Let's Makeup! #Bloggers in the city

During my recent trip to San Francisco with blogger friends, Adrienne Rich Life (on a budget) and

Kim Northern California Style, I enjoyed some memorable makeup moments at Neiman Marcus.

It's fun to play with the shading, colors and fragrances, especially with friends who can share ideas and give feedback.

I discovered my new Tom Ford fragrance for cooler months: Jardin Noir Jonquille De Nuit Eau De Parfum

Try a mini version here.

Adrienne had her makeup done by Fernando at Armani.

It's fun when the end result is so dramatic-POW!  In the end Adrienne didn't keep the

bold lipstick but exchanged it for something more neutral to wear for daytime.

Kim and I went for the less dramatic lip look in a peachy shade created by Tiffany.

Tiffany was generous to give us multiple samples of Armani skin care and Tom Ford fragrances.

I was impressed with this Eyes to Kill mascara sample. The brush is a good size and it doesn't clump or flake on me during the day.

We all liked the Armani Luminous foundation and purchased it (the subtly luminous look adds a little glow to dull winter skin).

I've noticed some of us have been dancing on the edges of the

bold lip

and it's definitely a hot look for the holiday season.

I previously blogged about my 'fear of the bold lip'  yet recently I've been trying to break out of that mold.

Earlier this month I was invited to an 'Enchanted Holiday' at my favorite

salon/spa Mecca in Chico.  Claudia and the ladies make it a wonderful event to welcome

in the season. When I heard they were offering free make up sessions I signed up.

Danielle and I decided it would be fun to try a bold red lip. My lips are fairly full so I often feel like 'lip' is all you see if my lipstick is too bright. Danielle said it's all about the 'shade'. She tried more of a blue/red shade on my skin rather than an orangey yellow based hue.

Despite the grainy photo it's definitely a bold look and I think

it will be fun for a holiday party or two this season

(rather than on a Monday night exhausted after a long work day ;).

I invited my step-daughter Briana to join me at Mecca for the session.

Danielle created a fresh, pretty look for Briana which paired beautifully with her coral blouse.

Girlfriends-it's so much fun to 'make-up' together isn't it?

For more on our #bloggers in the city getaway here.

How about you? Do you go for bold lips or keep it more neutral?

Do you ever shop with friends or family for makeup ideas?

My favorite guy has a birthday early next week so we are setting off on a little road trip for two to kick off our Thanksgiving vacation.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Stay warm!


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