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Bergdorf Goodman Rewarding Beauty Event 9/15 to 9/18

September 15, 2016
There’s a promotion happening now at Bergdorf Goodman called the Rewarding Beauty Event. It’s available in store and online where you receive savings off purchases in three tiers. If you’re shopping online use code BEAUTY at checkout (now through 9/18), savings are as follows:
  • Receive $25 off purchases $250+
  • Receive $75 off purchases $500+
  • Receive $200 off purchases $1,000+
I’ve teamed up with Bergdorfs to share a roundup of items I consider splurge-worthy in skincare, face basics and makeup. Many of these are tried and true staples but a few are newly launched items.

Up first are a few base favorites. I’m still in the process of testing foundation and frequently rotate product. For setting powders I prefer pressed because it’s less messy and just easier for me to use in general. Two holy grail setting powders for me are the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder (I use #2) and Armani Luminous Silk Compact (I use #4). Both work well to set foundation, they’re great for touchups, they add just the right amount of coverage to smooth the skin without getting cakey or darkening.

For concealer, I’ve tried a number and have quite a few favorites, but if I were pressed to pick just one for the rest of my life it would be Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer. There is a reason why this one has reached cult status. It nearly killed me to spend this much the first round, but it lasts forever, a little goes a long way, and coverage is perfect. At my lightest I used to use Beige. About a year ago they added a few more shades so I found Almond to be a good match. Right now that I’m tan Ochre is best for me. I’ll repost swatches of all the shades that I did a year ago.

For the face two of the most unique luminous cheek products include the Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush (reviewed here) and Edward Bess Threads of Silk Powders (reviewed here). I’ve reviewed both in detail and will include swatches below for reference. The Marc Jacobs Air Blush melds beautifully with the skin and gives a natural glow of color. The Edward Bess Threads of Silk Powders are just the prettiest powders I’ve ever seen. They’ll add shimmer without being frosted.

Marc Jacobs Air Blush:


Edward Bess Threads of Silk:

For lips plums and mauves are always what I’m in the mood for during the summer to fall transition. Left to right are:

For eyes, two staples are the Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes, favorites include Pink Haze and Platinum. I already own the original Pink Haze from a while ago that was in a larger pot. When I saw this one pop up online I did not realize I already owned it until my order arrived. It’s a pretty pink color you can use as a wash without getting a pink eye look. If you need something more neutral Platinum is my favorite base shade. If you remember when Tom Ford launched new quads during the spring, Honeymoon sold out and was gone for months. It’s now back and has the perfect mix of warm shimmery colors for fall.

Next up are skincare splurges and staples. I really don’t like spending a lot on skincare but sometimes one just has to. The best affordable line for me is Kate Somerville. I could do an entire dedicated post on the items I use and love from her line, but for now three things I swear by include:

  • Gentle Daily Wash which is the best daily cleanser for me that won’t strip the skin
  • Dry Skin Saver (formerly known as her Eczema Cream) is something you can use on face and body and really does work to calm flare ups, soothe skin, moisturize and for me it reduces redness from irritation, when my skin gets irritated on the legs or arms sometimes it feels tight from the dryness and I don’t want to put anything on it because products often sting when my skin flares up, this one never stings for me
  • Nourish Daily Moisturizer never lets me down and her moisturizers in the tubs come with the most innovative push pump dispenser so you don’t have to worry about dipping hands or fingers into the container
In terms of luxury skincare I’ve had luck with La Mer and SK-II even though I am always reluctant to splurge due to the high price tag. I can say these are worth the splurge and I know many of my friends and probably some of you will agree.

  • La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream has been a favorite for me, it’s a softer and lighter weight version of the regular cream (which is too heavy for me), I did not want to splurge on this so for a long time I lived off minis I got as GWPs, this is worth the splurge! For summer I’ve had to use this sparingly because even though it’s lighter than the cream in hot humid weather it can get a bit heavy feeling.
  • La Mer Soft The Moisturizing Soft Lotion is one of La Mer’s latest launches, it’s been out for a few months and it took me a while to decide whether or not to buy it because it does come with a hefty price tag, for me it’s almost identical in performance to the Moisturizing Soft Cream, but it’s a bit more fluid and comes with a pump. I’m all about the packaging and pump as I really don’t like dipping fingers into cream pots. After using this one skin feels noticeably softer by the next few days even though I only use this for day time. If I had to pick the Soft Cream or Soft Lotion, I would say I have a slight preference for the Soft Lotion.
  • La Mer The Tonic is the toner I’ve repurchased the most in my adult life, it never fails me, doesn’t strip the skin but at the same time makes sure skin is clean and rebalanced .
  • SK-II Facial Treatment Sheet Masks are my weakness when it comes to sheet masks, I love that they are soft and feel cool upon application, skin is always left brighter and refreshed, if I could afford to use these every day I would.
  • Cle de Peau Beaute Facial Cotton is something some may find silly to splurge on, but they are worth every penny, they’re thick but soft and don’t leave tiny fibers in my eyes when I use them to remove mascara or eyeliner, I’ve lost count of how many boxes I’ve bought and hope they never discontinue them.

