Yeah, that’s right. I am banishing the celebrity cult-favorite Creme de la Mer (La Mer Moisturizing Cream) $275 to the bowels of the beauty graveyard after it sat on my shelf for more than a year (simply because I didn’t have the heart to throw away such an expensive product). Like other idiots out there, I figured if J-Lo can fill a swimming pool with the amount of La Mer she uses yearly and Maria Carey allegedly uses it on her babies’ bottoms, then it must be a miracle cream. I don’t remember what specifically made me pull the ‘idiot tax’ trigger and fork out almost $300 for a cream, but I assume it was at a Gift-with-Purchase event during the dreadfully cold winter months in NYC when I was fed up waking up to dry irritated patchy skin every morning.
I mean let’s face it — if I’m in a Gift-with-Purchase environment, very little is restraining me from making bad decisions. I’m pretty sure I bought this during a Saks GwP event and gloriously justified my purchase with the cheesy bag full of samples I got for blowing over $250. I’m getting angry with myself even as I type this recollection of stupidity. I’m telling you I’m like a gambling addict with a handful of chips in a casino or an alcoholic at an open bar when it come to GwP events. You would think at some point I would just learn to avoid them! (I have suggested Beauty Addicts Anonymous but our disease simply isn’t being taken seriously)
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Hello, Bingers! I am en route to the 2012 Sundance Festival, ready to give you guys a blow-by-blowout on the festivities. Don’t be expecting Roger Ebert-like coverage, I mean come on, how am I supposed to focus on the movies when there are swag suites like the Chic Suite by EMWPR, where I can go on a binging blitz, and then get my skin plumped with an oxygen facial at the St. Regis Remede Spa? Let’s get our priorities in line here!
I over-packed (yes, I see the shock in your face), and when I say “over-packed” I’m talking checking a large duffle bag for a three-day trip. Of course I probably forgot essential wardrobe items, and I already know I forgot to bring “going out” bags. Want worse? If you could see the amount of beauty products and tools I brought, you would think I was either moving to a new house or a traveling makeup artist. Let’s not forget I get a little manic in high-elevation… There is so just much to consider for a trip like this:
– Dry air and Cold Weather: For my face, I brought the spectrum of hydrating products from FAB 5-in-1 to La Mer (and when I say “the spectrum”, picture at least 20 other products in-between, including serums, masks, toners, SPF, etc). For my body I brought a deluxe sample of Bliss Orange and White Pepper Body Scrub since my skin is going to need a good buffing, and this scrub is gentle enough I can use it every time I shower (and it smells delicious!). I also created a little deluxe sample for myself of Jo Malone Blue Wild Bluebell Creme. This creme smells like you are strolling through wild flowers after a storm (thank you to my lovely mother-in-law, Jeanne, who spoiled me this past holiday season with this luxurious cream and other delicious splurges. Love you, Jeanne! ) and it has a thick, non-sticky consistency that hydrates all day long. For the lips, I brought Aquaphor, the salve of champions, along with Fresh Sugar Passion Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 for a hint of color, and of course my entire rainbow of hydrating lipsticks.
– Hair Gotchas: I got my hair colored by Meghan last night, which means I have a kick-ass blowout. I’m obviously going to milk this baby as long as I can. But let’s not forget the Bumble and Bumble Black Hair Powder debacle… The blowout can only stretch so far under harsh conditions like hat head (it is going to be COLD!) and a hydrating facial (obviously this was my first priority in booking the trip.). If the blowout doesn’t prevail, I will have to take matters into my own hands by either blowing it out myself or wearing it curly. You can’t imagine (or probably you can…) how many products and tools are involved in packing for these two scenarios.
Tomorrow, after I exhaust myself in the Chic Suite stocking up on goodies from brands like Tocca Beauty, Everyday Minerals, and NCLA Nail Lacquer, I am heading to the St. Regis Deer Valley Remède Spa where I will plump and hydrate my battled, parched skin with a Deer Valley Regenerating Facial. How do I choose from the myriad of luxury spas? The first thing I did the second our tickets were booked, was google “oxygen facial” and “Park City”. Not many choices, but the St. Regis Deer Valley Remède Spa was the obvious one when I saw the luxury amenities and facilities.
I was just playing before when I said I wasn’t focused on the movies… I’m really just focused on one… I can’t wait for Josh Radnor’s “Liberal Arts” premiere on Sunday! Josh wrote, directed, and stars in his second Sundance feature, which features the adorable yet chic new it-girl Elizabeth Olsen.
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Posted by janna Tags Bliss, First Aid Beauty, Fresh, Jo Malone, La Mer, St. Regis Deer Valley Remede Spa, Sundance Festival