Tuesday, April 27, 2010

spring cleaning

in my determination for a new look, it's time to clean house. or...clean makeup trunk.

i have a decent stash that i'm proud of. combine my evil shopping habit, my lust for cosmetics and the fact that i used to work at sephora, and you can start to understand what sort of monster had been created.

here's the problem-i hoard makeup.

i have makeup that i've picked out and purchased. however, i also have a ton of "free gift with purchase" and "gratis" items. some of it is really good stuff that you might pay a pretty penny for, so it's hard to part with. i talk myself into keeping it.

lots of foundations that are now too dark? oh, i could use those to sculpt cheekbones!

lipstick that's too dark or frosty? i could always mix it with another one to create a new color, or dilute it with a gloss!

to be honest, not everything i've kept suits me. i look best in things with cool undertones, and i've outgrown a lot of my products that have tons of glitter (my nightclub days are behind me).

i know there are websites where people trade makeup....but more than likely i'll just give it to some of my friends who are always complimenting me on mine. it will be good for my karma. maybe someone will give me some new makeup to fill the gaps from what i sorted out!

that doesn't really help me clean out my makeup case, does it?

Sunday, April 25, 2010

recreating me

it's time for a new look....

being a new mom with a new job requires a new look. i swore i'd never let a child dictate my amount of self-maintenance, but it's happened. i already cut four inches off my hair because he likes to pull it and i have no time to fix it.

what kind of look am i looking for? good skin, lashes and lips. that's the minimum. of course i'll still put on the glam for special occasions, but i'm going to create a quick routine that i can do in the wee hours of the morning.

unfortunately, i also have to cut back the cosmetic budget. the sad part is that i'm very particular. it's been a long time since i've purchased drug store makeup, and with some things i fear there can be no substitute. can anything really stretch my lashes like my $28.00 Diorshow mascara? i may have to find out, as much as that pains me.

i also haven't hit the perfume counter in a long time. though i still have tons of bottles on my dresser, i feel that i've outgrown some of it and i'm ready for something new. and on perfume, i refuse to follow a budget. i can smell cheap a mile away.

a new chapter, a new me, and hopefully soon...new makeup!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

my eyelashes have left the building

among the lengthy list of unattractive side effects that pregnancy brings, one that bothers me a lot is what it has done to my eyelashes.

as a side note, the hair on my head in thicker and more brag-worthy than it's ever been. i hear it may go back to it's former state after i deliver. boo.

anyway, my eyelashes are shorter and sparser than they were nine months ago. my deep-set eyes rely on big, fat lashes and some manuevering with an eyeshadow brush to keep them from looking recessed and exhausted. not only am i actually tired all the time...i look it! even a swipe with my regular mascara doesn't hold the same magic that it used to.

i'm too nervous to try Latisse, the prescription medication that is supposed to grow lashes, due to the side effects. i simply won't risk putting brown spots on my blue irises, especially when it's permanent.

then there's L'Oreal's Renewal Lash Serum, which doesn't necessarily spark new eyelash growth as much as help you keep your lashes intact. basically, it stalls the shedding process.

hopefully my eyelash woes mend themselves after the baby arrives....i've had several months to plot and plan a new "hot mama" look, and having decent eyelashes is definitely part of that!