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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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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Podcast: Holiday Gift Ideas and 10-Minute Holiday Makeup w/Blushing Basics’ Kristie Burnett!

Hello, my lovelies! I hope you all had a chance to tune in to last week’s podcast with makeup artist Maria Luxen, “Why Does Your Makeup Look Like Sh*t??”   This week I was a bit more tame but still had so much fun with beauty blogger and vlogger Kristie Burnett from Blushing Basics.  She is beyond adorbs and you must check out her kick-ass video makeup tutorials on YouTube!

Podcast: Holiday Gift Ideas for Loved Ones (And for Yourself of Course) AND How to Get 10-Minute Holiday Party Makeup (Download for free from iTunes or stream live online)


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Thursday, September 20, 2012

From the Archives: Beauty Addicts Anonymous

Late at night when I should be sleeping, but instead I am trying to rack up $150 in product to qualify for Neiman’s gift-with-purchase, I wonder if there could be a support group for addicts like myself. Then again, it would probably do more harm than good…

Instead of the typical smoke-filled room, (second-hand smoke is detrimental to the skin) the air is thick with a strong mix of Jo Malone, Bond No. 9, and Marc Jacobs perfumes. The beauty addicts fumble through their bags for their Guerlain compacts and Chanel glosses, trying to distract themselves from asking the addict next to them what kind of skincare she’s using.

The first addict walks up to the podium, twisting flat strands of her keratin-treated hair. “Hi, I’m Jane. I am a beauty addict.”

The room chants together, “Hi Jane.”

“I have been an addict since I watched my mother put on makeup for the first time…”

No one is really paying attention. They are silently deconstructing Jane’s product regimen, stumped on whether her cheeks are flushed from Tarte Cheek Tint in Blushing Bride or Nars Orgasm.

“I’ve always spent a lot on beauty products, but lately it’s gotten to be a real problem,” she pauses, staring at the girl in the front row. “Nice gloss. Dior Little Red Dress?”

The girl nods approvingly. Jane continues, “Things have gotten so bad I can’t afford to pay my bills to keep up with my La Mer habit.”

The others give her looks of empathy.

“I was in Barney’s the other day, looking to buy my boyfriend a Kiehls gift basket for his birthday and I found myself helpless at the Chantecaille Counter. The saleswoman insisted on showing me their new Spring line. Instead of buying my boyfriend a gift, I ended up purchasing two new shadows and a powder compact!”

Jane breaks down in tears, shamed by her gluttony, and returns to her seat. Girls from every angle hand her tissues, blotting film, concealer, mascara, and pressed powder. Little Red Dress gloss girl from the front row raises her hand. “Excuse me, but I have a question for Jane.” Jane slowly raises her eyes from her compact. “What do you think of the new Chantecaille shadows? I’ve heard mixed reviews…”

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Weathering the Cold: Part 1 (The Body)

I simply cannot fully guide you in all the ways to protect yourself from the unrelenting cold in one post, therefore I am going to divide this into multiple posts over the next week…

I want to cover the body first since my skin has already gotten a bit itchy from the climate change. First rule of thumb (which I hate by the way) is to stop taking long hot showers. Unfortunately, they strip the skin of protective oils which further dries the skin.  I also store away all my lovely scented bath gels and creams.  Since my skin is getting crushed by the zero humidity, cold wind, and pumping dry, hot air through the heater, it is extra sensitive and irritated.  Those lovely scented products have chemicals which further irritate, therefore I put my Bliss Blood Orange + White Pepper Soapy Suds Body Wash away and replace it with Eucerin Dry Skin Therapy Calming Body Wash Daily Shower Oil.  The operative word in that long title is “oil”.  The omega oils replace some of the natural oils that are stripped via the hot water and other thankless winter conditions, and its highly recommended by dermatologists.  I love that it’s unscented and makes a palpable difference in the softness of my skin.   I use my hand (instead of the my bath mitt, which can further strip) to cleanse my body with the oil (which becomes a creamy lather once wet) and then I pat myself dry.

It pains me to put away my Bond No. 9 New York Scent of Peace Cream Body Silk, since its fluffy texture and sumptuous smell makes me want to scoop up half the jar and slather it on my skin.  But, I have to be rational and realize that the fragrance can irritate therefore I moisturize my body with Kiehl’s Creme de Corps, which is rich, hydrating, and nourishing with its wonder ingredients like beta-carotene, cocoa butter, and sesame oil.

So put away the fragranced products and treat your skin to some gentle nourishment. Consider getting a humidifier and keep the showers short!

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Beauty Addicts Anonymous

Late at night when I should be sleeping, but instead I am trying to rack up $150 in product to qualify for Neiman’s Gift with Purchase, I wonder if there could be a support group for addicts like myself. Then again, it would probably do more harm than good…

Instead of the typical smoke-filled room, (second-hand smoke is detrimental to the skin) the air is thick with a strong mix of Jo MaloneBond No. 9, and Marc Jacobs perfumes.  The beauty addicts fumble through their bags for their Guerlain compacts and Chanel glosses, trying to distract themselves from asking the addict next to them what kind of skincare she’s using.
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