Today we´re off to NYC, where Patty and I plan a grueling schedule of sniffage at Bergdorf, Takashimaya, Aedes, Barney´s, CB I Hate Perfume à¢â‚¬¦ too bad it´s hotter than Hades there right now. We´ll make do. I guess we´ll have to drink a lot and eat a lot of really good food. *sob* If all goes According To Plan, tomorrow and Friday we´ll feature posts from the field. If all Doesn´t Go According To Plan, you´ll be looking at this until Monday.
We had such a blast last time with the blind sample swaps, we did another round with a larger group of scentbloggers à¢â‚¬” me, Patty, Colombina, Katie, Ayala, Marlen and Ina. Here´s a link to today´s Big Reveal on Perfume-Smellin´ Things, where yours truly comes out either smelling like a rose or an idiot à¢â‚¬” you decide. Katie and I each commented on the same set of samples, without any notes to guide us. Go see. More to come in upcoming weeks à¢â‚¬¦
So let me wander off topic today (WARNING: PETULANT SCREED AHEAD, PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK) on my search for eye makeup. Really, the search for the Grail was easier. As you know, I recently jettisoned my glasses, and I thought it would be fun to get some eye candy à¢â‚¬” something fun and easy, a little shadow, maybe some liner, something flattering and maybe a little sexy and appropriate for a woman over the age of 35. If you get my drift. How fricking hard could that be? Piece of cake, right? I´ve now had two scheduled consultations, and numerous suggestions from 8 or 10 helpful SAs in the makeup field, and here we come to the heart of my problem: I have pale skin with a pink-ish cast. So, first they cover up my pink around-eye area with concealer. (So far, so good.) Then, having done so, I get one of two looks, no matter how hard, and in how many ways, I ask for something else:
1) A broad sweep of something pink-ish on my lid (which makes my eyes look red and looks like crap)
2) A broad sweep of white under my brow (which looks dated and like crap)
The pink is wrong, wrong, wrong. I look like a guinea pig. And frequently it´s metallic and pink-ish, accentuating every tiny line on my lid. The white looks marginally better on someone with a tan (which isn’t me) and 20 years younger. On me it looks like I´m trying to pretend I´m 20 years younger; it looks … silly.
What really frosts my cookie about both of these looks is that they´re presented to me as the Universal Way One Puts On Eyeshadow. As if a pink shadow base is the Way It Has Always Been Done; as if it were written thusly in the Ten Commandments. As if we´ve been putting white shadow below our browbones since Cleopatra first dipped her brush in the kohl. Both these stupid looks are trends, people!!! à¢â‚¬” trends I wish would go away already!!! In fact, I am old enough to remember White Eyeshadow, Round One à¢â‚¬” although I wasn´t old enough to wear it then à¢â‚¬” and I still don´t think it´s attractive. Sue me. Yesterday I approached the MAC counter (they have some great eye colors) and the SA spins around and (ruh roh!) she´s 22 and wearing bright matte powder blue eyeshadow with à¢â‚¬” you guessed it à¢â‚¬” the big swoop-o-white above that. And her skin was flawless, in that weird matt-i-fied way young makeup gals like to do, and her eyes were gorgeous. But that blue and white eyeshadow? Looks stupid. As far as I’m concerned, white eyeshadow is this year’s Trucker Hat.
All I want, which I can´t get anyone to show me how to do in a flattering way, is something non-pink and non-white that doesn´t involve three colors. Two I´ll consider. I have nice hazel eyes à¢â‚¬” maybe a burnished gold or bronze? Or how about a khaki? A deep grayish-purple? At the Bobbi Brown counter (I was trying to reproduce something I saw in Allure using her shimmer bricks) I finally gave up and said to the young man, rudely, look, just give me a brush, please, and I´ll let you know if I need anything. What triggered this snafu? I completely baffled him by insisting that no, really! — I didn´t want the white under my brow.
Okay, done now. Whew. Glad I got that off my chest. Anyway, P promises maybe we´ll play in the makeup at Bergdorf. How fun does that sound?