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The Makeup Show LA March 28-29th, 2015 – Event Preview

March 23, 2015

The Makeup Show Los Angeles is being held this spring on March 28th and 29th for all beauty professionals and students. This year is the 7th year they will be in LA. Those who attend will have the opportunity to participate in workshops and seminars led by industry experts and makeup artists. The Makeup Show LA will be featuring over 75 beauty brands including MAKE UP FOR EVER, Crown Brush and Temptu PRO, NARS, Smashbox, Pinnacle Cosmetics, The Powder Group and On Makeup Magazine, and Ruby Makeup Academy. Details on ticket information here.

Here is a preview of what you can expect to see at The Makeup Show LA this year. I’m looking forward to playing with these items in the upcoming days:

  • Smashbox is featuring some items in celebration of The Makeup Show LA Smashbox x Donald Robertson Icon gallery. Above is a vibrant red cream Be Legendary Lipstick in Bing.
  • Stila recently launched their Nude Interlude Color Balm Lipstick. Sophie (shown above) was a color sent as part of the press preview kit. It’s a super creamy balm-like nude with lots of pigment. There is a chocolate mint scent to it.
  • Ellis Faas will be making a personal appearance at the show this year as a keynote speaker. The Milky Lips come highly recommended by numerous readers but the line is one that I haven’t explored very much yet. Above is L201 a burgundy cream.
  • Ruby Makeup Academy has just launched their cosmetics line Ruby Cosmetics. One of the items sent as a preview is their LL Cream in Red Lights a super saturated lip creme.

  • Sephora Collection will be making an appearance at the show as well. Above are a sample of the Sephora Collection Colorful Blushes in Over the Moon (soft lilac), I’m Shocked (bright vivid hot pink), and Flirt It Up (soft peach pink). Also shown is one of the Pro Precision Blush Brushes #73. These come with a clever cap to store them and keep the bristles from getting messed up if you travel with them.

  • Smashbox recently released a Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio. This is a unique method of cream contouring in chubby pencil form. There are three colors: Highlight is a pale cream, Bronze is a medium tan, Contour is the darkest color which is a brown. (Scroll down below for swatches.) I’ve never been one to master the cream contour process but these come with visual diagrams of how to use each color based on face shape with placement charts. I’ll be experimenting in the upcoming weeks and sharing more thoughts on this.

  • Bioderma Sensibio H20 made its US debut via Beautylish and sold out within 24 hours of the initial launch. It will be featured at The Makeup Show LA this March. (I’ve been testing this for a few weeks, still need to test it some more, but a review will be posted soon.)
  • Make Up For Ever launched a collection of skin primers called Step 1 Skin Equalizers. There are 10 options for different effects. Above shown is the Nourishing Primer (more cream like) and Hydrating Primer (more gel like). There are 5 primers designed for texture and 5 primers created to add tone to the skin (tinted versions). I’m really looking forward to testing these, especially as the weather starts to shift and my skin needs an update in skincare, primer and foundation. If you’ve tried these what did you think?

  • SENNA Cosmetics is launching their Brow Shaper Duos and Pro Brow Brush exclusively at The Makeup Show this year. I am very impressed with the brush. The angled tip is dense but soft enough to not feel pokey. The brush at the other end is thick and plush with just the right texture to comb through my brows. For brows I usually use a pencil or brow mascara. Using the powder + wax combination is new to me. I’ve experimented with it a few times but have been searching for YouTube tutorial videos to see exactly how I’m supposed to use it. The color brunette is a good one for my dark brows. I prefer something slightly lighter than my natural hair color so it doesn’t look too dramatic. The pot looks like something that would turn out red but it’s actually a good neutral. 
  • Pinnacle Cosmetics launched their Eye Lights liquid shimmer eye shadow. There are three shades shown above as part of their preview. Purity is a metallic rose gold, Treasure is a warm golden coppery color, Chrome is a pale silvery shade. These have a slight mousse-like feel. The pigment is rich but blendable. The colors set really fast so you need to apply and blend quickly. Once they set though the color really stays put.

  • Static Nails are pop on nails that are non-damaging to your actual nail. Empire is a mix of beige with black designs. I’ve never tried pop-on nails before so these will be interesting for me to play with in the next few weeks.

  • MustaeV is joining The Makeup Show for the first time this year. Above is a unique product called The Bloom Pouch. It’s a zippered makeup pouch with a magnetic clasp. Above shows how you can store brushes and pencils or other items. Below shows how you can turn it into a vertical brush holder that stands upright.

A few quick swatches of the items shown above:

Ticket information and details on the show online at The Makeup Show LA. It will be located at The California Market Center, 110 East 9th Street, Los Angeles on Saturday March 28th (from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm) and Sunday the 29th (9:00 am to 5:00 pm). You can find the full list of Exhibitors online here.

For more information and updates be sure to follow The Makeup Show via social channels on Facebook, Twitter @themakeupshow, and Instagram @themakeupshow.

Have you been to The Makeup Show before? This will be the first year that I will be attending!
The items featured were sent as part of a press preview courtesy of The Makeup Show.

Sephora Summer Surge Beauty Insider VIB Rouge Event

August 4, 2014

On Sunday I attended my first Sephora event for VIB Rouge members. Receptions were hosted across the US at select Sephora locations for 4x points on purchases, gifts, samples and access to brand experts and specialists. I brought a friend with me to the reception at South Coast Plaza we showed up bright and early at 9 AM.

We spent nearly the full two hours of the event browsing all the aisles. I was really happy Sephora had brand experts from different vendors on site. There were reps from a number of brands, we chatted with some super friendly reps from Hourglass, SK-II, Glam Glow and Nude. My friend works in the beauty industry and we’ve both been long time beauty addicts (she’s my go-to for recs on hair care and skincare and perfume, so pretty much everything). I really liked that there was no pressure from anyone to buy anything which made our shopping experience very enjoyable. Some shots of the Sephora store, some are a bit blurry, but we were really excited so in the rush, I didn’t get the best photos.

The South Coast Plaza store we went to had a Lip Bar, Brow Bar and Foundation Bar where you could get tips on application or color suggestions. We had too much distracting us to sit at any of the beauty booth areas.

There was a small gift bag with samples offered with any $35 purchase. VIB Rouge Members also received a red tote. Our bag included minis of Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Dr. Jart Beauty Balm, Benefit Watt’s Up, Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5 in 1 Cream, Buxom Mascara, Algenist Eye Renewal Balm, Escada Born in Paradise Perfume.

As we walked around the store several reps handed out a few extra samples if we purchased an item or two from their line. Here’s the loot by the end of our shopping trip for me. We both had so many things on our wish list and literally had to say to each other “we need to go now” before we did more damage to our wallets.

  1. VIB Rouge Gift Bag with $35 Purchase (contents shown in above detail photo)
  2. Amore Pacific Natural Protector SPF 30 – sample 1 ml packet
  3. Sephora Age Defy Moisture Cream SPF15 – sample 2 ml packet
  4. Glam Glow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment – sample 3 g packet
  5. Glam Glow Brightmud Eye Treatment – sample 1 g packet, we were told this is supposed to be the best for reducing puffy eyes and brightening the under eye area with 6 different caffeines
  6. Glam Glow Powermud Dual Cleanse Treatment  – sample 3 g packet – I tried this last night and it stung for 1 minute, afterwards the stinging went away and it seemed to by gentle yet effective, will report more on these after testing more
  7. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer – 5 ml sample
  8. Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment – deluxe 10 g tube
  9. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Cream – 10 ml sample packets
  10. Make Up For Ever HD Powder – Beauty Insider 100 point perk
  11. Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner in Ro(coco) – Beauty Insider 100 point perk
  12. The Original Beautyblender (purchase)
  13. YSL Volupte Sheer Candy 15 and Gloss Volupte 10 (purchase)
  14. Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment (purchase)
  15. SK-II Facial Treatment Cleanser (purchase)
  16. Living Proof No Frizz Smoothing & Frizz Fighting Travel Kit (purchase)
SK-II also had a few minis available, I gave them to my friend since she had never tried the line before. This was my first Sephora event so I did not really know what to expect. I found it to be a fun and relaxing/laid back shopping experience. I liked that they let us bring a guest that didn’t necessarily have to be a Sephora Beauty Insider. The staff was really patient and friendly. The reps were so helpful in answering questions. The store was very busy but not over-packed so there was plenty of room to wander without having others bump into you or try to knock you over. The only things I would have liked to have would have been to include a map where the brand reps were and their special stations, the Sephora at South Coast Plaza is the largest I’ve ever seen and it was easy to get lost. I also think it would have been great if there were step up gifts available although everyone was very generous with samples and the 4x points is (in my mind) huge.
If you missed out, Sephora is still offering the tiered points on purchases through August 10 online and in stores.
Have you ever been to a Sephora event? Did you go to the VIB Rouge Event on Sunday at your local Sephora stores? What did you end up splurging on? Did you learn anything new?

