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I figured that if I want to get out in public all dressed up, I need to start working on my makeup skills. Inspired by @Philma Bierstein, I went in drab to a nearby Ulta with a list. My list was a half page long of everything I thought I would need to get started. Eyelash curler, mascara, eyeliner, and an eyeshadow palette. A brow pencil and comb as well. I got foundation and concealer based on my skin tone per the sales associates advice. Plus, a contour palette and blush palette. I didn’t have lipliner on my list but I have always loved that look and grabbed some when I saw it. Lipstick was on sale so I picked out some matte and satin finishes in neutral tones and some pink shimmer lipstick and a wet pink gloss (just for fun). I couldn’t forget the translucent powder and setting spray, blender sponges, triangle sponges, a large brush set, and a small brush set. Luckily, I remembered makeup remover too. I got a cute “tackle box” to keep it all organized.
The sales associate was fun and helpful. Each time I went to the next item on my list she seemed both surprised and excited at each request. I think, perhaps her surprise was because I knew specifically what I wanted and she wasn’t expecting it. And it definitely wasn’t a condescending kind of reaction at all. At checkout, the cashier asked if I was doing some Christmas shopping. I said that it was a present for myself. She tilted her head, held up the blush and eyeshadow palettes and asked, “These are for you too?” When I smiled and confidently said yes, she smiled wide and let out an adorable giggle. She gave me several free samples of products when everything had been rung up. Luckily, she had thrown in a bold red liquid lipstick with all the freebies and I had forgotten red. I’m glad I joined the Ultamate Rewards too. With the nice fold out case, I dropped just over three bills on everything so I got some points. The entire experience was wonderful and I shouldn’t have to go back until spring when I start turning dark and need different foundation and concealer shades. So, I’ll be shaving my Santa beard off soon and practicing all the things I have been learning on YouTube. The pink fog is heavy, girls! And I have never felt so connected to myself.
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