New York City Travel Diary: What I Wore & What I Packed + Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Suggestions

New York City Day 1.
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. 
Event day.
// 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!
The eye look. 

Hosting the event…three master classes that spanned over the course of the day. 
With lovely long-time BP reader Beauty by Camilla.
With my DECORTE co-host Sergio Pamore.
Such a fun event…truly an honor to be a part of. 
Meeting day.
// MEETING DAY // From 9AM until well past 4:00, Laura and I traversed the entire city for meetings with a host of brands. To accommodate the very hot day peppered with plenty of walking, I wore:
  • Topshop Mini Dress: Lightweight with a classic cut, this dress effortlessly got me through an incredibly long day.  Longer version HERE.
  • Reebok Classic Leather Sneaker in Chalk: These fresh suede tennis shoes are ultra bouncy and comfortable and required exactly zero break-in time. Chalk is the perfect shade of off-white. 
  • Bleached Denim Jacket: A quintessential summer jacket that matches absolutely everything. 
  • Gucci vintage bamboo bag: I am loving this pre-owned find…the bamboo handles are iconic and even though it’s small, it holds everything I need. 
BY TERRY Nude Expert Duo Stick foundation swatches
A sneak peek at the BY TERRY Nude Expert Duo Stick foundation, launching soon!  
In motion in mid-town. 
Pre-dinner and ready for carb overload. 
 // DINNER STYLE // Dinner uptown with close friends featuring cheese galore…what could be better?
From L-R: Laura, me, Caroline (of DECORTE), Fabio Granato (Serafina Co-Founder) and Emi Hayashi (of DECORTE).
In the West Village with Laura and Troy Surratt. 
 // BRUNCH + EXPLORING // A free day on the town began with brunch with dear friend Troy Surratt (of Surratt Beauty) in the West Village.  For our nearly 12-hour day, I wore:
  • Ragdoll LA Tee in Bone White: Let’s just put it this way, I own three of these in this exact shade and they all get worn regularly. Try one and you’ll see what I mean.
  • Black wide leg jeans: Additional options HERE and HERE. A fresh take on dark denim, this wide leg cropped pair keeps me cool yet covered when humidity is insurmountable. 
  • Adidas Originals Swift Run Tennis Shoes in Night Cargo: I bought these in London and am glad they’re readily available in the States…they are easily the most comfortable tennis shoes that I currently own. 
With my dear friend Troy. 
At the glorious Bergdorf Goodman.
The Sephora Pack It All Organizer
  • 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. 
The top portion of the Sephora Pack It All Organizer
Hair + Skincare.

  • *Endure Lash Cloth: Gently removes even the most formidable eye makeup without pulling lashes…it’s sublimely effective. 
  • Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-3 (reviewed HERE): My concealer for life, I never travel without this.
  • *Sisley-Paris Eye Contour Mask (reviewed HERE): Perfect to de-puff after a flight or even as an extra-strength eye cream, this tube is a lifesaver. 
  • *Decorte Total Relief Eye Mask: These gel-based masks reverse signs of orbital fatigue like a champ, making them a makeup bag must. 
  • Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray: Forever my hair styling product of choice, this decadently fragranced spray reduces frizz and static while adding texture and a glossy shine. 
  • *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. 
  • Make Up For Ever Sens’Eyes: A cult classic, this eye makeup remover always does the trick…my mom and I have used it for years. 
  • *Omorovicza Acid Fix (reviewed HERE): I recently rediscovered this gentle acid formula, which resources the skin overnight without irritation. The stellar reviews online echo my opinion! 
  • *BY TERRY UV Base SPF 50 (reviewed HERE): Weightless and powerful, this has been my sunscreen of choice as of late. 
  • *Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream: Lush and luxurious, this cream works a host of miracles on the skin…more on this buzz-worthy formula soon! 
  • *Origins Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment: Just in case an unwanted visitor shows up, this potent gel will banish it overnight. 
  • Base. 


  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter #4 (reviewed HERE)
  • *La Prairie Essence-in-Foundation in Satin Nude (reviewed HERE)
  • Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Powder #5.5 (reviewed HERE)
  • Sunday Riley The Influencer Foundation #170 (reviewed HERE)
  • *La Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation in Satin Nude (reviewed HERE)
  • *Koh Gen Do Gloss Film Foundation #123 (reviewed HERE)
  • la prairie essence-in-foundation swatches
    Swatches of the *La Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation in Satin Nude (reviewed HERE) in indoor lighting. Hope they’re helpful! 

    Swatches in afternoon lighting. 
    Eyes + Lips. 
    EYES + LIPS:
    Swatches in afternoon lighting. 
    In my carry-on. 
    // ON-BOARD ESSENTIALS // Always within reach, especially for a 5+ hour flight. 
    About to hop on a plane.
    Eyes and lips. 

    // Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Suggestions // Running now through June 3rd, here are my top five suggestions for this up to 40% off shopping event:  
    • Off the shoulder dress: This highly rated dress comes in an array of colors and is excellent  for the warmer months. 
    • Zella Cut Out Tee: Serious in the front, party in the back…and ever so versatile. 
    • Equipment France cotton button down: I love a clean button down and this one will look good with cutoffs and skirts alike. 
    • Levi’s 501 Cutoff Shorts: I already have this particular pair in two washes…leave it to Levi’s to craft a modern classic. 
    • Marc Jacobs Mini Backpack: Marvelous for summer day trips and such good deal.
    • Sofft Flora Sandals: I love the classic styling of these sandals and Sofft never disappoints in the comfort department. 
    • Via Spiga Slides: In a myriad of pastel hues these sandals boast clean lines and a seriously utilitarian nature.
    • Prada Sunglasses: I am intrigued by the semi-cat eye shape of these glasses and the nose pads guarantee that they won’t be sliding around when the weather gets extra sweltering. 
    • Capri Blue Candle: Epic in living room or bedroom, this beautifully scented candle has been a home staple for me for years. 
    • Tumi Voyager Cosmetics Pouch: I am always in the market for a good pouch to store makeup on the go and Tumi’s quality craftsmanship and minimalist appeal are undeniable…can’t wait to give this a spin. 
    –Shop the Sale–

    Last look…where am I exactly?
    –Shop the Post–

    Bottom Line: I truly hope you enjoyed this product-laden travel diary…it’s truly an accurate depiction  of my four days in the city and it was my joy to share it with you!
    What may have caught your eye? Do tell!
    Good things ahead, including a fresh video and a host of new product procurements…xx,
    –The Beauty Professor
    P.S. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for daily posts in the meanwhile ; ) 
    **PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me), however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-18 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission

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    • Suzanne Gabrielle Reply

      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!

      June 1, 2018 at 9:02 pm

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