Fall 2011 Cosmetics Trend Show

Monday, September 19, 2011

On Saturday I was thrilled to attend the Nordstrom Fall 2011 Cosmetics Trend Show with fellow beauty product enthusiast Johanna. Though attendance requires an early wake up call, the excitement and deals are well worth the effort. Last year I forgot my camera so this year I was armed and ready to shoot (thanks to Johanna for snagging 3rd row seats!)

The theme was Red Carpet Glamour and the essentials were illustrated by gorgeous models, brand representatives and the lovely Laksmi Sam, Nordstrom's regional beauty director, giving us two hours of beauty deliciousness.

Speaking of essentials, let's jump right in shall we?
  • Clear, radiant skin - get help from a Clarisonic, a celeb worthy exfoliator and sensational serums. 
  • Metallic Madness - gold, graphite and platinum are the new neutrals
  • Runway Red - though you can never go wrong with a classic, Bordeaux's, cherry's and tomato shades are also red hot.
And now for an illustration...

 Alex Chantecaille, founder of Chantecaille

Johanna testing out a bold deep berry lip. 

After chatting with Heath from Chanel, Johanna found the perfect bold lip and I indulged in Illusion D'ombre, a gel texture shadow that captivated on the runway, in the same graphite shade spotted on the model. I also picked up my first retinol product (I'm thirty now y'all...) and some fabulous nail colors from Deborah Lippman. Obviously, there could have been a lot more budget damage, but I thought it might be fun to save a few for the wishlist. (At least that's what I keep telling myself.) Here they are if anyone is feeling generous. (I'm also available for product reviews, are you listening Clarisonic?)

ExfoliKate - Kate Sommerville

Until Spring.....


  1. Love these - I had so much fun with you! Let me know how your shadow goes! Thanks for the invite!

  2. This looks like such fun!

    xoxo ~ Courtney

  3. Id LOVE to have a Clarisonic! Maybe someday :)

  4. Fun! I've sort of been into red lipstick lately...do you think that trend is still going strong?

  5. That red is PERFECT on Johanna, and I'm so envious the two of you got to run around playing with makeup this weekend-what a dream come true!

  6. Julie - most definitely! It's very popular to wear casually right now as well. Rock it girl!

  7. It's so funny because I saw your tweets about the trend show and then I totally blanked until I tried to take my husband through Nordstrom to pick up new eye cream from Clinique. Boy was that a big mistake.

  8. Looks like you lovely ladies had a great time!

  9. Tabitha - I can't imagine just stumbling into that, wowza - what a crowd! You should come to the spring show for sure!

  10. A cosmetics show??? I so belong here!!!

    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  11. So jealous of you two. You both look amazing!


  12. I love Johanna and now kind of feel like I met her a little because I met you! Awesome!!

    You guys are so photogenic. Girl I looked a hot mess in those pics we took. WTH


  13. Those models look Hawt!! So do you ladies. looks like a great girls day


  14. Nice! Looks like a great show

  15. Just an FYI, that is not Alex Chantecaille. Alex is also the Director of Sales and the daughter of the founder, Sylvie Chantecaille.


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