As a pronounced minimalist and disciple of all things au natural, this fashion editor has very few skincare and make-up basics in her possession. I prove to be profoundly overwhelmed and inefficient when perusing make-up counters and skincare lines My mind becomes festooned with a make-up mathematical equation that's lost on me. I keep in mind that the object of the game is to choose wisely any product I put onto the most important feature I present to the world: my face.
My mystical voyage of dermal beauty starts with a horrible habit of scouring Amazon, reading ambiguous skincare reviews inside the pages of Vogue, or trusting the advice of friends who have entirely different skin types than I possess. The arduous task at hand for some, if not most women, can either provoke migraines or worse – worry wrinkles!
Thanks to Shanna, manager of Carmel's Cos Bar, I'm encouraged to voyage into planet Make-Up with a renewed sense of confidence. What Cos Bar achieves so seamlessly is personalized service, epic variety of the most modern, all natural, and luxury products, plus a staff of studied professionals (quick summer job applicants for college kids or those just passing through, NEED NOT APPLY!) You are well taken care of here, ladies. Once you walk into Cos Bar armed with the motivation to change your make up palette or skincare routine, you can rest easy knowing you're in good hands with the true queens of dermal beauty.
I spoke to Shanna recently while in the midst of a make-up and skincare rut and walked out with renewed hope of trying out (gasp!) blue eye shadow and sampling the highly coveted Korean skincare line, Amore Pacific.
HOW DID Cos Bar COME TO BE IN THE WORLD?
Cos Bar was founded in 1976 Lily Garfield. It started with a flag-ship store in Aspen, CO and now we have 15 stores.
WHAT IS THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND THE Cos Bar BRAND?
Everyone here that works with Cos Bar has a minimum of 15-20 years experience. Nobody works here as a part-time job while they're going to college or just for fun. We make a firm career out of what we do. You have to have experience and we want to provide that for our customers. Our ladies are trained by every single line we represent. For instance, we are trained to present all the facets of each and every product. Cos Bar is an alternative to your run-of-the-mill department store and we aim to create a luxury boutique shopping experience that personalized for your needs- this is why we stand out! At Cos Bar we are not brand driven, we are customer experience driven, which makes for a more intimate experience.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE MAKE-UP TRENDS FOR THIS SEASON?br/> Strobing. Intense highlighting. Flat and dull skin is definitely something to avoid. Playful make-up is definitely having a resurgence. The natural look is out and the Eighties are definitely seeing a resurgence. Make-Up is definitely supposed to be fun at the moment! We are seeing a lot more customers who really want to have fun with their colors and make-up techniques. Also, the lash! Long, long, va-va-voom eyelashes. And then fragrance, our fragrances are getting very popular.
WHAT KINDS OF SERVICES DOES Cos Bar SPECIALIZE IN?
We do make-up for weddings, proms, private parties, you name it. One thing we specialize in that's not offered anywhere else on the peninsula is Air-Brushing. We sale air-brushing kits, we teach our customers how to use them, and it's an incredible make-up experience and tool.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON MAKE-UP MISTAKES WOMEN MAKE THAT DAMAGE THEIR SKIN?
Not taking care of their skin. Not washing make-up off before bed. I always tell people when they ask me what to spend money on is to start with a good moisturizer and a good foundation. The rest will follow. You must take good care of your skin. You have to exfoliate, moisturize, and build a good skincare routine.
WHAT ARE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PRODUCTS AT CARMEL's Cos Bar LOCATION?
La Prairie is definitely very popular. La Mer has a huge cult following and that's a big seller here, Tom Ford. Anything Tom Ford, the fragrances, including the lipsticks, mascaras, we can't keep them on the shelves!
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PRODUCTS THAT YOU USE ON A DAILY BASIS FROM Cos Bar?
Our Air Brush from TEMPTU. Sisley is one of my favorite brands. It's a French brand, not mass-produced and they use a very refreshing variety of botanicals. I really enjoy their anti-aging products.
WHERE'S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO GO AND GET A GLASS OF WINE OR MEAL AFTER A LONG, HARD, SATISFYING DAY AT Cos Bar?
It depends on the time of day! For lunch we definitely do Lafayette, we love Little Napoli, Vesuvios, all fun places to go.
THERE'S SO MUCH OUT THERE WITH REGARDS TO SKINCARE. SOME WOMEN CAN REALLY FEEL OVERWHELMED BY ALL THE OPTIONS! CAN YOU GIVE US TIPS OR ADVICE ON HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST PRODUCTS?
The first thing you need to do is come in and let us talk to you. Every single woman is so different and unique. One woman may only need a moisturizer, because that's what she can handle for her lifestyle. We really need you to give us the opportunity to meet you, see you, and get acquainted with your skin. We have something for everyone even when it comes to different price points. We pride ourselves and standout by forging personal relationships with all our clients. Also, there's no recipe for good skin. If you give us just a few minutes or some time to work with you, we will find the perfect products that suit your needs.
WHAT'S THE BEST COMPLIMENT YOU'VE EVER RECIEVED FROM A CUSTOMER?
How good my skin looks! Once you commit to a skincare routine everything else just fall into place.
Visit Shanna and the staff of highly trained Professionals at Cos Bar in Carmel