It's time for another Wardrobe Therapy post. Wende is leading the way for week four, as always.
- Consider. Hair is my highlight, my highest expense, and my greatest pride. I have always said that when I am feeling unhappy with my appearance, I look to my hair, which is a blessing. Yesterday, I visited my new colorist, Pam, who is married to my stylist, John. How convenient is that? I am putting their son through college. And he's only five. Pam touched up my tint (base color) and added some beautiful highlights and low-lights, and it looks great.
The top picture is what it looks like indoors, the bottom photo is in bright sunshine. The strawberry tint really shows up much more dramatically in the sun.
- Dump. This directive is to get rid of the old, used up, or icky stuff. I am not much of an accumulator of make up, and my children like to use my "product." Women know what that term means. Funny how they like my $24 Architexture much better than they do the $9 Garnier stuff. There are three categories for my make up. The first is the stuff I do everyday before leaving the house, especially in winter when I am already somewhat pasty... The concealer, for the dark circles under my eyes, a little powder to take away the shine, and some lipstick, usually in a My Lips, But Better (MLBB) shade. Current go-to is Maybelline's Sugar Plum Ice. Then there's the special occasion make-up. The I will actually use a (gasp!) foundation! I know! And mascara and eye-shadow and blush, although in summer, I try to get a little natural color along with my vitamin D, so I can avoid everything except the lipstick and mascara. Here's the selection:
Top left is Mary Kay stuff from when my neighbor was a rep. Center bottom is Maybelline mascara and eyeliner. The small circle is an expensive blush, but the color is perfect, and it's lasted forever. On the right is a lip gloss, blush/bronze and brush that I got free from the e.l.f. people at BlogHer last year. I w3anted to show you my cute little Nick and Nora bag, that was one of the best gifts I ever got from a student...
Sadly, my e.l.f. brush doesn't fit. Last, are a few orphans I fished out of the medicine cabinet...
I rescued the eyeshadow (Lilac and Lemon Grass), lip gloss and the Avene redness reducer. The rest was expired and has been tossed.
- Evaluate. My I Feel Pretty routine is not very routine. I do like to be low-maintenance. I'll put some effort into my hair when it grows longer. Summer and winter, both, seem to harsh on my hands. Winter because they are so dry, summer, because I love to putter about in the yard, and gardening gloves and I do not get along. I have said before that very little makes me feel as sexy as a good pedicure.
- Fantasize. The era I chose for favorite clothing, which was the romanticized frontier from Lonesome Dove (I'd love to dress like Lorena or Clara Allen) did not feature make up, and the hairstyles were mostly long braids, worn piled up. No thanks. Although I guess my minimalist make-up routine is perfect for this era.
- Google (or Go Shopping for fashion magazines). I don't think I want to make any changes in this area, except maybe to learn a better technique for applying eye shadow than a single swoop.
- Hunt and habit-form. I am loving Garnier products right now, and Poppy's reviews have been solidifying that love pretty well. I even passed on the rest of my Aveeno moisturizer to my son, who has learned that a good acne cleanser and astringent will dry his skin so much that his oil glands work overtime trying to repair. If he moisturizes (with SPF), his skin stays pretty clear!