Sunday, I went to a baby shower.
Isn’t this cupcake beautiful? I ate every last bit. Let’s hope I’m better at my diet during this week!
It’s been a long time since I last attended a baby shower, and next weekend I have another baby shower to attend—one that I’m looking very much forward to because it’s a family event and I hadn’t seen many of my cousins in a long time.
Anyway, it was an excuse for me to get all girlied-out. I wore a dress that I wouldn’t wear to the office and made myself up a bit more than usual.
Without sounding narcissistic, I loved the way I turned out! (Am I a side of beef ?). This dress is a few years old. I got it at J. Crew Factory but it was always slightly tight. If I keep eating cupcakes, it’ll be tight again! I wore paisley flats and dressed my navy Longchamp bag up for the occasion in the Herme’s scarf. I’ll touch upon my hair later in the post.
The shower was for a co-worker and the location was a country club that is in a very bucolic area. In fact, I had to travel through some intensely rural areas of Pennsylvania to get there. And on the way to the shower, my Smart Phone was very smart in making sure the directions were easy-to-follow ones.
The shower was held at French Creek Golf Club in Elverson, PA. The setting was stunning…
The view from our table.
Everything was perfect! It was a great time!
A fun time was had by all!
Three hours later, the event unwinded and it was time to drive home. I programmed my phone for reverse directions so that I would have no issues getting home. This time around, my Smart Phone wasn’t too smart.
It happened just as I was feeling confident in my ability to follow directions from Google Maps, I spotted the two cement towers at the Limerick Peco Power Plant and knew I wasn’t too far from the Outlet center that I’m so familiar with. I would be home in no time.
I never thought I would admit that this was a good sight to feast my lost eyes upon!
And then I made a wrong turn. And another. And before I knew it, I was lost in Three-Fingered Willie country. All I could think was thank God this was summer and not winter because, with early darkness, I would have never made it home.
I was expecting Three-Fingered Willie to pop out on the road in front of me. I cannot stand country roads.
Fifteen minutes after winding roads, no other traffic and the thought of a running deer or lost cow in the middle of the road, I saw a sign for Oaks. Oaks is the area I live in. And I followed that sign.
By this time stress had gotten the better of me and as I approached familiar territory, I needed something to lift my spirits. I was close to Ulta. So, I stopped in to buy makeup. After all, cosmetics always make me feel good!
I’ve hit pan quite a bit on this palette. Now is the time for a backup!
After a quick look-see, I decided upon a repurchase of my go-to eyeshadow palette. Mally’s Nude Attitude.
My new purchase of Mally’s Nude Attitude. It’s so pretty and clean…
I ended up placing it back into the wrapping and shelving it for the future–when I hit pan on all the colors!
I have an extra bunch of love for Mally Roncal because she recognizes the older and more mature woman. She will always have my affection and business!
Miss Mally loves the older ladies. I’ll always be a fangirl!
Then after more roaming around I thought it would be a clever idea to look for a mauve-neutral lip gloss. I saw a tube that appeared to be promising. The brand is L.A. Girl. The gloss, Glazed Lip Paint The price was right –three bucks and change; so, I gave it a go.
Looks nice–right? A nice neutral mauve. This could be a great gloss. Extra-glossy. Ohhhhhh.
Arriving home, I went upstairs to change and decided to try the lip gloss out because I couldn’t wait. Well. The color of the tube was much different than the product that was squeezed out.
Although the texture was right up my alley, the color was way, way off.
The color of the gloss was darker. Much darker. I looked back at the tube and then at the gloss. And I got pissed off. First, I was annoyed that Ulta didn’t have a tester. I know. It was the lower end side of the store. But still, it would be nice if we could see what the product looks like inside the tube before we take it home. The “Blushing” color of this gloss was much deeper than any blush I’ve ever seen!
This is not mauve. This is not blushing. This is clownish.
And it got all over my teeth. Yuck!
I also blame the company for not being realistic in the color of the tube. Perhaps it would make more sense to have a transparent plastic tube? Is that too much to ask for? It’s probably more cost-effective on the company’s part as well.
But this isn’t the first time that I’ve been tricked into thinking a lip color was what it wasn’t. It happens a lot with lower-end lipsticks. No testers. No peeking into the tube. Instead, you will see a little plastic shiny oval or circle with what is supposed to be the color only to take it home and receive a shocking surprise!
This is a major pet peeve of mine. Be truthful in the color. Therefore, purchasing a lip color is sometimes so difficult. It is also why, even though I have over 50 lip colors, I stick to Chapstick! I know with Chapstick I’ll get no color—just a smooth looking mouth!
All was not lost, though. I decided to make this work. And, if I apply a lighter color on my lips first…
I don’t even know what color this is, but I thought the L.A. Girl gloss would be a match for this. Anyway, I wiped the L.A. Girl gloss off and then applied this color..
and then I applied the darker gloss very lightly over the first color. It’s not that bad. I did a quick job so it looks sloppy, but it’ll be a good look when I want a bit more color to my lips.
One product I did end up with and loving was the Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Ibiza.
Charlotte Tilbury Ibiza Beach Stick on the left. Las Salinas on the right. A great contour/blush combo!
I’ve been wanting it since May and the few times I ventured into Nordstrom, they were sold out. I was lucky to get my hands on it over the weekend. I used it as a contour. And I love it! It’s got a little sparkle but not too much. It’s creamy and glides on smooth and blends easily. All was not lost!
My Baby Shower face. I took this photo before I blended the Ibiza contour on my nose. I want to show you how the color is. I blended in for a nice look to my nose. I also contoured my cheeks with it. I used the Las Salinas Beach Stick to blush my cheeks. I’m very happy with this makeup look. Do you like my low-lighted fake hair? It’s Kimmie by Freetress Equal. I was wearing her for the first time. I love the way she looks so natural.
What’s your pet peeve with cosmetics? Don’t hold back either. I wanna know!!! Do you get all over the fact that the color on the outside isn’t the same as on the inside?
And what little ditty could be more appropriate than Connie Francis singing Lipstick on Your Collar!