This past Saturday the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida went to a very special Beauty Blogger Breakfast hosted by Neiman Marcus. Steph from Imperfectly Painted organized this event with the lovely people from Neiman Marcus at the Mall at Millenia.
Neiman Marcus provided breakfast and mimosas for us for the event.
I just about died from excitement when I saw Leandra’s hair! Her hair is so gorgeous! She did a heart shape. She said she started out doing victory rolls.
The lovely people at Neiman Marcus broke us up into 4 groups and had us visit one of their four stations to learn about different companies and products.
My group started with Chantecaille. Chantecaille is cruelty-free and vegan. They’re a family owned company and their approach to cosmetics is very holistic. They use very few ingredients, no parabens, etc.
The main product that we were educated on was the Future Skin foundation. $72 for 1 oz. It comes in 13 shades. Its benefits are many:
- Innovative oil-free gel foundation with refreshing, lightweight texture
- Light-reflective circular pigment provides adjustable coverage
- Contains 60% charged water and seaweed
- Protective field prevents water evaporation, blocks environmental oxidation
- Palette helps to gain ongoing support and raise awareness for our oceans’ endangered reefs
- Eyeshades in Pink Pearl, Reef, Driftwood and Cheek shade in Coral create a healthy, fresh and natural look
- Five percent of the proceeds benefit the Marine Conservation Institute in an effort to protect 10% of the world’s oceans by 2020.
They’re really a very luxe line and I love that they give back.
Next we were shown Estee Lauder. Estee Lauder is not cruelty-free. They showed us their Perfectionist CP+R product, which is supposed to improve your skin in 4 weeks.
We also saw the Pure Color blush (retails for $28) and the new Pure Color gloss $22.50.
Next we saw Bobbi Brown products (not cruelty-free). She’s queen of the ‘My Face But Better’ looks.
The big sellers from Bobbi Brown are the gel eyeliners that sell for $22 and the shimmer bricks are typically $39. The bricks can be used as blush, highlighter or eyeshadow, making them very versatile.
Next we were shown the Kate Somerville line.
They’re fascinating because Kate works in paramedical esthetics (where medicine meets skincare) and started out by treating celebrities. She came up with a miracle product that’s basically a 4 day skin treatment in a bottle, the Dermal Quench Liquid Lift™ Advanced Wrinkle Treatment.
The MUA also raved about their acne line and said if you’ve tried everything and nothing has worked, to check out Kate’s line. Apparently everyone in Neiman Marcus comes to her counter for acne. Additionally Kate Somerville is a cruelty-free line.
The products for Kate Somerville are basically meant to treat busy people who can’t wait a few days in between deep treatments and have to be out and about, such as celebrities shooting films. Her treatments are strong and effective without putting the client’s skin at risk. I’d really love to learn more about her products.
Next we had Tom Ford. I really liked the MUA talking about Tom Ford because she is so passionate about the line! She was very sweet, too.
She discussed some of their best scents including Champaca Absolute, Tobacco Vanilla, Neroli Portofino and Black Orchid.
He also has a line of lipsticks out that have camomile in them. The lipsticks retail for $48. Tom Ford is a cruelty-free company.
Next we had Laura Mercier. The man talking about Laura Mercier was amazing. He was so knowledgeable and able to keep your attention as he discussed the products. Laura Mercier is cruelty-free.
He said Laura Mercier is all about the flawless face, so the products he chose to share with us were the Oil-Free primer, which is perfect for Florida summers, and is $30. He also told us that one LM tinted moisturizer is sold every 30 seconds, so it’s insanely popular. It comes in 15 different shades ranging from porcelain to mocha and retails for $42. It looks like porcelain might match me. He showed us another primer, their mineral primer, specifically for mineral makeup. It’s $30. Finally, he showed off the paraben free mascara.
We were whisked away to Chanel next.
Even before I got into makeup, I had a Chanel glossimer. The brand is so iconic. We were shown the Chanel summer line, which included a gorgeous gold nail polish called Delight, hydrating lip balm and Illusion D’ombre Long Wear Luminous eyeshadows. When asked, the MUA didn’t know if they were cruelty-free or not.
The white shade, Fantasme is the sparkliest of the bunch and is perfect for layering. These shadows are supposed to be crease free. $36.
We next took in the delights of Trish McEvoy.
We smelled Sexy #9 and #9 perfumes, and checked out their mascara.
Then we were ushered to Guerlain. Guerlain is well known for their bronzer. It contains vitamin E, which helps it to look more natural on the skin since it’s hydrating.
We also saw their kajal in Royal Purple. The cool thing was that the MUA said that it was because of beauty bloggers that Guerlain brought back more kajal, as it was originally an LE item.
Every year Guerlain releases an LE bronzer. This one is $75. They also released a refillable mascara.
It’s $49 but I like the idea of the reusable packaging. The MUA was unsure if Guerlain was cruelty-free.
Yves Saint Laurent was up next. I was in love with their promo shot.
We were shown their cult classic, the Touch Eclat concealer/highlighter ($40). We also saw their new glossy lip stains ($32) and nail polishes.
Kiehl’s was next in our tour and they were interesting. They’ve been around since 1851 and they have product lines for men, women, babies, dogs and horses, which is pretty extensive! Their products are dermatologist grade.
Their big seller is the dark spot solution that takes care of hyper pigmentation. They also have a great vitamin C serum and their Midnight Recovery serum ($44 to $68). I was assured that Kiehl’s is cruelty-free.
I like their old time packaging, reminiscent of an apothecary.
Then we went on to Giorgio Armani.
Once again, I was captivated by the advert. I love the bold red lips. We were shown the Luminous foundation ($59) and the lovely lip sheers.
We also saw the amazing brush that can be used to apply everything from foundation, blush, highlighter to eyeshadow for $49. Giorgio Armani does not test on animals.
We next went to see Le Métier de Beauté, whose name means the craft of beauty. Their tinted moisturizers are $125.
We also saw their black eyeliner pen ($42), which was compared to Mont Blanc pens. Their nail polishes looked nice and were $18 each.
Finally, we had their fragrance expert talk about fragrances.
He shared with us his favorites, including Prada Candy, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, and Nectarine Blossom and Honey. Candy is very sweet. Veneta and Balenciaga are spicy florals.
Last but not least, we saw Deborah Lippman Polishes. You may remember in April I met Deborah Lippman at HSN when I was there with Sinead and Beautisol.
You can see her neon line for summer.
She also has some multi-chrome polish colors.
And she has some colors that she calls holographic. They range in price from $16 to $19.
Oops, can’t believe I didn’t snap a pic of myself! At least I got one of me before the event.
See my look here.
I had a really fantastic time at the event. A big thanks to Neiman Marcus and Stephanie for organizing this for us. I really enjoyed learning a bit about each brand and what sets them apart from everyone else. I especially enjoyed learning about Chantecaille, Kate Somerville, Kiehl’s and Laura Mercier.
What did you like the best about the brands featured today? Have you tried any of these products? If so, are any of them favorites? Let me know what you think!