Wednesday, October 27, 2010

How to Shop for Beauty Products With a Salesperson

**I've been having trouble with uploading images for days. Anybody else? Pictures to come!!

A salesperson is there to help you, but sometimes they can do more harm than good.

*Be aware of whom you are speaking to.
Different places require different training or licensing. That's why people that work at MAC are Makeup Artists and people that work at Clinique are Skincare Consultants. Both are helpful, but if you want to learn how to use fushia lipgloss or a liquid liner, the choice is pretty obvious.

*Appearances matter!
Some things are beyond a person's control, but why would you let someone do your makeup if their eyeliner is crooked or their foundation is orange? Find the person with the best technical makeup application and the most confidence in the room.

*Ask them about your eyes.
Generally speaking, the best way to emphasize your eyes is to use the opposite color on the color wheel. If your salesperson uses phrases that hint that they have studied color theory - stick with them!!

*Don't let them push you into buying something you have a gut feeling is wrong!
When I was a salesperson I would give honest recommendations because I loved my products and I loved solving people's problems. However, I didn't ever have to worry about commission and my job wasn't in jeopardy over Units Per Customer. If the product sounds right, take a chance and TRY IT!! You may love it, or you may return it, but it should be YOUR decision. PS- If you don't buy it, they aren't going to think less of you. Salespeople are PEOPLE TOO, and they can't afford to buy bags full of products wherever they shop either!

* Take advantage.
These people have skills and are excited to interact with someone who has questions! Even if I go into a store with the only goal being to "refill" something I buy all the time, I try to pick one thing I haven't tried before and ask someone to SHOW ME how to use it on my face.  I usually end up with a whole fresh face of makeup that's been professionally done (for free!) and a new skill. Also, don't be too shy to ask for samples!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Gorey Rooms

One of my favorite artists is Edward Gorey. Since his drawings tend to be a little macabre, I thought now would be a good time to share some interior design pics I've been hoarding that have a Gorey vibe!

Monday, October 18, 2010

I Wish I Were Wearing . . . 10/18

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I'll Try It For You : Maybelline Falsies Mascara

I'm starting a new series of posts to test products and trends! I keep seeing Maybelline Falsies Mascara advertised everywhere, so I took the opportunity to see how well it performed. I also am trying to break my dependence on "department store makeup". . . at least a little bit!

OK, here's the deal- I don't have my own picture of this on my lashes because I don't want to put this on again without a buffer between my lashes and the product.

The best and worst thing about this mascara is that it STAYS ON. Seriously, I could not get this off the first time I tried it. I tried THREE different makeup removal products and still had mascara on my lashes two days later. You might be thinking - that sounds awesome, but actually it was a little annoying. Because of my removal attempts, the mascara was "reactivated" and my lashes were rubbed back and forth by various makeup removers so my lashes were practically bonded together! It was a spidery mess. This stuff is STRONG, you can't just comb out the clumps. I tried to make due by using another mascara over it, but it just didn't look right. The visual results of the first application were alright. It certainly helps if you are looking to increase your lash length. However, I couldn't really see any benefit for someone who would like dense, volumized lashes. 

I've long used Dior's DiorShow Blackout mascara, and I really love it. The downside is the price ($24) . I've also had trouble removing this mascara at night, but it takes nowhere near the amount of effort the Falsies does! I've been using Cover Girl's LashBlast Mascara for the last few months. I've found that when you layer it the effect is similar to the DiorShow. The only problem I have with it is that I must remember not to touch my lashes throughout the day because it might cause the product to "flake" a little bit since it is a little softer.
Here is a picture of my eyes from my post about Buxom eyeshadows. I am wearing Covergirl LashBlast.
Here is a picture I took from another blog with just the Maybelline Falsies on.You can see this mascara formula looks "thinner" in comparison. 
I think eventually I'll try the Falsies again, but only over another mascara! 

Monday, October 11, 2010

I Wish I Were Wearing . . . 10/11


I've been a little busy lately. To celebrate that I'm making money again I decided to spend some!

First, I bought more Urban Decay Primer Potion. I wrote about this a few posts back, and still love it. If you are going to buy this, buy it at, not at the store. The website offers an exclusive, XL sized tube - without the idiotic applicator wand.

Then, I scored at the British e-retail shop I accidentally hit during a temporary sale, so I got two pairs of boots for $20 each!

Those are studs, not rhinestones. I checked. The boots are also supposedly actual leather and suede, but even if they are a little more synthetic than I'm hoping - pretty good steal. I'm still looking for the right wedges! Also on my list - metallic brogues. Harder to find than you would think.