Tickets on sale for Nordstrom’s Cosmetic Trend Show

Nordstrom Las Vegas’ annual Cosmetics Trend Show will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011. This year the theme is “Red Carpet Glamour”. Guests of the trend show will view the latest trends for fall on the grand Fashion Show Mall runaway. After the show, mini-makeovers will be available with your favorite brands. Tickets are $15 and redeemable towards your cosmetics purchase on that day. Attendees will also receive a free gift*.

Get your ticket by visiting the Nordstrom Cosmetics Department or call 862-2525.

Doors Open at 8:00 am., Show begins at 8:30.

Dr. Rey at the 2009 Nordstrom Cosmetics Trend Show

ColorOn Pro Instant Eyeshadow

I got the opportunity to try these cool instant eyeshadow appliqués, and give you the lowdown. The sets ColorOn Pro gave me were a smoky eye set and “Dreams”, bold colors with eyeliners. The best thing about these appliqués is that they pack A LOT of color. The dreams colors didn’t especially work for me, but I loved the smoky eyes. I have found it difficult to layer with regular eyeshadow to get a deep smoky eye. I end up with grey everywhere and no definition. Because I have a deep set eye, I applied a highlighter shadow  to my brow before adding the appliqué.

I would recommend watching the instructional video on the company website instead of just using the written instructions. If you miss a spot, you can blend it out, or just apply more with a corner of the appliqué. The color is so concentrated, you can use them 2-3 times per eye. You MUST apply the setting powder all over the design, or it will feel wet and sticky and could run.
I would buy these again – they would be great to take on vacation. Instead of hauling all your makeup and brushes, just take some instant eyeshadow! You can buy them online at www.coloronpro.com or locally at the ColorOn kiosk in the Fashion Show Mall.

A side note: ColorOn, eyeliner appliqués would be a great addition to your line!

Clarisonic Mia worth the money

I have been reading all the buzz about Clarisonic Cleansing Systems and watching men wander aimlessly  around Sephora during holidays looking for them, so I decided to bite the bullet at get one. The original Clarisonic costs $195 and the Mia costs $149. The main difference is the Mia only has one speed and the original has four. The Mia also comes with the sensitive brush head only. You can buy any of the other brush heads for the Mia ( Normal, Delicate, and Deep pore Cleansing). The only one that does not work with it is the body brush head. The single speed and sensitive brush head work fine for me. I do want to try the deep pore head next time.
The main benefit of the Clarisonic cleansing system is the removal of dead skin. When we are younger, the dead skin seems to slough off by itself, but as we age, the skin needs a little help. I use my Mia about once a day, in the shower. I went on vacation for a week and didn’t bring it with me and I could definitely see the difference. The prices seem to her very consistent. The only place you might get a better deal is on QVC. They sometimes have special edition versions that come with extra product, like the Clarisonic PLUS bliss Face & Body Collection.

Fall Beauty Preview Party at Neiman Marcus

Two great local bloggers, Christie and Laura hosted a Fall Beauty Preview at Neiman Marcus last week. The event was complete with pomegranate martinis, mini-cupcakes and a photo booth. While the ladies waited for a mini makeovers, they enjoyed passed appetizers and music from the in-house DJ. 
Christie and Laura’s picks were displayed throughout the beauty department, along with new picks for Fall. 
I took this opportunity to try the much loved DiorSkin Air Flash Foundation. This spray on foundation contains mother of pearl pigments to diffuse light and even out skin. You can spray it straight on your face or spray it on a brush or sponge first (good idea if your don’t want to get it on your clothes). The coverage is great. I didn’t need concealer, and I always need it. Dior makeup artist Desiree completed my look with the rest of the Dior line. 

My notables: 5 Couleurs Lift Eye Shadow, this shadow compact contains an eye primer with anti-aging properties for a smoother look and Dior Addict Ultra Gloss, maximum shine and not sticky.
Guest who RSVP’d with Christie and Laura got a little gift bag containing a red velvet Neiman Marcus makeup bag filled with deluxe samples, including the new exclusive fragrance by Prada, Candy.
Don’t miss out on the next great event. Follow Christie’s (www.icanstyleu.com/blog) and Laura’s (www.lollieshopping.com) blogs!

Bargain Base

A great bargain foundation for around $9

I am not a big fan of liquid foundations, but as I age I find that I need a little more coverage. That being, said, I don’t want to spend $30 or more on something I probably won’t use everyday. I saw Sara mention L’oreal Paris’ True Match Super Blendable liquid makeup on KLG and Hoda. She claims that this is the foundation used by their makeup artists. I used L’oreal’s True Match Blendable Compact makeup and didn’t like it, possibly because it was to heavy.

The key to L’oreal True Match is picking your shade. It is best to go to a drugstore and use their shade finder. You take this plastic swatch strip and place it over the under side of your wrist. Your shade is the color that fades away next your skin. You can also go on www.lorealparisusa.com and use their color match database. It will match your color based on your current favorite brand (limited). Once you find your shade, they will offer you a coupon. The foundation has a light creamy texture that you can apply with your fingers, a sponge or a brush. You can build on the coverage, but you should use a concealer first. You also get the benefit of SPF 17 protection. At $9, this foundation can compete with any department store brand.

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