The last time I bought any make up other than my constant companions of powder foundation, lip gloss, eyeliner, and mascara was about two years ago during a Black Friday shopping spree when I treated myself to a lipstick tube from Kohl's American Beauty line Luxury for Lips in Tickled Pink. Honestly, my beauty routine took a severe hit once I had my first child 11 years ago. I stopped using liquid foundation and doing things like painting my nails on a regular basis.
However, my kids are older now, and I'm in my mid-forties looking for a Vitamin B-12 shot, if you will. I became curious about Revlon's newer PhotoReady line of foundation because I really don't like the powder foundation I'm currently using and searched on YouTube in hopes of a video review of the products. I hit on the Beauty Broadcast channel created by a newscaster/make up guru Emily Eddington. She has such a great personality and exudes confidence and expertise on the subject of makeup that I spent a couple of hours exploring her channel as well as her blog. She totally inspired me, at the age of 44, to update my makeup routine. So . . . I went to stores like Target, Sally's Beauty Supply, and Walgreens to buy products based off Emily's recommendations.
- ELF makeup brushes -- a lot of ELF products are only a buck a piece!!! WOW!
- smaller bronzer brush
- flat eye shadow brush
- Revlon PhotoReady eye primer and brightener
- Revlon PhotoReady concealer
- Maybelline Dream Matte powder
- Wet N Wild eye shadow in Comfort Zone
- Wet N Wild lipstick 547B
- Wet N Wild nail polishes
- Wet Cement
- Under Your Spell
- 2% Milk -- cute, cute, cute name!
- China Glaze nail polishes
- Rimmel Lasting Finish liquid foundation
- Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in Dreamy
- Rimmel Fix and Perfect primer
- Rimmel Stay Glossy lip gloss in Non-Stop Glamour
- Rimmel Soft Kohl eye liner pencil in Pure White
- Avalon Organics Soothing Lip Balm (on clearance for $1.14)
- Lip gloss in Strawberry (this was on display at Michael's) -- for my 11yo daughter
What I enjoyed about Emily's videos is that I learned some of the inexpensive, okay CHEAP, brands such as Wet N Wild and ELF had terrific products in their line. I ended up spending about 85 dollars for 19 products -- that's amazing to me. Before having children, I would spend 75 bucks just on one bottle of Estee Lauder moisturizer. Seriously!
I tried out the new primer (which I had previously NEVER thought of using) as well as the foundation and new eye shadows last night when my family all went out to dinner at a local Olive Garden Italian Restaurant. I felt so good about myself. Psychology is an interesting thing, and sometimes you need to take a small step in an unexpected and simple area such as beauty care. :)
P. S. You can tell this haul made quite an impression on me since I decided to blog for the first time since July! :D