My usual reaction to having to get all dolled up for something is bitchy sighing and complaining with a side of “being a girl is SO.HARD.”
But truth be told, I love it. I love being a girly-girl. I love spending time doing my makeup, attempting to perfect the smokey eye, and just looking at myself. I’m vain. We know this.
Hair is another issue though. I got bored with flat ironing it, had fun for a bit with the curling iron, had an A-HA! Moment when I learned to curl it *with* the flat iron, and now I just usually throw it up in a ponytail & call it a day. It’s long. It’s unhealthy. The color bores me. And there is NOTHING I can do about it for at least 6 more months. Woe is me.
That said, I’ve been reading a lot of blogs lately with make-up tips, hair product recommendations, youtube video tutorials on styling techniques (hello, sock bun curls!) and I’m inspired again to actually doll up without a scheduled occasion.
Something about glamming it up for no reason at all makes me feel a million times better about myself.
So now that I can’t really buy any cute clothes or rock sky-high heels for a while, I’m making it a point to do my makeup & style my hair every day.
Thank goodness I found a primer I love: MAC Prep + Prime (with spf 50!!!) I stumbled on this when looking for a new pressed powder & the MAC chick told me I needed a primer for the makeup to actually stay on all day (yes, clueless I was) and said this stuff was like “glue for your face” which really isn’t the best selling technique, but damn if it doesn’t work really great.
I also found a conditioner that I LOVE thanks to an old blog on Dramatic Sigh: L’oreal Eversleek. It’s sulfate free which means I can use it even after I dye my hair again and it smells great. My hair really has become healthier since I’ve been using it. I’ve noticed way fewer split ends & it just feels so soft. Plus for that price, you really can’t beat it.
I’m still looking for the perfect black eyeliner…you know, all-day wear, smudge-proof, etc…so if you have any suggestions, please let me know! I’m using this for now and I love it, except that if I want it to last past three or four hours, I have to use a powder liner to seal it & it doesn’t lend for the most natural look, so on most days I skip it and just go for super long lashes with Voluminous Million Lashes. I love that it doesn’t flake or clump and it’s incredibly easy to take off. I was using Lash Stiletto before and while my lashes looked awesome, it was a bitch to take off.
I usually skip the lipstick/gloss/plumper unless we’re going out, which hasn’t been a lot lately, but when needed, I always turn to VS Very Voluptuous Lip Plumper. I swear by this stuff. For everyday wear though, I just use my cherry chapstick. My lips are red as it is, so this stuff just makes them nice & soft.
That pretty much seals the look and I’m good to go. Sometimes I’ll add on some fake lashes for extra oomph, but it’s been so hot here that I’m scared the glue will melt off (and yes, this has actually happened).
What about you?
Do you have any beauty products that you swear by?
Do you love getting dolled up, or is more of a chore for you?