Putting On My Face
I’m in my 30s and I still have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to makeup. I wear it almost every day, but mostly I feel like I’m just blindly smearing stuff on my face and hoping that I don’t leave my house looking like a Picasso painting. Or a clown.
Despite my ignorance, I still like to treat myself to pretty makeup, so when I have the opportunity, I cash in my credit card rewards and get a Sephora gift card. It’s like getting free makeup! For this particular shopping trip, I had enough for a $100 gift card. I went to the Sephora in the Prudential Center after work on Friday evening and found that it was surprisingly not too crazy busy. In fact, I think it’s the only time in recent memory where I’ve gone into a Sephora and was helped, willingly, by the salespeople there. In most cases, I’ve had to walk around the store looking like a lost puppy (in need of eyeliner) for a good fifteen minutes before I could get anyone to notice me, but not this time, which was a nice change.
I went in thinking maybe I would buy a new hair dryer, but it turns out that the nice ones are significantly more than the ones they sell in CVS–who knew? I decided to stick with the good old Conair I’ve had for the last seven years for the time being and buy some fun new products instead.
First thing I needed was new eyeshadow. I knew I wanted a palette of browns with some shimmer, and I ended up choosing a TooFaced palette. For $36, it seemed like a pretty good deal, but so far, I haven’t liked it as much as the Urban Decay Naked palette I’d been using before. I also needed some new eyeshadow brushes, so I bought a cute kit of 5 for $22.
Once I’d chosen those (and some makeup remover since I was out), I still had some money left to spend. I didn’t need foundation (I’ve been using the Garnier BB cream and it’s pretty good) or lip gloss (I’m a diehard fan of the Revlon lip butter) so I wandered around for a while, picking things up and putting them back down, totally unsure of what else to buy.
I’ve heard a lot of good things about Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar, and I’ve been meaning to invest in some new moisturizer, so I bought a small jar to see how I like it ($15). So far, it’s been okay. Next, I decided I wanted some fun new eyeliner. I ended up going with the same Clinique eyeliner I’ve been using, but in a pretty purple shade ($16).
Finally, I wandered back to the hair care section and tried to decide which Living Proof product I wanted to try. The hair mask I mentioned last week was too expensive, so I went with a daily blowdry treatment. ($26) I have used it a couple of times and haven’t really noticed a huge difference. Has anyone used any other Living Proof products?
They were having a 15% off sale, so I ended up only spending $10 out of pocket for all that stuff, which I think is a pretty good deal.
What are your favorite makeup products? Do you feel as inept as I do when it comes to makeup, or am I just challenged?