Soooooo excited to share this with you!!!!! Above is my makeup binge from the Balm. While it's not vintage it is retro. And adorable!!! It's the kind of makeup women buy for themselves- not to impress a man, despite the pin up ladies and men on the packaging. That's just for our delight.
Apparently this was all the rage about five years ago on Youtube. (Back before I knew Youtube was for more than just teenage boys posting their Mario Kart races. ...My then six year old was really into Mario Kart back then.) The brand has a bit of a cult following and is popular among European and Asian Youtub-ers right now. I remember seeing it at Sephora back then (It's no longer sold at Sephora.) but not being makeup obsessed like my friend Stacy who got me into the store I poked around in a few testers and moved on. Well things have changed and now I'm the one who is a bit obsessed...
What I really love about these products is they are made without parabens. (My hormones don't need anymore disruption, ya' know??) Also the cute packaging comes with a little sarcasm. You long time readers may have noticed I love my sarcasm...
I just received my big box from Hautelook today and haven't tried everything yet but I can tell you I loved the products I bought a few months ago. The eye shadows and blush are well pigmented and easy to use. (I'm not a beauty blogger so that's the best description I can give you...) The concealer is better on blemishes than under eye circles if you have dry under eyes like me. The eyelid primer is excellent and I love the double ended brush. The only thing I opened was the eyeliner (Mr. Write (Now) - how awesome is that name???) in Bill be Mocha. I'm telling you it's creeeeeamy-dreeeeeeamy! Totally went on smoothly and I got the perfect thin line for the perfect backdrop to my less than perfect lashes. And now my eyelashes rock. Isn't that what eye liner is for??
|My first goodies from the Balm.|
Just so you know...this is not a sponsored post. I bought all of this myself. (Don't tell hubby.) I think it's worth every penny!
Changing gears for a minute- anyone watch the Mad Men series finale? Oooooh that Don! And poor Sally. My heart ached for her. I'm glad Betty could be loving in her own way. I'm so happy for Joan but bummed Peggy didn't join her. Am I the only person who didn't see Stan and Peggy falling in love? I was kind of surprised. Love Roger and Marie together. He's finally met his match. I hope Pete is sincere in his renewed love for Trudie. I will miss my Sunday night treat. :(
In honor of "the end of an era", as the Mad Men promo voice over guy quipped, I'm trying a new recipe this week from the 1950 edition of the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. I spied this exact cookbook in Betty and Henry's kitchen during the Mad Men marathon this weekend on AMC. I'll post it here if it's a winner.