Since today is the last day of March (get the picture already, Mother Nature) I figured it would be a good time to pay homage to my month’s favorites. Aside from the brow wiz, these are all new goodies.
Hi beauties. I know this weekend hasn’t even arrived yet, but if you’re in one of the below lovely cities, it’s time to start planning NEXT weekend. Nordstrom Beauty is kicking off its seasonal events and prepping for Spring with a nationwide tour of amazing events. During the Trend Shows and Events, you’ll learn about Spring’s hottest beauty trends and tips from the pros.
About Beauty Trend Events:
Join NordstromBeauty for one-on-one time with savvy beauty experts. They will share the latest beauty tips and tricks while you’re pampered with a free makeup or skincare consultation. Afterwards, get access to FREE deluxe samples and exclusive gifts with purchase (while supply lasts). Admission is free — so don’t miss it!
About Beauty Trend Shows:
Here, you’ll watch top industry insiders reveal spring’s best beauty trends during a high-energy runway show. Then, get complimentary makeup, skincare and fragrance consultations full of DIY tips and tricks. Plus, score an exclusive (and free!) Nordstrom tote bag – just for attending! Tickets at $20 and redeemable toward your beauty purchase day of the event. The show starts around 8am, so don’t miss out!
(while supply lasts). Admission is free — so don’t miss it!
Check the list below to see if your local Nordstrom is hosting the Event and Shows next weekend – March 20th and 21st. You can RSVP for the Trend Shows by calling your local Nordstrom of by finding your store and RSVPing online here.
3199 West Chandler Boulevard
Chandler, AZ 85226
Nordstrom Brea Mall
500 Brea Mall Way
Brea, CA 92821
10830 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Nordstrom Horton Plaza
103 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
Nordstrom Valley Fair
2400 Forest Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128
130 Hillsdale Shopping Center
San Mateo, CA 94403
21 West Flatiron Crossing Drive
Broomfield, CO 80021
Nordstrom Merrick Park
4310 Ponce de Leon Boulevard
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Nordstrom Waterside Shops
5489 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34108
3111 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
10 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Nordstrom Oak Park
11143 West 95th Street
Overland Park, KS 66214
10300 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
Nordstrom Twelve Oaks
27640 Novi Road
Novi, MI 48377
Nordstrom Short Hills
1200 Morris Turnpike
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Nordstrom Beachwood Place
26200 Cedar Road
Beachwood, OH 44122
7801 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236
Nordstrom Easton Town Center
4000 Worth Avenue
Columbus, OH 43219
Nordstrom Washington Square
9700 SW Washington Square Road
Tigard, OR 97223
Nordstrom Dallas Galleria
5220 Alpha Road
Dallas, TX 75240
Nordstrom The Woodlands
1201 Lake Woodlands Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Nordstrom Pentagon City
1400 South Hayes Street
100 Bellevue Square
Bellevue, WA 98004
If you go to any of these, you’ll have to let me know how it goes. I’ll be attending a Nordstrom Beauty event here in the Boston area in April, and I can’t wait!
What do you love most about the Nordstrom beauty deapartment?
I’m trying to go shopping-free this month. The operative word being “trying.” But just because I’m not whipping out my wallet this month it doesn’t mean that I can’t window shop and lust after a few items. In fact, there are four items I have my eye on at the moment:
Post sponsored by ULTA, but undying admiration for the beauty store and other opinions are all Anne’s own.
Everyone knows how much I love ULTA. But this is the time of year when I love them even more (as if that were possible!), because it’s time for 21 Days of Beauty at Ulta!
For those of you aren’t familiar with 21 Days of Beauty, it’s a glorious celebration that happens twice year, when ULTA gives special offers, expert beauty tips and brand focus days. And when I say the deals are special, I mean special — as in you might get a high-end makeup item for half off (or more)!
Through September 27, ULTA will feature one “Beauty Steal” and “Beauty Focus” per day. Beauty Steals are special offers on top beauty products from brands like Urban Decay, Tarte, IT Cosmetics, Bare Minerals, Butter LONDON, Philosophy and more, and Beauty Focus Days are events with demonstrations like customized makeup lessons, expert beauty tips, and one-on-one appointments with beauty experts.
Here’s a preview of what’s happening the rest of this week!
