I had the honor last Wednesday of meeting Mr. Leonard Lauder, son of Estee Lauder and Chairman Emeritus of The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. while he was visiting Bloomingdales in San Francisco. Mr. Lauder and the team were in town to check in with their "shops" within the various department stores around Union Square. I couldn't have met a nicer or humbler man who has taken his mother's legacy and family business to the next level. The buzz inside Bloomingdales was amazing when he arrived as he visited all the company counters – Estee Lauder, Jo Malone, Mac Cosmetics, Bobbi Brown (all these brands are Estee Lauder entities.) as well as their many fragrances. Over the last five years I have been blessed to have worked with some amazing people through Estee Lauder that I am happy to now call my friends. This experience meeting Mr. Lauder is going to be one of my favorite Estee Lauder memories ever!
So let's talk beauty! There are a so many beautiful things coming out from Estee Lauder this fall that i have to share with you. I got to try them first hand at the counter and let me tell you -- I had to take a couple home with me. To start, let's talk foundation. The new Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup ($45 at Nordstrom) is one of the lightest foundations I have ever used. I love that it has skincare in it with their Pefectionist serum to help brighten your complexion. There is also SPF 25 sun protection in it to protect your skin.
I took my sample vile on my trip to Europe and it lasted me my whole trip. Since it was so light, it was perfect to wear in warm weather. I also bought the Estee Lauder Sculpting Foundation Brush ($45 at Nordstrom). This brush is shaped like no other and it feels AMAZING when you use it. It literally fits your cheekbones, around your chin and helps smooth out the foundation around hard to get spots around your nose. I am going to do a full review on this foundation and brush in a future post because I have a lot to say about it! In the meantime, visit your local Estee Lauder counter or Sephora and try this for yourself!
The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Synchronized Complex II ($65 at Nordstrom) helps hydrate around my eyes. I just did a review of this eye serum last week so you can read the full review here. One tip I learned was to keep the eye serum and your concealer in your handbag so you can give your eyes a brightening touch without having to redo your makeup when you are having a long day at work. I got to try the new Perfectionist concealer which isn't online yet so definitely go to your nearest Estee Lauder counter.
New to Estee Lauder's skincare line is their Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion ($95 at Nordstrom). This is not a toner but more like a liquid lotion that helps hydrate and promotes smooth supple skin. It is similar to products like the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence but I found the Estee Lauder one to be immediately hydrating. I could feel the plumpness in my cheeks after I put it on. Trust me, this is what your skin will need when the weather gets colder this fall and winter! It is something that's on my list to buy.
My makeup was the new Aerin collection. It was the first time I tried her makeup and I am in LOVE! This AERIN Beauty Weekday Palette ($70 at Nordstrom) has everything you need for a natural look with blush, lipsticks and eyeshadows all in one. The lipsticks are so moisturizing with Aerin's rose balm formula. My complete look came from this one palette!
Another favorite of mine was the AERIN Cool Gel Eyeliner ($28 at Nordstrom) which glides on effortlessly. I also love that the eyeliner has a built in sharpener in it too because 90% of the time I am way to lazy to find my sharpener when doing my eye makeup!