Welcome to my first The Joy Tipping Point blog. I’ve left The Dallas Morning News and am for now freelance writing, editing, photographing and yes, blogging, on everything from beauty and fashion to pop culture to books to animal welfare and other nonprofits — all my passions.
I have a doozy of an event to tell you about to kick things off: Beauty Live at Galleria Dallas. It started yesterday and continues all day today (Sunday, April 12). Best of all, nearly all of it is FREE, and you’ll accumulate dozens of samples, tips and other goodies along the way. Today’s events run during Galleria hours, noon to 6 p.m., with two special main-stage events at 2 and 4 p.m.
Here’s what you’re in for (wear comfy shoes; I don’t care how fashionable you insist on looking, you’re going to be walking A LOT). Beauty Stops are stationed all along one end of Level 1, between Nordstrom and Banana Republic. My advice? Use the $7 valet parking near Belk; it’ll save you time and foot pain, and it’s close to most of the action.
The Beauty Stops have experts doing hair (braiding and curling); makeovers and touch-ups; polish changes; bronzing; perfume sampling (I found a new favorite by Camuto); hand massages and much more. At many of the Beauty Stops and in stores, you’ll find major discounts, gifts with purchase, raffles, spa sessions, brow waxing and more (some charges apply for these services/items, but the prices are so low you’ll feel like you’re getting them gratis). Participating Beauty Stops are Nordstrom, Macy’s, Belk, Lush, Sephora, Toni&Guy and Bath & Body Works (with in-store events at many of those stores, as well).
First stop when you get there should be the Beauty Hub, where you’ll receive (while supplies last), a darling little patent-leather handled beauty tote bag (you’ll need it for all those samples), and your Very Important Beauty Live brochure, which lists all the events and other action, and also has a Beauty Passport. As you make purchases from participating stores (and you will, trust me), make sure to get your passport stamped. At the end of the day, take it back to the Beauty Hub and for every stamp, you’ll get one entry into a drawing for a $100 Galleria Gift Card.
Near the Beauty Hub is Dazzle, which offers free temporary metallic tattoos (mine says “SHINE” in silver), and a music booth where Scot Redman, DJ and D Style Sheet founder will keep things hip-hopping throughout the day. Also close by is expert fortune teller Laura E. West, who’ll read your palm (I’m compassionate, have leadership and communication qualities, and way too much energy and organization to stay sane, she told me). Then she gives you a polish sample based on your reading. Mine? Mars Red. Power and communication. I’ll take it.
In addition to all of that, there are two main-stage events to attend today: At 2 p.m., Sephora Presents Contour & Highlight (thanks to the Kardashians, these techniques are all the beauty rage), and at 3 p.m., the Westin Galleria & the Second Floor by Scott Gottlich present Superfoods & Sangria Demos plus a Fashion Show by Lululemon. Whoopeee! Caveat: The main-stage events cost $20, but with your reserved seat (you can purchase in advance online or at the event), you’ll receive a $20 gift card from Sephora at its event, or a $20 gift card to the Second Floor Bistro & Bar at its event. So, again, essentially FREE!
A little about my five-hour day of beauty bliss on Saturday. In that time, I got a hand massage, bang trim (by Toni&Guy, not at their booth, but upstairs at the salon, where they ALWAYS give free bang trims, bless them), a brow makeover by an Anastasia magician whose name I’ve unfortunately misplaced (I’ll find it and get back to you!), and a temporary metallic tattoo (“SHINE” in bright silver on my arm) by Ashley McPherren. With my $20 Belk gift card, I got a $68 gorgeous purse on sale for $29.99, so yeah, I paid $9.99.
Best of all, Benefit superstar Brandon Barnhard finally, after literally years of my searching, found the perfect concealer for my genetic dark under-eye circles. Benefiit Puff Off!, a gel de-puffer for eyes, and Erase Paste, I am now officially yours forever. He also told me I look 10 years younger than I actually am, which earned him my undying affection. (He, by the way, looks at least 20 years younger than his actual age, dang him.)
Also, here are some of the best tips I got from the Expert Beauty and Belk GLAMsformation panels I attended:
1) For a natural look, go with tinted moisturizer for that trendy glowy look, a light application of mascara and a bit of gloss. You’ll look almost like a teenager again.
2) Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. If you must have color, bronzer is your skin’s best friend.
3) Coconut oil is HUGE right now. It has marvelous soothing and moisturizing contents. Charcoal products (no, not the briquettes, the ones specifically made for skin care) are also big right now; they’re great for exfoliation, tone-correction and boast anti-bacterial ingredients that’ll help heal any skin woes.
4) Of course, always do your morning routine of cleansing, moisturizer and sunscreen, but save the heavy-duty stuff (serums, retinol, whatever works) for your nightly regimen: Your skin rejuvenates overnight at twice the rate it does during the daytime.
5) If you get a zit, treat it. Then, don’t pick, don’t pick, don’t pick. You’ll only make it worse and possibly spread the nasty stuff to other areas of your face to form new zits. EWWWWW.
6) Go with a smoky dramatic eye or dramatic lips, but both is too much. You’ll look like a store mannequin, and not in a good way. (Also, expert Jackson — he’s so famous he just needs one name now! — who’s president of Fluent, a luxury lifestyle management company, pointed out to the ladies that the men in their lives WILL notice and appreciate those smoky eyes and hot-red lips, but they, too, will probably think both at once is going overboard.)
7) Finally: Get. Enough. Sleep. Cannot be emphasized enough. And, as DFW Style founder Lisa Petty pointed out to great applause, “There is no cosmetic like confidence.”
To end, I must tell the story that Alan Ginsberg, vice president of training and special events for Parlux related a the Belk panel, about fragrance and how it’s so intimately connected to memory and emotion. His mama had a beautiful display of perfumes on her vanity, which he was not allowed to touch. But when Mama and Daddy were gone, of course he indulged.
His favorite was a blue bottle set way at the back, with which he became obsessed. Very little perfume was left in it, but he adored sniffing it. Finally, Mama caught him with it and explained that it had belonged to his grandmother. He still has that bottle, and now works for a fragrance company. KARMA! (The blue-bottle fragrance was, he said, was Midnight in Paris, no longer manufactured. The only Midnight in Paris I could locate online is a current fragrance for men, but I think Alan might have meant Evening in Paris, which in the 1950s was the most popular perfume/cologne around but is no longer made. It did indeed come in that darling blue bottle (see picture in Alan’s honor). Maybe he’ll let me know if this is the right one — and if so, Alan, you CAN still get it, on Ebay and such, of course for vastly inflated prices.
I have a similar story: My mom died 15 years ago, and I still have her last bottle of Anais Anais. When I’m feeling down, I just take a whiff and all feels better.
So, get yourself to the Galleria (13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas) today and experience your own beauty fairy dust. You can find all the information online at galleriadallas.com, or call the Galleria concierge at 972-702-7100.
Social media: @galleriadallas, #beautylive