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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, March 19, 2010

Putting your best face forward

By Paula Rath
Advertiser Staff Writer

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

This Shanghai Tang look from the 2010 collection could be one seen on the Shop a Le'a runway at Ala Moana Center.

Courtesy of Ala Moana Center

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Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Photo courtesy of Jerry Mayfield

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Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Photo courtesy of Jerry Mayfield

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At Nordstrom Ala Moana, it's all about skin care and a fresh new look for spring as the cosmetics department celebrates Beauty on Location. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, beauty advisers will highlight the newest in makeup, skin care and fragrance. It's best to make an appointment: 953-6100.

Dr. Obagi, a dermatologist and creator of ZO Skin Health, will offer his insights on skin care at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. tomorrow. Call 953-6100, ext. 1422, to reserve a space.


We can't all make a trip to New York for a Bliss Spa facial, but a bit of the spa is coming to us in the form of free Bliss mini-facials. The skincare company is introducing its newest innovation: Bliss Triple Oxygen+C Energizing Cream and Mask, with Vitamin C and three skin oxygenators. It's a best-seller at Sephora. To try it, make an appointment for between noon and 6 p.m. March 26 at Sephora Ala Moana by calling 944-9797, or for between noon and 5 p.m. March 28 at Sephora Pearlridge by calling 487-0660.


It's a weekend for high fashion at Neiman Marcus. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today it's Roberto Cavalli Day, dedicated to a designer who travels the world with his camera ready jungle, animal and floral motifs inspire his latest collection.

For those with a passion for shoes, the red-lacquered sole says it all. Check out a trunk show of Christian Louboutin shoes from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and tomorrow. It's an opportunity to see a sample of each of the styles available in Neiman Marcus stores across the country.

National Dior makeup artist Kevianno Guerreo will conduct two master classes offering his insights from Dior runway trends and translating them into easy-to-achieve makeup looks for spring, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. tomorrow. Call 948-7380 for an appointment.


Vans has just opened a 3,200-square-foot store at Pearlridge Center. The store, which has become synonymous with skateboarding and surf culture, features men's, women's and children's apparel, footwear and accessories.


A kickoff for spring fashion will come Monday as Ala Moana Center celebrates Shop a Le'a, with daily events and specials at shops and restaurants throughout the mall get details at http://www.alamoanacenter.com/shopalea10.htm. A fashion show, at Centerstage at 5 and 7 p.m. March 27, repeating at 2 p.m. March 28, will feature clothing available at Ala Moana. Watch for more details in Island Life and at http://www.hawaiisfashionforum.honadv blogs.com.


The marketing people at Benefit cosmetics must love their jobs. They keep us in stitches with the kooky names they create for their practical, midpriced face fixers. The latest: Stay Don't Stray and Confessions of a Concealaholic.
Stay Don't Stray (just out this month, $24) is a dual-action eye primer that works 360 degrees around the eyes to help make concealers and eyeshadows stay put all day. It also contains beneficial ingredients:
vitamins C and E and sodium hyaluronate.
Confessions is a portable kit containing six brighteners and concealers, four brushes and a lesson book. Among the offerings is Lemon Aid, one of Benefit's most popular products, a color corrector and eyelid primer. This should be in stores next month ($36).
Look for Benefit at Macy's and Sephora or online at www.benefitcosmetics.com.