October was a good month for makeup, skincare and beauty haul and overall. I had the chance to wear make-up a lot, thanks to festival dressinng up. Since I don’t wear make-up every day at work, so it was great opportunity to play with different techniques and shades on my face. October is done and dusted now but I’m embarassingly behind the schedule sharing my entire beauty haul of the month. I was overwhelmed with the response received (stats were booming!) when shared the first part of my October make-up haul here. Without much delay, here I’m, sharing the second part of this BIG wallet damage of last month.
There were a fair few new things that I discovered from a perfect shimmering skin perfector and oil controlling blotting paper (must-have for people like me with oily T-zone) that I haven’t stop banging on about. Then there were bits and bobs that I thought would be great to try on after reading rave reviews like Dr. Dennis Gross‘s Peels that ever sorts out my tired face when it’s in need (during holidays) and the ridiculously expensive Dior Lipstick and lipliners in nude that I love smelling more than I end up wearing. There’s some new skincare items too that I’m racing through because they’re that good and a perfume that I’ve fallen in love all over again. In fact – it might be my favourite favourite from the month because that’s the only gift item I received to which I have a beautiful memory attached from the past.
Let’s start with a round up of the latest products I’ve got my hands on from the massive Sephora haul from USA and lovin’ all the way. Although there is a super favourite Becca Cosmetics, October beauty haul was a rounded bunch featuring two freebie items I’ve started liking a lot. Everyone get your heart eyed emojis and bank cards ready for this one! Let’s dive in…
Now this is what I call a hero buy – which I definitely was eager to get my hands on for the longest time…once you have it in your make-up kit, you will know what you were missing!
It is a shimmering tinted moisturiser designed to even-out skin tone and give your face a healthy, natural glow. An instant lift for my skin and so easy to apply. It is both moisturising and covers up minor blemishes, so it definitely gets my vote!
The shade Opal is perfect for my skintone and also apt for those having medium skintone. You only need a tiny bit, I find I use it two ways, 1.) Added to my moisturiser or foundation and applied all over the face 2.) As a liquid highlighter for areas I want to define. I thought it was too shimmery at first when I looked at it, but once applied it gives a perfect glow. I love Becca Cosmetics products and this will last ages as you get so much in a bottle and need to only use a tiny amount, one pump is a bit too much at times so I press down half way to get less out.
This product was sent to me by Sephora for free! Best customer service! I will share how and why!
It goes without saying that this is the ultimate tool for glowing skin. This best-selling shimmering skin perfector Pressed in Opal was actually the product I had put down in the list of products I wanted and handed over to the beautographer to get for me from the USA during his work trip there but fortunately or unfortunately the original (liquid) one of the Shimmering Skin Perfector landed in my lap. Now I say fortunately because I wouldn’t know how great the liquid one is had it not been bought by mistake and given me a chance to try on. I thought the liquid formula will not be approproate for someone like me with oily T-zone. How wrong I was!
Why the Best Customer Service award goes to Sephora in Miracle Mile Shops, Las Vegas?
I wanted the best-selling Becca shimmering Skin perfector in the shade Opal. Now, as this product comes in three different formulas- liquid, pressed and poured. The one mistake I made is I didn’t specify which one (pressed) I wanted. Although the liquid one is the fastest-selling products and a heartthrob amongst the make-up artists around the world. A tiny mistake was done on part of the make-up artist/ sales staff helping the beautographer to pick those items, she didn’t mention either that ”there are three different versions of it- which one do you want!’’ So, the beautographer was given the liquid (the first version of the three) one. He bought it, came back to London and then I figured out it all. What do we do now? A product worth USD 41, I may not need it but what is most important is,I don’t have the one I needed.
The beautographer made a phone call at the store, talked to the lady who served him, she then took this up to the store manager and the manager has apologised on behalf of the staff for NOT giving out more information that the item has three versions. They asked for our postal address and shipped away the item I originally wanted (without taking back the one we got) on the same day and it has arrived in the mail within 3 working days all the way from Las Vegas, USA. They didn’t charge for the new product, neither they wanted us to return the liquid one. Most importantly, they have apologised as they thought it is their duty to give a customer additional information about their products which the sales person/ make-up artist didn’t do, case in point.