Barneys February Love Yourself Event

February 12, 2014

The Barneys February Love Yourself Event is here! From February 12-15, spend $250 on cosmetics and fragrances and receive a cosmetics bag filled with our favorites. Valid on U.S. orders only, while supplies last.

I ordered some items from By Terry, L’Artisan and Aesop as a pre-sale several weeks ago. I’m expecting my package soon and am very excited!


Neiman Marcus Beauty Event September 2011

September 7, 2011

The Neiman Marcus Beauty Event starts in stores this Thursday, September 8. With a $100 purchase you will receive a tote filled with samples (see online for more details). Below is the list of some of the participating counters and their individual gifts from the Beverly Hills store.

ACQUA DI PARMA Colonia: Yellow hatbox with Eau de Toilette, Bath and Shower Gel, and Body Cream; $100 minimum purchase.

AGRARIA Luxury Bath Bar; $100 minimum purchase.

AMOREPACIFIC Cosmetics bag with Treatment Cleansing Soap, Moisture Bound Skin Energy
Hydration Delivery System, Bio-Enzyme Refining Complex, and your choice of Time Response Skin Renewal Crème, Future Response Crème, or Moisture Bound Rejuvenating
Crème sample; $250 minimum purchase. All of the above, plus Osulloc Premium Flower Tea Set; $500 minimum purchase.

ANNICK GOUTAL Gold pouch with Eau d’Hadrien Eau de Parfum; with purchase of large Annick Goutal Spray.

ANTHOUSA Votive Candle in Cucumber & Green Grass or White Gardenia; $75 minimum purchase.

ANTICA FARMACISTA Set of three Hand Soaps in Grapefruit; $85 minimum purchase.

ATELIER COLOGNE Leather pouch with Atomizer; with purchase of Collection Absolue or any large Cologne Absolue.

BALENCIAGA Black acrylic pouch with L’Essence Eau de Parfum; $130 minimum purchase.

BEAUTY BY CLINICA IVO PITANGUY Gold cosmetics bag with PreVious Rebalancing Formula,
PreVious Neck Lifting Formula, and SpecIfics Ultimate Eye Cream; $300 minimum purchase.

BELLECORE Après Contouring Crème; $295 minimum purchase.

BLISS Zippered bag with Fabulous Foaming Face Wash, Triple Oxygen+C Energizing Cream, and High Intensity Hand Cream; $60 minimum purchase.

BOBBI BROWN Berry to Go Collection includes Berry Lip Palette with Metallic Lip Color in Berry and Lip Colors in Pink and Brown, Crystal Lip Gloss, and Lip Brush; $100 minimum purchase.

BVLGARI White train case with your choice of Source Defense Serum, Serum Precieux, or Elixir Merveilleux; $300 minimum purchase. Mon Jasmin Noir: Eau de Parfum and Body Lotion; $80 minimum purchase. Bvlgari Man Eau de Toilette; $79 minimum purchase.

CARTIER Red box with Must de Cartier Body Milk; $125 minimum purchase.

CHANTECAILLE Blue metallic pouch with Flower Harmonizing Cream, Jasmine & Lily Healing Mask, Brilliant Gloss in Elation, and Tiare Eau de Parfum vial-on-card; $150 minimum purchase.

