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Ah, the Luxury! Behind the Scenes at the Ultimate Beauty Getaway

Back in October I announced a rather exciting contest: BellaSugar's Ultimate Beauty Getaway. "Wow. Any of those prizes would be amazing!" loyal reader Hippiecowgirl commented. Little did she know she'd be on her way to SF in less than two months as winner of this prize. Just last weekend, the lucky lady, along with her hubby in tow, flew into San Francisco to claim her winnings of a few days worth of pampering.

At night, they caught up on their beauty sleep at the ultracool W Hotel. And by day, while her husband took in the sights, Hippiecowgirl received a massage, eyebrow wax, and mani/pedi at Bliss; Lunch with me at the posh Rotunda Restaurant at Neiman Marcus; a cut/color from Kérastase at the Red Chair Salon; and a makeup consultation with a national makeup artist at Bare Escentuals' flagship store. Oh, and she also popped into Sugar HQ to see how it all goes down around here. Whew.

So what did the lovely Hippiecowgirl do to deserve all this? Find out how she won, what she had to say about her experience, and view some pics from the weekend when you


Hippiecowgirl was randomly selected as the winner for reviewing products on our Product Review site. Of her whirlwind experience, she said:

My favorite part? The whole weekend! The W Hotel was incredible. The Bliss spa was relaxation heaven. Lunch was a real treat. The colorist and stylist at The Red Chair Salon did an amazing job. I love my new 'do and have had very positive reactions from my friends and family.

I use Bare Escentuals every day so it was amazing to watch Christina, the Bare Escentuals national makeup artist, work. She gave me some great tips and walked me through every step so that I could re-create the look at home. She introduced me to some great new products like the Prime Time Eyelid Primer ($16). The eye color she chose for me is called 2000 ($13). I don't think it's something I ever would have selected for myself, but now it's at the top of my must-have list.

Stopping in at the Sugar headquarters was a blast! I visit most of the Sugar sites every day so being able to put faces with names and blogs was really exciting. Everyone was so welcoming and genuinely nice.

Toning the new shimmery brown shade.

Getting a sleek, graduated bob.

Makeup consultation at Bare Escentuals' flagship store.

Pretty eyes.

Hanging out at Sugar HQ.
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