On days when I have to leave the house I try to run as many errands as possible. So when Madamoiselle had a well baby appointment this past Thursday, I was determined to get a much needed brow waxing, go to Babies ‘r Us, Ikea, and do a little window shopping before 2 o’clock.
Well, the morning didn’t start off as I had originally planned. We were running late, which meant I had to quickly prepare the boys lunches, change and dress Madamoiselle, and get myself ready, since I had no intentions of going back home after I dropped the boys off at school. The only way I was going to get them there on time was to forgo putting on makeup and eating the most important meal of the day, breakfast.
While on the way to the freeway, after I dropped the boys off, I started thinking of healthy places to eat within the vicinity of where my brow appointment was. I decided to go to Wholefoods, which could be dangerous for someone like me who has no sense of time. You see, I’ve been shopping at this natural grocery store for 14 years now, and I know a lot of the people who work there. Needless to say, I’m a very talkative individual; as a result, I will be in the store all day long if I see a familiar face.
I spoke to few people and Tahira, the bakery buyer. After Tahira and a couple of other girls gushed over Madamoiselle and gawked over my Coach fur suede boots (I get so many compliments from both men and women whenever I wear these), I grabbed a vegan banana and blueberry muffin, an orange, and ordered a mango/banana smoothie to go. While Tahira so kindly whipped up my smoothie, I ran to the register to pay for the items. As you may have guessed, I was behind schedule, and soon realized that I didn’t have enough time to go to Babies ‘r us first, so I made my way to Benefit.
As I walked in, the women went crazy over my boots and diaper bag, saying I was too hot to be a mom and that my bag was appropriately titled, Diaper Diva. Awww! You know this pumped my ego, reassuring me that the changes I made to my diet and a little exercise were beginning to pay off.
My original plan was not only to get my brows waxed, but also to get some free makeup on my face. First was the waxing, and Christine did an outstanding job. I love going to Benefits because they literally work magic on my crazy eyebrows. My hairline and brows connect, and usually I have to color them in with powder because they’re so thin, but when these girls do their thing my brows appear full, eliminating the need to fill them in.
Afterwards, I went to the counter and asked the salesperson if Benefit had a really good eyeliner. She quickly suggested a liquid liner and recommended Babe Cake, a duo eyeliner that includes the colors natural brown and black. Liquid? Well, it really didn’t matter because I had no aspirations to actually buy it…at first. She showed me the small black compact which looked more like eyeshadow than a liner, and a little bent brush. I was confused, until she said told me the brush needed to be wet before placing it into the dry powder. I allowed her to put it on while I held Madamoiselle in my lap. When she finished I looked in the mirror, and OMG! I had to buy it.
Love, love, love this eyeliner. I really want my eyes to pop whenever I’m out and about, and this is probably the first eyeliner to help achieve that goal without smudging or running later on in the day. In fact, I was so tired that night; I did not wash my face before going bed, but didn’t feel too bad because I wasn’t wearing foundation. When I woke up, my liner was still in place as if I had just applied it. This was perfect for me. I simply washed my face, being careful not to disturb the eye makeup, put on some moisturizer, and I was good to go. You know how those women in the movies go to bed and wake looking made up? Okay, that was me on Friday morning.
I was a little concerned about using the brush and a liquid liner, but I had absolutely no problems. It was so easy to apply. It is definitely a klutz proof brush.
Let me sum this post up by telling you that I got Madamoiselle to the doctor’s office late because I locked my keys in car at Babies ‘r us. I’m so smart!
A couple days ago, my Aunt Shirley sent me an email, asking if I could recommend a good foundation for her. Why, certainly!
At the age of 18, when I first began wearing serious make-up, Fashion Fair cosmetics was my top pick. I am amazed that I’m still able to visualize myself walking into Emporium Capwell’s and purchasing my first Fashion Fair foundation, powder, and a stick of Radiant Red lipstick encased in a pink tube. However, as the years rolled on and new products emerged, I moved on.
Well, I’m not a loyalist when it comes to beauty products, so it is not uncommon for me to jump on board a ship with products that are swooning with media buzz, causing me to often abandon my first love, Prescriptives, a brand I had been using off and on for a number of years. As a result, I started using M.A.C., but the foundation was too harsh, making my face dry as a bone that has been left outside for a couple months. Also, the color of MAC’s foundation never quite matched my skin perfectly, resulting in comments like, “Your make-up looks great.” I hated that! I never want to appear as though I’m wearing foundation; therefore, I went back to Prescriptives.
What’s great about the brand is the custom blending option for those individual who are unable to find an exact match for their skin tone. My sister, Tiffany, had some reservations about wearing foundation because of her dark complexion, but soon discovered that Prescriptives looks absolutely gorgeous on her, making her skin appear smooth, supple, and naturally flawless. Prescriptive is definitely one option for my aunt.
A year and half ago when I was once again out of my Prescriptives foundation, this guy told me all about Nars and how great the cosmetics line was. His hype and the stuff I had been reading in magazines made me eager to give their foundation a try. One day, I got myself together, jumped on a train, and headed to Neiman Marcus. I was surprised that I was able to refrain myself from cruising the entire store because you know the Amex was burning a hole in my wallet. When I arrived at the Nars cosmetics counter I told the salesperson what I was looking for; however, we soon discovered that there was not a foundation available for my skin tone. I was so hurt. I really wanted to love Nars, I did. The salesperson recommended some brand I can’t remember at Sephora and also some other line at Saks Fifth Avenue.
So, there I was strutting across Union Square to Saks, hoping to find something. To make a long story short, the sales-guy told me that I really didn’t need to wear foundation, but since I insisted on wearing one, I should try Armani. Oh my god! This was the best recommendation for me. I absolutely love Armani’s light weight luminous silk foundation now. The color looks really good on my skin, giving me a natural, fresh look. Also their lip glosses are to die for. Love love love Armani, which is my new favorite.
I highly recommend both Prescriptives and Armani; you can’t go wrong with whichever one you decide to choose. Both are available at Neiman Marcus. Prescriptives is also sold at Nordstrom and Macy’s, but not all stores custom blend.