CHLOÉ Brown leather and white canvas pouch with Eau de Parfum; $110 minimum purchase.

CLARISONIC “Daisy Barrel” bag with Normal Brush Head; $149 minimum purchase.

CLÉ DE PEAU BEAUTÉ Signature cosmetics bag with Restorative Body Cream, Gentle Protective Emulsion, Lipstick in Replica, and La Crème; $300 minimum purchase.

CLINIQUE Silver cosmetics bag with Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20, Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, Vitamin C Lip Smoothie Antioxidant Lip Colour in Strawberry Bliss, Quickliner for Eyes in Black/Brown, Eye Shadow Trio in Pink/Trax/Chocolate Chip, and High Impact Mascara in Black; $65 minimum purchase.

DOLCE & GABBANA The One for Men travel bag; $73 minimum purchase.

EDWARD BESS Full-size Deep Shine Lip Gloss in Dark Blossom; $200 minimum purchase.

ELIE SAAB Le Parfum: NM Exclusive Parfum and Soap; with purchase of large Elie Saab Spray.

ERNO LASZLO Heritage carton with C-Peel, Timeless Skin, and Intensive Decollete Cream SPF 15; $175 minimum purchase.

ESTÉE LAUDER Champagne cosmetics bag with full-size Sumptuous Mascara in Black, Pure Color Gloss in Magnificent Mauve, and Advanced Night Repair Eye; $100 minimum purchase.

FRESH Cosmetics bag with Soy Face Cleanser, Brown Sugar Eau de Parfum, and Brown Sugar Body Polish; $125 minimum purchase. All of the above, plus Brown Sugar Hand Cream; $150 minimum purchase.

GIORGIO ARMANI Dark gray bag with full-size Smooth Silk Eye Pencil in Brown Black, Fluid Master Primer, Luminous Silk Foundation in Beige, Fluid Sheer in Shimmering Beige, Eyes to Kill Mascara in Black, Regenessence Eye Rejuvenating Serum, Regenessence Multi-Corrective Rejuvenating Cream, and Acqua di Gioa Eau de Parfum Rollerball; $150 minimum purchase.

GIVENCHY NM Exclusive coffret with Dahlia Noir Candle; $150 minimum purchase.

GLAMGLOW Mud Mask; $69 minimum purchase.

GUERLAIN Gold pouch with Secret de Pureté Cleansing Milk and Orchidée Impériale Cream, Serum, and Eye and Lip Cream; $200 minimum purchase. Shalimar tote; with purchase of large Shalimar Spray.

HALSTON Amber Eau de Parfum or Eau de Toilette, or Platinum Eau de Parfum or Eau de Toilette; with purchase of large Halston Spray.

HANAE MORI Women’s Butterfly: Tote with Bath and Shower Gel and Body Cream; $75 minimum purchase. Men’s HM: Bath and Shower Gel and After-Shave Balm; $75 minimum purchase.

HERMÈS Eau d’Orange Verte Eau de Toilette Travel Spray, Jardin sur le Toit Eau de Toilette Travel Spray, Eau des Merveilles Eau de Toilette Travel Spray, Voyage d’Hermès Eau de Toilette and Body Lotion, or Terre d’Hermès Eau de Toilette; with purchase of large Hermès Spray.

HOUBIGANT PARIS Quelques Fleurs Crème; $180 minimum purchase. Quelques Fleurs Royale
Lotion; $200 minimum purchase. Fougère Royale Deodorant; $130 minimum purchase. Duc de Vervins Deodorant; $170 minimum purchase.

ISSEY MIYAKE Florale Eau de Toilette; with purchase of large Issey Miyake Spray.

J.F. LAZARTIGUE Ultimate Summer Beauty Travel Bag; $85 minimum purchase of Pre-Shampoo Mask, Shampoo, and Conditioner.

JUICY COUTURE Juicy Couture Eau de Parfum; with purchase of large Juicy Couture Spray. Viva la Juicy Eau de Parfum; with purchase of large Viva la Juicy Spray.

KAPLANMD Blue sheer drawstring bag with Intensive Eye Concentrate and Night Replenishing Concentrate; $300 minimum purchase. All of the above, plus Purifying Foam Cleanser and Clarifying Toner; $400 minimum purchase.

