A few things before I get on with this evening’s review.
I have three things working against me in starting a beauty blog: Age, location, and weight. Age, because I’m in my mid-30s now, and starting to develop “worry lines” around my eyes, as well as some rather impressive dark circles. (If there was a cream out there to combat both wrinkles and acne at the same time, I wish someone would bring it to my attention!) Location, because the Deep South is brutal in the summer! It’s the middle of July, and we reportedly got into the triple digits here in M-town. Yes, that’s with humidity! So, the middle of summer may have been an unfortunate time for me to experiment, especially with something as elaborate as Goth makeup. (Though I’m trying to adhere to the advice from The Lady of Manners as much as possible.) Weight, because overweight people look ridiculous in general if we wear too much of our favorite thing. (I’ve always been overweight, though in the past it’s usually been due to a combination of tummy and boobs, but now it’s just tummy.) I have one thing going for me in the weight department: I don’t usually look the size that I usually am. It’s a lucky (?) family trait. But, I do hate my tummy and arm fat. (More on diets and nutrition later.)
Because I do actually have a job on occasion, I won’t always write three posts a day. Sometimes it’ll only be one time a day. Sometimes one day a week. It’ll depend on how things go with this, and how quickly I find permanent solutions to my makeup problems. I’ll try to keep a regular update, though, if only to have a record of where I’ve been and where I’m going.
Now, on to the reviews!
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The Smashbox Full Exposure mascara worked well…as long as I stayed in cool, dry, air-conditioned locations. Unfortunately, it was not waterproof. (This is a double-edged sword – whatever makes mascara waterproof is usually what also makes it burn my eyes.) Not waterproof = not sweat proof. To note, this isn’t labeled as “waterproof”, so I knew what I was getting into. It went on well and dried quickly. However, it was a bit flaky despite claims to the contrary. The most positive thing: An excellent SkinDeep rating for allergy sufferers, and in general! Since tomorrow is a work day, I’m going to try it again and see how it works for The Grind. I have a feeling I may have a winner! (Or at least one that won’t leave me broke.)
The other products I reviewed this afternoon, if you want to see my post on it. I’ll be disposing of the L’Oreal lipstick, since bright reddish-orange isn’t really a color that looks good on me. I’m going to keep the HT red lip/eye pencil, however, because (1) it’s extinct, (2) I don’t have any other red lip/eye pencils, and (3) I haven’t reviewed it as an eye pencil yet.
One more word on eyes: After taking off the e.l.f. cream eyeliner and that awful lipstick, my eyes felt red and tired. I don’t know if it was from actually being tired, or from the eyeliner, or from the mascara, or what. It may even have been the eye remover pads I used, or the Yes to Cucumbers makeup remover towelettes. (Hrm, probably shouldn’t use those on my actual eyes.) In fact, I’m now about 100% certain it as the Yes to product. (It says it is not for use with eyes, but I do stupid things when I’m in a hurry and/or frustrated.) Thus, I want to see what Smashbox’s mascara has to offer on a “normal” day when I don’t do something extremely dumb.
Also to try tomorrow are quite a few products from one of my favorite mineral makeup companies, Aromaleigh!
Almay, Aromaleigh, and more!
I’m a little concerned that the Pashmina, which is Aromaleigh’s heaviest coverage, will be a bit much for a hot summer afternoon in the box office where I work. On the other hand, I have a few acne scars (and the recently-discovered discoloration) that has made me VERY self-conscious. If I have the time, and it looks or feels too heavy, I may bump down to the Gossamer version of the same color. (It’s lighter and variable.) On the other hand, if I use it lightly, and don’t mix it in too heavily with my lotion, it may work out beautifully! But again, this all depends on how it feels in the morning. (I’ve already done my beauty regime for the evening, and don’t want to undo it by trying anything on; I despise waste!)
I don’t usually do well with loose powdered eye shadows, but I choke this up to being somewhat of an inexperienced novice rather than anything else. I’m also concerned about not doing the eye liner well, but am hoping that a pencil helps me keep a steadier hand than the elaborate smudge pot I was trying to use.
As I mentioned earlier, I used “Yes to Cucumbers” makeup removing towelettes. These were great for removing foundation and lipstick! Just don’t ever use it on your eyes. While it didn’t blind me or anything, I think it did make them feel hot and tired, which is no good. (Again, it says on the package not to do that, so that was a total user error.) For face lotion, I use what I have right now: Neutrogina’s oil-free face lotion for sensitive skin at night, and Purpose’s Dual Treatment Moisture Lotion during the day. I’m not too happy with either of these right now, but getting a whole new beauty regimen is both expensive and annoying, so I’m taking it slowly as I go. However, I already have a wish list of things I’d like to try at some point, if’n they aren’t full of allergens and toxins.
For day and night washing, I’m totally addicted to St. Ives! I’ve used this product since I was a pimply teen, and when I use it regularly, it clears up my acne and makes my face feel fantastic! Right now, I’m doing a double-tackle on my adult acne with the oatmeal scrub/mask and the blemish control tea gel cleanser. I’ve yet to come across products that work better for my blemish-prone and overly-sensitive skin. Granted, it may take a while for one’s acne to completely clear up, but this will be true no matter what product one uses, despite a product’s claims. I may have to start purchasing their lotions, etc. online if I can’t find them in the store.
As for what I call “smell-goods”, I’ve discovered a brand of scented, perfume-free oil that I just LOVE! The brand, Acorns and Alchemy, offers samples of almost any scent imaginable. I’ve settled on “Halloween” for right now, though I’ve also gotten samples for “13” and “Black Widow”. You can visit A&A on Etsy as well. All products are vegan and cruelty-free. Compared to the Clinique Happy perfume I recently rediscovered in my arsenal (which Hubby bought for me about 5 years ago), it’s much less likely to make me sneeze or give the sensitive person a headache.
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In conclusion, I think I’m all set for tomorrow as far as looks go. Will give a review on how these work out sometime tomorrow, if I have the energy. Also, I plan to do a post on the awesome clothing and accessories I was able to purchase sometime back with God’s blessing and the hubby’s incredible financial skills! 😀 Also, a post on how I’ve always wanted blue hair, and never been able to get it (though I’ve had it an array of different colors).
Sweet dreams, my lovelies! — Lady Tam Li Hua