Sunday, May 18, 2014

OhMyGosh! It's 7:30 A.M. and I'm @ Bloomingdale's

My friends and I tend to fancy early morning shopping adventures. Is it because the stores are not yet open, and we subscribe to the saying "The early bird gets the worm?" Uh huh! but, I also love the feeling of being a "faux-VIP," since let's face it, my budget does not allow me to be a real one. It's a good thing I know people who can help me attain my "faux-VIP" status. This time, this FV experience was brought to you by Fine and Dive, who is often found in Bloomingdale's on Michigan Ave. They were having an event called "The Makeup Date."

As we enter the great doors of Bloomingdale's at 7:30ish A.M. , a waft of freshly organized merchandise envelopes the air. We were met by a lady who was putting orange colored ribbons on our wrists, which we thought were fancy wristbands to the event, but no it was Tory Burch fragrance laced orange ribbons. What a nifty idea! It will keep the crowd stench down! I have a feeling, few of the early birds did not go through a bird bath. Ha!

  Keep your eyes on the prize comrades! We really did not know what we were getting into, but we know that we needed to get to where all the hubbub is. Registration check, raffle entry check, and oh! I get a goody bag and a $25 gift card? check! ( Keep reading to find out what's inside)

We get to the 3rd floor, and the FV in me secured a front row spot. It really was not all that special nor was it hard to procure, but hey! It's all about believing in your delusions.
The event program

The "Makeup Date" was hosted by Splash Magazine's Susanna Negovan. The event talked about the latest  skin care and make up products that the featured brands have ( refer to the event program). SK-II was throwing out their face mask, that they presented as the ultimate repair and pre summer skin regimen. I have drank the SK-II cool aid thanks to Life in a Fruit Basket. I have tried to divorce SK-II a few times, but I always end up going back! As the presenters did their shpeal and product demos, I could not help but be distracted by their HD projection! Being in the front row, I was able to clearly see the "whala! see the difference?" moments, but when I glanced at the HD projection, it made it look like the models had pores the size of a Chicago Post Polar Vortex pot hole. I looked back to the real-life version, and they were gorgeous! Another culprit that added to the horrible HD visual was the fluorescent lighting! Even the most amateur media artist knows that studio lights do wonders. The HD version of the models looked pale/blue/green/hungover, with lines, sun spots, random blotches of discolored areas. No bravo! I was eventually able to accept this HD mishap, and started judging the products by how well it corrects/shows in HD, after all, it's the eternal memories of how our faces look in pictures is what matters! The HD standouts were the YSL-Touche Eclat, it really brightened up the dreaded dark circles, the Nars Contour Blush, and the La Mer specialist's face still looked good on the projection. I'm not sure if it had anything to do with La Mer though. I was rooting for Lancome's Visionaire Blur to create the Barbara Walter's blur effect, but the HD just did not show it well.

Oh did I mention I won something? After exclaiming to my comrades that I don't want what they were raffling off,which was from Clarins, I was called the winner! Yes, I was being bratty, thinking that SK-II was going to have a raffle, and if I won now, I won't win the SK-II. Nope, no SK-II raffles. Ok now I want it.

My reward for waking up way to early! It contains:
Double Serum
Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate
Exfoliating Body Scrub
Moisture Rich Body Lotion
Instant Definiton Mascarara
Overall, the event provided information on what we all can put in our wish lists, so we can pile it on our faces in our journey to perfection and the fountain of youth. Although, at some moments of the event, I felt that I was at an Avon/Mary Kay pep event.  I wished there more detailed demos, better before and afters, and better production set up that gave the products justice.

Since I did not score the SK-II face mask. I mosied on down to SK-II, got a mini facial, and had the "real" age of my face read by the Magic Ring Skin Analysis contraption!
Let's just say it was horrific enough that I added these to my SK-II collection:
And got this "free gift with purchase."

The fun pouch contains:
LXP Ultimate Revival Serum
LXP Ultimate Revival Essence
Essential Power

 After my facial, I went to Nars to have them put my face back on! Thanks Angie and Nars Lead Stylist Jake Broullard!

 If this event were to come around again, maaaaybe I'll give it another go. It was a pretty fun day, but oh so early. The table of carbs they had set up was not even that appealing yet that early in the morning.  Snaps for eco friendly water cartons!

OK time to dump out the goodie bag (Oh My!):
Kiehl's Powerful Wrikle Reducing Cream
Trish McEvoy Intense Eye Pencil
Lancome La Vie Est Belle perfume
Lancome Absolue Siblime Oleo Serum
Clinique High Impact Mascara
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
Nars Pore Refining Primer
Sisley Hydratioin Anti-Agine Hydration
Guerlain Orchid Imperiale Eye and Lip Cream
Clarins UV Plus HP SPF 40 Sunscreen
SK-II Essential Power
Tory Burch The First Fragrance
Valentino Valentina Perfume
(oh there's more hiding in the bottom of the bag!)
Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara
YSL Top Secrets
Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creme

Phew. Fin!

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