Sephora Opening This Friday!!

Well, the day has almost arrived.  As promised, Sephora is opening in Halifax, and right on time – this Friday, August 12th, at 9:30am!  I cannot wait!!  Caroline, the Sephora Rep that contacted me earlier this year about the lunch event they had back in May, got in touch with me a few weeks ago to remind me about the opening and extend the invite to attend the official event.  Myself, along with the several other Halifax bloggers, will be among the first people to enter the store, and are able to tweet/blog/take photos of the whole shebang that day.  Oooohweeee!  Its sort of a strange feeling that we’re finally going to have our own store.  I’m excited but it’s almost delayed excitement, or suspended….like when you’re going on a trip abroad and you know its going to be amazing, but you don’t get those OMG-jitters of happy anticipation until you’re packing, or about to board the plane.  Same deal here.  That sounds infinitely lame when I write that – how obsessed can a person be? – but that’s just how it is, folks :P

In honor of the Grand opening, I have, of course, made a list of a few items I will be picking up on Friday.  I can’t possibly leave the store without buying anything on it’s first day open!  Sacrilege.  So, here I share with you what I’ve got on my mind:

Bare Escentuals Prime Time Primer Shadow in Urban Nature $19CDN

Swatches of this online showed this ‘delicate moss’ liquid-like shadow (which doubles as a primer) to have a dual-nature, flashing a green-plum duochrome which looked super interesting.  I don’t have any shades like it, which is what I try to stick to now when I buy new products, and the fact that it wears all day without creasing is a big bonus, especially during these warmer months.  Plus, I’ve never tried BE’s eyeshadows before and I always try to round out my stash, brand-wise.

Fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment $24CDN

I have this already in the Plum shade, and I really like the subtle hint of color it gives my lips – often I’ll wear it instead of wearing gloss or lipstick, as I often do more dramatic eyes than lips.  However, I really need the more nude/golden counterpart, as the Plum is quite a berry hue.  Plus, I dig the smell of these and the feel of them are quite nice.  I’m not loving the high price tag, but I’ve sort of informally decided to stop (or significantly decrease) buying lipgloss and especially lipstick, as I just don’t like the look it gives lately – so I feel more comfortable spending more on these.  I am casually keeping an eye out for a nice natural long-wearing lipstick, but for now I’m just into the way a balm looks, with some color and a touch of shine.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF15 (travel size) $18CDN

I’ve heard great things about this primer, and while I do currently have one in my stash (Hard Candy’s Sheer Envy Primer), I’m not bowled over by its efficacy.  For $18, I’ll definitely give this a go.  If it helps my blush wear better throughout the day – which is the challenge I’m facing lately – then I’m all for it.  My face has no natural flush whatsoever, so blush is an absolute must.  I’ve been layering powder and cream blushes which has improved the staying powder quite a bit, but by the end of the day I’m still looking pretty pale and wan.  Additionally, this primer is supposed to help minimize shine, and it has an SPF, so in the cooler months when I’m not using my Murad Oil Control Mattifier SPF 15, this will be really helpful.

I’m sure I could come up with a ton of other product I’d love to try, but since I’m still holding out / anxiously awaiting the Chanel Fall 2011 release, I’m going to keep myself in check (speaking of which, I had to make an emergency visit to Mills yesterday to remind them to call me when this collection is released – we’re leaving Friday for Gros Morne and I have a bad feeling it’ll come out while I’m gone and I’ll miss it all, and that cannot happen.  I plan on buying a few items site unseen over the phone because I know they’ll be sold out when I get back!!).

If there are any ladies reading this in or around Halifax, are you dying for Sephora to open or what??  Do you have any items in particularly you’re waiting to buy?  And for those ladies who’ve had Sephora for a while, are there any products/lines that absolutely should not be missed?  What are your suggestions?

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Tomorrow’s Hump Day, almost halfway there!

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  1. #1 by Audrey on August 10, 2011 - 6:55 pm

    Do you ever feel like having a Sephora here makes it seem less special? I’ve only been a few times, but I’m pretty sure the appeal was that it was something we didn’t have a home. Maybe when I get more accustomed to the brands they carry I will start thinking of the store as a necessity rather than a novelty…

    • #2 by Latoya on August 10, 2011 - 7:41 pm

      Normally I totally feel this way about any new stores we get here that aren’t easily accessible to us here in Halifax. I love going away and coming back with some things we can’t get here…but when I comes to cosmetics, I guess my deep love for them trumps all LOL. And, its gonna save me sooo much money being able to buy a lot of things here rather than picking them up online and paying shipping!! :) The store is so large, with such varying price ranges between brands, that there will always be items that are ‘special’ purchases at different times for everyone!

  2. #3 by Eugenia on August 10, 2011 - 10:40 pm

    Congrats! I’m glad that Sephora is finally coming to your neck of the woods! You’re so right when you say that you’ll be saving a ton in shipping, now that you won’t have to order online anymore! Plus, it’s always fun to even simply browse in a store like that…a candy store for us grown up girls, am I right? Lol!! Have fun at your launch (lucky, lucky girl!) and I look forward to seeing your tweets & subsequent post! Enjoy!!

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