Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Make Me Up

This morning I did something I hadn't done in a very long time: I attended a Pilates class. Note, I did not say I *did* Pilates, because what I did in that class only vaguely resembled the practice of Joseph Pilates. It's been a long time, people.

Last year, I took a semester of Pilates at a studio near where I live, and it was fantastic. I don't love yoga (too much holding of poses, I get bored and whine incessantly in my head. It's the opposite of relaxing.), but I have the world's weakest core, so I gave it a shot. I learned a ton and got a lot stronger and more flexible, but when it ended, I realized that I should spend the money on a gym membership instead. So I did, and I love my gym, but boy do I miss my old teacher.

I'm sorry, we've been over this before, but am I insane to think that my considerable posterior puts me at a disadvantage for some of these moves? Even with "booty assist," as today's teacher put it (using my hands to assist my core in sending my legs skyward), I cannot just roll up onto my shoulders without a good lurch&heave that's antithetical to Pilates. Granted, regular class attendance should help. Maybe I'm just whiny.

But none of this is the point. This morning, the locker room was packed after class with women getting ready for the workday. I've got a very lenient workplace when it comes to dress code (read: there isn't one), so while I try to class it up from time to time, I generally wear jeans to work. I just try to wear flats with them, or at least, wear clean sneakers. Like I said, lenient. So anyway, I'm used to being under dressed among the working women of this fair city, but before this morning, I don't think I ever really thought about my hair and makeup.

Ah, hair and makeup. For a regular workday, I brush my wet hair to get bangs and part in the right places, then apply drugstore concealer (when IN THE WORLD will I ever not have acne? And don't say when I get wrinkles. Got those already, thanks.) and brush on some mascara. Right now I've got Fresh Supernova, which I like, but I think it leaves dust on my cheeks by the end of the day. And... That's it.

I'm fine with my hair. I get good cuts that take into account my disinclination to blow it dry, curl it, style it, or even add any products. Sure, I'll do that stuff for fun, but for work? Not interested, for the most part. But I feel like I could do a bit more on the makeup front. What's your routine? What could I add to mine (feel free to mention specific brands you like) to turn things up a little (without freaking everyone out)?


SaintTigerlily said...

Hey! SO, I think I am actually the make-up wearer in my group of friends so this is my shout out to you about routine, etc.

I wash my face with Cetaphil, tone with Yon Ka and moisturize with a 30 spf for sensitive skin (right now I am using the Cetaphil brand but it makes the area around my eyes burn a little bit so I'm definitely searching for a change.) This whole skin regimen started a little before my wedding when a friend paid for me to get at facial and the facialist was like: Um, you seem nice, but no. Just no.

I then use bare minerals. Since you don't use a lot of makeup I highly recommend this, it is light, has a good spf, and you can purchase a starter kit at Sephora for $60 that will last you well over a year that will include two foundations, a "blush" type thing, a "mineral veil" and several brushes.

Then mascara.

I've been doing this routine for over two years and have not been tired of it.

emma discovery said...

Oooh, thank you for the tips! I've been wondering about mineral makeup in the fab-or-fad? vein. I'll check it out! Now, do you wear foundation daily?

SaintTigerlily said...

I do, yes. But just the mineral kind.

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