Tuesday, June 4, 2013

My Experience: Sephora Skin Care Class

Sephora Skin Care Class


This past Sunday my friend Clare and I went to a skincare class offered by Sephora.  If you haven't heard, Sephora is offering various classes on Sunday mornings such as dramatic eyes, faux lash application and eyebrows, coloring, etc.  It's a free class so I wasn't sure what to expect.  Here's a recap of what we did:

When we arrived, the Sephora team had set out coffee, water and assorted pastries for breakfast (the class starts at 8:30).  When we sat down, we received a folder that had some info pamphlets and paper so we could write down any products we enjoyed during the class.  The manager of the store lead the class while three other employees were assisting little "breakout" sessions.  The general layout of the class consisted of the different steps of skincare -- cleansing, exfoliating, masks, moisturizing, sun protection.  

She went through each step and said why it was important while also pointing out some good products for each skin type.  After she spoke about a step, we went to our breakout group (one group was for normal/dry skin and one for normal/oily skin) and we would actually do the step she had just talked about.  The consultant had a couple different brands of products and we could choose which one we wanted to try.   

We repeated this cycle until we had gone through all of the skincare steps.  At the end, we were able to choose a BB cream to try and apply any other makeup if we didn't want to leave with a bare face.  

All in all, it was fun just to be able to try different products.  We attended this class at the Mall of America store and I believe they just started doing these classes a couple months ago.  The manager who spoke for the majority of the class was very nice, albeit a little stiff in her presentation.  I think it would have helped if all of the employees were just a little bit more relaxed and laid back.    

Another thing I would have appreciated -- I wish they would've done more of a skincare consultation of sorts.  In my group, it seems they were giving us products for people with REALLY oily skin.  My skin is pretty normal and just gets a little oily throughout the day.  I felt that some of the products were too harsh on my skin (aka the Kate Sommerville mask...my face was pretty red after taking that off which I've never had happen with a mask before.  I think they also had us leave this particular mask on for too long.  It was feeling uncomfortable on my skin).  

I also think including a good spot treatment and product for under eye circles would've been a good addition to the class, but as I said earlier, I think they have just started doing these.  So, I'm guessing they are still doing some fine-tuning.   

However, as it was a free class, I think it was worth going and would go again to try out some of the other offerings.  

Have you gone to any of the Sephora classes?  What were your impressions?

If anyone is interested, here's a list of products I tried in the normal/oily skin group:

Murad Clarifying Cleanser -- your typical sudsy cleanser

Clarisonic -- love and have recently acquired one myself

Origins Zero Oil Toner -- hated, it stung on my skin (the consultant said this was normal but I'm sorry, I'm not using a product that makes me physically uncomfortable)

Boscia Black Mask -- used just on my nose, and was good for clearing out pores.  Wouldn't recommend using this on your whole face unless you're SUPER oily

Kate Somerville Clearing Mask -- thought this was too harsh on my skin, although now that I'm thinking about it, the toner could've played a part as well

Nude Pro Genius Treatment Oil -- really nice hydrating oil

Ole Henriksen Nurture Me -- nice and calming (after my poor skin got red from the toner/mask!)

Can't remember the eye cream I used for the life of me...but it was a decent eye cream

Clarisonic Opal -- I hadn't even heard of this before.  We used it with an eye cream to have the eye cream penetrate the skin better.  Not sure how useful it actually is but it was fun to use.

Shiseido Urban Environment SPF -- good SPF, felt nice on the skin

Dr. Jart BB Cream -- like a tinted moisturizer...

Smashbox BB Cream -- more coverage than the Dr. Jart.  Probably the best American/drugstore BB Cream I've tried.
 

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  3. This is really cool! I didn't know sephora did that! I'm going to have to look into it!
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  4. i really want to try the smashbox bb cream!!

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