A Hodgepodge Submission

The other day I visited a Sephora store near me. I normally buy my cosmetics from Estee Lauder. The reason I decided to go to Sephora was because of their support for the transgendered community. This year I attended the First Event conference in Massachusetts and the Keystone conference in Pennsylvania.  At both of those conferences, Sephora held presentations. They expressed their support for the transgendered community and welcomed us to shop their locations. So I said to myself let me show my support back.

I went to the Sephora store; the way I was treated had me leaving happy. There were two women who saw me looking around and asked if they could be of help to me. I told them my story about giving back, and one of them offered to help. I ended up getting a full makeover. It was one of the nicest makeovers I’ve ever gotten. She was so nice and not at all pushy about me purchasing any items.

I knew that makeovers are free with a $50 purchase. I bought a great foundation which cost $52. She and another person, I think they were both managers, explained about the store’s free makeup classes and also a class specifically for transgendered individuals.  I gave them my information, and they said they would send me the information for the classes. I have been going out in public a long time, and I have to rate this as one of my top 10 experiences.  If there is a Sephora near you, I suggest that you check it out. I believe we should support those who support us.

Stepping Out Secrets

The photo of me is after the makeover.

 

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Terri

I'm a 69 yr old married TG/CD. I told my after 10 yrs of marriage. We are married 44 yrs with 5 children. I love going out fully dressed. Get my hair done and go shopping or to a event. My wife wants no part of my femme side. I retired about 6 yrs ago and found that my need to be Terri is stronger than ever.

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  1. Jules 3 months ago

    I have gone to Sephora many times and they are always helpful and make the experience fun whether I’m dressed or in drab. Here are a few products I love:

    1. Kat Von D Lock it Foundation
    2. Stila Color Correction Kit
    3. Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Moisturizer

    Also sign up for there website great forums make up beauty and health information. However, they need a trans specific group.

    Enjoy!
    Jules

  2. Melissa Davis 3 months ago

    I had a great experience at a session for the trans community at a Sephora in Cambridge, MA. A few women noticed us but in a blase way. The staff was terrific and hekpful.

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      Terri 3 months ago

      Great to hear that, the reps that were at first Event and Keystone were very nice. I just saw a commercial for Sephora that had a Pride theme.

  3. *skippy1965(Cynthia) 3 months ago

    Terri-so sad we didn’t touch base at Keystone but we’ll definitely try to next year. Great pic and thanks for sharing!
    Cyn

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      Terri 3 months ago

      I will be there. I will probably go to First Event too. I love meeting other girls from all over and sharing stories.
      Hugs Terri

  4. Riccy Ricardo 3 months ago

    That’s a nice story.

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      Terri 3 months ago

      Thank you, your pics are very nice

      • Riccy Ricardo 3 months ago

        Thanks! I uploaded another one yesterday. It hasn’t been approved yet though.

  5. Bettylou Cox 1 month ago

    Terri, if that fabulous photo is an example of Sephora’s work, then I’m overdue for a visit. Being well into that category delicately described as “ladies of a certain age”, I had doubts about me being a workable canvas for their work – but you are perfect; if my results were only half as good, I would be pleased.
    Bettylou

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    Terri 1 month ago

    Thank you Betty Lou for your compliments. I was at First Event and Keystone when I first came familiar with Sephora. They were so nice there, so I said let me go there and pay them back. A friend went lately and was very happy with the results.

  7. Amy Myers 1 month ago

    My experience with a Sephora location in my area was not nearly as positive. It is in a major mall here in Southern Ontario, a usually enlightened area, and every time I went into that mall, I always made a point of walking by the Sephora store, and a couple of weeks ago, when they weren’t so filled with young girls, I finally went in. So many different products, it was amazing! Of course, more than a little confusing, too.
    Here’s the disappointing part, I was in the store about 10-15 mins, and during that time about 3 staffers walked right by me, without ever inquiring if there was anything they could do for me.
    I was in guy mode (haven’t ever gone shopping en femme yet), so I look like a regular grey haired guy, I’m always well dressed, even when not en femme, but who knows what I like to turn into on weekends?
    A lovely (I hope) Lady named Amy.
    So, next I went into the MAC store, which was nearby in the same mall, and they were busy, but was asked if I needed help right after I walked in. At first I said just looking, but when the next one asked me, I then asked a few questions, and she explained about make overs, and talked to me about various options, to get me well started doing my own make up.
    Just my own personal experience.
    Amy

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      Terri 1 month ago

      I had the same experience when I went to Sephora dressed as man. But I asked a salesperson about a product and was given the information I needed. I usually dont go shopping in drab, but that’s me.

  8. Amy Myers 1 month ago

    Yes, I suspect that if I had asked, I would of got whatever info I asked for, but at the time I was a bit intimidated by the whole thing. It certainly would of been nice to have been approached by a staff person.
    Amy

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      Terri 1 month ago

      The time i got the makeover i was enfemme and two older women workers asked me if i needed help. I didn’t have an appointment, which you need. I told them about my experiences with Sephora at Keystone and First Event. They were the managers I think, so one of them gave me the makeover in the pic. They were very nice. Im going again later this month for another makeover. I made a appointment online. All you have to do is spend $50 on makeup, which is easy, lol.

  9. Abby Lauren 1 day ago

    Hi Terri
    It’s so good to see you after your Sephora makeover. You look great, BTW. As you may remember, I was at FE, too and did my usual modeling at the Fashion show, I’d love to hear from you.
    Love
    Abby

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