One of my favorite fall activities is the annual Nordstrom Beauty Trends Show. Beauty lovers get early access to the store, to enjoy coffee and goodies while seeing the latest and greatest in fall beauty at Nordstrom! You also get the chance to win products in the show and get makeovers from renowned national brand makeup artists. You must buy a ticket for $20, which can be redeemed for product on the day of the show. Attendees also get a beauty tote filled with samples, so win-win!
The Beauty Trends Show at the Montgomery Mall Nordstrom will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at 8 a.m.. You can buy your ticket by visiting any beauty counter or by calling the store at (301) 365-4111. Tickets must be purchased in advance and must be redeemed on the day of the event.
If you can’t make it to the Montgomery Mall show, Tyson’s Nordstrom will be having a show on Nov. 11, 2017. If you are not in the DMV area, visit Nordstrom.com, navigate to stores and events to find a show near you!
Tips: Make sure you get there early to get a seat and enjoy your coffee. After the show is over, the beauty department turns into a crowded zoo! If you know that you want a makeover from a certain brand, you can make an appointment ahead of time so you don’t have to wait. You have until the end of the business day to redeem your 20 bucks so if you live close, you may want to come back later in the day.
You can now find that popular Instagram concealer inside ULTA stores! L.A. Girl’s HD Pro Conceal has a brush applicator which makes for a cleaner and easier application. The full line of L.A. Girl is available on the ULTA website but you can find the concealer in a small portable display in store (very small, blink and you’ll miss it). The colors are limited to six complexion shades and four correctors, priced at $4.99 each.
I grabbed the lightest shade I could find, Porcelain. L.A. Girl suggests you choose a shade two or so shades lighter to use as a concealer. The applicator is reminiscent of Stila Lip Glaze, and makes it easier to apply. It blends well with a sponge/blender and has good staying powder as long as you use a setting powder. You have to use a good amount for coverage so I don’t think it will last that long. Buy one in store and if you like it, stock up online. You can also find it at select Rite Aid and CVS Pharmacy (coming soon) stores.
I have been hearing a lot about the Strobe Genius palette from NYX. The NYX website listed it as one of their best sellers, so I decided to try it out along with a new set of Ecotools brushes. I picked one up at ULTA and used one of their $3.50 off everyday coupons.
First, I would recommend you buy it in person. I saw a a lot people on the NYX site complaining that the palettes arrived broken. You can find them at any well stocked ULTA or CVS. Both of these stores also have great sales/coupons you can use.
The colors are great and can be used for highlighting and bronzing. I bought it for the purple – it supposed to take away that sallow look from skin and color correct. It works pretty well, you just have to watch and not use too much if your skin is fair. My favorite highlighting color is “True Champagne”. The palette retails for $19. Overall it is a great palette for a great price that would work on any skin tone.
The brushes by Ecotools (I may get a commission from this link) were okay. I wanted a more substantial fan brush but this one is too thick and deposits too much color. The other brush is great for highlighting or all over color, $11.99 where Ecotools are sold.
My favorite skincare ingredient is hyaluronic acid. Found naturally in the human body, this acid can hold 1,000 times its weight in water and is the ultimate “plumper” in skincare. Hyaluronic acid is also the main ingredient in the skin injectable Juvederm. See where I’m going here? If you want healthy, moisturized and plumped up skin, this product is a good place to start.
L’Oreal Hydra Genius comes in three versions; Normal/Oily, Normal Dry and Extra Dry. The normals come in a tall bottle and are a lot like a serum. It sinks right into your skin and can be used anytime you need more moisture, even over some makeup. The extra dry product is thicker and comes in a jar.
I use in the am and pm, not too sure if it lasts for 72 hours because I put it on daily anyway! It doesn’t irritate my skin or cause breakouts. A little goes a long way and it comes in a glass bottle with a dispensing top. It even looks pretty on your bathroom counter! One of the best things about it is the price. It retails (I may get a commission from this link) for $18.99 but you can always find manufacturer and store coupons. This week it is on sale at CVS for $13.99. Sign up for Worth It Rewards and get 5 points for every dollar spent on L’Oreal products. You can link it to your store loyalty cards or simply upload your receipt. Exchange points for coupons, gift cards and other goodies!
One of the best benefits of joining those store rewards programs are the freebies! This year Sephora has three to choose from, skincare from Caudalie, blush and lipstick from Tarte or grooming essentials for men from Jack Black. This year I decided to go with Tarte. The blush is a nice pretty pink and the lip gloss is more like a liquid lipstick in a nude shade (and it smells minty). All you have to do to get your free birthday gift is sign up for the Beauty Insider club online or in store. You can get your free gift anytime during your birthday month – no purchase required!
ULTA changes their birthday gift every quarter or so. You can usually find it in the ad book sent out in the mail. Some stores are also giving out a freebie from Benefit (they used to do a free eyebrow wax). Getting your gift is harder. You have to be registered for the rewards program and wait to get an email in the mail that can be redeemed for your gift. Summer 2017’s gift is this cool NYX eyeshadow palette ($18 value ) filled with some great fall colors.
Other beauty rewards programs:
CVS Beauty – Separate from your regular CVS card, get $5 when you spend $50 and $3 for your birthday.
MAC – Free shipping, discounts and samples. No birthday gift but you’ll get a free full size product on your anniversary.