Neiman Marcus Beauty Market: What Katherine Packed

Katherine Coleman, Neiman MarcusTalking beauty with the Neiman Marcus cosmetics buyers is SO much fun. These are ladies who have seen (and tried) everything. Not only was it great to pick their brains on everything from lash-growers to lasers, but they were willing to let me peek inside their suitcases and makeup bags to discuss the best of the best.

Katherine Coleman is a cosmetics buyer for and She’s a self-professed skincare junkie and lipgloss addict. (I know she looks like she’s fresh out of college. It’s never polite to say a woman’s age, but let me just say that her skincare obsession is WORKING.)

I asked her what she packed for a business trip like this one.

Katherine says she makes moisture a focus when she’s traveling. She noted that airplane-air, traveling (to the less-humid) north, and indoor heating (NYC is often colder than Dallas) can wreak havoc on your skin. She also sagely observed that you’re drinking less water, but probably more caffeine — so you’re already a little dehydrated.

She doesn’t wear concealer on a daily basis at home (hatechu), but does on the road — to compensate for maybe getting less sleep than usual. She also depends on her “old faithful” standbys — products that just won’t quit, no matter how many meetings she’s got lined up (one example: Trish McEvoy’s gel pencil eyeliner).

She graciously let me snoop around her (freakishly well organized) hotel bathroom for the full scoop.

Any skincare ritual starts with cleanser and toner. Katherine likes Revive’s Gentle Cleanser Gelee because it’s soothing, yet gets everything off (including eye makeup). She uses it in conjunction with her Clarisonic Mia (obviously a Clarisonic is not used around the eyes). She follows with Revive Tonique Preparatif Lotion (toner), pressed on with Cle de Peau cotton squares. Katherine says the toner is gentle, refreshing, and leaves her skin super soft.

For daytime, she’ll use La Mer Regenerating Serum, followed by Creme de La Mer lotion. I recently learned from the La Mer counter that you should warm their moisturizers up between your fingertips and press in (nonchalantly rubbing it on can apply too much, and leave you feeling heavy and greasy). She likes Revive’s Les Yeux Presse eye serum (for day and night), followed by Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel for day (she says its gel formula absorbs super fast). She also showed me Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System, a hydrating, water-free, botanical mist that you can spray on before serum/moisturizer, or on top of makeup, for an added boost of hydration.

At night, Katherine uses Revive Moisturizing Renewal Eye Cream and Revive Moisture Renewal Complex Supreme (Revive is a line I’m just starting to get into, and I do really like their MRC Supreme moisturizer).

Now I have personally noticed that if I fail to exfoliate on vacation I WILL break out. Katherine’s a fan of steady maintenance as well: she uses Kate Somerville Clinic to Go pads twice a week, and Omorovicza Copper Peel (a two-step mask) once a week.

The number one thing I learned from Katherine’s bathroom counter: I shouldn’t be lazy. Good skin is a matter of consistency, even on the road. It’s better to maintain your usual routine and keep your skin happy than skimp and try to make up for it later.

In terms of color, Katherine wears Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection SPF 50 Anti-Glycation Primer when she’s going to be out in the sun, and Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB SPF 20 (BB cream) is her go-to daily foundation (silicone-free!). When she wants more coverage, she’ll wear Armani Light Master Primer with Luminous Silk Foundation #5.

She likes Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics in Wheat, composes all her eye looks from a compact palette of Trish eyeshadows, and is currently obsessed with Bobbi Brown’s Brightening Nudes powder (she’s been wearing it instead of blush). She also had high praise for Chantecaille’s Faux Cils Longest Lash lash-growing mascara.

Now I wear whatever makeup I’m in the mood for that day, which has absolutely no relation to the clothes I’m wearing. So I was astonished to hear that Katherine’s daily makeup choices are based on the color palette of her clothes. (I think I said, “really?” half a dozen times.) Do you choose your makeup based on your clothes?  Your clothes based on your makeup? Or do they have no relation to one another?

