I was terribly bored at work yesterday – Fridays tend to be a ghost town in the government if they employ the compressed work week (you work longer hours every day to get a day off every second or third week – most people take Fridays; mine’s every second Monday) – so I was online cross-checking all the products I had on my ‘wish list’ against Paula Begoun’s cosmetic review website Beautypedia. Turns out, only one was given a rave recommendation – the Bare Escentuals mascara – while the Too Faced eye liner and Philosophy’s Help Me got only fair votes, and the rest… ~sad face~ (literally). While I will take her skincare reco’s into consideration (anything that’s described has having irritating ingredients makes me nervous), I’m just going to have to decide for myself on the makeup items and form my own opinions.
Anyway, another non-work-related thing I did yesterday was try to take photos of my first ‘Fun Color Friday’ FOTD. I ran out of time in the morning, and I think the lighting at work is better anyway – unfortunately, the background in my cubicle is not. Also, being too embarrassed to ask someone at work to take pictures of my *makeup*, I tried to do it myself, but MAN I do not have that skill (yet ;)) . In any case, I tried my best and will post these pics if for no other reason than to shame myself into improving my abilities (‘scuse the bloodshot eyes, I stare at a computer screen far, far too often):Obviously it would have been better if I had full face (or at least half my face) shots so you could get the full effect, but alas we already know that at this stage in my ‘skill’ level, that’s not gonna happen. The quick breakdown of what I’m wearing is:
– MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot (pale cream) all over lid
– Urban Decay Radium (bright medium blue) on lid up to crease
– Urban Decay Suspect (pale bronze/gold) to blend color out
– Urban Decay Perversion (black) liquid liner on top lash line
– MAC Petrol Blue Pearlglide liner on lower lashes
– Buxom by Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash mascara
On my cheeks I wore theBalm’s Down Boy (baby pink), and on lips, Make Up For Ever’s Star Lab Shine gloss in S4 (pearly pink-beige). Which brings me to another topic – blush and how deceptive it is. For YEARS I have believed certain shades would not look good on me, because they were too light, and opted to buy brighter or darker shades because duh, I’m brown and that’s what brown girls do. However, in the past month I have come to the wonderful realization that I have so many more options! Two things brought about this brand new mindset, beginning with receiving the Balmbini palette from the lovely Liz of Beauty Reductionista. The two blushes in the palette – Down Boy and Hot Mama (which is a lighter shimmering coral-peach shade) – appeared to me at first to be far too pale for me to get any use out of. However, on New Years Eve, I wore Hot Mama to compliment my intense eye makeup, as I figured it would only give me a hint of a flush, but WOW did it ever look great! It wasn’t intense obviously, but gave me this ridiculously amazing subtle glow that I could not get enough of. Encouraged, I gave Chanel’s Horizon de Blush a shot (which was another shade I thought for sure would be too pale), and well – you saw how amazing that went for me! And, as pale as Down Boy looks in the pan, it ended up being just the perfect touch to my makeup look yesterday. And so my friends, my world has been rocked, because as a budding blush fiend, knowing that I have a whole new spectrum of blushes to try gives me a major thrill! And perhaps these new shades are actually better suited for my skintone…???
Wow, I just covered a lot of ground in this post, and I’m sorry for jumping all over the place!! Sometimes I just have a lot to say, I guess ;) We’re headed to PEI today so I think I’m trying to get it all out before we leave. I also want to get in some shots of the three bottles from a-England’s ‘The Legend’ collection (ohh yea baby!) that I got this week, and the sun is waning already at 10am. So I leave you, but not before I ask these terribly important questions:
How in the WORLD do you take FOTD photos??
Have you had a beauty realization lately that has totally changed the game for you? Do you find yourself discovering more and more what works best and what doesn’t?