Back in February, I used my newly acquired VIB Rouge status to get a free custom makeover from Sephora. Afterwards, I wrote a blog post about my experience which you can read HERE. It is actually the most viewed post on my blog!
Much of that original post discusses my feelings about VIB Rouge status, only having had it for just over a month. Now that 2016 is almost over, I have pretty strong feelings about everything represented by the illustrious red Sephora membership card, but I’ll write a whole post about that in the next week or so.
Anyway, to conclude my year as a VIB Rouge member (you can find out more about Sephora’s membership tiers HERE) I decided to get my makeup done, just for fun. Since I spent most of 2016 on Accutane I didn’t feel comfortable (physically or emotionally) having layers of product going on my face, or having someone applying that product at the proximity it requires. Kinda a sucky year to get unlimited free makeovers, but I’ve made my peace with that haha.
For round two, I went back to Sephora Robson. I had such a great experience the first time and I really like that they have a separate Beauty Studio on the upper level, rather than a designated counter space in the middle of the shopping floor like the other Sephoras around where I live.
One thing that has improved since my first go is that you can now book the makeover appointments over the Sephora app. It was quick and painless, I got an email confirmation right after and two phone call confirmations: one the day before and another the day of. I would still recommend phoning if you are going with another person.
When you reserve the space for an appointment you get a space where you can make special requests. I was close to asking if I could go with the same makeup artist I had last time, Noori, but didn’t because as someone who worked as a receptionist for a few years I wanted to be as low maintenance as possible and not make anything difficult for the people who have to deal with appointments, especially since it’s such a busy time of year.
When I got to Sephora Robson, I was greeted at the door and when I gave my name and the time of the appointment, the girl radioed into her headset for whoever was scheduled to do my makeover.
And it was Noori! I was very excited because not only is she INSANELY talented, she is also very kind and easy to talk to.
Since I was early (to make up for being late last time… eek!) she brought us (my friend Erica was hanging out with me for the day) up to the beauty studio while she took a quick break, and then went to pick out products.
Since I’ve been on Accutane for most of the year, my skin has changed DRASTICALLY since February. I have a couple blemishes as my body is detoxing from the medication but it is nowhere as bad as it was when I had my first makeover experience. Further, my skin has come from extremely oily and textured to almost completely dry and smooth. When Noori asked what I wanted to do, I told her full coverage with winged liner but whatever else she wanted to do I was down for. I did mention that I liked the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup that she did last time, but she said since my skin has improved SO much, I wouldn’t need such a high coverage foundation and the Double Wear line tends to be a bit drying which I should stay away from. It was a really interesting experience seeing the way different products are better for different skin types.
I was especially excited when she said she was going to grab the new Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette, because that has been number one on my wishlist since it was rereleased earlier this month. Noori did such a wonderful job and is just so lovely. It was another awesome experience overall!
The following products were used in my 45-minute Sephora Custom Makeover:
- Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Micellar Cleanser
- Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Serum
- Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream
- Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream
- Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer (for peripheral face)
- Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer (for T-Zone)
- NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Deauville
- NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
- Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
- Anastasia Brow Wiz (I think it was Medium Brown, but I forgot to ask… Whoops!)
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube (Original)
- Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Collection Palette
- Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
- NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto/Black for tightlining
- Make Up Forever Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara
One thing that is really nice is that there is no pressure to buy the products. Yes, you do get asked if there’s anything you want to pick up but the artists are not on commission. Both times I just didn’t want to be carrying products around for the rest of the day so I didn’t purchase anything at the time. After my first makeover in February I did eventually purchase a Beauty Blender and the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. I definitely want to pick up the Sweet Peach palette, I’m tempted by all the skincare as well as the Anastasia liquid lipstick and the Kat Von D brush she used to apply the foundation. I am presently still using Mac concealer and foundation but once I have used them up, I am leaning towards NARS products to replace them (also considering Urban Decay or Kat Von D)… but we’ll see! If you’re not VIB Rouge you do need to spend $50 to qualify for the free makeover but with the price tag on most Sephora products, it’s easy to get there. It is also sometimes a 500 point perk in the Rewards Bazaar, so if you have points to redeem it might be worth it to snag that!
The following pictures were taken eight hours after getting my makeup done!
Thank you so much to Noori for doing my makeup, Erica for tagging along, and to you for checking out this post!! Let me know if you have any questions or if you have had your own Sephora makeover experience! I look forward to hearing from you 🙂