Sunday

Sephora Beauty Service

Hello to anyone that comes across this :-) 

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. 


TipI 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. 


Skincare


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.


Makeup: 


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! 



Blending Eyeshadow


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. 



Contouring/Highlighting 

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! 


Love,

Haley 

Thursday

Glasses.

My contacts felt perfectly fine when I went to school this morning, but they've started to irritate me so I am wearing my glasses! I've been wearing my Oliver Peoples frames quite often, but it's time to switch it up (-8 Well there's not much to my outfit, but I just have to mention this sweater is super warm and soft! Got it for a steal at Nordstrom Rack too. It's probably going to be one of my staples when it becomes colder.








Glasses - Ray-Ban
Sweater - Chelsea28 by Nordstrom
Leggings - Zara
Boots- Tory Burch 

Love,
Haley 



Wednesday

Oxfords.

Good evening,

I slept in today and didn't get out of bed until around 12PM today. The lack of sleep has been catching up to me. I love Wednesdays, (the days I get to sleep in and end class early). I was taking my sweet time getting ready this morning, so I didn't leave home until 1:20PM. I got to school around 1:40 and my class started at two, lol. Goodness, I was definitely rushing.

Here's my outfit of the day AFTER class. I didn't wear my sweater to class because even though it's getting colder, it's still hot. I don't get the weather.  Not going to lie, I forgot about this sweater. It's one of my favorite things I found at Savers/thrifted. I should definitely go back to Savers sometime soon.





Sweater - Hill & Archer (Thrifted at Savers)
Blouse - H&M
Khaki pants - H&M
Oxfords - Hinge (Nordstrom)

Love,
Haley

Tuesday

Shoes.

Where on earth have I been? Just super occupied with school and work. School is actually kicking my derriere at that moment. I'm trying, I really am. Sometimes it's not enough, but I will continue to work on that. If everything goes as planned, I'll be graduating this Spring. I'm looking forward to that day, but at the same time I'm going to be lost. What do I do after I graduate? That's life. Life has also been giving me some family issues, but I'm hoping everything will be resolved soon and not repeat itself. We can and need to all move forward, together.

On another note, I'm looking forward to the colder weather! I can actually wear my winter clothes. My winter clothes pile over my summer clothes. I can't wait for the holidays and the holiday sales as well (-;

Here's my outfit of the day! By the way, I haven't wore shoes in a while & I always questions who I am whenever I do, lol.






Sweater - J Crew
Pants - HM
Shoes - J Crew Comme Des Garcon x Play Converse

Love,

Haley




The Forgotten Jumpsuit.

Don't you just love it, when you find clothes you forget about? I forgot I even had this jumpsuit, but I found it lying underneath all the clothes I've hanged up. I tend to wear what's usually comfortable and this is definitely one of those pieces/items. I got this a while back at Forever 21, and I'm pretty sure there are some similar items currently in store. As for the denim vest, I'm not quite sure where I bought it, but I have it in two different colors. One was from No Rest From Bridget at and ther other one I found at some fashion store. I find it easier to pair the lighter color with every thing than the dark one. 

Well, I haven't done much today, except take my cousin to summer class and my little cousin Dustin  (the photographer) to get some 7 Leaves & Frostbites! I will be heading off to the mall soon with my aunt and Dustin. Hopefully, I'll get something (-; heheh. Have a good day! 




Denim Vest- Thread & Supply
Jumpsuit - Forever 21
Sandals - Gap 

Love,
Haley

Monday

Hats.

Hello hello,

Is it good evening or good night? Well it's almost 10 PM where I'm at, haha. Yesterday, I went to Raging Waters and I definitely got a tan going on. It was fun! Definitely a way to beat the heat going on in California lately. I don't really have any pictures at the water park, because I don't have a waterproof camera.Lol, I just have a few snaps before entering the park, as well as a snap of my swimsuit and the backpack I used. Hopefully, there will be some cool pictures on the disposable waterproof camera we took. 


On the tram


Swimsuit from J Crew


Backpack from ASOS 

 I'm basically wearing the same dress I wore to the park yesterday, today. I washed it last night by hand and it dried completely over night. (Can you tell how hot is?)


Hat - Forever 21
Dress - Old Navy
Flip Flops - Nordstrom Rack, Gucci




Today consisted of Lazy Dog Cafe for happy hour! Such good food. I love their hush puppies and Cajun fries off the happy hour menu. Today was the first time I tried their Hawaiian Ahi Poke and Pomegranate Sangria. 



Wok Fried Calamari



Hawaiian Ahi Poke

I did a little shopping at Nordstrom and Forever 21. I picked up these pair of white pants from Nordstrom by Topshop. I've been really loving white pants lately. I actually own a similar fit/style in black, so that's why I had to buy the white ones too! Too bad it wasn't something part of the NSALE



I also got this burgundy/maroon (sort of looks purple) hat from Forever 21 for $10! It's so cute. I love hats. 





 Here's a selfie with the hat, lol!

Well, I'm going to wash up and call it a night! Good night.

Love,
Haley

Saturday

Distressed Jeans.

Hi there.

What do I have planned for this Saturday? Not much,just another day of relaxing.

I woke up around 9/10AM to grab some breakfast with my cousin and sister. We went to Kaye's on Brookhurst to get some Eggs Benedict. Yum yum! It did take quite some time for my sister and I to get ready, so it was more of a brunch lol :-) We also stopped by Golden Papaya on the way back to my aunt's house. Just like that, those were the final hours of my cousin's stay in California! He's heading back to New Mexico until his next break. If Michael visits during Winter Break, hopefully we will be able to think of other places to go/eat.

 I decided to be a bit more daring with my choice of shoes today. I wore my new BCBG boots/heels. I'm not quite sure which it is, but I know it has a peep toe and cutout. It also has a gold heel too! I've been looking for some booties/heels to match with tights and such, but I haven't been able to find it. These are pretty close to what I wanted, but they have a little more height than I wanted. I can't picture myself wearing this around campus....... My feet will cry, hahaha. I will continue to be on the hunt for those perfect booties! Aside from the boots/heels, I also got my distressed jeans from Nordstrom Rack too. They were only around $12! I think that's a pretty good deal for a pair of jeans. Not bad, right? :-)  








T-Shirt - H&M
Distressed Jeans - This City from Nordstrom Rack
Boots/Heels - BCBG from Nordstrom Rack

Well not to further bore you with my rambling, so I'll end it here. Good day everyone. I will continue on with my Saturday! I'm going to Raging Waters tomorrow :-) and I'm excited. I will update soon.

Love,
Haley