Painted Faces

17 Mar

“I don’t think makeup is rocket science or a cure for cancer. I still love it.” Cindy Crawford.

I have a problem with cosmetics. The problem being that they are taking over my life. I’ve had this problem from when I was fifteen and worked in the perfumery department at Debenhams. Perfume companies used to send in about ten tester bottles every time there was a new fragrance, and a whole heap of samplers to give out to customers. For the few years I worked there I bought tester bottles of all the fancy perfumes for £1 in the staff canteen, and always had the samplers in my bag.

Then I got a job with Clarins. Girls, if you want to work for a cosmetic company, pick Clarins. 8 free products a month; 6 skincare, 2 makeup. I had fancy bath crèmes and shower gels, expensive skin quenching body creams and enough foundation to fulfil my makeup addiction.

And this is why I am now overrun with the stuff. I can’t help but let the ladies put the new cream on the back of my hand or give me a touch of colour as I pass through the cosmetics department, and my tastes are expensive. I love Clarins tonic range, and Lancome moisturisers. I adore YSL mascara and crave Chanel nail polish. The problem is I then buy them, and now I have a whole drawer that used to be full of exboyfriends football shirts, that hold host to my eye shadows, brushes, spare mascaras and multitudes of exfoliators and masks, lotions and potions.

When I moved in with exboyfriend I learnt to curb my spending (its no good having lovely skin if you are starving) so I now know all the alternatives that you can buy in the self service section of Boots that are just as good, but every now and then a darling friend (usually Anna) will buy me a lovely gift like Origins Ginger Bath Souffle, and I will be teleported back to the days when I was pampered and fragrant.


24 Responses to “Painted Faces”

  1. Megan March 17, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    My favorite make-up must have is Urban Decays’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion in SIN! It keeps my shadow on ALL day no matter what! I’ve gone through phases over the years between wearing & not wearing make up… but I truly feel better when I’ve got my “face” on. A tad bit envious of the gals who can go make-up free & look amazing!

  2. tinkerbelle86 March 17, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    im an Amy Winehouse liquid liner kinda girl. Im just so used to it that im surprised how I look when I have no makeup on. I think i scare small children and animals!! Try Maybelline falsies mascara – its just as good as the expensive ones.

  3. vixter2010 March 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    I know exactly what you mean I love make-up and cosmetics, I’m partial to Clarins hand cream and Sanctuary at Boots body souffle cream. It all looks so pretty and makes me want it 🙂

  4. CollectiveDisclosure March 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    I. LOVE. COSMETICS. And I loved this post! You spoke right to my heart!

  5. CollectiveDisclosure March 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    Oh, and I’d rather have lovely skin, and starve! Ha.

  6. pegoleg March 17, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    There are a lot of worse things you could be addicted to, right?

    My first job was in a drug store and I spent almost every penny at the make-up counter. That early overdose must be why I’m such a slug about it today.

  7. prenin March 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    Hi oh fragrant one!!! 🙂

    I have gents antiperspirants and a precious gift off my mum: Gucci Envy boxed set including soap, antiperspirant stick and perfume which I wear to church and other important functions!

    Needless to say I feel a lot more confident when I don’t smell like a pair of overused boxers!!! LoL!!!

    Amazing what we are beginning to do these days with gents smelly stuff and moisturising body washes!!! 🙂

    Love and sweet smelling hugs!!!


  8. This Italian Family March 17, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Haha! I love what you wrote about the choice between lovely skin and starvation. 😉

    • tinkerbelle86 March 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

      morning rach!! i know, sometimes a girl just has to make difficult choices!

  9. melissasmeanderings March 17, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    Glad you chose food over cosmetics!! LOL But seriously…there are a lot worse things to be addicted to than makeup and perfume!!

    • tinkerbelle86 March 17, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

      yeah i know! its just jokey, i dont get the shakes if i dont apply lipstick 🙂

  10. savesprinkles1234 March 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    I’m a cosmetics fiend, as well! I also have a small salon’s worth of hair products. It’s so much fun being a girl! I like your posts, they’re fun–especially the Beatle’s birthday–my hubby would love that! Have a great day! 🙂

  11. Invisible Mikey March 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    We don’t do makeup here in the Olympic Peninsula, but you also like pie and cats so I still wanna be yer bff/USA.

    • tinkerbelle86 March 17, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

      love pie (actually thats a bit biased, love food in general) love cats. done!

  12. Tracy March 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    At least it’s not a jewlery addiction – that one could get VERY expensive! I always question the self-life of cosmetics. I’ll find something in a drawer that I haven’t used for a while and wonder if it should be kept or tossed. There’s only so many days in a row that a girl can wear green nail polish and get away with it. That bottle will only be used once/year, on March 17.

    • tinkerbelle86 March 17, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

      yeah, throw them out. i have to do a purge every now and again, but my sister always just takes my unwanted junk home with her!

  13. Jess @ Blonde Ponytail March 17, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    Thanks for visiting my blog!!! You are adorable and I can’t get over how muc I love your profile pic!!!

    Make-up is my fav accessory! I an get lost in the comestic aisles.

  14. sidewaysrun March 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    Solutionz = photoshopz……

  15. viviene March 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

    Oh my gosh. I love make up! =D And I do want to work at Clarins now! haha..

    “its no good having lovely skin if you are starving” – so true! haha

  16. Bella March 18, 2011 at 12:57 am #

    Your post resonates with me big time. I too was a Clarins girl. And a Chanel girl, and an YSL girl. You name it, I owned it. Now I’m lucky if I can buy L’oreal. With a mortgage comes big responsibilities and so I go without my nice cosmetics and like you, wear the good stuff when I get them as gifts or indulge when I get cash gifts. On the bright side, we do have those free samples from time to time that allow us to remember the good times we had and quite possibly will soon have again. Keep the faith, my sister!

  17. Angelia Sims Hardy March 18, 2011 at 2:18 am #

    I would have never understood this if I hadn’t gotten a make-up lesson right before I got married. I adore Too Faced and Bareminerals now. I had nooo idea make-up could do all that it does. And I loooove Elizabeth Arden lotions. 🙂

  18. Sandra Bell Kirchman March 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    Well, I don’t wear much make-up and am not in to all the smelly products, although I do enjoy lavendar body spray.

    However, I love your sense of humor. And I enjoyed you and all the commenters’ statements on how you all enjoy being a girl…well, except for prenin 😛

  19. let them eat kate March 19, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    i’m a cosmetics junkie when it comes to brands like lush, mac, and chanel. i feel your pain…. especially with perfume!

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