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Marey Taylor receives a massage from Alesha McCants during the inaugural Ladies' Night Out . The relaxing treatments often left the ladies “massage drunk.”

Marey Taylor receives a massage from Alesha McCants during the inaugural Ladies' Night Out . The relaxing treatments often left the ladies “massage drunk.”

Hurlburt Field, Fla. -- Massages, makeup, manicures and munchies lured more than 100 women to the Hurlburt Field Chapel Dec. 2 for Ladies’ Night Out. 

The inaugural event was sponsored by the Protestant Women of the Chapel, and treated the ladies to a full range of pampering experiences. 

“We thought this would be a good gift to give back to the Hurlburt community,” said Angela Coburn, PWOC event organizer. 

Mrs. Coburn came up with the idea recently after she received a makeover. She had such a good time, that she figured other women would enjoy it, too. 

“I thought, if she (the makeup artist) could make me feel like this, I wonder if she (the makeup artist) could do it for other ladies,” said Mrs. Coburn. 

Mrs. Coburn and other PWOC members contacted local makeup consultants and service providers whom they thought women would enjoy. 

Approximately 10 volunteers and 15 businesses, ranging from massage therapists and makeup consultants to photographers, volunteered their services to the event. Childcare was also provided. 

The event was wellreceived by the women of Hurlburt Field. More than 60 women signed up only three days after flyers were posted, said Mrs. Coburn. On the night of the event, more than 100 women packed the chapel, ready to feel good. 

About six of the chapel classrooms were transformed into two large temporary beauty spas. 

For more than two hours, the women drifted between rooms, taking advantage of the different pampering opportunities in each one. In one room, women “oohed” and “ahhed” over how soft their hands felt after exfoliation treatments. Just a few feet away, women received manicures. 

However, it didn’t have the odor of a typical nail salon, as the hand exfoliation treatment left the room smelling like brown sugar, with a hint of lavender and gardenia.

The room across the hall had a feeling of Zen as the lights were turned down, creating an environment perfect for the evening’s hottest ticket – massages. 

As women got out of the massage chair, they looked as if in a state of total bliss. 

Whitney Searcy, massage technician, described one woman as being “massage drunk” as she stumbled off of “cloud nine” and back into reality. 

“I would do this every week,” said Kelly Ayres as she held her friend’s hair back so she could get a neck massage. 

In both spas, local makeup consultants taught the women how to apply makeup so that it highlights their best features. 

“You’ve got the line to work with – don’t be afraid,” Stephanie Duenas, local makeup consultant, explained to LaSandra Perkins as she showed her how to apply eyeliner. Event organizers were pleased with how the evening turned out. 

“We realize that there is a desire for this,” said Mrs. Coburn. “We’ll have another one – a bigger one."