I survived my second Girly Outing of the year. Some of you may remember my first outing last year. I enjoyed this one as well. Even though C. Caliente wasn't with us, she is the original link to this recent venture: MAKEUP.
Yesterday's appointment was a little daunting for me right off the bat. We were going to get "fitted" for makeup. That meant I would have to sit under bright lights with others staring at a place that makes me uncomfortable. I have 'face issues' to say the least. Blotchy, sun-damaged skin. Oily underneath. Dry on the surface. It's just a whole big scary mess for me. I wear makeup once in a while. But eventually it messes with my skin's balance/imbalance or whatever. So I don't usually wear any makeup.
We arrived at Lori Hart's house/studio. As we walked up to the door we noticed just how enormous the building was and wondered which unit she was in. Quickly we realized this was no apartment building ... it was a mansion. With my soft knock on the door, Lori came and greeted us. Very lovely woman - welcoming, friendly, naturally beautiful.
Off in the distance we heard little yappy yelps. Ahh, the one thing about this experience that started to feel comfortable to me - dogs! Lori called them down from whatever floor they were on (it did take them a while to get to us). They spent most of the evening with us. The dogs were just as lovely as Lori.
The main makeup studio was less intimidating than I imagined. It had a warm, soft, back-to-the-roots-of-femininity feel. Vintage everything. Lori said women are usually taking care of others and her vision was to create a space that was a reminder of how women need to pamper themselves. So everywhere we turned, there was some little expression of sweetness, beauty, warmth, femininity and comfort. Definitely not sticky-sweet or supermodel-skinny-girly. Very earthy, mature and loads of fun.
After friends, it was my turn in the chair. Ugh. Here we go. I'd been taking pictures all evening so Cheryl was determined to steal my camera and have a field day. I sort of felt like I was at a dentist's office. My face all scrunchy. White-knuckled on the arms of the chair. Basically, a look and feel of terror. After Lori applied a foundation and I noticed an immediate difference in the blending of my natural skintone, I was like, yeah ... have at it.
She went on to do my eyes, my lips and added some blush. If I could've afforded it, I'd have bought the entire face. At one point, I announced, "This stuff sells itself!" This isn't just any makeup mind you. It's made from all natural minerals. So it actually helps rejuvenate the skin while you're wearing it. [Hello, that's like telling me I can eat chocolate chip cookies, coffee ice cream and mashed potatoes all day long because it's good for me!]
Later, we went to dinner and not even a tiny spot of lipstick smudged my water glass or my napkin. Around midnight, I tried washing my face and everything came off easily - except for the lipstick. I swear, I slept all night, I washed my face again this morning, I ate breakfast, drank a bottle of water, I'm on my second cup of coffee ... and still my lips are painted!
I'll bet I could apply this makeup on a Friday night and be good to go all weekend. Of course, I'd have to actually GO somewhere. But it's good to know, I'd be good to go.
So add this to my Wish List. Will it ever end? Hope not. It's too much fun.
Visit Lori Hart's website. If you make an appointment with Lori, tell her I sent you. With a referral discount, I just might be able to afford to buy more of her products sooner than later. Then you tell two friends, and so on and so on...