Beauty Interview

Interview with Sabrina of The Beauty Look Book: Part One

This Wednesday I am very happy to introduce you all (if you didn’t know her already) to the lovely Sabrina from The Beauty Look Book!

Sabrina is one of my favorite bloggers because she has beautiful taste, a fantastic makeup collection and great style. She also has incredibly thoughtful posts which are written to be super helpful to her readers (labeling color swatches, showing how they look against the skin, and with clear and crisp photos). I adore reading blogs which are so clearly a labor of love – when an author has passion about their subject, it’s a pleasure to keep returning again and again to share in that hobby. Sabrina is definitely one of those bloggers and I’m sure you’ll enjoy her interview – Part 1 today focuses on her beauty collection, and Part 2 tomorrow focuses more on her style. Here we go!

Sabrina’s desk 

First things first – who are you? What do you do, and where do you live? 

My name is Sabrina, I’m from Southern California and currently work as a finance/business analyst and run The Beauty Look Book blog in my free time.

How big exactly is your beauty collection?

Taking inventory is something I’ve never been brave enough to do but my husband jokes that we have a mini-Saks in our house. I would say out of my whole collection, I own mostly Chanel.

What about your nail polish collection?

The nail polish has definitely taken on a life of its own and out of all the different types of products, my nail polish stash is definitely the largest. I’ve just reached 100 Chanel nail polishes that I’ve collected since my college days (yes, most have lasted that long, only 2 have gone bad). I’ve collected 45 Dior nail polishes. Then there are a number of other brands that I have a few of, Rococo Nail Apparel, D&G, Rescue Beauty Lounge, Le Métier de Beauté, Paul & Joe etc.

Dior “Timeless Gold” on left, “Czarina Gold” on right

In your experience, is there really a difference between department store and drugstore brand nail polish?

I don’t have much experience with drugstore polishes – the downside of buying from the drugstore is that you can’t try before you buy, something I feel is key. I’ve played around with Revlon and Hard Candy which I’ve found to be ok for formula, but I’m mainly drawn to colors and packaging. I’d rather buy something I can try in-store first and I’m personally more drawn to the fashion-forward colors from Dior, Chanel, Rescue Beauty Lounge and D&G.

Lower end brands like OPI, Sephora for OPI and Zoya are decent and I find OPI’s quality to be just as good in quality as polishes 2-3x as pricey, however the color selection and finish just never compares to the complexity of something like Chanel’s Graphite or Dior’s Timeless Gold. I’ve never been a fan of Essie nail polishes, perhaps it’s the colors I’ve tried, but it usually takes me at least 3-4 coats to get the same coverage as what 1 coat of Chanel or Dior can achieve. I’m usually reaching for Chanel or Dior and I tend to stick with what I know.

Koh Gen Do products
 
Some of Sabrina’s Tom Ford lipstick collection – look how beautifully she labels them!

 

What are your key beauty products that you couldn’t live without? Let’s say you’re on a desert island and can only have ~7 items…. 

  • Koh Gen Do’s Macro Vintage Face Mask
  • Koh Gen Do’s Cleansing Water
  • Shiseido Cotton Pads
  • Edward Bess’s entire beauty line
  • Le Métier de Beauté glosses
  • Dior Earth Reflection Quint
  • Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara
  • Dolce & Gabbana Powder Foundation
  • Tom Ford Lipsticks
  • Molton Brown Coco de Mer Shower Gel
  • Phytojoba Shampoo
  • Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy
  • Chanel Rose Petale Blush
  • Bobbi Brown Caviar Ink Gel Liner
  • Laura Mercier Gold Metallic Cream Eyeshadow

… oops, I’ve gone over my limit. I don’t know that I would survive with just 7 products.

Edward Bess bronzer

What’s the beauty product that you use that makes the most difference on your face? 

Three things for me:
1) Good skincare
2) A well matched foundation (to skin tone and skintype) and
3) A glowing bronzer.

Le Metier de Beaute skincare

Right now I’m loving Le Metier de Beaute’s Peau Vierge Day Cream and Cleanser, Koh Gen Do’s Royal Massage Milk, Macro Vintage Face Mask, Cleansing Water and Cle de Peau’s Foaming Cleanser. Foundation wise I’m loving Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere and Koh Gen Do’s Aqua Foundation. I can’t rave enough about Edward Bess Daydream Bronzer – it’s the perfect natural bronzer, makes the skin glow, it’s non-orangey, not too dark, but just dark enough to make your skin look naturally tan.

