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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Your Binger Guide to the Neiman Marcus Beauty Event

 

And on the eighth day, God created the Neiman Marcus Beauty Event

Sure, other department stores have their share of Gift with Purchase (GwP) bonanzas but none top Neiman Marcus in terms of  brands and goodies. Neimans is the granddaddy of them all… Not only does this iconic institution offer a bag stuffed with samples from the likes of premium brands like ReVive, Cle de Peau, and Oribe, but most of the brands offer their own fabulous GwP incentives.

Granted, the spend minimum on some of the GwPs are ridiculously expensive (like you have to spend $650 at ReVive)  but then there are some totally attainable goals like spend $150 at Armani Beauty or $100 at NARS.

Take it from me… with all these amazing GwPs it’s a little TOO easy to go a bit crazy and wind up spending the rent money. So take the beauty event in stride, especially if you plan on visiting a Neiman Marcus in person.  The bright pretty products and delicious-smelling air can be a quite intoxicating.  Though, the brands do offer all kinds of special in-store events like facials and makeovers, which can be fun as long as you don’t lose yourself and buy out the entire counter.

So what should you buy? Here are my top picks:

Cle de Peau Concealer ($70): Um, obviously. Anyone who reads my blog knows I’ve been using this celebrity secret weapon for the past couple years. Now is the time to stock up!

Sisley-Paris Botanical D-Tox ($240): I know it’s a hefty price tag but beauty addicts swear by this detoxifying serum. Supposedly women have seen a total turnaround in terms of visible pores, lines and frequency of breakouts. It’s supposedly safe for sensitive skin so I’m going to give it a try.

Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask ($50): I’m a whore for overnight masks as it is since skin repairs itself at night and is most conducive to products. I’ve been using this mask for three weeks now and I’m in love with the results.  I seem to wake up to brighter more hydrated skin. Bonus: It absorbs right away so you don’t have to worry about getting it all over your pillow.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Complex ($46 – $120): I’ve been using this elixir of essential oils and distilled botanicals as a serum under my Sulwhasoo mask. It smells lovely and seems to be calming and hydrating. For those of you with oily skin, you could wear this alone at night to get the full benefits.

Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Sheer ($34): This is the queen of all lip sheers. Forget all you’ve known before of tinted lip balms and sheer lipsticks — this ultra-hydrating confection takes the cake. Not only does it drop the perfect amount of color, it locks in the color and hydrating for several hours. Winner.

So, as you can imagine I personally do not have the willpower to go to Neiman Marcus in person, even though their stunning San Francisco location is only 30 minutes away and their well-appointed facial room beckons to me.  I will be a good girl (relatively) and do my shopping online.

The Neiman Marcus Beauty Event lasts until March 2nd, so whether you decide to do your shopping in-person or online, just remember to binge responsibly and even Sisley-Paris skincare isn’t worth spending the electricity bill money. (On the other hand,  your skin will look amazing in candlelight…)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Spring / Summer 2013 Beauty Round-Up: London and Milan Mash-up

I know I was a bit rough on New York Fashion Week, but come on, the “no makeup look” is getting a bit out of hand.  It just seems lazy to me.  Luckily, for the most part (yeah Etro, I’m talking to you — you couldn’t use mascara or at least give the girls an eyelash curl? Come on!) London and Milan ignored the boring Americans’ big trend of sending models down the runways with bushy, exaggerated brows and no color on their faces.  Of course the Brits and Italians loved themselves some big brows, but we’re not talking the warlock brows that haunted the NY runways.

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Paul Smith (London): As I scrolled through all the beauty shots from this show, I found that my eye immediately went to those gloriously bright, matte lips. I couldn't look away. Using all MAC products, makeup artist Petros Petrohilos brought the matte techno-colored magic by layering lip liner, Matte Lipstick in Lady Danger, topped with a layer of Neon Orange powder pigment "just to make that lip as bright and as matte as possible," Petrohilos said in WWD.

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Vivienne Westwood Red Label Collection: Can you imagine Vivienne Westwood succumbing to the "no makeup look"? Suggesting Westwood sends models down the runways with unruly brows and bare faces is like suggesting Betsey Johnson should skip the cartwheel at the end of every show. Westwood did not disappoint my need for drama with her "Royalty Meets Warhol" cartoon-like makeup, created by makeup artist Val Garland. By the way, there's that velvety, matte lip again. Someone's sensing a trend that can actually look good on everyone!

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Temperley London (London): I think we all know I can't resist a black winged eye, especially when it's done with such precision.  The cheeks were delicately contoured with a rich rose powder blush like NARS Blush in Outlaw ($28.00) and the lips look like the makeup artist just dabbed on a matte balm like Dior 'Creme de Rose' Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm SPF 10 ($26.50).   The hair is a bit Bride of Frankenstein and for some reason the other models had tight top knots (which I thought was kind of random), but who cares when the makeup looks that hot? To find out how to get your own extreme winged eye, read my tutorial that appeared in the Allure Bloggers competition here.

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Issa London (London): I'm sorry, but this is just full out glamour. The makeup and hair tell a story together (which is what I want to see on the runways) even though they look like they are from different decades. I was afraid the live orchids in the hair might look too bridal, but in fact they just gave the hair a retro Island vibe.

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Moschino (Milan): Well, ciao and hello there Moschino...  I'm just loving all over this look -- the pouty velveteen orangy red lips and loose curls make me think of a Hitchcock girl.  The white eyeliner and false eyelashes make the makeup very Lichtenstein (which you know I obviously love if you saw my Halloween costume last year) and the brows make the look really pop.  BUT, if I've said it once I've said it a million times -- blonds have a tough time pulling off the bold brow.  The ginger on the right can totally pull off this look but the brows make the blond look borderline demonic.

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Missoni (Milan): There's that matte finish lip again.  Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni combined three different colors of MAC Cosmetics Lipmix —orange, pink and white — and then brushed a Bright Pink Pigment Colour Powder over the Lipmix, starting at the center.  I thought the custom lip color looked fresh, modern and screamed Spring, though I'll say I kind of felt like they were sticking their toe in the "no makeup look" pond but that they weren't quite ready to put down the color just yet.

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Giorgio Armani (Milan):  Before you judge, take a look at the collection and you'll see how well the eye makeup complements the clothes.  Obviously makeup artist Linda Cantello used all Giorgio Armani Cosmetics to create this look, sweeping the graphic colors from the Maestro Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Quad across the models' eyelids.  My one complaint -- Armani has such beautiful pigmented lipsticks, I would have loved to see more of a creamy neutral than no color at all.

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Max Mara (Milan): Honestly, I was speechless when I saw these images.  You have to wonder if the Creative Director of Max Mara told the makeup artist, "I'd like the girls to look like they just got sprayed in the eyes with pepper spray and that they haven't eaten fruits or vegetables in months."  And what's up with the eighties head wraps?  Dis-as-ter.

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Look for my coverage of the Paris shows next week and a “favorite trends” post covering the best trends from all the shows. (Spoiler Alert: “No Makeup Look” will NOT be gracing my favorite trends piece)

All photos via Women’s Wear Daily.

 

 

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