Thursday, September 26, 2013

Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show Fall 2013

Last Saturday my friend, Jana, and I went to Nordstrom's Beauty Fall Trend Show which showcased the fall's hottest looks in make-up and fashion. Tickets were $20 which gave us early access to the store and upfront seats to catch a glimpse at the top beauty products, trends and fashion accessories straight from the runways of fashion week in NYC. The best part was the fact that you were allowed to use your $20 ticket value towards the purchase of any beauty product. Jana and got there about twenty minutes before the show started and were treated to fresh coffee, breakfast, and free tote bag full of beauty samples. Following the show we had appointments with Philosophy and YSL.

The show was broken into three scenes and was emceed by Nordstrom's East Coast Beauty Director, Laksmi Sam. The show focused on the hottest trends this fall which are redefined smoky eyes, graphic eyes and Bordeaux lips.

The redefined smoky eye was the prominent eye seen on the fall runways and is a little edgy with a touch of feminine aesthetics. This look can be created using black, plum, grey and blue while using a mixture of matte and metallic shadows to create a graphic halo effect around the eyes. Satin matte skin, neutral blush and flesh-tone lips complete this look. If you're looking for an easy way to complete this look, look no further than Clinique. They suggested using Clinique's 'Lid Smoothie' to create a base for your eye shadow. Choose from colors such as Portobello and Stroke of Midnight to create the rest of your smoky eye.
Clinique Lid Smoothie

Clinique Portobello Eye-shadow

Clinique Stroke of Midnight Eye-shadow

Graphic eyes are more a 60's inspired cat eye. They key to this look is a squared-off finish to the top liner. You can line your eyes on just the lid, or finish off the bottom by lining your lashes and smudging them for more of a smoky look. Glowing skin paired with either a nude lip or a deep velvet berry tone makes this look extremely versatile. A great way to complete this look is with YSL's Bold Felt-Tip Eyeliner Pencil.

YSL Bold Felt Tip Eyeliner Pen
The Bordeaux lip is everywhere this fall. It's the go-to color on your lips and clothing. From juicy berry stains to red-velvet finishes, the variation of deep plums, berries, rubies and garnets are endless. One of the lipsticks they featured was Laura Mercier's 'Rouge Nouveau' Weightless Lip Colour. However, you can find this lipstick at any make-up counter or drug store you prefer.
Laura Mercier Weightless Lip Color

Jana and I enjoyed our appointment with Philosophy and were introduced to their oxygen peel. Their Purity face wash not only cleans your skin but also serves as an eye make-up remover and toner. Three steps in one, I'll gladly take it! Their Hope in a Jar moisturizer is heavenly too.
Philosophy Oxygen Peel Kit
Philosophy Purity Face Wash

Philosophy Facial Moisturizer
After our skin was clean and moisturized we headed to our YSL appointment for fresh make-up. I've always been a huge fan of Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer; however, today I tried YSL's 'Youth Liberator' Serum Foundation with SPF 20. I haven't used foundation since my competitive dancing days and I hated it then. I've always felt like it's too heavy to wear, but boy was I wrong. Times have changed. I was amazed by its coverage and how dewy it left my skin. I decided that I will use my tinted moisturizer or BB cream on the weekends and use foundation for work days and special events. If anything, I highly recommend going to one of YSL's beauty counters and give it a try. I promise you won't be disappointed.
YSL Serum Foundation
We also tried their glossy stains which are amazing!! I'm a huge fan of stains; however, they always dry out my lips and I had yet to find one that didn't until Saturday. These stains give you just the right amount of color and sheen and they don't dry out your lips. They also stay put for hours! I had to remove mine Saturday night with make-up remover. They have a variety of colors to choose from and you can control the intensity of the color by how many applications you use. Love these!!
YSL Glossy Stain
Someone told Jana about YSL's gel eyeliner so we decided to give it a try too. It went on effortlessly and it stays put all day. This is great for an everyday look or you can play with it and create a cat-eye look for a night out on the town. Gel liners are relatively easy to find but you'll notice that they wear off throughout the day so if you're looking for something long lasting this is it.
YSL Longwear Cream Eyeliner
I could go on and on about other things that I've added to my wish list but it would take me hours to finish this post. There was one last trend they showed us with nail polish that was really neat. They created a foiled look with your nails by simply using Saran-Wrap. Begin by painting your nails a dark color of your choice. They used a midnight blue color on the model which was really pretty for the fall. Once the polish is dry take a metallic colored polish and place a few drops on a paper plate. Take a small piece of Saran-Wrap and ball it up to the size of a cotton ball. Dab the Saran-Wrap in the metallic finger nail polish and then dab it on your nails. Once it has had time to dry take a Q-tip dipped in finger nail polish remover to clean up any excess polish around your nail beds then place a top coat on to seal the polish. So fun! I'm a huge fan of Opi nail polish and think Russian Navy would be a great base color and Honey Ryder as the metallic foil color.

Have a great Thursday!

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