I’m back in the makeup artist saddle again. After losing my primary job last week, I decided to go back into the world of retail makeup artistry and sales in order to pay my bills until I can find another position that aligns with my life goals. Going back to retail was something I swore I’d never do again, but these are desperate times that call for desperate measures. Now that I’m more mature than I was when I last worked within retail, I have better skills at communicating with difficult customers, and can handle difficult situations with ease (most of the time)! Here’s the biggest perk: I have access to ALL MAKEUP, ALL OF THE TIME. There is an NYX store, Sephora, Make Up Forever Pro Store, MAC Pro Store, Macy’s, and the store I am working in, Nordstrom. It is insane to have all of these products at my fingertips. I will now be sharing my findings with the blog, and wow, there are a lot of things to cover.
Let’s start with my skincare program. I have really difficult skin: Oily, acne-prone, large pores, dry patches, discoloration and freckles, red patches, and now I have to worry about fine lines. I’ve always hated my skin, always figured nothing would help it except for the expensive chemical peels that made my skin look heavenly for about two weeks. Enter AmorePacific. The 70-year old skincare brand from Korea captured my heart and about a week’s worth of pay. The 10-step program is extensive, but once you get into the ritual, you reap in the benefits from using these beautiful products. I’ll go in more details in the coming weeks about AmorePacific, but these are my key products: The Oil Cleanser removes everything–makeup, dirt, and the gross oil that your face just busted out during the day. The Treatment Cleansing Foam is the best cleanser I’ve ever used. It is gentle yet effective–and you have to wash TWICE. The double cleanse is the key to removing all of your makeup and gunk that your pores held on to. My skin thanks me by producing less oil, and the pimples.. what pimples?
Now for the fun stuff. I bought several amazing items this month, and I’m pretty excited to talk about it. Let me start off with my new foundation, the La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation with SPF 15. Yes, this baby is $215, but let me justify the price for you. First of all, the packaging is amazing–elegant and heavy-duty–the packaging is beautiful and you get a little metal stand for your foundation bottle and concealer brush. The concealer is usually applied first, and it glides on and melts into the skin. It is full coverage and smooth, never cakey. I apply the foundation with a damp BeautyBlender , which is a must-have, and then I dust very slightly with IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation powder. I’ve literally had customers stop me in the middle of foundation application with a brand that they originally asked for, and then ask me what I was wearing. I’d use the La Prairie on one side of the face to compare, and every single time they’d ask to buy the La Prairie. No matter what the price, the customers were impressed. I’d never spend over $200 on a foundation, but this really impressed me and will be part of my collection for now.
As for primers for the face, I have always advised against them. I never thought they were worth the trouble. Most of all, they broke me out–all of them–and I never had interest in trying another one again after trying so many of them. For the heck of it, I took home a sample of the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer. I had no idea what would happen, but what did happen was amazing. First, it feels like a dream. Secondly, it is non-comedogenic and contains essential oils. No silica! I was screaming “FINALLY” as I purchased it and happily left the store. It is worth the try, but be sure to get a sample of it to try in the morning on a fresh face. The gold flakes are not real gold, but do add a little sparkle to your complexion.