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Grand openings are supposed to be fun and exciting. In my experience though, they’re usually just loud crowded and frustrating. This Saturday changed all of that for me though. The grand opening of Riley Rose this weekend in our local mall was something I knew I was going to want to try out, but I was admittedly a bit trepidatious based on past experiences. That lasted about 30 seconds after I walked through the front door; from that point on, it was an absolute blast.
The initial glee experienced might have something to do with the table of glitter and shimmery products two steps inside the door. I must have spent 15 minutes at least poking through all of the options and creating a chunky glitter highlight on my right cheek.
There were also tons of festival inspired extras – light halo mermaid scale temp tattoos and these awesome rhinestone face accents. Heck, I even found tiny fluttery blue butterflies that came with 3D flower stickers so you could really get your inner flower hippy on.Oh yeah, and anyone who made a purchase got free strawberry cotton candy, which was surprisingly good. One of the most exciting things about Riley Rose, for me at least, was how many of the brands they carried in store that I’d previously only had online access to. After at least two years of hemming and hawing, I finally got my hands on the Winky Lux AND Sugar Pill lipsticks I’ve been wanting to try. There wasn’t just make up though; Riley Rose had a bit of everything: cosmetics, fragrances, hair products, skin care items, stationary, home goods and all manner of fun snack food. That sound that girls make when they’re really excited? I made that sound for about two solid minutes when I discovered these Compartes bars in their candy section. So much easier that having to have them shipped all the way from CA!After dancing around to the late 90’s/early 00’s songs being played by the DJ and checking out every last corner of this amazing place, I made my final selections and checked out. Since it was the grand opening and I spent more than $45, I got 20% off and a goodie bag filled with samples and freebies. This is going to sound a bit silly, but I really do think I’ve found my new favorite place.