A few weeks ago my mom and I went to the Beauty Trend Show at Nordstrom, and it was a very interesting experience. I met her at the mall in the morning and there was a raffle (where I won a can of the Dior Airflash foundation), a coffee and breakfast bar, and samples galore. It was at the bottom of the escalator that we exchanged our tickets received our goodie bags, which included a $20 gift card, from the $20 ticket to get in, that was only good for that day. We stood in the large crowd for what felt like ages until the doors to Nordstrom were opened, and then it was like the running of the bulls-- women of all ages running to try and get seats in the front row for the fashion show upstairs, employees standing on either side of the aisle and clapping. My mom and I managed to snag seats in the second row and waited excitedly for the fashion show to begin. And that's where it got a little... weird. Without any warning six models started walking down the runway and then they walked back, leaving a slightly confused audience in their wake. And then, a show that was supposed to last maybe an hour or an hour and a half, became an infomercial party that went well over the designated time. It was one company after another plugging their products while the models walked up and down the runway holding them. The only educational material came from videos where professional make-up artists did a quick tutorial on how to create the perfect smoky eye, dramatic eyeliner, etc. When the show was finally over, it was time to shop until our makeup appointments! The counter we had reservations at was NARS and my mom and I sat side-by-side while the make-up artists worked their magic. The girl I was paired with and I had a brilliant conversation, talking about school and traveling abroad. The rest of the afternoon was spent shopping and hanging out, which was a very lovely time, as per usual. We both found a few wonderful pieces, and I used my gift card on an amazing bodycon dress from Topshop.
Looking for the quick and dirty takeaway? Here it is: Did I have fun at the Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show? 80% yes, 20% no, give or take. Would I go again? No. I would much rather just have a day to shop and hang out with my mom than feel like I'm watching over an hour and a half of live infomercials and deal with the craziness that was the crowd in Nordstrom.