It’s pretty safe to say that I’m up before dawn these days. But Saturday morning, I was actually awake before Lucy as I rushed to primp, polish and head for the door to make it in bright and early to the annual Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show at the Village of Merrick Park.
I’ve been attending this show for a few years, making it one of my favorite pre-holiday traditions, partly for the trends, partly for the mimosas that greet me at the door every single time. This year, I had the honor of attending as a media guest, which meant front-row seats and access to probing their beauty experts for guidance. Read ahead for pics of the runway show, plus check out my Q&A with a Nordstrom Beauty Stylist.
If you’ve never attended a Beauty Trend Show before, all I can say is: FREE SWAG and MIMOSAS. The women who are veterans to this event are ready for battle at 7:00 a.m., usually lined up at the breakfast stations, grabbing a large cup of coffee while eyeing the tables of samples ready to be distributed.
I once made the mistake of going while pregnant and realized I’d committed the error of being way too large and slow for the chase that’s absolutely required for getting pretty much anything. Samples, samples, and more samples await those who are ready to grab them. And the gifts with purchase are always amazing but available in limited quantities, so it’s not unusual to see your grandmother sprinting past in her best sneakers towards the counters.
You should know, this event is not for the timid. If you’re wobbling in any capacity, skip it and have a friend score some loot for you. Luckily, this year I was back and ready to run.
TRENDS: This year was all about dewy complexions, velvet berry lips, and sparkle on the lids. Metallics, rhinestones, sequins, and bold jewelry dominated the runway.
FAVORITES: There were a ton of great products on display at the Trend Show, but these are the ones that stood out to me as must-haves:
- Eve Lom Kiss Mix Lip Exfoliator
- Philosophy ‘No Reason to Hide’ Multi-Imperfection Transforming Serum
- Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick Compact
- MAC ‘Pro’ Lipstick in Sin
- Guerlain ‘KissKiss’ Lip Lift Lip Primer
- Yves Saint Laurent ‘Fusion Ink’ Foundation SPF 18
- Clarisonic Mia 3 Makeup Removal Expert
- Dior ‘Addict It-Lash’ Volumizing Mascara
- Jo Malone ‘The House of Jo Malone’ Collection Gift Set
- Chantecaille Pure Rosewater Face Spray
- Nest Fragrances Holiday Candles in Birchwood Pine
- Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
NEW: My friend Cary had a chance to check out Dolce & Gabbana’s new counter at Nordstrom, which was everything you would imagine a makeup line by Dolce & Gabbana should be. Colors were bold, with enough metallic eyeshadow to do Vegas justice. But the main takeaway here was the spectacular mascara. I’m a faithful Diorshow devotee, but the Dolce & Gabbana Passioneyes Duo Mascara made me seriously consider cheating.
That’s Cary, above. Doesn’t she look great? All in all, it was a fun morning. But I think next time, I may borrow some of Abuela’s sneakers.
Thanks to everyone at Nordstrom for making my visit so great. I can’t wait to do it all again next year! To read my interview with expert Beauty Stylist William Greene, click here.