Makeup. A Really Girly Experience.

Good morning to you.

.

And it really has been a good morning so far.

.

Today, I have just had one of the best, most girly experiences ever.

.

It all began yesterday, when Big H and I went to town to look at the prices of new fridges, in order to  replace the one which sadly died at the weekend.

.

I actually have very little interest in most household stuff, and usually let Big H have the enjoyment of reading through the different specifications and up to date consumer reports, before showing me his first choice.

If it is visually pleasing then I usually just agree.

But this disinterest in looking at kitchen stuff does not prevent me from going along on the recce, because there will be proper shops to see along the way.

.

Well, now we get to the interesting part.

We were visiting the horrible basements of the two big department stores, when one of the make-up counters caught my eye.

It was Estee Lauder, and a piece of their advertising said that they had an all day lipstick on offer.

.

Well, to me, that is like them saying that they have discovered the Holy Grail of the make-up world.

.

I mean, how many times have we forked out a substantial amount of money for something that does not live up to the promises of the brand.

It is like chasing an illusion, and we keep hoping that this time it will do just what it says on the box.

.

I had grown so disillusioned over the years, that a lot of my make-up had been bought from our local Chemists on the grounds that there is no point in wasting money for just a designer name and packaging.

.

Finally, I have been proved wrong.

.

You need to be aware that I am not greatly trusting of these new, long lasting lipsticks since my bad experience a few years ago,

I bought a wall known brand (I cannot remember which one at the moment) of new long lasting lipstick, applied it, and then painted over it with the fixative.

I did this as soon as I got back from the shops, as I could not wait to test it.

A few hours later the tingle in my lips got much worse, so I stopped reading my book, and went to look in the mirror.

I was horrified to see that the insides of my lips were all red and badly swollen, with white patches.

Thank goodness I had also shelled out to buy the recommended remover too.

.

I got it off and spent the night worried sick about my still swelling lips.

My gums were swollen too in the morning and the  white patches were like blisters.

I got some anti- allergy stuff from the doctor and wrote a letter to the firm’s complaints department.

They asked me to send the lipstick to them for examination etc.

Eventually they said it was not their fault and sent me a cheque for one hundred pounds, with no liability admitted on their part.

Eventually my lips went back to normal except for a brown mark at one side on the front surface, near the corner.

I am afraid that I lost all trust in advertising crap.

.

So there I was, warily talking with a very stylish Estee Lauder saleslady about the new lipstick.

She asked if I would like her to put some on me so that I could see how it looked.

For some reason I suspended all previous cynicism and said “Yes”.

.She (Denise) then asked if I would like to have a bit of blusher put on too.  I agreed.

.

Normally i never wear  blusher, on the grounds that I am too old to be blushing, but it looked great

.

Denise then told me to go shopping, have a cup of coffee and see how I liked the lipstick.

.

The end result was me going back, just before closing, and buying a lip pencil, a lipstick, lip gloss, blusher, a nice fluffy blusher applicator brush and then me being given a complimentary pot (large) of face cream.

.

I am amazed to report that I was still wearing exactly the same coloured lips when I went to get ready for bed at 1.45 am.  Unbelievable!

.

This morning, I went to put on my make-up, and I opened my new bag of goodies.

Each item was beautifully wrapped in ‘Estee lauder’ printed tissue, and stuck with a circular gold label.  Unwrapping each one was a real pleasure.

I felt really spoiled, and girly, and enjoyed the whole process.

.

Next thing I intend to do is replace all my other make-up with this brand , and buy a proper make-up case that is like a stiff vanity box to keep it in.

This stuff is too nice to put into an ordinary make-up bag, all haphazardly jumbled together and messy.

Hopefully each future day will begin as pleasingly as today did.

.

Before I forget, I must tell you that you can buy this makeup brand and if you are not happy with any of your purchases you can take it back.  That is why I finally decided to indulge myself, because ‘what is there to lose’.

.

.

Have you ever been to T.K.Max.

I called in there too yesterday and bought a smashing pair of black jeans.  Really pretty and beautifully cut.

They were originally £200 and I only paid £40.

They were Victoria Beckham’s brand.  Well done Victoria.  Keep it up.

.

Need to go now and admire myself in a mirror.

. Much love

J

For more make up advice and information see comment from Nelly at end of Christmas Is Coming blog.

.

Leave a Response