And if that’s not enough for you, stay tuned — we’re partnering with Ulta for our own celebration of the 21 Days of Beauty, where we’ll be giving you the latest scoop on deals and steals for the next two weeks. And there might just be a fun reader giveaway you can enter to win!
In case you missed it (I almost did … honestly), yesterday was the first day of Spring. Plus, it wasn’t even frigid in Boston. A win all around. What better way to ring in Spring than with some new beauty products?
We want to help you put a little Spring in your step, so we’re giving one of you beautiful readers a $50 Sephora gift card to buy anything your heart desires. If your heart needs a few suggestions, may I recommend the following fabulous products?
Made up your mind yet? Even if you haven’t, go ahead and enter the giveaway!
While it might not feel like it up in Boston where I am, Spring is well on it’s way, just 10 days away. We just sprung our clocks forward, and shop windows are teasing us with the cutest Spring frocks. And even though the weather forecast tells me I have more wintery days ahead of me, I can’t help but start stocking up on Spring clothes.
This Spring, I’m especially excited to sport anything and everything in Dazzling Blue – one of Pantone’s 10 Spring 2014 colors. So excited in fact, that I’ve teamed up with 9 other fabulous bloggers to show you how to rock this and the 9 other colors. If Dazzling Blue isn’t your color (but I’ve found it looks AMAZING on most people), you can skip on down to the end of this post and check out how my bloggy friends are rocking the other 9 colors. And while you’re at it, check out these 10 nail polishes that are perfect dupes for the 10 “it” colors of the season.
But back to the topic at hand – how to wear Dazzling Blue this Spring …
I have mixed feelings about Gap – I love Gap Fit clothes, but 90% of the time I strike out with their day-to-day wear. Still, I hold out hope and pop in every few months to see what’s new. When I popped in last month, I was ready to admit defeat when I stumbled upon the cutest dress in the back corner. Why anyone would put this baby in the corner is beyond me. I scooped it up, ran to the dressing room and jumped up and down (on the inside) when I saw how cute it looked on. It also didn’t hurt that I had to size down (I don’t hate you, Gap vanity sizing!).
And while I haven’t been able to wear it just yet – damn you, Polar Vortex! – I’ve been dreaming of all the ways I can wear this dress when the weather warms up a bit. Dressed up or down, this dress is going to be perfect for almost any occasion.
I don’t like to get up early, but I do like to look halfway decent in the morning. So, what am I to do? Master a simple everyday makeup routine, that’s what. Depending on how energetic or, let’s be honest, lethargic I am in the morning, this routine takes anywhere between 5-10 minutes.
Some of these products might seem familiar to you. If you’re an avid BX readers (of course you are, obviously!), you might remember some of these products from my July 2013 makeup favorites. I love the BB cream because it blends in with my skin perfectly and has build-able coverage. The brow gel frames my face, defining my eyes, and the eyeliner never smudges. Both mascaras add volume to my lashes without clumping and lengthen them beyond belief. The blush is the perfect natural shade, and the lipstick adds just a little extra tint without being overwhelming. The bronzer is the perfect shade, not too dark for my ghost-pale skin, but just enough color to make me look not dead. Plus, when I look especially tired, the eyeliner on my waterline helps to open and brighten my eyes. It’s magic!
Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means I can talk about Christmas completely guilt-free. Hooray – it’s the most wonderful time of the year! To kick-start the holiday shopping season (not that I didn’t start my shopping weeks ago), I’ve rounded up six stocking stuffers for him and six stocking stuffers for her. The best part … they’re all under $40, which should fit almost everyone’s budget.
I may or may not have gone a little spend-crazy a couple of weeks ago. I was about to accept a new job, and I figured that my soon-to-be higher salary justified a few splurges that I had once resisted. Let’s be honest, there are a million splurge-worthy items I’ve been lusting over lately, but I knew I only had a certain amount of money to blow before it became downright irresponsible (I’m so mature). After much rational (read totally irrational) deliberation over the necessity factor of each item, I settled on three: a new straightener, a real leather jacket and real leather riding boots.
The first splurge was the ghd Classic Styler. If I’m being honest, I used some Amazon gift cards I had saved up to snag this little piece of heaven. However, I would have paid the full sticker price even without the gift cards. It makes straightening hair super speedy, and it leaves my hair silky smooth. Every morning when I do my hair, I now see hearts, rainbows and butterflies.
