Living Like a Princess on a Cinderella Budget #2

Estee Mother's DayDo you realize in just over two weeks will be Mother’s Day?  I didn’t.  Not until I was looking at my calendar for something else did I realize how close we were to that very special day to honor all Mothers.  Don’t have any children?  Not to worry, it’s YOUR day, too!

So here’s my take on celebrating Mother’s Day, being recognized even if you have not given birth to any children.  YOU had a mom.  At some point in your life, someone gave you life, and that was your mother.  If you are a female, chances are you have some sort of mothering instinct inside you, whether it’s for stuffed animals, live pets, or Cabbage Patch Dolls.  I feel young ladies of all ages should be recognized on Mother’s Day because there’s a good chance one day they will be a mother, and they also have mothers.  There are women who would have loved being a mom and raising a family, but God had other plans for them and it just didn’t happen, for whatever reason.  Maybe you would like to celebrate the life of a woman who has been a mother-figure to you, even though she is not of blood relation.  Celebrate ALL women!  So for what it’s worth, I believe all ladies of all ages should consider Mother’s Day a day they can celebrate.

Have you been agonizing over what to get that special “Mom” for Mother’s Day?  Let me Estee Mother's Day Shadowhelp you a little bit over the next few days.  My first choice for a gift is Estee Lauder products.   Pictured above is what I have chosen to gift myself in honor of Mother’s Day.  Estee Lauder has a little something for everyone, from skin care and facial cleansing, to mascara and lipstick, and everything in between.  Right now, Elder-Beerman department store was offering a free gift with $35 purchase of Estee Lauder product.  The free gift was valued at approximately $130.  Spend $65 on Estee Lauder products and receive that free gift PLUS two additional skin care deluxe samples.  So for the purchase of $65 worth of product, you get roughly an additional $150 worth of product.  That’s my kind of shopping!

The free gift consisted of a beautiful makeup bag, Take it Away makeup remover, Advanced Night Repair, two lipsticks, an eyeshadow quad, and Sumptuous Mascara.  You can take your pick of Subtle Colors or Bold Colors.  I chose the Bold Colors.  And I am loving the lipstick shades it came with, Pinkberry and Hot Kiss!  The Pinkberry is a lovely pinky nude shade that should compliment most women’s complexion.  The Hot Kiss is a much deeper, bolder pink that would be perfect at night, or anytime you might want a bolder lip color.  The additional deluxe samples I received were the Resilience Lift Firming/Sculpting Face and Neck Crème with SPF 15 and the Resilience Lift Eye Crème.  Both are nice, silky feeling moisturizers.

Estee Mother's Day CompactNow, what to spend $35 on to get the free gift?  I chose the golden alligator compact filled with Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder for $39.50.  It is very small, maybe 2″ across, and it comes with a felt bag to keep it in so it won’t get scratched up in your handbag.  It looks very elegant.  To me, it’s the perfect size to carry with me so it’s not bulky or heavy.  It will easily slip into a small evening purse or wristlet.  I’ve wanted one of these for a very long time.  There just always seemed to be something more important for me to purchase before, like foundation.  But the timing was right for it this time.

Another suggestion would be the Estee Lauder Five Star Favorites gift set for $35 (pictured above in the red box on the right).  It includes a Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup with SPF 30 in color intensity 1.0, Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Dynamic, Sumptuous Infinite Daring Length + Volume mascara in Black, Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II for all skin types, and a small, .14oz., bottle of Modern Muse Eau de Parfume spray (LOVE that scent!)

As you may have guessed, or already knew, I love Estee Lauder products.  They are luxurious and high quality.  They make me feel like a lady who is being pampered for no reason…and that’s OK!  They also have body lotions and shower lotions in some of their most popular scents.  And when you get some free gifts with your purchase, it seems economical, too.

Emergency Makeup

 

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This has been one of those days.  Yes, one of THOSE days.  It’s the kind that my momma never told me about, mainly because she didn’t know about this kind of day.  It’s one of those “No Makeup” days, the kind when I’m running short on time and I figure the most important thing is to get to work, even if I don’t have my makeup on.  And I did.

I’ve had these kind of days before, so I came up with a plan to rescue myself from the horror of being seen with a naked face; the Emergency Makeup Bag.  This bag holds an entire face in it.  Everything I need to cover up and pretty up my face, and yet it’s still pretty basic.  It contains foundation, face primer, eye primer, eyebrow powder, eyebrow brush, eyeshadow, blush, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, and a sample packet of facial moisturizer.  I don’t leave home without it.

In addition to my emergency bag, I have some items in my desk drawer; just in case.  I have a tiny pouch in my bag with a lipstick and tweezers in it.   And this doesn’t include all the makeup I have at home for when I’m not in a hurry and can put it on before leaving the house.  Sometimes, the makeup application takes place in the car while it’s warming up.  I’m flexible like that.

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I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup before I was 18.  By that time, I didn’t know what to buy or how to put it on.  I went to a Merle Norman shop and had a gentleman give me a makeover.  The only thing I loved was the lipstick.  I would look at the makeup in drugstores and department stores and just window shop.  It was like pretty candy I was afraid to touch because it wouldn’t be good for me.  Makeup baffled me.

I was probably in my early 20’s when my mother-in-law gave me a Christmas gift of an Estee Lauder makeup set.  It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen!  All those colors of eyeshadow were like an artist’s paint palette.  I just knew they would make me beautiful!   As soon as the stores opened after Christmas, I was at that Estee Lauder counter getting coached on how to put on my foundation and apply eyeshadow.  Of course, the makeup was guaranteed to apply better if I purchased all the skin products, too.  I spent most of a pay check at that makeup counter, but I couldn’t have turned it down even if I had wanted to.  I was hooked.  I’ve never been without makeup since.  It doesn’t all come from Estee Lauder, though.  My mascara comes from the drugstore by using coupons and sales.  Revlon makes a great lipstick.  The special Christmas kit Estee Lauder puts out lasts me all year with blush and eyeshadow and is a very good value.  I will buy my foundation when they offer a free gift with purchase.  I do try to makeup shop responsibly.

Some people carry around emergency telephone lists, emergency first aid kits, or emergency chocolate.  I don’t even own a Bandaid.  But if you ever need a blush or mascara fix, I’ve got you covered.