What brand do you love the most and why? 

It’s hard to narrow my favorite to just one brand. I rarely stick to just one brand of products on any given day. Here are my top picks:

Chanel & Dior for their ability to always be fashion forward and to always come up with colors and innovative formulas that look beautiful on any skintone. I love the direction Dior has taken with revamps and reformulations to modernize the look of their products. Chanel is modern yet classic. Both brands produce high quality items that I think work well for each season.

A few Edward Bess products

Edward Bess is a small but well-edited line. I love the quality of his products and he has a keen eye for creating things that truly enhance one’s natural beauty. He’s quite the makeup artist and can make anyone look like a much better version of themselves. If you can visit his counter in NY at Bergdorfs or Neimans at Beverly Hills, I highly recommend that you do so if you haven’t already. His staff is just phenomenal.

Some Le Metier de Beaute glosses

Le Métier de Beauté is another up and coming brand. They are known for their amazing formulas and to-die-for colors. Eyeshadows are pure luxury and layerable with each other. Lipglosses have a beautiful shimmer that is absolutely mesmerizing. I’m completely head over heels in love with their Peau Vierge skincare and Kaleidoscope kits. I also love that the Le Métier beauty team embraces social media to reach out to their customers in a way no other beauty brand has. They are like beauty rockstars and I love that they try to make themselves accessible to both bloggers and customers.

What are some of your favorite drugstore beauty brands and buys? 

My best drugstore buys include Neutrogena’s Body Wash and the Eye Makeup Remover. Both effective yet gentle on the skin. I’ve repurchased numerous times ever since I can think back to when I started using beauty products.

What are some of your favorite presentations and packaging for beauty products? 

Chanel creates some of the most beautiful face powders. The presentation is usually in the same square black lacquered compact which I love for its simplicity. I’ve been collecting only over recent years. There are some older ones I passed on that I would love to get my hands on.

 

Isn’t Sabrina’s beauty collection just amazing? She makes me want to go out and buy some new nail polishes and some bronzer (seriously, I’m clicking over to Sephora’s website right now)! I’d love for my beauty/vanity countertop to look like hers one day – thank you Sabrina for sharing your beautiful collection with us, and come back tomorrow for part two! You can check out The Beauty Look Book, here.

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  • Stefanie
    December 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Great interview!! Going over now. =)

  • Lili
    December 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    i would love to play in her dresser!

  • Pam
    December 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    This is awesome! I love Sabrina, I'm a huge fan of her blog 🙂

  • Anonymous
    December 14, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Of all your blog posts this is my least favorite. Over consumerism at it's finest. Collecting bottles of perishable nail polish and make up that for the most part all look the same color……umm ok

  • Trips & Treasures
    December 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I love the colors of those 2 Dior polishes and those Chanel powders are beautiful aswell.
    But personally I don't see the point of having that much make-up at all, it will probably be difficult already to just wear everything once.
    But it does look great on photo

    http://www.tripsandtreasures.blogspot.com
    fashion & lifestyle in Belgium

  • Trips & Treasures
    December 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I love the colors of those 2 Dior polishes and those Chanel powders are beautiful aswell.
    But personally I don't see the point of having that much make-up at all, it will probably be difficult already to just wear everything once.
    But it does look great on photo

    http://www.tripsandtreasures.blogspot.com
    fashion & lifestyle in Belgium

  • Amy
    December 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Lovely interview! One thing about Sabrina too is her integrity. She's very honest in her reviews. Even high end lines have hits and misses–although she edits before she buys, she's very honest if something doesn't live up to her high expectations. I trust her reviews over any standard magazine beauty editor's opinion–she knows her lines and has a keen eye for quality.

  • BlushingNoir
    December 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I love Sabrina and her blog is one of my faves! I'm loving her collection and wish we could see ALL of it 😉 Can't wait for part 2!

  • LC
    December 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    she has the best collections and reviews! i love how she shows things that are similar to the shades she`s talking about! i would die for her nail polish collection!

  • AnneR
    December 14, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I love living vicariously through The Beauty Look Book. Thanks for your wonderful reviews Sabrina! I want to know more about all those fragrances…please, please….

