It’s the day we and many women look forward to – the annual “Makeup Date” at Bloomingdale’s White Plains, which is a kind of Halloween for those of us ladies who can never have enough beauty products.
Think of it – several hundred women early on a Sunday morning – this year it coincided with Veterans’ Day – the mimosas flowing, the breakfast treats standing at attention, DJ Theo spinning “Stayin’ Alive” and other classics and presentations and raffled gift boxes parading from the likes of Clarins, Sisley, Kiehl’s , Clinique, Lancome, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Chanel, Trish McEvoy and MAC. What could be better?
How about the comedic stylings of Regina DeCicco – yes, of those DeCiccos – who noted that the famed grocer has added “and sons” to the stores’ name but no Regina.
“If this gig doesn’t work out, I’ll be back there,” she said. Not to worry: Regina was a natural, particularly as she described how she safety-pinned her pantyhose to her bra in the days before SPANX. Well, I mean, what girl hasn’t done that?
Fashion bloggers Simone Pilero of Simply by Simone and Jackie Giardina of Living After Midnight led us through makeup bag bingo, then sent us off on a scavenger hunt – all for more skincare and cosmetic goodies.
There were tips on hair styling by BLVD Salon, nail art by Brushed Up Nails and brows by Jude’s Brow Bar and trunk shows with Mari Ann Silk and jeweler Shame on Jane. But what we loved best was just hanging with our friends – this year WAG society editor Robin Costello joined in the fun – and foraging for makeup samples with our Bloomie’s-supplied makeup cases at the various buzzing counters.
An added treat: This year we had a 10-minute digital portrait done by Chic Sketch, wearing a fab Max Mara reversible cherry blossom and chocolate brown.
In real life, we should look so good.
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– Georgette Gouveia