Sephora has gone Bananas Part 1

  Lately, I have been into makeup because of You Tube. You tube has helped me learn about makeup and make me comfortable enough to go into any store for purchasing. I can name quite a couple of beauty gurus that I follow but I won’t because this blog post isn’t about them.

   This is about my recent experiences with Sephora. Could it be described like a makeup world Odyssey? Perhaps but my viewers that is for you to decide.

  On January 14th I went into the SoHo New York Sephora Store. I was planning for a trip to Ireland and wanted to look glam. I needed a setting mist for my makeup. I wasn’t sure which kind I should get but I needed one immediately as my trip was in the nearby future. Surprisingly, this particular Sephora store had a Makeup Forever Boutique. I wasn’t interested as in the past I had sent Makeup Forever emails and phone calls to ask them about ingredients. I am the person that cares about what is on my face. I don’t like any animal derived ingredients such as Glycerin or certain Acids which can be derived from either beef or pork. I mean I don’t consume these animals in my diet why would I want it on my face? Or maybe it’s against my religion to utilize? Shouldn’t these big companies care about their customer’s beliefs?

    So I asked two individuals about a makeup setting spray and both ONLY suggested the makeup forever setting spray. One was a guy, without a name tag, who was nice but confused when I asked him about the ingredients. I will call him the Brunette. I looked at the ingredients and the only ingredient derived from an animal was lanolin which is derived from sheep’s wool. I said as much to the individual and he just gave me a blank stare like he was overwhelmed. He did ask somebody to come over and help me with my questions. This new guy with Blonde Hair and piercings came over. How was he a leading authority on makeup when he was wearing nothing? This was behind my understanding. 

   He started off saying that Makeup Forever was part of the LVMH Group. I was like sure I know that it’s part of the Louis Vuitton family. He was surprised by the fact that I knew what the acronym stood for. I also told him that I knew Benefit cosmetics was also part of the Vuitton Subsidiaries. Then he was told me that the European Union doesn’t allow for animal ingredients and testing. I was like I did my research and found that out recently but I didn’t understand why Makeup Forever couldn’t tell me that when I was purchasing from their website. Like shouldn’t a huge makeup giant and a French one at that take the time to train their employees about their products?  While I am conveying all of this to him his demeanor which wasn’t that friendly to begin with became downright frigid. His response “Maybe you shouldn’t buy the product then!”. I told him you know what with $40 a pop as a consumer I had a right to be picky and also to ask questions. In the end I told him I WOULD THINK ABOUT IT.

    So the Blonde’s tantrum wasn’t professional but I guess the fact that I knew a lot about makeup didn’t sit well with him. The pissing contest made me very angry. I still had only one suggestion for a makeup setting spray from a store that claimed to have more than one recommendation. So yet again I started browsing. This time another associate dressed in Black came over and asked me if I need help. NO NAME TAG CHICK was like why don’t you try “Make Up Forever’s Setting spray”. At this point I told her I found it strange that they only had one product in the store. I was like as a consumer I like more than one suggestion. Chick’s mouth fell open. She then told me that the Sephora didn’t have that many setting sprays. I ended up getting SmashBox Primal water even though the sample I had received from Birchbox had made me realize a long time ago that it didn’t match my skin type.

    I went to the cash register and even though they were so many associates it took a while for a paying customer such as myself to be acknowledged. I have no idea why one register needed three Associates. The Chick went behind the register and starred at me like I was a leper. Finally, I was called by Yadira and I told her I liked her lipstick. I asked her which brand it was. She told me it was “NYX” and I was surprised that she was wearing drugstore at work. Normally the store you work for encourages you to wear the Brand they have on display. Anyhow I had to make a return as well. That was done and then she was like is that all. I gave her the Smash Box Primal water and while she is ringing me up she is too busy talking to her coworker. Brunette from my earlier conversation was talking about how the Blonde thought I was just giving him a hard time with my questions about Makeup Forever and the Blonde had thought that I wasn’t going to purchase anything. Instead I had purchased Smashbox and they had lost a boutique sale. This was a loudly spoken conversation with a group of associate close by which I overheard. My disgust was increasing tenfold.