KATE SOMERVILLE Mesh bag with Deep Tissue Repair and Quench Hydrating Face Serum; $150 minimum purchase.

KATE SPADE Twirl Body Lotion; with purchase of large Twirl Spray.

KIEHL’S SINCE 1851 Blue signature bag with Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Creme de Corps, Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, and Rosa Arctica; $85 minimum purchase. All of the above, plus full-size Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish; $125 minimum purchase.

JO MALONE Two mini colognes in case with any $150 Jo Malone purchase.

LA MER Crème de la Mer, The Regenerating Serum, The Eye Concentrate, and The Body Crème; $300 minimum purchase.

LANCÔME PARIS Blue satin bag with Génifique Concentrate, Génifique Eye, Définicils Precious Cells Mascara in Black, full-size L’Absolu Rouge in Champagne, full-size Le Lipstique in Mauvelle, and Color Design Eye Compact in Pink Pearls/Makeover/Sultry Mauve/Zip Me Up; $85 minimum purchase.

LA PRAIRIE Beaded silver clutch with Foam Cleanser, Cellular 3-Minute Peel, Cellular Resurfacing Cream, Cellular Lips Colour Effects in Maribou Glace, and Life Threads Ruby Eau de Parfum vial-on-card; $300 minimum purchase. All of the above, plus Cellular Power Infusion; $600 minimum purchase.

LAURA MERCIER Triangular bag with full-size Lip Glacé in Cocoa Lait, One-Step Cleanser, Perfecting Water, Repair Eye Crème, and Dual-Action Eye Makeup Remover Oil-Free; $125 minimum purchase.

LE MÉTIER DE BEAUTÉ Liquid Eyeliner in Artemis; $125 minimum purchase.

LOLITA LEMPICKA Si Lolita Eau de Toilette Purse Spray; $92 minimum purchase.

MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN Your choice rollerball vial; with purchase of any large Maison Francis Kurkdjian fragrance.

MARC JACOBS Daisy Eau So Fresh Eau de Toilette; $88 minimum purchase.

MOLTON BROWN Heavenly Gingerlily Moisture Bath & Shower; $75 minimum purchase.

NARCISO RODRIGUEZ For Her: Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette, and Intense Eau de Parfum; with purchase of large Narciso Rodriguez Spray. Essence Body Lotion; with purchase of large Narciso Rodriguez Spray.

NARS Black pouch with Shimmer Nail Polish in Orgasm, Illuminator in Copacabana, and Sheer Glow Foundation in Santa Fe; $100 minimum purchase.

NATURA BISSÉ Purple bag with Diamond White, NB Ceutical SPF 50 Luminous Shield, Tensolift Neck Cream, and Diamond Extreme Cream; $300 minimum purchase.

NEST Votive Candle; $50 minimum purchase.

NEULASH Mirror; $100 minimum purchase.

NUFACE Infusion Serum Trio Pack includes Peptide, Stem Cell, and Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Serums; $325 minimum purchase.

OMOROVICZA Signature bag with full-size Radiance Renewal Serum; $300 minimum purchase.

ORLANE, PARIS Signature bag with Absolute Skin Recovery Care Polyactive Formula, Extreme Line-Reducing Re-Plumping Cream, Absolute Skin Recovery Care Eye Contour, and Extreme Line-Reducing Lip Care; $300 minimum purchase.

PRADA Candy Eau de Parfum; $108 minimum purchase.

RÉVIVE Sensitif Cellular Repair Cream, Eye Renewal Cream, and Fermitif Neck Renewal Cream; $300 minimum purchase. All of the above, plus full-size Serum Pressé; $650 minimum purchase.

ROBERT PIGUET Fracas Votive Candle; $100 minimum purchase.

SISLEY-PARIS Black/white pouch with Instant Perfect, Phyto-Levres Gloss Sheer Lipliner in The Glace, and Phyto Teint Éclat in Sand; $150 minimum color purchase. Red pouch with Lyslait Cleansing Milk, Botanical Floral Toning Lotion, Botanical Eye and Lip Contour Balm, All Day All Year Cream, Sisleÿa Radiance Anti-Aging Concentrate, Phyto Teint Éclat in Natural, Confort Extreme Nutritive Handcare, Comfort Extreme Body Cream, and Soir de Lune Body Cream; $350 minimum purchase.