  • Katherine
    December 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    @Anonymous I am sorry that you didn't like this interview, but I have to put in a note here that if you go to her blog, you'll see that Sabrina uses all of these colors of nail polish/powder, etc. She collects them not just to have them (and honestly what is wrong with that?) but also to have lots of different swatches to educate her readers…we all have our own hobbies and loves, so to each our own 🙂

  • Aesthetic Alterations
    December 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Sabrina is hands down my favorite makeup blogger. I learned so much about the collections and what to look for from her–and with those lessons I put together a whole new makeup collection a couple of years ago. My color choice–especially for lips–are very different from hers, but she did me the immense favor of explaining quality and such. And looking at these pictures . . . I really, really, really need to finish out my collection of Edward Bess. His shadows are the best.

    It's fabulous that she's being featured here–The Beauty Look Book is amazing and should be on every woman's radar. *And, Sabrina–Thank you for all you do!*

  • Amy
    December 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I love The Beauty Look Book, so glad you could interview Sabrina. Can't wait for part 2!

  • Anonymous
    December 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    My favorite interview on your blog! The presentation is so beautiful and perfectly edited. Those pictures could be on the pages of Vogue. I'm sure Monet and Michaelangelo would argue that subtle differences in color can make a big difference.

  • christine brightside
    December 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    oh how cool you did a post / an interview with Sabrina! Her blog is definitely my favourite beauty blog and I just love her posts!

  • shoppingtosaving
    December 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    AMAZING!!! Love this interview:) Can't wait for part 2!

  • Lindsay
    December 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Wow. I wish I had her collection too! I just can't see splurging on Chanel polishes. I know $20 isn't bad, but when you can get a similar color at $10, it makes a difference.

  • Anonymous
    December 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    @Amy

    Yes!!! You articulated so clearly what I wanted to post so I thought I would give you props. I agree, this was fantastic interview! I have loved Beauty Look Book and looked to Sabrina for honest reviews for quite some time. She has turned me onto all kinds of different brands and products that I would never have thought to try on my own (e.g., Koh Gen Do).

  • soanthro
    December 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    This totally just made me want to buy new makeup and organize it in a stylish way! Great post, will have to check her out!!

  • lexi920
    December 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Hi Katherine,
    Excellent subject choice. I have been Sabrina's fan over the years. She's also has been kind enough to send me some of the samples that didn't work for her but did work for me. She's very thorough and trust worthy. Definitely a daily read for me.

    Can't wait for Pt.2!

  • Larie
    December 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Gorgeous photos and lovely interview 🙂

  • Dancing Branflake
    December 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I definitely need her skills. I love all this make-up!

  • Beautella
    December 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    It's a great interview and gorgeous pictures. Thank you so much, Ladies, for the inspiration!

  • Sabrina
    December 14, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Thank you so much Katherine for featuring me and for your never ending support!

  • Leona
    December 14, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Ahhh, the result of my 2 favorite blogs colliding <3
    Thanks ladies!
    xo
    Leona

  • skippysays
    December 14, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Wow, I think I have like 2 lipsticks, 2 eyeshadows, 1 mascara, and 1 nail polish total. Embarrassing. Her collection is amazing!
    http://www.saysskippy.blogspot.com

  • katattack2000
    December 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Awesome interview Katherine! I have read her blog before and love the crisp pictures and the honest reviews 🙂 can't wait for pt 2 🙂

  • Marissa
    December 14, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    And I thought my nail polish collection was crazy! Sabrina's is to die for! Thanks for introducing another fabulous blogger xoxo Marissa

    http://happiness-is-the-little-things.blogspot.com/

  • Susan
    December 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    the nail polish selection is amazing! And since I don't have a refined palette when it comes to quality of nail polish, it's nice to read from an expert

  • Chic in Vancity
    December 14, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Wow! I am in love with her make-up collection! I adore how she displays it too… Definitely will be checking her blog out! 🙂
    Happy Holidays!!
    Bella xox
    http://www.chicinvancity.com/

  • makeupandpearls
    December 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    holy wow!

  • Anonymous
    December 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I too am a Chanel makeup and polish collector and love The Beauty Look Book! As I live in Australia and receive the collections much later, I find her reviews invaluable. Each time a new collection is released I await her reviews eagerly. Thank you Sabrina for sharing your lovely collection with us.

  • Adele
    December 14, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    The Chanel nail varnish collection is VERY impressive xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  • Call me M
    December 14, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Wow! I'm drooling over her collection of Chanel nail polishes! hehe 🙂

  • Anonymous
    December 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    What a terrific interview! Thank you for profiling one of the best beauty bloggers out there. Sabrina's posts are a must-read and while, yes, she has amazing taste and style, that would mean nothing if she weren't such a decent and kind person. I think she is thoughtful on every level – to the product she is reviewing, to the collection, to the reader. I appreciate her candor and thoroughness. If beauty mags knew what they were doing, Lina would be an editor. Can't wait to read part II!

