Thursday, April 6, 2017

Article Request Part 2: Makeup products

Leah Sheffield Fusselier from Louisiana asked if I'd do a makeup tutorial.

I wouldn't mind doing an actual video tutorial but I don't know how I'd set my phone up to actually record it. So....let me think a bit more about how to do that.
In the you go.....
Girls, my makeup bag is the size of Texas and I am NOT a brand snob.
No, sirree. I'll try any brand until I find what works best.
And as you can tell I have every brand under the sun.
I use MAC for my foundation, concealer and pressed powder, yet you'll see Maybelline loose powder, another concealer- wait- I have two concealers? -  as well as L'Oreal and Milani.
I have to tell you that the products I get from Milani (cheap from CVS) are probably my favorite. Their eye and lip colors are very rich. They also have a contour/highlighter that I absolutely love.
Here are questions I get asked most.
How long does it take you to do your makeup?
It depends. If I'm going somewhere with Mr. T and he is in a big hurry he'll tell me 'you don't need to do the full-dolly'.
In actual fact, I do indeed do the 'full-dolly' every single day of my life. Even if I'm just staying home. I never know who is going to drop by and it's not that I'm ashamed of being 'nekkid', it's just that I look so different (i.e. like an old hag) and I'd rather not subject people to that. I think it makes them uncomfortable.
Oh - but wait! I still haven't answered the question. So, how long DOES it take me to do my makeup?
 I think about an hour altogether - give or take another 35-45 minutes.
How much do you spend on makeup each month?
I spend very little, actually. It all lasts a long time and of course I don't run out of everything at once. I probably replace concealer and mascara more than anything.
You should never keep your mascara longer than 3 months, and I have such dark circles under my eyes that I have to use a lot of concealer, so it goes pretty fast.
You're getting older - you should probably use a lighter hand.
(code for 'girl, you wear way too much/)
It's true - I wear a LOT of makeup and I am totally, completely, unabashedly unashamed of that.
It's like a hobby for me so I like to play and experiment and try different colors and looks.
First of all - I care NOTHING about age, and Second of all -
I live in Texas where everything is bigger - including my eyelashes.
So yes, I'm wearing a lot, but NO I don't think I wear 'too much'.
Oh heck - who am I kiddin'?
Of course I wear 'too much'  - I'm too much, but at 54 years old I doubt that I'm changing anytime soon.
Love me, love my makeup.
End of story.
You wear highlighter.  Isn't that more for the younger set?
I mean YES I wear highlighter, but NO I don't think it's for the 'younger' set.
I have found that using highlighter gives my 'blah' skin a little 'oomph'.
Do you do your own makeup?
Believe it or not I get asked this a lot. 
Of course I do my own makeup.
Mr. T would not cotton to the idea of moving a makeup artist into our spare bedroom - unless said makeup artist could also double as the chef. And the pool boy. And maybe mow the lawn every once in a while.
Thanks for dropping by!
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Article requests from friends: Part 1

It should be no secret that I have suffered from writers block going on 140 a few years now. So...I recently reached out to some of you for ideas and you came up with some really interesting topics.
I'll do it in several part series.
So, Johna Johnson Armistead, you're first.
'Write something personal about one of the Bible verses you posted today"
The following was my facebook status:
"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them."
Romans 12:14
You see, I always try to love people the way God loves us - unconditionally.
It's kind of like that Back Street Boys song (I hear you saying 'whaaatt?, but bare with me),
I don't care who you are, where you've been, don't care what you've done as long as you love me....
That's the way God loves us and I try very hard to love like that.
But, of course, I'm not God.
I'm human and while my intentions are good, when someone
goes out of their way to be mean, to say things that cut to the quick and they do it on purpose,  and in a public way, my first instinct is to lash out.
(Yes, that happened this week).
Then, I remember this commandment.
Yes, I know it's not one of the 10 original commandments, but it's a commandment nonetheless.
There's also that 'little' verse out there, too, that tells us we are not authorized to seek revenge.
Or hold a grudge.
So, even though it's really, really, really, really hard sometimes, I quote these verses over and over in my head, and remind myself of my vow to actively try and love each human being just like God loves me.
That, dear Johna, is the story behind my posting of the Bible verse.
If anyone else has anything they'd like me to touch on, or if you have a question/comment, please leave in the comment section below. It's been a while and really miss you!