Wednesday, January 8, 2014
I used up a sample-sized jar of sugar scrub.
I'm wearing an underwire bra.
I bought a cover stick. I bought a bottle of spray-on hair conditioner. I've used both.
I ordered a sample of one of Aftelier's Face Elixirs.
I own a piece of Spanx "shapewear" and I've worn it twice.
I placed an order from Sephora, and the package didn't contain any perfume. The free samples I chose weren't perfume either.
And the scariest item:
I'm wearing makeup.
I won't be wearing it for long, because I'm going to bed in less than an hour. But I received a lovely eyes-and-lips Christmas gift, and there was that shipment from Sephora, and I was still mulling over The Non-Blonde's post about starting to wear makeup in your thirties and forties, and I had some awake time between my afternoon I've-got-a-cold nap and my evening I've-got-a-cold early bedtime. So. I sat down to try it all.
I don't hate it. I took pictures of myself for future reference, and I don't hate them either.
What's with that?
I don't-hate-it even more when I put my hair up; with it down, I look older. Not in a good way. With it up, I look much better. I'm not quite sure what to do with that, either.
So what did I wear?
Moisturizer: Alaffia Neem & Shea Butter Skin Recovery Face Cream. I didn't get recommendations for this; a few weeks ago my face was falling off from winter and my skin's startled reaction to the sugar scrub (No, I didn't use it too often! I don't think.) and this was the first cream on the grocery shelf that was (1) for faces and (2) said anything about fair trade. So I got it. It did a nice job of reattaching my face.
Primer: (Primer? I'm still absorbing this primer concept.) Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Oil Free. I suspect that The Non-Blonde recommended it, because I remember an evening of switching madly between her blog and the Sephora website, before I submitted that order.
Foundationesque layer: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, in Porcelain. Same Sephora order.
Powder: Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder, Translucent. Again with the Sephora.
Color: Bobbi Brown Everyday Pretty Lip & Eye Palette. (This was the lovely gift.)
Hardware: a Sephora lip brush and some "Breathe" brushes. And some sponges from somebody or other. I didn't research the hardware online, I just bought it, the brushes from my local Alchemy Botanicals, who I mention because I like 'em and they carry perfume.
I applied the products with the hardware, in what I hope is the officially recommended order.
I really kinda like the result.
That is all.
Image: Wikimedia Commons.