    Laura

  • DSK Steph
    December 15, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Great interview! I can't wait for tomorrow's post!

  • Sarah Stright
    December 15, 2011 at 12:17 am

    I'm not sure I've ever been more jealous of a nail polish collection in my life. All those Chanels are just to die for! I'm a new follower 🙂 I hope you'll stop by my blog some time and say hi and follow back if you're interested.
    Sarah
    http://comingunstitched.blogspot.com

  • Susan
    December 15, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Is this really her? http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ap9QEZPjFxU/TbNHW8TprqI/AAAAAAAAC3s/VXIK1WjL3nM/s1600/bangs1.jpg I'm surprise she doesn't use much make-up. I'd love to see that bronzer she recommends on her. Sounds like a great bronzer. She looks quite pale on this photo (if that is her).

    Her nail polish collection is TDF! Thanks for the interview Kat.

  • Susan
    December 15, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Opps. Guess that was Michelle from another blog! This seems to be her. http://beautyxpose.com/2010/beautyschool/beauty-blogger-qa-sabrina-from-the-beauty-look-book.html

    I found an explanation of why she doesn't show her face. http://www.thebeautylookbook.com/2010/10/blogging-tips-from-beauty-look-book.html All props to her!!

  • The Fashionable ESQ
    December 15, 2011 at 2:33 am

    She obviously has a really keen eye for organization…I do love how everything seems to be displayed like a chic boutique would display it's items.

    😀
    http://thefashionableesq.blogspot.com/

  • E
    December 15, 2011 at 3:05 am

    I just drooled over the Chanel nail polish collection! So jealous!

  • homestilo
    December 15, 2011 at 5:04 am

    Great Great interview! I was especially interested in what she had to say about polishes (that collection is bananas!)- I've never really thought there was a difference, but now I think I may have to increase the budget…

  • tiffyama
    December 15, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Ah, I love her blog!!! And her collection is seriously to die for. *o* Look at all the Chanel polish…oh my!!!

  • Clara Turbay
    December 15, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Great post i love it!

    http://paquetevistasbien.blogspot.com

  • couturecoco
    December 15, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I've always been into skincare but with make up and manicures I'm completely backwards so this is blowing my mind! Have to take notes! 🙂

  • SassyUptownChic
    December 15, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Her collection is gorgeous! Advice priceless. Exquisite interview Katherine.
    http://sassyuptownchic.blogspot.com/

  • audrinajulia
    December 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    OMG cosmetics! though I'm a late bloomer I'm love to have all of those now. I'm more into skincare before than make ups but now so many add ons like nail polish and all. love evrything in this post very eye caddy!

  • Sunshine
    December 15, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    oh gosh i'm not a beauty person and i'm drooling over every single pix! *must go look for chanel & dior polishes*

    thanks for posting this amazing feature, kat!

  • Anonymous
    December 16, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Nail polish is NOT perishable.

  • Makeup Magpie
    December 16, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Great interview and such lovely photos. The Beauty Look Book was one of the first blogs I stumbled across when I discovered beauty blogs a few years ago. I always look forward to Sabrina's amazing posts!

  • cinzee
    December 16, 2011 at 7:41 am

    WOW!!!!!!!!! She is one lucky girl with great style and taste! What i would give to have a room like that! I love Jo Malone perfumes too!!!!

    Totally drooling over her Chanel nail polishes and i agree, she surely can proclaim to have a mini Saks at home!lol

    I've not heard of Edward Bess before, is it American?

    Great post!!!!!

    Cinz
    http://cinzee.wordpress.com

  • urbanjunglefashion
    December 18, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Katherine, I just LOVE your interview blogs. Thanks for the introducing Sabrina to the rest of us!

  • faye lu
    December 26, 2011 at 4:14 am

    great interview. love seeing beauty bloggers interview other beauty bloggers. so fun. her collection is to DIE for!

  • The Blonde @ Stylish3
    December 27, 2011 at 3:13 am

    WOW. She just gave me a serious Sephora craving.

    I agree that Chanel has great makeup. If I could afford it, I would use their stuff exclusively!

  • Sarah
    February 12, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I absolutely HAVE to know what that Chanel nail polish is on the top tier of the cake stand! It is SO pretty and zoom didn't work. 🙁

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