Last night, Examiner.com was in the heart of Times Square as a VIP guest of Nivea, one of the lead sponsors for New Year's Eve in Times Square for the fifth year in a row. Nivea Lip Care, the leading lip care brand in the world, offers more than 15 moisturizing lip care products that all make kisses better. It was only fitting for Nivea to sponsor one of the most important kisses of the year at the world’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration.
This year's Nivea ambassadors Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza served as hosts for part of the evening. Our adventure began on Sunday where we had a private viewing and photo opportunity with the New Year's Eve Wateford Crystal Ball. Accommodations were provided at the very chic Westin Hotel right in Times Square. Last night, we headed to the Hard Rock Cafe at around 8pm. Nivea had a special VIP lounge, which was appropriately lit in Nivea Blue. Guests posed for photos by the step and repeat and sampled blue candy and enjoyed a tasty buffet, which was courtesy of the Hard Rock Cafe. At around 9:30pm we were escorted to one of the Nivea Kiss Stages where Allison Hagendorf was broadcasting live. The first performance that we watched live was Carly Rae Jepsen who looked fab in a long red skirt and black blouse. She performed her smash "Call me Maybe" and then she performed "This Kiss" on the global stage.
Later in the evening Regan Iglesia, VP of Global Marketing for Waterford read messages of peace that were submitted by fans via Facebook and twitter. Mario Lopez and his fiance also stopped by our stage where they played a game to see how well they know each other. Luckily the couple aced the contest. Lopez said that his fitness tip for 2013 is to "stay consistent."
One of the highlights of our VIP experience in Times Square was Psy's performance. Ryan Seacrest took the stage to introduce his "last" performance of "Gangnam Style." Psy was wearing all white and we especially loved his white fur vest. Re-enacting their famous personas from the music video, entertainers Yoo Jae Suk and Noh Hong Chul joined Psy on the stage for his performance on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," Then MC Hammer joined him and the crowed went wild. After their set, Ryan Seacrest asked how MC Hammer came to perform on New Year's Eve with Psy. It turns out that his manager Scooter Braun set it up. Ryan also wished Psy a happy birthday and then all of Times Square wished him a happy birthday, too. Psy looked to be in awe of the whole experience and was very proud to be performing in Times Square.
Another highlight of the evening was when Tiffany Alvord performed. She is a twenty-year old singer-songwriter, who was named the winning artist in Nivea's first-ever contest to support aspiring musical talent.
After the performances, we headed back to the Hard Rock Cafe. Right before midnight we came out to ring in the new year where we had an amazing view of the ball. Fireworks went off and then confetti rained everywhere. The Nivea party continued inside the cafe. Guests were treated to an intimate performance by Carly Rae Jepsen who performed "Call me Maybe" and "This Kiss" again and "Tonight I'm Getting Over You."
A little after 1:30am Train came out for a surprise performance at the Hard Rock Cafe. They performed "Drops of Jupiter," "Drive By" and for their finale invited some children on stage to dance with them for "Hey, Soul Sister" and they also blended in FUN. "We Are Young" at the end of the set. Carly Rae Jepsen stayed for the set with her family and friends.
Being a VIP guest of Nivea lip care was an electrifying experience and it was a night we will never forget.