A beautiful me!February 6, 2010
Last weekend a friend and I did a little shopping and at our local Bergner’s department store (somewhere between JC Penney’s and Macy’s in “class”) they were doing free makeovers. Hair, nails, chair massages, and make up.
I had my hair curled with a curling iron and then kind of pulled back off my face as if it were in a ponytail but with bobby pins rather than an elastic – it was suppose to be casual, but looked a tad fancy.
I skipped the nails, just wasn’t in the mood – and they’d been breaking so much with the dry winter weather that there wasn’t much nail to do anything with.
I did get a chair massage from a friend’s daughter. I think a group of us women will have to have a massage party in the near future and pay this young woman to massage us all.
And finally, my friend made me get a cosmetics make over. I’m not much of a make up girl, but in the past decade my use has increased some. After my youngest was born I started using make up to draw attention away from other parts of my body. That is still an issue (although I do weigh less than I did post 2nd baby). Now that I’m post-50 I rarely go out without concealer and a bit of blush – at least in the winter I just look rather beige. Except if I haven’t slept well, then I have these incredible circles under my eyes – not good.
Anyway, it was a Lacome counter and the young woman who did my face was a good listener and did what I wanted – which was minimal and natural looking.
I was impressed. I really liked the tinted moisturizer and even the lipstick – and I don’t do lipstick. That might change. My friend was also impressed, and except for my eyes, which were a bit more done than I’d do for everyday, my husband seemed to like the make up look also. The hair – well, it was fun and I’m actually going to use that style next week (relevant posts to come). By the end of the make over my head was way overdressed for my sweater and blue jean clad body.
Now luckily, I had actually forgotten my wallet at home, so I couldn’t buy $100 worth of products at the Lancome counter. And that was good because I really did want to do some research on natural and organic make up – especially a tinted moisturizer – before I went investing in this new look.
A bit of googling and I settled on Physician’s Formula. I liked that there was a range of products by one company, including several organic products – and importantly – tinted moisturizer. I also liked that where the Lancome moisturizer was going to cost $40, Physician’s Forumula costs $10. Finally, Physician’s Formula, in theory, is sold at a whole bunch of different stores. “Not all products will be available at all stores” I tried a local K-Mart and found nothing, but hit pay dirt at the local Target. Here’s the moisturizer (to the left).
I got some blush and bronzer also – on clearance for $8.67 – luckily it was the color I wanted most.
Mascara also. I wish they had brown; I settled for black (as opposed to “ultra black”). It does have a recyclable “eco-brush” – even I wonder if we’re doing a bit of green-washing there.
And finally, not organic though, I bought an eye liner pencil. It doesn’t seem to have nasty stuff in it (dermatologist approved, hypoallergenic and fragrance free) – and it’s taupe. I’m not into the goth or emo dark-lined eyes – barely lined is more my style.
So now if I’m going to wear make up, at least it will be either good for my face, or not bad.