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…)
Posted by janna Tags Armani Cosmetics, Cle de Peau, Georgio Armani, GwP, Kiehl's, Neiman Marcus, Sisley-Paris, Sulwhasoo
I figure it makes the most sense to share my splurges with you on Sundays since the chances of my husband tearing himself away from football to read this are about as good as La Mer going on sale.
So for my inaugural Sunday Splurge post I am sharing Amore Pacific Time Response Skin Renewal Foundation SPF 18 ($90) because I simply cannot shut up about it. Full disclosure: I’ve never been a huge fan of foundation. I never liked the way it sat on my sensitive skin and I always felt like my pores couldn’t breathe. The only time I’ve really worn foundation is when I’ve gotten my makeup professionally done for a special event.
Last month, when Maria was fervently dotting concealer ALL OVER my red splotches she suddenly stopped and gave out a long sigh, “Janna, I think it’s time you started using foundation on a regular basis.” I wanted to slap her. How dare she? I’ve always gotten compliments on my skin! I mean, yes, in the past five years my skin has gotten more sensitive and prone to redness, but to suggest foundation?? I’m pretty sure I hissed at her. She was undeterred. “Janna, you have a lot of redness and there are tons of brands that are great for sensitive skin.” Whatever.
I wrapped myself in my blankets of denial and forgot about it until I recently got a facial at Amore Pacific in Soho. The esthetician said the same thing to me (I’m pretty sure I hissed at her as well). She explained that their foundation is more like a pigmented skin treatment. It has calming botanicals and antioxidants like Green Tea and has SPF 18. She assured me it wouldn’t clog my pores. I figured the ultimate test (and sacrifice) would be to wear the foundation home after my pores were still open and vulnerable post-facial (Do not try this at home! Never apply makeup after a facial).
Obviously, (given the headline of this post) the foundation did not irritate my skin in the least. Not only did the foundation completely melt into my skin, I have never seen my face look so luminous and air-brushed. I love that you pump the hygenic top once and a single-use amount comes out. After primer, I dot my clean fingers with the foundation and use small strokes to blend it all over my face. I don’t even need a sponge to blend it! It gives such a glow without any feeling of greasiness.
Talk about longevity… I applied it Friday morning at 6 AM in Denver. I was subjected to dry air all morning. Then I raced through an airport and got on a four hour flight back to NYC. I was home at 8 PM and MY SKIN STILL LOOKED FLAWLESS!!!
So for those of you who are like “I just don’t wear that much makeup and I can’t imagine wearing foundation every day,” I assure you this foundation will change your perception forever. It is worth every penny. I personally wear shade #104, but you should either go in person to Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, or Amore Pacific Soho to choose your shade. You can also buy online at Nordstrom.
Leave your husbands shouting at their teams on TV today and go get your Sunday Splurge on!Posted by janna Tags Amore Pacific, Foundation, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, SPF, Sunday Splurge