The Beauty Event at Barneys New York at The Grove in Los Angeles was amazing fun. I strongly urge those of you who live anywhere near Barneys to attend at least one of these fabulous events-- there are so many wonderful people to meet, and so many noteworthy products in which to indulge! This particular event featured two amazing lines: Surratt and Tatcha.
Attendees were treated to a Tatcha facial by renown esthetician Kyoko Getz, and Surratt Beauty makeovers by celebrated celebrity makeup artists Satya Linak, Maia Wagle & Sonia Marina. Furthermore, Troy Surratt, in all of his infinite charm, greeted guests and introduced them to his extraordinary makeup line (a Barneys New York exclusive).
Upon entering one immediately is struck by the elegance of this event. On the far left Kyoko is shown giving a Tatcha facial.
In the left middle ground, Troy discusses his eponymously named line with a guest.
The gorgeous treats.
Tatcha is an extraordinary skincare line that creates astoundingly effective products with the finest ingredients. According to Tatcha,
Founder Victoria Tsai has been a lifelong seeker of beauty. Her passion for skincare began at an early age when Victoria’s mother shared traditional Asian herbal skincare treatments, which they sold in her family’s beauty boutique. Victoria’s love of discovery has since led her to become a sought-after expert in the field, developing products and brand strategies for the world’s largest beauty companies.
Searching for a new approach to beauty, Victoria began traveling to Asia where a chance encounter in Kyoto with a modern-day geisha changed her course. For over 300 years, Japan’s geisha have been held in awe for their enduring wisdom and breathtakingly beautiful, porcelain skin. Perfected through centuries of timeless rituals, it is widely believed their beauty secrets have been passed down from one generation to the next by word of mouth alone. As she began to immerse herself in Japan’s culture, Victoria unearthed a 200-year-old beauty manuscript. On its ancient pages, she rediscovered the geisha’s coveted daily regimen. Moved and inspired, Victoria founded TATCHA as a way to share these timeless secrets with the modern world.
Traveling back to the City of 2000 Temples (Kyoto), TATCHA works closely with teams of scientists, scholars and geisha themselves to decipher the rituals and ingredients from the sacred beauty text. TATCHA’s formulas pay homage to the icon of Eastern beauty and the brand’s own storied heritage. Now the secrets of the geisha live on through a proprietary process involving the most precious Green Teas, Okinawa Red Algae, Rice Bran and other time-tested ingredients.
Barneys New York at the Grove has a beautifully edited selection of skincare and makeup, and not surprisingly Tatcha is among the lovely brands selected. Nota Bene: I will be doing an in-depth review of my upcoming hour-long Tatcha facial from Kyoko!
Team Tatcha (left to right): Tata Fallahi, Roman Bykov & Kyoko Getz.
These delightful experts are as lovely and kind as they are supremely knowledgeable.
Surratt, an extraordinary line that burst onto the scene when Troy launched his line at Barneys New York in 2013, was quickly recognized as one of the most innovative luxury brands to have hit the marketplace in years. A favorite among makeup artists, beauty bloggers, and the beauty-obsessed alike, this line boasts the most remarkable finely milled textures, rich color saturation, and overall exemplary quality. Troy, who is among the most celebrated and coveted celebrity makeup artists, is a true visionary whose beautifully edited makeup line was the result of many years of intensive research, and inspired by his deep and abiding love of high quality Japanese beauty products. In fact, his painstakingly crafted line is made in Japan with the most exacting standards. No cost was spared in his use of the finest ingredients coupled with the most innovative technologies, and the end result is a line of consistently superior quality. As anyone who has ever tried any of his powder-based products will attest, their smooth creamy texture is utterly peerless. As Troy explained to me, his powder products are made using the Japanese slurry-technology whereby they begin their life as a liquid that is poured and then evaporates leaving behind the most creamy and blendable powder. The textures of these products are utterly sublime, and the tactile experience is so superbly satisfying that one is naturally inclined to reach for these products above all others. Trust me when I tell you, these fetching products will be among your very favorites from first swatch to hitting the pan!
I could play with this line all day long!
Left: Eyes and Brows; Right: Lips
Left: Customizable Compacts; Right: Face
Troy himself is one of the loveliest people one could ever imagine meeting. Despite his extraordinarily impressive credentials, among them assisting Kevyn Aucoin for many years, and his status as a true artistic visionary-- he remains exceedingly humble about his accomplishments.
Such things of beauty!
Nathaniel Hawkins speaking to a guest while Satya works her makeover magic on a guest. Sonia gathers a few pieces to use on a lucky guest while intently listening to Nathaniel.
On the left Maia is working her magic on a guest while Satya does the same.
Maia and I were effusively gushing over the Surratt line, and were proclaiming our devotion to these utterly amazing products!
Troy is shown discussing his makeup line with a guest.
My Surratt picks from the event! I am so happy with my choices. To see the full Surratt line at Barneys, click here (Affiliate Links). I asked Troy to pick a nude pink Lipslique for me, and after he applied Chuchoter (pinky nude) to my lips he said, "that's the one." Naturally I had to have it. I also picked up Fee Soie (a glistening sugar pink) after my friend Rachel (aka The Beauty Professor) handed it to me and said that I had to have it. Troy also selected the blush in Pomponner (dolly pink) along with Aureole (a glistening golden highlighter) that pairs perfectly with Pomponner. Additionally, I selected the Autographique Refillable Liquid Liner in Chat Noir. Troy's products boast a modernist design with eco-friendly minimalist packaging, and his eyeshadow and blush pans can be placed in one of the chic Surratt Palettes for added convenience.
I could not leave without getting one of the few remaining Tatcha Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balms (Affiliate Link)-- this stunning luxury lip balm is a work of art unto itself!
A gorgeous gift from Kyoko, Tata & Roman.
There are so many reasons to love Barneys New York, and their events are certainly among them. The surroundings of Barneys New York at The Grove truly lends itself to a more intimate gathering, but with ample space to move around. The beautifully curated collection of luxury brands available at this location makes perusing and shopping an extraordinary experience. Additionally, The Beauty Event was a brilliant concept that highlighted two phenomenal lines in an informative and festive manner. This is the ultimate in luxury niche boutique shopping from a company that always stays ahead of the trends, and that continually seeks to find the most interesting products that are quite often Barneys New York exclusives. Bravo, Barneys!
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