Every time I host an event, I have these moments of panic. Will people come out? They said they would on Twitter, but will they REALLY be there? Or will this just be me, standing by myself in a store with all these gift bags? I totally felt that panic last Saturday as my Beautifully Connected event at Walgreens was about to begin. And I was so grateful when people started to show up, show love, and have fun with me! Let me show you how awesome it all turned out – my favorite Chicago photographer, Chuck Olu-Alabi, captured the event to perfection! Come with me, inside the fun –

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#BFConnectedCHI was part of a nationwide series of events, all about bringing ladies out to @Walgreens stores in major cities, to experience some of Unilever’s latest beauty products. I was there to share my favorite, carefully handpicked items from Dove, Caress, Vaseline and Motions with Chicago’s beauty lovers!

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There were cookies, too. Everyone loves cookies!

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People came by to get gift bags of items, and to sign up for Twitter so they could use our hashtag #BFConnectedCHI in order to try to win full sized hampers of my favorite products.

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I made so many new friends, and made some people REALLY happy when they won the gift baskets!

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Some of my best friends in Chicago came by to show love during my event! I SO appreciate you guys!


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That’s DeeDee AKA The Sassy Peach, my favorite fashion blogger and stylist in Chicago! Love her!


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Here’s power couple Anslem from Naked With Socks On and Starr AKA Gangstarr Girl! They’re so awesome!


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Bolaji of Social Life Chi is one of my favorite people to hang out with – she is super fun and so down to earth and sweet. Love her!


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Renisha Renewed is my boo! I was so happy for her when she won the first gift basket!


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And here we are with the lovely Camille Jade of @CocoaBoricua, such a sweetheart!


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I so love Tori of Glasses and Glitter – she’s so smart, cute and real!

It was a good turnout and a fun event. Thanks to everyone who shared part of their Saturday afternoon with me!

Everyone who came out seemed to have fun. And this lovely young lady won a $300 SpaFinder gift card!


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And now, so can you! Even if you didn’t make it to my Chicago event, you can still be Beautifully Connected via the official site – walgreens.com/beautyfullyconnected. And any resident of the USA can still win a $300 SpaFinder gift card, right here on Afrobella.com! Here’s how you enter, here’s how you win!

All you have to do is click here to visit the Beautifully Connected site, and choose one of the beauty questions asked on the site – whatever you’d like me to answer. Then please leave a comment on my blog post with the beauty tips you choose. Next week I’ll choose one lucky winner, and not only will you win a gift card but I’ll answer your beauty question!

This giveaway will be officially closed next Wednesday.

Good luck and happy Friday, bellas!

This post and the event were sponsored by the Unilever/Walgreens Beautifully Connected event, but the opinions and experiences are all mine!

EDITED 7/24/2013 – And the winner is, RavenArcher!  I will be in touch to get your prize sent your way ASAP, and answer your question next week!

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