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?

Can’t Get Enough of Those Neutrals — Tarina Tarantino’s Sparklicity Bronze Palette

If you love, want/still need the Urban Decay Naked Palette, you might want to take a look at this beauty of a palette from Tarina Tarantino. It will speak to your neutrals-seeking soul. For realz. The Sparklicity Bronze Palette ($46 Canadian at Sephora) is Limited Edition and offers shimmery neutrals, misty golds and an oasis blue. Just call it the Dr. McDreamy of palettes.

Come on, look at its golden beauty even from the outside!

It is a large palette and had I planned ahead, I would have taken a picture of its size next to the Naked Palette. Alas, I’m not that organized so my apologies and hope that you accept my word here. Let’s look at the colours again shall we?

The shadows are apparently infused with “crushed pearl, diamond dust and silky porcelain”, and claim to be long wearing. My verdict? Two big thumbs up. These are buttery soft, easy to blend, highly pigmented shadows that managed to stay put on my eyes for 8 hours without a crease in sight.

The shadows are Pearl, Pearlized Nude, Shimmering Bronze, Matte Brown (which is the missing piece from the UD Naked Palette), Pearlized Pink, Taupe, Turquoise and Shimmering Brown. Swatches below in bright sunlight:

This palette is on my favorites list already. Love how sparkly yet not glittery it looked on my eyes.

Have you tried anything from Tarina Tarantino?

Disclaimer: Product sent for consideration only.

I’m "Not That Shy"

When I saw Sephora’s new summer eyeshadow palette, it spoke to me. It spoke to the neutrals-loving girl that I am, and it’s name “Not that Shy” (#14) is also something I related to. You see, as a child I was super shy and hated any form of attention. Today I’m not so shy. Get it? Okay I’m being silly. Back to the shadows.  
Priced at about $24 (US), “Not that Shy” has four beautiful neutral eyeshadows: a soft gold, a golden taupe, a shimmery grey and a soft pink. The fifth colour is a  matte colour and it’s designed to be used as a liner. To me it looks like a purple taupe, and I actually use it in the outer V. Lovely. The shadows are butter soft, glide on very smoothly, blend easily and the pigmentation? Super duper. (Did I just write that?)

I’m a bit obsessed over the purple taupe (bottom row in the palette) and the golden taupe (top right in the palette). Here are the swatches. What’s not to love? Sigh.

 Here’s another view of the swatches in a different light.

Today I wore the pink and the purple, and used Annabelle Smudgeliner in Armour. On my lips if you’re interested, I’m wearing MAC Patisserie, one of my favorite pinky nude lipsticks.

This palette gets a huge two thumbs up from me.

Sometimes I think I’m overdone when I’m running errands with the family. C’est la vie. A beauty blogger I am after all.

Are you as neutrals-obsessed like me? What are you up to this weekend?

Disclaimer: Product sample provided for consideration.

I Appreciate Beauty When I See It

I’m a true makeup junkie. I look at this photo below and can only sigh. You should see how I am when the palette is sitting right in front of me. Words cannot describe. It’s a beauty. Yes? Ok, my opinion. Just having fun.

Let’s take a closer look at each ‘section’ shall we? Aaah, neutrals. Sigh.
This blush is calling my name and so are the two colours in the top left. 
This oozes spring to me, yes?
What’s with me and blush? This blush also calls to me. I’m in love with the bottom right brown shadow, and I can appreciate the beauty of the blue, yellow and pink/red shadows though would like not use them often if at all. Still quite a beauty.
Aside from the amazing colour selections of blush, shadows and coordinating glosses, this has really good quality products. Good pigmentation, nice selection.

The sections snap out of the main container and snaps into an actual palette you can take with you. It’s all interchangeable. Not making sense. See below. Cool eh?

Want to know the best part? It’s only $30!! A total steal! Available at Sephora now for a limited time.
Final picture: a swatch shows how pigmented and smooth the shadows are. Yes. Yes. A true beauty.

That is all.
Disclaimer: Product was sent for editorial consideration. Excitement is my own.

Thoughts on Sephora’s Colorful Artist Lipstick Palette

I love lipstick. Probably an understatement if there ever was one. Sephora’s Colorful Artist Lipstick Palette (approx. US$32) is a lipstick lover’s, i.e. my, dream with 15 colours ranging from sheer nudes to dark purples. The palette comes with a big built-in mirror (would have been smart of me to photograph it!), a lip brush and even a little area where you can mix your own colours.

I played around with this all afternoon and overall I really like the colour selection. I stabbed one of the colours above with the brush by accident however. Must not multi-task while playing with lipstick.

Some colours, particularly in the top row, are more sheer in colour while others especially the second and third row are more opaque. The last two colours on the bottom right hand corner even have a bit of shimmer to them. The lipsticks felt creamy and did not have a scent.

I gravitated towards the corals and pink colours from the palette. The reds are not overpowering and can be applied as heavy or a sheer as you like. The nudes are pretty but too light for my complexion, i.e. concealer lips.

The downside? If you need to do a touch-up during the day you’d have to bring the whole palette with you. I think I still prefer the ease of having one tube of lipstick for touch-ups.

Here are a few lip swatches from the palette. I can’t remember which colours they are from the palette (note to self: take notes when doing ‘research’) so maybe not overly helpful for you! 
What do you think of lip palettes? Yay or nay?
Disclaimer: Product sent by Sephora for consideration.