Monday, July 25, 2011

Sephora's Really Personal Beauty Consultation

Want to know one of my big, major insecurities? My skin. My myriad skin problems erupted mid-20's, at the height of my modelling career. I won't go into details, but at one point in my life I felt like I had every skin problem known to dermatology. I dreaded sitting in the makeup chair at fashion shows because the artists would fret over my skin. Nothing kills your pre-show self-esteem more than a critical, tsking makeup artist. Experiences like this and more soon produced not just a dislike of makeovers, but also a mistrust of beauty products. Thanks to concealer abusing makeup girls and disapproving artists, I always felt like a bit of a freakshow clown after a stint in a makeup chair.

So when Sephora on 34th Street asked if I'd come in and experience their Personal Beauty Consultation, a 60-90 minute sit-down with one of their beauty advisors, I felt very ambivalent. Although it sounded like a great service, the thought of that much time in a makeup chair was torture for me. But I decided to give it a go, because perhaps others with bad skin could be persuaded to experience a total beauty makeover if my experience was positive.

As you can see from the above video, thanks to Sephora's Christina Vega, I'm a beauty and makeover convert. Before our consultation, Christina sent me a questionnaire about my skin and hair upon which I whined, a lot, about my skin woes. So when I got to Sephora the next day, Christina had picked out a counter full of all-natural (my request) products perfect for problem skin. After 90 minutes of pampering and makeup application in a private space on the second floor (with water and chocolate!), I found product to love in Tarte and First Aid Beauty. I've been loving Givenchy for ages so that doesn't count.

You can get your own Personal Beauty Consultation when you buy a $125 gift card from Sephora. I don't have to point out how easy it is to spend $125 at Sephora. After the consultation your advisor will email you with a list of all the product she used during your consult, totally helpful for future reference. In addition to Tarte, First Aid Beauty, and Givenchy, Christina also recommended the following products for me:

Go to Sephora on 34th Street and get your own list going! I'll be buying product from my list each visit. While of course I can personally highly recommend Christina, I'm betting their Personal Advisor staff is full of well-trained talent. 

Sephora 34th Street 130 W. 34th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue