Make Sure They Get Your Good Side

I write to you a lot.  Like, 3 or more times a week.  I give you recipes. I tell you little stories sometimes.  I get paid to offer you reviews of some products.  I’m tired of hearing about myself just thinking about it.

And yet, you keep coming back, for whatever reason.

Thank you for that.

Today, I’m not going to write specifically about food.  Or about products I’ve been paid to tell you about.  Or a trip, or a vacuum, or a recipe for S’mores covered brownie pudding.

Nope. I’m just going to tell you a few things that have been on my mind – a couple of things that have made my life a little better.  And, I have a few questions that I hope you all can advise me on. No pressure, but I’m counting on you.

You see, I am going on lots of trips in the next few days/weeks.  I get my picture taken a lot when traveling. Some bloggers? They have great wardrobes.  The rock the skinny jeans.  They seem to have their signature pose down. They know their good side (not sure I even have one); they know their makeup and how to use it.  I am a makeup dumbass. I’m in my “upper” thirties, and yet I am makeup challenged.  Oh, the issues I have.  I’ve been experimenting, and luckily, a few things have been great finds.

First thing, and to me, this is MIND BLOWING.  Eyeliner.

No, wait, hear me out.  Eyeliner for me has ALWAYS been an issue. I have very watery eyes, so, within just a few minutes, despite powder, despite expensive eye creams – that eyeliner would end up under my eyes, in a funny raccoon ring.  So, I would spend the rest of the day or night constantly rubbing under my eyes, trying to erase the ring.

Maybelline Lasting Drama by EyeStudio Gel EyelinerSuckage.

But, on an off chance at something working, I came across this GEL Lasting Drama Eyeliner from Maybelline the other day at Rite Aid. It stays on!  In fact, it stays on ridiculously well.  I even slept in it, you know, as an experiment, not because I was lazy…and it STAYED ON.  So, if you have eyeliner issues, I really do recommend this stuff. I’m thinking I may need to get a little brave and get it in another color or two.  I’m a chicken, hard for me to change.  Do grown ups without backup singers wear colored eyeliner? I just don’t know.  Do they?

Mascara I have the same issue with – and so far I am liking this one I picked up at the same time. Mega Plush by Maybelline. I have resisted doing two coats, but I feel it may need it.  I’m not getting the length and volume it advertises, but it does stay on. So, that counts for something. I’ll give it two coats once I have a special place to go.  If you have a recommendation on a great mascara that stays on (waterproof, for sure), please let me know.

And speaking of lashes, I’ve been wondering about Latisse.  Have any of you tried it?  I’ve heard it can stain light colored eyes, which I have.  That scares me a little.  But, I have very sparse eyelashes, and they are blonde. So, I have lash envy.  Have you seen Seven’s? So not fair. His eyelashes put mine to shame at 6 weeks old.  So help – have you tried it or know anyone who has? What do you think?

On a similar token, and this is because of the good fortune I have had on being able to take trips to fancy hotels like The Four Seasons, I have fallen in love with L’Occitane Verbena Lotion. It smells so clean, and not overpowering. Lemony, but not too much. I could drink it, but that probably wouldn’t taste so good.  It feels great and moisturizes like you wouldn’t believe.  I need a vat of it. Try it.

So…do you have any tips for me? Any brands you love, eye makeup, blush, lipstick, anything you want to share? I am feeling the need to mix things up, try new things. But I want good, solid, recommendations.  That’s where you come in!  Help me out, and quick…I leave tomorrow!

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