The morning began with mimosas! How awesome is that. They also had some breakfast pastries and coffee drinks... but champagne! Already I'm feeling like a VIP.
We split into groups and switched between 4 counters with various product lines set up. I don't think we heard about everything, but we got a lot of info. Seriously, these people know what they are talking about. And each representative is trained on other product lines, so if they don't have something in their line that meets your needs, they can direct you to another product line that does.
My first stop included one of my favorite experiences - the perfumes. I love perfume, but I have so many, I wasn't looking for any more. They gave us a few samples, and we got to smell a few more. And I have a new favorite - Bottega Venetta. It is the most sophisticated fragrance I've ever experienced. I went shopping at Target later, and felt like a princess walking around the Taj Mahal.
POLISH! Unfortunately, we didn't get any polish samples. But I can't wait to go back and try some. This line is exclusive to Neiman's, and is called Le Metiere de Beaute. Look at those colors!
I really can't stop gushing about the experience! Thank you so much, Neiman-Marcus!
After the wonderful experience at Neiman-Marcus and their obvious love for Deborah Lippman, I was inspired to break out a couple of my Lippmans and do a mani. I picked up the Footloose collection at HSN on clearance, and I'm glad I did! They really are among the best polishes ever. They are 5-free, and not tested on animals. All Deborah Lippman polishes have nail treatments right in the polish - so your nails are stronger and healthier after you use them!
I started with two coats of Let's Hear It For The Boy, a pale baby blue. If you love pale blue and hate that chalkiness that some pastels have, you need this color. I know my application wasn't perfect here, but I knew I'd be covering it with nail art, so I forged ahead.
Next, I created a Ruffian with DL Dancing In The Sheets. This is a gorgeous blue with hints of purple. I don't know if it's technically a duochrome, or a blurple. The first coat has a lot of the purple undertones, and the second coat brings out the royal blue. It has amazing depth, and look at that shine! This is two coats, no topcoat.
As much as I loved this, I noticed that the Ruffian style makes my short nails look even shorter, especially on my right hand. It may not be the most flattering style on those of us with short fingers and small nail beds. So I added some flowers and filigree to distract the eye and keep me busy for a little while. I think it looks like a damask fabric.
And, if you get a chance to shop at Neiman-Marcus, do. Their staff is so knowledgeable, so focused on customer service. I can't wait to start trying some of my samples. I'll be sure to let you all know what winners I find.
Thanks again, Neiman-Marcus!