Gimme Gimme (Eye Make-Up)

I love make-up. I always have. I wore lipstick from the time my grandmother first let me have hers and never looked back. Some choices were questionable – I wore silver lipstick more or less every day of 5th grade. Some were good – I look really good in purple eye shadow. 

Two years ago I got my hands on the Electric Palette from Urban Decay and used that like it was going out of style. I mixed colors and I was good at it, but I also liked just using the hot pink by itself, as well as the deep purple on it’s own. I can’t stress it enough: It’s an amazing palette.

Then I had to job hunt again that fall and I thought it was best to tone it down, to a light and shimmery gold. Then I grew bored of the gold and threw that out, too, opting for only eye liner and mascara. Then… yup, I threw out (not literally) the eye liner (I use some $3 POS from Walgreens which could be the problem) and only wore mascara for a while.

Now, since it’s spring, I’m bringing back the eye shadow. I’ve started wearing eye liner again with my mascara, and I’m thinking about starting to slowly introduce some pale pink color back into my routine, something with a tiny bit of shimmer in it. I have two colors to mess around with: one from Bare Escentuals and another one that’s a bit darker (but still light) from MAC

So, I’m going to start playing with those. And I’m going to see how the dark purple from the Urban Decay palette looks. Unfortunately, pale pink lipstick, as much as I love it, makes me look ill, so that’s a no-go, sadly.

I’ll probably never get back to wearing green and blue eye shadow again, but I’m all about the pinks and purples and I’m excited to get back into them as I get back into my spring wardrobe. 

This was all of the make up that I brought to Scandinavia with me. And I never touched that eye liner (too much work and who was I trying to impress?). It doesn’t dry fast enough and gets everywhere if I’m not taking my time. (That’s what I get for purchasing $3 eyeliner, whatever.)

That make up bag is from the Flying Tiger near Madison Square Park. They’re actually Danish so I saw them all around Scandinavia. They’re just called “Tiger” abroad though. 

Though truth be told, this is how much make up I usually wear every day anyways – with Burts Bees lip cream. 

After having planned to spend today as a final day of recuperation from my cold inside and on my couch, I changed my mind and showered, dressed and left my apartment.  My first stop was Macy’s at the Benefit counter.  I’d tried their powder once before and I was told it was better for the winter because it’s more hydrating as opposed to mineral-only powder.

Since I was fifteen, I’ve had a knack for getting people in department stores to do my make-up – even if I have no intention of buying any of it (though oftentimes I do).  My money that would be spent on designer clothes is spent on expensive make-up.

So I went to the Benefit table at Macy’s and told them I was interested in the powder.

I walked away with moisturizer, primer, powder, blush, lip liner (brown – EW!), lip stick, and lipgloss on my face.  Holy shit.  What did I end up buying?  The two things pictured above.  They cake so much stuff onto your face at department stores that it’s stifling to your, or at least MY skin.  I don’t see how putting that many things on your face is good for your skin.

I love make-up, but the amount of make-up I use every day could fit in a plastic sandwich bag.  I did, however, in honor of the warmer-ish weather, break away from my usual eye shadow combination of purples and grays, and onto gold/green/pink (which I received many compliments on from the women at Benefit).