I’ve been immersing myself in elegance this week. Not usually one for cut flowers, I even bought myself two bunches of Erlicheer which are now scenting our living area and ensuite. I was inspired by Mrs Shockley’s lovely Instagram and blog. We have a mutual admiration of Aerin Lauder’s sophisticated and elegant décor style and also of Jennifer L. Scott’s beautiful books.
In the past I've walked past flower displays and hardly ever bought them. They seemed extravagant, not really necessary and even wasteful. Now I think 'feminine and luxurious'. I'm going to see how it goes to make this a regular thing; I will get a bonus benefit that I am spending a few dollars on flowers instead of 'treat' foods. There are no calories in flowers!
Something else I did recently which always makes me feel feminine was to pretty up my makeup area.
I took my makeup tray and tipped everything out, then cleaned the tray and put back my makeup items, cleaning each one as I went. I use a bottle of perfume as the cleaning agent (one of my least favourites to wear but still pretty to sniff) and a clean knit rag (from worn-out tee-shirts). I clean the outside of the case and even open up and clean the mirror and all around the eyeshadows or blusher. They look so new when I've finished.
I simultaneously went through my under-bed storage container too, which is where my makeup overflow is kept as well as travel items and hotel items from our trips. I don't have much makeup overflow anymore since I don't work at Dior plus I've decluttered all shades that don't work for me. But I still have multiples of blushers and eyeshadow palettes (about 4-5 of each). Some are ones I've bought and a few are still Dior.
I swapped out a couple of eyeshadow palettes and kept out two blushes out to use (a cooler pink tone and a warmer rosy tone). I switched one eyeshadow compact and it seemed brand new to me, both in cleanliness and because I haven't worn it in a while.
After I put back my selected, clean makeup items, I washed all my brushes in the basin with warm water and hand soap, then rinsed them all in clean warm water and laid them out to dry on a towel after squeezing the water from them. They all dry overnight.
I couldn't wait to put my makeup on the next day with my 'new' makeup and brushes. Doing this gives me such a feeling of well-being that it definitely deserves a spot on my 'what makes me feel high-frequency' list so that I can build up a reservoir of happiness activities.
|Clockwise from top left: A gorgeous scented flower my mum gave me - it comes with a rose perfume spray to refresh it; my makeup tray; jewellery and hair pins/elastic; camellia and fern in our ensuite before I put Erlicheer in there|
Plus it's thrifty because I've not bought anything! When I'm sick of my colours and the containers are all dusty inside and out, nothing seems exciting to use and putting on my makeup in the morning seems a bit of a drag. The shiny new makeup counters in department stores always seem so enticing, but have you noticed that the girls who work on them are always cleaning and polishing, wiping around lipstick tubes etc? I see it all the time and when I worked at Dior it was said over and over to the counter girls to clean and polish their counters, displays and products every day.
Since I did this, I have been wiping items as I put them away (a clean tissue works well) and sharpen eye pencils if they need it so they are nice and new for next time. All my makeup seems so new, and again, this is what makeup counter ladies do daily. It really takes no more time, and it is such a pleasure to use my makeup, even more so than usual.
I recently bought a Beauty Blender sponge to try (I love it, but it does use more liquid foundation than I’d use with my fingers). I viewed a couple of YouTube videos to pick up any tips and after one lady had done her foundation she moved onto contouring. I don’t have any contour products but I kept watching because she was quite engaging. She had a wind-up contour stick that she was applying to her face and I could see that the black plastic tube it was in had brown contour colour smeared all over it. It looked gross! After having just cleaned up all my makeup I wanted to grab a clean rag and clean her contour stick for her. I was fixated on it!
If you're a bit bored with your makeup, may I suggest a cleaning session to polish everything up? I promise you it will be like you have all new products when you go to use it the next day. I love being my own makeup counter manager. Wouldn't it be great if you could get a mini version of the tester displays they have so you could put your makeup in it on the top of your dresser?