The items she has with her at all times? Chanel Double Perfection Natural Matte Powder Makeup in Tender Bisque (and Katherine was pretty sure that every member of the buying team uses this powder. She also says it can be used wet or dry). Lollia hand cream (a brand I hadn’t heard of, but the packaging is cute and the product smells really good).

Katherine SWEARS by Kiehls Argan Oil Hand Salve. She says she puts this on throughout the day to combat her dry cuticles. She says it’s super moisturizing, incredibly nourishing, and leaves your hands looking like you just got a manicure. I was skeptical that it would dry completely, but I touched her cuticles a minute after application and it had. She said you can even use it on split ends, or to tame flyaways.

Now, Katherine said she had a lipgloss problem, but when she unpacked her handbag, I really didn’t see a problem. For this trip she brought Fresh Sugar Plum Lip Treatment, Trish McEvoy Instant Pick Me Up color-changing lipgloss, Edward Bess lipliner in Natural (“the only lipliner you’ll need,” Katherine says), Edward Bess lipstick in Tender Love, Trish McEvoy Flawless Lip Color in Perfection, Clinique Vitamin C Lip Smoothie in Goodness Grapecious, and Edward Bess Gloss in French Lace.

Also in this picture: Cle de Peau concealer in Ivory, and Trish Instant Eye Lift (“a nap in a bottle,” says Katherine).

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13 Responses to “Neiman Marcus Beauty Market: What Katherine Packed”

  • Ryou says:

    I don’t match my make-up with my clothes, because I wear black almost exclusively. ;) I have been living out of my suitcases since 2009, so I only have very little clothes with me. I find that it’s more practical to stick to neutrals for a while, so I can wear whatever make-up I like (I stash loose eyeshadow in sample baggies). I also can be pretty clumsy and I find that black is the safer choice.

    Great article! I really should start being more serious about maintaining my skincare routine. It always gets messed up when I move countries, due to lack of unpacking time, unavailability of certain products, lack of suitcase space, what have you. Boo! >.<

  • I love those sneak peeks at other women’s makeup bags :)

  • boy oh boy. She doesn’t believe in travelling light, does she? That would be the entire Ryanair baggage allowance gone without packing any shoes, books or clothes.

  • swedishlina says:

    I found this extremely interesting to read. She can pick what ever she wants and these are the products that she obvious loves. I will have to check them out if I can, most of these products wouldn’t be available in Australia, and I certainly wished that the products cost the same here and not double. That really gets up my nose especially since our dollar is worth more then the US one.

  • April says:

    sorry , but thats bad ammount of money for looking just that . not worth , for my opinion .

  • Katie says:

    Great post! I will definitely check out the Kiehl’s cuticle salve and the the Chanel Double Matte powder. I do have to say that what I mostly got out of this post is that all skincare companies need to offer travel sizes. I love posts like this!

  • SS says:

    Great post. I am going to try Revive and the Kiehls salve too! Do you know what the perfume is? I love knowing what perfumes other women wear and perhaps try them myself.

  • Lisa says:

    Enjoyed this post! Went looking for the Kiehl’s Argan Oil salve and discovered that it’s been discontinued. Sadly, you can’t even get it on Kiehl’ Ordered a tin of it from an ebay seller. Just thought you should know!

  • KarlaSugar says:

    Great news, Lisa! They’re only temporarily out of stock on,default,pd.html

  • Moushka says:

    Great post. That Omorovicza BB cream looks like just what I need. While I love my twenty dollar Skin79 blemish/beauty balm, the silicones are doing a number on my nose and chin (peeling, ugh). But at $135 a bottle, Omorovicza is definitely for the one per centers.

  • Nicole J. says:

    What is the pump looking foundation thing next to the Armani Foundations on the counter?

  • KarlaSugar says:

    That’s the Omorovicza BB Cream.

  • Scarlett says:

    I have always matched my makeup to my clothing…not in a super obvious way, but, to me, I look “off” when the colors I am using on my face aren’t complimentary to the colors on my body.

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