What could be better than getting a tremendous gift bag, free beauty/spa services, AND helping to keep the Earth green? Answer: nothing. Enter: Pretty City's Green and Gorgeous Event.

The line winded down about half a block when I got there, but once doors opened it moved pretty quickly.

[Eager partygoers, eyeing down the gift bags that were in the store window]

Inside were tables upon tables of different products to sample and people walking around with free Izze sparkling juice bottles. On the lower level a large crowd huddled in the corner of the room -- turns out they were waiting for free manicures and hair services.

[Free manicures and some very patient women]

The line was way too long for the mani's so I decided to wait in the adjacent, much shorter line for some free hair styling. Salon Ziba, who had a table set up with a plethora of their products, had a master stylist creating some really cute up-do's and other fun styles. Sold, I planted my feet in line.

[Putting my trust in a master stylist from Salon Ziba]

My up-do came out great, and I decided to venture to the upstairs tables. After visiting each table, shamelessly trying out different samples, I figured it was time to go. The illustrious gift bags PrettyCity are infamous for were handed out upon exit, so once my friend and I walked in the door we were immediately handed out a reusable green tote bag (of course) filled with full-size products and even the latest issue of Shape Magazine. There were so many products, my shoulder was literally sore by the time I left the event.

[The amazing goodies, there were even some under the magazine!]

The goodies weren't the best thing about the event (although it might seem that way), because the fact that everything was eco-chic and eco-friendly is just incredibly cool. Next time I use my new reusable tote bag at the supermarket, wearing my new organic lip balm, I'll know I'm doing my part.

--Samantha Chin, NYCRD Contributor

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