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Giveaway: Sephora Beauty Appointment & Gift Card

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I’ve recently had the pleasure of having my makeup done by one of Sephora‘s pro artists – Dayana Funes! I’ve had my makeup applied many times over but Sephora truly gives you a wonderful experience. From skin assessment to picking the perfect products for your look – it was an hour of pure pampering and education.

Sephora and I want you to have the same experience! We cannot wait for the new Robson Street location to open it’s doors and it’s just in time for all of the fabulous holiday parties to hit your calendars. Since we’re in a major giving mood – not only do we want you to experience what I did but we want to let you shop! Enter to win your own Beauty Appointment with a Sephora pro artist and shop till your gift card is done!

Watch the video below to see exactly what you’re in for!

Giveaway Details:

1. Win your own makeup appointment (like the one in the video) at the new Sephora on Robson Street, Vancouver BC. opening at the end of the month.
2. Win a gift card totaling $50.00.
3. To enter – Follow the Rafflecopter instructions at the bottom of this post. Enter more ways than 1 to gain more points for a better chance to win. Don’t forget to comment on this blog post telling me you’ve entered and leave your email address.

(This giveaway is only open to residents of Vancouver as it’s specifically for the Robson Street location)

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Photos & video shot and edited by Sarah Boland.

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Beauty Essentials: Nude Eyes

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We’re gettin’ personal here people! You know my dating history, you’ve seen me in my underwear and in the shower and now you’re seeing me in action with my everyday beauty routine. It’s not pretty… well it is… cause I’m putting on makeup but you’ll see what I mean. This ain’t no glamorous makeup session! It’s me, in my chill attire, on the floor in front of my bedroom mirror. You’re about to get squinty eyes and some major eye brow raising action! Big ups to Leonie for snapping the pics and refraining from making fun of me.

Let’s dive in!

When it comes to my makeup, as you’ve seen on here before – I don’t get crazy. I like to stick to neutral palettes and keep it simple. The one look I’m still learning to master but think I do a pretty good job at is the neutral eyes. Mixing shadows isn’t my forte but with the Naked Basics Palette by Urban Decay it’s super easy. You all know this palette, it’s probably one of the most popular eye shadow combos to date and it consists of every neutral shade you need for any daytime or evening look.

I’ve used shades “Naked 2″ as my base all over the lid then added “W.O.S” in the corners to highlight. Lastly using “Crave” (black) on my creases and “Venus” under my brows. It seems like a lot to of shades to cocktail but the end look is super effortless.

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The Stilla liquid liner is a blessing in a tiny little pen. It’s a little intimidating to use at first but once you get a handle on how it glides you get some pretty stellar lines. The super fine tip allows for the perfect wing and thin line across the lid.

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The Smashbox lash primer is an item that I’m new to. I never used to prime my lashes but it makes all of the difference. I’m a big believer in mascara, the more the better! Layer it on! (Just don’t clump.) If you apply your mascara in a day as much as I do then you’ll want to start priming your lashes. It keeps them healthy and under control after so many applications of mascara.

I tend to raise my eyebrows super high when I apply mascara – no judging. I’ve never been one to open my mouth when applying mascara… I’m not a fish.

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All items used in today’s post can be found at the Sephora on Robson Street, Vancouver opening at the end of October. Keep up to date on the opening with the hashtag #SephoraRobson. Purchase each item here on the blog by clicking on the item description or on the product photo itself.

Photos by Leonie.

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Interview: Adi Lando Makeup Artist for Sephora

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Meet Adi Lando – Sephora‘s Makeup Artist for the last decade. I’m thrilled to be sharing my one on one interview with him and made sure that I got all of the goods we wanna know about our beauty routines. When I formed these questions, I took them from the thoughts of “What do I want to know about my makeup routine?” as I’m sure many of you share the same one. Let’s get right into it!

1. What do you love about being a makeup artist?
I love the transformational qualities of it all. I have the ability to boost confidence in people. It involves a lot of problem solving – I love when women come in and ask “how do I make my eyes look bigger?” or “how do I contour and highlight?” It’s a great feeling to solve their beauty challenges.

