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The Nordstrom Beauty Trend Events/Shows are in full swing. If you have not already registered, check the schedule for your city. There are differences between the Event and the Show. My Event conflicts with a personal obligation this year, so I am going to share my experience from last year. I also shared this on Beautytalk right after the event where people asked questions and shared their personal experiences.
My event finally took place on 10/11/14. The one in May was the trend event, but I wanted to attend the show.
I arrived about 15 minutes before the show started. The doors opened 30 minutes earlier, so many people were already inside. I paid over the phone with Desiree, my Beauty consultant. My $20 gift card (you pay $20 to reserve your spot but they give it back to you in the form of a gift card) was just inside the door near valet. After getting my gift card, I got a tote bag (not pictured but it is pretty cheap and basic) with the base samples pictured below. The event was on the third floor. There was: fruit, water, coffee and granola bars. I grabbed a granola bar (which was fresh and chewy) and a bottle of water. I filled out my information card (which they used to raffle items off and likely make sure we’re on the mailing list) and turned it in.
I got a decent seat at the fashion show, because I attended solo. I thought about inviting someone but remembered focusing solely on my sister at the Sephora Rouge event in August and decided just to go alone. The lovely Smashbox makeup artist who spent so much time beautifying my sister at the Rouge event applied makeup for YSL at the trend show. She actually applied makeup on someone to the left of me initially and moved to the right of me when she finished her. Thus, I chatted with her. She said she remembered my sister, because her sister has the same name.
The show was a lot of fun. I loved the lady from Laura Mercier. She was beyond funny. The male models were yummy eye candy. All of the female models were beautiful and very, very tall. No short models in Vegas. I loved the Kiss and Blush on the YSL model, which is ultimately why I decided to stop by that counter. A rep for one of the skincare lines gave out the item he was presenting to someone in the front row. That was pretty cool. They also had a raffle with a ton of prizes (of course I did not win any). One lady won while she was in the restroom (just like that lady at the Emmys years ago). The presenter would not let her granddaughters pick it up for her but rather held it until she returned and made her walk the runway in reverse to get it. I found that quite humorous, and the lady who won was so sweet.
During the show, they announced there would be free samples at La Mer. I’ve always wanted to try that brand. I hate buying things without trying them first (because I do not return things). Knowing there is no such thing as free and they likely left out that it required a purchase, I asked straight up what I needed to do to get a sample. Sure enough, she wanted a purchase to give a sample. I told her I wanted to try the item before I bought it. She said she would give me a sample if I agreed to a consultation. I usually do not like to have consultations at events unless I know I will buy something. They’re usually so busy, and I do not want to waste their time. Since I told her I wanted to sample the item before buying it, I figured she knew I was not buying anything that day when she offered. Thus, I did not feel guilty. There was no wait for the consultation either. She applied two different creams on my face and asked me which I preferred. I told her. She then went over my skin concerns and made recommendations. After the consultation, she gave me the sample as promised.
Next, I walked past Dior. They had two chairs of which both filled with people already waiting for a chair to open. So, I kept on walking straight to YSL. They had 4-5 chairs of which one was open. I asked if they were available for a makeover, and they were. I got Joshua. He removed everything from my face (which only consisted of the newly laid La Mer cream (so I am glad I got a sample to wear and later tried it longer) and a tinted moisturizer. He applied a cream before matching me to a Fusion Ink foundation. It looked and felt great (so I ended up buying it). In direct sunlight after I left, I noticed it looked orange. In his defense, it either oxidized on me or it is one of those foundations that looks different with indoor versus outdoor lighting. Feel free to chime in if you’re familiar with this foundation.
He used some concealer in spots I did not even know I needed it. Then, he applied Touche Eclat. I remember him using a lot of bronzer and a blush (which was later overwritten), but I cannot recall a setting powder. Whether he used setting powder or not, the foundation lasted all day. He then applied a purple liner and brow pencil. He used the holiday palette on my eyes, which looked so awesome that I had to buy that as well.
At that point he turned me over to National Makeup Artist, Armando Ramos. I asked Armando to pick a lip a lip color for me to buy. He chose number 11 of the Kiss and Blush, which was so stunning. I wanted to buy it on the spot, but they were out. I was going to order it online after the event (to get the 3 online samples). I also prefer to order it myself because the items do not show up in my online account (order history) when the SAs place the orders. The SA insisted, so I let her order it for me. After Armando applied the color to my lips, he covered the cheek color Joshua picked out. Although I liked the one Joshua picked out, Armando’s was nicer to me. Then, Armando applied some Babydoll mascara. Both Joshua and Armando were absolutely fabulous. I wish I could take them home with me, so my makeup would always look nice. We all know I will never get it to look like this.
My husband and sons arrived as Joshua applied my makeup. They headed up to the Nordstrom Cafe for some brunch. When it was time to pay, I sent my husband down to take care of it (he almost always pays for my items anyway) while I joined the boys in the restaurant.
The freebies I got for attending the trend show (plus the free La Mer sample for the consultation): La Mer Creme de La Mer, Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream, Jack Black Epic Moisture Sampler Trio (Epic Moisture MP 10 Nourishing Oil, Epic Moisture Cream Clean Body Wash, and Jack Black Epic Moisture Extra Rich Body Hydrator), Giorgio Armani Si, Yves Saint Laurent Youth Liberator Y Shape Creme, Burberry My Burberry, Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Intensive Age-Renewal Eye Cream, Lancome La Base Pro, Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector, Clinique For Men Moisturizing Lotion, Perricone MD Formula 15, and Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Samples will vary, but I thought this was a decent sampling for a $20 buy-in.
The YSL items I purchased and GWPs. My gifts were: Babydoll Mascara, Rouge Pur Couture Shade 1, Forever Youth Liberator Serum, Gommage Action Biologique Exfoliant, All-In-One Clear BB Cream, Forever Youth Liberator Crème Nuit, and Forever Youth Liberator Y-Shape Crème.
The classic red lipstick is very stunning.
The items I purchased were the Wildly Gold Complete Makeup Palette, and the Fusion Ink Foundation in BD-15 Warm Buff. I exchanged it for B-10 Porcelain a few weeks later (making sure the rep knew it was brand new, so she did not destroy it). Luckily, I was able to tell from the sample he applied that it was too orange for me, so I never opened my bottle.
The Wildly Gold Complete Makeup Palette is a stunner. It is no longer for sale, so I will not swatch this unless requested to do so.
My lovely Kiss and Blush in Shade 11 arrived four days after the show. I have to say opening a box with no samples is always a little bittersweet, but I loved the lonely content.
I had a lot of fun and am bummed I have to miss it this year. Hopefully, I will not have any conflicts next year. Fingers crossed that I win something, because I am sure winning is more fun. If you can go, you should! You get your money back in the gift card, free samples, snacks, a chance to win prizes, plenty of GWPs, and the really fun fashion show.
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