Neiman Marcus’ Annual Blogger Brunch Featuring this Holiday Season’s Beauty Must Haves

November and December are my favorite months of the year. I start feeling the holiday cheer in the air. It’s when Christmas music starts being played on the radio, holiday outfits takeover store mannequins and the holiday parties begin.

This weekend I attended my first holiday brunch of the season – the annual beauty blogger brunch inside Mariposa Café at Neiman Marcus on the Vegas Strip. The yearly soiree gives us a sneak peek into the most popular beauty buys for the holidays. I’m always excited to see fabulous products from some of my favorite beauty brands and this year, it was sort of a blogger reunion, a chance to see some of my favorite local ladies many whom I haven’t seen in a while.

Here’s a quick rundown of my favorites!

Tom Ford Boy and Girl Lip Collection is a limited collection of gorgeous shades named after women and men Tom Ford truly admires. These colors come in matte, creme and metallic finishes that can be worn alone or together.

YSL lip stains and lip oils are full of pigment and non-drying. My favorite color for the season is #1 Tatouage Couture, as pictured below.

Laura Mercier Flawless Rose Oil is fast-absorbing and lightweight with intense hydration power. What a great stocking stuffer gift!

Kiehls and Fresh sleep masks are the next big thing in masks. Much easier to apply because you only apply at night for ultimate moisturization, brightening and firming.

Jo Malone holiday fragrance gift sets are all about color and they are so delectable! My favorite scent is the peony and blush suede.

John Hardy Dragons, stones and crystals, oh my! John Hardy’s inspiration for this line was the love story of the dragons and stones. I personally believe in the power and energies of crystals. It has been said to wear the dragon bracelets facing outward to protect yourself from negative energy and wear them inward when you want to attract positive energy.

Atelier Cologne Only available in Nolita in NYC and Champs-Élysées in Paris, this brand has a love story of its own. Curated by Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel who fell in love while creating the collection.

Oribe dry shampoo not only smells divine but it doesn’t leave the white residue as many other dry shampoos do. As a new mom, I rely on dry shampoo now more than ever…adding this one to my Xmas wish list!

Lastly, I’m overdue for a new winter scent and I think I finally found the one, Chanel Gabrielle. It reminds me of my favorite summer scent, Armani Si. What’s your favorite scent right now?

Head over to Neiman Marcus to check out the numerous holiday beauty gift options for the wifey, girlfriend and mom. She won’t be disappointed. Happy Holidays!

 

 

Kiehl’s Partners with Artistic Collaboration, FAILE, to Launch Its 8th Annual Limited Holiday Edition

Gift giving season is upon us and one of my favorite NYC-based brands continues its true philanthropic tradition this holiday season! Kiehl’s Since 1851 has partnered with Brooklyn-based artist duo, Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller (also known as FAILE) to launch its 8th Annual Limited Edition Creme de Corps Holiday Collection, in which 100% of Kiehl’s net profits, up to $100,000 will help provide 1,100,000 meals to families this holiday season via Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.

I love working with brands that give back. This collaboration entitled “Baby Give Back” conveys the idea that we can care for ourselves while caring for others which is also beautifully reflected in the artwork and packaging. I’m absolutely loving the Ultra Facial Cream and the artsy message which says Reveal / Truths / Search / Within – FAILE Edition. Can’t wait to shop the collection in person when I’m in NYC next week!

The Limited Edition Crème de Corps Holiday collection includes the following products:

Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter: This luxuriously scented cream is decadently air-whipped for instant penetration to restore, protect and soften skin. ($15-$38 = 85-350 meals)
Ultimate Strength Hand Salve Trio: Formulated for the most active hands, this moisture treatment offers all-day protection to actually draw water from the air, preventing moisture loss.  ($34 = 295 meals)
Limited Edition Gift Set: This set of hydration essentials includes Creme de Corps, Ultra Facial Cream, Daily Reviving Concentrate and a FAILE sticker. ($45 = 415 meals)

 

Product samples were provided to me by Kiehl’s for review purposes.

Poof! Dry Skin Be Gone: a Review of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Hi everyone! We’re kicking off this week with a guest review from one of my favorite beauty junkie friends, Jennifer Polito.  Hope you enjoy her product review below!

Guest beauty blogger, Jennifer Polito

Like many women, I have struggled with combination skin since my teen years. In addition to the occasional pesky breakout I have an oily T-zone and a dry chin area.  Once I got the acne under control I tackled the combo problem. I have tried everything from buying the latest over-the-counter products to seeing a dermatologist and getting pricey facials, nothing took care of the problem so I learned to live with it.

Two months ago my sister sent me a care package and inside were samples of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I started using the essential oil (just two drops) at night before I went to sleep. The next day my chin was softer and after three days I notice my chin area was very smooth and not dry at all. I began applying the light oil to my entire face. It even calmed my oily T-zone. Was it possible an essential oil could combat my shiny forehead? I also love the scent – it reminds me of stepping into a spa treatment room with all the amazing oils they have.

I have been using this product for two months and I love it. I simply apply two drops to my face nightly after I wash my make up off and go to sleep. It doesn’t stain my pillows or leave a greasy residue. My makeup goes on with ease every morning and I don’t have to touch up during the day. Applied at night it nourishes your skin while you sleep and the product is made with essential and botanical ingredients like evening primrose oil that is rich in Omega-6 and essential fatty acids that help to repair your skin. The product also contains squalane, a botanical lipid similar in molecular structure to natural skin lipids. Translation: it contains what your skin needs to look its best!

I recommend this product to anyone with dry or combination skin. I’ve noticed I don’t need as much makeup and even brave a makeup free face from time to time!

You can buy your bottle of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate online at www.kiehls.com for $43.