Saturday, June 9, 2012

Neiman Marcus Orlando Beauty Blogger Breakfast

Last Saturday Neiman Marcus at the Millennia Mall in Orlando invited FL Beauty Bloggers to a special breakfast event. This event was put together by the wonderful people of Neiman Marcus and Steph from Imperfectly Painted. I was so honored to be asked to be a part of this wonderful event. It was an early Saturday morning event and Neiman Marcus kindly provided us some breakfast items and gave us an impressive overview of their beauty department brands.

Of course I brought my camera, but juggling a coffee, breakfast, a notebook, iPhone and camera just proved to be more than I could handle. I should have put the coffee down, but I really needed it! LOL! I borrowed some photos from the Neiman Marcus website and some of my fellow FL Beauty Bloggers. I provided links to each borrowed photo.

The event kicked off with Neiman Marcus telling us all about an exciting event they have going on right now through June 10th called Camp Gorgeous. You receive an exclusive summer tote bag in your choice of color loaded with beauty goodies with any $85 beauty purchase now through June 10th. This promotion is going on in all Neiman Marcus stores across the country and online. 
Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus online

The Neiman Marcus beauty professionals spent time highlighting some of the products from most of the brands they carry. I hope I do them justice, but what I did learn was these ladies (and a few men) are eager to help you with your beauty needs. And if you are like me and hate buying an expensive beauty product only to come home and find out that it doesn't work for you, they will help you out. Neiman Marcus has testers available for you to try in the store. I would suggest if you are unsure of a product or color, test it out and wear it while you shop around the mall or for the day and then go back to purchase once you know the shade is right for you. With many of their skincare, and foundation items, you can go to any counter and they will give you a small sample to take with you so you can go home and try it in natural lighting and see how your skin will react to the product before you buy. They also offer fragrance samples of most perfumes or they can decant a small amount for you to try. For me this is a must! I don't know what it is about my body chemistry, but a perfume that smells amazing in the bottle will turn on me after about an hour and begin to smell rancid. There are very few perfumes that work with my body chemistry so I can't just buy a perfume without testing it out first.

Once they let us know about Camp Gorgeous and the Neiman Marcus Beauty department, we were on our way to visit with the brands. For the sake of this post, I'm only going to highlight my favorites from the day. 

The first brand I was excited to hear more about was Armani Beauty. They showed us the Rouge d'Armani Sheers, which is a line of lipstick that is supposed to be hydrating like a lip balm, translucent like a gloss, but textured like a creme lipstick. We received a sample of three shades. I can't wait to try them out, and of course I will let you know what I think. These retail for $30 each.

They also showed us the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. This is their award winning foundation. It is oil free and stays on with a silky texture and offers moderate but buildable coverage. It retails for $59. We received a sample of this to take home, and the shade was just a bit to light for me, but I tried it on to see how it would do. It definitely is silky and offers moderate coverage. I set it with my powder to make up for the fact that it was a shade too light for me, and it did stay on all day. The price is great for a foundation. But for myself I prefer a tinted moisturizer or a treatment/moisturizer/foundation combo. 
I was too busy trying to pick my jaw up from the floor to take a picture. Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus online.

The brand that caught me by surprise was Le Metier De Beaute. I have never heard of this brand before. They had me at Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe Tinted Treatment. (Try saying that 3 times fast in a row!) They call this a 4 in 1 product. 1. Foundation, 2. Sun protectant, 3. Anti-aging fighter and 4. Radiance brightener. Um hello where have you been hiding? I have been looking for you! This offers sheer to lightweight coverage and comes in SPF 20. It helps stimulate collagen production, increase blood flow, lessen dark circles, smooth fine lines, blur blemishes thanks to light-diffusing pigments, tighten pores, and bring elasticity back to your skin all within 7 days with once a day use! Seriously? I NEED this! It retails for $125 but she said one bottle should last you about 6 months. Well you know me and my methods of justification, that comes out to .70 cents per day for 6 months. So I guess I need to start looking for the change under the couch cushions every day for the next 6 months. LOL! But for those of you interested, on top of this meeting the Camp Gorgeous promotion requirements, they are also having a Le Metier De Beaute promotion with the purchase of $150 worth of their product, you receive an exclusive small bag with some Le Metier Samples. Oh they know just how to get ya! They showcased a few other products from the brand, but honestly, I zoned wanting to get my hands on this one so bad!

