My Kind of Playground

I love being outdoors whether it’s watching sports, walking or gardening, but when it comes to indoor play time there is nothing better for this beauty blogger than a visit to my favorite playground -Nordstrom’s North Park Cosmetics, especially on a Saturday.  I’ve been going to North Park in Dallas since I was a child and I love the duck & turtle pond, restaurants and of course, shopping! But when it comes to product playtime I head to Nordstrom.  Last Saturday I met with Enrique Ortega, Southwest Account Rep for Dr. Dennis Gross ( for a facial and product info session.  As you know from previous posts I use many of his products.  Not only do I get an amazing facial, my visit with him renews my product knowledge and I hear about any new products that are on the horizon.

 Facial/Tutor time commences.  Enrique cleansed my face using All In One Cleansing Foam. (I love this cleanser and have used it for years, because it’s quick, easy and removes my makeup as well.)  He then applied a much stronger version of the Alpha Beta Peel (2-step) similar to the pads I have mentioned in a previous post.  This gets very hot and tingly, so I know it’s working its magic! Next, he applied the Glow Pad which I love, and then he used the Alpha Beta Daily Glow Moisture lotion to reinforce the overall “wow” factor to my face, neck and décolleté. By the way, this is a new formula, so if you have tried it in the past and held your nose, do try it again.  This is truly a 180 on fragrance and delightful, unlike the previous version.  He followed with applications of Ferulic and Retinol Face and Eye serums. These serums have lightened or erased the brown spots on my face and hydrated and firmed my eye area.  Enrique reminded me that these serums are absorbed by our skin immediately, so there is no ‘dry’ time before applying our cosmetics. Another reminder: press, press, press always on your serums, so they get deep into your skin. He followed with moisturizer for my face and eye which included Hydra-Pure Firming Serum for my face and another longtime favorite – Firming Eye Cream.  It hydrates and firms my eye area with a cooling effect.  I am now ‘skin ready’ for my next stop – the YSL counter with their Beauty Advisor, Angelina.  It’s time for makeup before brunch with my girls! 

Don’t be shy when it comes to giving a Beauty Advisor and opportunity to do your makeup in front of a hundred or so people.  Honestly!  First of all, these people are product savvy in their line and will share beauty tips during application.  There’s an added bonus, too – you can try the latest products!  Really so many people are shopping on a Saturday no one is watching you.  And!  When you are done… you look fabulous and you’re ready for brunch or a night on the town, with a few samples or new purchases in your bag!

Special note: On that trip I picked up nine samples of products to try and I will be sharing my thoughts and experiences with you in the weeks ahead. But! In typical Texas fashion we reached a high of 82 degrees yesterday, dropping to 18 tonight and it’s snowing right now.  That means my playground will be indoors in front of a warm fire for a few days until we reach 70 by week’s end. But!  I have new product samples to play with so this product diva will be just cozy and fine in her home playground!

“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”

― Mother Teresa

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