Classically Clarins

One thing I love about being a beauty expert is that I am constantly learning about different brands–especially when I thought I knew most everything about a particular brand. Case in point: Clarins. This classic French brand has been around for sixty years and I thought I was well-versed on it until tonight. I attended their beauty party at Saks Fifth Avenue, in conjunction with W Magazine, and in talking with reps from the brand, got a great education on all things Clarins. For instance, I learned the proper way to apply their award-winning Double Serum to achieve maximum effect (note: it's all in the way you apply pressure to your face, directing the pressure down and back to get the blood flowing), and learned that all their products–including makeup–are plant-based. (Who says plant-based is just for the kitchen?)

With Tony Losavio, Education Manager of Clarins.

With Tony Losavio, Education Manager of Clarins.

Checking out the products.

Checking out the products.

With Clarins makeup artist, Jean Fayard.

With Clarins makeup artist, Jean Fayard.

In addition to gaining better insight into the history of the brand, it was great fun to try the various products and learn different tips and tricks that make Clarins unique. But most importantly, the energy was infectious as the passion of the brand was crystal clear when talking with seasoned employees whose own great skin was a testament to the effectiveness of the brand.

Dawn Cassara, VP of Sales, Clarins, discusses the brand.

Dawn Cassara, VP of Sales, Clarins, discusses the brand.

A bit of bubbly with Susan Small of Bella PR.

A bit of bubbly with Susan Small of Bella PR.

Dawn and I after having a robust convo about beauty and skincare.

Dawn and I after having a robust convo about beauty and skincare.

Jean gives her fave tips and tricks.

Jean gives her fave tips and tricks.

Thank you Saks and Clarins for a wonderful night. (And for my treats!)

Thank you Saks and Clarins for a wonderful night. (And for my treats!)

So excited about my Clarins takeaways!

So excited about my Clarins takeaways!