The Best of Fall at Neiman Marcus
Being both an early riser and a longtime Neiman Marcus fan, it was with alacrity that I ventured out to the Tysons Corner store bright and early last Saturday for a breakfast presided over by beauty blogger and Neiman Marcus beauty ambassador Kara Manos, who discussed her favorite beauty products for fall.
Manos focused on multitasking products, and here are several that have captured my fancy:
Described as the first CC lipstick, it differs from other lip treatment colors in that it is saturated color (not light and sheer). I like the rich, moisturizing feel of this lipstick, and I’m thoroughly intrigued by the concept of “color correct” for one’s lips. I perused the ingredients list and did not see anything that looked like gluten, and I was happy to see shea butter, a fantastic moisturizer.
Chanel’s latest product is an exemplary multitasker: it’s a finishing powder that can function as a skin enhancer or a bronzer. There are seven colors to choose from and as Manos observed, this is Chanel, so you know it’s going have a flawless silky smooth texture. Used as a powder over foundation it does seem to blur imperfections and impart a subtle glow and I can also see using a slightly darker shade to delicately sculpt one’s cheekbones.
As you probably know, full, dramatic brows are de rigueur this season. And now I’m convinced that Tom Ford’s multitasking Brow Sculptor is the best way to achieve this look. I’m impressed by the sculpted lightweight case (a reminder that Tom Ford first majored in architecture before switching to fashion), which has removable caps on either end. My favorite feature is the slanted “calligraphy” tip, which allows you to vary the stroke — you can use the wider side for the front of your brows and the narrower side to create finer strokes for the end. The texture is waxy — it really does sculpt and shape your brows — and the brush is great for blending and shaping. This product is available in four shades: blonde, chestnut, taupe and espresso.
A native Washingtonian, Beauty Blogger Lia Phipps is an interior designer with an irrepressible, life-long fascination with health and beauty. When she is not selecting fabrics and paint colors for clients, she occupies herself with trying new products and dispensing beauty advice to friends, acquaintances and anyone who is willing to listen to “Tips from Phipps”.