No, really… I loved the Estee Lauder gal who helped me at the start of the year, even though I went looking for other brands (albeit all from the same parent company — you do know there are precious few parent companies behind most of the cosmetic industry, right?).
I know my eyes are ridiculously sensitive. I gave up daily eye color and mascara years ago, but frankly… I need concealer now. I’ve tried the new concealer and foundation separately, together, and I’ve gone makeupless (but only to the firehouse and around the house!) for days. The verdict is in; I cannot wear this stuff.
And it’s not JUST me. gMarie also tried some new makeup over the weekend and had the same problems I always do… the lipstick comes right off and her eyes itched. It shouldn’t be this hard to primp and preen.
Luckily, Clinique is in the same family of cosmetics and podunk has had a Clinique counter since the stone age. Change is hard, and this time, it’s bordering on painful, but I did indeed need to leave Mary Kay after a very long, good run with them.
Here’s what I don’t get. I have two good, very good, friends with allergies I consider far worse than mine. They’re both professional women who wear makeup for work. I’m sure my analysis paralysis is part of the problem, but really… it shouldn’t be so hard to find the cosmetics I need that don’t cause my eyes to feel as though they have sand in them, or make it look as though I’m wearing a cherry-red eyeliner…
How was your weekend? We were iced over, so no walks happened. The girls didn’t even mind!