     Meanwhile Yadira didn’t even offer to redeem my beauty insider points. She yelled at me for not having my beauty insider card on me. I was being chastised like an unruly child even thought it was a paid purchase. I had to ask her about redeeming my points which she should have offered. While I am looking at the Gucci perfume she yelled that is 250 points. OKAY, I know I have enough points to cover that. Plus, I am not deaf YOU KNOW. I was interested in Clinique’s concealer and there wasn’t a sample in my shade. ONLY alabaster was the color they offered and I am a tan or beige which made me even more upset. I guess their main niche and market is the alabaster girls.  It seemed this specific store was only stocked on Make Up Forever. I had wanted to purchase Kat von D’s liquid lipstick and they didn’t even have all the shades on display to even try or purchase. Then Urban Decay’s single shadows were all out of stock too. Like Are you kidding me? What kind of store is this? 

   Sephora as a luxury brand ultimately failed in this transaction. I could have easily spent $100 dollars and they lost money. The consumer was treated badly which isn’t a concern. No name tags on their associates and a manager who should have appeared while I was asking these questions was absent. At the Wall Street location, the manager was readily available and even offered by the Associate who was helping me. Does that mean when I want instant gratification I should go to that store ONLY? Or as an inconvenienced customer only buy online? I guess even though it’s my money this exclusive store doesn’t cater to the greenness of my money. It doesn’t matter to them that I am also a VIB beauty insider.  Kat Von D I know you are exclusive to Sephora and I love your Brand but I won’t be purchasing because of their nasty customer services. Plus, they don’t even properly stock or display your products. Kathleen Lights is the one who introduced you into my world and that is why I really liked your brand. The other brands are readily available on their individual sites but alas Kat you have lost a customer. UPDATE: Kat Von D Does have a website now that ships products directly. I just received this news and am back to being your customer Kat. This must be a new addition to your site as last time it mentioned it was only exclusive through Sephora. 

Brace yourself for Part Two of this mind numbing Odyssey.

Window

Episode 2:

How

Will I find me?

Lost myself

Through the phrase of pleasing

When will I please……

The window’s freedom

Fully grasped

But the emptiness remains.

When will I please ME?

When will I have the courage?

Strength has weakened, been defeated.

Nobodies there.

No encouragement self made

Broken, love has ambitions.

Dont share people will rip you…..

Vicious, carnivore, teeth clenched

Self made you’ve been

Maintain your shields Always!

Sharing displeases

Covet that one true

In existance? Mayhap Fantasy?

Windows opened.

Dreams been grasped, within grasp

No motivation to move

Paralyzed.

Ultimately, drained Pleaser

sighs a heaving

Breathe!

Windows opening

led astray

the wanderer met wanderer.

Amble right by

shouldnt notice but given

Window’s Freedom!

September Birchbox 2015 (Ingredients information)

FTC Disclosure: This product was paid for by yours truly. I am currently subscribed to Birchbox and received this on a monthly basis.

Birchbox is a subscription box that retails for $10 a month for you to try new products. Most of the products are high end. They also have a points program where you end up receiving five dollars back for reviewing your samples to redeem for full sized products. For more information you can check it out through my invite link here:https://www.birchbox.com/invite/gz8zl or http://www.birchbox.com. Whichever makes you more comfortable my fellow ranters.

I received my September Birchbox very early. I was really surprised and excited. The box was really nice. The theme was fashioned for Birchbox’s birthday.

A little backstory; I’ve been going crazy with the ingredients in the beauty products that I utilize. I am not vegan by any means but I am concerned about having animal by products derived especially from beef or pork. Pork especially as I don’t even consume that on a daily basis in my diet. This is due to the reason that I am Muslim and practice Halal. So in my research I came to find out a lot of information which I plan to share with my peeps :). I hope this helps.