2. In the last decade of working with Sephora - what has been your highlights?
Every day working at Sephora is a highlight for me, from the clients that I meet everyday, to the cast members that I get to work with, who inspire me with their passion. I love the ability to work with different brands all the time and experience the innovative products they come out with. My days are never boring, so I have to say the highlights happen each and every day.

3. Everyone has their favorite products – what are your top 3 must haves for eyes & lips?
My 3 must-have products are mascara, eyeliner and iconic red lipstick. Mascara and eyeliner really shape the entire beauty look, and a red lipstick ties is all together. These are the three items that you can swipe on easily, and look like you’re ready to go.

Adi’s Must Haves: YSL mascaras, Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er precision eyeliner pen and the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick collection has an incredible range of shades, with an innovative formula for 10-hour wear. (Click on product description above to purchase.)

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4. What products are essential for a quick fix?
I would definitely have to say a good brightening concealer is essential, those click concealers. You can pull them out, apply on the eye area to touch up your makeup after work, and it gives you that refreshed look. Another essential is a cream blush, it gives an instant youthful look to your skin. A nice subtle pink looks good on everyone and on every skin tone.

Adi’s Must Haves: Touche Eclat by YSL or the Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer Pen, have great texture, apply very seamlessly, and make great travel companions. (Click on product description above to purchase.)

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Other essentials include mascara, to make your eyes pop, and a lipstick or lip gloss to finish off the look.That gives you that fresh, ready-to-go beauty look! These are all products that really fit in your small makeup bag, they’re all mobile products that can go anywhere with you.

5. What are your favorite beauty looks from this seasons runway shows?
I just came back from working New York Fashion Week, and some of the biggest trends we’ve seen this season is eyeliner. We’re seeing a lot of different looks on the eye but done only with liners. Step aside, eye shadow. Eye liner is here to rule the entire lid of the eye. Another thing I love this for this season is very beautiful skin. In many runway shows, the skin was really beautiful and subtle, fresh and light, not overly contoured, and quite natural.

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6. Do you have any tips and tricks for face contouring?
It’s important to remember that when it comes to countouring, there are different ways to do it; from subtle for daytime to more dramatic for the evening. For everyday, remember to apply delicately with a light bronzer, make sure the shade is not too red, it should be more on the neutral side. The brushes you use to apply are very important – the Sephora Collection Pro Contour Brush (#74) is just what you need to highlight your features.

The easy trick if you’re not too savvy with contouring, is to make a “kiss” face and place the bronzer on the hollow of the cheek. It’s really important to blend really well, otherwise the result can look look like bruising!

For evening contouring, you can be more daring when it comes to applying more bronzer to make it more dramatic.

7. What celebrity do you dream to work with?
I get to work with many different celebrities, but in terms of someone I haven’t worked with before, I have to say Penelope Cruz. I love her style of makeup. I’m all about a very pretty, natural style of makeup, so I think we would mesh well.

8. What is your favorite form of social media?
Instagram is my favourite social media tool, it’s very visual, so it’s like an electronic business card! You can post your work and see other people’s work – it’s very inspirational.

Follow Adi on Instagram at @Adi40.

9. What is your favorite Instagram account?
Kat Von D has a great account with a dedicated following, she posts everything from beauty looks to personal images and inspirations.

10. What is one piece of advice my readers can take away from you?
Makeup is about fun, and for that reason, it shouldn’t be taken too seriously. However, it requires practice and technique, so if you already take the time to do your makeup, whether it’s five minutes or even one hour, whatever it is you want to spend, make sure you spend it the best way possible. Commit to that time and make it count! No matter what, have fun with it.

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Thank you Adi! Your tips and reccos will be noted and used – much appreciated! xoxo

All of the products Adi has recommended will be available at the latest Sephora to hit Vancouver on Robson street at the end of October.

All images taken from Sephora.com & Google images.

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