Sundance Beauty Scoop! Harvey Found a Junkie Heaven Called Splendor!
“I started to shake! It was like I was with the ‘Lipstick Whisperer.’ A beauty oasis in the mountains!”
Plus: Exclusive Harvey Sent Me discount code!
Harvey and pals in Sundance!
Okay girls! So, I was SO excited to get to the Sundance Film Festival to see Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s fabulous film Miss Representation (see my last post and go see the movie girls!) that I left one of my skin care bags at home. Imagine. A beauty junkie without his skin care essentials? OMG!
After I checked into my hotel, I had a little gay fit, then put on my favorite cashmere coat and scarf, walked down the main street in Park City, Utah to look for skin care replacements. Altitude dehydrates skin and lips like crazy. For those of you who live in places like this (or who love those ski trips), you know what I am talking about! This is an emergency! I found the wonderful, instant beauty set-ups for celebs. Makeshift green rooms for power brands like Sephora, L’Oreal, even Solstice Sunglasses. But this is Sundance! I want new! I want hard to find cult brands! Okay I know. I’ve already had three gay fits in the first two paragraphs. You can tell this is serious. Even your Cyber Main Gay has an occasional beauty dilemma!
Where were the chic, off-the-beaten-path beauty stores? I kept walking. Nothing. I was so cold that I stepped inside the door of one of those crazy tourist knickknack souvenir shops to Google “beauty in Park City Utah” on my iPhone. God it seemed like five minutes! The Internet is slow in the mountains! Finally!! I start scrolling. One name stuck out. Splendor. Hmmmm. From the moment I clicked on the site I knew I had found the Kara’s Cupcakes of beauty. Yummy. Delicious. Unexpected. Their tagline says “Beauty Junkies Unite!” I started to shake! It was like I was with the “Lipstick Whisperer.” A beauty oasis in the mountains.
The creator and owner, Delilah — only one name like Madonna or Cher — is a beauty junkie extraordinaire. Complete die-hard! Splendor has fab brands like NARS, Laura Mercier and Kinerase, but also some cult-like, hard-to-find “Indie” brands that made my mouth water. Sara Happ Lip Scrub and Luxe Lip Slip Balm. A fav of Jennifer Lopez and Katie Holmes! Now a fav of mine! They also had Scott Barnes Body Bling. Hollywood’s #1 radiant, tinted body moisturizer. Super instant sun-kissed skin. I’m feeling human again!
Look at those lips!
Splendor has a yummy “Skin Express Bar” where you can get a lash tint, an eye lift and a lip plump that just takes minutes while you shop. Adorable makeup artists and estheticians performing miracles while customers just ooh and ahh. This store is very chic, but there’s no attitude here. They seem to know everyone’s first name like when you go into your favorite Starbucks. Impressive. Incredible customer service! Genuine and sincere. It has a comfy cozy feel. I decide that I could live here. No not Utah, but in this store.
The Splendor girls!
I noticed a sign that said “Sassy Saturdays!” Well it is Saturday and I am feeling sassy! Delilah and crew offer to take your day look and turn it up for evening. Smokey eyes? Dramatic kissable lips? Done. They even have the cool brand Tokyo Milk’s “Lip Kissing Kits” complete with sheer gorgeous lip color and yummy mints.
Finally a huge gay sigh of relief. Beauty emergency over. God bless you Delilah! A place to go to brighten anyone’s day. Since I don’t live in Utah, I’ll be visiting your site to get my Splendor fix!
On behalf of all beauty junkies, I thank you! Ladies — when you’re in Utah make this priority #1! And when you’re not – check them out on the web at ShopSplendor.com. I even finagled you a discount code! Here’s some fabulousness for you: Call or stop into one of their two fabulous locations and receive 10% off your entire purchase through the end of February… just tell them Harvey sent you! This works for Internet and call in orders too! Yeah!
Harvey Helms is a beauty culturist and writer, drawing on 30 years of experience in cosmetics, fashion and design. Harvey has held positions ranging from Global Director of Beauty for Revlon Cosmetics to Executive Director of Special Events for Donna Karan Beauty. Harvey currently lives and works in Silicon Valley, where he just finished writing his first book in a trilogy of three: an engaging tell-all on the fashion industry. Follow Harvey on Twitter at Twitter.com/HarveyHelms.