Oh yeah, they go together like a horse and carriage. Or maybe peanut butter and jelly, which is the income level I am in now. I was talking with a friend at the barn yesterday and she asked me if I was enjoying retirement. There are no words to tell how much happier I am in retirement. I said it was the best career decision I have made recently. I am happier, more interested in my hobbies, more relaxed, and much healthier.
Did I mention poorer?
It's okay though, for when I reflect on my retirement income, and realize I receive it for doing exactly what I want to do...wow! In order to do this, I have had to make some modifications in my style. I used to buy Estee Lauder skin care and cosmetics. I would stock up each year on all the new colors, and sometimes just buy stuff to get the free "gift". Estee Lauder Resilience Lift now sells for $75.00, Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator goes for $58.00-85.00 and lipstick is $23.00 a tube. Oh, I was living large!
I now use drugstore makeup and cleanser, though I'll occasionally fall off the wagon and buy some small amount of Estee Lauder skincare. I use Cetaphil cleanser, Paula's Choice AHA, Olay moisturizer, L'Oreal True Match foundation in natural buff, charcoal grey eyebrow pencil from whoever is selling it, eyeliner in a variety of colors and Maybelline blush in deep mauve. Today's lipstick is Estee's Fiery Rose. One of the benefits of using such cheap stuff is that I can change it out if I don't like it, or my skin color changes. For example, my skin is much lighter now than in the summer and I have lightened my foundation, and switched my blush and lipstick from coral/pink to mauve/pink. I like winter makeup as it is usually brighter and more fun.
Today I am going to breakfast with a friend and then coming back home to move some furniture to the consignment store (Periwinkle Home). I am wearing Levi 512s, an Old Navy tee which is far too big (I made a brown tee last month and have not yet worn it), freshwater pearls (inherited from my stepmom), brown and blue scarf from Guanajuato, and a self made hat. Brown gloves and a sage green parka complete my winter outfit for today..oh, and snowboots!
Overall, I am feeling better about myself after committing more time to self care and dressing more carefully. It is easy to "let yourself go" in my little rural town, and this outfit is dressed up when compared to many residents. I resolve to always stand out in this town and that's no bull!
Any makeup tricks or tips out there? What are your fave drugstore buys?