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!
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.
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.