I think it's about time I updated my blog! This time it's not about clothing, but more about makeup and skincare. I am definitely no stranger to Sephora, but it was my first time taking advantage of the beauty services offered. I made an appointment for the 90 minute session, and I think it went a little bit longer than 90 minutes. As a VIB Rouge, the service is free and doesn't require a minimum purchase. I knew I was going to be buying something anyways, so that didn't really matter. With that being said, it's been quite some time since I've left the house with face makeup. It felt like a mini accomplishment, lol! If you know me, I love my makeup. I don't have any pictures of my before makeup and skincare, cause your girl looks like super tired and dead this morning, lol. On top of that, I had puffy eye lids today. I'm not sure why. Maybe it was because I used a makeup wipe to remove some of my eye makeup last night. So sorry in advance for the lack of pictures.
Tip: I think it's really helpful, if you completed the survey/questionnaire they emailed to you because they go off that survey.
I arrived about 10 minutes early, and the girl at the door directed me towards the Beauty Advisor, Luis, that would be taking care of me. He led me to a beauty room in the back of the store (I didn't even know this existed, until now). He initially asked me if I had any specific reasons for the session, and I mentioned I wanted to learn how to blend eyeshadow and contour better. Were my two main reasons/concerns addressed? Yes, it was! The session started out with skincare. I'm trying to recall what steps he took from memory, but I have the worst memory, so it may be a bit out of order.
First thing he did was exfoliate and wiped my face using the Soap and Glory facial wash. It felt nice, it had little micro beads.
Secondly, he used the Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask (It smelled like oranges, I love oranges.) He also the Luna Mini Foreo to cleanse my face entirely. I sort of want this device, but I know I shouldn't. I will look more into it, considering I have a Clarisonic.
He also used a lip treatment and balm from Kaplan MD.
He then applied the Origins GinZing Eye Cream. It did instantly brighten and moisturized my eyes. (I might get this after I use my Clarins eye cream).
Followed by the Ole Henrikson moisturizer (Might purchase this as well after I use up my day time moisturizer) It definitely feels light weight and it's a plus if it's oil free.
He suggested the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (Purchased) for a face primer. He also recommended only applying the primer to parts of the face that gets oily. In other words, you're wasting product by applying it all over your face. My cheeks are dry in comparison to my t-zone area, so that was definitely a helpful tip!
He color matched me with the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation by the Skin IQ. (Purchased) One of the main reasons why I also wanted the beauty service is to get color matched without any face makeup on. I hope this time around the shade is going to be an accurate match! I will update on how this works out. The foundation itself had pretty good coverage, when applied with our fingers/hands (best makeup tool) in comparison to a brush.
He spot concealed any blemishes and under eyes with the Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Waterproof Concealer. I held off on this concealer, because I have so many concealers that I need to use before buying more. My Estee Lauder Double Wear Flawless Stay in Place concealer seems to be the holy grail concealer for my blemishes!
I'm not great at applying eyeshadow, but with the help of the Beauty Advisor I think I learned a few tips.
The basics - Primed the eyelids with the Urban Decay Primer Potion and applied a base color all over the eyelid.
The outer part - By using a tissue paper, you can fold and place it under your lower lid to to line up with where your eyebrow ends. (I will need to take a picture of this later on). You can place and apply the product there, and blend. This creates a more defined eyeshadow look (Wing like) Tip: Don't take it too high and use windshield wiper motions as well. When placing the product, don't drag, but pat it in upwards.
We worked with the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette for the eyeshadow colors. I liked the fact, that we worked with something I already had. He added some purple and black towards the end to darken the look. Personally, I feel this "eyeshadow look" probably works best for the night time :-) I will definitely try to recreate this the next time I have a night out! He also added a wing liner on the top lid and lined my water line with a brown eyeliner (Black would have been quite heavy/harsh on the water line).
He powdered my face with the Lock-It Power Foundation by Kat Von D. I'm more of a translucent powder person, so I skipped on purchasing this.
He also used blush by Marc Jacobs (I'm a sucker for anything Marc Jacobs), but I'm definitely stocked up with blushes thanks to the holiday blush palette Tarte had. Tarte will always be my number one go to for blushes.
I have no idea how to contour. I wanted to learn how to do this and he definitely showed me, with the help of a tissue paper! It was really neat. If I recall, you will want to fold the tissue, so that it's small enough to place where your cheekbones are (From the outer part of your mouth towards the upper part of the ear).The product should be applied and blended right above the tissue area. You won't have to worry about missing your cheekbones or going to low. I'm pretty sure this makes no sense, but once I get the chance, I will try to take pictures of this helpful method as well. He used a mixture of contouring products from Kat Von D and Kevyn Aucoin. What contour palette should I splurge? He also used the Makeup Forever Pro Sculpting Duo to highlight. (Purchased)
He then added some lipliner and lipgloss (Estee Lauder and Buxom, respectively, not too sure on the exact colors). Touched up my eyebrows, followed by mascara, and finished the look with a finishing mist by MUFE.
Here's the final look! (Definitely with the help of some good lighting and makeup)
He also sprayed a leave-in treatment for my hair, and it smells so good!! I wish I had taken a picture of it, because I might want to purchase it the next time I go to Sephora!
Pretty much, this is all the products the Beauty Advisor applied on me & the conclusion of my session. Overall, it was a good experience, because I've learned a few makeup tricks. The Beauty Advisor was really nice and helpful :-)
Got some extra goodies too!
(500 point reward)
If you have any questions, leave me a comment!