Monday, October 13, 2008

Down the Rabbit Hole: My First trip to Sephora

Yesterday, for the first time, I ventured into the holy temple of beauty … Sephora. Wow … just, wow!!! I was so overwhelmed that I could barely take it all in. It was like I fell headfirst down the rabbit hole and landed smack dab in the middle of QVC-land. Aisle after endless aisle of products that I’d been hearing about for years were on display.

I finally got the chance to smell all the Philosophy not-really-perfume perfumes—Amazing Grace, Inner Grace, Baby Grace, Pure Grace, and Falling in Love. After smelling them for myself, I can say that yes, in fact, these are perfumes. I don’t know why Philosophy likes to pretend otherwise. And, they weren’t what I was expecting. I suppose after listening to long-winded and flowery descriptions by numerous hosts and Philosophy founder, Cristina, I had certain preconceived notions going in.

My favorite? Baby Grace. I never would have guessed that. Although I have to confess, I had just spent twenty minutes at the Yankee Candle store sniffing the new holiday candles so my smeller was a little spent.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to really test out everything since my husband, Mr. Queen Bea, and my son, Queen Bea Jr., were not-so-patiently waiting for me (Sbarro pizza was calling—Yum-O!). I plan on going back when I have more time and less men with me and I can’t wait!

And, for the record, most of the deals on the Q for the products really are deals. As Dolly Parton said, “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap!” Amen, sister.


  1. You still have to take into account on QVC that you pay shipping and tax.

  2. I hate shipping ... hate, hate, hate! But the tax issue is a wash since I would have to pay tax at both Sephora and QVC.

    However, the better deals come with the kits. even including tax and shipping, they are much cheaper. It's just a matter of if you want everything (or most everything) in the kit. Some are certainly better than others.

    Thanks for your thoughts, Chorkie! :-)

  3. Did you happen to see around Christmas when Colleen Lopez broadcasted from the Sephora in NYC? It was my two world colliding... :)

  4. I remember when Sephora launched on HSN (the brands that weren't already on the Q anyway) and they were shooting on location. At the time, I didn't understand how awesome it was ... now I do! :-)


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