I’ll be posting swatches and reviews of Tom Ford AW16 and Edward Bess Lipsticks over the next two days so you can take advantage of the savings if you’re buying sight unseen.

In the meantime I hope you found this roundup helpful! If you end up ordering anything let me know in the comments 🙂 I always love hearing about your hauls and picks. Some of you have asked for a “best of …” series. This roundup was a little teaser with a few categories. If more of you are interested let me know in the comments and what categories you’d like to see.

To recap, enter code BEAUTY at checkout if you’re shopping online at Bergdorf Goodman. Promotion runs through September 18th.
  • Receive $25 off purchases $250+
  • Receive $75 off purchases $500+
  • Receive $200 off purchases $1,000+
Many thanks to Bergdorf Goodman for sponsoring this post. As always all opinions my own. Press samples include the Edward Bess Lipsticks and Powders, Kate Somerville Nourish Moisturizer, Tom Ford Platinum Eyeshadow and Marc Jacobs Lip Lacquer + Air Blushes.

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  • All products sounds and look amazing!!

    Grace x
    http://graciebellblogs.blogspot.co.uk

  • JN

    Great review. The products sounds great 🙂

  • I have to tell you, you take the most beautiful photos and the absolute best swatches and comparisons! Even though our skin tone is a little different, I can always get a pretty realistic estimation from you because you don't go overboard deepening colors up for the photos and I really appreciate that! (especially for things like blush!) Plus, the comparisons let me know straightaway if I have or would prefer a similar product, so ?????? all around!

    haha sorry for the love fest, but I just spent the last week in NYC, so I took many of your travel suggestions and also had a search of your blog on standby just in case I was on the fence about a product, so thank you thank you thank you!!

    p.s. have you tried the new fragrance from Diptyque? in the beautifully old fashioned purple glass with the squeeze-ball spritzer? (I really don't know the terminology for these things! ?) ahh, I had never had in-person access to any of their products before, and I was in heaven!! the Baies room spray is delicious, and that perfume I mentioned… wow. they told me it had just been released, and it's like rose and amber and… it sort of reminded me of the purple-bottled Stella, from sephora, except much more delicate and refined… (and expensive, unfortunately!) The little touch compact is on my must-order list!

    • Joni – thank you for your kind words 🙂 I appreciate the support!

      I'm so thrilled to hear you spent time in NYC – such an amazing city!!!

      I haven't tried the new Diptyque fragrances but I know which one you're taking about! I've been scared to spritz the perfumes in the crackled glass jars because I don't want to fall in love. The price scares me and I've just fallen in love with one of Louboutin's fragrances and two of Louis Vuitton's Perfumes so my wallet is doomed already!

  • I think the Marc Jacobs blushes look gorgeous, wish they weren't so expensive or I would buy them all xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • I know what you mean! Price is kinda a killer but I promise so so worth it!

  • How amazing does everything look, I love the shade Bellisima x
    http://www.flareaforte.com

  • I'm going to ask you the unthinkable- what is your fave tom ford eyeshadow quad?

    • Not sure why you think this is unthinkable – but my favorites right now is tied between Nude Dip and Honeymoon.

      My actual Tom Ford fav is Cognac Sable and I'm still very mad that they discontinued this one 🙁 I'm hoarding the one I have trying to use it sparingly lol!

  • Gail

    The Le Metier Lip Creme looks so pretty. Do you plan to review the new ones? I know you used to be a fan of the original ones.

    • Hi Gail – I might review some more! I've fallen off the LMdB wagon for a while. Will keep you posted if I do!

  • Sabrina-
    Your blog is absolute perfection. We have very similar skin tones, which is so helpful when I'm compiling my wish list! I managed to pick up the Tom Ford eyeshadow quad in Honeymoon while traveling in Toronto at Holt Renfrew and am obsessed with it. The colors are gorgeous for fall and great for both day and night, definitely a fall favorite. Can't wait to try some pieces from the TF fall line that you posted about – thank you for the review!