I have been to the Americana Mall in Manhasset, Long Island numerous times and have never seen the Estée Lauder store. I didn’t even know that Estée Lauder had a store until just recently when I became a team captain of the “Every Woman Matters” 5K Walk at Jones Beach on May 16th at 10 am. The money raised for the walk will go toward the Katz’ Women’s Hospital which is part of the Northshore-LIJ Health System.
I belong to the Commerce and Industry Council, a voluntary group of business owners and professionals who want to help raise money for the hospital. At a recent meeting Karen Ford, a representative from Estée Lauder, approached me.
“Did you know that all the team captains are getting a free 30 minute facial from Estée Lauder?” she asked me.
“No, I didn’t know,” I said.
“Would you like one?” she said. After that I got a phone call from one of her managers at the one and only Estée Lauder store asking me when I can come in for a facial, eyebrow waxing and makeup application.
On Thursday, I drove over to the mall and searched for the Estée Lauder store. I drove slowly, reading the store names out loud, even though no one else was in the car.
“Tiffany… Wolford…. Max Mara…” I said. Behind a grouping of bushes, I saw the Estée Lauder store and parked the car and went in. I was five minutes late.
“Hi there,” a short, blonde-haired woman said to me. “Can I help you?”
I told her I was there for an 11:30 am appointment. She looked in her book and quickly escorted me downstairs to the locker room, which had a country club feel to it, with the wooden lockers and round chairs. I slipped into my robe and followed the blonde woman to the facial room.
“My name is Marie,” she said. “Tell me about your face….”
She waxed and plucked my eyebrows first and I was amazed at how painless it felt. I’m usually wincing in the chair. I felt perhaps that she took a little more off than I would have liked but it looked much better than it did when I walked in the door.