Last week, following a full day of finals, I hopped on a red eye and headed to NYC, where I was slated to host a DECORTE event on the newly opened beauty floor of the flagship Saks. From feverishly grading exams to packing enough for a few days across the country, I embarked on my travels sleep deprived but excited. The following images reflect my four days in New York and specifically detail my beauty choices and style selections. Towards the end of my post, I am over the moon to share swatches of all shades of the new *La Prairie Essence-in-Foundation (initially discussed and demonstrated HERE) as well as my shopping list for the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (currently running now through June 3rd).
Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of my product selections in action as well as the Bottom Line…
The whimsical ballon wall for the DECORTE event on the new Saks NYC beauty floor.
// DAY 1: EVENT STYLE + MAKEUP DETAILS // After flying all night, I had exactly 30 minutes to wash my face, reapply makeup and change before heading to the Decorte event…of course, I reached for tried, tested and true products that wouldn’t fail me when I needed them most!
Bardot Betty Spot Dress: I ordered this dress on a whim and am SO happy that I listened to my initiation. With its easy wrap cut and slightly staggered hem, this dress is wildly comfortable and wears like a dream in a variety of settings. It fits true to size (I ordered a small)
Honey Nude Sandals: I wear this particular Chloe pair (that I got on major sale last year) constantly–with jeans and dresses alike–because they match everything. Although they are no longer available, I found similar options HERE, HERE and HERE
Sephora Pack It All Organizer: I managed to fit most of my skincare (detailed below) in this genius travel case. With separate compartments and removable pouches, it’s deceptively roomy and the reviews on the Sephora site corroborate my sentiments.
*Sisley Hydra-Global Booster Serum (reviewed HERE): I am loving the hydrating and anti-aging benefits of this new elixir…I’ll continue to calibrate results and weigh back soon. All I know in the meanwhile is that my skin loves it.
*BY TERRY Cellularose Detoxilyn City Mask (reviewed HERE): What better place to test a city mask then in the city? It works through oxygenation to gently purify and revive, fighting the insidious effects of pollution along the way.
*IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Bronzer in Beach: This super finely milled bronzer truly blurs pores while bathing skin in a believable matte bronze that still looks multidimensional…I predict that it will be on heavy rotation for me this summer due to its ease of wear and flattering effect.
Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Color in Copper: Captivated by its glowy neutral patina, I purchased this while in NYC and find that it creates a balanced wash of color that lasts the entire day. Simply beautiful!
Chanel Le Rouge Crayon in A La Rosee: My final purchase in NYC was this gorgeous peachy pink; I initially thought it would be too bright but, as you can see in the images that follow, it is a fantastic balance of pigment and shine. Highly recommended.
Clutch, A Novel by Lisa Becker: I am a third of the way into this breezy yet compelling book focused on a relationally-challenged handbag designer’s quest for authentic love. If you love a strong and witty heroine with plenty of relatable appeal, then I recommend you read some Lisa Becker this summer!
This was such a comprehensive and informative post. Thank you for such dedication to your fellow beauty lovers. SFA has always been my favorite store in NYC and have been shopping there since I was a youngster with my grandmother. I have found the Sisley eye contour mask to be indispensable in my carry on bag. I'm keen to try the SKII midday essence. I'm completely out of facial mists as of today. Have a wonderful weekend. Get some rest!