When it comes to applying makeup, I need all the help I can get. It takes a village people! Unfortunately, I can’t call on the village every time I get ready. Luckily, I have some help from an essential eye makeup tool called The Makeup Guard, which nips two common eye makeup snafus.
Are you a “gift with purchase” addict? It’s one of the reasons I love shopping at department store beauty counters. While stocking up on seasonal favorites, you get rewarded with a bevy of deluxe samples and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love free gifts? Neiman Marcus and Estee Lauder partnered with designer Lisa Perry, whose retro-inspired shiny vinyl tote bag design has risen to the top of my GWP wish list. Today, I’m sharing how you can pull off a seamless day to night look using only the products in this Estee Lauder Up Close GWP bag.
I started my day with Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Cream, which goes on like satin to help de-puff eyes and boost natural collagen for a more refreshed complexion. It’s pretty thick in terms of texture, but with frigid temps in full force my face absolutely needs this. I’m very picky about my eyeshadow but these powder Pure Color shadows go on creamy for a smooth application. I also love the versatility of this compact featuring three Pure Color Long Lasting Lipsticks/Rouge (you’ll have the option when you get your bag to select a Subtle or Bold Deluxe Eyeshadow and Lipstick Compact). For a natural day look, I applied Riviera Rose (satin finish) on my lids and Wild Truffle (matte finish) on my crease. I swiped just one coat of the Sumptuous Extreme Mascara on my top lashes to open up my eyes. My Pure Color Lipstick was the perfect pinky-nude shade so I could wear this during the day. No dry or cracked lips here thanks to this ultra moisturizing formula! AERIN Lilac Path Eau de Parfum has a delicate, crisp scent of lilac, making it perfect to spritz on my writs and neck that would linger all day.
At night, I wanted to amp up my eye look so I swiped Sepia Sand on as a base and used Provocative Plum on my crease. I added a couple more coats of the mascara to my top and bottom lashes for a sultry night look. After I had washed the city off my face, I applied just a few small drops of the Advanced Night Repair, which aids in the appearance of more youthful, firmer skin in just a few days of use. Needless to say, all the deluxe sample goodies that came in my bag totally worked their magic from day to night.
Your $75 Estee Lauder purchase gets you this bag with all the goodies I just mentioned inside (value $225). The beauty event is going on now through January 25th.
As a beauty ambassador for Neiman Marcus, the company provided me with a complimentary tote for review purposes.
I’ve never really been good at blow drying my hair. The only thing I can get right is a sleek and straight look using a simple flat brush and a T3 Dryer, and after a while it gets old. I wish I could pull off voluminous curls or a polished pony but I don’t have the time or patience. That’s why Sassoon’s new Blow & Style menu takes a “blow bar fix” to a whole new level for women in the DMV that are always on the go. From tousled waves to fishtail braids, their menu has a look for every preference and personality. Personally, every time I have visited Allison, the Creative Director of Sassoon at Tysons Galleria, I always left being ‘blown away’ by how perfectly styled my hair looked. With blow-dry services starting at $45, which includes shampoo, massage and conditioner and styling starting at $25 (does not include shampoo, massage and conditioner), luxe runway inspired styles are just a blow-dry away for a reasonable price. Click here for salon hours and to book your next appointment at Sassoon.
Photos courtesy of Sassoon Salon