Back to Blogging... and a lil haul :)
Oh hey, blog! Remember me? I'm Emily, the one who set you up years ago and used to post on a regular basis. Let's get to know one another again and do more posts!
I'm not gonna give you a sea of excuses-- but I'm wondering if any other bloggers feel this way... do you sometimes feel you have to wait for all conditions to be perfect in order to get a post together? Like, you have to have the time to do a full on photo shoot of the products in perfect lighting, have a big overall concept/direction for the post, or you want to be able to write the whole blog in one sitting... and for whatever reason, those conditions never seem to come together? Yeah, that's my situation. I LOVE to write blogs but have been struggling to find the time to do it the way I used to. So I'm taking on a new blogging philosophy... it's gonna be free & easy. Sometimes posts will be short- or they can be long. Sometimes the photos I snap will be something taken quickly with my phone when there's a spare moment. Sometimes the posts won't be about makeup at all. I miss blogging and I want to do it in a way that both reflects my real life and is actually doable in my real life. Sometimes when the to-do's related to a certain task are too lofty, it keeps you from even taking the first step. So I'm just going to set the goal of blogging more consistently, and not get so hung up on making it perfect. YAY! On with the post...
I wanted to share a rather small Estee Lauder haul with you. First off- I'm so grateful for my friend, David Aikman. He's an Estee Lauder makeup artist at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. He is a continual source of inspiration. I love how he is surrounded by makeup luxury, but can get just as excited about a dirt cheap drugstore find as I can. Anyway, he's my go-to for all things Estee Lauder... when I want to order something, I give him a call at BG (212-872-2777). The next best thing to browsing the counters at Bergdorf Goodman is getting the helpful treatment over the phone! :) He'd be happy to help any of my Beauty Broadcast friends as well!
I ordered this Estee Lauder Perfectionist foundation SPF 25 (the bottle says "Youth-Infusing Makeup"). I wear the shade Desert Beige (thank you, David- it's a perfect match). I tend to rave about all things Double Wear, but have gotten many questions/recommendations from you regarding this foundation. David said it would be a somewhat similar finish to the Estee Lauder Double Wear All Day Glow BB, but a step up coverage-wise. I definitely agree-- this looks so natural on my skin. What surprised me was how incredibly THIN the consistency of this is! It doesn't really bother me... I just wasn't expecting it. It feels even lighter on my skin than the BB, actually. I'm not ready to do a full-on review on this foundation yet (I need to pay more attention to staying power), but just wanted to share a few observations. My favorite way to apply this is with this brush from Tarte... you may remember this brush from a previous blog post. It's designed to work with another very liquid-like foundation- Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundcealer. It's an incredibly soft brush that's cut at an angle, but still tapered. I love roughly spreading this foundation all over the skin, and then basically blotting over it with this brush. I think I get the maximum coverage that way, but everything still looks very blended. I've actually found this brush sold individually on Amazon.
David gave me a heads up on the new Courreges collection. If you've seen it, you know it has some pretty fantastic and unique packaging. I really wanted to just get one piece of that collection... just for collectable reasons as much as anything. I decided on the Iridescent Ball Highlighter, because I have a slight obsession with products packaged like balls! And also because I feel I have the most amazing $3 brush to apply cream highlights (ELF SMALL STIPPLE BRUSH).
Sephora's website is calling this "an innovative powder gelee highlighter." Honestly, I don't see anything remotely powdery about this, and beyond the cool packaging (which looks awesome on my Sonia Kashuk vanity tray), there's nothing all that innovative about the formula.
However, I do really like it! Why, you ask? Well, it's free from glittery particles, it has a beautiful not too light, not too dark champagne-toned glow, and it just looks like I made my skin dewy wherever I place it. It you apply enough of this, your skin may feel slightly tacky. But I just like a little bit right on top of the cheeks and I don't feel the need to set it with anything. I'll either apply it with fingers, or my ELF Small Stipple Brush.
Here I'm wearing Perfectionist Foundation and the Courreges Iridescent Ball Highlight. (If this looks familiar, it's the look I was sporting in my L'oreal La Palette Nude 1 & 2 Review video-- all other products I'm wearing are listed in the description box of that video). I'm liking the fact that the foundation feels crazy light on my skin, but still makes it look really good! I should also share that my skin has been behaving quite well lately when it comes to overall tone and texture. In other words, I haven't given this foundation a lot of obstacles or issues to cover up. I'll make sure to follow-up and do a full review as I spend more time experimenting with it! :)
David threw in a couple samples with my order, and these are from the Aerin line-- which is under the Estee Lauder umbrella of products. In typical David fashion, he completely nailed it. I didn't even ask for this stuff, and I might just love it as much or more than the things I DID ask for. These products have also opened me up to an entirely new facet of products to become obsessed with... anything that smells like ROSES. Seriously- I can't stop. I need to do a rose-related beauty haul/review video or something of the sort. Because I have a few other things from other brands to talk about. This is a sample of the Aerin Rose de Grasse Fragrance... as you can see, I have just a bit left. After unboxing my Estee Lauder order, I had this sitting on the end table beside the chair where I nurse Belle. I hadn't used it yet, but for at least two days I found myself wondering what the heck smelled so good in that general area. DUH. This is rose freshness to the max. I'm very tempted to splurge on the full size... but my head is telling me to use up some of the scents I already have. Also pictured above is a sample size of the Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner. Again- smells like beautiful roses and is THICK. Think of it as a pre-bedtime lip ritual type of product. Very good stuff!
So that's my little Bergdorf Goodman Estee Lauder haul! Thanks for taking time to read my rambles!
- Stayed pretty disconnected from technology for most of the weekend. Soaked up every minute with my parents here! :) They have a new puppy (a morkie) and she is ADORABLE! Maybe that'll be another blog post. Belle was so cute with her!
- Anyone watch the ACM's last night? I had some major sing-along moments with the Reba and Jason Aldean performances.
- Belle is getting into some major laughing spells lately. Let's just say, she doesn't have any problem with repetition.
- Watched Gone with the Wind on Saturday night... I LOVE that movie despite the emotional turmoil it puts me through.
- New dessert of choice-- root beer floats with diet A&W.