First of all, thank you to everyone for your encouraging, heartfelt comments on yesterday’s post. There was even some sweet interaction going on between commenters, and I loved seeing that!
Second of all, the winner for our Cutting Edge Stencils giveaway is:
(Check your inbox, girlie!)
Third of all…
Nope, there is no third of all, or if there is, my brain wasn’t able to hang onto it. And that, my friends, is what happens when you have lots of kids and too little sleep.
So…yesterday, I got a bit serious and shared my heart.
And today, I’m getting very frivolous and sharing my…face.
That’s right. I thought it might be fun to talk makeup. Now, I’m certainly no expert, but I’ve done a bit of trial and error, and here are the 5 makeup items you will always find in my bag.
I bought one of these VS GLOSSY Lip Sheens a while back (around Christmas, maybe?), I’ve used it practically every day since, and it’s still got a ways to go before it’s all gone. Mine is Knockout Red, and I love that I can swipe a bit on for a smidge of color or really slather it on for a bold look. Plus, since it’s not thick and sticky like most lip-glosses, I can also use it on my cheeks as blush for a pop of color.
I seriously ♥ Cover Girl Lashblast Mascara. I don’t think of myself as particularly susceptible to advertising, but several of the female hosts on the Today Show were raving about it last summer when the Olympics were on (I don’t usually watch morning television), so I decided to give it a shot. And, jeepers, is that stuff fantastic! It does an amazing job of plumping without clumping and really does build on itself to give the illusion of much longer lashes than you actually have. First one I’ve found that successfully does this for me.
Another Cover Girl product I love is this Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner. Because of so many years fighting (and hiding) this, I’ve become an expert at the dark, precise, lined upper lid. I buy this liner in black onyx (for my eyes) and espresso (which I use, in conjunction with the black, to fill out my brows a little). I’ve tried most other drug store brands (as well as a few department store versions) only to return to my beloved Perfect Point. Two things of note, though: 1) the smudger thingy on the end never, ever stays attached on my liners. But then, I never use it, so that’s fine with me and 2) as I was grabbing an image for my post, I glanced through the reviews, and there were lots that were raving about how this has always been their go-to liner in the past but the last several times they’ve bought it, they’ve had trouble with the tip breaking or refusing to twist up. I haven’t noticed this issue on mine yet, but it’s something to be aware of, at least.
At the risk of sounding like a spokesperson for Cover Girl, I’m also a huge fan of their Simply Powder Foundation. I’ve tried more expensive versions of the whole powder/foundation combo concept and liked them but never enough to warrant paying 4 times as much for equal (or, sometimes, inferior) results. This foundation is great for girls who don’t like foundation (it always feels too heavy on my skin, and I have trouble getting it to blend evenly on my combination oily/dry skin) but need more coverage than a powder can offer.
For a very stressful 6 months of my life, I was an Arbonne representative. Let’s just say that the thought of cold-calling breaks me out in a cold sweat. But I still love some of their products, especially their eye-shadows, which go on super-smooth and stay put for a nice, long while. (They also come in absolutely gorgeous—rather than garish—shades).
So, that’s me in a 5 product nutshell. It takes me about 5 minutes flat to put my everyday make up on before I run out the door, and it makes me feel so much more put together and presentable (I do not look so great in my au naturel state).
And here’s where my plea for help comes in.
In addition to my powder/foundation, I use a little concealer stick for blemishes (because, yes, at 30-years-old, I still break out!) and dark under-eye circles. But I don’t just love the results.
So, I need to know your concealing and under-eye circle banishing secrets!
What products or tricks do you have for me? In the grand scheme of things, puffy eyes are just a speck on the back of a bit of dust on a ladybug’s wing (in a hole in the bottom of the sea). But that doesn’t mean I’ll complain about any good ideas you have!
P.S. You’ve got less than two days to jump on our ginormous giveaway bandwagon! C’mon! You know you want a Spectacular Spring Shopping Spree! (Don’t make me use more alliteration…because I will).