One Year

Can you believe that this past Sunday marked one year since I started this blog?!  Time flies when you are having fun.  I haven’t exactly accomplished what I set out to with this blog…yet.  While the next few months are going to be the same inconsistent posting, I DO have plans to pick it up soon.  Not only are we moving 3000 miles away in the coming weeks but then we are going to be moving again in the fall to our new house!  Long story short, we are buying a house and it won’t be ready until fall but other things are taking us back to CA earlier.  Just add it as another incline in this roller coaster of life.

Cupcake decorated with a single pink candle

One year ago I posted this post.  I was looking through my posts and trying to figure out which was my favorite.  There’s this makeover post which was so much fun and there’s this color theme post in which I really liked the look that came from it.  Through this process I have discovered a few favorite items too!  Julep nail polishes are my favorite.  I have also fallen in love with Lancome Le Corrector Pro Concealer Kit,  Armani Flash Lip Lacquer, Living Proof hair products, and Ole Henrikson Truth Serum.

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I look forward to creating more looks, more makeovers, and becoming more of a product junkie than I already am in the next year.  I look forward to building a consistency in my posts over the coming months and hearing from you.  

What are your favorite posts?  What do you want to see more of in the next year?


Fall Trend Event

Have you ever been to a Nordstrom Trend event?!  If not, follow your local Nordstrom on Facebook, or chosen form of social media, to keep in the loop.  On Saturday, I attended my second of said events and it did not disappoint.  Specialists from each cosmetic counter fly in to share the latest and greatest in their product line.  Tickets are only $20 and they come in the form of a gift card to use anywhere in the store!  See what $20 can get you?!  HAHA…I wish!  Each counter could really use it’s own post but I’ll give you the readers digest version here.


Cosmetic counter items-not including all of the sample sized/gift with purchase items I got too!


So at 8am they start a showcase which I unfortunately was not able to make. The national trainers and others that travel in for the event share what’s on trend, new technology and information about their product line.  I promise that I will make the next one to share more details with you! I arrived about 10am and here’s how my day went:

I started walking around and just taking it all in.  It gets pretty crowded but thins out as the day goes on.  I checked in and received my swag bag that had some deluxe samples and information on the show itself.


One aisle taken over by the event-between cosmetics and shoes


My first stop was the Lancome counter.  I have been eyeing La Base Pro Pore Eraser and Le Correction Pro Concealor Kit.  After talking to Mari (who was awesome) I decided to get the Vissionnaire Smoothing Skincare Instant Perfector, the Le Corrector Pro Concealer Kit, and of course the gift with purchase (which had a Juicy Tube in it-awesome!)  BTW, I tried to recreate the effect of this with regular concealer and powder…not the same.  This is very lightweight and doesn’t settle into the fine lines.

I had some time to kill before my friend Tahnee got there and my first counter appointment.  So what else is a girl to do but go shopping!  I took advantage of the sale they had and got a few things for my upcoming trip to CA. PS-this Kate Spade purse in the mauve and burgundy is at the top of my Christmas list after seeing in store.

Philosophy has become a new favorite of mine and Saturdays experience has forever created a soft spot on my heart for the culture of this company.  I am still trying to decide whether it’s a good or bad thing that the counter manager knows me by name!  I had barely started to walk up and I hear, “Hi Amanda!”  This counter definitely deserves their own post, which is on it’s way, but here’s a sneak peek:


I’ll tell you all about this in a post coming soon!

I have been searching for a foundation that won’t melt off my face here in the tropics.  I learned that Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation is the best selling foundation 14 years running.  So, after my facial I headed over to the Armani counter to see what the hype was about.  With my oily skin, we decided to put their new Maestro Fusion Foundation to work.  I think the shade was a bit dark and put on with a bit of a heavy hand but it looked good!  I got a sample so I will try it over the next week or so and have a full review in the not too distant future.  I also fell in love with the Flash Lip Lacquer in 527 so I splurged.  Who knew a purple gloss would look and feel so great?!


Makeup by Nicole from Armani


Last but not least I had a brow consultation with the girls for Anastasia Beverly Hills.  She showed me how to trim my lengthy brow hairs to keep them clean between threading appointments.

It was a long day at the store but it was a blast and I can’t wait until the next one!  Have you been to a Nordstrom event?  Share your experience!