I’m pretty sure my wife Mandy is the biggest Jaclyn Hill fan on the planet. Mandy was watching Jaclyn Hill’s snapchat in the car one day, when Jaclyn announced that she’d be doing a meet and greet at a Sephora in New York City, on one of the days we were scheduled to be there. I don’t think I have ever heard Mandy scream that loud in my entire life. (I think I just set myself up for a burn there…………..)
The deal was, you show up at 1:00 to buy a Becca product (Champagne Pop, the Becca & Jaclyn Hill collaboration, was the main one of course), then get a wristband to meet Jaclyn at 5:00. Sounds simple enough, right?
Once in NYC, we jumped the downtown N train from Times Square to Union Square, and made our way over to Sephora. I figured it would be a bit of a zoo, so we should get there a bit early. We got to the Union Square Sephora around 11:30, and the lineup was already all the way around the building, and halfway down the block. Damn!
A few early observations:
1. I was the only male in line
2. It was starting to rain, and apparently, we were seemingly the only two in line without an umbrella. Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeit!
3. And by rain, I apparently meant torrential downpours with flash flood warnings.
After an hour or so of mother nature’s waterfall cascading down upon me, I set out to buy an umbrella………. For $32. Really, Barnes & Noble? Really? Oh well, at least it had some wiener dogs on it, so I guess that’s kind of fun.
By this point, the line to get a wristband was so huge (Let me reiterate…. The lineup to get a wristband to meet Jaclyn Hill……… not the lineup to meet Jaclyn Hill) that staff had to issue small tickets to people waiting in line, in order to purchase the Becca product. They had 250 of these tickets, so that meant that 250 people would be meeting Jaclyn. If you were person 251 or further back, you were SOL. And unfortunately, there were a lot of teary eyes walking past us after that. Also, a few offers to buy my ticket. Sorry teenyboppers, but I wanted to meet her too, damnit.
We eventually made our way inside, and we each bought our Becca product. But since I’m such a nice guy, I let my wife have my Becca product. Also, I have no f’n idea what she………. I mean, what *I* bought. But I think she liked it???
More importantly though……. Wristbands, CHECK!!
We had an hour or so to kill, and I was getting quite hangry by that point. Also, after waiting in line that long and being absolutely drenched, I definitely felt the need to drink heavily. After a brief wander around Union Square, we stumbled upon this little Brazilian joint called The Coffee Shop. I ended up ordering Feijoada Completa - The National Dish of Brazil. It was a stew of pork & black beans, with sauteed kale, sliced oranges and farofa (whatever that is). It was freaking delicious. Plus the beer was cold and plentiful, so it was a definite win!
Back to Sephora, for the second line ride of the day.
It was still brutally raining, but I have to say, the staff at Sephora took great care of everyone. They worked it so people could wait inside the store, lined up against the outer walls. They were also offering samples and touchups. No one offered me a touch up though, and I was sad.
(I wasn’t actually that sad)
We eventually made our way to the front of the line, after waiting for a couple hours. And I have to say, Jaclyn Hill was BEYOND cool. She took time to talk to everyone, take photos with everyone. Plus, she called me husband of the year for waiting that long, and informed my wife that she owed me a steak dinner. CORRECT ON BOTH COUNTS, Jaclyn.
All in all, a long day, but worth it. Thanks Sephora, and thanks Jaclyn!