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills: Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil - taupeThe full size retails for $23 but my sample size was 0.013 oz. I have to say that the sample should have included a spooley considering that it is a significant part of the product. I researched the ingredients and I haven’t found ingredients containing animal byproducts.
  2. 100% Pure: I like this product tremendously so far for the reason that its vegan. The scent is like vanilla which I am not a fan of but I am hoping that with the passage of time the coffee ingredients will work. I mention in my video why. Full Price Retails at $25.
  3. Raw Spirit Fragrance: I am not a fan of this sample. It is so masculine and mad me sneeze like no tomorrow. I also noticed that one of the ingredients is just Alcohol. I tend to avoid alcohol in my products. It is sort of difficult but I try as best as I can. Retail price is from $40-$90, yikes!
  4. Salon Gioje: Right off the bat I noticed that there was Keratin in the Protein mask. I was concerned due to religious concerns since  I can’t utilize products derived from pork. Thankfully the company had mentioned where the ingredient was derived from on their website. I am happy that its from sheep and also happy with the company’s transparent approach regarding their ingredients. The full product retails for $48.
  5. trestique: I received a concealer in Bisque. I believe that it would be great for under-eye concealing. I also did reach out to the company to make sure the Glycerin in the product wasn’t derived from either beef and pork. The company is fairly new and I come to find that their direct phone number didn’t work. If you email the company it does take them a couple of days for them to get back to you. Full Retail value of this products is $26.

Overall I really liked the box this month and I am excited to try. If you have a subscription box or birchbox let me know in the rant below.

Sunshine VoxBox Influenster

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. My opinions are 100% honest regarding these goodies.

Sunshine VoxBox

I am so excited to talk about these products that I received surprisingly in the mail from Influenster. I have been testing them for a while now.

  1. Vaseline Intensive Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer

I like this spray. Before even receiving this spray I was using another Vaseline Intensive in a different scent and I really like the packaging which makes it convenient. I don’t think its really that moisturizing for my dry skin.  I would buy this again if it was on sale but the normal price is affordable as well.

2. Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Refreshingly Clean Cleansing Cloths

I like this product because its really hard for me to find cleansing cloths that don’t sting my eyes. Often times even finding a makeup remover that doesn’t sting my eyes is a never-ending battle since I have such sensitive eyes. The only thing that I don’t like is smell which is so strong. I am looking forward to purchasing and they were nice enough to send me some coupons to share.

3. Blue Diamonds Sriracha Almonds

Totally spicy  taste that mesh’s with my South Asian sensibilities. Desi’s would love the taste and is highly recommended. I  will purchase on my own and I was so thrilled to receive this complementary.

4. barkTHINS

Okay, received a coupon with my box and I had to research where I can purchase this! I found that all the retailers are a bit far away from me so therefore I haven’t gotten a chance. I actually am planning a trip to Target just to utilize this coupon. I am looking forward to trying the Fruit version. I mean being that is a twist to chocolate why not? Too bad they aren’t more local which would make it easier to purchase if I liked it in the future.

5. Infusion 23 Moisture Replenisher Leave-in Smoothing Crème Enhanced with Avocado and Olive Oil

This product is suppose to provide long lasting frizz control for your hair. I have to say it weighs my hair down and makes it greasy. I have to be careful how much I use at a time. It does make it less frizzy but the downside makes it a meh for me. I will give it a couple of more tries though. I am not sure yet if I would purchase it.

6. Sinful colors Nail Polish

Super affordable! I have heard of these polishes and I have never tried them. I was super excited to received the polish  but the color unfortunately I already have. I might still try this to check out the formulae. I will check out their other selection in stores. The retail price is $1.99.

Let me know if you are fellow Influenster. Check out my profile https://www.influenster.com/member-4869e4b2919c03208bafdbace2ae92b8

Also leave me comment below about whether you’ve tried these products before? Let me know if you like them or ranted them? LOlz .

Halal HAPPY Hour? Yeah Right!

Episode One:

So apparently I have been having writers block lately. I mean real bad writers block. I was meaning to write this post for a long time and I kept on procrastinating. Why? That was the question that I kept on asking myself for a long time. Then again are you kidding me an ABCD would depress any intelligent human being. What does ABCD stand for my confounded audience:

AMERICAN BORN CONFUSED DESI

I mean really confused and this event that I ended up  going too brought up the reason why it was  difficult mingling within my own community. Lets begin!

So I had gone to this event in May which had been advertised as Halal Happy Hour. I was intrigued by this and wanted to go. I was hoping to find make some friends and expand my social network. Sounds like a line from a bad movie doesn’t it? Trust me there was no Justin Timberlake as eye candy.

So I went to the designated venue which was at Whitman and Bloom in NYC which was being sponsored by MAZA NYC. What does that organization stand for? I have no clue. Meanwhile they claimed all the proceeds would go to the victims of the Nepali earthquake. Tickets were $22 from Ticketleap. No drinks included or even at a minimum appetizers. Get this…….the Happy hour was on a drumroll please…… MONDAY! So much for caring that the next day was a workday. Trust me I was peeved that my hard-earned cash bought me literally nothing!

