Saturday, October 5, 2013

GBK and Sparkling Hill Resort Luxury Gift and Styling Lounge at New York Fashion Week

GBK returned to New York Fashion Week this season, hosting a Luxury Gift and Styling Lounge with Sparkling Hill Resort on September 6th and 7th at The Empire Hotel. Celebrity guests included Jay Manuel and Miss J of "America's Next Top Model", Celebrity Stylist June Ambrose, Ice-T of "Law and Order SVU" and his wife and model Coco Austin and Matt Letscher, Katie Findlay and Chloe Bridges of "The Carrie Diaries". 

As soon as I walked through the door I was greeted by Sparkling Hill Resort, a European-inspired wellness resort known as the first resort in the world to incorporate Swarovski crystal elements into every aspect of its design. 

At the lounge there was a bevy of beauty and fashion brands, but first I had to try the Mango and Strawberry Moscato from Viva Diva Wines by Christina Milian. The sweet Mango Moscato is a new favorite of mine that I'll be looking for the next time I'm at Wal-Mart.

Two brands I looked forward to seeing again were Presenting Sponsors Pilot Pen and Hard Candy. Pilot Pen offered their new assortment including their FriXion Clicker, Acroball Pure White and G2 Fashion FriXion Clicker erasable pens. Some of my new Hard Candy favorites include the green 'Ivy League' Mod Quad baked eye shadow set, All Lid Up creme eye shadow in 'Quick Sand', All Dressed Up hydrating lip stain in 'Chic' and Megawatt Smile lipstick + tooth whitener in 'Stay Bright'. 

There were some more beauty brands I had the pleasure of meeting with, including D'Mademoiselle Pure Mineral Makeup and Skincare Product, Nikki's Magic Wand and EcoGenics Active Botanical Skin Care. I look forward to using D'Mademoiselle's Illuminating Finishing Powder in 'Moonbeam', Lip Toxyl Sheer - an advanced, lip plumping gloss infused with real diamond dust in 'Princess' and Dual Action Makeup Remover in for eyes and lips. Nikki's Magic Wand will come in handy for scraping out what's left of my almost-empty lip gloss tubes. EcoGenics Active Botanical Skin Care is a unique combination of nature and science, paraben free and ideal for all skin types. Their 5 Steps to Beautiful Skin Travel Kit comes with a cleanser, skin serum, moisturizer, micro-dermabrasion cream and a mineral masque souffle. 

Cynthia Gale Jewelry showcased modern, urban eclectic, art inspired, sterling silver jewelry. Lulu Avenue featured their fashion jewelry such as the Madrid Double Wrap Bracelet and Venetian Cuff. 

d'andrea handbags featured edgy leather clutches with studded, spike and quilted detailing in a variety of colors. 

Wild Soul Sunglasses featured acetate sunglasses named after untamed wild animals. Wild Soul Sunglasses allow you to donate a portion to the charity of your choice.  

A few other brands at the lounge included Connecticut Cookie Company, with cookies and treats made with grandma's hometown vanilla, Prima Dolce Company - Bella's Fruit Compotes and Latta Russian Kefir sampling Latta Russian Kefir probiotic yogurt and non-dairy green teas. youthH20 was sampling their 'Daily Superfood Nutrition' supplement with Age Defying Benefits enhancing your Beauty, Performance and Wellness all in one.

Visit San Luis Obispo County and Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast were promoting the SAVOR Central Coast Food & Wine Festival, which took place Sept 26-29th.

Here's a video highlight of the lounge, featuring Pilot Pen, Hard Candy, D'Mademoiselle, Nikki's Magic Wand, Wild Soul Sunglasses, Viva Diva Wines by Christina Milian, Latta Russian Kefir, Cynthia Gale Jewelry, Lulu Avenue and Rive water bottles. 

- Kim Weling

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