I am a sucker for a free makeover. My old roommate used to chuckle every time I’d walk through the door with a face full of sparkly eyeshadow and bronzer. My husband also knows my love of the make-up counter, but he gives me a hard time and is insistent the sales people hate me. Why you ask? Because I am one of those annoying people who lets them paint my face with expensive products, but can’t bring myself to spend the insane prices on the products. I usually purchase something small and then search for lower price alternatives for some of the other products.
This past weekend I had a few hours to myself, so I swung into Ulta where the brand Anastasia Beverly Hills happen to be doing make-overs to introduce its new fall line. Ummm – yes, please! I knew Anastasia was known for eyebrows, but didn’t realize there was an entire make-up line. I was excited until I took a look at the new eye palette the brand was launching. It was full of rust colors and pinks. Now I’m a big fan of pink on my lips, cheeks and nails, but the thought of putting it on my eyelids makes me cringe.
My make-up artist started chit chatting with me and I think she could tell I was hesitant about the colors, so she asked me, “which color scares you the most?” I pointed to a deep magenta color in the Anastasia Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette. All I could picture was bad 80’s make-up.
“Great,” she said. “That’s the one we’re going to use!”
I tried to stay calm as she explained to me how she was layering the various pink shades and blending them to create a soft look. She let me look after she did the first eye and I shockingly it wasn’t awful. She did the second eye, swept on some bronzer and a coat of metallic rose lip gloss.
I had to admit, the pink was doable, but definitely wouldn’t be my first choice and was for sure out of my comfort zone. The palette rang in at a hefty $42, which is a little too much for something I might wear once in a blue moon. However, I did find NYX Professional Makeup Hot Single in Pink Lady for an extremely reasonable $4.49! For that price, I could justify buying a pink to play around with on occassion.
In case you were wondering, I did take the palette from the make-up artist and carried it around in my Ulta tote while I did the rest of my shopping. I had absolutely no intention of buying it, but felt bad having the make-up artist do my make-up and then walking away empty handed. When I went to pay, I discretely handed the saleswoman the palette and said I had changed my mind. I am sure she had encountered my type before. But hey, I did buy the lip gloss for $16. A girl has to treat herself once in a while and one can never have too many lip glosses.