The chick at the door that greeted me looked me up and down. There was a look of incredulity at the fact that I was just dressed business casually and wasn’t properly glammed up. I guess there was no expectations of actual employed individuals showing up. Thanking her for allowing me entrance to a charitable event that I hoped was being distributed as advertised, I felt the lack of a warm welcome. Meanwhile the floor was still empty. Disappointingly most of the people coming in were South Asians. A heavyset girl with a camera came over and introduced herself, “I am from Seattle. Are you born or raised here?” Right away I was rankled. Uh Did I forget my passport? Or birth certificate.

The bad vibe made me grate my teeth. Like are you kidding me what happened to polite company and just liking people for who they are? It seemed like that heavy question was directed at me so that she could treat me accordingly to the answer. Meanwhile has it occurred to her that her parents were immigrants when they came to America? Immigration was apparently a heavy question everywhere. Sheesh.

One  guy came over and asked me where I was from. I couldn’t believe that was the only thing people could find in common. Where I was “from” didn’t mean in the USA but my race or country of descent. He was proud to tell me that he was from Pakistan but had spent most of his life in Dubai. Meanwhile another girl came along and introduced herself as Marwa. She went on to say that she was from Chicago and was in NYC for an internship. “My parents are from Pakistan. I am born in Chicago.” I looked at her astounded. I mean what happened to being a Pakistani American? I mean I felt like I was in a room full of people who had low self-esteem and inferiority complexes. Meanwhile the Guy from Dubai, whose name was Musa told me that he was born in Dubai so that didn’t technically make him Pakistani. Last time I checked Dubai didn’t go by place of birth but by your forefathers descent when it came to citizenship.

The girl Marwa was one of many girls that was dressed very Westernized and there was no sense of modesty from a Desi regard. I say Desi because that word applies to all South Asians and they were many at this event. She was wearing a dress and it was skin-tight with pantyhose. Some didn’t even bother with pantyhose but just want barelegged. I mean I get assimilation but what about being proud of your heritage? These girls were trying so hard to fit in that it oozed with desperation. Meanwhile I was offended. Why? I was being judged by my birthplace. No one cared to know me as a person. It was another story that once the DESI’s found out I had a GOOD job and was from NYC that they wanted me to hook them up with the job. Bottom line I wouldn’t bother hiring people who were so busy putting each other down that they forgot that we are part of the same planet. Your parents or grandparents were immigrants at one point people and were treated in such a fashion by someone based on their place of birth and wouldn’t be too happy to see that your forwarding that cycle of exclusion.

After talking to an Indian dude who decided I wasn’t worthy of speaking too because I lacked a Master’s degree. I disgustingly exited this sorry excuse of an event. At this time the place was packed and it was hard to move. I felt like I was in a dance club to the point of being inappropriately groped. In my defense I elbowed and shoved my way out of the den of wolves. I almost bumped into a guy that had a Mary Poppins hat on. I mean what fashion statement was he trying to make? From the sixties?

Trust me I had complained to MAZA NYC on their Facebook page about how congested the place had gotten. My constructive criticism was promptly deleted. All I can say is I have doubts that my charitable contributions really went towards the Nepali earthquake victims unless I could  see the actual receipt! Plus do these people really want to help individuals that are born inside of a country they deem citizens unworthy of respect?

Am I the only who asks the hard questions people?

Rantsofabrooklynite: is BORN

Hi Everyone! Today is the first day that rantsofabrooklynite is up and running. My Blog will showcase the chronic complainer who lives in Brooklyn. Sarcastic, picky and meticulous to the extreme; daily experiences will be shared here. These are no limits to what the rants will entail. I am the Brooklynite that not only will showcase what complaints ruffle my wings but also showcase things that meet the standards of rantsofabrooklynite and impressed my brain cells to being melted into speechlessness. Fellow ranters are encouraged to leave comments, of course in a respectful manner!

I will have a 20 episode series that will highlight my complaints and or speechlessness. My first episode is about an event that I had gone too. It will be titled Halal Happy Hour?! Yeah Right……

This is the first episode and all my episodes will be done on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. This upcoming week brace yourself and stay tuned.

Yours,

Brooklynite