I’m highly impressed! As you know I SHOP and HOW! Often time price of a product comes secondary to me, customer service is what I notice first, always. How a brand’s representative/owner/staff make you feel is what we remember at the end of the day, products have a shelf life. I KNOW customer service. I have had excellent customer service experience and a few really bad ones. This experience is listed as one of the top two best customer service experience. Come and take a residence in London, the Great Britain, Sephora, it’s time! We love you. And a massive thanks for this gesture.
I came to know about this product from one of my favourite beauty journalists Sali Hughes from her beauty series of articles on Guardian. I thought this would be perfect for a woman like me with oily t-zone issue. And yes, it is! It’s a treatment that reduces the appearance of pores and mattifies oil. I had been curious about boscia for quite some time, and after reading rave reviews how great they are, I put it down on the wishlist and finally got it. I have pretty large pores (I have been cooking since I was 17) and also tend to get very oily in my t zone, particularly during the summer. I’m always very skeptical of products that claim to disguise pores, but I wore this under my makeup one day and could not get over how matte my skin looked! I put my makeup on around 8:30 in the morning and nearly 12 hours later everything still looked pretty intact and you couldn’t see my pores at all! Needless to say I will get a second bottle when this one is over. I won’t go without it!
Price: USD 36.00 Where to get: In store and online Sephora
Some random bits from Sephora now!
This set of rose-scented blotting sheets to remove shine from the oily areas of the face- what else can a oily skinned person ask for!. Perfect to touch up anytime with these convenient blotting papers. They are designed to remove shine, dirt, oil, and perspiration from the skin while unclogging pores for a clearer, matte complexion. Each paper contains rose chips, which provide essential nutrients and a delicate rose scent. This set of 100 individual papers comes packaged in a slim case that easily slips into your purse or travel bag.
Price: USD 8 each Where to get: In store and online Sephora
Again, I came to know this product from Sali. It’s a new daily peel designed for sensitive skin to exfoliate gently, nourish, and combat the most common signs of aging. If you have been dealing with some odd blemishes and breakouts for years that seem to baffle dermatologists, I suggest you give it a go. I never had acne but I do break-out once a month, so I do tend to have somewhat sensitive skin. I was amazed at how lovely my skin looks when this is applied. It acts as it claims- No blemishes! No bumps! No flakes or peeling skin!
Price: USD 16.00 for 5 treatments (which is what I got), price varies with the number of treatments you buy. Where to get: Sephora
Freebies from Sephora
The lady at the check-out counter in Sephora was kind enough to hand over a couple of freebies to the beuatographer. One is an essential oil to use on skin and the other for hair.
I’m a skin care junkie, but does not mean I will try everything on my skin if I’m given free. Having said that, when I opened the pot, it smells wonderful. Feels great on my skin. So, I decided to give this a try.
This will be more appropriate for the beautographer than me as he has this billowy, curly hair, but I, on the other hand, owner of soft, silky, straight fine hair. This frizz control hair is perfect for dry, curly hair to give a satin finish after you wash them and apply a tiny drop all over although it claims to work as a micromist to control frizz and impart shine on even the finest hair. It’s like using hair serum but in oil based formula.
Last, a present from the Duty-free shop, also my favourite!
Chanel Chance (original)
I love having a variety of scents to choose from and I think I have a pretty good collection of perfumes. Some are day scents and some are night. Some are wintery and some are summery. I definitely love smelling garden fresh and girly. But I also love smelling sensuous, feminine and classy. Chanel Chance is that chance . . . I was gifted first in 2005 and TOOK IT! No price for guessing…by the beautographer. He sent it to me all the way from London to New Delhi (where I used to study and live then) on my birthday along with many other things.
I call it ‘ a flirty day scent”. While Chanel no. 5 is my other favourite which is classy and preferred as night time scent, Chanel Chance is decidedly young scent for those who dare to dream. A light, subtly sensual fragrance, filled with vitality and energy, evolves from one moment to the next, each wholly unique….much like the presenter himself. So, all the products above were requested and paid by me to get from the USA, but this one item was planned, bought and presented by the beautographer. Old habit never dies…habits of loving the same way till date as he did during our courtship days.
Are you up for some more? I will still have to write another post to share the items I have purchased from the UK. Yes, October wasn’t a wallet friendly month but definitely a full-house moment for the dresser.
Stay tuned, stay stunned!