Fashion's Night Out kicks off this week, September 6, and Neiman Marcus will be celebrating with a ten-day "Art of Beauty" event. If you didn't get your little Neiman Marcus booklet in the mail, allow us to give you an overview of why you should stop by Neiman's...every single day for the next ten days.
Yes, yes, we know -- Neiman Marcus! Pricey, pricey. But what a great way to score a beautiful tote -- and some rad free samples! And nothing beats a good free sample, or any gift with purchase. During NM's "Art of Beauty" event, a $100 purchase will net you a gorgeous faux-croc tote (green, silver or pewter) along with samples of some of the best new products from popular lines like Jo Malone, Lancôme and Fekkai. Events such as this one are the perfect time to splurge on an item you have been coveting -- perfume, some makeup brushes or a good foundation/foundation brush combo -- because at least you get to score some free goodies in the process.
The ten-day event dedicates days -- in pairs -- to different beauty categories:
• Thursday & Friday, September 6 & 7: Enchanting Eyes • Saturday & Sunday, September 8 & 9: Savvy Skincare • Monday & Tuesday, September 10 & 11: The Perfect Pout • Wednesday & Thursday, September 12 & 13: Flawless Foundation • Friday September 14: Sleek Scents • Saturday & Sunday, September 15 & 16: Tools of the Trade
You can approach your favorite counters to get the scoop on what they are offering in each category that day. We recommend calling your favorite counter(s) to see when they are scheduling appointments for makeovers. Events like these are the perfect time to get your makeup done, as many of the brands will have national -- even international -- makeup artists on hand, introducing new products and giving demonstrations. A little birdie told us that a national artist from Bobbi Brown will be at Neiman Marcus at the Galleria this week for the beauty event. (The little birdie helped pre-order a $100 purchase last week: a long-wear gel eyeliner, two cream shadows, a powder shadow and an eye shadow brush. What?)
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Here are the samples you can expect to receive (while supplies last, but they usually substitute something great when they run out of an item) with your fall event beauty bag gift:
• AmorePacific Time Response Renewal Crème • ReVive Moisture Serum Exreme • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer* • Jo Malone London Blackberry & Bay* • Givenchy Eaudemoiselle de Givenchy • Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Shampoo • Jack Black Hand Healer* • Lancôme Paris Génifique Serum*
The astrisks (*) indicate favorite picks from the bag. Jo Malone perfumes are amazing because they are always fresh and easy to layer, making them very customizable. Jack Black lip balm is another favorite, so the hand cream sounds promising, and the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is a pricey cult favorite ($43) that needs testing before investing! Finally, the Lancôme Paris Génifique Serum, because we are so damn sick of the commercials that we have to see what all the freaking fuss is about.
Can't make it to Neiman's during the event? "The Art of Beauty" is available to online shoppers as well -- don't forget to use the free shipping code NMSHIP when you place your order.