Nordstrom Cosmetics Trend Show

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Wednesday - March 18, 2009

Nordstrom Cosmetics Trend Show

In celebration of its one-year anniversary, Nordstrom at Ala Moana Center will host a Day of Beauty March 21 (from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.), spotlighting the newest makeup, skincare and fragrance must-haves. Industry experts will update you on the latest beauty trends and share their secrets.

Featured guests include Geir Ness, owner and creator of Laila Fragrance; Ron Robinson, owner and creator of Apothia Fragrances; Hank Hoffman, national makeup artist for Smashbox Cosmetics; Sandra Obagi, protege and daughter of Dr. Obagi and his legacy brand ZO Skin Health.

Here are some tips to making your perfume last, according to Norwegian fragrance designer Geir Ness:


* Don’t put the perfume on your wrist! This is the most exposed skin area and your wrist touches almost everything you do. Your perfume will disappear fast.

* Spray once or place a drop of perfume behind your ear, your neck where your blood is pulsating or inside your cleavage. Another good area is inside your elbow and even a drop in your hair will last.

* To give it more intensity, after you shower and put on body lotion, put some powder on the areas where you’d like your perfume and the powder will make the scent more intense and last longer.

Also, on March 28 (from noon to 3 p.m.) Nordstrom has an UGGS event showcasing its selection of UGG Australia fashion. There will be light refreshments, a DJ spinning music and informal modeling. Receive an UGG branded blanket or towel with a $140 purchase.

For more information, call 953-6100.

Sephora Introduces Sephora Pure

Sephora presents an in-store event March 21 focusing on “natural” beauty. Beauty insiders are invited to get the inside scoop on natural and organic products and score a free set of samples (pictured at right) from brands including Lavanila, Juice Beauty, Jurlique, Boscia, Skyn Iceland, Korres, Tarte and Ole Henriksen. Plus, you can check out Sephora’s first-ever natural/organic palette - the Sephora Pure Wanderlust Edition ($36, pictured below) - featuring three trendy shadow colors, three basic brown shadow colors and a blush.

Sephora Pure is a plush collection of “green” makeup and skincare essentials. All Sephora Pure products contain at least 95 percent natural ingredients and at least 10 percent organic ingredients. Also, the palette is made with sustainable bamboo and recyclable metal.

For more information, call 944-9797.

Shop a Le’a at Ala Moana Center

Ala Moana Center presents its second annual Shop a Le’a fashion and shopping festival March 23 through 29. The event celebrates the very best in global brands and merchandise, presenting shopping enthusiasts with a myriad of experiences in fashion, health and beauty, active lifestyle, home decor, travel and cuisine.

Included as part of the event’s lineup are retailer-presented fashion shows and trunk shows, exclusive products, events at Centerstage, cuisine demonstrations, mall-wide shopping and dining offers, a grand-prize shopping vacation for two to Las Vegas and much more. Also, a commemorative spring bucket tote (pictured here) will be the centerwide gift with purchase throughout Shop a Le’a week.

Shoppers who redeem $200 in Ala Moana Center store and restaurant receipts at the Customer Service Center will receive this chic, reusable canvas shopping bag. Limit is one tote per person, while supplies last. For more information on Shop a Le’a and a complete listing of events, visit

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