Saturday, February 25, 2012

Neiman Marcus "Beauty Event Excitement Disorder"

If you look closely, you can see the symptoms of Neiman Marcus Beauty Event Excitement Disorder (BEED). The skin looks fresh, lineless, and hydrated. The makeup is perfect. The fragrance wafting from the patient is divine. The only thing strange about the patient is the crazed look in her eyes - the equivalent of a sugar high. Crafty psychologists recognize the disorder immediately. "Have you been at Neiman Marcus lately, say in the last week or so?" Yes, how did you know?

I'm definitely "suffering" from BEED. In the last 10 days, I've made five trips to two different Neiman Marcus stores - Tysons Galleria and Mazza Gallerie - and every one has been delightful. I've been wined and dined and treated to the best Neiman Marcus has to offer. I fell in love with an $1,800 Etro jacket (how will I ever afford that?). Today, I spent most of my day at Neiman Marcus, at both stores, of course!

I've had two facials in two days. I told you about my Natura Bissé Pure Air Bubble Diamond White Facial on Thursday evening. If I needed any proof that it was magnificent, there was "buzz" at Neiman Marcus when I arrived that my skin looked amazing. I think that's fabulous (or perhaps those who saw me were themselves suffering from BEED). It validated my view that the bubble facial was life-altering. I'm now plotting to set up the bubble in my spare bedroom and fly in Alexis every few days for a spruce-up.

Today, I had a RéVive facial. My skin looked so hydrated and so even-toned afterwards, no one commented on my lack of makeup. Not only was the facial fabulous, I got to visit with my friend John Gates, who had taken the train from New York to assist with RéVive's special day at Tysons. If you ever need help with RéVive, please call Anna Befanis at (703) 761-1600, extension 3295. She is a real pro - and a sweetheart too.

When I was at Tysons, I found out Connie Widener-Malott, Chantecaille's Head US Trainer, was at Mazza. Into my car I flew, fueled by BEEDS. I haven't seen Connie in at least six months, and I was dying to visit with her. As soon as Connie saw my makeup-free face, she offered to apply the new Coral Reefs Palette. In five minutes, she transformed me into a Chantecaille beauty. It sometimes happens that I return home after a makeup application and wash my face. Not this time! I wish I were going out. Connie is incredibly talented.

I also had fun with the dapper Wil Galvez, talking about fragrance - and, of course, Valentina. I learned that there's a body oil coming. I can't wait! Lisa Lingis, Le Métier de Beauté's gorgeous regional representative was at Tysons, and I visited with Michael Reinhardt at Mazza and Lisa Corsina at Tysons. I love my Le Métier de Beauté friends. All of the beautiful Sisley ladies at both stores were warm and fun. The flowers in the photo above were Sisley's cure for our need for spring (we went from 70 degrees yesterday to snow flurries this morning - it was a shock), and they added nature's touch to my BEED.

I have so many people to thank for my divine disorder - from PR to the product specialists on the floor - I'll mention them as I write over the next few weeks. I'm actually happy about my diagnosis!

Lest you have any doubts that neon yellow is an "it" color for spring, both local stores sold out of the yellow tote in two days. If you want that neon yellow bag, hurry! Perhaps it's still available at your local Neiman Marcus. The pink and gold totes are more "me," so I'm thrilled with my gifts with purchase. So why do I want the yellow one now? I guess it's a BEED thing.

You'll see the results of my BEED spending over the next week or more. Right now, I need a nap. I'm coming down off my BEED high for the day. If you'd like to experience BEED, I'm sure your favorite Neiman Marcus representatives can help. Perhaps one day BEED will make its way into the Merck Manual or have its own ICD code. Watch your friends carefully for the symptoms.

P.S. The stunning flower arrangement above was created by Art with Flowers at Tysons Galleria. Their phone is (703) 903-6837.

Update 2/16: Here's that Etro jacket I want. The sleeves are rolled up. There is a matching top too in the black and white print. Sigh!

Photos by Best Things in Beauty; totes photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus


Evelyn said...

*sigh* I wish there was a Neiman's near me to visit (I'm car-less so unless it's near a subway I'm not going). Even though you can shop online, it's just not the same. I'm no fan of yellow, I'll take pink and gold any time. You definitely have me intrigued by the Natura Bisse treatments. I'm going to have to look into those products now.

Enjoy your break from BEED! :)

toughdoc said...

That's pretty funny--BEED. I'm able to access NM online only and I think have the MIMDS--Makeup is My Drug Syndrome. I got my gold gift bag today with LeMetier's Orange Juiced lipgloss, some Molton Brown bath gels, and the incredible Kanebo Sensai Duo Bronzing Powder. Here I am scoping the website again for more goodies to buy so I can get the pink bag---we're sick. In the best way!!

Charlestongirl said...

Hi Evelyn,

You're right. You won't get the rush online. Sad. Definitely check out NB. Their products are wonderful!

Charlestongirl said...

I like MIMDS, ToughDoc! It's as good as Vicodin. :)

I just love LMDB OJ!

Things you could buy...Valentina (such a nice floral), Electron (ditto if you like roses), NB's new Enzyme Peel Mask or Eye Balm, LMdB Eye Concentrate, Chantecaille Coral Reefs Palette, the new RéVive Peau Magnifique Yeux...I'm full of suggestions. Tom Ford maybe?

Snjohnson10 said...

I definitely share your disorder! :)

Charlestongirl said...


It has been a busy weekend for us BEED gals. Both stores were packed yesterday. Can you believe I'm going back for more crazy shopping today?

Anonymous said...

I got the yellow tote its a burst of sun in gray Seattle. I got hooked on Valentina- I look forward to the oil! I also got hooked on the Fredric Fekkai ageless hair products- went back for full sizes of the shampoo, conditioner and hair plump serum- I figure my hair has to look as ageless as my face. Am checking into when we get the bubble at our Bellevue NM! Kris in Seattle

Clarisse said...

Gorgeous jacket...but so expensive! You need to win the lottery..or think how many palettes and make-up/beauty products you'll be able to buy with the spared sum!!!!Hummm...I'm afraid, that won't help much, I know how it feels to have a crush on something without being able to run and buy it at once!!! Be brave Charlestongirl, I'm with you:-)

Charlestongirl said...

I do need to win the lottery, Clarisse, and I forgot to buy tickets this week. How will I win?

That jacket has peplum detailing in the back. It is so cool. The sample size fit perfectly too. I would LOVE to have it (and the top).

Thanks for the moral support.

Charlestongirl said...

Hey there, Kris!

You are one of the lucky gals who got the yellow tote! Hang onto that baby. You can probably sell it on eBay! :)

Anonymous said...

too funny! :)
i was at NM on friday and it was insanely crazy too. i wanted the yellow bag too but it was all gone... left with a pink one...

Charlestongirl said...

Hi Mlle.Epitant!

Nancy Hernandez and Bottega Veneta both did bags for spring in that pink. You're in great company!