H&M Sweater, similar HERE and HERE // BCBGMaxazria Skirt, similar HERE and HERE // Catherine Malandrino Boots // Stella & Dot Signet Ring // Nordstrom Rack Pave Ring // Blanket Scarf, similar HERE // Coach Bag, similar HERE // Louis Vuitton Neverfull
My visits to an actual mall are rare in the age of online shopping. That said, about a month ago I found myself at my local mall for a few returns. While I was in Macy’s I noticed that they had a Bobbi Brown counter which I thought was probably new. I happened to be in need of a replacement of one of my favorite beauty products from them so I made my way over there. The sales lady invited me to a beauty trend show that Macy’s would be hosting. It was the first this store had hosted and they were doing it in celebration of their 20th anniversary at that mall.
The event was this weekend and even though none of my girlfriends were available to go, I decided to go check it out. I am not afraid to shop alone! To attend participants were required to register with one of the beauty counters in advance and purchase a $25 gift card that they would receive at the event and could use anywhere in the store. In addition, each participant would receive a swag bag filled with samples from various beauty brands.
The morning started out with a light continental breakfast and a few words from the store and department managers as participants were seated in the mall outside the department store. We received our swag bags and were surprised with an additional $10 gift card. Well at least I was surprised!
We were then encouraged to visit the various beauty counters for make up tips, other goodies, raffles, and makeovers. I had scheduled my makeover with Bobbi Brown so I immediately headed over there. I came wearing only moisturizer and foundation knowing this was scheduled. I’m pretty picky about my foundation and the level of coverage so I opted to stick with what I know works for me in that area.
The makeup artist that worked with me asked me what I was interested in and tailored her approach from there. I knew in advance that I wanted to try their Sequin Eyeshadows so she pulled the 4 colors they had and I narrowed it down to 2 that I might like. She gave me a light daytime smokey eye using the Chocolate Eye Palette with the Sequin Eyeshadows layered over top.
For mascara she used the Smokey Eye Mascara. I like that the brush was a little smaller than the Eye Opening Mascara that I currently have but still gave some drama.
She introduced me to a few other products as any good sales person should. One that I was really interested in was the Artstick in Bare. It was a little alarming when she first brought it over. It is a massively chubby lip pencil but girls it’s amazing!! It comes with a pencil sharpener so you don’t have to worry about finding one that fits. You line your lips with the tip and then use the side to fill in the rest. It goes on so creamy smooth and with a matte finish. She layered a gloss over top that I didn’t take note of because I have so many already but knew that I would be happy wearing the Artstick on it’s own as well.
I haven’t really worn concealer in awhile but have been thinking about it recently to brighten my under eye area. I’ve shied away from wearing it there because I didn’t want to draw attention to my fine lines that might crease. I’ve realized that you really just have to find the right one and have the appropriate skin care to make it work. She used a Retouching Wand on me that it perfect for throwing in your handbag or for travel. Unfortunately they were out of stock of the color she used on me so I have it on my wish list for the future.
They were also sold out of all of the Sequin Eye Shadows but I was able to order it online once I got home. I went with Golden Chocolate which has a beautiful gold sparkle to it. I cannot wait to get my hands on it!
From there I wasn’t quite sure what do at the other counters since I had just basically just had a full makeover. I wasn’t really interested in starting from scratch. At the Dior counter they suggested darkening up my eye a bit for a more dramatic night time look. Why not? The makeup artist there added a darker brown shadow from the Splendor Couture Colors And Effects Eyeshadow Palette in Precious Embroideryto my crease and another layer of mascara. This palette is stunning and has all of the colors I love!
At the Clinique counter I spun the prize wheel only to win an eye makeover! Ahh! I explained that I had just had my eyes done and that I’d pass. After talking with the sales lady about my blog she offered to give me some samples of her favorite products to try. Clinique was one of the first department store brands that I started on as a teenager so it was a little nostalgic to see that some of the products that I used then are still around and some of their best sellers. I was curious about some of the newer products. I’ve been trying some of them out over the past few days and I’ll have to give you a report of my faves soon.
I tried out some of the beautiful fragrances at Burberry and Coach and even modeled one of the Coach gold totes. I can’t find it on online but THIS one is similar.
Before I left I noticed that they had a hair stylist on hand. I gave her free reign to do whatever she wanted. She simply pinned my hair back into a loose up do. I rarely wear my hair back so it was fun to do something different.
I received many compliments on my outfit which included some of my fave items. Dramatic sleeves are a huge trend right now. I found this bell sleeve sweater at the H&M in Sydney a few weeks ago. I don’t see the exact one online but HERE and HERE are similar styles.
I bought my skirt last year but HERE and HERE are similar options. I FINALLY got my new over the knee boots in the mail! There was a little shipping snafu which is really unusual. I posted about them last month but decided they were a little big and ordered a half size smaller.
It was the first day that I really could have used a warm coat but my sweater and blanket scarf, similar HERE, were enough to get me from my car to the store so I didn’t have to lug one around!
It was a great event and fun to try out some new products. Happy Anniversary Somerset Macy’s!
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