SUPERSMILE Professional Whitening Toothpastes in Mandarin Mint and Cinnamon; $35 minimum purchase.

THIERRY MUGLER Angel: Silver wristlet with Shower Gel and Body Cream; $80 minimum purchase.

TRISH MCEVOY Green nylon signature bag with Lash Enhancing Eye Liner, Treatment Foundation SPF 15 in Beige, and Beauty Booster SPF 15 Lip Gloss in Sexy Nude; $125 minimum purchase.

TWEEZERMAN Folding iLashcomb; $20 minimum purchase.

29 COSMETICS Full-size 29 Preserves Night Moisture; $150 minimum purchase.

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Oriens or Féerie Parfum Rollerball; $110 minimum purchase.

YVES SAINT LAURENT Black “Studs” pouch with Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara in Black, Rouge Pur Couture in Rose Stiletto, Top Secrets Natural Action Exfoliator, Top Secrets Eye Makeup Remover, Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black Ink, and Opium Eau de Toilette vial-on-card; $150 minimum purchase.


Meet Rococo Nail Apparel Founders at Space NK in New York or Los Angeles

July 22, 2011
My dear readers, I have exciting news! Those who have tried and fallen in love with Rococo Nail Apparel nail polishes will be excited to learn that Space NK is hosting a series of special events for you to meet the Rococo Nail Apparel founders and celebrity manicurists Ange & Vernice Walker at a number of their NY and LA area stores.

The details from Space NK: Meet London-based celebrity manicurists Ange & Vernice Walker – the dynamic duo behind Rococo Nail Apparel and some of the latest runway, red carpet and editorial trends in nail color and design. Preview their upcoming ‘Nude Wardrobe’ collection and receive a complimentary polish change and trend demonstration with your purchase of two Rococo products. Space NK makeup artists will be on hand to offer a complimentary touch-up while your polish dries.

Call the following locations to schedule your appointment. The events and appearances are scheduled as follows:

Space NK at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street, NYC
Saturday, July 23, 12.00-2.30pm

Space NK at Bloomingdale’s Soho, NYC
Saturday, July 23, 4.00-6.00pm

Space NK at Bloomingdale’s White Plains, NY
Sunday, July 24, 12.00-2.30pm

Space NK at Bloomingdale’s Century City, Los Angeles
Friday, July 29, 4.00-6.00pm

Space NK at Brentwood Country Mart, Santa Monica
Saturday, July 30, 12.00-2.30pm

About Rococo Nail Apparel: Ange and Vernice Walker have over 15 years experience in the nail industry and have built a solid, professional reputation and gained a devoted, eclectic clientele. Combining extensive salon experience, creative fashion knowledge and a clear vision of designing the ultimate in ‘nail-wear’, the sisters created the fashion forward Rococo Nail Apparel collection two years ago. Ange and Vernice are often called upon to create nail looks for music videos, television and fashion shows, magazine features and celebrity red carpet appearances. The duo recently did the nails for all models at the Roland Mouret fall 2011 runway show during Paris Fashion Week, debuting their ‘Nude Wardrobe’ collection which will launch exclusively at Space NK in the fall. Celebrity fans of Rococo include Cheryl Cole, Joss Stone, Agyness Deyn, Lizzie Jagger, Alexa Chung, Nicki Minaj, Kim Cattrall and more. Rococo products are available exclusively at Space NK stores and online at in the US.
I’ve reviewed a number of Rococo Nail Polishes. Click on the tag below the post to find older reviews and features. I personally will not be able to attend any of these events but would love to hear from you if you do!

