Weekend Wrap-up #4

Three cheers for me that I am finally back home with my beloved kitty, boyfriend, and comfy bed! My business trip went well, but I am so happy to be back to normal life this week. That also means access to my entire makeup stash, rather than just the bits in my travel bag, so expect more regular posts coming your way.

As I just got back on Friday night I spent most of the weekend relaxing and unpacking. We found ourselves in a bit of a mood on Saturday where we wanted to “spring clean” (fall clean?), rearrange furniture, and take care of lots of odds and ends that we’d been putting off for ages around the apartment. The result is still slightly chaotic, but we’re on the way to having everything sorted and in its proper place soon. New additions include a breakfast bar with stools and a chalkboard wall!

After we wrapped up everything on Sunday I headed over to  my local Sephora for a Skincare Basics course. I’ve attended one other class at Sephora in the past, an Intro To Smokey Eyes that was fun and informative, but nothing to really write home about. I expected the Skincare Basics course to be similarly, well, basic, but I thought it would at least be a good opportunity to learn about and try some new products.

Shortly after arriving and checking in with a sales associate I learned I was in for a big treat– everyone else in my class had canceled and I was going to have a 1-on-1 consultation and treatment with the skincare specialist teaching the class! Lauren, the skincare specialist who worked with me, was so sweet and helpful, and did a great job making me feel relaxed even though we were in the middle of a crowded store.

She began by removing my makeup, and then set me in front of the Dr. Dennis Gross Steamer to open up my pores. After that she did a quick cleanse using Shisedo Cleansing Foam and we moved on to a mask treatment, the beauty blogger favorite Glam Glow Youthmud Tinglexfoliant treatment! Coming in at a hefty $70 for a 1.7 oz tub, this was a mask that I’d heard raves about, but assumed I’d never have the opportunity to try. While I’m not sure if I can justify purchasing it myself, I loved the tingly feeling of the mask and the soothing bits of french sea clay and green tea leaf. While I had the mask on Lauren also applied a Boscia Pore Purifying Black Strip to my nose, which was like your average nose strip on steroids. At this point I looked seriously crazy sitting in the middle of the store with mud all over my face and a huge black strip on my nose– some girls even saw me through a window and came inside to ask me what I was doing!

As both treatments sat for about 10 minutes Lauren gave me a hand massage with a fabulous rose scented L’Occitane hand cream that I couldn’t help but purchase in the lavender scent after we finished– it was amazing! Then she removed my mask and pore strip and finished with a facial massage using a mix of Shisedo Ibuki Refining Moisturizer and a few drops of Marula Facial Oil. I had never thought about mixing a few drops of facial oil into my moisturizer before, so this was a great tip to pick up. At this point my face felt and looked more smooth and radiant than I’ve honestly ever seen it. This is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a professional facial, and if they yield results like this I can see why some people are so addicted! Overall I learned quite a bit about what skincare products would best suit my skin type, and came out feeling relaxed and refreshed to start the new week. Huge thanks to Lauren and Sephora Meatpacking for the fun evening!

Have you tried any classes at your local Sephora store? I’m signed up for another class (this time on Colorful Eye Makeup) in a few weeks, and I’m excited to report back on what I learn and what fun products I get to test out. Until next time, I hope you had a great weekend and that your week is off to a lovely start!

-LMC ♥