Out of the vault: Rock and Republic Orange Blush!

I was going through some old makeup and reminiscing on good times while wearing certain colors, I ran across a product that I will keep forever!

This vintage Rock and Republic blush has amazing ORANGE pigment. I got it at a Nordstrom Trend event a couple of years ago in Bellevue.

I love the pigment and how heavy the compact feels in my hand and the big swirled R&R on the front.

If you have your old items that you love, don’t keep everything but a few items like this are worth the space!


 This picture indicates the color much more accurately!  It is so bright – amazing and fun.  Remember you don’t have to go crazy, just enjoy the color – bold or soft! 
Rock & Republic Contrived Pressed Blush Immoral Peachy Coral

Here is an awesome Rock & Republic Blush Brush
with the R&R logo and great bristles!

  • Bristles are made of pony hair for a fabulous smooth application
  • The dense, flat bristles create the ideal canvas for more eye makeup to come
  • Function meets fabulousness with Rock & Republic’s glamorously gilded arsenal of five-star quality brushes


A Year with Dior: My first event – Winter Beauty 1/17-18

The Winter Beauty Event is this weekend and so exciting.  I have never worked a Dior event, but this one will include Dior Artists who are apparently amazing, tokens of appreciation for the customers, cute beauty bags from the department and our latest collection!

Send me an email to schedule your appointment for FridayJanuary 17 or Saturday January 18th at Downtown Nordstrom: arica.kildea@nordstrom.com.  Let me know what time you’d like to come – 12 -5pm. Hope to see you then!

A Year with Dior

I know you all have been dying to know what my next move would be… So I just started as the Business Manager for Dior at Seattle Flagship Nordstrom.  As I have been with bareMinerals for so long and have not tried a ton of new product for a while – let alone blogged for quite some time, I thought it would be fun to chronicle my first year with Dior.

Now Dior is a luxury line – much different than what I have been selling for over 3 years with bareMinerals – different customer, price point and quality.  From what I have heard so far, not only are they a great company to work for, but the lengths this company has gone to ensure the highest quality and highest standards for their makeup AND skin care is amazing.  As I learn more, I will be sure to share.

Last week, I went to the Nordstrom team year end party for Dior in Seattle.  It was great to meet this elegant group of ladies, have a wonderful meal and we were all given Dior gifts.

My gift is pictured below – a full set of brushes, Dior Lip Glow Balm, Dior Iconic Mascara and Dior Show Mascara.  I have not tried any of these products, but once I do, I will be sure to share how it goes!

Thanks for reading!  When you decide to order, email me arica.kildea at Nordstrom.com and I will ship from Downtown Nordstrom free of charge.



Sad Day: The end of bareMinerals at Nordstrom and reflections on what I’ve learned.

After over a year as the Account Coordinator and Senior Artist with bareMinerals at Nordstrom and an Artist in the Seattle Area for over 3 years, the doors have finally shut and my job has come to an end.

In the past three years, I have had the most amazing experiences that I will carry with me for years to come.

I have been able to teach a Master Class.

I have been able to learn from the Global Artist – Bravon Pascua and work with him on several events.

I have been able to attend Train the Trainer in San Diego with Bare Escentuals.

I have taken tons and tons of corporate classes at Nordstrom.

I got to speak at a Nordstrom Wake up Pretty Party.

I was a featured Artist for several events.

I was able to roll into stores and hand out gratis – which makes you a little like a super hero in the cosmetics department.

I was able to do stay and play trainings at all 6 of my doors.

I got to fight for my brand like no one had every fought for them before within the Nordstrom doors!

I got to speak at BASIC training for new bareMinerals Beauty Advisors.

I met the most amazing people.

I learned a lot about myself – who I was and what I wanted and didn’t want.

I wouldn’t have had half of those experiences if someone didn’t believe in me, take a chance on me and give me the opportunity to learn and make the brand better.  Monami Allen, Theresa Fracamacaro and Julie Haller-Smith all saw something and decided to take that chance.

Tonight, they are taking down all the counters.  It makes me sad and I have a little lump in my throat.  Will I ever love a brand as much as I did with bareMinerals?  It is kind of like a divorce in my heart, but I have learned so much and I would not have traded the last 3 years for anything.

For all you die hard fans out there, not to worry - Nordstrom will still carry the brand online.

I feel free to write a little more on the blog now, so watch out – good things are to come!

arica at zoe's party blonde hair 2013

Fall 2013 Mascara Madness at Nordstrom on November 9th!

Call now to reserve your bundle of mascaras for the twice a year mascara madness sale at Nordstrom!  You can mix and match any brand, type, style or formula – it’s buy two get one free!

Some of my favorites are:

Trish Volumizing – love how easy this comes off with warm water!

Lancome Definicils – number one mascara in the world!

Dior Show – all the drama… with the blue!

Bare Minerals Lash Domination – this is new since the last Mascara Madness and made with quinoa protein complex!

Call my gals over at Alderwood Nordstrom to reserve yours today – you can even get free shipping so you don’t even have to go to the store! 425.771.5755

Tell them you heard about it on Arica’s Beauty Blog!

READY faceandbodyluminizer

Bare Minerals Master Class this week at Alderwood Nordstrom 11/8-9

So excited to be teaching this year’s Holiday Master Class at Alderwood Nordstrom for bareMinerals!

I will be covering the latest and greatest in our holiday trends using the new kits that just launched into stores.  As you know, bareMinerals holiday kits are always a fantastic deal and feature some hard to get items.

Here is one of my favorites:

The READY Face and Body Luminizer – this is larger than the palm of your hand and the brush is so silky smooth on your skin.  It creates an immediate warm glow without crazy shimmer.  I’ll be sharing my tip for a quick night out!

READY faceandbodyluminizer

The DELUXE size original foundations just came into stores last week as well – call ahead to set your color aside.

Class times:

Friday 6pm

Saturday 11am and 2pm

Call Alderwood Nordstrom and ask for the bareMinerals counter to make your appointment! 425.771.5755


Nordstrom Seattle’s Beauty Blush Rush Hour Thursday Night 5:30pm

The hottest beauty event in Seattle is happening tomorrow night!  Nordstrom is celebrating all things beauty with their Beauty Blush Rush Hour – you’re invited to spend the evening sipping cocktails, learning about the latest tips, tricks and trends from top beauty experts.  Meet the top experts straight from Butter, Nars, MAC, Kate Summerville and more!

You can get your hair touched up with the Moroccan Oil stylists, mini manicures from the Nordstrom Spa and play with makeup among all of your favorite beauty lines even take home a free gift.

All of this will take place at Downtown Nordstrom, 5th floor in the John W. Nordstrom Room near the Spa.  Doors will open at 5:30 and the events starts at 6:00 Thursday night!

Tickets are $20 and redeemable toward your beauty purchases the day of the event!

Call 206.628.1989 to register with your favorite beauty line!

Follow my tweets to keep up with all the action - #BlushHour

I look forward to seeing you there!