A Sephora Custom Makeover: A Review of My Experience

I’m not one to go for makeovers lately but on a whim, I decided to book a custom makeover at Sephora just to see if I could learn something new and discover new products. Treat thyself, I thought!

Hearing that appointments were hard to come by, I decided to book at the store well in advance. With a sales associate guiding me through the process, I booked it online via the store iPad.

On the day of my appointment, I was both excited and teeny bit nervous. But when I arrived at the store, things didn’t start off well. After all the planning, there was no record of my appointment so I showed them the email reminder that came two days before. Not to worry said the sales associate, we will have someone over to you ASAP. Within about five minutes I was approached by two associates/cast members: one who would do the prep with a mini-facial and the other to do my “CM”.

At this moment,  I was VERY skeptical. I wondered if they were “regular ” associates who found themselves having to fill in on the spot. But I thought, how bad could it be?

And so it began. During the mini-facial, I was introduced to some new products. Being a product junkie, she did have to have to get other options when I said I either had the product or tried it before.

When it came to makeup, the CM artist came with a bag full of products to create my ‘everyday office makeup.” There were some familiar products such as Benefit Hoola Bronzer and Becca’s Champagne Pop but there were some newer products like the Make Up For Ever Water Blend foundation (actually my request to try this) and the Kat Von D concealer (also my request since I had already tried the other two suggestions, NARS Creamy Concealer and Urban Decay Naked Skin).

For  foundation, she suggested the darker of the two shades. I should have pushed for the lighter shade as I knew the darker one would oxidize and be even darker once it set. And it did. My face did not match my neck in any way.

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As she applied my makeup, I kept thinking she was being pretty heavy handed, especially with the bronzer. Given that I’m already tanned, I didn’t think I needed that much colour but I kept an open mind. Thankfully, blush was lightly added and I fell in love with the colour (Becca’s Flowerchild – review to come!).

But it was when we got to my eyes that it went downhill. I am Asian and I know that doing my hooded eyes in the same way you do Caucasian eyes is not the way to go. She added the transition shade, and then two shades for the crease and it was off…way off. It looked bizarre seeing as I don’t have too much of a crease. You win some lose some and I figured I actually did like the colours she picked for my eyes. They were purple tones that I thought would be great for Fall.

When it was all said and done, I actually FELT the makeup which I knew wasn’t a good thing. It looked so heavy in person even though in pictures it looks fine. (Confession: When she wasn’t looking, I ended up blending the eyeshadow more with my fingers.)

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And did that stop me from buying some of her product suggestions? Not one bit. So many purchases anyway. VIB Rouge status maintained!

Have you ever had a custom makeover at Sephora?

Favourite Makeup Brands: Charlotte Tilbury

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If there’s one brand that’s captured my attention lately, it’s Charlotte Tilbury. I literally cannot find any flaws with any of the products I’ve tried from her line.

Here are a few favourites:

Film Star Bronze & Glow – this is much talked about among beauty fanatics and I caved in and bought it earlier this winter. It lives up to the hype. The highlighter is one of the best out there – finely milled and gives a perfect amount of glow that’s even appropriate for a 40+woman like me. The Bronzer can be used as a contour or a bronzer-and the effect is beautiful. For those with darker skintones, this may be a tad too light and I think  there is a deeper bronzer that might work better.

Coachella Coral Lipstick – this was part of my first purchase at Charlotte Tilbury when it launched at Holt Renfrew in Toronto. I still love it. It is one of the most beautiful bright corals out there that is not pink or orange. Just right. It fades to a very natural colour. Wear isn’t that long but it feels super comfortable on. I love Charlotte’s lipsticks.

The Golden Goddess Luxury Eye Palette – I just got sent this and I have to say it too lives up to the hype. Buttery smooth and easy to apply, I am in love. The neutral colours in this palette are right up my alley too.

And last but not least, the Cheek to Chic blush in Ecstasy, a beautifiul coral blush. What can say about CT blush other than you need one or two in your life. They are quite simply one of the most beautiful blushes available. You swirl around the outer colour and then tap the centre. I forgot and usually just swirl all around. It is smooth to apply and highly pigmented. A liight touch and you’ve got that glow from within that we all want to achieve.

This blush looks amazing paired with Coachella Coral lipstick, and that is what I wore today.

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Charlotte Tilbury is one of those makeup lines that make you feel put together and sophisticated instantly. It’s worth a splurge now and then!

What have you tried from Charlotte Tilbury?

Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Catoure: Preview and First Impressions

Celebrity and makeup brand collaborations are becoming the norm it seems, and the majority of the time, I couldn’t care less. But this one from Covergirl and Katy Perry peaked my interest. Why? Well, truth be told. I’m a secret Katy Perry fan girl, err, fan woman (Who am I kidding? I’m no girl anymore ;-)) And this collaboration includes a lot of lipsticks, which as you know is my thing. So of course, I wanted to know more.

Available in May 2016, the Covergirl Katy Kat Collection includes 11 demi-matte lipsticks (even black!), plus a new mascara – in blue and black.

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A Tale of Two Liquid Lipsticks: MAC vs. NYX

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Thanks to hours of Youtube video watching, I’m kind of having a moment with liquid lipsticks lately.  Two products that recently entered my universe were NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme in Prague, a bright and bold cool toned pinky berry, and MAC’s liquid lipstick in Dance with Me, a gorgeous deep red. While both are stunning colour wise, I only have one of them in my collection now. One went back to the store. Can you guess which?

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