A Makeup Confession


I have a confession.

An embarrassing truth about myself.
Are you ready?
I have never gone beyond the drugstore to purchase skin care products or makeup, ever in my whole entire life. There, I said it.
The makeup that fills the Huggies Baby Wipe container on my vanity consists of drugstore products, and drugstore products only.You heard me right. My concealers, blush, bronzer and mascara which cost me a whopping $10 or less is kept in a recycled baby wipe container. Can you say glamorous? I'm not saying these products are shit, it's just that within a few hours of wear, I feel the need to reapply and I think I can do better than that.

I am writing this post because it's time I spread my wings and fly away from Shoppers Drugmart. It's time I see what professional, promising products are out there, and it's time I spend a little more money on myself. I am worth it. I deserve it. 
Here's the deal. It's September and as much as I love this time of year, it means my beachy blonde hair has lost it's shine and my tan is fading by the minute. I once thought the answer to end-of-summer depressies was visiting my hair stylist for a new cut and color, but not long after the drastic makeover I realize I made a mistake. It's not my hair I need to change, it's my face! The new cut and color may have been nice for the first couple of weeks, but my skin is still dull and I look tired 100% of the time, even with makeup.
Without makeup? Let's not even go there.
"Are you feeling sick, hunny?" - Concerned husband.
"I'm fine, just not wearing any makeup." - Pissed off wife.

So before I'm out with the old and in with the new, I'd like to hear from you.
Where do you buy your makeup? What products do you consider splurge worthy? I booked a consultation and application with Sephora. Good choice? I honestly wouldn't know. I'm hoping to leave Sephora with a few basics that give me the look I want from the moment I apply it until the moment I wipe it off. I need a lesson on appropriate colors, the proper order in which to apply each product, and what brushes to use. I have a lot of ground to cover, I don't even know how to contour or create a smoky eye. Come to think of it, I can't tell you the last time I wore eye shadow.

Should I consider lightening my brows?  With my hair a natural medium blonde and my brows almost black, lightening my brows has always been tempting. Would it soften my face? Would my hair color appear more natural? I'm scared, and dying my hair a darker shade is not an option right now.

Do you follow any makeup tutorial blogs? Product reviews and application tutorials, link me to some of your favorites!


Stay tuned for my Sephora experience and makeup haul. *Update! See post: "Sephora, thanks but no thanks."


  1. I need to do the same. Sephora makes me antsy - I get in there, feel overwhelmed, and leave empty handed, so I really need to just book an appointment like you're doing! I don't know how to do ANYTHING - smoky eyes, contouring, applying concealer properly, nothing. I don't know my face shape or my eye shape. Definitely let us know how it goes!! Good luck!

    1. I'm glad I'm not alone, but I'm sure you at least have some professional products in an ACTUAL makeup bag. I'm pathetic! I can't wait for my consultation and I will be sure to let you know how it goes... :)

  2. first, don't dye your brows.
    Next, I started at the Lancome and clinique counters in my teens. My mom took me to learn how to put on makeup after I came home from a day with my friends with a thick layer of blue eyeshawdow. I always read articles on how drugstore make up is great, etc but I have to say that my sephora/dept store makeup just always seems better.
    Splurges that are waaay better than drugstore brands (IMHO), concealer & foundation/bb cream (I use dior)and I cannot live without my Laura Mercier pencil eyeliner. It goes on the same way as drugstore pencils but the color is perfect and I have yet to find the same one in a cheaper version. I also love benefit "they're real" mascara and just about anything from Laura Mercier

    If you do have a makeover, don't buy anything until you look at yourself in the sunlight (outside the store) and also have your significant other or a best friend give you an honest opinion. It is very easy to get caught up in the web of the professional make up sellers! Good luck

  3. Okay, okay, I won't... You aren't the only one who swore me off dying my brows, but I know some gals have had luck with it!
    Thanks so much for the comment, I'll research some of those products you mentioned, although I've never heard the brand name before. Hopefully it's something I can find around these woods! The sunlight tip is a good one too, that's something I struggle with... Looking great in the mirror then stepping out and seeing my face in my rear-view mirror. YIKES.

  4. I buy my makeup from E.L.F., Target, or I just wait for my mom to give me her hand-me-downs. Sephora is too expensive for me!!

    The only things I splurge on are red nail polish, top coat, and sometimes mascara--because you're getting more legitimate value if you buy the $5 polish or the $12 mascara than the $2 and $6 versions, respectively. If I wore foundation I'd probably splurge a bit on that too, since it gets pasted onto your skin every day. Honestly I just generally avoid wearing makeup that I can't afford to buy the cheap versions of!


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