because I've only heard good things about the brow bar and I was completely blinded by optimism because I didn't notice that a decent portion of my right eyebrow was removed! I couldn't believe it! I mean I know I didn't pay for the service directly, but yikes! After my eyebrows were done I was whisked away to get my makeup done, which I tried to politely object to because I loved the way it turned out when I did it, but alas, I was somehow plopped into the chair and the makeup artist went to work without even removing my previous makeup! Again, I was blinded by wanting to have a really good time so I was like "OH WELL!"
When the makeup was done, and I looked caked like a cupcake, my optimism started to wear down. I had to pay for the event, which should have been a flag right away, but again, I was excited. A majority of that cost went to a credit you had to spend at the party, and you HAD to spend ALL of it. You couldn't spend under it, but they sure didn't mind if you went over =_=' My mom and I ended up having to spend $27 extra because of that silly rule. Don't get me wrong, I really like the products I got, but did I need them? Not really. Not at all. After all the services were done we were tossed to the side, occasionally being asked if we had picked out the items we wanted, and if we hadn't, we'd be left alone again. When the purchases were made, that was it. Nothing more was planned. No explanations or demonstrations of their new BrowWows product, which the event was based around. After the transaction was complete, we were pretty much ignored. We were in and then out in less than an hour. I was bummed and my expectations were completely shattered. I could've just taken that money I spent on a spot at the event to buy the ONE thing I did want if I wanted it. I didn't like that I HAD to spend the full $35 which def. meant I would be going over. It was just a very disappointing event that had me wishing I hadn't gone to in the first place. Is that harsh? Maybe a bit :/ I guess the bright side would be that this event made for some lovely pictures!
Have you ever went to a beauty event that didn't live up to expectations?