Yes it’s True…You Get What You Pay For

Though I’m sure there is no diagnosis for this, I am a certifiable beauty junkie. I LOVE makeup and what it can do to make me look and feel better. However, what I don’t love is the search for just the right cosmetics that won’t: A) cause break outs B) melt after a couple hours, or C) feel like a mask. I also don’t like the dollars I spend on this search, and for the longest time I kept buying drugstore priced makeup hoping to get different results.

Now, I don’t mean to bash ALL brands we find at our favorite drugstore. Every complexion is different and some brands just work best for those types. As you can see, I am Irish fair with dry skin and have a touch of rosacea on my chin and cheeks. I need the “big guns” to get the look I want!

Last August I traveled to New York City and was fortunate to take part in the Look Good…Feel Better event held at Saks Fifth Avenue. The Look Good…Feel Better Foundation helps women with cancer to find and feel their best as they are either battling or recovering from the disease. For only $30 (which goes directly to the organization) I got to have a one on one beauty consultation with the Beauty Editor At Large of Essence magazine, Mikki Taylor, at the Clinique counter! She gave me a makeover using products just for my kind of skin, including Clinique Moisture Surge CC SPF 30 cream, which gives a light and natural coverage while protecting my skin. I also decided to buy the Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream, and it definitely tones down the ruddiness while making my skin feel soft. As a special “thank you” (no, Mikki -THANK YOU!) she gave me Clinique’s High Impact Mascara in black to try. Verdict? LOVE IT. When it ran out a couple months ago, I ran right out and bought it. It goes on thick without being clumpy, lengthens lashes, and best of all -NO SMEARS.

Clinique is more pricey, no doubt. However, when I think about all the dollars I spent on less expensive products that didn’t quite deliver, this is money well spent. Plus, I got to have fun and give to a wonderful organization at the same time! The Look Good…Feel Better events are a win-win for everyone!

Left to right- Clinique High Impact Mascara, Blush/Powder brush, CC Moisture Surge cream, Quickliner for eyes, Eyeshadow blending brush.

Left to right- Clinique High Impact Mascara, Blush/Powder brush, CC Moisture Surge cream, Quickliner for eyes, Eyeshadow blending brush.

 

Mel headshot 2014

Clinique products used: CC Moisture Surge cream, High Impact Mascara, Quickliner for Eyes.

 

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