South Coast Plaza Hearts Bloggers Event

June 24, 2010
I was invited to my first blogger event hosted by South Coast Plaza for an afternoon filled with fashion, beauty, travel-packing tips, good food and great shopping. It was a great event and I was able to meet bloggers Stef and Tyna from We Heart This, Diane from Orange2LA, Alex from Blab Communications and many other wonderful women from the South Coast Plaza marketing team.
SCP is over an hour drive from where I live, and since I don’t go often, I’m always up for any excuse to go. When I received the invite, I knew I had to attend. While I’m lucky enough to have access to most of my favorite brands, South Coast Plaza does have a number of unique stores that I don’t get to shop at frequently. Among my favorites to check out are MAC Pro, Shu Uemura, Miu Miu, the Bloomingdales Chanel Studio (which carries select imported Asian/European exclusives), and the corner where they have Space NK. In addition they have a gigantic Sephora and large J.Crew store which are always fun. The mall also carries a wide variety of designer boutiques including Tod’s, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Dior, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Ted Baker to name a few. One can definitely say that there’s something there for everyone.

The event was focused around a travel/bon voyage/jet setters theme and they gave us a tour featuring a few select stores with product demonstrations at Tumi, Spa Nordstrom, Henri Bendel, and a new lingerie boutique called Intimacy. While I don’t normally shop at the stores that were featured, I found the product demonstrations helpful, interesting and educational. I know that I will definitely go back to Tumi in the near future with my husband to shop for travel gear. There are so many different options to make packing easy and efficient. So many fun accessories. In my excitement, I wasn’t able to get as many photos as I wanted, but here are a few that I was able to capture.

Tumi Demonstration:

Henri Bendel (smaller version of the one in
NY, but still chic and cute):

Rows of my most favorite candles in the world
(but I purchase mine at Bath & Body Works):

Loved the design of the cute scent cards:

Found this note pad amusing (want vs. need):

The new Intimacy Boutique:

We were given about 1 hour to shop on our own time before cocktails (hardly enough time) so Diane and I rushed to Bloomingdales to see if Chanel Fall had arrived (no luck yet), then to Molton Brown to check out their shower gels and hair care line. I’ve been a huge fan of Molton Brown’s Coco De Mer Shower Gel – but unfortunately the stores near me no longer carry the line which makes it a bit difficult for me to replace these days. I wanted to try something new, so I picked up several shower gels in their travel size (6 for $49) in Heavenly Ginger, Inspiring Indigo and Cool Buchu (for the husband). For visiting, they gave us a complimentary goody bag filled with some minis to try out.

My Molton Brown purchases (left) + gift (right):

I went back to SpaceNK at Bloomingdales to check out more Rococo nail polish shades. My readers know I am a fan of Rococo Nail Apparel for their color selection and quality. Those not familiar with the line, check out my previous articles, swatches and reviews (linked here) of the nail polishes. I have forever been trying to purchase Fashion Victim Day and Fashion Victim Night but it seems as though they are always out of stock. There was a lovely dusty purple cream shade that I was enamored with, but they were sold out of that color too. I settled for a raspberry red shade called Trash (shocking for me, I know, but the color is really lovely).

One hour later, we were treated to appetizers, cocktails, dinner and a fashion show featuring Jimmy Choo and La Perla at AnQi by Crustacean. I sat with Stef, Tyna and Diane (all beauty bloggers) and we had chatted non-stop about our beauty favorites, compared cameras, discussed our favorite brands, shared skincare tips. Stef & Tyna have a wealth of knowledge from testing a wide variety of products. Both had flawless skin so I need to find out their secret. I am reading through their blog right now to see what new lines I should try out based on their recommendations (I hear Kate Somerville is good). Diane and I hit it off from the start – we both love the same brands (among our top two picks include Chanel and Paul & Joe). Her eyeshadow look was incredibly gorgeous and she has lovely hair (I immediately took note of her favorite hair care brands and am determined to try them out in the next month).

The customized Anqi menu for the bloggers:

The La Perla Fashion Show:

It was an eventful afternoon and it was great to meet other bloggers and marketing professionals. Even though the event lasted from 2 pm to past 8 pm, there was still a lot more I wanted to visit but didn’t have the time. I definitely have more to explore at South Coast Plaza. I’m already planning my next trip – hopefully in the next few months or so.

Diane has also written an article on the event. Check out her fabulous blog and article here at