The next two splurges were made in one day. First came the boots, then the jacket. I was half an hour early for my hair appointment at Sassoon, so I decided to pop into Marshalls rather than sit around and wait. The second I walked through the front doors, I noticed a shining beacon of shoe porn out of the corner of my right eye. Obviously I casually walked (read booked it) over to the shelves to dig through the boxes to find my size. The second I slipped these Rebecca Minkoff Harness boots on to my lonely, bootless feet, I knew I had met my soulmate (pun so intended). They go well with everything and make me feel so trendy.
Last but not least, I spotted the leather bomber jacket of my dreams while perusing the racks of Gap with my cousin who recently moved to Boston for college. It was gracing a mannequin, and I thought … “damn, I want to be that mannequin.” The leather feels like butter, and I imagine I look like a bad ass whenever I wear it. Slipping into the bomber makes me feel like everything will be alright. I haven’t taken a picture of it yet, so more to come on that.
I plan to do a more in-depth review on all of these three purchases coming up, so keep your eyes open.
Have you made any splurges lately? What is your most splurge-worthy purchase?
The other day, I turned to my good friend and said, “You know, I’m seriously thinking about getting Botox.” I was fairly serious. I am also 30.
After that fleeting moment of insecurity, however, I decided that just because I am starting to see real signs of aging doesn’t necessarily mean I need to instantly go shoot a toxic paralytic substance in my forehead. It also doesn’t mean I should be running out and trying every anti-aging cream possible (though I do this anyways for you readers). But more importantly, it does not mean I’m not beautiful.
So why is it that in today’s society, the word “beauty” only describes one’s external appearance? Why is it that middle school girls and 30+ women alike feel pressured to buy firming creams, anti-wrinkle serums and “age-defying” makeup…or makeup at all? Why do so many feel ugly if they don’t? Or worse — even if they do?
Directed by Darryl Roberts, who admits to losing the love of his life because he thought there might be someone more attractive waiting around the corner, the film depicts the ugly reality about beauty in modern American culture. While women and girls of all ages strive for ultimate “perfection,” the reality is that today’s ideal of beauty is unattainable for pretty much everyone — even celebrities and models, whose images have been heavily photoshopped in the ads we see every day.
Filmmaker Darryl Roberts and Gerren Taylor
Roberts underscores his point by chronicling the trials of a young, aspiring model, Gerren Taylor, who quickly shot to fame as a coveted Fashion Week runway model for Marc Jacobs and Tommy Hilfiger, no doubt due to her smooth chocolate complexion, mile-long limbs, seductive stare and her confident stride on the catwalk. The thing was — Gerren was 12 years old. Alas, as she grew older (15!), the fickle fashion industry spit out Gerren as quickly as it had embraced her, and she begins to see herself as ugly and obese.
The film addresses that the motivation from the fashion and beauty industries isn’t necessarily about being cruel. It isn’t about making people feel ugly on purpose — that’s just an unfortunate little side effect. What it’s really all about is making a buck. “America the Beautiful” postulates that as long as people feel they need to look just like an airbrushed model in order to be considered a beautiful person, they will keep buying the products the ads tout, and the beauty brands will keep producing them. Rinse and repeat.
While the film certainly resonates with any viewer — male or female — it does not suggest that we all run out and stop wearing makeup and the latest fashions. What it does do is put our laser-focused definition of beauty under the microscope. It allows us to see the inner workings of what goes on behind the scenes — what motivates our purchase decisions and feelings about our own beauty — so that we can reexamine these views and decide for ourselves what we choose to define as beautiful.
As a five-foot-tall-on-a-good-day “curvy” woman, I’ve always known that modeling wasn’t in my future. Did it bother me as a child and a teenager? Sure. A lot. But now, as an adult, I turn to makeup and fashion as a fun, artistic outlet — one that lets me experiment with different looks and retain that whimsical feeling I had as a child playing “dress up.” But I can also see beyond the pretty paint and glitz and appreciate the beauty of the fine lines around an old woman’s eyes created after years upon years of happy memories.
Obviously, I still have my moments (though I’m glad I didn’t impulsively run to get Botox). But perhaps if I had seen “America the Beautiful” as a teenager, I’d have arrived to this place of moderate self-acceptance much sooner. Now, please excuse me while I go whiten my teeth.