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Happy Monday everyone! On Friday’s post, I talked about my first experience using Sephora’s beauty services (read the post here).  After the appointment, I realized that the associate mostly used Buxom products to complete the look I requested.  Before the appointment, I was intent on picking up a few products I’ve been eyeing for sometime.  The list included Urban Decay’s blush in Quickie, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and a few Hourglass brushes.  I neglected everything I’d originally picked up after seeing what the associate did with the products she selected.

Buxom Cosmetics - A TUESDAY IN APRIL

I was most excited about the Buxom shadows.  What interested me the most about them was the ability to build my own palette.  As an African-American woman with dark complexion, I find that many palettes with pre-selected shades are just not dark skin friendly.  Investing in a pre-made palette often means paying full price for several shadows but only being able to use half the shadows (most of the colors are far too light for my dark skin tone).  Buxom’s new customizable shadow bar allows customers to choose from a selection of primer infused shadows.  There are 39 shadows to choose from (there are also pre-made palettes available) and is a great value at $40 ($85 value).  With this, I’m able to select shadows that work best for my skin tone ensuring that I’ll use all of the products purchased, not wasting product or money.  I also enjoy the ability to replace or refill the shadows as I choose.

Sephora Beauty 'Makeover'

The Products

With my gift card, I was able to purchase six Buxom eyeshadows, a blush and lipstick.

Buxom Cosmetics - Eyeshadows + Blush
Buxom - Eyes, Cheeks and Lips
Gimme Gorgeous (Matte Camel)
Big Spender (Matte Sable)
Gold Status (Metallic Brass)
Filthy Rich (Matte Chestnut)
Haute Couture (Metallic Java)
LBD (Matte Black)
Blush: Shangri-La-La (Toasted Berry)
Full-On Lipstick: Tokyo (Muted Cranberry)

I’ve discussed Buxom Cosmetics on my blog once before when I mentioned how much I love their Amplified Lash Mascara.  I highly recommend these products and Buxom as a brand.  The shadows, blush and lipstick are beautifully pigmented and last all day.  They would make a great addition to any beauty bag.

Thank you so much for reading! Be sure to check back on Wednesday for another post here on A TUESDAY IN APRIL.


Several months ago, I received a Sephora gift card and with it came a 45 minute makeup session with a Sephora associate. While I’d originally planned on using my session for an important event, I grew nervous about the abilities of the Sephora associates and decided to avoid a potentially disastrous appointment with a trial run.  I finally decided to call the closest Sephora last week to make an appointment.  Again, I wanted to test their abilities before utilizing their services for an important event.  While I didn’t plan on wearing the makeup to a function, I knew the experience wouldn’t be wasted as it inspired this blog post!

Sephora Beauty 'Makeover'

Before The Appointment

The call to Sephora to schedule an appointment was pleasant and informative.  While the associate I made the appointment with worked in skin care, he explained what I could expect, reassuring me of the professionalism and expertise of the associate who would be completing the appointment.

Sephora Beauty 'Makeover'

The Appointment

The experience began with a five-minute skin care consultation. Fortunately for me, there was a Boscia representative at Sephora the day of my appointment.  She began my appointment by using Boscia products to cleanse and moisturize my skin.  This was my first experience with Boscia and I found that I quite enjoy their products.  I typically hate it when associates at beauty counters go anywhere near me with skin care products because I find that they always leave my skin feeling dry and irritated.  I was pleasantly surprised by how great my skin felt with the products, so much so that I used some of my Beauty Insider points to pick up a Boscia trial set as I was checking out with my other products.
Sephora Custom Makeover Experiience

The makeup application also began with a consultation.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the artist assigned to me was a licensed makeup artist.  Our conversation flowed naturally putting me at ease, asking me about my typical makeup routine and what I was looking for that day.  After our conversation, she took some time to “shop” for products around the store that both work well with my skin tone and achieve the results I was looking for.  The makeup application took about 30 minutes, most of which I spent questioning if I’d like the final results and how I could politely thank her in the event I didn’t like what I was walking away with.

Sephora Custom Makeover Experience

Final Thoughts

I would highly recommend utilizing the services of your local Sephora when in need of makeup application for a special event.  While I was initially hesitant, my experience was professional from beginning to end.  The makeup looked great and received many compliments (I had a hard admitting that it wasn’t the result of my own skills).

What to Know

Getting a custom makeover from Sephora is complimentary with a minimum purchase of $50.  Mini makeovers (smokey eye, flawless foundation, contour, etc.) are also offered with no purchase necessary.  This site details the services offered by Sephora in detail.  I would also encourage you to take a look at their beauty classes which go over things such as daytime smokey eye.

Minor Criticism

I was looking forward to learning a few of the techniques the associate would use to create the natural smokey eye look I requested.  I was under the impression that this would be a makeover as well as a lesson on technique.  However, the appointment was just makeup instruction and not an instructional session as expected.


Happy Wednesday everyone! I received a few gift cards about a month ago for my birthday but haven’t gotten around to using them yet. Instead, I’ve been shopping around, mostly online, gathering a wish list of items before making my final decision on what to purchase and I thought I’d give you a look into my online shopping habits. Below are a few of the things I currently have in my Sephora basket.

Sephora shopping basket

There are currently 18 items in my Sephora shopping basket, many of which are products I’ve tried and love.  The Urban Decay Afterglow Blush in Quickie, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, Nars Blush in Seduction and the BeautyBlender cleanser solid are all products I love.  The rest are products I’d love to try.  With a total of $716.95 (yikes!), I know my gift cards won’t cover all of these items so I’ll have to whittle the list down quite a bit and wait even longer to purchase some of these items.  That is precisely why this is a beauty wish list.

Let me know your thoughts on any of these items.  What would you purchase with a gift card?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful Wednesday!