Friday, August 24, 2012

The Makeup Story


I'm often asked why I have a thing for makeup. As far as I can remember, I have always been interested in makeup. As a kid, I used to play with my older sister's makeup whenever she was at work. To stop me from messing with her stuff, she took me shopping and bought me my very first lipsticks. She bought me TWO (such a big deal to me at that time) and I was over the moon. Ever since that time, I dreamed of having my own drawer full of makeup. In high school, I would scrimp my already meager allowance and use whatever I saved to buy cosmetics. In college, I briefly sold Sara Lee cosmetics but I did not make any profit because I bought more than I sold :).

I don't have an artistic bone in my body, but I've always admired creative people. I always wonder where they get their ideas and are amazed by their talent in expressing those ideas. Whenever I read an article or watch a program on makeovers, I gravitate on how the makeup artist achieved the 'look', the hair and clothes are secondary for me. The first makeup artist I admired was Kevin Aucoin, I remember seeing him in Oprah years ago and was amazed by how he transformed faces with his brush and makeup. I often wonder what the beauty industry would be like if he is still alive today.

Makeup represent different things to me on different occasions. Some days I use makeup purely for vanity; on other days, I use it to hide my perceived physical flaws or enhance my appearance to help boost my mood or confidence; but most of the time, my makeup are my toys. Yup, I play with them. I spend many happy hours trying to recreate looks from magazines and tutorials (mostly by Lisa Eldridge) and give them my own spin. More often than not, I end up making a mess (and can't be seen in public), but I always enjoy myself and it relieves my stress.

I collect makeup and makeup brushes the same way that other people collect figurines, memorabilia, bags or shoes. I'm into makeup the same way that other people are into gadgets. I'm aware that makeup eventually expires and all that blah, but I don't care and I make no excuses for my passion. My interest in makeup is not just on wearing them, on most days, I don't even wear makeup. I also love looking at the colors and touching them to feel their texture. My interest extends to the beauty industry as a whole. I started this blog in part because I wanted to be a part of a community that have the same interest as I do. Any blogger knows that it takes a lot of effort to maintain a blog (even small ones) but we do it anyway because for so many of us, blogging is the way to express our passion. For my efforts, the sharing and enjoyment are the only reward that I need.

Please feel free to share your makeup story. Your links are welcome. Happy blogging everyone!



Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Back To Blogging With Artdeco Eyeshadows


 Alloo! It's good to be back after four weeks of absence from the bloghosphere. I'd like to apologize for disappearing without a single word and neglecting my blog. I have no excuse except that 'life' got in the way and I had to prioritize. I really missed blogging during the time that I was away and hopefully I could go back to making posts regularly. My appreciation to those who kept visiting barefoot ambisiosa even if there were no updates - Thank you!

Back to the blog.

I was surprised to come across an Artdeco counter a couple of months ago as the brand is not well known locally, infact I will not even know of Artdeco if not for the beauty blogging community and makeupalley. The counter is small and they carry mostly products from the permanent collection. After browsing, I bought an eyeshadow base (reviewed here) and some eyeshadows to try.

from bottom: 820, 835, 840, 14

I bought 3 Pure Mineral Eyeshadows and one from the Pearl line. The eyeshadows came in small rectangular pans that were designed to be stored in Artdeco's refillable Magnetic Boxes. The magnetic boxes are sold separately and there are various sizes to choose from. Artdeco designed the boxes in such a way that, with the bigger boxes, you can mix and match eyeshadows and blushers in one box and create your personalized palette (check out the magnetic boxes from Artdeco's site).  

The shades are:
  • 820 - pure golden sand
  • 835 - pure dessert sand
  • 840 - pure primodial brown
  • 14 -  pearly italian coffee
L-R: 820, 835, 840, 14

The names of the eyeshadows also give an apt description of their shades. The ones I have are well pigmented and they all have creamy texture. When used with the brand's eyeshadow base or Two Faced Shadow Insurance, they stayed on my lids up to 12 hours without fading, creasing or smudging. Needless to say, I'm quite happy with my purchases. Next on my list are their mascara and liquid liner.


 

 Product recs from Artdeco fans are much appreciated :).

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