Makeover at Sephora

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After my makeover at Sephora

This past Friday, I decided to book a custom makeover for myself. I booked the 45 minute session online and arrived there about 15 minutes early.

I had two men do my makeup. The first guy removed my eyeshadow, mascara and face makeup. Then, he applied skin care products by Perricone MD. I especially liked the Intensive Pore Minimizer, which felt like a toner when applied. He told me to use it both morning and night. But for $55, I decided to skip it.

The other Perricone MD product I liked was the No Concealer Concealer. He used it under my eye area, but also on my lid giving it a smooth finished look. Next, he used Urban Decay Pore Minimizer Primer on my face and UD Primer Potion on my eyes.

Once it was time for the makeup, the other guy took over. I was so nervous about the entire process that I didn’t get either of their names. He used Smashbox BB cream and powder to set my face. Then he worked on my eyes, using Urban Decay Naked Basics eyeshadow. First he brushed Naked 2 over the entire eye area. Then he applied Foxy, with a yellowish tint, to my lid right above the pupil. Lastly, he placed Faint in the crease. It looked fabulous!

The main reason I chose to have a makeover was to learn how to do cat eyes. I was interested in buying the Lancome Artliner in Smoke. Since it retails for $30 and to get the makeover, you’re supposed to spend $50, I thought this would be a win-win situation. I would learn how to use the eyeliner and make sure I liked it before purchasing. Well guess what? They don’t carry it in stock right now. It’s one of those seasonal products at Sephora and I would have to buy it online – which wouldn’t count toward the $50. I was reallly bummed out as I had spent a lot of time last November trying out every shade of gray/blue on my hand. My second favorite color was Sephora Collection’s, Made in Manhattan, which comes in a pot. He applied it using the #10 eyebrow brush. “You want to apply it as close to the eyelashes as possible. Keep brushing it in small strokes one section at a time, ” he told me. He didn’t really do the cat eye with the tail (which is what I really needed help with), but he did do a thick line and showed me how he smoothed it using the same brush afterwards.

After using Benefit They’re Real mascara, my eyes were done. Next for the face. He used Nars bronzer and then Nars Orgasm blush. For the lips, which I really liked, he used a Bobbie Brown lipliner in pink brownie with a Nars lipstick. He finished it off with a gloss that looked great, but didn’t stay on. However, I really did like the lipliner and lipstick and may return to get them.

Overall, I liked everything. I bought the primer, Nars blush/bronzer combo and the Urban Decay eyeshadow palette. The total was $89. Since that was well over the $50 I had planned to spend, and I still didn’t end up with the Lancome eyeliner, I decided to return the face primer later that day. I’ve read reviews about using Monistat Chafing Relief gel so I’m going to try that as a face primer first.

When I took my make up off that night, the mascara was extremely hard to remove. Even though it made my lashes look great, I’m glad I didn’t buy it. The next day, I did my makeup and the eyes looked pretty much like he had done them. Hurray! The cheeks and lips are a little harder as I think I’m using too much bronzer for the sheer blush to show up. Also, I’m using my own lipliner and lipstick which aren’t the same colors he used.

If you’re planning on making some cosmetics purchases, I recommend booking a session with a Sephora makeup artist. They didn’t push any one brand and listened to what I was interested in doing. Besides, you can always spend $50 at Sephora! Visit their website at http://www.sephora.com.


Is Face Primer Really Worth It?

Last Friday I needed some basic makeup so I decided to go to Ulta.  I was overwhelmed. It’s funny that every time I go there, the sales people stick their nose in the air about “drugstore” cosmetics even though half of the store is dedicated to them.

The following day, I went to Sephora and loved it. Even though I didn’t buy anything, the people were so helpful and nice. I could touch all the makeup and try different products on my hand.  Some of the high-end eyeliners I didn’t like, while I really liked some mid-range ones. This is where I will return when I buy new things.

Back to my day at Ulta. I had heard good things about a brand called NYX, different from NYC that is sold at Target. I liked the way the NYX eyeshadows felt on my hand so I bought two at $2.49 a piece. I purchased Taupe and Golden. I can’t see the Taupe that much on me, but I do like the Golden. I also bought their cream blush called Desert Rose, which I really like.

The main thing I was searching for was a face primer. I bought NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer since the sales person said I needed to use a primer under my BB cream. It retailed for $14.99 so I bought it. The first day, I applied under my Garnier BB cream on one side of my face. It did appear a little smoother, but I didn’t notice the face makeup staying on any longer.  I did some research and found out that the whole purpose of a BB cream is to not have to wear a primer since it is a primer, sunscreen and moisturizer all in one product.

The following day, I applied the NYX primer on half of my face under L’Oreal True Match Foundation. I couldn’t tell any difference at all. The third day, I tried the NYX primer under a high-end foundation – Borghese Hydro-Minerali Creme Finish Makeup. I still couldn’t tell any difference, so I returned the primer back to Ulta.

Maybe part of the problem was that I was testing out a “drugstore” brand of primer. Maybe later, I’ll try higher end face primers and report back.