Saturday, April 3, 2010

Sephora! Part 2 of 2

Part deux!

The following contains the variety of products that I was introduced at my makeup trial.  They are described in the order of how you apply them for those that want a similar look as I got for my trial.  It's a long post but worth it...  


Now the Step #1 of beauty is cleansing and moisturizing.  

This involves washing your face twice a day, moisturizing and in my case I throw a little spot on peroxide treatment to keep from breaking out (Oil slick city skin here!).  You follow that up with a good moisturizer that lacks things that will lead to the skin exfoliating such as alpha hydroxy (Tip from Dee Ann) as the weight of your makeup will make your skin want to exfoliate killing it's wear time.

I have currently have that step down with all these products I have at home...
I'm using L'Occitane's Foaming Rice Cleanser  $20

Mary Kay's Acne Treatment Gel (peroxide mix that works for my oily skin)  $7

Mary Kay's TimeWise Age-Fighting Moisturizer for combination to oily skin  $22

(note...  some Mary Kay products are do it all at once sorta things so it's a good idea to check that it doesn't have anything in it that will cause expholiation)  If that's the case and you just need some moisturizer for your wedding, go digging as I did through my 80 gajillion Clinique bonus bag makeups that I collect when I was an avid Clinique user and pull out the dramatically different moisturizing lotion.  It's perfectly safe for ensuring you to loose your makeup!

The only thing I might work into this step is a toner again like I use to use from clinique or neutrogena's alcohol free type.

Now for Step #2 : The primers!

I've found in general if I wear moisturizer, that gives me an even surface for my makeup and I look less blotchy.  Primers one up that and ensure that the makeup stays in place and lasts all day.  When I walked into Sephora, I wanted to get the smashbox primer that Lauren (aka miss scissors from weddingbee) was talking about in her blog.  But Dee Ann mentioned a brand new makeup primer that waterproofed as well.  Plus it's vegan, all natural and chemical free.  How cool is that!  

For applying the primers, you just brush the liquid primers on, and allow them to dry.  For the eye primer, you have to sit with your eyes closed until it's no longer tacky so that you don't get a crease where your eye folds (Tip from Dee Ann).  I had a hell of a time doing so while hearing her and my sister talk about the shaddow she was going to use.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (Mineral primer that restores moisture, reduces pore size and protects against UVA/UVB.  It's also water resistant) $52

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden(Primer for my eyes.  Silicone containing for even application and also dries to a matte hue so it can be worn alone or with other shadows on top) $18


The next step...  #3 is painting your face base!

This involves first putting on the concealer.  You dab on with your brush the concealer and while some like to blend it in right away, our theater pro told use to blend when you put the foundation on.  She put dots of foundation around my face with her brush and then in a motion that reminded me of someone using a stencil brush to dab on paint to a stencil, she dabbed and blended the foundation and concealer all at once.  Following this you can use a makeup sponge to remove a little of the foundation if it's a bit too heavy.  But it often times looks heavy because your face lacks any color variation until you add your bronze/blush (Dee Ann tip!).  After the foundation is dry you can dust on your blush/bronzer to your cheekbones.

Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer in pearl $32

MAKE UP FOR EVER Professional paris, HD invisible cover foundation in 110 Pink Porcelain (Foundation for that photo finish...  Designed to look good in bright and harsh lights) $40

turns out I'm 1 shade above the lightest they have...  I knew I was a porcelain princess but didn't think that much!  =)

Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Intermix (Bronzer and Blush in one with a variety of colors for that natural sparkle) $30


Step #4 involves a dab of color on your eyes!

For this step, a beige was added to my entire eye lid up to under my brow (the primer), then a gold shadow was applied in a circular area from the inner 1/3 of my eye outward and blended.  The light green was mixed in to the gold just a bit and also applied to that little region between my eye and nose to make my eyes pop.  Accent was added with brown shadow in the outer corners that was blended in as you get to the center of my eye.  That shadow was also used to line my upper lid and lower lid.  Then black liquid liner was applied on my upper eyelid and smudged with a brush so that it was more feathery in the center of my eye.  To follow it all up, mascara was added to my lashes and as my brows are well defined there was no need for any brow pencil.

Tokidoki Cromatico Eyeshadow in Carnivora (ivory beige pearl high impact shadow) $15

Yves Saint Laurent Eye Shadow Duo in Anise Green and Intense Plum $41

Tokidoki Perfetto Eyeliner in Sabochan (black liquid liner) $16

Blinc Kiss Me Mascara in black (Mascara that forms waterproof tubes around your eyelashes.  Removal is as simple as warm water and light pressure...of course you saw I messed that up in part 1)  $24
Go to their site... this stuff is amazing!

For those that don't use mascara alot, you should be able to just get away with one coating as I did.  But if you need multiple coatings it is recommended to use a base of water soluble mascara and then the blink.  It will keep from damaging your eyelashes.


The Final step, #5 are your lips!

For this she applied a lip stain... yes a stain!  Sounds like something you'd get from Home Depot but no....  This will stain your lips the color you prefer and then instead of reapplying your color constantly over the course of a night, you just apply the gloss.  She used the stain to line and fill in my lips then went over top of that with a light pink gloss to give it shine.

Tokidoki Fantastico Lip Ink in Nana Star aka pink (To stain your lips all night long!)  $15

Smashbox Limitless-Long Wear Lip Gloss in Forever (To keep shine) $21


Now you would think that by Dee Ann letting me know what I could hold off on, it would have kept me spending a little less, but no...  I bought everything from there but the concealer and foundation...  feel free to add up everything above.  Mind you I was running on raw hormonal/stress induced emotion that led to a "It's my Birthday, I'll cry if I want to!" mentality.  Does every bride go in for a trial then buy all the products no questions asked out of sheer excitement?  Or is it just bad to do a makeup trial when you are likely to use purchases to make yourself feel better?

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