My friend from college that I wish I’d known better back then has started a fun bloggy game where she posts TEN things on the TENTH of each month. At the time she announced it, I wasn’t sure if I was going to play because I haven’t been in a very bloggy place lately. But since then, I’ve decided that this blog adds a sense of normalcy to my life that I have been sorely missing. Plus I hate to think that everyone else will be having fun with Alice (That’s our family version of “having fun without us.” I’ll tell you the whole story later, but if you don’t stop interrupting me we’ll never get to the end of this post and we all have things to do today. I have to bring snacks to small group tonight. What would be good to bring? Seriously! Stop getting me off track!).
So without (much) further ado, I proudly present…..
TEN MAKE-UP-TYPE THINGS THAT I TRULY LOVE!
I don’t know that I would absolutely be categorized as a girly girl, but I really do enjoy makeup. I am, after all, a card carrying Southern girl. However, I don’t even wear it every day. In fact, I’m glad you can’t see me right this instant. You would find this post quite ironic, I think.
1. SEPHORA! I love this store. Some of my friends prefer Ulta, but I love me some Sephora! I prefer the free-standing Sephoras to the Sephora, Jr. stores they have in some J.C. Penney stores. The Sephora I visit now doesn’t have the friendliest staff so I try to know what I want to look at before I go there. I love that they keep up with how much I spend (Because I’m a Beauty Insider, don’t you know. Don’t get excited. It’s a free service that they offer to everyone.) and after you’ve spent a set amount of money there you get a free sample. I LOVE free samples!! And I love that they gave me a cute cupcake flavored scented body wash for my birthday. They really shouldn’t have! I love having so many different brands of stuff all in one place. Let’s go to Sephora, people!!
2. Shu Uemura eyelash curler
For years I’ve seen this eyelash curler in different magazines. For my birthday last year I decided to give myself this and Tweezerman tweezers (more on those later). My dear sweet baby brother has my eyelashes. I don’t mean they look like mine. I mean he has the ones that I’m certain were supposed to be mine. So he walks around with naturally long, thick, curly lashes and I use this. Life lesson? Life’s not fair. Acknowledge and move on.
3. Blinc Mascara by Kiss Me
It’s weird to me that my mascara says “Kiss Me” but I guess “Look at Me” sounded a little needy. Anyway, for years I’ve suffered with raccoon eye disease. I have dark circles to start with (Thanks again, heredity!) that were always compounded by the layer of mascara that always ended up under my eyes. It would have been great if I were going for a football player look, but I am so far away from being athletic that I could never pull it off. Instead I always looked like haggard stayed-too-long-at-the-party girl. I tried everything. I’m convinced that some of my eye wrinkles are from constantly rubbing mascara from under my eyes. My friends were sick of my standard question: “Do I have stuff under my eyes?” That is until I found this mascara! It actually forms little tubes around your lashes. It’s important to know that because when you take it off, it looks like your actual eyelashes are coming out which can cause a slight freakage at first…or so I’ve heard. Anyway, this mascara ROCKETH!
4. The Tweezerman Tweezers.
This is the other gift I bought myself for my birthday last year. They are really great tweezers when you know where they are. Mine have been missing for several months. If you’ve seen them, please send them home.
4. Omnia perfume by Bulgari
I have several unused bottles of perfume that I never finished. I liked them at first but got tired of them after awhile. This is the first perfume that I ever used until the bottle was empty and I’m now on my second bottle.
5. Amazing Grace and Pure Grace by Philosophy
I bought these as sample bottles at Sephora. I like the sample sizes because I can make makeup and perfume last a LONG time. These are great everyday fragrances because they are light and smell very clean. I love the names Philosophy gives its products. Last time I was in Sephora I was given a sample of Hope in a Jar moisturizer. It was good, but I think next time I need to try When Hope Is Not Enough (is that the best name ever?!)
6. High Intensity Hand Cream by bliss
Again, I buy the sample size of this at Sephora because it isn’t cheap. I like that it truly moisturizes without making my hands feel greasy.
7. Camille Beckman Glycerine Rosewater
My mom gave this to me and it’s one of my very favorite lotions. I love the way the glycerine makes my skin feel. It has a very, light rose scent. To me, it smells very southern. Side note: When I was in high school I wore a foundation simply because the saleslady told me that it was the foundation Vivian Leigh wore when she played Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind. Yeah, I’m the sucker you can see coming a mile away. Anyway, I also love the name Camille. We almost named the Princess Diva Camille. It was between that and Bubbles. No, really! But again, that’s another story for another day!
8. Longwear lipstick
I put my makeup on once and it needs to last for the rest of the day. Despite my love of makeup, I really don’t spend a lot of time on self-maintenance. I like the longwear lipsticks because I need for my lipstick to stay on from the time I put it on until I’m finished for the day. I’m currently looking for a new shade of lipstick. Right now I’ve noticed that everyone on TV seems to be wearing just a shade darker than their natural lips. It’s not really a nude look, but a healthy, baby lips color. I wish I could find it in a longwear lipstick.
9. Hot Mama blush by The Balm
I’d love to tell you that I love this just because it’s a great product. It is, but I think the main thing I love about it is the cool retro compact and the name. Who doesn’t want to be a Hot Mama?
10. The Next Great Product
Oh, the possibilities! I know that somewhere in Sephora is the perfect moisturizer that erases all signs of aging, the most flawless concealer that makes dark circles vanish, and the best shade of lipstick ever. I know that somewhere someone has a product to make my lips fuller, my eyes brighter, my hair shinier, and my nose smaller. It will make my teeth like perfect white Chiclets. It will fold and put away my laundry and cook our meals. It will make me abetter wife and mother and citizen. I just have to find it. 😉
Yeah, this post was completely shallow and of no lasting significance. But I have to tell you, it was a lot of fun!
UPDATE: I can’t believe I left this one out!
My hairdresser (or are you supposed to say “stylist” now? Hairdresser sounds outdated) used this and I fell in love with it. I mainly love the smell but it makes your hair shiny and it makes your hair dry faster, too! I bought the small bottle because you only need the tiniest amount.