Anyway, I occasionally buy a posh lipstick or other make-up item from them, and also buy my perfumes there, as they stock Serge Lutens and other niche scents. I love the staff and it's always fun to pop in. Tonight, I went to an event with a 'famous' make-up artist from Hourglass (I love this brand of make-up very much). Of course, I'd never heard of this make-up artist, but I went along and had my face done. I should have prefaced this post by saying that I don't really wear much slap on a daily basis, usually just eyeliner and lipstick, with perhaps a bit of tinted moisturiser if I'm feeling blotchy. I despise heavy make-up on me, so was a touch worried about how it would turn out. I've had some pretty bad make-up done in the past!
Well, I am stunned by how good it looks. She used a bit of tinted moisturiser, some amazing 'magic' powder that makes one look airbrushed and just a bit of eyeshadow! I am thrilled with how natural it looks.... Sort of like a better groomed and softer focus me.
Truly awful pic of me looking vaguely crazed, but you may be able to get the general idea. Not too heavy at all.
As always at these events, there's an understanding that you'll buy some of the products, but I was pleasantly surprised that the Hourglass women didn't try to sell me much at all. In fact she advised me to see how I felt later and come back another day if I liked the products. I'm such a soft target, though, that I ended up buying some magic powder and a lipstick. The powder is pretty fab... It's called Ambient light in shade 'dim' and it has the effect of making one look as if one is hanging around in dim candlelight. Great for blurring the wrinkles!
All of this did get me thinking about how much $$ it can cost to buy all the stuff that one supposedly 'needs' to look groomed these days. Some other customers at the event were spending a LOT of dosh. I'm a bit of an old cynic about all the amazing claims that are made about cosmetics, and I really don't think I could fathom spending $100+ on face cream that i doubt will make any difference to my skin. However, I'm a total sucker for a new lipstick (or magic powder!!)
How about you? Are you minimal or maximal with beauty spending?
And just in case you were missing my crappy loo shots, here are some pics of this week's outfits so far:
Purple J Crew dress, yellow Gorman coat, Jenny Kee scarf, black suede Daniele Arancani boots, yellow J Crew bangle. I am loving yellow at the moment.
In other very exciting news, I went back to my regular yoga class last night after a 12 week absence due to ankle surgery. It's the longest I've been absent since I started yoga 14 years ago. Even after childbirth I only missed 10 days!!
It was great to be back, and I was amazed at how much I could do, considering the trauma my poor ankle has been through. It was bloody hard, though. Humbling to realise how quickly the body loses muscles, but very inspiring to see how quickly it can come back, too.