Another brand that peaked my interest was Chantecaille. This is a family brand, which was started by Sylvie the family matriarch. Her two daughters and husband are very involved in the running of the company. hmmm this story sounds so familiar! I was instantly intrigued how this family created an amazing brand and now it is in Neiman Marcus! Can you imagine? They believe in a brand where nature meets science.  Their products are based on more of a natural beauty which I find refreshing. The face you see in the photo above is Olivia, the daughter of the brand! How cool is that? I fell head over heels with this family brand!
Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus online

Each year they create an eyeshadow palette where 5% of the proceeds will go towards a specific charity. This year they have chosen the Marine Conservation Institute in an effort to protect 10% of the world's oceans by 2020. They are asking everyone to sign their petition to help save the coral reef. You can view information and sign the petition here. 

From there we were off to check out Kate Somerville. OK, now I was beginning to feel like I have been hiding under a rock. This is another brand I had never heard of. Apparently Kate Somerville is the skin care expert behind that red carpet glow you see on many celebrities. She offers celebrities and those who can afford her a DermalQuench Oxygen Treatment which costs over $200 at her clinic in Los Angeles. Your skin is drenched in a hyaluronic serum and vitamins. Oxygen is then applied and you can literally watch the dryness and fine lines disappear to give you that red carpet glow! Can I please die and go to Kate Somerville heaven? Oh but wait dear ladies, Neiman Marcus at the Millennia Mall offers this service FREE! Yup you heard right! If you want to try this out, they will do it for FREE! (You might want to check your local Neiman Marcus to see if they offer this too!) They are so sure you will love it that much that you will buy the at home DermalQuench Advanced Wrinkle Treatment which retails for $95 to maintain your glow. I definitely want to schedule an appointment to have this done, but I am a little scared of getting hooked! We received a few samples from the Kate Somerville line, so I will give these a try and then schedule my treatment. That sounds a bit more reasonable right? 

Photo courtesy of NiftyBa

The last brand I was intrigued by was Keihl's. I have heard about Keihl's before, but had never tried their products. What perked my ears up, was that Keihl's has been around since 1851 and they started as an apothecary. To still be around and doing well is quite impressive, especially considering that they do not advertise. All celebrity endorsements have been non solicited. I thought that was great! It speaks volumes about the products. 

photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus online
I had an opportunity to try their Whipped Cream De Corps Body Butter which retails for $36. This was so rich and creamy. It didn't leave behind a greasy feeling, but a very well moisturized feeling. My skin felt soft and smelled amazing. The tub it comes in was pretty big too. I couldn't stop smelling my hands. I actually kept making some of the other bloggers smell my hands too. It smelled that good! I meant to go back and buy this after us bloggers met up, but then I completely spaced it. But this will be mine! In the meantime I will satisfy myself with the Keihl's samples they gave us!

A photo Phyrra took of Clumps of Mascara, Beauty by Cat and myself. I swear I had makeup on, I guess I need to learn to be a bit more heavy handed when my photo is going to get taken.  

We had an opportunity to see so many more items and brands. But I would be here typing all day and you would probably get bored. If you want to see what some other bloggers thought of the event here are a few other FL Beauty Bloggers that have posted about our Neiman Marcus event:

And lastly, I want to thank the beautiful ladies at Neiman Marcus and their Public Relations team who came in early and showed us all these amazing products over breakfast and sent us home with tons of goodies to try. Now how can I get a meeting with a buyer to show them the amazing Cult Nails?


  1. That brush! That multi-tasking brush! I soo wanna play with it. You look so fabulous with your mimosa <3

  2. Why thank you! Oh I almost forgot about that brush! I WANT that too!